My Alpine Home

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have a Daily Cup #257

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
the party where you share what makes you happy.
I'm sorry for the late start!  I have had one crazy week and am hosting another estate sale this weekend.
Because of that there will be no features this week.
Looking forward to seeing what you have all been up to!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Share Your Cup #256

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share what makes you happy.
It's what I call, "filling your cup"
Yesterday I had a very good reminder of how important it is to be happy and enjoy life.
My niece, only 57 years old died unexpectantly.
It was a huge shock and she was such a help to her mom, my oldest sister.  She will be greatly missed!
We never know when it might be our last day on this earth.  Be happy and spread happiness wherever you go!
Now on a happier note.  I had to have a physical to go to girls camp with the youth.  They did a bone density test and said mine was excellent.  One of the highest she had seen.
I might be old, but I've got good bones!!  :)
I'm starting the party a bit early.  I'm headed out the door to be with my sister.
Last week I shared a bit about the
and how we can be a bit critical when looking at our own gardens in
Now for the features of SYC #255:
Jane from Change Everything shared her festive 4th of July table.  I love the stacked stars and fun napkins!

Melissa from Welsh Design Studio added a fabulous faux wood beam to her kitchen.  You must go read what it's made out of!
Thelma's Days shared a tea in honor of Canada's 150th birthday.
The shortbread cookies and her strawberry/rhubarb jam look so delicious!
Ann Marie from  Musings of a Vintage Junkie shared the recipe for her yummy blueberry pie.  I just blueberries to give it a try.
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Garden Critic. . .

Hello friends,
yesterday I wandered out into the garden for my usual stroll.
I was contemplating whether or not I would share a post with Pam's
It has been so hot here for the past two weeks.  Temperatures have been soaring above 100.  Needless to say, my garden is
suffering a little.
I had decided that the garden wasn't worth sharing.
 I was my own worst critic.
This morning I went out early to cut back lots of my perennials.  That's when I decided to look at my garden differently.
Pretending I was on a garden tour of someone else's garden.
I realized that even though there is not a lot of color right now, that the shades of green are quite soothing and there is plenty to look at  here and there.
As I stood up on the hill by 'hilltop cottage'  looking down, I found the view to be  quite fulfilling.

Sure, there are things I don't love right now.  For example, the view of the neighbors house.  There was a huge tree there that made our garden totally private.  A couple years ago they had to cut it down.  We've planted tall columnar pines that have a rapid growth to help fill in the area.  They've grown quite a bit, but it'll be a few years before we have our privacy back.
Miniature Hollyhock
Next I wandered over to our pondless waterfall and enjoyed it's soothing sound.

There is a bit of color with the pink coneflowers and this orange beauty, Lucifer's tongue plant.
The Salvia I cut back a month ago is starting to rebloom and the view of my tiled shovel and planted twin buckets made me smile.
I strolled over to our East gate and pretended to be just entering our back yard.  The narrow garden leading up to the gate is filled with flowers that will be blooming soon. 
I began to think that yes, maybe this garden is worth wandering through.
The flagstone path covered with moss and other steppables felt very soft to my bare feet.  Yup, I had tossed off my flip flops by now.  Ah, yes; I garden in flip flops.  :)
As I stepped into my backyard I was welcomed by my rose garden.
Some of the blooms have slowed down, but the birdhouses still add interest to the garden.


And this sweet little "lavender Lady" is trying to persuade me to linger a while.

Hostas seem to be doing okay, despite the heat.
and the hot weather hasn't seemed to affect the bees. . .

or the butterflies.

And these pretties are blooming in the front garden.
Queen of the Prairie



Yup, maybe this garden isn't as bad as I thought.
So, next time you think your garden isn't pretty enough to share.  Try looking at it through different eyes.
Sometimes I think we are our own worse critics.  :)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daily Chores of a Pioneer Woman. . .

Hello my friends,
here in Utah we celebrate 'Pioneer Day' on July 24th.

We honor the courageous men, women, and children that took the long and hard trek across the plains searching for religious freedom.

Pioneer Day Utah is celebrated on July 24th each year (on July 25 if the date falls on a Sunday) to mark the day in 1847 when Brigham Young led the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The day was first celebrated in 1849.

Although my mother was not an active Mormon and my father was Catholic, we have a long line of Pioneer heritage.

My mantle is a tribute to the hard working
Pioneer Woman

 Aprons were a must for a pioneer woman.  They kept their clothes clean, dried dishes, and wiped away many tears from the faces of little children.

Even though they were a necessity, it doesn't mean that they couldn't be pretty.  Fabrics were mixed, embroidery and bits of lace were added to give each one charm.  Some were even
hand crocheted.

Many hours were spent in the kitchen baking biscuits and pies.  Canning was necessary to get them through the winter months.

I must admit, there have been times that I thought I would have loved to have been a pioneer woman.

but. . .

then reality sinks in. 

We have it so easy with all of our modern conveniences!
Can you imagine having to use one of these heavy irons that had been heated on the coal stove?

They did not have the convenience of simply tossing their clothing in an automatic washer.
Children did their studying by light provided by candles or kerosene lamps.  Books were not plentiful, and they certainly didn't own a kindle or ipad.
When was the last time you thought of making a rug out of rags?
Now days quilting and rug making are done because we enjoy taking a step back and relating to our past.  We have a choice.
Pioneer woman did not.  It was their way of life.
If you ask me, pioneer woman were pretty amazing!  I love reading the stories of my ancestors.

The Mormon pioneers left their homes in Missouri and headed to the Salt Lake Valley in search of religious freedom.

They encountered terrible hardships and many died along the way.

Every four years the youth and youth leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ, (Mormons) reenact the 'Trek' that the Pioneers took.
Certainly not as long, and they endure nothing compared to the early pioneers, but it helps to remind them of the sacrifice their ancestors made.

They dress in pioneer clothing, leave iphones and all other modern day devices behind, and walk many miles pulling and pushing handcarts. 

Each youth is encouraged to research a pioneer ancestor that they can take that name along with them during their trek.

Here are a few pictures taken from the internet of some reenactments.

Some of my children and I have participated in 'trek'.
It certainly does grow your testimony and  increase your faith in the Lord.

How about you, do you think you could have been a
Pioneer woman?


I will be sharing with these fun parties:
Vintage Charm

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Share Your Cup #255

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share what makes you happy.
I apologize for the late start.  Hubby was installing a new modem earlier today and then we had to go watch one of our granddaughters perform before heading off to Europe in the morning.
I hope all of my American friends had a fabulous 4th of July and that my Canadian friends had a wonderful Canada Day!!
We celebrated with a delicious breakfast outdoors
with our family.
I had a super busy week, but managed to share
that we rented in Carmel.
Now for the features from SYC #254:
Pam from Everyday Living shared her love for coffee table books.  Doesn't this just make you want to pull up a chair and read?
Jo from Anne's Attic shared the wonderful shabby pastel colors she is using in her new cottage.
Yavette from Parsimonious Decor Darling shared the gorgeous Bougainvillea growing in her garden.
Judy from J Biggs Little Pieces shared the fabulous patriotic quilt she made for her porch.
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
Now let's party!
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