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Monday, May 4, 2009


Blogville is just full of parties, and we're all invited!

Today, I am joining the Porch & Patio Party, sponsored by Barb at Grits and Glamour, and I am also joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

Edited 05/06/09 to add: I've been resisting posting this each week since Susan began the Outdoor Wednesday parties. I apologize to Susan and to you. I just couldn't resist any longer.

I really do have an Outdoor Wednesday post, but if you came by yesterday, you already saw it, so all I've got for you today is an "Out" Door Post!

We have had rain the last four days, so I wasn't able to do all of the porch and patio cleanup that I wanted to before joining this event (I guess I could have started the cleanup a week ago when the sun was shining, but I need to have the pressure of an imminent event to get me moving!) When there was a break in the rain, I ran outside and tried to brighten things up (You may need to get your sunglasses before you look, because I REALLY BRIGHTENED THINGS UP!). Yes, the grass needs to be mowed, but that's kind of hard to do when it is raining every day.

My 5 year old granddaughter says when it rains this much, she plays outside in the "muddles" and gets "juice in her boots"!

God brightened things up too.

05/06/09 edit:(Remember, this was yesterday's post too, and yesterday was the 5th of May)~~~





Debbie at There's An Angel on My Front Porch has shared this cute Lady Bug award with me. It says "Makes My Heart Smile". I love that sentiment. Thank you so much for this honor, Debbie. Debbie makes MY heart smile. She'll make yours smile too if you go visit her blog, and she is such a prayer warrior. She and her family need your prayers too. You may be tired of hearing this from me, but I can't help it, it's true. All of you make my heart smile, so please take this award with you if you don't already have it.

If you made it all the way to the end of this post, I want to thank you so much for putting up with my long post (at least there were more pictures than words). Be sure to go by Barb's for porch and patio inspiration and Susan's for outdoor inspiration. laurie


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl you put up my skinng dipping pool again ..Boy I had fun with this last year On RMS..Loved seeing your yard and what a Beautiful table you set..Congrats on your award...Debbie is a doll..May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles...Gl♥ria

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hey girl I'm ready to partaaaay!! hartaaaay!!!
Can I bring my floating lounger and relax in that beautiful pool with the waterfall?!!
I was hoping you were gonna show a close up of it, after I got a little "birds eye" view of it through the window on your earlier target bird post?
I really like the table with the orange and light turquoise striped tablecloth on it! It matches your bricks in the background and looks perfect for some citrusy drinks with umbella's in them!!
The flowers in the cute planter, and the paper lanterns are also perfect touches!!

Call me!! hehehe...

The Muse said...

I have my picnic maracas and my swim suit!!! LOL...And I'm headed over! PARTY TIME ! LOL

I am sure that whoever is lucky enough to visit your space is going to be bowled over by your colorful space and your warm hospitality!

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I love all the brightening you did and the Cico de Mayo table is so cute, and of course that beautiful pool! You, and all your energy, amazing! I think my fave is the blue, yellow,& white tablecloth in the first pic, but I love it all! Love Ya! Connie

Chandy said...

Laurie, LOL... ok, breathe Chandy, breathe... Nope, LOL Aherm!

Love the title and yes, that is one mighty partaaaaa you threw for us! Please repost that table on Thursday, I'd love to know what those dishes are!

Love your pool!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, Laurie, you've been busy! Your pool looks so inviting. When's the pool party?
What a fun post. Looks like you're ready for summer vacation, I know I am! TTYL!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love that pool! It looks like such a fun place for a party and how cheerful and happy everything looks! Your table is fantastic, it feels like I'm dining in Mexico! Laurie, this looks like the best place for a fun get together! Cindy

Domestic Designer said...

Everything looks great! Your party will be wonderful. Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too! Congratulations on your award...You deserve it! Have a great day!

Cindy said...

Feast for the eyes, and soul! Thank you!

Stacey said...

Something tells me that a party on your porch would be lots of fun! Your tables are so pretty and I do love mexican food. :) Congratulations on the sweet award.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Girl! You are ready to party! I haven't done a thing outside! Bought some plants last week and then the rain! Your pool is gorgeous and your tablescape is ready to partay! You have a blessed one Laurie! say a little prayer for my Andrew and our family! We're working with God's help to get things back under His control. I see the light at the end of the tunnel but I'm trying not to be afraid of the path there! God Bless! Lauralu :) (I'm still smiling!)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Oh, by the way, you are having margaritas at this partay?! Lauralu :)

Dawn Marie said...

man I love your pool, LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Your yard looks so relaxing. AND your dinner place setting,,rocks!

Kim said...

