Tuesday, June 21, 2011


It was another beautiful sunny weekend at the lake, the temps just right for sitting outside, enjoying the breeze off the bay. My pots are filling in with the flowers I planted last weekend so I thought I'd share a few pictures. I plant a lot of impatiens because I like to leave my pots in the shade where they won't dry up while we are gone.
I love this cement pot, I think I'd cry if it ever broke. I love the rustic and beautiful...
...and the whimsical. Have I mentioned that one of my closest blogger friends, Cindy from Applestone Cottage is coming to visit with her husband, Dan next weekend? We are so looking forward to it. They are coming from Western Wisconsin, a good 6 hour drive. I have finally gotten the whole house clean! Room by room I have been working away, including the little summerhouse. The Husband removed all the bird's nests from the eaves and posts...I think there was a landlord renting out empty nests. Every time the babies would fly away, a new family would move right in. After he power washed the patio, he swore...no more nests. I sort of like watching and listening to them.
So, what is this, I ask you? Saturday was the lake yard sale...tons of them everywhere, but we arrived a little late to take advantage of it. My sweet neighbor, Susie, popped over with this wicker thingie and said it had my name all over it.
It looks like something you would bring on a picnic. I'm thinking outdoor buffet with napkins and utensils. It's very neat though, isn't it? Any other ideas?
Friday night was another shower for son Kevin's fiancee, Mary Clare. It was held at her Aunt Kathy's house, which is just lovely. I tried to take outdoor pictures, but it had gotten too dark out. Tents filled the backyard with flickering candles on tables, sangria was the theme drink and the food was outstanding. Although gifts didn't have to be wrapped, some were, and Mary Clare just beamed as she opened them. I think Kevin is enjoying the showers, especially for the food. August 27th is fast approaching, and no, I don't have a dress yet.
This is daughter Emily with Mary Clare.
And my daughter, Abigail.
This is me with Mary Clare's sweet mother, Peggy. We had a wonderful time and I wish I hadn't had to leave so early but it was up to the lake.

We are leaving again on Thursday, and Cindy and Dan will be coming on Friday. Did I say I am excited? Maybe we can do a post together.

So there we have my weekend. How was yours? A winner for the Pottery Barn giveaway will be announced next week when things die down around here. Good luck!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Ok, I settled down now. You look so cute in that pic Jane!
And everything is looking so pretty at the lake house!!
Beautiful daughters and dil!
Emily looks so much like you but with dark hair!
Can't wait and hugs!

Honey at 2805 said...

Things certainly look good around your lakehouse! You have a wonderful weekend, sweetie!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, how fun that Cindy is coming to see you!!! I would be so excited too... love your pretty pots at the lake... and your new wicker treasure... your weekend sounds perfect!... my weekend was spent having another kidney stone, ouch!... but today, I am celebrating the first day of Summer... and hopefully no more pain!... all of the ladies look beautiful in your post, especially YOU!... xoxo Julie Marie

Coloradolady said...

Jane, your lake house looks wonderful. I love your new wicket tray, I think your idea is perfect for that!!

You have a lovely family!! Beautiful daughters and new DIL. Have a wonderful weekend visiting with your friend!!

Debbiedoos said...

FUN, FUN, FUN! You gals take lots of pics. Loved your pictures and the girls are adorable too.

Theresa said...

Oh what a wonderful time! I know you will have a really good time with Cindy and her husband! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Love your pretty flowers and I have pots that I adore also! The basket looks like a picnic item to me too!

Have a blessed day dear Jane, HUGS!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your flowers are so pretty! I bet you are going to have a blast when Cindy visits!

NanaDiana said...

You are going to have so much fun with Cindy! She is just an awesome person! What a fun shower and your new dil is lovely...a perfect match for your cute son!

Don't worry about the dress- I always bought my own the week before each wedding...much to the dismay of family and friends. I was always hoping to squeeze into a smaller size the closer it got to the BIG DAY! And~ guess what? Sometimes it worked! Have a great weekend- I know you will!!! xo Diana

Cherrie said...

Looks like you had a fun filled weekend! And another one coming up!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love the color and texture of the cement pot! What fun to attend the showers for your son and his bride to be. It sounds like a wonderful party:>)

Terra said...

The shower looks like it was great fun, and your impatiens are very pretty, especially your favorite cement pot.

Lynn said...

Glad it was a nice weekend Jane! Everything at the lakehouse looks great and I'm sure you and Cindy will have a blast! Have fun:@)

Low Tide High Style said...

