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Thursday, August 6, 2015

IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO






What a whirl wind couple of weeks.  I turned 80 on July 26th and the luncheons and parties began on the July 21st.  My girl friend took me to lunch at the Olive Garden Restaurant.  We had such a good time talking and eating and talking.  Lupe had to go back to work and I, being retired went to the Mall which is in the same area as Olive Garden to pick up a few items for my trip.  My son sent me tickets to San Jose, CA for 5 days.

Then on Wednesday, my friend Jesse stopped by with a present for me, but couldn't stay.  A great gift, but to big So back to the store when I get back.

Wednesday, it was off to the store to get food items for my house sitter.  Her Birthday was on the 28th.  So we went to a Mexican Restaurant for their buffet, which by the way was wonderful.  That was my present to her for her Bday.

The big day arrived to leave for up North.  My son picked me up at the airport and then it was non stop until I got back on the plane to come home.

Friday night, Shaun had plans to go to a concert, so he got take out for Kelly and I. We had Chinese Food, as poor Kelly had just had her braces put on and she was not eating much.

Saturday, he made a nice Breakfast, we showered and got ready for a day of shopping.  First was Michael's, then to Chili's Restaurant for lunch.  After lunch we walked over to World Market to get candles, etc.  Finally got home.  He had invited a few friends over for dinner.  He would not let me help him do one thing.  I was waited on hand and foot.  The dinner was wonderful.  We had got into the habit of playing Uno after dinner.  So the games were on - we had such a good time, sitting out on the patio playing and laughing.

Sunday, the BIG DAY had arrived.  We went and looked at a Senior Retirement Home in Santa Clara.  He really wants me to move up there, but I am not ready to make that move.  Looked like a very nice place, but they allowed smoking and I could hardly wait to get out of there.  The first words out of Kelly's and Shaun's mouth was, your not living there!  I had to agree with them.

Shaun made my favorite dinner - Fred's Steak, with creamed corn, grilled vegetables, salad and a Birthday Cake.  My former boss lives up in that area and he came for dinner and we had such a good time.  Of course after dinner the games were on - Uno and Apples to Apples.

My son being silly and talking to my friend.


Monday, Shaun had to work from home and Kelly went with her baby sitter for half a day, so I could relax and finish my book.  So Skittles, my grand-dog and I enjoyed each others company.



Monday night it was a big Spaghetti and Meatball dinner with salad.  I ate enough food to last me a month.  Again, Uno games.

On Tuesday Kelly and Shaun getting her ready to go to Santa Cruz Beach for the day.  Cutting up watermelon as it is easy for her to eat with her new braces.

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Kelly is growing up way to fast and is turning into a really sweet young lady.  She makes a lot of her own clothes - will be 13 in October.

Tuesday Shaun had to go to Santana Row to pick up something he needed. So he decided that we would have lunch at the West Bank French Restaurant.  This is the side where you can eat out, however it was to hot to eat out doors.


After lunch Shaun said wait and I'll go get the car.  So while he was gone I snapped these pictures.




The flowers were so pretty in the big planters - all up and down the street.  Seems like they haven't any problem with watering theirs.


This was looking at the front of the West Bank.





Santana Row is like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.  All the top name stores are there.  I wished that I had time to do a little shopping and I am sure it would a little at the prices they were charging.

I could hardly wait to get home and see my dogs and sleep in my own bed.  Those hide-a-beds are murder on the back.  Needless to say, I came home sick with some kind of intestinal infection and did not feel good the entire time I was up there, but didn't want them to know, or he would have had me at the Emergency Room LOL

Friday, the group that I have dinner with every couple of months wanted to celebrate my Birthday on the 24th, but I had to change the date as I was going up north.  So we celebrated my July 31st.  We had a Pizza Party and everyone brought something.  It was such a fun evening seeing all the people I used to work with.  We have stayed in touch for the last 10 years.

The gang getting ready to get Pizza and food.


