At the Beach…


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 “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

One really neat thing about Navy Life…it is a pretty sure bet that you will be living relatively close to a large body of water or, in the case of Okinawa Japan, surrounded by several large bodies of water. Summer is the perfect season to bring the beauty of the water inside by introducing the lovely soft colors of the sea into your decor…


The sea glass and pottery represent many hours of simply combing isolated beach areas in Okinawa while enjoying the sand and sun. I love the way the vintage mason jars reflect the afternoon light!

Antique Japanese fishing floats add the gorgeous color tones of the East China Sea. I love to display them in my Moses basket from the Philippines.  


The beautiful capiz shell balls were part of our wedding decor…held by the water of course. More sea glass! I just could not collect enough…I miss my beach. 


The French bottle drying rack gets a Summer glow from hand blown glass balls that reflect the colors of the sea. 


She may have been born in the mountains but I think the Princess shares my love of the water….and collecting!

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For the Sake of Convenience. 

I am a vintage all the way type of girl…no big surprise there. I love the old, the worn, the rusty and the tattered. I think my Grandmother would have been very amused by my collections and was wonder why I would decorate with all the old junk she could not wait to upgrade in her day.  I do love my vintage treasures , but I am also very, very glad they serve only as an aesthetic purpose in my home. I do love my modern conveniences, this I can admit


Can you imagine making your own butter each day in this churn? I guess I can, however, I enjoy the large selection available to me from my local market…and no aching arms and shoulders. 


Just the thought of dragging all my areas rugs outside to beat them with this contraption makes me want a long nap…but to be honest the thought of pulling out the vacuum sometimes has the same effect so perhaps the issue is mine. 


 I remember all the curling iron burns from my High School days…the 80’s were brutal to my hair follicles…but imagine the damage I could have inflicted with these curling tongs from the 1920’s? Follow this up with a pointed instrument to buckle up my shoes and it is an Urgent Care visit in the making.  


As for the Princess this week…she clinched her true Marylander status with her choice of favorite snack…she is thankful for the convenience of Old Bay ready-made in a jar!

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 Feeling a Little Blue Today…

…I mean in a good way…because look what I found…


Isn’t it gorgeous! It had to come home with me…even if I needed to open my purse a little wider than I normally do.  That cobalt blue glass had me at Hello…Me,that red and white loving girl…it inspired me to add a little more blue love in the house. 

Like a beautiful hydrangea in a bone china vase from Japan and a lucious bowl of fresh, local blueberries.  

And a delectable cobbler in my blueberry Polish pottery!


Princess approved of course!

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In Our Little Corner of the World…

…this happened!


We welcomed a new class of Midshipmen to the Academy for Plebe summer…


…and my Hero examined about 1000 eyeballs.


    We joined a cavalcade of bicycles and tricycles parading in full glory through the neighborhood…


…and hoped beyond hope that we can ohhhhh and ahhhh as fireworks explode above the Naval Academy…just like last year…the weather does not look good.  


And then this happened…

It can happen for you as well

Classic Patriotic Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups of whole milk

1 1/8 cups of granulated Sugar

3 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1. Combine milk , cream, sugar and vanilla.  Chill for one hour. 

2. Pour into ice cream maker. Churn for 15 minutes. Add blueberries and strawberries. Churn 15 more minutes. 

3.  Transfer into lidded container and freezer 1-2 hours before serving.  

My keen eye readers will note the lack of blueberries…seems that frozen blueberries and frozen black beans look alike to certain people…go figure 

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