‘Tis the season to do so …

27936460158294784_Q3oHrzXj_cI realise that I’ve been away for a bit, but I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with a good number of things.  Recently, my therapist asked me to explain it to her.

“Put it into words for me,” she said, “Paint me a picture.”  So, I did with these words:  Think about your worst Christmas shopping experience ever … all of the people, the hustle and bustle, the rudeness, the lack of any happiness from those around you … that’s my overwhelmed, I told her.

I haven’t been spinning out of control nor have I been unhappy, but just overwhelmed by so many things that I have -truly – no control over whatsoever.  The lack of control, for me, is a feeling of helplessness — a feeling I loathe beyond measure.

That helplessness is what overwhelms me; however, throughout my journey back to my full-time happiness, I’ve learned one thing that has helped more than all: KEEP CALM.

Of course, some of you are now rolling your eyes; however, I can tell you — that old World War II British PR campaign — truly, truly is therapy on a poster.  It did help keep London and an entire nation focused — and that’s the most important thing when you’re feeling helpless/overwhelmed – to stay focused.  That’s what, ultimately, brings you through those moments in time.

And so, my advice to everyone, everywhere overwhelmed by situations that just seem to seize control — just remember your happiness and always, always remember to:

keep calm and carry on yellow

Speaking of Christmas … it’s my favourite time of the year because I love lights, decorations and the loads of happiness it brings me.  For the longest time, I was opposed to giving gift cards, but as of late, I’ve discovered the same wide-mouthed “wows” and smiles are brought about by those little plastic, ‘use-it-once’ gifts.

Christmas Packages

So, for some I buy little presents, but for many — it’s the gift card with a note attached that says:  Please post me an email, a card to let me know how you like your present.  I thought, in the past, that there was no thought or meaning behind giving a gift card; however, my niece said to me at some point, “I can buy what I want to buy and that will make me happy.”

That set me to thinking that gift giving is about making one happy … and so, gift cards became a part of my gift giving; however, I always try to purchase at least one gift that I’ve put thought into to go along with the plastic card! 🙂

And now, I intend to shower you all with a collection of Christmas / Hanukkah pictures because ’tis the season to do so and I love pictures … So, put on some Christmas music and enjoy this barrage of happiness covered in lights and maybe even a little tinsel …


The grandest Christmas tree ever at Rockefeller Centre. 🙂

000 - Christmas Penguins

I love Penguins anyway, but seriously — how could anyone NOT love them dressed up as Santa Claus?!?!

Cartier - NYC

This is Cartier, on 5th Avenue, all wrapped up for Christmas! One of my favourite store decorations!



Christmas and Hanukkah … it’s that time of the year! 🙂



Christmas decorations in NYC are always the best … you can feel Christmas everywhere you travel in the city!

Holly Jolly Christmas Candy Cake Inside

It’s official name … Holly Jolly Christmas Candy Cane Cake. 🙂 Present forks!


Good friends make the holidays so much better …

Starbucks Christmas 2

Ahhhhhh, a warm Mocha Latte will life the spirits of all! 🙂


So excited for Hanukkah to start on 8 December … As Adam Sandler calls it … “Eight Crazy Nights” 🙂




Lighting the Menorah … more than the meals and gifts – Hanukkah is a reminder of the miracles bestowed upon the Jewish people.




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Sweet treats!

And although we know that the birth of Christ didn’t happen during this time of the year, it’s a symbolic time for Christians who celebrate the greatest gift ever given to humankind …

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And that’s it at this moment in time … now that things are back to normal – whatever that is – you should expect posts — miraculous posts back on schedule! 🙂  I do hope everyone is going well at this season!  Happy Hanukkah to all as we ready ourselves for Saturday! 🙂




the future is looking better and better

One of my shelves devoted to many of my favourite things …

I’m feeling really good today … I took the time to vent to my friend, Lauren, yesterday (my therapist said it’s good to communicate with people that I trust) because she knows what I’ve been going through.  I’m thankful for having a handful of people that I know that I can trust in my life – it’s a part of the process and the road hasn’t been as bumpy as of late.  A lot of people simply get bogged down – they forget to keep moving forward, but thank God that I’ve always been a ‘keep going no matter how bad I feel’ person.  I have a driving spirit and I am eternally grateful! 🙂

So, one of my “happy places” is watching the ole telly … yes, God gave someone the infinite wisdom to invent TiVO. 🙂 So, if you’ve looked at my links, to the right – to the right — now dip baby dip — hee hee … Anyway, yes — links to some of my favourite shows on telly … you’ll see The Nate Berkus Show … 🙂 I love, love, love Nate Berkus.  In fact, he’s the inspiration behind a lot of the design in my house … I love his entire ‘mix-n-match’ approach to design.  It has, in fact, rubbed off in my house!

Photo booth pictures of my Dad and I … Hardy Boys … London Call box … Mickey Mouse Alarm Clock … Tigger as the devil … these are a few of my favourite things!

One of my favourite shelves includes items from my childhood … You can see the top shelf one of my best Home Goods finds ever … the word ‘Dream’ — it was on clearance for $6 — I found it on eBay selling, at its lowest price, at $40 … so, score!  You’ll also see a photo frame to the left — that’s holding photo booth pictures of my Dad and I — it’s the one featured as my LOGO … I love that it’s in black & white!  There’s a small Hardy Boys book, a Disney flip book (circa 1974), a London Call Box bank ( I love, love, love that piece), pins from London, a Mickey Mouse wind-up clock (circa 1967) and Tigger in a devil costume!  That shelf also houses a wood sculpture, one of my bow ties from my childhood and two Lego men pins from Lego Mindstorms.

The next shelf holds copies of first edition Hardy Boys books … they’re hard to find, but I buy them when I find them! It also has an original Tigger (the one that actually looks like a Tiger) from my Papa Ross and another Tigger dressed as Indiana Jones.  The small metal box is like a mini ‘locker’ of sorts — I found it at a flea market and talked the price down from $20 to $10.  The next shelf holds more Tigger beanies and all of the books left from childhood … some of my favourites include Charlie Brown!

Some of my photography, art and stitched ‘stuff’ hanging in my living room.

When I moved into my first house, I remember being worried that all of the frames on pictures had to match … and I did that for a very, very long time, but when I discovered Nate, I learned that you could mix-n-match EVERYTHING … photos, art, furniture!  I’ve used that mantra since seeing him on Oprah and when I’ve found a piece I really liked and could get it for what I wanted to pay – it has become a part of my ever growing collection of ‘stuff’ — I try to keep everything organised, but it does get a bit crazy at times!

My cousin Heather, who I love, love, love 🙂 introduced a money trap to me when I visited her back in 2011 … it’s called Hobby Lobby and I was hooked immediately.  It’s full of great stuff – at reasonable prices – to spice up just about any place you want to add a flair of design too!  I’ve been pretty good about not going into debt because I’m all about sales and finding more for less!  There are a couple of pieces I want from Hobby Lobby right now, but I’m saving up for them — they’re card catalogues one is a 12-drawer and a 15-drawer … I hope they’ll be around since I live about 39 miles from the nearest store!  Heather is a stitcher (I don’t know what else to call it) and she made me some of the cutest Ziggy patterns — which I’m having framed and they’ll hang in my office in the fall!

I’ve rambled enough … I’m really starting to feel like I’m getting back on the right path and that makes me know that the future is looking better and better every single day! 🙂

Happy 4th,