A fabulous time of year for colorful…


Chrisrmas is coming...

Chrisrmas is coming…

Sant was behind the colors.  The REAL Santa!

Santa was behind the colors. The REAL Santa!

Kids need to color more today! :-)

Kids need to color more today! 🙂

My new hobby. Zentangle.  I do the tangling and my friend, Gen, does the coloring.

My new hobby. Zentangle. I do the tangling and my friend, Gen, does the coloring.

Stop off at Ailsa’s to see more on her challenge – Colorful. Click on the lips. 😉






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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While out and about this weekend, I found what I think were appropriate subjects for Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week.  Though not much of a traveler, I did accumulate three different takes on the subject.  Tell me what you think.  Delicate? or Not so much.  And then travel over to Ailsa’s blog and see more delicate subjects from some seasoned travelers.  😉

A Christmas tree made of shells.  So delicate that I couldn’t buy it.  It was broken!

Whenever I’m in need of a pick-me-up, flowers always seem to do the trick.  Trader Joe’s  never let’s me down.

Yesterday, I spotted these ‘sailors’ .   This would not be my favorite mode of transportation, mainly because I am not a swimmer and I think it takes a delicate balance to keep you and your vehicle upright.  I did see a few of these sailboats tip precariously and that only reinforced my fears on the subject of sailing.  I also fell into a hole in the ground while making my way to the water’s edge.  Clearly not my cup of tea, this delicate business of boating.  But fun to watch.  Even if from a gopher hole!

Click here and visit more on Ailsa’s blog – wheresmybackpack.


My son knows of two things that he can never go wrong with when buying me gifts for the holidays, or birthdays, or just for me being the best mom. (Ok I went too far with that last one.)

Candles and Lipton’s Island Mango and Peach tea are at the top of the list. I got several of both this year. I realize these are not big ticket items, but they are things I use a lot.  So practical, yes, but who said gifts can’t be pratical .

When I read Ailsa’s challenge this week, I immediately thought of this photo taken a few days ago. Maybe because it was fresh in my mind. Maybe because I just liked it a lot. Maybe because most of the candles came from my son. I guess I have multiple reasons for chosing it.

Take a look, then just for a minute, close your eyes, smile, and breathe.


Click on the Lipton’s to see multiples of Ailsa’s entries.



I know I’m probably one of the last people to “make their own Christmas postcard”, but this was a first for me and I kinda like it.  Jake, at jakesprinters, challenged us with a Christmas post which gives me the chance to showcase my card, and my pup.  So without further ado…


Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Sung Tan Chuk Ha, Joyeux Noel, Froehliche Weihnachten, Merry Keshmish, Mele Kalikimaka, Errymay Ristmaskay 🙂

Stop off at Jakes site for more Merriment and have a super holiday!


Click on the flying dragon and scoot over to Jake’s.


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During this festive of all occasions, two neighbors have a friendly rivalry concerning Christmas decor and who can display more.  Each year, for as long as I can remember, they have added to the light display on their lawns, one trying to outdo the other.  It’s all in fun, but I can’t help thinking “what about the electric bill!”  I suppose the priority here is fun, and bringing joy to the hundreds of families, especially the children, that drive down this brightly lit street each December.  It’s my understanding they start working on their displays in October!  I can’t even THINK about Christmas while I’m handing out Halloween candy, but hey!  To each his own.

To all of you, from all of us, have a very festive holiday.  Enjoy the lights!

Stop by Ailsa’s site by clicking here and see more Festivus for the Rest-of-Us!


Today we made a quick trip uptown to grab a book at the library and were pleasantly surprised that the parking meters were in the ‘off’ position  – a holiday gift that the town bestows on us each year.  We had forgotten about this little treat, so since there was no hurry to relinquish the space, we decided to cruise the avenue.

Our first stop was the local Christmas tree shop.  I searched for circles, this week’s theme hosted by Ailsa at wheresmybackpack, but it appears circles are in not a big thing when it comes to browsing through Scotch Pines.  I snapped a pic of this decorative cabbage and, after sniffing a spruce or two, we moved on.

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Our next stop was the Sweet Shop.  I did a little better there.  We found cookies and candy and some circular boxes filled with all kinds of gummies.  The strip on the wall – does anyone remember those?

I’m a sucker for a giant lollipop!

(Ugh! Sorry)

Next stop, the town’s newest shop, Blue Moon.  We stopped in for a taste, as was advertised in the Collingswood Patch, and we were not disappointed.  This place is oozing with olive oils that were vying for space with vinegarettes.  After a bit of taste-testing, we made off with a Chipotle Olive Oil and, my favorite, Fig Balsamic Vinegarette.

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A little more strolling around town and then off for a cup of coffee and some giant, colorful cookies.

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All in all a good day of circle searching.

With all the hustle and bustle and running in circles, while hunting down presents and mailing out cards, remember the meaning and don’t lose the feeling, spread kindness and love and lots of good cheer.  Be kind. Smile. Relax.  Breathe.

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Drop on over to Ailsa’s @ wheresmybackpack by clicking here, rather than taking the circuitous route. 😆



This challenge really had me going.  I was starting to think I was tradition-less. (Is that a word?)  As I told Ailsa, of  wheresmybackpack, whose challenge I am attempting to enter my post in, I didn’t know if I’d be participating in this one.  But she was her cute, little, adorable, helpful self and encouraged me not to fret.  She made a few suggestions, all of them appropriate 🙂 and told me to hang in there and not to give myself a headache. which I was.  “There’s always next week,” she told me.  Now I am a procrastinator.  That’s a fact.  But I’m not a quitter.  So,  here’s the one and only traditional event that occurs in  my life.  Everything else is fly by the seat of my pants.

When time and finances allow, we like to spend Christmas with our grand children (If you’ve seen pictures of them on other posts, you’ll know why.  They are way too cute!)  This takes us to Georgia. (The U.S. kind, not the European-by-the-Black Sea kind).

But, I’m not a flyer, so we drive.  My husband will fly, but he apparently loves me (this is what he tells me) because he will make that trip via auto every time.  This takes us about 14 hours. I contribute to the driving, but not on a 50/50 level.  More like 80/20, me being the, yes, you guessed it, the 20%.

Now it’s a little out of the way, but we make a pit stop about 12 hours into the trip, in Charleston, South Carolina.  This is where we, ultimately, wish to spend our Golden Years. (OK, we are already one leg into our Golden Years, but we’re not ready for no-work- at-all retirement, so living in  S.C. will have to wait.)

This pit stop and the family visit is as close to tradition in our lives as we get.

You gotta just love Christmas in S.C. or the Fourth of July or my birthday or, well, you get my drift.  These are some of my favorite pix.

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Then there’s the traditional unwrapping of gifts.

You know.  When you get the dreaded green jacket, or pj’s, or superhero underwear.

For more traditional stuff from people who apparently have more tradition in their life than yours truly, click on wheresmybackpack.