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Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekend Favorites








  1. Blue skies and warm breezes.
  2. Loaded spinach salads.
  3. My personal gardener.
  4. Blooms about to burst.
  5. Slate, especially for you, Lynne!
  6. Cucumber water.
  7. Old bottles and shamrocks.
  8. Homemade Italian.
  9. A vintage Coach purse ($10 etsy find!)
  10. Wild violets.

74 comments:

  1. It sure looks as though spring is springing at your house! What beautiful blossoms! Hope that you had a good weekend. xx

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    1. Another week and I think all of my trees will be blooming. So fun!

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  2. I bought strawberries this afternoon. Hope they're as good as yours look :-)

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    1. They've been pretty sweet! I love them in salads!

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  3. Mmm...Italian dish sure looks yummy! And cucumber water is so refreshing. Good to see the Mister and Slate : ) One of our trees just started blooming. It the only thing sprouting in our yard so far. I'm not sure what us is... it has pale pink and fuschia flowers.

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    1. Your tree sounds beautiful! I think our dogwood is opening up, too. I need to go take a look!

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  4. And that's a great use for the wine cooler stick!

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    1. Hi Patsy! Thanks for stopping by! How are all the Smiths? :)

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  6. I see the cucumber water.....and Slate♥️
    Looks like you had a great weekend....
    Enjoy the week ahead..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I think you're the one that told me about cucumber water! :)

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    2. I do believe it was me, Betsy!

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    3. It's such a nice change...very refreshing! I've been alternating cucumber water and lemon. Love it!

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  7. Looks like a great weekend - yummy food. You got a bargooooon on that purse! Things don't seem to be budding here quite yet, but yours look lovely and pink.

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    1. I know...couldn't believe the purse! It's in beautiful shape, too. Crazy!

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  8. Love your gardener and Slater he is so cute:)

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    1. We're so happy to have Slate! He is so sweet!

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  9. Slate looks as happy as can be
    To be at your sea

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    1. We always joke around
      about when he was first found.
      What a poor raggedy thing was he
      now he's beautiful as can be!
      A little more healthy, too.
      No more worms and fleas on his caboose.
      haha.

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    2. Yuck to the worms
      Glad his health has come to great terms

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    3. yeah..he had two different kinds.
      His insides must have been full of grime.
      They were coming out both ends
      but Dr. Doolittle did win!
      ha.

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  10. I'm coming over for some of that salad! and I love those blue skies and blossoms!

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    1. haha...that salad was so good, I made it two nights in a row!
      We had a lovely weekend...perfect weather! Rain tonight, though!

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  11. Some great shots there, doll. Would you say you're finally comfortable with the new camera?

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    1. Thanks, silver. :) I guess I am more comfortable with it. I'm not great with all the settings but it's coming along. I think I just need practice now.

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  12. You have some great shots/finds here! Love that vintage purse :)

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    1. That purse was a steal. Couldn't believe my eyes! ha.

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  13. Oh, Slate- you are SO handsome!!

    Love your purse find too! Happy Sunday :)

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    1. Isn't he? He's just the best. He acts so grateful and sweet. Love that.

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  14. We had a lot of the same things going on this week. I took a picture almost identical to your first one of the blooms and sky, I made a salad similar to your loaded one - mine was Chinese Chicken, I planned where to hang my birdhouse and I made Italian food for Saturday dinner! Great minds, huh? But I did not find a fantastic Coach purse like yours! It is beautiful!

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    1. Absolutely great minds! I hope you post your photos so I can see them! I love Chinese Chicken salad...tucking that thought away for this week!

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  15. Your garden is looking great, Betsy - sSpring is in the air and everything is aboyt to bloom. Slate looks very settled compared to how we first met him That homemade Italian looks as if it would go down a treat.

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    1. My Alex loves Italian anything. I caught him twice eating the leftovers cold ...standing with the refrigerator open. lol....

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  16. Okay...I have cucumbers and water (of course)...I'm going to take your word and make it! And the vintage Coach. Invite me over and wonder what is missing once I leave! Ha!

    XO.
    Jane

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    1. If you're trying to drink a lot of water, it does put a different spin on it. It's very refreshing!

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  17. I do like Slate! What a great looking cat.

    Thanks for popping over to my wordy blog - I post there about twice a month - for more frequent posts you may like my photo-blog - both blogs are linked up.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Hi Stewart! So your photo blog is less wordy than the wordy blog? haha...ok...I'll come have a look!

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  18. That salad looks wonderful. Oh, and where do you find a good gardener? I've hired so many, and they never work out. :)

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    1. haha...well, I found this one way back in high school. He does love working in the yard and washing the cars on the weekends!

