Friday, October 9, 2015


Well, it is earlier than yesterday...actually yesterday's post turned out to be early this morning.  I think I am back on schedule.   But wait, maybe not.  

I was scrolling through my sent emails wondering why I had not heard from folks...for some reason none of my emails went out this past week.   That was strange.   No wonder I had not heard from folks.   So I resent them all out.   Hopefully, this time they will arrive in the proper inboxes and not just stay in my emails not sent box!!!

Tomorrow is The Empire's Guild Monthly Meeting.   I did something I wasn't going to do...I volunteered for something.   Just a co-chair for one of their committees.   It probably won't take much time other than setting up and taking down at a couple of meetings.

Anyway, the speaker tomorrow is Kathy Hahn well known for her New York Beauties.   Should be fun and interesting.  I have always admired those quilts but quite frankly am over my desire to make one.   I never tired of looking at them, though.

I put a couple of fall things on my table...

Things are still a bit unorganized.  They will be until I get the rest of my stuff from Maine in a week or so.   And then at the end of the month when my son moves into his own apartment I can really decide how to organize things.

I'm not sure where to put what.   I don't really want to put my studio in the bedroom.   But on the other hand, I don't use the bedroom for anything other than guests.   I sleep in the living room...go figure.

I did have an opportunity to get an apartment with a balcony which I truly wanted.   But not for an additional $600 a month.   I decided I would rather use that money for activities in NYC than on a balcony! What do you think?  Would you spend the additional money?

I found my friendly witch.  She's hanging on the inside side of the front door...

I smile every time I leave the apartment, she's just so cute.   And as promised, here's my wreath on the outer door of my apartment.   The door leads to the hallway, not outside...

It really is quite lush for leftover fall leaves.   Oh, and that little white box with the circle below the wreath is my doorbell.   The apartment doorbell is so soft that I can't hear it in the bedroom or in the far end of the apartment.   So, I picked up one of those electronic ones ($6.66 on Amazon) that has about twenty different rings including holiday ones.   I love it.   My son, not so much!!!

I hope you have a great weekend and that the fall weather is just perfect for you.
Thanks for visiting...

Thursday, October 8, 2015


...yesterday was a bit hectic as was today, quite frankly.   And it's late...I have ten minutes to post this today...otherwise it will be tomorrow once again.

So, I said there were two routines I needed to get back into, the first was my morning routine.   The second is my evening routine but it is quite simple.   I really like to make a list of the things that I want to accomplish the next day.   Not a long list and not very detailed, but a list nevertheless.

And to be honest, I don't always adhere to the list.   And it definitely does not dictate my day.   I think what it does is give me a direction to head for as well as jogging my memory for things that need to be done like paying bills, sending birthday cards (forget that one, I am terrible about sending birthday cards...Halloween or Thanksgiving cards, I remember), making calls, appointments.

My list usually consists of one or two words describing each thing like pay bill, dentist appointment, etc.   And I have to say that it is nice to cross off each item when I finish it.

On another note, I did watch the football game this evening while cleaning the kitchen.   It was a good game with some senior players...that is, folks in their late thirties to early forties.  Tomorrow, laundry and cleaning.

I did make a wreath for my front door with some leftover silk flowers. I take a picture and post it tomorrow.   A bit of rain is forecast for tomorrow but the weekend looks great.

Thanks for dropping in...
Talk to you tomorrow...
I promise...

Well, I missed by a couple minutes so it already is tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


It was a lot warmer out than I thought it would be today.   I walked to the store to pick up 'dried green split peas' and believe it or not, the Goya products were out and there were only two packages in the regular dried bean/pea area.   Everyone must have decided to make pea one does and they just don't stock the peas.

At any rate, I have mine and tomorrow I plan on putting on a pot of soup.  Today I made a macaroni salad to go with the leftover chili.  I tried the ranch bacon dressing with regular mayo...about half and half.   Love that taste.

I didn't make it to the restaurant opening today because there was a question whether it would going to be open or not.  It was on a limited basis but the next two days they will be open completely.   So, I am back to my Thursday routine of visiting the Bronx for lunch.

I did begin working on the Eye Candy Holiday Tiny Quilts.   I decided to do a bit of hand quilting first.   Outlining the various features like peacocks, snowflakes, etc. first and then adding beads.   I'm using Sulky clear thread which I like because it doesn't detract from the features.  

I also did do a bit of crocheting today...

There are tons of patterns for these all over the web.   Just Google crocheted candy corn.   I made up my own pattern.   I think I will put them on a wreath and hang them on the front door.   I have plenty of fall silk flowers leftover so all I need is a round shape.   I was going to use the old wire hanger trick until I realized I only had plastic hangers. Wow! That was an interesting find! I used to only have wire ones. Wonder when that happened?

So, back to simple, small changes.   I have one I need to get back to...routine.   At least my morning routine.   I have quite simply slipped out of doing it and I realize that it is something I need to do to jumpstart my morning.   Do you have a routine that works for you?

My routine is really basic.   First weigh myself.   Yes, I do that everyday first thing.   That's the only way I have found to keep myself on track.  Then feed the boys.   If I don't they will pester me until I do so I might as well get it over with.

Next, fix myself a cuppa - either tea or coffee.   Then read my two morning meditations.   One is from Simple Abundance:   The Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach and the other is The Woman's Book of Courage by Sue Patton Thoele.   Actually, I have a few others that I use also like The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo and A New Harmony by J Philip Newell.

Finally, I spend about twenty minutes in a yoga type meditation using my favorite phone app Living In Love

Then I am ready and eager to enjoy the day.   There's a lot more to my day but this routine gets me going.   I have one more routine that I need to get back to also, but I'll discuss that tomorrow.

Hope wherever you are that things are going well for you...
Thanks for visiting...
Talk to you tomorrow...

PS.   My trip to pick up my stuff is back on...just a week later...unless something else comes up!!!