31 May 2009

Only in the USA...

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

Castle Valley, Utah

I just received the latest Patagonia catalog in the mail and am always amazed at the photography of people actually using their products. There were several that truly impressed me in this one...all scenes from places here in the good ol' USA. I had no idea that these scenic places existed here! Sand dunes in Colorado? While I won't be scaling cliffs anytime soon, still impressive photos. Hope you're weekend was terrific!

28 May 2009

I'm late...I'm late...for a very important date!

I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland lately. About two weeks ago, the pin that holds my band on my watch came off and as of yet, I have not had it fixed. To some, that would be an easy fix, but here, it involves a trip to a big city to get it fixed. So I have been naked for two weeks now.

At first, I was completely lost...kept asking everybody what time it was and getting so far behind in what I "needed" to get done in a day. I was totally discombobulated...a silly watch was controlling my day. I was going to bed at night feeling rushed and thinking I had accomplished very little of what I wanted to. I was loosing track of time just because of a watch on my wrist.

Enter the story of the jar...we've all heard it before.
Take a jar. Fill it is as full as you can with big rocks. Now add sand to fill in the cracks. Think it's full? it off with water.

So what does all the rocks, sand and water mean? Rocks are the important things I needed to pay attention to every single day. The foundation. The rest will fall into place...the added pleasures. Without doing the important things first, I haven't been enjoying the rest as much..worrying about getting the important things done. Two weeks later, without checking my wrist, I do my important things right away in the morning. The other "stuff" comes later and I've been able to say I did what I needed to accomplish. My DH says I'm definitely a lot happier...who knows...maybe healthier, too. I'm not saying every day works like this, but I am trying to be better.

So how are you really spending your time? What are you waiting for? I can tell you one thing...I won't have a wristwatch tan this year!

26 May 2009

Animal Talking..

Ok...fess up all. You can help me win a bet here. I'm a wee bit loony when it comes to animals... I give them all voices and pretend conversations. The DH says not all people do and I think most do with their pets.

Monet...he's French...always has a deep low suave voice with a French accent, of course..

There's Ollie...kind of low with a hyper thrown in...usually sounds like "yep, yep, uh-huh, uh-huh...I'm up for that..."

Sam the cat...real sly and smarmy...can't you tell from the expression?

Hannah the Sheltie...real feminine high pitched voice...

So am I loony? Do you give your pets voices and conversations? I think I'm sane...really I do.

25 May 2009

Guilty Pleasures

Oh...I have been a very, very bad blogger of late and have not been visiting my usual haunts. Instead, I turned off my computer and indulged myself in some simple, guilty pleasures.

I got up early,watched the sunrise with my cup of jo, and listened to the birds waking...

Even got to watch a momma wren feeding her little babes..

Took a long, slow walk down a country road...

Watched a farmer seeding his soybean crop...You can't imagine the number of seagulls following a planter! The cacophony and antics are amazing to hear and watch....

Daveybot Flickr photo
Took a long afternoon nap....

Had a root beer float for dinner...nothing else..pure indulgence

Watched the moon dance with the stars...even made a wish...


Today...Dignity, honor, respect and a day of remembrance is all that they ask of us. Above all...they were Americans. Today, I will give thanks to them for the freedoms I guilty pleasures.

21 May 2009


Juggling...a little known something that I had to learn to do. I was actually sent to juggling school by a client who for some unknown reason, thought it would make a good commercial if I was juggling cream rinse bottles. All I could was I going to talk and juggle at the same time much less look relaxed as if it were common place to do something idiotic like that. The school was complete with clowns and people trying to learn the same thing. I was way behind the curve....practiced for hours at a time. I kept on trying, failing, trying, failing and eventually, I accomplished juggling four pins. Balls were easy...pins a whole other feat.

Little did I know that juggling school was a form of self preparation for things we all juggle today. From work, family, friends, sleep...right down to finding enough hours in a day. We can accomplish anything we put our minds to....we just have to try.

I'm off to accomplish something...not sure if I will succeed, but I'm sure going to give it a try!

20 May 2009

I Won the Lottery!!

I confess....I play the lottery occasionally. $170 million is the total at the last count.

I think I would buy a house in the south of France....not big...just a nice bungalow.

I would take a trip to Bora Bora and live in a thatched hut over the crystal blue water...

I would have a beautiful perennial garden like this wonderful English cottage...

I would take a sailboat around the Caribbean or some other warm ocean waters....

You're suddenly rich. Such a bummer. Doesn't everybody dream of winning the lottery or inheriting a large sum of money from that long lost relative? You would think that all this money would solve your problems, right? Oh...but there's a dark side to all that cash.

A windfall would change all the parameters. We've all read or heard about some of the situations.
Willie Hurt of Lansing, Mich., won $3.1 million in 1989. Two years later he was broke and charged with murder. His lawyer says Hurt spent his fortune on a divorce and crack cocaine.

"Winning the lottery isn't always what it's cracked up to be," says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not just once, but twice (1985, 1986), to the tune of $5.4 million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a trailer.

