Sunday Mornings at Home

Sunday mornings at home

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  Welcome this morning to Sunday Mornings at Home.

Sunday Mornings at Home is a weekly lifestyle post where I cover a little of this and a little of that.

Today, we have home decorations from a couple of ladies in this blog community; a big announcement from me; and a celebration of heritage.

So, get a warm morning beverage and a cozy spot and let’s enjoy Sunday mornings at home together.


Sunday Mornings at Home

I should have picked up a hat for Tux because we have more to celebrate this year.

My side of the family on my father’s side is Scotch/Irish.

We have always believed that my husbands family hailed from England…his mom even found a castle there in the name.

But, this week, this happened….

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My daughter’s family spent Spring Break in New York City, and paid a stop to Ellis Island.

She discovered a couple of pages of our family name who came to America through Ellis Island, from Ireland and Germany.

Bring out the shamrocks and bagpipes…we have even more reason now to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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No matter your heritage, use this day as a way to celebrate family and heritage.

I love that my three grandsons experienced this moment of seeing family names from their dad and mom on these lists.


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The only thing I added to my spring home decor this past week were theses beautiful tulips.

They brought me such joy.

I also received joy from these two ladies…..

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Kathie changed out her mantel and hung one of her personal Fiber Art pieces.

This one is called SONG OF JOY.  She loves to here the Carolina Wren singing all day where she lives.

Kathie….you are quite talented…I love this!

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Sunday mornings at home

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These next three pictures are the home decorations from Niki.

I love how she has combined springtime with the reason for the Easter season…so lovely.

Well done, Niki.

I would love to hear from others…especially with Passover and Easter decor…but also with spring home refreshing decor….or recipes…or anything else.

Just send your photos and content to

Wednesday, I will also share a note that Kathie sent.


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I began this year focusing on strength…with a boot on my foot.

In order to recover from anything, strength is required from the inside to the outside.

I have listened to my surgeon and PT doctor and followed all instructions…and…last Thursday….

I was given a series of milestones to hit and exercises to follow at home…and they paid off.


At Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, they host a little graduation ceremony and give us a tee shirt…I will miss seeing the people I met there!

The last leg will be soon when I have a final X-ray and meeting with the surgeon, and hopefully he will declare…we are done.

My husband asked me if I am aware of the missing toe…and I honestly am not.  The foot feels better and better every day.

Thank you for the support everyone.


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I wore this outfit this week from my closet.  The JJILL linen cardigan has been in my wardrobe a very long time.

But, I wanted to remind you that it was purchased as a light pink cardigan for spring.

When my wonderful color professional, Annie Castano, convinced me that I am in the Vibrant Autumn palette, I told her I was sad about losing some items.

Annie said….DYE THEM!  Many of your older clothes can be dyed.

She introduced me to DYLON PODS and you literally toss them in a front load washing machine with the garment…and the machine does the rest.

I took this cardigan from light pink to terra cotta red and I wear it often.

I also took a couple of white tops to off white tops.  I only destroyed one item…and made sure that I was willing to let go in case that happened to others.

But, it worked on 98% of the garments I dyed….it was fun.


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South Texas is not really a great location for those with allergies…like most of the people in my family!

Monthly allergy shots at Juniper Allergy have made a HUGE difference in my life after three sinus surgeries.

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One little change for us has been to use the local honey from our Texas Wildflowers which are so beautiful right now.

It is said to help those of us allergic to the wildflowers…so I am game for anything.

My biggest issue this time of year is OAK…our oak trees throw off the pollen everywhere you go.

I saw the cute little honey dispenser at Marshalls.

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Last week some asked about Cilantro Rice.

This is the brand I most often use from the grocery store….it is made for microwave, but I have warmed and even fried it in pots on the stove.

Thank you for joining us today on Sunday mornings at home.  I hope your day is full of God’s blessings and smiles.  Now make sure that you….


