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Changing Out My Winter Bedding for Spring-Summer

Spring Summer Bedding, Summerton Rose Tree

Welcome to the 640th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Changing out the bedding from fall-winter to spring-summer is not for the faint of heart. lol  Usually I wait until someone (like my son) is here to help me. My previous mattress was sooo much lighter and stiffer than my current one and changing the bedding was pretty easy. But my current mattress purchased a few years back, weighs a blooming ton! It must be double the … [Continue Reading...]

Springtime Dining on the Porch with Dario Farruccci’s Ma Maison

Spring Table with Tulips

Welcome to the 657th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Happy spring! As you can see in the background, the trees are have all fluffed out! I love seeing all the spring green, such a beautiful time of year! I hope you are seeing fluffy trees in your area now, too!   Yes, I'm back with tulips again this week. lol I'm a little hooked on tulips right now and wanted to try them in the teapot that goes … [Continue Reading...]

Here’s the List–Books Recommended by Awesome BNOTP Readers

Thanks again for all the wonderful book suggestions you left on my recent post where I was trying to remember the name of a book I had read many years ago in high school. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Trying to Remember the Name of a Book I Read Many Years Ago. I now have an extensive list of books I want to read this summer! Comments continue to come in on that post so check it out if you're looking for a great read!   My friend, … [Continue Reading...]

Fast, Easy Recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

One of my favorite parts about visiting with my grandchildren is I get to eat the awesome meals my son and daughter-in-love prepare. My son is the Grilling King and my daughter-in-law, Nancy, creates some incredible recipes from scratch. She's one of those great cooks who can open up the fridge and put together an incredible meal with whatever she finds waiting inside--no recipe needed. I, on the other hand, almost totally rely on recipes or you probably couldn't … [Continue Reading...]

Restoration Begins After Snowmageddon Wreaks Havoc on This Backyard Paradise

Welcome to the 639th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! This past year has been pretty unprecedented in many ways. Sometimes life feels like a giant test and you never know what it's gonna throw at you next. I don't think anyone could have predicted the crazy Snowmageddon that hit Texas in February. My friend, Teresa, who lives in the great state of Texas, was fortunately prepared for the loss of electricity since she has a … [Continue Reading...]

25+ Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day–Dad Would Probably Like Some of These, Too!

Wow! Thanks so much for all the great book suggestions you left in the comments of my last post! I'm really looking forward to checking out all the books and authors you recommended! Sooo many great recommendations! Also, thanks so much for trying to help me figure out the name of the book I read back in high school that I would love to find again. There was one particular book that was suggested that I may purchase since the publish date fits with the time I … [Continue Reading...]

Trying to Remember the Name of a Book I Read Many Years Ago

When I was in high school in the 70s, aka the dark ages, and working as a Library Assistant in my school's library (see ancient photo below taken for our school annual) there was a book I read that I would love to find again. Unfortunately, I can not remember the name of it. I think it had the word Nightingale in the title...maybe something like Song of the Nightingale-- something like that. I've Googled a million Nightingale phrases and can't find it, probably out … [Continue Reading...]

A Beautiful Peacock Inspired Spring Table Setting

Peacock Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 656th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Have you ever fallen in love with a beautiful china or dishware pattern, but then had a difficult time using it in a table setting? Then one day it happens--all the elements just click and come together perfectly! That happened to Warren when he came across this beautiful peacock-designed dinnerware. Warren shared the story of his several-month struggle and … [Continue Reading...]

How to Make Whimsical, Floating Teacups for an Alice in Wonderland Party

Whimsical Floating Teacup Decoration

Welcome to the 638th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few weeks back I shared this wonderful table setting Elena created for her daughter's birthday. Elena went with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme, a favorite of her daughter's.   As part of the decorations, Elena created these beautiful, magical floating teacups.   Every birthday celebration needs a bit of whimsy and a touch of … [Continue Reading...]

Creating a Pretty, Little Beverage Station for My Home Office

Pretty, Blue Martini Glass

Do you ever read blogs on the weekends or do you mainly just read doing the week? I often post on the weekend so was just wondering if you like to get a blog post in your Inbox on the weekend.  (Pssst: If you haven't already, subscribe to get an email whenever I post here: Subscribe for Post Updates. It's completely free and will let you know when a new post is up with a link to the blog.) A few months back, I added this cute, blue mini-fridge to my home office. … [Continue Reading...]