Saturday, August 11, 2007

Wonderful Surprises and Outside with Nature

This week has been so full of generous surprises from some sweet blogging friends.
First one was a little parcel I got in the mail from Judy over at Memories are made of this! http://judypatooote.blogspot.com/

She had asked me if she could put Elvis' mug on one of her gift cards LOL

A look at this beautiful bookmark! I`m using it right now while reading Under The Tuscan Sun. Judy sells gift cards and bookmarks at http://www.judypatooote.etsy.com

Now if only this lovely descriptive book had pictures....sigh.
Then.....
Jennie at Blog in a Cyber Bottle http://bloginacyberbottle.blogspot.com/ has elected me with this cool award! Thank you so much Jennie. What a fun one! Surely don`t deserve it though cause I`m so bad with blogging lately. Need to make more time on the computer.

And if that`s not enough, Kari over at Just Livin' Large http://grannyskywalker.blogspot.com/
has given me this one ! Thanks Kari. Thanks all of you guys and everyone that finds a few minutes to come and visit here :) Now if only I could find some nore time on the computer and visit everyone everyday! I`d be reading all day long, but I`d enjoy LOL

My Dad has a collection of bird houses in one of their trees....

A racoon was admiring them a few nights in a row. So much that he decided to pry the side off one and help himself to some yummy seeds.

My Dad strapped a cord around the tempting one and so far the theif hasn`t returned..

I was sitting outside reading and a hummingbird came to visit the beebalm. Of course when I went to grab the camera, he was gone. But Angus looked so pretty I just had to snap a couple of pictures...


A hungry visitor came to have a munch on a leaf of the garden phlox. these two are clickable to see his amazing detail...


Then a monarch butterfly came to check out the joe pie weed I dug up from the feild last year.

This one you can click to make bigger........

Well, that`s it for now. Have a great weekend!

And....
goes to....
Judy over at Memories are made of this! http://judypatooote.blogspot.com/
cause she made Elvis famous! And also makes suck pretty bookmarks and writes about all her childhod memories

Pearl and her Mum Kim at Feline Fine http://felinefinery.blogspot.com/
I love seeing Pearl and her bro Pumpy`s adventures. Right now Pearl is freaking out over the new member of the family LOL

Melissa at Empress of Dirt http://empressofdirt.blogspot.com/
makes pretty garden art for her garden and finds the neatest things to do it with.

Jackie at Musings from Jacran Cottage http://jacrancottage.blogspot.com/
has just gotten married in England! She`s now living in Ontario, but how exciting is that!! We`re destined to meet up one of these days if we can ever get our schedules to work and me get our at the moment shared vehicle when hubby isn`t working some weekend.

Robin at Tales of Inglewood http://talesofinglewood.blogspot.com/
Cause our birthdays are two days apart and she`s into some interesting things.
And....

Goes to....
Blue at Indigo Blue http://bluestindigo.blogspot.com/ who has such a thoughtful friendly blog to visit and is now going to take up painting. Can`t wait to see!

Rosie at Corners of my Mind http://rosiepblog.blogspot.com/ who shows such wonderful pictures of the places she visits in England. Can never get enough of seeing places over there :)

Lee-ann at Pear tree cottage! http://xmastree2.blogspot.com/ who has such a warm cozy blog in Australia. She`s deciding on colours at the moment.

Tash at Vintage Pretty http://vintagepretty.org/
who bakes the most yummy looking things and has such pretty pictures.

Pearl at A Storybook Life http://www.astorybooklife.com/
always has great tips and recipes with pretty pictures to go along.

Congratulations girls!

26 comments:

Mrs. G said...

I simply cannot resist Orange Kitties...would Angus turn on me if I grabbed & squeezed him, LOL?!

Julie Marie said...

You are a lucky girl to receive such a nice bookmark and card. (With Elvis, no less!) And you are very deserving of your two awards. I hope you are enjoying "Under the Tuscan Sun" as much as I did. As you were wishing for pictures, let me ask, have you seen the movie with Diane Lane? It does take liberties, but is still a very fun look at Italy.

Loved your pictures of nature and Angus.

Have a great weekend!

Julie

Palm Springs Savant said...

oh my gosh- those are all such great photos! I love your dad's bird houses btw, they are teriffic! Kitty looks so comfy and happy as well...

Home Away from Home. said...

