finding delight in the mundane since 1936


Friday, December 30, 2011

For Auld Lang Syne

Here are some of my memories and photos from 2011.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

old fashioned shoe shine

I recently had an old fashioned shoe shine in the Philadelphia airport! I actually had some time to kill and really needed to shine up my boots. I wish I had taken a before picture because it was well worth the $10 fee plus tip!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Twelve days of Christmas...













...some images from my Christmas season. 
Thank you for tuning in this year, God has been in the details!
I have so much to be grateful for and I wish you all the Best for 2012.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Look who made Angel status!

I still remember our last Christmas together. It was quiet and humble, just the two of us cuddling after dinner with friends and the fresh fallen snow made it extra special. Now she's an angel on top of the tree: a reminder to cherish each moment, even the little things.

Merry Christmas to You!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tree Shopping

6 ft. flocked frasier fir: $97

Deciding that all you need is some branches for the scent and finding 
remnants on the ground:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pinterest helped me get dressed...AGAIN!

one shoulder dress on left: from Ross $22
slouchy grey cowl neck sweater on left: from Marshall's $19?
opaque black hose: idk

I needed a quick outfit for a party and I found some ideas on Pinterest.
The photo on the left is what I put together using a one shoulder dress that I had worn to another party and I wanted to wear it again but mix it up and make it more casual. I saw the picture on the right, re-pinned it and went shopping in my closet for a sweater that I could wear that would cover the top of the dress while leaving the sequin skirt exposed. Except for the fact that my middle section looks large and undefined, it was comfy and worked out great.
I think beaded skirts, dresses and blouses must be "in" this holiday season.

Here are a few more inspirations:

                    I already have everything in my closet to make this combination too!
                        There's always New Years!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Starting a New Chapter

Starting a new chapter in my life, 
and for my own sanity, I'm leaving some baggage behind!

In that baggage is years of experiences, expectations and aspirations. 
As I wipe the slate clean and start all over again, I realize that there are a lot of people who are in similar situations or worse because of the economy. 
For this I am grateful for every opportunity and adventure, taking it one step at a time.

vintage luggage not for sale

Sunday, December 4, 2011


I need some, 
to get this last little bit of weight, muffin top, tummy and thigh bulge off even in the midst of the holidays!

Last week the guy who runs my local gym was walking around with mini candy canes, offering them to patrons as they worked out. Two girls who were working with a trainer for the first time gladly obliged as their trainer looked on with disapproval. "It's a trap", I said and continued my run. 

The next night he offered cookies, and the night after that, pizza! 

"You're not giving in to any of this temptation? It's the Christmas season and there will be lots of this kind of celebrating going on!", He said. 


and I continued on the elliptical… 

I know these sound like cliches but I have to believe that there is a reason for this season in my life. So I keep these things in mind because it's time to rebuild my temple, become restored, renewed and be made whole again and I've got to run with endurance. That doesn't mean I won't give in to some italian fruit cake or chocolate covered peanut butter balls at a party, if I have to...but I'm trying to keep my focus.

I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten”, Joel 2:25

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Favorite Saturday Outfit

When my nephew was just a little tike his mommy dressed him in a sharp chambray shirt, cuffed jeans (big enough to fit over the diaper bulge) and a fleece vest. My little sweetie pie wore that most Saturdays as he scooted about the house or out on the town (sometimes with his miniature hiking boots on). Who could blame him? Everybody has a favorite Saturday outfit: something comfy cozy, yet stylish and casual!

Well for me it's this! 
I shot this picture as I was trying on the grey sweater at my favorite boutique, Le Mar Shalls, because the mirror is so much bigger than mine at home.

down vest: a gift from my nephews' mommy, Lands End 
5 y.o. cashmere hoodie: TJMaxx
belt: Walmart ;-)
jeans: skinny from H&M
shoes and watch: Targee'

Okay, although they're very comfortable, the jeans look a little tight but in my defense, I am still working on reducing my weight, (47 so far, 13 more to go! can't do enough squats, lunges and leg presses to save my life!)
Bonus points on the vest from my sister (Christmas present 2 yrs ago ) was snug then, now it needs to be taken in, but I love all the pockets and the brown color with my green sweater!


come to think of it, my short turkey drumstick thighs are actually quite embarrassing! I'll keep the outfit and change out the jeans until further notice!