Let There Be Christmas Lights

Ohh,,,Christmas lights

Ohh,,, Christmas lights!







I Hope You’re all keeping warm and toasty!




My House has Gone Winter Wonderland

I love this time of the year,

   I’ve been into Christmas decorating mode for a few days now.


Some close up’s of the ornaments.



Is anyone as crazy about snowflakes as I’am?

I hang them from the ceiling..

Or, anything that doesn’t move.

I not only deck the halls

but the bathroom too!

Can’t forget the hearth..


Or the front porch…

I Wish You…



The Birth of Vivian Rose

The much anticipated,  much dreamed about,  much talked about…has finally happened.

The Birth of Vivian Rose, my first Grandchild!


This is Vivian one hour old, she weighed  7lbs and is 19 1/2 long.  She is Grand ma ma’s perfect little princess!

A few months ago I posted a story and ultrasound picture of her. I thought she was already adorable at only a few weeks old.   Grand ma ma went a little crazy buying things as soon as she knew for sure her first grand child was going to be a girl.

I bought a chandelier for Vivian’s bedroom…Grandma ma doesn’t even have a chandelier in her bedroom…at least not yet!


I’m so proud of my daughter April, she had a 100% natural birth just like I did, NO meds of any kind.  I was shocked to know that things have changed so much in the past 20 years or so.  Back in my day we did everything we could not to take any drugs of any kind, now everyone tries to talk you into taking medications for the pain, it’s even hard to find a doctor that still believe’s in a natural birth.  April’s doctor still believe’s in natural births but said he has delivered only 4 babies natural (that is without drugs) in the past year.

 April’s birth plan is very rare indeed!


This picture was taken 6 hours before April went into Labor.

24 hours later……

What we lovingly called the  “baby dance”.

 When April had a contraction she would lean into her husband Chad and sway from side to side till the pain was gone.

   Vivian was born, Sunday December 4th at 8:28 pm

 after approximately 24 hours of labor.

This is what a baby born without drugs looks like.

 Wide awake, and taking in her new world!

I hope anyone reading this who is pregnant, or knows anyone who is pregnant, Please consider giving birth without drugs.  Don’t let your doctor or nurses try to talk you out of it, women have been giving birth for thousands of years without drugs.  Yes, giving birth is painful, but it can be done without drugs!


Grand ma ma

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Making My List

Checking it Twice

Oh Yes,

 I have been Very Nice!

 Faux fur Jacket, I ordered it, I couldn’t wait for Santa.



































Last year I bought the black fur version of this, and i’m so glad I did!


















 I love anything Brocade!


















 I guess i’m going to have white fuzz stuck in my eyelashes.

 Can we say Ice Princess.


















   New Years Eve Outfit?


































 Where’s My Hot Chocolate?

Dear Santa baby

I have been a Very Good girl

So Please bring me everything on my list



My latest Obsessions

I’m currently obsessed with quite a few  things.


 I’m having a lot of fun making Cake Pops!

  I find myself singing a little song while I make them.

It goes a little like this.

Bake  er  ella

 you’re as lovely as your name


All hail the mighty Bakerella,

 I just love this book!

Here are a few of the cake pops I’ve made.

For my first attempt, I made these for my daughters baby shower.

I made these for Halloween.

I plan on making these for Thanksgiving.

If you haven’t tried making cake pops yet,

  I can highly recommend it.

 They’re the hit of every party, and ever so yummy!


Soon the Holidays will be here

and Being the nut job that I’am

 I have a new Christmas decorating theme.

I think it would best be described as Winter Wonderland.

I live in Southern California

So the closest I get to icicle’s, snowflakes and snowballs are the kind you buy at the store.







































 Crystal Snowflakes


  Feather Poofs.


 Glamorous snowballs




How cute is this peacock?

Yes, there really are white peacocks, I saw some while traveling in Australia.









I’ve been going gaga for Mercury Glass, if you want some I suggest you act fast, before I buy  it all!



White House/Black Market,,,going-going-gone

My latest purchases.

Off the shoulder shimmer top


Fair isle sweater


I love this sweater, it brings out the Norwegian in me!


Trapunto stitch trench

Is there anything better

 than getting something cute on sale?


Black trapunto stitch trench

The trenches regular price $188.00 on sale for $89.99


High contrast cardigan


I know I have bought something cute, when one of my daughters wants to borrow it!

