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February 20th, 2017

When you wish it was still weekend 

Christmas- Southern Living Style

December 15th, 2016

It has been a hustle and bustle kind of week.    I’d love to say that I’ve got everything together- have the tree up and it’s looking festive in here, but I’d be lying.    We have the tree, but it’s yet to be brought in and decorated.    We DO have the lights and decorations out-    so that’s a step in the right direction, but I’ve been swamped with work this week.   I’m grateful- oh so grateful, but I’ve been baking my  heart out-  with more in the works.

img_2300Thankfully, I’m a little ahead of schedule after running behind schedule earlier in the week, so that is a huge plus!  Tonight I took some time and finally cracked open my Christmas with Southern Living book that I’d ordered but not taken the time to look at yet.

I’ve also been itching for the Bake from Scratch holiday issue, so was able to browse it a little as well.  Both are favorites, but I’m one of those people who will leave a cookbook sitting for months if I can’t stop and fully savor each and every page.

I know it may sound silly, but it’s true.  There’s something almost ritualistic about it.   Pure enjoyment and focused on the season at hand.

I’ve seen several recipes that I want to make for our own holiday table, including my grandmas praline recipe that I improved a couple of years ago, plus divinity.    My dearest great aunt sent me a gallon of pecans that she’s picked up from her orchard and shelled.     It was an amazing gift, and something that makes me want to create something special with the fresh pecans that I know were sent with much love.

I want whatever I make with some of them to be made with love and deliberation, but also something that the flavor of the pecans will shine through.

What would you suggest?   I’ll be sure to share what I decide to make, but as for now- I’ve got some relaxing to do as tomorrow a villiage of gingerbread men await my services.

The Missing Pieces

November 21st, 2016

As a storm rages outside-   minimal hurricane force winds, rain and the occasional hail –  I’m tucked away comfortably behind the laptop, a very content Mister Mistoffelees beside me.    For quite some time now, I’ve had this ebb and flow of feeling discombobulated.   I ‘feel’ good-  but I seem to have this consistent inability to land on any one thought for a very long period of time, before my head races off to something else.

Something has been not exactly right- but I haven’t been able to piece together what is keeping my thought process so busy.    I don’t watch the news, haven’t for years.  I am not using Facebook at the moment outside of my business page, but what could it be?

I have daily contact with my parents, regular contact with most of my favorite people-   yet, while I feel content in many areas of my life-  I still feel as though my head is a constant spinning of thoughts and ideas that never seem to come to a standstill.

Then, a few days ago it hit me.  A dear friend mentioned a few struggles she was having, and another friend suggested she ‘write it out’.   I immediately chimed in at how helpful it is for me-   and how ‘writing it out’ had helped me through numerous obstacles in life.  I even suggested she check out 750 words if she wanted to have a purging of emotions without anyone reading it outside of her.      That had been particularly helpful to me years ago when I went through a very difficult struggle dealing with the expectations of a few others.

It didn’t hit me at that moment, but as I was having a cup of tea yesterday-   I realized the one thing that I wasn’t doing now that I’d done for as long a I could remember-   I’d stopped writing.

I have always loved writing for as long as I can remember.    Long before computer days,  I would write my deepest thoughts in my diary.  Long before all the constant distractions of the digital world.   Before blogs were a ‘thing’-  I had a blog.    It was back in 2003-2004 when it first came to be.   It was a wonderful outlet to share about my life, and at the same time-   connect with others who were also doing the same thing.     In that time- some of us formed friendships that I still have to this day.

The missing pieces- have been that I’m not ‘writing it out’.     The good-  The bad- the ugly- the beautiful.    Foodie ideas, photography ideas, life ideas-   how to be a better me ideas-   and the list goes on.     SO much has been spinning in my head-   bouncing from one list to another- as one gets checked off- always five more things waiting to jump on a list.

The missing pieces–  writing it out..      As Glenda the Good Witch once said to Dorothy-   You’ve had the power all along ..  and so have I.

I am excited to see where this new realization takes me.  My head feels lighter already!

Finding Pokemon

July 18th, 2016

To know me is to know that when new ‘tech’ things hit the market that get a lot of buzz- then my curiosity get the better of me and I want to know what the buzz is all about. Such was the case when the Pokemon Go app hit the market and the world erupted in more movement and gathering in spots to catch critters on the ‘Poke trail’.

Now, some of you are familiar with the original Pokemon. I am not one of those people. I don’t live under a rock, so I had heard of it ‘back in the day’, but it wasn’t something that interested me. Still, I couldn’t help but download this Pokemon Go app to see what all the hype was about.

