A Renaissance Style Celebration

As some of my friends on Facebook know, I recently went to Texas to have a belated birthday celebration “Renaissance Style”.  During my 21 year stay in Dallas, since  the Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens its gates either right before or right after my birthday, it became a tradition to attend on Opening Weekend.  (Kids get in FREE on opening weekend only)FamilyMy family enjoys being able to step back in time as it were, and as you can see, we do take full advantage of the experience by adorning ourselves in attire to suit the mood.

DragonsThere are rides for kids, metal sculptures to enjoy, plenty of food and drink.

dancing-bagpipesThey have plenty of shops to explore, various live shows and music and dancing.

Renaissance-CelebrationIn the years I have attended, we have always worn outfits that I made.  This year, I decided to treat myself to something a bit different.   (Being as I’m now 53 – no that is not a typo – I thought I would purchase one at the fair) The outfit I selected was more Steam-punk, but it suited the fair all the same.  There is something wonderful about these outfits, they are quite flattering.

butterflyWhen you enter the gates to the fair, you are immediately whisked away into another era.  The choice to dress the part merely enhances the experience.

chapelWhen we entered the gates of the fair, there was actually a Renaissance Wedding happening in the outdoor chapel.  By the time we were heading out, the wedding was over, but the storm was coming.  I found the scene to be surreal.

I absolutely love celebrating my birthday in this fashion.  Being surrounded with family means the world to me and escaping to a time that I enjoy, is just the icing on the cake.  Though, truth be told…I would not have wanted to actually live back then.  They were quite barbaric times…

stormsAs we were leaving…mother nature decided to top off the day with a gorgeous sunset and a storm that brought with it a bit of hail.  But I didn’t care, I had a fabulous Renaissance style celebration.

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See you next time,

xoxo, Mitzi

Texas Bluebonnets in the Rain {Macro Monday}

I’m back from my weekend journey to Texas just in time for the Macro Monday weekly event.  One of the things I wanted to do while I was in Texas was to capture some images of the beautiful Texas Bluebonnets (which, in case you didn’t know, is the State flower).  It was looking as though I wasn’t going to be able to get any photos of them…but on my way home, the rain (and hail) let up just enough for me to pull over near a patch of them to capture some images.

bluebonnet5 bluebonnet4 bluebonnet3 bluebonnet2 bluebonnet1I love the Texas Bluebonnets and the way they blanket the roads all across Texas.

I hope you enjoyed today’s share.  Stay tuned in the coming days for a re-cap of my fun weekend in Texas!

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Until next time…

xoxo, Mitzi

Favorite Little Things – Flowers and Sunshine

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. ~Luther Burbank

yellow2It is that time again…time to share a few of my Favorite Little Things.  Spring is in full form now and that means we have sunshine and flowers.

yellow4Unlike those harsh Winter months which seem to have finally passed, the onset of Spring brings about new life.

yellow3It seems everywhere one turns, you can see flowers blossoming.  Some are simply wildflowers that are lining the roadside, covering it in a blanket of color.

yellow1But even wildflowers can bring a smile to your face and a spark of sunshine to your soul.

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I hope you have enjoyed this bit of sunshine.

Until next time, xoxo Mitzi

Moments of Silence {Black and White Wednesday}

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Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. ~Helen Keller

Off in the distance, beyond the flowers, can be seen the steeple of what is one of the more beautiful churches in our small town.  I don’t travel by it very often, but when I do, I always celebrate the clarity that comes through moments of silence.

black-and-white-wednesday2Often times our lives are filled with so much noise, that is is nearly impossible to see (or hear) things clearly.  When I was younger, I too had too much noise in my life…so much so that I looked forward to even the briefest of moments of silence. Now days I have an abundance of moments of silence.  As I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate those moments.

black-and-white-wednesday3It wasn’t until I was photographing the flowers seen in the foreground that I discovered that the cross atop the steeple is crooked. Though it cannot be seen in the photo as it is merely a thin cross, not ornate as one might find on other churches; I assure you that it is crooked, as though it might have been struck by lightening or a great wind tipped it over.

The best thing I have learned in life thus far, is to be content; no matter the circumstance, be it silence or noise.  Every state of life has a silver lining.

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See you next time, xoxo Mitzi

Enter Spring

Spring seems to finally be knocking on the door.  There are blooms just about everywhere now, but my favorite find is the combination of the Wisteria’s Purple with the yellow of this yellow bloom which is also a vine.

wisteria5I wish I could tell you exactly what kind of flower this is, but alas I do not have a clue.

wisteria1It blends so beautifully with the Wisteria.

wisteria2 wisteria4I love Wisteria, though many do not because it tends to be difficult to kill and will take over just about anything.

