I’ve some things to say –


I’ve been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger the last few weeks – it’s that time of year for me – and no, I don’t do taxes … but it will all calm down at the end of this month. Thank God. And although I love scribbling out my thoughts, ideas and insanity – priorities, you know.

But seriously, I’ve some things to say now … so, grab a drink, sit down and as Bette Davis once said, “Buckle-up, it’s going to be a bit bumpy.”


I’m ready for Hillary because I was ready in 2008 — and I’ve waited (or will have waited) eight long years to campaign for her once again.  I believe in Hillary and I know she was the right choice in 2008, but people opted for the spotlight of Mr Obama and not experience.  

And what a price we’ve paid for that lack of experience – especially in our foreign policy (this incident in the Ukraine would NOT be happening right now), handling of handouts (you know, that $890 Billion stimulus package), the utter disregard for the middle class (but using the name to stir up support) and this train-wreck of a health care reform (yes, Obamacare SUCKS in its purpose – it has hurt more Americans than it has helped) … Experience, no matter what anyone says, matters in the end.  

Many people think every Democrat voted for Mr Obama; however, that’s just not the case. I, myself, voted for Hillary in 2008 & 2012 (write-in) and in just two short years — I’ll be marking her name as my choice for the next President of the United States.  Madame President has a very nice ring to it — and quite frankly, is long overdue.  And before you misguided wacko’s try to call me a racist — don’t. Because I’m not.  


And, not ONE word from me … GO SEE IT.


This one – I  her beyond measure -destroyed her daytime bed (I still can’t even deal with it) Thursday and so she only has a towel for – well, a while. She really is getting better … potty training is at prolly 70% and her teeth – on the top and bottom – betwixt her ‘fangs’ have broken through … This is all a sign that her teething/biting days are now numbered! She definitely keeps the house on alert!! 

All has been quiet on the telly-front … yes, I’m still watching my spring favourites – Once Upon a Time, Reign and Elementary.  I must admit, I’m still bitter over the entirely short seasons of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.  Good tv doesn’t happen often and when one is left wanting more … well, it just pisses me off!

And here we are – many days later and the world has done nothing but place sanctions on Russia.  Granted, the sanctions in place are going to devastate Russia in the near future; however, the Ukraine should not be left alone to fight Russia.  

I’m amazed – and not in a good way – at how the Ukraine’s neighbours have pretty much done nothing to support them in this current crisis.  I know that war isn’t the answer, but sending troops to help Ukraine bolster its defences would be a show of support that would send a clear message to Putin that the region isn’t going to stand for his meddling.  All we can do for now is pray that the Ukraine stands tall and steadfast.


And then there was Saving Mr Banks. I’d heard the good, the bad and ugly about the movie chronicling Walt Disney’s painstaking 20-year journey to acquire the rights to PL Travers’ story Mary Poppins.  So, I let it drag its way to OnDemand — and rented it.

And to my surprise, I loved it.  Granted, it’s not the fast-paced, energetic, suck-you-into-the-story-from-the-very-first-millisecond movie Disney is known for, but it is truly a glimpse into the world of Walt Disney himself. 

Ms. Travers truly did lead a very sad and heartbreaking childhood in Australia — her father an alcoholic and her mother just trying to keep them afloat through hope and that alone — well, it tugged at the heartstrings.  I think for my take on it — I had to realise that it wasn’t a movie to entertain as much as it was to show the world how Walt Disney continued to handle the adversity (even after his success) right up until the very end.

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were brilliant in their roles as P L Travers and Walt Disney respectively.  I’m no movie critic nor would I ever pretend to be one, but if you want to see and understand how Mary Poppins came to be on the big screen – this movie is for you.

