Friday, May 27, 2011

time off...and a little sprinkle of French sugar...

it's time for me to take a few days away

from 34th street...firstly, it's an

American holiday weekend,

and secondly, blogger is continuing

to give me grief!  i am missing the ability

of making comments to most of you...and at the

moment, i cannot see my followers...

the photographs are from a pretty

little French site.

~ visit here ~

their sweet interpretation of "Americana"

makes me smile.

they are featuring some pretty things for

those that live the beach cottage life.

this collage is making me anxious for Summertime!


all of their designs have a sprinkle of French sugar,

~ (figuratively speaking) ~ the way...they do sell French sugar!

Enjoy your visit to Blanc et Caramel ,

and have the loveliest of weekends!

~ safe travels ~

[with love]

Thursday, May 26, 2011

~the heart that gives, gathers~ ...a rosy note!

~ here ~

i am tempted to post more of

Tricia's beautiful photographs

from "A Rosy Note", but i will stop...

[I just found her blog through Rachel Noelle...thanks Rachel!]

... it's a gift, even if i don't win!

{with love}

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Blogger friends...and hugs for Carla and Alex!

I did visit yesterday. I tried to leave comments. The sad thing is that I was able to comment on the sites not affiliated with blogger.

I will stop complaining about blogger, because there are much bigger issues happening in our online community.

I'm not certain that you know that our friends Carla and Alex at Hammer's and High Heel's had their neighborhood and home hit by a tornado. It happened the same day as the one that hit Joplin, MO. Carla and Alex are the cutest couple. They live in Minnesota. Both are hard workers professionally and at home. They have spent so much time renovating their beautiful home this year. Much of their hard work was undone in an instant by the storm.

Carla and Alex...I just want to remind you that you are in my thoughts. Your neighborhood sounds like the perfect example of true human spirit in difficult times.

~I also send a shout out to Starbucks for offering shelter, power to charge cell phones, and wireless! It makes me proud that this company is from my home town!

 Hugs, Energy and Prayers...
[with love]

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday is..."pop up market" day!

happy Monday all!

i have new feature on my side bar...

 "pop up market"

the shoppes that are featured

at the market 

 are places that i shop. the criteria

to make it to the market is






the shoppes are not sponsors. i just

happen to love being a patron!

[with love]

Saturday, May 21, 2011

my sports son...and how dreams can come on 34th street!

 today is my son Jay's birthday!
he is the greatest young man...
with the most amazing work ethic.

Jay (on the right) doing "color" play by play...
at a regional TV broadcast of college football.
(mr d and i are at a local sports bar taking a photograph
 of our son on TV)
he has always been a goal setter...and
a performer against the odds.
he fell in love with the game of
baseball at age 6.  Jay dedicated
himself to the game and his school work.
he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds
at the end of his senior year of high
school in 2002.

Jay interviewing Jerry Kramer.
this shot is for the vintage Packer fans,
 although i am quite certain that you may
 not be a major player in my blog audience. LOL

he played college baseball for two
years, then made the decision to leave
baseball because he wanted to go to
Washington State University and
study broadcast journalism.

Radio play by play at the NAIA World Series 2010

 i had always thought that he dreamed
of becoming a professional baseball player.
one day, while he was away at college,
i was in decluttering his room here
on 34th street. i found a little
tablet with a list of goals that he
made when he was about 10 years old.
on the top of the list he wrote...

i want to be a sports announcer.

this is a collage of photographs given to Jay
by his aunt and uncle. the photo of mr d
   and Jay on the upper left was taken at
Christmas in 1994. Jay is 10 years old.
fast forward to photos of 1999. he is 15
and playing at Safeco Field on
Team Washington.
that year Jay was selected to represent the
state of Washington on the Junior
Olympic Team ~ Team USA!

Jay once again is in a circumstance
to challenge the odds in his very
competitive career.

" i am here at home
cheering you on. i love you!
 happy birthday, son!"

[with a mom's love]

Friday, May 20, 2011

planning our little wine bar...

when the kids left home, mr D. and i kind

 of fell into a little hobby of collecting wine.

 we have an occasional glass of wine with

an appetizer before dinner and

a glass of wine with dinner.

there's a corner in our dining room that is

 screaming..."this is where you need to

place the wine bar!" 