One Southeastern family won $4.2 million in the early '90s. They bought a huge house and succumbed to repeated family requests for help in paying off debts. The house, cars and relatives ate the whole pot. Eleven years later, the couple is divorcing, the house is sold and they have to split what is left of the lottery proceeds. The wife got a very small house. The husband has moved in with the kids. Even the life insurance they bought ended up getting cashed in.

All sad but true stories. But there are those that have their priorities straight and know exactly what to do. A Woman of No Importance...excellent daily read, btw, so check her out...reports of a wonderful woman who inherited a cool 9 million pounds. And I quote from her blog..."Miss Ritchie said: 'I've got everything I want. I've got a nice house with two dogs and two cats. I'm the wrong shape for fancy clothes. I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't take holidays because I'm too busy. I am very happy as I am." Miss Richie donated her money to build an industrial center where kids could learn how their classroom teaching applied to the real world.

While I didn't really win the lottery, I am in total agreement with the lady winning 9 million pounds. After my DH and I go through all the "what if" scenarios, we come back to the same starting point. We're pretty darn happy where we are even if the grass does seem greener on the other side.

So where would your cool millions go?

19 May 2009 be a Hummer

Finally...the boys and girls of summer are back! Brilliant, tiny, precision-flying little jewels. Oh, how I wish I could bottle that energy just living on sugar water....

18 May 2009

Weekend Warrior

I'm a weekend warrior.

Definition...People who do recreational activities (such as golfing, skiing, snowboarding, or mountain biking) solely on the weekends since they work Monday through Friday.

Let's throw in badminton to that list. Oh...that's that fluffy game where you take little racquets and try to hit a birdie over the net. All you have to do is stand and lightly swing the racquet, get the shuttlecock over the net and the game goes on. Not too strenuous.

Wrong. We're serious here....even have our own weighted raquets. Part of our backyard, come spring, turns into a badminton court and let me tell you...we PLAY the game. None of this standing're diving, stretching to get an overhead shot or smash, bending to pick up shuttlecocks...super fast paced. People coming into our yard to watch give that "OMG...I had no idea look" and can't wait to play.

So this weekend was the first weekend with no wind, sunny and perfect for playing.

Start time...10AM. End time...9pm.

I am so needing this today.

17 May 2009

The Always & Nevers

The ever fabulous Kate from Hello Lindello tagged me to do a post on my "always" and "nevers" when it comes to fashion. it has changed over the years. I've always been a classic...makes me sound ancient like a book...but I still cling to the same style and buy the same things I did when I was in my 20s. Hey...I still wear most of the things I had from back then. Did I mention I was vintage, too? Kind of goes along with being a classic.

The tag says that I should name five fashion things that I like or can't live without and then five of my nevers did nor never least that is my idea of the nevers.


1. A mens v-neck white t-shirt. I love these...roll the sleeves, add a belt and they go with anything from skirts to my favorite jeans
2. My JM Weston strap jodhpur leather boots. I know, they usually only do mens but I just happened upon a pair of womens years ago in Paris. I wear these with everything and believe me...take really good care of them as I doubt I'll ever find them again.
3. My sunnys...I like them vintage and have them in every car, on the table as I go out the door, in my bag.
4. A big over the should bag. I still have the original RL bag I've owned for years...I'm beginning to see a pattern here like I can't throw anything away. Indispensable...I can stuff it with small antique finds at a flea market or better yet...a good loaf of french bread from the market.
5. Big scarf preferably challis that I can use as a shawl. I love these...put them over a blouse, wrap around the neck and look great around the neck of a corduroy jacket..another must have. Oops...that's six, isn't it?


1. Lo-rise, skin tight jeans. This photo would most likely be me and lots of people can carry them off but I have seen way too many that have muffin tops or belong in the crack house.
2. Fake nails. I think the talons belong on a bird and take away from the beauty of the hands...which I always notice on a person.
3. Logo t's. Pay me and I really might..that's a big might.... consider wearing them.
4. Capri pants. I know on this one I am really in the minority from what I see around on the street. Unless you are super thin and look like Audrey Hepburn...forget it. Totally unflattering to me.
5. Blue eyeshadow. I always think of the little old lady with a smear of bright blue across the saggy eyelids and the painted eyebrow on top. Never going to happen here!!

So now I get the total pleasure of passing this wonderful tag on to 3 other lovely someones. LENORENEVERMORE, and drollgirl. Even if they don't decide to play along, you'll love their blogs so check them out!

Thanks a bunch Kate! Off to enjoy a bright sunny Sunday..hope yours is fantastic...any plans?

15 May 2009

The Art of the Walk

I'm a city girl.... Even though I was raised in the country, I have lived the majority of my life in large cities with the hustle and bustle of traffic and the fast pace. Loved it, thrived on it. Recently we moved back to the country and I mean BFE according to my kids. For those without younger kids, that's short for Bumb f*** Egypt to them. One of the kids is in the process of looking for a house and we have been taking care of her 10 month old lab puppy. Every morning and every night...come rain, snow, sleet, wind (I sound like the old postal service)...we take this guy on a long walk just to tire him out.

