Xmas Countdown – 240 Days

I know people who gleefully countdown until the next holiday season, stocking up on new decorations right after the last holiday, and starting to buy gifts in July. I am not one of those people. Okay, I will admit I’ll take advantage of a sale here and there, but I really prefer not to live… Continue reading Xmas Countdown – 240 Days

It’s already Christmas on the other side of the world…

What is the state of readiness here in my little piece of California? The gifts are all wrapped (except the ones that got lost in the closet) and the cards nearly written…the pie crust waits for filling, and the gingerbread house is still in pieces…it will all get done, but I just wanted to take… Continue reading It’s already Christmas on the other side of the world…

Joy’s Holiday Music Playlist, Part Deux and a few other things…

There are only 3 days left until Christmas and tonight is the second to last night of Chanukah….the snowball effect is…well, it’s in full effect!  Yesterday was Winter Solstice, and in true fashion, I feel like I did not get all I needed to get accomplished.  I did meditate though and planted some seeds that… Continue reading Joy’s Holiday Music Playlist, Part Deux and a few other things…

Day Ten – Happy Christmas…wait, isn’t it only June? Who cares, I want cheesy fritters

I know they say don’t speak ill about the dead, but I do tell it like it is and as it goes, my paternal Grandmother Maria was often not a nice woman.  Looking back with experience, wisdom, and a healthy dose of forgiveness, I feel in my heart it’s likely because she wasn’t treated very… Continue reading Day Ten – Happy Christmas…wait, isn’t it only June? Who cares, I want cheesy fritters

30 Days of Thanks – 2013 – Day 27

Today I’m thankful to be able to stay local on one of the worst traffic days of the year.  Instead of sitting on a plane, riding on a train, or stopping and going in my automobile, I’m at home, cooking Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel and Baked Cheese Grits for my family to eat tomorrow and listening… Continue reading 30 Days of Thanks – 2013 – Day 27

30 Days of Thanks – 2013 – Day 24

Today I am thankful that my daughter has the same love of music, singing and dancing that I do.  It allows us to have fun and free moments like when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” came on Pandora this afternoon and I said, “This is one of Mommy’s favorites!” Maya replied,… Continue reading 30 Days of Thanks – 2013 – Day 24