Saturday, July 22, 2017

CLOSER OBSERVATION


When I was in elementary school, over 50 years ago, I had a pet toad. I loved it to pieces. Took it to school for show and tell but it escaped.  Made me very sad. So imagine my delight seeing this little one sitting on a patio chair, five decades or so, later… I almost missed it because it blended right into the background. I thought it was a leaf. Have you ever ALMOST missed seeing something, that under closer observation revealed itself to you?  



Sunday, July 16, 2017

TRICK OR TREAT & CANDY CORN


I’m getting antsy for autumn to come. These hot days of summer  are getting to me. The humidity especially. So imagine my delight when I saw CANDY CORN sitting in a bin at a store I frequent. It reminded me of  the fall season, up and coming... though still months away.


 I screeched with excitement. And that only intensified  when I saw Halloween stuff out and about... to boot. 
witches hats


brooms

old butlers

jack o lanterns

 Though for most people, I admit,  it’s a tad bit early to see these seasonal items on display...  but NOT for me. The timing was perfect. Gave me the emotional boost I need to get through the rest of this oppresive heat wave... one day at a time!

Monday, July 10, 2017

A chance encounter with a LEGEND

On a short trip to Michigan look who we encountered at a rest area. Made me wish I had worn a pair of blue suede shoes. 


My husband hammed it up with the King.


But I didn’t. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA


WHATEVER YOU DO today...
 HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY.


HAPPY 4th of JULY.

ENJOY!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

ROSEBUD DELIGHT


Beauty can be found in simple things. And the joy something brings to one’s life can be priceless.  Tonight when I was headed out to my car after an unproductive store expedition I happened to glance down at my feet. There in the parking lot was the head of a rose that had been disconnected from it’s stem. Damaged... it lay there ignored by all the passerby’s except me. I instantly scooped it up off the ground... and found a place for it in my van’s cup holder... until I could get it home, and make a space for it on my computer desk,to admire it's beauty. The universe knew I needed a little 'pick me up' tonight. Who knew I'd find it in the form of a discarded flower? The pleasure this gift of nature has brought me is immeasurable. Have you ever found joy in something totally unexpected?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS


Finally it's been installed.
and we can get the first peaceful night of sleep
in many months.
After dealing with a break-in and arguing with the insurance company about who was going to pay for what and how much....
 we got our new front door.
The old one had been smashed in by a guy HIGH on DRUGS
trying to break into our house. 
And we were living with it's damage 
until our claim could be processed
and settled.
To say I'm relieved with a new door in place would be an understatement.
OVERJOYED
 is a better assessment.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

GOOD OMENS


I noticed a blue heron flying parallel to our van as we went down a back road to the other side of town. It followed us for about a mile or so before crossing the road, in front of the vehicle and landing in a pond. It made me smile when he splashed down. Herons are always a good omen for me. When times are difficult and troubles seem to be piling up, I can always count on a heron to break the monotony and spread sunshine into my darkest corners by coming into my line of sight. In my world blue herons and deer are powerful creatures. What animal brings you good luck?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

ANOTHER YEAR OLDER


I'm not getting younger, I'm getting older.
BUT BETTER WITH AGE.

ANTICIPATING A FABULOUS TIME
COMPLETE WITH SONG, FOOD, GIFTS
AND A FEW SURPRISES.


"Birthdays are just another reason
to eat cake with BUTTERCREME frosting."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ARMCHAIR TRAVELER & GOOD FOOD


Mothers Day was low key. On Saturday we took my daughter and our granddaughter  with us to the Asian Buffet out of town. It’s quite a trek to get there. BUT definitely worth the trip. It is a lovely place. SERENE music plays in the background amidst decor that delights an armchair traveler. Buddha, Terra Cotta figures, an unusual wood fountain, flying lions and wall of hieroglyphics are featured inside and outside the restaurant.

The food was yummy too. My favorite house specialty, the stuffed shrimp, was in plentiful supply, though I helped lighten the load considerably. 


After eating our daughter headed to do some birthday shopping for our grandson who was away at boy scout camp and couldn’t join us. My hubby then drove me to the local thrift store where I had a blast looking for some bargains, but ultimately left empty handed. Though my daughter had given me a pretty pot of annual flowers to take home. 


Sunday we slept in and my husband cooked me a steamed lobster with butter for the holiday. It was sweet and delicious and I enjoyed every bite.


 And was thrilled to also receive a bottle of my favorite perfume, Alien.
It smells outta of this world. 



