My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

The Lilacs are in Bloom, a Milestone Birthday and a new pair of boots

Hello my friends!

Spring has finally arrived here at home and I thought I would share the view from my kitchen window.

One of the main reasons I wanted to move the kitchen to what was our living room before the renovation was so that I could see this old lilac bush from the window over my sink.

It's supposed to rain today and throughout the weekend so I went out to pick some lilacs before it arrives.

The fragrance is intoxicating!

So fresh and fabulous! Lilac season is so short I just want to flood the house with their fragrance!

I brought enough in to place a bouquet in every room!

Before I place them into my pitchers and vases, I smash the ends with a hammer. This allows for more water to be soaked up by the flowers and they tend to last longer.

I use my gramps old hammer,  partly for nostalgia and well it's become a habit.

I left a small pitcher on the windowsill to enjoy while I do dishes...
And then scattered several through out the house!

They look so pretty in the newly completed living room and library. My current favorite place to hang out.

While I was away from the blog, I made two trips to Texas to see Miss Paisley Reyné.
She will be 6 months old on Sunday... what a personality!
I can't believe how time flies!

We Spent Easter there... Paisley's first! 

I celebrated one of those milestone birthday's there too!

Paisley helped me blow out those crazy candles...

And came home with new boots from my dear sweet hubby!

Life is good!
 I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take time to smell the flowers!

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Until next time, Many Blessings!


  1. donna, Happy belated are just a kid. I love the baby photos. Where did that 6 months go already?? I did not know that about the lilac stem smashing. I will remember , when my lilacs grow enough to pick...I do not want to stunt the growth by picking while it's so young. Well the bush is Almost 8 years old...but it only bloomed for the first time last year. Hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. Really?! It's been six months already! She is adorable. Happy Birthday...L O V E the boots! I still have a few weeks before my lilacs bloom...can't wait! Deep breath.

  3. Happy birthday! Your new boots are so pretty! You will have fun steppin' out in those!
    Your grandaughter is such a lil doll baby! What a sweet girl!
    You're so lucky to have wonderful lilacs! I miss their heavenly smell! They look so amazing in your beautiful living room!

  4. Oh I am so happy to find you once again. Happy Birthday and celebrate your entire year of Fabulous Fifty! Your little granddaughter is precious and her nursery is pure bliss. Lovely lilacs you have to fragrant the house naturally. Your home is such a delight and I do so love Tinker House. Blissful Blessings...

  5. I soooo love your house, your lilacs, your Paisley and your boots. life gets better and better after 50.. God bless you and yours.

  6. Oh my! Paisley is growing up so quickly! What a doll baby! Our little Katie turned one in February. She was 3 1/2 pounds when she was born, and now she's a handful! :)

    I love lilacs, and yours look gorgeous sprinkled around in your home, Donna. Kickin' boots! Perfect for your 50th B'day!!!

    Happy Birthday & Happy Mother's Day!

  7. Hellooooooo beautiful!
    Happy 50!
    Oh sooooooo very sweet is your grand miracle girl Paisley Reyné!
    It's always a gift for the eyes when we get a peek at your beautiful home!
    Killer boots! The "Fleurs" framing your toes...! ...I am going to call them "Donna's I love Paris, Texas boots"!
    Happy Mother's Day, my friend!

  8. Love the boots!! Happy Birthday:):) Your lilacs are gorgeous! Mine FINALLY bloomed :) so I promptly cut them and brought them in so I could enjoy their sweet fragrance. Enjoy your weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

  9. I love them in the bathroom with the door shut, when you walk in the fragrance is so sweet.

  10. I haven't visited your blog lately so this is the first I'm seeing of sweet little Paisley....oh my what a doll!!


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