July 30, 2010

Herb Garden in Progress

This is the small herb garden I planted recently.  It is a work in progress.  I probably won't add any more plants, but I want to add rocks etc.  Planted here from back to front are, Grapefruit Mint, Sweet Basil, Rosemary, Greek Oregano, Sage, Parsley and Thyme.  It will be interesting to see what comes up next year on its own, and what I need to replant.  The herbs are handily accessible because the porch is right off the kitchen.

Below is a picture of the back porch.  I planted Zinnias along the length of the porch, and there are many flower buds so I am hopeful.

July 26, 2010

Tom Tonyan - July 3, 1951 - July 7, 2010

Thomas Douglas Tonyan

My brother-in-law tragically passed away from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident on Wednesday, July 7th.  It is impossible to believe he is isn't with us any longer.  Tom was a brilliant jazz musician who played the piano, organ and keyboard.  He had a witty sense of humor, and had an infectious laugh that I can hear now.  He was a loving man who is deeply missed by his family.

We love you Tom

Recently, on April 16th of this year, he played with Red Holloway for the opening of the Friday Night Series of Jazz at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

Although you can just see the top of his head in the videos, that is Tom on the organ.  I have embedded the You Tube videos for you to enjoy.

Here is a photo of Tom that evening playing the organ.

July 24, 2010

Winner of My Blog Giveaway

My husband drew the name for my blog giveway.  The lucky winner is Recycled Rita.  I have contacted her by email, and I'm looking for her to send her postal address.  Thank you to everyone who left comments, and also to everyone who became a follower.

Congratulations Rita!  I hope you will enjoy the goodies.

July 5, 2010

Giveaway Drawing - Three Year Blog Anniversary

POST UPDATE 7/7/10:  I have a family emergency and need to put this giveaway on hold, but I will draw a name when I return.

The three year anniversary of my blog is fast approaching, and I thought I'd like to have a giveaway to honor the occasion, and thank you for visiting my blog.

I am giving away this small quiltie (4" x 6") that depicts an Art Nouveau image of a woman that is printed on cotton. It is collaged with vintage bits of hankie, trim and a button.

Also, I'm giving away this assortment of antique and vintage bits of lace.

 To be eligible for the drawing,  leave a comment on this post, if you are already a follower or become a follower of my blog I will enter your name twice.  Be sure to include an e-mail for me to contact you so that I can get your snail mail address where to send your package.  You have until July 14th to enter.  I will draw a name on the morning of the 15th, contact you by e-mail, and then post the winner.

July 4, 2010

An Afternoon at Stream Cliff Herb Farm

Happy 4th of July to you all.

During a break in the hot weather a couple of days ago, we spent a girls' day out at Stream Cliff Herb Farm in Indiana.  We had a lovely lunch, and enjoyed the beautiful grounds.  I was inspired to plant a small herb garden of my own, and purchased a few plants.  My herb garden is a work in progress, but has come a long way from the weed patch from which it started.  Nearby the farm we saw a beautiful old covered bridge where we stopped to snap a few pictures.