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Tuesday, October 25, 2016


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a quote from one of the United States of America's 
favorite Presidents, 
Theodore Roosevelt

"we have room but for ONE flag...
the American flag.

we have room but for ONE language here,
& that is the English language,

& we have room but for ONE sole loyalty,
& that is a loyalty to the American people."

as I'm watching the political race take a nose-dive into the ditch,
it's almost impossible to believe this could be happening to us, the American people.

I, myself, am a multi-generational American.

my heritage is both from Ireland and from Italy.
& then it's just plain American.

of course, when my ancestors arrived on the shore there was plenty of room in terms of land,
and room for their hard work.

as we will all remember from our history books,
they were not completely welcomed with open arms at that time.

but they settled in and they blended into the fabric of our society,
and now we are all one.

today is a very different point in time.
we have terrorists

(how did this happen you ask?
well Jimmy Carter let the Shah of Iran fall, a ruler who was friendly with the West,
and one who could have kept a lid on all this had he been allowed to continue to reign).

I live in Houston, Texas so I see the effect of the giant migration from across the border.

heck, we even have a district in the city called "THE MAHATMA GANDHI DISTRICT"

we're welcoming.

however, now we're overwhelmed.  you all know how much it costs for the citizens of this country to support all these people & their children.

our public schools print English on one side, Spanish on the other.

their children get FREE HEALTH CARE,
my children did not, nor do my grandchildren

being tired of all the election broo=ha=ha,
the main thing I think about now is

according to NBC online, the remittances sent back to Mexico from their people working in the USA is 

it exceeded their oil revenue!

so, this amount of $$ is leaving the USA, not being spent here or invested here.
this is HUGE.
& if a wall is built it will be built from the TAXES imposed on the remittances.
that's the way Mexico will pay for it.

I'm not touting one candidate over the other, as for the 1st time in my life I'm seeing people actually become angry over the election.

For me, I hope that we can stem the tide of the global migration to our  country because we
won't even look like ourselves anymore.

please please please don't call me names.
I'm a good woman, a nice woman, not rude to anyone, ever.

I've lived and/or travelled all over the world.
Heck, I can't move to Mexico without proving I can support myself & don't need anything from their government.
Imagine?  We have a hard time MOVING to Mexico or any other country in the world,
but people just walk into ours and take over.

Please think carefully when you vote.

going the way we are, soon there will be more of them than us.
is this what we want?

I don't think so.

& anyone in politics who wants "open borders" is only trying to get votes for their party.

ladies, this is my position, this is my blog, and most of the time I think pretty well.

that quarterback kneeling when the National Anthem is being played,
or the citizens of other countries waving flags from their home country 
just seems BAD.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Wonderful Use of A Fish Bowl Container

well, I call these lovely glass containers "Rose Bowls"
...but a rose by any other name....you know...

I once decorated every table for a Rehearsal Dinner for 85 people ( ???? )
with various sized rose bowls & put fruits or veggies in the water of the bowl
& beautiful flowers spilling out over the bowls...

but I hadn't thought of this

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isn't this the most imaginative thing !!!

& think of how many different ways you could do this !!!

& the kids would love it too...

little hint:  I did discover that the veggies/fruits do not last long when submerged in water,
the gases are released and that is not a good thing at all.

they're fragile but beautiful for the event.
& if you don't leave them too long in the water...
rinse them off and EAT them !

the election is getting on my nerves 
because it's gone on for too too long.

I'm praying every single eligible human goes out to vote this time,
& the Houston news says the early voting 
(beginning today) is huge.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Turquoise & Orange, Who Would Have Thunk It?

Texas, the home of the University of Texas
Longhorns, their colors is
so in these parts everyone (except Aggies) has something
burnt orange!

so here's my take on Fall's "concept" outfit(s)
featuring burnt orange & turquoise with browns/tans.

this is something I would wear all the time, I think!
& I went to a girl's school in Virginia!

See Splenderosa's Handbag & Jewelry to Accessorize

this killer bag
 in the shop HERE

do you like this set?
would you wear it?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hot Tart .....

Quick Balsamic Fig Roasted Tomato and Burrata Cheese Tarts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Quick Balsamic, Fig, Roasted 

Tomato and Burrata Cheese Tarts.

this wonderful dish is courtesy of Half-Baked Harvest found HERE

Once you have the puff pastry it’s time for toppings! I spread the bottom of each tart with a little fig jam/preserve and it paired beautifully with the flavors of the tomatoes, balsamic and burrata. Even if you think you aren’t into figs, you need to give these tarts a try. Really, you don’t even realize there is anything fig-ish going on. The only thing you do realize, is that whatever you are eating, it’s GOOD! OH, oh, oh!! And when those figs start showing up in the stores, you could even add a few fresh slices. That would be just so good!

Then just toss the tomatoes with a little balsamic vinegar mixture and layer them overtop of the dough. Add some blue cheese if you are into it (I SO am) and bake until flakey, roasted, tomato perfection.
Top with creamy burrata and serve….or devour it yourself, and call it a day.


