Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!!

It's hard to believe that we are saying "Goodbye" to 2017 already, but I'm excited to welcome 2018. Where has the time gone? I mean, it's not like I am sad to see this year close ... from Hurricane Harvey, to snow and uncharacteristically cold weather here in South Texas which (from my uneducated guess) both helped to usher in the Flu Epidemic that is sweeping our area (and the country from what I gather during our self-imposed quarantine).

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Concludes ... With a Small Gift

Well, Christmas 2017 has come to an end. It has been an active year for Houstonians. We started by hosting the Super Bowl, had a relatively few months and a quiet but busy summer, then we were hit by Hurricane Harvey, followed by the incredible journey of our Houston Astros winning the 2017 Wold Series. Then we woke to snow on Dec. 8 and now, despite days left in 2017 our poor little community is facing an outbreak of Flu with strange symptoms that is knocking people off their feet for days. I think we are ready for 2017 to end and a quiet, uneventful 2018 to arrive.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ornaments of Christmas Past ... and Present

Christmas has always been a favorite time of the year for me. Growing up my family didn’t decorate and we never had a real tree, but I always gravitated to books and movies and really all stories that illustrated the “Magic of Christmas”. When I went away for college and living by myself, I was determined “do Christmas right”, making my own ornaments and decorating, even though I’d be back home for the winter break.

Early on I had a real love for A Charles Dickens type Christmas with lace ornaments and glittery red, white and gold ornaments, and just Victorian-era in general, so that’s what I gravitated toward when looking for ideas. I wanted them to look “real” not like I’d made them at some kiddie craft table, so I searched for all kinds of inspiration and tried to recreate ones I’d seen.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Salt Dough Season!!

Hi all! Last night I hosted the family holiday gathering for my mother's side of the family. It was the first time I've been "allowed" to host it and it was a lot of fun ... and a LOT of work. So while I am in "recovery mode" and enjoying a second cup of coffee, I thought I'd get a head start on getting the blog back in the holiday spirit and show off some of the salt dough ornaments the kids decorated yesterday while my brother and I cooked the feast!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Look Back While Moving Forward ...

The past few months have been a bit quiet here, as you may have noticed. The Week of August 27, our community suffered devastating flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. With more than 60-inches of water we were cut off from surrounding aide and worked tirelessly to help each other. Once the water receded, I began temporary admin work for a local construction company who was rebuilding more than 30 homes and businesses.