Saturday, October 31, 2015

Writing Whimsey for Fun

Grammys Place Bed and Breakfast

In addition to my real life at The Brown Bungalow, there is my imaginary home in the town of Whistlestop, somewhere deep in the high mountains where I own and operate a Bed and Breakfast with Grandad Bear. In the past few days a new chapter was added to the story.

My neck was stiff and a shooting pain tensed my upper back muscles. It felt like I hadn’t moved in weeks. While I would have liked nothing better than to forget my “to do list” and run away to a spa with steamy hot springs bubbling out of the earth and a menu of grilled salmon with crispy potatoes, I absolutely could not get away. Not now, anyway.

Mandy Sue

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Eye Saw Something Strange

photo from Internet: Google "black eye floaters"

My day started out very pleasantly but then an alarming thing began to happen.

It was while I was sitting in my closet putting on my socks when suddenly, out of no where, very dark black cobweb-like things began to float across my right eyeball. They went from northeast to southwest, darted to the east, and generally washed all over my sight in that one eye. It lasted for several hours and was accompanied by occasional very brief flashes of light.  There was not even a hint of pain and had I not experienced something similar 4 or 5 years ago, I might have been terrified. 

photo from Internet: Google "black eye floaters"

The dark things were floaters, those clear bubble-looking things most of us have seen in our eyes on occasion since we were kids. As we get older, the vitreous fluid in our eyes tends to dry, and in the process, causes a pulling away from the retina. More of these floaters are seen than what is normal. Certain angles of light entering the eye can cause the floaters to cast a shadow, which is what makes them look dark black.

This can be quite serious, or not, but we need to let the eye doctor determine that

I had maybe ten very small, very quick flashes of bright light along with the floaters. That is one of the signs most definitely not to be ignored because the flashes of light can indicate a tearing of the retina. If not dealt with quickly, blindness can follow. 

The staff at my eye doctor's office was able to fit me into an already full schedule, an indicator on their part that this is not something to fool around with. 

photo from Internet: Google "black eye floaters"

Thankfully, after eye dilation and a close, thorough examination, my doctor determined that there was no tear in my retina. She told me to be aware of additional eye floaters, more flashes of light and the like. I am to see her again in 3 weeks, sooner if this situation looks to be worse. 

As the day wore on, the floaters and flashes of light stopped. I can see some of the floaters only vaguely as I type this post. 

This is more likely to happen as we age, if we are nearsighted, have had surgery for cataracts, or if we've had inflammation (swelling) inside the eye. As my husband likes to say, "Getting old isn't for sissies." 

I share this with my readers so they can be aware if this happens to them. While it can be a benign situation, do not hesitate to get yourself to a doctor for verification of what is really happening. Your eyesight may depend upon it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October's Last Hodgepodge

Dining table decor at The Brown Bungalow

Here are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. I’m answering here on my blog, and then hopping over to Joyce’s blog, at From This Side of the Pond to link up my answers with other bloggers who are participating.

1. Are you comfortable with silence? If you're home alone, do you like silence or do you need regular background noise? Do you seek out times and places to be silent? What's your favorite place to find silence/be silent?

I’m comfortable with silence. But I also enjoy quiet music in the background. Yes, I seek times and places to be silent. My favorite place for that is my bedroom closet. 

2. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Can't let that go by without a mention now, can we? Will you celebrate? How? Let's say you can have one of the following right this very minute... a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream, or a slice of chocolate pie...what's your pleasure?

A chocolate-dipped strawberry!

3. How do you feel about blue jeans? Favorite thing in the world to wear or nope, don't own a single pair? How often do you wear blue jeans in a typical week? Do you own a blue jean jacket?

I wear jeans just about every single day. If not all day long, then some part of it. I don’t have a blue jean jacket but I do have a vest. However, I like for the jacket or vest to be the same shade of blue as the jeans but seldom do they match well enough to satisfy me.

4. Are you superstitious? If so, in what way?  No, I’m not superstitious.

5. If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with? 

I could be a “Bad Hair Day Queen”!!!

