Happy Weekend!

Welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 37.


I made a big boo-boo last Sunday. While working on this post I accidently pushed the “Publish” button instead of the “Save” button and inadvertently published this post in a very unfinished state. For those of you that opened last week’s Sundays With Celia (before I caught the mistake and took it down) and were scratching your head wondering if I had gone off the deep end, I apologize. In 3 years of blogging it’s the first time I made this mistake. I believe it was a combination of the fact that we had just returned from 14 days in Europe and was suffering from jet lag, and the fact that I also returned from the trip with a terrible chest cold. In any case, please scratch that and let’s begin anew, shall we? I guess I simply had my head in the clouds…


And, I must apologize for my lack of blogging while I was away, as I was just too busy both before and during the trip to do so. However, I had an amazing 7-day cruise on Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa.


We sailed the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Passau, Germany, visiting 4 countries in the process, and boy do I have a treasure trove of blog material coming up for you from this latest adventure!


So please stay tuned for lots of amazing blog posts about my new favorite city: Budapest, Hungary.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Budapest, Hungary |

Budapest, Hungary By Night

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Budapest, Hungary |

Budapest, Hungary By Day

In Budapest we stayed in a FANTASTIC Club Level Suite at the new Ritz Carlton Hotel. I can’t wait to tell you all about that! It really was one of my all-time best hotel stays!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Ritz Carlton Hotel, Budapest, Hungary |

One of the great highlights of the trip was a visit to Hallstatt, Austria, by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever laid eyes on.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Hallstatt, Austria |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Hallstatt, Austria |

We also spent 3 days in enchanting Vienna, Austria at the conclusion of the cruise. We went on a “Sound of Music” tour in Salzburg, Austria and learned all about the famous Von Trapp family.  We ate a lot of delicious food, drank a good deal of great wine and made some wonderful new friends. Life is sweet and I have soooo much to share! Please stay tuned!!

Some Grandbaby Cuteness On Sunday

OK, call me a proud Grandma but these 2 always put a big smile on my face so I thought I’d share a little Grandbaby cuteness with you’all today too. My Grandson got a haircut this week and then a lollipop for his cooperation.


And here are the 2 of them getting ready to go off to their last day of preschool. See, I told ya you’d smile:)


One Nation Underwood On Sunday

Last Tuesday Season 5 of House of Cards came out on Netflix. So, admit it, have you been binge watching the unscrupulous dealings of the ruthless Underwoods this week? I’ve managed to watch the first 5 episodes. How many have you seen? What do you think about Season 5? Do you find it just as captivating as past seasons, or do you think it’s slowing down?

Reviving Wilted Hydrangeas on Sunday

My friend Tina over on the blog The Enchanted Home swears if you use scalding hot water in your Hydrangea vase it will dramatically extend the life of these beautiful flowers.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Reviving Wilting Hydrangeas |

Well, at some point all good things must come to an end, however, I’ve discovered a little trick that really does work to revive your wilting blooms. Just when you think your hydrangeas have taken their last breath, trim the ends of the stems and emerge the entire flower in a sink full of water. Let it soak overnight.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Reviving Wilting Hydrangeas |

Wilted Hydrangea 

You won’t believe your eyes the next morning when you find the flowers revived and ready to enjoy another day. Just shake off the water and tuck the stem back into your vase. Trust me, it works!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37 | Reviving Wilting Hydrangeas |

The Very Same Hydrangea After Soaking Overnight

A Sunday Update On The House On Cottage Grove Renovation

While I was away a considerable amount of progress was made on my latest fixer-upper, The House On Cottage Grove. And since I’ve been back I’ve been working to the point of exhaustion to get ‘er done. Next week I’ll be bringing you a whole series on the progress, room-by-room. From the kitchen…


to the Living Room…


to the main-floor bathroom, etc. I can’t wait to show you more!


I’m back folks and I have loads to share. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the blog now’s the time to sign up so you’ll never miss a post.

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 37

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ and may not be reproduced without specific permission.


  • Hi Celia! Welcome home! You have been on the go, haven’t you? And it looks like you had a wonderful time. I look forward to the recap of your trip on future posts. Don’t worry about the accidental post. It’s happened to the best of us. It happened to me last week and caught it quickly but I had no excuse other than a moment of carelessness. Your grandbabies are adorable and I can see why you’re such a proud grandparent. As only a fellow blogger would notice looks like quite the beautiful bathroom they are standing in. I am also looking forward to seeing the final progress on the Cottage.I can already tell it’s going to be fabulous. It makes me long for one to call my own…but preferably on the East Coast. I must try to make that happen one day….(insert a sigh here). Thanks for the floral tip. I love fresh flowers this time of year (actually anytime of year so that will come in handy the next time I gather up some hydrangea. Have a great week… All the best….

  • Shelly Mathes

    Hi Celia, welcome back to reality. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more but please take a breath or two, all this can wait. Those grandkids, cutie patooties they are!

  • Hi Shelley, yes it is always good to remember to smell the roses and just breathe! Good advice, especially when sick. Thanks for your kind comments and stay tuned for lots more next week! Enjoy your Sunday.

  • Thanks for the support regarding the accidental post. I guess it can happen to the best of us. Thanks for your kind comments about my Grandchildren. And yes, very observant about their surrounds which is their parent’s Master Bathroom in their charming DC home. It is a VERY nice room. As for cottage progress, I’ve finally made some progress in getting together some comprehensive blog posts on it which I’ll be posting everyday next week, if it goes as planned. I’d love a place on the East Coast too so I’d be closer to those cutie pies of mine. All the very best to you too my friend!