Tuesday, December 17, 2013

~ Just a few things ~

I guess you notice the new blog design. I have had such a horrible year and feel like starting out the new year with a clean slate, so to speak.  I think a simple and uncluttered design will help me in this endeavor. If you are interested in a new blog design, please check with Rebekah at
Rebekah Louise Designs. She's awesome to work with and so very patient!

For the first time in a long time, I've had several things to share with you, however, I still don't have my computer repaired and no access to photos.  Not fun!

I'm sure if you don't live in Texas, you at least heard about our ice-apocalypse. What a trying situation. I've lived in this state all my life and have never seen ice remain on the ground for 9 or more days.  There are still some remnants on a few houses and streets where the sun is rare.

My daughter and I had a wonder*filled Thanksgiving!  I'm sure you've heard of Jo Pearson ~ she's the Creative Director for Michael's. She and my daughter have worked together for years. She made the most incredible Thanksgiving meal that you can imagine!  I took the  Pumpkin Trifle shared here earlier and a chocolate pie. Changed from the usual pumpkin & pecan too. We wore our PJ's and made Christmas ornaments in the afternoon. Such a wonderful day and a incredibly relaxing!

I celebrated another birthday Dec 1st and had a great outing with my daughter!  We ran around, shopped and then ate at my favorite restaurant, Pappadeaux's!  We sorta did the same thing on Sunday....out and about in the sunshine.  We went to Dallas and did some looking, wishing and shopping at Anthro, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, Francesca's....you name it!  Had lunch at Patrizio's ~ another favorite.  Their Bellini's rock!

I am focusing on honoring Abby this Christmas and performing RAOK's and paying it forward. If you'd like to join in, you can become one of "Abby's Angels" ~ making life better for others. The simplest act can mean the world to someone else.

Not sure when I will update again...just know I try to visit you when I can!  I really thought Santa would come through by now with a "magic" computer fix. :)



NanaDiana said...

Love you new blog- It is simplified and easy to read. Happy Birthday to you- My own bd was the 12th! Good people were born in December! lol Hope you have a good week- xo Diana

Entertaining Women said...

Your Thanksgiving day sounds like such a delightful departure from the standard fare...and the day spent crafting....almost as good as a long weekend at the Broadmoor. I have a dear friend who retired a couple of years ago from American Airlines, after flying with them from the time we graduated from college. She too, has a passion for travel. Oh the stories you all could tell! Thanks for inviting us for a "peek" at your holiday. Cherry Kay

Stacey said...

Your blog looks fantastic! I don't blame you at all for wanting a new start. You have a great attitude though and I feel sure that 2014 will be a much better year. :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Love your new blog design! Happy belated birthday too. :) We were a little too far south to get in on the ice storm, thank goodness! I really do think 2014 holds wonderful things for you. :) I just heard a quote on tv today that said "When things get tough, just remember that joy is just around the corner." I love that. :)

Barbara F. said...

I am so glad you are out and about and enjoying he season. Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, a lot better than mine!. I am in he same boat with computer woes, and lack of photos, but better days are coming, that is what I say. Gotta believe! I like your new design but miss little gypsy girl. xo

Gina said...

I love your new blog design! Very simple & clean....great for reading.
It sounds like you've been enjoying the holiday season so far. Happy (belated) Birthday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love the new design! Looks great! And your Thanksgiving sounds like so much fun.

I had no idea y'all were iced in... I have been crazy busy and not listening to the news. I have family in Texas, but they didn't say anything. I will have to check.

Praying that we all have a better 2014! This has been a tough year for many of us, but I am thankful to be able to lean on the everlasting arm.



Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the fresh new look! And I'm wishing you all good things in the new year!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Pat! I LOVE the new look. And Happy Belated Birthday to you! Pappadeaux's was recommended by a friend recently and on my list to try the next time I'm in Dallas. :) Wishing you a wonderful and Blessed Merry Christmas!

Carla from the The River said...

Happy Birthday to you, December birthdays have to stick together. :-) I celebrated on 12/12.

Happy Christmas to you and praying for you.

Judy said...

Hi Pat,

Can you give information on how to become one of Abby's Angels...if you've posted about it I must have missed it.

I hope 2014 brings peace and joy to you and your family...Merry Christmas!


lavenderandlinen said...

I miss you! Love your header, so glad you are back!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I am going to email you now!



Bliss said...

Merry Christmas Pat. The new blog look is nice, but even nicer is hearing a bit of spark coming through with this post.

Susie said...

Hope you get your computer fixed soon...I am still on this old thing of ours and praying it holds up a bit longer. I do hope your New Year is a great new start. In the mean time, I am wishing you A Merry Christmas, filled with lots of love. xoxo,Susie

must love junk said...

I'm wishing you a blessed upcoming year!! :)

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving...Happy Belated Birthday! Wishing you a good year ahead in 2014!

kitty said...

I'm sorry that I'm behind on my response, dear Pat. Happy belated birthday to you. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Your Thanksgiving sounded fun with pj time!! Your new blog design does look so clean and refreshing.
I'm thinking of you and your family, with loving prayers. xo