Sunday, January 30, 2011


First, a bit of eye-candy....
this fabulous Weiss pin is from
my husband in one of my
 favorite flowers....a pansy and
my favorite and purple! 
  It is actually brighter
and so sparkling in person....

The past few days have been
 pleasant around here......
 have your days been the
 same, my friend?
I continue to visit my new friend,
Colleen, who turned 85 on the same
day as my Mom's birthday (Jan. 22nd). 
 I usually see her every Friday for
 an hour.  She was up in her wheelchair,
 not in bed, so that was a great sign!
A couple of weeks ago she was in
 bed two weeks in a row and I was
concerned about her.
We got some rain last night as forecast
and this morning was cloudy and gray.
I expected the whole day to be like that,
but late in the morning the blue sky
 began to peek through and
 behold sunny skies around 1 pm! 
I finally went out
around 2:30 to get some fresh air
 and walked up and down our driveway
 3 times.  (Remember, we have a
 longer than average driveway with
 a bit of an incline)  
Next, as I was pinching back some
 pansies, I discovered my camellia
bush had several pale pink buds
 getting ready to bloom!   I'll take
pics when it does.   I bought the plant
 about 3 years ago, but never planted it
as we really do not have much
shade and I didn't know where to put
 it so I could still see it.  It was in a
 little one gallon pot and bloomed
the first year, but the 2nd
 and 3rd blooms.   :o(  
 So I finally re-potted it into a larger
 pot and fertilized it last year....pretty regularly.   Well, lo' and behold,
 the buds started developing and
I have been excitedly awaiting to see
 if it would bloom this winter....and yes,
 it looks like it will happen!

Found the quoter....Henry Ward Beecher

And lastly, another thrift store find
 that I found on Friday.   No chips,
not from China and I paid only 1.50 for it.
  I was thrilled and will keep this one!  
I sometimes go for weeks or a month
 or two without going to the
 thrift store and then at other times,
like now, I have tried to go almost
 everyday.  Still no Starbucks - 23 days
 and no sugar, but I did have a bit
of wheat last Tuesday.  Oh and next
 time I will tell you how good I
 have been regarding no sugar.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happiness is a butterfly...

Found the author of this quote
 ... Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Here is the cover of the
little Hallmark book
we are following each day.
It is pretty dirty, but still such a sweet
image...don't you agree?
No Starbucks for 20 days.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beautiful KALE

2nd page from my Hallmark book
"Little Meditations"
This one sounds like part
of a nursery rhyme?

I had to share this gorgeous kale!
I picked it up at the health food
store in town, Nature's Food Center.  It was grown by Laura, one of the gals that works there. No sprays, etc. so nothing, but
pure sunshine, rain and God's love!
Do you like kale?   I have been
eating it since 2004 and love it!
I use it raw in my green drinks
or steamed either by itself
 or like last night, after I
steamed it, I chopped it up and
put in my chili salad tacos....yum!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne

This sweet little image is from
a Hallmark book that my Mom
gave me back in 1978 called
Little Meditations.
I thought I would include
one in each of my posts.
Unfortunately it does not
include the quoter.
I know some you & I have heard before,
but I can't remember who said them.
I'll try to find out as I post.
It gave me a bit of a start
last night when I saw that dear ol'
Jack LaLanne had died.
He was from my neck of the woods
and I remember my Mom used
to watch him on TV in the 60's.
I always liked him and got
such a kick out of hearing
about his adventures into
his later years.....a life that
was well lived.
I got this photo of him off
of MSNBC and I love it!
It was on his 95th birthday
in 2009.   I have included
today's article if you are
interested.   :o)

The Associated Press
updated 1/24/2011 8:21:37 AM ET 2011-01-24T13:21:37
Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.
LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.
"I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.
He maintained a youthful physique and joked in 2006 that "I can't afford to die. It would wreck my image."
Former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker credited LaLanne's encouragement with helping him to start exercising often.
"He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness," the 87-year-old Barker told The Associated Press on Sunday. "I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was."

Television staple
LaLanne (pronounced lah-LAYN') credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.

"The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.
He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.
When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.
"I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They're more productive than they've ever been in their whole lives right now."

