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It’s Share Your World time again.  Here goes nothing…

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I use to smoke for over 25 years.  No more.

What is set as the background on your computer?

Some funky, psychedelic type design.  Surprise!

Have you ever gone scuba diving? If you haven’t, would you want to?

Never have.  But if I could swim, I’d scuba my brains out! But, Alas poor Yorick…  😦

What made you smile today?

We received a text from our son in Georgia.  Apparently our grandson has decided to become an elf.  We support him in his decision.  Mainly because he is so dang cute.  This made me smile – big!


I wish we could see them for the holidays.  Merry Christmas kiddies. ;-).  I’d love to share my world up close and personal. But in the meantime, I hope Santa is good to y’all.

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In years gone by, winter brought visions of sugar plums and brilliantly white snowy days, like these.

With icicles nearly a yard long.

With icicles nearly a yard long.

And decks dangerously weighed down.

And decks covered in white.

And trees totally bogged down and what might look like down!

Trees totally bogged down with what might look like down!

And views of the street - What street?!

And views of the street – What street?!

But this year, with the temperatures soaring to nearly 70 degrees, I would never have know it was winter.  No coats, nearly thinking I might wear my sandals, there were no signs of the Old Man at all.  

Ah, but I did have a reminder of the first day, though not by the weather.  My mom’s birthday falls of that day, so I didn’t need a snowfall to tell me it was December 21.

Happy Birthday, momma.  Ti amo, cara.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM December 21, 2013

December 21, 2013

Skate on over to Ailsa’s at wheresmybackpack to see more of what winter means to her and her blogging friends.  Click on the snowflake below.



One lone Christmas Tree, hiding behind one bottle of homemade Cabernet Franc, illuminated by one candle.  One grin on my face. 🙂


One click on the icon below and you’re off to the WordPress Challenge for this week . Thanks to  Michelle at WordPress for the chance to indulge and share. Sorry, MW.  No fuzzy faces.

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I’ll be honest.  I don’t do awards anymore.  Not that I don’t love the nomination and the recognition.  Heck!  Who doesn’t like accolades?  I’m all about being validated – if you know anything at all about me, you know I could stand a Dale Carnegie refresher.  (Yes I did participate in one of Mr C.’s courses and came out at the top of my class, but that’s another story).

dale carnegie

(Credit to Amazon for the book cover.)

Thing is, I just feel a little uncomfortable passing it on, so I will do the questions, shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to my blogger buddy, Cee at (this is a blog you DON’T want to miss) and offer anyone that crosses my path to participate and scoop up the award if you feel so inclined.

So here’s to Cee!  Thank you so much for thinking of me.

And here’s to you all!  Thanks for hanging in there with me so that I feel like my blog about nothing means a little something.

And here are the questions, with my candid reponses.

1.  Your favorite color?  Green in all it’s shades and glory 

2.  Your favorite animal?  I love my dog, but I’d have to say my favorite?  Horse.

3.  Your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Flavored seltzer. Orange/Vanilla and then grapefruit to be precise.

4.  Facebook or Twitter?  Accounts on both but almost never use them.  So neither.

5.  Your favorite pattern?  Not a pattern kinda girl.  Is tie-dyed a pattern?

6.  Do you prefer getting or giving presents? That’s honestly a toss up.

7.  Your favorite number?  13

8.  Your favorite day of the week?  Friday.  It’s just an “ahhhhhhh” day.

9.  Your favorite flower?  Never gave it a thought, but I suppose I’d have to say rose, since I’ve got a rose tattoo on my right ankle.

10. What is your passion?  I like an awful lot of things, but I’ve never been passionate about anything for very long.  Sad, huh?

So that’s it.  I know.  I’m vague.  I don’t follow the rules.   And I’m a little dull, now that I read this over.  But rules and such aside, I want to thank Cee, again, for thinking enough of me to throw me into the mix for the nomination.  Visit her, please, you won’t be disappointed. wp family blog award



Ailsa, at wheresmybackpack, has suggested a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, with a post depicted symbols.  She mentioned two that we display a great deal of in our homes. Peace and Freedom.  When I downloaded the photos, I thought “why doesn’t my husband tell me to STOP!”  Although I don’t think all peace symbols are equal, and I don’t buy every one I see, I didn’t realize how many I have.  But then, could there ever be enough PEACE?