6. What scares you a little? What do you do when you feel scared?

Traffic. I pray a lot in the car, and often out loud.

7. Perhaps today will be the day I (fill in the blank) ... I cannot think of a good response for  this one.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

our hall pew

Hooray! Halloween will be gone in just a few days. I am ready to move on to the season of gratitude and Thanksgiving.

From This Side of the Pond
Click on the blog title to link up with other bloggers.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Worth the Parking Ticket

white Shasta Daisies, pink Hibiscus, and Marigolds and Zinnias in the wheelbarrow
It's Sunday night as I write this post. A reprise of the weekend is all that comes to mind, so here goes...

The first frost of the season was predicted on Friday, so I took some farewell photos of my flowers in the back yard. However, I'm not sure it was a real frost after all. Now our weather people say we'll get down to 32 degrees this week.  

sign that greets new arrivals as they exit the train tunnel
By far, the highlight of our weekend was getting to see Surfer Girl, Grandson #4 and Granddaughter #5 when they came into our airport en route to join up with Surfer Boy on the coast. Their trip was very long, so Surfer Girl intentionally planned for a 3-hour layover in Denver to break it up. She asked if we would drive out to see them. She didn't have to ask twice!

Grammy and Granddaughter #5
Am I happy or what?!! As for granddaughter, she's not smiling here but hey, she's not crying either! This is only the 3rd time I've seen her since she was born last winter, so she's trying to remember who I am.

Grandad and Granddaugher
She says, "And tell me again, who exactly are you?"

Grandad and Grandson #4
Now these guys go waaay back and are better acquainted with each other. Here they strike a thoughtful pose -- one of the few moments during the visit when the younger one was quiet and standing perfectly still!

Dad and daughter
Surfer Girl, who by the way, NEVER has time to surf anymore, always enjoys a playful banter back and forth with her dad.

We fed Grandson #4 some chicken nuggets, which his mom described as "the official food of growing boys across America!" 

Granddaughter #5 was content with a diaper change and a bottle. The rest of us just visited and were happy with that. We also did a lot of walking so the travelers could stretch their legs before they boarded their next flight. 

nearing the end of our visit
All too soon (of course!) the visit came to an end. We walked the trio that held our heartstrings to the security area to say our goodbyes.

As for the parking ticket (referring to the title of this blog post) -- that was just the fee we had to pay to park our car near the terminal.... worth every cent!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well Worn Phrases Apply

Snapdragons in the rain on our deck

"There is always something for which to be thankful."
Charles Dickens

"You don't have to look far to see 
someone worse off than yourself."

"All things work together for good to them that love God 
and are called according to His purpose." 
Romans 8:28

One morning just a couple of days ago, I woke shortly before the alarm clock went off. I lay there snuggled up against Beloved and immediately began to silently thank God my husband was alive and well. 

Just the week before, two ladies I know lost their husbands, both pretty suddenly. Truly, 

"all we have is today" 

and to be even more realistic, all we know we have is this moment. In the twinkling of an eye everything can change dramatically.

We attended the funeral of one of those dear men this past Thursday. On that morning we woke to rain hitting the roof hard and a steady drip of water falling from the ceiling fan in the master bathroom into a plastic bucket on the floor. Since we live in a new house, the drip is disconcerting, but Beloved is in contact with people to look into the matter.

I choose to be thankful for those things that are going right and to trust God when things go awry.

"Into each life some rain must fall."

If we believe that God has everything under His control, then we should also rest in the assurance that He is working out all the details in whatever way is truly right. More often than not, God's methods and solutions do not line up with my opinions, but He wants me to trust Him anyway.

Many years ago I was bleeding uncontrollably and had to have emergency surgery at midnight. The entire matter was out of my hands and I had to trust my surgeon completely to do what was in my best interests.

