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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

.....swingin' in the rain

With all the great moisture we received throughout the winter,
and with several good spring rains,
our part of the country is getting GREEN !!
As of 4/17, we have had 3 straight days of non-stop rain...WOO HOO !!
This has been THE WETTEST year ...ON RECORD....EVER, for WEST TEXAS.
We are all so THANKFUL for every drop..
I always put my houseplants outside to get a bit of that good water from Heaven.
In the OLDEN days, people caught RAIN water in barrels...
I don't have a barrel to catch it in
but I have this huge CROCK that works just great !
It was raining so hard when I took this photo that the top of the
water looks like WAVES.....
SWINGING in the rain is about as good as it gets...
the only thing better....

Now one might think me SILLY to light a candle out here on
my loved front the middle of the morning.
But with it being CLOUDY...and wet....and wonderful,
this candle looked GREAT !

a stick of low fat STRING cheese (I LOVE this stuff )
and BACON....
ALWAYS bacon!


At my age, there really IS no time to waste.
I want to take advantage of every
single thing I can....
Just swinging in my porch swing, snacking from a wonderful tray of goodies..
reading a few lines in a good book...
This might SOUND like I am "wasting time" but...Oh, no...
It's never ever a waste of time when you are doing something you absolutely DELIGHT in doing.
Life is waaay too short not to partake of the delights in life...
the delights that are GOD given.
HE WANTS us to be happy and HE has supplied so many wonderful things for each of us to delight in.

The lovely flowers from our
been so beautiful these past few days.
I remove the wilted ones daily and then make pretty LITTLE vases of them...

The large arrangement was one of the prettiest I've ever seen.
I am pressing a couple of flowers in a book....When they are dried and pressed, I'll slip them in with my Anniversary Book and all the pretty cards I received.
Knowing my sentimental self,
I will relive this anniversary for the rest of my life.
It makes me want to fall to my knees in thankfulness again and again.
I am so blessed...
and I KNOW IT !!


I am wondering WHY orange juice tastes about
1000 times better when served in a pretty little
crystal champagne glass ..!..?
got a bit wet this morning....

O !! and did you notice .......
there's TWO muffins !!

You didn't think I would forget YOU, did ya ?
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My thanks to all the ladies that allow us this fun time each and every week.


Julie Harward said...

I love how you make yourself little snack trays..all pretty and yummy! A fun thing to do! So good you have all that rain..I think I could smell it too and the lily..I know I odd! May all your plants be beautiful with Heaven's water! Come say hi :D

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Anniversary, BJ! Your sidebar photo is wonderful!! You make such a happy couple.

Hooray for your rain!! I bet everything looks lush! The pictures sure do but I was lingering over the ones with the beautiful breakfast set up and wishing it were morning! lol!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Miss BJ! :-)


Anonymous said...

Oh BJ your pictures are so beautiful. I think lighting the candle is the best. My swing is in a gazebo on the patio. The next time I go out with my coffee I am going to light a candle. Hey and thanks for the shout out. I am getting so excited about the party. These kids have done so many little special things and contacting people to get the details. I just hear a little here and there. I can't wait for all the folks back in my hometown to meet my children. Blessings.

Judi said...

Happy Anniversary..*hugs* special.
Well I'm glad you are getting much needed rain and are happy about it...thats where it should be then. Thats a great way to collect rain. Your crock is really large! Love it.
Yummy coffee and dunkin' donuts...and so sweet that you left a muffin for me.
Your flowers are so lovely. I've enjoyed reading your post...enjoy and have a lovely evening too.

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

Glad you are enjoying a rainy day. Every once in a while, it's nice to kind of spoil yourself. After all, it is your anniversary! Those flowers are beautiful.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful post....a wonderful day of rain and blueberry muffins! And I loved the sound on your post today, with the rain fall.....
Love ya!

Kristy Carberry said...

How pretty! I love my porch too! Congratulations on 50 years! I hope to one day celebrate the same with my husband of nine years.

once in a blue moon... said...

beautiful setting and happy anni!

Dena said...

Evening BJ,

I just had to stop by to see you tonight and collect some wonderful comfort from your place :) I can smell the food from here and if I squeeze my eyes shut I can almost hear the's so cozy here.


Sweet and Savory said...

I love your blog and these photos are fantastic. I could relax by just looking at the pics.

I am having a nice giveaway if you are interested.

We have to talk grandchildren, one of these days.

Joanne Kennedy said...

I think it's not only ok to light candles during the day but they should be. They always look so pretty with that little flicker of flame burning.

Your morning looked wonderful. A little bit of heaven on earth if you ask me.


Anonymous said...

You are oh so sweet and I just love the photos.


Laura..DancesWithTeddyBears said...

You're an inspiration, BJ. Sometimes we forget to stop and smell the roses. Thanks, for the lovely reminder.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Such pretty photographs!!! I really is raining eh?? Lucky you have a beautiful porch to sit on with your wonderful breakfast!!!

Tennis Girl said...

Love your porch setting today. It is so nice to have a porch to sit under when it is raining. I love the water sounds on your blog.

Stacey said...

You make even a rainy day look so pretty. :) I'm glad y'all have gotten some rain. You know my parents both live down around Austin and Houston. For the last few years they've had the most horrible drought but they've caught up now too. Thank Heavens! The world is much better with real rain. :)

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Beautiful....and of course there would be a candle! I just tried for the first time the Dunkin' Donuts coffee and love it! Perfect little breakfast, in a perfect little spot!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Spring rains are always so refreshing. Happy Anniversary!


PAT said...

