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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dear Daughters: There Are Always Roses

Roses in my Garden 2015

My Roses Spring 2015

Dear Daughters,

Thank goodness there are always roses to grow ,
or a meal to prepare, or a friend’s particularly good advice to absorb, or an errand to run, or Leaves candles to burn, or a flea market to frequent.

You have your own list, I know.

These are the creative and necessary duties of life that distract us (in the most positive way possible) when our worry threatens our peace.

I am a great fan of distractions.

I imagine your Great Grandmother Mills’ list included things like hanging clothes on the line, or sweeping the kitchen floor, or working in her garden, or acts of kindness.

So don’t judge your postponement of worry time when other things call.

Just enjoy them.

I love you, and you have been my greatest distraction,


                                                                         Linking to Simple and Sweet Friday at Rooted in Thyme

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When Are You coming to my House?


IMG_5341                                                             My grandson’s game face.

So this is how it happens.

Yesterday afternoon , around 5:30 pm in the bread aisle of HEB, my phone rings.

And no it wasn’t 5:30 or 6:00 am when I usually grocery shop,  as discussed  here.

It was that grocery shopping time of day when nothing good is going to happen.

The wrong combination of people are usually at the grocery store that time of day.

So the phone rings, I answer, and the voice of my youngest grandson says-

“Madu, when are you coming to my house?”

At this point it is as if I am a special agent being called on assignment with the sound of some code phrase.

The grocery store noise falls away.

There is no question. There is no planning for a seven hour drive.  There is nothing else.

There is just that voice.

”Tomorrow,” I say

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall Mantels



These mantels are a perfect example of how I create things in my home.

How do I do it?

I am not quite sure…I do what you probably do.

I haul crates and tubs in the house from the garage , and I start slinging.

For the 2010 mantel above,  my mother’s RC Gorman print was already on the mantel, and its colors looked like fall, so I built around it.

Fall Mantel 2011


In 2011, I wanted to showcase my Woodland Spode dishes that I love so much- and still do.

I also added some of my favorite mantel elements, antlers, burlap, and feathers.



In 2012, it was all about metallic pumpkins.  I knew they needed a little softening, so I filled in natural colored raffia.


Fall Mantel 2013


And one of my favorite mantels was last year’s. (2013)  I love the symmetry and the pumpkin orange color with my bright white dishes with a lace like border.



And finally for this year’s mantel, a special thrifted treasure , the reproduction Staffordshire dogs that I bought on a special trip to the beach with friends were used .   (2014)

And now it’s almost time for Christmas mantel planning!

Do you believe it?

Sundays at Home at Thoughts From Alice

Amaze me Monday at Dwellings

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blogging Questions


I have two blogging questions, for now…

Here we go, In no particular order. 

Warning:  Whining ahead.

Photography:  ( I have a Canon T3i).

Although I enjoy photography very, very much, I NEVER know if my photos are going to turn out well.

They are often out of focus or the color is wrong.

We have some natural light in our home, but not enough to take photos without using all sorts of special camera settings, plus a tripod, and a timer.

I am just not that adept, and trying to read up on the exposure triangle makes me want to stick a hot poker in my eye.

I have been tempted to buy a high quality, low light, wide angle point and shoot.

I can honestly say this has been the single biggest deterrent to blogging more frequently.

Any suggestions?


Does Blogger have a gadget to add a recipe format?

I often see recipes posted within blog posts that look like they are using a template.

Thank you!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31: Enjoying Simple Things, At Last

Kitchen Sitting Area

My Kitchen Sitting Area


In no particular order, here are my thoughts about re-entering the world of blogging consistently by posting for 31 consecutive days.

Granted, I got off schedule a bit in the final stretch, but by looking at the clock and the date creatively, I made it , and I am posting Day 31 on Day 31- and I have 31 posts to show for it.

* I hope those of you who stopped by to read don’t think I am some kind of stalker- as in ‘Oh my gosh, there she is again!’.

* I did have a theme , a main idea, an over arching idea which is simply this:   Enjoying Simple Things. 

* I learned an important lesson, however, throughout this process.

Enjoying Simple Things is ALL in the eye of the beholder.

*Isn’t that great news?  We can live life according to what suits us (as differently as that may seem to others), and we can call it SIMPLE. 

* And finally- the greatest part of this exercise was connecting with you- both old and new blogging friends.  Thank you for your emails and your encouragement.

May all your SIMPLE dreams come true today!

Day 1:  31 Days of Enjoying Simple Things

Day 2: 
Dear Daughters,  Listen to the Yearning

Day 3: 
Know What You Enjoy

Day 4:  Staying Home

Day 5:  Ranch Recipes #15, Simple Acorn Squash

Day 6:  Simple Grocery Shopping Method

Day 7:  Simple Blogging

Day 8: 
Dear Daughters,  Simple Safety

Day 9: 
Learning to Read

Day 10:
The Beginning of Ranch Recipes

Day 11:
Skincare, A Simple Necessity

Day 12:
Skincare, Part 2

Day 13:Simple Signs of Fall

Day 14:
Fall Tablescapes

Day 15: Simple Birthday Celebration

Day 16:
Dear Daughters, Simple Sleep

Day 17:
Simple DIY Projects

Day 18:
Circling Back

Day 19:
If We Were Having Coffee

Day 20:
Teach Us To Delight in Simple Things

Day 21:
Limes, One of Life’s Simple Pleasures

Day 22: Dear Daughters, Simple Priorities

Day 23:
Dear Daughters, Contradicting Day 22

Day 24:
Simple Fit Throwing

Day 25:

Day 26: 
Simply the Best: Fall Fragrance

Day 27:
Simply the Best:  Songs

Day 28:
Friendship and Makeup

Day 29:
Simple Fall Porch

Day 30:
Simple Birthday Celebration

Day 31:
Enjoying Simple Things, At Last


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