April 16, 2014

In a Time of Great Need...Who Can You Turn To? And a Request for Prayers

I am writing this because I want to share with you something beautiful.

People

People who are
old friends 
new friends 
and some
just acquaintances 

People who have 
hearts filled 
with love and 
concern 
for one another

People who simply
want to help
because it is the
right thing 
to do 

People who give of their
time
money 
and prayers

People who do not care
if you didn't
 know them
way back 
when

People of different 
religions
ethnicity
and upbringings

People, if just for
the simple reason
of logistics,
shared their 
lives together
for 4 years in the hallowed halls
of one very special place

Beautiful people
Cherished people
People with amazing hearts
of the purest gold

These people are my classmates
of a long ago and far away place
These people are 

The Abington High School class of 1979... 

...of which I am very proud to be one of...

...may God Bless each and every one of you.





Back story to this post...

I was born in November of 1961 which puts me right at the tail end of the baby boom of the mid 20th century. Over 76 million babies were born in the United States between the years of 1945 to 1964, so I am considered a late boomer or trailing edge boomer. As a result of all this booming the high school classes of the mid 60's to mid 70's also boomed in number. So much so that in the area where I grew up the class size of the time typically breached the 1000 student mark...and that is a lot of kids in one school. By 1969 our school district had to build a second high school to house all of the township students.  We had one school, North Campus for grades 9 and 10, and South Campus to accommodate grades 11 and 12.

So in this vast body of students it was virtually impossible to know each and every classmate. As a matter of fact to this day I am still finding out that Marry so-n-so who I worked with for years actually graduated with my high school class. As well illustrated in the movie "The Breakfast Club" we had several different "clicks" throughout our school. We had the jocks, the brains, the band kids, the super popular as well as the kids who kept to themselves, and we all pretty much hung with our own. For me I was part of the school's largest organization, the marching band, which put over 200 students from grades 10 through 12 on the football field and in band competitions each week during the fall, so I had a very large circle of friends.

Now factor in social media. Social media has made our world a much smaller and intimate place to be. We know when someone is getting married, having a baby or grand baby, moving or changing jobs, and on occasion, what one had eaten for lunch that day. We also know pretty quickly when someone is in trouble due to illness or have fallen on hard times. My class, which I never considered to be a particularly close class because of it's gigantic size, has for some reason in recent years begun to really rally together each and every time one of their classmates was in need. They are prayer warriors and the givers of generous words of love and support. The walls of exclusivity have crumbled around these so-called "clicks" to the point where recently a gal from our class, who I did not know in high school, sent out a Facebook email to invite our classmates to help financially another gal from our class, again someone I did not know personally in high school, who was recently diagnose with breast cancer and struggling to pay for her medications and travel expenses to get to and from treatment. With in days money was sent from several classmates to the tune of over $1,000, and by the end of approximately 2 weeks over $4000 had been raised and sent to our classmate in need. And as I scrolled down through the names of those who gave so generously, I saw that not one particular high school "click" was the sole source of this incredible gift. They were the names of the jocks, the brains, the band members and the super popular. People...the people I went to high school with and graduated the June of some 35 years ago, did this amazing thing with the prompting of just one email on Facebook and nothing else. 

Now we have another classmate, this person is someone I have known since the 9th grade, and as I write this I feel tears welling up in my eyes, she is dying. Our class is about to loose another one of our own, and we are all completely heartbroken for our friend and her family. The outpouring of love and kind words, photos, and remembrances are everywhere on our Facebook pages. 

So I ask this of you my dear friends of blogland, to please pray for my classmate and friend Amy, that she leaves this world with dignity and grace and to find herself whole again in the paradise of heaven.

And for my classmate Joe, Amy's husband of 29 years, that he and his family find peace in her passing and happiness once again as their lives will be forever changed by the loss of such a brave, strong, loving and devoted wife and mother. My classmate, my friend, Amy.

April 15, 2014

10 Things to do INSTEAD of Spring Cleaning

It is spring and you know what that means for most of us. I am sure we all plan on getting a little cleaning done as the weather is warming up and we can actually open the windows to air out our homes with some fresh spring breezes. But if you are anything like me once those windows are open spring fever sets in and all I want to do is throw caution to the wind, take off my shoes, and run barefoot through the lush green grass! (I'm such a naughty girl)

So what else can you do instead of spring cleaning? Well take a look at some fun alternatives in this adorable instographic from the site Shari's Berries


Spring Cleaning


How do plan to dodge the cleaning and organizing bullet so to play a little hooky this spring?

 I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day!

XO 

April 13, 2014

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Hummus



I love all types of hummus and just recently I was over a friend's house for a jewelry demonstration, (Yes I did get a little bauble for mother's day) and she was serving this beautiful white bean hummus from a local gourmet shop. So of course knowing me as you may, I had to do a little research on the old net looking for a white bean recipe I'd like to try. 

I found this recipe over at the blog SavorySimple, only the recipe there called for Tahini which I did not have in the house. No worries...I made the hummus without it and it came out yummy. The ingredients are pretty simple, all you need is a can of cannelloni beans, one whole bulb of garlic, olive oil, water, juice from one lemon and some salt and pepper. 