Kelly my Marketing Manager when I worked for Amada America.


On Tuesday of this week, my very best friend Phyllis from Around the House, took me shopping for my present and then we went to the Lazy Dog Restaurant.  You can bring your dogs, but you are eating on the patio.  There were three groups of customers with their dogs.  The temperature was 90 degrees outside, but was very pleasant on the patio a nice breeze blowing.  This is close to the Brea Mall.  We each had a order of Wings and shared a Salad and lots of Ice Tea.

After lunch it was off to Ross's.  My son gave me a gift card and it was burning a hole in my pocket LOL.  Found three great pair of pants for fall and a Betsy Johnson purse.  Then on to GW and I picked up two basket's.  I sure was tired when I got home, but a terrific day with my special friend. We have been friends for about 45 years, she is like a sister that I never had.

Wanted all of my blogging friends to share my events for the 80th Birthday celebrations.  Still have one more luncheon to go to next week.  I don't feel 80 and I'll keep on dancing ..........LOL  Silly me, I was enjoying my self so much that I forgot to take pictures.... on well, it's in my memories.

Mary

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

BEAUTIFUL SUN FLOWERS



I started all of these sun flowers from seeds and they like the hot dry weather.


This one is going to have lots of Sunflowers, such a pretty shade of orange.


This one is almost black - it's stunning.




These are smaller with lots of flowers on them.


Sunflowers always make me happy as they look like they have smiling faces.

Now on to just a few of my roses that are doing okay -


These are a soft lavender and smell so good.....



This is a pale creamy white rose and the smell is heavenly.

You are probably wondering what on earth is this flower.  It's a heirloom tobacco plant, and the smell comes out at night and they can grow to 6 feet tall.


They spread quite easily and I have them coming up all over the back yard.

So here are a few of my favorite flowers.  Love to sit in the garden and take in all their beauty.  I really hope with all my heart that I don't loose my roses.  I found one bush dead this morning.  That's two this summer.  So please pray that God send us some rain.  I don't care about the lawn, but I do care about the flowers.

Looking forward to reading all your comments.

Mary


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LUNCHEON FOR A FEW GIRL FRIENDS



I still keep in touch with some of my friends from the hotel industry.  So they wanted to come over for lunch and hang out.  So this tablescape is for them.  I am using my Debbie Mumm dishes that were given to me last year for my Birthday.  I had my little friend Zoie helping me put this together.
I think we have a new blogger - she LOVED doing a tablescape and she is only 10 years old.


Each plate has a different design on the salad plate


They are so cheerful and bright.  I was having problems with the light as it was a cloudy day today.  This is more like June weather -- we call it June gloom, only it's July.



I love all of her designs and especially the black and white check around the boarder of the dishes.



Aren't they just the cutest dishes, wish I had a service for 8.


These little Birdie Salt and Pepper shakers are so cute just setting in their little nests.  They really go well with the blue wine glasses, napkins and napkin rings.


Don't you just love the faux rolls and danish.  This is the cake stand that goes with the S/P shakers.  Or you can turn it over for a chip and dip bowl.  There is a little birds nest in the center for the dip.



Doesn't this look so good and yummy and it's faux



I see that Waldo managed to get into the picture and there is Zoie setting in the back ground.


A pretty arrangement of Hydrangeas in my crystal vase from Tiffany's. 
They are faux because mine look terrible from the drought.


So there you have my little tablescape for the girls.  I think they will like it.  I will be serving a Pasadena Salad from Trader Joe's and a Mushroom and Cheese Pizza also from Trader Joe's with a nice white wine.


This is my little helper, Zoie.  She is no bigger than a minute.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you will leave a comment.

The wine glasses came from Just Like The Models.
Napkins and Napkin rings are also from Just like the Models.
The butter dish is a cut crystal antique.
Bird Houses from Michael's, which I painted
The faux Danish and Rolls are from Just Like the Models.
Placemats and silver ware I've had for a long time.


