Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vacation Time is Coming!!!

John and I will be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary next Tuesday (8/11).  We are getting away for a few days!  We are going to Asheville.  We have our whole time planned there and I can't wait.  We will be spending one whole day at The Biltmore House.  We have been there once before about 10 years ago.  We did not go this time of year though it was in November.  I can't wait to see the beautiful gardens. 

We will be staying at The Grove Park Inn.  Here are some photos from the Omni Hotel website:




I will take lots of photos to share with you when we get back!! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Today is my 56th Birthday!!

Today I turned 56!  Where did the time go?  It just seems like yesterday I was 25 or even 30.  I love my life now though!  I have a loving husband (John) of almost 36 yrs., my children are all grown, I have 2 fun and loving grandsons, I house I love, gardens, books, etc.  As I reflected on my life as I drove to work this morning, I realize I have a pretty darn good life!!  I'm not going to say there were some bumps in the road (some were mountains) but for the most part everything has been good.

Yesterday, Megan my oldest daughter and I went to the new Tangiers Outlets.  Well we went to Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors looking for a new purse for me.  She ended up with one and I ended up with 3!!  Yes, that is right 3!!  When the prices are as good as they were yesterday, you take full advantage.  I got 2 coach bags and 1 Michael Kors.  Megan got a Coach bag.  We then proceeded to get 3 shirts for my son-in-law, Ken for his birthday (his is Sunday) and 2 shirts for hubby just because.

I had to work all day today but tonight we are going to Ruth Chris Steak House here in Charlotte.  We are going with Megan and Ken.  It is restaurant week here in Charlotte.  Megan made reservations a long time ago so we would be sure to have seats. 

My co-worker, Linda gave me a beautiful shell pink miniature rose and a really cute card.  She is a sweetheart!  Linda, Teresa and I went out for lunch and the company paid for it!  We went to Portofino's.  I had my fav Chicken Francese!  I will need a diet for sure after this birthday!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day, I know I have :)!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

07.18.15 Saturday Walk and Purchases

Today was a wonderful, relaxing day!  John was playing in a kick ball tournament for work until the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to go shopping at Dress Barn, Pier 1 and then a Costco run.  I bought cake plate to go with the glass cake top that survived our move 2 1/2 yrs ago.  Unfortunately, the original cake plate did not.  Now I have a completed set!

While I was at Pier 1 I also saw a beautiful vanity jar that I can keep my cotton balls in.





When I got home amazon.com had delivered my Alex and Ani bracelet I ordered as an early birthday present.  I chose the Path of Life.  This bracelet is just perfect!!

John got home and he was so tired from being out in the heat.  At one point the temps were 104!!  He feel asleep after his shower and I was downstairs reading and then I fell asleep!  I woke up at 6:00!!  We had some lovely chicken salad and broccoli salad for dinner.  After we watered the potted plants on the back patio and front porch, we settled down to enjoy the cool breeze and lovely sunset on the front porch.  I also took a short stroll around the front garden and I took some lovely photos.






What a truly perfect Saturday for sure!!  Can't wait to enjoy tomorrow too!!







Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 4th

Well I'm a little late posting about July 4th but better late than never!  John and I spent a nice, quiet 4th!  We were busy though.  I went to The Home Depot by myself and that was trouble for John-LOL!!!  I bought tons of plants and when I got home, I decided I wanted to put them in right then and there!  We pulled out 5 shrubs we never liked that the Builder planted.  We replaced them with some of these plants:

Large Pink Coneflower

Limelight Hydrangea

Pink Phlox

Pinkish Orangish Coneflower

Red Coneflower

Zinnia  
We also planted a huge Purple grass and a double black-eyed susan plant.  The pictures of those didn't turn out very good.    Here is the ended result:

The daylilies are almost done and now there will be other perennials to make the front flower bed look really good!  I love gardening and it felt so good to do this yesterday even though it was hot and humid!

My double orange hibiscus decided to start blooming again yesterday!!  I love this plant! 

Last night John and I decided to just chill out on the front porch after a day of hard work.  Teddy decided to join us. 




John and I had a really yummy dinner too!!  Sirloin steak grilled, corn on the cob, hot German potato salad, caprese salad and sunflower and grain bread!






I think we had a pretty good 4th!!!  Hope y'all did too!






Saturday, April 18, 2015

Little Jack turns 2 years old tomorrow!!

My grandson, Jack turns 2 tomorrow!  Where has the time gone?  This little boy has certainly captured all our hearts!!  Nana and Papa love you Jack!!! :)

Jack loves playing with his plane at our house.

Jack laughs so easily!  All you have to say is hi to him and he starts laughing!!

Papa and Jack in the middle of a tickle fest today!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring has Sprung in Charlotte!

After the long, cold winter here in Charlotte this year it is so nice to finally see green grass, pansies, flowering trees blooming and warmer temps!  On my drive home from work today I snapped two photos.  It was raining so the photos didn't show as much color as I saw but I think everyone will get the idea.

This is a lovely section of Charlotte on Colony Road.  There is a beautiful brick wall along a portion of this road with lovely lamp posts.  I took this photo mainly for the green grass.



I was waiting at a traffic light when I snapped this photo.  This is also on Colony Road in the Giverny section  The pansies were such a bright purple-blue color.  Of course with the rain it didn't come out as bright as it really was.
Hopefully tomorrow I can take some more flowering trees, daffodils, etc.  Enjoy this lovely Spring weather!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Love of Amaryllis!!

When John and I were Christmas shopping, what did I see but an amaryllis kit!  I bought it and planted it that night.  I woke up a few days ago and this is what I saw:





I just love the color and I just love amaryllis!  There are 4 almost 5 blossoms out on this plant and it is just stunning!!

The other day my lemon tree started blooming!  I never even noticed but then I smelled that wonderful lemon blossom smell!  There is nothing like it.





Hopefully I will have lots and lots of fresh Meyer lemons in 7-8 months!!

I then took a walk outside.  Love the sunshine finally after so much gray and rainy weather.  I planted 8 cabbage plants in my raised bed garden in September.  Look what I have in my garden!!




I will hopefully be harvesting this baby not too long from now!  Alot of wonderful gardening things for being in the middle of winter!

Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs xxoo

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!