December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ooooh, I Like It, I Like It...

More things I want (and cannot afford):
Jones of New York kimono sleeve cowl-neck cableknit sweater
$129 (currently less 15%) at Macy's.  Love everything about this sweater.
I love this sophisticated look. Black and white are
always chic.  I'm not into leggings, though.  I'm
still trying to find a pair of fashion boots I can
wear with my new sweater dress and tights!

Kensi color block sweater $88 at Macy's.
Love the detailing and the texture.

I've been shopping online for wide-width fashion boots - the kind to wear with knee-length skirts, sweater dresses, etc.  I've found about five pair at One Stop Plus - may pull the trigger on a purchase or two later today, depends on how the Packers game and the Brewer game go!  If they're winning and I'm happy, I will buy buy buy...

I also decided I want a bright red winter coat - better yet, a coat with a zip-out lining I could wear three seasons.  I need something that's a plus size (like 16W) but cut for a femme under 5'4" or a more generous "petite" cut like LL Bean features -- except they didn't have any red coats that I liked, boo hoo.

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