Looks like another wonderful shower. And your girls, and soon to be daughter in law, are all gorgeous! I hope you have a wonderful time with your company, how fun! One of these days I'll get out your way, or better yet, you can come visit me!

Kat :)

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Jane, I have one of those same covered baskets. I'm stumped because of the double dividers. hmmmm... still fun, tho. Your lake place looks wonderful!!
xoxo Debra

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That basket looks like it will work great for outdoor dining, Jane! I think it would be great to hold the paper goods down in the event a breeze comes along.

Olive said...

You guys are going to have so much fun. The shower looked amazing and that wedding is coming soon!

KTW said...

LOVE the basket, but haven't a clue as to its purpose. Improvise! That's always fun. :)
Mary Claire is lovely and I'm sure you are very excited for the big day! Hope you have a fantabulous time with Cindy! :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Janie...

I just read your sweet note, my friend and came right over! Ohhh...I'm just tickled pink for you and Cindy!!! I'm sooo envious...would love to be there with you sweet gals! Ohhh...and I would love to see your beautiful lake house as well! I just know that ya'll are going to have a great time!!!

Love your pretty new potted plants! You have a gorgeous patio area, Jane! Looks like lots of nice shade...just perfect for sitting out and enjoying the view!

Well dear friend, take bunches of photos and share with all of us...okay! Have a great time and enjoy ya'lls visit!

Love ya,

Rebecca Nelson said...

You are gorgeous! That said...I want to see your LakeHouse with my own two eyes.

Invite me. :)

Tee Hee~


Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

So glad your last weekend was lovely. And hope the coming one, is lovely also. Enjoy your company!

Oh and would you believe, I have an awful time spelling the name of the flower.... "impatiens." I always want to add a "T" at the end. 'Cause I say it... "Im-pa-tients." As in "not-wanting-to-wait." ,-)

Happy Summer Solstice,

Terri Steffes said...

I am so excited FOR you! I can't wait to see your pictures. I love the chair and the cement pot. I agree, it would be a travesty if it got broken! Enjoy the day!

Brenda Pruitt said...

You two gals will have such fun! And I'm sure the guys will too.

Pondside said...

You have such a lot going on Jane! I'll bet you'll have a wonderful time with your friend, Cindy, and I look forward to seeing your photos. I get to meet a blogger this week too - one you met on your visit to the Lake!

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

What a great gathering, have fun!!....

Unknown said...

So exciting, Jane! I love all the hubbub and fun parties. Thanks for sharing. You have certainly been busy lately. Can't wait to see pictures from the wedding.

PAT said...

I can't wait to hear about your get together with Cindy! Sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Your lakehouse looks wonderful!!Have a great time.


Gypsy Heart said...

How fun! I'm sure Mary Clare is enjoying every moment of the festivities...as she should. Kevin prolly is too. Your daughters are adorable! Great photo of you too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend...lucky you to have a blogger friend as a guest.


Gypsy Heart said...

How fun! I'm sure Mary Clare is enjoying every moment of the festivities...as she should. Kevin prolly is too. Your daughters are adorable! Great photo of you too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend...lucky you to have a blogger friend as a guest.


bj said...

Oh, Blondie, you look as young as all these young ladies you are showing us.
Love your pots of plants and the cute wicker picnic caddy.
hugs, bj

Raine and Sage said...

Gorgeous photos of your family. I have to say I'd cry to if that cement pot broke. x
What an exciting weekend you have to look forward to. Enjoy!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Looks like you are having a lovely summer, Janie. The shower looked like a lot of fun. Can you believe all this rain and storms, lately??? I can hardly keep the pillows on the patio dry!

Debbie said...

Hi Jane...seems you've been busy with wedding preparations, showers, flower planting, and cleaning.
I hope you get some "down" time to relax this weekend.
I LOVE that pic of you at the shower. You are a doll!
Please enter me in your give away.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Lovely! I really love the potted flowers! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your blogger friend!

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh, I love that cement pot, too, Jane! So vintage! You have been one busy girl, haven't you? That's such a nice photo of you, too, pretty girl! Now I know where your daughters get their beauty from. :)

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

I don't remember if I entered your giveaway, Janie! (must be old age or something... lol!) Would you please throw my name in the hat? Thanks, sweetie!

xoxo laurie

Melanie said...

How cool that Cindy & her husband are coming to visit you? Have you all ever met in person before? Your daughters and DIL are beautiful...


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

So much to comment on! I love your pots and all your outdoor decor. YOur lakehouse sounds like the place I would LOVE to be all summer long!
Have fun with Cindy! I just read her comment and she sounds as excited as you!!!!
Best wishes to your son and his finance'! God bless them!

