Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Means Having Meals on the Deck



It is just so relaxing outside with the trees full of leaves and the flowers full of blooms that I decided to have lunch with AJ on the deck. Since John was working and it was just me and my granddaughter, we had it on that little wooden table. We will just have a light lunch, ham sandwich, some chips and iced tea.


She was patiently waiting as I prepared our sandwiches.


This corner of the deck will be the perfect setting.


Can you see my secret garden in the background down below?




Ham with mayo, that's how she likes it, no other condiments or veggies. I served the iced tea in a mermaid pitcher on a mermaid tray. Doesn't the color look refreshing? It even matches the pool water?




There she is all happy, waiting patiently for us to eat.




She asked me how can mermaids give birth to baby mermaids if they have no butts. LOL! I didn't quite know how to answer that. I told her to ask "Uncle John" when he comes home. He is the doctor, he should know.



Aaaah! Refreshing iced tea!



Sandwich on the shell bordered plate is all gone!







AJ can now play, after all she is content and happy and no longer hungry.

This is her last weekend with us and we are surely going to miss that girl!



"Summer to me means having a lot of meals on the deck and porch."

I am linking with The Tablescaper for Summer Sunday at
http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/



With Sally for Blue Monday at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/


With Marty for Table Top Tuesday at
http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

Lady Katherine for Tea Time Tuesday at
http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/



Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for Two at
http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/


Last but not least, with Martha and Terri for Tea Cup Tuesday at
http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

I hope you enjoyed our lunch on the deck. Thanks so much for coming by.

And thanks to our wonderful hostesses for all these great events!

59 comments:

PAT said...

Christine, your pool and patio area is absolutely gorgeous. I would have as many meals as possible there!

Happy 4th of July!

Terra said...

I love your hidden garden, pool area, mermaid plates and enjoyed seeing your happy granddaughter.

Debbie said...

You are such a lucky duck, well and so is your granddaughter. Awesome lunch outside. Our weather is finally very comfortable, low humidity and we are enjoying the great outdoors too. Have a wonderful 4th Christine. Debbie

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

AW! AJ is so cute in the photo of her sitting at the pretty corner by the garden ...patiently waiting!

(haha...did she remember to ask your hubby her mermaid and mermaid baby question?)
I had to laugh out loud :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(everything looks so beautiful!)

salmagundi said...

She sure is a cutie! It's easy to miss the grandkids when they go home, but I'm usually tired and ready for a break. How about you? Sally

Kathysue said...

Hi C, AJ is growing up into quite the little beauty. I am sure she will miss you as well. I can tell you treated her like a little princess. Too funny about the mermaid, poor John!! Lol,Kathysue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty backyard/pool!!
You tell them mermaids don't have babies! :-D Curious to hear what the Dr. has to say! :-D

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! I love your deck...so pretty! I'd have every meal out there, too! Your mermaid tablescape is so cute! But best of all is AJ's question! lol Keep us posted on John's answer! Happy 4th!...hugs...Debbie

Niki said...

She is a doll!! What little girl wouldn't love dining on such cute dishes by the pool?

Traci said...

It looks like y'all have been having a wonderful time together!

Really Rainey said...

Hi Christine! Your yard had just burst out with color! Its looks so lush! And your Granddaughter is growin up so pretty! I know how much you are gonna miss her... I miss mine living with me so much! Have a great 4th Of July!

~Rainey~

Luna Miranda said...

your patio and garden look fabulous! now i'm curious what your secret garden looks like.:p what refreshing photos. and your granddaughter is pretty--and i am still grinning at her question about mermaids.:D

Angela said...

What a beautiful post. Your daughter is just precious. I loved what you served her lunch on..absolutely gorgeous and what a blessing for her to receive ...we NEED to do that for our family...instead of keeping all those 'fine' dishes and such for 'special occasions' our family is special each and every day so why not use those items...Blessings to you and yours this 4th of July...

We celebrated Canada Day on the 1st (143 years young!!)

Dredd said...

