Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WELCOME to the World, Baby Bug!

I have wonderful news to share!

Sweet Little "Baby Bug" is born!

~~Vivian Michele~~ 
7 lbs. 1 oz

21 inches long

Arrived to bless us on
Sunday 7/17/2016 at 7:20pm

(I guess we have a LADY bug now, since it's a girl!)

My beautiful baby daughter Katie holding her own sweet daughter

Birthing story:

My poor daughter so wanted to have her baby naturally with absolutely no drugs. She doesn't even take aspirin! She started laboring about 10pm when her water broke partially on the 15th and labored all throught the night. This went on for hours, per usual, and of course she went all night without eating or sleeping. She went to the hospital when her water broke fully at 1:30am on the 16th. She labored intensely without medication for 21 straight hours...but poor dear just wasn't progressing; wasn't dialating fully. She didn't get past 7 centimeters. Her poor body just wouldn't do it. So of course she couldn't even begin to try and push or anything, poor thing! She was soooo brave and strong. It was unbelievable to witness how hard she tried.

After all those agonizing hours she/they/doctor/nurses thought perhaps an epidural would help her relax her exhausted and tender body.....and then after another 7 hours of intense contractions (but these she couldn't feel, thank goodness) STILL didn't dialate fully enough! So then she had to have another epidural because  she then had to have C section surgery!

One Happy Family!

The proud parents soon after delivery.

I am the happiest grandma!


It looks like Grandpa Mike and Vivian
are singing partners! 

(Or are they yawning?) lol

Just wanted to pop in and share our glorious news!

Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers!

Thanks for also understanding why I have been absent.

I will be back soon - I  promise!

Take care and God bless!

~G'ma Michele
♫ ♪ 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Beverly's Pink House

Hey Gang!

Don't forget what fun it is
 to see all the Pretty Pink 
at How Sweet The Sound!


My little post is just to remind you it's a fun thing to do -
and sharing my "colorizing" Beverly's childhood
pink Florida home.

Bev is our sweet host for this fun weekly linky party.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and prayers!



If you missed my super good news check out my last post!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shower for Baby Bug ♥ GOOD News!

Have I happy fun news for you all!

I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity
 to share our blessed and joyous news with you all!

I am going to become a GRANDMA!!!!

We are all soooo excited about this!

And of course we had to have a baby shower, right?

I co-hosted my younger daughter Katie's baby shower
a few weeks ago with my eldest daughter Evelyn.

So......what's up with the "Baby Bug" you may be asking?

About a month or so into her pregnancy Katie was reading all about it fetal development.  She was so excited and told me that her big sister said that it is "about the size of a ladybug!"  WELL, as it turns out after that. the wee one inside has been lovingly referred to all of us as "Baby Bug!" And it stuck! (And it may continue to stick as we've used that moniker the entire pregnancy!)

It was fun to give Katie a bug themed summer baby shower!

My elder daughter Evelyn is a talented graphic designer
and designed/made all of the awesome paper products. 

The shower was held at the beautiful historic Worthington Inn -
 a place near and dear to our hearts.

(Our eldest held her wedding reception in their ballroom,
 and Katie's rehearsal dinner was held there.)

Katie wanted it no where but there!

They do such a good job and take the worry out of everything!
(Thank you again, Vance!)

We did an earthy garden-y fresh and simple decor theme.

We used the cut wooden slices from their beautiful wedding that my 
son-in-law Jeff cut from a tree from his old property.

My pics were a disappointment - aren't great -
 all taken with my phone and all too back lit. 

But at least we have them as a reminder of the shower -
 better than not having any at all I guess.  

The party was so much brighter and prettier than these pics show.

There was alsoa big buffet spread
 of sandwiches, salads, breads and fruit.

Not a single pic of the food turned out because the buffet area was too dark-
but it was beautifully arranged and was very delicious and healthy.

I made the above little wooden clothespin butterflies
 and clipped them onto the napkins.

Katie and Evelyn made the below favors 
"Bugs and Kisses" 
containing Hershey's Kisses and candy worms and bugs.

The graphics on the tag is very similar to the invitation
(dragonfly and letter font and paper color)
and tied with a green and white bakers string.

I put pillow party mints in butterfly demitasse teacups on each table.

The flowers were simply done, 
very meadow-like, reminiscent of an English country garden-
natural and unfussy in extra-tall vintage Ball canning jars.

Each table had new crayons and cute alphabet page
for each guest to color - a different one for each - and it was encouraged to jot down a little message for the baby/Katie/Jeff on it. 

Mommy-to-be wants to bind them all in a little book for baby.

We also played a few games;
 one was a fun nursery rhyme fill-in-the-blank game.