Mary


Dwellings ~ Amaze Me Monday
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    Between Naps On The Porch ~ Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life ~ Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm ~ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants ~ What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party Thursdays
Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
My Turn for Us ~ Freedom Fridays Blog Hop
Common Ground ~ Be Inspired Friday
The Thrifty Groove ~ Thrifty Things Friday
Rooted in Thyme - Simple & Sweet Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

A LITTLE OF THIS AND A LOT OF THAT

I just don't know where my time goes, but it flies by way to quickly.  This post is of my garden before the drought really set in and before we were on water restrictions.  Now it looks so bad that I won't even show you pictures of it.  Just trying to keep everything alive.  I could care less about the grass - it can die, but not my roses and flowers.


These roses are on the back side of  the house and are such a pretty color.  They give me lots of
roses.


This rose smells so good, just like the old fashion roses.


This bed is by the fence so I worked it and put in Sunflowers and Hollyhocks with some little daisy's.

This is what it looks like now.  The one Sunflower had a big flower at the top and more are coming on the sides.
My vegetables which did good at first, but now most of the tomatoes are pitiful.



A few of my herbs that I keep on a stand so the dogs don't go digging around looking for lizards.


My garden bench out in the veggie garden.


Some more of my roses ..... and flowers in the back yard.




The Iris's did terrible not many blooms at all.  Some of the plants did not produce blooms at all.  What a disappointment.



My Daisy patch in the front yard.


See how pitiful my hydrangeas are.  I was so disappointed as I wait all year for them to bloom. 


One thing I can count on are my sweet little Hummers.  Always there to greet me everyday and waiting for me to fill up their feeders.


Now the Golden Finches are eating out of the Hummingbird feeders.  This is the female - not so pretty, but the male, WOW he is beautiful.  I can never get a pictures of him - guess he is shy.


My little Hummer is looking at the Finch  and saying "Are you crazy, this is ours"


Many of your probably already know that Julie and I met while she was out in California on vacation.
She is Julie from Julies Lifestyle.  What a lovely person she is - so kind and sweet.  We had a grand time eating out on the upper patio at the Cheesecake Factory.  We had Shelia's Salad, which was excellent.  If your ever at a Cheesecake Factory get that salad, but don't get the regular one.  We got the smaller one and could hardly eat all of that.  We passed on the Cheesecake when we found out that there were 1,500 carbs in one slice.  But it sure looked GOOD.



Here we are, a little wind blown, but oh such fun.....

Here is a little tablescape that Zoie and I put together for the Fourth of July.  I have been watching her as her grandma was out of town taking care of a friend that has cancer.  Zoie is 10 years old and is a delightful little girl and very Fashionable. 
We had so much fun shopping for 4th of July decorations for the table.  She was a big help.



A place setting using a lot of dishes and decorations that I've had.  The napkins are from the 99 Cent  Store and are T towels.


See the Coasters on the table - Julie gifted me them and they are red, white and blue and an American flag.  I just love them - thank you again Julie.


Here is Mr. Liberty gracing the center of the table.  Got him last year at Michael's with a 40% discount coupon and did a Happy Dance all the way out the store.


Excuse the picture as I was trying to show you how these sicks light up - from the Dollar Tree and they are really cool.


Zoie and I put together this Sweet Table.  Red, White and Blue Jelly Beans,  Red Hots, 4th of July cookies and Peppermint Sticks.



Waldo was in the way, so we had to step over him the whole time we were decorating the table.  He does not do well with Fireworks.  I have to tranquilize him, or he gets really up set.  He looks like he is stoned.


Just a few flags on the front porch along with a red throw.

My wreath on the front door.

Sorry this is such a long post, but I'm having fun "Living My Life" and doing fun things.  I'm not letting any grass grow under my feet.

Waldo, Lili and I wish all of you a very wonderful Happy 4th of July.

Mary

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