Happy 4th of july! your pool area is simply fabulous with cozy ambience. Ohhhh AJ is such a darling with her smile.

mARTy said...

thanks for your visit;-) you have a paradise there-great garden!

Jeanne said...

Christine, it looks to me like you both had a delightful time together :) Great photos.

Best wishes for a Happy 4th!


Jeanne:)

Sue said...

Christine, Your backyard and pool area is so lush! Pretty colors, flowers, and girls! It would be so calm and relaxing to spend the day out there. Happy 4th to you and yours!
hugs, Sue

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a great time, your yard and pool is always so pretty-enjoy!

The Tablescaper said...

How lucky for you to have AJ AND how lucky for her to have YOU! Love the mermaid!!!

Thanks for joining "Summer Sundays"!

- The Tablescaper

Diann said...

Hi Christine!

Happy 4th of July to you and your family!
What a perfect little lunch. Your yard just looks so beautiful as does that pretty little granddaughter! Love your mermaid set! So cute!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Your pool area is so pretty, and it looks like you had a wonderful time.
:)

Donna

Marilyn said...

Thanks for coming by for a visit. Your yard and pool are delightful--as is your sweet girl. She is lucky to have a grandmother like you! ♥♫

Sarah said...

Christine, it all looks so refreshing! The little mermaid pitcher and cup are darling. I'll be curious to what answer John gives. :-)
Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

How Fun!
What a happy girl and a happy pool!
I like my ham sandwich with mustard only, please.
She's your little mermaid!
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day making your home and I thank you for stopping by mine to say Hi!
I love meeting other home makers!
Happy 4th to you, too!!
Hugs,
~me

cheeky curves said...

I enjoyed every moment of it.

Janie's World said...

I think it is so wonderful that you get to spend so much time with your beautiful granddaughter. Looks like a fun and delicious lunch on the deck.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Gorgeous images of a beautiful little girl!!! That table looks perfect...

Cabin and Cottage said...

Oops! The things kids say! Yes, a dip in the pool would be fabulous! Your scene looks pretty great ot me! Jacqueline

Jacqueline said...

I wish I had had a grandma like you, what a lucky girl. Who would ever forget lunch at Grandma's pool with Mermaid dishes and plates. She is so gorgeous. I bet you will miss her, but what fun memories you have made.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, she is just as pretty as a picture! I can't get over how much AJ has grown. And I love her blue dress and all of your CUTE china! The mermaid is darling.

Hope you had a good Fourth, and I'm wishing you a Happy Blue Monday, too...

XO,

Sheila :-)

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful pool and lovely granddaughter.

Happy Blue Monday #2, Christine!

bj said...

First of all, your AJ is just adorable. So pretty! I know how much you will miss her. Hoping she can come back really soon! :)

Her lunch looks perfect for a pretty girl...and your pool..oh, my, is is just amazing. Your deck is somewhere I would love to be!!

One of my little granddaughters...(I have 7) spent the night with me the other night and I have a post all ready about our breakfast together.:)

Good good luck on winning the gift card from CSN.
xo bj

bj said...

Could you give a link to SIGHTSEEING SATURDAY? I have some photos of our Alaskan cruise I'd love to share.
Thanks...
xo bj

Joyce said...

Your little mermaid is the cutest and so are the mugs and plate. Enjoyed your tour bus tour yesterday of the trip.
Joyce

3sisters365 said...

What a fabulous time you all must have had. How sad that she is going home soon,though. At least you can reminisce by looking at this lovely post!

Best wishes and happy week,
Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

kat said...

haha i love your granddaughter, she cleaned the plate..I will be happy if my son can do that too. Your place is gorgeous, the pool, etc. You made me smile with the question of your granddaughter about baby mermaid..haha me too dunno the answer. lol

Thanks for commenting to my BM anyway.

Have a great day.

GrandmaK said...

Oh my, what a lovely garden you have!!!! Having lunch there must be a delight!! Thank you for your visit! Have a grand day! Cathy

Lori E said...

