May 20, 2018:


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...


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.