Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sentimental Saturday - Petula Clark

You'd Better Love Me & Downtown are two songs from my early childhood. I was lucky enough to have older sisters who introduced me to the world of pop & motown. We would perform Mr. Sandman for our parents, lip syncing to the Lennon Sisters 45 record. Soon after came a stream of hits by the Temptations, the Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, and the list goes on and on.
The music changed with the times, and we were listening. Three Dog Night, the Kinks, the Beatles, Elvis, the Who, Buddy Holly, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar. We changed right along with the music.
Proudly wearing our MIA bracelets, swearing not to take them off until the soldiers came home from Vietnam. We listened to the Doors, Barry McGuire, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,  Songs like Eve of Destruction and We Gotta Get Out of This Place gave us clues to what was going on.
Since then, the music industry has exploded with many really good styles of music, and they all tell a story. But this isn't  about that, it's about a brief time of music before really understanding. Petula Clark was a modern princess to me. Her wide lined eyes, short hair, mini-dress, translated to simple fun for me, because I was a child and that's all I could understand. Listening to her music today transports me back, for a brief moment to the day before things got "busy".
Happy Sentimental Saturday. Close your eyes and listen.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LIFE - should we talk about it? Lets talk about it.

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Yes please, lets talk about it. Start talking. Open up. Life is short. Stop looking down the road. Look at where your feet are right now. Dig deep into that box of photos until your fingers are wrinkly and your heart is wide open. Tell your loved ones you love them. Be kind to strangers and stray dogs. Stop being afraid to show joy. Embrace life. Smile. Sing. Go for it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Easy Fall Girl's Room Decoration DIY in 5 minutes

The 3 big leaves were printed out from a computer image and put up with black masking tape.

The trail of leaves leading up to the big leaves came in a little bag from the craft section of the Dollar Tree. Regular Scotch tape attaches them to the wall.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stand Up Guys/The Family - review for at-home date nite

Due to a knee injury, and having to stay off it, a double feature was on the menu for the evening. These two movies are great fun; suitable for the gangster movie loving husband, and chic flicky enough for me.
Lets start with The Family  (2013), starring Robert Di Nero and Michelle Pheiffer. Classic re-location story, with Robert Di Nero looking a little bit more grubby than he had to. Michelle Pheiffer looked great, but her New York accent kept flowing in and out like the tide. Robert Di Nero was great fun to watch in his tough guy with a soft heart role. Dianna Argon was a surprise talent as the teenage daughter, and John D'Leo was actually brilliant. Tommy Lee Jones was . . . . Tommy Lee Jones.
Up Next, Stand Up Guys  (2012), with Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Al Pacino. This movie was so well written, it could have been a play. A story with three old wise guys reminiscing the old days. The timing between these three consummate actors was impeccable. And the ending was not predictable. Good cameo by Bill Burr as well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cheers to the Patagonia Photographers

Patagonia's photographers are champions. If you want to see more of their work and get to know them, go to

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tamaqua Pa Fall Festival October 2014

Coal Miner Table

Local kids raising money for charity

Spooky hand painted glasses

Pretty scary crocheted thingy on a hounds tooth coat

Not sure really, but a whole lot of color going on here.

Scary food

Ok, so it was Egyptian food, not so scary after all.

Not really sure why she was wearing this. Looks like the guy behind her is trying to figure it out too.

Yea!! Hero's For Hope. Gotta love Batman and Catwoman raising money for one of our local kids.

Local Musicians

Ever wonder who makes the towels with the crochet thingy to hang it on your fridge? Found her.

Spinning wheel, and Llamas. You betcha.

Cute hubby looking at cool cars.

Cute Me next to an awesome Road Runner.

Fall Decorated local business window.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Still not sure why they were dressing like this. I felt like I was stuck in the twilight zone.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Solar Flare - October 2014

This photo is not mine, I pulled it from a news article. Just stare at it for a while, and wonder at the utter miracle of seeing the sun like this thanks to modern technology.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Style at an Older Age

This gentleman was kind enough to let me photograph him. His clothing is well made and stylish. The hat adds just a touch of color and humor. And that sweater! It anchors his outfit solidly in the classic zone. Neutral khakis are the only option here, and flat black walking shoes. Just a peep of a button up and large framed glasses finish his look.
In conversation, he told me that he is a musician, and plays at a local Italian restaurant. Also, he colorizes old lithographs and religious papers. Wow, really love this guy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DIY - Quick Kid's Room Update

Summery curtain, aqua sheets, surfer art

Surfer art was totally easy: Print one photo from the web. Make 8 copies. Color wash one part of the picture with different colored watercolors. Tape to the wall with black masking tape. Voila!

Surfer art detail
Notice the mattress is on the floor, which keeps the vibe "beachy" and laid back.
For those of you with a keen eye, that's a Monster High calendar on the side of the night stand.