Now I am not big on exercise other than my fingers tapping away at the keys or picking up a camera to shoot pictures in a studio. This is good, right? Several miles everyday just for myself, clear the head, think, smell the dirt the farmers are stirring up for planting. watch nature and hear all the sounds. They all say that walking can add minutes to your life. I figure with the amount of walking I'm doing that at the age of 85, I can spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at the cost of $7000 per month!

All this for a tiny bird on the side of the road!

I would give anything to have a tenth of the energy this guy has!

As far as exercise...We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...uh-huh.

14 May 2009


I had a dear friend email me yesterday after my "I wish" post asking if I was a little down. Ah...not one bit...thinking of being on an island lavishing in the sun sure does pick up the spirits. I'm just looking for that inspiration that sometimes eludes me. What inspires you?

13 May 2009

I escape

Warm sun, a snorkel, piƱa colada...or anything even close will do...crystal clear blue water...

I can wish, can't I? How about you?

12 May 2009

Rainy Days & Mondays

I used to live in the city where you never went without an umbrella on rainy days. I had quite a few of different colors and sizes. Yesterday was a rainy day...bleak and cold...reminded me of the old Carpenter's song Rainy Days and Mondays. I just want to curl up with a good book, cozy warm blanket and while the hours away. I just couldn't wrap my head around anything, but errands needed to be run. Do you think I could find a single umbrella? Nope. So here are a few of my Tuesday's favorites...

Bunny Garden Umbrella Parasol from Mr Filthy Rotten

How many umbrellas do you own? Are you a flashy or subdued wearer...or for that the wet rat look that comes without carrying one?

Suns out today, smells fantastic and clean outside and spirits are high. Uh-huh...I'm going to have a good day!

08 May 2009

Affair of a Kiss

"Keely & Alicia" photo by Jeff Boyle

A Mother's Kiss
by Frances E. W. Harper

My mother's kiss, my mother's kiss,
I feel its impress now;
As in the bright and happy days
She pressed it on my brow.

You say it is a fancied thing
Within my memory fraught;
To me it has a sacred place--
The treasure house of thought.

A happy Mother's Day to all!!

07 May 2009

Random "Blue" Thursday

Today is one of those random days...don't we all get those? Seems like lately they are happening more and more!It has been quite a while since I did any kind of a "my work" post and wasn't that the whole reason I decided to do a blog in the first place? I've noticed a trend in my buying antique jewelry of late. For some has caught my eye. Could be that I always think of a warm summer sky and a beach when I see blue...wishful thinking here. So here are a few of my store "blues".

The lovely and talented Judy over at Judith B Designs has graciously awarded the friendship award to this rambling blogger. I love to read Judy's blog. Not only does she do beautiful jewelry, she is weaving a tale about the horses that you see in her sidebar. Every post is like waiting for the next chapter. Poignant, well written and keeps you guessing till the next installment.

Here is the criteria for the award: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement (didn't I just post my jewelry up there?). Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated (this is the best part about blogging!!). Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I really don't know where to even begin to pass this award. Check out my sidebar and give these people a read...eclectic mix there and all worth your while. So head on over and most of all...have a terrific Thursday!!

06 May 2009

I Am...Who really am I?

Talk about a tough question to put into one sentence! Ever thought about it? Well Julie over at Just Jules posed this challenge question to enter her giveaway. Really a great blog and one you will want to visit often. We are to answer the question "I am....", write the answer on a white sheet of paper with black marker (one of the hardest parts was trying to find a marker), take a picture and post the answer on our blog. I love these challenges!!

I have often thought about this question...who really am I? I maybe should have ended the sentence with I am...ever changing. I have been in front of the camera, behind the camera, international model agency owner, childrens couture designer, wife, mother, housewife (that one's for you Britwife!!), friend, horsewoman, antiques dealer....the list goes on and on. I could say I am...a jack of all trades and a master of none with that resume!

I am...a lover of life. All the intangible and tangible things we see, hear or do everyday complete me....from flowers to animals to love and joy....all make up who I am.

So for me...I am...more than I know myself to be... I am still above the grass and not 6' under. I am still becoming myself.

Head on over to Just Jules and answer the question...the responses are so cool to read. And while you're at get to enter that awesome giveaway!!

05 May 2009

Boylerpf Tuesday's Picks...Chic Shawls

It's that time of year when you don't really need a heavy coat but something just to keep away the chill. I have always been a fan of the shawl scarf. You can wear them around your shoulders, over jeans, a dress...just about anything and have a chic look. I've worn them as tops and even wrapped around the waist of a pair of pants...just to add color. My favorite material is challis...soft and warm without being stifling. Add a little sass with fringe and wear a piano scarf from the Victorian days! The possibility is limitless. The French know how to wear scarves and perhaps because of their eclectic fashion sense, they are a favorite. Check them out and don't say no before you try one!

Hope your Tuesday is wicked wonderful!!