Broken Pots!

Been working in my yard planting a few flowers here and there!

I am not the most knowledgeable gardener but, I love flowers, and the color they bring to a home and yard.

When going through my little “potting bench” getting ready for the new one my son is working on for me, I had a stack of broken clay pots.  Not all of them were really bad, some had cracks, some missing just the bottom, so this is what I came up with to still use them.

What you can do with a broken flower pot.I planted this pot partially in the ground with the broken side down, and added plants to the soil as if the pot is on it’s side.  I love the look in my little garden.

I used this one in a somewhat shaded area using a begonia and a vine.  It should be beautiful as it grows.  I will give you an update in a few weeks.

If you have some broken pots, why not try this idea instead of throwing them away!

So simple!

Happy Gardening!


“Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom”

Today is Mother’s Day and I want to wish all mothers a blessed day.

This is my beautiful Mom, now in heaven.

Happy Birthday Mom!I love this photo of her on one of her last birthdays.

I decided to use this photo because I know that she is celebrating Mother’s Day, hopefully with a yummy piece of cake, with her mother today.  How I miss my mother and grandmother.

Let me share my thoughts, regrets, and memories,

  • Why didn’t I spend more time with you, I would give everything for one more day with you!
  • I miss calling you and hearing you say “Hi Sweetie”, and closing every call with “I love you”.
  • Why did I argue politics with you?  So silly!  The anxiety it brought to both of us was not worth a moment of our time together.
  • Oh, why didn’t I appreciate the First Communion dress you made me by hand. So many tiny, perfect stitches made with love, but at the time I wanted one with all the lace and ruffles other little girls had.  Forgive me.
  • Miss our craft days together.  You always helped me and supported me when I thought I could make a ton of money at the next craft fair.  Those days always started with you making breakfast for us.  I miss the smell of biscuits, gravy, bacon, and eggs, when you opened the door of your apartment.
  • I remember coming home from school to a clean house and you standing ironing, whether for us or for others, to make a little extra money for us.
  • If I close my eyes I can almost feel your hugs.  How I wish you were here to give me one today!

Mother I have learned enough now

To know I have learned nearly nothing.

On this day

When mothers are being honored,

Let me thank you

That my selfishness, ignorance, and mockery

Did not bring you to

Discard me like a broken doll

Which had lost its favor.

I thank you that

You still find something in me

To cherish, to admire, and to love,

I thank you, Mother.

I love you.

Maya Angelou – A Cradle to Hold Me

Happy Mother’s Day, to my sweet, loving Mother, all she ever wanted was to be a Mother and Grandmother.

Love you “Sweetie”.


Last Minute Gifts for Mom!

Last Minute Gifts for Mother's Day

  • Bath and Body Works has some wonderful pump hand soaps that are inexpensive. Right now they are 5 for $18. They have such a large variety of new scents.  Lemon, Melon, Sweet Tangerine, Strawberry, and Peaches.  The foaming type is really good.  This is a useful gift and every Mom loves things that smell good. Slip the soaps in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon.  In the photo above, you can see that I printed out quotes about moms and attached to each bag for an extra little touch.
  • Frame a photo for Mom. Below is one of our family members with her Mom taken last week.  Wrap in a gift box with bright tissue paper and add a sweet ribbon.
  • Last Minute Gifts for Mother's Day After 40 most of us need to start using “readers”, so why not buy Mom a few pair so she can have a pair to grab in every room.  If you wear “readers” you know how much she would love this, especially if she sews, reads, or crafts.  Michael’s Crafts has really crazy cute patterns, for only $2.99 a pair.  Again, put in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon!

Last Minute Gifts for Mother's DayHope you can use these last minute inexpensive ideas.

Just an added note, don’t forget to appreciate all the single moms out there.  What a very hard job they have raising children alone.  How do they do it?  These special women do not get enough credit for all that they do!

Getting up, dressing for work, trying to look your best, and then getting the kids up, dressing them, feeding them, packing lunches, and driving them to school or day care, and still getting to work on time.

If you have a single mom friend, give them a small gift, let them know they are appreciated.

God Bless all of them on Mother’s Day!


The Forgotten Mother!

Many thoughts on being a mother this week.