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Sunday Mornings at Home


  1. A joyful Sunday morning to you and your readers, and thanks to Kathie and Niki for sharing their beautiful seasonal displays! Kathie is indeed talented, and her photo has me thinking of textiles I might be able to use on the wall rather than tables, etc. I love how many creative ideas I find here. Rejoicing with you over the promotion from PT – that’s HUGE and a wonderful testimony to your physical and mental strength. I’ve been wanting to dye a few wardrobe color “mistakes” lately, after success in my initial foray last year. Do you remember the color you used to get the terra cotta shade? It’s my best summer color and I’d love to replicate the color you achieved. For others who enjoy cilantro rice, Costco has a tasty version, and it has become a go-to in my kitchen lately. That will be so good with pinto beans and some avocado slices for an easy lunch after church later today, especially since it is cool and rainy in north Texas. Spring seems to be just around the corner, and we need the rain so badly, so I’m taking advantage of the dreary weekend to catch up on things at home and prepare for a quick girls’ trip next weekend. Blessings to you and all your community as we prepare for another week.

  2. Happy Sunday! Let me do some research and see if I can find the color. I did this four years ago but maybe Dylon still offers it.

  3. Love seeing the pretty mantle and table setting as well as your beautiful tulips. Here in South Georgia our azaleas are in full bloom and pine pollen has covered everything in yellow. Thankful for any rain to wash some pollen away. Seeing your honey reminded me of the warning I posted yesterday to never use honey for making hummingbird food as there are often spores in it which can kill the bird. And never add food color to the food. Have a blessed St. Patrick’s Day…I’m Scot/Irish on my mother’s side!

  4. Thanks for sharing your warning, Celia. I did not know some people give honey to birds. Never thought of that one.

  5. Yeesh! Scotch is a whisky (no “e” in whisky in Scotland). Scots and Scottish are the people.
    Happy St. Paddy’s Day. I’m half Scottish and Irish.

  6. A milestone to be sure! Graduating from PT is a major event- it’s hard work as you can vouch for, and the beginning is the worst!
    ( at least for me after knee surgery!) I’m happy for you!
    And while I’m wishing you Happy Graduation, lets go to Happy St Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the day. Hope you’re enjoying some Irish food?
    (I’m prepping for a familiar procedure that takes place tomorrow at 7 am- just clear liquids all day. Boo!)

  7. Will say a prayer for you, Paulette! I hope others will join me to pray for you; comfort for Connie in the loss of her mom; and prayer for Elaine’s healing. It is an honor for me to pray over the needs of this community.

  8. Congratulations on your graduation. It’s always nice when the pain is worth it. I was just in Florida at the ‘Under The Oaks’ craft show. When we got back to the car it was covered with pollen, I mean the white car was yellow. Not a place for you to visit. LOL Your posts always seem to bring back a memory. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

  9. Happy St Patrick’s Day, Pam. Congratulations on your PT milestone. You are going to have a joyful summer. Beautiful decs from Kathie and Niki. I have not one Irish bone in my body, but I love Ireland and have been listening to Irish music this morning while making fruit salad for a brunch. And tonight we are going to a local church for Corn beef and cabbage. Yum!! I say let’s celebrate everything and especially the blessings God gives us every day.

  10. Thank you, Pam, for your continued prayers mentioned above. You are so thoughtful. 💗 I have been reading along in silence these past two weeks. Keeping busy caring for my father. He made it out of the hospital four days after we lost Mom. We are getting into a new rhythm, one foot in front of the other. As to spring decorating, I found my mother’s “2024 Plants” list tacked on her fridge. I plan to honor her intentions by planting her front porch buckets with everything she wanted.

  11. Congratulations on your graduation, Pamela! I know a lot of hard work led up to this day. Thank you for featuring my Easter decorations; I’m happy that you liked them. What a thrill to find your family names in Ellis Island records. There are also several Ellis Island websites where you can look for family names; I’ve had great luck with this one: And there’s a great free genealogy website called where you can view your family tree. I’ve been able to trace my family back to the11th century on their website! Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  12. Our neighborhood cars that sit out on driveways are yellow every morning!! I see that daily.

  13. Amen, Marcia! I wish one of our churches did that…yum! A fun way to celebrate the Christian heritage of St. Patrick.

  14. Connie, I am so glad to hear from you and I have been praying for comfort. I bet your mom would love for you to plant her list. How joyful for your family to see it.

  15. Thank you for sharing this Niki! I love your decorations and I will look into those websites!

  16. Connie, how lovely to honor your mother with her plants!
    Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone.

