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Friday, June 20, 2014

An Orange Surprise, Confusion, Flattery and a Picnic Game Update

An Orange Surprise

Marion loves Roses. I’m pretty sure it is her favorite flower although, she really like tulips too. As a matter of fact, I would have to say she is indeed a floral type person:) She also has the unruly habit of ordering from all types of catalogs. What the Home Shopping Network is to some, catalogs, in general, are Marion’s weakness. Last Fall, an assortment of Roses arrived in the mail. I had no idea that one of those boxes included this Orange Rose which I spied as I strolled in the garden yesterday. I can’t believe I didn’t even see it bud. I will be moving this rose bush in the Fall. It seems to me it needs a more prominent place in the garden. Agree?

Confusion

Oh the tangled web we weave when we mention birthdays around here. (this blog I mean:) Mine in particular:) On Garden Tuesday of this week, I shared the two chairs that my son John rescued for me with a bit of hard work and Club Cadet Yellow paint:)

Before:

After:

The chairs had been kicking around the yard since I moved here from Long Island. John’s most thoughtful birthday present was to bring them back to life in time for my birthday which is this Sunday. Yes, thank you all for your birthday wishes in advance:) I’ll actually be posting on Sunday so I will “see” you all for my birthday. No, there will be no cake as far as I know:) It is also John’s birthday too. No, sillies, not my son John, but John host of Kitchen Riffs so be sure and drop by and wish him a Happy, Happy. I know I will:)

Flattery

There’s a saying that goes something like this, "Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” The quote is attributed to Charles Caleb Colton and originally read, “Imitation is the sincerest flattery.” Colton's sayings and quotations can be found in the book entitled Many Things in Few Words, published in London in 1826 and available on google books.

If you agree with that statement, then you will be delighted to know that the Picnic Game has been cloned:) Not exactly of course, I'm not sure, but I think the letters were most likely assigned. No matter. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the 6 years that I have been hosting the Picnic Game, there isn’t another group of people in all of the universe like the people who regularly visit this blog and/or play the Picnic Game here. And that’s a fact!

Some of you may already be aware of the “cloning” of the Picnic Game. I don’t mind saying I was indeed surprised when I popped on over to invite a regular guest to our picnic only to find she had already hosted one of her own on International Picnic Day. Now mind you, I’m on the fence about how I feel about this conundrum. I do know, however, that it sure would have made my day, week, or month if that person would have told me about their Picnic Game before I stumbled upon it. Just saying…

Picnic Game Update

The 2014 Picnic Game is in full swing! As a matter of fact, one of the letters has already been toted. Thanks Ivy:) I was going to wait until Sunday to do a letter update but this year I think it is best if I keep updating the available letters until they have all been snatched up! At the rate we are going, it won’t be long. So, without further ado, here are the letters that are still available as of June, 25, 2014:)

I, J, U, and V

Not to shabby huh? If by chance this is your first visit here, you can learn all about the Picnic Game on the post I did for International Picnic Day on Wednesday. You can also follow the logo below if you like. Just click it:)

I don’t have any recipe to share today. I tried to take pictures of the yogurt that John made because today is apparently Plain Yogurt Day! The pictures of the plain yogurt just didn’t seem to come out right. I’m not thrilled with this yogurt and banana smoothie picture either but, it does show how thick and creamy it came out. The plain yogurt was just as silky:) This is the last of it though. Next week I’m going to attempt to go it alone. Who knows, I may even be ready to show you how I do it!

Once again I would like to thank you all for visiting and “playing” the Picnic Game. I can already tell we are going to have an amazing variety of choices to enjoy as we hop from blanket to blanket this year. It’s going to be a blast! Just remember, even if you are unable to join in the Picnic Game letter choosing, July is National Picnic Month and we will be sharing all of our picnic dishes, much like the ones you see in the sidebar from last year, with a round-up on July 1st. Louise:)

37 comments:

  1. Dear Louise, You are amazing...you write with such eloquence. I love how you always give updates and explain things so perfectly. I have never seen an orange rose like that one that Marion had purchased. It is so lovely and I agree it needs to be shown on its own. I was not aware that you Birthday was this Sunday, I thought it was last week..But I still love the chairs that your son spruced up for you. You are blessed with a wonderful family. So happy that the Picnic game is coming along so nicely. I for one, am excited to see all the foods with the letters. The Yogurt looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your updates and again great job coordinating this years Picnic game. You will be a fabulous hostess. Blessing dear Louise, Dottie :)

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    1. You are too kind, Dottie:) Yes, I know there was a bit of confusion last week but hey, I don't want to have two birthdays in the same year, lol...It is going to be an exciting Picnic Dottie just you wait and see:)

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  2. This is the first I've heard about the Picnic Game clone...guess I'm not on her list. No matter, the original is always the best. :)

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  3. I hadn't come across the "clone" either, but I agree that you have the most awesome guests. Your chairs/planters transformed beautifully (what a nice birthday present!) and I love the orange rose. Perhaps I'll need to look more closely at some of the garden catalogs I get ;-)

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    1. I LOVE the way the chairs turned out, Inger. It was a wonderful day and they are a memorable birthday present! Oh no, throw those catalogs away. They are addicting!!!

