Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Two steps forward and three steps back. 

 That seems to be the name of the Spring Game.

  You all seemed to enjoy our big red camellia bush

 so I thought I would pick some to bring inside

 to show you how they would brighten up the kitchen. 

 It was a very sunny day when I did that 

and by the time I was ready to take a photo,

 the sun had disappeared and the rain came down.

The lighting was so bad 

that you really couldn't tell 

exactly what color the flowers were

 so, I thought about the pretty 

red and white checked tablecloth 

that I used at Christmas

 and thought that might do the trick

 of brightening the room up...

...it helped a little but just not enough.

By this time, 

the camellias were falling off the stems 

and it was too wet to venture out to pick some more

 so, I added a few faux red poppies 

that I had stowed away 

and that seemed to do the trick.

"There's no use in grumbling

When the rain drops come tumbling

Remember, you are the one

Who can fill the world with sunshine. 

When you smile and you sing 

Everything is in tune and it's spring

And life flows along

With a smile and a song."

A Smile and a Song Published in 1937

By Frand Churchill and Larry Morey

Performed by Adriana Caselotti in the 1937 Disney movie, 

Snow White and the Seven Drawfs

Have a wonderful week.


A little bit of sunshine

 on a painted piece of paper.

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  1. The photo above the line "There's no use in grumbling" is so charming. I like the checkered table cloth and pillow. And the bowl of lemons is so sunny. I don't know where you are, but we've had more than our share of rain in the NE.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I am in Northern California and it seems the weather is crazy all over. I usually plan my posts a couple of days ahead of publishing and by the time they go out the sun is cheerful again..xxoJudy

  2. We've had three days of sun and warm temperatures in a row. We are sure the world is coming to an end!

  3. Thanks so much, Jeanie. It does make you wonder, doesn't it? I guess it is time to start singing!..Happy Spring..xxoJudy

  4. Just think how pretty everything will continue to be in your garden with all the rain. We have had a few days of rain and then sunshine. I am just happy Old Man Winter is gone!! Love the red and white checked table cloth and the poppies looks so pretty. Have a great rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. It was so pretty today the kind of day I wish would last all year long. Hopefully this will start to be the best of everything coming..xxoJudy

  5. I love a cozy kitchen on a rainy day. so pretty with the red check table topper.

    1. Thanks so much, Debra. A day is always better when something brightens it up..xxoJudy

  6. Our weather has been wacky, too. Rain, sun, rain, sun...I just can't wait until it gets warm and sunny for good!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I'm with you and, fingers crossed, I think we are about there..xxoJudy

  7. Lovely---it turned so yucky again, wishing for sunshine! Hugs, Sandi

    1. Thanks so much, Sandi. We now have beautiful, sunny weather again. Hopefully it sticks around for awhile..Happy Spring..xxoJudy

  8. We've certainly had wild weather here too Judy! I love how you brightened up the kitchen with the checked tablecloth and flowers. Sometimes you just need a little cheer - your dining area looks so cozy and full of ambience! Many blessings to you dear friend!

  9. Thanks so much, Marilyn. Any little bit of cheer is welcomed. We are back to some beautiful sunshine now though. Hope it stays this way..Happy Spring

  10. The flowers with your checkered tablecloth look wonderful! Janice

    1. Thanks so much, Janice. Anything bright is welcomed now..Happy Spring..xxoJudy

  11. I love the camelias! I think they must be the dark pink ones? The red peppers are so pretty, and the checkered tablecloth sure brightened up things. Your kitchen is so cozy! And the poem at the end.. so sweet for a rainy day! Your "bit of sunshine on paper" is darling too! We are having gorgeous weather here... was 70 yesterday and will be/is warmer today. But it's short lived.. rain coming back for a couple of days, then a day of sun, then more rain. It's all making everything green and lush around here! xoxo Marilyn

    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn. Our weather is beautiful these last few days but is expected to turn rainy again. Like you say, good for the flowers..xxoJudy

  12. Judy,
    I have always loved seeing your Kitchen and this post did not disappoint....Thank you for stopping by...Joe passed away peacefully and comfortably in a Hospice unit on April 16th....
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    1. Thanks so much, Deb I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Joe. Glad to hear that he had a peaceful passing. I know that would be comforting to you and your family..Take care of yourself xxoJudy


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