  17. That’s good news about your PT. It does help to listen and do the exercises.
    I never thought about dying clothes. What a great idea!
    I’m now going to look for this rice.
    Take care and continue healing!

  18. This color is called Rosewood Red. I cannot find it offered anywhere right now by Dylon. Maybe it will return closer to fall. They do have nice colors in other shades.

  19. Congratulations on your recovery milestones, Pamela! I know you have worked hard. I am praying for your good health and a smooth recovery.

  20. Thank you, Pat! Please pray that I will workout on my own and be more active now that the foot is better!

  21. Our snow is still pretty deep but showing signs of melting. Expecting a couple more inches tonight. So ready for spring flowers and green leaves. My thoughts go out to you Connie. That is a wonderful way to remember your mom with planting her own plant list. They will make you smile and remember all the good memories of her. The only decorating I do is for Christmas. Storage is an issue since we downsized almost 9 years ago. We both love our cozy little house with views of the mountains. They are beautiful now heavy with snow. Your tulips are lovely Pam. You do look wonderful in your Terra cotta topper. Have you had any trouble with th color bleeding into other things in the washer? Also how do you clean the machine after dying something in such an intense color?

  22. Congratulations on your graduation from PT. You have worked hard for this achievement. I love your tulips & Kathie’s & Niki’s decor. I so admire anyone who does beautiful craftmanship work like Kathie’s. There are so many talented ladies out there.

  23. Congratulations, Pam, on your graduation from PT. Be super careful returning to your regular exercise routine. (But of course you know this.) Did you use hot water with the Dylon dye? And if so did you have a lot of shrinkage? I’m tempted to try it with some white items I bought before I let my hair go white. Connie my heart goes out to you. You & your father are in my prayers today.

  24. Congratulations on graduating from PT. So interesting for your family to find your names at Ellis Island.
    Enjoyed the decorations from other readers. Great job!
    Your Sunday post is my favorite.

  25. Congratulations on the PT graduation. The decorations of Kathie and Niki are beautiful. I don’t miss the pollen we had in AL. There is very little in KY. Praying for the ones mentioned and for your complete recovery. Thank you for your sensibleness if that is really a word! I have that same J.Jill pink cardigan and can wear it in pink.

  26. Prayers for Connie and any others in Pam’s community who have suffered a similar loss. My mama passed last October, and we celebrated her life on what would’ve been her 98th birthday. I can only imagine how difficult it is to serve as your dad’s caregiver while processing a loss of this magnitude. Remember to put your own oxygen mask on first, and try to nurture yourself, which I realize feels impossible many days. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and all who mourn your mothers passing, and for strength and patience as we move forward in caring for your dad.

  27. Pam, thank you for remembering me in prayer! And thank you to any other readers who joined you in praying for me! My treatment went well on Monday. The anticipated fatigue set in a couple of days later, so I’ve been taking it easy this week. Our weather has been beautiful though… still some snow on the ground, but it’s been melting rapidly and I’ve been getting out for a short walk each day which is rejuvenating. The nausea that I was warned to expect has not been too bad. As recommended, I’ve been eating small portions throughout the day instead of larger meals and that has helped a lot.

    Congratulations on graduating from physiotherapy! That’s a big step.

  28. Elaine! What a wonderful report. I am so glad to hear that it went well and that recovery is progressing. You have been in my prayers!

  29. No trouble at all…it was so easy to do…and I have washed it many times since I dyed it.

  30. I honestly do not remember the water temperature, but I do know there was no shrinkage. Thanks Kathie…I will be careful!

  31. Well done Pam on completing your PT and now you can hopefully get back to the gym.I hope all goes well when you see your surgeon too.
    I am curious about what you used to dye white tops to off-white, and also to now what fabrics they were. I tried to dye a white linen shirt in the washing machine to an ecru colour but it didn’t go well. The colour came out as a very sickly looking beige and the stitching stayed white! I haven’t tried again. I did use a Dyson pod.
    Also my thoughts and prayers go out to Connie at this time.
    One last thing, that little pillow with the dogs in their St Patrick’s Day attire is just gorgeous.Where did you find it?
    Best wishes for the week ahead.

  32. Hi Julie!
    The pillow was at Marshall’s! Very cute and inexpensive. The top I dyed was 100% cotton. I tried a gauze top and that did not go well.

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