Saturday, April 27, 2013

Life Is Good!

It's back! Yard sale season! I'M SO EXCITED! One of my favorite neighborhood sales takes place tomorrow, along with a bunch in and around the same area. I have my list of sales and directions ready! Just ate a couple of cookies, so breakfast's taken care of. Now I'd better get to sleep so I don't miss out on any treasure bargains!
I had a great day today! Life Is Good!

Sleep well friends! Hugs, Leena

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today's Smile - Spring Things

When asked what our favorite part of spring is, many of us would immediately think of the warmer temperatures, the sunshine, the flowers popping up, everything turning green, the birds chirping, etc. Today, however, I recalled another thing that I absolutely love about spring! In fact, I'm enjoying it right now and have been all day. Wanna know what it is? Air! LOL! More specifically, that wonderful, fresh scent of spring air blowing in our windows. We can finally have some windows open after the back and forth between cold and heat, and it smells glorious! I can even overlook the pollen that I know is settling on all my furniture just for a good whiff of that marvelous spring breeze! Air fresheners try to copy it, but there is nothing like the real thing!
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I hope that you're enjoying your favorite part or parts of spring today! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit! Hugs, Leena

Sunday, April 21, 2013

100 Anniversary Ball Jar Give Away~Sweet Magnolia's Farm!

Be sure to stop by Sweet Magnolia's Farm to enter a fabulous give away, centered around the 100 year anniversary of the Blue Ball jar! These new jars are the prettiest shade of blue and are marked with a special anniversary acknowledgement. There will be 6 - SIX lucky winners - SIX  fantastic prize packages! Run on over and enter today! Give away ends April 27th - good luck!
Hugs, Leena

Thursday, April 18, 2013

14 Years~April 17, 1999-2013

14 Years ago, I said "I do" to my soul-mate, my best friend, my destiny. 14 years ago, I looked into his eyes and saw deep within his heart. 14 years later, I'd do it all again!
Happy 14th Anniversay, my darling Jim!
I love you! xoxo

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sun Tea Time!

When I lived in Orlando,  Florida, some 30 years ago, the garden apartments and townhouses surrounded a nice courtyard. Within the courtyard was the swimming pool and laundry room and all of the units had patios that faced it. While taking a walk one day, I noticed the strangest thing: practically every patio had a jar on it, filled with some brown liquid. I had never seen such a thing and could not, for the life of me, figure out what those jars contained. Motor oil? Cooking grease? Were they some sort of traps for bugs? Each day that I'd see them, I became more and more puzzled, until a neighbor who had lived in Florida all her life, solved the mystery for me. They were sun tea jars. SUN TEA JARS? Yep! Sun tea jars! She went on to explain that the best way to brew iced tea was to set water and tea bags into a glass jar and let the sun slowly do the brewing, thus bringing out the ultimate flavor of the tea leaves. What madness is this? I was intrigued as she continued to let me know that you could set out one jar...
or multiple jars.....
big  jars......
little jars.....
plain old regular jars....
or even fancy jars with a built-in spigot!
You can use any flavor of tea that you wish and some people even go so far as to load the jar with lemon slices or mint leaves to steep along with the tea. From then on, I was hooked!

I have a jar with a spigot, which makes pouring much easier as the jar can be quite heavy. I fill my jar with warm water, then add 5-6 tea bags. I like to make my sun tea a bit strong to compensate for the melting ice when served. I place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening to keep out ants, and top it with the screw-on lid. Then, I set my jar outside on the deck in full sun and go about my business for the rest of the day, knowing that in the evening, I'll have a tall glass of fabulously refreshing iced sun tea! I can almost taste it! My drink repertoire is fairly small, generally consisting of ice water and the occasional iced coffee, but when the weather begins to warm and the sun shines brightly, my thirsty thoughts turn to sun tea time!
Here's a fun idea for a cook-out - set out small Mason jars (one per guest) and two or three large jars for refills and have them all brew at once. By the time your guests arrive, you can just add ice and serve. Brilliant! Go ahead, give it a try!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Y'all make me very happy with your visits and sweet comments and I so appreciate them! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Leena

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today's Smile

Marguerite and Dan Engaged!
The Happy Couple!
Wishing all a glorious day! Hugs, Leena


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Holy Guacamole! It's A Wholly Guacamole Give Away!

Be sure to enter this great oh-so-yummylicious give away over at A Little Claireification! If you like sliders, guacamole and salsa, and who doesn't? you'll want to enter right away! Give away ends at midnight, 4/7/13 so slide on over and enter now! Makes me hungry just to think about it! Good luck!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Today's Smile

Today I am smiling because even though it is only going to be in the low to mid 40's, the sun is shining brightly as it rises and my daffodils are daring to show their little yellow heads, despite Spring's delay. Although the late arrival of warmer temperatures is delaying some of my project work, I have accepted the fact that winter will eventually have to give in and that this prolonged Spring Fever only motivates me to accomplish more. Is it determination or spite? Whichever, I am holding on tight and taking this ride with joy in my heart and a million creative ideas in my head. Now, where's the coffee? :)
Coffee - It's like Sunshine in a Cup!
Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Leena

Monday, April 1, 2013

Opening Day!

It's here! It's finally here! One of my favorite days of the year - Opening Day at Turner Field! First pitch is at 7:10pm. The Braves take on the Phillies for the first game of the season! Yippie! I am SO HAPPY to have my favorite sport back!
So, all day long, I will have this song in my head:

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
 
PLAY BALL! GO BRAVES!!!
I live for this!
 
Enjoy your day and thank you for dropping by! Hugs, Leena
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