Feb 28, 2010

Take Care of George!

I thought these pictures were kind of cool.  They were taken today from an upper floor of a hotel on Wikiki Beach.  My nephew is working on a movie there starring George Clooney.  I recieved several texts from him today - my nephew, not George!  He and the crew were evacuated to upper levels and watched the changes in the ocean from the windows.  Thank God the tsunami was far less serious that it could have been and those gorgeous treasures of beaches were not damaged and there were no injuries or loss of life or even business.  George Clooney is one beautiful man so, though concerned about my sweet nephew as I was, I told him to make sure to take care of George at all cost...he's a national treasure!

This pictures shows the ocean as it was being drawn out to sea before the surge.

This picture shows the thankfully small surge of water right up to the hotel - not much beach left for a while today.

Finally, I just noticed that this if my 400th post!  Time flies when you're having fun!  Have a beautiful new week, Ladies!

Feb 26, 2010


Now that Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, these are some questions people from all over the world are asking.   Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.  Obviously the answers are a joke, but the questions were really asked!

Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? (England)

A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.

Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the streets?(USA)

A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto - can I follow the Railroad tracks? (Sweden)

A: Sure, it's only four thousand miles.  Take lots of water.

Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada ? (Sweden)

A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.

Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada ? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (England)

A: No, so you'd better bring a few extra furs for trading purposes.

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA)

A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

Q: Which direction is North in Canada ? (USA)

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (England)

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)

A: No, WE don't stink.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Where can I sell it in Canada? (USA)

A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)

A: Only at Thanksgiving.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? (Germany)

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada , but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)

A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)

A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

Feb 13, 2010

A Valentine Weekend

It's Silver Sunday and Mosaic Monday!  I have some pics of the Valentine's dinner party/Bible study we had at our house Saturday night.  My husband surprised me with the most gorgeous pink (my favorite) long stemmed roses as well as a magnificent pink and white rose centerpiece for our table.  We had a wonderful evening with dear friends.  I have begun using my silver regularly rather than saving it for "someday".  It occurred to me one day, exactly WHAT am I saving it for?  Who more special will I ever serve at my table than my husband and children and grandchildren?  Each time I use my beautiful silver flatware memories flood my mind of happy newlywed days when I was so excited to be married and setting my own table with my own silver and candles daily!  I leave you with some photos and mosaics of my Valentine's table and some other things from around my house - my mantle, family room coffee table, and living room hall and coffee tables.

 Be sure to stop by Gypsy Fish to find the list of participants in Silver Sunday and Little Red House for participants in Mosaic Monday.

The china my husband and I received for our wedding has a silver pattern and rim...

These napkin rings are silver and pearl with some sparkle between the pearls...

I love the delicacy of this sugar shell...

The silver capped salt shaker is an antique, the pepper shaker is not.  I like them mismatched!

Coconut cream and fudge pies were served on pink heart dessert plates and eaten with nothing other than silver dessert forks...

On the table in our family room, an antique silver tray compliments a large glass container with candle and Valentine ribbon...

A hammered aluminum chafing dish...

A vintage aluminum tray holds glasses, lemons, and sweetener for beverage - iced tea, of course...

An old silver pie server on scalloped milk glass dessert plates...

Our Valentine mantle...

Our sweet son dropped by today with these flowers for me...

The gorgeous roses from my husband...

And the centerpiece he surpised me with...

Candles and candy around the centerpiece, which sits on the cake plate matching the milk glass dessert plates...

The front entry table decorated for love...

The table scarf was hand crocheted by my grandmother...

Feb 8, 2010

Mosaic Monday

I was reminiscing today about the lovely day in the Smokies my husband Sandy and I were able to sneak in when we were back in Tennessee last month.  I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  What do you think?

Mary has a wonderful list of participants this week.  Stop by Little Red House!

Feb 6, 2010

Silver Sunday: Week Four

Silver Sunday has been such a fun blog event! Stop by Gypsy Fish to find many participants posting about their silver treasures!

One of my all time favorite gifts is the photo below in the gorgeous silver frame.  My sister Karen gave this gift to me and an identical gift to our younger sister Kelly.  I love the frame she chose.  It's silver and bejeweled - an endearing favorite!  But as much as I love silver, the photo is the real gift in this case.  It was taken during the summer of 1982.  The blond on the left is my mother, next is my sister Kelly, then my sister Karen, and I'm on the far right.

We had the loveliest 25th anniversary celebration in 1995.  My husband's parents helped our children give us a surprise party at our favorite restaurant.  They invited members of our wedding party and my parents came from Tennessee.  We had such a great evening!  There was a wedding cake made by the same bakery that made our wedding cake.  Our kids had found our wedding album, guest book, and believe it or not, my wedding gown and veil.  We got lots of wonderful gifts for our 25th but one of the most precious was this silver tray from our children.  It's engraved in the middle with our names and the dates of our wedding and 25th anniversary.

This chest of silver flatware was our wedding silver.  In 1970 many brides were still registering for silver.  It's Rogers "Grand Heritage" and I still love the rose and scroll pattern.  It seems like we registered for 12 place settings but we have 10.  I think I'm going to start looking for the other 2 settings.  I would also love to have the iced tea spoons.  We also have about 10 serving spoons, forks, and knives.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!