About Me



Today, one of my fellow bloggers asked if I had an About Me page. I sifted through by blogs and didn’t find where I had a separate page dedicated to me, myself and me.

If I had one, it has vanished or maybe I never created one.  Cobwebs in the attic?

So, does that mean I have lost me?  Oh my, where oh where can I be?  I’ll look around and see if I can find myself.  This may take awhile so bear with me.

I asked our cat, Amanda, and she thought I was out on the back porch, sipping coffee.  My husband thought so, as well, and lo and behold, that’s where they found me!  Yep, the three of us can be pretty ditsy, know what I mean?Amanda

Well, now that I am here or there, or wherever, I can ponder this About Me page.

So, here we go!  Try to handle all of the excitement you are about to experience and enjoy the popcorn.

I retired 2 1/2 years ago, which I spent 40+ years in the corporate world.  I was in commercial insurance, in one form or another, for my entire career.  There were a couple of exceptions when I worked a few side jobs.  One of my side jobs was modeling, which I was involved in for approximately 10 years.  The other was my short-lived job as a cocktail waitress.  No, I did not dump drinks on anyone!  However, working 8-5 and then 7-2 made too much of a long day.My Pix

Now, that I am retired, we enjoy traveling, which you will find a few of my blogs related to places we have visited.  When we are not traveling, I spend quite a bit of time blogging and publishing on LinkedIn; and we both love to play computer games.  We also like to hang out in antique stores; spend time with friends at the local pub; and sit on the back porch while sipping coffee. Oh, I should mention I love coffee, which explains the appearance of my site. I relate just about everything to coffee. See, you can’t say that I didn’t warn you about the excitement. Would you like more popcorn?coffee111

We recently sold our house in Florida, which now we plan on traveling more frequently to Blue Ridge, Georgia – our favorite place to visit.  Blue Ridge is about an hour away and a very pleasant drive.  I wouldn’t mind having a cabin there, rather than stay in a hotel.  However, the hotel that we frequent is quite cozy and sufficient for the time being.



Okay, enough drivel and time to wrap this up.  By the way, thank you for joining my chat.

About me? I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  My favorite quote by Maya Angelou says it all.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️





Forgive and Forget


Worldwide, 2015 has been quite a tumultuous year. I am not going to rehash the events from this past year. If you don’t keep up with what “goes on” via the media, perhaps you are better off. So, I say let’s move on; not necessarily bid good riddance to 2015 but bring this chapter to a close.

I recently read a recent article relating to 2015 and it is titled: 2015-The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being. Here is the link for those that are interested in reading the article in its entirety. I feel it is well written and offers a lot of worthy information plus it is a shareable read: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/good-news-in-2015/421200/.

We are so inundated with what we read and hear from the media; it can become tedious to decipher what is true and what is not true. We gather so much information, in just a years’ time. I find it amazing what we must store in our lifetime. Sometimes, our storage bins become a mass of confusion, similar to a maze, and it becomes difficult to find our way out.

As we approach 2016, let’s leave the baggage associated with 2015 with the lost and found at the airport, as it may not be worth retrieving and gives us a chance to start anew.

Moving forward, in my opinion, can be quite simple if we forgive and forget! Easier said than done? Yes, of course, it is, however, taking a forward step in the right direction is better than taking a step backward. And I don’t mean, taking a step back to reassess, I mean stepping backward into negativity and all that goes with it. Wasting energy on negativity is something any moron can do; however, focusing that energy on positiveness is like bringing light into a dark room with a simple glowing candle. Any sensible, well-meaning human can shed brightness on a situation.



My hope is 2016 will be a more positive and productive year. I sincerely believe it will if we don’t carry a backpack full of unhealthy thoughts, dislikes, judgmental attitudes, grudges and outright burning hatreds, we can lessen the burden and focus on forgive and forget.

HELLO, 2016!

Forgive – to grant a pardon to (a person). Forget – to cease remembering or noticing. These definitions aren’t difficult to understand, are they? Pretty simple, in my opinion. How about the application of these words? They are verbs, you know, which verbs are doing words.  That means taking action folks!

I say we make our best effort to forgive and forget. I say we put our best foot forward. I say we focus totally on forgiving and forgetting. Even a meager attempt on our part can help make 2016 a great year and the world a better place. I say we heed this beautiful quote by Maya Angelou.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”  – Maya Angelou




A Hug is a Hug is a Hug

“A hug is the perfect gift, one size fits all,
and nobody minds if you exchange it.” – anonymous

This is such an enjoyable quote, not just for the Holidays, but any time of the year.  Hugs are free and yes, one size fits all!

