Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seeking the Lovely in a Not So Lovely World, (Series, Part II)

Good morning, everyone!
(at least it's morning as I'm writing this.) 

You know, I've always had a thing for fresh flowers. 
It's one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to add beauty to your home - not to mention the heavenly fragrance.....



You can tell by looking at these arrangements that I'm not a professional florist but I don't let that intimidate me. 
Everything from shopping for the flowers, to cutting the stems, to searching through the house for unique vases - it's all therapeutic for me.



This cute little fox is one of a set of 6 I picked up at Cracker Barrel a few years ago.



These lovelies right here are peeking over the top of my computer as I write this - I love the way the sun brings out their brilliant colors and mmmmmm - the smell!




You don't need to spend money on expensive vases (unless you want to!). I always dig out old pitchers, glass jars, Mason jars - even a juice class or coffee mug works.


The North Texas temperatures are still in the upper 90's but it definitely reflects autumn here in my house. 
(Our leaves don't even turn until 2 weeks before Christmas!)



If this isn't something you've ever tried then please do! If possible try to place some type of arrangement in every room.
I buy my plants and flowers at my local grocer - sometimes I splurge, but most of the time I buy very inexpensive seasonal flowers. 
Roses, of course, are my signature flower and even those I can buy in a bundle pretty cheap.
How long do the arrangements last? I always put the plant food the store provides in the water and usually they last for 2 weeks - often times even longer.

What do YOU do to add special touches to your home? I'd love to hear your ideas.

Til next time, 

Kathie and Lillian



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Seeking the Lovely in a Not So Lovely World....(Series, part 1)


Lately, I have been mourning what seems to be - if not the demise - then at the very least a steep decline in just the basic every day common courtesies.

More and more I find myself withdrawing to the comfort of my home - even working from here on days that I am able.

(I recently took a vacation and while my husband offered to whisk me me to the destination of my choice, I  actually chose a 'staycation' and did not leave the confines of Rosebud Cottage for a whole 7 days! It was divine!)

I have all but given up my social life - night time used to find me at some sort of event in Dallas, but now most of my evenings are curled up with sweet little Lillian and a good book.

So, with all of that said, I am making a concerted effort to seek the lovely in an often times 'not so lovely world' and I thought, 
'why not devleop this into a series?'

From what I hear from readers across the country and I think a lot of you are feeling this way,

My hope is that you'll find some inspiration in my musings - and in turn I would LOVE for you to share some of YOUR ideas with me. I'll also post below the name of blogs that I follow that fall right in line with our theme. 

 Aaannnddd...somewhere in the series I will have a wonderful give-a-way for one lucky reader!

So, let's get started with Part One!

"Seeking the Lovely in a Not so Lovely World"

Long ago, when Jay and I first married we had the opportunity to spend 4 years in England. Being an Anglophile since as early as I can remember (I started practicing my British accent at 5), living in the United Kingdom was a dream come true!!

It took me about 2 hours to acclimate to my new surroundings and one of the rituals I adored was afternoon tea. First, of all, the term 'tea' means different things to the British. Usually, 'tea' is the evening meal - a very informal meal that takes place about 5:30-7:00. (After that it's called 'supper' and is usually more formal).


Anyway, afternoon tea in which you actually just have a cup of tea is from about 2-4. Most of the time it's just that - tea. But sometimes it's served with finger sandwiches or maybe a scone.

When I moved back to the states I continued that tradition. Everyday, at about 3:00, I will drop whatever I'm doing and have a cup of tea in one of my beautiful China cup/saucers that I've collected the past 36 years. 

I find nothing more relaxing than to just sit back, pick up a book, and take 15 minutes for myself. 
After that I'm refreshed and ready to continue my tasks.

Speaking of tea and tradition, for 31 years I've subscribed to Victoria Magazine and relishing it during my tea break. It cured my homesickness for England and still to this day has the ability whisk me away to another time and place.




Below is the first edition as it appeared in 1987.








