Mamo's Irises

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                                                                 Mary Sells roses
                                                             Granny Sells peonies


Four Generations Forty Years Ago

Mary, Jolene and Jeannette
      with Natalie


smiling down



Float like a butterfly sting like a bee .....

ahh. looks so good on ipad - not so much here. too long for instagram . . . . .


oldies but goodies . . . .

gifts from my mother 

the one on the left is delicate tissue paper on a styrofoam ball

the one on the right is Avon she gave me in 1974 when I was 26


Philadelphia Cream Cheese - yum!

I made this birdcage last winter using an empty Philadelphia cream cheese container . . . . craving some spring weather

 for more yum

found instructions here


Mary Price Moore Sells

Mamo - on her 65th birthday. If only I could look half as good in a few days when I reach that exciting day  . . . . . . 

March 8, 1971


Mamo and Me


Mamo's cactus

from 19?????

Mamo's peonies

summer of 2012


be my valentine

toast painted with food coloring mixed with milk


remembering joy


every year since 1948

my brother and sister and I always found this bowl under the tree christmas morning from the 40's thru the 60's. now my grandchildren find it a big part of their christmas. 


If I could start over anywhere in my life this would be the day


holiday cheer

red lipstick: check.
new red dress: check.
nutcracker tickets: check.
making memories


for my mother . . . . .





new kid in town


got that rain we needed

something missing ......



lake buddies


always there . . .

fitch is fitch ?




blooming now . . .


lake days


getting the old piano tuned


going on sixteen . . .


biggie and william


138 th

Marker's Mark Perfect Mint Julep
(Serves 14-16)
1 liter Maker's Mark Bourbon
Lots of fresh spearmint
Distilled water
Granulated sugar
Powdered sugar
To prepare the mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves, wash, and place in a small mixing bowl. Cover with 3 ounces of Maker's Mark. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then, gather the leaves in a clean, soap-free piece of cotton cloth and vigorously wring the mint bundle over the bowl of whiskey. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times. Then set aside.
To prepare the simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water in a cooking pot. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.
To prepare the mint julep mixture, pour 3 ½ cups of Maker's Mark into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. (Pour the remaining whiskey from the liter bottle into another container and save it for another purpose.) Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the Maker's Mark.
Now, begin adding the mint extract a tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You may have to leave the room a time or two to clear your nose. The tendency is to use too much mint. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste – generally about 3 tablespoons.
When you think it's right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to "marry" the flavors.
To serve the mint julep, fill each glass  half full with shaved ice. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about an inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to one inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.
When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice, add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice and serve. (from Esquire)

PS: best served in a silver cup while wearing high heels and a pretty hat.


hmmm . . .

I can always tell when my mother is here  . . .


freeze warning!

we picked some of everything  . . . .


derby time

 The Kentucky Derby

“The Run for the Roses” or “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”.  The first Derby was run the year my grandpa was born - 1875.


prebunny lunch



my grandmother's lavender blue irises

 " a garden of love grows in a grandmother's heart "