Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
We've been sanding, staining and restoring the door. Oops, I see the stain on the window. Gotta go get that off. Some think the door should be painted. Others think not to paint it. The wood matches our woodwork inside the house. What do you think?
Happy thinking! I'm off to clean the window!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
In spite of our best laid plans and most practical intentions, life happens, each day passes, passing one by one and each one at a faster speed than the day before. I want each day I live to have intention and purpose...purpose that makes a difference, not just intention and purpose that fills a schedule planner or check list.
Have a great day! I'm planning to too! ;+}
Monday, May 26, 2008
Happy Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I was extremely disappointed when I found the decorative trim missing around the bottom third of our living room window, but I cheered myself with the thought that at least, the whole thing wasn't ripped off and boarded over. So I just kept on scraping, painting and cleaning. I'm happy with the results, until we can do otherwise. The signature I showed you a few days ago was on the window trim on the far right hand side of the window. This photo is of our neighbor's window that is similar. You can see how the out line of the trim would match.
Ivory the pet ferret says, "Hello fans!" She's enjoyed all the activity around here the last month. April 23, 2008 through May 23, 2008, we worked on our "project" 17 days, and spent approximately 91 hours! Now bad, huh? Phase 2 will start soon. I'll keep you updated. I'm anxious to plant a few flowers next to the house...can't do that till we're finished.
Have a great day! It's rainy and cold here. I'm looking for another "project" (smile). However, I am also looking for volunteers to scrap the paint from around all of those little tiny glass window panes, if anyone runs out of some thing to do!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A little crop of these popped up unannounced in the yard. We stood over them and discussed what they could possibly be and their origin. It was interesting family conversation I'm here to tell you!
I hope you have a great day.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Chives! What do YOU do with chives? I'd like to know.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
In other news here at "A Romantic Porch", it is time for the birthday give-away drawing. Drum roll please and will the "official winner picker" please step to the podium.
#13!! Scrambling to computer to see which person left comment #13...hurry 1,2,3,4,...let's see...um, yes #13 throwing hands in air...there it is, IT IS SHERI from A Pawsh Poodle!! Yay! Sheri! Email me with your address, and a parcel of things I love will be on their way to you! Congratulations! Thank you for your encouragement to just go ahead and eat the heart shaped brownie!
Thank you each and every one wherever and whoever you are for making my "surprise birthday party" such a fun success!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Today is my friend Esther's birthday. I want to wish her a happy day. And my sweet niece Amy graduates from High School tonight! Wow! Where have the years gone? Have a fun filled, memory packed, fabulous, wonderful day, Amy!
The adorable little book in the photo above is full of interesting thoughts. I wanted to share a couple of quotes with you!
"Happiness in the older years of life, like happiness in every year of life, is a matter of choice ~ your choice for yourself." Harold Azine
"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." Larry Lorenzoni
So my dear family and friends. Thank you for all the birthday wishes, whether you left them here, called me or emailed me. I appreciated them all so much. It is a blessing and a joy to be remembered by you!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We have heart shaped brownies and coffee to begin the festivities. I will update you with other details and goodies as the day goes along, so feel free to relax, stay a while, or if you are in a hurry drop back by. You know you are always welcome here at "A Romantic Porch".
Each guest will find a beautiful corsage at every place setting. This is complimentary from my husband, affectionately called on this blog, "Mr. Romantic Porch". Wasn't that sweet of him to get flowers for all of you? Well he's just like that you know. I don't believe I would be able to breathe if he weren't around.
Oh! What? Who's the party for? Well me, of course! Today is my birthday! Yay! The day I turned 29, not so long ago (smile) I decided that I would celebrate every birthday in as grand of style as was possibly allowable with the circumstances that the day presented to me. So have fun with me today. I'm collecting little goodies of things I love and cherish to pass along as a birthday gift from me to you. I will update the picture above as I add more items to it. A name will be drawn on Friday evening from all of the comments to receive the birthday gift . If you don't have a blog, be sure to leave an email address.A sweet friend called and asked me if I felt any older. Well no, of course not! Age is only a number! Don't you agree? I want to live life to the fullest, and not have how old I am determining what I accomplish. But I DO feel much more wise and mature! (that's funny) I've learned so many new things this year, like how to email pictures and post them into this blog...how to navigate around the blog. I've learned that I love making friends all around the world and how fun it is to stay in touch with family this way! So I guess I'm off to celebrate my 29th birthday for the...um, let's see...how many times have I celebrated my 29th birthday after all?!
Talk to you later
Contents of gift package include, but are not limited to: vintage music book, and cherished decorating magazine (Romantic Homes), vintage buttons, a few tea lights, keepsake honeycomb paper decor, etc
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
See the clock tower that rises gracefully above our County Courthouse? For all the years we've lived within a block and a half of the Courthouse, the clock tower still intrigues me. Through the day, when I am busy, I can hear it chime away the hours and at night it is a constant companion during a restless dark solitude...ticking tocking chiming, telling me that time is passing, morning will come.
There have been times in the past when the clock got confused...maybe a little dementia from being so old, I don't know, but the clock tower doctors put a big smiley face over it, and worked and worked and worked to repair its' miscalculating internal organs. You see it just won't do for a clock to chime 14 on the hour!
Morning always comes! It's miraculous! Sunrise, sunset, sunrise! One time my sweet sister in law Joy said, "Sometimes the difference between feeling hope and despair, is nothing more than a good nights sleep." I believe that may be true!
Have you heard about the new competitor to Pay Pal accounts. It is Revolution Money Exchange and if you click here, you will get all the details. For setting up an account, they will pay you $25.00. Click here for all of the details. The offer to receive $25.00 ends on May 15th, so you may want to hurry.
P.S. Do you want the homemade ice cream recipe?
Monday, May 12, 2008
And at the end of the day who wouldn't want to stand in the cold wind and rain, on the back porch here at "A Romantic Porch" to sort through 6 bags of garbage looking for a receipt that had inadvertently been thrown away a mere 2 days ago, after realizing that the recently purchased shoes listed on the receipt were coming apart due to some defective "gene" in them. Yes sirree I did! There are the blue "garbage digging gloves" to prove it! See right there beside the rescued receipt.
Now who in their right mind would dig through 6 bags of garbage at 10 pm (because the trash collector comes at the unearthly hour of 6:30 am on Monday morning) and take pictures to prove it? Then of all things BLOG about it ~~~ for crying out loud! Well, I guess I would (raising hand timidly), because you see that's just what Mothers do! Well, isn't it?