30 December 2011
When in doubt,
show up early.
Give thanks often.
Expect the best.
Never give up.
Make it fun.
live as if
and so it shall be.
Happy global domination,
(many thanks for having faith in me....smiles)
28 December 2011
27 December 2011
I discovered that a dear friend is actually
Hence, Christmas-towne in her living room....
Then, to IKEA
my sweetie & I went..
Then home to decorate...
Another dear friend supplied us with a
Charlie Brown tree...
one of my favorite ornaments....
the only time of the year in which my office is slightly presentable...
Another day, preparations for dinner for 10....
then a visit from
the daughter, who was single, blonde and pet-less last year...
who brought her new husband, dog
RED hair this year!
An ornament to remind us of the V&A in London..
Lovely cards from all over...
These photos were all taken on the run...
mostly with my new iPhone....
I am still in the learning stage with it.
Hope your holidays have been
interesting, calm and joyous...
24 November 2011
(with apologies to NPR)
I believe that Thanksgiving is a time to
affirm our core beliefs...
We, as Americans, have so much to be grateful for....
the pursuit of happiness....
all men created equal....
(someday, maybe, even women)
peace on our shores.....
what a bold word....
such an "in your face assertion"...
We are free to....
cheer for our team
show loyalty, or not
grow, or not
love, or not
wallow in misery,
we are a funny lot...
filled with angst
We boldly go where no man has gone before....
We root root root for the underdog...
We hate injustice
We balk at orders
We resist categorization
We are similar
We are diverse
We understand each other
We shun each other
We support others who seek freedom
We are Americans
We are so very fortunate to have this land
at this time
Great potential have we...
if only we will look beyond our differences.
while you feast
look beyond your differences
seek common ground
13 November 2011
People Who Don't Respond To Invitations!
Don't respond promptly.....
I don't even require a definitive answer...
simply an acknowledgement of the invitation would be
Here's what the deal boils down to..
I love to entertain around the holidays.
My sweetie also likes to have people to our home.
We like the planning even....
once Halloween is over,
I usually pull up the calendar on my Mac
and start to scheme...
I love to have as many as can come...
especially at Thanksgiving.
We have children with parents other than ourselves,
so we are aware that the kids may not be with us on that day.
We also have extended family near by.
We have friends with no family near by.
We like to extend our invitation to others, who have
no place to go for dinner that day.
We can make it work.
I send the invitations
early, so that consultations and plans can be adjusted,
if need be. I even gave a "drop dead" response date in the form
of "Please respond by;"
why don't people,
at the very least,
respond with something like
"I received the invitation, and we are still making our plans. We will let you know asap!"
Not one acknowledgement...
except my parents,
who are delighted to be a part of...
and confirmed that the invitation went out.
Is this what you experience?
Do you entertain?
Does your family respond?
What about birthday parties?
Do you host them?
Do people respond to your invitations?
I hosted a bridal shower
sent honest to goodness printed
invitations of heavy card stock
(which I love)
and slightly half of the invitees responded.
People attended that never acknowledged my invitation.
What's that all about?
If you have a tried and true method of
I am starting to feel a bit desperate...
09 November 2011
07 November 2011
If you ever are given the opportunity to
escape your "work-a-day life"
Here is a tip...
try London first.
Not just because
I've been there.
we do love
easy don't we?
Home of the Queen
She wasn't "in"
as you can tell be the
flag they were flying that day.
only flies when she is in...
tourists look the same
all over the world...
I like the little
"crown" detail on top of
Maybe I will fashion a couple of those for my
front lights out of papiermache'....
Not allowed through the front gate,
we had to go around the side to the
(that's ok, I wouldn't have it any other way)
Below is a
slot (technical term)
through which they would
shoot arrows, or weapons of any sort.
The small cross section is so that you can
pivot your bow and arrow to the sides.
Not all enemies would be kind enough to stand
straight in front of the slot apparently....
this surprised me...
a tropical oasis on the south flank
of her castle...
Security was everywhere,
but not in an imposing way....
I felt quite safe.
The view is incredible..
the castle is on a small rise,
surrounded by flatlands.
Quite defendable I would imagine.
Below is an alien....
(that's what I call it anyway)
I didn't get any closer,
I watch the Doctor
and am aware of what aliens might do if bothered.
Below, a relative of the queen I would presume...
We were not allowed in this area either,
as you can see
it is being guarded...
As with any old house,
one must constantly do repairs...
See the scaffolding on the right of this photo...
even the Queen has repairs...
And who doesn't want to have their picture taken with the
guards....these two shy middle-schoolers, my guess..
They don't allow photos to be taken inside the castle,
so back on the bus....
and a lovely bus it is...
where we will smell sulfur,
and be grateful for indoor plumbing...