Praised by Schwarzenegger
Fellow bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger credited LaLanne with taking exercise out of the gymnasium and into living rooms.

"He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise," Schwarzenegger said in 1990.
In 1936 in his native Oakland, LaLanne opened a health studio that included weight-training for women and athletes. Those were revolutionary notions at the time, because of the theory that weight training made an athlete slow and "muscle bound" and made a woman look masculine.
"You have to understand that it was absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes to use weights," he once said. "It just wasn't done. We had athletes who used to sneak into the studio to work out.

"It was the same with women. Back then, women weren't supposed to use weights. I guess I was a pioneer," LaLanne said.

The son of poor French immigrants, he was born in 1914 and grew up to become a sugar addict, he said.
The turning point occurred one night when he heard a lecture by pioneering nutritionist Paul Bragg, who advocated the benefits of brown rice, whole wheat and a vegetarian diet.
"He got me so enthused," LaLanne said. "After the lecture I went to his dressing room and spent an hour and a half with him. He said, 'Jack, you're a walking garbage can.'"

Soon after, LaLanne constructed a makeshift gym in his back yard. "I had all these firemen and police working out there and I kind of used them as guinea pigs," he said.
He said his own daily routine usually consisted of two hours of weightlifting and an hour in the swimming pool.
"It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

No Starbucks for 16 days and
no sugar or wheat for 11.
And I finally planted my
 sweet pea seeds from last
 year!   I also gave some to
 a friend and plan to send the
 rest to my Mother-in-law and if I can
get them in the mail!
(I know, easy for me to say
 when it has been close to 70 here
 and 10 below 0 back East...yikes!)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Mom's Birthday

We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.
We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.
We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation,
and need to be recalled to
 our best selves again.
We need one another when we would accomplish some great
purpose, and cannot do it alone.
We need one another in the hour of success when we look
 for someone to share
 our triumphs.
We need one another in the
 hour of defeat, when with
encouragement we might
 endure and stand again.
We need one another
 when we come to die,
 and would have
gentle hands prepare us for the journey.
All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.
--- I found this in my Mom's papers, cut out from something.  I don't know who wrote it, but I think it is lovely.

Today would have been my Mom's 74th birthday.   She died on September 15th 2004
at the age of 67.    Sometimes I still really can't believe she is gone.
I guess most people feel that way
 about loved ones who have
made the journey before us.
This picture was taken Christmas 1996.   She was 59, turning 60 the
following month.    It amazes me because her mother, my grandmother
Rachel is 60 years old in the picture on my blog banner...she is on the left.
My grandmother looks so much older
 than my mom at that age.
Also, my other grandmother, Pia,
 in the same pic, is 48 1/2 years old. 
  I am 50 and seem so much younger than she!   :o)    Again, maybe most
 people feel that way.  
I was trying to find a more
 recent picture of my Mom,
but couldn't find it.
I think the last one taken of the
 two of us together was  in 2001.
I don't know how that happened.
I know we talked on the phone
almost everyday.
And the last 3 months of her
life she lived with Mike and I.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More treasures

Let us be of good cheer,
 however, remembering
that the misfortunes
 hardest to bear are those
 which never come.
--- James Russell Lowell

In other words...don't worry so much!

More items from the thrift store.

I'll keep this shell dish.
It has the prettiest green
glaze on the bottom.
It appears the date on
the bottom is 1977
and by a J. Garcia.

These 2 round "boxes" will
be for sale at the store.

Did everyone check out the
full moon last night?
We have had lovely weather
the past several days.
"They" say more for
the weekend....yippee!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Almost Full Moon

When I admire the
 wonders of a sunset
 or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the
 worship of the creator. 
  --- Mohandas Gandhi

It's a full moon on the 19th,
but I was outside this evening
and had to take it's picture tonight.
Wish my camera was better...the
moon was so crystal clear
and as always, with a full moon,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage Dishes

The time is always right
 to do what is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr

I keep forgetting to share 
these lovely dishes I recently
found at our local thrift store.
They'll be for sale soon at
Redwood Valley Antique Mall,
9621 North State Street
Redwood Valley, California

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vintage Jewelry

Take charge of your mind
and begin to fill it with
healthy, positive, and
courageous thoughts.
--- Norman Vincent Peale

See more vintage jewelry
 on my Etsy site:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Spring-like Day!

