Tuesday, December 31, 2013


"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne."
May you and your loved ones
have a healthy and happy
NEW YEAR 2014.

Friday, December 27, 2013


Wondering if it was too late to be good? We anxiously awaited the big day like a couple of gleeful children.  We had a nice quiet, peaceful Christmas Day celebration, just the two of us. Santa was generous with his gift giving. Since I have no sense of direction Santa brought me a GPS device for my car and the cradle it goes in. Personally I think it will confuse me more, but Santa knows what is best. So I'm going to work with it and try not to become too flustered. Time will tell if it helps me find my way. My fingers are crossed. I also got a remote car starter for my car, which will help keep me warm in the cold, cold weather. A good thing, for sure. Now it's the day after the big holiday. Things should start heading back to normal. I was surprised when I went out to the stores, tonight... to find all the shelves had been picked cleaned. The mad dash for Christmas bargains is over. Now begins the new year. And the rush to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Monday, December 23, 2013


to all my
their families.

Friday, December 20, 2013


I wanted to add some more Christmas cheer to my family room. That is where the resident BEAR  resides. I thought dressing him up a bit might be fun. So I went in search of the perfect piece of clothing to make a holiday statement. I decided on some kind of head attire. Headbands, hats and earmuffs were the options. I took great delight in doing this and even got my husband in the holiday spirit. Though I must admit... he disagreed with my ultimate choice... being the traditionalist he is.  What do you think suits BAREE the bear, best?
I saved the SANTA HAT for me.
My hubby wanted the Santa Hat for the Bear.
 I went with the
Reindeer Antlers for Baree., instead. 

Monday, December 16, 2013


My hubby and I had the opportunity to go see The Great American Christmas Show featuring Tony Orlando and his band. It combined a hit list of his oldies but goodies, along with Christmas songs. He stressed during the show that what was missing in most people's Christmas Decorations  was a Nativity. He has lived in Branson, Missouri for over 20 years entertaining audiences there. Popular back in the 1970's , Tony is best known for his song Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Mother Nature decided to let loose on us here in the Midwest. It started snowing this afternoon and hasn't let up. When my children were younger this meant a day off from school, sipping hot chocolate and building snowmen outdoors. But nowadays, for me... it means I stay inside with a cup of Chai Tea and watch the snowflakes fall. So today while I was doing that... I also sorted through some of my old photos. I LOVE snowmen and it's evidenced by all the pics I've taken of them, when I've been out and about. So I thought I'd share some with you. Do you like snowmen?

Saturday, December 7, 2013


I love to fill my house with the scents of the season. Cooking and baking is one thing that brightens the mood and fills the nostrils with holiday cheer. But my hubby has COPD, so I can't spray anything festive in the air. Steaming potpourri is another no-no. I'd light candles, but the flame isn't good, nor the soot they produce... for his condition. So I had about given up on this simple pleasure. Then... I bought myself a candle warmer. It heats the wax so that the fragrance is gently released. My hubby seemed to have no problem with it. So... now I can enjoy all the delightful scents of the candles and his COPD is not aggravated. Therefore... I was so excited when I saw the latest Yankee Candle Display for the Christmas season. My favorite is the Holiday Cinnamon and coming in a close second... is the Balsam and Spruce. I bought a couple to bring home. Buy one, get one free SALE.  Do you light candles, year round... or just at the holidays?

Saturday, November 30, 2013


I've been shopping
and I've been busy decorating.
Not sure which is MORE fun.
Needless to say...
I'm all ready for Christmas.
Are you?
Here are a few of my
favorite things.

Sunday, November 24, 2013



Many years ago.... One of the first Thanksgiving's my hubby and I spent together did not exactly go according to plan. We lived near a lake. And we loved to walk around it. This would take some time, though. So we'd make a day of it. On this particular Thanksgiving Day... the sky was clear, and the weather was exceptional for a walk. Anxious to get started... we hurriedly made the oyster stuffing, cranberry relish and dressed the bird.  Once we put the turkey in the oven, we headed out, anxiously anticipating a delicious mouthwatering meal when we returned 3 hours later. As usual we enjoyed traipsing through the landscape for our walk. The first clue something was not quite right on the home front came when we opened the front door, on our return. The succulent fragrance of oven roasted turkey did not hit our nostrils. Instead we smelled nothing. Nothing at all. We rushed to the oven door, flipped it open to see what was wrong, only to discover we never turned the oven on. Talk about disappointment. We were famished and had nothing to eat. It was almost 6 o'clock. And being a tad bit naive about bacteria and such things... we simply shut the oven door and flipped on the switch. Dinner was served after 9 pm, that night. And we didn't get food poisoning. But we learned a valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Be willing to laugh at your mistakes. And ALWAYS check the on/off button on your stove when cooking a big meal. I wish each and every one of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Do you have any Turkey Day tales????

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Last night we had our first measurable snowfall here. It is that time of year... when one of my beloved flowers, is starting to be seen everywhere around us. "The poinsettia is native to Mexico. There are over 100 cultivated varieties of it. On the downside... BEWARE if you have pets, unfortunately these plants can be poisonous to them. You can always use artificial ones, instead.  Legend has it... that a little girl, who was too poor... to give a gift for Jesus' birthday... was inspired by an angel, to gather weeds from the side of the road... and place them in front of the church's altar. Glorious crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias." These gorgeous plants come in many different colors. My favorite color is red. What is yours???

Friday, November 8, 2013


Christmas candies, at full price... were out on all the store shelves on Halloween night. These retailers have this selling thing down to a science, don't they? They didn't give us consumers a chance to buy any leftover Halloween candy at a half off. Imagine that???

Monday, November 4, 2013


I wear glasses. Can't function without them. But... when the sun's rays get too bright... I squint and shield my eyes with my hand. It makes driving difficult, to be sure. So... after years of doing this, I finally wised up, made the investment and ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses. I got the brown tinted ones because they showed the world around me in a more natural light. I love them. At last I can see, inside and out.

Friday, November 1, 2013



A GREAT steak is good for the belly, every now and then.  We try to have one several times a month. Sometimes we make them at home. But usually we get them out at our favorite restaurant. Some people like theirs cooked rare, medium rare,  medium or well done. How do you like yours? I want mine to go, "MOO."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


In years past... I have donned elaborate Halloween costumes and decorated the house from head to toe, inside and out. This year is more low key than usual. In part because... last year I missed Christmas. I was in the hospital. So... early as it is, I have that holiday more on my mind than ghosts or goblins. But... with that being said, Halloween is still my favorite holiday. So I have an animated Frankenstein, Pumpkin Head and Zombie visiting to help me celebrate. Not to mention a few skeletons to rattle my cage. The only thing missing is what I should wear??? So... I decided to do something simple this year. I'm just going to wear a mask. But there are so many to chose from... I had a difficult choice. Here are some of the selections I toyed with. And... the one I ultimately chose to buy, is at the very end.

And my personal favorite. This is who I'm going to be....