Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Field of flowers

I found this post from a few years ago and thought it was so appropriate for right now..Maybe some of you have not seen it before..and since we are in the midst of zinnia season, I hope you enjoy my words and pictures this morning...


Every once in a while a dream becomes a reality..I mean the vision kind...something that you have seen in your heart and dreamed about one day seeing in real time...Yesterday, that very thing happened to me....we were in the mountains around Clayton GA and rode up to an overlook at the Dillard House..and lo and behold right there...there it was!!! something I have seen in my mind a million times...row after row of blooming ZINNIAS..


I could not wait to get out with my camera and get in the middle of them..here are a few pictures..experiencing them was so much better but I hope you can get a glimpse of this summertime flower......one day, in my own yard, I will plant row after row of zinnias.

I just love it when something happens like this.totally unexpected..a little life gift...just riding along a mountain road and WHAM!! just like that..a suddenly...I am right upon something that I have only dreamed about...that is what life is like...make good choices and don't ever stop....PERSEVERE and just when you least expect it..there is total and complete BREAKTHROUGH! what I saw in my heart broke through and I saw with my eyes..I was not looking for it but when I saw it, I KNEW this is IT!!!!! what I had only dreamed about...

What are your dreams??? they don't have to be spectacular..they can be as simple as a field of zinnias...or they can be as big as a children's hospital..the point is...KEEP ON KEEPING ON...when you least expect it, it happens..it might just be right around the next curve in the road...or right up that little hill...

Dreams are good things..they give us hope...don't let anyone steal your dreams...even if they seem unrealistic..that's okay..they are DREAMS!!

thank you dear friends for reading along this morning and visiting the field of zinnias..they were absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! suddenly a dream fulfilled...
Love, Mona

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Life As We Know It

As I was pondering my blog and how much I am beginning to miss writing it, this song popped in my head....
Maybe I need to listen to the first few words a lot closer......scroll down for the words at the end of the blog.






I hope to be back in the saddle in a regular way very soon...I do miss you all and hope to gather in some new faces around here....as we talk about life..and how we live it well...  or not...

My 2 youngest grandchildren..


Jonathan  at 5 months


MaryElla at 20 months



Come back soon and let's get encouraged together......

I hope you have had a good fourth of July...

Thanks for stopping in....

Love, Mona



THE 59TH STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY)

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy
Hello, lamppost, what’cha knowin’?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t’cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in doo-doo, feelin’ groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy
I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you
All is groovy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Cup Overflows



I really do have almost more than I can handle at the moment.  Our business has taken off and my husband is the one and only...He is everything..This is a very good thing but we are having to adjust...Him to working longer hours and me to being on my own a lot of the time.  We have about 4 full time jobs between the two of us....so, some things are getting laid to the side.  Blogging and my computer time is one of those things that I don't have much time for lately.... I surely do miss all of you and hope to have time to visit around soon..

Here are a few pictures around our home from the last week....










I hope you enjoyed these flower pictures.  I am a huge fan of daylilies as you can see...  My family has been in the daylily growing business for generations..  I just grow for fun and beauty.....

Thanks for stopping by...

Love, Mona

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Setting a Pretty Table


This one was H.A.R.D for me...   When Kathleen said she wanted to have a wedding china challenge, at first I was excited.....then...reality set in...That lovely wedding china that I got in 1973 was from a marriage that ended in divorce..hmmm....what to do...I most certainly do NOT celebrate that wedding..even thought I still love the china I picked out as a young twenty year old.. I pulled it out weeks ago and set the table, and then..I waited..and waited.  pondering what to do about this challenge. whether to even join in the challenge.

When I married my present husband, we eloped and their was no big wedding..the focus this time was on marriage, not wedding....  There were no trips to the jewelry store to pick out china, crystal, and silver..  No bridal registries, etc...so there is no 'official wedding china'...


