Monday, February 8, 2016

Follow Your Heart

It was a sunny midwinter day, and I was finally ready to play on the screened porch. I'd been waiting and waiting for warmer weather, but I remembered what my Mimi would have said: Do what makes you happy every day, and it adds up to a happy life. Of course, it depends on what you prefer to see when you look back--bad times or times when you puttered on the porch, piles of dishes and candy all around you, and you hummed "Luck Be a Lady."





Raspberry-studded white zinfandel looked cheerful in reproduction Mason jars.





  
 

As I put out the candy hearts, I couldn't help but smile at the sugary sayings, as some bordered on the neurotic. "LUV ME!" A few were very obedient, such as "YES DEAR," and others were confident: "DARE YA." Depending on the recipient, some hearts could be interpreted as stalking; "UR MINE!" A couple of hearts took a cynical approach to love: "GET REAL" and "SEE YA." Somehow SEE YA got lost (I hope I didn't eat it), but I am on a mission to find it. 





 


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26 comments:

  1. Mimis are always right! It looks like you had a grand time and it all turned out so beautifully!

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  2. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, this is so charming and I'm so glad you're going with your heart and having fun. This has made my day as I won't be doing any Valentine decorating. Can't go into the basement to get my stuff! Shoot!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Glad you took her advice and played with dishes and candy and music and smiles.

    LOVE the pic of your roses - that was my theme on this morning's post.

    Have a wonderful week of love, sweet lady. Hugs. ♥♥♥

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  4. So pretty and so cheerful! A great start to a Monday. I rarely use red, but when I see tables like this, it makes me want to try it out more often.

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  5. Looks like a perfect way to spend an afternoon! Your photos are crystal clear and gorgeous, Michael Lee. I set my Queen of Hearts table yesterday and need to get flowers today. Then I can hopefully get some good shots to share. It's for a meeting on Thursday, and I admit it's a bit over the top just to host a meeting. But ... what was that about doing what makes one happy? ;-)
    My favorite candy heart ~ "Sweet Pea" I'm off to follow my heart and enjoy my day. Hope you do the same.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Love seeing a table setting from you! Speaking of conversation hearts, one of mine said On Fleek. I had to Google it! LOL

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  7. Oh how cute and fun this table is! I need to get my Valentine's table it together. Looks like some sun will shine here this week which makes me happy!

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  8. What a gorgeous post. So uplifting. Right down to the pretty chocolate bars. :) Deb

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  9. Your table setting is adorable and so cheerful! At our age especially, we must feed our souls because the road ahead is shorter(not to be maudlin or anything,just stating the facts). One must ask though: After the pictures were snapped, did the candy hearts and jelly beans disappear quickly? ;)

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    1. Still have hearts and jelly beans, but the chocolate is gone. :-)

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  10. What a happy table setting. And...I love your quilt too. I am a quilt lover...and would collect, but I have enough family quilts to keep me happy. ❤️ Sheila

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  11. What a charming table! Love the red and white plates. A glass of zin sounds good!

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  12. I played with dishes over the sunny weekend too! Love the candy hearts, but I'll skip right to the Zinfandel, please. ;) Great shots for curing the winter doldrums!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  13. What a gorgeous table setting! Love that beautiful quilt.

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  14. What cheerful, happy table scape. Love it. So glad that you took Mimi's advise and got out on the screened porch and played with your dishes. Your photo's are terrific.
    Happy Valentines Day.
    Mary

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  15. What a most gorgeous table in a most beautiful setting. Your "Mimi" was a very smart lady!

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  16. Your table is really pretty! Love the quilt as the tablecloth! I didn't decorate for Valentine's this year, but now I wish I had a few candy hearts!

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  17. Really enjoyed your post today! It is so bright, cheery and festive. Great idea to use a quilt as your table foundation to build from. Beautiful colors.....looks like you learned a lot from your Mimi!

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  18. I love Mimi's philosophy of life~ and setting a pretty table is a great way to add happy to the day~ it's delightful!
    Jenna

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  19. love the whimsy of this table setting. Quilts are always a good table cloth I thin! Linda

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  20. This table setting just made me happy. It's absolutely delightful, my friend. I'm glad you had a chance to play, because your Mimi is right ;)

    I'm really enjoying your bird posts, because I'm learning too. Funny enough, my mother said the same thing that yours did about it being a commitment. At least it's an enjoyable one.

    The squirrels haven't figured out how to get to the bird feeder yet, at my house, but the chipmunks have and they're pretty cute sitting there munching away with the feeder blowing around in the wind :)

    hugs to you,
    rue

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  21. Pretty and cheerful table. My mother called her grandmother Mimi. If I had it to do over I would like to be called Mimi.

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  22. Oh I love your cheery table with its quilted topper to your vintage Valentine chocolate with their sweet sentiments! Candy hearts always make me smile and puttering on the porch with piles of dishes and candy sounds like a perfect recipe for a happy winter's day and life ♥

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  23. Your Mimi had the best advice! I always so enjoy hearing her wise words and the influence that she has on you. xo

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  24. What a pretty plate with all of the Valentine's Day items on it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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