Chrislyn & Jason and Jay have

contributed to the project with a monetary

 gift to their dad for his birthday

 and father's day. mr D. and i will make

 a contribution as our anniversary gift to

one another, hence...

the reason we stayed home for dinner...

working with our modern cottage
direction, Chris (mr d) and i really like the
entertaining shelves from Pottery Barn...

we are considering this double
door wine cooler from Costco!
it's dual temperature for both 
white and red...holding 32 bottles.

i like the clean lines and organized look.

i can visualize our
"Eat Tom's Peanut Butter Sandwich"
(purchased in Alabama in 1974)
jar filled with corks atop the cooler...
i'll keep you posted on our progress...

[with ~ modern cottage, wine & peanut butter ~ love]

Thursday, May 19, 2011

honey, aren't you going to take a picture of the table for your blog?

you know...when you are a blogger...

you are also a journalist. i love

writing and sharing and publishing about

life here and around 34th street.

i also try to respect those around me,

 before i share.

yesterday, i decorated our dining table

 with some of our old love letters

for our anniversary.

it was a surprise for mr d when he came

home from work...he loved it!

as i was setting the table for dinner,

he asked the question

about taking the picture.

so without further adieu...i snapped

away. and with a little help from picnik...

our anniversary table!

and...if you look

will spy our Chocolate Gousse!

~ the most amazing thing...

like in the movies...i

sprayed or powdered each letter

with fragrance before i mailed  it...

the fragrance is still here with us...

the heat of the lighted chandee

made it float around the room! ~

talk about a walk in the past!  i am so

glad that we did not go out to dinner!

{with fragrant love}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

when the pink dogwood blooms...'s our wedding (anniversary) day.
May ~ 18 ~ 1973
the trees have never disappointed me...
they have always
been in full bloom on our day!
in our front yard,
a pretty pink dogwood grows...

it was a gift from our kids on our 25th!
and this morning, it is beautiful...

tonight, after work, we will
celebrate with a dinner for two
under our chandee...
 i have decorated it with some of
our old love letters
that were hidden away and tied in bundles...

when mr d was stationed at
Fort Rucker, Alabama ~ he always
wrote this little sentiment on the back of his letters.
it's time to display their vintage charm,
just for the two of us!

~ The Menu ~
avocado delight
beef tenderloin
garlic mashed potatoes
roasted asparagus
we will share a "hearty" red!
and sip raspberry dessert wine
with a chocolate from Fran's.

19  C & L  73
[with "all of the bugs of Alabama" love]

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


[it's time to put on linen!]



for Spring and Summer 2011...i will be wearing it, always...

and i will be talking about it...a lot!

...well at least once a week! It started today...

with the center of my blog banner 

and the labels on my sidebar!

ahhh linen...ahhh shimmering sunshine...

ahhh spring and summer...!

[with~ naturally linen~ love]

Monday, May 16, 2011

thinking about what makes me tic...

my life is filled with C's and J's...

we celebrate our 38th
wedding anniversary in two days!

that's what makes me tic!


{with ~good night, sleep tight~ love}

Saturday, May 14, 2011

patio dressing...

"at mid century"... it was the "patio" dress...

"in the seventies"... the "maxi"...

~ Anthropologie~

i'm laughing...because for those of

you that are young at heart

enough to remember...



 patio dresses (and kaftan styles)...

are a reminder of Mrs. Roper

on Three's Company!

and... laughing again...Mrs Roper wore

the Patio, while Chrissy and Jan

wore the Maxi! Mrs "R" wore hers

at home with a cocktail, and C & J

donned their duds at the Regal Beagle!

~ my personal fave at Anthropologie~

the "Patio & Maxi" have merged,

once again, as a look

for Summer 2011! 


[i prefer "Patio" because i

have always been resentful

of where Madison Avenue took

the word "Maxi"!]


check out some more inspiration from 

~the sixties in me~

 with updated fabrics and prints,

the "Patio Dress" has jumped

 two generations forward!

 Anthropologie may a little pricey

 for some, but the moderate world

is right in there.

Target has built a whole ad campaign

about Patio living!

after five...grab a glass of wine, a beer,

a tall lemonade or an icy root beer,

and hit the patio with style.

you will feel relaxed and

very groovy!

i'll meet you there!

{with a groovy kind of love}

Friday, May 13, 2011