Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Dinner Party

When my Mother passed away several years ago, I was going through her things and found quite a few items that she had obviously put away to use for some special occasion, but actually never used.

Last night, we had some friends over for dinner.  When deciding how to set the table, I decided to use our "good" china.  When I got married, thirty something years ago, I thought that everyone registered for china.  So, we registered for china.  More everyday dishes would have been a wiser choice, but being young and naive, I did what I thought I was supposed to do.  Don't get me wrong, the china is very nice and formal.  But since our wedding, I think that it has been used maybe, three times.  It just wasn't practical to use for family dinners and with four kids it wasn't even an option.  The big family get togethers had many more family members than I had dishes at all.  So we used paper plates most of the time because I never really enjoyed doing dishes that much.  But last night, I decided that it would be nice to actually use the china before I died, and my children used it for the family get together after my funeral before they found some way to discard of it.

It actually made the evening rather special and I plan to use my china on many other occasions. Come to think of it, there are several other things that I think I will begin using and not just save for some rainy day!

Working Outside

Thankfully, we have been getting quite a lot of rain and this portion of Texas is no longer in a drought.  This has actually put a damper on our yard work, but no one is complaining.  Yesterday after the showers in the morning, we got our tomatoes, peppers, parsley,  and lavender planted.  This year I am trying two heirloom tomatoes, again.  We will see how they work out. I also planted some scarlet flax and salvia, which Lowe's said would only grow to 24 inches, although several places on the web said it would grow to 3-5 ft..  This should be interesting because I am planning on 24 inches because it is right along the side of my patio.  We will just have to see who is right.   I have added some more gerber daisies to fill in some of the blank spots.  They are doing the best that they ever have this year.

This weekend our oldest Grandson ( 8 years) is coming over to spend the night.  We are planning on doing some fun things with him, such as going to the lake to find the birds, going to the planetarium, and if he still wants to, working in the yard.  He loves to learn about the plants and also loves digging in the dirt.  What can I say??

Have a wonderful weekend!


The first signs of Spring are definitely making their appearance in our yard.  Winter was never very severe here this year.  So I have had Gerber daisies blooming all winter.  But now, with the recent rain that we have had, they are going absolutely wild.  They are so gorgeous!  The bed has several areas that need to be replanted because those plants did not survive the drought, but the ones that did are amazing!!

Also,  three days ago, our poppies started blooming.  The first day there was one lone white poppy.  The next day, a red appeared in the same bed.  But yesterday, we had two whites, three reds and a bright pink.  I can't wait until we are in full bloom.

Some of my Grandkids were visiting yesterday and had a wonderful time looking at and picking some of the poppies.  The wind also did a number on them so I don't have many pictures of them yet.

This is the best time of year for me to take pictures of flowers.  As soon as my company leaves, I will be out in the yard every day that I possibly can, taking pictures.  I also get various insects as well as the gorgeous flowers that my wonderful husband has planted.
As the days go by, I will be adding some of these pictures to my shop, Note Cards and Photos by Theresa .

Lemon Icebox Pie

I recently made a lemon icebox pie.  The recipe tasted wonderful, but it called for Cool Whip.  I really don't think that Cool Whip even existed when folks used iceboxes and I'm not particularly fond of eating hydrogenated oil.   Does anyone have a traditional, old time recipe for Lemon Icebox Pie?  I found one using eggs and cream cheese, but since I am not planning on cooking the filling, I won't be using the one with eggs.  If you have a recipe that you wouldn't mind sharing, please post it in the comments section or just write it up on your blog and link it to mine.  Just be sure to leave me a comment so that I can check it out.