Cardigan regular price $88.00 on sale for $49.99


Slouchy carryall bag


I can hardly wait to Rock this bag!

Regular price $88.00 on sale for $44.99


Flounced coverup


Not on sale yet,,,but oh yes!,,, they will be mine!


Quilted vest


Fur vest


 P.S.  I don’t work for

White House/Black Market

I just love their clothes!




A Few of My Favorite Fall Things






 Enjoy Your Beautiful Fall Days!



Are Cell Phones Ruining Your Love Life?

Are our “communication devices” helping single love
seekers connect? Or are they getting in our way?

Well….the answer is….Both. Tips here on how to use ‘em or
lose ‘em in dating.

Lots of comments in my email box this weekend about how these handy and
helpful devices are actually keeping men and women from communicating and
connecting with each other. Puzzling, isn’t it? Examples…..

Candice got bent out of shape because Jonathan texted her when she would have
preferred to hear his voice. She thinks texting is lame and rude….

Sam was really jazzed to meet Caroline and called her to ask her out for
dinner and instead of reaching her or a recording of her sweet, welcoming voice
he got the “voice mail has not been set up” roadblock.

Traffic was keeping Mark from being his typically punctual self for Friday’s
first date with Jennifer. Wisely, he had her cell number with him, but when he
called it to let her know he’d be late the call went to voice mail (the darn
Crackberry didn’t ring for some reason) and she sat there at the cafe for 30
minutes….stewing….getting more anxious by the moment. She didn’t think to check
her messages.

I sent Gloria out on a flirting expedition on Saturday morning to practice
smiling and holding eye contact with the adorable men in her neighborhood and
she was defeated by the competition — all the cute boys’ eyes were locked in on
their iphones and she couldn’t catch attention from….anyone.

Catherine was thoroughly excited about her second date with Mike and it was
beautifully orchestrated — the perfect al fresco dining experience overlooking
the yachts in Marina Del Rey. She won’t get a third date. Wanna know why? She
had her iphone on the table all evening and every time it buzzed she couldn’t
resist; she had to check it. It buzzed…a lot… The impression Mike took away?
She’s not really interested in him. Her email box is more important to her than
finding a meaningful relationship with a man — a man who is right there with
her, courting her, ready and eager to connect with her. She missed her chance to
develop relationship with this man, who is…was….a really fitting and motivated
suitor. Does this make your friendly neighborhood matchmaker a little bit sad?
Yeah….it really does.

The worst part is, folks, she IS interested in him and she’s just fallen into
the trap that our communication devices have become for us.

Tips for how to keep your cell phone from ruining your love

Turn it off. Completely. When you are on a date, turn the darned thing off
altogether. Got kids? Got work challenges? Me too. Check in with those pesky
interruptors just before your date (or any important appointment) to make sure
they’re OK and let them know you’ll be out of touch for an hour or so. Create
these healthy boundaries with the special people in your life. 98% of these
oh-so-teasing calls, texts, and emails are not in any way urgent. Let them
go…..deal with them later….. Give your date the present of your presence. Works
like magic. I promise.

Learn how to use your phone. Ask any teenager to help you figure out how to
set up you voice mail, check messages, retrieve your messages, send and receive
texts….if we’re going to have one of these “magical” devices we have a
responsibility (to ourselves and to the lovely people in our lives) to learn how
to use it.

Is your NAME in your voice mail greeting? Is it your voice speaking? It
should be. Otherwise how will Jack know he’s left his message with the right
Jill? Have you listened to your own voice mail greeting lately? Do you sound
cold or annoyed? I surely hope not!

Most importantly, cut each other some slack. Accept the reality that each of
us has our preferred methods of giving and receiving communication. Practice
being flexible and understanding with each other. Let people know what works for
you. Do you like text messages? Do you need to hear a real live voice? If the
buzzing cell phone on the dinner table is bugging you, can you find a way to
communicate what you need and want, instead of just getting grumpy about it?

Carol did it this way — After she lost Bruce’s attention to his iPhone
several times during the first 10 minutes of their date, she playfully swatted
it (like a fly) and he responded instantly by turning the silly thing off. Smart
move, Bruce! The rest of the date went really well and Bruce and Carol will be
meeting again for dinner…tonight…at her place. YAY! Humanity wins over
machinery. I love it.