We need to trust God like that because we are at His mercy at all times. There are certain things we absolutely cannot handle. We need to rely on our Lord to do  what is truly right. We need to trust God, who loves us more than anything, to take care of us and all that concerns us. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Many of the well-worn phrases and Bible verses we have heard all our lives do apply. Because we have heard them so much, we sometimes gloss over their meaning and application to our circumstances. I want to be more thoughtful and understanding, relying fully on the Lord --  allowing my faith to grow during the rainstorms of my days.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Heady for Headers

My first blog was created in February 2009.  I have lost count how many blogs I've designed since then, but it's at least a dozen. Most have been with Blogspot and a few with WordPress. At times I've maintained more than one blog at a time, each devoted to a specific topic. 


Currently I write just one blog for public viewing, and that is this one, My Journal Reflections at The Brown Bungalow. The others are closed to readers right now because I'm not adding anything new to them. 


For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging is to be able to create my own headers, the banner positioned at the very top of the blog screen that has the name of the blog, perhaps some photography, and often a few words describing the blog.


Nobody has taught me how to design blog headers; I've learned by trial-and-error.  I've found that both Blogspot and WordPress pretty much leave you to your own imagination if you want anything at all that looks original or stylish. Much inspiration has come, however, from studying the designs of the blogs I read by other authors.

You can pay professionals (like my son, for example) to create headers for you. But I've really enjoyed forging the way by myself.


Today I thought it would be fun to show you a sampling of just some of the blog headers I've made over the past six years. If you have followed my many blogs, you may remember some of these designs.


Most of my headers are made with my own photography, and most of that is with my cell phone camera. Like many of my blogging friends, I carry that camera with me at all times because you never know when a 'blog-worthy' scene will appear that has to be captured immediately before the lighting or circumstances change.


Usually I place text on top or beside a photo for my headers, but sometimes a picture is just too 'busy' and the wording would get lost if positioned on the photo itself. This one, above (#6), of food, was used on one of my foodie blogs with the title below the picture.


And this picture, too (#7), was not disturbed with text on it but rather below the photo. This is from one of my WordPress blogs.


This (#8) with ten pictures incorporated into one header has been one of my favorites. But as you can see, I vary from simple to more complex designs. It seems to be the artist in me to be continually looking for the perfect way to express myself and often changing my mind!


My best tool (besides the camera and iPhoto on my laptop computer) is Printshop, a photo-editing program that my husband installed onto my MacBook Pro. Without Printshop, I'd be at the mercy of only words and untouched photos, and no graphics whatsoever.


This picture of red poppies is an example of using one of the many, many clip art pieces on Printshop.


This (#11) is an example of combining clipart with my own photography. I also alter my photos. Although this is a picture of my house, I have reversed the picture. In this picture the garage is on the left but in real life there are 3 garages on the right! Just call it 'artistic license!'


#12's header was made with a variety of fonts and black-and-white clip art.


This header (#13) was made with clip art chosen around a winter theme. The design of the five squares, one containing the name of the blog, was inspired by other bloggers' designs. 


This (#14) is a summer version of the same style.


#15 is one of the very few where I used a copyright-free photograph found on the Internet, but the font for the blog title is mine.

If you have the time and feel so inclined, please leave a comment and vote for which header design you like the best. Use the #number under each example for voting purposes. I'd be interested to know! Thanks.

Hodgepodge Questions for October 21

Starring cast from Back to the Future III
Internet photo
Today's Hodgepodge takes us back to the future. I'm linking up with other bloggers at From This Side of the Pond.

1. October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?

Yes, I have seen all of the Back to the Future movies and the last one is my favorite. Beloved and I even quote some of the lines to each other at times (“Please excuse the crudity of this model”). Unhappily, I do remember well what I was doing in the fall of 1985. My father had just learned that his cancer had returned and would probably be terminal, which it was.

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?

I would want to visit the Victorian era in England, Europe, and our own East Coast when the houses and clothing styles were so beautiful.

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good? 

Technology is already growing at a rate too fast for many of us to keep up with. It’s discouraging to see how often my husband needs to update our computers and phones. And so many times, the updates bring with them changes that seem so unnecessary (and baffling). 

