Saturday, March 18, 2017


Finding a ZEN moment can be difficult in this busy world. The noise of traffic is always close to hand here because I live near a busy hwy. The sound level can drive you bonkers. So I am constantly on the lookout for peace and quiet. Solace can be found in little nooks and crannies in the most unusual places. Waterfalls, stained glass and music can also set the scene. Where do you go to find your ZEN?

Sunday, March 12, 2017


I was going to go to the ST.PATRICK’S DAY parade here in town… but the temps outside were just too cold for my sensibilities. So instead... I went back in time with these archived parade photos. I thought I would share them here with you. They’ve never been posted before. I know you’d get a kick out of them. People just are crazy about wearing the green. Everybody is a bit IRISH on St. Patrick's Day, aren't they? Do you wear green? 


Sunday, March 5, 2017


Years ago… you could walk into a furniture store, buy something, and have it delivered the next week and they would put it in place for you... and you could use it, and that was that. Not anymore. Now you have to carry it home yourself. You get a box full of instructions and you have to put the furniture together, building it from a pile of pieces, inside the box. For older folks it can be a struggle. I do not know part A from part B. But carrying that HEAVY box can hurt your back or break your toes. I got tired of operating my computer from the floor because I couldn’t get up from there. So… three months ago we bought a desk. My husband and I lugged the thing home. That was no easy task.

Then… carefully he removed the pieces from the box, littering our living room floor with them… and one by one, he put them together. Halfway through the process… he discovered the company put the wrong pieces in the box and he couldn’t finish it. No drawers. There were supposed to be three. So he called the company and they assured him they would send him the parts as soon as they could. But they told him they were on backorder and there would be a small waiting period, of a month. He said that was ok. Then… he got the desk as put together as it could be, so I could temporarily use it. And we waited. And waited and waited for the other pieces, so he could finish it. No parts, no finished product, three months later. We’re still waiting. I do not know how much longer it will be. Like I said I’m using it. But it was only supposed to be temporary. There are holes everywhere over the desk surface because the piece I’m using for the top is actually the bottom. It’s the part the drawers attach to and then another piece of wood goes on top of that. Truth is my hubby still has a jigsaw puzzle to sort through, when the parts arrive. Such a chore. As much money as we paid for this desk… it should have come complete without this inconvenience. At one point, they offered our money back and my husband said yes. When he said surely you don’t expect us to return the desk as is? How would we transport it? They changed their mind and said the parts would be forthcoming. So we wait. But I think the next phone call will be about reimbursing us, period. Don’t you think we’ve waited long enough for this project to be completed? On the other hand, it’s better than nothing, as is. Right?

my desk so far
minus the drawers

the way it's supposed to look complete.