Throwback Thursday – Traditions

This time of year for us signals calm, peaceful gatherings of food, family and friends. It’s no longer about gift giving. (I don’t shop Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any of that nonsense). There’s nothing we need or want that can be purchased at a store. It’s more about being “present” with each other.

When the kids were small, it was a different story. It was about presents under the tree, anticipation of Santa coming while they were fast asleep. Rightly so. I loved seeing the looks on their faces on Christmas morning. Especially the year they each got a new bike. So much fun!

With my parents being gone and the kids grown, my perspective of the holidays has  changed over time.

My Mom loved Christmas. It was definitely her favorite holiday. I always got a thrill out of helping her decorate, baking with her, and reminiscing about Christmases with my grandparents.

We laughed a lot. We sometimes cried, missing those times of absolute joy. We would turn up the music loud and dance around the kitchen together when Jingle Bell Rock played.

One year I accidentally dropped a whole pan of cookies on the floor. Both of us looked at each other with wide eyes and then laughed hysterically. No stress; just fun.

Now I’m the matriarch of our motley crew (makes me feel old … ha)!

The first picture consists of things that are special to me.

The wreath above the fireplace is one that my Mom had for years and the last one she hung when she had to move to assisted living.

The brass candlesticks were made by my uncle, who honed them from mortar shells found during the war. How he managed to get them home from Germany, no one knows. He never told anyone … haha!  They’re very heavy!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus shelf sitters were given to me as a gift several years ago. I just love them!

The velvet Christmas stockings were purchased at a craft fair when we lived in California. I stuffed good memories in them.

And last, but by no means least, the Merry Christmas hearth rug was made by yours truly for my grandmother the year she had to be in a nursing home during the holidays. I wanted her to have something that would cheer her up. It did. Mission accomplished.


The next image is a tree made completely from jewelry items that belonged to my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter. My favorite is the cameo toward the top that my grandfather gave my grandmother when she was 16, the year they met. They were married for 55 years. Wow!

This was quite a project for me. Selecting the pieces and placing them strategically to form a tree took a while, I must admit. But once that was done, gluing them on was pretty easy. I used a special glue and once completed, put this into a glass shadow box. There are still a few holes to fill in with some pearl head pins, but that’s easy..

It now hangs on the wall in the family room and each time I see it, I feel all the memories attached to each piece. My daughter suggested that I list each piece on the back and its history. I think I’ll do that. When I’m gone, this will be passed down to her. She wants it now. Ha!

Not yet, dear daughter 💓


Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Short Story

One day a man who had become set in his ways travels into the future.


At first he’s disoriented, to the point of becoming terrified.  He feels like he’s in a void … a seamless space, like being in a completely darkened room.

Suddenly, he hears a beautiful, loving voice. “Hello, Edward. Welcome.”

“What? Where am I? And who are YOU? I can’t see you.”

“It’s alright, Edward. Don’t be afraid. I’m not here to harm you.”

“Where is HERE?” Edward asked.

The voice responded, “Here is NOW, Edward. Confusing as it seems, humanity has had it all wrong for millennia. You all thought that time was linear. It isn’t. That is an illusion that you all made up so you could play the game.”

“What??? What game?”

“The game of life, Edward. You are really an eternal being, but humans thought it would be interesting, an adventure if you will, to separate themselves from Source and play with the ego instead. So you made up the rules of the game, one of which is linear time.”

“You see, Edward, there really is only NOW and there really is only HERE. If humans would stop playing the game long enough to realize that they are NOW HERE, life would be so much better; they would become more aware of what’s real and what’s not real. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet, so what’s left?  Now … only now.”

Edward pondered what the voice had just said and remembered that on certain occasions, he had felt more “present” in his life. Like the times when he was playing with his boyhood friends, or exploring the woods behind the farm where he grew up in Missouri, or the time when he experienced his first kiss. And then there was the time when he looked at his baby daughter and saw her first smile. All moments that brought him such joy.

“I want those feelings again,” Edward said to the voice.

“It’s simple, Edward. But for you, it will take practice. Be present in all that you do. Talk less and listen more. Go within and hear the voice of your soul. It speaks to you all the time. You just need to listen. Love more. Fear less. Be at peace with your SELF.”







My Christmas Card to You

First, a note of heartfelt thanks to all of you who sent me love and compassion when Foxy passed.  We still miss her and yet know we absolutely did the right thing.

Second, please allow me to wish all of you the most wonderful, magical Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  May both be filled to the brim with love, peace and unbounded joy.  Know that we are all One.  Namaste’

P.S. – I’ll be back to the blogosphere next year 🙂

Frosted window

Three Chins

It’s seriously time for a new eating plan for me.  We went to Cracker Barrel today to have our Christmas with my husband’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  Had a great time and took some pictures, of course.  What I discovered after just receiving the pictures that they took of me is that I have three chins!  Ugh! And if you think I’m going to post them here, you’re crazy!

