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Monday, February 17, 2014

SNOWED~IN VALENTINE'S DAY LUNCHEON

 
Finally!
After planning and planning,
waylaid by constant snowstorms,
we celebrated our Valentine's day luncheon.
This year my friends Laura (from 52Flea),
Paula, Kathleen, Carole Maynard (Maynard Greenhouse),
and a new friend,
sweet, petite Tovah Martin joined
me for this special occasion.
We missed our dear friend Debbie, who had other plans.
 
Oh, did we have fun!

 
Tovah visited for the first time, and I am looking 
forward to seeing each other in the future.
If the name rings a bell, we'll get to that later....
 

 
The table looked pretty in it's finery.
Tulips always make me happy,
a sign of things to come.

 
The table settings were simple...
the colors subdued.....

 
I do not have much talent when it comes to making things
from paper, and my writing is not very pretty.
(My friend Debbie writes like calligraphy)
Wish I could!
But I found this little birdie project on Country Living's
website with instructions.
I just added things to make them more personal.

 
My contribution were homemade cookies.
The gals always arrive laden with gifts, as you will see.

 
Lunch consisted of Cream of Asparagus Soup with
 sautéed shitake mushrooms,
Baked Salmon with Brown sugar and mustard crust,
red potatoes with creme fraiche and chives,
and Ina Garden's Corn and Avocado Salad.
 
Desert was an apple cake and a fruity chocolate Torte.
Unfortunately I did not get to take pictures,
but I saw the girls photographing.
Maybe they will have pictures on their blogs.

 
When my friends come, they come bearing gifts.
There is no way of stopping them.
They are the most giving friends,
and I don't mean only gifts.
They are there for each other and for me
whatever is going on.
Their love and caring, our sharing is to me
the biggest gift anyone could give!!!!!
I love them all with my whole heart.
And this is what Valentine's Day is all about.
 
The beautiful basket above was made by my friend
Carole Maynard.
I am in absolute awe.
There are more than 40 pieces of paper interlocking
to make this creation.
How does she do this?!
I love it!

 
 
 

 
 
Some of us had not exchanged Christmas gifts yet either.
So there was quite a flurry of activity.
Many beautiful and thoughtful gifts were exchanged.

 
Laura knows how much I love rabbits.
Yes, this pretty pillow cover from Pottery Barn will
soon find a special place in our home.
Ah, signs of spring.....

 
and Paula followed suit by giving me this
pretty Rabbit's Foot Fern,
gussied up in a beautiful container.
 
Kathleen made sure our tootsies stayed warm
with Valentine's socks packaged in a pretty heart box.

 
Oh, and if this was not enough joy,
Tovah gave me one of her absolutely beautiful books.
Tovah is an author of more than a dozen inspiring books
on gardening. She writes for many magazines, teaches,
and many of you will remember her as a garden editor
for Victoria magazine.
 

 
When I went to bed last night, I took the book with me.
I started to read and could not stop. It is not just giving you pictures of house plants and important information,
oh no, there is a story with every plant.
The are loved, and they have personalities.
I chuckled at the story of the asparagus fern.
This is definitely not just a plant book!
And there is Einstein, her cat.
Being a cat lover, I would love to see a whole book
on Einstein and his life with this lovely, creative woman.
I feel truly blessed to have her join us and making a new friend.
 
 
And with the winter woes, we all needed
a happy occasion.
Some of my friends made it up the driveway,
others had to walk.
This winter has not been kind to us here in the
Northeast.
Snow was flying fast and furious.
Wait for the same scene coming up.

 
The snow is over two feet deep with
many higher snow drifts.
Here it is now up to the railing.
There is furniture under all this white stuff....
hard to believe.
We are trying to get it off the roof.
This load scares me to death. So many roofs are
collapsing. We have a leak on the chimney cap membrane.
Something to be fixed after this mess.
 The bitter cold cracked it, and the crows
are helping themselves by pecking at the rubber.
What next !!!!
 

 
On the front deck there are big window boxes
under the snow.
You can guess where they are?
 

 
My deer is frozen into the snow and ice.
The real ones have a hard time walking through the snow
and finding food.

 
And this weird crater is our version of mount Vesuvius.
Actually this is a tree stump way under there.
Interesting!

 
Remember where the snow was in the picture before.
This was after the storm, oh, and we will get
another 4 to 6 inches tomorrow.

 
So, with this in mind, I will be heading for my bed early
with Tovah's book and dreams of plants and spring.
All my plants are at hubbies office for the winter.
Our home gets too dry and warm.
He takes good care of them, but I
cannot wait to get reacquainted.
 
I think by now most of the country is yearning for spring.
Happy dreams!
 
God bless,
Evi

10 comments:

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Sounds like a wonderful afternoon with dear friends! You set such a lovely table, and tulips are one of my favorites too!
And I am with you, enough snow already!!

Sarah said...

Evi, I know your lunch was perfection. I would love to be a fly on the wall so to speak. '-) Your table so pretty with your special touches. Simplicity at its best!
Sorry you are dealing with all that snow. I can't begin to relate. I've been working in the garden the past two days because temps are warming here and things will be sprouting before we know it. This afternoon I noticed that my iris have some blooms about to open. Mother Nature has been severe with freezing temps for us, just no snow and ice. My garden is a wreck. Must to do!
Great to see a post from you. I'm off to see if I can locate a copy of that beautiful book…….Sarah

Earlene Landis said...

What a beautiful tablesetting!!!!
Fun!!!
I enjoyed reading your post.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Just beautiful Evi... I love the napkin rings.
And so while the wind howled outside and the snow was up to the backdoor, you and your guests had such warmth within.
Take care, Spring is only a few weeks away!
Susan x

Annette said...

Evi, you set such a lovely table. I bet the girls were impressed. What an amazing group to have for lunch. I can imagine you all just had a ball!! The garden book sounds delightful. I can't even imagine how all of you back east are coping with the constant weather storms. Spring really will come......it always does. Have a wonderful week.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Such a rough winter you all have had this year, Evi.
I remember Carole posting about your Valentine parties in past years. Always so very beautiful, and this year is no exception!
The book looks amazing - gorgeous and unique. Stay cozy & happy.
Lin

cippy said...

Evi, I am new to your lovely blog and your wonderful creations. Cannot wait to see what's next. I just love the idea of your Valentine luncheon with your friends and I'm feeling inspired to do something similar next year. I also live in the northeast, and I must agree...enough is enough!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh Evi everything looks so beautiful again! I love your table scape and the pretty birds you made! That paper heart from Carole is so awesome! Glad to read you had a good time together :) My oh my that snow you've got and keep getting is unbelievable! We just had 2 snow days here in Bremen so far and that was just a few inches. Weather here is rather Springlike right now which of course we enjoy and hope it wont come back anymore this season. I already bought some Spring flowers for the garden. Come over if you need to see some more signs of early Spring! Something is wrong with my blog btw it doesn't show my blog post updates in the side bars of the blogs I'm linked with anymore since October. Quite annoying but I couldn't find out what to do about it so far.
Fingers crossed that Winter will be over for you very soon!
xoxo~ Carola

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Once again, we had a wonderful time in your beautiful home Evi. You spoil us girls terribly! I am working on a blog post and will have it up in a day or so. Many, many thanks and much love to you and Eb!
Laura :)

Art and Sand said...

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

The table setting was gorgeous and your gifts are so sweet.

Today is my first visit, but I will be back.