Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015


"Cheers to the New Year and 
another chance to get it right!"

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.” -Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels

Venice 1985

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015


"Grandma...hold me
a little longer...
Rock me a little more.
Tell me another story...
(You've only told me four)
Let me sleep on your shoulder...
I love your happy smile...
I'll always love you... stay
with me a while."

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gusto Counts

"You will do foolish
things, but do them
with enthusiasm." - Colette

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dear Santa

"Dear Santa,
I have everything I could possibly wish for this Christmas.
All my family is here, my friends and a heart full of love. 
 Thank you
for making my Christmas complete."

Merry Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

 "Even as an adult I find it difficult
to sleep on Christmas Eve.
Yuletide excitement is a potent 
caffeine no matter your age."


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Snappy Happy Ever After

For we need a little music, 
Need a little laughter,
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter,
And we need a little snappy
"Happy ever after,"
Need a little Christmas now.

-Mame(Opened on Broadway in 1966 featuring Ms. Angela Lansbury)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

At Night

 Photo courtesy of K. Harwood

" night, the dark is blue and bluer still as sapphire of night..."  -Alice Hoffman "Here on Earth"

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Gift of Solitude

"Solitude is one of the highest enjoyments of which our nature is susceptible."

Sunday, December 20, 2015

With Thanks

With thanks to the field sparrow,
Whose voice is so delicate and humble

I do not live happily or comfortably
with the cleverness of our times.
The talk is all about computers,
the news is all about bombs and blood.
This morning, in the fresh field,
I came upon a hidden nest.
It held four warm, speckled eggs.
I touched them.
Then went away softly,
having felt something more wonderful,
then all the electricity of  New York city." -Mary Oliver

Saturday, December 19, 2015

When Giving Gifts

"Too much love never spoils children.
Children become spoiled when we 
substitute presents for presence." - Dr. Anthony P. Witham

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Mantra For Me

Let us engrave these words in our hearts: 

"We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled nor enriched by hatred or revenge."-Robert Kennedy

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The First Snow

 Photo courtesy of D. Roundtree

"The first fall of snow 
is not only an event, it is
a  magical  event. You go
to bed in one kind of a   
world and wake up in
another quite different, and
if this is not enchantment,
then where is it to be found?"- J.B. Priestley

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Best Time of the Year

An old frame, some chalkboard paint over glass, and you have a great Christmas message board. I l♥ve l♥ve this idea. Find your favorite Christmas clip and transform a part of history into your present!

"Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
It's the best time of the year

Christmas Coffee

I don't know if there'll be snow
but have a cup of cheer."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Optimist

The Optimist:  Someone who figures that taking a step backward 
after taking a step forward is not a disaster,
it's more like a Cha Cha.

Monday, December 14, 2015


"Always try to
keep a patch of sky
above your life." - Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Think On These Things

"Be gentle with your heart.
Be clear with your intention.
Be strong with your faith." -Anna Grace Taylor

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Moon Magic

"The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand." ~Frederick L. Knowles

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Finding My Way By Moonlight And Roses


"A Dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn
before the rest of the world."  -Oscar Wilde 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Very Merry Girl's Night Out

My friends Lynda, Maria, Sherri and I spent a wonderful evening on December 7, 2015 ringing in the holiday season. 

Cheers to "The Conductors of Light" !!

Here are the Sweeties!
Barb and Lynda

 Maria and Sherri

Time to exchange a few little gifties...

Grateful for wonderful friends

 A Cozy Night to walk to 2nd Street in 
Belmont Shore

 Dining at Saint on Second

Cheers! Happy Holidays to All!

 Holiday joy!


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