What a great post Laurie! And I love that you have a prayer list on your sidebar - great idea - and I will try to keep all of those people in prayer. You're a great person to know Laurie!

xashee's corner said...

i LOVE your back yard!! it looks soo comfy and welcoming!! i also LOVE your tablescape too! Laurie, visiting you is ALWAYS such a JOY!
big CONGRATS on your new award!! You DEFINITELY make my heart smile for sure!!!! :) And so does Deb!! big HUGS! Have a BEAUTIFUL day!! :)

SmilingSally said...

What a gorgeous backyard you have! I'll be happy to come to your party. Email me the directions.

Ginny said...

I loooooove your pool. Everything in your yard is so lovely. I really liked all the color. It really makes your patio snap!

KBeau said...

Gosh, Laurie, that pool with its wonderful water feature is just gorgeous. I think it would fit nicely in my backyard. On second thought, just give me the waterfall.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, your yard and patio look so inviting. I love the bright colors, they look so happy. YOur pool is gorgeous and looks so inviting. I would love to take a nice cool dip. Your tablescape for Cinco De Mayo is so pretty. Love the dishes and the accessories are perfect. Hugs, Marty

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

OH!!! How amazing!!! I love all the color!!! I want to come live at your house!!! The lanterns, the cushions, the swing and the flowers...SOOO GORGEOUS!!! Really!!! I want to come live at your house!!!

Your Cinco de Mayo tablescape is another masterpiece!!! Where do you get your energy?!!! All the work you did for this post...BEAUTIFUL!!!

Congrats on your sooo deserve it!!!

Have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo and thanks for sharing your GORGEOUS spaces!!!

Debbie said...

Your pool is probably the greatest, but you have a very nice space to just sit and enjoy too. Debbie

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What fun - break out the margaritas! Thanks for sharing your pics. I'm like you - the grass needs mowing but it won't stop raining. Hope you get some sunshine soon!

Melissa Miller said...

I am doing the Mexican hat dance right now seeing this festive partaaaa... Ole'!
Yes my Mom is Mexican. LOL! :)

Love it all Laurie! It's all so bright and cheerful.
I'm ready to take a dip in that pool too!

Have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo my friend.
~Melissa :)

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I adore your patio. Alas I can only enjoy a nesting mother but that in and of itself is a beautiful gift.

Loved the Cinco table!

Lisa (aka) French said...

Hey I will take one of those pools and the waterfall please;) The cinco set up looks so inviting wheres my Margarita??? French;)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Dearheart...

Girl, it is downright bright and festive at your house today...I love it!!! Loved seeing that beautiful back yard again...and the pool!!! You better watch out for Gloria...she's a wild one, you know! Hehe!!! Love all the pretty tablecloths and runners that you added to your outdoor patio tables! Is that pretty white lantern new? I don't recall seeing it before...I love it!!! Okay...I don't know the name of the style of wood rockers that you have on your patio...but they're fabulous!!! They remind me of something you would see in an old cabin in the Adorondacks (sp?)

Girl, you really are a party animal today...Hehe!!! Your Cinco de Mayo tablescape is festive and fun!!! Love all of the little marracas!!! Okay, Darlin' it's time to break out the margaritas and floaties...hehe!!! I help you keep an eye out for Gloria...wink!

Love ya,

Jewel Sauls said...

I would love to Partaaaay in that great backyard! It's been so hot here lately, that pool is so inviting!!!! Love all the brightening!
Your Cico de Mayo table is so cute! When does the party start? I'll be right over - :D Jewel

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a fabulous outdoor space...and you've brightened it up quite nicely! i have a proposition for can come and stay in my guest room then I'll come and stay in your backyard...ok?!
Looks like you've got your TT post all done here, too...great multitasking!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Everything looks beautiful Laurie!!

Your Cinco de Mayo table is fabulous!!

Kathleen said...

I am exhausted! I haven't been to 3 parties in a row since college..
And everyone of them looks wonderful..
Yes you must repost the tablescape again Thurs. It is so pretty!
And I love your little dancing hat graphics..
And I LOVE that tablecloth in the first pretty!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, There's that beautiful pool! Your porch looks great! You could entertain alot of guests out there.Is'nt this rain annoying? Everything I need to do is outside. I guess I should be thankful for the rain, but it's really starting to get to me. Well, I'm sure it will be hot soon enough! Maybe we'll see some sun tomorrow. Kristen

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I loved reading about how well you perform under pressure! I'm one of gals too! :)
Oh, I love your back yard and porch and the pool! Oh, my goodness! Everything is so lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Connie said...

Hi Laurie, You are amazing ! I can't believe you did all that with working and everything else on your plate.
It looks so great.
Have fun and thanks for stretching yourself so thin to include me. I am so new to all of this and the customs of the warmer climates. It's nice that we can share our differences and still be so alike.

nikkicrumpet said...

