Random Discoveries!

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful. “ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good Morning Dear Friends!  I do hope this finds you enjoying these summer days.  My post today was created while gathering information for another post. And, I thought you may enjoy seeing some of the things I came across.  Many of the thoughts and photos, I hope, may inspire, bring back fond memories or simply make you smile. 

“He who loves an old house never loves in vain.  How can an old house used to sun and rain, to lilac and to larkspur and an elm above, ever fail to answer the heart that gives it love?”  ~ Isabel Fiske Conant (see note at the end of this post)

This photo of the man working on a painting of the pretty homes reminded me of something quite special.  We had lived in our current home around three years and on one spring day, while I was outside, I noticed a lovely young woman sitting on the front steps of the home directly across the street.  She was sketching our home. When she saw me, she immediately came over and introduced herself.  She told me she was sketching a few of the old homes in town for a collection and promised to let me see ours when it was finished.  Several months later, she rang our doorbell only to gift us a gorgeous, detailed black and white etching of our home.  Needless to say, it is a treasure.  Truly, unexpected joy!

And, this beautiful spot ~ such a lovely way to begin the day or perhaps take a moment’s rest. 

“Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine.”  It does, doesn’t it?

“Flowers can change your day, try some.” ~ Matthew Mead


“I love flowers, I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses.” ~ James Joyce,

Oh, I can’t fail to mention a huge discovery at our home this week, ripe tomatoes!  Which translates to ~ Mike’s Tomato Salad.

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” ~ Lewis Grizzard

Mike’s Tomato Salad

5 large tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped

half of 1 red onion, roughly chopped

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 large clove garlic, minced

Feta cheese to taste


Whisk oil, vinegar, parsley and garlic in small bowl.  Season with salt/pepper to taste.  Pour over chopped tomatoes and onion, mix well.  Let stand at room temperature or cover and refrigerate up to 3 hours, allowing for flavors to blend.  Sprinkle with the desired amount of Feta. 

I hope you have enjoyed my ‘discoveries’ this week.  I want to thank you, my dear friends, for following along.  Know how very much I always appreciate your comments and the time you take to post them.  They are sweet music to me.  And, as summer seems to be moving right along, I will leave you with the thoughts of Debasish Mridha ~ “Go slow, my life, go slow.  Let me enjoy the beauty of silence, serenity, and solitude.”

 Au Revoir,



Note:  The poem by Isabel Fiske Conant, was stitched for me by my lifelong friend, Janet.  Much love went into the stitches and I am ever so blessed to have such a dear friend.  The piece proudly hangs in our foyer.


Images~ Pinterest, Tumblr, Traditional Home

Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment.



19 thoughts on “Random Discoveries!

  1. So lovely. Each picture and quote stills my soul and gives me pleasant thoughts and memories. I always find joy in your posts. I wish I could remember each thought and savor them in my mind for later.

    1. Many thanks, Bonnie. So happy you came by this morning, always so good to see you.

  2. The pictures are quotes are always wonderful! We have ripe tomatoes too. Sadly we also have those darn green catapillar things that are trying to eat them all! I have tried soap spray but they keep coming back. I have never had this problem before.

    1. Thanks, Penny. We had those creatures in our garden in VA. Mike ended up having to dust the plants with Seven Dust. It did work – they can be difficult to rid once they are in a garden. Hope they will leave – it is dishearting to see lovely vegetables ruined.

  3. Sandra, what a sweet place to visit this morning with my coffee. Each photo and quote is simply lovely. Mike’s tomato salad sounds so good for a summer day and quick and easy. I can leave out the feta and it will fit into my Whole30 diet. Thank you sweet friend for the beauty that you share and inspire!

    1. Many thanks, Pam. Mike’s tomato salad is good, you will enjoy it. Have a lovely day and stay cool!

  4. Lovely sights. Summer tomatoes – nothing better, and just as you’ve scribed the recipe! A shortcut method I just found this year…a lady in Kroger’s showed me Garlic Expressions dressing in the produce section…..so good, and I’ve been having these salads frequently!

    1. Thanks, Rita. I will have to look for the salad dressing you mentioned – it would be a shortcut. Enjoy your week!

  5. Sweet Sandra, these beautiful pictures and wonderful quotes lifted my spirits this morning and brought a little peace into my day. Your tomatoes look beautiful, and thanks for the delicious recipe! Enjoy your day, sweet friend!!!

    1. Ah, dear Shannon ~ thank you. If you love tomatoes you will enjoy Mike’s recipe. It is so easy and so good! Have a great remainder of the week!

  6. These are lovely glimpses of summer in your corner of the world. Love that quote that you say hangs in your home. A beautiful thought. Those tomatoes are gorgeous! My heart leaped when I saw that green room with the beautiful green hydrangeas in the basket. That was my girlhood favourite colour, that particular green. Thanks, Sandra, for a lovely visit. Bren xox

    1. Ah, Bren – so happy you came for a visit. Thank you for your lovely words and I am happy a piece of this post brought back sweet memories for you. Enjoy these summer days!

    1. Nancy, hope you will enjoy the recipe – it is very good. Your blooms were a feast for my eyes!

  7. Is there any chance you would post a photo of the stitchery your friend made for you with the Isabel Fiske Conant house poem ? Thank you!

    1. Liz, if you will send me a message, I will send you a photo. I posted it some time ago. It is beautiful. Janet does amazing work and she will stitch for you, should you be interested.

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