Monday, July 09, 2007

Enjoying my patio...

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Late Friday afternoon when it started to cool off a little outside, I grabbed a magazine and some sparkling pink lemonade (Trader Joe's French Market) in one of my new glasses I bought at the Goodwill. I saw these glasses about a week ago and didn't buy them but I kept thinking that I should have. I was sure they would be gone when I went back in but they weren't! Even my daughter, who has completely different taste in things than me loved them. I got 4 of them for $1.99 each minus 30% off.
The silver tray that I was using on the dresser in my bedroom has been moved downstairs...I'm always moving things around. When I brought this all out and set it on my patio table to enjoy, it dawned on me that I'm still like a little girl that likes to play house. I'm not the type to put drinks in paper cups or even plastic. I love to play house and make it special...even if it's just for me. I'm sure most of you can relate!

This sparkly pink lemonade is pretty good. If you have a Trader Joe's by you, you should try it. I love the bottle!
Here are some of the flowers growing on my little patio. Since it's dry all summer here in California, I have to water every day...it's a labor of love though.
These delphinium are growing in a large planter. They seem to grow better here than when I plant them in the ground. I have petunias planted in the same pot.

Roses & impatiens are doing well even in the heat we had last week!






32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I'd be out there all the time. I love those glasses. You have yourself a little paradise there.
Kathy

Gayla said...

Oooooh, yummy! What a little haven (or heaven) you have out there. I'm with you on those lemonade bottles. How cute are those? Wow. Love the little glasses and the ambience of your flowers and garden. Labor of love, huh? Maybe that will help me shower (literally) a bit of "love" on my poor babies on the sweltering hot patio. I'm a bad mama for flowers when it's July. My grandmothers would be ashamed of me.

Judy said...

How lovely!! I love the glasses and I'm glad you went back for them. Don't you love quiet afternoons with a nice something cool to drink and a new favorite magazine? And you have such a beautiful setting. Enjoy!!

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

I'm headed to Trader Joe's first thing tomorrow. MMM looks so refreshing. If you were close I'd come sit a bit with you. LOL

Anonymous said...

Cindy,

Your pics are beautiful! You set up nice vignettes. Your place really needs to be featured in a magazine.

I LOVE those glasses. You could, also, use them as vases.

~elaine~

the feathered nest said...

What a beautiful and cool looking spot to relax in. Those glasses are so pretty!

Manuela

Meg said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous, Cindy, and I love your glasses, too!

mary said...

Those glasses are divine! I know just what you mean about "playing house" -- I love to set a beautiful table, and I couldn't stand to set the table when I was growing up! I was a real tomboy, and would much rather be in the barn. Go figure...
Enjoy!
Mary
mrcarroll@optonline.net

Sue said...

Cindy,
What a beautiful garden you have. Your photography of your gorgeous flowers is great. I can't for the life of me grow a delphinium, yours is awsome. OK, I have used a lot of adjectives here buy I love your post.
Love the glasses you found with the silver tray and the sparkeling pink lemonade, looks like a page right out of Victoria Magazine.
Thanks for sharing this pretty sceen with us.
Sue

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I'll just sit a spell and share a glass of that lemonaide!
Thanks for sharing~

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That looks like so much fun. I like the way you have chosen to surround yourself with things of beauty...and then the beauty inspires you. :)

I spent part of the day polishing silver trays and my silver tea pot (all purchased at thrift stores, Goodwill, and the antique mall...for cheap).

Rosemary said...

Cindy,
Your patio looks really inviting. I love your new glasses, and who doesn't love pink lemonade. I will try that one next time I go to Trader Joes.
Thanks for the tip. Love the tray too!
Rosemary

Rhoda said...

Cindy, your flowers on your patio are so pretty! We finally got rain twice in 3 days...we are doing the happy dance. What pretty glasses those are, I'd say they're perfect for that lemonade.

Rhoda

Vicki said...

Hi, I don't want to have the lemonade at my house. I want to come and have some at yours! I will bring the molasses-ginger cookies...Stop by and visit me at hollyhocks.typepad.com when you have a minute.

