Dear Friends…

As the year winds down I wanted to tell you, you’ve made my year merry and bright and I count you among my blessings. 

Esresso Martinis Decorated Cookies

Espresso martini decorated cookies.

I’m going to be doing more of this over the next couple of weeks…


… so I’ll see you again after the brief holiday intermission.  🙂

I Heart Martha!

I know you’ve seen this picture before from a recent post on decorated fall leaf cookies but today it is featured on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers Into Doers! It is such a thrill for one of my babies to be featured.Thank you Martha, & staff, for this honor!


It’s such a beautiful morning here it’s almost possible to put aside the images of what I’ve seen in the news this week from the south and mid-west. But I can’t. I think of the thousands of people personally affected that are literally without a roof over their heads. I can’t imagine the terror they felt in prayer asking for protection for themselves and for those they loved to emerge just minutes later, elated with their lives, followed by instant… [Read More]

Feeling The Blogging Love! :)

Thank you to The Pink Prep for sending along this fun recognition to me ~ isn’t this a pretty button with all the colored pencils? The Pink Prep has a darling little preppy muffy of her own and recently posted how she met her prince charming. I love happy endings. Go read her bright and cheery blog! I’m to name 10 things I love so since pictures speak volumes I’m going to show you some photos I’ve saved from my… [Read More]

Beautiful Blog Award.

The blogging community has been so sweet to me and I’d like to thank one particular lovely lady for acknowledging me ~ Thank you Lily Lemontree for this “Beautiful Blog Award” featuring the lovely MM. Lily’s blog is truly beautiful ~ smooth, picturesque, and fashion forward with the best header photo! I always feel refreshed and inspired after visiting. I feel all the blogs I read are beautiful, all 144 of them but I’d like to mention one in particular… [Read More]

Whoa! 7.2

I knew today was a holy day but “Holy Guacamole”! The baja quake was the longest I’ve ever experienced. A big roll then about a minute of side to side slippery movement. When it hit I was drying my hair and stopped to wait it out and then Mr. PM and I yelled to each other on different floors to check in but the movement kept going ever so slightly then it picked up again until tapering off. I felt… [Read More]

My Green Flash List

Tomorrow completes spring break for us.College Boy1 has already left and College Boy2 leaves tomorrow. The day before they leave is the hardest for me. I tend to sulk internally knowing what is coming. This past week everything was as it should have been, selfishly, for me. There were home cooked meals around the kitchen table, dinner at the sushi bar where the owner/chef was happy to see us walk in all together, the ironing board made one of its… [Read More]

Birthday Trees

birthday trees

Do you remember when you were very small you would ask me “When is my birthday?” We could have made marks on the calendar but I wanted to give you something to take with you as you grew into your life. We opened the door to the backyard and stepped outside. I held you as your little arms wrapped around my neck. ‘Look up,’ I said. ‘Those are your birthday trees and they will always tell you when your birthday… [Read More]

…And a Partridge In A Pear Tree

One bird flew back into the nest late last night after finishing his finals early on the quarter system. We went to the In n’ Out drive-thru on the way home. “One animal style, 1 plain cheese burger, 1 medium lemonade, please.” “Yes, that will be inhaled in the car before we leave the drive-thru lane.” I have never heard anyone moan while eating a burger before.

The Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger Award!

I am always appreciative that someone would think enough of me and my blog to pass along a special recognition so I’d like to thank LPC at her Privilege blog for tagging me with this award.  Apparently, I should also thank Sugar Daddy Ken for bringing us together.  I have recently become acquainted with this intelligent woman’s writings who is a fellow empty nester and who surprisingly is on the same time zone as I.  For a slice of the… [Read More]