When you become a mother you want to always protect your children from the troubles, hurts, and heartaches in life, even when they are grown.

During Easter season I watched “Passion of Christ’, the graphic movie on the killing of Jesus.

I am sharing this scene with all mothers.  It is heartbreaking.

Our children grow up and leave us to start their own lives but as all mothers know, they will always be our little ones.

Mary holding Jesus, and comforting Him as a child when he falls down, is so precious!


“Brothers and Sisters Day”

Today, May 2nd, is “Brothers and Sisters Day”.

I want to share mine with you today.  How I love them!

This is my baby brother, Denny!

My baby brother!Denny was my playmate and my companion when we were young children.  We played together for hours.  I loved paper dolls and he would let me place them in his toy cars and he would drive them all around the bedroom for me.

Always so sweet and so good.

Denny now lives in New York City, and years go by when we do not see each other.

I am very sad for that.

My older sister Yvonne!

Me with my sisterIn our jeans.

Yvonne loved to be out playing ball with all the boys!  We were quite opposites in the early years, I was the “prissy” one as you can see above. I so loved purses.

Were those our “designer” jeans?

When looking for photos of us together, in almost every photo Yvonne is holding my hand. She does that now!  She is my best friend in my older life.  Now that our mother has passed, Yvonne is the one I call when life is not so good.

She has so many friends, because she is loyal and loving to everyone.

      If you have a brother or sister, tell them you love them today, forget the petty things of the past.  Forgive and forget, renew your relationship with them.

Life really is too short!

Yvonne and Denny, I love you both so much!

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.

– Clara Ortega

Treating Mom With Special Touches!

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 11th.

I found an old Country Home magazine from 2001. There was a small article on making Mother’s Day dinner special for your Mom with some simple touches.  Below are ideas from the article and a couple of my favorites added.  Although the article is 13 years old the ideas are ageless.

  • Place Mom’s favorite flower in a small bottle or vase, a vintage one would be a really nice look.  Tie a place card around it, and use it to mark her seat at the table.  I used ribbon as you can see below, but raffia would also work. I love this sweet idea!Mother's Day Table Setting idea!
  • Serve up a menu that reflects Mom’s favorites, or the family’s homemade specialties.
  • Set a pretty table using Mom’s favorite colors for the dishes, tablecloth, or napkins.
  • Before the meal, ask each sibling to write a memory of Mom on the back of a place card.  Present them to her after the meal, or during dessert and coffee.
  • Make copies of some old photos with Mom, at different ages in your life, your siblings, or grand children. The memories will be heart warming for her, and for you!  Tie with a ribbon for a sweet, pretty touch.

Hope you can use some of these special touches for your Mother’s Day dinner.

Spend time with your Mother, make memories, hug her lots, because time passes so fast!

I miss my Mother and think of her often during my busy days!

Soft Pretzel Dip!

Any recipe that I post will be a simple, easy one!

This is a dip I make whenever my family gathers, served with soft pretzel slices.

Soft Pretzel DipI should have posted this on the 26th, which was National Pretzel Day.

Only two ingredients for the dip plus the sliced soft pretzels.  My local bakery sells pretzel sticks that they will slice into pieces for dips as shown above.

Soft Pretzel Dip Ingredients

The two ingredients:

– a jar of Kraft Old English cheese spread

– a tub of onion and chive cream cheese

That’s it!

Mix together and chill before serving.

It will be a hit with everyone.  Yummy! Yummy!


Lime Green Sneakers!

Raining and storms today, so I decided to go to my “things to do” list.

I selected a quick ‘to do”, sorting out my tub of old shoes.

Came across my old Tommy Hilfiger lime green sneakers.  At first I threw them in the “donate” pile, but ……….the more I looked at them, I remembered how much I loved them, and still do!

Lime Green Sneakers!Can a 67 year old woman wear lime green sneakers?

Yes, I can, and I will!

If you have a pair of “lime green sneakers”, get them out, put them on, and enjoy life!

Oh!  This reminds me of a sweet book I read some years ago.

“When I Am An

Old Woman

I Shall Wear Purple”

edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz.

It is a tender, loving, and caring collection of poems and short stories about women growing old.  Read it if you can, it will make you laugh and cry.