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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Catching up...

Mother's Day bedding plants
Hello! I have been just awful at visiting your blogs and posting here lately. I apologize for that and will try to be a bit better next week! I miss you all! I will work at playing *catch up* now!
I do hope you all had a sweet weekend and are enjoying a nice week where ever in the world you are!
We have been staying busy but in a good way. Before I jump into the happenings at Rabbit Run, I wanted to *dish* about a few things! First Pat, I just LOVED your "I am Pat and I am a dishoholic." comment! I am so there with you....
I have far too many dishes and love them all so much! It does make celebrations, special events and a little get together extra fun. Even mundane Monday hash is a little more festive with a cute dish from which to eat it!
Oh, dear Muffin! I so agree that V & B is awfully pricey! If I ever paid full price for anything like that Bill would faint, wake, scream and faint again. *smile*
I have been given some dishes, inherited a few and found quite a few at outlets, flea markets, antique shops and yes, even the trusty Goodwill Store! Really! I have pieces of Blue Willow and Friendly Village and so many cute things all purchased that way.
It is not easy to find a complete set of anything in these ways but I love mixing and matching anyway. A dish here, a saucer there...a tea pot somewhere else. A tiny chip or crack does not bother me either. Just gives it more character. Kinda like me. And gosh but I have character...oh my.
Besides, it does not have to be V & B! I have seen such sweet sets so many places. I have dishes from Big Lots and K Mart and get just as many compliments on them as anything that came from a big name maker! That is even more fun!
And I was asked if I make the recipes I post. Uh huh...and I do post things that are easy and good. Or try to! I like things fast, cheap and easy....just like me. Um...I mean...what I meant
I am not a great cook but I actually do make great things every now and then! And we still order in Chinese too! *smile*
Last Thursday was Bill's Birthday as I posted earlier. He wanted it simple so we all headed to his favorite Bar B Que place for ribs. Yum....
After dinner, we went next door to Grater's Ice Cream and had some creamy, frozen goodies!
Now that is a sweet night!
On Friday evening we headed down to The Schuster Center for another performance by Dayton's Philharmonic Orchestra. They were joined by Dayton's own Rhythm N Shoes dance troupe. Fantastic! It was a magical night of rousing music and amazing dancers.
Saturday night was our weekly "Dinner and a Movie" evening with my Mother and our buddy "T". "T" fixed a delicious pasta dish (Cream of Chicken soup, sun dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, chopped garlic, scallions & cooked, chopped chicken over bow tie pasta.) for us. We brought a caramel cheesecake. Yummy! Watched the DVD of "Catch and Release" with Jennifer Garner.
Sunday dawned bright and early with breakfast in bed! Grace loves to prepare it and did it all by herself with just a little supervision from Daddy. She had orange sections, apple sections covered with yogurt, little ham and roast beef sandwiches, Diet Coke and a smattering of M & Ms. Now why she thought it was fun to cut out the bread in the shape of my age...ouch. I guess those little number cookie cutters were just too tempting!
She and I shared the bounty while snuggling in bed. A little girl time. *smile*
We attended church with Mom, where I snapped this picture of the "Pink Ladies".
We all had a nice lunch out and then came back here for gifts! Dan got me the BEST gift! A certificate for a spa pedicure. Can we say, "OH Baby!"? Grace made the sweetest card and bookmark set in school. Aren't the homemade things wonderful? So much fun. She and Daddy also gave me a "Beautiful" perfume set. Ooh....
Bill also had flowers and bedding plants as well. Now a bad day huh?
I whipped up the things we were to take to Mom's, fruit salad and a green bean dish, and we headed over. My brother and sis in law brought another veggie dish and a delicious carrot cake.
Mom had her wonderful mashed potatoes and a family favorite, "Poor Man's Steak". I will have to dig up my recipe for it and share.
It is always so nice to share an evening with all the family. Grace and her cousin, The Boo Man, played outside and had such fun. I know Mom loved to have everyone together.
The sunset that night was gorgeous and we drove home with the windows and moon roof wide open so we could enjoy it and the lovely weather.

Why, the weekend even tired Kipper out!

I hope you are all well and finding many things to smile about this week! I think about you all so often and appreciate you so much.
Susie Q


Gretchen said...

Wow! What a fantastic Mother's Day and weekend you had. Loved all your pictures, especially the one of Grace and Grandma. I love how you squeeze all the lemon zest out of life and bless all of us with your posts and pictures. Hugs to you.

PEA said...

Oh well sure, if you prefer to go out to restaurants and to symphonies and to get- togethers, etc...instead of blogging...I don't blame you!!! LOL Ah Sue, it was so good to hear what you've been up to and as you said it's been "fun" busy:-) Loved all the pictures, nothing but happy faces on them!! The sandwich made with the 50 cracked me up...too cute!! xoxo

Andi said...

Sounds like you had an absolutely perfect Mother's Day! Great pictures of your family...and that breakfast tray looks pretty awesome as well...such fun!

RoseMary said...

What great pictures you posted! Bill's birthday dinner looked good.
Hey cheap, fast and easy sounds good to me--in food, of course! I confess--I am a dishaholic, too. Wonder if there is a cure??? I hope not!

"Early Bird" said...

Grater's Ice Cream
I haven't tried any yet but may make it down to Dublin sometime as I know there is one there...

Jolene George said...

Seeing your pictures made me feel like I was there. I was totally drawn in and enjoyed the journey with you. Such a great feeling. Love Grace's Mother's day breakfast...too cute!

Valerie said...

ohhhhhhh myyyyyyyyy - i'm drooling just thinking about a spa pedicure! you are soo lucky!

you made me laugh though, when you said you agreed that "V & B is awfully pricey!" how did you know Valerie & Brendan (aka V & B) were pricey! daaang!

LisaOceandreamer said...

That truly sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration for Bill and a Mother's Day for you and your mom. How special to have such lavish attention, gifts and breakfast in bed. You deserve it all my dear! That Grace is so darn cute and I got such a kick out of her cookie cutter toast!

LisaOceandreamer said...

p.s. On a trip to England my parents carted back and entire set of Villeroy & Bach dishes. Each one has a scene on it. When my parents moved to their senior apartment my Mom gave me the entire set. It is now our daily may not have been exactly what I would have chosen but they were something my Mom longed for so they are more valuable for that reason alone.

Jen said...

Glad you had a great Mother's Day. You so deserve it.
Bill has it all figured out~how to pose for Ms. Sue that is ;o)

Sheila said...

I love your posts Sue, it's like 'coming home' are so normal...never mind what everyone else says...LOL
Just joking, I'm glad you had a fun Mother's Day, and Bill's birthday celebration was good too.
Big hugs

Sheila said...

Happy belated birthday to Bill! Everything in the pics looks so yummy!
And sounds like you had such a nice mother's day!
(and I LOVE that picture of Kipper!)

Sheila said...

Happy belated birthday to Bill! Everything in the pics looks so yummy!
And sounds like you had such a nice mother's day!
(and I LOVE that picture of Kipper!)