Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Tablescapes

Since I'm not home to set a new Easter table, I thought I would share a few from previous years!
This tablescape had a rabbit theme in 2010
I love these April Cornell linens!

In 2012 the rabbits inspired another table
Pink and Blue for Easter
This thrift shop rabbits are some of my favorite finds at only .80 each!



This table from 2010 was also lots of fun
And featured a place setting for my 'hoped for' Grandchild....
Maybe next year I can host Easter dinner at my house and use these fun place mats!
This Bunny napkin ring makes me smile!

In 2012 I set an Easter table for Two!
I love the blue and whites used on this table
A simple but fun centerpiece says it all!

I will enjoy being with my Mom this year but will miss hunting eggs with Tiger.  
There is always next year!

Things are moving along here in Texas.  It is such a big job to downsize but we are working on it.  Mom continues to improve health wise and so we are on track to have her moved to Georgia by June 15th!  We will all be glad when this move is over.   I miss my family but talk to them frequently, in fact Tiger called me today to thank me for his Easter card.  Thank goodness for all the photos and videos his parents share with me!  

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I'm so sorry I haven't been visiting but Diann and I are trying our best and really appreciate you joining the fun at TTF! 

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sharing The Birds Of Sping

 I wanted to join Kathleen for her Let's Dish challenge this month.  Since I'm at my Mom's and away from all my dishes, I decided to share a post with you from last year!
This plate was my inspiration for the table
It just says 'Spring' to me!  
I layered a large white charger plate and a vintage green plate underneath the salad plate. 
*edited to add that I think the green vintage plate is Edwin Knowles Yorktown.  Thanks to Monicawho helped me research* 
The bright green place mat was perfect and added two other colors; yellow and blue

The plaid napkin brought out the yellow and blue in addition to the green.  
I went with the blue handled flatware

I love this blue and green goblet and while I found mine at Goodwill, I've seen them at Ross.
Adding a little bird napkin ring continues the theme of this table.  The napkin rings were found on deep clearance at Hobby Lobby.
Pier 1 bird salt and pepper shakers on a pale yellow plate
At each place setting is a little yellow bird salt shaker.  Vintage and in bad condition, I love them anyway and they are perfect to add that extra touch!
My newest thrifty find is this cute bird napkin holder.  I paid 95 cents for it and added some bird paper napkins to the holder.
For a centerpiece I added my potted peace plant and a soft yellow bird and a LOVE sign
*When fresh flowers aren't available a green houseplant still adds some life to a centerpiece*

I hope you enjoyed my birdie tablescape!

Please visit Kathleen and see all the other tablescapes for the April challenge of 'Birds~Eggs~Nests'

I'm also joining Tablescape Thur

Wishing You JOY,

Linda


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What A Week!

I have missed all of you!
The packing is going slowly
Making decisions is tiring for Mom and I know it's hard to let go of so many of your possessions.
She is trying so hard!

This is Sam
Mom's cat has been an indoor/outdoor cat for most of his 13 years.  However moving means staying inside and using a litter box (which he does not like to do).  
Last week we found an injury on his back leg and took him to the Vet.  
I told Mom that with his injury it was time to keep him inside! 
We have and it's not been fun but he is adjusting.  Mornings are the worst time as he wants O~U~T!!!
  He will hopefully live with Mom in her new apt as he adjusts to being an indoor cat!

On top of that early Sunday morning my friend Terry called me to tell me that her husband Dennis was having open heart surgery!  He had an aortic aneurysm that burst.  Most people do not even live long enough when this happens to get to the ER.  Dennis felt something was wrong and they called 911.  An ambulance took him to the hospital, while there they did a test and they had to Life Flight him to another hospital where they did emergency surgery.
Dennis, Terry and I are more then friends, we are Family!  Terry has kept me updated and as of today Dennis is awake.  They took out his breathing tube and he is having some problems but his outlook while still critical is so much better!
So many of you responded to my request for prayers on Facebook and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Please continue to keep Dennis and Terry in your prayers.  

So it's been quite a week...oh and yesterday
April 7th was this little guy's Birthday
I can't believe he is three years old! 
I talked to Tiger on the phone and he told me he would save me a cupcake! 
I miss him so much! 

I am hoping the rest of this week goes smoothly and I get some more packing done.

All your well wishes for my Mom have meant so much to us.  We have a timeline for moving.
I will return home for two weeks the end of May to take care of some personal business and see Ashleigh when she visits.  Then I'll return to Texas and finish loading up, cleaning out the house and moving Mom to Georgia by June 15th.

I'll keep visiting and I'll try to post occasionally!

Wishing you JOY,

Linda



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Time For Mom

Last Friday I got a call from my sweet Mom, she said 'I need you'.  So I made quick arrangements for Charlie, my plants and my mail and flew to Houston on Sunday.
My flight was delayed two hours, we had a rough trip and arrived in a rain storm.  But I got here! 
My cousin Heather picked me up and drove me to Mom's house.  Big hugs and me saying it will all be OK!  Mom had oral surgery two weeks ago to remove the remainder of her teeth and get dentures.  It's been hard on her at 83, and she had some dizziness and even fainted last week.  Yesterday I took her to the Dr who diagnosed her with dehydration.  Since not being able to eat normally she was dehydrated and he took her off two of her meds until her blood pressure comes back up.
(not my photo but isn't this pretty...sorry if I borrowed it from you...let me know)

Too say we are all relieved that it is only dehydration is an understatement, but it has also prompted a decision that has been too long coming
Mom can no longer live in her home alone!
FINALLY, she is moving to Georgia!
I've put my foot down and luckily she agrees :)
We are looking at a wonderful Independent Living community 8 miles from where I live.  She will be in a one bedroom with a kitchen so she can cook some but her evening meals are provided.
St Mary's Highland Hills
I am so happy that she will be close to me!
It will be hard on her to change all her Doctors but she will also be happier near me, Sara and her family! 
So much to figure out, what to take, what to donate, what to sell.  It will be a big job.
I will move Mom and get her settled then return to clean out the house and put it on the market.
SOOOOOOOOOOO
If I'm a bit absent from blogging don't worry!
I will continue to visit and comment as I can, I would miss you all so much if I didn't visit! 

That is what is going on in my world! 
Too leave you with a smile on your face...
Tiger and his Daddy built him 
A Sandbox!  
Yes it has a cover so cat's will not use it for...well you know what!  

I'll try to keep you updated on all this as I can!

Wishing You JOY, 
Linda 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #152

Diann and I are so glad to see you!

This week I'm sharing some thrifty items I bought this week.

$2.41
That is what I paid for all of these items at my favorite thrift store.
I love these Tupperware canisters.  I have several and they are great in the kitchen pantry or in the craft room!  These need a good washing and one of the tops has a chunk missing, but for the price these were a great find!
These toddler cups were like new and keep Tiger from spilling his drinks on the carpet while visiting Grandma.
I fell in love with this little Santa bird, looks like he slipped on the ice and broke his wing....
This tray is perfect for Tiger's visits.  He can sit on the floor with a snack or use it as a coloring or play doh table.  So all this (including the tray) for only $2.41 (including tax) was a SCORE!

I've been looking for some new pillows for the couch to lighten up for Spring.  Being the 'frugal' person I am I've looked and looked.
I found these on clearance yesterday at Target for 50% off!  Yay!  

Love this soft purple.  Its not a color I use often but I really like it on the couch.  They also have a zipper and inserts so I can change out the covers! 
Both for $25

What bargains have you found this week?
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Wishing you JOY,
Linda