Thursday, August 16, 2012

Those Summer Nights

Right now I am all about savoring these last days of summer—staying up late, having a glass of wine on the porch with my husband, eating home grown tomatoes with every meal.  I love this season with its sunny mornings and steamy afternoons and cool nights when the insects and frogs are the only form of entertainment.  Those critters put on quite a show around here.

The gardens are starting to wane now, and already I can feel that shift of season.  Or, rather, I'm resisting feeling that shift of season.

My flowers are mostly beyond cutting.  Now the birds enjoy the seeds, and I can watch from my kitchen window.

These little crepe myrtles have grown so!

And my limelight hydrangea is starting to sag from the weight of so many blooms.

Inside the dinner dishes are put away, and pots and pans are washed.  Everyone is settling down.  Or texting.

Since I'm teaching full-time this year and won't be home until late, we caved and bought our middle schooler a phone.  She has free rein this summer, but when school starts in a couple of weeks, there will be RULES, trust me.

Lamp light is one of the prettiest things about a home.

This is my favorite place in the summer.  I've stopped fussing over the porch now.  Instead, I let the plants shed and the dust gather and just enjoy it.

 Why do magazines always forget to show this—tomatoes on the windowsill?  If I were a stylist for photo shoots, I'd set things up just this way.  Without the scrub brush perhaps:-)

It's that time of night when we feel like these little guys.

I hope your summer nights are as peaceful as ours.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Across the Pond

Have you ever wanted to put your things in storage, load up your kids and dog and kitties and move across the pond?  My dear Chicago friends did just that exactly one year ago.  Brave, right?

Mina and I met thirty years ago.  She is what I call a lifer, meaning, she's stuck with me for life.  She is a wonderful and beautiful friend, and I am happy to share these lovely photos of her rental home in England.  

What a view!

 I love Mina's home in Chicago, and maybe at some future date, she'll share photos of that house, too.  I have to say, though, that I see my dear friend written all over this English room—the pretty yellow sofa, the mixture of dark and light, the elegant comfort.  She furnished this space on a shoestring budget.  Plus, she can do/make anything.  For those less-than-perfect items, she simply refurbished them.  You should know this woman is not afraid of power tools, either.

Imagine having tea and scones here.

 Or, curling up with a book and a glass of wine here.

I love how sweet and warm this kitchen is.  A place to make coffee and pour cereal or tack up the children's art work from school.  This space makes me think of a cozy winter morning for some reason.

Gracie is my friend's daughter.  She is a bee-yoooo-ti-ful child with a great sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic.  This space is just perfect for her.  Plus, who doesn't love a big banana in a play room? This picture made me laugh because it is so my friend to find a big banana, drag it home (I seriously wish I could've been present for this purchase) and mount it above her children's play space.  Plus, I think that American Girl doll is playing her guitar while topless.  Gracie, put some clothes on that girl!

More inviting spaces.  I love yellow, so this sofa is right up my alley, and I wish I could get a better look at that fabric on the windows.  Looks vintage to me.

I miss my Chicago friends and our yearly adventures together.  But it's nice to see them have this time away, to know they are making memories and learning new things.  In September they are off to France!  

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