A lot of my favorites today are things (old things, of course!) that I have outside on the back deck by our pool:
Three of my favorite things in this picture are from my sister-in-law Susie and her husband Doug. The old red cooler chest and the old railroad lantern belonged to Doug's uncle, when he passed away Doug gave them to us. Now the scary looking figure I think Doug found in the garbage a few years ago and took it home to Sue, and then they both very kindly gifted it to me! They surprised me by hanging it up on one of the plant hooks out back. I was thrilled when I spotted it! There is something about it that is so oddly appealing to me! It seriously touched my heart that they did that for me, I treasure it, and it is one of the nicest gifts I've ever received.
The tin watering can belonged to my grandmother, and Ray very kindly turned that and the cooler into planters for me.
The other favorites today are two pictures of our house. The one on the left is an old tax photo (I think it was taken in 1940), and the other is extra special to me, it is a pencil sketch of how our house looks now (but before we had the awning put up), it was drawn by my brother-in-law Steve.
The picture I took is not great, it really doesn't do Steve's sketch justice. Sorry Steve.
And one other favorite may seem like just a little thing, but it's a very big, very special thing to me, and it is typical of my husband. I have been saying that I want more pink in my kitchen and while grocery shopping he spotted these paper plates with pink flowers on them and bought them for me:
Ray is always doing little things like that, and those little things mean more to me than any piece of jewelry or any other expensive gift he may have bought me over the years. Those gifts are all nice too, but it's the 'heart gifts' that mean the most to me.
Very happily for us this is a long weekend, Ray is off today (Yipee!) and he took a vacation day on Monday too (Hip! Hip! Hurray for Ray!).
Depending on the weather I think today will just be a day of fun in the pool for Ray and Jayden, and I will be relaxing under the canopy with a good book!
Saturday we are going to a barbecue at Sue & Doug's with the family.
Sunday if it's nice I'd like to have the kids over for pool fun and dinner.
Monday no real plans, I was thinking we should paint, but if it's nice I don't want to waste the sunshine! So we'll see.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Happy Fourth of July! Happy Independence Day, America! God Bless America!
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