Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to you, Miss Potter!


Word got out around here that TODAY is the birthday of a certain famous author. She is larger-than-life in our home, so the bunnies decided on a tea party(what else?) to celebrate.

This is right after he(Little Pink Bun-bun) started setting the table. See him on top of his Peter Rabbit box? He's trying to decide where to put the salt and pepper shakers! He had to climb up high to see properly, you see.



The guests have arrived and are attempting to sit very still and wait patiently because the FOOD isn't READY yet--it can be very difficult for such a young bunny as Little Sara May B. Mischievious--on the left--to sit still and wait for tea.What will they do while they wait?


They ARE celebrating a famous children's book author, after all. I suppose it's storytime! Looks like Sara May is going to start the reading, but Mrs. B. Sweet has her selection ready as well. (Did you know that bunnies have MIDDLE family names instead of surnames? Betcha didn't!)

Little Pink has his favorite book too--they will have plenty to do while they wait for their tea.

What's on the  menu?
Blackberries, carrot-cake muffins, and chamomile tea, of course!



From all the bunnies, a very warm wish for a very happy day--and a happy weekend! Oh, and a teeny-tiny bit of advice:


Thanks for hopping by!
~april



You can see lots more Beatrix Potter pretties over at Garden of Daisies!
also,
Linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scenes of Summer, Continuing. . .

Looking through my pictures today, I found several from a couple of weeks ago that likely wouldn't make it into a post all by themselves, but are things that make me happy nonetheless. Thought I'd share, in no particular order.
C's garden owl and a pretty pot of oxalis she planted. 

Kids in tie-dye tee shirts. Does anything else say "summer fun" better?

My new goes-with-ANYthing skirt. It SPINS! :) Loving this one.(and it was on sale!)

Ah, the dying cherry tomato plant has been upstaged by the morning glory tuteur. . .if you could call it that! Another of  C's innovations. :)  Her gardening philosophy leans heavily on the side of  "It's only a weed if you don't LIKE it there."

BIG, roostin' chickens. They are so FUNNY!

Neatly sorted markers and pens in their places+morning sun=pretty, in their own way

My girly-girl. Eleven in three weeks! Ack!

As the days grow shorter(finally), I am reminded around every corner that kids grow up too quickly, life passes by much faster than we can comprehend, and I have SO MUCH MORE to be thankful for than I EVER slow down long enough to take into account.

So may I encourage you to seek out, to conscientiously practice,  "being" thankful.  Count your blessings. I think that's likely the BEST way to make the most of every moment, every day. :)

~april

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don't be Late. . .

We've been focusing a little bit hard on the "early bird" part of the day around here this week as we adjust to our school schedule again.  Unfortunately my kids are not QUITE like this in the morning. :)
The mornings are typically my blogging time, so I've not had much chance to post. I am working on some projects, though, and as always I appreciate your stopping by!

Hope you have a sunshiny day!

~april

Saturday, July 16, 2011

--of Birdie Bliss part 1

We have this bird.
Actually, we have a dozen birds.


Ten budgies.
Bowie, the rotten budgie. He's so CUTE(and will tell you so)!


A cutie(whose-type I cannot spell) named Lola.
Lola's wings make the most beautiful whistling sound when she flies.

And then there's Noname, or Doodle. You will have read about her daring escape and rescue here.
Contemplating jumping on the shoulder of her chosen victim!

She has adjusted well to being home again, and is more rotten than ever. She has us trained well, and her favorite thing EVER(other than cheese, which she should NEVER have). . . is the "scratch-scratch."

Can you SEE her smiling in the picture on the left?

Once the chosen victim gets started scratching her head(and I understand that the head-scratch mania is common to most cockatiels), she will not give up or allow that individual to stop, short of poking her back into the cage(or offering cheese). She will even take on the pathetic posture you see here--and has been known to stay that way for a couple of minutes at a time, waiting for the scratch-scratch to resume. If it does NOT resume quickly enough, she makes a CHIRP noise to remind The Scratcher(and I do believe it is an official title in her little birdie brain) of his or her duty.
Waiting ever so patiently...can that BE comfortable?

Of course, we think she's wonderful.

Some folk are dog people, and we do have a dog.
Don't be fooled by those big brown eyes. She's plotting some sinister chewing-of-forbidden-things!

Some folk are cat people, and you've met our princess Anne, introduced by her Redhead here.

We also have fish. LOTS of fish. And a turtle. And we have had lizards, caterpillars, ladybugs.
Toodles sports a celery leaf cape.

But I'm afraid when it all comes 'round, we are BIRD PEOPLE.
The truth is out. :)

Happy Saturday!

~april

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red for the Kitchen

Today a friend of mine brought me a gift.

It had belonged to her sister's mother-in-law who recently passed away, and I guess she just thought of me when she saw it. It's RED--and OLD--and really cool. Don't ya think?

It is branded Duraglass, and I don't know how OLD it is, but it appears to work great--I likely won't try making butter with it though. :)
It goes very well with the red-edge enamel-top table. . . I may have to go play in the kitchen now and find a home for  it! Maybe I'll get some neat pictures to share in the process.
Happy Thursday to you!
Linking to Vintage Thingie Thursday today. Thanks to Suzanne for hosting such an interesting and fun party each week!

~april