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February 19, 2016

Friday Quick Notes and Ideas #8

I started these Friday posts late last year and fell away from doing them for a while.

This has been a very mixed up week with different things going on.

We attended a memorial service for a friend who was diagnosed with leukemia in December.  His journey was brief.  A really great thing happened in that it brought his family together.  He had been divorced 40 years ago and then married my friend Linda who had a son and was also divorced.  Divorce has a way of splitting families up.  His one son chose to live with him for a while but the other son and daughter stayed with their mother.  They came together and stood by his side with Linda and her son during his last week of life.  I'm so glad for him that in the end he was blessed by this and that everyone put their own personal agendas aside.   

During the memorial this gentleman played Amazing Grace on his bagpipes.  I have to tell you it caught us off guard and was very emotional.  Afterwards I asked if he'd mind if I took his picture.  He went right into a pose very quickly for me!  He's done this before for sure!  

John would have loved this.  He was part Scottish and this would have meant a lot to him to have this special moment in his honor.  RIP John Miller

Spring is approaching...
My mind is already on changing things up for spring and Easter is going to be here before we know it!  Our son and daughter in-law gave me this iron metal wreath candle holder at Christmas.  I messed around with some ideas and finally landed on something.  I'm working on it for a Spring/Easter look- pictures to follow soon!

For Valentine's Day we went out on a shopping excursion.  I'm looking for a piece of furniture but haven't found what I want yet.   I did find this adorable white elephant candle holder that grabbed my attention.  It's made by Three Hands Corp.  I found a link for it in case anyone wants one for themselves.  You can see the link "here".  I set one of the boxwood spheres on it instead of a candle.  I'm still playing with it so we'll see how I work it in.

This garden angel was on the tray where the Elephant is now so I decided to bring her into the bathroom.  I've always liked things garden related in the bathroom so I decided to give it a try here.

I cut a candle ring into three pieces and worked it around.  Last time I showed it she was still plain.

That little clock came from Hobby Lobby last year I think and the soap dispenser is from Pier 1 (close out).  I did a post on my little bathroom last year and you can see it "here".

A quick look out of my office window.  The squirrels are actively seeking out any acorns that they can find.

They've been digging holes and actually doing under the snow for them.  There are piles of debris from their munching all over the snow.
Spring is a ways off for us yet (usually April) but we have way less snow than usual that it won't take long to melt once it starts.  So far this winter hasn't been as bad as it was the past 2 years so I'm hoping for a little earlier spring here!  

Wishing you a great weekend!



  1. Life goes one...
    And so beautifully.

  2. Hi Liz! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend but what a blessing his family came together and he was able to witness it. You know I always love what you do in your pretty home and the squirrels are such a hoot! We get such a kick out of them. I miss seeing the little chipmunks. I've read that they hibernate some in the winter! Yes, spring is around the corner! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend, but it sounds like he didn't suffer. Very lovely Spring vignettes, Liz, and the angel is pretty and somehow symbolic.

  4. Busy birds and squirrels in the snow. I also have mentioned the loss of a friend on my blog this morning. Sad time.

  5. This is a good idea for a post series. I might just copy your idea:) I bet the bagpipes were wonderful and I'm glad his family came together. Noone wants to be alone at the end. I am hoping for an early Spring too!!!!

  6. So sorry again to hear about the loss of your friend. He would have loved the bagpipes. You are so sweet to assist in everything. Love your new found treasure. The angel looks perfect in the bathroom. Yes, Spring is on it's way again. The squirrels are cute romping around in the snow.

  7. I'm so sorry about your friend. It's such a blessing that his family came together and were there for him. I hate to see families in such a torn situation...mine is, unfortunately...as we never know how much time any of us have.

    Love your angel and she looks perfect with the candle & candle ring. I love elephants!

    We've been having such warm temps here in Texas and some flowers are beginning to bloom. I so hope we don't have another freeze! It's been a very mild winter here.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Hi Liz, so sorry about your friend's passing. It was a blessing for his family to come together by his side. Playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes had to be incredible.
    Your angel is beautiful and love the candle added to it with the candle ring of greens. I remember your bathroom post and it is gorgeous. I'm starting some transitioning to spring too. With our warm Texas temps, spring fever has arrived.
    Have a nice weekend. xo

  9. Liz, Sorry for the loss of your friend. That was a blessings for the family to be together at this time. I think that fellow is very handsome...I do mind that he's wearing a skirt :):) I love the elephant, that is so nice. Blessings for a great weekend. xoxo,Susie

  10. Sorry Liz, I meant I did not mind that he's wearing a skirt.LOL susie

  11. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, but so glad that his family came together in the end. That looks looks like a whole lot of snow to an Alabama girl!

  12. Liz,
    I feel that your friend had as happy an ending to his story as he could have had with his children at his side during the last days. I am sorry for your lost, dear friend.
    The candle ring looks quite intriguing!
    I have no doubt you will design a gorgeous tablescape around its base!
    Squirrels have been busier than usual at our feeders, too.
    Could it be their 'matting" Season?


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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