Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
No matter what Tiger did and how many women he did it to, it is not NEWS as in capital letters kind of news. When NBC is using TMZ (a gossip show) as a source for stories, then it is gossip. There are more important things for us to focus on. The more the media plays into this glorification of celebrity and gossip - the stupider society is going to become. This really must change.
Okay, enough of the cranky pants. I am now officially done with my shopping and decorating and ready to move on with the festivities. I am going to make CDs of some Christmas music for a few family members to send along with biscotti and some fancied up almonds, specifically: Honey Lacquered Almonds with Rosemary & Black Pepper. I have a lot of wrapping to do and a couple of mosaics that need to be finished off.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This e-mail came today from a book club friend:
I am passing this on to you, because it definitely works
and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives.
By following simple advice heard on the Oprah show, you
too can find inner peace.
Dr. Oz advised, 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish
all the things you have started and have never finished.'
So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started
and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this
morning, I finished off a bottle of white Zinfandel, a
bottle of tequila, a package of Oreos, the remainder of
my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake,
some Doritos, and a box of chocolates.
You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.
Pass this on if you know anyone you think might be
in need of inner peace.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"She will try to help an author who detests her, because of the home she wants to build inside herself, because of how she wants to live. In the end, to forgive, to tell the truth, to honor what is worthy of admiration, hurts less than the alternative." Elizabeth Berg , from her novel " home safe"
I finished this book a few days ago but this passage kept coming back to me. I really understood what she was saying about forgiveness versus carrying a grudge or seeking revenge. It is about what I want to reside in me. I don't want hurt and anger and hate there.
I want a clean slate; ready to be filled up by every new day. I want to hold on to what is useful and hopeful and loving. Take that into the next day and the next and make my life better and make the lives of my family better and then lives of other people better.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
We will not be decorating the tree until Maggie comes home on the 19th, but the photos for the home tour will be posted on Friday December 18. Stop in and see all the festive houses.
Quote of the day :
This health care bill continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America's manufacturing and service economies which suffer from costs other countries do not have to bear, especially the cost of health care. America continues to stand out among all industrialized nations for its privatized health care system. As a result, we are less competitive in steel, automotive, aerospace and shipping while other countries subsidize their exports in these areas through socializing the cost of health care.Notwithstanding the fate of H.R. 3962, America will someday come to recognize the broad social and economic benefits of a not-for-profit, single-payer health care system, which is good for the American people and good for America's businesses, with of course the notable exceptions being insurance and pharmaceuticals. -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It's an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn't been touched by breast cancer?
Monday, November 23, 2009
I am grateful for giving in to my family's wish for a dog. I adore this funny little creature even though she pees on our carpets and barks with hysterical joy every time the doorbell rings, or there are kids playing in the street or she sees a squirrel on the fence.
I am so grateful that we saved up and took a family trip to Puerto Rico. It may not seem like the best thing to do when we have 2 kids on college and financial challenges, but it was a great family trip - perhaps the last one we will have since the older kids are so grown up.
I am grateful that my twins love each other so much. They still feel such a tight bond that when they decided they wanted tattoos they had each other's initials inked permanently near their hearts.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Why would anyone want this? Much less spend $19.00 for it?
Then I was on Amazon last night looking for things to add to my wish list. I love little surprising things in the garden, but this?
uh, NO!!Then I was shopping for a cute key chain to put in Ally's Christmas stocking and saw this: in Catalog Favorites:
There is also a BurpMaster version....yeah, who buys this stuff? From the same catalog:
A skull toilet brush holder. I am not sure it is best to suggest that's how frequently your bathroom is cleaned. (Ally asked if we could get this - I am not the right audience for this one, I guess.)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
So we went out to get an early dinner and go back an hour and a half later for a game under the lights. The girls were kind of excited. At least the ones who didn't have dates or other plans for Saturday night...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
1. I am missing having little kids this Halloween. I think having time on my hands makes me itch to sew costumes and decorate like I used to. I even made fun Halloween foods like bloody fingers for dinner. I had fun until the sugar took over my kids.
2. Went shopping with Ally today. We had $200.00 and needed a coat, shoes and some warm tops. At the last minute we went to Kohls. We got a cute red "peacoat" with black buttons for half price, a pair of grey "suede" boots and 4 tops. I was amazed.
We even got along for the whole shopping excursion!
3. My printer/copy/scanner/fax machine has been breaking down utility by utility. first I couldn't scan anymore, then I couldn't fax, then the copier went and not I can't print. We had to order a new machine because I use it a lot for work. It isn't that old and now we have to figure out how to get rid of it. I now know to avoid those drop off places because they send the equipment overseas and it is causing big health and pollution problems. I'll check in with the garbage company, I guess.
4. Speaking of the garbage company, ours finally switched over to multiple cans for recycling, food/yard waste and garbage. It has been a big adjustment for Tom. He finally admitted that he could figure out what goes where but he is just choosing not to. Sigh.
5. My kids turn 22 this Sunday. This year has gone by so fast and 22 seems so much older than 21.
6. This time last year we were excited for the election! We are still feeling "hopey changey" at our house. We have been around long enough to know it takes a time for things to get done with a new administration. I prefer some thoughtful "dithering" to rushing into more war or ineffective legislation. What the election last year brought us here in California, was a shameful revision of the civil rights of same sex couples to marry. I hope that 2010 will bring those rights back.
7. Remember to turn those clocks back after the trick or treaters go to bed on Saturday!