Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My sister and niece, my garden and my favorite lamp

My family is very important to me. They have stood by me through thick and through thin. In the photo above you see my sister, Myra, and my niece, Robin. I am there on the left. We are at a wonderful restaurant in Austin, Texas called "Green Pastures". This restaurant is in a beautiful old Victorian home. We have a tradition of going there for Christmas brunch. Their specialty is a drink called "milk punch". It is yummy. It is not egg-nog. I am not a real fan of egg-nog. This is more along the line of a vanilla milkshake with a little something "extra" ; ) If you google "milk punch", I think you can get the recipe on line. Myra is retired, and she teaches crafts each week to the ladies in the retirement village where she lives. Robin is a speech therapist for our local school district and does a wonderful job. She loves shoes!!! In a later post I will introduce you to my sons and daughter-in-laws.

The second picture is of my cottage garden. I have lived in my home for six years, and I have worked on my garden as well. I always say, "Who needs grass when you can plant flowers!" Most of my roses are of the antique or old garden variety.

The last picture is of my favorite lamp. I have had it for many years. I had looked for one like it for many months but just never found the one I really wanted. Then I saw this one in an antique store in Fairfield, Texas. It was love at first sight! The man who I purchased it from said it was painted by a lady in California, and that she had been an artist at one time for Walt Disney Studios. The signature looks like: "Eames" to me. Anyway, it is my favorite.

I am wishing you all a wonderful week and many blessings.


marty39 said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love the wonderful dining rooms they have in some of the old homes. They are always so much fun. Your garden looks fabulous and the lamp is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Rebecca said...

That lamp is 2die4. Now...You and your sissy look so much alike. Just like my two sisters and ME! But...your niece looks like she could be YOUR DAUGHTER! OMGOODNESS!

You are soooo pretty!


Bunny said...

Wonderful photos, love that lamp it is gorgeous. Actually so is the photo of you and your sister and niece. Your garden looks like you have put a ton of work into it. I am not a gardener but do love flowers. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and your sweet comment.

Jeanne said...

Hello Vicki, I enjoyed your post today very much. The lunch photo looks like you are having so much fun. I love vintage homes that now serve wonderful food. How pretty you all look.

My goodness, I love your garden. It looks beautiful. Just like a cottage garden should look. I love to garden and just planted some knockout roses. A double pink. I can't wait for them to flourish. I know you work very hard in that lovely garden.

Your lamp is so pretty. I love the 'Gone with the Wind' style. How lucky that you have some knowledge of the artist.

Thank you for your visit today.


CC said...

I love all your photos, your lamp is wonderful..and ooooo, that garden. It's just gorgeous.I love it.. Thank you for you visit and your sweet comments today.

Debbi said...

love your cottage garden Vicki!! They are so amazing how they change all season.

Heirlooms For You said...

I understand about your love for the old Victorian house turned into a resturant. Myself and a couple of my friends go to one here in Virginia. It is called The Painted Lady. It is a tea room. With some of the best soup and sandwiches you have ever had. And of course any type of tea you want. Served in the prettiest teacups with beautiful teapots.
Your garden is quite lovely. I have roses and begonias with a few other plants. But not a true cottage garden. It is a lot of work but such great rewards.
Your lamp is beautiful. The history is so neat!
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will return often. Carol