Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dessert on the Porch

The side porch is my hangout.

It's the perfect place to think and write.

And eat.
Especially eat.


I've been writing and writing. And you have been right here with me during this journey. Author Nora Roberts recently said, "Writing is hard...but no one should have to ride the hard times alone."

Come sit with me a while, and we'll wait for twilight.

I'm linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for the 103rd Tablescape Thursday. The link for Foodie Friday will be available at 8 p.m. Central. See you there.

69 comments:

  1. Beautiful! So quiet and peaceful ~

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  2. Gorgeous....pictures, view, food. Thanks for sharing this. That porch would be my hangout too!!!! XO, Pinky

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  3. Hi Michale Lee! Oh, what a beautiful spot! I'd spend lots of time out there too if it were cool. I'm hoping it's cool where you are! :)
    Can't wait for another one of your books! You're the best!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Oh, what a wonderful spot. I would be inspired as well! It is beautiful.

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  5. Hi ML,
    Looks like a great spot! I am ready for FF!

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  6. That table should inspire a whole new novel! It's just so lovely and inviting...

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  7. Now you KNOW I am trying to read what is written on the paper for a sneak peek :)---no such luck! This looks like a great place when the temp is not 100 in the shade! Love that mirror! So glad you are through with the 2nd draft--congrats! Now rest a while!!!

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  8. I love this so much!!

    ...and the view beyond, this is such a perfect spot to write, sit and ponder and of course have lunch. I would love to be there with you now, I will be as quiet as a mouse while you write, I promise.


    xxx Coty

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  9. I will happily sit with you journaling and enjoying the ambience!

    Come and enter my Latest Giveaway!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  10. You have made a great place for yourself.

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  11. Your so lucky to be able to eat and sit out on your porch, its so hot here, can't go outside yet. Cant wait for it to cool down a bit.
    Thanks
    kate :)

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  12. Ah, I'm imagining cool breezes too! The sunset in the background was lovely!

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  13. A beautiful setting ... I love the lanterns! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I can see why this is a place where you would want to spend a lot of time. It is so restful and peaceful with beautiful views. I like the Nora Roberts quote.

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  15. I'd love to have a piece of cake on that porch.. my apt porch looks nothing like it! ha

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  16. Hi. Thanks for visiting and following.
    How gorgeous! Your view is lovely! Your blog is amazing, and I'll be back to read more, and more, and more.
    Thanks.
    ~ Julie

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  17. Pretty setting with a pretty view! No sitting outside any where around here, as it is so hot.

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  18. A perfect spot and I just love the color of your little bistro set :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  19. Beautiful and look at that gorgeous view!

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  20. Just a note to tell you I FINALLY got a table posted at Susan's. If you have a second, come see...and hope you like it!

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  21. Your porch and dessert are sheer perfection. What a view! What inspiration for writing! And the lanterns are lovely. Enjoy!

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  22. Hi there sweet Gollum, have been on this porch many times :-), looks like the perfect space to write and think and you are never alone with all us out here lol and the food looks yummy too. Kathy xxoo.

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  23. This is so pretty and peaceful. I love the stack of green plates. Just wonderful!

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  24. Awesome! I love it! I noticed that there is room for two. Shall I just come on over?

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  25. GOLLY, Gollum! This is just spectacular!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  26. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  27. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  28. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  29. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  30. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  31. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  32. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  33. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  34. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  35. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  36. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  37. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  38. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  39. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  40. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  41. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  42. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  43. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  44. A lovely place to hang out!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  45. Your beautiful balcony is enough to inspire your writing, Michael. It's a very pretty corner. Love the lanterns and the food looks good...Christine

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  49. Wow...I would love a place like that. So beautiful!

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  50. BEAUTIFUL VIGNETTES AS ALWAYS. HAVE MISSED YOUR POSTINGS CAUSE THEY WERE ONE OF MY FAVORITES. COURSE, I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY WRITING. HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL HON.
    BLESSINGS, NELLIE

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  51. absolutely stunning. the view would make it hard to write. Loved your dishes too..

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  52. Awesome hangout place!! Gorgeous view. Are those coconut macaroons I see??? Yum.

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  53. What a beautiful sitting "room." Definitely a room with a view! The food looks great. You always make the food look pretty, Michael Lee. Love those lanterns, too. Hope your writing is going well. I have one of your novels on my dresser right now. I'd love to hear you talk about your writing on your blog a bit more; for example, the process, a bit about your different books - are there series books or all they all different? How you became involved with writing - I know you went to school to become an RN (me too). You just have such a unique career; my curiousity is piqued! Happy Foodie Friday a little early and have a great wknd!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

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  54. What a beautiful sitting "room." Definitely a room with a view! The food looks great. You always make the food look pretty, Michael Lee. Love those lanterns, too. Hope your writing is going well. I have one of your novels on my dresser right now. I'd love to hear you talk about your writing on your blog a bit more; for example, the process, a bit about your different books - are there series books or all they all different? How you became involved with writing - I know you went to school to become an RN (me too). You just have such a unique career; my curiousity is piqued! Happy Foodie Friday a little early and have a great wknd!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

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  55. I love your hangout, Michael! I want to hang out there with you. I love that second picture.

    Nancy

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  56. What a gorgeous setting! No wonder your books are so inspired, ML...this has got to feed your soul to sit here & gaze out at God's beautiful handiwork.

    Lovely table accessories, too. The candles make it magical & I could go for one of those cookies, if you don't mind. ;-p

    fondly,
    Rett

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  57. Wonderful view and scrumptious looking food.

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  58. This is a LOVELY spot to hang out. Such a beautiful view..and your table looks so inviting.

    I came over to link but will come back later or in the morning..
    xo bj

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  59. Hi Michael! Your balcony is such a special spot...the views are amazing! I loved seeing your papers covered with your writing...got a little glimpse into your world. :) The twilight was magical. Can you believe summer is winding down...didn't it just get here? Susan

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  60. I'm on my way...I'll be right over! I'll bring my journal, so we can both spend our time writing. Thank you for sharing your charming vignette. Cherry Kay

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  61. Oh yum! THis all looks delicious -- the cake -- the table and the view.

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  62. Delightful, especially the setting!

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  63. thanks for sharing these very lovely photos! please keep them coming :)

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  64. What a very sweet spot for relaxing! I hope you are doing well & enjoying your summer.

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  65. This is exquisite, one of your prettiest posts.

    Out of all the luxe with the beautiful ballustrade, the sunburst mirror, and the flowers that are so beautifully arranged along with that delicious dessert, you know what caught my eye? Your green depression glass plates. A friend of mine collected both the pink and the green, and years ago, she had a tiny historic house near St. Pete, FL. In a little breakfast area, she had a depression glass display, and when the light would hit it, I would sit in rapt fascination. One of the prettiest Easter tables I have ever seen was set with her depression glass, and she had these marvelous eggs some bakery had done that were the prettiest spring colors. That setting reminds me of some of the beautiful things you do on your blog. I think you would have loved it, and it still ranks as my favorite Easter table of all time. And this is just the perfect writer's retreat. Speaking of which, hope it is all going well...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  66. Michael Lee, I've been MIA of late so catching up on some recent posts that I missed. I always enjoy the setting of your side porch. The sweets look delicious! Pound cake and fruit are some of my favorites. :-)

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  67. LOVE these photos... I feel a NEW painting coming!

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  68. I am just feeling so very jealous of you right now ;)

    What do we see from our patio? Our neighbor's insanely close house! Phooey :p

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