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January 19, 2010

Light for the Storm & News

I find myself longing to decorate outdoors, do you?
I l-o-v-e to decorate my French pine table
on the porch with all kinds of things...

Big bouquets of flowers and such

so I can see out of the house
and rest my eyes onto
a vignette I've set up to enjoy.

I even light candles out there to dream over
during this cold days.

We had a huge lightning & thunder storm
last night
I hear there are more
storms on their way.

The news reported winds
on the Golden Gate Bridge
at 75 mph!
And chances of an isolated tornado~


It was beautiful just a few moments ago

by the back of the house

But now the Sun
has gone to hide for a few days.

Better run out before it hits and fill up
the Eiffel Tower bird feeder once again.

So I'm off to hide a bit more myself .
I'm still
celebrating my birthday month...
waiting for that special day ;)

We're traveling Thursday ~ Sunday

Playing tourist in Wine Country
hope we don't get soaked...
if so, we'll make it an adventure!

Ooh... and the big news is
the winner of my petite giveaway...

The lovely
June at Laughing With Angels

What do you do to cheer yourself,
and what kind of decorating do you
do outside on these overcast/rainy days?

Happiness to you!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracie... I wish I could decorate outdoors today, but we had snow this morning, yuck! When Spring arrives I can't wait to put our little bistro set out and fufu up our deck... I do the same with our front porch, it is small but we love to sit out there in the evenings... each year I say I will have less pots of flowers and each year I plant more! Hope your weather clears up for you again... I can't wait to see more of your wine country tours... congratulations to June! What a lucky lady and so deserving... hope you are having a wonderful birthday week... and that your special day on Thursday is the best! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

My Grama's Soul said...

My day here was a little soggy. I, too, like to decorate outside and do so when the weather is yummy.

Have a wonderful little trip.



June said...

Hi Tracie,
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! Thank you so much for such a lovely giveawy!
I have to say that I'm just a wee bit envious when it comes to Winter were you are my dear. How awesome would it be to enjoy that beautiful place all year. Your outdoor vignette is so lovely and I'm sure anyone who comes to your door feels so welcome.
We had some new snow today, but we are well below our normal snowfall for the year. I'm a little happy about it, but it may become a problem if it stays too dry.
Have a wonderful time on your getaway and enjoy the rest of your Birthday month!

Fete et Fleur said...

Congratulations to June! Have a continued wonderful birthday month, Tracie!


Michelle (Shell) May said...

Hi Tracie! Hope you are enjoying your birthday month! Love that vignette you created and the photo of the sky.
Let's see... to cheer myself on a rainy, cold overcast day... hug a bunny! hee,hee,hee.
As far as decorating outside though, I sit at the window and daydream about when it's warmer! hee,hee,hee.
hugs to you,

Sandi said...

Oh that lucky June!! She is a sweetheart and she will love her goodies!!
Have a wonderful rest of your birthday week!!

Bleudelavande said...

It's wonderful decorate outside, me too I love very much!!!! Your decoration is very lovely!
Have a nice day

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Tracie! Long time no see! I am glad to see you are back. How is everyone? And Mr. Zeke, is he still around? Have fun dearest! Anita

*Ulrike* said...

I have a little water fountain on the back porch, and the front gets nature items. Come spring & summer, watch out! Pots galore!!
Have fun on your trip!

Lene said...

Hallo Tracie. Thanks for the nice words about my "new" livingroom, and the french mirror I love them too :-)
I have just looked at your webshop, you are selling so many wonderfull frenchstyle items.
And the outside decoration, I love that, but we have it very cold and so much snow this winter. In Denmark it is the coldest winter in nearly 20 years!!
Have a lovely day!

Les Cotrions said...

So beautiful photos! I hope you're enjoying your birthday month!
Congratulation to thr lucky winner!
Have a nice trip!

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Tracie,
Congrats to the winner.I know you will enjoy your beautiful prize.
Its been nasty here,cannot drive for leving rutts on the soaked road.But it was pretty for a day.I got to burn trash.Yes we burn our own garbage in a burn barrel,like regular rednecks...LOL.I hope you are enjoying your birthday month.I also hope you have been getting some much needed rest,
May God Bless you Dear One,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Laura said...

