Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Spicing Up the Home for Fall

Even in sunny Southern California, the weather is starting to get a little bit crisper. Fall is here, and it's time to brighten up the home with some festive seasonal decor!

These three witches are brewing up friendly spells in my study. I thought they looked right at home next to my green curtains and these black faux flowers I arranged in the antique tea pot I use as a vase.    

Remember this little ghost and his jack-o-lantern friend? He's been one of my favorite Halloween decorations since I was a little girl. 

This year, the ghost is sitting on his familiar ledge in my kitchen with two other trick-or-treaters... 

Last year, Jess and I made these paper pumpkins from old books. I always like adding to my collection of Halloween decor each year with a new crafty project. Any suggestions for this year?

You can learn how to make your own book pumpkins 
by clicking here.

Every new season should be welcomed in with a cute Pinterest inspired chalkboard design!

And what autumn-inspired table is complete without a harvest pumpkin?  

I'll be looking forward to enjoying my pumpkin-spiced biscotti with my coffee here over the next few weeks of fall. What a fun season! 

~ Nel ~

Monday, October 5, 2015

Today Is A Good Day

Jess, I've been thinking about you lately.  I remember when you started school; you were only 4 years old, turning 5.  You were one of the youngest in your class, but you were brave, good-spirited, and smiled any way.

You know, I have dreams sometimes, and you are always the child that is with me in my dreams.

Henri Lebasque
When you were a teenager, you were head strong and feisty, but always respectful to me.

Sandro Botticelli

You turned into a lovely woman, and I want to thank you, here and now, for all your goodness.  You  have made this mom very happy.

Arthur Hughes

I know how much you love orange pumpkins in October, so here's a BIG FAT birthday cookie for you.

Happy Birthday, Jess!
May your day be filled
with wonder.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Happy October!

The very thought of this month brings a smile to my face...

It's my favorite time of year! 

Tonight I look forward to sprucing up my home (and taste buds) with orange and black. 

Anyone care to join me? 

Pinterest Image


Monday, September 28, 2015

A Night Out In Hollywood

Nel went to a bridal shower and a Bachelorette party for her sister-in-law.  It was at a 1920's-style Hollywood speakeasy.  They were all dressed up and had a fun time.  The man with the top hat was their host for the evening.

To get into the club, they had to give a secret password.   Guess what the password was?......"moonlit."  Here's Nel and the bride to be.

This is the cake from the bridal shower.  Isn't it darling?  The cupcakes were red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

Nel said it was really cool,
and they all had a lot of fun.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pet Peeves Of Blogging

Today, I want to talk about some of the "pet peeves"  that I have in blogging.  I really enjoy blogging, and I love my friends dearly, however, there are a few things that don't sit right with me, and I'll tell you what they are.   Now, please forgive me if you do some of these things, as our blogs are our own, and I respect everyone's individuality......these are just a few things that irritate me.

1.  Looooong posts.  We have so many posts that 
     we look at every day, and it just makes it hard
     for me to read the posts that are sooooo long
     and detailed.

2.  Friends who don't bother to comment.  I think
     part of blogging is communication, and we
     love to read the comments that people give us,
     so I think that if we want to receive comments,
     we should give them as well.

3.  Answering someone's questions on your own
     post.  What's that all about?  How many people
     really ever go back to the friend's blog post to
     see the answer of a question they asked?  When
     someone asks me a question, I like to go 
     straight to their blog and deliver the answer, 
     or send them an e-mail.   I know people are
     busy, but I feel it's a thoughtful thing to do.

4.  Toooo large of pictures.  I don't like to see
     pictures that are SO BIG that we have to scroll
     up and down and backwards and forwards to
     view them (the ones that cover the whole 
     page).   I love photography, but when I can't
     see the full picture right from the start, it's hard
     to appreciate it.

5.  Blog posts that freeze up on me.  There have
     been a few blogs that I really liked but don't
     visit any more because they freeze up on me
     every time I do.

6.  Watching everything we say to some sensitive
      bloggers.  You mean a lot to me, and I have 
      become close to many of you, so I want you to
      be able to talk to me and tell me your thoughts.
      I like when you mention some of your 
      experiences, and I'm interested in your stories
      too.   So, you don't have to watch everything
      you say to this girl.  I appreciate your honesty,
      I really do.

Well, that's just a few of the "pet peeves" of blogging that I have.  Now it's your turn, please tell us some of the things that bother you in blogging, and maybe we can learn from each other.

Edward Cucuel


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Just Because

My roses are still blooming even in September.


Curious little fellow.

Do you know what kind of bird this is?  She looked so regal sitting on top of this tree when I saw her on the trail.

I went to an Egyptian Festival in my town, and it was so much fun.  I will definitely go again next year.  My mom would have loved it, as she was always drawn to the Egyptian culture.  The young man on the left is really Egyptian.

I tried this Egyptian dish at the festival, and it was delicious.  It tasted similar to the Greek lasagna that I've had over the years.

I visited our lake recently and saw this........
It was the lowest that I've ever seen it.  California needs water terribly, and I hope the rain showers us in abundance this winter.

It was funny to watch this woodpecker look at his reflection in the window.

It's that time again when Starbucks comes out with all their delicious Fall goodies.

Doesn't this tree look very mysterious?

I see many yellow beaked magpies around here.

Once in awhile,
you have to take a break
and visit yourself.
~Audrey Giorgi
Try to keep smiling. ; )

Saturday, September 19, 2015


So. Very. True.

I hope you have a peaceful, restful, and happy weekend, friends.