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happy day.

6 Mar

some things that made me happy today…

deciding what to make with these lovely, fragrant lemons fresh from my sweet friend mirela’s abundant lemon tree (how’s that for adjectives!).

thank you mirela!

walking into g’s room and seeing him like this, happily playing with his trains.

having the time to work on my latest sewing project. just looking at these colors makes me feel good!

this little german boy that i found at a yard sale.

the warm sand between my toes at the beach today in malibu.

a happy day. a happy weekend.


pink and red

12 Feb

a tin of buttons is always a great find

I remember as a little girl I LOVED the colors red and pink together.  I think Strawberry Shortcake was the inspiration to this color combo, mmmm she smelled so good!

For some reason though I also remember that pink and red were 2 colors that one didn’t wear at the same time. It’s strange that I remember that as we were certainly not a fashion conscious family….except for you Shannon!  All my fashion choices were based on clothes that were worn first by Laura, then by Shannon, followed by Kristina and then it finally it was my turn. I guess that means I really didn’t make any choices when it came to fashion!  By the time the clothes reached me I was lucky if the original style was back in fashion!!

Anyways, back to pink and red. I love these colors and perhaps with Valentines in the air my eye drew to these colors at the Yard Sales I visited the past few weeks.

J.Crew pink cashmere cardigan with rhinestone buttons. Perfect condition- $5

vintage tray and watering can for the garden

pink pyrex dishes

$3 Radio Flyer Bicycle for G.

complete with siren and firefighter's voices...

tea for two. actually going to use these for a crafty project in the near future...

These pink depression glass tea cups and wine glasses are so dainty and translucent they are almost hidden…

Upon closer inspection…Beauuuu-Ti-Ful!

This might just call for a Proper Afternoon Tea with some girlfriends!

Saw some glasses like these at Anthropologie not to long ago. I love that these are the actual vintage ones. Hmmm, who enjoyed drinks from these in years past?

The woman selling these dishes had the entire set and it was soo tempting. The thought of Travis’ reaction to me arriving home with another set of dishes stopped me, and I am so happy with just these few pieces.

Some of these items were from a woman who owned a Boutique called “Nest Egg” in the Village. I used to love to go in and peruse her selection of household lovelies.

I remember seeing this faint pink jar in there and really liking it.

In her store this pink jar had a price tag of $24.

$24?  Crazy!

The original price was still on it when I bought it from her Yard Sale which made buying it for $1 feel sooo good!

She also sold this box and stationary in her store.

I’m set for Christmas cards for next year…original price $20/box. $1/box was the Yard Sale price. Okay, I”ll take them, I’ll take two, I’ll take EVERYTHING!!!

What fun I had acquiring these fabulous pink and red lovelies. So pleasing to the eye, no need to swipe any card, just a few dollars given and a fun assortment of pinks and reds.

Pinks and Reds. Reds and Pinks.

this morning

5 Feb

kettle’s on…

laundry’s waiting to be folded…

bills to pay…

sunshine spilling onto the table…

G’s blanket and pillow evidence of his night-time visit…


27 Jan

the warmth of george’s arms around my neck.

the warmth of his giggles in my ear.

the warmth of the sun on our back.

a perfect day.


23 Jan

2  discoveries today.

#1- The most delicious, decadent, coconut yogurt I have ever tasted was sitting on a shelf at our local market…previously only available in Canada.

#2- A full roll of film was found in the back of a drawer while I was organizing…filled with pictures from at least 8 years ago.

How’s that for excitement on a Monday evening?!

Laguna Beach.

10 Jan

Headed to Laguna Beach this weekend…

I love the drive and it reminds me of our pre-George days when Travis and I would do the hour drive south on a Saturday evening to sit outside, enjoy a drink and then hit our favorite restaurant ‘Thai Bros”. A tiny, side-street family run restaurant that really satisfied our palate. Laguna has such a relaxed, mellow feel. A perfect place to just sit and take in the beautiful surroundings…

G has been really wanting a picnic at the beach lately so we “braved” the cold California weather conditions and hit the beach…

Kept warm with a little gymnastics. Surprised that G could keep up!

This boy could just stay up on his dad’s shoulders all day…

But he was quick to climb down when Travis brought him to his favorite Laguna Pit Stop….

The Jeep Dealer! Goes back to Travis’ Jeep days when his Oma bought him his first Jeep when he was 16 years old. You know what that means Grammy…tradition says you better be saving those nickels!! You’ve got time, there’s still 14 years to save!

George it’s a shame your dad didn’t still have his old CJ Jeep he built when I first met him. That sure added to the cool factor when I first saw him pull up that first day of University in that big, black, loud, smelly jeep (I must add although I always found it to be cool, the novelty soon ran out when it began stalling out on our many road trips/camping trips/drives home from university).  I remember Kristina telling me that there was a guy with the loud, obnoxious jeep moving into the dorm…turns out it was your dad G! I told him not to sell it!!!

Perhaps he’ll build you another one…

Jeeps are in your blood George. Before you were even 2 you were able to call out from the stroller or the back seat of the car “JEEP” whenever you saw one cruise by. Before you knew your age, numbers, colors, how to have a conversation you could look at the front lights of a vehicle to decipher if it was a jeep. I always thought that was pretty cool!

Funny how you two are already kicking tires and talking “car”…you are only TWO!

Once again I am reminded how much you are your daddy’s son!

a quiet morning

7 Jan