Mums the bloom for a white Christmas

My sister has a beautiful way of creating floral holiday tabletop decorations that are low on expense and high on impact. Just take the cranberries you purchased over Thanksgiving that you either forgot to cook or meant to use as decoration but never quite got around to it. Yeah, those cranberries. Add them to some small vases, add water and then place some white mums. … Continue reading Mums the bloom for a white Christmas

Making lunch memorable – holiday edition

I love meeting a friend for lunch. I also love exploring places I have never been. So why not combine the two and elevate the simple lunch to a mini road trip? My friend Craig and I like to take trips to nearby towns that we hear about either, in Craig’s case, the local news, or, in my case, while listening to my local traffic … Continue reading Making lunch memorable – holiday edition

Breaking out the Christmas ornaments and breaking out of a holiday rut

I put my Christmas tree up this year and decorated it. I am incredibly proud of myself. It has been a while since I have had a decorated tree in my home. I put my tree up just before Thanksgiving in 2011 but it remained undecorated, except for a few orange slices and Christmas cards. You see, the day before Turkey Day I received a call … Continue reading Breaking out the Christmas ornaments and breaking out of a holiday rut

Color my world. Just color it without me.

I am getting my place painted next week. The entire place will be painted – the walls and ceilings of every room and every closet. And I am not painting it myself. Sure, I should be able to paint it myself at a fraction of the cost. Yeah, that works in theory, but not so much in practice. Sometimes you have to know your limits … Continue reading Color my world. Just color it without me.

This Christmas reminders replace memories

Every year I can’t wait to put my Christmas tree up. I collect ornaments all year. If I go somewhere during the previous year my souvenir will be an ornament. If I go to an event or have a wonderful time with friends and there is a way to commemorate it with an ornament I do. I have a tree filled with ornaments symbolizing weddings, trips … Continue reading This Christmas reminders replace memories

Want a green Christmas? Go orange.

What do you have after you purchase an entire box of clementines and a big ol bag of navel oranges and you have enjoyed just the right amount of candied peel and orange flavored desserts? If you are like me, you have a good number of oranges left over. Have those oranges become a little, I don’t know, stale? Oranges eventually go bad like any fruit and I am not going to … Continue reading Want a green Christmas? Go orange.