If you reference the definition of hug in Wikipedia, you will note that hugging has proven to have health benefits. While the definition is quite lengthy and complex, it is not difficult to realize the benefits of hugs. In fact, hugs can even reduce blood pressure and have been found to be useful in group therapy

Oh, and don’t forget our animals.  They love hugs too.  So don’t hold back, share a hug; gift a hug and/or donate a hug today and remember, it can be easily returned.

Thank you to Patricia for sharing this quote as our weekly inspiration.  You can find this event at http://patriciasplace.me/2015/12/23/a-hug-is/


Cheers! 🍵 ☕️





Tuesday Chatter 7


Tis the eve before the eve

Why should I believe

in someone I can’t see

in someone I can’t hear

in someone I can’t feel

Are you playing a trick?

my dear friend, St. Nick?

When will I know

if you are going to show

The chimney is swept

your secret, well kept

Milk and cookies I will share

prepared with such care

 I know I must wait

I hope you are not late

I hope to hear your Ho Ho Ho


Don’t be Shy, be Sly, I want a Smattering, of your Chattering
A Tuesday Event, it’s time well Spent. There are no rules as long as you’re cool. From A to Z – what do you see? Please come near – what do you hear? Let it peal – what do you feel?

Your Chattering is up to you. Chatter can be about everyday “stuff”!
Write a blog and chatter away, it’s your day to have your say.

 This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter



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An Award for the Holidays


Thank you, David for including me as one of the lucky Sunshines to receive The Sunshine Blogger Award.

If you enjoy fitness, please check out his site at https://chapeblog.wordpress.com/.  Not only is he a personal trainer, he is a good writer, as well.


And here are The Sunshine Blogger Award rules:

• Thank the person that nominated you.
• Answer the 11 questions from your nominator.
• Nominate 11 bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

and the questions for me to ponder…

1. What matters most to you? World peace

2. How much do you enjoy what you do for a living? I am retired and enjoying retirement, thus far.

3. What would be the hardest thing (physical) for you to give up? Eyesight

4. When is the last time you’ve gone outside of your comfort zone? Not in quite some time, since I have retired.  When I was employed, several times.

5. What painful situation are you now most grateful for? In my lifetime, there were a few.  I am grateful to have had the pleasure of getting to know those close to me that are no longer here.

6. What are you so afraid of? Snakes and war.

7. If you could meet one person from any period in history (it may even be fictional), who would it be? Maya Angelou

8. What’s your favourite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

9. How and where do you like to spend your holiday? Blue Ridge, Ga at The Comfort Inn and Lodge.

10. What is your favourite thing about blogging? Connecting with others is my most favourite part of blogging.

11. What are your goals for your blog in 2016? Reading and writing more blogs, improving my creativity.

and my Sunshines are:












and here are your questions:

1. What is your favorite genre of music?
2. Do you have any pets and if so, what are they?
3. What is your favourite name for a boy/man?
4. What is your favourite name for a girl/woman?
5. What is your favourite topping on pizza?
6. Would you rather play in the snow or play in the sand?
7. Do you play computer games?
8. What is your favourite movie?
9. Who is your favourite musical group?
10. Do you like to dance?
11. What are your blogging goals for 2016?

Have fun with the award, Sunshines, and note you are not obligated to participate but we hope you do.



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Dashing Through the Snow



I have been honored with a new award!

  Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag


I love it!!  I have just been tagged by Getting Through Anxiety at https://gettingthroughanxiety.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much for tagging me with this Holiday treat.

Here are the rules:

Thank the curator (Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels). Thank you!

Tag five people to spread the Christmas joy

Have fun!

  • Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

I am not one that reads books.  I read magazines, newspapers, and information online.  However, a book relating to fashion and design would be appealing.

  • A book you’ll be reading over the Christmas season

Not likely, but I would be interested in Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet

  • Favorite Christmas movie

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Do you like snow?

Yes, I love snow

  • Name a character you’d like to spend your Christmas day with

My husband.  He is quite a character 🙂

  • To give or receive

Both.  I love to give as I find it fulfilling.  I love to receive, as well.  I still enjoy the mystery of what is inside the gift with my name on it.

