A very Happy 10th Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. New photos were released to commemorate their special day.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The condolence messages that have come in from around the world show the esteem in which Prince Philip was held. From crowned heads to statesmen, the military, and a host of organizations of which he was patron, but the most heart-warming are those that have come from his family.
Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales:
I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.
As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.
My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.
His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved. I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities. I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world.
I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched. We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.
I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her. I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!
My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.
He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.
He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’
So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.
‘Per Mare, Per Terram.’”
Monday, April 12, 2021
I also binged all the way through Atlantic Crossing on PBS Passport and I was excited to see news about Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
MAKIN’ DA MONEY
SPENDIN’ dat money
FRUGAL OR SPENDTHRIFT
Friday, April 9, 2021
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Monday, April 5, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
Following the same format as I did for St. Patrick's Day, today's Friday Favorites is in celebration of Easter as I share my favorite décor pieces that I use for this holiday.
1. Two Tier Tray
Our Easter tray features several items that we have had since Sophia's first Easter. That's Bloomer Bunny and Feathers Duck on the top tier along with a quilted egg "Sophia" from a craft fair, a "C" Easter ornament from Target, and a Peter Rabbit money box. The second tier hold a stack of books, a wooden garland, and a rolling pin from one of my favorite Etsy shops, LacyBelles, some little bunny figurines, and a plastic berry basket full of colorful eggs. The purple paper bunny on the front is a pattern drawn around Sophia's hand when she was in preschool.
2. Nora Fleming Napkin Holder
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Here's my first quarter Goodreads Reading Challenge tally - 16 books read out of my goal of 48 for 2021. I'm happy to be a little ahead of the game because I doubt I'll get much reading done in July.
Quite a variety of genres here - light and easy reading in the Sisterchicks series, another Talyton St. George book from Cathy Woodman, a Christmas novel from Debbie Macomber, the final book in what started as the Red River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling, and several new authors, Fiona David, Kate Quinn, and Pam Jenoff. Two more I've been wanting to read for a while, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan (loved it) and Snobs by Julian Fellows (meh, a disappointment). My favorite this quarter was Moonlight over Paris by Jennifer Robson. I love her books, this is book 3 of 3 in The Great War series.