Thursday, April 17, 2014

Put On Your Easter Bonnet

Dear Friends...

Thank you so much for all your sweet, heartfelt notes that you wrote to me about Gypsy.  I feel so fortunate to have made so many friends through blogging.  I may not have had the pleasure of meeting you personally, but I have met you the best way there is... through your hearts.  I am humbled by your kindness.

Here is another re-post from last year.


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 My mother went to the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in NYC when she was young.  She wanted to become a professional actress but love and children stole her heart away from the stage. 
Mom never thought twice about belting out a show tune on a whim.  Sista and I were used to her breaking into "Oklahoma" while in the kitchen making dinner or "June Is Busting Out All Over" while folding laundry. She wasn't a quiet singer either, she would sing her lungs out like she was on Broadway. 

We thought every mother did that.  
When we started having friends over, we found out that it was not the case.  Our friends would be dumbfounded by the sudden burst of song that would trail through the house.

At Easter time, she loved to sing
In your Easter bonnet
With all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in
the Easter Parade!

So Mom, this post is for you.  I'm sure you're in heaven with a martini in one hand and Marlboro in the other, belting out this song with gusto! 




This isn't my mother.  Just a photo I found on Pinterest.





Loved this movie!




For all you young things, this is Jayne Mansfield.  
Guess what she was famous for!

Classic







I put these pics on for you, KTG









Again, for you young things, Ann Miller was an actress that was famous for her beautiful legs and talent. 
Not for the fact that she grew a bunny out of her head.



Lady Mary rockin' her bonnet.



So pretty and feminine.


Love the hat, but she looks a little under dressed for my taste.


Darling!





There's a new twist on the Easter bonnet.



Sista and me
(in our minds)


Awwww..


Very dignified geese.


Hope y'all have a great Thursday!








Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIP Sweet Gypsy

On Tuesday, we lost our beloved Gypsy.  Our poor, sweet girl developed cancer and was in such pain we had to put her to sleep.  My #2 and I were with her holding her until the bitter end.  It was one of the hardest days of my life.


We adopted Gypsy from a rescue group on Columbus Day twelve years ago.  As I looked at all the dogs in the cages up for adoption on that warm October day, I spotted a white ragamuffin with big brown eyes.  Unlike the other dogs, she made direct eye contact and held it.  I knew in my heart she was an old soul and she belonged with us.

Her foster mom told me that they found her wandering a gas station in Conroe, Texas.  It appeared she had just delivered a litter.  She also informed me that she had never met a sweeter dog.  All she needed was for someone to love her.

It was so easy to love Gypsy.  She never had a bad day but could always sense when someone else was having one.  

I don't think I will ever stop missing my sweet girl. 

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me


When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.


But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.


But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.


I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.


Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".


If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.


But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.


But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew."


I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each day is the same day,
There's no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.


But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free;
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.
~ Author Unknown



Rest in peace, sweet girl. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Easter Bunny Tale & 3 Winners

Hello Dear Friends...

Thank you for the great response to my last post.  I am delighted to announce the 3 winners of this fabulous serum:


Congratulations to:

Sandy from You May Be Wandering

Wanda from Queenies Little Kingdom

Annette@ Way too many cats


I have forwarded your information to Pamela and she will be in touch with you.

And for you ladies who did not win, Pamela is running her special for awhile longer on Amazon.



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This week is a busy one.  Looks like the kitchen will finally be winding down this week.  A good thing since we are having family over for Easter.

I am enjoying every minute of having my #2 home for the week.  We have done lots of shopping and lunching at Whole Foods, her very favorite place in the entire world.

I wrote and posted this Easter tale last year.  I also have a couple of other re-posts planned for this week from last year because I will be busy with #2 and I am getting lazy in my old age.

You probably haven't read these posts because this time last year I only had about 4 readers.  That is... if the Mister and the girls remembered to read it.



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Once upon a time, there was an aging, single, future empty nester who still lived at home with her parents after college.  Her Sista came home from college for Easter Break.  The sistas were not close growing up (sista always stole poor future preppy empty nester's thunder) but they were beginning to build a bond now that they didn't see each other as much.  Their bond was built on the foundation of the two things they had in common: their childhood and making fun of their parents.


