Thursday, July 30, 2009

Farmers Market...just keeps getting better...

Today was Farmers Market day again in Bountiful... I met my sister Jill and my niece Liz there... First stop, this adorable little farmer selling, my favorite...fresh~picked tomatoes! When I asked him if I could take his picture, he wanted to be holding up his tomatoes...how precious!

Of course I bought a bagful, look at these beauties...

As you can see from the photos, I can not pass up a stand with tomatoes of any kind... yummy cherry tomatoes in my shopping bag next...


This cute mother and daughter have the prettiest display of veggies...


"Dino's Doggie Delicatessen"... featuring gourmet doggie biscuits... Dino is my dad's precious Italian Greyhound who my niece inherited when my dad passed away...

Their booth looked so cute, and many people brought their little doggies to the market today, hope they sniffed out Dino's Delicatessen...




Next I bought super yummy apricots that came from Brigham City ( which is up north a ways from me)...

Onions are always on my list... how cute these are displayed...

Then I met the two cutest guys in the world at Charlie Boys Pit Barbeque...aren't they adorable in their coveralls and straw hats...They had the most luscious smelling pork cooking and my mouth was watering... They have a catering business down south of me with the same name.

They were so sweet when I asked them if I could take their picture... then my niece Liz took one of me with them... then these two cuties sent home two bbq pork sandwiches with me for our dinner...would not let me pay... (I will get even with you next week!)



Jack and I ate the delicious sandwiches the minute I walked in the door... dinner was later than usual tonight as I spent so much time talking to these new friends... thanks guys! See you next Thursday...


Summer Sunset...

Several nights ago I stepped out on our back deck to watch the setting sun over the lake, (camera in hand, of course)... In less than five minutes, the sky went from this...





to this... breathtaking!...


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thank~you Sweet Blogger Nature Lovers...


If you have followed my fairly~new blog at all, you know that Nature plays a major role in my life...I love All God's Creatures, and I am sure I have used those exact words time and time again... Through the years, Jack and I have rescued everything from dogs and cats to porcupines and raccoons, birds of all kinds, pheasants, any one of God's precious little creatures who needs a helping hand... I would rather go without food myself if it meant the money was needed to save a little ones life ... I recently met two beautiful bloggers who, from reading their blogs and comments, share my passion... I want to shout it out to the world when I hear stories like theirs... So, I am going to! One is caring for a baby Dove and one is caring for a baby Starling... Below is a photo of me several years ago with a little Starling we rescued (unfortunately it was from my cat, who snuck out and got ahold of her, but quickly let her go when I yelled at him to do so)... Her wing was broken but after taking her to a local vet who takes care of wild birds as well, we learned that with time, love, and care she would heal if we were willing to take on the responsibility... Of course we were, and her rehabilitation began...


My crafts room at the time became "her" room...Jack named her "Stella" and went right out to buy a little cage for her...Each day, I would wrap her up in a little towel, she looked like a little burrito, then Jack would hold her and I would give her the anti-biotics...then put the Neosporen on her little broken wing... that is a red Ace bandage you can see on her wing in the photo... Soon she was feeling much better, and swinging on the little swing...

With regular visits to the vet, Stella was steadily improving... my bathroom was turned into a little "aviary" so she could learn to fly again... Then it was more flying lessons at the vet's office... One day he told us it was time to release Stella... Stella had "imprinted" on us though, and we worried about setting her free, since she had become used to being held and fed and loved... I cried thinking about letting her go but knew she wanted to "spread her wings and fly" once more... I contacted the Ogden Nature Center... the next day Stella was released there, with over 152 acres of preserved beauty...She flew fast and strong, over to a flock of other Starlings who reside there... I cried and cried... but they were tears of joy... I will never forget this little bird who brought so much hope and faith into my life... a neighbor we had back then told us we were "really foolish people to spend that kind of money on a scavenger bird, why did we bother saving it!"... Jack asked him how he knew this wasn't the Lord himself testing our compassion...the neighbor had no answer...except to continue to call us foolish. I have little use (let's make that NO use) for people with that mentality...and would choose that little bird over the neighbor any day... This is just one of the many "saves" in our lives... I am so blessed to share my life with a man who feels the same way I do about these little creatures...

So to my new friends, Sandra at Romantic Inspirations http://romantiqueinspirations.blogspot.com/ and Tina, Sepiadreams at Dream in Cream http://dreamincream.blogspot.com/ I want to say "Thank you sweet ladies" from the bottom of my heart... I know you are not doing this for any recognition or reward, the greatest gift you will receive is seeing your little "save" fly away to become a mama Dove or mama Starling one day herself... Much love to both of you ladies and to our little feathered friends...I hope everyone who reads my post will please visit each of these ladies blogs and be inspired by their stories and their lives... I am!

If you too are a Nature lover, please visit the Ogden Nature Center at http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/. Even if you do not live close by, you will enjoy your visit online and learn so many things about the every day beauty of Nature... My life would not be complete without it...