I finally decided this morning..what the heck..it is what it is...  I love this china, I do NOT love my first wedding or my first marriage... I do not in any way want to dishonor the man I am married to now.  He is my forever husband .....life threw me a curve ball...
and now, I consider this china SPOILS OF WAR!!

That was a very long introduction to this wedding china post...Thank you Kathleen for making me consider and rethink some issues in my life....wink, wink


That dried rose is there because what once was alive is now dead....but I am choosing to see the beauty even in that dead marriage...this china lives on and we still enjoy the beauty of these plates...
It is Provencal by Royal Doulton and was special ordered from England just for me...nothing like a small town jewelry store to be so personal..


I chose timeless Chantilly by Gorham for my sterling..


The stemware is Antique by Lenox..  I also chose a fine crystal by Wallace but this one matches these plates... Every bride was expected to have a fine china, crystal, and sterling and then the everyday china, crystal, and silver....This was my everyday china and crystal...


Now, here is the twist and turn...the plate on the left is Harrison Rose by Haviland and belonged to my paternal Grandmother.It was what I used as my 'fine china' ..I sometimes regret not choosing the pattern of fine china that the lady who owned the jewelry store talked me out of getting...something about hindsight and 20/20.. LOL  One day I might buy it anyway..but I doubt it...


I have a small collection of cake toppers..the romantic in me...




And these lace bells...ahhh, yes..just thinking about them makes me tear up...  They were handmade by my Grandmother Lewis in 1948 for my parents wedding reception.. Just holding them and knowing how much work and love and artistic effort she put into the decorations for her only son's (my Daddy's) wedding reception.  They had eloped so there was no big wedding but there was a BIG reception later...  I treasure these little bells made from lace and glitter and satin ribbons with a little wooden ball for the clapper...


This is the bride and groom that reminds me the most of me and my husband.  If we ever redo our vows, I will use this one...






Well, I made it to the end of this post and so did you....Thank you for hanging in there...Believe me, I would have written my story differently..all roses and no thorns...but that is not how my life has been..there have been thorns and I am sure there will be more..BUT..I have decided to smell the roses anyway even if there are thorns.. Just because it has been hard at times, I still press on..and on...and on....a lot of life is still left to live.....

Thank you all for being my friends...it means a lot..Knowing you all are there helped me to press on and get this post about wedding china done..even if it is a bittersweet part of my life...
China----good
Wedding----not

Love, Mona


I am joining Kathleen's wedding china challenge
Tablescape Thursday


Come visit....lots of people have gorgeous wedding china to show you and other goodies too...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yellow Roses at Centerstage


This table came together around a bouquet of yellow roses that my sweet husband brought me.. they represent love to me..a symbol of our very early stage of dating...




The china is Impromptu Iroquois by Ben Seibel  and this pattern is Bridal White..  I am slowly building a set of this because it goes with everything and is so durable.  It is the china my Mama had as I was growing up. We lived in a very, very modern 60's house.. I loaded many  loads into our dishwasher with this china...I wish I had her set..It has been a long search and lately it is a little easier to find.  I am still a 50's and 60's style lover..I guess you call that mid century...not a purist, just to juxtapose with other styles and eras...



Engraved brass napkin rings with patterned napkins....


The chargers are Pottery Barn hammered metal..






My ever present White Orchid silver...





I am trying to get more creative in the use of different fabrics on my tables.  I am a true fabricaholic..LOL  and it needs to either be used or leave this house...yeah, right..famous last words...
But, I am going to be more freely mixing and using these beautiful fabrics on my tables..
This week..
the gray and white chevron ,the gray tone hexagons and then this coordinated(well, sort of)
fabric for napkins....


I am so happy that Kathleen decided to do an impromptu tablescape party tonight to celebrate spring...I am all in on that one!

Come and join in at  Let's Dish..

Also come visit these parties full of beauty and inspiration

Tablescape Thursday
Home and Garden Thursdays
Simple and Sweet Fridays
Seasonal Sundays

One more view with candlelight...



I am so glad you came by....
Love, Mona