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


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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.


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Without a doubt, these three met with an unexpected fate.

three pumpkins

Lovingly placed out on the curb

With hopes that no one would disturb.

The Squirrels, they didn’t seem to care

They gnawed and chewed, oh the despair!

Upon my lawn, they’ll be no more

Reveling as my decor.

Til trash day this is where they’ll sit

Unexpected, they’ll admit.

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Brussels Sprout – a cultivar in the Gemmifera (hey! that’s almost my name) group of cabbages, grown for it’s edible, layered, leafy buds.  These nasty (my opinion) green vegetables are tyically 2.5-4 cm in diameter and look like miniature cabbages. (Wikipedia – minus the opinion)

EDIBLE BUDS!  Yeah.  Right.  One of these might pass my lips!  As much as I love OWLS, I HATE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!  But I never knew they grew like this – on stalks, I mean.  And if it wasn’t for one of my favorite markets – Trader Joe’s – I might never have known.  They don’t look like this in other supermarkets, that I’ve seen.  I was kind of surprised that they grew on stalks, but then what do I know.  I won’t even eat the things.  I think they take a pretty picture, though.  Even brussels sprouts have to be good for something.



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Autumn = cooler weather
Cooler weather = falling leaves
Falling leaves = piles of color
Piles of color =  attraction
Attraction = curiosity
Curiosity = children
Children, leaves, piles, color, attraction, curiosity = fun!

brown leaf pinecone

Kids have a habit of flailing themselves into autumn’s leafy beds of brilliantly colored leaves. Ahhhh! To be a kid again, if only for just a little while. Long enough to join in on the fun and rekindle the habit of total lack of inhibition.

When’s the last time you did this?

Thought I’d get this WordPress challenge in before they post a new one – TOMORROW!  Talk about under the wire!  Click on the icon for more on Habits.

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The best seat in the house.  Taken on the fourth of July, these people had to have a most fabulous view of the fireworks over the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  I, on the other hand, had a glorious view of the horizon.


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I don’t think there’s any one color that expresses me.  But the continually changing, constantly shifting patterns and colors of a kaleidoscope would define me to a “T”.  Moody?  No.  Fickle?  Maybe. Erractic?  I hope not.  I like to think of myself as cheerfully unpredictable.


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This week’s WordPress challenge – infinite.  Something rather unfathomable to me.  Enjoy.

Infinity haiku

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DD coffeeFriday morning, I walked into my favorite Dunkin’ Donuts shop for my much needed cup of coffee, like I do Monday through Friday.   I don’t need to order because they remember – medium black coffee, please.  I sit at the recently wiped table with my iPad and my java, and go about reading, commenting, and firing off posts.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw the WordPress challenge for this week – Good Morning.  I say this because this place is – five days a  week – the start of my “good morning”.

On this particular morning this particular coffee shop was being evaluated.  Well, I couldn’t let this opportunity go by.  I am always telling my family and friends, what a clean, friendly, comfortable environment the DD on route 70 has. Rekta is ready and waiting with a smile on her face and my coffee on the counter before I even get half way across the floor.  Raj, the manager, is constantly making sure things are clean and presentable to the influx of customers.  I sit, drink, blog, and watch for an hour 5 days a week.  This is the place to go for a great cup of coffee, a latte, muffins, and whatever all else you might want to devour, all in a clean and relaxing environment.  They are a part of my Good Mornings and I want people to know it.  So I hunted down the men doing the inspection and let them have it.  I raved about and applauded this place and the staff and told them I would blog about it.  I wanted to say something good, and positive, and kind and I wanted the proper people to hear it.  They seemed pleased.  I know I was.

The day before inspection, I took these shots.  DD’s  (201 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ)  was decorated from ceiling to floor – from wall to wall.  I’ve been going here for about 8 months now, and I gotta tell ya, these people are just as sweet as their frosted donuts!

The Staff – not everyone was there this day, but everyone is friendly and they all help make my morning good.

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A quick stop at the Animal Shelter in Atlantic City found us in a kennel fiercely inhabited by pitbulls and variations on that theme.  The dogs are beautiful beasts, don’t misunderstand me, but they frighten me.  They are powerful pups that seem to have super strength, and unless we’re talking Super Heroes, it spooks me to walk by each kennel and witness a show of all that testosterone – male or female!

But there’s a place for every pup, and I hope they find their niches.

Outside the building, there’s a sign that gives the public information about the clinic.

pit bull poster

The sign features a pitbull saturated in some gorgeous teals, yellows, greens, purples, and pinks.  Now this sign might – and the operative word is might – sway me to rethink my position on these magnificent canines.  But none of the dogs inside were coated in these pretty pastels, so, I think for now I’ll need to pass.

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How do you feel about these precious pups?

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