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wisteria3It does however make a beautiful blanket along the fence where I found it.

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

wisteria-portriateApril, the month for beautiful flowers, showers, birds chirping, a celebration of life.  It is also a special month for me as I prepare to celebrate my own life in just a few short days.

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See you next time,

xoxo, Mitzi

Make a Wish {Macro Monday}

Some say it’s just a weed, I say it’s a wish.

wish4Yesterday was a beautiful day here in SW Louisiana and although I am still just a bit under the weather, I took a time out for me.  I grabbed my camera and went for a drive around our small town to see if I could find some beautiful things to photograph; and find I did (which I will be sharing throughout the week) .

wish3 wish2 wish1For Macro Monday, I opted to start off the week with the possibility of wishes, hence the dandelions.

wish5I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Simply Southern Blogger today.  Please share your thoughts and wishes in the comments below.

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Don’t forget to “make a wish”. See you next time,

xoxo, Mitzi

Did You Know {Random 5 Friday}

Welcome to Random 5 Friday –
where you share 5 random facts about you, your day,  your pets, your kids, whatever!
bits-of-white11. Mother Nature seems to have a touch of bi-polar disorder.  One day it’s hot, the next cold.  We were seeing signs of Spring, then just like that, we had another cold snap.  The past few days it was cold – and today it is already muggy.  While the mugginess is typical Louisiana weather, these cold temps definitely are not.
bits-of-white22. Last weekend I went to listen to a wonderful “Cajun” band in a small town that I spent lots of time in when I was a child.  The performance will actually air on live TV this weekend.  I’m very glad that we didn’t get up and go dance, because I honestly am just a little shy and don’t want to be on live TV.
bits-of-white33. Every Thursday night, it has become a ritual in our home that we get take out Chinese food and settle in for the evening to watch The Vampire Diaries, Reign and Scandal.  All three of these are awesome shows.
bits-of-white44. Yesterday the husband came home from work talking about this big hawk outside his office.  Sounds like an amazing photo opportunity doesn’t it?  I grabbed my cameras and we headed out there – guess what?  No hawk!
bits-of-white55. The reality of getting old is not a fun reality.  I discovered just how easy it is to wrench your back with just a simple common move.  Fortunately, an evening of sitting and not doing anything- followed by rest, seems to have worked out whatever I managed to do to it.
While Spring seems to be taking it’s time getting here, I managed to capture these images yesterday while we were out.  I found these blossoms to be so pretty and hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I did.
Thanks for joining me today.  If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to leave a comment so that I can return the favor.

Until next time,

xoxo Mitzi

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Favorite Little Things – {Of Cats and Yarn}

Remember Bella?  Have you been wondering what ever happened to her?

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She is still alive and well.  Fortunately we have had no more games of “bite the owner”, which is probably a good thing for her.

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Instead she is busy making crocheting a challenge, though she has slowly come to understand that biting my yarn as it’s coming out of the basket will land her on the floor and not in the comfort of my lap.

faces-of-bella1At other times, she is busy pretending that she is the “Queen” and waiting for Callie to come out and play.  They have really adjusted well to one another and seem to have a certain playtime schedule – which incidentally occurs several times a day.

faces-of-bella4But when all is said and done, Bella’s favorite place is either on me, in my chair or on my crochet projects.  (this beauty in the background is one of my recent completed projects)

It’s been quite here on the blog.  I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and it would seem that our weather is just a wee bit bi-polar.  One day it’s cold, then we have a few days where the temps are nice and warm enough to wear shorts; then bam…just like that, we are back to cold temps.  I’ve begun to wonder whether Spring will ever really show its face.

I am planning a trip to Texas next Friday for a belated Birthday celebration with my daughter and grand-kids Renaissance Style.  When I lived in Texas, it was a tradition to celebrate my birthday at Scarborough Fair in Waxahachie, Texas – which usually always opens the weekend of my birthday (or just before or after).  Needless to say, with this upcoming adventure, I cannot afford to be sick – so, I am spending time at home working on my next crochet project and gearing up for the Renaissance adventure with the watching of “Game of Thrones”. (I wonder if I can complete all three seasons before I leave next Friday?)

yarnHere’s a sneak peek into my next crochet project.  Any idea what it will look like?

Thanks for joining me today.  If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to leave a comment so that I can return the favor.

Until next time,

xoxo Mitzi

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