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I can hear myself humming as I narrate some of the video. That makes me laugh. The music underneath camouflages it a little! The thumbnail is NOT of Halloween but of decor for The Day of the Dead, another tradition in these parts, which originated in Mexico. It is celebrated on November 1st and is a day of remembrance for friends and family members who have died, where home altars are created to honor those who have passed. This past year my daughter Jennifer, created a home
We haven't travelled in a long time. And the one time that we did in the last year, Robert got Covid...so yeah. There's that. That's why weekends are important. They are times when we can take little mini-vacays -- even if it's just shopping together, or doing projects around the house. Somehow it feels like we're taking time away from the daily, and relaxing without an agenda. Next week is Halloween decorating...can you believe it's that time already!!!!!
Having rewatched this video -- I can see a lot of logical errors in my musings. For example, if I was traumatized by losing my father's pearl necklace, wouldn't I now also be traumatized by losing Robert's bracelet? And maybe the trauma over losing the necklace was simply trauma over losing my dad at such an early age? And I KNOW for sure that my daughters would have absolutely preferred for me to accept Robert's generosity of jewelry, rather than his indulgence of my love of
My daughters laugh about my surprise cooking -- but they enjoyed it while they lived with us! And Robert still loves it. So that makes me a hero! The luncheon was lovely, the guests enjoyed the surprise cooking, and it was fun to eat outside now that it's not so unbearably hot. But I still haven't done the dishes!
I'm disappointed that I didn't get better video of Seth on his !00th birthday. (I got lots of good video of my feet!) Luckily I wasn't the only one taking video - there was a professional photographer there as well! AND my friend Sandy, who is a fabulous photographer, took some lovely photos that I also included tonight. So because you won't have the privilege of knowing this extraordinary man, I want you to read a little about his amazing life. Robert gave some remarks abo
This past weekend was the baby shower for my friend's daughter-in-law -- and I co-hosted the event with her family. It was a lovely, happy event, with lots of darling baby gifts for the little girl, and a happy mommy. There were LOTS more baby gifts on the table by the time party started! I didn't take any video during the shower because I am wary of taking video when not in a public place, and publishing video when I don't get permission from those who appear in it. So you w
I know that some of my friends and neighbors have mostly given up on gardening. Rock scapes, decomposed granite front yards, gravel borders, and lots of succulents (which I don't really consider gardening...). These things can look really nice, be very low maintenance, and very drought tolerant - as in they need hardly any water. But... I miss the green. I miss the anticipation of the beautiful floral displays, and the fruit and vegetable that we enjoy. I worry that these thi
I was very surprised to see Christmas underway at Aldik's but when we talked to one of the owners I can see why. He told us that they had to be up and running -- completed for Christmas -- by October 1. That means they have 15 days until they need to be ready to roll! There was lots done - but lots to be done as well. I rather wanted to put in an application and decorate some of their trees. It looked like so much fun! We got caught up in the whole vibe and almost bought a n
Julia's fiancé, Dan, had the lovely idea of surprising Julia with a meaningful Sweetheart Table at the wedding. The Sweetheart Table is the table that the bride and groom sit at during the reception. Thought they are often out and about, greeting guests, and dancing -- when they do sit down, there is a special place for them -- it's their one night of royalty! I wanted it to sparkle, and be a place of happy memory at the reception. I'm hoping this table setting does the trick
I always feel like a fish out of water in Beverly Hills - but at the St. John boutique they made me feel comfortable. When I walked in I told them that I was in despair, and they promised me that they could fix it! I tried on a dozen dresses, and most of them fit - but not all of them were possibilities. I tried on super fancy long sparkly dresses, and short sweet dresses. I ended up with a conservative cut that I thought was flattering. (The most important thing!) I face-tim
Honestly. What would I do without Robert? He's absolutely the handiest guy around. And he was such a good sport that he let me film him during this arduous build! Plus he made me laugh the whole time! This little car was a nightmare to put together. The instructions were completely unclear, and relied mainly on pictures and cryptic references on parts that were unidentifiable. Plus it was missing a piece too!! We gave Cora the same gift for her birthday and her dad, Biff, pu
I can't let this day pass without commenting on the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Though one may have qualms about the monarchy, there can be no doubt that Elizabeth was a woman of consequence. And oddly enough, my visit to the Country Club today brought this home in an unusual way. The wall of presidents at the Country Club, all male, made me think about the decisions that our society is still making, decisions that prevent women from being in positions of leadershi
I'm laughing in the video because I'm trying to have a good attitude and I realize that there are a lot of other more important things to be concerned about. But I have to tell you, in my little world, today was not a happy day. Ugh. I think part of it is that I am too vain. But part of it is that I can't find a dress that actually fits me. Until last week, I was going to re-wear a dress that I had in my closet, a really nice formal occasion dress that I had only worn once or
My mom made the most beautiful, and most ornate birthday cakes for my daughters when they were growing up. And I'm trying to follow in her footsteps. And the best way I know how to do this is to patronize Kake Creations...her favorite cake decorating store. My mom has ben gone for 21 years, but Kake Creations is still there, and one of the women who helped her make all those cakes years ago is still giving guest workshops at the store, even though she is now retired. The curr
It was the first visit of a granddaughter to our mountain cabin. And it was an ordeal to get her to us...I can assure you of that! The Interstate 5 was at a dead stop because of a fire and several accidents, so Jenny and Biff, her parents, got off the freeway and stayed the night at a hotel en route, so that they could start fresh the next morning. They arrived at 3:00 p.m the next day...We traveled the same route earlier in the day and traversed 30 miles in 3 hours! Yikes! W
Julia is back in Washington DC, and the next time we see her will be for the wedding! So we had to get all of our wedding shopping done in the few hours that she was here. And I'm still exhausted from it all! I think she is too! We had to 1) Go to TWO dress fittings 2) Shop for wedding and reception shoes 3) Visit a bridal veil salon, 4) Go to the floral vendor & 5) Visit Neiman Marcus for MOB dressing (No luck!) All of that and a bridal shower too! What a busy week. But glor