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Monday, November 24, 2014

iPhone weekend | ...

It was one of those weekends when if it happened, it was lucky to be captured on the ole cell phone camera. 


Another tell-tell sign Christmas is near:
 the Christmas cactus bloomed. 


Painted the down-stairs bathroom - finally. I've been saying I needed to do this for way (waaaay) too long. I'd like to think it was all random, but the consensus is that I can not be turned loose in the paint department or everything will be in buttermilk/alabaster/pale yellow. I can't help myself - I tried to venture out, but both the husband and son walked in and said "looks the same!". Ugh! 


Halos / clementines - fun to eat because they are so easy to peel.

 linking up with Tamar at Random-osity 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

the more things change ...

the more they stay the same

another find in the spare room closet clean-up; 
a picture of  Cinderella's Castle at Disney World from my parents' photo collection 
and one that appears to have happened in possibly the mid to late '70s.

I tried to find one from more recent years but could only locate this one from our 2011 visit taken approximately on the same side but at a slightly different vantage point.

One of the beauties of Disney is not the 'latest' and 'greatest', but that which has stood the test of time and remains for kids who are now parents to share with their kids who will hopefully one day share with their kids.
Change is good, but hopefully in doing so we don't throw away all the wonderful experiences that came before.
The troll ride, Maelstrom / Norway will be sadly missed; not only was it among my favorites when I was a child, it was one my children looked forward to riding when they were children.  I'm not so sure the whole "Frozen" phenom will endure the years quite as well.
(as much as I enjoy Idina Menzel, I am so ready to "let it go"!)

[July 2014]

Friday, November 21, 2014

send in the clowns ...

from California to Florida

a common thread

all that is missing are the clowns

 Isn't it rich? 
Isn't it queer? 
Losing my timing this late in my career. 
And where are the clowns? 
There ought to be clowns... 
Well, maybe next year. 

{judy collins}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

feed the soul | little things Thursday ...

do things that feed your soul
and not your ego
and you will be happy

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

smile | black white Wednesday ...

'Smile Hannah'
Laguna College of Art and Design

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what's the use of crying?
 You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you

Charlie Chaplin

Yesterday we bury my husband's Aunt Faye.  The entire time I have been a part of his family she was a mainstay; as familiar to me as though I had known her my entire life.  A woman who loved large and even in tight times, showered those around her with generosity.
I will forever remember her welcoming smile and embrace
at every reunion, holiday, yardsale, birthday, or visit.
She fought a good fight
and will be so greatly missed,
but rather than cry
I'm going to remember all the smiles and laughter.
pretty sure she'd prefer it that way

linking up:

My Memory Art

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

pocketful of sunshine | song*ography ...

take me away 
a secret place 
 a sweet escape 

 take me away 
 to better days 
 take me away 
 a hiding place 
take me away

 I got pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine 
I've got a love and I know that it's all mine 

Pocketful of Sunshine
Natasha Bedingfield


Linking up with

Monday, November 17, 2014

weekend | ...


I received a text from my daughter 
 Her: "this tree is too pretty!" 
 Me: "...go back and photograph it" 
 Her: "lol! ... when I get the time." 

 Sometimes I question the extent to which the kids absorbed anything I tried to teach them.
Sometimes there is no question - an eye for a good photo.  Check!


Down moments this weekend were spent sorting photos for the 2014 family photo album; 
this particular one was from my trip to California at the beginning of the year. 
 In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday, in others (considering so much happened this year), 
it feels like a life-time ago. 


Marshall remains undefeated! 
Watching them resoundly beat last year's conference champions was fun; 
it was freezing cold by the end of the game, 
but still, fun. 

 linking up with Tamar at Random-osity