Sep 4, 2015

INSTAFriday #6

Wow, I can't believe that we've been home 2 weeks already. Time has seriously flown and we've been majorly busy. I am glad however to be able to start up INSTAFriday again hopefully you guys will join in. 

I can't tell you how happy I was to be home and be able to enjoy the view from our 2nd floor terrace. We live in the city but Croats are so good at gardening their yards that it almost feels like we're in a garden. I love it!

Funny story: Growing up my mother always had Wisteria planted in every yard we ever had. She loved it and I love it. So 15 years ago when we bought a house here I went and bought some Wisteria and planted it in my yard. Well a year and a half later we had to sell that house when the Dollar plummeted. Anyhow, we have since moved 5 times and every time I've planted a wisteria in my yard. The problem is, Wisteria takes up to 7 years to bloom. So I would plant it but then we'd move before it bloomed so I've yet to see a Wisteria bloom in my yard. So when we moved here almost 2 years ago I planted Wisteria again. This time I actually went to the national pastor's wife (they bought the house we sold where the first Wisteria was planted) and got some of the very first Wisteria I planted here in Croatia 15 years ago. It's very happily growing in my yard in two different places. I have seen it bloom yet but I have great hopes it will before we leave this house. 
Until then, I'll enjoy looking at my neighbors Wisteria that grows up over the roof of out out buildings. 

While the neighbors garden looks awesome ours didn't so much. We have a huge patio area out back and when we got back it looked like that. Apparently it was a bumper crop year for weeds. Those weeks were 4 feet tall. We had a little work to do when we go home, needless to say.

 I know what you're thinking, that doesn't look real appetizing. Okay so it's not a foodie photo and it's not suppose to be. When our daughter was at home she always used the yellow plate. All my dishes are white but somewhere along the way I ended up with one special yellow plate and Hannah adopted it. We didn't dare use that yellow plate, it was hers! I sent this photo to Hannah to show her that the yellow plate was now ours. She got a chuckle out of it but later that day, I dropped the prized yellow plate and now ALL my plates are white.

I told you guys not long ago, (or did I?) that a baby was being born in our church and they were naming her after me. We'll here I am meeting Tory for the very first time. She is an amazingly good baby and she's beautiful. She's so similar to her namesake. HA! Anyhow, here she is, Tory. What an honor. 

Did I tell you I started crocheting? We'll I did. All those long road trips in the States were so boring and a girl can only sleep so much. So I started with hankies and moved up to blankies. I fell in love with this chunky turquoise and brown yard I found and Michael's. Plus I used a 40% off coupon so that's a win and it's big and chunky so that makes for a quick project. I'm all about seeing progress and quick projects. I probably should be on Ridlin, cause I have a seriously short attention span so quick projects are essential for my happiness and longevity. I'll share when I'm finished. 

Our daughter Hannah is one lively young lady. She has always had enough life in her for all of us. She is zany and fun and I thought she was one of a kind till I meet Agatha. Agatha is 75 and she is Hannah's personality twin. I'm so not kidding. She is so much like Hannah it's almost scary. They think alike and she's just as lively at 75 as Hannah is at 18. They are twinseys. Anyhow, we took this photo to send to Hannah when we got back. Agatha is sadly lost without Hannah. She talks about her all the time. It means so much to me to know that Hannah left such a hole in so many hearts, including mine. 

Okay so that's INSTAFriday #6 done! I'm actually surprised I had any new photos on my Instagram cause life's been crazy busy here. 

I can't wait to see yours! Make sure you link up for INSTAFriday so we can come take a look-see. 


  1. I am so happy we became friends on Blogger. I truly enjoy your posts and look forward to the next one(s). Pssst....I love wisteria too!

  2. Poor yellow plate! I have no idea what wisteria or any other plant is. Sad to say, but it all looks like weeds to me! LOL Well, unless it has a pretty flowering blooming off of it, then I consider it a plant. I raise kids, not plants. Thankfully my kids are turning out much better than any plant I tried. Tory definitely does not have your hair!!! :)

  3. How sweet to have a little one named for you! That's sad about the yellow plate, but it makes for a wonderful memory. That's so neat about Hannah's 75-year-old personality twin.

  4. What an honor to have s baby named after you!! It's good to see you again!

  5. Tori, I love wisteria! My grandmother planted a small bush in her yard when they bought their first house in the late 40's. My mom remembers helping her plant it and after my parents bought their first house, she took some and planted it in the back yard. My mom always reminds me of the time when I came in the house with that first bloom in my hand bringing it to her.The last time I drove by my grandmother's old house, that wisteria took over everything and it was a wall of purple beauty. The lady who bought our house, told my parents she keeps that one plant cut back so it doesn't go crazy. I miss seeing wisteria! Hopefully, one day, I'll be in a place where I'll see it again. I would love to link up, but I haven't taken any pictures this week except for the pizza I made tonight. :( Maybe I can do something this weekend and share it.

  6. Oh, that poor yellow plate. :( It just wasn't meant for anybody but Hannah, obviously! And, that baby....mercy, she's adorable. of my favorite forms of therapy...LOL! HOPE you have a great the way, I'm linking up. I might not get to every week, but I thought it would be fun to see just what I posted on Instagram recently!

  7. I love seeing your photos Tori! ;)

    I hope you get to see that wisteria bloom soon. It's so beautiful. I think it's really cool that you were able to get some of your original wisteria to plant.

    How special and beautiful to have a namesake Baby! What a blessing.

    The plate story is too funny. And I LOVE that blanket - it looks so soft and the colors are really pretty. And Hannah looks like one fun sweet soul!

    Thanks for sharing and happy weekend to you! xoxo

  8. I love wisteria! I had never really seen any till we moved to Oklahoma and it was blooming in the back yard the day we moved in. I've looked forward to it every spring since. I'm so sorry about the yellow plate! I loved all your photos - how sweet to have a namesake! :) Hope you have a great week.


Hey thanks in advance for leaving a comment, sure do appreciate it!!