Thursday, December 22, 2016

~ Merry Christmas! ~

Dear Friends ~  I'm going to "unplug" for awhile but wanted to wish you a very blessed and Merry Christmas!  I hope Santa is good to you and you make some time for "you" in the midst of all the celebrating. 

Very true, right?  :)

And...for "Silent Sunday" ~

Saturday, December 10, 2016

~ A Friday to Remember With A Dear Texas Blogger and Friend ~

Just one view of "The Christmas House"

Sweet Linda from Linda's Life Journal invited me over for lunch yesterday. We've been planning to meet forever and we finally made it happen!  :)  If you follow her then you're aware of her incredible artistic talent!  The Santa wall is something I've wanted to see for the longest time and it does not disappoint!  I've always loved Santas and Santa faces. Linda's ability to create such amazing faces, especially the eyes, is true talent!  I was mesmerized and could sit and look at them for days.

I didn't take any photos of all the beautiful decor, the Christmas trees, table settings, stockings or the incredible lunch we had. I'd rather you visit her blog and see all the beauty!  Linda is as sweet as she appears on her blog, very warm and welcoming and a great cook to go along with the rest of her talents. :)  We talked and visited until I'm sure I wore out my welcome! I was fortunate to meet Louis Dean, her hero. He actually sang a song for me ~ "Pretty Paper".  They really are a perfect couple!  He had made chicken pot pies the day before and, can you believe it, I forgot to taste it. I was gifted with some of his famous cinnamon rolls and what a delight this morning with my coffee!  Yum!  I hope Linda will share photos of the beautiful table and the wonderful food she prepared. 

See, she's such a beautiful lady with the sweetest spirit and a bit of mischief too. :) I am so very grateful that we were able to meet and I can call her "Friend". 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

~ Just a few things... ~

This gorgeous Santa wreath is the extent of my Christmas decor at the moment!  The girl that cuts my hair, and my daughter's, made this for me 3 years ago as a birthday gift. I couldn't love it more!!  I just love Santas and Santa faces.

I'm sure you are tired of hearing about my feeling depressed due to the holidays as well as my back. I had an MRI last week and I see the surgeon tomorrow for the results and hopefully, a resolution. I met a dear friend for lunch yesterday and then decided to take care of a few errands while I was out. By the time I got home, I could barely make it up the stairs. I fed Forrester, took care of a few things and then crawled into bed, almost in tears. No one told me that getting older was going to be like this!  :)

My birthday was the 1st and my mother's was the 3rd. Even though she's been gone since 2003, it still bothers me. We didn't have the best relationship but she loved celebrating birthdays and always made an Italian Cream Cake for me ~ my favorite!  My lack of interest in Christmas has been due to the loss of her as well as Abby. I can't think of anyone that loved Christmas more than those two and my daughter! I'm trying to get it together for them!

I'd like for you to take a look at an incredibly creative Christmas tree, gift wraps and more over at Rachel's blog ~ Trailer Trash Treasure TroveShe is extremely creative and talented!  While you're there, check out her Christmas decor and wrapping from last year!

I am so, so excited and immensely blessed as I won a beautiful Christmas apron over at my friend, Tina's ~ What We Keep. She's another that has amazing sewing skills!  Please hop on over and check out her blog!  Now, I must make Christmas cookies with my apron on! :)

We're supposed to have true winter temps tomorrow and Friday, like down to the 20's!  I don't think there's any precip indicated, at least I hope not. I have things to do both days and I just don't drive in icy weather.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I always appreciate it and will be visiting you soon!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

~ This 'N That on Saturday ~

As a retiree, every day's a Saturday or Holiday!  :)  I do remember though how much I looked forward to the weekends when working. They just seemed to fly by though ~ is that still the same?

I need a "body shop" recommendation!  Perhaps if The Sharper Image was still open they could help. I had to go to the urgent care the other day as my eyes were almost swollen to and hurt so bad. I had a sinus infection, viral bronchitis and conjunctivitis ~ not fun!  I also had injections again in my back on Wednesday. I'm so hoping this helps!  Now you know why I need an overhaul ~ :)

I love this article I found on Amanda's blog at Little Miss Fearless  I hope you'll stop by and check it out!

Are you decorating for Christmas yet?  My daughter has had all of her decor up for about 3 weeks now!  What can I say, the girl loves Christmas!  :)  It is absolutely stunning, as usual! I will ask her if I might be able to share photos for you. She did get a new tree this year so I feel that's added to the excitement!

I know I've mentioned it many times but I am truly a "candleholic" ~ and I have no desire for a 12 Step Program!  :)  Right now, Bath and Body Works has a great sale on 3-wick candles. $12.50 each, regularly $22.50 each. This "Champagne Toast" is a favorite of mine and my daughter's. Check it out ~ they make wonderful gifts!

I found this darling cake on My CakeSchool blog. Melissa is incredibly talented and creative!  Don't you know little ones would love having this cake during the holidays?

We finally have cooler temps here ~ in the 40's this morning!  Typical Texas...we go from the 80's to the 30's and 40's in a heartbeat. I'm glad...I don't remember a continuing summer rather than my favorite season, Fall.

A good friend that I used to work with passed away in her sleep last weekend. She was only 65! Her husband passed away about 3 years ago so I can only imagine how their 3 kids are feeling. We absolutely never know what's ahead for us and we should make every effort to "live in the moment"!  After all, that's all we really have. Perform some RAOK's, they don't have to cost anything. Make that call, write the letter, smile at everyone you meet and make each day better than the last!

I hope you have a joyful and blessed weekend ~ 

Friday, November 11, 2016

~ Thank you, Veterans! ~

We live in the greatest country in the world and have enjoyed our freedom, thanks to all that served and those that still serve!  Please honor all of them today...every day, really!

At exactly 11:11 a.m. every Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11), the sun aligns perfectly with the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial in Arizona to shine through the ellipses of the five marble pillars representing each branch of the Armed Forces, illuminating The Great Seal of the United States.

Monday, November 7, 2016

~ An Attitude of Gratitude ~

One of my favorite books is "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach.

She was on the Oprah Show quite often in the 90's and promoted keeping a Gratitude Journal. Beginning with just 3, 5 or 10 things each day, your list will soon be quite lengthy. I just bought a new journal and, in this season of giving thanks, I thought I'd mention it. This exercise literally saved my sanity back then! My job was extremely stressful, my mother was in critical health and "life" was happening. Some nights I just wrote  *I made it through today, I'm so grateful for my bed, I appreciate being safe.*  I promise your list will grow, you will begin to feel differently mentally, physically and emotionally. It can, and will, change your life for the better!

I'll be very honest, after losing Abby I just stopped journaling. I was so distraught that I couldn't see anything good about my life or the world around me. I railed at God for taking her and I was so depressed and angry for such a long time that I had no interest in anything. There are months that I have no memory of nor do I know what happened that I finally began to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. God's grace?  :) Sometime in the midst of returning to a "new normal" I stopped asking God "WHY?" and began to find things to be grateful for. I tried to appreciate the fact that we had her for almost 16 years and, in that short time, she brought so much joy to our lives and to everyone she came in contact with. 

A professional suggested that I write letters to her, remembering all the thousands of times she made us laugh, the funny things she said and did and all those "I love you, Mimi!"  Life is waayyyyy too short and everyone has tragedies to deal with. So try to make each day count, to make a positive difference in this world and appreciate every moment you have!

It's not anything fancy...I think it was $3 or $4 at Home Goods. It doesn't really matter what you choose to use, I just liked the flowers and always, black & gold!  :)

"Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress."
(I'm not sure who to credit for this...I've had it for a very long time.)

I hope that you find something here that will inspire you! Tomorrow is going to be a challenging day for our country. Do something that makes you happy and is relaxing. Perform RAOK's, make that call, write someone a note to let them know they are loved and give thanks for everything!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

~ This 'N That ~

Can you believe we're already in the month of November?  October is a favorite month for me as I love fall so much, however, the heat we've had didn't make a perfect month.

November has quite a few important dates, beginning this Sunday when the time changes again and we fall back!  Tuesday will hopefully be the end of all this election stuff. I think our country has reached an all time low in the candidates and their behavior for months on end. I don't understand how one thinks spouting such venom and many lies will enhance their chances to win. IMHO, we need a clean slate...clear the Supreme Court and every politician and all the cohorts they have. Start over with men and women that honestly care about the people and making the U.S. strong again. Have term limits and they must abide by the same rules they set forth for us...same health care, social security, retirement, salaries and pay increases that reflect their performance. Drug tests for anyone on welfare, monitor the food stamps and NO freebies for illegals!  Prohibit the refugees from entering the U.S. as we will have to pay for them too. Ok, I'll stop now...I really didn't mean to spew all this here. I'm just so very tired of all the ugliness.

Please don't forget to honor our Veterans on the 11th!  And let's slow down with all the Christmas decor, shopping, etc. and enjoy Thanksgiving!  :)

I continue to think about Lauren's (Simply LKJ) post here on her blog. Ron at The Uptown Acorn shared his thoughts about the same post too. I see so many bloggers that appear to focus on "things" whatever for the house, $1,000 handbag, $400 boots, constant additions to a wardrobe, trips from A-Z, you name it!  Of course, it is the person's choice to do whatever with their blog ~ I'm fully aware of this fact. I am older and I feel that time well spent with the little ones...the bigger ones...a spouse or S/O...parents and friends is so much more meaningful than painting the 24th piece of furniture, fretting over how many photos can be edited for X number of posts or where to place a pillow!  What will matter most to your children? I would say time!  I never had that as a mother was constantly busy "doing"; cleaning, wiping, polishing, cooking, washing and polishing some more. She never stopped until she went to bed at night. She cared for us in every way; physically, spotless house, incredible food but nothing emotional. All I wanted was for her to sit down for a few minutes and just talk...and just listen. Never happened!  Unfortunately, she passed away in 2003 still not knowing what my job was all about. She didn't listen so I didn't talk. Very sad ~

This comment will not be well received either but I'd much rather read a blog post about real life happenings vs recommendations for a $2500 roll of wallpaper, $300 earrings, $120 candles and so on and so on. IF I had unlimited funds I still wouldn't spend it like that. Tell me about how you updated your bedroom, what is in your garden, the party you just hosted, the best dessert ever, your new haircut, what you found at the Dollar Tree or Goodwill, your favorite soup and a movie you would recommend. I'm tired of Nordstrom's sales, shiplap, farmhouse everything, "texture", Chip & Joanna (I do love them but not a constant admiration society of all they do, say, etc.) the way I should display pillows on the sofa and the latest color trends that I just have to follow!  Yes, I'm certainly a bit of a rebel! Lol!

I so hope you will return!  In light of my "sharing", I thought I'd add the following article. I've always felt those little gel packs you find in everything were just so annoying!  Someone with more time than I have, figured out how to use them constructively once you remove them from your bottle of aspirin, shoebox, handbag, whatever. Take a look!  :)


After you Read This, you will Never Throw These Bags Again
Many people think that these little bags are poisonous, but they are not! They have many helpful uses:

Put them in a backpack for training
These bags can help to eliminate moisture and bacteria from your bags, but are also very useful in eliminating the odor.
Put them in a towel
This will prevent the spread of moisture in towels and prevent odor. Just put a couple of these bags in your closet with the towels.
Your razor will last longer
Stop leaving your razors in the bathroom, where it’s always damp. Just put them in a plastic container and add a few of these silica gel sachets in it. This will make your razors last longer.
Save your cell phone
You may have used methods with a glass jar filled with rice, into which you put your phone that fell into water. Now you can use the same method, but instead of rice, you can fill up a jar of silicone bags. It will be 10 times more effective.
Prevent foggy windows on the car
Instead of waiting for the ventilation to do its job, just put a couple of these bags under the windshield from the inside. The next morning you will notice that the windows on your car are no longer blurred. This is the fastest and most effective way to prevent fogging of windows on your car.
Keep your old photos
We all know that our old photos eventually fail. This is really sad, because these are our memories of the past and we are quite attached to them. Just put a couple of packets in a box with old photographs if you want to save them from moisture, which can really destroy them.
Keep your makeup
All you need to do is to put one or two bags of silica in your makeup kit in order to preserve all the powder make-up of clotting.
Compliments of GR ~

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

~ 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal ~

Welcome to the 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal!

This lovely event is hosted by the lovely 

If you're not familiar with her beautiful self and her blog, you must run ~ do not walk ~ over and check it out!  She organizes these amazing swaps twice a year. How she does it?  We don't know! She must take vitamins we've never heard of, or she doesn't sleep at all the grace of God, she's given a burst of energy that never fails!  :)

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These exchanges are remarkably organized and 
each participant is paired with someone special to send a tea cup or mug to.
In the end, you make two new friends. This is the 3rd time I have participated and have been blessed each time by lovely "new friends".

This exchange I was paired with Susan from Culinary Envy
Her blog is a visual treat and full of delightful foods and anecdotes. She graciously sent me these beautiful gifts!

Are you believing these wonderful treats?  Honestly, I think she has ESP!  The card is so beautiful and she included such a sweet sentiment inside. I absolutely LOVE Cappuccino's ~ my special treat anytime but especially in cool weather. 

 Orange and chocolate cookies?  Boom!  :)

I am a certified "candleholic" and she knew!  This candle's fragrance of Pumpkin smells delightful. The "Friendsgiving" banner is adorable and this is the season to share it. I'm not sure if she knows the whole story about me and post-it notes or not. Lol!  Perhaps I'll share one of these days. It would probably be a more laughable story if some of my co-workers could share. However, so many are retired now like me so it would most likely be challenging to find them!  (Yeah, right!)

Isn't this mug just beautiful?  It's heavy and keeps the coffee warm for a lengthy period of time. Great for refills too!
Another thing I treasure from these exchanges are the special memories attached to other mugs I've received. When I drink my coffee, I think of the kindness and generosity of those that have shared with me in the past.

I was also paired with our lovely Stephanie! I forgot to photograph the items I sent to her, however, she has shared on her blog. Please stop over and check it out as well as 
seeing what the other participants gave and received!  This is such a fun experience for all and I hope you'll consider joining in next time. 

Stephanie, you have blessed so many by your organization and hosting this event!  I really can't find the words to express my joy and appreciation.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

~ Silent Sunday ~

I forgot to add this before Church this morning ~

Friday, October 21, 2016

~ Prayer Request ~

I'm asking for prayer for an unspoken request please.  Good thoughts, juju, candles, whatever you do.  :)

Thanks so very much!!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

~ I have a Cow and a Steer! ~

This is Belle! 

Isn't she pretty? 

I'm not sure what his name is yet!  :)

Isn't he handsome?

Aren't these "normal" for a Texan to have?  I don't have a horse and my gun is packed away.  :)   I do have boots and jeans and can do a mean Cotton Eyed Joe and a funTexas Two Step! Just thought I'd share a couple of items that I love!

  I bought myself some flowers this week ~ $6 for a beautiful bouquet.

I love Lilies...the fragrance is divine!

 Aren't they beautiful?

That's about it for a Saturday around here! What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

~ Halloween Veggies ~

This is another "rerun"!  :)   I'm short on time and Halloween is fast approaching.  A friend shared this with me last year so thought I'd pass it on! There really isn't a recipe ~ I think it's self-explanatory. This would make a great appetizer or even a snack for the kids. It's fun, colorful, healthy and something different.

Joining ~ 

Thoughts of Home on Thursday
The Chronicles of Home

Thursday, September 22, 2016

~ Thursday Thoughts ~

I realize it's late in the day but it's still Thursday!  :)  I've had such miserable allergy problems along with migraines, scratchy throat, coughing, can't sleep, you name it!  I did want to share a "touch" of fall ~ I haven't accomplished much.

 Wreath on my front door

Just another view...very similar.  Wanted to be sure you saw the glitter! :)

My neighbor has been going to local Farmers Markets and shared some goodies with me. I kinda think there's not anything much better than a fresh tomato sandwich!  :)  Just a bit of mayo, salt and lots of black pepper. Yum!  I was too quick ~ forgot to photograph the tomatoes...they were beautiful!

Are you familiar with Edie and her blog Life In Grace ?
If not, you're really missing out!  She is a Christian; awesome mom, cook, writer and many more adjectives. Her home will make you drool all over your computer!  I love her use of color and unexpected decor. A few years ago, their "perfect" home burned to the ground and they have rebuilt. Her older daughters saved the littles ~ a true miracle!  They lost everything, can you imagine that happening to you?  Edie had all the Christmas gifts purchased and wrapped ~ all gone. Her sister went out and bought all the same items and wrapped them so the kids would have Christmas, especially after all they had been through. Anyway, her book, "All The Pretty Things" ~ The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home was published on Wednesday and is available on Amazon and other book sellers. I pre-ordered on Amazon as soon as I knew when it would be published.  Since I'm not feeling 100%, I am deeply involved in reading!  :)  I hope that you will check out her blog as well as the book. 

We're having a continuation of summer, perhaps Texas' second season!  The heat and humidity have been just awful...high 90's daily and one day the heat index was 107*. Not my cup of tea!  Cooler temps are predicted for next week but I guess we shall see.

Thanks so much for your visit!