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Pandemic Potpourri #1

“I don’t know about you guys, but I could do with getting lost in trivialities. Making small talk with strangers, while waiting for my coffee to be made, about inconsequential things. Nothing of importance that mean everything.”   Andy Murray

Thanks for the inspiration, Andy and welcome all to the first of my new series Pandemic Potpourri. Herein I will blog, and commenters can comment, without feeling guilty about seeming to disregard the seriousness of our present COVID-19 Reality.
In other words, this space is reserved for escaping Reality – however that translates. Anything goes, so here goes!

Sign newly planted in the grass across the street from where we live:

Margarita's Curbside SignI’ve been dying to do some baking lately – and took advantage of a straggling cooler day to bake up a batch of my “Laura’s Lovelies” *.  I really wanted to share these with the neighbors, but honestly, if anyone gave us something homemade, would I trust their level of COVID Cleanliness enough to eat them? So, hubby and I ate some of them ate too many of them before I froze the remainder of the batch in packets of 3…guess who gets the second helping?

Cookies and Clorox

Cookies and CloroxOn our side of the street (across from that Margarita Curbside Sign) there is a fresh produce stand that also sells Christmas trees starting November 10th each year and then bedding plants starting the end of March. Their new stock of Gerbera Daisies caught my eye and I just couldn’t resist…

Gerbera Daisies newly planted on our front porch:Gerbera Daisies on Front Porch

Wishing all of us a great weekend!

 *Thusly named by Amy-next-door, during a ‘circle’ block party in the old neighborhood ~ Lafayette, CO circa 1988


  1. tierneycreates

    Cookies and Clorox, that was brilliant, thanks for the laugh 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad you ‘got it’

  2. Marie A Bailey

    Bring on the potpourri! By focusing on the simple and small, you bring more significance into a person’s life. The margarita sign, Gerbera daises, cookies: these all bring smiles to my face.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Your comment brought a huge smile to my own mug (face). Thanks for stopping by, Marie and hang in there.

  3. Mary J Puckett

    Some flowers would be nice about now! I’ll put them on the list for next time one of us goes into town 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      A few days since you commented and I’m hoping you got your flowers! Stay well, Mary.

  4. Jennifer Pillion

    Talk about creative. Margaritas curbside would be it. Talk about delicious. Home baked cookies would be it. Talk about salivating. What I’m doing right now would be it. Talk about a live plant or a bunch of freshly cut flowers adorning my front step. I’m visualizing it right now. Thanks for giving just about all my senses a lovely workout. Although staying safe and staying healthy has got to be the priority for a while longer I guess, staying motivated doing this time while putting our senses to good use, and keeping our creative juices flowing is key also!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for ‘seconding’ the Potpourri, Jennifer. Take care and stay Sparky!


    I think many of us are baking and growing things in the garden as an activity these days. I always did this but I am so glad others are taking it up too. It is good and healthy.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep, good and healthy that it is! Thanks for stopping by, Amanda.

  6. Marty

    Your porch looks beautiful. I’d come over, but…

    • laura bruno lilly

      I know, I know, you just want to stay and party on the beach – oh – sorry, your governor changed his mind about all that.

  7. brigid gallagher

    A margarita would be very nice indeed Laura, as would one one of your home baked cookies. I love your porch and those lovely Gerberas.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you kindly, Brigid…your sweet comment about our humble porch is greatly appreciated given your horticultural expertise & lovely gardens!
      Stay safe.

  8. Roseanne

    Hi Laura! Love, love, LOVE the Gerbera daisies! My over-winter daisies will probably be dead when I finally get to go back into the office, but that’s a small price to pay. They were just thinking about sending up a blossom for an early Spring display! Your Laura Lovelies look delicious. I’ve been in a baking mood myself! I tried some cheese bread in a bundt pan (!!) and it’s pretty darn good. I’ll share the recipe next week. {{Hugs}} I am 100% certain that everyone is enjoying the lighthearted potpourri post. Stay safe and healthy. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      That cheese bread sounds yummy and in a bundt pan, no less. Interested in seeing it up on your blog.
      Gerbera Daisies – so much delight with so little effort!
      Glad to spread a bit of potpourri around for all to enjoy – thanks for stopping by Roseanne.

