Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

Seems like it's Friday all the time. The weeks just fly by don't they? 

Here's a few of my favorites this week...

Faux Candles:  Love the flickering-flame faux candles. They look so real! I buy the ones with bark-like sides from Pottery Barn.

Faux Candle

My all time favorite thing to do is prank Wild Bill by setting one right next to his beloved flat-screen TV while he's out of the room and then watch him panic when he thinks it's a real candle flame. He falls for it almost.every.time.

Faux Candle From PotteryBarn

By the way, there is such a thing as TOO BIG when it comes to TV screens. Don't let anyone tell you any different. 

Wild Bill wanted a 65-inch flat screen last year, which meant it would be too big to hang over the fireplace. It was almost impossible to get home and we had to find a TV cabinet to fit it, which was very hard to do. 

Even Wild Bill admits he wouldn't buy a TV over 55 inches in the future. Just too darn big.

Recent Release: The Man Who Invented Christmas is out in DVD. 

We loved this movie (about the process of writing the book, A Christmas Carol) when it was in the theatre last December! 

We bought the DVD at Walmart as soon as we saw it was for sale. At just $17, it was more than worth it as we know we will be watching it over and over.

If you're a Downton Abbey fan, this movie stars Dan Stevens as the author Charles Dickens. If you remember, Dan Stevens played Mathew Crowley who was married to Lady Mary until his too early demise.

Christopher Plummer actually stole the movie with his portrayal of the feisty Mr. Scrooge.  

Scrooge, along with the whole cast of characters from A Christmas Carol, weave in and out of this Victorian Era story about the hardships of the time and the impact Mr. Dickens' book had on the people of that era.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Frontiersmen And Lewis And Clark Expedition

How do you decide what to watch on TV or online? There's just so many interesting programs and variety, it actually makes it hard to decide.

We happened upon a new series on the History Channel, The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, which has completely captured our attention! 

The first episode was about the Revolutionary War,  Daniel Boone, and the early Frontier fort of Boonesborough Kentucky.

The second episode focused on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with Sacajawea, and this was my favorite episode so far.

If you're looking for an interesting series, this just might be one you'll enjoy too. 

Now here's a funny story: A distant family member and spouse took a long and expensive group trip, which followed the Lewis and Clark Expedition's trail. They loved every part of the trip, and when the couple returned home they attended a small dinner party where they excitedly talked about the Lewis and Clark Expedition most of the night. 


As one older lady was leaving the dinner party, she thanked the host for having her. Then she turned to the other couple and told them how much she enjoyed hearing all about their friends Lois and Clark's travel trip!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Fixer Upper's Magnolia Market At The Silos

Our recent trip to Magnolia Market At The Silos (yes that's the full name according to the internet) was, for me, more about gawking and less about buying. 

I did buy a T-shirt and 6 small faux flowers that day, but my favorite part of the experience was seeing the "Fixer Upper Style" Joanna and Chip Gaines bring to all their buildings. 

Honestly, if I could live in this area of their shopping mecca it would be like I'd died and gone to heaven!

The black cabinets, black shiplap walls, brown wood countertops, and the crisp white fireplace surround were so very stunning I had a hard time tearing myself away from them! 

The faux fireplace surround seems like a pretty simple design don't you think? 

I took the close up pictures of it so I can convince Wild Bill we need one somewhere in our house!

All the faux flowers and plants were very realistic, and the spots of  dark green were striking against the black cabinets and shelves.

This is just a small amount of the items that were for sale in the Magnolia Market area.

 Another huge room was at the bottom of a set of stairs with an area dedicated to Chip's love of tools and "Demo Day!" 

If you haven't seen the Fixer Upper series, which can be seen on the HGTV channel, Chip does all the demolition (called Demo Day) on each house they featured on the show.

The gardening area inside Magnolia Market overflowed with beautiful faux flowers and greenery.

Luckily for us, we arrived later (2:30 p.m.) in the day and the crowds in the shop had already thinned out.

The landscaping outside the buildings consists mainly of beautiful flowers and trees in bedding areas. 

The large open areas appeared to be grass, but were really faux grass. 

All Outside Grass Was Fake, But Beautiful!

Not having to water or mow grass is such a good idea in the central part of Texas where Waco is located. When the weather gets hot and the grass starts shooting up, lawns sometimes have to be mowed twice a week.

I continually touched the faux flowers inside Magnolia Market to assure myself that they were "faux"

When I got outside again, the flowers in the outside planter boxes were so perfect, I kept touching them to make sure they were real! It was exhausting.

The Bakery was just next door, but the line was too long for me to tackle. You can see the porch of the bakery here. The line goes all the way down the block beyond the people there on the porch waiting to get in.

