Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Well,I don't know how much that can be proven, but it is an interesting quote.
I was recently searching for a certain perfume called Magnolia or Eau de Val sold by L'Occitane. They no longer sell it, but once in awhile you can find it on ebay. I first found it in Paris when my daughter and I made that very special trip there a few years ago. All I have to do is smell it and I am transported there. While searching online I came across a very interesting blog for those people who love all things vintage and especially perfume. Amelia at The Vintage Perfume Vault has a blog wholly devoted to vintage scents. It is fascinating. After reading some of the posts, I began to reminisce about the first scents I remember.
Isn't it amazing that certain smells will evoke memories just as sure as if they tapped you on the shoulder?
Thank you for joining me on my little trip down memory lane!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The preparation seems to take months, well certainly it takes weeks. And in a flash it is over. I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas. Mine was wonderful. I had my daughter and son-in-law and my two grandsons here for a few days before Christmas until they left Christmas morning to fly to Texas to visit the other grandparents and cousins. My youngest grandson believes in Santa and it was great to see him Christmas morning when he saw what Santa brought. The anticipation had been building for two days for both boys to open gifts. They started trying to awaken my daughter at 3 a.m. on Christmas morning.
Have a wonderful New Years everyone! As my friend and fellow blogger, Lynne says, are we saying twenty-ten or two thousand and ten??
(ha, ha - I just noticed that if you click on the picture of the candles to enlarge it, you will see my husband watching TV in the background. I thought it was my globe that is sitting on the end table!)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I am sitting here looking out the window at ........... no snow. At least hardly any. The entire mid-Atlantic and northeastern area of the country is seeing blizzard conditions, but here along the coast in southeastern Delaware, nothing. It did start out with some snow during the night, high winds, then rain. There is a dusting of snow out there, but that is it. A few miles north and a few miles west of my house -- plenty of snow. It will ice up tonight which should make driving treacherous.
My daughter and her husband and my grandsons will be arriving from Massachusetts on Tuesday and can stay until Christmas Day at which time they will fly out to Texas to be with his family. Meanwhile, I will be babysitting my granddog.
Update: We got a little more snow at dinnertime, but nothing to compare with other areas. I found this photo in my saved photos from a few years ago. I see I had long hair and Beau looked younger so it was probably three years ago. Obviously, we had a decent snowfall then!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We always eat lunch at Stage Deli, but this time we tried Carnegie Deli -- two of the few Jewish delis left in the city, I have read. Authographed photographs of famous people covered the walls and the waiter told us Woody Allen's movie "Broadway Danny Rose" shot a scene there and he comes in there once in awhile. I had my usual corned beef on rye which arrives, four inches high, piled with enough meat for three or four sandwiches. The deli was small, noisy and smelled delicious. I wish I had room for the only-in-New York cheesecake. There is something different about it -- it is drier and higher than other cheesecakes. I should have brought a cooler with me to bring one home!
Note: For some reason all of the pictures I took with my cell phone turned out in black and white. I just checked the settings and somehow they were set that way. Don't know how that happened! So these pictures are ones I found online. Thank you to those people, whoever they are. Blogger also wouldn't let me move the pictures around. I have had that problem before -- don't know why it does that.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I have totally been neglecting my poor old blog. I meant to write about my visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater," my new camera, my husband's trip south on the completed boat. So here goes -- I will make it brief:
In early October my sister and I drove out to Pittsburgh to visit our Uncle Bud. We had made this trip a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nothing better than a sisters' road trip. We so enjoy each other's company. Uncle Bud is 86 and loves to travel and is always active. He is one of two of our mother's only remaining siblings and he was our mother's favorite brother. He insisted on making the reservations in advance (which you have to do) to get into Fallingwater and he drove the two hours to and from his house to Fallingwater.
Now my new camera: I researched cameras for a month, going between spending a lot of money on one, or being more reasonable. I knew the things I wanted in a camera. My previous camera was a little Fujifilm which still works, but the USB cable connection is done for. I had pretty much settled on a Canon, but finally ended up with another Fuji because it was more reasonable and had everything I wanted for under $200. I am a very mediocre and inexperienced photographer, so I am happy with what I got. Here is a picture of it.
We had a huge nor'easter or as they are calling it Nor'Ida because it was the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The beach here is totally eroded, roads were flooded -- it was a mess.
All the best to you, fellow bloggers,
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I have joined in a Holiday Swap. Go here to read about it and join in, too. You have until November 12. I did this one year on someone's blog and it was a lot of fun.
I want to tell you about my visit to Fallingwater in Pennsylvania with my sister and uncle, but will leave that for another day. I have a new camera which I will show you. I haven't tried it out yet. And the biggest news yet is that my husband and his friends are leaving tomorrow morning (if all goes well) on the big boat trip down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida (after their four year boat building project). More on all this news to follow in a few days.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Cindy at My Romantic Home is hosting Show and Tell Friday. Stop over there and take a look at her blog and also all the others who are joining in.
Since I used to do "My Favorite Things"one day a week, I am resurrecting one of my old posts for this Show and Tell.
Monday, September 21, 2009
AUTUMNAL EQUINOX - One of two times a year when the Sun crosses the equator, and the day and night are of approximately equal length.
At the autumnal equinox (Sept 22, 2009; 5:18 P.M. EDT), the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. (from Wikipedia)
Yes, it has been slightly cooler here in coastal Delaware, but we still have beach days into the autumn. Actually, this is the best time of year to visit this area or for locals to hang out without the summer crowds.
It always amazes me that Fall seems to arrive on September 1. Oh, the weather is still warm and sunny, but it is something that is just felt in the air. The colors are suddenly more golden, the sky is a clearer blue, sometimes there is already a faint smell of woodsmoke. Everybody comments on it. I have had my homegrown pumpkin on the front step for a month or so. It is the first time I have grown a pumpkin from last year's Halloween pumpkin. He was early, but he survived.
The Fall is a busy time here in this resort area. October brings our annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. There are main events at the local convention center (sometimes big names like Chris Botti!) and the restaurants and bars offer their own jazz groups. The following week is the Seawitch Festival which is the Halloween celebration in Rehoboth Beach. There are lots and lots of things for kids of all ages to do on the beach and in the town. November brings our annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival . Some people stay throughout an entire day watching movie after movie and leave bleary-eyed and tired.
Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons, but primarily because it is the season of my birthday. I was born on Thanksgiving!
Friday, September 11, 2009
I am sure we are all remembering where we were at this time eight years ago -- actually about two hours ago.
I forget a lot of things, but there are two things I will always remember-- Where I was as I watched Katie and Matt announce on TV the crashes into the towers and then watching them fall and where I was when I heard JFK had been assasinated. I had been getting ready to leave the house for work on 9/11/01 and watching a few last minutes of the Today Show when the announcement came on. On 11/22/63 I was in Philadelphia walking to the train station from a class and it was my 18th birthday.
We all live in gratefulness that we have been kept safe on our own soil since September 11, 2001. We all live in hope that our safety will continue and we bless those who continue to defend us and those who have perished.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And now my printer at work doesn't run at all. It won't turn on. The computer guy was in and looked at it and said, "it's broken." Duh. I bought it in January of 2008. So I am shopping for a new computer. I want one that is inexpensive that prints, copies and scans. I don't need a fax. I will probably end up with another HP although this last one was certainly bad news. I found one at Staples for only $99 which I think I will get. Walmart had a similar one, too.
I just can't stand it when mechanical or electronic things don't work. I am a very patient person with other people and with life in general, but when something doesn't work it just sends me over the edge. I used to believe that if something didn't work, if you dropped it on the floor or desk, it would jar it into working again. Maybe I should try that with my printer before I buy a new one!
I went to an auction on Sunday and brought home a few things, one of which is one vintage snowshoe. I thought it would look cute hanging on a wall somewhere. Also a little "gold encrusted" demitasse tea set and a Limoges china tray handpainted with violets -- twenty dollars for each. I may try to sell the little tea set on ebay.
That is the news here -- hope you are all well and happy.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I found this on youtube. This is the best wedding entrance ever. Enjoy!!!! ( Make sure your speakers on for the full effect of this video.)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009