Monday, May 10, 2010


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday and thank you to all of the well wishers who stopped by. It was a beautiful sunny day here in Chicago. The day started out great with the whole family (except me because of an asthma flare up) going on a breast cancer fund raising walk at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Afterward, my sister in law had a brunch which was really sweet of her. I really hope to go next year. Everyone had a good time. The day went on to be so nice, I received these flowers from The Husband and kids. I am not trying to take artsy pictures again with this post, I am still stuck on the black and white mode with my camera and haven't had a chance to look at the book. For your information, the roses are white, red, pink and yellow. Really beautiful.
My oldest son, Jeffrey came walking in with these tulips. FYI...they are purple. Wow, this is terrible. I really need to look at the book. Only a blonde would post beautiful flowers in B & W!!

The day went on with Emily and The Husband making a wonderful dinner of shish kabob, Greek pasta salad and corn on the cob. Delicious. We waited for Kevin to get home from work at 8:00 to eat. I guess a lot of people golf on holidays and because they also like to wander in the Pro Shop, Kevin has to work a very busy day. And speaking of Kevin, he has a girlfriend and we just love her. Her name is Mary Clair and she came to dinner last night. A really nice Irish girl with freckles and red hair. Kevin and she adore each other. Whoo hoo...maybe grand kids are in my foreseeable future! The icing on the cake was that I received a gift card from the family to Marshall's. I didn't know you could get gift cards there. I am so excited to get out and shop!

I hope everyone had a fabulous day! :-)


Lorrie said...

Happy Mother's Day Jane--so fun to hear about the nice day you had. I had a very good day too with two of my three kids able to be there. I don't need gifts, just their company, though I did get some gifts too!

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Blondie. Sounds like you had a terrific day, yesterday. I used to live near Chicago in a little town called Hinsdale, so it is fun to know that you are somewhere in the Chicagoland area! There are plenty of Marshall's around, so you are going to have SOME FUN with that gift card! Your son's girlfriend sounds very cute. I'm only a smidge Irish but love anything celtic....always wanted that curly red hair : ) Have a wonderful week! xx P&H

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, Janie!

I'm sorry to hear you had an asthma attack, but I'm happy to see you got lovely flowers from the family. They are still pretty in B&W!

I know exactly what you mean about cameras and technology. I just set mine on auto and shoot and hope for the best! LOL! I hate to read manuals.

I've been battling some sort of killer headache since yesterday (it laid me up for more than 12 hours straight), but I fought my way clear of it this morning. Then it tried to strike again around noon. Not sure what gives.

Anyhow, I hope you're feeling much better now and can get out and about to do your Marshall's shopping. I think you need to plan a trip here next winter, and we'll hit a town that has them all: Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Beall's Outlet, Ross', Tuesday Morning, etc. My latest fixation is Goodwill, though I haven't found anything really incredible yet. A friend found some Lily Pulitzer capris there a few weeks ago!


Sheila :-)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

So glad a you had a great day, except for the asthma flare up, that part was not fun! And I think your photos are gorgeous, but I love black and white! And your description just had me using my imagination! lol

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda :)

Unknown said...

Too bad about the asthma flare-up, but it sounds as though you had a wonderful day anyway. I hope you fix your camera soon, I bet if you handed it to your daughter, she would have it fixed in a second!

stefanie said...

oooo, sounds like a wonderful day, except the asthma.

susan said...

Jane-Sorry you had an asmtha flare up :( Those can be so scary. Your dinner sounds wonderful and I love your flowers even in black and white. The girlfriend sounds adorable!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Glad you had a great Mother's Day. I wish I was near Chicago so I could attend Nada's Farm Sale. It's so great that you like your son's makes life so much easier that way.

Debbie said...

Hi Blondie...just found your blog/journal. I'm glad your Mother's Day ended up being nice.
I'm from northern Michigan. I recently started blogging, and am enjoying meeting so many neat people!
Your pics look great!
I received roses also...same colors as yours.
Enjoy your week.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, glad you had a nice Mother's Day... I am trying to envision your flowers in those colors... tee hee hee! We had the Race for the Cure here in SLC as well... your son's new girlfriend sounds like a doll, and I love her name! Have fun shopping with your gift card! xoxo Julie Marie

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

What a sweet day you had, so happy for you! moms deserve the best!! Happy belated Mother's Day honey! xoxo
ps: Agree with you about Ikea, but it's soooo easy sometimes and well priced :)

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I'm so glad you were still able to enjoy a lovely day with your family. The flowers still look good even in black and white.

