Thursday, August 27, 2009

SHOW YOUR ROOSTERS!

Many, Many thanks to Barb at Bella Vista for sponsoring” Show your Roosters.” There are so many participants, it will take several days to visit them all.

I have had so much fun arranging my roosters.

All of my Roosters are Fitz and Floyd.

roosters

 

003

004

005

 

006

 

018

Roy and I love Tuscany, this rooster is the from that group.

 

008

 

 

009

The salad plate is from 222 fifth called Grappa.

 

010

This is the Dinner plate.

 

011

The picture and the cups, I found at the dollar store.

 

012

 

The casserole and pitcher came from Ross.

 

 

013

I have 4 of these place mats, I use in other ways.

014

This and the next rooster are from the same group by Fitz and Floyd.

 

025

This is a soup tureen.

 

023

 

 

 

026

 

027

I have some miscellaneous things.

 

003

Dish Towels

 

004

Napkins

 

006 

 

008

Napkins Rings

Hope you enjoyed seeing my roosters as much as I enjoyed showing them.

Happy Friday.

 

purplesignature

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY BLOG LIST AND FUN DAYS.

 

I have been working on the blog list for hours and I know I have left someone out or have someone on the wrong list.

Whichever is the case, please let me know, I really would appreciate it.

If you sponsor a fun day and would like for me to list it, please let me know.

Thanks so much for your help.

purplesignature

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Visit to Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Monastery

 

Yesterday I had the unique pleasure of visiting a Monastery in Washington,Texas with Sharon and Ernie Sarandos , Ernie’s sister , Georgia and her husband Louie. Ernie, Georgia and Louie are Greeks.

Three nuns  came there originally and all they had was a beautiful home and a large barn.  Since their arrival, with the help of Monks, they have built a beautiful church and a visitor reception center with a gift shop.

 

017

 

The home was built by a builder for his wife, but he died shortly after the completion and she sold it to the Greek Church.

We arrived about 11:30 and were greeted by the Abbess and one of the Sisters.  We were required to wear a skirt and cover our heads the entire time we were there.

After introductions were made, the Abbess  took us inside to see the church. It was breath-taking.  I was allowed to take pictures of anything but not the Sisters.

 

 

006

 

 

007

 

 

inside church

 

We were then taken to the reception center and served Greek coffee and a Greek sweet. What a treat.  We visited a while and toured the Gift Shop and then were told they were preparing lunch for us.

I have to tell you it was very hot and the scarves we wore on our heads got very hot.  The Sisters do not use hardly any air conditioning, but did turn it down some when they realized we were burning up.

They raise grapes and make two kinds of wine, they have 4 goats that are milked twice a day.  They drink the milk and make cheese. Of course, I had to go and visit the goats, and I offered to buy any that they do not want.

They hope to soon make soap and lotions.They make the Icons they have for sale in the Gift Shop.  As a first time visitor, I was told to choose any thing in the gift shop, I ask for an Icon of the Saint for which the Monastery was named after.

 

040

This is Saint Paraskevi, and the Icon I chose to receive.

The Sister dress in solid black, they have no mirrors, TV or internet. The are allowed to go to town to buy things.  They do not eat meat. Three days a week, they have dairy products and eat fish.  They work in the beautiful gardens and live a very simple life devoted to prayer.

 

027 

 

 

028

 

Our lunch was wonderful. Stuffed Bell Peppers, Shrimp, Green salad, potatoes, and  marinated veggies.  Wonderful rich bread and wine, from a near by Vineyard. Oh, I almost forgot the cake and fruit for dessert.

 

030

I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful day it was and how gracious the Sisters were to us.  Sharon had been there many times before and today she brought them towels, water pitchers, place mats, magazine or wood rack, yarns, a beautiful tray and a lovely plant. Sharon is a very giving person and the Sisters were all so happy to see her again.

 

 

021

The Gift Shop.

 

034

Sharon standing in front of cross in courtyard.