So, here we are … that moment in which I’m tired of rambling and have decided that this is the end of this post.  I think it more than makes up for my absence as of late!  As always, here are some of my favourite quotes to tide you over until some inspiration sets itself upon me and pushes me to my keyboard … 

ecbb896b2bd862e2204f128296af2294 ee53684dccbe40eb239b37c8e6fe113f c93cee3c9b380d6a0a991d14837565f8 4499a5afda1ac6da7402624b1a3832de 2014-04-13_1430 1531ba3776079a7770e4aca16d3526d5 261f41ba23a0d4a57dcf05d62be90c93

And that’s that … I hope everyone has a great week!  🙂





I don’t need ChapStick


Take me or leave me. It’s really that simple. I think it’s funny or perhaps pathetic when people give you ultimatums.  Really? And you think because you’re older than me that I’m going to just compromise?  Because – you have more life experience than I do? 

Let me help you out with that little idea of yours … 

I’ve learned – in my life experience – that when you are at peace with yourself – you don’t have to make unnecessary compromises within your life.  You know the compromises I’m talking about … the ones that you do in order to ‘have something’ or ‘have someone’ in your life.

Bottom line is that I’m true to myself.  You know, following Willie Shakespeare’s timeless advice: 


I don’t need to do anything less than follow my heart. After all, nobody else is doing my living for me and if anyone wants to — I’ll send you my monthly bills. 🙂

As for people thinking that I’ll “come around” to compromising who I am to keep a ‘friendship’ — let me assure you, I don’t need ChapStick because my lips aren’t chapped from kissing anyone’s butt now or ever.  You can keep your “friendship” because I don’t need friends like that in my life.


My week was sorta-kinda fast, but not really … but it’s over and now I’m on holiday.  Alexa and I are taking our first trip away from home — we’re jetting to West Palm Beach for a little sun and fun (like we don’t get enough of that at home, but it’s a totally different experience in Palm Beach!).  I’m interested to see how she travels … I’ve a travel tranquillizer just in case I need she needs it!

I’m going to be so glad to be away for a few days and of course, having some of my good friends over once I return … they’ll be meeting Alexa for the first time and I’m actually happy about that!

Speaking of the little angel, here are a couple of her latest pixtures … 

2014-02-15_1016 2014-02-15_1020_002

I am hopelessly head-over-heels in love with her … still working on the things you work on with a three month old puppy and I love hearing the pitter-patter of feet throughout my house again … I still miss Nica terribly and there isn’t a day that I don’t think of her and cry, but that’s part of the entire process of being a pet parent … we don’t get to keep them very long, but for the time we have them — they do so much for us and with us!

So, I get emails once in a while about my telly watching … I don’t know why, but I do and I often get asked about what shows I watch.  I don’t always talk about them all here, but here they are … 



39160 Once Upon a Time--Craig Sjodin 138485757261746422_Sy3ydw1t_c 2014-02-02_1024 2014-02-01_2204


the-exes-12 2013-07-15_1117 Being Human media-1506916986383851004-TVL_KIRSTIE_1_H2_1385153098026_640_320 2013-07-15_1132 Broadchurch Major_Crimes 2013-08-09_1106

And there are others, but I think that’s enough for now – right?  As for Will & Grace – I’m sorry, but I’ll watch that show over and over again — and well, Sex and the City and QAF, too!  And to Tony, yes – as you guessed, I rarely watch a show the same night it airs — that’s why I have my TiVO! 🙂 And I never watch my Twitter feed either … too many people trying to spoil it for others!

And little did I know that when I started posting some of my favourite quotes — there would be requests for more … so, just in case you don’t get your needs met here — you can visit my tumblr quote page — Quote-a-Topia to get more! 🙂 

And you didn’t think I wouldn’t post any before I take my little holiday did you?  

tumblr_mx3o6k4dl11qz8rpeo1_500 96353ad9f18a93849f17b1194e01b8de 92dea37fb1a607bff824b0cc765817b5 35bd924f38956eb680e104c1a139ca7a 4c0947a4bc120c869b7089d7221c3c32 2ecb4ad980d569a09439284ae7be32c2 01a9b076f644311ed39ed3846bf54bbe

And with that … I’m off to crawl in my bed so I can be up “early” to pack for my quick trip and run some errands later!  I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll post once I’m back next Thursday! 🙂





The day I dreaded has arrived.


