Relaxing On The Porch and A Bite of Chocolate

Do you ever find yourself needing to relax a bit? 

After being gone for a week in St. Louis with my Dad (age 91) in the hospital, I find I just need to relax and regroup. The back porch is a perfect place to relax, regroup and enjoy the surroundings.

Dad is home now after suffering a GI bleed, a bleeding ulcer. God has stopped the bleed and now he is recuperating but very weak. I got him back to his house in Southern Illinois and now he is resting. My husband and brother are taking care of him this week as I promised my daughter I would help her for a few days with the grandsons getting to and from daycare for the two year old; golf lessons and summer fun day camp for the 5 year old. 

Now I need just a little time for myself and the porch is the perfect place. Early morning is the best, the afternoon sun makes it rather hot. Her purple petunias are so pretty in the basket, flowers always seem to make me happy.

The purple color of the petunias made my color theme easy to choose for my small tablescape for one. A purple floral table runner is folded in half with a solid purple napkin and multicolored napkin ring. A striped napkin is resting under the flatware.

A green plate and green goblet were selected to represent the green grass in the yard and the green in some of the plants. The purple glass was also an easy selection to go with the purple theme. That is a purple stalk-y plant behind the glasses.

A silver charger was used  - just because it made a good base.

My daughters flowers are so pretty but need daily watering to keep them from drooping.

They are having some landscaping redo surrounding their house. More about that in another post. Here's one of their flower beds that I enjoy looking at from the porch.

I have enjoyed relaxing on the porch so I think it is time for a little chocolate. I know it makes me feel better in an instance.

A glass of tea with lots of ice is perfect with my chocolate cake. 

I am having a small piece of chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing and chocolate chips. After all, it isn't even noon yet!!

Oh, thanks for stopping while I relax on the porch - Judy.

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Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

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Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday

What's Going To Bloom

Linking to:
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper

Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party on Wednesday

Blooms In The Yard

A few lilies are blooming in the yard. 

Here's another. 

Indoors - do you know the name of this plant?

I am taking a break.  My 91 year old Dad is in the hospital in St Louis and I am going to be with him everyday.