One of my favorite songs is "Grandma's Song" by Gail Davies... it reminds me so of my gentle, caring mother...who is no longer here... my favorite part of the song is "there was not a living thing that she did not love, and I pray that there is a little of her in me"... Thank you mama, for giving me the gift of your love of Nature along with all of the other beautiful things in life you gave me...

Don't play "Koi" with me...let me take your picture...


I went to visit my friend Sue the other day to chat and look at her lovely gardens...Beyond this beautiful Clematis~covered arbor is a serene spot... a peaceful pond she and her husband Les have created...



The prettiest Koi call this soothing spot "home"...she has many pond plants and lily~pads they like to hide under...I wanted to just sit there and relax all day, watching them swim around...

Several came to the surface to say "hello" to me... and let me take their picture...

Once again I must say, I love ALL God's creatures...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back by Popular Demand...

Apparently when I interviewed Pico, my sister Jill and her family's little Yorkie for my "Dog Days of Summer" post, he wasn't quite though "yapping" about how he spends these hot summer days...

With a quizzical look on his face, he asked if he might say "just one more thing Aunt Juju"???? How do you say no to a face like that...

Pico divulged: "I must admit I like to spend my days in the family room at home, a cold drink at my side, playing the slot machine... Julie and Jill's aunt Betty rescued me from the dog pound in Santa Fe on the day I was scheduled to be, well you know, ... and their uncle Tony named me Pico Nin, which means "little one" in Italian, (Tony was Italian)... I guess since they all took a "gamble" on me, it must be in my blood! Any way you look at it, I hit the "jackpot" being rescued and coming to my wonderful home! So, even on "dog days" I am one "lucky" dog! "

Thank you sweet Pico for sharing more of your happily~ever~after story. If you would like to see more of Pico (he is not shy) please visit my sister Jill's shop http://www.indiansummer.com/pico.htm (That is Pico's own page, he even gets fan mail there!) I love you Pico!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer's Bounty...

Besides the Farmers Market I posted about last week, I love going to the Bangerter Farm early on Saturday mornings, a family owned farm up the road a piece that sells wonderful vegetables and fruit from now 'till Fall. They had all the ingredients I needed for my favorite zucchini~tomato side dish, except for tomatoes... next week they will have those... I brought my little stash of veggies home, dreading using the "blah" store bought tomatoes, when my sweet neighbor Keith and his little doggie Pita, (the precious Pomeranian in my last post about dog days) came to my door with a bagful of his homegrown beauties. So I whipped up two casserole dishes, one for Jack and me and one for my generous neighbor and his wife, a "thank~you" for bringing me these juicy treasures that make my mouth water... Here is the recipe, turns out every time and is really yummy!!!

1 Zucchini and 1 crookneck (summer) squash
2 (or more) medium tomatoes
1 medium green pepper chopped
1 cup chopped onion (I use Bermuda for this)
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Wash and slice zucchini and summer squash, wash and slice tomatoes. Alternate in baking dish, then sprinkle with green pepper and onions. Salt and pepper, then drizzle the top with olive oil. Broil five minutes then bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring once. I add grated Parmesan cheese when I serve this...Yum!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

"The Dog Days of Summer"...

I grew up with the saying that this incredibly HOT, HOT time of year is called "The dog days of summer"... you know, where it is just too hot to do much of anything... I decided to interview some of my doggie pals and see how they are handling the heat... First I asked "Pico", my sister Jill and her family's Yorkie... Pico said:

"I just grin and BARE it"...

Next I asked "Dino", my dad's Italian Greyhound, who my niece Filly inherited when my dad passed away but we all consider him ours... Dino said:

"I try to take my Nature walk early in the morning or later in the evening when it is not so hot... I don't have much hair and I sunburn easily, so I always wear a tee shirt...I try to behave on my walk so they will take me to get a hamburger...or an ice cream..."

Next I chatted with "Stormie", a Border Collie I rescued and my sister Jill and her family welcomed into their home... Stormie said:

"I LOVE to roll in the cool grass and have my tummy scratched..."

Next up, "Pita" my neighbor's Pomeranian... Pita replied:

"I love to come visit Julie and Jack... it is cool inside their house and they give me treats..."

Then I caught up with "Piper" my neighbor's Papillion, as she was going for her walk... Piper answered:

"This HOT summer sun makes even more freckles on my nose..."

I have already shown my neighbor "DeeDee", a French Poodle, with her mom Cherie in the background, on a previous post, but DeeDee wanted to comment on her latest hairdo I did for her... Dee Dee said:

"I just LOVE this French twist Julie did for me the other day... it really does keep me alot cooler with my hair "up" and I feel so pretty in ribbons and lace... it brings out the "French" in me..."

The last to be interviewed were the little Jack Russells on our walk... They said:

"Dog days? What's dog days?...We were just born this year...Hey! Is there a puppy days???"...

