Your home, your oasis

Looking for a place to relax and read or even think can get tricky when you are spending your days surrounded with family members. By creating private quiet corners at your house you can encourage your family to find their own favorite space to enjoy Their own hobbies, and interests.

Please watch the video below showing one idea to creat that relaxing quiet place.

A lovely garden begins with your pots

It is not just for holding your flowering plants or herbs, for me a flower pot also needs to stand beautiful by itself in my garden.

When in full bloom I bring the smaller pots in to add color to our family room, and most often they are the main object of my photos a hobby I enjoy.

I have flower pots that are more than 10 years old, and every now and then I purchase one for a special place, a corner or a spot on the porch and the garden.

I choose them by color, size, and always stay in the same color scheme, and yes I do love hanging baskets even though they need to be maintained more, since birds and squirrels enjoy pulling their liners and love to swing from them.

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Are you ready to be a Gardener? 🐞🐛

Dahlia

I was surprised to hear that nurseries are running out of tomato plants!? Personally I never had good luck planting them, but I guess with shopping dilemmas and food & vegetables some what been scarce, for some people growing their own food made sense. Or is this just a beginning of a trend?

Creating a garden, is not an easy task. It is extremely time consuming, and expensive. To create a garden and keep it beautiful, and healthy is a daily chore, but a chore that is delightful, gratifying, and heavenly.

I have had vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and flower gardens. Had to make peace with squirrels, bunnies, birds, and yes even lizards, that enjoyed leaving bit marks on tomatoes that were half ripped.

In mid summer when plants are well established and are in full bloom is when I sit back and enjoy as they say the fruit of my labor. But for now, I put on my gardening gloves and start my mornings with pulling weeds, watering and filling the holes that squirrels have left behind.

Gardens don’t just add color to our yards, or food to our tables, they make our homes a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies. They come to our gardens to find food and they pollinate our trees and flowers.

If you are a first time gardener, you will be a gardener for life.

Cilantro, & Thyme

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Giving up to sweatpants !🤣

Staying home hasn’t been that stressful, what is stressful for me is keeping my family happy, healthy, focus on school work, and following a workout schedule.

Since quarantine started, we have also let go of our many daily routines. Getting up at a certain time, shaving, wearing makeup, putting on clothes, socks, grabbing our to go coffee mug.

To stay happy surrounded by our children and whoever we had to be quarantine with is more work than we are used to.

We are realizing now that Cleaning, cooking, entertaining, educating, is more work and planning than we have ever done in the past and is simply exhausting, but also very necessary.

For me making a large bowl of pasta, baking double chocolate brownies, gardening, going on long walks, watching a movie, wearing sweatpants all day long is what I need to do to stay, stress free, hopeful and happy surrounded with family. What I see for now as simply necessary.

Do I still buy my Chanel Rouge Coco?💄😷

With high unemployment and the fear of recession in the horizon, we are more aware of each item on the shopping list and purchasing any luxury item is postponed for later time in the future.

As consumers any somber news about our economy directly effects our plans for purchasing a house,a new car, or our future plans to travel.

When we faced the 2008 recession, our economy suffered record declines in sales, except for the cosmetic industry that enjoyed a 5.3% rise.

The truth is when we know spending our money on luxury items during a recession is a mistake, we turn to small luxury items that immediately help us feel, and look our best. Holding a shinny lipstick in the palm of our hand, puts a smile on our face, and a beautiful shade on our lips.

Now that we are facing another recession, because of covid-19 keeping ourselves and our love ones healthy is our main concern. Wearing a mask to stop transmission of the virus is necessary and most businesses require wearing it. This worries me, since our chance of enjoying the purchase of lipstick now becomes senseless!

Just a few days ago before leaving my car to head to the grocery store as usual I checked my make up and put on some lipstick, and right after that I pulled my mask over my mouth. Just then I realized who is going to see my face & notice my new shade of rouge coco on my masked face ?

Don’t get me wrong wearing makeup is my choice, since I like to feel looking my best at any time, but to realize wearing makeup is not necessary when out and about is depressing.

What else masks are hiding ? Smiles!!! Again as I was busy with my stressing to keep distancing and going the right direction in the grocery aisle, I was smiling to fellow shoppers and employees, but soon realized my smile was masked and my voice was muffled.

We should wear masks to keep everyone safe, but we seriously need to come up with a hand signal to tell others we are sending them a smile!!🖖

What do you think ??

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10 Great books on Architecture, Art, and Design.

If these days you find yourself with some extra time on your hand, check out these amazing books, to read or give as a gift.

I am always looking for art books with great photos, and I found several on this list. I came across these books on architectural digest. Hope you find one you like to own👍

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Enjoying Spring🌷

It is still spring, and most of us up to now have enjoyed pleasant weather.

This weekend we are worried about tornadoes and severe rain, but having to stay home & staying in touch with the news & being more aware, hopefully more of us will spend this weekend in the safety of our homes. Easter celebrations was less entertaining & more of a reminder of how much the world around us has come to a slow crawl.

Heavy rain kept us inside, so we didn’t see the Easter bunny. But the sweet bunny left us a beautiful basket filled with everyone’s favorite candy. Our lunch with the family and grandparents was less formal, and we had everyone on face time instead of having everyone over at our house for Easter celebrations.

We managed to take more photos of spring blooms, before they are blown away by heavy rain, and know next year our photos will have our grandparents with us, eating, laughing, and sitting next to each other.🌞

Learned a great lesson !

A bouquet of herbs from our porch garden
Quiet corners to relax
Everybody helped with this delicious mega nacho dish

I am sure we all have heard it, “everything in moderation” . There should be a balance with everything we do. Eat, exercise, social media, travel, and many other things we think of when treating ourselves. Too much of one thing, we are off balance.

Considering what our world is going through some activities are difficult to plan, when we are aware of the hardship, people around us are going through.

Call it guilt, but to feel happy and satisfied just doesn’t feel right. I believe we need balance in our world in order to enjoy a good movie, a good hardy laugh, or a great hug.

If there is one important lesson in this difficult time to learn, and later teach our children is to be happy with every small thing around us. Turning our home to our sanctuary, cooking a great meal with our family, plant some herbs, go for walks.

Face time, zoom, sharing photos is fine for now, they allow us to share our time at home with our friends, and family. We are staying in touch with our grandparents, help with home work, take flowers or herbs from our garden to neighbors & send thoughtful messages to our friends via email. It is our way to make others happy, and make our days special and productive.

We all must Stay positive, stay at home and healthy, until things are back to normal.

Staying entertained at Home

Homemade pizza, making the dough was great fun

I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.

Here are a few fun ones :

Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝

Cleaning🧼🧽🧹

Organizing🧺🗂

Watching Movies🎟💽

Exercising🧘‍♂️🤸‍♂️

Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷

Quiet time🤫

Time on social media🤪

By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.

Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.

Didn’t want go to store for burger buns, so we baked some
We are taking photos when we go for our long walks