January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm In An Autumn Frame of Mind

Hola darlings!

Some of you may not know whom the late, great, Nat King Cole was.  I remember watching him on a tiny black and white television (that's all we had back then), when I was a little kid (the mid-1950's).  I was absolutely enthralled by his voice and his presence on stage.  Back then, all t.v. was done LIVE.  There weren't retakes and there was no video and no editing!  This subtle, nuanced performance of "Autumn Leaves," music and lyrics by the wonderful Johnny Mercer, as sung by Nat King Cole, is timeless.  There is just something about his voice that touches the deepest parts of my heart and soul.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. 

This time of year, I am remembering my beloved Mr. Don, who died on October 12, 2012.  So many wonderful , but wistful, memories, and now, this song is imparted with so much more meaning for me.

I didn't think "autumn fever" would strike this year.  But, lo and behold, it did.  I was sitting at the dinette table one morning and decided I needed to bring in the season.  And so I rummaged around in all of my as yet unpacked boxes in the "wreck" room (finished basement area with a man-cave bar and set-up for a massive flat-screen TV on the wall that Mr. Don would have loved) and eventually unearthed my autumnal decorations and decor.

I also made a quick trip to the Family Dollar store just two blocks away, and picked up a wreath, as I wanted to put an autumnal/Thanksgiving themed wreath on my front door this year.  I also picked up a few other items, because I intended to "supplement" the wreath and also add a few dashes of autumnal color around the house.

Above is a more or less 12" diameter "autumnal" wreath I bought at the Family Dollar.  It was $3.99, which I thought pricey for the product (this is NOT an "everything is a dollar" store,) but I did like the faux fruit on the wreath and the pine cones.  Next to it you can see part of the two sprays of autumnal leaves I bought to try and dress the wreath up a bit.

Above are the two autumnal sprays I bought; in the upper portion of the photo you can see a little ceramic pumpkin  and part of a glittery (sequined) pumpkin that were purchased last year to dress up the mantle/mantel at the former Maison Newton.  Also present, you can see part of one of three flameless battery-operated wax candles that cast a lovely glow when it's dark outside!

And some votive candles and a spool of gold French ribbon.  I thought I  might use it on the wreath, but in the end, I didn't.  I'm sure I'll use it elsewhere, and you can't beat the price!

I also bought this really cute candy dish/spoon rest in the shape of a squirrel (I am very fond of squirrels):

She will stay out all year on my counter, near the tea kettle. 

I also bought a cute little pair of squirrel salt and pepper shakers which, inexplicably, there is no photo.  But you'll see them soon -- the next post!

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