Monday, January 30, 2012

Pink Roses Motif Trayscape

I have been working on a trayscape for Valentine's Day and here it is.


I usually don't use pink in my decor until Valentine's Day and then again for Spring or Easter. The pitcher and sugar jar were pieces I have had for a long time. I filled the pitcher with some pink and white flowers.




The cup, saucer and votive holder are pieces from my Pfaltzgraff Trousseau pattern dishes. 

How do you like this shot through the handle of the tray?

The tray is from Southern Living at Home a few years ago.

Thanks for stopping by to see my Pink Roses Motif - Judy.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite

This week, I wanted to share some more pictures from our winter trip to Yosemite National Park in California. Last week I shared pictures of Yosemite Falls and now you can enjoy our pictures of Bridalveil Falls. The day was a spectacular clear day, there was no fog like the previous day; although it was still cold, we at least  had lots of sunshine. 



Bridalveil Falls is almost as famous at Yosemite Falls. It is easily seen by walking a few hundred yards from the parking lot. There are some giant Douglas firs you can see in the pictures.


The falls is 617 feet and flows year round.


Notice the sprays of water as they cascade down the rock.

I wanted to show you that Bridalveil can be seen from the Yosemite Lodge at the Fall. We stayed at this lodge and arrived after dark so we were in for a big shock the second morning when we were out and could see Bridalveil (the first morning was so foggy we could hardly see anything). Can you imagine stepping out your door to this sight?


This shot is the closest one I could get of the falls and it was magnificent. 

They say you can swim in the pool at the base of the falls but it was certainly too cold  for swimming.




Thanks for stopping by to see Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park in California - Judy.

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Animals in the Wild @ Yosemite


While visiting Yosemite National Park in California, we had a chance to see some of the animals in the park. Look closely at the first image, look deep under the tree; it is very foggy. Can you see them?



Let me zoom in a little. There, now you can see them just a little better.


Do you think they smell me yet?


Oh, now I can see another deer to the left side of the tree.

Ok, let's move on and maybe the fog will lift and we might see more wildlife in Yosemite. Yes, we found another group of deer.



This is just awesome, even though I am cold just look at the young deer.


I think it's time for us to go. Thanks for stopping by to see the animals in the wild @ Yosemite - Judy.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

To Remember His Sweetheart



While I was last visiting my Dad, I noticed he still has a little table vignette decorated to remember my Mom. Since Valentine's Day is approaching, I thought it was the perfect time to share these pinks and whites with you.



The vignette started with a pink floral arrangement and a cute lidded box with a pink bow sitting on a Battenburg lace cloth. 

The clock was an anniversary gift to my parents. It's engraved with their names and wedding date, February 8, 1946.

The cherub was a gift from a family friend when Mom passed away.






Hope you can spend some time with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day - Judy.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yosemite Valley Chapel




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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yosemite Falls in Winter

I don't usually vacation in Winter, but a trip to Yosemite National Park proved to be just amazing. The views, the rock, the water, the snow, and the cold air were like nothing I had seen or felt.



Yosemite Falls is the highest measured water in North America and is located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is also one of the world's tallest, and is made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1430 feet), the Middle Cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320). In the picture below, you can see the upper fall and the lower fall.


We were able to hike to the lower fall. The path to the upper fall was closed for winter.  My  husband and I on the path leading to the lower fall. Do I look cold? I was freezing. I have four layers of clothing on under that red jacket.

The walk to the lower fall was fairy easy but very icy.

Even with the cold air and the icy path, seeing the water crashing down on the rocks was so rewarding. The rock is solid granite and looks very slick.


This shot is as close as we could get to the lower fall. That my husband, me, son-in-law, and grandson in the picture, our daughter is taking the picture.

Once last view of the lower fall in Yosemite.


The lower fall is located near the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley. Thanks for stopping by to see Yosemite Falls in Winter - Judy.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Feed the Cardinals


I think we all start to think about the birds having enough food in Winter and since I love cardinals, displaying by Peggy Karr Cardinal plate always reminds me that I need to be sure and feed the cardinals in my backyard. Seeing those bright red feathers of the male cardinal is so stunning, I can't take my eyes off of them. They don't migrate so we need to pay special attention to them in the Winter. This long-trailed songbird has a very thick beak and whistles a sweet song. The females are pale brown with warm reddish tinges on her wings, tail and crest.










If you are looking for a feeder that cardinals will love, here are a couple of pictures:


Feeder images from: http://www.duncraft.com/. They like to eat black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds or pieces of fruit.


Thanks for stopping by and remember to feed the cardinals - Judy.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lunch and A Few Antiques


I had lunch  with a couple of friends at a local Ben Franklin Coffee House and Americana Gallery.  It's always fun to get together with friends and share stories and laughs. We all ate different versions of their chicken salad and each was tasty. 




Not only does the coffee shop have lunch and coffees, it has antiques and other gifts for sale. Although I don't have antiques in my home, I enjoy looking at the wooden pieces of furniture and gifts. 


This wooden wagon, desk and chair really caught my eye and look at the small doll dresser sitting on the desk and the blue stuffed sheep and bear. Those are just darling.










There were a few quilts in the shop and this one was so colorful and striking. I have never made a quilt but find it interesting. 



This antique baby bed with the pink and blue quilt was also eye catching.



Hope you can take some time for lunch with friends and maybe a little shopping. Thanks - Judy.

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