Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero
'till the end of the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life."

Bonnie Tyler, "Holding Out For A Hero"

To my personal hero and all who came before him and all who will come after...
Thank you for your service and
 Happy Veteran's Day...
You are all heroes.


Last week was my birthday and I had a really beautiful day.

The Captain brought me flowers and 
took me out to a prime-rib dinner. 
 I had my camera in my pocket and 
my last words, before sitting down to the table were: 
"Don't let me forget to take a picture."

Well, guess what?

Sorry, but it was a beautiful sight and oh, so good!

The kids came up the next day and took us out for a great Mexican dinner.

Jake and Jacenda gave me the beautiful candle.  
I have never smelled anything so wonderful.  It is Lavender and Cedarwood 
put out by Essential Elements. 
 I can light it for awhile in the morning and the scent is still lingering at bedtime. 
 It is one of my most new favorite things in the world.

Another favorite thing of mine, in the world, is lanterns. 
 I have picked up a few at Hobby Lobby and Home Goods but,
 I haven't seen any like the two that Tami and Tim gave me for my birthday. 
 The tiny lights inside shine through the windows in the shapes of stars. 
 They are amazing and I just adore them.


I know you are all wondering...
why I didn't go shopping for myself for my birthday...
as I normally do.

It is because this coming weekend, 
we are going down to Santa Cruz to attend the
 Goat Hill Fair Vintage Market
at the Watsonville fairgrounds.

 I have been following their blog for sometime 
and was thrilled to hear about the show..

Country Cottage

The Captain and I used to participate in a similar type of country show at the same fairgrounds many years ago.
(At which I sold the very picture that is featured on my blog header today).

I am anxious to see how the two shows differ
 as the types of merchandise has changed over the years.

The Rodgers House
Photo courtesy of Goat Hill Fair blog post

There is also an old house that we had admired throughout our years of living in Santa Cruz. 
 It is a historic home of a prominent Watsonville family and
 was opened up with charming shops in each room. 
 After we moved away we tried to find the house again, but 
the area had changed so much that we thought it had been demolished. 
 We found out just recently that it had been moved to the entrance of the fairgrounds
 where it has been refurbished and will be open for a tour at the time of the show.

I am beyond excited and
 am hoping I will be allowed to take pictures to share next time.


Thank you
 Jerry, Tami, Tim, Jake and Jacenda
 for making my birthday so special.
 Love you all to the
 moon and back!

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  1. Judy, Your Captain is so handsome. Happy birthday....sorry it's late. I love your lantern houses. That candles sounds good too. I am so glad the house was transported instead of being torn down. What a pretty picture. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. Hi Judy, Firstly, Happy Belated Birthday!! What wonderful gifts you received and special dinners out. Your trip to Santa Cruz will be wonderful. I so hope you get to take pics on the tour.
    Beautiful tribute for today and your hero!! Thank him for his service!!
    Wishing you a nice evening.
    Hugs and Blessings

  3. OH what a lovely birthday - the candle and lanterns are so wonderful. And what a beautiful old house and gardens. I'm glad your day was wonderful, even if you forgot to take photos of the food.

  4. Happy Birthday wishes to you. Your house lanterns are really cute Judy and would make the evenings cozy looking. I hope you enjoy the Goat Hill Fair. Blessings, Pam

  5. What a sweet post Judy, and I love that song!
    Happy belated birthday and I hope you can take pictures inside that historic house too!

  6. What a handsome man, Judy...thank him for me, too! Happy birthday to you- it looks like it was a good one. That candle sounds like a great scent. So many of them put out such little scent and it is gone as soon as you blow the candle out. I LOVE those lanterns that look like STARS in them. How cute!

    Have fun at the show. I did a lot of those shows in the past, too, and painted pictures similar to the one you did up top. It was fun and a lot of work, too...but exciting to see what would sell and to meet all the people. I hope you have a ball- I'm sure you will. xo Diana

  7. O, I love your pretty blog dress and header. So pretty.
    Speaking of pretty....that is one handsome dude...my thanks to him.
    So glad you had a good birthday...Have fun at the show....
    xo bj
    p.s. thanks for reminding me to stay on the "good side" of that Nana Diana woman...I SURE don't wanna be in a WalMart commercial. hahhaa..ain't life grand.

  8. First, Happy Belated Birthday Judy. Sounds like you had wonderful times - great gifts and yummy dinners. Both are my favorite.
    Please thank the Captain for his service and keeping us all safe.
    Enjoy your show and take pictures.

  9. What a lovely post, Judy! Happy belated Birthday to you - it sounds like is was a delight :)

    Have a blessed Wednesday! Hugs

  10. Such excitement coming up Judy. I think I would certainly buy some things at the fair.
    I am glad that your birthday went off well. All the better with the family.
    I have been into candles for a while now.. and can you believe.. my latest choice is lavender ..the smell is awesome. I light a little one every night.. I have collected a few bigger ones in glass for next month.
    Have a great time at the fair.
    love val xxx

  11. Hi Judy, Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like you had two wonderful celebrations! :) I love the pretty gifts you received; those lanterns are so unique -- love the star-shaped lights.

    What a handsome picture of your own special hero, Judy. I bet you and he will have a wonderful time at the antiques/craft fair; we'll look forward to seeing your pictures!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  12. Happy belated birthday Judy! Wonderful tribute to your hero.

  13. Happy Birthday Judy. Sounds like you had a great time with your family and such sweet gifts. Love the house lanterns that shine like stars so pretty. Have a great week.

  14. Well, Happy belated birthday!! Another year wiser, and more beautiful too!!
    Love the dedication to our armed forces, in the top of your post. I add my thanks and appreciation with yours, to all those that have sacrificed and served, and those that are sacrificing now, and serving.

    Sounds like you had a lovely dinner, and birthday celebration. I've never heard of that brand of candle... I need to check into them. Also...adorable lanterns!!! I too love lanterns, and your new lanterns are just darling!!

    Enjoy the Fair!

    Smiles :)

  15. Happy, happy Birthday Judy....don't we all forget to take the pictures as we are so enjoying the moment!!!

  16. Happy Belated Birthday, Judy! I sure do hope you enjoy your trip to Santa Cruz and have a super time at the fair! Take Pictures :) Blessings, Cindy

  17. Happy Belated Birthday Judy! Love those cute houses! What a lovely tribute to your hero!

  18. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Your birthday is near mine. I love the gifts you received.

  19. Judy,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY , my friend!!

    Those lanterns are stunning!!

    Thanks so much for dropping by!! I am back to blogging and posting on my Christmas blog now for the season...


  20. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday...and did you find anything special for yourself there?



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