Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday at My House


        Last night as I was reading blogs and admiring everyone’s abilities, creativity, and willingness, I reflected on the fact that lately I haven’t been showing and telling much on my blog. 

        In fact, I may realize at 10:00 pm that tomorrow is a Tuesday meme, and I’ve missed it again.

        Instead I am sharing what’s on my mind and heart, and I am grateful for readers, both real and imagined, who periodically travel along with me.


        Have you ever smelled orange blossoms on an orange tree?  The fragrance is heavenly.  When my husband and I moved to the Rio Grande Valley 36 years ago, I was amazed at the smell.  It is a real blessing.


        Over the weekend, my husband and I went to an outdoor restaurant called El Charco.  We sat under a jalapa, ate aguacate (guacamole), listened to a one man band who sang Charlie Rich songs, and watched winter tourists dance.


Just a note:  when you order guacamole at a restaurant, never , ever , ever pronounce the g. It is soft and is pronounced wa-ca-mo-le.

        Instead of chips, we had totopos. Totopos are freshly fried, home made corn tortillas- slightly salted and sometimes dusted with a paprika like spice.


        On Sunday, my daughter and I moved into our small booth at the antique mall.  We washed, dried, inventoried and priced out on the patio in the sunshine.

        I need to not shop at the antique mall!



        And finally, this beautiful Monday, my trees are being trimmed.




        I really have simple needs.  When I look out in my backyard and see a big trailer being filled with limbs, brush, and tree stumps, I can hardly stand it.

        I hope you are having a wonderful week. I think I’ll start a no pressure meme simply titled-

What are you doing/thinking today?

PS:  Play-off basketball game tonight at the local university at 7:00 pm CST.

        You know where I’ll be.


Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Well, I liked hearing what's going on in your life Laura...
Thank goodness I now know the correct pronunciation of the green stuff!.Lol...I've always used the G.!

I think I could smell the blossoms from here...MMMmmm.
Have fun tonight,
xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Blondie's Journal said...

I like this sort of post, Laura, because I am plum running out of ideas for posts. I live a simple life, I think, punctuated by some things that would probably drive my best friend bored. So you have your first participant if you start a meme.

If you ever come to Chicago, or make reference our city, remember to pronounce it Chi~caw~go...never, never, Chi~cog~o! ;-)


Michelle said...

I think that meal sounds heaven sent. It has been so cold here that it is hard for me to imagine warm weather. I hope you continue to keep us posted on your antique booth.

Stacey said...

I do posts like this periodically too. :)

Your guacamole at the jalapa sounds heavenly to me. Actually, having yardwork sounds great too. Last week the "yard dudes" came and cleaned up our yard. They mowed, bagged, took away many oak leaves, etc. The yard looks so much better now...even though true spring is quite a ways off here.

Nancy's Notes said...

What a neat sounding restaurant, we will have to check it out when we are down in the Valley. Laura, how exciting it must be to have a booth at the antique mall, how fun! I love antique shopping, so will have to stop in.

Again, I so enjoy your blog, it's so entertaining and always a great read.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
What a lovely post. I really enjoyed reading about your day.
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment and becoming a follower. I am now following your blog and I will be back often.


Karen said...

I love going to that place in La Joya... and that's not La Jolla, CA., readers. We have a little "jewel" in the Rio Grande Valley where there is a super fun, outdoor place for listening to great music and drinking cold, cold beer. The guacomole looks super yummy!
Ladybug Creek

Deb said...

Love Charlie Rich wac a mole.....nice post...

Diana Ferguson said...

Hope you have a great week!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I think that would be a great meme to start - go for it! Still to cold to sit out around here and nothing is in bloom. Wish you lots of luck in your booth.

Susan B said...

I enjoyed reading your post...and all your lovely pictures. You are right, orange blossoms do smell amazing! Your dinner sounds like it was quite yummy. I hope you have a wondful week!

Anne Marie said...

expressing yourself the way you do, so real, is refreshing Laura.....and it's what us readers enjoy.

Nancy said...

I have simple needs these days as well. Funny how that happens. What a sweet blessing it is.

LPC said...

Beautiful flowers. I can imagine how they smell.

Julie said...

Enjoyed your post. :-) Oh my goodness, thanks for the tip on the G in guacamole!!! And the totopos look downright YUM! Wonder what they would taste like with a little lime flavor to them? mmmmmm. I love the blue ware in the sunlight. So pretty. Thanks for the "simple needs" vision.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm....your guacamole sounds wonderful! I, too, seem to thrive on the simple things in my life that bring me pleasure. My local park full of magnolia trees and a whirl around the path with my dog, the neighbor kids filling up the sidewalk with their chalk art, a kiss from hubby when he walks in the door...

I got very sick and almost passed away a few years ago. That unexpected illness took me to my knees as my body healed. I took a hard look at my life and saw clearly what was truly important.

Sewn With Grace said...

Laura, I so wish I could visit your booth at the antique mall. Thank you for sharing today!

Sandra said...

The high school that was home to me for 30 years is advancing in our playoffs also. I love it. I wish we lived close together so we could attend these events together. I am a sports fanatic! and don't ya just despise those referees ;-) hehe Hope you had good luck!! xoxo

trash talk said...

I hope you danced to the Charlie music. I like fact I long for it. There is too much chaos in my life right now (although I asked for some of it). It's nice to sit down a read a post with a soothing rythm to it.
P.S. I bet you can roll your R's with the best!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for the game.

donna baker said...

Can't wait for that warmth and green to move north.

Vickie said...

Loved your post today. Just good ole' down home simple things. I love me some good guacamole, too, with homemade totopos. I make them myself AND I do have a good scald on that guacamole, even if I do brag a little. Have a wonderful week!

Darla said...

I love the 'lite' ness of this post!

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures and thoughts my friend! I have never smelled an orange blossom but sounds like something I should add to my list! Have a blessed day!

I Do Declare said...

Charlie Rich and gauc - what a great date!

June said...

Beautiful post Laura. The pictures of the orange blossoms is pure art at it's finest. I'll never order guacamole again without thinking of
The post above about your mom in the wind touched my heart.

Nola said...

I like your no pressure idea; blogging should be fun, not an obligation.
When I first scrolled down over those orange blossom photos, I thought I could almost smell them! Great photos! It's so cold up here there is nothing blooming, so there's nothing to smell except the rosemary!

Abounding Treasures said...


I enjoyed your *Monday* and wanted to thank you for your sweet comments on my blog :o)

Blessings ...


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