home sway home

I admit, living on a houseboat has always held an appealing little spot in my imagination. No doubt the living existence in my mind is completely unrealistic and romanticized but when I see pictures like these, I’m not so sure about that. It would be just like this, right??!

Never mind the fact that I’m horrified when it’s raining and lightning while I’m in a secure-to-the-ground building and can’t imagine the sedatives I would need if afloat on a houseboat in the middle of a spring storm.

But never mind that, I will just keep dreaming of this…

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source: Design Milk

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Pre-Easter Prep

We will miss Dad today, but know he will always remember his Easter in Kenya! Enjoy it, Dad. Truly a lifetime experience! And a beautiful reminder that Christ, indeed, died for all.

Table is set.
Floors are cleaned.
Dusting. Done.
Cooking. Pretty much done.
Beds made. (Well, will be made)

Headed out to church this morning.

Sharing dinner this afternoon with the Stigalls, Scott’s mom and dad, his aunt and nephew. Baird, Ryann, Hannah will be here too.

Feeling very blessed.
Always grateful for this Resurrection morning.
Rebirth.

Below pictures are the calm before the storm: awaiting food, family, flowers from the yard, and energetic conversation. More pictures to come later.

Hope everyone enjoys their Easter Sunday!

Royals game. (sort of)

Driving to my meeting this morning, Scott and I discussed the idea of going to the Royals game this afternon. A 1:15pm game. Sunny outside, yet still nice and cool.

It was tempting.

But as game time got closer, we decided to host our own game time fun in our backyard. We love going to Royals games; but today, we felt the need to just chill and relax in a different way.

A quick trip to the store harvested hamburger meat, buns, and cheese slices.
Scott bbq’d wings, hotdogs and hamburgers.

Add a battery-operated radio…
Camping chairs…
Sunglasses…
And you get a perfect afternoon in the sun.

(it made the Royals loss in the 12th inning a little more endurable)

Here’s to frugal fun!!!

vintage cookbooks

Going through Mom and Dad’s cabinets of recipes and cookbooks, I found myself wanting to take pictures of some of the vintage scenes and fonts held within cookbooks of decades ago.

Whether it was an Ideals cookbook that featured their iconic lit candles next to bacon-wrapped hotdogs, or the fact that the pictures displayed VERY gender-specific roles. I loved the vintage fonts!

For the record, the new and short-cut method for baking a cake did not include the phrase “cut open the plastic bag of mix”…oh well.

I certainly noticed how under-dressed I am when I bake. I always seem to forget those cinched-waist dresses and strands of pearls when I’m whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

I enjoyed seeing Mom’s notes and bookmarks in the cookbooks – noting favorite recipes or recipes to try out. And of course, handwritten notes from grandmothers are the best! I learned a long time ago to have someone write out their own recipe whenever possible. I love to see their handwriting in my stash of recipes!!

Lastly, the NEW Better Homes and Garden cookbook, copyrighted 1953.

Wonder what things people will find quaint about us someday….

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