As for the Internet being harmful, no, I don’t think it does more harm than good but just like driving a car, it is a powerful tool for both good and harm in the hands of those who use it.

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?

Crockpot: Beef-Bean Casserole (ground beef with several kinds of beans in a BBQ-type of sauce). But I can't eat that anymore... (sigh)

Fast Food: Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (hold the cheese, please). I know that sounds weird. I've developed some serious food allergies and so this is it! Back in the day, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with cheese was my fav fast food. 

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now? 

I’ll go with “make time.” As stated in my blog post of yesterday, if I’m going to get any sewing done, I need to “make time” to do it. Otherwise, all manner of things crowd it out.

6. Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?

the Aladdin Theatre on Colfax Avenue built in 1926
photo credit and history

Beloved and I went to see the movie “Camelot” on our first date at the historic Aladdin Theatre in Denver in 1968. After many movie goers moved out to the suburbs, the theatre was wrecked in 1984 to build a Walgreens store. Yeah, this makes me feel old.

7. Describe your comfort zone.

A good hair day, feeling healthy, comfortable clothes, and knowing all my family has food on their tables, gas in their cars, and household utilities working.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My favorite radio station is Denver’s KPOF at 910 on the AM dial. We can hardly receive it at all with AM radios inside our home, so I listen to it in the car and in our house on an iPod inserted into a special stand with speakers.  

For reasons we don’t completely understand, the station cuts in and out more all the time. We suspect it has something to do with our Internet carrier but have not been able to fix the problem. Just this morning Beloved presented me with the gift of an HD radio that picks up the station beautifully. 

Linking up with bloggers today at

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weekend Handwork

Dresden Plate table/candle mat
I've had a desire to do more sewing of late, but am learning I need to carve out the time to do it and then guard that time because other things try to crowd it out. It helps to have a plan firmly in mind of what I want to do (ahead of time) and then plot out when to do that and nothing else. Saturday was my day for that. 

find this at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts in the quilt tool supply area

This pattern cried out to me several years ago so I bought it but didn't get around to trying it out until now. It's got 2 acrylic templates to use for cutting out 16 of the "fan blades" (as I like to call them), and a circle for the center. The acrylic templates had a protective brown paper adhered to them that was very hard to remove, so I soaked them in a pie plate of water and it was much easier. (not sure why the manufacturer did that and then instructed to remove it)

sewing the 'fan blades' together

If you are strict about using the 1/4-inch seam allowance as you assemble the fan blades, it comes out perfectly. I was delighted how easy this was. California Quilter, my next-door neighbor,  suggested that I put a small iron beside my sewing machine so I can easily press every seam as I sew, which results in a much neater final project.

finished on the left; in use on the right

Of course (smile), you can't see much of my workmanship right now because I'm using it under a metal pumpkin to protect the breakfast table. (Pumpkin found at 40% off at Hobby Lobby last week) This little piece will also be perfect underneath a fat candle. It measures about 12 inches in diameter. I plan to make more for other seasons of the year.

Speaking of pumpkins ....

the front porch of The Brown Bungalow

Beloved brought home this pretty one from Walmart on Saturday. Since we live very far away from my brother-in-law's pumpkin patch, we have to buy ours.  Actually, when we visited last month, I should have taken one then. Where was my brain?

It's been a good weekend here and a busy week lies ahead of us. If you'd like to share what you did this past weekend, leave a comment!

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might ...
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rejoicing in Answered Prayer

pumpkin on the rocks

There has been a problem on our mind over the last several months, something that got more serious with time. Sleepless nights and the temptation to fret were frequent. Our trust in God's goodness, justice and provision was tested.

My greatest refuge and source of peace was to recite to myself and pray these words from Scripture (among many others):

Call unto me
and I will answer thee
and will show you
great and mighty things
which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3

The name of the Lord is
a strong tower.
The righteous run to it
and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

pumpkin in the grass
The answer and solution to the problem came this weekend. Relief floods over us, along with a renewed marveling that the God of the universe cares and provides for insignificant people. We thank Him for His compassion, mercies, and provision. 

