Thursday, October 19, 2017

Family time is (still) my favorite time ♥

About one month ago, my sister, her husband and my nephew came to visit us for the weekend. I believe that ever since my mom passed away we have made it even more of a mission as a family to spend as much time together as possible.

Celtic festival was that weekend (Sean wore his kilt and everything but I failed to bring my camera!) so we made sure to check it out especially since my favorite corn was going to be in attendance. My sister is just as obsessed as I am and when she learned that she could have some again she was too excited. But for some reason, this time it did not taste the same and I was a bit disappointed. Still ate it, ha.

During the day on Saturday, Sean and Ben went to the shooting range and my sister requested that we go to the winery. My little sister, Maryanna, told her all about my favorite winery so my sister has been anticipating finally making her visit. We did a complimentary tasting that is usually 6 wines but my sister’s charm allowed her to get a complimentary tasting of 7 wines. It did not disappoint one bit and my sister left with several bottles of wine. She joked that she would be visiting us monthly just for the winery. I laughed and she said she wasn’t joking, haha. We were going to sit outside but the singer inside was great so we enjoyed our frose (so good!) inside. We stayed until last call and then went out to check out the grapes and of course get some pictures. It was so sunny that day which you can easily tell by these pictures, so I apologize for the poor quality but I can't not share them, ya know?

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When we got home we got ready for Celtic festival, of course, opening two bottles that we got at the winery. We had the best time playing music as loudly as we could and danced like no one was watching. It was just such a good time.

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This is what happens when my nephew asks to use my camera.
Payback for always having the camera in his face.

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We enjoyed Celtic festival as well and I regret forgetting to bring my camera. Sean bought some artwork for the house from a local artist and I have no idea where they're going, but he really, really wanted it. I guess you can say that I did not really, really want it.

When we got back home we watched more episodes of Game of Thrones & man, what a crazy show. So good & so crazy. My sister and Ben were way ahead of us but they still watched with us which was cute, although Ben gives away spoilers when he shouldn’t. It was such a good weekend and I was so sad to see them go but we literally never say goodbye, just see you later.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pillows, flowers & plants.

So, if you think you've already seen this post or even commented on it, it's because you have. It just dawn on me that I must have deleted this post by accident, which is the first I've ever deleted a published post in my almost 8 years of blogging.
First time for everything.

Three things I love to decorate my home with. It also helps that they are all relatively inexpensive so it is a guilty free pleasure. There is something so stress free to me about creating a bouquet. I honestly don't know if I'm doing it right but I know I love doing it. I love the process of entering Whole Foods and going through a bunch of flowers and imagining in my head how the flowers would look together. I know that it would be a much easier and quicker process to just buy the bouquet already created but I enjoy the process and it is one of the few ways that I feel that I can actually be creative and it work OK in my favor.

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And I've become a plant lover. I was that person who could not keep a plant alive. I started small with succulents when I decided that I wanted to give it a try again. I had some lost along the way but I've finally figured out what works for succulents and I've had some of my succulents for a couple of years now. And I'm happy to report that my majestic palm is doing nicely as well. I don't know how it will go in the winter but I'm crossing fingers and toes that it stays vibrant and most of all, alive.

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw this turkey pillow and walked away from it three times because I could not understand why I would like such a thing. I sent a picture of it to Cinthia for her opinion and she wrote, “def not my style too in your face”. Well, thanks a lot ;).

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But I won’t fault her for her honesty. The thing is her house is only shades of white, black, grey and gold so of course I expected that answer. There are just those four colors in her house, where my house has turquoise, yellows, greens, greys, reds, golds, blues ... well, if it is a color my house most likely has it. So I “LOL” her text because it was funny and put the “too in your face” pillows in my cart. And well, to me, it goes. It goes just nicely. Just like all the do it yourself flowers and plants around our house.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Orleans: Evening jazz cruise

On our third evening in NOLA, we went on Steamboat Natchez for their evening jazz cruise. It is a two hour cruise ride along the Mississippi River and it was just so beautiful. We had dinner on the boat and although the food was nothing to write home about the overall experience was such a great one. The music, the views, the people... it was truly just a lovely experience. We experienced the loveliest sunset and just being able to see it and be in that moment was just one of the reasons why it really is so grand to be alive. Too many pictures were taken, even Sean wanted to take pictures and well, I don’t think you can blame us too much.

Many of my pictures turned out like the one below because of the humidity.
My lens would fog up immediately.
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It truly was such a great evening and one that I will not soon forget.