Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year's Eve Dream

     It's time to prepare yourself for the party of the year!

     Soft glowing fairy lights draped around a mirror to help set the mood for an opulent celebration!

     Only a sparkling dress adorned with crystals and golden beads will do....

                    and maybe some sequined ballerina flats.

     Tousled hair pulled up in a bun would not be complete without a satin bow or hair clip of rhinestones.

     Wear something delicate like pearls to showcase a bare neck.

          and now it is time for the celebration to begin!

     Every corner of the world will celebrate the dawn of the New Year with different foods and drink.

          I prefer cake and a glass of the finest Champagne.

     If we're going to dream .... let's dream big ..... let's be in Paris to ring in the New Year!

 Welcome 2014!

 God's Blessings to All in the Coming New Year -


Monday, December 30, 2013

Thank You - PBS


Do you enjoy collecting recipes on Pinterest to try at a future date? I do too. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I have tried have been a flop. Yesterday I made Soba Coconut Noodles from a Pinterest pin that linked me up to a blog for the recipe. Not only were the noodles bland, they were the most frightening dish of food I had other seen - save a Chinese dinner I had in Berkeley where the duck was served with it's head still attached. Yes, I know that sounds like the Christmas meal from the movie "A Christmas Story". Anyway, my poor husband, the good guinea pig that he is, kept looking up from his bowl of noodles, making suggestions on how to jazz them up to try and give them more flavor. This is from a man whose only cooking skills are boiling hot dogs and opening a can of beans. Okay, okay .... he does know how to grill a mean steak. After last night's disastrous meal and a pledge to use only reliable sources for recipes, this morning I saw this post from PBS on Face Book. I'm sharing it with all of you foodies and Julia Child wanna-be's. Bon Appetite! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Resolution Lists

I love this time of year, the ending for a new beginning.  

Time to sparkle

For some reason as we draw close to the ending of the year, we begin to feel comfortable, even excited about shedding our old self with the hope of getting a new self.  To help begin this metamorphosis, some of us will carefully and thoughtfully draw up our New Year's Resolution list in hope it will guide us for a change in 2014 .... as if it were that easy.  In this current time we live in, with information and sharing literally at our fingertips - Pinterest and Tumblr are bursting at it's internet seams with helpful lists for the coming year.  Like the avid Pinterest-er I am, I "hearted" a few that I liked and decided to share them with you. 

I liked this "20 Things to Start Doing",  all fabulous ideals!  I started doing several today - I bought a case of water and went outside for a walk.  I know, I'm an overachiever.  So .... yes, there are 20 great suggestions listed here, although I'll have to add a few of my own.  Being a middle aged women and all .... 

1.  Do your Kegal exercises, for goodness sake!

2.  Put everything right back where you found it!

3.  You know those spots where you hide things, those secret spots you'll never forget but you do?  Well, designate ONE secret spot for small things and ONE secret spot for large things.

4.  Don't drink wine every night.  

5.  Pray everyday for glorious thick and white (grey) hair.  This spending $150 for highlights and a cut is getting waaay too costly!  Or, you may have to give up "wear clothes that make you happy".

     The suggestions on the two lists above, I dream (oh, "dreaming more" is on the list) of doing with more regularity.  However, if you look closely at these lists - take a good look now .... it requires a charmed life to achieve most of these suggestions.  A more practical list would look something like this :

1.  Try not to fall asleep when you are reading.

2.  Sleep deprivation?  Easy! Don't stay up late watching Inside Edition, reruns of Friends, The New Adventures of Old Christine or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (thank goodness he'll be on earlier next year).  Close your eyes, count some sheep/blessings or if that doesn't work give up. Play Words With Friends on your iPad or Google "sleep deprivation".

3.  Get a job or two jobs so you can afford to travel more, live more and look more!  When you have free time, that is.

4.  Fun .... what is fun?  Discover what fun really is (maybe, fun is called enjoyed at my age).

5.  How in the world does one dream more?  I have a friend who never dreams.  Or maybe, yes possibly, day dream more.  Okay, I can do that .... I'm good at that.  I may have invented it.

This list is lover - ly .... isn't it?  I think this should be embedded in our brains. 

Take Small Steps Everyday .... this statement should be my daily mantra and only list.  Simple and easy to remember .... I like that.  Honestly, I know in my heart and soul what I need to change - I don't need a list to remind me.  But, there is something to be said about lists .... actually I should have mentioned making lists on my list.  Oh, well .... next year.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Merry Christmas - Joyeux Noël - God Jul and a Mele Kalikimaka!  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pause music to enjoy this sweet Christmas greeting from Anthropolgie

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Let the Countdown Begin

                   Time to Deck those Halls!

Inside and Out!  This wooden Joy, Peace, Love Christmas tree from reclaimed wood was made by a friend.  It adds a touch of whimsy to the artificial tree that adorns my front porch