Funny thing is, as people get older, people don't rent them ponies for their birthday anymore. What a let down. But I am a celebrater of birthdays. I LOVE birthdays. Even when they aren't my own.
Last weekend was a very good friend of mine's birthday. Doesn't she look lovely in the birthday dress I gave her? (I found it at a KILLER garage sale.) ((For a dollar.)) It couldn't have looked more lovely on her. Like it was made for her. Of course she loved it.
I also enjoy making birthday confections. Cat loves brownies. And cream cheese. And chocolate. So clearly, she loved these little bite size birthday noms.
Make a wish!
Did you get them all?
Yeah you did, girl. Hope they ALL come true!
Same garage sale? I scored the tiered plate. For 2 dollars. Indeed. It was a really good sale.
This little dish holds a sand dollar and a shell that Boom Boom found for me. I generally end up tossing in any jewelry I have on at the end of a night or two.
That ring? Love. I got it from this little jewelry show at the salon I go to. The daisies are also favorites. Farmer's Market. (An artsy hipster one with few actual "farmers")
The tri metal earrings with beads are probably an old Target buy but they are pretty much my go to earrings.
They just hang like 2 pretty little bunches of grapes on my ears.
Begonia. Madee brought this home for me from Home Depot. She was quite proud. She loves flowers.
It is budding again. A windowsill is the perfect place for joy to bloom.
This little guy fell off in my hand while picking its group mate the other day in the garden. And he matches this teeny little melamine plate so perfect. Well he did. Obvs he was eaten.
Many years ago I had this job and made a very good friend there. We had this plant at the office. She gave me bits off of it. Now I get bits off of mine. It really likes to grow. Have you ever had steel cut oatmeal? Irish freaking oatmeal? It is amazing.
I don't even have words. But your body will thank you if you try it.
Here is our trusty Bamboo. We first got it in Tahoe, it lived in the RV, and in Duluth, and in the cupholder of our car right next to the fish on our way to Florida.
I think he likes us.
And lastly, a jar of the whitest shells and rocks in my collection. I just love the way sunlight plays off of them in the window. And the jar is just the beginning of a new collection, I am pretty sure. At least, I hope?
And this is what I look at while I do dishes. Lucky dishes.
I found a bowl about this size of tomatoes just like these at the Farmer's Market this weekend for $3.00.
And I starting thinking back to my days in Tahoe when the Farmer's Market didn't even start until June and even then it was a while before the good tomatoes started showing up.
But this bowl of tomatoes? I grew them in my backyard. And every night for the past week I go out at sundown and fill a bowl this size with fresh homegrown tomatoes and we pick at them until they are all gone.
(loo at me saving $3.00 a DAY!)
The purple-ish ones are the best.
The yellow ones are most abundant so far. And they are so sweet and delicious. The girls are loving growing our own food.
(But not as much as me.)
Oh, I did buy plum tomatoes and cucumbers at the market and came home and whipped up this delicious treat. I actually made 2 salads this size on Saturday. The first was gone in 30 minutes, and by Sunday night? I am needing to go to the market again.
We actually have Farmer's Markets in town Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday so don't you worry, there will; plenty more tomato-cuke salad to share.
I just whip mine together with olive oil, balsamic, garlic, pepper, a dash of sugar and some fresh herbs from the garden. But in a pinch I would just douse them with Italian Dressing and be done with it. You can thank me later. Right now you just hush your pretty little mouth and eat this.
The sweetest moments seem to happen between these two.
Like, literally I swoon overhearing their conversations. Even though sometimes they are all conflict and hair pulling, a lot of times they are loving and encouraging and super positive with each other.
Sometimes for stretches as long as 3 minutes.
We had our first visit to H&M and oh man am I now in love with a new store! These cute little dresses the girls are wearing were freaking $4.95 a piece.
I know, right? That was normal price.
So, Target AND Old NAvy have some stiff competition for my dollars now.