Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Reflections - A Lovely Day

"The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings."  Plato

My dear friend, Cheryl, and I spent a lovely day at New York Botanical Garden, around the world and  back in history in one beautiful place. 

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra stimulates the senses, with texture, sound and glorious sight.

 Spanish guitar music played as we strolled through the Conservatory.
I especially loved the many citrus and flowering trees.  The air was perfumed with the smell of orchids, gardenias and lemon and lime.

The gardenias and other specimens were planted in large pots for the exhibit.

We toured the desert habitat and the outdoor lily ponds. 

This spot is particularly inspiring in August.

My favorite venue was the rainforest.  Lush greenery, ferns, mossy  rocks and the beautiful and colorful flora.

Colorful plants indicative of the rainforest.

Bird of Paradise

Despite the traffic crossing the George Washington Bridge, the NYBG is easy to reach from our area and a wonderful day trip.  So many beautiful gardens and photos. 

The Conservatory.
Promenade to the fountain in front of the library.

A small portion of the herb garden

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Aloha From the Kitchen

Sabrina's island theme night was a great success and quite delicious.  The girls worked all afternoon in the kitchen and created some spectacular offerings.  And they dressed for the occasion.

Proof that cooking is a glamourous event.

Some of the glamourous dishes included these:

Meredith tried her hand at an edible arrangement - spectacular!
Sabrina' strawberry margarita jello shots.

Aloha girls.

I knew the evening was going to be a great success when Nanny showed up in her Hawaiian muumuu purchased on her trip there with Tracy almost 35 years ago.

Another glamourous dish.

There was food galore as usual, including aloha chicken kebabs, island rice, sweet and sour chicken, sausage and peppers, my own girlie salad with mandarin oranges and toasted almonds, and a real appetizer treat - Sabrina's chicken and jalapeno bacon wrapped bundles.

We decided to move the party outside for dessert.  

The girls

The desserts were fabulous.

Now I know why islanders wear that drapped fabric-to hide their bellies.

Looking forward to next month's theme.  My own - Low Country dishes.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sharing A Home With Adult Children

Tim and I are happy we are able to continue to house our young adult children, as they build their professional/financial lives.  I can't say we haven't mentally redecorated at least one of their bedrooms in anticipation of the empty nest, but generally it is a happy situation.  Sometimes we don't actually see our adult children for days at a time.  One might be working nights and one might be visiting his girlfriend, our sometimes third adult child.  But we do always see their shoes, lined up by the couch awaiting a fast getaway. 

Sometimes we know they have been home; we find hints and clues they they have been around.  Kind of like a cat who might bring a dead bird home, we found this on our kitchen counter one day. 

 We didn't see our banker son for days afterward, but he did leave this present.  Just to let us know he still loves us, I suppose.

I know our children love living home, too.  Whenever we take a weekend away, they invite all of their friends over to enjoy their living arrangements.  How do we know?  Well, we might find photos of our kitchen filled with other adult children on facebook, some we've never met.  Or when we get home we notice the house is sparking clean - better than we left it.  Once I inquired, "what went on here this weekend?"  The response -  "Why?  What did you hear?"

The only thing that gets me a little snarky is who's cleaning the upstairs  bathroom this week.

Are we ready for the empty nest?  Not sure.  But I do know that one of the first times we had dinner alone (Meredith was away at school and Timmy was out for the evening) I could hear Tim chewing.  Not that he is a loud chewer, but that's how quiet it was.  So we turned on the music and shared a bottle of wine.  We'll adapt.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It has been awhile since I posted the latest and greatest.  In fact, Tim completed the annual planting several weeks ago and the flowers are on their way to becoming beautiful blooms.  Rain, then sunshine, have been extremely beneficial this year. 

My ingenious husband figured out a way to save his knees when planting by using a long, wide drill bit to dig the holes for planting.

We decided on a red/white color scheme signifying good fortune and purity.

Some added bonuses are the perennial color accents near the mailbox, between the white pines and beside the clothesline.

Stella Doro lilies

Knock Out Roses