Friday, May 23, 2014

Remembering the happy things this May...

Oh my goodness!  It feels like forever since I have written a blog post, well maybe that's because it has been forever!!  Life has been very busy with so much going on (ups and downs).  I hope you haven't given up on me and my blog!  This morning, I needed to take a moment to stop and smell the roses and count my blessings.  I want to share with you some of the happy things that have happened during this beautiful month of May.

Lots to Celebrate...

My oldest daughter Anita, turned thirteen on the 4th of May.  I am officially the mother of a teenage daughter!  Scary?  Scary! 

On the same day, my youngest daughter, Annabel, celebrated her first Holy Communion.

I am so thankful for this moment right here. Annabel hugging her grandpa on her communion day.  She was so looking forward to visiting with him before attending mass that day (probably as much as he was looking forward to it, too)!

Mother's Day

On the week leading up to Mother's day, my mom came to stay with us...

We visited English and Miller tea house and enjoyed a pot of tea with warm scones, strawberry jam and Devon cream!  It was soooo yummy and such a treat for both of us.

My mom and I went thrift shopping together and found a couple of vintage teacups and saucers which we turned into bird feeders!  Here is one of them hanging on my crabapple tree. Isn't it adorable?

Here is a robin fresh out of the bath.  I never tire of watching the robins splash around in the water.  They always bring a smile to my face.

 Mother's day morning at High Park with my darling girls.  I love them with all my heart and I am so proud of them.  They truly are my greatest blessings.    

This is a picture of a lunch I made last week.  I like how pretty and colorful it looks served on my heart-shaped plate.  

This past weekend, we visited High Park in Toronto and spotted the cherry blossoms on the Sakura trees in full bloom.  It was unintentional, but how lucky for us! 

In and around our garden...

We celebrated the Victoria day holiday (Queen Victoria's birthday) on Monday with a BBQ lunch alfresco!  I do so enjoy setting a pretty table outdoors.  It's always fun to eat outside when the weather is pleasant.

We also planted our herbs this weekend.  We have thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, cilantro, chives, and more!  Cherry tomatoes and kale were planted too.  I am looking forward to watching it all grow! 

The red and yellow tulips in our side garden blossomed several days ago and are looking lovely!

The teacup magnolia tree Nuno planted on our front lawn several years ago is boasting its first spring blooms this week, too! Magnolias are one of my favorites! 

This is how my crabapple tree looks today...overflowing with pink buds ready to burst into fragrant white blooms at any given moment!  

"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May."
Edwin Way Teale

These are some of the things that have made my heart most happy this month.  I hope you are all enjoying this hopeful season of spring.  Don't forget to stop and count your blessings.  Sometimes we need reminding!  I know I do!  



  1. Wonderful, uplifting, beautiful and joyful as always, Rosinda...those of us that love you will NEVER give up on your lovely blog, so never fear! I can't believe it's almost 3 years since we those delightful girls have grown! Just perfect. The love you feel for each other shines out from your family in all the photos. Thanks for the smiles, sweetheart! Xoxo

    1. I can't believe it's been almost 3 years! How I wish we could visit each other again soon! Thank you for your comments sweetie. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! XOXO

  2. I love this post, Rosinda <3 Such wonderful blessings indeed .You have a pink magnolia. I plan on getting one if it can handle our weather. I love my white baby, but it wants a friend :) ... Pictures I'd love are the homemade teacup... love it! I'll take a picture of my mother's day tea cup bird feeder for you to see :)...remind me if i forget ;) ... Herbs in the planter... red and yellow tulips and the teacup magnolia. I'm thinking the magnolia and birdfeeder would be so nice together because of the name of the magnolia.

    Thanks so much, Rosinda! Much love to you <3 xoxo

    1. Thank you, Denise! I will post the pictures on your page. I think your magnolia tree is the star magnolia variety. Am I correct? They are beautiful, too! I'm looking forward to seeing a photo of your mom's bird feeder! BIG HUGS!! xoxo

  3. Everything looks so beautiful and comforting in your pictures. I'm glad you have so many happy moments and wish in the future you'd have nothing but happy moments. ♥

    1. Thank you, dear friend! I wish the same for you! Have a wonderful weekend, Nancy! XOXO

  4. Rosinda, I've loved my visit with you today! Your corner of the world is lovely and full of hope and love. Many blessings to you and your family. xoxo ♥

    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen! You are so sweet. Sending love and blessings to you and yours. Happy Memorial day weekend! XOXO

  5. My dear Rosinda,
    I loved every picture, every word and every smile on everyone's faces.
    I treasured every moment spend with you, Nuno, Anita and Annabel and Buddy :) I hope God give me many more years to share with you all!!!
    You're love for nature is bigger than you :)
    I didn't forget to stop and count my Blessings and I've counted you twice>
    Love you with all my heart...My Daughter...My Sunshine...My Best friend <3 XOXOX

    1. Thanks, Mom! I treasure our time together and look forward to it always! You, too, are one of my greatest blessings. I love you! Thanks for always being there for me! XOXO

  6. Hi Rosinda,
    It is such a pleasure to see your new blog post. All of your pictures bring MAY happiness into the lives of the people that read your blog. It really is true that if one looks around at the beauty of nature and that if we count our blessings then we really can feel happy in our hearts, even during our ups and downs.
    The pictures of your daughters are lovely as well as your garden pictures. I haven't had tea and scones with Devon Cream in a very long time and I know that it is a special treat. How wonderful for your Mum during her Mother's Day visit. Tea shops don't seem to be too popular where I live. We did have a nice tea/restaurant here, but the man who ran it had to it close down. Coffee seems to be the beverage of choice, however I love tea!
    I have been checking in to your blog since your last post and it's good to see that you are there! You are a dear!

    Happy May...which is almost turning in to June now and then school will be out for summer holidays.

    1. Thank you, dear, sweet Audrey! It's so nice to "see" you here again! Happy May, almost-June to you, too! Summer holidays will be here soon and I can't wait! By the way, if you don't mind me asking, whereabouts do you live?

  7. Hi Rosinda,
    I'm so happy to see this post and catch up on all that's going on with you and your lovely family. There are so many wonderful things happening in May! Here's to many more pleasures in June ♥

    Danielle xo

    PS thank you so much for the Victoria sponge recipe! I am going to be making it very soon! Can't wait! : )

    1. You're welcome, Danielle! Thank you for your sweet comments! Cheers to happy June adventures! xoxo

  8. Thank you for sharing your joy and gratitude with me! It's late at night here, and this was such a restorative break from long hours. Lotsa love. xo JoEllen

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, dear JoEllen! It's lovely to see you here. Thank you for retweeting my blog post! You are a sweetheart! Love and hugs! xoxo