Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snow, snow, snow!

As Bing Crosby and friends sang in "White Christmas" as they rode that speedy train to Vermont, "Snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOW!!"
These are just a few scenes from my home in Upper Salford today, but the snow certainly did blanket the area.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



Merry and bright!

A little Christmas snow!!

Lovely manger scene, crafted by my late mother-in-law.

 Trick loves Robert Drake of WXPN and The Night Before...

Unhappy with Christmas snow...

My beloved Christmas reindeer...

And something completely different!!


Friday, December 21, 2012

That holiday spirit

Well, we survived 12/21/12..
So let the holiday spirit reign!
Just wanted to post a few photos to help you get in the spirit.

Recently took in a bit of fun in New York City. No, I didn't ice skate, but it was cool to watch!

More beauty in a New York window.

Ahh, good old Snoopy and Woodstock. A cool thrift store find of a great Christmas pin.

And just two of my many Christmas tree ornaments that light my life....

Tomorrow it's time to bake cookies and wrap presents. May your "weekend before" be fun filled!

Friday, November 23, 2012

What did you buy?

Black Friday.
I am happy to report that, once again, I did not visit any malls or big box stores.
I didn't get to snooze the day away, but that would have been pleasant.

Since I was working today, it was great to be helping animals and their parents instead of fighting crowds for items that no one really needs ... or wants.
The only store I did get to with my daughter late in the day was our favorite thrift store -- Care and Share -- where I did splurge on two Christmas pins that set me back a few dollars, an "interesting" decoration and a chair.
That chair, costing less than $20, is one sweet purchase. Heavy, well-built and yes, old, it is extremely comfy -- perfect for settling into while reading a great book.
You remember books, don't you? You can buy them at Care and Share too.
Anyway, there was no stress, I didn't pull out a credit card and these few items will be put to good use.
Now, are you ready to "shop local" on Saturday?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gobble, gobble!

Thanksgiving Eve and can't wait to see the great turkey float in Macy's New York City parade!
I could do without all those Broadway numbers -- just show the floats, balloons and marching bands, please.
I don't need to see all those TV, film and Broadway "stars" -- just give us the good stuff!
So after we make the trek to Catawissa to enjoy the day with family -- leaving bright and early so we don't miss the parade -- we'll have our eyes riveted on the TV for that first glimpse of this turkey!
As vegetarians, we don't partake in the eating of this fowl, but we sure enjoy seeing him flapping his wings and bobbing his head!
Hope you enjoy all your favorite Thanksgiving traditions.
Give thanks for your family, your friends, your health, your job, your home, your pets -- yes, the list goes on and on.
And please, don't go shopping.
It's Thanksgiving. Not thanks-shopping.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Time to be thankful

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It seems impossible that we're almost ready to head into December and then, before you know it, we'll be toasting the new year.
We say it all the time: "Where did the time go? How did this year fly by so fast?"
The days zoom by, the months race past. We grow another year older and wonder who the heck that is staring back at us in the mirror.
But there also is much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

The beauty of nature...

A lovely trip to Vermont....

My sweet cats ... these are just 2 ....

Being honored by having Mayor Andy paint my portrait!

And of course my family and friends, who are too shy to have their photos featured here, but they know who they are...

So as we gather on Thursday to eat too much, laugh, give thanks and enjoy the company of loved ones, may we look back with love and look forward with optimism.And maybe even be thankful that we're still silly enough to draw little things like this:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Are you ready?

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
This pumpkin/turkey/cowboy concoction sure is!
So happy I found it at a thrift store ... it will be a great turkey day centerpiece!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012



Be sure to THINK before you vote. Think how far we have come in the past four years. Think back to how Bush left this country and what Obama has been able to accomplish so far.

Think of the terrorists who no longer walk this Earth.

If you are a woman, think VERY hard about what Romney's views are ... and be very afraid.

Don't be fooled by those crazy Internet claims that you may have read about what will happen if Obama remains for another four years. His first four years have moved this country forward in so many ways, including strides in the economy. It was tough, after what the previous eight years of Bush had wrought. But we are moving in the right direction.



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vermont at last...

I had not been able to travel to my beloved Vermont for the past few years, but finally made it this year for an all-too-short visit. 
But I can't complain... any trip to Vermont is a great one!
Here are just a few photos from my trip ... I already miss being there!

YES, WELCOME... this is the great sign that greets you at the visitors center in Fair Haven...
And where would you like to go??

Moss Glen Falls, near Stowe, Vt. It's worth the hike ... and sore muscles...

The beautiful church and view of Stowe, Vt. I love staying in the town. If you ever go, don't miss Pie in the Sky ... the best pizza place up there!!!

Ah, the pleasures of driving on this road and reaching Smuggler's Notch...

Stowe has a catamount!!

Disturbing sculpture in Burlington...

But the fire juggler in Burlington was great!

Up on Smuggler's Notch...

A bit of a retro touch in our motel room. Check out the Golden Eagle if you're in Stowe... love it there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Farewell, sweet Yellow Cat...

Our beloved Yellow Cat crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday. 

We were not expecting to lose him, so finding out that a silent illness had sapped him of his strength and very lifeblood was a horrible blow. It is never easy to say goodbye; it is especially difficult to bid farewell to a soul as gentle as Yellow Cat.

I remember when he first started to hang out around our house years ago. He would show up from time to time, disappear, then reappear. We'd say, "There's that yellow cat again," and when he started coming closer and we'd feed him, we'd simply call him Yellow Cat.

When he finally became part of our home, after showing up during a blizzard, the name just stuck.

We never knew exactly how old he was, since he had come to us as an adult.
Yellow Cat had a penchant for sitting around with his tongue sticking out a bit -- just part of his special,  gentle personality. He was a lover, not a fighter. He sought out laps, loved to be petted, enjoyed soft pillows and gentle touches.

Yellow Cat was such a sweet, old soul. Each of our cats is precious in his or her own way, and each one is an individual. Having many does not mean we do not mourn the loss of each one when his or her  time comes. There are not enough words to capture his personality and all that he meant to us over the years.
He soothed many of our sorrows, brightened our days, prompted us to laugh and, in the end, to shed many tears.

The need to help Yellow Cat cross the Rainbow Bridge was horribly painful. The knowledge that he is at peace and with his feline brothers and sisters helps a bit.
Sweet, sweet boy, we will never forget you.
Thank you for enriching our lives...