Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Ladies

 These lady head vases belonged to my dad's mother, Dorothy (she's the "Dot" in my Etsy shop names). I vividly remember them being in her apartment when I was a child. My mom just gave them to me. I prefer the lady on the left...

Look how fetching she looks with her peony headdress!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Delicious coconut cream pie (mine) and Bavarian chocolate mousse cake (B.'s). Or, as we called it, "lunch." YUM!

Monday, May 29, 2017

At Last

It's FINALLY peony time! They are almost a month late this year...we've been waiting impatiently, but now we will enjoy them for the brief window in which they are available. Yay!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cotton Ball Sky

I love it when these sorts of clouds fill the sky...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Busy Buzzy

Not much pollen in her bags--she must be getting nectar from this salvia...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shoebox Full of Memories

 When you find a shoebox full of dolls that your mom kept (even though she was not supposed to, right, Vivi [smiley face]?)...those are Dawn dolls above. They are having very bad hair days!
 And these are Tiny Teen dolls.

 Dress forms...
 White poodles...
And tiny pink phones!

Monday, May 22, 2017


The red and yellow here are amazing, aren't they? I'm not sure I've seen this in anything other than perhaps a tulip? (This is, rather obviously,  a cactus flower.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Tallulah Mae no longer likes her big bed in the spot where it has been for the past 13 and a half years. Every evening she pulls, pushes, scrabbles, pummels it out into the middle of the floor; it is often upside down or on its side. We have no idea why she's started doing this.

She's all, "What?!?"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Berries, Blue and Otherwise

Love the different colors these berries go through on the way to blue...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Purple Time

Amazing jacaranda in the ' ever, SO glad it is not near my house (they are, as my mom likes to say "the tree from hell" in terms of messiness [and stinkiness--they smell like cat pee to my nose]), but they are glorious to look at!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Happy Mother's Day, Vivi--wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law--and big sister, as seen here. (A priceless photo, don't you think?)

I love you, Mommy!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Road trippin', sun settin' ...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


So excited to see the my first dahlia poking up through the dirt. This is "Loverboy," which will look like this when in bloom--fingers crossed!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sweet (Pea) Heaven

 On my bedside table...are these not the most gorgeous sweet peas you've ever seen? I wish I could say they are from my garden, but alas, they are not (I missed the seed planting window, unfortunately). They are from a friend, and they were grown from seeds from Floret (whose book I raved about here!

Needless to say, the fragrance is intoxicating!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pink Poppies Popping

Reseeded poppies, going strong! These have reseeded every year since about 2000...the original plants came from a package of mixed seeds that I bought at the Museum of Gardening in London. Love!

P.S. Sorry about all of the flower/garden spam: it's that time of year!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

My darling little weirdo...

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Apparently one of the caterpillars made it! This is a chrysalis left behind. Yay!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Morning, Glory

That purple against a lovely May blue sky...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


These are flowers on an ornamental cabbage. The plant gets tall and leggy and rather unattractive as it grows, but I always like to let it flower.

Monday, May 1, 2017


This beauty was fluttering its wings up and down in the pretty (it's a mourning cloak butterfly, BTW).