Monday, October 29, 2012

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Some of the women from our church
got together for a FAVORITE THINGS
party.  Julie Andrews serenaded us.  
We ate our favorite cookies.
String--anyone remember the connection?
From decorative tape
to favorite lipsticks.
What would a party be without a
children's book?
Here's the string connection.
We took notes on favorite things
we thought we couldn't live without.
More favorite things.
The always favorite Koji Punch.
Why a goose?
Now you know why.
Some of the precious women who attended.
More friends.
and more favorite people
The party was Kelly's idea so she explained the
process of sharing our favorite things.
Is anyone surprised?
She is so creative.
More guests
It was so interesting hearing
about everyone's favorite things.
From ice cream to pens to coffee to
lotions to Funyons to jewelry to
omelette makers to lots and lots
of chocolate.

Everyone took home 2
items that they thought
they couldn't live without.
It was fun seeing who chose what
favorite things.

But alas, there were no
raindrops on roses or
whiskers on kittens.

Oh, well, maybe next time.

A big thank you to
photographers Kelly
and Vanessa.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Boy Time

This is the scene when the dads and Ducca watch the
boys while the mama's talk.
The room is a wreck.
The chairs are turned on their sides.
The guys are watching football.
And the children are happy.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Christmas Cottage Cookbook

I have a friend from our church, Tonya,
who is both a contributing
author and photographer for

This year the magazine,
published a cookbook
as seen above.
The link above will
also take you to information
about the cookbook.

Tonya has a beautiful section
that you might want to check out
on pages 220-235.

What makes that very exciting to me
is that she used various pieces of my home
decor for some of the photo
shoots.  If you have a chance to
browse the book, see if you can figure
out which photos have items
belonging to me
and which photos have items
belonging to my friend Jeanette.

Tonya spent the day at my house
recently shooting a possible
spread on my Grandchildren's Room.
I'll keep you posted on when and if
that will be featured in Cottage Magazine.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Goodbye Summer

We are having our first nighttime
freezes of the autumn here in Colorado.
This summer was the first
real summer that I enjoyed gardening.
My roses are still blooming
and the grandsons' garden is
still producing tomatoes.
I thought I had better bring
the green tomatoes in so that
they wouldn't freeze and be ruined.

Does anyone know if they will turn
red off the vine?  

I'm really going to miss
my garden this winter,
but I guess that is what makes
springtime oh, so sweet.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Counting 1-10

It's so much fun to watch
children learn, especially
when they are your kids or grandkids.
Caleb wanted to show me how
he can now write his numbers to 10.
Such a smart boy!!!

Book Review--Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody

If you are looking for a fun Halloween picture book, look no further.  Frenkenstein:  A Monstrous Parody is adorable.  On the front cover, you see a Caldecott looking sticker which says, "A CaldeNOT Horror Book."  A great spoof of the Madeline books.

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Rick Walton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book.  Children will especially enjoy it if they have read the Madeline books.  The back book jacket says "Ludworst Bemonster is the pen name for author rick Walton and artist Nathan Hale, who got bored one Halloween and decided that thier favorite children's book would be much, much better if there were monsters in it.  Perfect for Halloween.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Front Porch

This is the sight that I
see when I drive in after the sun
goes down.

My sweet husband always turns on the front
porch light for me and the geraniums
in my antique washstand
never cease to make me smile.

Thanks to our friend
Bill Walker, who landscaped
our lawn at the beginning of the
summer, I have had lots of blooms
to make me happy.

I'm going to miss the color when the first
freeze comes, but look forward to seeing
them again in the spring.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 on 10--Little Golden Books

For today's Ten on Ten,
I thought I would feature some
of the most beloved children's
books of all times.
Little Golden Books

These are some of the Little Golden Books my children had
when they were young.

We often read this one at bedtime.

This one is backless because it was so well loved.

We must have really loved this one because
we still have not one, but two copies.

This is a favorite of many, many children.

I don't think Jeremy was too fond of this one,
but Kelly loved it.

A Christmas classic.

Excuse the blurriness of this photo. Our books
ranged in price from 39 cents to 89 cents.

This one was really special because
it helped teach my children
how to be true friends.
If you would like to know more about the history of
Little Golden Books,
Leonard Marcus, an excellent children's literature historian,
has written a delightful book called Golden Legacy.
Photo above 
Copyright © 2012 Follett Library Resources, Inc.

If you would like a short history, you can check out
this link.  

For more Ten on Ten Blogs, click here.  

Balloon Chase

One of our favorite things to
do in The Springs is go to
the Balloon Fest every Labor Day.

This year, my sister Kim and her husband Randy
visited us during that time.
Kim's favorite balloon was the bright
yellow one with the starburst on the side.

Since David and I love to chase the balloons
and watch them land, we decided that this
would be a good balloon to chase.

Isn't that bright blue sky amazing?

The crew started bringing the balloon
down in a field off one of the main

But evidently they changed their mind, and
headed to a nearby neighborhood.

You can get such a good close up
view when the balloons are coming down.

Watching the balloon deflate is really exciting.

It takes a whole crew to bring it down safely.

The crew wears gloves to keep from
damaging the delicate fabric of the

The crew turns the basket on its side
when the balloon comes down.
I would love to know why.

Packing away the balloon for another year.

As one of our friends at church
likes to say,
"Just another day in paradise."