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

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fall, 2012 Is Here!

Would you like to see the trends in the fall collections?  Vogue's picks?  Check it all out! 

Vogue's Guide to Fall 2012 Fashions

Along with ridiculous "dark" make-up and the nude lip (I didn't even realize the nude lip had ever "left", darlings! -- it's my usual look, topped only by cherry-flavoured Chapstick or the cheap Walgreen's substitute), the SHEATH in its latest incarnation is baaaacccckkkkk.....

What is ridiculous?  This shape is blah and the proportions are AWFUL - look at where the sleeves cut off the model's arms!  The color is lovely, but this dress reminds me of spring, not the autumnal equinox.  My wrists would be constantly freezing!  The styling isn't great, either.  MISS!  This dress from the Calvin Klein Collection, New York.

What is perfection?  When I saw this dress my breath involuntarily sucked in and I went oooooooh!  It's rich, it's gorgeous, it's lucious.  Love the length, which gives some coverage on a chilly day, love love love the cut!  Look at what he did with that fabulous neckline!  Oh my!  This dress would be perfect to ward off the drafts from an errant HVAC system (such as that which exists in the building in which I work, where I am either freezing cold or semi-suffocated with hot blasts of air between 2:30 and. 3:30 p.m. every afternoon...)  WIN!  MEGA WIN!  This dress from Haider Ackermann,

I'm so happy Vogue has so much of its content now available online for free - check it out, beautiful visuals even when you don't like all the silly crap they do to these too skinny women. This is not a paid advertisement for Vogue.  I don't do that "monetizing" thing.  To each their own! 


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    1. I like the style of the second dress - oh, not for me, but I can see where it might be a big seller with women who have much trimmer figures than mine! Twenty years ago I would have looked great in such a dress. Oh well. Time and gravity happen to us all.

  2. Pam- I just wanted to drop by and answer a question you left on my blog about my mom First - I think you are pretty presumptious to ask that question. The financial situation of my family is our business and not yours. I'm sure you would not appreciate someone asking you how you paid for something in your life and not do something for another family member. I don't know anything about your life (and don't want to) and you certainly don't know about the financail situation in mine - if you read other entries on my blog you might know a little more before you put in your 2 cents of misinformation. I tried to find a way to send this to you on an email and not post this on your blog - but did not find one. You can delete this after you read it - but I wanted to let you know that you need to remember what people say about assumptions - just take out the "me" part of that.

    1. You do have the option of deleting my post because it offends you. I put 2 and 2 together and reached a conclusion that you say is "presumptious." Okay. I'm just rude enough to post it but I'll bet other readers were wondering something similar to me and they were too polite. Perhaps you should re-read what you wrote and edit it somewhat to head off such gross speculation.