Lazy Sunday

Random knowledge: ferrule. It’s the band that attaches the eraser to the pencil. Keep that in mind for your next crossword puzzle.

I am watching Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood because there is going to be an interview with Catherine Deneuve. She is one of the all-time beauties of our world, right up there with Grace. You could wonder why I am so possessed with beautiful women. I often try to channel their style. Audrey, Grace, Catherine. I find them enchanting. Plus, in the case of Catherine Deneuve, the accent is awesome.

The same goes for Pharrell. I love his style. I don’t want to look like him but he carries it off so well.

I know there are terrible things going on in the world. Horrific mud slides, plane crashes, horrible deaths. I don’t write about these things because I have nothing to add. You can find many, many articles to read about these disasters. Know that I am aware of the terrible things in the world but I choose to use this spot as a place to retreat, take in some beauty, enjoy a bit of banter and relax..


Random motivational quote. You can take it to heart or just leave it here on the page.


Inspiration for the green background I’m now using.



The season of pink is not far off.


French women are so chic. I think they’re born with it.



Cheer up, there’s no snow on the ground.


This is the way most of us are feeling at this point…

I finally learned how to add a proper caption to the photos I post. Hooray for me. Just one trick a day and I’ll have this thing mastered in no time.


This picture reminds me of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a sweet book I just finished:

Ahh, the green background is supposed to perk you up. I think of it as the color of Boston lettuce, one of my favorite colors. I didn’t have anything to say yesterday but figured changing up the background would give some people a boost.

I suggest a new project indoors to get you through the next few (maybe several) weeks. Pick a time-consuming project, really detail oriented and maybe you’ll even end up getting into it. And try to get moving with some sort of exercise. The endorphins really do help you feel better.

In the meantime, here are some pictures to make you happy. Most are from tumblr, Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet:








One of the hardest things to realize is that our someday is right now.



Just a few things to think about on this Sunday. It’s never a bad thing to stop and take stock of what’s going on in your life.

I, for one, am going to be putting in more effort with my blog. I’d like to figure out how to do advertising. I have a few clients who can start for free. They’ll be my control group. You could ask what the point of my blog is ( a valid question). I really just try to find something inspiring to post to make your day more enjoyable. We can visit far-off climates and take virtual adventures. Sometimes just a simple picture of a flower will brighten your day.



Sometimes being a cat isn’t all that much fun.


Have you thought about others lately? I know, a little Pollyanna-ish …


This is how I’ll feel if the weather ever improves.


Don’t you just want to bury your face in these beauties?






Now we’re talkin’ …


I sooo wish I had thought of this.


All of these photos are randomly chosen from various web pages, Pinterest, etc. If there is a specific photographer I will take note.


Be mine, Valentine.

I went to elementary school with a girl who works at the pharmacy and the other day we were reminiscing about Valentine’s Day at school way back when. We would decorate shoe boxes with construction paper, doilies, what-not and cut a slit in the top. It was really loads of fun and in those days we gave one to each person in the class. I think I had my best days in elementary school. It was not too hard to understand the subjects and I was a fantastic speller and had great handwriting so that helped. Then in the fifth grade we encountered New Math and life was really never the same again.  As I said, those were my best days. Until now … and these days things seem to be going along just fine…





Hate to be the one to tell you but it’s going to be a while before we can go for a spin …

(all photos from tumblr)



First, fun pictures:

Snacks at Sochi. Love this.


(random tumblr photo)

He’s glued to the tube watching snowboarding.


(random tumblr photo)

Today’s post is about nothing in particular. Just some things I want to pass along to you before I forget. This post is postcards people send to one place, post with a secret about themselves that no one else knows. It gives one a place to come clean about something, kind of. It’s a bit chilling so don’t read it if you’re having even a so-so day.

theburninghouse I love this site. Granted the premise is scary, i.e., what would you grab before you run from a burning house. But if you can look at it as what are the absolute essentials I need to live my life then it’s cool. I’m going to work on a list of what I would take.


Linda’s Bras at 552 Third Avenue in NYC. Between 36th and 37th Streets on the east side of the street. Getting fitted is somewhat mortifying but they do it with respect and grace and you will leave feeling like a new woman. I won’t go into details because of male viewers. If you live anywhere near NYC it’s worth the trip. I’m just squeezing this recommendation in the middle of the post so no one gets embarrassed.


Feel better about yourself by helping others.There are people in America who still don’t have enough to eat. Try working at a soup kitchen to get a feel for the real tough world out there. If that’s not up your alley then give money. If you live in the NYC metro area try looking up POTS (Part of the Solution) in the Bronx. They are a very well run organization and can always use volunteers and most certainly need money. Otherwise find one in your area and give / send some help.It’s like anything else: you get out of it what you put into it. Working at POTS has been an amazing experience for me, much more than I ever expected.

Winter wonderland theme for the tables at POTS, including valentines. Snowflakes are mixed media: felt corrugated paper, glitter paper, felt and crocheted, all hot glued to twigs I gathered on my walks. Glass stones in the bottom with fake snow on top. Made by yours truly. Photo by sarahb.




I have to laugh at myself. I had written in an earlier post about how I was planning to sit on my couch with my needlepoint and watch the Olympics this February. Well, forget that idea!  Everything I have watched is absolutely riveting and I can’t take my eyes off the television. Forget the needlepoint! Ha, sometimes even I think I’m funny. I’ve looked at the schedule and I can’t leave home to do my errands until 2:30…

I’m watching girls’ ice hockey now. I think it’s actually more fun to watch than the mens’ hockey.

Do you love the color of my blog?? I have always called this color Park Avenue Coral. I even painted our dining room this color way back.

Aw, who doesn’t love a golden retriever?


How could this picture be authentic? I think some clever person photoshopped it but it’s still cute.


(from Slim Paley)



(From tumblr above and below)

Daredevils! But let’s not be surprised if they break a lot of bones if they crash.


Love this picture of snow laden branches but it is getting a bit old.


(Photo by sarahb)