Hi Tea,
Great photos!
I'm trying to get caught up on reading but I could stare at those photos for hours. :)
Have a great weekend. -Patty

Paper Fan Club said...

Glad to have found your site, Tea. Love the photos... beautiful colour and clarity! I also really enjoy how your blog seems to reflect your shining personality -- as evidenced by the great blogging friends you have made. Good luck to you!

aStorybookLife said...

Tea - Thanks for the "Nice Matters" award - What a nice gift!
Have a wonderful day & I hope you have as much sunshine as I do today!
Pearl
http://www.aStorybookLife.com

~~ Melissa said...

thank you, sweet tea! Beautiful photos. I particularly love the grasshopper. The colours are so beautiful. xo

judypatooote said...

Thank you Tea....does that mean I'm a Rockin Girl Blogger now? I'm honored.....

and are you sure that Angus didn't have a little treat with the hummingbird? LOL..... Love your dads birdhouses....my dad use to make them and bring them over to us....and yes ours got knawed on but by a squirrel....isn't it great what dad's would do to make us happy......

Well give my friend Elvis a bone and tell him it's from me OK?

Kari said...

Congrats on both your awards...you already know I think you deserve lots and lots of awards, right? I really enjoyed all the pictures...although I'm not much of a fan of grasshoppers. They jump too high and too fast for me. lol
If you think about it, let us know how you liked the book! And I can't wait to go check out all the blogs you named. But if I don't get off the computer SOON...my husband may look at me with that LOOK on his face again. lol (He'll be watching the Nascar race tomorrow...that'll be my chance to check out new blogs! Congratulations again!

Rosie said...

hello, tea - what a lovely surprise - thanks so much for the Nice Matters award and for thinking of me :)

Wonderful photos in this post of your garden, and Angus - he is so handsome:)

carolyn said...

Hey Elvis is a star!Congrats on your awards.

Kahshe Cottager said...

Wow, nice things happen in bunches don't they? Elvis looks great on the card! What a wonderful week you have had!

Gina E. said...

OMG I thought I was never going to get to the end of that post!! You must have a super dooper camera, Tea - all your photos are great, but the closeups of the insects are quite spectacular (leave the bird photos on my blog for dead!). Loved all the bird houses on your Dad's tree! What kinds of birds go there (apart from racoons)? We have a possum box in one of our trees, but I think birds often take refuge in there while the possums aren't in residence.

Sheila said...

Congratulations to all your nominees TEA
I love the garden photos,..!

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Wow, Tea, thank you so much! What a nice thing for you to do!
I will display proudly. Now to think of who to nominate...
xoxo
Blue

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

gina,

Robins, some nasty bluejays, chickadees, the odd woodpecker and of course coons...

tea
xo

Rowan said...

Fame at last for Elvis - what a great gift card! Some great photos especially the grasshopper. Thanks for the links too, Rosie's blog is so interesting, right up my street.

The Thrifty Blogger said...

Wow, does that joe pie weed plant smell like lilacs, really pretty and fragrant? Because I have a plant like that up at my camp, and I have been trying to find the name of it. They smell so delicious. Does that sound right to you? :)

Those are some beautiful pics you have taken!

miss*R said...

thanks for the award T xox - I loved the book Under the Tuscan Sun.. loved the movie too! I also have a book that is about decorating in that style, it is just gorgeous - title:Bringing Tuscany home.. by the same author

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Thrifty Blogger.... they don`t seem to have any smell. But I sure do wish they smelled like lilacs. I looked them up on the net and from what I could find, it`s called a Joe Pie weed. Not 100% positive though, but it looks the same.

tea
xo

Old Man Rich said...

The insect pictures are fantastic.

Paper Fan Club said...

You've been tagged, Tea & Margaritas! Your new meme assignment awaits you at: http://bccreativehouse.blogspot.com.

Jessica said...

Pretty photos! Thanks for sharing.

Cute blog.

Carmen said...

Wonderful pictures! You were right there at the right time! Perfect!!!

zUzU said...

Oh! =^..^= The book!
Under the Tuscan Sun ...
One of my favorites ::yummers::
No pictures? Oh but there are pictures!

Close your eyes and dream them.
I can see it all ... taste the food even!
My copy is marked for favorite passages to
return to over and over ... to visit a bit of Italy.

xo zU

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