Great post, BJ!

Our rain is coming in will rain until Sunday if it goes as predicted. A lot of the time we get Texas weather a few days after it passes through there. We are headed to the lake Sunday to pick up the wicker chest of drawers, at the condo. Had to be sure the weather is dry before hauling it home.

We are "gardening" this week. Want everything in, in time for the rain. We hit the ground running, Monday morning, after one day of rest from our drive home from TN.

I'm trying to catch up with my blog visits! Lots of catching up to do...been very busy days for us.

Juanita said...

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pics with us! And those muffins look yummy! I am a new follower and am looking forward on catching up. have a blessed day!

GrannySue said...

One of the many things I miss about Texas are the rainstorms, especially when it is warm enough to sit out and enjoy it. What a terrific post and how attractive you make your porch swing. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

CaraRose said...

bj, I have been following your blog for awhile and love your sense of humor and your style or writing and sharing. Your decorating skills are amazing. Keep those posts coming and I will keep following.

I love how much you love your grands cause I have 8 of them and am about to be a great grandmother for the first time in November.

Thanks for sharing so much.

Mimi said...

Beautiful flowers, BJ! Your little snacks make me hungry, they always look delicious.

Holly said...

Your blog is beautiful! LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS Day!

It is rainy in California too! I actually like the rain...I would love to be sitting in a porch swing watching longs as I don't have to get is all good! Happy 50th anniversary.

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LV said...

What a great post for today. I enjoyed seeing so many things that make you happy. I am in total agreement, life is much too short and we must make the best of each day and be thankful for it. I live each day as tho it might be the last.

Kathleen said...

Of course you wouldn't forget us! Can I have the bigger muffin? LOL
Sometimes the simplest things are the best..and I know you are so thankful for your blessings!

Picket said...

Oh girl this post is os pretty and so true about the delights in life..the simiplest things bring us some of the grestest glad y'all are getting the much needed rain and happy Belated Anniversary to you and Mr Sweet Nothings...My front porch swing is one of my favorite spots especially in the early morning hours as the sun is just coming up...when it's just me and God and the birds singing...I am overwhelmed at the love and mercy in my life....thanks so much for coming know it is weird but out of all the folks from the last few years on here when I see your name on my blog I always think of RMS and how you were so kind to me when I first have always been a blessing to me BJ and hey...I'm with you on always keeping the color black in my house...I love it!!! lol Have a great rest of the week sweetie....loved my visit here! ~Picket~

Beverly said...

I can't imagine anything I would enjoy more than swinging, chatting and sharing a muffin with you.

You always make me happy.

Beth said...

Love your post, BJ! The breakfast looks so picture-perfect! Love your flower photos too. Have a great day, BJ!

Tricia said...

Oh, I wish I could join you on the swing! I was thinking the exact same thing -- why does juice taste SO much better in a pretty, stemmed glass? Love this trayscape!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Cute & pretty!

Love the small trays. Happy Anniversary.

Kim said...

I absolutely love your pictures. That porch swing is so inviting with the tray of goodies and a good book. Thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

Congratulations on your 50th! And there is nothing like being on a porch on a rainy day!

LDH said...

Well, I have just been blessed by coming to your sweet blog! You are the cutest and I can feel the fun and love of your personality just oozing in this post. So glad you stopping by and left your comment. My pleasure to meet you, BJ!

Kindly, ldh

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Thanks for setting a place for me! Enjoy the day, I find the rain is a great excuse to just piddle (puddle) around!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Don't you just love your swing? You must have felt so cozy out of the rain swinging and having that wonderul breakfast. And to have a fun magazine makes it complete. Now I want to go swing too!

susan said...

BJ-I love your 50th ann. picture! You two are TOO cute!! Personally, I don't consider time in a swing wasted time. I consider it a mental health break! Is that an Antiqua (sp?) cup and saucer. I think that was my everyday pattern I picked out as a bride. I have VERY little of it left, but even then I loved cream and white dishes!

KarenB said...

What a lovely way to start the day. It all looks so delicious! Thanks for inviting me. ;-)


Cindy said...

Your blog always makes me smile. I can tell you are a very happy and content person. Happy Anniversary! My parents celebrated their 50th Anniversary last August.
You are way to cute. Your post was just beautiful, I could just about taste that muffin. Yummy!

♥ ~Cindy

Tracy F. said...

That's my kind of breakfast! I love your white china. Always enjoy your posts!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your porch swing looks so inviting! I'm glad you have gotten lots of rain this year, Ithink we are behind, it's actually been a very dry April in Michigan. I would like to sit right down on that swing with you and share that tray! It looks good:>)

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

I want a porch swing like that! Complete with the muffins and flowers! Just lovely!

Lady Katherine said...

I just love your still using your flowers, and I love Swingin in the rain! I love the tray set up with the lovely dishes, and those muffins and bacon! Yes, love the orange juice in the champagne glass. I love the the pillows on the swing! My 4 year old granddaughter says a white candle fell on your plate. lol The cheese. If I knew they would stay clean, I would have pillows on my swing! With grands and hubby I afraid they would stay muddy. I have to run the chickens off the porch too. lol

Johanna said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. You made such a nice table. The blueberry muffings look great.
Greetings, Johanna

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

Just beautiful!!!!!!!!

gnee said...

Such a delightful post. It gives new meaning to, "singing in the rain!" Happy Anniversary, you are a lucky girl...

ThisBelleRocks! said...

I envy you your covered porch, and porch swing! I love the rain, and sitting under a covered porch while it rains. Loved the tablescape :)