10.11.2013

Welcoming the Season

 
A cozy day of rain with little ones around my feet and a pre-halloween luncheon for the girls.
 The menu: Savory stew with warm cornbread and Oreo pie for dessert.
 Starting to unearth the Halloween decorations.  I start out thinking I won't put out too many things.  Then I get caught up in the excitement of the holiday...  Always fun to pull out the treasures that were carefully packed away a year ago.
My party hats are a mixed media creation from last year.

This year I finished a decoupaged hatbox with vintage Halloween cards, tissue and bead embellishments.  Let the fun begin.  Costume creations and party planning are on the agenda for October. 
 



10.09.2013

Gone From My Sight

Today I attended the funeral of a dear family friend and spiritual leader.  He has left behind a legacy of service and love to his fellowman.  He leaves behind a loving family.  Though they miss him greatly they find great comfort in knowing they will be together again as a family unit.  How greatful I am for the knowledge of the Plan of Happiness as given to us by Jesus Christ. 
 I am always touched by the reality of death when it touches so close to home.  It makes you think about your own mortality and the choices we make while we sojourn on earth.  Will our own influence make a foot print in the lives of others....in a quiet and special way?  
 
 In my reflection this morning I happened to pull off the shelf of my library a little book called 'Minute Masterpieces'. As I glanced through the pages I found this comforting thought..
I am standing upon the seashore; a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
 She is a object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until-at length-she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.  Then someone at my side says, "There!  She's gone."  Gone where?  Gone from my sight-that is all.
 
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just as the moment when someone at my side says, "There!  She's gone," there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!"

And that is dying.                  Author Unknown

10.08.2013

Palm Springs-Little Hollywood

 
Palm Springs is an interesting place.  I mean it is literally smack dab in the middle of a desert.  The canyon winds are so constant and sometimes fierce that the eerie silhouettes of white windmills with their propeller wings whir as the the sun sets over the barren, rock mountains.  Where there isn't a store, business or home you will see the coral colored, shifting, whispering fine sands of California, here and there a withered tree branch and prickly cactus.  The towering palms cluster around the stuccoed desert homes and restaurants.  It has become a resort haven.  If you're lucky enough to be there when the temperatures are in the 80's and 90's it is a vacation paradise.  Golf courses galore, designer shopping, restaurants and huge sparkling pools. 
But just think about those early black and white cinema days.  Probably someone got a great deal on some land in the middle of no where and said, "Hey, let's make ourselves a little oasis....away from the maddening crowd of Studio City and Los Angeles."  And so they did.  They built it and 'people came.'   And what an oasis it is.  The streets are named after legendary movie stars and entertainers.  In fact, Marilyn Monroe was discovered in Palm Springs.  Her agent took her to a pool party and the rest is history.
 
 
 
Downtown.  I love Ruby's diner.  The best shakes ever!
What a surprise to see KC and The Sunshine Band had their very own sidewalk star.  They played at my alma mater, Granada Hills High school, during a Senior Assembly.
Retro theatre..looks very 1930's to me.
We'll be back soon for some more fun in the sun.
 

10.07.2013

Happiness

Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. hawthorne



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