Sunday, December 31

random thoughts...

well, christmas is packed away until next year around here. lights have been taken down, chirstmas tree put out to the curb, so sad... so brown, and crunchy, and such a fire hazzard!

i have a long to do list for the new year, and just like the man he is, my husband thought we should get it done on his time frame, and not mine. so it goes...

christmas packed away... check
house lights taken down... check
gifts put away, or returned (only two)... check
garage cleaned and organised... check
one truck load of old treasures hauled to the thrift... check
gate repaired... check
new back door painted... check
new door knob installed... check
new dead bolt installed... check
old hall door filed down (it was stickin')... check
floor paint touched up... check
new house paint purchased... check
scrap room cleaned and OVERHAULED... check

And as if that wasn't enough, my husband is taken me out tonight! yikes. i think i'd rather stay home, enjoy a glass of wine {{or 3}} and call it a happy old year.

good bye 2006. i enjoyed you. i enjoyed a fab trip to maui with my family, i found out our oldest is making us grandparents for the second time, and expecting her first. we found out thursday "it's a girl". i am so ready for a little pink princess!! i bought my fab rockin audi last jan 1, one year ago tomorrow! our youngest graduated in june, giving me the chance to reinvent my roll in our family. my time is officially my own! and i am loving it! i am a lucky girl. i think we all are. when we look at what our lives bring, and those we love... we see more clearly. life is good. i hope 2007 is your best year yet! not the best to come... but the best yet!! be happy all you stranger friends!

ciao 2006, welcome 2007!!

Tuesday, December 26

merry christmas from our house to yours. we were so happy to have jamie and ethyn spend christmas eve with us. he looks happy enough, but unfortunatly we were up all night with ethyn, as he was up caughing from 2 am on.

travis was thrilled to have grandpa gift him his hunting riffle! our's is a family with a long line of archers, using thier riffles only for birds. earlier this year travis got his big bow. this is a priceless gift!!

and finally our oldest, kimberly who is expecting her first in may. so happy for her and daniel, as well as looking forward to another baby to love!!

i hope your's was a happy christmas as well.

Friday, December 22

3 more days, to enjoy the season!!!

this week, ethyn asked me why i was so excited about christmas. it made me think... this is my favorite time of year, it always has been.

i suppose it's because...
i still believe in the magic of the season and the way it makes me feel
i love chirstmas music
i love the hustle and bustle, and malls filled with shoppers
i love finding special things for those i love
i love the store windows dressed for christmas {{especially in san francisco}}
i love getting together for a cup of cheer with friends
i love pictures with santa
i love wrapping gifts, and sending cards
i love going to childrens' christmas programs with thier tiny voices booming
i love the smell of our christmas tree
i love twinkling white lights and garland
i love mimosa's on christmas morning!
i love watching christmas shows with my grandson, that i watched as a child
i love going to disneyland and seeing all the christmas merriment
i love purusing the neighborhood looking at christmas lights
i love coming home to find christmas cards in the mailbox
and the annual letter from my sisters mother~in~law telling of all the special goings on in her world
and i love people like Denise at the post office who make going, 4 days before christmas, with a priority package, seem like no problem at all. in fact she smiles a genuine smile, and we chat. i hope she and her family have a wonderful christmas.

in fact that's what i hope for everyone. and if your jewish, i wish you a happy chanukah. i wish you the love of family and friends. i wish you laughter, and happiness, and good times. i wish for you everything you need to make this a magical time of year for you and yours.

only 3 days left to enjoy it all
merry christmas

Monday, December 18

oh christmas wreath, oh christmas wreath...

after looking at the beautiful wreaths made by pam garrison, {{}} and miss jennifer duncan {{}} and sis boom, i began dreaming one up for our front door. after our sunday trip to the antique and collectables faire in long beach, i was ready with a few goodies i'd picked up. this morning i whipped up this little beauty, my annelle wreath. i named it that because making it, i felt a bit like anelle in steel maganolia's. as i arranged, glittered and glued, i heard heard her voice exclaiming, "i cleared them clean outta baby jesus'". that's just the feeling i had as i searched boxes and bags for each little treasure, picking up a one armed angel, childrens homemade people ornaments, and other tiny treasures.

this is the day i have been awaiting for weeks, the one that finds me checking off my {{to do list}} left and right. in the past few days i've finished my shopping, finished the christmas cards, and sent them out, made a darling fireman pillowcase for ethyn, taken many more pillowcases in to be monogrammed, and finished a few gifts that must be put in the post today!!, and even cleared a bit more floor space in my scrap room. much of this being done this morning, and its only noon to boot!! i looks like the makings for a great day!! i better not stop now... just wanted to take a minute to share.

i hope this day finds you making progess on that to do list of yours.
ho! ho! ho!

Wednesday, December 13

blogging goodness

last night as i was reading my usual blogs, i happened onto this new one, {{can't figure out how to link on my new laptop. yikes!!}} i didn't see the hook coming, but drawn in i was. {{this says so much about me. and yes, if your wondering, i am nuts}} the only thing i have anywhere near in common with this darling girl, is that we both drive an andi. she is tall, i am not. she is thin, i am not. she is educated, again i am not. she is a socialite, works in a hospital, has been to many of the places the world over, i currently only dream of seeing, among other things. i find reading her blog, like reading a favorite book. the one that takes you to places that seem only like a far off dream. like disneys cinderella, a friend we long to know, a world we long to experience, or at least explore.

why is it that we want what we do not have? i suppose in reality, its not that i want her life or world at all. but rather, like a voyer i simply find it all facinating.

