Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Lovely Hodgepodge

As I am writing this on Valentines Day, let me wish all of you a very Happy, Lovely Day.
Thank you Joyce for binding us together on this

1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

Maternal Grandparents:  Poppa & Mama
Paternal Grandparents:  Pappy & Grandmother

My Grandmother name is Bibby.  This name was given to me by a nephew and carried over to grandchildren.  I love it.

Dick's Grandparent name by our daughter's children is Daddea.  First grandchild picked up "Daddy" that she heard her mother say and made up her own and it stuck with her siblings.  However, our second grandchild had trouble rolling that off his tongue so his name was shortened to "Da".  His little sister prefered "Da Da".  Then the littlest sister decided "Da Da Da" was appropriate.  Needless to say, we have had a lot of fun with our Granddad names.

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?

Yes, back in 2004 we and our best couple friends flew to San Fransisco and then took a road trip from there making several treks along the coastline.  The highlight of course was the coastline itself.  Unbelievable natural beauty. 
This is a view from the back of the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Half Moon Bay
 And at sunset
We also enjoyed seeing the Hearst Castle.

3. What are three things you don't know how to do?

Swim, roller skate, speak a foreign language

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

In this current day, I think the thing I most desire to see is love, tolerance, and kindness.  The best way to celebrate these things would be to do them more myself and acknowledge and appreciate them when seen in others.

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?

I don't make anything that calls for almonds.  Why, when it's impossible to beat an Almond Joy?
6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Saturdays are very relaxed around here.  Dick gets up early to read the paper and start working on his Sunday School lesson to teach the next day.  I get up when I feel like it.  We have a large brunch then do our own thing.  I rarely leave the house on Saturday.

7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.

I have been reading Margaret Truman's "Capital Crimes Series".  She was an excellent writer and I've enjoyed this series very much.  A book I actually listened to while driving was "The Reason I Jump" the inner voice of a 13 year old boy in Japan about dealing with Autism.  It is an excellent book and a must read by anyone who teaches children.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Belated Happy Valentines
Kristen and Danny

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hudson House Interiors

Not only is Hudson's Interiors known for its beautiful furniture and accessories, but for their gorgeous vignettes.
I recently paid a visit to Hudson's main store on Kings Highway in Shreveport, Louisiana, and want to share some of its highlights with you.

This is one of their most popular headboards.  The elegant tufting and mirrored edges make it perfect for any decorating style.
 If you are looking for small, sweet, and vintage this is not your store.  But, if large scale, quality, and interesting is your taste, then Hudson's is definitely your place.
This beautifully grained Jupe Table is one of the most novel dining table designs of the 19th century.  The table top has pull-out sections that reveal the stored leaves within the table. Leaves lift into place making the table top surface expandable.  This certainly solves the problem of hiding those extra leaves.
This cow-hide cabinet is an eye catcher and conversation piece.
There are large seating sectionals with many design and fabric choices.
So many gorgeous items in this place but I found the cutest and this grandson is not for sale.
Thank you Jan and Joe Hudson for letting me share your treasure trove.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Times With Family & Friends

As always, I am joining other bloggers who participate in the
with our fabulous hostess, Joyce.  Come join us!

1. Can you believe it's the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

Without a doubt it was Jan 2 when all our family was gathered together to watch our grandson play in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx.  What an exciting time that was.  But our whole family had not been together in five years and it was such a thrill to have our son and daughter and all eight grandchildren together in one place. 

2. What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

I don't require background noise, but I do enjoy having music playing most days.  I have found a Ray Coniff station on Pandora that plays a lot of the music I enjoy listening to.  I also usually have a diffuser going in the kitchen area and it offers a very soft whisper.  Other than those things, the occasional car on the street, and the sound of birds outside, my world is relatively quiet and peaceful.  I do not have the TV on during the day.

3. I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-

anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)

Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?

Probably regret.  I regret my lack of patience after a harsh response, my insensitivity to the needs of others and yes, I am trying and will continue to try.

4. What is sacred to you?

My family.  My relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  My time alone during the day.

5. January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?

NO! I don't mind an occasional Oatmeal Raisin Cookie but that is it.

6. What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

I can't say that any particular feelings are stirred by twilight.  Dick and I like being at home together in the evenings, so if anything, it would be the enjoyment of being in our home together.

7. Something you're looking forward to next month?

We and our best couple friends are taking a few off and going to Fredericksburg, Tx.  We are all looking forward to that.  Both couples have a cousin who lives there so we will also tie in a family visit along with being tourists.  It should be a lot of fun.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

There are always exciting things happening within a family and ours is no exception.

Granddaughter #2, Cassidy is posting some amazing pictures of her stay in Barcelona while a UT student there this semester.
Last week, Prestonwood Academy in Plano, Tx where our youngest grand attends school, had its annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
What a handsome couple they make and what a great tradition for them to share together each year.
 Ava Grace will be in a Children's Theater production of Annie this spring.  She will be one of the orphans and will have speaking lines as well as a couple solos.  Her mom took this picture for publicity purposes.  Is she not adorable!
Also, Granddaughter #3, Savannah received her acceptance to Trine University, a private, post-secondary institute with a selective admission policy based on academics, in the rural town of Angola, IN.  She will also play soccer while there.
 She met nine of the ten incoming freshmen soccer players this past weekend which was exciting.  She and three others agreed to share an apartment on campus.  Her dad reported that the four of them have been busy texting and SnapChating their plans.  It is so hard to believe that she will be in college next year.  My oh my!
Savannah is far right    

