Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Hi Everyone,
In case you have not been following my blog too closely here is an update:
I have been sick the past month with an acute sinus infection. I am still not 100 %. The doctor told me to rest. I am trying to do that but it is very hard for me to sit any length of time. I see things that have to be done and I have to do them! I can't help it! Well, I think I have conquered that in the past three days.

It has been so hot and humid here in good old Texas, that I have spent the afternoons sitting by the pool. We didn't get this wonderful weather in Buffalo, NY.  So, I decided to make the most of it and have a snack outside.

Just a very simple snack with a Memorial Day flair! Since moving to Texas, I love sweetened tea. I paired it with fresh strawberries and cantaloupe in an old fashioned sundae dish. The candle has three fragrances: macintosh apple, aromate de vanilla and blueberries & cream. It smells heavenly!
I couldn't decide where I wanted my tray so I put it on the table and then on the footrest. I think I like it in on the footrest. What about you?

The tablecloth was made by my mother-in-law and given to me years ago. The plate was bought at HomeGoods. I bought four of them so I can use them when my daughter comes for the Fourth of July!

I thought I'd show you what I am looking at while I am eating my snack.

We have lived here since December 23, 2010, so we haven't done anything to the outside other than clean it up. We have lots of huge trees and they are always dropping something. This garden has roses in it. A few other things are growing but I haven't got a clue what they are called.

I love the lantern in a pot. I planted coleus around it! The lanterns are solar and some were not lighting at night so I decided to see how a pot with a lantern it it would look. What do you think?

I think next time, I would plant a showy flower for a more dramatic effect.

This is one of the roses....

A last look at my tablescape....

Thank you to Susan at BNOTP for hosting this fun event! Please make sure you visit as many tablescapes as you can.
I love all the ideas!

Thank you for your prayers and stopping by.....
I hope you have a great Memorial Day.

Remember our troops and all those who have served.

Blessings My Friend,

A special request....Please pray for husband was laid off in April and is looking for a job.
Thank you....


  1. Hi, I am sorry about the loss of your husband's job and pray that he will find something soon. There aren't too many things worse than not having a job. Also hope that your sinus problems clear up. What a great place to be when you are sick! Love the patriotic plates. Joni

  2. Your garden is lovely! As is your snack tray. What time was I supposed to be there? I am so sorry about your sinus infection.. they are miserable. You have my complete empathy. Prayers for your husband. xo~marlis

  3. When I lived in the Houston, Texas area I was amazed at how well the plants grew! Beautiful to enjoy.

    God bless you and I hope you aren't too shocked at how humid and hot July will get. Relief will come about October and it will be fantastic.

    Keep sippin that delicious sweetened is really good.

    Your snack looks mighty tasty!

  4. Very sorry about the sinus infection...may you heal quickly.

    Especially sorry about the job loss. Will lift you up in prayer. Right now.

  5. Hi sweet lady, I hope your sinus infection clears up soon! I am prone to sinus infections too, and know the dizziness that comes from a severe one. Your backyard is absolutely beautiful. I hope your hubby is able to find a fulfilling position soon so you have one less worry. I will keep you in my prayers! And I do like the tray on the bench--there is something very relaxing about that. Linda

  6. Elaine, every time I see your beautiful header, I want to come and sit by your pool! Ours is not landscaped as beautifully as yours. How fun to discover what's planted in your new yard during your first year there! I hope you're soon feeling better. Your poolside trayscape is very inviting!

  7. Oh, Elaine, I saw Joni's comment and went back to reread your post. I'd missed the part about your husband being laid off. I'm so sorry! Prayers are on the way!

  8. Elaine -- sorry that you've been feeling so poorly -- looks like you've got a pretty spot to work on your recovery. Hoping that your husband will find good work soon.

  9. What a lovely poolside snack. Those patriotic plates wil also look fabulous for the 4th!

    So sorry you have been ill. Sinus infections are sometimes a bear to get rid of. Take care and don't overdo.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for you and a replacement job for your husband.

  10. Yummy snack tray, hon...I remember this great post, but my blog was having some issues and I just couldn't send comments, for a while there! Never to late! I love that patriotic plate, wow!, I want some!! The pool and garden looks wonderful, I'd love to be there with you! Thanks for coming by and for the lovely and sweet comment! Lots of hugs to you. FABBY