Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day with a red, white, and blue tablescape

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On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor and remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military. The graves at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated with flags for this weekend. 










The National Cemetery at Mound City, IL, will honor the soldiers buried there with a Memorial Day Service. Below is a picture of a previous service at the cemetery. Flags will also be placed on each soldier's grave. My father is buried at this National Cemetery. This will be a tearful day for me.




In honor of these soldiers, I have a tablescape that I designed previously but have never shared. Today I am sharing this red, white and blue tablescape with you. 










I loved creating tablescapes on my round glass-topped table but I don't have room for it in our Murray, KY, home (remember, I have that big peninsula). I do have the table in the covered deck area attached to our shop. It will be a great place for eating outdoors with a roof over our heads out of the weather. He is already grilling out and we sit around the table and tell funny stories from the day or the past. 



The bread rack was decorated with red, white and blue too. My Peggy Karr Glass flag plate is such a beautiful piece then with a stack of small red plates and bowls added. I'm not using the bread rack any more either but it made a great dessert center. I may move it to the covered deck area also. 







 Each of the bowls has a star at the bottom. 





Thanks for stopping by - Judy. 

Red salad plates are Fiesta
Blue luncheon plates are by Tag
Red bowl with the star in the center are by Tag
Dessert plates are Fiesta and Tag
Red dessert bowls are by Today's Home
Dinner plates are Dollar Store
Red Goblets were a gift from my Dad
White stemware is Fostoria Heritage
Flatware is Oneida
Red centerpiece bowl from TJ Maxx
Tablecloth from TJ Maxx
Red Napkins from Tuesday Morning
Navy Blue napkins from Pier One
Placemats by Tag


Linking to the following parties:

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
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




Monday, May 23, 2016

Flowers and Blooms - a gardener's delight

Today I am sharing the flowers and blooms in my front flower beds. Here's a view from the road looking at my azalea blooms with my house in the background.



Although this area isn't huge, it is packed with color and texture from late March to late Spring. 

In early spring, the trees in my yard and the daffodils were in bloom.


Then the Irises started to bloom ...



and the dogwoods bloomed. 





The wagelia buds opened to gorgeous flowers.







 The rose buds opened.


My favorites, the azaleas were covered in buds and I couldn't wait for them to open.




The white azalea below is new in the bed. It will need time to grow. 


Although not in my garden, the magnolia trees by the driveway are now in bloom and the aroma is just so sweet.  



Thanks for stopping in to see my flowers and blooms.  Another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to: 
A Garden Party @ Share Your Cup on Monday, May 23
Blue Monday @ Backyard Neighbors
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender 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

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 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Looking Out the Window: where are the goldfinches

Goodness, I have been concerned. My goldfinches have been so faithful to come to my feeders. Now they have been gone for over a week. What's going on?



I decided to do a little research and see if I could find the answer to my question.

I read here, that during the summer months, the goldfinches begin to shy away from the Nyjer feeders. The reason is they have young birds to take care of, and the young birds need something meatier to eat than Nyjer seed. They suggested to start serving black oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts.

Ok that makes sense. but I do put out black oil sunflower seeds but have recently started putting it in a different type of feeder to deter the black birds. 



I'm sure hoping that those of you who have been bird watchers longer than me can share your thoughts, suggestions, or ideas. 

Thanks for your help - Judy.

Linding to:

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

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen





Looking Out the Window: The Carolina Wren

I recently had a new visitor to my suet feeder. I only got a few pics of the Carolina Wren and immediately began reading about this small chunky bird. 


At All About Birds, I read both the male and female are a bright, unpatterned reddish-brown above and warm buffy-orange below. The bill is long, slender, and down-curved.



It was the long white eyebrow stripe that stood out for me. 


The body is round and it has a long tail that is often cocked upward. 



Thanks for stopping by for a look at the Carolina Wren - Judy. 

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
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

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

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dinner With Family & Friends

Don't you love to have friends and family over for dinner? We certainly love to enjoy time with them. There are always funny stories to tell and lots of laughter around the table or on the deck.



It's graduation weekend at Murray State University here in Murray, KY, so the restaurants are packed and busy, busy, busy accommodating the graduates and their families. 




We decided to entertain at home and not venture out to the restaurants. This is the second weekend in a row we have had the pleasure of having friends and family over for dinner. We sure love their company. 

Right now the magnolias are blooming in our area so my table is featuring a magnolia plate by Peggy Karr Glass in the center of the table. 



I thought the plate is perfect with the table runner. My friend, JoAnn, over at Jo's This and That made the runner for me from a tablecloth she wasn't using. She made the runner on my table last week too. Check it out here

I love the print on the runner. 



Crystal candlesticks and white candles anchor each side of the magnolia plate. 



The table was sit with white Paula Deen dinner plates topped with salad plates by Royal Norfolk. Flatware is Laurie Gates by Hampton - Sizzle Ivory. Water goblets are bubble glass. 


Just as much as we enjoy entertaining, my husband loves to cook on the grill for our guests. The menu included salad made by JoAnn, then on the grill were pork steaks, skewers of tomatoes, small potatoes, green and yellow squash. Plus he grilled fresh asparagus and heated sauerkraut on the grill too. 


There you have it, another dinner party at our house. Thanks for stopping by 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
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable 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
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