Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Monthly Archive:: June 2014

Hannah Sheflyand

Garden & Gun posted a very sweet gallery filled with reader submitted photos of fathers from all over the south. I love the personal touch with the fatherly advice the readers remembered. Here are a few below that stood out for me… The last one is my favorite, just simple and to the point.

"The key to longevity is exercise and a daily cocktail." Carl Carlson, Jr., Greensboro, North Carolina

“The key to longevity is exercise and a daily cocktail.”
Carl Carlson, Jr., Greensboro, North Carolina

"In life, you will always find someone better looking than you, someone smarter than you, and someone more talented than you. Therefore, you can only strive to be the best that you can be." William Reuel Boone, Many, Louisiana

“In life, you will always find someone better looking than you, someone smarter than you, and someone more talented than you. Therefore, you can only strive to be the best that you can be.”
William Reuel Boone, Many, Louisiana

"If you fall in a mud hole, climb out, clean up, and get on your way!" Gilbert Morton, Independence, Virginia

“If you fall in a mud hole, climb out, clean up, and get on your way!”
Gilbert Morton, Independence, Virginia

"Only the truth. Always and only the truth." Dr. N.R. Nichols, III, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

“Only the truth. Always and only the truth.”
Dr. N.R. Nichols, III, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

"If it's wrong, don't do it." Juan Ybarra, Brownsville, Texas

“If it’s wrong, don’t do it.”
Juan Ybarra, Brownsville, Texas

I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to spend some time with their fathers and family.

P.S.- If you still have not found the right gift for your dad check out this & this!

Throw back to my dad and I. I used to love reading him to sleep.

Throw back to me and my dad. I used to love reading him to sleep.

Hannah Sheflyand

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The Mouth is a great online store filled with indie goodies from all over New York. Since Brian has been taking such good care of me since my surgery, I got him a little thank you gift, the Big Jerk gift bag filled with a variety of jerkies. Both of us loved it so much, I thought it would be a perfect add on to the Fathers Day gift list I thought of before.

If you are a late planner and still have not thought of any gifts for your dad, here is your last minute save.

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This store is filled with so many choices that even the pickiest or most spoiled Dad will still find something to buy. Let them pick by ordering a gift card and printing it straight from home.

 

Have you found the perfect gift for your dad? Or you a big procrastinator like me?

Hannah Sheflyand

I went to the farmers market over the weekend looking for some new plants but there were not a lot of options.

I did find some organic herb plants and since I had to work with soil to plant the herbs into new pots, I decided it was time to repot my older plants as well. I also helped my mom work on her garden boxes which were filled with kale, garlic, tomatoes and squash. I never believed people who told me getting my hands dirty in soil is therapeutic… but they were right. I felt very calm and relaxed after my weekend filled with playing in the soil.

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My cacti and other succulents

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I am so happy that this ivy never dies

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New plant in my collection

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All my new herbs that I am very excited about: arugula, chives, basil & more

I am happy with how the window looks now with all the extra green. I am super excited though to have plants that I can incorporate into the kitchen. Hopefully I will find some more herb plants in the next few weeks and squeeze some more room on the ledge.

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I signed up for sailing classes! I apologize in advance, as the classes get closer I will end up posting a lot as my excitement grows.

As everyone is starting to wear more summer clothes I am in the mood to buy some classic style summer shoes (not sandals), especially since right now I cant wear shoes at all. With my new admiration with sailing these are the few pairs I have been contemplating on buying. What do you think? What are your favorite shoes/sandals to wear during the warm summer months?

 

Top image of Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston by Etsy shop OurFamilyPhoto

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Back in 2002, The Mountain Goats put out a highly polished, at least by their standards, concept album, Tallahassee,  which is unified around chronicling the tempests and furies of a relationship set in Tallahassee.  The album isn’t up beat and I’ve chosen the hardest hitting song on the album to hopefully draw you in to experiencing the album as a whole, trust me it’s worth it. So why pick such a downer of a song / album?  Love, no matter how strong, will be tested and tried.  Through out the album the relationship is tested in many ways and yet even at their darkest hour they go down “hand in unlovable hand”. To me this shows a strength and endurance which is missing in the current pop-culture frailty of relationships. Divorce after divorce I see people unwilling to weather unavoidable storms. So what’s the point?  The storms are coming and they might last an entire album, so the question is, are you willing to weather it or are you cutting loose to save yourself? Let me know what you think.

Hannah Sheflyand

I am excited that its finally the weekend because this week has felt like forever.

This warm weather has inspired me to make a refreshingly cold sweat tea. I made this recipe, that I found on Garden & Gun, a few times last summer and am excited to whip it out again this summer.

Sweet Tea Granita
(Makes about six cups)

Ingredients
²⁄³ cup sugar
3 cups water
2 black tea bags, preferably English breakfast or other good-quality tea

Preparation
Bring sugar and water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for five minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Pour liquid into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish (any shallow, freezer-proof dish will do); cover with plastic wrap and freeze.

After an hour, run a fork through the mixture to break up any large pieces of ice; return to the freezer. Repeat every 15 to 20 minutes until the consistency is fluffy and no large ice crystals remain, about two or three more times. Scoop into glasses and serve.

Granita may be made ahead and stored in a plastic-covered container in the freezer for up to three days. Fluff with a fork before serving.

For an Arnold Palmer variation
Reduce water to 2½ cups. Zest two lemons; then halve and juice. After steeping the tea bags, add lemon juice and zest and begin the freezing process as directed.

 Hope you have an amazing fun filled weekend! Let me know if you try this recipe 🙂
Hannah Sheflyand

Its such a gloomy rainy day out but the weather is finally warmer and the flowers outside are all blooming. I am starting to feel like my window ledge does not have enough plants & flowers to flaunt from inside. These are some of the flowers I am thinking of planting once my foot is healed and I can haul myself to the store. What do you think?

Cape primrose- blooms all year round and comes in pink, white, purple or red. I really like these purple ones.

Cape Primrose- blooms all year round and comes in pink, white, purple or red. I really like these purple ones.

Peace Lily- supposed to be easy to take care of and I like the tropical look of the leaves.

Peace Lily- supposed to be easy to take care of and I like the tropical look of the leaves.

Oxalis- The fragile pink bloom are gorgeous. I think it will bring a lot of great color to my room.

Oxalis- The fragile pink bloom are gorgeous. I think it will bring a lot of great color to my room.

Flowering Maple- beautiful flowers but I am afraid it will be too big for my window ledge.

Flowering Maple- beautiful flowers but I am afraid it will be too big for my window ledge.

Have you tried having any of these plants indoors? Have any success with other plants that you would recommend?