OUTSIDE MY WINDOW... Sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine! The sky is so blue with fluffly white clouds occasionally floating past. The spring green colors are everywhere I look, and the woods outside my window are teeming with animals, birds and new foliage!
I AM THINKING... That I wish I was home in the garden, but that at least I have a gorgeous view of spring out of my huge office windows!!
I AM THANKFUL... for the beautiful weather and the opportunity to grow beautiful things in my garden and flower beds.
FROM THE KITCHEN... something on the grill outside this afternoon!
I AM WEARING... brown pants, beige top trimmed in lace, my favorite beige slip on mules!
I AM CREATING... in the garden. I've planted new flowers in our front flower beds, along with many herbs like curly parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sweet basil, and more. I need dill!! I LOVE dill! I also put out tomato and pepper plants.
I AM READING... Gardening magazines at the moment, like Garden Gate, one of my favorites, and Country Gardener.
I AM HOPING... that the weather stays just as it is today for the rest of the week!!
I AM HEARING... Students laughing and talking as they walk around outside near our building on campus. Campus is buzzing with life! Students are excited about the ending of the semester and the summer break, the flowers are blooming, and everyone wants to be outside!
AROUND THE HOUSE... I've been working on our porches and readying them for the summer season. We sat outside on our wrap-around porch many hours over the weekend, and we loved it!!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS... The view of my back yard from our porch.
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK... Get the riding mower repaired before the grass grows too high, set out more herbs and flowers, plant some flower pots with impatiens for the back of the house, and find some big gorgeous ferns to plant on the shaddy side of the house near the water hose.
PICTURE THOUGHT... I love honeysuckle, and every year the scent of it is carried up onto our back porch and through the screen door into our kitchen. As soon as people get out of their car in our driveway, the scent greets them!
I love the freshness of spring when all of nature seems shiny, new and bursting with life! I love the fresh scent of the earth -- all the flowers and grasses and trees. I love the sense of renewal and freshness that my own life takes on as the world around me once again awakens from its winter slumber. Ah, to be alive and experience this rejuvenation! It is like stretching after a long nap!
I have talked about my participation in the One World - One Heart event several times on my blog, and I have had the opportunity to highlight many of the wonderful, creative women who participated. I was so fortunate to win several lovely giveaways, and I was so happy to receive two of them in the mail last week!! I want to take the opportunity to send them a special thank you and to highlight their lovely websites.
From Susan at A Drawer Full of Dreams (http://drawerfullofdreams.blogspot.com/), I won a book, The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg, that I can't wait to read and a beautiful hat that she made herself!! Take a few minutes to visit her wonderful blog. I promise you will enjoy it! Thank you so much, Susan! I love the hat...the color of it is beautiful and perfect!!!
Christina at Papemelroti (http://www.papemelroti.com/) sent me the most beautiful paper products!!! I received notebooks and a memo pad, and they're just gorgeous! You MUST visit this website and view all these fantastic paper products! I will definitely place an order with them, as I absolutely love the items I won! Thank you so much, Christina!!! I have had so much fun using these!
One World - One Heart has been a wonderful experience for me, and I am so thankful for the friendships I have made through the process. Thanks again everyone!!! I'm looking forward to next year!
Dear Husband turns 40 over Easter weekend, so this past Saturday, we celebrated this milestone with a birthday party with family and friends. We traveled back to the 80's, and it was a blast! The costumes were terrific...and some even surprising! But it was all in great fun, and we had so many laughs!! I fogot how long it took to get ready in the 80's applying all that makeup and teasing up all that hair! 80's fashion was a lot of work!!!
Travel back to the 80's with us for a moment...it's worth the trip!!
DH contemplating turning 40 years old!!
Making a wish
(Could it be for a new pair of parachute pants?!?!)
DH and me. He's stone cold sober, I swear!
Marla and Cecilia, two hot 80's chicks!
Beth and Sherry. Check out Sherry's shirt! Yes, that really is Mr. T!!
Cutie Vera (does she have this 80's fashion down, or what?!?!) and Johnny
Rick and Cindy. Check out Ricky's shoes: circa 1984 Stacey Adams!
Duran Duran Groupie, Connie
S.R. Butler High Girls: Connie, Vera, Cecilia, Laura, and Marla with the Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill...did you know they still make it?!?!
80's Frat Boy, Steve (check out the paddle and the "portable cooler), and 80's Brett Michaels wannabe, Matt!
Matt, you don't know how funny this is!!!! I had to look twice when you came in the door! Classic!
Steve and his pony.
Vickie (Madonna) and Dorothy (see her awesome, circa 1985 lace glove?!)
Cindy rocking the shades and the head band!
Jeff in his prom suit.
Marla and Cecilia
Lindsey in his authentic 1980's Ray Bans
Scott, ready for some Risky Business?
Charles and Doris, DH's God Parents. Isn't Doris' outfit adorable?!?
DH with his mother, Suzanne
Leah and Jeff
Cheryl and Justin
Rick and Cindy
Jeff watching karaoke
Dana, Mike and Genny (with her 1980's Nascar jacket!!)
Vickie...err....Madonna looking good!
Dorothy sporting leggings, lace glove and that got-t0-have-it jean jacket!!
Charles, Suzanne and Doris laughing at the karaoke performances.
Best High School Buddies, Rick and my DH
Dorothy and Madonna sing karaoke. Those nurses sure know how to have fun!!!
Paula sporting the fingerless gloves (aka gardening gloves that I took the scissors t0!)
Cindy and DH
Dorothy wowing us with her singing!
Thanks to everyone who came and made DH's 40th so special! We had a great time!!!!