6 months ago i happened onto my first blog. as an avid reader and lover of true life stories, i was thrilled to find at my fingertips a world full of wonderful women sharing their lives with others. i am one happy girl! my horizons are broader, my days a bit brighter, and that education i've longed for comes to me thru what i learn from all of you.

thanks for blooging, stranger friends. may your day be merry and bright. i'll be waiting to hear all about them!

Saturday, December 9

busy, busy, busy!

i love these words from the frosty the snowman. this past week has flown by as i knew it would. and it won't stop until christmas, to be sure! i love the hustle and bustle of the season. i don't feel stressed about any of it, just thankful i have much to do. it means i have interests, and friends, and lots of good stuff to make me happy, and keep me busy.

i hope to have my christmas cards finished this afternoon,
and in the mail monday.
i want to wrap the few gifts i have hidden from prying eyes,
and unpack from my weekend away.
three bottles of wine are safely home and still in my suitcase, oh my!
i have one scarf to make,
two quilts to start,
and a package to ready for the post on monday.
if we are to eat at all, i must stop by the market,
and also to Toys R Us to buy Toys for Tots.

Dwight and Travis are going to an archery shoot this weekend, to support children in need. i love shopping for fun toys for kids! in years past, a friend and her family supported an orphanage in mexico. they would buy gifts for children with recent birthdays. it was my special job for a few years, to do the shopping. it was always so much fun for me. i liked to get sporting goods, and games as it brough back memories of my own childhood. i can think of nothing better than bringing these children together for fun and play at the very least! i hope this afternoon brings back a bit of those memories for me, and teaches ethyn the importance of caring for others.

speaking of ethyn, he and i are off to his first christmas program at school this morning. unfortunatly jamie, grandpa, and uncle travis have to work. so i will represent the family alone. i will take lots of pictures to share with everyone this afternoon.

hope your weekend is filled with happiness and fun!!

Tuesday, December 5

Tis the Season...

to be jolly!! and jolly i was this past weekend on a trip to northern california, san francisco, sonoma, and san jose to be exact. thanks to pam garrison, and because of this, my first stop was here!! at miss wendy addison's studio, Theatre of Dreams. what a gem, hidden in the hills around oakland, in a darling little snippet of an old town, Port Costa, Ca.

besides her creations, i loved exploring her creative storage solutions. she has the best old cabinets i've seen. chalk full of yummy goodness to be sure!
she had this amazing art piece, among others. it was truely facinating. i would love to be a fly on these walls, to take in wendys creative process.
she even let me take pictures. i felt a bit embarrased taking so many. but i can tell you for sure, i now wish i had taken twice as many!
wendy told us of The Warehouse next door. can you imagine this place is open for business? i wish i hadn't deleted the pictures of inside the bar here. facinating to say the least, as ecclectic as the entrance pictured here. i really must stop editing my pictures while i'm still on my trips. i'm such a dork!!
Friday afternoon:

this is the view from our $100.00 a night, 4 star hotel, on Nob Hill in San Francisco!!! Priceline baby!! it really works. first time i've tried it, but definatley not the last!

girls night out at A Taste of Himalaya in the city, celebrating the first showing of Tuseef's photography right here at the restaurant!!! so happy for her! the food here was so good, and the location is perfect. the whole area here at lombard and scott and west to fillmore, is a meca of good food. with steak houses, great wine bars, shopping and live music this is a great place to spend an evening.

Monday, December 4

Friday night:
what a phenomenal view from The Top of The Mark! suzanne and i were headed back to our room after walking off dinner on Chestnut at Fillmore. we found the best little pubs and bistros there. after catching a cab back to Nob Hill, we stopped into The Top of the Mark for dessert and coffee. we stayed until closing taking in the endless view, and doing what we do best... talking up storm. i love christmas in The City!!! i love that we finally planned a great girls weekend away!!

saturday morning:

we headed to the new San Francisco Centre (seen in the backgroud). it did not disappoint! we spent an hour and a half in Nordstrom's shoe department alone!!! fun, fun, fun!!! new orange crocs, and new black vans were mine for the taking!! then we rode a trolley back to our hotel. something i haven't done since childhood!! although we had to listen to a screaming preacher as we waited our turn. {{San Francisco is nothing if not liberal, and freedom of speech reigns supreme here, however loudly it may get! as he screamed his prayers for our "wretched souls", we prayed for someone to pull the plug on his amp!!}} ya gotta love this great place!!!

i love this view of the cabbies waiting to take you to any of a million great places waiting to be explored.
saturday afternoon:

after leaving the city, we headed just north to Sonoma. we met suzanne's mom at the wineries! my first time wine tasting, found me here at Viansa buying my husband a wine membership for a little Christmas surprise!! yummy good wine!!!

sunday am:

after church we went to the farmers market in campbell and ran across the most devine little shop, Garafalo's!!! the glitter gods have spread merriness all about the place!!! actaully its the work of one miss wendy addison. this place is packed with her wares!
i was in heaven here! this was definately the {{cherry~on~top}} of a fabulous weekend to my beloved San Jose, and San Francisco!!!

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