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  4. Louise, I wish I could participate this year but I am on a tablet for a while and blogging is difficult. Mostly uploading the photos.

    A clone picnic game?! I had not heard of it and are you saying YOU weren't invited? I hope it wasn't one of the folks you have been communicating with regularly. I agree with Barbara, the original is always the best!

    Love the garden and roses, by the way.

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    1. We understand, Tina. I do hope you will be able to join us for the round-up! It's going to be fantabulous!!!

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  5. Aw, how nice to mention we share the same birthday! I'll definitely be here on Sunday to wish you the best!

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  6. Let's see. I think I'll try to participate in your Picnic, Louise. May I choose the letter "z?" I hope you will let me know how I should proceed as I am really in the dark about these kinds of "linky" things.:-)

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    1. You certainly may choose the Letter Z, Nellie! It is all yours. We will help you along with the toting, don't you worry. I'm delighted you are joining us. It's going to be such FUN!

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  7. Hi dear I never heard before about "other" pic nic and yours I know by years Louise.
    I think msybe I will.pick other letter Louise!
    xo

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  8. Happy Birthday:) I love the rose and your son did a fantastic job on the chairs. Very nice. Hope you have a great Birthday.

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    1. Thank you and thank you, Geraldine:)

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  9. what a glorious smoothie, but even its beauty pales in comparison to that of the rose!! have a great weekend. :)

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    1. I've been really getting into the smoothie thing, Grace. Oh the concoctions we've created, lol..I will definitely be moving that Rose!

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  10. Louise can I have the letter S If is not still busy??
    xo

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    1. The Letter S is all yours Gloria! Oh goodie, lol...

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  11. My newlyweds got home last night, so my posting will be a tiny bit delayed, but before July 1 for certain!

    Imitation Picnic Game? Never heard of it. Yours will still be best; how could it not? ;-)

    And I understood that your son's birthday present was early, but I can see how others might have misread it. No matter; lots of birthday wishes are always good.

    Love your glass holding the smoothie. Pretty glassware makes everything taste better, don't you think?

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    1. Not to worry, Marjie:) Yes, as a matter of fact, I am a very fussy glass chooser, lol...

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  12. Hi Louise , I love Marion's orange rose , just beautiful . I love what John did with the chairs , now that's just beautiful . I haven't heard of the clone , but like Barbara , we got the real deal here and it would have been nice if she had told you .

    I will e-mail you my details Monday and put up my Picnic post ... Sunday I have to put up our Birthday post ( Louise , John and Nee0 I hired some Louisiana Hoe-Down dancers and please stop by and sigh your card Sunday . ((( HUGS))) to you and Marion . :)

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    1. I'll be there, Nee! Marion sends lots of hugs back!

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  13. Happy birthday, dear! Louise, you certainly have a lot in store for us on your birthday! Love the new work in your garden, a beautiful restored piece indeed. }

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. It's shaping us nicely:)

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  14. Well, just in case I slip up tomorrow, I am sending fond birthday wishes this evening, Louise! And, if, in fact I get with the program tomorrow, that just means more birthday wishes for you! I think you should cut yourself a bouquet of orange roses!

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    1. Thank you, T.W. Only one tiny orange rose is showing her face so far and I gave it to Marion:)

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  15. Happy, happy!! I love the chair-planters. What a thoughtful gift! Marion's rose is quite lovely too. My roses have had a rough season already; the arbor has collapsed at least twice thanks to this wet, windy weather. The Knight assures me the new stakes will not fail, and I am hopeful that the necessary pruning will yield beautiful, new growth ASAP!

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    1. Thanks Channon. I actually lost three rose bush this harsh Winter. I haven't told Marion yet about Helen Hayes. She was so looking forward to her this year:) The pruning should make yours all better:)

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  16. Hi Louise,
    I love the orange rose! I have never had luck with growing roses!
    Picnic Game cloning? Yes, I do agree, they should have at least have the courtesy of informing you about it. But not to worry, you always hosts the best picnics, and I would not miss it for the world! :)
    P/s : I would not be including all the pictures in my post, but would definitely visit everyone at the picnic. And am excited to see what everyone else is bringing!

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    1. I don't usually have luck growing roses either, Joyce. I've actually shied away from them for years but, Marion loves them! I've been putting banana skins by their roots for about one year now. I don't know if that has been helping. Or, it could be the garlic I've been plainting by them too. They say Garlic and Roses are best pals, lol...

      I'll send you the letters minus the pictures as soon as I have them. it's going to be a delicious picnic Joyce:)

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  17. Love your yellow chairs. Well done. Yogurt. I make a 8 cups of raw milk yogurt every week (with some cream added too!!). We love the stuff!! Clarice

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    1. I'm ready to make more yogurt Clarice. We love the stuff too especially in smoothies!

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  18. Never mess with the original! And I agree with you about a heads up would have been nice!

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  19. HI Louise, so sorry about the cloning of the Picnic Game. Don't worry, when we think of Louise, we think of Picnic Game and when we think of Picnic Game, we think of Louise! You take care and regards :)

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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