Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Thanks to my sweet friend Nancy D. for sending this to me.
Love you and Love all you share.

Everyone have a magnificent day♥

Twas the Month before Christmas

Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ' Holiday'.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
not Happy Holiday!
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
Christ is The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

Jen Gray

Her postings on her blog always are so touching to me but especially this one for her first anniversary.

Thanks everyone for loving me so well and this is a great reminder from Jen to treasure the love you have in your lives and the ones that love you so well.

Have a fabulous day.
It is snowing here and Santa already has arrived at my home with many gifts from near and far.
I am truly truly a blessed lady indeed.
Thank you God and all of you.
My year is a year round Christmas gift from all of you♥

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
I love this and all productions of Justin Wu

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
as seen on Pinterest

Makes about 2 quarts

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth
½ bay leaf
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup butter
2 cups half and half, warmed
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil (if using fresh oregano and basil, if using dried oregano and basil add it in the last hour of cooktime), and bay leaf to a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft. About an hour before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for another hour until ready to serve.

So it's starting to be spring and soup season is about over, but add this recipe to try someday when it's cold because it is delicious! This is a recipe from my family cookbook and I just adapted it to the slow cooker. It turned out great. I brought it to a church dinner and it was completely gone, so I'm thinking that means it was good. It is very creamy and rich. If you wanted to make it a bit healthier, you could leave out the half and half and put skim milk or evaporated milk in. I've tried that before and it has turned out fine...just not as rich and fattening. I give this recipe 5 stars.

Monday, 28 November 2011

So Proud Justin

Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas♥

One month from today my Son's birthday

Cheers so proud


#1 in all of South Korea at the mo' ment! Not gonna celebrate yet as there's still over 2 days left. Extremely proud to lead such a great selection of lads and thankful to all the people whom have donated their hard earned $ to such a great cause!!

So proud of my Son and all his team participating in Movember
and all those participating to fund raise for prostrate cancer.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Hold a True Friend

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

Have a blessed Sunday
A movie I could watch again and again.
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie on Tonight
Have a Little Faith

Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world." ~~ Mother Teresa~~

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Remember When

Thanks to my sweet friend Don for sending this to me.
Thank you.
Love to you and yours.

A constant reminder to love each other well.
Life is short and fast and fleeting.

My Son and I both love this song.

Friday, 25 November 2011


My Son and his friends
So proud of them all who participated in the fund raiser Movember

Have a glorious weekend full of love and peace♥

Many are shopping for Black Friday

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Happy Birthday Lily

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Happy Thanksgiving!
For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Birthday Lily
May Heaven smile and hear your every wish.
We love you
Grandma and Grandpa♥

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


The campaign is still on and here is the link.
So proud of my Son and all his team
and all those participating in Movember.


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Everyday Thanksgiving

.-**-.,.-*' *-.,.-* *-.,.-*' '*-.,.-**-. "Everyday THANKSGIVING!!!!"
Author Unknown
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl
when the alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can
hear. There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against
the morning light as long as possible, thank you,
Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off
rising, thank you Lord, that I have the strength to
rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is
hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and
tempers are short, my children are so loud,
thank you, Lord, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks
like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at
times unbalanced, thank you, Lord, for the food
we have. There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job is often
monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity
to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate
from day to day and wish my circumstances were
not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.

Thank you for the food before us
The family and friends beside us
and the love between us.
North Pole Smoothie Recipe

Monday, 21 November 2011

Try and Make a Difference in Someone Elses Life Today

I love children all dressed up all excited for Santa to arrive

Another beautiful creation from my dear friend Dani.
I love you Dani.

Beautiful.  Thank you Sue for sending this to me and
today all of us should try and make a difference in someone elses life.


More fundamental than religion, is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource – when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually....

~ Dalai Lama

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Great Men have Big Hearts

Many people think that patience is a sign of weakness. I think this is a mistake. It is anger that is a sign of weakness, whereas patience is a sign of strength.

Great men have big hearts♥

Friday, 18 November 2011


I like my Son love Depeche Mode he reminded me of this song once again.

What are you listening to?

From my son regarding his Movember participation in Seoul

Repost from my Son
Friday the 18th was an awesome day for donations to Cho's Mo's! Not only are we rollin' in the triple digits, we're now responsible for 1/5th of all donations in the South Korean network! Well done mo' bro's! Thanks everyone for your love and support. Those still wishing to spread some mo' love to supporting a great cause, look no further than here:
Thanks for supporting Justin and his team for Movember.
So proud of everyone participating in Movember and all the money they are raising.

Quinoa Tabouli
yields approximately 2 quarts of tabouli

1 cup (pre-cooking measurement) white quinoa, cooked and cooled completely
1 large tomato, or several small ones, coarsely chopped
1 smallish cucumber (I used a pickling cucumber and it was plenty), peeled, quartered and chopped
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
2 Tbsp finely chopped chives
4 Tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
8 oz feta cheese
juice of one lemon
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Combine quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, mint, chives, parsley, and feta in a medium bowl. At this point, I taste to see if I need to adjust the herb ratio; I like the mint to play a supporting role, not dominate the dish, and sometimes I need extra chives or parsley as a counterweight to a particularly strong bunch of mint. Add the feta, crumbling it with your fingers into irregular chunks. Sprinkle the juice of half of a lemon over the salad, stir, and taste. I love lemon, so always add more lemon juice than I expect to (up to an entire lemon's worth), but you may not like astringency as much as I do, so go with your own tastes here. Season with salt and pepper. If possible, allow the salad to sit, refrigerated, for at least three hours before serving, to allow the flavors to really mix and deepen. Quinoa tabouli keeps, covered and refrigerated, for up to three days.