So, now you have the latest "scoop"on dog days... (How could I have "paw~sibly" just said that???)...

Idyllhours BFF Award...


After receiving several sweet emails from Karyn at French Charming, I wanted to thank her somehow for all of her kind words and encouragement for me to continue with my blog...So I have made up my own "blog award" for Karyn, the Idyllhours BFF Award...(Blogger Favorite Friend)...thank you sweet Karyn, I will pick out something very special to send you from my little secret stash of vintage "saves"...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Painted White...

There are so many things I love... one of them is the ocean...I have not been there in a while and I miss it... I also love browsing through the beautiful shops online and meeting the shop~keepers. Another one of my favorites is Painted White... I fell in love instantly when I saw these "Ocean Remnants" bottles Alice had on her site...

I knew I must own one of these beauties, but which one??? Then the little one in the front called out to me... I clicked to enlarge the photo and knew it was meant to be... here is the description that was below it..

".A diamond shaped green glass bottle has been altered into a shrine of the sea. An old sanddollar, adorned with filigree and a rhinestone, is tied around the neck with rope. A vintage scrap that reads, "May 1949" is on one side. A portion of English Lavender, grown in the South of France, fills the bottom along with seashells and offerings from the ocean. Topped off with a cork, antique lace, and a vintage beaded bauble. Stands approx. 5" tall. A truly one-of-a-kind piece... " In less than five minutes, the piece was marked "Sold"... (to Moi!)


I knew it was supposed to be mine when I read that the little vintage scrap on the side said "May 1949", my birth month and year! (Yes, I turned sixty years old in May, might as well tell you that, you can enlarge the picture and see for yourself anyway! But I am "Aging Gratefully" as Naomi Judd talks about in her book, that will be my next post!)... I was sooo excited the day my package arrived. Alice had wrapped it so carefully, in a vintage Butterick pattern, how unique! She also enclosed a lovely handwritten note on the back of one of her vintage inspired postcards and included all kinds of lovely little treasures, as you can see above. There were vintage buttons, vintage receipts,(one was for six towels purchased in May of 1949 for $1.55!) handmade tags, a shabby look "J" piece, and my most favorite of all, an old recipe card dated "6/17/54" for Strawberry Glaze Tarts with French cream filling...Yum! How thoughtful of you Alice to send these treasures picked out just for me!


I must find the perfect spot to display it... for now, it sits on my dresser, next to a picture of me when I was 6 years old... I keep that picture out to remind me I am still that "little girl"... and hope I will always be "young at heart"...


This is Alice, what a precious picture of a charming lady...


These are some of the vintage recipe cards she sells bundled up so pretty in her shop... I must order more of these, I have a collection of vintage recipes and recipe boxes from estate sales... I love how they are usually written on...added ingredients, who's recipe they were... wonderful memories...

I also love the name of her shop "Painted White" and the perfect pink rose in this vignette...(there I go, using the "L" word again, but I do LOVE so many things...)


These are bundles of vintage papers, sheet music, pages out of dictionaries, other wonderful pieces of ephemera all tied up in burlap... next on my wish list! I do hope you will visit Alice and her divine shop Painted White at http://www.paintedwhite.com/. ( Alice graciously allowed me to use these photos from her shop, thank you sweet Alice!)



Sunday, July 19, 2009

Berry Sweet Surprises...

My sister, my nieces, and I love to surprise each other with special "little somethings" all the time...we are always thinking about each other... I love them all so much... Today I went to see the little 1940's cottage my sister and her family are renovating... I want to live there! It reminds me of the cute little cottages I see in Romantic Country magazine, smallish, with lovely gardens, a secluded patio, and a sense of days~gone~by... They are not sure if they will rent it out to someone or I told her it should be their little "weekend getaway" house... it is just sooo charming... I will do a special post about it when the renovation is complete...

Jill had gone Friday to a quaint little old cafe in the historic town of Morgan, Utah called the "Spring Chicken Inn"...she happened into the gift shop (of course) and bought me this cute little ant flying an airplane called "Berry Air" since I have been buying so many berries lately to eat, and make jam, and eat, and eat... It reminded her of the vintage 50's anthropomorphic fruit figurines I collect, plus Jack is a pilot... Thanks Jill!

Filly and Ellie brought me yummy coffee from a recent trip to Vegas, and Liz brought me a cute Flower Fairy magnet and Flower Fairy tin filled with rose~flavored mints from Rainbow Gardens gift shop in Ogden... Thank you so much girls!!! ( I do believe shopping is in all of our blood... Jack rushed me to the hospital several years ago at 2 a.m. with what turned out to be a kidney stone... they put me on morphine, for the first time in my life, because the pain was so excruciating... which made me "pretty much out of it." Later the nurses told me the doctor was upset with me because I would not lay in bed and I kept asking him if the gift shop was still open... I don't know WHAT his problem was...)