The state of our current affairs makes me worry about this little person. I pray she will understand, learn, respect, and appreciate others no matter their color, religion, culture, or gender. I hope she will grow up with trust in her leaders, in a world without pandemics, with confidence and a caring heart. I am a positive person. I remain hopeful that we can overcome this current situation as Americans and that we can be better. It is very difficult to know what to write about in this current climate. I would love to hear from you.
I ordered All the Colors of the Earth (Thanks Janie) from Amazon for Summer.
Vicki Archer, Beth Djalali, Sandra Sallin, and I were going to post the second installment in our going gray series yesterday, but in light of the current events we decided to wait until Monday. We will talk about how our makeup has or has not changed with the graying of our hair. The post we did on gray hair here was very well received, so we are taking it another step forward.
The landscape roses (apple blossom) in my front yard are going crazy right now.
I plopped a bunch on my coffee table and posted this on Instagram a couple of days ago.
I felt kind of funny posting my bar cart post on Monday but I went ahead. If I were suddenly to turn my blog into a pulpit for change, I just don’t think it would work. I am not a wordsmith, I am in the business of sharing beauty. One of my readers, Nan, posted the recipe for this cocktail and gave me permission to post it. Have you tried the”The Last Word” image via Saveur. Nan this sounds like a cocktail I can get behind!
One most memorable summer meal at the venerable McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston, SC included an introduction to a Prohibition era cocktail, “The Last Word”. In lieu of wine- our server recommended it as the perfect pairing with the rosemary grilled lamb chops I ordered. Now it is my signature summer cocktail to serve. Perfect for savoring a summer sunset from the porch or patio while ensconced at home.
The Last Word:
1 part Gin
1 part Green Chartreuse Liqueur
1 part Luxardo Liqueur
1 part Lime Juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over crushed ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with either: a lime slice, maraschino cherry, or sprigs of fresh basil or rosemary leaves.
Note: Green Chartreuse Liqueur is made by French monks from 130+ Alpine herbs and Luxardo is an Italian maraschino cherry liqueur. These are quite pricy alcoholic liqueurs bought at liquor stores, but they are integral to the magical concoction!
Our son and daughter in law got this Ooni pizza oven (Katie from Preppy Empty Nester also recommended a similar one) for my husband for his birthday. It cooks pizzas in 90 seconds. We buy the frozen dough from TJ’s but you can also make your own. You will also need two of these paddles found on Amazon. If you are eating most of your meals at home these days (who isn’t?), and you love pizza. I highly recommend.
You can find the recipe for this pizza and more here Summer Poolside Entertaining
Do you read Camilla Styles? I loved this feature on photographer Riley Banks of Austin Texas. She is on a “mission to give women everywhere a gentle push towards knowing themselves, loving themselves, and being themselves”.
I want to share a direct message I received from a reader a couple of days ago. I didn’t post the black square on Instagram on Tuesday. Instead, I posted a picture of poet Langston Hughes by artist Winold Reiss a German-born American. I remember being inspired by the work of Langston Hughes growing up and found it interesting that the artist Reiss was also fascinated by Native Americans, also a big part of his work. At any rate, I awoke to a direct message from someone I did not know. I thought I would share it with you.
“I want to say thank you for not posting the black square or apologizing for being white. As a person of color, I will tell you that it diminishes the achievements of so many of us who did work hard to get where we are. To hear someone apologizing for any kind of privilege is condescending because there is an underlying theme of superiority of one over another. I would love to see everyone just think of themselves as American and human beings and the fight for George Floyd as one of justice not simply because he was black, but because he was a human being. Once again, thank you.” I have read this over and over….
I also received a text message from a retired teacher friend from high school. She too remembered the work of Langston Hughes. She sent me the two poems below. Here we are at our last reunion #???
Looks like what drives me crazy
Don’t have no effects on you-
But I’m gonna keep on at it
Till it drives you crazy, too.
Hold Fast to Dreams
For if Dreams Die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That Cannot Fly
Hold Fast to Dreams
For When Dreams go
Life is a Barren Field
Frozen With Snow
Thank you Janie!!
Do you follow garden photographer Clive Nichols on Instagram. His photos are stunning.
When I featured the Target dress here that was so popular, I had been searching for a casual t shirt dress that could be worn as a cover-up or as a cool throw on dress to go grocery shopping or for a quick trip wherever. I found this dress in the Sundance Catalogue and I think it would be a good alternative to the Target dress. It also has a friendly price point. Although not as reasonable as the Target dress. This one would be cute with sneakers as well.
Does anyone else love Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley? She is very close to my age and also a native of Indiana. She is such a refreshing break once a week from all this craziness.
Thank you for reading Thursday Miscellany, and most importantly this blog in general. I can’t tell you how important your comments and suggestions are. Your thoughts are what make this interesting for all of us, don’t be afraid to comment. This blog is about sharing beautiful interiors, encouraging women over 50 to be the best they can, beautiful gardens, entertaining and cooking. We all very sensitive to all that is going on in our country, but for now, I am going to continue to post on those things that brought you here in the first place.