Friday, July 31, 2009

Break from Reality

Josh took the day off on Wednesday for some much needed R&R. It was a cooler, overcast day and perfect for an albino person like myself to go swimming at Krause Springs in Spicewood (I put sunscreen on just in case!). The springs are so refreshing, I could have sat there all day letting the water cascade down around me. We also ventured into the Butterfly Gardens and while I explored the gardens, Josh nestled into a hammock tucked away in back of the property with a huge wind chime above it. We left relaxed and rejuvenated.

I hope you all find a way to relax this weekend.

"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things but there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen, and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper."

~ James Carroll

"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."

~ Jane Austen

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sweet As Sugar

A visit to Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham. You can't go wrong with a cold, sweet treat on a hot summer day!

"Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos." ~ Don Kardong

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wishing for Rain

Since it has been so hot and dry this little fellow decided to use Noah and Miss Kitty's water bowl as a place to cool off. Hope we get some rain tomorrow...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Good Times

Visiting family is always such a treat. You get to eat good food, enjoy good company, and have just a good ole' time.

Meatloaf, potatoes, and squash casserole, Yum!

Genius at work.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Vineyard in California

Hope you all have a lovely day. I'm San Antonio bound for the next few days and will be back on Friday. Until then take a little time to let your mind relax and wander, even if just for a few moments.

Manzanita Coast, Oregon

To unpathed waters, undreamed shores. ~William Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Spice Up Your Life

Image Courtesy of Custom Magnetic Spice Racks

Recently, Josh and I have been dabbling more into the world of spices. I made spice rubs for my dad for Father's day and got Josh a spice reference book for a gift on our anniversary. In conclusion, we have accumulated an array of spices that are overflowing our pantry basket. Last night I arrived home from work to be greeted by a not so happy husband and a jumble of spices in a basket. Apparently it took him way too long to find the spices he needed for his dinner. My poor darling. :) So I aim to please and love to organize and he gave me the perfect excuse to come up with a way to tidy up our spices.

After searching for an hour online for ideas and prices I've come up with a plan. Since we have limited counter space I've decided to buy magnetic spice tins and put them on the side of the fridge next to our pantry. There are tons of magnetic tins out there, but the price is not always pretty. Some I found were well over $100, ouch! So the best tin for your hard earned dollar is at Ikea and it comes in a three pack for only $5.oo. I'll still need about 12 packs, but it will only be $60... much better than $122 for the same amount of tins at other stores. The tins have clear lids so we can see the spices easily and I found the best little labels at Martha Stewart's website. You get as many labels as you want to print out on self adhesive paper for the fantastic price of free. Thanks, Martha!!

I'm motor-less today... poor auto is getting a new fan of sorts. I'm not really sure, Josh is taking care of it. So tomorrow I'll make a trip up North to Ikea to put my plan into action. I will post before and after photos to show you my progress soon.

Magnetic tins from Ikea

Martha Stewart Labels

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sweet Sentiments

My Summer Stationary

I love writing letters and sending or receiving any kind of snail mail. I even get excited when I get magazines like Pottery Barn or Anthropolgie...

Today I found some precious little gems on Etsy that are from Australia. I had to snatch a set up because my stationary drawer is starting to look pitiful. Check them out at paperbyforgetmenot. I was not able to upload the pictures, but her little tree and cupcake notelets are definitely notable.

Also, theblackApple, has some lovely writing extras like pocket notebooks, labels, and postcards. Emily is so talented and has whimsical prints to purchase as well at her shop. I have her Cupcake Peddler's print and it makes me smile each time I'm in my kitchen. :)

Sending Sunshine your way!