Hello Tracie,

I agree with you and think I have been stricken with spring fever! I am enjoying the storms while daydreaming of my spring flower gardens. Have a wonderful week!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hi Tracie~
I love decorating outside too but it's freezing here with a wee bit of snow and spring seems to be so far away...thanks for the beautiful pictures to remind us that spring may be not that far away :)

Fifi Flowers said...

An Eiffel Tower bird feeder? How FAB... I want one!

Siobhan said...


Wishing the most wonderful day for my special friend.

Hugs and kisses,
Siobhan xoxo

p.s. I would LOVE to see your bird feeder!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Happy Birthday *month* to you!!! Love the vignette and am longing for sunshine but also really enjoying the quiet, slow days of january!

Betty said...

A very Happy Birthday greeting is sent to you today...and many, many more.

I believe this is my first visit to your lovely blog...hopefully many more....

Again, Happy Birthday....Betty

vignette design said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm just sitting inside, watching it rain, rain, rain! We heard the Russian River is overflowing it's banks. My husband is a fisherman and keeps track of these things. Anyway, love your blog and also looking forward to spring and planting a garden. --Delores

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

Sometimes it is fun to watch the storm and enjoy the weather.
Your outdoor vignette is lovely.
Congratulations to the sweet and lovely June.
Enjoy the rest of your birthday month dear friend and your getaway.


A Romantic Porch said...

Tracie, Just wanted to drop by today this special day, and wish you Happy Birthday! I love to decorate back porch and flower beds with jars of candles and the table and chairs changed around. I love to look out my kitchen window and enjoy it. Have a wonderful adventure, sweetie. xo rachel

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Curling up with a good book or a nice stack of magazines, Tracie. Have a nice trip to wine country.

Secondhandrose said...

I just found your blog and read " winds on the Golden Gate bridge at 75mph" San Francisco! My daughter is there going to school, so far away from me. Your blog is pretty. Come for a visit. I am having a giveaway.


Tracey said...

Hi Tracie! Wine Country sounds soooooo lucky girl you!!! But birthday girls deserve to be treated, right?!!

Congrats to June, she's such a sweetheart!

I usually do a lot of rearranging and redoing in the Winter months to keep from going stir crazy in the house! It's quite cold here this week - yuck.

Enjoy your week ~

:) T


Hi Tracie. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous birthday month!

I'm have a mosaic picture frame giveaway on my blog this week!


Tiffany said...

I'm looking forward to my first home and all the decorating that will come with it, inside and out! We will be moving back down south in June, and I'm so excited! Hope you have a wonderful birthday! Mine is Feb.2nd, I'll be 33. WOW! Well, on rainy days I love to watch movies with my children in bed or curl up with a good book and then take a nap. We have a tin roof over our back patio and hearing the rain on it is so soothing! Blessings on your day!

Alice W. said...

Can't believe it has been so long since I have stopped by. Love your outdoor pretty! Hope you had a beautiful trip and that the weather has gotten better out your has gotten colddd again here... :(.

Can't believe I missed your giveaway! But...I am glad June won...she is a very deserving lady...

Hope you are well!

laura venosa dellaporta said...

Hi Tracie stopped by to say I love you sweet pots Fifi featured on her blog...then again I love everything you do.

Pam Aries said...

H'lo! Are you still sipping wine and stomping grapes?

The Victorian Parlor said...

On rainy days I love to curl up and read with a pot of tea. When the weather is warmer I love to sit in the rocker on the front porch with a glass of wine and watch the rain fall:).



Laura said...

Hello Tracie,
Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. :) I truly appreciate it! I have had alot of positive feedback on keeping my blog so even though the shop didn't take off, it looks like I've made a positive impact in my little corner of the world with my blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

Claudia said...

How did I miss this post? Did you have a Happy Birthday? I sure hope so, you deserve it. Wine Country sounds heavenly!

Congratulations to June!


Herself said...

Yes, I love it too! But snow today! I won't be able to be held responsible for what project I might get involved in if spring doesn't hurry up!

Beth Niquette said...

How cute! Perfect for Valentines Day! I've visited Golden Gate Park and crossed that bridge several times--I cannot imagine winds that high being safe! I wonder if they closed the bridge down?

Weather here in Oregon is just sog. (sigh) Oh for snow! Oh for sunshine! Oh for a windstorm!

(grin) Have a wonderful weekend.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Happy Birthday Month Tracie! I too long to be's been a gloomy, snowy winter here...but springs just around the corner...tryin' to think postitive you know :o)