Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve

Cheers!  Happy New Year!

May 2015 find you with a happy heart every day!

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."
-   Robert Burns

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A New Beginning

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

(Little Gidding)” 
― T.S. Eliot

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Year To Come


Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 

Whispering 'it will be happier'...” 

― Alfred Tennyson

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I Am A Morning Person

"....dear star that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light--
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness."
-Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Up Early

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For You

"May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love."
-   Ada V. Hendricks 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Time For Home

We're heading home for the holidays.   Wishing each of you a happy heart in this most joyous holiday season.

Photo: S. Cooperkawa

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 
― Edith Sitwell

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Annual Jingu Bells Family Christmas Party 2014

On Saturday December 21st we celebrated our annual family Christmas party at my cousin Sonya and Tom's home.    We treasure the times we can all gather together for this annual family holiday party.  Plenty of food, fun and especially laughter when it's the white elephant gift exchange.  Here's a little peek at our Jingu Bells Christmas party:

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December 17, 2014 The Long Beach Aquarium

Last Wednesday we had complimentary tickets to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.  We arrived just minutes before the aquarium opened on a lovely winter morning in December.  

We started our tour on the 2nd floor where the tropical fish are located. I love this section with all the colorful fish.

 On the upper decks outside are touch tanks. You can touch several different kinds of sealife including these sting rays.

It's always nice to visit the aquarium and see all the different fish and sea life.

For information on the Long Beach Aquarium:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Holiday Dinner with Friends at Lynda's House

On December 18th we had a wonderful girl friends holiday dinner at the home of my good friend Lynda.   The night was filled with lots of laughter, food, drinks, games and gift giving in a cozy atmosphere by the fireside and lights of the Christmas tree.  It was a wonderful night celebrating with good friends.

The table is set so beautifully

                                                 Our hostess Lynda and Jo
                                            Jo, Karen and Maria
Jo is mixing Bloody Mary's and Mimosas for the girls

                                    Maria has the tiniest elf hat on top of her head

Kathy, Sherri and Lynda with her blingy necklace which I love

and her adorable blingy shoes

Time for "Left, Right Center"                         Lynda explains the rules

Karen whispers to the dice, "C'mon Momma needs a new purse!" 

 And the winner is "Sherri!"
 Time for some dessert.

A big thank you to our wonderful hostess with the mostest, Lynda! Love you L! Happy Holidays to all our wonderful friends.

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