Charlene said...

Glad you had a great Mother's Day. I bet your tulips are pretty! But, you do need to find the color button for this summer out at the lake. Have you started going out there a lot yet? Have a great week. Charlene

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful get together, beautiful family, and a delicious meal! Happy Mother's Day! Linda

Rebecca said...

Happy Mother's Day to you sweetie. So sorry it started out rough for you. I do hope you are feeling much better today. Sounds like your day was a beautiful one with your family! Thanks for stopping by. It was a hard day, but we made it through it. Have a lovely week!


BTW, I LOVE black and white photos!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Sorry about the asthma flair, but it sounds like your family loved you up with flowers and a meal. You always crack me up girl! With your camera stuck in the b and w mode. Your so much fun, can't wait for summer and our get together. It's been crappy cold here, I want my spring back!

Sue said...

I'm glad you had a great day. I keep laughing at you and your camera...but, I got a new phone a couple of weeks ago. I can check my email on it, but I couldn't get it to work. I have to get the book back out...can't seem to get around to it.

Gypsy Heart said...

A wonderful day! I'm so glad for you. I do wanaa see the flowers in color though. :-) I know they're gorgeous. Black & white photography is a favorite of mine and yes, you took an artsy photo! :-)

Hope that asthma is abating...I know how that feels. Take good care!


Melanie said...

Glad that you had a great Mother's Day!

Get that camera off B&W so we can see those pretty purple tulips:)

Lori E said...

Glad you had a nice day. I like black and white photography. It looks elegant and important.

Diane Mars said...

Hope you had a Wonderful Mothers Day! Stop On Over I'm having a Virtual Baby Shower for my daughter Breezy, games and prizes, would love to see you there! Let's Get This Party Started!! Hugs, Diane


Hi Jane, I hope you are feeling better! I'm glad you had a lovely Mother's Day. I can see that you are truly blessed with a wonderful family. I'm still loving the black and white photos. Have a great week, be well!

Pondside said...

It sounds like you had a great mothers' day! I'd certainly know how to spend a gift card from Marshall's!

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Hi Jane
Thanks for your lovely comment. No we dont live by the sea, about 52 miles inland, but always holidayed in Norfolk the most beautiful natural coastline and I think it has always been a dream to do so.
Jenny x

Natasha in Oz said...

You are so funny! I sure do hope that you work the camera setting out!

Your flowers look lovely too!

I hope you are feeling better now.

Best wishes and happy week,

Rubyred said...

Hello Jane, sounds like you had a wonderful day, apart from ypur asthma!
Your flowers look gorgeous, even in black and white!
Rachel x

Tina said...

It sounds like you had a lovely Mothers Day - except for the asthma. I hope you are feeling better now. Love your pics, even in black and white!! Wishing you a lovely week Jane ~ Tina xx

Theresa said...

Lovely tulips, I love them even in B&W:) Happy you had a great day and a nice dinner, AND a gift card from Marshall's! Wow, my kind of day! Have a great Tuesday my friend!

Suzann said...

Tulips are my #1 fave flower. (even in B&W)
Sorry to hear that you had an asthma flare-up, that's difficult.
Having your son date a nice girl, oh I can't wait for the day!!!
Sounds like you had a terrific Mother's Day despite a couple of obstacles. I'm glad.

Unknown said...

I LOVE your artsy photos! Sounds like you had a lovely too! Being a Mom is the best but like you I look forward to grandmotherhood :)


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a nice day for you, except your the asthma. Hope you are fine now.
My son works in a pro shop, too! He checks all the golfers in, schedules tee times, etc. He is really busy this time of year, too. This is his sixth season at the golf course. He is a really good golfer, too.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. That dinner really sounded good! Hope you get your camera figured out...

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sounds like a wonderful day...HAPPY BELATED MOTHER'S DAY!


xinex said...

