What Have I Been Up To?

I had full intentions of showing you my refreshed Sunroom for a little jump start to Summer.

It can truly double for Spring too.

Yes, Summer, as I think we may just go from Winter to Summer with the crazy weather

we have been experiencing.  However, the rain and gloomy days

have kept me from photographing the room.

So today, I thought I would give you a little bit of What Have I Been Up To?

I can honestly say that my life is always a bit on the hectic side.

There is always something going on, whether it be things going on around the house,

travels, and activities, and not to mention the occasional shopping excursions.

Let’s start with curing my Spring Fever by beginning to fluff the porches and yard.

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The very first thing that I do on the lower back porch that we call The Veranda,

is to hang 10 ferns. It just says, welcome to the South!

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All of the porches are still a work in progress. Finding the perfect flowers for each one.

Definitely need another pot of flowers to break up all the blue here.

Front Porch-Housepitality Designs

There are always many trips to my favorite garden center (Dale’s Greenhouse, Sanford, NC)

where the flowers and plants are beautiful and of high quality.

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So let’s talk shopping . . . a trip to my favorite consignment shop,

Always Home, Durham, NC, yielded a great Bouillotte lamp.

I believe it is vintage and may be Frederick Cooper.

The shade is made of brass.  The outside has a painted black textured finish.  

Stay tuned to where I gave it a home.

Bouillette Lamp-Housepitality Designs

My neighborhood/community is very active …. there is every club imaginable.

Every couple of months we have a neighborhood coffee and residents  volunteer

to host at their home. This month I volunteered along with my friend Sherri.

Since I only have one oven (this may change soon) I have to coordinate the times

that the various dishes need to go into the oven. This is how I do it:

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Just about a minute before the guests would arrive, Sherri said, “you should snap a few pics”

So I quickly grabbed my camera.

I took the photos rather quickly so they are not up to par, but here’s a sampling of

what was served:

My homemade Orange Rolls and a bowl of fresh fruit salad.

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Sherri made egg and southern grits casseroles….they were yummy!

In the background is a plate of tomato, avocado, and bacon on toasted baguette slices.

Neighborhood Coffee-Housepitality Designs

Here is my signature Tropical Orange Pasta Casserole. It is a family favorite.

The next time I make it, I shall present the recipe.

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It is always great to attend a community function to see my friendly neighbors.

These functions give us the opportunity to get together as so many of us lead such  busy lives.

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Did I mention we travel a lot?!! There are times when I travel with my hubby

if he is going on a business trip to a place where I can entertain myself and visit friends.

Also, from March to November, the Boys of Summer travel to tournaments.

Their first tournament of this year was in Virginia and they won.

These old guys with young hearts can play!!! (My hubby is in the front row at far left)

Off to Maryland for the next tournament.

I think the farthest we will travel for a tournament this year will be Vegas.

Carolina Cobras-Housepitality Designs

I have been working on the Sunroom Refresh….here is a sneak peek!

Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

Hope you enjoyed a sampling of “What have I been up to?” . . .

my activities in-between family time . . .

I recently had the pleasure of shopping with my Sweetie for a dress for her school dance.

I have a most beautiful picture of her in her dress but I promised her that I would not

share it on Social Media…..Is that a teenager thing?

Speaking of my beautiful Sweetie . . . I wish you all a most beautiful day!

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  1. Oh my, you are busy. I miss your updates and I so enjoyed reading this morning’s latest blog posting. The food looks delicious. Looking forward to your recipe for the Tropical Orange Pasta Casserole. If possible, could you please include the recipe for Orange Rolls. Love the teaser picture for the Sunroom Refresh. Wishing you a day of sunshine!!!!

  2. Most teens share and over share on social media. I’m glad she is refraining from that. You are always busy and on the go and I don’t know how you squeeze it all in. That breakfast food looks amazing and I’ve never heard of that orange pasta. Look forward to that and the sunroom.
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  3. Your neighborhood get together sounds like a lot of fun. Love the new lamp your purchased!
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  4. I’ll be back, leaving for bowling. Talk about busy neighborhoods:):)
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  5. Alycia nichols says

    You have been super busy…as usual! Its a good thing, though. Keeps us young! I REALLY love the lamp you bought!!! I have looked for one such lamp at an affordable price for our home library. The look is so incredibly classic and sleek like a little black dress. I love it!!! Your lower porch looks fabulous with all the lush Boston ferns! Our deck is on the South side of our home that gets hours of blistering heat in the summer, so no display like that for me.? I want to do something different back there this year, though, so I’ll have to come up with a viable alternative. As for your get-together…WONDERFUL food!!! Now I feel like I can’t skimp on breakfast this morning!!!

