Thursday, October 30, 2014

~ Halloween Veggies ~

A friend shared this with me and thought you might enjoy too! There's really no recipe for this ~ it's certainly self-explanatory. :)  Just a quick share for those that may be having a Halloween party.  A great idea for an appetizer, so easy, healthy, colorful and of course could be used anytime by just changing the pepper's design.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

~ Heaven has received another Angel ~

I really had planned to share a bit of the inside of my Casa ~ and I will soon!  I asked for prayers here and perhaps another time in the past 2 months. For those that may not know, Joyce was my kid's step-mom for 37 years. She treated them the same as her own and I cannot tell you how much that has been appreciated!  She lost her fight to cancer earlier today. Even though it was expected, the finality is still difficult. 

Cherish every moment with your loved ones ~ life is precious and fleeting. Sometimes we all get wrapped up in "stuff" and, in the scheme of things, it is just that ~ stuff!   Take a few minutes for that hug or kiss, make that call, invite family and friends over, play more and laugh a lot!  Make amends if need be, be sure everyone important to you knows they are loved and don't have any regrets.

One of my first thoughts was that she will see Abby first!  What a reunion ~ :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

~ Where I Live ~

I really haven't shared my humble abode since I moved last year. The move was just a few days after Abby's service and it was a very long time before I felt like unpacking boxes, decorating or just living day to day. For those that are not aware, I'm single and retired and have no desire to try and maintain a home with all the chores, expenses, lawn care, you name it!  :)   I loved it when I was younger but not now. 

This post is picture overload ~ just letting you know!

This is the entry and a glimpse of the incredible landscaping. 

This is the front of the main building. The office is on the left as you enter and there is a "Welcome Center" on the right with TV's, coffee and other beverages and cookies. There are several private rooms for meetings, luncheons, parties, etc. The business center, workout facility, kitchen and dining area, mail room and restrooms are all located on the first level.  The main pool is located behind this building. Actually, I'm on the 2nd level on the right and the very back of this building.There is a small dog park but my boy has a few "interpersonal skills" problems ~  :)

One more glimpse of the landscaping and flowers ~ there are lots of rose bushes and other foliage all over the property. 

Isn't this beautiful?  There are huge TV's in every area you can think of and sitting and dining facilities located throughout the property.  Notice the lounge chairs on the right that are sitting in the water!

And more of these lovely lounge chairs on the left side of the pool. Excellent to try and cool off in the Texas heat!

A lovely fountain. This view looks toward the back of the main building. The bank of windows looks out from the kitchen and dining area. One can reserve that for private parties.

One more view ~ 

More lounges to the right of the pool.

Gas grills and another seating area.  These are located through out the property.

A closer look ~ 

The lap pool.

These huge pots are scattered through out too.

More flowers ~ 

Well, we've covered a lot of the outside...maybe I'll let you come inside very soon!  :)  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~ Witch Hats ~

I'm sure you've seen these cookies in the past. Seems they always come back around for Halloween. I did these for the grands when they were small ~ made a hit!  :) They're so, so easy and not at all expensive. Great for Halloween gifts, treats for the office, school, whatever.

(4.25-ounce) tube orange or red decorating frosting
(11 1/2-ounce) package fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32 cookies)
1/2 (13-ounce) package milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (32)

Pipe a small mound of frosting in center of each chocolate-covered cookie bottom; press a chocolate kiss on frosting. Pipe a frosting band and bow around base of each kiss.

Joining ~  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~ Love, Gratitude and Water ~

I'm not sure if you've ever heard of Dr. Masaru Emoto but I feel compelled to share his work. He passed away on the 17th at age 71 ~ much too early. He left an amazing legacy for all.  

The Emoto Family's announcement read, “His last word was ‘Arigato’, which means thank you in Japanese. We believe his last word was to the people who shared his vision for peace, the people he met along his journey, and everybody who came into contact with his life’s work.”
“He was so grateful for the friends he made throughout his life. He thanked you all so very much.” said his wife Kazuko Emoto. “In his last book, 'Hidden Messages From Water and The Universe', he wrote, ‘Life is love, which is a gift from God and parents, and death is gratitude for going to a new dimension’. So now he is in another dimension and continues to look over us warmly with love and gratitude.” she said.

I invite you to check out more information about him here.

Arigota, Dr. Emoto ~ may you rest in peace.