Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flowering Quince.

Honoring dad.

I got back from ten days in Southern California this week. The time went by so quickly. The first day there was spent getting ready for my dad's funeral and a reception. The second day was the funeral mass with a lovely luncheon afterwards, the next day was the burial with full military honors. All of it was so moving. The rest of the time my sisters, brother-in-law and I packed up my dad's house of 51 years. I'm so exhausted, both emotionally and physically. I'm home now, back at work, and trying to find a new normal. Life goes on, albeit with a hole in my heart.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MLK/Starbucks Ad.

I'm a week behind, but I still wanted to scan this ad and share it.
Did anyone else see it? Sorry for the quality. 
I had the newspaper folded up and carried it home on the plane with me.
I thought it was very clever and poignant. 
The small print says, "It's time to look at things differently. Again."
It's a full page with a small Starbucks logo at the very bottom.
Bravo Starbucks advertising peeps!

Okay, I just Googled it and came up with a much better visual, still small,
but if you click on it you'll see a larger view. I love that AdWeek liked it as much as I did.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seahawks fever.

I'm more of a baseball fan than a football fan, but living in the Pacific NW it's difficult not to be a Seahawks fan. Now that they're headed to another Super Bowl, it's even more exciting. You can't go anywhere around here without seeing a bedecked fan and the Seahawks logo on everything from beer to lingerie.
But it was the game last Sunday, the NFC Championship game, that sealed the deal for me and gave me my motto for this year. You've probably all heard about the game by now. If not, you can read about it here, with a great little info graphic here. In a nutshell, with just over three minutes to play in the game, down 19-7, the Seahawks pulled off a 1% chance of winning. It was incredible! I'm embarrassed to say that I gave up on them. I couldn't even watch. I went back to reading my book until my sister called out to me, "You might want to come back in here." I didn't think there was any possible way of them winning, but there was and they did. NEVER GIVE UP!
(Photos via Google images)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sad news.

My dad passed away on Tuesday. I was blessed to be able to spend the last week of his life at his bedside at my sister's house in Dallas. He was 83 and his health had been deteriorating for the last year. In the end it was cancer that took him. This photo was taken last January when I was visiting him in Southern California. We'd gone down to Newport Beach for an evening picnic. I'll always have such wonderful memories…his pipe tobacco, all the baseball games, him teaching us to body surf, his silly jokes and puns, and his love of numbers (which I inherited)…just to name a few!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bear hug.

I'm just filling out my new calendar this morning.
It's the 2015 Edward Gorey wall calendar that I'm just loving. 
Above is September, one of my favorites (image and month!). 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I love a fresh slate, a new calendar, new year resolutions, 
reflecting on the last year and planning for the new one. 
Life definitely has its ups and downs, but the future is looking bright!
I'm wishing everyone a healthy, happy + prosperous 2015. xo 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marshmallow season!

I'm busy making marshmallows, trying to get them in the post this morning.
I actually made them last night and I'm cutting them up this morning.
Trying not to eat too many! HERE is the recipe I use.

One week until Christmas. Stay calm. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Trying to figure out what to do with my hair! It has gotten so dark and frizzy over the last few years. Cut it? Color it? Get bangs? I know it's only hair and it'll grow back, but I can't even decide which direction to go. I think it's time for a professional consultation. 
I'm blogging on my phone, on the bus this morning...please excuse any errors. xo

Monday, December 15, 2014

Good night.

A very late post for today and a very dark picture.
Because I worked on Saturday, I took most of today off and worked on
cleaning and decorating at home. Believe it or not, that table from 
yesterday's post is completely clean. 
I put up my fake tree and I kept it very simple with just red and gold ornaments.
It's pretty, but just not the same, decorating all by myself. 
I really miss my kids at times like this. xo

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday prep.

Wrapping + crafting + baking = A MESS!
Having fun though. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Foggy morning.

Looking out at the water on my walk this morning, it was almost
impossible to see a horizon line. Where the water met the fog, was a blur.
I think it can be just as beautiful as a stunning sunset.

These two photos were not taken with any filters,
just from two different directions. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Looking for the calm.

Happy Friday all! Hope you are truly enjoying the holiday season.
I am trying my best to not get overwhelmed and keep it simple.
I'm looking forward to spending time with friends this weekend
and finishing up a few Christmas projects. 
We survived a nasty windstorm last night. Power was out for a few hours,
but it's on this morning and the forecast is for a few days of nice weather.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Another movie post.

And this morning the Golden Globe nominations were announced. A couple of these hadn't hit my radar yet, Cake and Selma. Just watched both of the trailers…they look fantastic. Cake comes out on Christmas Day, but looks a little depressing, not sure I want to go there. I think Into the Woods will be the Christmas movie this year. I did get out to see The Theory of Everything last night and loved it. Here is a complete list of the nominations. And here are a few trailers for you…

I posted a few more trailers here

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Award season begins!

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning.
Best performance by a cast in a motion picture noms are:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
I've seen the first three; will see the other two soon : )
See the rest of the list HERE.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The rain rain rain came down down down.

This is about what it's feeling like here. It's been pouring since yesterday afternoon
and I'm inundated with projects inside! Of course, the stuff on the inside is by choice.
I'm trying not to make myself too crazy with holiday stuff. 
I truly enjoy it...if I just didn't have to go to work! 

This is what it looked like yesterday morning before it started raining...

Monday, December 8, 2014


Putting a blanket stitch on my holiday cards...
The last few years I have hand printed each and every card.
This year I made one print, scanned it and made multiple copies.
But I am putting a personal touch on each one, albeit with a machine.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tired of the dark.

Still two weeks to go until the solstice and it's pretty damn dark here! 
Then comes winter.