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Friday, August 18, 2017

A little glass of somein’ somein’

My drink of choice is ice water. Many times a day I can be found with this glass in my hand. I like iced peach tea or tea and lemonade mixed but drinking too much can be hard on my tummy.(ugh…former ulcers in my esophagus and stomach). I gave up soft drinks quite a while ago though in a pinch I will have a diet lemon lime mixed with cranberry juice.


We are having nice summer weather. Sadie enjoys being outside. She is much better now since her ear infection is gone but we are still treating her.
I had my Lensbaby lens out the other day. I love the effects it creates. I need to work on focus though.



The weekend is here…enjoy!IMG_7861IMG_7860

Thursday, August 17, 2017


It's the middle of August and summer is flying by. It was time to pack away my beach decorations. Gone are the shells, starfish and sand dollars into the bin for another year. But I wasn't quite ready to get out the pumpkins yet. IT's a little early for that. 

So out came the poppies....

I found these darling poppy napkins at Ashcombe's...a nursery/gift store near my son's in CArlisle. The square black plates were a gift from my friend and I gathered the red dishes and black and red Chinese bowls in my travels.

I used the leopard patterned place mats and bamboo flatware to give the table a more striking appearance. 

And what is a set table without company so I invited my friends over for dinner. Have you ever tried a new recipe and served it to your friends? I had found a recipe called Chickentti. It sounded good and would use up some of the ingredients that I had... a green pepper..celery...leftover chicken. How could you go wrong with things like that? Maybe I should have know when the recipe came from the FIx it an Forget It Lite Cookbook. All the ingredients were good...broth, cream of celery soup, etc...but when it was all put together it was extremely bland. I had to doctor it up with all kinds of spices and salt to make it presentable. My friends liked it but I must say I've done better. I think I'll add some spicy alfredo sauce to it for dinner tonight.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

La Rentree

The French have a special word for it, La RentrĂ©e; in English it is simply referred to as ‘Back to school’. However we choose to call the September post-vacation return, and no matter how far our schooldays are behind us, few would deny that this really is the moment in the year that shouts ‘new beginnings’, ushering in a renewed sense of resolve and purpose that has far more potency than any January resolution. As grown-ups, the brand new pencil case and shiny new pair of school shoes that signal a fresh start are replaced by the new-season updates that we hope will deliver so much more than just the latest look: the confidence-boosting coat, that uplifting new shade of lipstick . . . But it really is the change of attitude that matters most, the yearning to be smarter, more balanced – in short, the eternal quest to finally get life ‘right’.” – Lucy Yeomans, editor-in-chief Porter magazine

I love that feeling. I thought it was because I taught and September meant going back to school and the excitement of starting a new year. Fall is my favorite season and I love the crisp nights and the plaid fashions. 
 I have been a Francophile ever since my two trips to France and love everything French. One of the blogs that I follow is The Simple Luxurious Life which you can find on my sidebar. Shannon Ables provides so much information about the French way of life and ways to enjoy it. You don't have to love France to revel in her tips for living a more simple and pleasurable life. 

She also has a podcast that I listen to...

If it's Tuesday it's concert time

Last night was the final night of the summer concert series and I enjoyed a great one. Always Abba is a tribute band from Toronto and they put on a fantastic performance. We were clapping and singing and even dancing in our seats as they sang all the Abba hits. What a fun night. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sometimes you need a little help

For the past few days I have had some help. My girlfriend's grandson has been doing a chore for me that has been needed since last year. He is cleaning out the gutters and downspouts and power washing the gutters and siding. It is a godsend to have someone else doing this for us. But it is difficult for us to admit that we need the help. Don has always been a strong and capable man and able to do so many things around the house. He was our resident plumber, electrician and mechanic for so many years. But with declining age and COPD he is no longer able to do any of those strenuous chores. And neither am I. We are so grateful to hire this done and will be pleased with the results. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Carpe Diem

You remember that movie, don't you? Robin Williams in his finest role I think. Dead Poet's Society was about an amazing teacher who taught from the heart at a boy's school. He was unconventional in his thinking and inspirational to the boys he taught. It is one of my favorite movies. 

I always cry at the end.

From the movie the phrase carpe diem became popular...seize the day. It made us all think of living each day to the fullest. It is a reminder that this day is important. I think as I age I realize this more and more. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017


It’s up then down, happy then sad, life is a roller coaster. Maturity is being able to recognize that.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone | Malavika Varadan | TEDxBITSP...

Do you listen to TED talks? TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
   There are talks on a variety of subjects..all spoken by interesting individuals. Just go to YouTube and you'll find many of them. When I have a few minutes I like to find one to listen to. This one was today's.


I am an app fanatic! Since I've used my ipad for a few years I have become familiar with a lot of editing apps. I think it is the most fun to use these apps to make my photos even more spectacular...and it's so easy. MOLDIV is one of those apps that just requires you to plug in the photos and it does the rest. There are so many ways you can edit...the one above is from their magazine section. You choose a magazine format and put your photos right in. 

This one was also from the magazine format section. I could change the typing to suit me. 

And they have many collages you can use. If you have a device...even an smart phone..you can try this app.