My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Ice Cream Story and Peaceful Shelters

About 15 years ago, a new giant grocery store came to the town we lived next to before moving here. It was one of the biggest grocery stores I'd ever seen and cannot for the life of me remember its name now, but I think it was a store out of Oregon or Washington or maybe the mid-west somewhere, but not known here in Idaho at all. Anyway, it had full service in it: regular foodstuffs, organic food, coffee bar with exotic coffees, a small place to buy and eat fresh sandwiches, a pizza place in it, a deli, huge vegetable/fruit selections, bulk food items and an ice cream parlor. It was the ice cream parlor that fascinated me. :-)

They made the ice cream right there in that little section. It was so cute with pink and white canopies surrounding it and the requisite pink and white chairs. So one day I asked if they'd make me a special ice cream. I'd buy it all, of course, if they could. The lady there said she'd give it a try and seemed happy to do it. I wanted piña colada ice cream and told her it was coconut and pineapple in an ice cream mixture. I left the basics to her but told her what I wanted in it. I love pineapple and coconut! Love it.

So she agreed and I gave her a couple of days and went back to the store. I asked her about it and she went into the back and brought it out. I sampled it as she was telling me, "I also put in banana for you." I hate bananas! Right then I knew I wasn't going to like it. Now, I was very specific in how I wanted it and I was willing to pay for the whole bucket/gallon or whatever it took, plus as a customer requesting something and willing to pay whatever price they wanted, I assumed she would have met my requirements as to ingredients. I was so disappointed. But it taught me a lesson: always be as specific as you can. I usually am to this day but I sometimes fail. This happens frequently with the hubs. I won't go into that because this story is about a disappointing ice cream mostly.

The store folded after a short while—perhaps two years at the most, if I'm remembering correctly, and it became a Home Depot. I always wondered why such a huge store came to a relatively small demographic area of Idaho and Oregon.

So, recently, we bought a small Cuisinart ice cream maker and made our first batch of just plain old vanilla, just to get a feel for the appliance. It came out fantastic. I'll now work on doing strawberry perhaps before I work my way up to pineapple/coconut piña colada. ;-)

A place to dream.

Smell the roses or tulips in this case.

Pretty and neat bathroom organization. Is there any person alive who has only this much in their bathroom storage? My stuff in both our bathrooms could fill a ROOM all my itself!

An old colander kept or purchased at a garage sale and relegated to a new lot in life.

One of my favorite things: laundry drying on a line.

A place of repose and reflecting…with a cool lemonade drink.

A truly attractive vignette with its pink peony.

Pink lemonade with a swish of lime and a rose petal making a grand performance.

Be still my heart. Drool!

I know. If you see one more bathroom you’re going to retch. Well, I have a few more later so hang on tight. ☺

A patio wished for by many of us.

A wardrobe of clothing wished for by many of us! Maybe that’s the laundry. Hmmm?

Large colorful patio with plenty of spots to cool down.

A collection of dishes displayed to perfection. ;-)

Another cute “cottage” any of us would like.

Or maybe this one is to your liking.

Buckets of beautiful fresh flowers in front of cabinets.

Wishing you lots of eye candy today!


  1. I loved the bathroom photo...but I'd also love to know just how one keeps a cupboard so tidy. There can't be a man in that household!

  2. I can tell that you will have fun with that ice cream maker!!! :D
    Such lovely images....I think I have all the eye candy I need from your post...I love that vignette with the peony, pretty...


  3. Hi Connie! First off, had to thank you for the nice comment about my knee! I had a shot but next time my ortho guy, who had been on vacation, said he would do the lubricating shot! I am relatively pain free for now! But those gluts need a good massage! Thanks! :)

    I am drooling at your photos! I am not sure which one to choose! All of them are gorgeous!

    I love the ice cream story. I do like bananas and often order a small blizzard at DQ that is called a Hawaiian! I use to go to a place called "Dolly Madison" where they served the very best pineapple and coconut ice cream! No bananas! You would have just loved it! I was sad when Dolly Madison closed their shops in favorite of these pricey, yuppie, ice cream joints! I don't even like their stuff! Ha!

    Have a beautiful 4th!

    Hugs Anne

  4. I meant to come back to this post and comment but afterwards it disappeared from my reader and I forgot about it. I just remembered it a few minutes ago so I googled your blog to find it. It's too bad that she added bananas to the mix. You missed your chance at something you really craved. So, I hope that you get around to making this special mix of yours. It sounds delicious!

    I love the planter with the wheels in front. It's so country atmosphere! That little boat holding the bathroom accoutrements in the marine decor is really original. I've never seen that done before.

    Is there anything more beautiful than a fruit tree?!! Where you see clothes hanging on the line, I see luscious green apples ready to be bitten into.

    The bathroom organization little armoire is so cute. I don't have room in my mini tiny bathroom for storage. There's just room enough for sink, toilet, and tub. The only space I have is under the sink. So, I keep everything in a small linen closet in the hall. Whenever I'm in front of the sink, I have to close the bathroom door because I'm sure to hit my elbow on it. Ouch!

    I love that floral arrangement in that little blue vase with the white polka dots. I adore purple and I love how the purple tulip offsets the blue of the mug. That's really what interior decorating is all about! The little details that keep us going for a second look.


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