Thursday, December 31, 2020

Not Just About A Book Club Yappy Hours for December 2020

 December 2

December 9

December 16 Book club reads "The Secret Book & Scone Society"

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Destined To Meet

 "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance.

 The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break."

 -Ancient Chinese Proverb

Friday, December 18, 2020

Sofia's Last Day of School Before Xmas 2020


 Last day of school PJ party and watching Polar Express with her class. Sofia is so excited for Xmas.


 On her break she gave me a spa play date. She said “we have a special today called ‘Extreme make over for grammas !” I had to laugh “Yes That’s exactly what I need!”




 Again we entertained her little brother.


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Card from Jocelyn

 So for those of you who know my sister Jocelyn well,  you know she is really witty, and hilarious. She has this shy, quiet demeanor which totally will fool some but honestly she is one of the funniest people on this planet. I just received her xmas card and it made me laugh so hard. The best part was the cartoon she pasted inside. A little background on the cartoon message: When our mom passed away we said that she would come back to visit us in the form of a monarch butterfly because in life she loved that butterfly. Often times when I'd be on the phone with Jocelyn a butterfly would pass by one of us and we'd say things like "I just saw mom fly by to say hi!" On the day that my dad passed away and we were at the memorial two monarchs flew by and landed on his wreath and just stayed for the longest time so each of us could see those two together. We said it was a sign from mom that said she and dad were together again. So now this card from Jocelyn today. Thanks Joce you really made me smile.



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Not Just About A Book Club reads "The Secret Book & Scone Society"

 "I prefer cinnamon twists over scones because they’re easier to eat while I’m reading. That’s my main priority when it comes to food. Other people are obsessed with calories, nutritional value, antioxidants. I look at food and wonder: Can I eat that without having to put my book down?”
Ellery Adams, "The Secret Book & Scone Society" 

Home made scones by our book club member Donna

 Our book club met today for a fun zoom meeting.  We had planned for each of us to bring a favorite scone to eat while we discussed the book. It seemed fitting as much of the book takes place in the bakery located in Miracle Springs. This is a bakery where a custom baked scone with flavors fitting to the customer is made to order.   We had a nice discussion of this book which falls into the category of   "Cozy Mysteries." We all enjoyed this book which focuses on how four women from the town develop a close friendship as they gather together to solve a murder in Miracle Springs. The majority gave this light-hearted mystery a thumbs up. 

  “Stories don’t change much across continents and centuries. Hearts are broken. Pride is wounded. Souls wander too far from home and become lost. The wrong roads are taken. The incorrect choice is made. Stories echo with loneliness. Grief. Longing. Redemption. Forgiveness. Hope. And love.” Now it was her turn to point at the bookstore. “That building is stuffed with books that, once opened, reveal our communal story. And, if you’re lucky, the words in those books will force you to grapple with the hardest truths of your life. After reducing you to a puddle of tears, they’ll raise you to your feet again. The words will pull you up, higher and higher, until you feel the sun on your face again. Until you’re suddenly humming on the way to the mailbox. Or you’re buying bouquets of gerbera daisies because you crave bright colors. And you’ll laugh again—as freely as champagne bubbling in a tall, glass flute. When’s the last time you laughed like that?”
Ellery Adams, The Secret Book & Scone Society

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A Young Mother's Thoughts


This year, like every year, I asked Santa for a little more patience. A little more grace. A little more time.
The days are long and messy and mundane. An endless cycle of dishes and laundry. Lessons to plan, meals to make, floors to mop. My patience is often thin. My temper short. I often forget to see the magic through the mayhem and meltdowns. I'm not always the mom I want to be.
And despite those endless hours between dinner and bedtime, all too often it seems like the days slip away. Each night takes them a little farther from babyhood. A little farther from my arms.
So maybe, Santa can buy me a bit of time. Stretch these years of childhood just a little bit longer. Give me some grace when I'm too tired to see the magic.
And if not-- if my kiddos are intent on growing at lightning speed, as they seem to be...
I hope at least they know....
That these have been the best years of my life.
That loving them has been my greatest dream come true.
That once the sun sets and they're settled into their beds, I often lay there, just breathing them in, whispering silent prayers of gratitude for this wild ride of motherhood, and this incredible gift of holding them and guiding them through this world.
I hope my children know that they are my everything-- even when I'm not my softest, kindest, most patient self.
And perhaps it's too much, but I hope that they share this wish to slow down time. To love every messy, chaotic moment of their childhoods. To stay here, just a little longer, in the safety of their mama's love.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Exactly What You wanted


"Nothing last forever

So live it up, drink it down, 

laugh it off, avoid the drama.

Take chances, and never have regrets. At one

point, everything you did was exactly what you wanted."

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Christmas A Little At A Time


"I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: 'Why this is Christmas Day!'"-Ray Stannard Baker


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Christmas Time


"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes." -Joan Winmill Brown

Friday, December 11, 2020

Plenty of this to Give at Christmas 2020


"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." -Peg Bracken


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Winter Dreams

"Even the grief he could

have borne was left

behind in the country of

illusion, of youth, of 

the richness of life, 

where his winter dreams

had flourished." F Scott Fitzgerald 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Happy Birthday to my sister Jocelyn


These two things come to mind today on my sister Jocelyn's birthday:

"In thee, my soul shall own combined the sister and a friend." and
" More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good. "
Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister Jocelyn! I couldn't have wished for a kinder, more generous or funnier sister. We are the same-same sisters and I wouldn't want it any other way.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020




Be Present

Let the day flow with grace

Expect joy. Be Positive

Serve with Compassion

Speak only kindness.

Impart only love

Never forget, you're not alone

Give thanks for everything

See goodness in Others. 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas in You

 "Be filled with wonder

Be touched by Peace." 



Saturday, December 5, 2020

A Prayer



 "Lead me to make choices

today that bring me joy and allow 

me to experience the life that I was

meant to live." 


Friday, December 4, 2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

December Walk in the Neighborhood

 Yesterday, December 2 we came back from our lunch time walk in the neighborhood. It was 70 degrees in Long Beach and hardly a soul out in the the hood. Beautiful sunny day and people were setting out their Xmas decorations. A little trick photography. Can you see us in the hanging tree ornament. I made Mike pose with me.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cozy days and Warm Inside nights

 Hello December please make my wishes come true...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Welcome December Last of 2020

 Welcome December

"New Month, New Chapter, New page, and new wishes.

May the month give you courage, strength, confidence, patience,

self-love and inner peace. May everyday in December fill your 

days with Hope, Love, Sunshine and energy.

Let there be joy, fun, and laughter." -



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