When my sis arrived, we were having an awful spell of disgustingly humid weather. I don’t know about the rest of you, but humidity does my house no favors and it is my least favorite weather condition. I do not have central air (radiators, not ducts). I do have a couple of window units, but only use them when the situation is really dire. In this case, it was very humid but not especially hot, so I left them off. As a result, my house was sticky, smelly, damp, ugh!
So I was delighted to wake up on Monday to fresh breezes and a distinct drop in humidity levels. Plus as an added bonus, the sun was shining. So I thought it would be lovely to have a leisurely breakfast on the deck.
I may have mentioned before, I am the type of cook that has to dust her stove. In other words, I don’t really cook. But I can cut up some berries, brew up some coffee and toast some english muffins. Well, actually, my sister did that part (she got the cooking genes in our family).
A mix of vintage and new. The monogrammed glasses came from Goodwill. How could I pass them up? The cafe au lait bowls were ordered online for what I confess was some exorbitant sum. The numbered plates are from Target. The pitcher and ironstone bowl for the berries were both garage sale finds.
This is how I roll. Spend pennies on most stuff, but occasionally splurge on something special.
Can you see my fabulous napkins? Those are from Jeanne d’Arc Living, and I bought them online (you can order some for yourself here). I only break them out for special people.
My deck happens to be a particularly lovely spot for breakfast right now because my Limelight hydrangeas are in full bloom.
This, in a nutshell, is why I love hydrangeas. They are covered in blooms, with absolutely no effort made on my part at all. The flowers last forever, and when dry I will add them to my window boxes where they will look good all winter as well.
You may have noticed my deck chair pillows. I have to tell you, I made a mistake when ordering them from Restoration Hardware. I got them on clearance, and I thought I checked the size, but when they came, they were far too wide for my chairs. So, my friend Sue chopped off a bit from each end (thanks goodness for friends who can sew).
I was worried it would look ridiculous, but I think it works. If I hadn’t told you, would you have thought they were meant to be this way?
My sister and I lingered over breakfast for quite a while. Partly because it was just so darn idyllic on the deck.
And partly because we were pouring over these.
Yep, we are planning a trip! And it’s going to be an exciting one. Pretty soon I will have some more awesome travel photos to add to my gallery wall, and I am so excited! I’ll share more on that soon. But meanwhile, we set place no. 4 for you, want to join us?