’tis the season – perfect for a twinkle or two

Welcome to my home and a little of the twinkle that comes with the holiday and the spirit of the season.

Happy Holidays!

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In response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle.  Click on the icon to see more on the challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by. 🙂






A structure in Barkley Farmstead in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  I go here to walk, think, admire, observe.  I am almost always with my five year old charge.  I spend five days a week with this bright charming fellow.  Here is a snippet of my day.  I love my job.

HIM:  Why are there Chrisrmas wreaths hanging in stores before Thanksgiving?

ME: I don’t really know, bud.

HIM: I love Christmas.  I can’t wait.

ME: Don’t rush it, pal.

HIM: Do you know what I love about Christmas?

ME: No.  Tell me.

HIM: I love the presents.

ME: Me too.

HIM: And I love that I get to eat candy canes.

ME: Yup.

HIM: And I love the joy of family.  (No lie. He said that. Verbatim.)

ME: That’s a really nice thing to say.  I’m glad you feel that way.

HIM:  I can’t help it.  It’s so joy-able.  (Also verbatim.)  😉


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♪♫♪♪♫♪ Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you ♪♫♪♪♫♪

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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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 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.

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Salon in Haddonfield, NJ

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Shop window at Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA

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


Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge – SHORT


There’s a new fire chief in town.  He’s brave.  He’s bright.  He’s ready  for action.  There’s no better man – ah – boy –  for the job.  In this case, size doesn’t matter.

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My little (short?) friend and I delivered some much needed wrapping paper, tape, and ribbon to the Fire House yesterday.  They are looking for toys and gift wrapping for less fortunate children in the area.  People of Collingswood unite!  Grab an extra roll of wrap, a box of Legos, or a stuffed animal.  Whatever floats your boat.  But hop to it  Christmas is just around the bend.

The fireman on duty was kind enough to let my buddy sit in the fire truck and gave him a fire chief hat.  Look at the smile it brought to his face.  Imagine the smile you could bring to a child’s face this holiday season. If you’re not in this area, look into what’s needed in your town.  It’ll bring a smile to your face too!

Thanks for the visit and let me be one of the first to say have some safe and happy holidays.

Visit Ailsa @ wheresmybackpack to see more on this challenge.


Still waters run deep


Apparently, the people at 1201 didn’t have the time to dig too very deep.


It’s time for goblins, ghosts, and ghouls to run deep into the night.  BEWARE!  With all the crazy decorations out there, you’re bound to get scared out of your wits!  So, before you get knee deep in zombies and the like, creep on over to Ailsa’s @ wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com and check out her challenge entries.  Click right here.  Yup.  Right there.


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.



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. 😆