  9. Jill

    Margaritas and cookies! Great idea. 🙂 This pandemic is sparking people’s creativity. I love the view from your porch, Laura. It’s beautiful!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Your liking my porch means a lot as you understand life in the Carolinas more than most…
      blugs (remember that new word from our friend, Janis?)

  10. Anne

    Some folks here are having curb-side Happy Hour, where they sit on their camping chairs with a glass of wine/beer and enjoy the evening. As Mariss suggested, maybe porch Happy Hour, with margaritas and gerberas, and watch the evening come down. Sunsets haven’t been cancelled yet!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sunsets – same time – same ‘station’ HA! I like that, Anne.

  11. Andy

    A great idea-somewhere we can escape from that omnipresent word: Coronavirus. I never thought I’d miss the word Brexit! Honoured to have played a small part in provoking your response.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Muses come to us from all around us!
      Thanks for the nudge

  12. Ally Bean

    That margarita sign is wonderful. I also love gerbera daisies but I have yet to see any for sale around here. But when I do, I’m buying them. Maybe have a margarita after I plant them!

    • laura bruno lilly

      That sounds like a fine and worthy plan!

  13. Laura

    I also love the Margarita sign! Great sense of humor!
    I will have to check out that cleaner, too, but I am avoiding WalMart like the plague! 🙂
    I don’t mind if I do have a cookie or two. Thank you!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Anything for another Laura…(clink cookies and enjoy!)

  14. Jane Chesebrough

    That margarita sign made me smile but I will pass. I do like the intimate still life on the porch. I cannot remember where, but a fellow was selling his pork from his front porch and people attached the money to a clip on a long stick , open their car or truck window and he would throw the purchases into the vehicle. Have a virtual cookie is a pleasant offer, thank-you, but I am enjoying my English Bay peanut butter cookies for real.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Nothing like the REAL thing for sure!
      I can just picture that pork guy flinging his roast butt through someone’s car window. Sounds like he’s filling a void and earning a bit of cash to boot.

  15. Mariss Stevens

    There’s nothing quite like a Gerbera Daisy to shout cheerfulness. Suggestion : take your own glasses, get the filled with margaritas, and sip them on your porch while admiring the Gerbera

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh now there’s a thought, Mariss! I like your style.

  16. Janis

    I love your new series! Has anyone taken your neighbors up on their offer of curbside margaritas? My husband and I are finding ourselves in need of extra treats too lately. I don’t have chocolate chips, but I did have the ingredients for triple ginger gingersnap cookies… yum!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Well, I’m tempted to try curbside service, the hours are certainly flexible enough!
      Your triple ginger gingersnap cookies sound delightful especially when paired with either French vanilla bean ice cream or a hot cup of dark roast java. How’s that for adding to that treat?

  17. Diana

    Curbside margaritas! Ha ha. That one made me laugh. What a great idea. I love how some people are being fun and creative during this hard time. And your flowers are a bit of bright beauty, Laura. Nice potpourri. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Hello Diana (the ‘D’ in your DWP!) Thanks for stopping by and adding to the potpourri of comments here.

  18. L. Marie

    Amen to this series!!! Love the margarita sign! (Is that a bottle of mold and mildew remover? I have that same brand.) So glad you started this, Laura! And I love what Andy wrote.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for your enthusiastic response to this ‘series’, L.Marie! Yep, our Manc bud unknowingly inspired its creation.
      What a keen eye you have…the brand is Walmart’s ‘Great Value’ and it’s their “All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach” (Clorox). Which does indeed kill mold and mildew! HA!
      Have a virtual cookie or two to start out your Friday. I woulda delivered ’em to your doorstep myself, but you know, shelter-in-place and all that.

      • Mariss Stevens

        Wish I had some of that mildew removing fluid. Attacked the shower with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and that did the trick. (We have embarked on a chore a day routine during lockdown)

        • laura bruno lilly

          …and then after each day’s chore – a treat perhaps? Curbside margaritas anyone?

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