I didn’t read tutorials, I didn’t read ‘about’ the game, so I really had no clue what the objective was, although because I’m somewhat tech savvy- I did figure out quickly that you wander around- and Pokemons appear and you capture then by tossing balls at them- It’s silly, but it has a charm about it. Good, innocent fun- as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong there.

I’ve seen A LOT of people talking about how ridiculous they think it is that when there are so many serious issues happening globally that Pokemon would get all this attention that people could be focusing on other more serious issues.

My thoughts on that- I think the world needs to stop being so focused on what’s wrong- and take some time to chill- and have a little fun. Everyone has an opinion about what everyone is doing wrong these days- but no one seems to be focused on what anyone is doing right- THAT makes me sad.

When I see people playing Pokemon- I see smiles and laughter. I ran into two strangers the other day- They were 30 somethings and I’m clearly a late 40 something- and when they saw that my phone screen was opened to Pokemon- they immediately started talking to me- laughing and sharing about their game experience.

I had the same with my neighbor- whom I adore anyway, but I ran into her on the street and I had my game open- to see what was in the area- and Marcel said- Oh No- she’s doing Pokemon too! We laughed, chatted about the game and she said where she used to take her dog on 15 minute walks- she’s now taking him on 30+ minute walks- simply because she wants to see what kind of Pokemons she can find.

I’ve seen parents with their children out searching- It’s bringing people together, it”s positive and it is encouraging people to move more.

In my book- bring on more Pokemon!

Oops speaking of which- I just spotted one of those worm ones on Mister M. Gotta catch em all! Later!

Keeping Cool

May 31st, 2016

One thing I haven’t missed about being ‘home’ is the heat and humidity. The past few days have been so warm, and while I tend to think about the warmth as a coastal thing, one of my friends in Ohio said that the heating and cooling Columbus has also been something they have needed more often than not. Apparently their winter was somewhat mild, so she used the heating less, but it started heating up there earlier than usual, so those days of leaving the doors and windows open were short lived.

Since we also generally don’t come home this time of the year, but instead, during the winter months, it’s been a huge climate difference for Marcel too. He has great intentions of going outside to help my diddy with yard work or to sit out and read, but that has been short lived every single time. He can’t be without the air conditioning. I expected to really be struggling a lot as well, even though I’m from the coast, but it isn’t the warmth that’s getting me- it’s the humidity. I can’t imagine how it was ‘back in the day’ when there were no air conditioners. It makes me wonder how they managed. One thing is for sure, I’m grateful to know that we don’t have to find out what that is like. Give me a cool breeze, a glass of ice water (with lots of ice) and I’m a happy girl. When it comes time to go to bed, give me a comfortable bed and a cool bedroom to sleep in. That is bliss to me. I know it may seem like a little thing, but being cool when I go to sleep makes all the difference in how I sleep at night.

Right now- the shower is calling, and a little later on- that cool bed will be awaiting me. Tomorrow is a new day filled with more wedding preparations. Just a few days until I do.

What Spring Brings…

March 16th, 2016

People often ask: “What is your favorite season?”   My answer will likely vary depending on what time of the year you ask me.  Reason being-  I love each season for the unique beauty that it brings.  If you asked me today, my response would be a resounding, SPRING!

IMG_0942While from year-to-year some responses remain the same as to ‘why’, such as the hyacinth, daffodil and tulip fields in bloom, the ‘slightly’ warmer temperatures, and a new birth of all that seemed to hibernate during the winter months-  most years also have new reasons why it’s my particular favorite.

Today I find myself feeling more excited and energized at the longer daylight hours, to see the blossoming branches of a flowering tree (which I always bring a few inside to brighten up the room and watch them bloom), the blue skies and sunshine (something we don’t often have for days upon end).  I also know that even though I’m not used to the idea yet, the excitement builds of our trip ‘home’.   We’ve never gone in the Spring, so it will be an experience for Marcel.   Crawfish (or crayfish to non-Southerners) are in season, plus the idea of spending time out at the islands with friends makes my heart sing with joy.   Sitting outside in the afternoon/evenings with family enjoying the beautiful weather.  There is so much to do and enjoy.

Spring is and has always been for me the season of hope & potential.   IMG_0943While the winter months of the New Year bring us the clean slate of possibility- seeing everything spring to life again, to grow & thrive-  that’s a reminder to me that all things are possible.   If a forgotten seed which blew away in the wind can beat the odds and elements of the season and emerge as a sprout to thrive in the Spring, then when I look within myself, I know that what ‘can be’ goes far beyond what my mind can comprehend.    All it takes is intent, a desire to do the work, and the perseverance to see it through.