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cranberry Glass and Silver Tablescape

For Christmas, I decided to re-purpose my Cranberry Glassware that had traditionally been in one of my guest bedrooms, and bring it to the living room coffee table.
Then I decided to use the cranberry salad plates with my white pottery dishes on the dining table.  Unfortunately they really photo red for some reason.
When I removed the Christmas wreath, I decided to leave the rest and just do a new centerpiece.
I love the look of silver so this is what I came up with.
I pulled out my silver pitcher and a silver gravy boat and tray.  In the gravy boat is a collection of silver demitasse spoons.  There is also our children's first "silver spoon."
 I used a couple of my parent's old books to achieve the desired height for the flowers.  They carry out the "old" theme of the silver pieces, I think.
 I love the way the flowers repeat the color of the glassware.  Wouldn't rosy red roses be perfect on the table for Valentine?
Last weekend, a friend and I went to an antique show and I found these beautiful little Cranberry Glass candle holders.  So they now reside on my coffee table along with their taller siblings.
I also added a small strand of tiny lights.  We love their reflection in the mirror.
Recently, I acquired three additional pieces of the berry glass and decided the foyer table was the perfect place to use them.  I love the way the sunlight streaming in from the front door plays off this beautiful glass.

This glass also introduces the color that I use as an accessory color in almost every room of our home.  It may be a pillow, or an item on a table, or found in a painting or art work.  I love the continuity of color as it flows throughout.
I used a crystal cake plate to elevate the two bowls.  I love to stack pieces to create height and interest.
The crystal cake plate also ties in with all the crystal pieces on the bottom of the table and the berry is lovely against the wall color.
So this is my winter and probably spring decor.  So far I am very pleased with the way it looks.

Linking to Amaze Me Monday

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Joyce is definitely in the sea-side mood today with her Antigua holiday.  I so appreciate her faithfulness to bring us all together around her well thought out questions week after busy week in her life.  Thank you Joyce.  So click HERE to see how the others have answered their questions.

1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently?

The "cure for anything" part is in question, but the only one of the options applicable to me is "sweat".  We have a new Pilates instructor and she is really making us old ladies work hard. It is good to be challenged, but my muscles pay for the cure afterward.

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all? 

We do not eat much salt and when we do it is either Kosher or Sea Salt.  Last week Dick made a vegetable beef soup and I asked if he could add a little more salt to it.  Normally, we only use a tiny bit if at all on our food.  We do however, use a lot of spices.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

I guess "sands of time" would most apply to me right now.  See my random thought in #8.

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

Definitely the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific."  Several of its songs have become popular standards, such as "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Happy Talk", "Younger Than Springtime", and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy."  But, one of our favorites is  "This Nearly Was Mine" sung by Rossano Brazzi in the 1958 movie.  But our favorite rendition was done by Brian Stokes Mitchell in a 2005 concert version of the show.

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

I ran it and it was a good day.  I began the day by sitting with a good friend while she endured a treatment of chemo then drove her home.  I then met another good friend after her doctor appointment for lunch and some shopping.  Later in the day, Dick and I watched a pre-recording of the Notre Dame vs. Syracuse basketball game on ESPN in order to see Son John and Grandson Jackson who had court side seats.  It was so much fun to see them up close from so far away.
6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

Just to be clear, an island is not my first choice for a holiday.  However, should that ever be the case you would most likely find me shopping in town.  Reason?  I am all about protecting my aging skin at this point in my life after being a teenage sun worshiper.  Another reason?  I'm sure that my mental image of myself in a swim suit would not match with reality.  So why prove it.  Just say'n!

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Several years ago, I joined in hopes of tracking my dad's side of the family.  I inherited from my mom a book tracing the Colvin side back to the early 1700's, so I didn't feel as compelled to start with that line.  I haven't progressed that far back on the Lazenby line, but it has been a very interesting search.
My Great Grandfather, William Andrew Colvin
Along the way, I have compiled trees for both sides and I am amazed at the documentation available such as census and marriage/death records from the 1800's.  I have not upgraded my membership to enable my search to extend to the European linage, but I'm thinking about it.  I am also considering doing the DNA test.  Have any of you done that?  Anyway, this look back into the "sands of time" has been most enjoyable and has put me in touch with a long-lost cousin.  That was nice.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Introducing Hudson House

A year ago, as part of my "Love Your Home" series, I featured the home of Jan Hudson.  This has been the most viewed post on my blog, incidentally and can be found HERE.
Jan and her husband own a furniture store and clothing boutique appropriately called
Hudson House.

Jan and I have discussed doing a series of posts on wardrobe planning because she is a master at knowing how to put together clothing pieces to build a wardrobe.  That will be coming in the near future, but I first want to introduce you to Hudson House.
 Located in the Historic Highlands neighborhood, it is like
Turning back time.
 To a time when multiple lamps cast shadows across objects while highlighting others.
 To a time when stark lighting in a room was unheard of - creating harshness rather than warmth.
To a time when gilt and glamor were at home with touches of tapestry, fur, and velvet.
To a time of warmth instead of cold metal racks and shelving.
To a time of romantic clutter and little vignettes where the eye begs to linger a bit longer.
That is Hudson House!
A jewel box full of wearable art and neoclassical furniture and accessories.
Adjoining is a little taste of what can be found in the larger furniture store down the street.
We shall enter this home designer's showcase another time.
In the meantime, when you think of Hudson House, think of romance.
 Linking to Amaze Me Monday