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  19. Betsy, when I saw you had posted a collection of photos, I was hoping one would be Slate and scrolled down as fast as I could. That adorable little man! He knew to pose and look straight into the camera. He is truly exceptional. How wonderful for you both that he chose your house. Thank you so much for dedicating the photo to me. Yesterday was hard, because it was the 17th anniversary of my father's death. He was a cat person, too. By the way, awesome score on that Coach bag! It looks brand new. Lynne in NC

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    1. Lynne, I can't tell you what a sweet cat he is! I think the ones that have had a hard life as a feral are extra sweet and appreciative. He is so affectionate..and yes, so very handsome!

      Hugs to you on that anniversary....

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  20. My, that salad looks good enough to eat! Can you email some to me please? Tell your gardener/odd job man/butler he's doing a grand job.

    Sent from the public library.

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    1. Don't poke the screen on the library computer with your fork. They just may throw you out! :)

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    2. He's been to see me as well, Betsy, and has made some derogatory remarks about the colour of my Blog. He refrained from describing it as 'blog paper, but came quite close!!! I mean what behaviour in a public library!!
      What are we going to do with him??
      He's even insulted you gardener - you know that chap you show pretending to be busy, fiddling aroung with your bird feeder!! You know, you must remember him! - the guy you went to high school with! Yes that's him!
      LOL

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    3. Oh, there is no controlling Keith! ha.

      I think my gardener sticks around because I'm a good cook. And I do his laundry. I was bossing him around a bit with the feeder from the open window..... "no, not there....cut that branch back....turn it this way...no the other way....higher...to the right a little...now fill it up!" lol....

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    4. Poor chap!! You women are ALL the same!! LOL
      Carry on like that and he will start looking like Basil Fawlty and start calling you Sibyl LOL

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    5. lol....no...I made him that lovely Italian dish and he forgot all about the chores. :)

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    6. Sensible fellow!
      Well I am about to start some chores in the garden. BFN

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    7. yes, you're ALL the same, too! The way to your heart is through your stomach, right? ha.
      Enjoy the garden! We have rain today!

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    8. Well it helps!! LOL
      Just started raining!! . . . . . so can't cut the lawn! Better find something to eat! . . . . then do some shopping lol

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    9. Oh, just strap on your wellies, grab a bumbershoot and put on your macintosh! haha.

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    10. see what English you've taught me? ha.

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    11. You forgot the 'sower wasta', like you always do! Now pay attention!!! ROFL
      What the heck is a bumbershoot? Sounds like a Keith word to me!! lol

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    12. I always forget it because I can't pronouce it! haha. And what is a sower wasta again? Google wouldn't even tell me!

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    13. LOL I can't even spell it myself I'm laughing so hard. Should be Sou'wester Rain Hat

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    14. No wonder! Google tried to tell me it was a shower waste. ha. Yes, I remember now. I'm sure it doesn't sound anything like it's supposed to when I say that with my Midwestern American accent. Talk about laughing...you'd be splitting I'm sure. :)

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    15. To be fair I did 'goof'over the spelling! and the word is so old no-one uses it anymore, so there is no way you'd find it.

      But yes I can imagine you trying to talk in posh Brit with your Midwestern American Accent - it would be funny to hear you trot out all these Brit words which remends me I must do your MP3 for you soon.

      So I'm also ready for the next laugh! What on Earth is a Bumbershoot? Holy Mackerel on a Pogo Stick! That sounds weird! Is that a hat?

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    16. Yes, bumbershoot is much more fun to say. But you don't know what that is? Let's see...what is another name for it...brolly?

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    17. Gracious, a simple brolly!! Well where did that word come from I wonder?
      This wasn't in our original conversation.
      I'll make a deal with you: I'll remember the word Bumbershoot if you remember the word Sou'wester! Deal?

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    18. I know! It was Vince! He called umbrellas bumbershoots! Yes, brolly is much more simple....even more than umbrella. haha.
      No, no deal..I will never be able to remember sue the western or whatever that was. hahaha....

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    19. Phew! I'm glad you said that because I will never be able to remember Bumbershoot either!
      Well I see you've posted a new subject so I'll have a nosey over right now.

      These Martians and little green men will think we are completely mad if they intercept our conversations! hahahaha

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    20. alright...I have to serve the gardener dinner so he'll continue to fill the bird feeder. :) Be back later after dishes are done...

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  21. Busy weekend and sounds like you will be busy this Monday, too.
    (I love doing laundry)

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    1. I love laundry, too! It's the bathrooms that I neglect on purpose. ha.

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  22. Just home from work and hungry - I could happily eat either of those meals if you have any left.. ;)

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    1. Well, I wish you lived close so you could pop over for some! ;)

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    1. Me, too! I would love to have you next door!

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  24. The pasta and salad looks yumm..beautiful spring blooms too..

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    1. They were yum! I wish we still had leftovers! ha.

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