Monday, July 24, 2017

Tea Party Prettiness


There is something about planning and carrying out a tea party for little girls that fascinates.

It's one of the most fun things adults can help children experience.


Recently,  there was a special tea party planned for two little girls.

We made heart-shaped peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches, heart-shaped egg salad, and carrot sticks with ranch dip and chocolate chip cookies.



Of course, there was chocolate milk "tea" and hibiscus/berry tea for the big people.


One of our guests brought a lovely bouquet of flowers, picked from her garden.


Even though we have a stack of tablecloths, it was impossible to resist buying a colorful one, for the big table, that made me happy just looking at it.


The tea party provided a nice pause in summer's busy schedule.

DO YOU ENJOY GOING TO TEA PARTIES?

P.S. Note to all beloved blog peeps.  On Wednesday, I'm taking a rare blog break! In the eight years since Writing Straight from the Heart started, there have been very few breaks. So I'm going to unplug for a day.  See you on Thursday! 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Keep on Smilin'




Remember that song that started out, "When you're smiling, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you..."

It's kind of true that when one is smiling and happy, it attracts people.

However, when one is crying or miserable, negative and critical, it might make people want to run.



Not every day can be filled with complete happiness but we can sure try to keep  positive attitude and a sense of humor.

The little duck family in this post was spotted on the back patio of a restaurant in Housatonic, Massachusetts. 

Someone, at some point, had a cute sense of decorating humor. 

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? PLEASE TELL US!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Change, in All Things, Is Good


Three big pots needed plants for spring and summer.

In past years, pansies did the trick and they lasted for a long time.


This year, however, I wanted something different.

Periwinkle blue lobelia caught my attention because the color is so beautiful.


Inside the middle of two of the pots, I planted snapdragons in zippy colors.

The lobelia surrounds them.



Zinnias grow in the middle of the third pot.

Change is good, right? Even when it comes to changing the plants in pots!


Who knows what the pots will hold next summer.

DO YOU LIKE CHANGES OR DO YOU PREFER CONSISTENCY?
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