Now I know that getting older is not for the faint of heart and my metabolism has slowed down, but wowzer! – I’m going to have to get off this food train.  Like pronto!

Some of the best things about Cracker Barrel is their gift shop and their rocking chairs (yes, their food is great, too).  All the chairs are for sale … some for adults and some for children as well.  They come in natural wood, white and today I even saw a couple of purple ones.  This is the first time I’ve been there and the line to get in wasn’t out the door.  When it is, you’ll see people sitting in these rockers just waiting to get in to eat.

Thanks, Darren, Dianne and Paige for a lovely afternoon and for the gift card! We missed you, Becky. (She had to work).

Until tomorrow … Namaste!

Strange Experience

While on my trip to California, I experienced something very strange.  I received a call on my cell phone and as I looked at the display, it read “Witched.”  No name, no phone number, just that word.  And as it turned out, it was a woman calling to chew me out over something that she perceived to be wrong on my part.

All I can say is, “You know who you are, Witched.”  BTW, if this has ever happened to any of you, please comment and let me know.

The rest of my trip was great!  Got to spend some time with my daughter to celebrate her 40th birthday, gave my grandchildren their Christmas gifts and got to spend some time catching up with a dear friend whom I haven’t seen in a while.  I miss them all and yet I’m grateful to be home again.  Would be nice if we all lived closer to each other though.  Maybe by this time next year.

A cozy fire every night - It was cold there!


Outta Here!

Am I looking forward to my trip to California!  I won’t be posting until later next week.  I’ll be busy catching up with my daughter, who is turning 40, my grandkids, whom I haven’t seen in a year, and a dear friend whom I haven’t seen in longer than that.

Have a great weekend and Happy Trails to you until we meet again . . .



P.S. Yes, I’ll be taking some pictures while I’m there … lots of them … don’t be silly!


Stuff the Stagecoach

There are a lot of folks less fortunate than we are and we know that.  But at this time of year, many people in many communities pull together to get some great things done.  And even though there’s a lot of bad press these days about the “big banks” some of them are doing some good.

Wells Fargo Bank here in Tucson brings in a full-size replica of the old stagecoach that probably stopped in lots of towns around the old west. Each year the citizens of our community bring non-perishable items to stuff the stagecoach.  All the food is then donated to local community food banks.

I’m grateful that my husband and I could take our donation there this year to give to others in need. Just a little can mean so much and I know the folks who receive these food donations are filled with gratitude. There was a time in my life that I couldn’t afford to give even one can of anything away. I’m happy that it all changed and I wish for those who receive this food that it will change for them as soon as possible.

So here’s a picture of me (in the pink) next to Jack, the Dog and the folks from Wells Fargo:


Keeping Up with the Joneses’

It used to be that the Christmas season would peek it’s head around the corner of Halloween, (yes, Halloween) and my husband, affectionately known as Father Christmas, would be digging around in the attic and garage for … wait for it … yep! the Christmas decorations.  He was the target of much criticism by most of the husbands in our neighborhood. You know, those guys who hate to pull out all of those extension cords, timers, and a bazillion strings of outside lights to try and live up to Chevy Chaise in Christmas Vacation.

Well, if the truth be known, my husband for several years gave Clark Griswold a run for his money. We even had to borrow electricity from our neighbor one year. We laughed because where else can you get a sunburn while putting up Christmas lights than in sunny southern Arizona?

Since then, we have limited our use of electrical and physical energy and resorted to just some of our all-time favorite decorations.  It used to be that we were the house on the left; now it’s more like the house on the right . . .

I don’t know who shot this picture, but I thought it was pretty funny. Actually, I’m very grateful that he’s not climbing around up on the roof anymore.

Cold Comes to Tucson

Here’s the weather forecast for Tucson and surrounding areas … we think this is cold!!!! OK, I know, for some of my readers, this is NOT cold. Call me a wimp … go ahead; it’s OK with me.
This weather does give me a chance to wear those nice warm sweaters, really pretty scarves and my favorite red gloves.  My dogs like running when it’s colder, too. I can see the smiles on their faces.
I’m happy!  I hope it’s nice and cold for Christmas this year. One year (the first year we were here) we put candles in the window and they melted down the wall.  Woops!   BTW, sorry to all the snowbirds who come here for the winter expecting sunny and 70’s.  This is only temporary.  Y’all can play golf again later next week. In the meantime, buy some firewood and warm your toes next to a fire.
Cold mornings and afternoons here to stay
The dip in the jet stream over the western US will not budge until Thursday-Friday of next week. That means we will be cold through Wednesday. AM freezes and frosts are likely through Wed. Protect plants! Showery weather with the outside chance for snow/rain mix in Tucson will continue through Monday AM. Chanukah: 17. Christmas: 22. – Chuck
Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
Today’s Forecast: Friday, 2 Dec 2011


Sky Conditions: Light Rain
Sunrise: 7:08 AM Sunset: 5:18 PM
Wind: E (89°) @ 8Mph
Precipitation Probability: 60%

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