  6. Carol (Lewis) Griffin says

    Sounds like a wonderful neighborhood! Anxiously awaiting the recipe for the orange pasta casserole and would love your orange rolls recipe as well! Cannot wait to see the sunroom! Absolutely love all of your flowers!

  7. Just lovely as usual! And the food looks so delicious! Looking forward to some recipes 🙂

  8. Shirley, looks as though you have been quite busy and having fun. Everything a perfect spring is made of. Neighborhood gatherings are so nice and important, I think. I miss that from our previous neighborhood. Love your new lamp, looks like a treasure.

    Have a lovely week, hope you are seeing blue skies.
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  9. Shirley, you are busy and productive. The orange rolls look amazing! Have you shared that recipe before? How nice that your neighborhood gets together! That lamp definitely looks like a Frederick Cooper! I will be waiting for the sunroom refresh! Happy Wednesday!
    PS I know your Sweetie was beautiful in her dress.
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  10. That lamp is gorgeous. You really do live in an active neighborhood…ours is quite quite active, too. Enjoy! 😉

  11. Martha Wilton says

    Hi Shirley, Things have been busy at my house, too, but your beautiful pictures of spring in the south were the perfect refreshment for me! Oh, how I wish I could shop at that consignment shop. Love the lamp, and almost everything else in the picture! Have a great day. Martha in Michigan

  12. You have been a busy one. The food for your get together does sound so yummy. Please share them.

  13. Your veranda looks beautiful and I love your new lamp. Quite the find. Would like to have seen your daughter in her dress but we must abide by their wishes. Sounds like a fun neighborhood.

  14. Shirley, you are certainly a busy girl! Your porch looks beautiful, and the food for your neighborhood breakfast looks scrumptious! I love the new lamp you found and can’t wait to see where it lands. Enjoy the rest of your week!!!
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  15. I wish I lived in your neighborhood so I could enjoy those delicious looking dishes you all made! What a great looking group of ball players staying young at heart and doing what they love!

  16. No getting around it- you’re a very busy lady! The foodie items look delicious! Love the ferns- I haven’t grown one in years! I agree a double oven is a must!
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  17. Sounds like you’ve been busy but having fun! How many ladies came to your brunch? I’ve been thinking about doing something like this in our neighborhood. Enjoy your travels and call us if you come this way again. 🙂

  18. Wish I was one of your neighbors! Your garden is breathtaking. Love the lamp. Enjoy life as it comes to you. Hugs, Pat
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  19. Pasta recipe…yes!

  20. Shirley I live not far from Dale’s Greenhouse. He has such a good selection of plants and flowers?????. You are a very busy lady! Love your decorating ideas.

  21. Love hanging ferns! Pretty soon I’ll be able to hang one I. My front porch, but it’s still a. It chilly in Chicago. That consignment shop is a treasure! Your lamp is beautiful!
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  22. My friend, I don’t think you are ever still except maybe when you are traveling to a softball tourney. Where do you get all your energy?

  23. Gorgeous!! Glad you’re keeping busy – isn’t it fabulous to see spring weather? finally! Have a wonderful day Shirley! xox
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  24. Beautiful verandah! Orange roll recipe please!!

  25. Grizel Castillo says

    I looked forward for your posting. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. I am looking forward for the recipes they look amazing! Pasta recipe! Orange rolls they sound perfect for my next brunch ? thanks

  26. You’re always on the go Shirley AND the hostess with the mostest! Brunch looks delicious and your porch looks beautiful! Happy Weekend ♥

  27. I know what you mean about the weather, Shirley! Our spring is so short….will be hot and muggy soon! I do love your ferns. And that Tropical Orange Pasta Casserole looks yummy!! Bring me some next time 🙂
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  28. Doreen@foxdenrd says

    I really enjoyed this post Shirley. It’s like getting a glimpse into your life via cyber space :).

    The food sounds AMAZING and that’s a wonderful idea to do something organized every month. Time has a way of slipping past us otherwise.

    Your yard looks gorgeous, and I love the ferns. You’re right…it DOES scream ‘welcome to the South’.

    I can not believe your granddaughter is going to the prom already!! It must feel bittersweet.


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