Archive for December, 2012


Sweet Tradition

Oh what fun I had making this year’s ornaments.  I’ll begin here with thanks to my sweet G.  Without your help this year on the cutting and sanding, I’d still be working in that shop!   Love it when the sanding is complete and I can really start having fun.   First of all… the […]

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Shondelles and Rondelles

Shondelle and Rondelle… these are happy, happy words in my Christmas vocabulary.  They belong in sentences like, “Please pass the salt and pepper”, but you say it like this… “I need the gold shondelles.” Oh my goodness!  How many times did my family sit around Nana’s dining room table strewn with beads and pearls and […]

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Santa in the Box

I have this beautiful Santa-in-the-box… a gift from my grandparents.  They didn’t give it to me when I was a child.  No, it was years later when I was married with a home of my own.  They knew I loved Santa, and I think they always wanted their family to keep the awe and wonder […]

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My Bowl of Pecans

In August I took this photo on the way to my mailbox, then came inside and posted “Promise of Pecans” on my site.  Today I’ve gathered the crop. For such a young tree, it sure has given me a wonderful harvest.  I’m anxious to crack the delicious fruit out of its shell.  Well, no, I’m […]

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Better Watch Out

We know that you’d better watch out We know that you’d better not pout That is the gist To make Santa’s list And he’s watching us all, I’ve no doubt   He knows if we whine day and night He knows if we bicker and fight If we curse and we swear Dirty laundry we […]

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Composure

Recently, I ordered something from the internet which didn’t work out.  It was from a local department store, so I just popped in to drop the item off and let them do the work of returning it for me.  What a great service.  And what great help I received. There was one woman working the […]

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When I Was Just a Little Girl

I used to love watching Buffy and Jody and that doll – Mrs. Beasley.  Did you?  Goodness!  I hadn’t thought of them in years… but on my latest vacation, a scene popped into my mind while riding a bus, and I enjoyed playing that little segment over again and again every time I boarded one.  […]

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Fijian Bling

Every woman is supposed to have a little black dress.  That’s what “they” say.  If I were the they we talk about – and those of you who know me best know I’m not kidding – I would say that every woman needs a few good hoodie sweatshirts. However, I must confess, I’m the owner […]

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Camelot

May I share with you a special day from my latest cruise?  May I give you a glimpse into the world of Holland America?  I shall take a few moments to let you know why it’s my happy home away from home. This was a particularly delightful day, beginning with a trip to the Lido […]

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Dragons

I won’t lie to you.  It took years of white-knuckled moments before I was able to conquer my fear of parakeets.  My husband is a manly man, but he’s afraid of dogs.  We have spent many a night in a little tent by a stream, praying that what we were hearing was truly water tumbling […]

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When I Travel

When I travel across an island like Java, Indonesia, and I breathe the smog and see the ultra poor… I calm down.  Although I may get caught up in my local politics, and the worries of day to day living, I am reminded that some of these people cannot fathom the luxury of my life.  […]

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Hollandaised

Occasionally we add a new word to our vocabulary.  G invented this word last month, and it couldn’t be more perfect.   We’ve been off traveling again.  And again… Holland America has given us a grand time!  We’re not sure if we should spell the new word “hollandaised” or “hollandazed”.  Either works. I shall give you […]

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