I sought the LORD,
and he answered me;
he delivered me 
from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4

You are my God,
and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, 
and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:28-29

Bless the Lord, 
O my soul and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Psalm 103:1

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Have Patience Hodgepodge Wednesday

from  Face Book
answering questions from Joyce today for the Hodgepodge Wednesday meme...

1. What's something that has recently 'tried  your patience'?

My patience factor has been pretty good of late. It helps that I am adjusting to the road construction in our town, even though it's another year or more until the new freeway interchange will be completed.

2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you? (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 1-=I've got all the time in the world.)

I think patience is something we all have to learn, although it may come easier for those who had patience modeled for them while growing up. As for my number score about how patient I am, it depends on the issue requiring patience. I'll say I'm somewhere between 5 and 7.

3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.

I have wished I could fly every time one of my grandchildren were born so I could be there during the first day of their life. All of my grands have been born out of state and we could not get there in time for the birth.

4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?

 "Around the World" by Nat King Cole. Click on title to see the Youtube version.

5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year? 

While Colorado has many locations for excellent picnics, my favorite is always Eleven Mile Canyon. We've been going there since about 1977. Lunch is served after Beloved's had some time to fly fish, and after lunch, he gets right back into the water. The photo collage I'm posting is made up of pictures I took last June; now the trees are golden yellow Aspens mixed in with evergreens.

What's in the picnic basket? (let's pretend I'm not restricted to my gluten- and dairy-free diet, okay?) 

Fried chicken
my mother's potato salad
Deviled Eggs
red grapes
German Chocolate Cake

6. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping ... which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?

Landscaping would be my choice. I wish I had the knowledge and money to grow the most beautiful variety of flowers in my yard.

7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?

A house on a hill or a ridge with a fantastic view of the mountains and the city lights at night.

8. Insert your own random thought here. Food for thought...

"What you are doing now can start generational blessings." 

a quote by Crawford Loritts on Moody Radio


Today I'm linking up with other bloggers at From This Side of the Pond

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekend Collage

Shasta Daisies still blooming in our garden
Our weekend photos begin with Saturday as we watered the still-blooming florals in both front and back yards. One of these days we will wakeup to ornamentals faint from the cold, but that hasn't happened yet.

a slice of apple in my kitchen
I try to take pleasure in the simple things of life and slicing this apple for a snack fit that description perfectly. There are stars in our fruit. I melted some almond butter in the microwave and then drizzled that over the apple slices (along with some banana).

We have men come to aerate the lawns at this time of year. Then Beloved fertilizes the grass and waters it in good. He's hoping the lawnmower has been used for the last time this season, but that varies from year to year. Last October the guys came to aerate on the day of our first snow!

one of our several Lilac bushes is a real show-off at this time of year
We spread "gorilla hair" mulch to prepare the flower bed for winter's cold. It's a finely-shredded bark product that is fun to work with, and the name is crazy!

hand needlework
Once the outside tasks were complete, I managed to find some time to make this wool felt ornament. Handwork is such fun because it's portable -- take it just about anywhere! 

the church bag
Sunday morning is reserved for church attendance in my family. On Saturday night I bathe and wash my hair so the next morning is not hectic. I also pack my church bag, which holds my purse and my Bible. It's so much easier to put it all in one tote because otherwise I end up juggling it all morning. Beloved uses his iPad for his Bible, and sometimes I do, too. I like to set my bag out the night before so that, again, there is less rushing around before we head out the door to church.

Dressed for church
Whereas I used to hold fast to the conviction that I needed to wear a skirt or a dress to Sunday morning church, I no longer feel that way. When I broke my shoulder and needed assistance with dressing for several months after that, I could not see Beloved helping me into my pantyhose without getting a run in the hose or an argument, or (most likely) both of us falling onto the floor in a fit of laughter.  It was much easier to wear slacks or dressy jeans. 