  • 4 sheets prepared puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup fig preserves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • pinch of salt + pepper
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 8 ounces burrata cheese (may also use fresh mozzarella)
  • 8 slices thinly sliced prosciutto (omit for vegetariane version)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil


Friday, October 21, 2016

The New Monochromatic #1

The Pantsuit by eula-eldridge-tolliver featuring a leather tote purse

“ Look at that face. The joys of being a parent (Source: http://ift.tt/2eFat4n)

well, they're monochromatic too, aren't they ??

I must tell you guys that as much as I love all things beautiful and fine, I love animals the MOST.
all animals.
I find myself smiling when I come across a particularly great photo of them.
giraffes, dogs, horses, chickens, birds, pigs,
oh well, I forgot all birds are called fowl, but everything has a heart & instincts, and as far as I can they all have feelings too.

have a wonderful weekend...enjoy the NFL football games,
or even the high school football games.
hug you pets !!!

I love you !!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Looks Like Something I Might Do

please visit my new web shop
link to your left
lots more coming !

even though I love sleek, clean, orderly....
when I'm working & where I'm working 
often resembles this room...
the good thing?  I have orderly piles !

but, in spite of all this, I'm finding this room very very comfortable-looking, 
probably lived-in by someone very intelligent.

what about you?
do you see anything you like here?


Thank Goodness The Debates Are OVER !
my nerves are shattered !!
this has gone on for FAR too long, so along with term limits we should also have limits on the amount of time a campaign can go on.

& we all know that no matter who wins the election we, as Americans, will support the President.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


 I don't know about you, but most of my friends are already
Christmas shopping, hostess-gift shopping, etc.
so when I came across these guys I just stopped in my tracks!

love love love all of this + anything else artist, Vicki Sawyer, does.

Bianca Lunch Napkin (min

 tablesetting from Nyla Free Designs

click here 
to find these beauties, + other great art items by designer 
Vicki Sawyer


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Little Night Music + More

the movie review of The Accountant is below


I know I know...there are plenty of us who wouldn't be able to wear this skimpy little top,
however, for the young ones I think this is beautiful.
it actually doesn't show a thing !!   well, except that it's also backless...
it's SO on trend I just had to post about it...

in stock & available in sizes 0-12 HERE

& for the really grand evenings....

isn't this LITTLE NUMBER simply to D.I.E. for ?

Rachel Gilbert Makenna Off-the-Shoulder Long-Sleeve Gown, Black:

& then there's this divine LITTLE BLACK DRESS
almost all of us can wear.
you know I LOVE the flounce !!!


We decided to see this one, instead of Deepwater Horizon (& I love Mark Wahlberg!)
& we were correct.

The movie is really really interesting, there is a short scene where I found the self-inflicted
violence too difficult to watch but, otherwise, I was OK with that.

I hadn't read too much about the movie so I was amazingly surprised by the
constantly moving story.  There are many twists you may not see coming.

If you want to be entertained, go see this.
Ben is great in this role as a child of Autism who has grown into a
mathematical genius who functions at a very high level.

I think we will see this character again in a sequel...
mix Jason Bourne, A Beautiful Mind & Rain Man into one & you'll have it.

& there are many parts where you'll laugh out loud...not a bad thing !


well, this is what you would call a total gut job


15 Spectacular Before and After Kitchen Makeovers Photos | Architectural Digest:


15 Spectacular Before and After Kitchen Makeovers Photos | Architectural Digest:

The main kitchen in the Skaneateles, New York, home of recycling entrepreneur Adam Weitsman and his wife, Kim.

The home was renovated by Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors and decorated by McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. Lanterns by Formations are suspended in the main kitchen, which has cabinetry painted in a Benjamin Moore off-white, a Rohl sink with Lefroy Brooks fittings, and a Gaggenau cooktop and oven.

via Architectural Digest

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what a serene setting...
wonder what it looks like in winter?

but, otherwise, isn't it just about perfect for a big sprawling
country home?


Friday, October 14, 2016

Something Every Woman Needs ....

as we round the bend into the cooler months, putting our summer
clothes away to make room for the warmer 
 stuff we'll need....the 1st things I reach for are my

I've found I use them endlessly.
even to the point of tatteredliness.
you know why?
cause they're EASY.

& because they LOOK so great,
no matter what I'm wearing underneath I feel "finished."
you know?


here are 5 new ones in my shop right this minute
(click on the icon at top left sidebar to reach shop, then look under APPAREL)

I, personally, love the American Indian vibe to these pieces,
& they "look" SO Ralph Lauren, don't they?

2016 New Winter Scarf Women Cashmere Poncho Cape Warm Scarves India Ethnic Style Shawl Z-3451:

they are ONLY  $68  each

very light-weight & very soft & cuddly
made of new techno fiber
(don't laugh, even the top haute designers are using
these new fibers)

believe me, you won't find anything like this anywhere
for this price.
lots of stuff available, but NOTHING with this style & pizazz.

drop from "V" at back of neck to top of fringe:  31"
width from front all the way around to front:  52"
length from front to back:  64"

pattern repeat: the hem at the front looks like the hem at the back, therefore, the back looks exactly like the front.
there is no bold center-back pattern.
close-ups of fabric below

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