Summertime Sayings

August 8th, 2012
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Courtesy of Katie’s Pencil Box
Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes,
and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief
that all’s right with the world.
                                                      ~ Ada Louise Huxtable… Read More

Farmers Are The Best!

August 6th, 2012
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Elmer’s Fresh Veggies Sadly, my vacation has come to an end and as I drive home I’m thinking about and running through my head all the fun and relaxing  things that I had a chance to do: eating delicious steamed crabs at Mickey’s, swimming in the ocean, sleeping in, finishing a powerful book titled Mary’s Mosaics, shopping at the outlets and hanging out with great friends. But the drive home also has a time-honored ritual that I look forward to:  stopping at a farmer’s stand to buy fresh, fresh, fresh vegetables and fruit. When I was a child, my parents… Read More

Life Is Better At The Beach

August 4th, 2012
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I slowly close my eyes, take a deep breath and listen to the soothing rhythm of the ocean waves as they continuously break on the shore. Happily I feel the sun’s warm rays melt the tangle of stress webs in my brain and throughout my body and tell myself that I know for sure that the beach is a magical place!!! The sign pictured below is not a cliche. It’s the absolute salty and sandy truth!… Read More

10 Things To Make You Happier @ Home

July 20th, 2012
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Courtesy of Coastal Living Do you make your bed every day? Don’t worry.  I don’t either.  I know this sounds like a silly question but apparently if you do make your bed every day you are off and running to a better, more organized, happier day. I probably should smooth out the sheets and blanket and actually make my bed but I really don’t think it’s that important.  My mother is a fanatic about making my parents bed every day and one day in what I thought was a casual conversation (rookie mistake!) I dropped the bomb that I don’t… Read More

Pip — Beautiful Goodbye (Cover)

July 17th, 2012
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If you watched NBC’s The Voice this past season, then I’m sure you are familiar with the amazing singing talents of Pip. Pip, short for Phillip, was a finalist on NBC’s hit series, The Voice, and Adam Levine, lead vocalist for the Grammy-award winning pop rock band, Maroon 5, was Pip’s coach during the prime time competition program. Pip is a native of Marietta, Georgia and he is my cousin’s son.  Our family loved watching him break out and perform on national TV and voted for Pip on every episode.  We wish him all the best and look forward to… Read More

Grab Your Opportunity

July 6th, 2012
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“When someone says ‘Opportunity only knocks once,’ what in the world are they thinking? Opportunity exists virtually everywhere you look.” ~ Richard Carlson  … Read More


July 3rd, 2012
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I recently became familiar with the term YOLO.  My son used it in his graduation speech and I had to sheepishly ask him afterwards what it meant.  “Mom, you know, it means ‘You Only Live Once’!” Of course I know the phrase, “You Only Live Once” and have heard it at least a million times, but I don’t think of it as YOLO. It’s hard to stay on top of the latest in lingo especially when it’s constantly changing!!  Everywhere I turn, I either hear or see someone saying YOLO or it’s stamped on T-shirt’s or painted and written as… Read More

Pleasant Pops

June 29th, 2012
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As many times as I have been to the FRESHFARM markets near the White House to treat myself to the real flavors (or the real flava as my friends like to joke) of the farm fresh produce, I have never tried a Pleasant Pop.  Usually I set a certain amount of money to spend on the beautiful seasonal fruits and veggies sold each week by the local farmers and when the money’s gone, so am I. But today, it was 95 degrees and I didn’t go crazy on the tomatoes so I decided to join the line in front of… Read More

Simple Summer Pleasures

June 20th, 2012
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In yesterday’s post, I wrote about being grateful for being able to take taking time off this summer. That got me thinking about other things that make summer wonderful.  Here are a simple pleasures that I look forward to: 1.  Summer Heat I know I am in the minority on this one but I love it when it’s hot.  I think I’m safe in saying that most people do not like the summer heat in Washington, DC.  BUT I LOVE IT!  If the temperature drops below 70 degrees, I need a sweater or a shawl or a jacket of some… Read More