Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How do I love thee?

Start a Tradition

In between tucking into the turkey and tossing the pigskin, create a new tradition.
Give your house Guests and family strips of colorful paper, have each person write a few words or lines of thanks and sign his or her name, and drop the strips into a clear bowl.  Use the bowl as a centerpiece; then , after the feast, pass it around and ask each person to read one note out loud.  You may discover that your teenage son is grateful for you after all.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merci Beaucoup ...or a memorable outfit for Thanksgiving day

Thank you Elena 
Houndstooth Skirt - Black and white 
with riding boots, paired with a black cashmere sweater

Thank you Patti 
Seen here is lovely Patti wearing a wool animal print cloche hat

Thank you Linda 
Beautiful Linda wearing a black and white bamboo cardigan.

How does life get any better than wearing a Cashmere sweater?  Perhaps wearing riding boots with a Houndstooth skirt, or sporting a classy fedora hat?  Ladies its cold outside, thanks for bundling up !!  Thanks for being beautiful women making an outstanding fashion statement! The better we look, the better we feel. Black and white always one of our favorites to take us through the autumn and fall.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Motherhood and other things.....such as the "Main Street Electrical Parade"

It was 1983, and I was 25 years old and I was happily married to a hometown guy.  I was working as an hourly Tour Guide at Disneyland, in Anaheim.  At the time I had not realized the impact of giving birth to my first son would be.  I attended classes for natural childbirth Lamaze and also attended classes at the nearby hospital on breastfeeding.  But nothing prepares for the moment when the nurse places that small tiny infant into your arms.  Also to my amazement...is that they let you leave the Hospital with the newborn baby, thinking that you know what you are doing.  How amazed I was that the motherly instinct comes into play and somehow you figure it out.  I used the call my first son, the experimental baby because everything you are doing is for the first time and you are learning at a very fast rate.

We brought our new baby home to our small Condo in Anaheim and we lived next door to a music composer, Don Dorsey who originally composed the music to Disney's "Main Street Electrical Parade", called the Baroque Hoedown.  Each night my small son would falls asleep listening to sounds coming from the wall next door (we shared a common wall) it was Don Dorsey's electronic arrangements lulling my baby asleep each night in 1983.  Little did I know that  later on over 100 million Guests from all of the Disney parks would enjoy his music over the next 25 years.  I consider us lucky to have rented that Condo next door to Don Dorsey.  Most recently I ran into Don (freelancing) at work and I stopped by his lunch table to re-introduce myself and say thank you for his fantastic music and helping my son Cameron fall asleep each night.  Cameron is now 27 years old and is living and working in Santa Monica. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Older dogs, senior dogs, slower dogs

Miss Touchdown Leilani
nine years old
What's her secret for longevity? By her looks - she appears younger than most dogs her age.
Touchdown loves the camera and poses all the time !!

She loves bedtime belly rubs
Family hugs
Her brothers
Her favorite toy "Winnie the Pooh"
sleep soundly, and snore loudly
never miss a chance for another nap
protect the house
protect the yard
Car rides are always the best !!
To sum it up, how come we love our dogs so much?
Sometimes I would rather spend time with my dog than anyone else...
she always understands me with unconditional love