Regardless of your religion, if you ever have the chance to visit a Monastery  or Convent, you should go and experience the devotion and peace that surrounds you in the presence of women who have given their life to God.

purplesignature

I Am So Blue on Blue Monday

download[2]

I don’t know how she does it every single Monday , Sally is there hosting Blue Monday for all of us trying to get back in the swing of things on Monday. Visit her at Smiling Sally and see the Blue Monday People……..thanks Sally.

I have searched high and low for something blue in my house, outside my house, around my house, under my house, on top of my house……get the idea. I can’t find anything blue I haven’t already shown you, so I am feeling very blue.

Blue Lady stained glass

Then just when I think all is lost and my head is hurting from searching high and low, I decide I need an ALEVE………

003

YEA, THEY ARE BLUE…I DO HAVE SOMETHING NEW THAT IS BLUE TO SHOW YOU. I am so happy, I didn’t need the Aleve after all.

HAPPY BLUE MONDAY.purplesignature

Friday, August 21, 2009

PINK SATURDAY AND DOMINOES

Pink_Saturday 

Many, Many thanks to Beverly for her continuous hosting Pink Saturday.  Visit her  for other Pinkers at How Sweet the Sound.

 

A lot of people are wearing dominoes like this one, I made for my daughter, Tara.

I have made others and they are gone.

012

In Hobby Lobby, I found these little trinkets and thought what cute necklaces they would  make especially for teenager.

 

 

Isn’t the little cat darling

005

 

Not much to post, but sending you bushels of good wishes for a great Pink Saturday,

Just trying out my new signature......

Thursday, August 20, 2009

don’t panic…I am rearranging my blog !

 

Since I went back to 2 columns because I like to make my pictures bigger and I thought my blog would look more organized.

I will slowly start to put things back I have taken of and saved like Awards. Blue Monday, etc.

For me to do this takes a lot of time, so please be patient. I am also going to make a list of Texas blogger and  all other dear ones.

 

Working on it now!

lady with gun 

this is not really me, I would never wear yellow shoes with a purple dress…….

Barbara

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

This is my first time to participate in Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by the fabulous Suzanne at Coloradolady.blogspot.com., who I might just add lives in TEXAS.

Thanks Suzanne and we understand if you still like Colorado, just as long as you stay in Texas.

 

018

This old tea pot belonged to my Mother and she got it from someone else, so I would estimate the age as 80 years old and probably more.  We used it every Sunday and I always wanted to make the tea.  It was crackled then, just as you see it now.

012

 

013

015

 

It says it was hand painted in Japan.  The colors have never changed.  I have treasured this teapot and carried it with me.  One day my daughter will do the same.  I have never seen another like it, but if any else has and knows anything about it, please let me know.

Happy Thursday to everyone, I am off again to Houston, so I will be late visiting your blog again.

Barbara

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blue Monday and We are off on An Adventure

 

download[2] 

Blue Monday, Oh Blue Monday….Thanks to Sally for hosting is first day of the week for Blue Stuff.  Visit her at Smiling Sally’s and get your fix of blue stuff……

We are off to Dallas and beyond……

 

 

Today is our  dental checkup in Dallas.  So I decided we needed to make it a fun trip.(Notice the blue hat on the toy on the right side of the picture.)

Tonight the Rangers (baseball team) have a game and we got some great tickets at about 1/2 price.  I have never been the new Stadium, but according to Roy it is something to behold.  I like baseball so this is a double treat.

 

  We will spend the night and then drive to Waco on the way home for Roy to weigh  in.

Roy is on a strict diet and lost 9 lbs the first week, I am so proud of him.  This will be his second week.

 

 

So for you Non-Texans this is a 328  mile trip, but just a hop-skip-and-a jump for Texans.  I drive 60 miles one way to shop at least once a week. Yes, there are times when it does get old, but that is Texas and we love it,

See you all Wednesday with a new blog design.

HAPPY TRAILS.

Barbara