December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Las Vegas Bling!

Hola!  I've been in Las Vegas visiting Isis and Michelle since Thursday (Thanksgiving Day).  It was a good experiencing flying on the actual holiday,  and lots of other people had the same idea.  Not only did I get a more reasonable fare, the airports, while busy, were not overwhelming.  Milwaukee is, I hear, the largest feeder market to Las Vegas in the entire United States.  Not sure what that says about Milwaukeeans :)

In any event, I got here at 10:35 a.m. and was enconced in my hotel room in plenty of time to catch most of the second half of the Packers/Lions game.  The Packers won, and all is right with the world.

The weather has been FABULOUS!  In the 70's and sunny.  Sooooo dry, too!  It's been wonderful to be able to run around outdoors with no coat and when sitting in Isis' backyard actually get too warm! Even in November the sun is more intense here than in Milwaukee, that's for sure.

Yesterday I did a little shopping.  I was interested in checking out the beaded bracelets at Lily Rocket, a retailer of inexpensive fashion jewelry and accessories that are EVERYWHERE in the Las Vegas casino/resort shopping areas and in the airport, too.  Many items are priced $10, some are priced 2/for, and some are priced much higher than $10, but we're not talking high-end here.  These are fashion fun pieces that for many women are meant to make a statement.  That doesn't mean that items suitable to more sedate tastes aren't available.  One has simply to spend some time thoroughly examining the store displays -- there is much to see!

The thing that initially drew my eye to this particular Lily Rocket location was a houndstooth checked tote bag.  I loved the pattern and style of the tote but it was way too large for me.  Unfortunately, it was the ONLY houndstooth check accessory in the entire store!  That didn't stop me from shopping, though, as I zeroed in on the bracelets...

After taking several photographs of these bracelets against the table and on a black background and not being happy with any of them, I settled on these, because they are the clearest.  I have a new-found respect for those folks who photograph jewelry for catalogs and websites!  The other thing is, I don't have a scissors so I haven't been able to snip off the plastic bands.  Each piece was $10.



I chose this bracelet because of the easy clasp and the crisp
black/white/silver colors. There are tooled "silver" beads interpersed
faceted, striped and swirl designed plastic beads.
Large red natural stones separated by small 'silver' beads, larger
tooled 'silver' beads and faceted black  beads.  The photo doesn't
do this bracelet justice!  It has the "it" look in person.

 I also purchased a couple of silver and turquoise rings from Turquoise Treasures; I hadn't meant to stop but a chess set on display caught my eye, and one thing led to another, and I ended up purchasing one ring while headed elsewhere, and a second ring when I stopped in again on my way back to my hotel!  Well, darlings, they were 50% off and unlike so many things these days, they were crafted of American stone, American silver, by Native American craftspersons.  The rings together cost about $75 after the 50% off mark-down.Again, the photos aren't the best.  The turquoise is the green kind with small brownish flecks in it; the proprietor told me what kind of turquoise it is and where it is from (Arizona), but I don't remember the name.  The mounting is sterling silver and hand tooled.  I am not a "silver" person but I am loving these rings!

Classic and simple design, the stone does the talking on this ring-finger
ring - it's about 3/4th of an inch long.

I am headed out shopping again today.  I am on the hunt for a houndstooth checked bag -- surely one must exist somewhere in these shops!  I am also headed to Sephorra to lay in a new stock of Bare Minerals.  I tried a different brand - an expensive "name" brand - and I don't like it.  I don't see the coverage I need and it looks dull and flat like face powder.  Am very disappointed.  Give me my Bare Minerals back!

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