Science has never
 drummed up quite
 as effective a
 tranquilizing agent
 as a sunny spring day.
--- W. Earl Hall

Although it is
technically not spring,
 today was our first real
warm day in 3 months
....over 70 degrees.
This little violet had opened
 and I had to share it.
It smelled so sweet!
A friend and I took a long walk
 around town this afternoon. 
 She is in great  shape
and kept up the pace.
But walking up a hill, I
 had to take it easy.   I am
 out of shape, but not for long!
I only wish I could walk
 like that everyday....I
would be in shape in no time!

This is my winter-overed garden
under the carport.  I bought a dozen
 6 packs of pansies in November
and never got them planted!   
  Mike and I planted several
 for my mother-in-law for Christmas,
but the rest are still on a little metal
tea cart under our carport
and will probably stay
that way until summer!
I have some swiss chard and
lettuce that are growing nicely.....
I just cut the leaves as needed.
I also have some kale growing,
but a couple of months ago
something ate them down
to the stems.  I went out
for 3 nights in a row
after 11 pm expecting
to see earwigs, but
found nothing.   Then
 a couple of days later
 I was looking closely
 at the stems and found 
one little green worm !
I never found any others,
 but I can't imagine he
 ate all  six plants!
I did transfer him
 to one of the oleanders
 down the driveway.
The kale are slowly getting
their leaves back and
I can use them in
my green drinks soon.
In the background is my
 little meyer lemon tree
that I roll back and forth
into the sun/clouds/rain each day. 
 It still has 6 lemons I need to
 use, but I like to see them
 on the tree....go figure.
I cover it almost every night
so it doesn't freeze.
I had hoped to plant some
sweet pea seeds I got
 last year, but didn't get
it done.   Hopefully tomorrow
 will be as warm as today.

And lastly, I ate half this container
...technically only 2 oz. of this
 delicious goat cheese!
They are a semi-local company
located in Sebastopol. 
(about 1 1/2 hours southwest)
I haven't been eating cheese
regularly for about a
year, only occasionally.
  Now that I am trying
 to get off sugar, I
 thought I needed a treat.  
 I haven't had Starbucks
 for a week and sugar for
3 days. I don't know
how long I can keep it
up, but one day at a time.   :o)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Artichokes

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when
they are open.
--- Sir James Dewar

Look what I had last night.....
my first artichoke of the season!
YUM! It was so delicious
I had another one tonight
and I bought four more.
Mike and I can eat 2 or
3 each in one sitting! :o)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rescued Chile miner tours Graceland as Elvis fan

My favorite guy, rescued Chilean miner,
Edison Pena had a longtime wish fulfilled
today Jan.7th ....a visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland.
Edison Pena walks from the
front door of Graceland,
Elvis Presley's home, after
receiving a tour.

Edison tours the display

of Elvis's gold records.

Edison Pena is given a tour

of the room known as

The Jungle Room by tour guide

Angie Marchese, right.

Edison shooting video at Elvis's grave.
To read the rest of the story please

Sunday, January 2, 2011

More jewelry on Etsy

I've listed some
new jewelry on Etsy.

And we are going to see

The Tourist later today

so we can stuff ourselves

with buttered popcorn

before the focused

eating begins. :o)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

HAPPY 2011 !

Look what we woke up to?
We don't get a lot of snow
in our area (2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco)
so it is always a treat to see!
It was gone within 2 hours, but still so much fun.

It started to snow on New Year's Eve
about an hour after we arrived
at a friend's house 20 minutes away.
We headed home just after 11 pm.
There was snow on the highway, but
we drove 40 to 45 mph
in the tire tracks of the
car ahead of us, keeping
plenty of space between us.
Of course there was a guy
behind us that had to pass,
but then got stuck behind
the car in front of us!
At our house it was still
snowing a bit, but not sticking to
the road. So of course, it was a
nice surprise to see it this morning.

As I wrote in this year's Christmas card:
We hope that this past year
has been filled with much love,
dreams & goals fulfilled, and
perfect health for everyone.
And that these, and more wealth
and contentment continue to find
you in 2011 !
AND that is my wish for everyone
who reads this too!