Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend...what does it mean to you?

Memorial Day...for many this weekend means the beginning of summer, barbecues and picnics,  for some it means "sales"...for many of us still, this day  means a day of remembrance, it is the day we remember the fallen soldiers who have fought for our country.  The sacrifices of  soldiers young and old , the reminder of their commitment to this country. We celebrate the lives of the fallen of those who served our country and gave their lives for causes, past and present. 

I recently read a book that would be a perfect gift this memorial day for any veterans or their families...a great gift for Father's day.

Until Tuesday ...the story of a Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who saved his life.  The book is touching and inspirational, and shed light on so many issues I was so very unaware of.  The story of  Tuesday and Luis, is about war wounds seen and unseen, struggles and harsh realities and the connection of two souls who find each other and make their way.

I have actually had the pleasure of meeting Tuesday at a book signing last week at the local Barnes and Noble...he is even more charming in person this four legged charmer!   If you'd like to learn more about Tuesday and Captain Luis Carlos  Montalvan go to

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and remember this weekend to take a moment to reflect on why we celebrate and find a way to pay homage to these fallen heroes.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Royal Tea...

(continental breakfast setting...smack dab in front of the telly!)

The Royal Nuptials fell upon us on a Friday of all days...On this day I chose to give in to my inner romantic and indulge myself with the joys of a Royal Wedding!

I graced my tables with the most romantic notions and at 5:30am or so I began my wedding watch.

(my finest vintage linens perfect for the occasion)

6am - Continental Breakfast- Tea and Crumpets
(the melon and prosciutto never made it's way to the table...sleepy head)
this small crowd was made up of ladies who caught the wedding before work...ah the spirit! Early risers and in Tiaras!!

(Charles and Diana tea set from the 1980's)

Even the front Door received a little wedding "jooje" even if was from Charles and Di's wedding...who could forget the magic?!

12pm Noon - Wedding Luncheon/ Tea
Tea Sandwiches, Baby Quiches, Mimosas, Fresh strawberries and the daintiest delectable sweets. This enthusiastic bunch chose to enjoy it with the same celebratory passion I did!

On the Menu: Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Baby Croissants, Dill Cream Cheese with smoked salmon on cocktail ryes, baby quiches, Raisin bread with carrot ginger cream and walnuts.

... and Oh the hats....Check out this lovely!

A wedding marathon...

All in all I watched the wedding 3 times that day...and loved every glorious bit of it!

That night I slept like I was curled up in a warm vat of honey while visions of wedding veils, horse drawn carriages and tiara's danced in my head. Lovely!
Crumpet anyone?

Tah-tah and Pip Pip for now!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

(Of all of my life's most wonderful treasures here sit two most precious...My Mom and Granddaughter)