I'm so glad you're joining us today. Pull up a rocking chair and tell me about your week. Earlier this month, I took a day trip to southern Kentucky to visit the Mennonite and Amish communities. I came home with happy memories and plenty of fresh vegetables.
A few days later, my 88-year old mother was hospitalized with sepsis and lactic-acidosis, life-threatening conditions. The doctors still don't know the origin of her illness, but luckily she pulled through. She was so weak, her physician recommended a transfer to a rehab unit. She's doing much better. Her physical therapists have helped her with balance and strength. But it was quite a change for my independent mom (she mowed her grass until her arthritis made it impossible, and that was just a few years ago). While she's recuperating, I've been keeping her sweet Shih Tzu, Jazzy, who makes regular visits see see her most beloved human.
Storms are ripping through my neck of the woods today, and it's just a matter of time before lightning knocks out our internet connection. So far, we've had four outages, and they always seem to hit on a weekend. Last Saturday, I couldn't get my Instagram feed to refresh, and I so love my tribe at Instagram. The sun just popped out, but you never know what's coming over the mountains. So I'm posting FFEE early, just in case.
the Foodie Friday and Everything Else community:
Calypso in the Country shared moments from her life.
The Nest at Finch Rest welcomed her precious granddaughter to the world.
If you love tablescapes, be sure to visit Celebrate and Decorate with Chloe Crabtree for a week-long al fresco tablescape blog hop--25 bloggers will participate. The event starts Monday, August 1st, and ends Friday, August 5th.
Here's the schedule:
Features from Last Week's Party:
Ideas for the Home and Table
Unusually Lovely shared the perfect dessert for summer: a layered strawberry shortcake.
The Charm of Home shared a recipe for homemade blackberry syrup.
Cool off with refreshing and healthy raspberry yogurt popsicles by Sidewalk Shoes .
The Kitchen is My Playground shared her recipe for Carolina Caviar, also known as Redneck or Texas Caviar. No matter what you call it, this dish is healthy and delicious.
Just Jan shared a post titled "Delightfully Overdone," revealing her delightful and gorgeous home.
Inspired by beloved magazines, Sweet Nothings created a charming French Country vignette.
From food to flea markets, Botanic Bleu created an indispensable travel guide for Paris.
Learn how to add charming farmhouse greenery at The North End Loft.
My Kentucky Living shared old friends and birthdays.
Everyday Living created a beautiful, joyful "slice of summer" tablescape.
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