Monday, May 8, 2017

A GOOD MOVIE


We don’t go out to the movies anymore. Like a lot of folks we stream them into our living room via the SMART flat screen tv. We make our own popcorn. Settle back in our jammies and enjoy the flick. So that means what we see is not what is current in the theaters. Recently we saw a movie called The Founder starring Michael Keaton playing Ray Kroc the notorious founder of Mcdonalds. It was out in theaters this past Christmas but we streamed it in the past month. Better late than never. We enjoyed it more than any other picture we’ve seen in recent memory. It was really good. Worth checking out if you are looking for something to entertain you with no violence, minimal bad language or without gratuitous sex. And if you stream it, the price is much cheaper than it would be at the movie theater. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

BREAKING AND ENTERING


A couple weeks ago our lives were disrupted in the most hideous way. A couple guys attempted to break into our house while we were here. It was a scary and frightening ordeal.  And I have had a lot of sleepless nights since then. And probably will for a long, long time. We were sitting watching tv around 11:15 pm, when someone started banging at our front door. A male voice shouted, “You are fgking like everyone else and won’t help me.” What did he think we were going to do- open the door that late at night to a stranger? We heard hushed whispers between two men. Sounded like they were walking away. Then suddenly there was yelling and screaming. They started banging on the front door again. Told me to open it. I told my husband to call 911. We are senior citizens and the episode frightened us to our core. The yelling and banging got more intense. Sounded like one of them was throwing his upper body against the door. Then when it wouldn’t budge sounded like he kicked it. Told us to open the door because he was coming in whether we wanted him to or not. Kept banging on door demanding we open it. Then splintered the wood, cracking it open enough to see light from outside.  Shouted he was coming in and if we didn't open the door he was going to break the windows. Heard the glass shatter. Got more upset. They were that much closer to having their way with us, inside our humble home. Husband talked to the dispatcher on phone. Police finally came and caught these guys red handed. They arrested one. He was high on drugs. And the other guy, they let go because he was supposedly trying to get him help. But that brought no comfort to us. These two effectively held us hostage in our home for 15 to 20 minutes. It was terrifying and we are lucky they didn’t get in. God only knows what would have happened. We were at their mercy. Meanwhile we have to replace the damaged door at a cost that is ridiculously high according to the several estimates we’ve had. And to boot insurance has a $500 deductible so that doesn’t help. And in the meantime we have to live with the broken door until we can replace it. In all thirty one years of living here nothing like this has ever happened  before and I pray it never does again. I’m not sure I will ever be able to get over this happening to us. 




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A LITTLE VACATION FROM BLOGGING

THINGS ARE STACKING UP AROUND HERE.
SO I'M GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE
BLOGGING BREAK.
Don't forget me. I'll be back sooner than you think.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

HAPPY EASTER

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Monday, April 10, 2017

FEED A FEVER


My husband and I are playing musical chairs. One minute he’s sick, then the next I am. We’ve been passing whatever this is we have back and forth between us, since the 1st of the year. Sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever. Finally my hubby sought medical attention and went to the doctor. He has COPD so anything that exacerbates the condition requires a look-see by a medical professional.  He was immediately put on a series of prednisone and antibiotics to deal with it.  At that point I was symptom free. But the minute he started to improve, just a little, I caught it again. My throat was so bad this time, I wanted to cry. So I conceded I too needed to see the doctor.  I hope she’ll have something to take the edge off the sore throat. The rest I can handle but not that. Meantime, soup is our go to meal. And my hubby and I are trying to avoid contact to keep this BUG at BAY. Have you ever shared an illness with someone you love?  No fun is it?


Sunday, April 2, 2017

FISHING FOR COLOR


By and large, I tend to be somewhat conventional in my home décor with a boring color palette. But every now and then... something comes along, that tickles your fancy, and throws all caution to the wind. I saw these cute FISH potholders and thought they match nothing I own. But then... thought, I’ve got to have them. A LENTEN special. They were on sale. Just what I needed, an excuse to BUY them. I never have had FISH potholders before, have you? Time to change things up a bit. Do something different. The real choosing however, began when I had to decide which color dishcloths I would get to accompany them in my kitchen. Which color would you choose? I favored the yellow but ultimately went with the turquoise. Though none of them match my décor. I say sometimes you have to shake things up and have some fun. So I did.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

A BAG TO SUIT YOU

KORS, COACH, YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE.

Purses are personal like men’s wallets. They have to fit your lifestyle. They come in an assortment of designers, colors, sizes and prices.  No matter how I have tried to use a smaller purse I always gravitate to the large ones. Bags that have lots of compartments to accommodate my needs.  I need a couple outside pockets, one for my phone and one for my keys. Inside I need a compartment for my wallet. One for my makeup. Another for my change purse. And journals, a book or my kindle. I do not like hobo bags where you just throw everything into a big hole and that’s that. You then spend the rest of your life digging through everything to find one thing. And that drives me bonkers. Trendy is not my thing either. I’m not into cutesy wootsy. As for designers. I consider them if the price is right. And the purse has what I need. But not just to be wearing a name only. If you shop THRIFTS you will find a wide variety of NOVELTY purses to compliment every style and budget. Here are a few I ran into in my travels that were fun to look at, but stayed put in the store. 

A 70's THROWBACK

MADE FROM A ROMANCE NOVEL

CONVENTIONAL

A ROSE LOVERS DELIGHT

A BEACH TOTE

MOD MOD THE 60's REVISITED

CLEVER. MADE FROM A LITTLE GIRL'S SKIRT

MODERN FLAIR SHOULDER BAG

PATTERNED AFTER THE SEWING CROWD

Between me and you, it’s really a personal preference to choose and buy a purse PREVIOUSLY used. I do not have a problem with it for the most part. I’ve picked up some real expensive pieces for only a few bucks… but it depends on the condition of the item. I think buying new if you scout out bargains is ok too. Purses are now going for over $200. It’s unbelievable, don’t you think? What kind of purses do you like?