Beautiful pool...I love the waterfall. And I love how HUGE your patio area is! It looks like the perfect place to have tons of guests over for a great barbque!

The Stylish House said...

I dropped in for the Cinco de Mayo party I heard you were throwing! I am going to take a dip in the pool before I load up my plate!

Salmagundi said...

You have flowers!!! I'm so envious - maybe in a month I'll have flowers in my yard (if it ever warms up). By then, I'll probably be complaining because it is tooooo hot. That was a great May 5th table - very festive. Sally

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Laurie, Thanks for dropping by -- but I have to tell you that having my husband along on ALL my thrifting trips might not be a blessing! But we had fun together on Saturday.

I LOVE your Cinquo de Mayo table. Looks great -- fantastic colors.

I have serious yard envy, too .. ours is SUCH a long way for being anywhere near "done" -- Yours looks terrific, even if a little damp, lol.
Best -- Cass

Sonia said...

I absolutely love your your cinco de mayo table...the tablecloth is precious!! You did a great job on your patio despite the weather. I love the blue and white tablecloth and lantern! Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog. I didn't get anything out on my patio...way too much rain here! Nice to meet you and I am going to add you to my blog list! Take care, Sonia/Miss Bloomers.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Laurie.......

Awwwwwww.........thanks for coming by!

I LOVED your tablescape for Cinco de Mayo! I don't think this counts, but I had Jack in the Box tacos for dinner out of the bag??? :-)


Linda in AZ * said...

* Thank you, dear Laurie! I sooo appreciate the prayers~~~ it worked (was there ever any DOUBT?) ~ & I really AM doing better now!!! "The Belle-girl" was great company & she never left my side~~~ & lemme tell you, that dog is RESTED U*P, and RARIN' to get some exercise!!! Thanks, my friend!!!

Sure enjoyed alllll of this~~~ & it's NEVER "too long" for me, Sweetie~~~ you write like you talk (I think, anyway!), so it's ALWAYS an enjoyable read... and BTW, lovvve the chargers you used! (Do they really sit "flat"? I had to return some quite a while back because altho they LOOKED great, they were too wobbly!)~~~

~ Sleep tight!~
Linda *

debbie said...


Kat said...

Wow Laurie, you really went all out. What a fun day this would be! Your pool is just gorgeous. I love your Cinco table, so colorful and vibrant! Hugs, Kathy

Love Bears All Things said...

Lovely porch and I did make it to the end.
Mama Bear

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Laurie! No need to apologize! You have a beautiful yard... I would LOVE to sit and chat with you in your backyard for HOURS!!! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Rue said...

Hi Laurie :)

I just love it everytime you share your pool. It looks beautiful out there!

Annie is so mad because we didn't celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but we're not even Mexican LOL, so tonight I'll make it up to her. I could use a margarita anyway ;)


Anonymous said...

Invite me, please. Ha ha. I love the "juice on the boots" from the 'muddles"..

Look at your pretty Provencal tablecloths, Tropical Pool and your South Of the Border Fiesta. You have the fun going on. Just let me know what to bring!


Jadehollow said...

Laurie.. I love your backyard.. so peaceful, and that pool LOVE IT! Also love the iron plant stand. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Hi Laurie,
Loved seeing your porch and patio, and that waterfall at the pool is something i think I could handle, beautiful.
I am ready to sit and chat for a while. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

"Juice in my Boots"....LOL....Laurie that made my day. Happy Wednesday! xo Lynn

Barb said...

Hi Laurie, lovely pictures one and all!!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


Carrie said...

Your yard is very appealing with all the nice furniture and sccessories. Your family and friends must enjoy it all.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! Your yard looks so pretty! I love those rockers! And your pool...gorgeous! Your tablescape is so festive! And congrats on the award! You certainly deserve it! I hope you are having a good week...hugs...Debbie

cherry said...

HOw stinkin fun! I LOVE all the color. cherry

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Laurie, I don't know where to begin. Everything is beautiful. Your pool is awesome. I love that rocker. And your tablescape is wonderful. I see Puddin was here. I really do miss her.
Hugs, Terrie

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Laurie, I love how festive you are with everything. Your Cinco De Mayo table setting looks so pretty.
Thanks for sharing. ~Athella

Miss Janice said...

Well, I hope you had fun partaying! the spread girl!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Loved the Cinco de Mayo tablescape. So perfect!

And, I see you're in touch with the wonderful ladies from RMS....Mom of a German Shorthair and Puddin'....I loved those gals, but they don't have blogs......I can't tell them so would you tell them for me that I miss them?

Blessings and smiles,

Unknown said...

I dearly loved your granddaughter's remarks about the muddles! I taught both of my grandchildren the joy of dancing in mud puddles...and they taught me the love of doing it with them. Thanks for your blog. I also live in Arkansas..right in the middle...Benton.