  • 1 whole bulb garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15.5 ounce can cannelloni beans
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • If you want to add the tahini you will need 1/2 cup.

Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so that all the garlic cloves are visible. Place bulb in a small oven proof bowl like a ramekin, drizzle a little olive oil over the top and season with salt. Place in an oven set at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, remove from oven and let cool. Once cool squeeze the garlic out of their skins into a small bowl and mash with a spoon.


Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 




I like this served with a mild black bean chip or with some fresh veggies! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
XO
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April 10, 2014

Spring Blooms on the Dining Room Table



Spring has certainly sprung here in the northeast over the past 5 or 6 days. The temps have been warmer and the grass seems to be turning green right before our very eyes! Today I decided to celebrate this beautiful season by bringing a little spring to my dining room table.






A little more blue was added to the dining room in the way of a scrunched up tablecloth and then I placed my two chippy love birds in a pasta bowl nest of hydrangeas. 




They look quite serene in their new nest.






This weekend I plan to get some outside yard work done as now our beautiful daffodils have popped on through the earth and are in gorgeous bloom. Leftover fall leaves need to be raked up and maybe I'll do a little bit of mulching. 

Oh how I do love this time of the year as our world comes back to life with color in all its glorious splendor!




Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed spring weekend!

XO

April 9, 2014

Master Bedroom Reveal



After over 2 full months of planning, searching, buying, returning and well you know how it goes with redecorating, the moment has finally arrived for my long awaited master bedroom reveal.

But first here are a few pics of the room before...




It really was quite dreary. We had a leak in the roof above our bedroom and the ceiling got water stained pretty badly, it even ran down the wall leaving drip marks. Buster, the giant dog, would sleep on the right side in the narrow space between the wall and the bed next to his master, Mr. Rosemary Lane, and would manage to get big dirty paw marks all over the lower part of the wall.

 Yuck!



And that comforter...it owes me nothing! I paid full price for the thing when I bought it back in 1993 and have used it every winter since then. I'd say I got my money's worth out of good old Ralph Lauren.

My furniture is old as well...we're talking 1987 old...but I've always loved the 4 poster bed in the pretty cherry wood. 




So it was truly time for a change...in a really BIG way!

If you remember I was inspired by a gorgeous Florida bedroom which appeared in 




  I only had two photos to go on and then had to find someway to fill in all the blanks. But I simply fell in love with the paint color  New Leaf  by C2 Paint, and the pretty pops of orange on the headboard and floor, and just swooned over the way the dark wood of the chest of drawers looked against the pretty green walls. I also like the fact that it is somewhat feminine but not too much over the top.

So I went for it!!! 
Here is my interpretation of this garden inspired bedroom. 




Instead of orange on the floor I found a quilt with the same beautiful color in a pretty print. It was a Home Goods find at only $30!




For Mr. Rosemary Lane's side I pulled from the garage a $15 yard sale dressing table and cleaned it up by refinishing the top and wiping it down with some Old English. Now it doubles as both a desk and a nightstand. 




The pictures above the desk and on the other side above the night table are really old too...about 25 or 26 years old. I found new frames on the clearance rack at Michael's last week for just $10 a piece. They were the perfect fit for my garden themed room.!

 A few years ago I picked up the lamp on the desk from the clearance shelf at my local Walmart. It was originally gold so  I simply sprayed on a couple coats of white paint in a glossy finish to get this fresh clean look.




I decided to move out my traditional nightstand and do something less contrived in its place. This table was a roadside find, I just painted the bottom and left the top as is. Then a vintage suitcase was placed on top if the table to give the table more height. 




A clock was added plus a few family photos. 




The area carpet was my big splurge...it was a good amount over what I planned to spend but still a great deal at 50% off the original price of $800. Half your foot disappears when you step onto the carpet. 




Remember the horse picture above the bed in the House Beautiful room? Well I found this ceramic horse head for only $10! 




Both the carpet and the horse are from my favorite place to shop...Home Goods!




The curtains are from Country Curtains in what they call a rose Jacobean print. It is extremely close to the color and pattern on the headboard of the HB room. I also lucked out by hitting a valance sale Country Curtains had a couple months ago and got 20% off the retail price.




The chair originally lived in Grace's room and was, for the most part, covered with clothing all the time.




 So I reclaimed my $40 ReStore chair and paired it with another roadside find table for my new reading nook.






And finally, the project which took me over two weeks to complete, I stenciled the entire ceiling in a vine-like pattern to kind of grab the vibe of the trellis in the inspiration room. No more boring ceiling to wake up to in the morning for this gal! I have to say that now I have nothing but complete empathy for good old Michelangelo. To finish off the look Mr. RL put up a pretty crown molding.


Again the HouseBeautiful room...




And my newly decorated Master!




I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the way this room turned out! It is so bright and cheery even on gloomy days. It is comfy too and I now actually spend some time in our cozy master suite. 

It took a while to pull the room together but definitely worth the work and the wait. 

Thank you HouseBeautiful for the inspiration!!!

Do you have any spring redecorating you are ready to tackle???

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful week!

XO

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