I am all for modest dressing and could preach a sermon about my opinions on that topic, but I have found that in many situations, wearing slacks is a lot more comfortable, more modest, and in Colorado climate, warmer.  

The majority of the time I now wear dressy jeans with a nice top to church and can dress that up (or not) with jackets, scarves, and jewelry. I think the most important point with female wardrobe in church is to not wear anything that will distract men (or women) from the purpose of worship and Bible learning.

driving to church
Our drive to church is seven miles and that takes us through the old historic part of our town and on to the opposite end, out in the country. Pikes Peak is in the far distance. Beloved will often say out loud, "Well, hello Pikes Peak!"

the worship center of my church
I purposely did not take properly lined-up and head-on shots at church because I want you to see the area just enough to get the idea without compromising the identity of other church-goers who aren't aware that I write a blog. 

the worship team instrumentalists warm up
Our worship center seats a good-sized crowd, but we still need to  have two morning services that are pretty full. 

Beloved teaches Bible study class
We attend the first worship service and then walk over to one of the classrooms for Bible study (Sunday School, as I grew up calling it). There are a team of men who teach our class.

Speaking of what to wear to church, Beloved has been liberated from his tie collection and looks snappy (I think) in his Dockers slacks, an open-collar shirt and a sport coat. Not to worry. He still has ties in his closet reserved for Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals. (I have dressy skirts for those occasions, as well)

Menu at the Castle Cafe

Lunch is at a restaurant; this time it was in historic Castle Rock. This is the place I've written about before. Drunk cowboys used to ride their horses through this place in the late 1800s when this was a saloon. Now the atmosphere is decidedly more sedate but the history is interesting. 

They have a Lemon Grass Vinaigrette on their salads that is fantastic. I have not been able to duplicate it yet in my own kitchen, so we have to go there often to satisfy my taste buds!

an adventure with Parakeet
If you read my blog last week, you may remember my friend Parakeet. She is visiting in the area for a couple of weeks, so on Sunday afternoon I left Beloved at home to watch football while my friend and I hiked up to the base of the rock for which my town is named.

That's the Rocky Mountains on the horizon and somewhere out there is my house. From this perspective we can see Interstate 25 below us and the train tracks. When the trains go by, they look small, like a model railroad set. I love that!

me and Parakeet
We asked a nice lady sitting on a park bench to snap this selfie for us. 

Parakeet and I have known each other since we were teens in youth group at church. Now we are both grandmothers signed up with Medicare! Long-time friendships are a treasure and not something to be taken for granted.

Beloved, me, Parakeet and her 2 grandchildren
At the end of our hike, we got the football fan to take us to dinner at Panera Bread and then reunited Parakeet with her cute little people.

But wait! That's not all! My weekend extended into Monday!

getting ready for a little celebration
... when I wrapped up the wool felt pear ornament (pictured earlier in this post) and tucked it into a birthday card. I had a fun appointment with yet another friend!

planning the wardrobe
Birthdays are another aspect of life that should not be taken for granted. My pink polka-dot sweater spells F-U-N to me, and the addition of a silk rose atop a small crocheted doily made me feel like a party in sandals.

me 'n the Birthday Girl
Gentle Mary and I met at yet another historic district for lunch. The location was a former gas station that was remodeled a few years ago into a fancy shmancy restaurant. The autumn weather was perfect, so we asked if we could be seated at a table on the roof!

We both ordered colossal salads and got all caught up on everything and everybody (the status of our families).

calendar on my laundry room wall - art work by Mary Engelbreit

In spite of the truth of this fun illustration (above), we opted to not have dessert with our lunch. We do want to maintain our girlish figures, after all!!

Gentle Mary beside an autumn floral display
We did the wiser thing and walked the streets of the historic district, visiting some of the shops and just in general enjoying each other's company and the beautiful day.

So. That's my weekend. I like to share my comings and goings and who I run with. The Cook on Fifth Street, like all mothers, likes to know what her kids are up to and who they hobnob with. 

Now you know what I've been up to, Mama! (wink)