Monday, February 8, 2016

Birthday Chronicles

Well, Dear Readers, I had every intention of catching you up on what’s been happening over the last few weeks (the Blizzard, the Great Baguette Battle in New York, etc.), which I promise to do soon, but, on Friday, a brief encounter with a young woman turned a very good day into something special.  So, I just had to share.  But first, a little background.




Saturday was my birthday, and since February is the shortest month (Please, no jokes about my 5’1” height, s’il vous plaît.), I like to celebrate the entire month.  I think it’s only fair, don’t you? 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Late, Great Florence King – Fasten Your Seat Belts !!

Inspiration:  Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.  (Merriam-Webster definition)



New ideas get me excited, and I don’t even have to do or create anything with them.  Just the thought of thinking about old, familiar things in new, unfamiliar ways makes my brain positively giddy.   Sources of inspiration are all around us, if we know where to look, but for me, the well-turned, finely honed phrase from a gifted writer can make my day for many days and years to come. 

The late Florence King, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 80, was an enduring source of inspiration in my life. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Something Old, Something New and Something Essential

Well, ready or not……….here it is!   With a nod to the past and a wink to the future, I’m ready to take on 2016.   

 

But first, a toast to you, my dear Readers.  May 2016 be a year of fulfillment and inspiration for all of you, as indeed your comments and e-mails continue to be for me, for which I am truly grateful.  

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Legend of the Christmas Candy Cane

Do you know the legend of the Christmas Candy Cane?  No?

Well, legend has it that, many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy that would symbolize the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus.  So, he took a piece of white hard candy and shaped it into a “J.”  The white signified Jesus’ purity, and the red stripes he added were the blood that Jesus shed to save mankind from his sins. 






Whether true or simply part of the many myths of the Christmas season, it has become an inspirational story for Christians, and a reminder what it is we are truly celebrating – the birth of our Savior. 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Risking the Wrath of the Gods and Other Treats

Well, my dear Readers, having survived my November DIY project (See “Four Men, a Guy and a Girl.”), it was time to give myself a treat.  I always recommend rewarding yourself after a job well done --- actually, even if it’s NOT so well done, but at least DONE, you still need a treat. 

And so, a day at one of my favorite places, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, was in order. 




If the steps of this gorgeous Greek revival building look vaguely familiar to you, you’re probably old enough to remember a certain Philadelphia boxer running up them.  No? 



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Four Men, a Guy and a Girl

I do apologize for posting only once last month, but I have a very good excuse.  After twelve loooooong years of living with cream-colored, wall-to-wall carpet in my living room and dining room, it is finally gone and I’m a very happy woman. 




That carpet was the bane of my existence from the day we moved in.  My husband liked its cushy feel, but I wanted to rip it out before we moved in.  Unfortunately, the timing just wasn’t right.  I hated it, and I could never keep it clean. 


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