Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Christmas Treat....

As I was reading a lovely friends blog last night about the 

holiday season, her words resonated so much with me

"We will be blessed because we will all be together"

were her beautiful words...

Isn't that what life is all about anyways, enjoying not only

the holidays but the everyday with your loved ones.

Next weekend is going to be one of those times for me

A couple of my best girlfriends are coming to town to

check a thing or two off of their bucket list

And one of those things is seeing the annual boat parade

in Marina Del Rey.

Even though I've lived here for nearly 12 years,  I have

never been to it - so I am truly looking forward to it

But more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending time

with my girls again - we don't see each other nearly enough

and it's always filled with lots of laughter, hugs

and a drink or two.......

The older I get, the more I realize how precious

these times are and I cherish every second of them.

I hope whatever you're doing this holiday season, it's filled with

lots of love, laughter, yummy cookies, heartwarming movies

and beautiful music!

Happy weekend friends!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

take a quick trip with me thru London.....

I can't even explain to you why I love London so much - it just captured my heart 

from the first time I went and keeps tugging at it each time I go.  It's not just me either,

it has the same affect on my guy too.....Looking forward to another visit in the 

not too distant future, hopefully!

Have a beautiful week, friends!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

why I live where I live....

My fabulous friend, Simone of the wonderful blog

series and asked me if I'd be interested in participating and

my answer was - yes DEFINITELY!!

I think it will be a wonderful series and one that

I am very interested in reading about myself!

This is what her series is about:

"Why I Live Where I Live" is a new blog series
 which I am going to be featuring over the next few weeks.
I have always been interested in where people
 live & why they live there, if it's a temporary
 or permanent home or if they have a plan to move somewhere else....
What brought them to where they are now, a plan or just chance....
and if they can see themselves staying there forever.
Is another city or country their dream home?

I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to
 answer these questions & look forward to hearing what they have to say....
I also asked them to choose just one instagram photo
to accompany their post, a photo that in
 some way sums up their post, their home & their town/city.

Head on over to Simone's wonderful blog,

The Bottom of The Ironing Basket

to read why I live where I live!

Have a beautiful day, friends!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Coeur D'Alene

When my sister and I went to visit Mom a few weeks ago

for Mother's Day, we took a day trip with my aunt & cousin

to a cute lake town called Couer D' Alene, Idaho which is

about 30 minutes from my mom's hometown Spokane, Washington.

We strolled thru the gorgeous town - looking in shops and enjoying

each others company.  The weather was especially beautiful that day.

After lunch we took a boat cruise on the lake.  90 minutes of relaxation

and absolutely stunning scenery.  The blue water and the tall pine trees.

And lots of laughter, of course!

All in all - a wonderful day reconnecting with a cousin that I hadn't

seen in probably 20 plus years.  

Now I see why my mom loves it so much!

I wouldn't mind staying awhile in that house.  Alot of these houses you

can only get to by boat, I noticed that they have electric pully systems

(like conveyor belts ) to bring supplies up to the houses with.  

Pretty cool! 

Where ever you are this week, I hope you are enjoying some

gorgeous spring weather with loads of sunshine!

Happy days, my friends!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Rest in Peace, you phenomenal woman!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blue Skies at Hearst Castle

Three months ago my mom, sister and I met in Cambria - a cute coastal town

on the Central Coast of California for a girls getaway (something we've been doing

for a few years now.)  It was the half way distance from our homes

We had a great time with lots of laughter and making fun of each other.  

Haha...  I truly look forward to these

times.  2013 was a crazy difficult year for both myself and my sister and this weekend

away was so needed!  On one of the days we took a tour of Hearst Castle.  Truthfully,

it had never been anything that was even on my to do list, but once there I was so glad

I went.  William Randolph Hearst was a fascinating man. I am currently reading a book

about his life titled The Chief and loving it.  Times were so different back then.  I didn't

take too many photos of the inside of the house, but it was extremely opulent.  

The stories that the tour guide told us were what I enjoyed most of all.  

This was the dining room and as the guide told us - he would invite people from all

walks of life - but especially the Hollywood crowd as he had a live in mistress, Marion

Davies.  There are 3 guest houses on the property for the guests to stay in.  None of

them have kitchens as he wanted everyone to eat together (the kitchen in the Castle

was huge!) and as the days went by, he always rotated the seating chart at the table - 

so that everyone would meet someone new every night. (The original social networking!)

  The newest arrival always sat by his side.   Drinks were served at around 7: 30 

and that is when he would arrive to great his guests.  

During the day he encouraged his guests to enjoy all sorts of outdoor

activities including horseback riding and swimming in his magnificent pool,

while he was working up in his office on his many business ventures.

What I loved most were the outdoor areas - the landscaping was breathtaking - beautiful

flowers, fruit trees galore, water fountains and a gorgeous view of the ocean.  The day

we were there was such a windy day and the bus ride up the winding narrow road

was a little bit frightening to me.  And to learn that originally it took days to get up that

road on horseback.  The Castle was formally named La Cuesta Encantada -

The Enchanted Hill but usually it was just called " The Ranch".

(And some ranch it is!)

The houses you will see in the photos below are all of the guest houses.  

Love these trees - I wish I could have picked a few lemons!

How gorgeous is this view?

Yes another guest house

Who wouldn't love to take a dip in this pool?

A beautiful fountain below another guest house.

And this indoor pool is stunning!

For more fascinating facts, stories and photos about this magnificent place

check out their website: Hearst Castle and if you're ever in the area by all

means check it out.  If you're driving on the Highway near their property you will

see quite a few zebras roaming - as they used to have a zoo on the property and still

have quite a few different animals.  Such an amazing place and story!

(Sorry Mom and Sis for taking so long to post these photos)

Have a beautiful week, friends!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello Monday...

" A Sunday well spent brings a week of content "

In my quest to "move" more this year, yesterday I drove over to Santa Monica

and took a nice long walk on Ocean Ave. which is right above the beach.  Nothing

clears my mind more than a nice long walk and the fresh sea air.  I wandered around

took a few photos, walked thru the 3rd Street Promenade (which is an outdoor mall)

listening to all the fabulous street musicians and people watching. 

I stopped for a coffee and had a chat with a really nice

 lady visiting from Seattle, then I continued on my walk.

Afterwards, I headed over to the Brentwood Country Mart for lunch that included

a double scoop waffle cone filled with salted caramel and coffee ice cream.  It was

delicious and within minutes the place filled up with others waiting for ice cream.

We've had a pretty warm January which is kind of crazy but pretty nice too,

so as to enjoy the outdoors more.

Happy Monday, friends!



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