O Christmas Tree…..

I love Christmas.  I love the lights, the festivities but most of all I love the Christmas Trees. I have a major fault when it comes to Christmas. I tend to get bananas over the tree. We go out in the woods and search for that perfect tree, no matter what the weather. We mock the families that go out in July, when it is warm and beautiful and stake their claim on their family tree. (weenies) We carry our old…

Is a hula-hoop a lethal weapon?

Odd question, or so it may seem but as I sit here with a fractured rib and chipped cartilage, I think maybe that seemingly innocent toy is indeed a lethal weapon.You have heard me discuss my love for the Zumba classes and I have branched out into Chisel...a high energy class using weights, bars and the exercise ball.  I have been feeling my oats so I thought I would try this new Hula-hoop class.  It started out quite well and…

Goodbye to Dad

My dad passed away in February at the age of 68. I was not close to my father these past 10 years or so.  My parents divorced about 13 years ago and it was not under good circumstances. I was not one of those kids who prayed my parents would divorce because it was terrible living in a house filled with stress and arguments. No, I had a great childhood.  We did not have much but I never knew it…

Pilgrims and Zumba?

Happy Thanksgiving!  It is early and I am savoring a quiet cup of coffee and contemplating the day ahead of fun, family and of course food!  Yesterday I made the items that I could ahead of time: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and the world famous Harvey Wallbanger Cake (thanks Cynthia).  I made my list and checked it twice (ha ha) to be sure I had all the pre-dinner goodies, dinner items, this year to include a Tur-Duck-En; and desserts all…

Coffee, next to Garlic, is nectar of the Gods.

It is a Sunday morning and I am awake. The entire house is sleeping and I can hear my pug Izzy snoring two floors down.  I love this time of day when I can think, read or do some work. In this case, it is just fun.  I set the alarm on the coffee pot each night and the sound of it completing its cycle wakes me......not to mention the beautiful smell of coffee.My kids are the wonderful results of a…