Sunday, September 17, 2017

FLORAL DESIGN REAL OR FAUX?


I went to school for floral design once upon a time. I became an expert in all things silk. I learned to work with faux flowers and plants and came to love them almost as much as the real deal. To this day I still have a tendency to use them more often than not. Case in point, autumn decorations. Outside I use the real flowers, but inside I prefer faux... less mess. Last year we had somebody clean out our garage and all my fall arrangements, wreathes, etc.  disappeared. Accidently thrown out.  I was upset, to say the least. So I am replacing things slowly.  I started with a singular pumpkin and vine of leaves. And it has filled me with absolute delight. Do you find big or small things bring you the most joy? And do you prefer real or faux flowers?


Monday, September 4, 2017

PATTERNS & BRIGHT COLORS


When it comes to fashion I like bold bright colors with heavy patterned prints. They hide the stains.  In my world solid colors are out. The reason why is simple. Number one... I tend to be clumsy. Number two... my anatomy gets in the way. I have big breasts and I’m short. That means when I sit at a table to eat my meals they act like a shelf. Everything falls there. So when I spill food... it shows up on a solid color shirt... much more than it would on a print... because solid colors are just too unforgiving. However, sometimes that is not the case and the print is vunerable. For example... I have a white shirt with an abstract pattern of green and purple in it. I’m extremely careful with it because basically it's a white shirt. But I wore it the other day. Everything was going well until my last bite of the hotdog. Slurp… a dollop of mustard slid out the bottom end and landed smack-dab on my shirt. I was devastated. It was my very last bite of lunch.  Not even the Tide Stain Stick could get the mustard out. So my pretty print shirt is now ruined. In retrospect I should have taken it off or forgotten the hotdog,  but I didn’t think I would need to. I was being very cautious. But apparently not cautious enough. Perhaps I should have worn a bib? Did you ever ruin something important to you because of something trite? Or stubbornness?


Sunday, August 27, 2017

SYRUPY FRIEND


A while back, my hubby decided he was in the mood for  pancakes. Since I usually prefer French Toast instead,  it was unusual that I wanted pancakes too. Rather than rustle some up…  we opted to go out to get them. Our favorite diner was open so that’s where we went. When we were situated at a table we ordered a couple stacks of pancakes. In no time at all the order was ready. Needless to say, we devoured them, our tummies bulging with satisfaction. But... before we could leave to pay the check, we noted a visitor to the table. He was dipping a foot in the syrup that was leftover. Done eating, at that point... thank goodness... we spent the next 10 minutes or so, trying to photograph our new entertaining friend... who seemed GLUED to the spot. Have you ever been disturbed by a pesky fly?


Monday, August 21, 2017

NOT YOUR MOTHERS PIZZA PIE


My husband and I don’t often get to explore new restaurants because our area just doesn’t have any. We’re hopelessly lost in an avalanche of cookie cutter places that have formula food and no creativity for the palate to enjoy. To get something out of the ordinary we usually have to travel at least 60 miles or more to find it. Ridiculous I know. But those are the breaks when you live where we do. However not long ago a new pizza place came to town and it created quite a buzz. Though it’s a franchise, it’s different. We decided to try it out. It is called Mellow Mushroom. It has a hip, cool vibe to it. You can dine in a yellow submarine car or inside a glowing mushroom room. There are cool and unusual decorations from the tables to the light fixtures. And you can make a pizza pie your way with some neat ingredients. Or order one of their specialty pies. (their SHITAKE pie is to die for) They also serve craft beers. Definitely an interesting place if you’re looking for a unique dining experience. But don’t be in a hurry. Pizza pies of this caliber take time to make.

(the menu)


(the bar)


(mushroom room)

(assembly area)

(submarine room)


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

NO APOLOGIES I LOVE WATER


I make no apologies for the fact I love water and being around the ocean or a lake really floats my boat. I hate being landlocked. I will go out of my way to find a new beach or body of water to explore whenever the opportunity presents itself. Recently it did. We went on a mini vacation to the Heartland to a lake we’ve never been to before. It was in quite a nice Ohio State Park. We heard about it because every July they have a big country western concert there featuring popular stars, like Blake Shelton and Little Big Town. It is a hit with the local yokels and out-of-towners flock from miles around to attend.  Though there was no music playing the weekend we went, a fun time was had by my hubby and myself. I saw a baby heron. That made my day. Unfortunately couldn’t get a picture, try as I might. We love seeing all the wildlife, campers, boats and people… out and about. But mostly we love the boats. Nothing like being in a pontoon boat out in the middle of a nice lake to explore the sights. Have you ever been boating? Do you like it?








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Sunday, August 6, 2017

CARNIVAL TIME


When I was a small child... my parents and grandparents wanted me to go on a double Ferris Wheel at the state fair. I loudly screamed and protested my disinterest.  They couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. But it stemmed from fear, pure and simple. I was scared of heights. Ferris Wheels are pretty tall. I still get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see carnival rides. Especially the ones that fly high. Merry- go - Rounds are more my speed. They are down to earth. And so is the cotton candy readily available at such venues. This week a carnival came to town and I caught this picture of the Ferris Wheel being put together. Notice the missing cars haven’t been attached yet. In my mind they are better left undone, to disable them. Are you scared of something that is seemingly innocent?


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.