Monday, July 11, 2016

Dining on the Deck - with a casual summer tablescape

Wow is it hot here in Murray, KY. This is my first summer in Kentucky and I don't think I am ready for this heat and humidity. As this radiant sun goes down a bit, we are going to dine on the deck, and yes, the fans are on high to keep the air circulating.



The table is set for four with bright multi-colored placemats. 

The placemats are topped with plates and salad bowls that also reflect the colors in the placemats. Nothing expensive here, just $Tree prices.



A quick and easy centerpiece was created for the table. A red vase filled with hosta leaves cut from my  yard. These leaves also mimic the large leaf pattern on the green section on the placemats. 


Two bowls have red centers and two have yellow. This makes an eye-pleasing distribution of color and creates interest for the table. 





While the food is finished up, you can see the view of our backyard from the deck. No mountains or lakes, just grass and trees. I do enjoy working in my flower beds as much as possible and have bird feeders hanging from my deck and in the birch trees next to the deck. 


If you look closely at the image on the right above, you can see the tractor feeder for the squirrels on the left side of the tree. We put corn out daily to keep the squirrels away from the bird feeders. But as soon as the corn is gone, here they come straight for my bird feeders.



My husband and SIL have been grilling for the meal, and we are ready to eat. My SIL told me earlier in the day that we were having steak and baked potatoes but that menu seemed to grow. We are serving grilled steak, fried shrimp and okra, loaded baked potatoes, and broccoli in cheese sauce. When the guys cook, it is a hearty meal. 


Thanks for stopping in for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations


Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle Into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening


Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Wednesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane


Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House


Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm


Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda

Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays





Barns, Blooms & Birds - Week 6

Between the storms and the heat, I've been concerned about the blooms and the birds around my yard but they seem to weather the storms. Our roof didn't do as well as the bird though. We had storm damage to our roof and will, most likely, need a new one. I'm waiting on the insurance adjuster to call.


The barn I have to share this week is an unusual barn but yet beautiful. Can you tell what is unusual about this barn?

Here is what's unusual about this barn, you can drive through it to get to the house behind. Wouldn't that be neat to drive through a barn to get to your house.


Love the quilt block on the barn. 



This barn is one of my favorites around the Murray, KY, area. It has such a beautiful setting surrounding the barn with the white fences, and corn in the fields.


The back of the barn is also noteworthy.  I love the cannas in bloom along the sides of the barn. Did you know cannas are a lilly type of tropical American plant. Gosh, I haven't had cannas in years, I think I need to add them to my yard next year. 



The blooms in my yard aren't as plentiful this week but happy I have some petunias in a pot to share. 


My daylilies are about done for the season, I only had two blooms today. I have really enjoyed them and hate to see their blooms end.


The elephant ears in my yard have certainly done well this year. My friend, JoAnn, from Jo On Legacy Lane, shared bulbs with me in the spring. 


She gave me so many that I planted the extras in a pot on my back deck and look how they have grown. I should have plenty of bulbs for next spring. 


I'm so happy that I have been seeing a few goldfinches at my feeders again. The house finches visit each day and their young are at the feeders too.


I was lucky enough to capture a few more good pics of the Northern Cardinals at the feeders. 



That's it for this week, thanks for stopping in for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday
Seasons @ St. Germain's Blog on Sunday



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Blooms - a gardener's delight

On June 1, my flower beds had a new look,  The spring blooms were gone and now a host of other plants and flowers were showing new life.


The stella d'oro lilies in my front beds close to the road were opening to show their beautiful blooms. Others blooms were waiting to open.





Other light yellow lilies are blooming by my back deck. 




Another daylily that opened.


June plantings: new hostas were planted on June 1st and 2nd. The one on the left is a Christmas Hosta and the right is Paul's Glory. We'll see how much they grow over the summer.


Two hydrangeas were planted at the beginning of June. This one is "Blue Heaven." I am so excited to grow hydrangeas, I had none in my yard until now. I remember my grandmother having them along one side of her house when I was growing up. I loved those huge mophead blooms.



Two pots of Shasta Daisies were planted on June 5th.


I planted elephant ear bulbs in May and now they are up. The shot below was on June 2. They seem to grow very fast.



I have enjoyed watching the leaves unroll as they open.


The magnolia tree by my driveway started blooming in May and still has blooms in June. They will be gone soon.


On June 4, it rained most of the day so I didn't get out until early evening and much to my surprise, I had orange daylilies blooming.



Pink daylilies have now opened and are such pretty shades of pink.


My roses are starting to bloom again. I was a bit worried about them after their first blooms in May, they seemed to stop blooming but now they are looking good again and I'm seeing more buds each day. 



Linking to: 
A Garden Party @ Share Your Cup on Monday, June
Blue Monday @ Backyard Neighbors
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Swing Into Spring@ DIY by Design

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening


Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ Poofing the Pillows
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House
The Creative Circle @ Domestic Charm

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday

Sundays at Home @ Love of Home
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 








Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

It's time to celebrate our independence by going to parades, watching fireworks, and enjoying time with friends and families. 






Last year, we were vacationing in North Dakota with our family over the holidays. We spent the 4th hiking and that evening we were in Custer City, North Dakota enjoying the fireworks. 





This year, we are in Murray, KY, where we moved in November. We will go to the local parade on the 4th where my grandson will walk with the cub scouts. The rest of us will cheer him on! 

Hooray for the red, white, and blue. 




After the parade, we'll return home for lunch with the family. The peninsula in the kitchen is set for the occasion with our patriotic red, white, and blue stack of dishes and decor.








For may choose to eat on the deck where I have a large urn filled red, white and blue flowers.






For lunch, we'll have cheeseburgers with heirloom tomatoes, and hot dogs from the grill. The sides will include roasted corn salad and balsamic tortellini pasta salad.


Then watermelon, a summer favorite.



Thanks for joining me for Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue - Judy. 

Linking to: 


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations


Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Swing Into Spring@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening


Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening


Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings


Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane


Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House


Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm


Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House


The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday


DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday



Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday


Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda


Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home

 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays






Stars and Stripes Forever - Celebrating Freedom

At our house, we are all about celebrating freedom. Keeping our country free. We believe in the Star and Stripes Forever. 

For July 4, 2016, I have created a patriotic tablescape to celebrate our freedom. 



I'm using American flag placemats from Kohl's with a navy and white paisley tablecloth. 


My stack of dishes include red plates, navy blue salad plates, and a red bowl. I love the patriotic napkins (Pottery Barn) folded in half and placed in the bowl. 



The red goblets were a gift from my Dad a few years ago. 


Flatware is Laurie Gates by Hampton - Sizzle Ivory.



The centerpiece for the table is a red bowl filled with vining red geraniums. 


Antique mercury glass pillar holders from Pottery Barn were added to each end of the geraniums. Then red flameless pillar candles topped each pillar. 





In some of my other posts, you have seen how my husband loves to grill. So, of course, he has been busy getting the pork butts ready for our celebration. Ya gotta love a "man who cooks."




One of the desserts we are having are individual mixed berry tarts I made with fresh fruit. I did have whipped topping to add for those who wanted it. I found the dessert on Pinterest here



The heart shaped flag plate is by Peggy Karr Glass. 

I hope you enjoy this special day with your family and friends.



Thanks for stopping in as we celebrate freedom - Judy.


Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations


Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Swing Into Spring@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane


Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House


Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House



Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda

Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays