Sunday, November 30, 2008

Victoria Bliss

My Sis gave me a subscription to Bliss Victoria for my birthday. Perfect timing, my first month came in the mail yesterday! I'm trying to savor it, so rather than reading the whole thing in one sitting, I'm planning to only look through 4 - 5 pages/day. A treat to relax with when I get home from work. This month shows a lot of promise! We put the tree up last night so we are officially in the season. Every once in a while I would pick up an ornament to hang and it brought a wave of nostalgia. Quick glimpses of the enchantment of being young when everything was something new I hadn't seen before. I had a lovely time decorating the tree. I've even got the dining room table cleaned up - we use it for our wrapping table. Once again, Sunday morning is my quiet time. While G sleeps on I get up early to enjoy blog-hopping. Here are some fun ones I found this morning.

All About Pretty
Brocante Home
Fete Et Fleur
Make Life Sweeter
Okperi's Place

Saturday, November 29, 2008

We've started decorating the house ! Sugarplum fairies are starting to dance in my head. This is such a fun season. Even with the hustle and bustle and stress and worry of shopping, there is a comfort in this season. A wish for a bit more simplicity maybe.

I am simplifying my Chrismas this year. Buying less, savoring the music and sights more. I'm even cutting back on my cookie baking. I'll enjoy my baking time more and enjoy the ones I eat more. I've decided to only make 3 kinds - ginger snaps, oatmeal w/chocolate chips and almond crescents. All yummy with tea or cocoa. Can you hear me humming ?

We even talked about putting up the tree today. I hope so. I love lighting the tree at night, playing Christmas songs, and sitting by the fire reading a book. ooooooo, I can't wait.

The mantel is lit, I can't find the snowI usually put on it. Maybe it's packed with the tree stuff.
My foyer is decorated.
David welcomes everyone dressed and lit up for the season.
The snowflakes are up.
and the corner is welcoming.
Next the outside lights and the TREEEEEE!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What I've Done

Since it's late at night and I'm ready for bed I thought I'd do a quick post that I saw on The Lavender Loft blog. If you want to play along just copy this and then bold - I blackened - the things you've done.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
Visited Hawaii
Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
Been on a cruise
Seen Niagara Falls in person
Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant

45 !! I feel like I've accomplished a lot. There was a lot of different stuff in that list !
that was fun.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Feeding the kitties

it's terribly cold out and it started to snain, raow, ok snow and rain.
We saw a cat hanging around our house and the neighbors a couple of weeks ago and started leaving cat food and water outside. We are now feeding 3 strays who stop by our back door for some kibbles. Poor little things, they are starving. They scarf up everything we put out.

One is the cutest little all black kitten ! I've named her Baby. She comes close and looks in the patio door but if you move toward her, she skits away like a frightened rabbit. I'm going to be worried about her all winter.Gary is going to make a small food shelter that one of them can hopefully crawl in and warm up when they're cold. It'll keep the snow off the food when we start getting some accumulation here. I keep thinking of the blizzard last winter with 2 feet of snow. Oh Baby, just come inside.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hello World - I'm BACK !!!

I have missed my blog soooo much. I was so overwhelmed with everything I was doing, it took me away from some of the things I love doing most. Like blogging , exercise, cooking and photography.

It feels like I've been in a fog since the last time I blogged in August.
I did have fun though. One favorite was apple picking at a local orchard.
There are a few things I know for sure that I am cutting back on that had taken over my life.

Emails for one -I had joined a yahoo group that was so email prolific it used to take one to two hours every night just to keep up - and half the time I was just deleting most of the emails. So I've unsubscribed to a lot of emails including that group.

I've decided to cut back on my jewelry hobby. I got so caught up with the whole Etsy thing that I was spending hours making things and enjoying less of my other hobbies. Cutting back to working on my art a couple nights a week will give me more time for other things and I won't feel guilty about it because it's a planned cutback.

I've completed all 4 book challenges I signed up for last January. Even that was extremely time consuming. 52 books in one year. I won't sign up for any reading challenges for awhile. I hardly read any magazines I liked because between the emails and required books, there wasn't time for any more reading. Now I'm only going to read the fun books that interest me - not because I've got to fulfill some requirement.

I've decided to use my blog to keep me focused on my goals for the year ahead. So if your not interested in following what and how I'm doing with my goals you may want to just swing by to say hi and keep going. But that's ok with me. I'm just happy to be back here.

I'm going on a cruise in June - so I've got to get back in shape.
1. I'm 25 lbs overweight so if I can lose 15 lbs by June - I'll be a tickled pink. That means cutting way back on junk food and less alcohol. Eating healthier - more home cooking.
2. Exercising - I've got to start over and just do walking for the first month - maybe two months of walking until I feel ready to start jogging again.

AHHH, doesn't it feel good. Just like an old friend... and now I'm going to do some hopping around and see how some old friends are doing in their blogs and just say hi.