Today, my favorite season is Spring.    What is yours?

Jet Lagged and Snow Days

January 27th, 2015

The one great thing about being home from vacation and dealing with jet lag, is the fact that I’ve been able to get a lot of little things done.    I’ve been processing new business orders, ordering supplies, plus making plans for upcoming business ventures with a dear friend.   All in all life is great!

Mister Mistoffelees finally got past being totally ticked at me for leaving him for 9 weeks, and he’s back to being my constant sidekick- albeit a little more than usual.   Wherever I go within the house- there he is.   While it may annoy many, it’s actually a source of great joy for me.  It is a constant reminder of being loved.

I’m taking some time to rest, and giving myself time to get past the jet lag-   which I’m hoping I’m on the upswing of.   I slept 7 hours last night, and that within itself is something to celebrate.   A far cry from the 2-4 hours I was getting a few days ago. I’ve been listening to my body and doing exactly what it feels like-  and last night that meant going to bed at 9:30.     5 a.m. seems to be my new wake-up call, and as I was browsing the iPad this morning from bed-  coffee in hand, I saw that Mr. Weatherman is calling for snow in our forecast.   Thankfully, not the blizzard and winter storms that the East Coast is being pelted with at the moment, but snow nonetheless.

So this afternoon I’ll make a quick trip to pick up a few things to get us through the next few days- plus to take care of a few orders I have coming up this weekend.

I also just realized that we are quickly approaching our 11th wedding anniversary…  Where has the time gone?   More on that later-     I have so much to write about-  I need to start taking ‘reminder notes’.

Right now-  I have a Pumpkin Spice Latte calling my name.

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

January 26th, 2015

I always laugh when people say-  “Oooh, a 9 week vacation-  you are going to come home so rested and relaxed.”     Oh, if that were only true-    Granted, I’m extremely grateful that we can take a 9 week vacation, but it’s anything but relaxing.     After all, when you take a vacation back ‘home’ – there are many people to see, places to go-   and couple that with the fact that I actually did some work while on this vacation,  plus add an emergency surgery in the mix (not my own), and you’ve got a busy time in the making.

The great thing is-   I spent time with people whom I absolutely love and adore-  and that, in spite of being busy is energizing.   It’s uplifting and that within itself makes me extremely happy.

I also learned a lot-   about other people, but also about myself.    It left me with an understanding that there are a few things that I need to change within my own life- and I’m grateful for those lessons.  It’s all about the growth and becoming a better version of myself.  After all, isn’t that what life is all about?   Learning and growing?

I feel grateful beyond words-   because there simply were a lot of people who wanted to spend time with us.   I know that not everyone has that, and I don’t take it for granted.    Not for a second.   It humbles me, and at the same time, I feel a gratitude beyond words, and I also feel loved more than I ever have.    Beautiful things happened, and when I think about them-   I’m not only inspired, but I’m also moved, sometimes to tears, about the beauty of life-   of growing, of moving forward and leaving behind what doesn’t work-  so we can create space in our lives for the beautiful-  for the seemingly impossible-  for a life bigger than we can ever dream.

So while I’m taking a ‘break’ to recharge and get back to life as I know it-   I’m also smiling daily knowing that big things are happening to and around me-   beautiful things-    and I’m grateful to see it all unfold..

Remember-   what we focus on grows, and the people we spend our time with?   They are a direct reflection of who we become-    Choose wisely-   it will make all the difference.


Best Lives

September 5th, 2014

I love how Facebook allows us to share in the daily lives of others that we may not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time with on a regular basis. I love seeing photos of friends in other countries and states, plus sharing in their happy moments of life- birthdays, births, marriages, and other great opportunities that come their way. Last week a friend ran the Disney half-marathon at Disney Land. They live in San Diego, and went up and stayed with a friend who took them to private dance lessons santa monica that she had been taking for a while. It looked like they were having so much fun! There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing people living their best lives and loving every moment of it.

What about you? What’s happening in your world?

100 Happy Days- Day 26

July 25th, 2014

26 The beach is one of my favorite of all places.  I feel peace and tranquility.   Spending the day at the beach with good friends is a double dose of happy.

Walks on the beach and delicious lunch- lots of laughter and appreciation for life-   that’s what this day was all about.      One good friend spent the night- and two others stayed late into the evening.  We sat outside, talked and our cup runneth over with happy.

It seemed like I was on vacation, and that within itself is another happy!

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