Thursday, May 20, 2010

simple pleasures

We took a quick trip north on Tuesday and passed by a personal favorite site of two cows (painted on board) that I fondly view from our highway.

Our return trip included a long visit to the Sleep Number bed store to try out a new mattress idea for us. DH has a chronically sore back and has found our pricey 'new' mattress from a few years ago to be already sorely lacking in support. So with what seemed akin to shopping for a car...we put in our order for one. The deal was sealed when they gave me 35% off the mattress because I am an RN! That was quite a pleasant and rewarding surprize!

We rarely find ourselves at a mall but that was where this store was and it turned out to have some other rather fun vendors in it as well. We ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (for a first), got free ice cream from the Haagen Das as they were celebrating the 50th year for their company, and enjoyed the smells from a Yankee Candle store. We also visited the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for some dog bones dipped in something creamy looking (not chocolate!) for our brittany friend in Arizona and some popcorn treat drizzled in chocolate and marshmallow for our neighbor who was spending time with our pups while we were gone for the day.

Late yesterday, Polywood adirondack chairs arrived via UPS. We did the last bit of assembly and put them out on our front porch (right about midnight). This morning we enjoyed some tea out front while the girls did some sunbathing. Mosley was busy in the shade chewing on pine cone bits.

This is some of our view from the porch.

On my birthday last month, we were over in Atascadero to visit Quilter's Cupboard and then north to the sushi restaurant where we can sit outside with all three dogs at our feet while we dine ...and yes, share bits with them :-)
On the way up the highway, we passed a garden/nursery that was selling items of rusted metal and I found a great Texas Star that I have wanted for awhile.
I brought it home to decorate our back patio above Mosley's food bowls. We both like it :-)

Second to last is how my giraffe remains for the moment. So little sewing going on here but I am working on putting the background together so I a can sew her on. Hopefully, tomorrow...
And in todays mail :-) I received 5 gift card packs from The Vintage Workshop

Very cool! Most of these are from Sarah Sporrer and include actual patterns to make the appliques shown. These are great gift ideas...especially to me! I think the Gold Finch is my favorite. Indygo Junction sells a huge variety of these.


  1. Hi Loris! I see you've received your patterns from the Indygo Junction. I did too! It seems we've received different ones. Perhaps we could swap? I'll post pictures of mine tomorrow.

  2. Oh how fun to receive patterns!! An outing to the mall sounds like it was a lovely time...especially a visit to Cheesecake Factory...thank goodness we have to drive a good distance to get to one. I don't always have room for the cheesecake but love having a bite off son's piece. Happy late birthday!!!

  3. What new patterns! Cheesecake factory is one of my favorites...can't go there for a while...too many points for weight watchers. I too have a Texas Star, and I just dropped it the other day in the garden wasn't pretty, the gouge that it made!

  4. I've always wondered what the attraction to pine cones was! For my pup, I think it is just close enough to being spherical that they pass for a ball, but still can't figure the eating part! Sounds like your trip north was full. A new bed is always something to look forward to! See you tonght!

  5. The Cheese Cake Factory has such good food....too big of portions, though.


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