Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Not So Secret Garden


While enjoying a facial one day during the winter months, the aesthetician asked me if I had ever walked through Deep Cut Gardens in Holmdel, NJ.  I had not, but put it on my list of places to visit in the spring.  I finally made it there this past weekend.








Sorry for sideways photo.  This book was left on a bench I was sitting at and having lunch.  I was tempted to take it but didn't.













I said a little prayer for Mary.  There were many benches placed throughout and many of them had placques on them.  The park was donated by the Genovese family (they had a chain of drug stores) to the people of Monmouth County in NJ.










I must say the place was so beautiful and peaceful, people were walkng around and everyone would smile, nod and say hello.  Very, very zen!








I loved this tree and the way the sunlight filtered through it.  I took so many photos I could never get them all in one post.  I was actually lugging around my iPad, as it is the only way I can upload photos using the Blogger app.  App is really useless.  



Took a rest here.



Interesting path....saved me a bunch of steps and led to the parking lot!




I am already looking forward to going back in the fall!

xo


















Monday, May 19, 2014

The Scent of Spring

Spring is going well here so far.  Heavy rains twice caused a leak from my roof where it ends up seeping into my living room ceiling!  That only postpones my buying a lap top, unfortunately.

But the good news is, after about four years of no blossoms, only leaves, my three lilac bushes - Lenni, Lili, and Lila - are blooming again!



I am overjoyed.  It is one of my favorite plants.  It smells so good, wish I had a scratch-and-sniff feature.


I will cut some and make a bouquet or two.  I am happy that they survived the polar vortex this winter.  I think the reason they bloomed again is that I have left them "au natural" - no clipping for several seasons.  My landscaper used to mow them down!

I had to seriously trim back my fig tree.  Francesca, as I named her, has not been producing any edible fruit but had gotten so out of proportion.  It is a little sad to see her in this state.   Maybe she will come back eventually, and bear some fruit.



Hope your garden is making you happy!

xo



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter to my peeps!



Happy Passover to those who celebrate!

Hope to be springing back with my blog soon!


xo

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St. Paddy's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen!



It's that time of year to toast and cheer
Cabbage and beef and lots of beer!




Time once more to visit Kathleen
at her blog hop where the scene is definitely green!

Where Alma, Pat and Denise par-tay
I sure hope this linky will never go away




For me this year I must hang loose
For without a lap top I am a cooked goose!

But a toast can be made, for that I am sure
I hope I have not been too much of a bore!

Started "spring cleaning", beginning with me
Perhaps this year I will get it all done, finally!




Eat, drink, and be merry!





Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all!  Every one is a wee bit Irish that day, so heed the call!!  Joining Cuisine Kathleen for the crawl!

xo

Photos courtesy of Pinterest, except for green smoothie, courtesy of Trader Joe's and me

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd

You all know this place, I am sure!  I just made my first trip there last Friday.  It was love at first visit!



I used a stroller as we did not see shopping carts at first.



A very delicious cup of coffee.  Love their dining area.



Fish and chips for the First Friday of Lent.  It was very good.  Then we walked and walked and walked.  But I scored some nice things at really good prices.


Flatware in a nice spring green, goes well with decor and dishes that I have, service for four, $5.99, I bougt two sets for service of 8.  The aluminum pot was just 99 cents.  Faux grass, rose napkin holder and pretty spring time napkins.


I love using straws for cold beverages, and at 79 cents a pack of 100, why not?  A pretty card board lighted star, I will hang this in my dining room window for Memorial Day through Labor day and Patriots's Day.  A roll of white drawing paper. so many uses, and a cute dust pan, which was $1.99.





Of course it was hard to skip the Marketplace!  Salmon spread and crab spread, horseradish sauce which I imagine will be delicious on salmon or roast beef.  Ost prast semisoft part-skim cheese, coffee, vanilla sauce, and tunnbrod, a tasty flat bread or lavosh type bread.  I had a piece this morning with my egg whites.  






Of course, the piece de resistance at Ikea, the crepes and lingonberries!

Skol!

xo



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Good Sunday Morning!



Plans canceled for today,  

too icy for me!  but thought of lots of indoor stuff to do!  


xo
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