Saturday, January 26, 2013

Be classy....the quote on my Facebook page for this past Thursday was just that. You know the space on your page that says "what's happening" or "how are you feeling?". In response to Facebook's inquiry: what's happening is that perhaps there are some folks out there who aren't quite sure what being classy is or what classy feels like. Additionally, I wonder if they've even considered classiness, let alone strive to attain it. Definition of classy from Merriam elegant, stylish, reflecting high standards, being skillful or graceful. Examples of classy women: Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Catherine Deneuve, Natalie Portman and Kate Middleton, to name a few. When searching "classiness" one will unearth a vast cache of sites on the internet leading the user to various facets of the term. Libraries are full of books devoted to the topic. Researcher beware, the online access catalog suggests books on classy piano selections, classy jokes, classy Christmas decorations and alas...classy as in etiquette. The obvious being found in the 395's in the non-fiction section of the library. Dress, make-up, behavior, hairstyles, decorating ideas, book selections and entertaining are areas of life that a little class can be introduced into. Just as we are unique in every way, so is the class we seek to achieve Go ahead, add a little classiness to your life! Have fun, see what it brings to you.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Our traditional Christmas eve dinner was prepared by my talented husband. John loves nothing more than to cook and feed people resulting in the need for a serious after-dinner walk. What a treat to step out our front door and discover it had begun to snow! Seeing our little grandsons' excitement was priceless, a perfect weather report for Santa's arrival! My son, Michael and his wife Jenni, visiting from LA had their wish for snow, especially on Christmas Eve, come true. Our puppy, Bentley, couldn't get enough of romping in all the feathery white flakes falling around him. As I write, in the wee hours of Christmas Day, before more of our children come to visit, special holiday meals served, gifts exchanged, I enjoy the gift of solitude to reflect on and be thankful for the simple gifts I receive every day. My wish for all is to cherish these moments for years to come! Wishing you all the merriest, magical, Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bentley has arrived!

Two weeks ago we were surprised with the gift of a labradoodle puppy from our children. Bentley has joined our family and life will never be the same. He's a bundle of energy, full of love and happiness. If his little wagging tail is an indication of his mood, he's quite a jolly fellow! While his schedule is demanding and takes precedence over anything I want to or have to do...I'm constantly reminded that his little life and well-being is dependent on me 100%. Bentley's love of the outdoors keeps me in touch with nature, allowing time to reflect on the quiet of an early December morning before the rest of our world awakes. Evening playtime provides opportunities to look up at the stars and appreciate the brilliance of the night sky. I hear the world through his puppy ears; a distant train whistle, the barking dog several houses down the road, a bird in the neighbor's tree, catch his attention as if he's hearing these sounds for the first time. This is my favorite time of year, not so much for the merriment and bright lights, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season but for the solitude that being in touch with nature affords. Seeing Bentley discover this world for the first time brings me much joy and contentment. I am so grateful for the gift of this little pup.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Recently recovering from a 24 hour virus, I decided it was a good idea to take an "Extra Day". Growing up in the early '60's, the "Extra Day" was a luxury afforded those of us with mom's who stayed home. I didn't enjoy being sick and away from my friends at school but staying home was a comforting, unhurried experience. The nature of the illness dictated what my mom would serve up for nourishment. The traditional jello, ginger ale and saltine crackers were a staple for intestinal bugs, followed by toast with jelly (never butter!). Mashed carrots and potatoes were great once an upset stomach calmed down. Sore throats and stuffy noses were treated with salt water gargling, chicken soup with dumplings and tea with lots of honey. If one had the misfortune of a "chest cold" (which I seemed to have an affinity for) there was the dreaded Vicks Vapo-Rub slathered on one's chest and covered with a warm towel. Believed to reduce congestion it was (and in some households still is) considered the treatment of choice for coughs and stuffy noses. Activities for recuperating included television for little patients willing to sit through endless episodes of "I Love Lucy", "The Little Rascals" and an array of cartoons. I for one, had no use for such entertainment, so listening to my transistor radio and coloring while sitting in bed was lovely. Surrounding myself with a collection of story books to peruse and dolls to play with was another favorite pastime. We ALWAYS wore our pajamas, no getting dressed when you are "sick in bed". The "Extra Day" occurred on the day you were probably fine to return to school. Our mother's bought that extra time so we could spend the day dressed in our regular clothes and moving about the house getting ready for our return to the real world. It served as good preparation both physically and mentally for heading back to school which was fine with me! I think back to those days and still relish the "Extra Day" when I take one and I feel my mom's knowing smile that I'm doing the right thing.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Last weekend, my daughter and I decided to try out the Chobani Bar in Soho, NYC. It was fantastic, with selections ranging from Cucumber and Olive Oil to Pistachio and Dark Chocolate and an amazing variety in between! A trip to Chobani will prove that choosing a yummy yogurt combination has never been more unique. There's definitely something for every yogurt lover here. Following a walk around the neighborhood we were ready for a late afternoon snack. We stopped at Kaffe 1668 on Greenwich St. We were both quite happy with the mozzarella/basil sandwich we split. My daughter's iced coffee was great and my hot green tea delightful. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. A great way to spend some quiet time on an autumn afternoon.
Another weekend is upon us, pumpkin and apple picking, readying the house for cooler nights, decorating for Halloween...its arrived. A knitting class at The Lion Brand Shop is on my calendar for tomorrow afternoon, and with that more projects to plan for long winter nights. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Wittches's Submission in Converse 3 Artists 1 Song - "Warrior" Remix Contest

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

What a terrific summer with so many little trips and projects scattered throughout. We began our summer immediately traveling to South Carolina to celebrate my mother in law's 90th birthday! So much fun.
Another fun trip followed to Washington D.C., it was amazing seeing all the monuments and memorials. Each has a unique story to tell.
Back in NY, I took classes in amigurumi crochet making miniature cute! Golf lessons, walking, meeting up with friends rounded out the days until we left for LA.
Descanso gardens, The Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCA),Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA), baco mercat Restaurant, hiking, eating lots of healthy foods and a wonderful 10 days with my west coast children...what a treat! Back home to NY again for our granddaughter's christening...such a sweet baby, and a lovely day.
We met up with our daughter in law, Jenni, on tour with Christina Perri and Jason Mraz. She and some band mates joined us for a barbecue at the beach. What better way to end the day then with a beautiful night and wonderful show at the Jones Beach Theatre.
Now its back to school, work and enjoying the glorious autumn days. We're planning our biscotti for Christmas, thinking about gifts, dinner parties and baking days! What's your favorite part of this time of year?