When life becomes overwhelming I often find myself focusing on simplicity.  Now more than ever I'm drawn to it.  I found the above tin at an estate sale after all the professionals had blown through.  Of course it didn't look like this, it was covered in what appeared to be motor oil and there was just a tiny glimpse of gold.  For $2 it was worth taking a chance on.  Imagine the joy when it washed clean and this beautiful peacock was revealed.

Inside the tin was a large assortment of vintage buttons.  I had been given this beautiful old Ralph Lauren summer dress but it needed a little mending and a few buttons. I'm working on that now.

I'm finding the simplest of tasks, words and moments are the ones that are the bringing me the most joy these summer days.



Last weekend there was an estate sale around the corner from my house.  I only had a few minutes to spare so I made a quick spin through the house but didn't see anything too interesting.

The next day everything at the sale was 75% off so I went back to take a closer look.  Buried in a sea of outdoor pots I found this little Greek Key cachepot.  There is something so charming about it.  Don't you agree?

If you've ever gone to an estate sale on the last day you know that this is the day when often you find gems.  I went back inside the house at a much slower pace than the previous day and found this very fragile, very old but beautiful Chinoserie screen hiding behind the drapes. 

It was love at first sight and marked down to $11.  I had no idea where I was going to put it but I could not resist.  The cachepot was $1 btw.  Both have brightened up the living room and looks as if they have always belonged here.  xo

PS - Again thank you all so much for your love, prayers and good thoughts for us both.  This is a one day at a time journey.  Some days are beyond awful and others quite joyful.  And even within that day things can change.  I'm learning to take each moment as it comes and not get too down or too up.  Trying to stay in the middle.  I often go back over your comments and re-read them.  They bring me so much comfort.  Thank you so much.  xo

Around the House and Garden

Hello lovelies.  How have you been?  Tell me everything.

I took a little walkabout in the garden the other evening and took a few snaps.

If I am not at the hospital or a pharmacy, I am almost always in the garden.  Despite my allergies I just have to get digging, raking, clipping and talking this out with God. 

But the truth is nothing is normal anymore.  It is a heartbreaking situation.

I remain grateful for all I have and all I don't have.  I love you all. xo

May Days

1.  Hello my dear friends.  How are you?  I must start by again saying just how touched and thankful we are to you all.  Your thoughts and prayers are doing wonders for us both.  I feel wrapped in your love and that is just an amazing feeling.

2.  Just a quick update re Larry and treatment.  Yesterday was his last day of this round of chemo and we got some wonderful news based on his blood work.  He is responding really well to all the treatments he is on.  As I've stated before it has been a grueling schedule and I don't know how he does it.  After this coming Wednesday he will be done with radiation and will get a full month off of all treatments!  The next round will be maintenance and that will be every 3 weeks.  I can't tell you how good that sounds.  I love our doctors and hospital but we both could use a break from our daily visits there.

3.  I have been working in the garden quite a bit, mostly while Larry naps but then my allergies hit and I really have to limit my time out there.  That's ok tho because I know they will pass and I can get out there soon.

4.  I hope you will enjoy the few photos I took the other day of the rose garden.  I always get a April/May bloom but then as the trees leaf out the blooms are v sparse.  So I will be paying close attention to the sun this summer and decide just what to do with this old garden.

5.  I wish you all a v happy Mother's day weekend.

Outside Spring Cleaning

Yesterday was quiet here.  Larry slept most of the day so I was outside in the fresh air doing a little clean-up.

The front porch was in a desperate state so I removed the furniture and mopped the floor and cleaned the windows.  I fluffed up the furniture and added the pretty lumbar pillow.  Everything looked so pretty when I was finished.

I moved the cut roses (the rose garden is blooming!) onto my little wobbly antique bedside table.  Of course due to my allergies they had to go back onto the porch but even for a few minutes they looked beautiful.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  xo

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