Thursday, August 08, 2013


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 I'm having MEGA computer fact, my desktop is still at the repair shop, where it has been all week.

I am limping along on my ancient & very S-L-O-W laptop, so everything takes twice as long.

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 Luckily, I had saved this post in draft mode!
Instead of happy banter & my usual chatter, I'll just give you the bare bones specifics, if you don't mind.
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 Lemon placemats are from Tuesday Morning, last year.
Lemon dishes are from Pier One, also last year, along with
the wicker chargers.
Water decanter (subbing as a vase today) is from Big Lots.
Pretty yellow coasters are from Dollar Tree, last month along with the fun lemon glassware.
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Keeping food cold while dining outside in the gazebo is imperative in the summer heat.
I found these mini ice chests that have a deep space in the bottom to hold ice & a tray
that fits snugly into the top.  It has 3 divisions to hold different fruits or toppings.

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The lemon yellow begonias outside the gazebo cooperated & are blooming their little heads off!
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Cherry/Blueberry muffins with an extra dusting of sanding sugar after baking were yummy!

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 I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish,
Yvonne, at StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday &
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

Hopefully, I'll be back to normal by the weekend & then I'll try to visit everyone!

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.
Would you like a glass of lemonade before you go?

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  1. One word for this post - Refreshing!
    I think your gazebo must be a lovely place to sit, sip and chat. Does it catch the breeze?

    1. It sure does! Sometimes, TOO much! LOL
      I've debated about putting up some white, billowy curtains, like Susan has on her porch, but I'm afraid they would be fluttering all over the table sometimes. Perhaps weights in the hem would prevent that. I'm still pondering. The inside of the gazebo looks like it will need to be painted next year, so I'll wait till after THAT fun chore to make up my mind.

  2. Ditto ~ refreshing! Rett, your gazebo is a lovely setting. I'd spend many hours there reading and napping and dining on lemon treats. I'm into lemons here so will add cherries with the blueberries for my next batch of lemon muffins. Great idea! Thanks for sharing the lemon love ~ Sarah

  3. Rett, your table scape is so refreshing. I really like all the lemon dishes, everything works so well together.
    Nice place to have dinner or just sit and read a book.Mary

  4. I am sorry your computer is running slow - we need our computers to work, and work correctly, but sometimes I think they are human and need their rest.

    Your table setting is lovely. You didn't mention the name of the flowers in the first photo. Are they Matilija poppies? We have not successfully grown them in our yard. I never thought about using them as cut flowers, but there is a giant bush in front of the local school and I might just go over and cut some this morning.

    1. I think they are PEONIES???!! The leaves look exactly like my pink & white peony bushes on the other side of the house & they bloom about the same time, too. The plant was a gift, so I'm not sure. I've never seen nor heard of "Matilija poppies" so it is possible that they are of that species....they sure look like it. I googled for images of such...I shall have to investigate further.
      Thanks for asking...I learned something new from your question!

  5. So lovely and lemons not only taste refreshing, they look it, too! Beautiful table,Rett. Those boxes are pretty cool. At DS's recent bash we used and "ice boat" which she found for a couple of bucks at the Christmas TRee Shop. It looks like a white raft with small blow up sides about 6 inches high. You fill it with ice, 5 bags. We were able to put in three very large and lovely salad bowls. They stayed cold and it looked nice too. Keep an eye out.

    1. I sure will watch out for the, Bunny! Thanks for the info. I WISH we had a Christmas Tree Shop nearby. Our nearest one is in Erie, PA & that is a looong ride. Maybe Big Lots will get some on clearance. They would be perfect for a large gathering.
      This little one doesn't hold great deal, but it works okay for just 4-8 people.

  6. I'm loving the high contrast of the light rattan charger with the blacks and yellows. Unexpected and very effective. Isn't amazing how quickly we've all become on our computers? And no matter how fast they perform, we want them to respond more quickly! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  7. I love your gazebo so much, it is the perfect place for a refreshing lemon lunch...I love the way it all looks, I also have a gazebo and I have white drapes and they have tie backs, however you are right they will flap around, I don't take mine out of the tie backs, not sure weights would help...come on over for a visit and you will see them on the gazebo..I love your setting so much you have inspired me to go find some lemons and have some lemonade...thanks for sharing...Phyllis

  8. Are those flowers peonies? In August??? Very pretty! Love your new food cooler too, it's so hard to keep things chilled in the summer-enjoy:@)

  9. A bright lemony day! This post is beautiful & refreshing! Thanks...
    Blessings My Friend,

  10. Just beautiful! You really have such great taste!

  11. What a lovely table! I'm seriously coveting those lemon dishes, they're adorable and lemons are my favorite things! I'd stop by for lemonade at your gazebo any day :)
    ~April @DimplesandDelights (visiting from TT&T)

  12. This is definitely says Summer and refreshing. I will have a glass and visit awhile.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

  13. I LOVE your pretty table scapes, but every time I see a new one, I can't help but wonder where you were hiding those dishes before you set the table. lol I still have to laugh at all your hiding spots. You, so do make me smile!!! KEEP IT UP!

  14. What a delightful place for a glass of bright and cheery. You can't help but smile when you see yellow on a table.
    Have a wonderful week, Rett...

  15. Just lovely. I got those coasters too, but have yet to use them.

    - The Tablescaper


  16. So beautiful.Happy scape and refreshing...:):)

  17. I love yellow and black! Your table looks so dramatic in a fun fabulous way, the lemon dishes are adorable! I can see how you were inspired by all the mystery lemon goodies~how much fun!

  18. I bet you love dining on your gazebo, your post is fun and refreshing with the lemons placemats and your beautiful lemon begonias. Enjoy.

  19. Love your lemony table, so refreshing! I knocked 3 of my lemon glasses off the table with my big butt when I tried to squeeze by down in the basement! Time to pare down, and not just the dish collection! :)
    So where did you find those cute little ice chests? I do have one of those ice rafts mentioned in a previous comment. Haven't tried it out yet , got it last year! I am slow.

  20. I'm so glad I didn't miss this because it's so adorable! I'm sort of a nut about themed tables. It's just fun to see and do one to me. I love those little lemon dishes and would love to have some for myself. Would love to have some of those placemats too.


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