5 May 2000 – 24 September 2013

My beautiful and precious Nica left me earlier today.  My heart has shattered into a million pieces.  I’m so thankful to God for taking her in her sleep and before she was in any pain.  For those of you who’ve reached out via email or by calling – thanks so much.  I’m afraid that I won’t be of much use to anyone for a few weeks — so, if I don’t contact you back — please, do not think anything bad about it – I just need time to grieve and mourn my little angel.

I think I have a really good eye…

The past week has been one of the better weeks I’ve had in a long time and I really feel like it’s going to keep heading in that direction.  One of the most important parts of getting back to my happiness  is being able to think without your mind racing and dragging you back into that dark place.

One of my new obsessions is BBC’s Sherlock … I had seen promos for the show, but blew past them. Then I watched and got hooked.  And I’m officially all caught up — just waiting for Season 3 now.  I said all of that to say — the quote you’re seeing, above, is from Sherlock.  It’s what he does when he really needs to sort things out and well, I totally understand that mindset.  I love my ‘me time’ because it allows me to clear my mind and that’s a healthy thing to do.

I’ve been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger with updating/adding pages and exporting my blog content to my new Blogger account — it’s nothing more than a double press — I want a bigger audience and I’ll eventually connect both of those blogs to my own personal website … The Big Pixture — which I’ve been working on to update! 🙂  All of this kinda stuff takes me one step closer to my happiness … it’s the creative side of me that has been buried for months and it’s starting to push its way back … to the front! 🙂

I’ve started to really get into interior design — several of my friends have solicited my opinions and then did the work — and it turned out great. It’s really easy to design when it’s not your money being spent!!!   I think I have a really good eye and love figuring that kind of stuff out … if you have a creative thread in your soul — it shines through in all areas: art, cooking, graphics, design, et al.  It’s kind of amazing to know that being a creative person helps jump start the journey back into the light!

Today is the Wimbledon Men’s Championship and alas, my favourite – Rafa Nadal, is not there. 😦  He never truly even got out of the gate.  I wonder if the entire hype regarding making history at the French Open kinda rattled his mindset?  And with him out, I didn’t even really get into Wimbledon this year – and I always watch every single match live or TiVOed.  I am glad that Serena won her 5th title — I like her a lot now; however, I didn’t care for her that much in the earlier part of her career because of the attitude (which she still has, but she handles it so MUCH better now).   So, hopefully Rafa settles down and focuses on the tourneys left for this year – including the US Open in NY!

Nica poking out from under the bed covers this morning …

So, yesterday was a ‘day for the dogs’ … literally.  I bought a new bed and lots of goodies for Nica.  The two things she loved more than any of the other things were her new bed and the new lining for her ‘house’ (that’s what I call her crate and it’s the only word she knows for her crate).  She rooted around in her new bed and then promptly found a t-shirt of mine lying in the bedroom and proudly carried it to her new bed … and then did the same with a pair of socks to her ‘house’ … it’s amazing, to me, how my scent provides her with comfort when I’m not around … I’ve had to be really careful about what I drop on the floor – clothing wise – because she’ll drag ANYTHING to her bed or ‘house’ … if you have a dog, you know exactly what I’m talking about! 🙂

So, I’m ready to get my day underway … lots of little things I need to do and I cannot procrastinate today! 🙂  Here’s to a great Sunday and what’s left of the weekend!


Random. :-)

You have to laugh … and wonder. Gulp.


Yet another reason why I love Seinfeld! 🙂

The one, the only - Miss Lauren Cooper 🙂

Need I say anything else?Let's get it on!

DJ Bryce in da Haus!

It only took 107 shots to get this ONE! 🙂

I miss Will&Grace 😦


Diana, Princess of Wales - truly the Queen of Hearts