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Happy New Year!

1 Jan

What better day than January 1st, to start a 365-Day Happiness Challenge?  Not every item is for everyone…i.e. I will not be trying Nail Art, but, perhaps I will, again, wear some of my favorite things!  Like I try and do every day.  And, I will Not be getting a “new tattoo”, as I don’t have an old one and will keep things that way.  Like many items I blog or pirate, these are just ideas.  Even if you can get a few nuggets from this my job is done!

Happy, Happy New Year!!  Start the year off on the right foot.




New Years Resolutions

29 Dec

This is the Ultimate list…Not just any ole list.  I should incorporate about 36 of these.  🙂


Reflect upon Two things you learned this year

If you could Zero in on one thing to improve for 2018, what would it be?

Write about One thing you could hope to learn this year

What are Eight things that give you hope for the new year?



Make 2018 Better…starting now.

Happy, Happy New Year!  Party responsibly.



100 Things to do before Christmas

4 Dec

Better start now. 🙂



25 Days of Christmas

2 Dec

Or make it the 24 Days of Christmas, since I had another blog to publish yesterday.  And a flight to catch! 🙂

Happy Saturday.  Drink hot chocolate today, as well as call an old friend.




Happy Thanksgiving!

23 Nov



Happy Thanksgiving!

Love and Blessings to you,


Eat, Drink and Be Thankful

17 Nov

We are upon my most favorite week of the year!  Let’s Eat, Drink and Be Thankful.

The perfect pre-meal appetizer platter!



Holiday Mule

1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz gin or vodka
2 oz chilled ginger beer
1 rosemary sprig
orange slice, for garnish
sugared cranberries, for garnish

Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired.

My wine of choice for Thanksgiving.

For those overachievers…of which I am not.  Well not in wine-pairing, anyway.



I started a Top 10 list of things that I’m thankful for…then realized, I’m going to reach out to the people today that I’m thankful for.  I then realized that not everything I’m thankful for, should be published.  In a blog.  A blog with closing in on 2 Million views…

My Top 10 List – the “A” list

  1. I’m thankful for my children and thankful for my family and friends.  That goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.  
  2. I’m thankful for in-laws and out-laws…Of course they’re family, but I know I’ll get questioned about that.   
  3. I’m thankful for waking up every day and getting to do something I love with people I love in a home that I love (most of the time ;)).
  4. I’m also thankful for Happy Hours and brunches. 
  5. I’m thankful for having a son who will drive 2 hours just to meet his mom for dinner… 
  6. I’m thankful I get to see all the seasons.  While it would be nice to live on the beach, for now, I’m good with snow, Of course, we’ve yet to get any measurable snow this year, but I’m sure that will be coming.
  7. I’m thankful for my parents and the values they instilled in me, which I’ve tried to instill in my children.   And they’re mostly Great values! 😉
  8. I’m thankful for the people who always take my calls.  Always.  Also thankful to those who did not make the pictures in the blog and who won’t hold it against me! 
  9. I’m thankful for my memory…It can be a blessing and a curse, but it’s mostly a blessing.  And those who have been there along the way!  
  10. I’m thankful for my health and the realization that if you don’t care of your body, it can’t take care of you.  Of course, I should have learned this earlier, but beggars can’t be choosers.  🙂

And then I realized that there is not a Top 10 list of things that I’m thankful for…because I wake up thankful every day.  There are literally hundreds of things I’m thankful for.  Possibly thousands of things.  So I decided I needed a “B” list.

My Top 10 List – the “B” list

  1.  A sense of humor that has gotten me through some tough times and has made days much brighter and much funnier.  
  2. A very naughty puppy whom I cannot imagine our life without.  
  3. My love of chardonnay and dirty martinis which makes my sense of humor so much better!
  4. The Chicago Cubs winning the world series…and that’s gonna be something on my list for a very long time. 
  5. My dimples…as I’ve been told, numerous times that I’ve gotten pretty far in life because of them.  And here I thought it was because of my sense of humor.  
  6. Shows that I binge-watch, because I can literally lose hours in my life…and I’m okay with that.
  7. My favorite tree, which has just recently lost its leaves…I get to look at this tree every day when I look out my bathroom window. 
  8. My ability to let things go…or not, depending on my mood and the infraction.
  9. The wisdom to know who and what is not worth my time and to gratefully move forward.
  10. The realization that it is not all about me…and that’s good by me!  



And I’m thankful that I am basically “on vacation” for 10 days!  Hip, hip, hooray!

I’m thankful to have a blog that people read and that I’m getting paid for.  Getting paid is good.  🙂  While I’m officially on vacation, there will be a blog, or two, next week.



Live life in the front row!


Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

When a teenager comes to your door, please give them candy without saying, “Aren’t you too old to be doing this?” They could be out doing much worse. I would rather have them knocking on my door than have them engage in dangerous/destructive behaviors. Let them be kids as long as they can. They are already growing up too fast.
Also, please don’t refuse a child candy because they aren’t dressed up. Some children have autism or sensory issues that make dressing up highly uncomfortable, if not unbearable. And some families might not be able to afford costumes at all…
One last thing, size doesn’t always determine mental age or special needs.

Mer asked what am I going to wear while passing out candy?  Do I need to wear a costume?  Have I ever worn a costume while passing out candy?  Nope!  And that isn’t going to change this year…but I will have a very special puppy with me.  More at the end of the blog about Maxie’s costume.

Rules Written by a 7-Year Old

Safety Tips

It’s a Dog eat Dog Halloween…I present, Dog Costumes

BRB, running out to adopt a puppy.

1. Harry Potter


2. Where’s Waldo?


3. Woody from Toy Story


4. French Fries


5. Bumblebee

6. Ariel from The Little Mermaid


7. Spaghetti and Meatballs


8. Marilyn Monroe


9. Robin From Batman

10. Weiner Dog


11. Boiled Lobster


12. Martini Glass


13. Pumpkin Pup

14. Elephant


15. Seal


16. Squirrel


17. Beanie Baby

18. Michael Jackson and his girlfriend in “Thriller”


19. Max From How the Grinch Stole Christmas


20. Pretty Princess


21. Spooky Ghost

22. Hula Dancer


23. Olympic Gymnast


24. Little Lion


25. Ballerina

Maxine is a Beanie Baby.


Happy Halloween!