Then....in 2001 something catastrophic happened!! Can you see it below?
They changed the magazine. The font and even the photography had a more 'modern' feel. I hated it. 
I knew right then that was the beginning of the end.

(Of course I didn't know it at the time, but it's the same grief I would experience years later when Dowton Abbey ended.)



I suppose others felt as I did because just as I predicted, the magazine folded up the next year. I am not exaggerating when I said I was devastated. 
I lived for that magazine to show up in my mail every month. 

It was a bit  of 'home' for me those first few years after I returned from England. No matter where we relocated, I'd anxiously await each issue, welcoming it like a long-lost friend.

It got me through the pain and aftermath of a stillborn baby. I would get lost for hours at time and dream of the places I'd surely never go and the people I'd surely never meet - although I DID!

As luck would have it, in 2004, Phyllis Hoffman with Hoffman media resurrected Victoria again and I must say it's the same magazine I fell in love 31 years ago, as well her sister publication, Southern Lady!



My husband used to joke with the children that when these magazines came in they might as well order pizza because Mom would be out of commission for the remainder of the night.

Anyway, there you have it - just one of the many things I do to bring a sense of calm and beauty into my daily routine. I'd love to hear from YOU and what you do to incorporate peace and tranquility into your life.

And as promised, here are a few blogs that I follow that I think you'll find inspiring. But, warning! Once you open their pages don't expect to get annnyyything done the rest of your day! 





Til next time ----

Kathie and Lillian

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What, or rather WHO has kept me busy lately!


Introducing....

Lillian McLemore Truitt



Lillian came to live with us on June 18th and our house hasn't been the same since!


I have had some wonderful dogs in my life, but I have always dreamed of having a Scottish Terrier. 

For months I researched everything about them.

- they don't care much for other dogs
-they're not crazy about children 
-they're not very social and usually only like their owner
-they don't like the water

Well, wouldn't you know that our Lillie-Mac has proven all of these to be wrong. 
She likes ALL other dogs, LOVES our grandchildren (especially our granddaughter), is incredibly social and will not leave people alone until they give her the attention she thinks she deserves. 
And I've jumped into the pool at least 3 times to save her. 
(so much for not liking water, right?)

What she's not crazy about is posing for outfit of the day pictures with Mama.



It's amazing how one little 23 pound ball of black fur can add so much joy and life to a household.

She'll be a year old on October 24 - here's to many, many more years of sharing her with you. 
Maybe one of these days she will decide to face the camera during our photo shoots. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

There's just somethin' 'bout a train track......


I have never understood why folks don't like to buy a house near a train track.
I think the lonely echo of a train whistle is ever so romantic.
(anybody else out there feel the same or am I just weird)

I have driven over this particular track in Garland, Texas many times in the past 4 years,




and for some strange reason I've always wanted to park the car and walk it.

So, today - just like that - I DID it. 
(Hey! NO regrets in my life, regardless of how insignificant it may seem)





There's also a beautiful old rusty building next to the track. 
Buildings like this are strewn throughout Texas and I always let my mind wander about aaaallll the possibilites....



An antique mall, perhaps? 
A restaurant? 
How about a clothing boutique or a boot store? 
Oh, yeah....so many, many options.

I've ALWAYS had an affinity for anything old - people, cars, clothes, shoes, buildings and houses - especially houses!

This beauty right here was almost mine about 7 years ago.
She is situated on a big corner lot in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. 



She needed quite a work and we were up for the challenge. 
What we WEREN'T up for was the cold winters. 

So, here I am in Texas, living in my sweet little Rosebud Cottage where summer is (almost) year round.

She doesn't have a train track nearby, so no loooonnggg romantic whistles in the night, 
but what they say about Texas IS true - 

The stars at night, ARE, indeed big and bright....

(blouse: Steinmart, Jeans: Ralph Lauren, Boots: Justin
hair: Cruz at Studio 1514, Dallas TX)



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

From Rosebud Cottage......


Happy 4th of July!