May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

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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