So sorry you are having asthma attack, hope you feel better now, Janie. You have a wonderful and thoughtful family. The flowers are gorgeous even in black and white. Marshall's is one of my favorite stores. It should be easy for you to pick something nice....Christine


Hi Jane, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! The flowers are real, that's why they look so realistic:)
Love your visits and your blog.

April said...

Hi Janie!
So happy to hear that you had such a wonderful Mother's Day...minus the asthma flare-up, of course! I can just imagine how gorgeous your flowers are in color! Now, go get out that instructions manual of your and get it all figured out!:)

Kathleen said...

Well you know how we love those really nice Irish gals! I hope my MIL felt that way..prob not, she wasn't Irish!
Sorry you had to miss the brunch due to your asthma..the pollen is horrendous here. My red car is green!
Lovely flowers,Jane!
BTW. the jig is up on the extra suitcase when you got to see Christine..she read my comment. Go to
Plan B!

Laura said...

What a wonderful Mother's Day.
That dinner menu sounds delicious!
I love your black and white photos!
Do you have a new camera?


Vintage Remixed said...

Hi Jane,

It has been a while since I've been by. Hope you are doing well, and getting lots of writing done.


Gypsy aka Tam said...

It certainly sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day other then the Asthma issue. My better half struggles with that as well and it is not fun.
Enjoy your week.
Hugs Tam

Gypsy aka Tam said...

It certainly sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day other then the Asthma issue. My better half struggles with that as well and it is not fun.
Enjoy your week.
Hugs Tam

Anonymous said...

The flowers are beautiful to me even though they are in B&W. You had a great Mother's Day....Thanks for stopping by and sweet comments...Have a wonderful week..Katherinellen

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Jane
So glad you had a wonderful Mothers Day.. I actually love the b&w.. looks fabulous!! oh and I like colour too.. lucky you to receive such wonderful flowers...

Hope your asthma has let up and you are feeling better!! not pleasant for you on Mothers Day.. or any day for that matter... Well thank you so much for the birthday wishes.. and have a lovely week xxx Julie

Amy said...

Looks like you had a lovely Mother's day too. I love the fact that you gave back on Mother's day and participated in the breast cancer walk!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Mother's day to you girl...sounds like you had a great one..sorry you got sick bummer my friend..and maybe just maybe you will see those grand babies you want ha ha!! girl I have so many of them I can't keep up with all their names and ages anymore...I just toss them my checkbook at Christmas now ha ha!! I pray all is well in your side of the mountain my Dear Jane...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

bj said...

So glad you had a great Mom's, too! :)

Yep, Blondie girl, the tulips could have used some color...but, hey, they look great in b and w, too. Tulips are one of my favorites!
xo bj

Shellbelle said...

I absolutely love B&W floral photography. I think sometimes we get lost in the color and B&W shows off the intricacies and beauty of the flowers themselves.

Sorry you were a bit under the weather, asthma is no fun!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey Janie, the flowers are gorgeous even in black and white! Sorry you were out of commission for a while, but it sounds like the day turned out great anyway!
Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK Jane, this might just be one of the funniest posts ever -- love the B&W and the "color commentary" about the flowers!

Sounds like a nice Mother's Day -- despite the asthma flare up. Take care of yourself!

raggygirlvintage said...

Too bad you missed the brunch but glad the day improved and you were spoilt with lovely flowers. Have fun shopping and thanks for stopping by earlier!

Unknown said...

So glad you had such a beautiful & warm day with your loved ones, sweetie.

Hope your asthma is all settled down now.

TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love the way that name rolls off my tongue. Mary Clair. Lovely name!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

A red headed Irish girl!!!! Ohhhhhhh how precious!

I got a red headed Granddaughter, without her parents being red headed, actually. :-) But wow is her hair a joy! Especially now that she's 16 and loves it.

Truth be told, she didn't grow up, loving her hair. She didn't enjoy people stopping them on the street and "ohhhh-ing" and "ahhh-ing" over it, when she was a little "tom boy." But, she has learned to embrace her uniqueness. :-)))

Gentle hugs...

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Jane, I am not blonde and I love your black and white "mood Mode".!