Meredith said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

I'd have to save those lemonade bottles for another reuse. They're too fabulous!

Lori said...

Cindy, I do the same when I sit on the porch! Plus I have my own special glasses too! The garden is growing so pretty! I only planted a few impatients this year and now have to wait a whole year to do more! The delphium looks good too! Hey you, you helped me get my blog started and didn't even add me to your list!! Boo hoo I'm sad!!! Lori

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

You are so lucky to have such a gorgeous garden of flowers Cindy! You must feel so happy sitting there! And I LOVE that issue of Romantic Country. I am SO JEALOUS of those glasses!!!!! You are so lucky :)

Hugs,
Amy

cammyk said...

I love it all!! The glass, the sprarkling pink lemonade and those beautiful flowers.

It has been very hot and humid here. I have to water every day and sometimes twice. It truly is a labor of love.

The Feathered Nest said...

Cindy, the glasses are beautiful!! And even more so because of the deal ~ and your patio is so beautiful ~ just like out of a magazine ~ xxoo, Dawn

The Feathered Nest said...

Cindy, the glasses are beautiful!! And even more so because of the deal ~ and your patio is so beautiful ~ just like out of a magazine ~ xxoo, Dawn

Sheryl at Friendship Cottage said...

Stopped by via Sue @Life at Home - what a treat was in store for me! Your gardens - your home - and obviously you, vey inspiring.
I'll be back! Sheryl

HeatherJ said...

The lemonade looks delicious in that glass! I miss growing impatiens in California ... mine lived for years. Now that I'm an East-Coaster, they die in the winter. I don't have to deal with snails in my garden though.

Tell me more about that comfy cushion on the loveseat. Did you make it?

wisteriagirl said...

How inviting your patio looks and with the glass of lemonade...I can't believe you didn't invite me over for some lemonade and a chat.

Becky H said...

stunning, love the glasses and what a deal. did you make the cover on the wicker couch? so cute. wish we had a trader joes, love shopping there when in Ca visiting family.

Susie Q said...

So beautiful..so welcoming.
Those glasses are just so pretty!Perfect for the lemonade! We have tried it and a few other such drinks from Trader Joe's. Yummy.
You always know how to create blissfully sweet ambiance and isn't that what we all need a little more of in our lives?
Any day can be just a little bit more special!

Your garden is so pretty!

We are finally getting rain here so I am enjoying the rain on the roof and the gentle rumble of thunder...
sounds so good!

Hugs,
Sue

Anonymous said...

Cindy, you are truly inspiring! To make such a lovely home for yourself and to make everyday special-beautiful!! Thank you for sharing, Elise

Deborah said...

Have mercy...if I had a delightful patio like yours I wouldn't need a house! ...and your garden - wow! I love the glasses - what a find!! Wish we had a Trader Joes here - I would pick up some of that pink lemonade and some Two Buck Chuck. You photos are just gorgeous!!
Extending an invitation to visit me -
Deborah

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Oh, your sitting area is so charming and those flowers, swoon! I love the delphiniums--I can never get them to thrive, for some reason. Maybe at the new house. So pretty! ~A :-)

Southern Heart said...

Beautiful! I especially love the plaque on your garden wall, and your flowers do so well there!

I think that we all should have some special time, just for us...

Cara said...

I love stopping in to see what's new on your blog! Today was a treat. I was needing a perfect gift idea for my friends birthday and those glasses and that pink lemonade will be perfect! Thanks so much.

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

I love your glasses. I would not have been able to pass them up. Love the little spot you set up for yourself and the way you made something that could have ordinary, extraordinary!

Deborah said...

Here I am again...I found a Trader Joes about twenty miles away and made a trip there yesterday! Spent way too much, but came home with some wonderful things. Great place and I picked up some of that sparkling lemonade!...Now I think I must be addicted to it! Good thing I bought several bottles. Now I can't get those pretty glasses out of my mind...mmmm, wonder where I could find those?
Thank you for posting about the drink! I'll think of you each time I have a glass!