Friday, April 15, 2011


Spring is definately in the air and I am back.  The last three weeks has nearly been impossible.   We have had company for two of those weeks with trips back and forth to the airport, grocery shopping, laundry, creative breakfasts, lunches and dinners............then we were delighted to have our precious grand daughter for 10 days while our daughter and son-in-law helped to execute the Masters in Augusta. I was back into carpools, making lunches, doing homework, music lessons, and on and on and on.   We were "there" for dear friends who tragically lost a son at 27 to a heart attack a day after we began caring for our grand daughter.   Two days later we drove to De Pere, Wisconsin to participate in a memorial for a wonderful professor that our daughter had when she was in school, who passed away a year ago.  She chaired an idea to keep his spirit alive with the planting of a tree on the St. Norbert campus and a bench in his memory.

 Her speech of this wonderous man could not have been more beautiful.    He was one of the most loving, caring, human beings I had ever met.  His name was Dr. Tom Faase and he loved pink roses.......they were everywhere.

When we checked into our room, a note from our daughter
and a pink rose.

When everyone had gone, one last rose was left.
I gave it to our daughter.

A congratulatory hug and kiss from the husband of a dear friend.

St. Norbert College President and his assistant.

Dr. Tom's son, Noah

Dr. Tom's family

Reflecting on a full days activities and a job well done.

Then with life and its ups and downs,  was about to return to normal, our daughter in law, ended up in an ambulance, after having a trunk hatch automatically come down on her forehead as they were heading out to a formal event in the city.  So, along comes a precious new little grandson for us to care is precious and life is so unpredictable. . . . .and thank God after nine stitches our daughter-in-law is fine......and no, they never did make that Easter Seals event in Chicago.

Sorry for that chapter of details, but I have missed all of you and I am sorry to disappoint with no posting! But, I honestly didn't know if I was coming or going!!!!!

 I am tablescaping and preparing for a housewalk in our town.  Our home is one of the homes to be selected for the walk.   A knock at my door this morning (and I did know she was coming) brought a gal who writes for the village historical society.  She wanted a picture of a potential tablescape.  Here is what I did for the photo:

Pink, yellow and green, birds and bird nests

NO!  That bird did not lay those eggs!!!

It is time for the lamb to go back outside.................
hmmmm, I don't think he will be allowed, I really love him inside.

My chairs are almost complete.  I saw them today and they are magnifique!!    What a housewalk
won't do to get one to create for oneself!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Mary Anne, you have really been on the activity treadmill. Your tablescape is lovely, speaks of spring. I loved touring your garden, can't wait to come back and take some more photos.


Anonymous said...

What a whirlwind of life you have been on, Mary Anne. Your daughter is beautiful, in every way and what a meaningful tribute to her teacher/professor. You brought a tear to my eye.
Nine stitches. Ouch! Poor dear. Hope she is recovering well.
I love your tablescape and seeing your bird's nest just gave me an idea for an arrangement here. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have checked in often, wondering about you. Sounds like a very busy three weeks!

Your tablescape is beautiful. I am looking forward to hearing more about the home tour.