Tips When Visiting:
  • I have read other blog posts that say despite the length of the bakery line, it is a short wait.
  • Seems everyone thinks the way to beat the "crowd" is to go early in the day! Don't believe them. The market is open until 6 p.m. As you can see, there were NO crowds at the market when we were at the Silos area from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon. 
  • On the way to Magnolia Market, we passed parking lots that were charging $10 to park. If you just drive down the side of the market, you will find FREE parking right at Magnolia!

This FREE Magnolia Parking Lot Is Right At The Silos!

There's a huge courtyard with free games and fun seating by food trucks that sell a variety of meals and snacks. These white tables and benches had a wonderful Farmhouse design.

The Hot Dog truck smelled so good when I passed by!

Even the restrooms were a lovely farmhouse style with beautiful flowers and plants in the window boxes and bedding areas and vines growing up the trellis.

There are so many wonderful ideas and landscape designs to soak in. I'll leave you with a few more pictures to share of the outside.

My last post was all about the building and landscaping at the couple's other venture, a breakfast and lunch restaurant called Magnolia Table. You can see the landscaping at Magnolia Table HERE.

If you made it all the way through this lengthy post, I want to say I appreciate you for sticking with me. 

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Our Fixer Upper Road Trip

We took an impromptu road trip down south to the Waco Texas area recently. 

Until we moved north in 2011, we lived in a small town near Waco. Every day I drove to Waco where I worked in the small downtown area, just a mile or so from where the Fixer Upper folks now have their market place and nearby restaurant.

Magnolia Table - Joanna and Chip Gaines' New Restaurant

As old folks sometimes do, we started talking about taking a road trip one morning around 9, started packing a suitcase at 10, and we finally hit the road about 11. 

We did some shopping at Joanna's 'Magnolia Market at the Silos' first, then took a ride by Chip's new restaurant, Magnolia Table, even though we knew it was already closed for the day.  

I only bought a few things at Magnolia Market (a Fixer Upper T-shirt and these sweet little flowers) because we are downsizing our "stuff" these days, but there was so many wonderful things to see and do.

When we got home and I was unpacking, there was a cute little "Thank You" card in the bag. The card talks about how Chip and Joanna hope their market place area will become a gathering spot for families and friends to come and enjoy themselves. I can assure you it already is!

There's so much to see and do at the Magnolia Market shopping area, but that's a story for another post. 

Because the landscaping at both places was so lovely, I took a lot pictures. I want to share the landscaping with you, especially if it's dark and dreary where you are.

Just like the homes they do on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna's buildings and landscaping were the real star of the show!

The new restaurant is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is only a short driving distance away from Magnolia Market at the Silos. 

The Magnolia Table restaurant has already opened for business, but the landscaping was still being "tweaked" when we were there.

At our house this winter, we've lost some plants in our own bedding areas that we'll need to replace when the weather warms up. Seeing the simple (but beautiful) landscaping Chip and Joanna did on their grounds inspires me to make ours simple too.

If you're a big fan of white and black with beautiful landscaping, you won't be disappointed at either the Magnolia Market shopping area or the Magnolia Table restaurant.

Boxwoods, olive trees, and various plants (with primarily dark green leaves) are mixed throughout the rich brown bark at the restaurant. 

Flowering plants are kept at a minimum here, but wait until you see all the wonderful flowers at the market place!

Around the corner to the left of the building below, there's an open dining area for sitting outside with a little side shop that sells pastries and juice.

I would have gladly walked around and taken pictures of the open air dining, but a couple of security officers were giving me the evil I was happy to get the photos of the front before we were wisely on our way.

Here's an interesting article about Chip and Joanna when they were starting out broke and finding it difficult to pay their bills, and also talks about the effect their business success and TV show has had on the little city of Waco. See it here on

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Tea Time And The $5 Bouquet

It's been cold and rainy in NE Texas this week, perfect weather for a cup of tea and some flowers to brighten the kitchen. 

I'm usually not a purple person, but the granddaughters are coming and they both love purple just like most little girls do.

The flowers weren't meant for the kitchen, but when I went to make a cup of my favorite English Breakfast tea, the room was kind of dreary due to the overcast weather. 

And it seemed I may have made the kitchen a little bland in my effort to tone down the yellowish brown cabinets. 

All the brown, black and white of the kitchen seemed to need a pick-me-up. 

It was then I remembered my $5 worth of flowers I'd just bought in bright cheerful colors of purple and yellow.

The pig seems happy with his cheerful bouquet. He didn't seem to care that they came from The Dollar Store and were only a dollar a piece for each bunch.

I'm trying to think of something witty for the chalkboard, but all I can come up with so far is "Happy Easter!"

Yeah, I know that's not too fact it sounds exactly like "Happy 4th!" which is what I got stuck on for 2 or 3 Julys in a row!

I'm open to suggestions for a kicky phrase. Meanwhile, I plan to repaint the little chalkboard black to get rid of the residue of chalk.

Sharing my tea post this week at the Friend's Sharing Tea party at Bernideen's. I hope you'll join me there.

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