The prizes were White Barn Candle Company candles.

BTW- WBCC at Bath and Body Works in here in Columbus.

Les Wexner who owns Limited Brands lives in New Albany - 20 minutes from here.

The delicious and moist cake was half vanilla and half chocolate
 and had a wonderful raspberry buttercream layer.

 Their baker did an amazing job surprising us with this design!

Katie received so many wonderful gifts
and lovingly hand-made items
 to help welcome sweet wee little Baby Bug!

What a joyous celebration and special, fun day this was!

Katie's sister did a great job with all the work involved.

She was so helpful, sweet and attentive.

(They're happily the best of friends!)

I love the happy pic below of them smiling together -
they do that often.  : - )

Of course big sister Evelyn couldn't help but gift
a whole set of onesies in every size that said
"My Aunt is Cooler Than Your Aunt!"


Now being so worldly, big sister Evelyn did some research 
and found info on Finnish Baby Boxes and ordered one for her sister - filled to the brim with homemade and essential items.

You can learn all about these really neat boxes here.

This is a very dark pic but the Finnish Baby Box she ordered
is in the forefront on right.

Katie is pretty much ready so it won't be long now.
Her due date is the 16th 
but we'd be surprised if she goes that long.

Hopefully the fireworks won't bring on her labor -
but we will be ready, regardless!

BTW: they didn't want to know the gender
so at birthtime it will be a big surprise to us all!

As always, thank you for your visit!



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tea Time with Pink Peonies

Oh boy, we have just had way too much rain lately!

Today it rained and rained - and poured- but then it actually stopped!!!!

And out came the warm bright wonderful sunshine! 


So I made a lovely cup of tea, grabbed a dessert to nosh, 
quickly went and cut some gorgeous pink peonies
that just blossomed a few days ago,
and poked them into a favorite teapot.

I then scurried fast to enjoy my favorite place for teatime
  my covered shady patio
 to watch this elusive and rare sun -
 which I love as long as I am in the shade, haha.

It seems forever since we've had any sun, or sun that I was
 free enough to notice and enjoy (life has been hectic lately!)

That glorious sun:
nearly as rare, quickly gone, and elusive as the lovely peony!

So I share my pics of this moment with you all today,
 and pray you are all well.

I had been waiting (and hoping) I could share them 
with you before the rain ruins their delicate petals.

These are cut from my neighbors garden.
She is out of town and said I could have them all.
I settled for just a teapot full.

My peony has only produced a couple of blooms,
and didn't like the rain - hers are older, heartier,
get more sun and are pink.

I think I may give up on my peony in the spot it is in.
My trees are shading it too much, so I need to move it
or lose it, I'm afraid.

Maybe Ellen will let me just plant it over there -
they love all that sun!

A pretty napkin seems right at home here today.

This very old and very very delicate Bavarian set
 is my largest set (tons of it collected over years)
and is my most feminine and pretty.

It's been a while since I have shared it with you all- 
but I just had to put those beautiful peonies
 in the loveliest of all my china!

I see a varnished gleam in my heart's eye
While peonies are climbing at the gate.
That birds of red and yellow twit nearby,
Enchanting leafy maples, so ornate
Till sun dew bursts of fresh morn, to elate!

~S. Kendrick

Garden Party

Summer breezes gently 
Brushes against my face
Sunlight teases my eyes
Wakens me 
Its morning 
Bouquet of fragrances to my nose
Guides me to my garden
Its there I find my peace
Eagerly stepping onto glistening dewy grass 
Placing myself among the copious of blooms
I sit beneath my maple tree upon a rattan chair
I sip my tea, I breathe in my solitaire
They don’t seem to mind
My company spends time
Creating the sounds of summer
My buzzing bees they notice me 
And thank me for pink Peonies
Butterflies like swimming high
Above their purple Buddleia
Kissing nectar for their breakfast 
As fragrant aromas surrounds me
Infusing my tea while I see 
A white blossom tree
Good Morning Dragonfly perching upon his Goldenrod
Shimmering purple through his transparent wings
Dancing to the waterfall like a King
Dawn brings the cooing voice 
Of music from the Dove
Hummingbirds flying backwards
Display their iridescent plumage
Drinking sweetness from the trumpets
Blackbirds flying downward
Yellow beaks hunting 
Consuming food from falling seeds
Vibrant colors all around
Pleasant sounds resounding 
Grandstand of fragrances 
I refreshingly embrace
A reception of hospitality
Welcome to my Garden Party

~M. Franceschini

As always, thank you for your visit!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Have a Happy and Safe Weekend!

Just popping in with a big hello
to wish you all a safe and wonderful weekend.

I have about a bajillion things to share with you...

