In the morning when the sun
Is shining down on everyone
How strange to see a daytime moon
Floating like a pale balloon
Over house and barn and tree
Without one star for company.
I worked on the shade garden today while a brilliant daytime moon looked over my shoulder. The garden doesn't have much to show, yet. So I'm giving you the moon.
Just three years after the Civil War, we of the United States, began to celebrate Decoration Day to remember all, both Confederate & Union, who had died fighting. Families would gather together to decorate the graves of their loved ones and maybe have a potluck with a quilt or cloth spread on the ground.
That was in1868 when Major General John A. Logan announced the new holiday, called Decoration Day, that would be observed on May 30th at Arlington National Cemetery.
After World War I Decoration Day was changed to honor all who had died serving their country; not just the Civil War. In 1971 Congress officially declared the last Monday in May a national holiday - Memorial Day. Many of us consider the long weekend the start of summer. We will go away for the weekend, work on home improvement projects, and bbq with friends and family. Some of us will visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of the fallen or attend a parade honoring the true meaning of the day.
Do have fun with friends & family, but also stop for a moment and remember all the men and women who died serving us and our country.
This is what I found today when I went out to feed the Koi. Two beautiful, fragrant white water lilies.
I've been watching for several weeks, as they sent up these buds. (The dust is pollen from the plant above.)
Water Lilies open in the morning, then close in the late afternoon. They have an aura of tranquility and are very soothing to gaze upon.
“It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.” - Claude Monet
They are so gorgeous - I can understand Monet's fascination with them.
Yesterday, I had a customer ask her friend what she would do with a bunch of tea cups if she had them. It got me thinking about unordinary things I would do with tea cups. If you have been into Skatter, you will know that we like to repurpose items and we like the uniqueness that you can acquire from being creative. For teas cups, I've seen people turn them into pendent lights, which is a bright idea ; ) But I had a thought that we could turn them into herb containers. I can just imagine a pristine, delicate tea cup full of dirt with a green, healthy bunch of Mint sprouting out in a ray of sun. It would be a great way to display beloved china ( or not so beloved ) in a way that is useful. If you have three to four tea cups, you can fill them with the herbs you cook with the most and place them in your kitchen on a sunny window ledge. - Julie
Today the Girl & I will be planting more seeds. Last time we forgot to put up the fencing and the chickens ate some of the seeds. The other seeds they let grow and then ate as sweet, tender seedlings.
We all have lamps. Maybe beside our bed, in a reading nook, on our desk, or hanging over a table. They provide extra light, but they can also make a statement, produce a mood or help blend together different themes.
Yesterday this tried to eat this but this intervened
Actually the little ones were completely protected in the coop, but the hens still stepped up and chased the hawk away. The girls were loud enough to send me running across the property! In my swimsuit....I must have looked ridiculous with the broom in my hand.
snake nest from the vacuum canister - as you can see it has a few babies in it
This is what happens in the skatter house when you leave the vacuum unattended.
The quest for a delicious graham cracker crust. That's fast and easy and has no clean-up.
Just recently I had a birthday request for Key Lime Pie. I needed a few of the ingredients and went to the market to pick them up. I was disappointed in how the prepared crust looked and the price. I felt sure I could make a better one for an equal amount.
After some research, I was sure I could and I've decided to share it with you! Lucky you :)
1 cube butter
1 package graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1 TBS poppy seeds
Crush the crackers with a rolling pin in a sealable bag. Add the sugar and poppy seeds.
Melt the butter, then pour into the bag. Mix by shaking or rolling again. Whatever works best for you.
Yes, my counters are the same color as melted butter. Yellow formica from the 60's and not my favorite.
Dump into an 8 inch pie pan.
Press crumb mixture evenly into the pan. Then bake at 4oo degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool a bit. Crust will then be ready for your filling.
This was so easy, less $, and the poppy seeds added a little extra that went well with my key lime filling! And hardly any clean up.
I thought you might be interested in the things we skattergirls do when not antiquing. I'm giving you a small glimpse into our lives today. This was a few weeks ago. I could have documented today's stuff, but the camera battery is dead and I have no idea where the charger is.
After lunch the kids disappeared. I found them trying to catch the fish in the pond. Well, they did get a few minnows in a bucket. (So glad the Koi are smarter.) The minnows moved into the house since every thing the boy finds needs a home that only he can provide. But of course did not survive since they were living in the mop bucket which probably had PineSol residue, even though I was told "we rinsed it out ." Julie & I talk and don't want to do the "death" discussion. It seems like a simple plan to try to catch replacement fish. Do We? NO! All we get is mosquito bites. Is that enough for us..nope! In the morning I do a frantic 25 minute dash into town to buy replacements. It works. Everyone's happy. For a day. The next morning floating fish in a bowl. I'm told by the 5 year old that they're just lonely and need friends. He catches more in minutes, without any mosquito bites. We put them in the bowl and they all live happily ever after. Even the floater, who quietly disappeared down the toilet.
Now with 4 minnows in a bowl in the house I have to convince them daily that we don't need more.
I'm really hoping they don't want to bring this guy home!
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We are three generations living together and running a busy little vintage shop on the California coast. Our Chronicles is a tiny little peek into how we spend our days at home, the shop, antique hunting, and more