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2022… The First Week

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past” -Thomas Jefferson Hello, sweet friend… Happy, HAPPY New Year! at the end of 2021 I made a promise to myself that 2022 would be the year I embraced with outstretched arms…a joyful, open heart…and more joy (coming from peace, hope & faith) I began with a gratitude list of all that I’m thankful for… especially being alive! I am breathing…have great energy…and looking forward to a wildly enthusiastic new year. The year will bring a continued journey of the familiar…unknown experiences…new friends and the discovery of … Read the full blog post

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Saying Goodbye To 2021 🎄

I change myself, I change the world ~Gloria Anzaldua 🌟 Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well. The small town I live in experienced a good snowfall this week… and as another year draws to a close… it became the perfect backdrop for reflection… My intellect tells me the weakly optimistic phrase “It could have been worse” is hardly a ringing endorsement of 2021… and yet my heart knows it’s true… there was still much good that happened… even among the hardships… I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for so many things… that being said… My hope … Read the full blog post

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🎄How To Host A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Tea🎄☕️

Just a girl who loves Christmas! Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are well… I hosted a Christmas Tea today… it was so much fun! I haven’t seen my friends for quite some time…we enjoyed the afternoon just getting all caught up with our life… relaxing over a nice afternoon tea. I thought I would share the photos from the day. I think you will enjoy it…especially if you are relaxing these next couple of days… Which I hope you are!

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🎄A Holiday Getaway in Washington DC…

The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.– unknown 🎄 Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… ✈️ As I write today’s post I’m heading home… 🎄 from a super fun holiday in Washington DC… 🐭 Joe and I attended a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Warner Theater which made our trip so special… 🎄 Our stay at the beautiful and centrally located Grand Hyatt… 🎄 made it easy to get around… 🎄 We scheduled a bus tour visiting the Memorials… 🎄 … Read the full blog post

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A Christmas Tea Gathering…🎄☕️🌟

“My life has two seasons: Christmas & almost Christmas.” -Amy Gillis Benson Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are well. I’ve been looking forward to this special season… 🎄 a time which allows opportunities to celebrate… ☕️ today I’m excited to share a recent Christmas Tea gathering… 🌟 a festive afternoon with friends… 🎄 I kept everything super easy… 🎄 by purchasing decorative cupcakes… ☕️ macaroons… 🌟 and mini cheese cakes from a local bakery… 🎄 along with an order of ‘sugarplum cheese danish’… (from Starbucks) ☕️ I made sure to schedule our gathering on a day after all my … Read the full blog post

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The Rhodendrons At Shore Acres & Mother’s Day

My Mother, my friend so dear, throughout my life you’re always near, a tender smile to guide my way, you’re the sunshine to light my day.🌷 -Anonymous Hello, sweet friend… with Mother’s Day just around the corner… I thought I would take you to Shore Acres State Park. I’ve taken you here before… However this time of year the Rhododendron’s (rhodies) and azaleas are the popular landscape plants… If you live close to the Oregon coast… a visit would be perfect on Mother’s Day weekend… Happy Mother’s Day… 🌷In memory of my mother Olga…who walks with me daily🌷 She lived … Read the full blog post

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My Spring Cleaning Break…❤️

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party.’ -Robin Williams Hello, sweet friend… This week I attempted a bit of spring cleaning… However I kept getting distracted… (Oddly only while cleaning) inevitably something would pop up… and before I knew it… I’d find myself questioning my priorities… I decided that the distractions had to be a sign from the universe… and we all know that when she speaks… you must listen… WHAT’S COOKING?👩‍🍳 Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Puffs – only 4 ingredients! Super easy to make and tastes great! Puff pastry, eggs, sausage, and cheese. You can assemble ahead … Read the full blog post

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A Stroll Around Our Garden…

Hurt not the Earth, neither the Sea, nor the Trees. -Revelations 7:3 Hello, sweet friend… March will often test a gardener’s patience… A few warmer, brighter days certainly tempted me out into my garden… However I know that it will take several weeks of warm bright days for the soil to be dried out sufficiently… So on this overcast day I thought I’d take you on a little pre-spring garden tour… sharing a peek of hope as things get ready to bloom… Before you begin the tour perhaps you should whip up a batch of these decadent rolls first… CINNAMON … Read the full blog post

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Happy Shenanigans!☘️

“Learn from the past, live in the now and be optimistic about the future.” -Anonymous Hello, sweet friends… This past week… I packed away all things February… and brought out the shenanigans… Years ago feels like a lifetime… I had a “seasonal” tree… I remember enjoying it so much… during the pandemic I started one again… decorating our home allows me the opportunity to approach the ordinary and create something lovely. uplifting, meaningful and valued in many ways it helps me adapt to things at different points along the way… this process teaches me there are many ways we discover … Read the full blog post

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Mardi Gras…Lent…& Jambalaya

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping youself, the other for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn Hello, sweet friend… How are you today? In the midst of a pandemic going from Valentine’s Day to Lent with a Mardi Gras thrown in the middle…Love…Pleasure…Penance… all within a few days…has really given me a lot to think about and is quite the “catch up adventure“ That being said today I thought I would focus on love and pleasure… putting off the penance…since I’ll have plenty of time for pondering that…well…at least the next 40 days.🌟 … Read the full blog post

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