I am having a fabulous Mikasa Giveaway. Stop over to StoneGable and enter to win some beautiful china!
xo Yvonne

Ricki Treleaven said...

I think your pot is gorgeous, too! Thanks for posting the pictures form the shower. Everyone looks like they are having a greta time!

Lori said...

Love the flowers Janie ~ what a great week-end you had and you have another one to look forward to. Go get a dress ~ I want to see it!! xo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Lots of excitement for you these days! It's so nice that you're all ready. I seem to never get it all done before guests come! Have a wonderful time!

Unknown said...

Awe! Fun! There is so much fun around weddings! Have fun meeting Cindy. She is a sweetheart! :)


Debi said...

Everything is looking so pretty. I bet she got a lot of pretty gifts at her shower. Enjoy your time with your friends. Debi

Charlene said...

Have fun visiting with your friends at the lake. Isn't it special to I would LOVE it if we could meet in person! And enjoy all this time leading up to the wedding. These are the moments memories are made of!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

What a happy time in your lives!
The double Adirondack looks cozy.

Unknown said...

The pots really do look very pretty

Paula@SweetPea said...

Glad you had a good weekend at the lake. Your pots look so pretty! Have a great time next weekend with Cindy.

Mary said...

Have a great time when your blog friend visits - I know she'll love being at your lakeside home.

Looks so welcoming - but I' agree, I'd miss the birds too!

Hugs - Mary

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Jane...you're summer is so busy with wedding parties...you poor girl :) lol!! Good thing you have the lake to sit and relax for a little down time (you poooor girl!!) Enjoy your fun visit and your week as well!!
Karla & Karrie

Jane said...

I'm glad you are enjoying the lake house. Looks like everyone is enjoying the bridal shower. You have a beautiful family!

Unknown said...

What a lovely place to have a cabin, Blondie. It looks so peaceful. Love all your pretties but this server is a wonderful piece. So many fabulous things you can use it for.

Have a lovely week ~

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hi Jane! What an exciting time for your family!

You look GORGEOUS!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

How fun Jane!! Summer and Lakes and friends and a wedding! Love the flower pot too!

Have fun!!!

Lou Cinda

Balisha said...

When my son got married, I didn't have a dress till the week before.I just walked through the store and there it was.
Have a fun filled weekend. Balisha

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I saw that Cindy was coming to see you. I begged her to take me with her!! Your flowers are doing great! Can't wait to hear all about the fun you guys have...

Rettabug said...

Hi Jane!

I have no idea what the basket could be for but I hope somebody does! Its very nice.
I'm kicking myself for not buying a chair today that looked EXACTLY like your white one. I could have painted it! Darn! I may have to go back. I always wanted one I could plop a plant upon.

How are you liking your silky straight hair? It still looks lovely in the photos.
Mary Clare is going to be a beautiful bride!

Say "hi" to Cindy for me & have a blast together!!


vintch said...

what a beautiful weekend full of family! i love how proud you are of them and how much you adore them--it shows through in your words and pictures!

i love that photo of your impatiens! i've been trying to get them to grow at our cottage for about a year, and everywhere i plant them, something goes wrong and they die. yours look FABULOUS!

Richella Parham said...

Oh, to be at a lake in the summertime! I know you must love it. I have to admit that I don't miss living in the Midwest during most of the year, but the summer makes me long to be there! We used to have the best summer fun--everyone in our little town would be outside as much as possible, and it was wonderful just to be alive! Here in North Carolina, it seems that you only see people when you're indoors--outside is just too hot!

How cool that your good blogging friend is coming to the lake house to see you! Y'all have fun!

Sarah said...

Jane, your outdoor spaces look so inviting. I know you are excited about Cindy's visit. Have a great time. ~ Sarah

susan said...

Jane-You are busy as a bee too! In my absence, I did not realize you had an upcoming wedding in the family! When is it? The picture of you and her mom is great--you look like a bride yourself :)I know you are going to enjoy Cindy's visit. Tell your husband to give the birds a break---they need homes too :) Y'all have fun and report back soon!

xinex said...

Oh how exciting, Janie, for Cindy and Dan to be coming for a visit. You will have so much fun. I am still thinking about the time you visited us. I wish we had more time to spend together. Everybody in the bridal shower look beautiful including you and your yard is looking good...Christine

Elaine said...