  • What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

Mayberry, NC

  • Fondest Christmas memory?

This is really difficult to answer, as I have several.  Memories with family and friends are always the best.

  • Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST in a row (pronouncing it correctly)

Well, the last two were a bit slurry, like when you drink too much bubbly 😀

My Tags:










Christmas Comes From the Heart

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought,
doesn’t come from a store.”
Dr Seuss

Ah, the Grinch.  A fictional character, with a more than grumpy attitude, is opposed to anything and everything related to Christmas time festivities.


If you don’t know the story “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, this furry and grumpy recluse decided to rob Who-ville of their every holiday treat in order to stop Christmas.  However, he learns that those from Who-ville are thankful even without gifts.

You know, Christmas is not just about gifts that come from a store – Christmas is about gifts that come from the heart.  Christmas is about giving to and caring for others.  Those who enjoy Christmas have an aura about them – warm and glowing.

Christmas is a glorious and wondrous time of the year.  It is a time to be thankful and spread goodwill and cheer.  Our gifts to those we love are selected with care; they are wrapped to perfection; they are adorned with our special touches in order for us to reflect expressions of our adoration for one another.


Gifts may be purchased from a store, but they come from the heart.  Christmas doesn’t come from a store, it comes from the heart.  Like the Whos, from Whoville, we can be thankful even without gifts.  The Grinch can’t steal our Christmas if it is in our heart.

 A perfect quote for the Holiday season from http://patriciasplace.me/2015/12/16/maybe-christmas/





Tuesday Chatter 6

It is Tuesday Chatter time and let’s start out with a Holiday recipe.  If you are a lover of tea, this Spiced Holiday Tea will warm the cockles of your heart.  Trust me.

2 cups of water

3 tea bags (unflavored black tea)

4 star anisetea

1 3 inch cinnamon stick

1 cup passion fruit nectar

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add tea bags, anise, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cinnamon stick. Stir in nectar, honey, and lemon juice. Heat through.
  2. Pour tea mixture into four heat-proof cups, floating a star anise on top of each. Makes 4 servings.

A perfect beverage for your guests or while you relaxing by the fire or even blogging.  If you try this, let me have your thoughts, please.

If you have your own special recipe, please share it.  I would love to know about your tea and coffee recipes.

Don’t be Shy, be Sly. I want a Smattering, of your Chattering. A Tuesday Event, it’s time well Spent. There are no rules as long as you’re cool.
From A to Z – what do you see? Please come near – what do you hear?
Let it peal – what do you feel?

Your Chattering is up to you. Chatter can be about everyday “stuff”!
Write a blog and chatter away, it’s your day to have your say.

Through the skeletal trees

bare and undressed, winds howl

shadows in the snow

 This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter



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The moon shone brightly
A brilliant bauble high in the sky
I flew on my dragon


 Such an honor to receive such a beautiful award.  I truly appreciate https://pamkirstblog.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this award. It’s downright sexy, isn’t it!


I am passing the award on to 6 deserving fellow bloggers.  They are under no obligation to accept the award.

Award Rules

•Display the award on your blog.
•Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who nominated you.
•Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
•Link your awardees in the post.
•Write 7 interesting things about you. 

Tidbits about me

-I am going into my third year of being retired.  I worked in the corporate world for 50+ years in the insurance industry.

-I was born and lived most of my life in Florida, from east to west and north to south.

-I was transferred, by my employer, to Atlanta, Ga and never left.

-I am a ditsy blond, with a ditsy husband and a cat that falls into the same category.  We all have fun being ditsy together.

-We love to travel, excluding the cat, taking day trips and weekenders. Our travels mainly take us to North Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

-I love blogging and being creative. In addition to WordPress, I have posted several articles on LinkedIn.

-My dream is to own a cabin and/or live in Blue Ridge, Ga.

And here are my nominees in no particular order:


Cheers! ☕️ 🍵



I Want To Be

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“The Christmas tree is the dot on the “i”.”
Frank Taylor



just a seed

mind you, not a weed

I want to grow and to glow

I want to be beautiful and strong

I want to fill your room with twinkling light

I want your Christmas Eve to be a beautiful night

I want to be beautiful and strong; let nothing go wrong

I want to be adorned with baubles and beads, and remember, please

I am here for you, so don’t be blue

I want a smile, please don’t cry

I want to be the dot on the “i”

 My post is dedicated to – In Other Words at Patricia’s Place  





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