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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

H&M Premieres 2011 Christmas Collection

Tired, tired, tired.  If you follow Chess Goddess and Everything you know what I'm wrapped up in these days.  Seems my obsession with attempting to turn the corner on my fashion blindness has temporarily (I hope) turned into a Christmas decorating frenzy.  Geez!  Frankly, darlings, I'm too damn old for this kind of jazz to be happening.  Where is all of this "fuzzy interference stuff" in my brain coming from?  Have I become - gulp - a Pod Person, without knowing it???

Got an email today from Vogue and it's premiere time for H&M's Christmas Collection.  I only had time to gander this - and it's love, love, love!  I don't know how long that link will be good for - you may want to visit soon!

$14.95 for this Kimona.  Yeah, I got the price right.
The colors are fabulous, the price is FABULOUS.  The sizes - from XS to L -- don't know if L would be L enough for me.  This is so beautiful, it could be framed as its own work of art.

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