Sunday, March 31, 2013

TRASH TO TREASURE

 
 
Garbage Day is on Monday at our house. We are allotted one large bin to dispose of waste. We do not have any mandatory recycling. Which means everything goes into the same BIG container.  When my daughters lived at home they generated more trash in a few days than my husband and I do in a month. Now that there is just the two of us, we're lucky if we put one bag out in that can a week. I'm the only person or so my hubby says who knows how to extricate the garbage from the kitchen can to put it outside in the bin. A good excuse for him not to do it, right? In all fairness he does the bathroom and office cans. Neither of which require the muscle that kitchen can does. But then he does wheel that big monstrosity with everything in it to the curb. It would be much easier to put that one green trash bag out there. Problem is that can can sit there all day. Our garbage men are not on a schedule. They can pick it up at the crack of dawn or not mosey by until 5 o'clock at night. I'm reminded of the old days when we'd have 4 or 5 cans lining the driveway. And those collectors would be there when the sun rose to empty them. Remember the old metal trash cans? I bought one years ago to store my wrapping paper in. In it's day it was convenient and just the right size. BUT now that I exclusively use gift bags instead of wrapping paper it's getting in the way. So it's the first thing I'm going to get rid of at a garage sale later this spring. Call it recycling. There is vintage paper in there. One woman's trash is another's treasure.
 
 
 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

TRADITION

 
EVERY YEAR ON THE DAY BEFORE EASTER
 
 
MY HUBBY AND I, SENIOR CITIZENS THAT WE ARE
 
 
TAKE OUT THE CRAYONS AND ACT LIKE
 
 
A COUPLE OF CRAZY KIDS.
 
 
ARTISTS WE ARE NOT.
BUT FUN WE HAD.
 
 
HAPPY EASTER!
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

HAPPY EASTER AGAIN

 
EASTER and PASSOVER GREETINGS
(Remember my American Greetings Bunny from last year...
there is a long story associated with it
somewhere here in my archives
if you want to search for it and read it)
 
 
 
I'm cautiously optimistic, about the weather.
The snow has melted...
so I'm donning one of my Easter Bonnets,
silly as it may look.

Monday, March 25, 2013

No More, PRETTY PLEASE, Mother Nature

 
 
 
I'VE BEEN SHOVELING ALL MORNING.
Six inches probably doesn't
look like a lot of snow to you
BUT it was HEAVY to MOVE.
And 
SOMEONE HAD TO DO IT...
Since my
HUBBY'S SICK WITH FEVER!
 
PS) The local weatherman says
we got seven and a half inches, not six.
So I am revising the total too.
 
 
 
 
RESTING my FOOTSIES
PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE, NO MORE.
 
 
 

Friday, March 22, 2013

BUNNIES GALORE HAPPY EASTER

 
Since Easter week is upon us
I thought I'd show you my decorations
here at home. I have bunnies galore.
Consider this a GREETING CARD from me to you.
 
 
EGGBERT, A Tom Clark Gnome
with Easter Basket
 
 
BUNNY WITH CARROT DRESS,
FAMILY ROOM
 
 
 BUNNY WITH
PINK DRESS AND BASKET,
BATHROOM
 
 
 
 
SRI LANKA BUNNIES
 
 
AFRICAN EGGS
 
 
RUSSIAN EGGS
 
 
VINTAGE BUNNY, KITCHEN
 
 
STUFFED BUNNY, THRIFTED
WITH BRACELET USED AS A NECKLACE
 
 
A BUNNY CUP
PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK
 IN SOME FOLIAGE
 
 
KISSING COUSIN BUNNIES, ON FIREPLACE
 
 
AND ME
NOT DONNING MY EASTER BONNET
UNTIL THE SNOW STOPS,
THE TEMPERATURES WARM
AND SPRING IS REALLY SPRUNG.
 
Dinner here will be for two only...
BUT with all the fixings,
including a ham we got for $6.99.
Otherwise it would have been lamb or seafood.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU
AND YOUR FAMILIES and mine.
And Happy Pesach to my Jewish family and friends.
See you AFTER the holidays.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

MY PASSION IS TEA

 
 
I crave and covet my tea like some crave and covet their coffee. I love African Autumn or Chai Tea. And I enjoy going out to Biggby's or Starbucks to get it. But with a $5 price tag for the small size, it adds up fast. And truth be told, that is more than I can afford for a sweet indulgence. So I've gotten more thrifty. I used to make the chai from scratch. But TAZO has a formulation I can't quite replicate. And I LOVE the taste. It has just the right blend and balance of sweet versus peppery spice to make it scrumptious. So I buy a couple boxes when they are on sale and put them away to sample when the mood strikes me. And I buy a tin of the African Autumn sachets to do the same.  But rather than put them in a mug, like my regular hot tea, Constant Comment... I use the cups from the name brand coffee businesses I used to frequent. So I save money on buying the pricey teas and just have to wash out the paper cup to satisfy my cravings for being out and about.


Friday, March 15, 2013

CELEBRATE ALL WEEKEND

 
See you next week. ENJOY all the corned beef and cabbage.
 
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

LOOK WHAT I WOKE UP TO

 
I am testing the waters here. Trying to post this video.
 Let's see if it works. Now you can see and hear me.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A CULTURAL POTPOURRI

 
Went to an International Expo held at The Auxiliary Center here in town. It featured activities that showcased food, dance, artwork, handcrafted items, music and clothing from a variety of different cultures. This allowed us to see the diversity in our neighborhoods locally and let us touch base with our global friends. Some of the countries represented there were Egypt, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Tunisia, Indonesia, America and Guatemala. We enjoyed all the delicious food and fascinating cultures, closer to home than we realized.
 
 
 
 
 
CHEROKEE
 
 
JAPAN
 
 
 
COSTA RICA
 
 
 
GERMAN DANCERS
 
 
EGYPTIAN DISPLAY
 
 
 
SCOTLAND
 
 
ME
 IRISH, WELSH & NATIVE AMERICAN
 
 
 
 
INDIA LADY, HENNA & FOOD
 
 
HUBBY IN CROWD
 
 
BOLIVIA MASKS
 
 
INDONESIA and CHINA MASKS
 
 
INTERESTING MAN
do not know where he was from
 
 
Time to say goodbye.