...and hope to do so very soon!

In the meantime, I miss you and love you
 and wish you all of


And a huge thanks to our brave who have kept us safe and free.


Huge hugs and prayers!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kentucky Derby Tea Time

Well, what a very busy weekend!

Did anyone attend the Kentucky Derby this year?

I did not get to go, as I attended my annual civic women's club
 Spring Fling Ladies Brunch and Style Show.

However, I made up for not being there in great style!

I recently won a wonderful tea giveaway
from Linda at her blog called FRIENDSHIP TEA.

She gifted me TWO large containers of the most wonderful
Black and Green Teas which she explains in detail 
on her giveaway post here.

They came in those wonderful nylon pyramid sachets, 
and both are so very tasty!

I had a whirlwind weekend -  had an out-of-state tea sister
 come in late on Friday for a fast overnight stay.

 She was in town to attend her daughter's
smaller local second bridal shower in our area.

 Then the next day she was gone by 9am to attend
 her daughter's final dress fitting (bought locally) for the wedding.

Then my husband grabbed my 7th grade niece while I got ready
to take her to the ladies brunch and style show by 10 am.

(We had a wonderful time! Such a good time I took no pics.)

After we finished there we came back to our house and 
put together a pretty planter and homemade card for her
mother (my younger sister) for Mother's Day.

A bit later we three attended Mass, and I sang in choir for the
Saturday evening service - as traditionally the little ones sing
for the mothers on Mother's Day sunday.

THEN we hurried over to our favorite local pub and got a nice meal
and watched the derby on all the large flat screens.

SUCH FUN! Such yelling! 

Good job there, Nyquist!

By the way, my little sister is a University of Kentucky graduate.
She loves The Derby and I will never forget the first time 
she went - with her sorority sisters (Pi Beta Phi.)

As we are true Yankees, it was quite a surprise for her to discover
at the Derby (and at all the school ball games) one can always
catch a whiff of Kentucky Bourbon in the air.  ♥

My sister didn't go this year because she was one of the organizers
 for a huge gala for the  Free to Smile Foundation philanthropy.

She organized the donations to help that wonderful cause. 

This annual event was hosted at the awesome
"Party Barn" at the Les Wexner residence. 
(These are the well-known Wexners who own The Limited.)

So between my busy sister and my busy self 
we had to celebrate the Derby the best we could this year.

So in honor of the Derby, and to happily
enjoy my own win - I baked white chocolate cookies,
brownies, oatmeal jam bars, and pecan chocolate chip cookies
and well enjoyed tea time yesterday.

Sipping on Elwood's Bourbon Tea was extra special.

Elmwood Inn

From Wikipedia on the net
Elmwood Inn in historic Perryville, Kentucky is nationally known because its signature facade is featured on thousands of tins of tea and recipe books that ship every day under the banner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas company. Built in 1842 by local merchant John Burton, the Greek Revival mansion was used as a makeshift hospital during the 1862 Battle of Perryville in the American Civil War. The handsome building served as boarding school from 1896 until 1924 under the care of headmaster Thomas Poynter.
Elmwood was rescued by preservationists in 1974, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as a Kentucky landmark by Governor Wendell Ford. It served as a regional restaurant until 1989. Noted guests during that time included Ronald Reagan and KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The inn was transformed into one of America's best-known tea houses in 1990 under the ownership of Bruce and Shelley Richardson. In 2002, Elmwood Inn was named by the UK Tea Council as the first American tea room to be included in their prestigious publication "Best Tea Places."
Elmwood Inn closed to the public in 2004 and the grand house is now the private residence of the owners.
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas began importing, blending and packaging specialty teas in 1993 and now supplies teas to tea rooms, restaurants and gift shops in every state. Elmwood Inn's publishing division, Benjamin Press, is the publisher of over 17 books, mainly on the subject of tea.
The Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press offices, blending and packaging operation is located at 135 North Second Street in Danville, Kentucky. A tea shop for retail and wholesale customers is located in that downtown facility.

One more thing I also had to miss this past weekend
 was our family's annual Cancer Walk.

Here is a cute pic of just a few of our family's "Mob" 
walking for a cure and making a difference, one step at a time.

Rest in Peace, Pop Patrick, we love you.

Sunday my husband Michael, and the girls and their husbands
all took me to The Worthington Inn for a Mother's Day brunch.

I ate so much I nearly needed a nap, it was so delish!


So - thank you, again, Linda, for helping me so enjoy
a little taste of your Kentucky at this special time of year.

I appreciate trying new teas, and these did not disappoint!

Linda is quite knowledeable and ALL about tea and travel.
 Be sure to stop by her blog for a visit soon!

As always, thank you all for your visit!