Recipe as seen on Pinterest
From this blog.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Be Happy

To my dear friend Elaine on her birthday today.
She is always happy and a very very very dear friend to me.
I wish you love, health, peace and joy and happiness for years to come.

Be Happy
We convince ourselves that life will be
better after we get married, have a baby,
then another. Then we are frustrated
that the kids aren't old enough and we'll
be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have
teenagers to deal with. We will certainly
be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be
complete when our spouse gets his or her
act together, when we get a nicer car, when
we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when
we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to be
happy than right now. If not now, when?
Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide
to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way.
So, treasure every moment that you have and
treasure it more because you shared it with someone
special, special enough to spend your time with...
and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting....
--until your car or home is paid off
--until you get a new car or home
--until your kids leave the house
--until you go back to school
--until you finish school
--until you lose 10 lbs.
--until you gain 10 lbs.
--until you get married
--until you get a divorce
--until you have kids
--until you retire
--until summer
--until spring
--until winter
--until fall
--until you die
There is no better time to be happy than right now.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Happy Tuesday

You are strong when you take your grief and teach it to smile. You are brave when you overcome your fears and help others to do the same. You are loving when your pain does not blind you to the pain of others. You are wise when you know the limits of your wisdom. You are smart when you think everything can get better. You are true when you admit there are times you fool yourself. You are alive when tomorrow’s hope means more to you than yesterday’s mistake...

Monday, 14 November 2011

Glitz and Glamor

I love this image from my Christmas cards a few years ago.
I love snow globe and beautiful images of children.

Ooooh La La Love Mui Mui and the pink trim and all that sparkles and glitters.............

Go out and sparkle and shine today.

Lot of love my lovely ones.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Have a Fabulous Sunday

Have a fabulous Sunday

Hungarian Kifli cookies one of the ones my precious Grandmother
always made at Christmas
This is not her recipe but one done from a Google Search.

9 ounces cream cheese
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 egg whites
8 ounces ground walnuts
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

In a medium bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla. Stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until it is fully incorporated. Divide dough into 5 parts, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight.
in a medium bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks, add sugar a little at a time while continuing to beat to stiff peaks. Fold in ground walnuts, and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch squares, place 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of each square and roll up from corner to corner. Place on cookie sheets and refrigerate until hardened.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Roll in confectioners' sugar when cool.
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 263 | Total Fat: 18.3g | Cholesterol: 59mg

Saturday, 12 November 2011

La La Love Leopard Skin

Someday at Christmas
Thanks Suzanne for the Link

"Someday At Christmas"
Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we'll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
Our world where people care

Someday at Christmas there'll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears
One shining moment, one prayer away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
A few things I am wishing for this Christmas
besides love, health and blessings for all my family and friends

as well as the
Linda McCartney
Life in Photographs book and
to go and see the Cirque du Soleil
show of Michael Jackson

May all our wishes come true this Christmas and always.

This is not my photograph
Nia and I both want a pair of boots like these
Ooooh La La

✿ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃ღ Weekend Weekend Cha Cha Cha ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿
My Leopard Skin Picture Frame
✿ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃ღ Weekend Weekend Cha Cha Cha ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿

Me and my dear friend Nia love leopard skin items.

Here are a few pics for you darling Nia.

Everyone needs their own spots

Have a fabulous Saturday
Sparkle and Shine♥

Friday, 11 November 2011


Always we remember and say
Thank you and keep you in our prayers.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Peace and love

Photograph taken by me in Olde Riverside

Go out and make it a day of love and peace.
May there be peace on earth
and may it begin with me.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Share a hug today
You never know just who may need one.
Me and my precioius Grandmother.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Happy Saturday

This was made by me in 2009
Love everything from Tiffany and Company
Love is BLUE

Love you

Photograph from a Gap Ad

Don't forget to turn the clocks back tonight.
It is a gorgeous November 5th.  The sun and is shining and the air sparkling crisp and clear.

Her wish was simple.  Peace in every nation.
Joy in every heart.
And a Mitten on every hand.

Celebrate you and surround yourself with people that do.

Friday, 4 November 2011

I believe in Pink

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

~Audrey Hepburn

Photograph courtesy of Ahram.
Taken in South Korea.
Thank you♥

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


Angel Oak Tree
I love trees
As seen on Pinterest.

Starbucks is all decorated for Christmas
Let's merry
on my coffee cup it says

Let's rediscover
why we are best friends


Briskly tingling, the days have chilled.
With exhilarating crispness the air is filled.
The barren branches of the oaks
Form lacy networks of roughhewn spokes,
Etched in contrast of bolder hue
Against a sky of deepest blue.

Busily engaged are the fallen leaves
In a lively dance with the autumn breeze.
Noisy flocks of feathered races
Gather to travel to warmer places.
While those of us they leave behind,
Warmth in hot cider and firesides find.
This is the thrill that memory craves
Of refreshingly brisk November days.
Author Unknown to me.

Cannot wait to see the Michael Jackson Show through Cirque du Soleil

One thing I hope we can do in 2012.
So many things to do and places to go and people to see...............

Life is short make FUN of it.

Hymn to A Good Wife

Starbucks in Seoul

Starbucks is all decorated for Christmas.

Egg nog latte's are once again available and so is there Christmas coffee.
Be sure to stop in and see all the treasure troves.
Thanks a latte..................

Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Rabbit Rabbit

Fabulous photograph
taken by my Son

All freezes again
among the pines, winds whispering a prayer.
Riei, Eighteenth Century Japanese Poet

I saw the lovely arch
Of rainbow span the sky,
The gold sun burning
As the rain swept by."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth,