Drove through the State Park and found our "spot" along a creek! Weather is starting to improve. Good temps this week. Just have to finish curtains, pick up the other seat cushion, add throw pillows and bedding, get the title transferred and license plate and stock the cupboards, nooks and crannies! So damn excited!
I believe I have mentioned this previously. I have a dear friend suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. She was diagnosed as early onset Alzheimer's. Mari was about 60 years old when she was diagnosed. It is a very sad disease process.
I just finished the book, Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The author does an excellent job of describing the onset symptoms and follows the Alzheimer's progression. The book was very moving and I felt it was very realistic. It makes you think about how you would deal with this diagnosis. It helped me understand my friend Mari 's journey. A very good, quick read. It provided me with a good insight as to what is going on in "their minds" and demonstrates how Alzheimer patients literally lose their mind!
My friend, Lynne, from Irish Garden House. invited me to do a guest post on her blog. What a thrill and honor. So visit over there this weekend to see what I have to say! Take time to browse her blog while you are there, she does a lovely job of blogging.
I was out in the camper posting from my iPad and Blogpress was having trouble uploading my photos.
I painted the interior of Lila Jane today. All the walls, closet and cupboard and trim is done. Dove White. It really looks good. Took a break, had a large iced coffee in the camper and then scrubbed the floor.
Richie hung the towel rack and a curtain rod. Things are really taking shape. Time to complete the curtain making. Twas a great day today....lots of accomplishments on Lila!
My friend, Kathy, called me on Saturday to let me know there was a Vintage Linen Sale in Grand Haven. One day only. Jackie and I head over there. What a lovely sale. The lady had the nicest, cleanest linens. Everything was displayed so nicely. She had a lovely home and such nice touches. I purchased a few things for the outside tables when we take Lila Jane on the road.
They will look so cute on a picnic table. Getting closer each day!
The other day when I was at Anthropologie, I picked up this cute cloth napkin. I really liked the colors. Fast forward, last night I turned the napkin into a pillow for the camper.
Please exscuse the background . It was late. I began the interior painting yesterday and am so happy with the look. She's getting a coat of Alabaster by Bemjamin Moore. She is really starting to come together now. The kitchen cupboard goes in, the bedframe. And next is all my touches.!!!! So excited.
Busy weekend ahead. Chicago Jo arrives tomorrow, Mike here!!! Have to get busy NOW! Beds to freshen, cooking, baking, etc.
I was dusting today and picked up this picture. I truly cherish this photograph of my Mom and all of her children, my siblings that is.
It was taken a few years ago at my niece's wedding. I believe my Dad had passed away a year earlier.
Our family is precious to me. We love my Mom and we all hold her close to our hearts. Every day she is still with us is cherished. She is the neatest lady ever. This particular evening, she was out on the dance floor with her grandchildren living it up. What a sweet memory!
Left to right: Ginny, Maggie, Mother, me, Mike and Phil. Seeing this picture today just warmed my heart!
By the way, talking about warm....just the opposite is happening outside as I type. It's snowing! Sorry Mike.
Mike arrives here tomorrow from Orlando for a long weekend!
It's that time of year! Iced Coffee. I purchased one last week from The CoffeeHouse.....$4.51 please! Over the summer, that will add up to lots of bucks! Solution! Make your own!
It's so very easy. And it yields a lot of iced coffee's, trust me!
I bought from Sam's Club this two pound bag of dark roast coffee...$10.50. DaVinci Irish Cream is about $5 bucks there also.
All you do is pour one pound of ground coffee into a very large container (I used a soup pot) and add 8 quarts of cold water. Let it set overnight. In the morning, strain the coffee solution into containers. Use a mesh strainer with cheesecloth to keep coffee grounds separated from liquid. Keep solution refrigerated. It keeps a long time.
Discard coffee grounds into the garden - plants love them.
Fill your glass with ice, add an ounce or so of flavoring, pour coffee extract to 3/4 full, stir. Add milk, stir again and ENJOY! I know this one doesn't cost you $4.50.
If you really want to be over the top, make coffee ice cubes. Pour your leftover coffee each morning into ice cube trays. When hardened, transfer to ziploc bag. Use for your coffee drinks. When ice melts it won't water down your yummy drink so much! Genius!