CONVERSATION OVERHEARD: Teaching the next generation

Dear young dad, I wasn't eavesdropping. It was just hard NOT to hear you and your daughter sitting at the table right behind me last night at dinner. Even as my husband and I conversed, I heard you order. Mini nachos and a taco, please. And a chicken chimichanga.   I smiled when, mere minutes later, your daughter asked, "when is our food coming?" Hungry, was she? You and I both know how efficiently-run the restaurant is—and that food comes quickly—so it didn't surprise me to hear you chuckle in response.   But I love that you chuckled! It seems many parents of young children are just angry and self-absorbed these days and don't speak to their children with kindness. Their children deserve better. Fortunately, your ... Keep Reading...

RUSTIC WITH A PUNCH OF COLOR: Sunflowers on the porch

Happy Tuesday, all!   It's a little early for sunflowers here in East Tennessee, but I'm working on plans for a Summer BBQ in Carmel Valley, CA . . . and sunflowers are on my mind. If you want to see my inspiration board on Pinterest, HERE 'tis.   I remembered a shower Renaissance Man and I hosted last Summer that I never shared here, so it seems like a good time to do that now.   The couple's wedding colors were turquoise and coral, and they wanted a rustic vibe. We've known the young man for years, and he's very easy going and "outdoorsy", so plans were made for a fun evening out at the farm. I wanted to "give a nod" to the upcoming wedding, but I didn't want the shower to be too wedding-y. Does that ... Keep Reading...

A morning surprise in the mailbox

There it was when I opened my email this morning...   Thank you for your site. Very sweet, encouraging, & interesting!   Words of encouragement from someone I don't even know.   Welcome words of encouragement.   She didn't know I'd gone to bed last night feeling discouraged because I haven't been here with you since March! She didn't know how much I've missed my time to write and tablescape and take photos. She had no idea.   But for some reason, she took the time to click on my contact button and write a few words of appreciation and encouragement.   I've already hit "reply" and thanked her... but I'll thank her here, too.   Thank you, Pamela—wherever you ... Keep Reading...