Wow, you have had quite the social calendar lately. Lots of parties, how fun. Enjoy your weekend with friends.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Gee! LOTS going on your way! This time last year my daughter and I were planning her wedding. :0 Such pretty daughters and dil to be you have! Love seeing the picture of pretty YOU too.

Gorgeous flowers you have. What fun to have Cindy and her dh come for a visit. I bet you are really excited!! Yes, it would be fun for you to do a double post of sorts!!


Tricia said...

Oh boy, it sounds like you are sooo busy, Jane, but in a really good way though!

My, what a pretty family you have. Have lotsa fun with you friend this weekend :)

Sonia said...

Sounds like so much fun! Love your patio with the potted plants and cute chair!
Beautiful family photos !! Thanks for sharing!

Miss Bloomers

Deborah said...

Enjoy your visit with Cindy!
How fun!
Jane you are so pretty!
Your plants look so good in that planter, and that wicker basket is so cute too :)
Sounds like you've got alot of excitement going on in your life ...enjoy!!

Much love,
Deborah xoxo

Designs on 47th Street said...

Me again...just talked to my daughter and she told me about the horrible storm in Chicago last night. Hope you didn't have any damage!

Susie Q said...

What fun you have been having sweet lady! And your lake house looks just perfect! Oh to be in such a place on a sweet Summer day!
Just enjoy each moment of your Summer and all you have to look forward to!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looking beautiful at the lake...have a wonderful time with Cindy and her hubby. Buying a dress for my daughters wedding was a pain...it needed to be a short dress and something that I would not burn up in...after about six dresses...I finally found the ONE...wishing you good luck with yours.


Donna said...

I have a pot like yours and it DID break...I WAS so sad! Looks like the showers were family filled fun! You'll find a dress just when you're ready. What an exciting summmer. Hope you have a wonderful visit with Cindy!

for the love of a house said...

love the pot! love! I think it is great that the flowers will last the week in the shade.
how fun to meet a fellow blogger!
what a great neighbor to bring you the wicker tray thingy!!


Rebecca said...

Hi Jane
Your daughters are beautiful just like their mama.
Lots of celebrating this summer for you, what a happy time.
Have a fun time with Cindy

koralee said...

So much fun...what a blessing to have a lakehouse. xox Happy weekend

shannon i olson said...

Sounds like so many good times to be had at your lake place, enjoy your visit with Cindy!!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hello dear Jane....pretty post as always and all the ladies are so beautiful. I'm really loving that wicker thingee....you know you could also use it for glasses at a party or picnic...just line them up or the utensils and napkins thing would be perfect also. Have fun at you beautiful spot on the lake.



Privet and Holly said...

Yay for daughters!
Yay for lakes and
wicker thingies and
summer and sunshine!
Happy Weekend,
xx Suzanne

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Jane! Love your flowers! And the shower looks like fun! I know you and Cindy and your hubbies will have fun also! Enjoy your weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Ann said...

Nice flowers you have there,
I can see they are just starting to bloom, those kind of flowers are easy to maintain and care for and they give lots of flowers almost everyday.

I have those wicker things too,
and I use them to put spoons and forks... I know there might be some other way they could be used... and they look good in the kitchen too.

Lynne said...

I love your cement pot as well!
What a beautiful family you have!
Your daughters are the image of their
lovely mother and Sweet Mary Clare is the image of hers.

I hope that you and Cindy have a fun visit. I am going to pop over to her blog and introduce myself!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Well, I happen to have had that exact basket thingie once upon a time! (Sorry if someone else already has told you what it was originally intended for.) I bought it brand new from Eddie Bauer when they had a home catalog. It was for holding CDs. You would line them up in the three sections. Loved it, but we turned our dining room into a library and put all our CDs in a CD holder that looks like an old card catalog. Wow! That was long-winded.

What a wonderful time you must have had all together. Just started following your blog. Off to enter your giveaway! Thanks!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Weddings are always such special occasions - especially, when you are the mother of the groom or bride. I know you'll find just the right dress, Jane. I had the same problem years ago, trying to find just a dress for my daughter's wedding. I found it about two weeks before the wedding! WHEW!!! That was a close one! lol

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Lynn said...

Do you know how fortunate you are? Of course you do! A LAKE HOUSE! and a wedding coming up? Isn't it amazing how a wedding can take over you life for a while! Best to you! (and the bride and groom, too!)


It is one of the reasons I love having guests . . . it makes me clean really well. Enjoy your friend.


vintch said...

looks like a wonderful weekend! that basket is so precious, and would certainly be awesome for picnics! it would also be a super cute sewing kit organizer or desk organizer!

have a beautiful, blessed week!

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