Easter Saturday afternoon had been spent making the ritual "bunny cake" for their nuclear family of four.  Anyone who has made this classic cake knows the drill: two layer cake - one layer for the face and the second layer for the ears and bow tie.  Their Mama was very pleased with the girls as she watched them make the cake and she was especially proud to see very little frosting swiping in the process.




  Their Mama always watched the girls' weight and offered "helpful nutritional substitutes" when she felt either one of the girls were carrying a few extra lbs.  Whenever she caught one of them red-handed with a fork full of Pepperidge Farm cake from the freezer, or Sara Lee brownie frosting on their chins,  she always managed to  shake her head, and utter a few tsk, tsk, tsks...   


Sista had just turned 18 (drinking age in the stone age) and so she and future preppy empty nester decided to skip family cross examination "what are you going to do with the rest of your life" dinner and meet some friends at one of their favorite haunts at Fairfield Beach, the Nautilus, or the "Naut" as the cool people called it. The "Naut" was your classic beach bar - no atmosphere and cheap drinks. 


Future preppy empty nester and Sista had a great time catching up with old friends.  They sat with their old buddy Dude, who was working at Saks as a personal shopper and dressing Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie.  BTW... Dude said he was a really nice guy. What a great night.






They arrived home at around 1AM and eyed that gorgeous bunny cake.  Sista asked future preppy empty nester if she thought the left ear looked bigger than the right ear.  She had not agreed with Sista on much in the past,  but on this point, she concurred.  Obviously, they had to make that left ear smaller. They owed it to their parents to present a cake that was worthy of them.  They decided to get the knife out of the drawer and trim that unsightly ear.  They then looked at their masterpiece and realized the right ear looked huge... practically grotesque.  

How could they ever present that sloppy looking cake to their wonderful parents? 



 

Before we they knew it, both ears were missing from their beloved bunny cake, and frosting hung from their chins when they discovered  their dear Mama was standing behind them with that "guilty as charged" tsk..tsk...sound. 

This is what they thought they looked like...


But in reality, this is probably a closer representation of that fateful evening.






Two hours later, sometime around 3:30 AM, future preppy empty nester and Sista were finishing off frosting another layer of cake... soon to be known as the ears and the bow tie.


Four hours later, Mama woke her girls up for 11AM Easter Mass.  When they questioned why they had to get up so early, Mama responded they needed extra time in the shower to  get the frosting off their faces...





The names in this story have been changed to protect the not so innocent.



Hope your day is filled with lots of frosting!








Been there, done that...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2 Sweets - A Recipe & A Giveaway

Hello Dear Friends...


My friend, Beansie, sent me this delicious recipe and I want to share it with you.  I don't know about you but dark chocolate and strong coffee are two of my favorite things in the whole world!


Duncan Hines DARK Chocolate Brownies...

...can so too be good for you..!! 





A - Dark chocolate is an antioxidant.
B - Walnuts are an antioxidant.

Follow their directions for a 13" x 9" Pyrex pan (350 for 25 minutes),

Add:
1 LARGE egg
1/3 cup of oil
substitute 1/3 cup of cold coffee for the water
(If you don't use decaf, you just may find yourself ironing at 2am.  Trust me.)

1 and 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts (NOT a typo)

Then, boys and girls, a little trompe l'oeil.

With a VERY sharp knife (re: all those walnuts) cut ACROSS cooled brownies every 3/4". 
Cut each strip into four pieces.
Eating a very SMALL chocolate jewel is not nearly as guilt producing.

You can cut the entire pan in half,
freezing one half in a ziplock baggie, but it's pointless. 
You'll just thaw them out the next morning.


Thank you sweet Beansie for this scrumptious recipe.  
I think I gained 5 lbs just reading it!

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Speaking of sweet things, Pam from Day by Day Beauty, contacted me about 7 weeks ago and asked me to review their Vitamin C Serum.  I told her that I would certainly try it out for six weeks and if I liked it I would share this beauty secret with you. And if I didn't, I would throw it out the window and never mention a word.  

That's a real perk from blogging.  Companies send you free stuff and  ask you to write about it.  I've gotten some interesting stuff but nothing worth writing about.  

Until this one...


Day By Day Vitamin C Serum contains a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.  You can read what the company says about it here.  

I will tell you about my personal experience here.

I used two pumps of the Vitamin C serum twice a day on clean skin religiously for 6 weeks.  I pumped it on the back of my left hand and applied it to my face.  

First of all, you can't believe how much lighter my age spots have faded on my left hand since I started using it.  Now I am applying it to my right hand so they match!