Got tips to share about how we can keep our cell phones from running and
ruining our lives? Send them on to me. Julie@CupidsCoach.com

I consider myself lucky, I wasn’t fed to the Gators

I’ve just returned from spending a few days in Florida.  I stayed at the  The Gaylord Palms ….I know…I know!     I laughed at the name too!

While checking in I was told to make sure to keep the key card away from my cell phone, because it might de-activate the card.


So I carefully placed my key card into a pocket inside my purse.


The next day I decided to spend some time by the pool.

When I went back to my room, I discovered my key card didn’t work…Humm…

So I went back to the lobby and told them what had happened,

they were very polite and made me a new card.  They told me if it ever happened again to pick up one of the house phones and someone would help me,

I didn’t need to go all the way to the lobby.


Back to my room I go to try once again.

Guess what?   My new key still didn’t work!!

So now I had to find a house phone and call in my problem.

Once again they were very polite and told me to wait in front of my room and someone would come to help me.

I waited about 10 to 15 minutes for someone to come, and then I heard the sound of something big walking down the hallway.

This guy was huge…he was like a walking wall…6..foot high…5 feet wide..

and of course a shaved head.

(what kind of security dude would he be without a shaved head?)

( PS..he was much bigger than the above picture)


First thing he asks for is my key and some I.D.

He tries the key, and of course it doesn’t work.

(I may be blond…but I know how to use a key card!)

Next he calls the front desk to see if I’m registered.

Yes…I’am…but this guy wants more proof.

He asks me to tell him about 3 items that are in the room.  WHAT???

So I mention…

#1…I have 2 pieces of grey luggage.

#2…I have a large beige purse.

#3…The bedspread has pictures of monkeys playing instruments.

Is it just me,

or does the idea of monkeys dressed in clothes freak anyone else out?

It just seems so wrong to me on so many levels!

(what is that monkey to the left doing, and why is his hand on the other monkey?)

What happens at the Gaylord Palms, stays at the Gaylord Palms?



The whole time that I’m being questioned by the security dude, he is blocking the door so I can’t look in.

After I name my 3 items he goes into the room to check out my answers.

He comes back and asks me if I have a tooth brush  ???

Yes, as a matter of fact I have 2 pink toothbrushes.

He goes back into the room to make sure I wasn’t telling him a lie.

He comes back and lets me in my room.

All he said was…

“Someone will bring you 2 new keys and will slide them under the door.”


I must look like someone that can’t be trusted.


Boo!  I’m so scary!

I guess I should consider myself lucky, I wasn’t fed to the alligators.

See ya later…Wally Gator!




From Craigslist with love?

Do you love Craigslist, and swear it is the best thing ever?

I think Craigslist is a joke, and have had nothing but weird spammer people contact me.

Let me back up and explain some of my experiences with The Craig.

This past year I have been in the process of cleaning and remodeleing my house, and  then listing some of my no longer wanted or needed items on Craiglist.

Things like.

9ft pool table

Brass bed


While the ad was running I had some strange e-mails inquiring about the items.


Thanks for mailing back,i am an Oceanographer and i am buying this for Dad, i am at sea right now, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay,all i will need is your PayPal email address to make the payments,and if you don’t have a paypal account yet,its pretty easy to set one up at www.paypal.com,i will be expecting your email.I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payments.I will like to have communicate and discuss this via Phone but i am 95% Deaf and i do use hearing piece so that was why i have prefer to communicate more through Mail …So kindly get back to asap…i need to see more photos also and i will like to know the last asking price.

(Sorry,,,sounds like a scammer to me!)

This is how the scammers work on craigs list…They contact you with a question…like is your ______(fill in the blank still for sale?)  or they contact you with an another question.. but they leave out one of the numbers of a phone number they want you to call…..so you e-mail them back to answer their question…once you do they have your personal e-mail address.  Then the scamming e-mails begin.

This is One of the most outrageous e-mail to come out of something I tried to sell on Craigslist.


Is your merchandise still attainable? Umm…this might be  off topic but you sound interesting in your posting. Do you want to get coffee sometimes? I promise I’m not a weirdo, just feeling lonely. If you’re interested, meet me on my exclusive dating profile (it’s like facebook for adults), there’s no cost to sign up! My pics and my  phone # are all on there so get in touch with me. There are too many scammers on here so if you’re  real call me and maybe we can meet to become friends and maybe more? You never know! OK, I won’t bother you again! You’ll be amazed to see who I am! 🙂


Trying to get a date this way??

OMG! at least this one gave me a good laugh!