Now who would want to leave after getting this royal treatment. Looks like a lovely spot to have lunch

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhh, what little girl wouldn't want to eat with Mermaid things?!? What memories you are making, for the both of you. But you are surely someone is aware of the making of memories. :-) Not everyone is, but I'm sure you are. Your love of life is soooooo evident in everything you do!

A question about eating outdoors.. How do you keep bugs away? All sorts of flying things always spoil it, when we try to eat out on the patio. -sigh- But so many people do, eat out. I'd love to know the secret. :-)

As always, I'm loving glimpses of your simply beautiful home! Inside and out!

Gentle hugs...

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a cute mermaid tray and pitcher. I am laughing about A.J.'s question! Hopefully, she forgot to ask John. laurie

Mary said...

I think I enjoyed your lunch as much as the two of you did. You have a beautiful home and the area around the pool is most inviting. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, what a gorgeous place to had a little lunch with your darling AJ! She is so pretty and I know y'all have had a great time! Your entire home - inside and out - is so beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jingle said...

the blues in your post is so very rich and festive...
cute post!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, AJ is such a cutie and I am sure you will really miss her. You girls lunch looked fabulous. I love the mermaid comment. Hope John had a great answer. lol Your pitcher and platter are both gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
I love seeing your pool, patio and gardens. It's so GORGEOUS!! You have so perfect and the cute pitcher and mugs, oh do I love those!
Your grand-daughter is just the cutest too~
Hugs,
Cindy

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love your pool and patio.. everything is just PERFECT~!!

Sonny

Appleshoe said...

Your mermaid picture is adorable as is AJ's question about them. I was raised with old Irish fairy tales. If she has not gotten an answer yet you can tell her that sometimes mermaids come on dry land as humans so that must be when they have their babies *smile* Take care.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Christine
Your granddaughter is a beautiful girl and it was nice to join you by the pool for iced tea.
Judith

Dolores said...

Oh Christine......EVERYTHING is so beautiful!!!!! Your granddaughter is so pretty...... I loved her question. Shame on you for pushing the answer off on your husband...tee/hee..

Hugs,

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: My granddaughter would just love to have tea with your beautiful set. It is a child's dream. Thank you for creating it for us. Blessings, Martha

Snap said...

Beautiful post. Love all the mermaids (the live one, too!!!!!). Beautiful yard and garden. Thanks for sharing it with us.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, every time I see this, I see something else I love! I'm dropping by for Tea Time Tuesday. And now I'm thinking how neat it is that you have that wonderful water spout thing for the kids. AJ is so cute lying there! And the mermaids are so much fun! Don't you love mermaids? They just speak summer to me!

Happy Tea Time Tuesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

How I would love to jump into that pool right about now! It is soooo hot and humid here in Michigan! But, I will just have to stay inside with the airconditioning blasting away :) We have both a covered porch, and a deck off the north side of our house...but it's a bit difficult to try to eat out on either one of them because we have 4 outside kitties that will try to get at our food LOL !! Oh well.

Wishing you a Happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Tina Eudora said...

Oh how I would love to be by that pool right now! The lovely seaside lunch set is adorable as is the little mermaid eating the sandwiches! Have a lovely afternoon.
'Tina xo

Beth said...

This post is just beautiful, Christine. Everything from AJ, to the mermaid pitcher and cup, to the blue of the pool water, to your container garden - it is a feast for the eyes! I love your pool area, Christine! Hope you had a wonderful 4th.
Blessings, Beth

Creative Grammie said...

You have a beautiful grand daughter. And such clever questions! Will you be sharing his answer with us?
I love the mermaid dishes, so appropriate for your special guest.
Your garden and pool area is the perfect place to spend summer days!
I'm glad I stopped for a visit.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Christine,
Your grand daughter is darling and I just adore your beautiful back yard and pool!! It is supposed to hit 100 here in Northeast Pa.!!! Yikes!! We are NOT used to those temps!!

Hugs,
Debbie

parTea lady said...

Looks like you enjoyed a nice lunch with your lovely granddaughter. I would love to hear your hubby's answer to her question. ;-)

Your backyard is gorgeous - perfect for outdoor meals and entertaining. I like those cute mermaid dishes.

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