The sunspots on my face from years of irresponsible sunbathing  are considerably lighter.  I also have noticed that the pores on my nose which were the size of pot holes look much smaller.  I also have this weird wrinkle that goes from inside of my eye to my nose.  Sista said it is from laying on that side when I sleep.  When did she go to medical school?  Anyway, it's almost all gone!  Not completely, but almost.

I really love this serum.  I wrote to Pam and told her that I loved it.  And here's the good news...

Pam is offering a free bottle of Day by Day Vitamin C serum to THREE readers.  

All you have to do is:

*Like and Share Day by Day Vitamin C Facebook Page here.

*  Visit the Day by Day Amazon page here.

* Write a comment about the biggest challenge that you face with your skin.

And now more good news...

If you do not win the give away, Pam has a special promotion going on Amazon. 

I already ordered mine!

Hope you have a sweet weekend!




Thanks Barbara - got this off you FB page.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Couple of Books & A Few TV Shows

Hello dear friends.  It's a gorgeous day here on the South Shore.  I went out for a nice long wun (20 minute walk & a 20 second run) this morning and even met a few very nice neighbors.  I think I'm going to like it here.

I haven't done a post on my favorite books and TV shows lately.  The television season is almost over so if something piques your interest, you can probably catch the reruns this summer.   By the way... I love that word summer.  Can't wait until it makes an appearance. 

I have not read this book yet but my Texas book club chose it for last month.   I wrote them a note and asked how they liked it.  Apparently, they loved it.  It was a quick read and a great story.  The ladies also recommended that the reader has tissue handy for the end of the book.

Thanks, girls, for your review and I miss you a lot. 



As you know, I love Kelly Corrigan and her books.  Glitter and Glue reads quickly and would make a great Mothers Day present.



Sista has been bugging telling me to get Netflix and watch this incredible series.  We have gotten Netflix a few times but we always end up cancelling it because we don't use it.  Then I found that I could watch House of Cards on Amazon Prime.  Who knew?  It only has season 1, though.  I am waiting breathlessly for them to get Season 2.

Believe me, I hate to admit it when Sista is right, but she was dead on with this one.  The premise of the show revolves around a  conniving Congressman (is there any other kind?) Frank,  and his wife, Claire, who heads a non-profit agency.  The Congressman is a schemer and is driven by revenge and ambition.  His wife is not oblivious to his antics and shares many of his character flaws.  By the way,  Robin Wright Penn seems to grow taller and skinnier in every episode.  That woman looks like she is about 9 feet tall by the end of the first season!  

What draws me to this show is not the intricacies of the politics, but the real star of this show is the complexity and mystery of the marriage between Claire and Frank.

I highly recommend House of Cards only if you have some extra time on your hands.  The Mister and I could not resist the urge to binge watch this scrumptious series.





I loved Connie Britton in Friday Night Lights.  But there is no question about it - Nashville is her crowning glory.  Hayden Panettiere plays the cunning antagonist with such style that she makes being bad look so darn good.

I am not a big fan of country music but I am definitely becoming one thanks to this show.  I even bought a Nashville cd.  The music  and acting make me look forward to hump day every week! 





Oh Olivia... I want your fabulous clothes, accessories, and it wouldn't hurt if I had two powerful, gorgeous men fighting over me either.  Don't worry Mister, I'm still yours.

This show centers around Olivia, who owns a crisis management company in DC.  

 There's never a dull moment in this show.  If you are looking for escapism, this is the show for you.




Blacklist centers around a former government agent and the FBI's most wanted fugitive, Red, who turns himself in to the authorities.  He agrees to work with the FBI in capturing criminals on one condition - he works with a beautiful FBI rookie, Elizabeth. By the way, Elizabeth is so darn pretty and bears an uncanny resemblance to an American Girl doll.

Don't miss this show just for the pure pleasure of watching James Spader play such a creepy, strangely psycho kind of nice guy. 



Anyone who watches The Good Wife knows that they lost one of their main characters.  Not in real life, on the show.  What a shocker!  I had no idea.  

To be honest, I think that the writers made a huge mistake by killing off the most likable character in the show.  I'm not so sure the show will survive Will's demise.  

But what do I know?  I'm no screenwriter.  I'm just a hot, empty nester, trophy wife.

What was your favorite show this season?



Hope your day lacks drama!







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