Some of my collection of symbols…

Another reason I suppose my husband doesn’t complain is (first of all he’s so not a complainer, and second of all) because he has a collection or two of his own.

Jeff’s collection – Freedom…

Please visit Ailsa’s blog by clicking here.  Thanks for hosting, Ailsa, and for choosing such a fabulous way to pay tribute to an incredible man.

Nelson Mandela

(credit to The Philadelphia Inquirer for the photo)


If you’ve been here before, then you’re probably familiar with Cee’s Share Your World.  If you haven’t been here before, you’re in for a treat.  😉

Here we go…

Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them?

It’s a toss up.  I have to be honest.   I enjoy when I find the right thing to give to someone.  Then I’m comfortable and happy.  If I get gifts – YAY!

If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?

Again, honestly?  Money.  Lots of it.  I would spread that around like peanut butter.  Family, friends, charities.  College funds.  Pay off family mortgages. St. Judes. American Cancer Society. You name it.  Now that would be a fun gift to receive AND give.


If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, people or animals), what would you put on it?

Books. At least three of them. 🙂  Besides family, friends, and my pets, nothing is really all that precious to me, except books.

Would you spend the weekend in an abandoned house in the forest?

I know I’d be scared out of my wits, but there’s nothing to lose there so… YES.

old house

Have some fun with this.  Go to Cee’s and join in the challenge. Click on the icon and Share Your World.



When picking up my little buddy a few days back, I was greeted with a smile and an urgent request.  This was a little look into our conversation:

Him:  ( running out of the classroom and grabbing my hand)  Gemma!  We meed to make a sign! (that’s not a typ0.  He meeeeeeds to! He’s four remember.)

Me:  (taking his hand and smiling – he does that to me) Hi, Gemma!

Him:  (with a slight frown and then the light goes on)  Hi, Gemma!  We meeeeeeed to make a sign!

Me:  OK. Sounds like a plan.  What kind of sign?

Him:  A No Dinosaurs sign.  I meed it to keep va dinosaurs out of my room!

Me: (still smiling) Well why would that be?  Are there dinosaurs trying to get into your room?

Him:  No.  But I meed to make sure vat vat doesn’t happen!

So, we made our way home and made a No Dinosaurs sign.



I did the dino using google to guide me of course.  My little friend added the red touches, which he informs me makes it the No Dinosaurs sign.

My husband says, “And you get paid to do this!”  And my response is, “Yes.  And I love every minute.”

Lisa, at Zeebra Designs & Destinations is asking us to stop, for just a little while this busy time of year,  and be creative.  Make yourself a priority and Take some Time Out for Art.  It’ll soothe the soul. 🙂

Click to see Lisa’s incredible art at Playmart.


I know I haven’t done 47 weeks of windows – I wish I had – it’s just that there are all these interesting blogs and I insist on reading them.  I feel like, well, I want to do both. Read and post.  I’ve never been a fast reader, and I’ve always got something to comment on (can you say Downfall?) So I do more reading and commenting than posting.  But that’s OK, I suppose.  I’m enjoying myself, either way.  You guys are all just too dang good!  That’s the problem! (Notice how I kind of put the blame on you.)

But Christmas makes for some good windows, so I thought I’d try to get it together and show you a few of ours.


OK.  That last one has a kind of door/window thing going on, but I like the color.

To all, have a safe, peace-filled holiday season, from our home to yours.

Peace window

Salon in Haddonfield, NJ

Peddler's village window

Shop window at Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA

Now get over to Dawn’s and look through any window. 🙂  Click here


A road trip to Peddler’s Village in PA last week, landed us in the middle of a winter wonderland.  The only problem was, we got there a little too early, and the Christmas decor was a little on the dull side.  This is what we saw when  we approached an arch that lead from one side of the Village to another.

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Not horrible, but not very Christmas-y.

So we walked, and we shopped, and we walked some more.  We stopped for a great cup of coffee and a blueberry scone and then we walked more – a lot more.  And lo and behold, as the darkness started to settle in, the light bulb – or in this case bulbs – went on and Christmas  was  finally and undoubtedly in the air.


Click on the WordPress icon to see more on this week’s challenge – Let There Be Light.

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