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Saturday Morning Bliss

I’ve always loved waking up early on a Saturday morning. There’s just something so peaceful about the world at 5am. Even Lucky, my dog, doesn’t want to be bothered following me around this early in the morning. People are home in their beds sleeping on Saturday mornings so there’s no rush hour traffic. Just me, the birds and my coffee.

This is the best time for meditating and giving thanks to the universe. It’s when I get to feel at one with nature. The air is cool and clean and I love taking deep breaths in between sips of coffee. This is when I get to nourish my soul. The new day holds promise and I can do with it as I please. Or I can do nothing at all. This time and this day belong to me.

I savor the moments as dawn begins to break and the sky begins to light up. It makes me feel a little melancholy. Soon the world will be waking and my quiet time will be intruded upon by lawnmowers and cars driving by. I hear a rooster cock-a-doodle-doing which makes a dog start barking. It has begun.





This happy little girl left us one year ago today. She was 13. If ever there was a gentle soul, it was Lollypop. Just saying her name made me smile.


Lost this little troublemaker in 2015. Kitty Boy was also 13. He liked to hide behind a wall and wait for one of the dogs to walk by and then jump up and scare them. It was the funniest thing to watch.


And now there’s one. Lucky will be 15 in June. Another troublemaker when he was a puppy!  So playful, lovable, loyal and faithful.

Time passes quickly. Everything in life changes. Love the ones who love you.

Seventy Years Ago It Was A Different World

1947 – I love the way everyone dressed back then! It seems like it was such a classy time. That feature photo was taken at a club in Manhattan. Reminds me of a photo from “The Shining”. I just love the way the men have on tuxedos and the women are wearing corsages. My parents are on the left in the back. So young and beautiful!


There’s something so bittersweet in seeing your parents in their younger days. This photo was taken in Astoria, Queens, New York. My mom, Catherine, and my dad, Joe, just 22 years old here.  This is the same year they were married.

They met when they were 13 years old. For my mother, it was love at first sight. For my dad, not quite so much. She was a tomboy at 13 and as she told it, he would literally cross the street to the other side if he saw her coming. He wanted nothing to do with her. That didn’t stop her though. Luckily, she had my uncle Joe in her corner. She stopped dressing like a tomboy and uncle Joe would invite her along when he did things with my dad. In this way my dad got to know her. The rest, as they say, is history.


They married on September 7, 1947. They had what was called an “Italian Football Wedding”.  As you can see there are trays and trays of sandwiches. It is my understanding that during the course of the wedding, someone would yell out, “Hey, I need a ham sandwich”, and someone would hurl one across the room to him like a football. They said it was a blast and everyone had a wonderful time!

Life just seems like it was simpler back then. I’m sure it wasn’t and they had their problems. Just glad to have these priceless photo treasures.






Winter – Water

Tennessee Miller Coliseum

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

A gift of more than $20 million dollars by the late John C. “Tennessee” Miller and his wife, the late Mary Elizabeth Miller, to Middle Tennessee State University, helped make the Tennessee Miller Coliseum a reality.


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Killer Shrimp: Marina Del Rey, California

While vacationing in California last year I was taken to a place in Marina Del Rey called Killer Shrimp. I had heard so much about this restaurant through the years that I was very excited to finally be going there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected. It was better!

The menu boasts an expansive array of tempting choices and the aroma that hits you when you enter is intoxicating. However, we were there for the Killer Shrimp.

I will say I was a little shocked when my dinner arrived. I wasn’t really expecting a huge bowl of what looked like shrimp soup and a loaf of Italian bread. Shrimp soup just didn’t excite me but I picked up a piece of bread and dipped it in the broth as I was instructed and WOW! Heaven!

Now I would be remiss if I only mentioned the food when describing a restaurant. To me a restaurant is more than just the choices on a menu. It’s also in the ambience. It’s about the sights and smells.

To dine on delicious food while sipping wine and engaging in stimulating conversation with good company is happiness. To do so while gazing at the sun glistening on the water and watching ships going in and out of the marina is nirvana for me.

I hope everyone gets to experience this wonderful place at some point in their lifetime!

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Last summer I went to visit my son and meet his girlfriend for the first time. They live in Los Angeles and I went for Mother’s Day. Knowing that I love museums, they took me to the Getty Center which sits atop a hill overlooking Brentwood, California. Not only were the exhibits spectacular, but so was the building’s architecture and the views!  I also got to experience my first Uber ride!

I learned a little background about the Center while there. It began as a museum in the late J. Paul Getty’s home in Pacific Palisades, California in 1954. After his death in 1976 the entire property was turned over to the Getty Trust for museum purposes. Eventually the collection outgrew that site, which has now been renamed Getty Villa. In 1983, Management purchased the land where the museum sits in the Santa Monica Mountains for a cost of $25 million dollars. The site rests 900 feet above I-405 and on a clear day you can see the Los Angeles Skyline, the San Bernardino Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains to the east. To the west you can see the Pacific Ocean.


The Center was designed by architect Richard Meier and the Central Gardens were designed by Robert Irwin. The campus is also home to the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

The Center features antiquities, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. There are also sculptures displayed on terraces.


Angel of the Citadel by Marino Marini

The Central Gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and are home to more than 500 varieties of plants.

After a full day of exploring all there was to see we headed back down on the tram. As you can see from the pictures, it was pretty cloudy that day. However, to me it was a perfect day! When you’re with the right company who cares about a few clouds.

You can find more detailed information about the J. Paul Getty Museums at


Why Do I Need A Magnifying Glass To Read Product Instructions & Find Expiration Dates?


I recently found myself pondering this question when I purchased a bottle of Tylenol. I haven’t used Tylenol in years because I usually use Advil. However, on this particular day I found myself with a bottle of Tylenol in my hand. I was absolutely floored when I tried to read the directions. Do the Tylenol people just assume that everybody knows how to take them so they don’t care if you can read the instructions or not?  As you can see from the photo, even the camera couldn’t pick it up when I enlarged it. On top of that, I couldn’t even read it with my glasses and a magnifying glass!!! My eyes are NOT that bad.

I’ve also noticed recently that I’ve been having problems locating product expiration dates. If they’re on glass, sometimes they’re partially rubbed off and other times, it’s written in dark blue lettering on a dark blue lid. My question is, why?  Why aren’t expiration dates being put where they are easily visible to consumers? At the very least place dark writing on a light background and light on dark. I shouldn’t have to be standing in the supermarket flipping products up and down and around searching for an expiration date! I don’t have that kind of time to waste. Do you?

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

Not too long ago I took my granddaughter to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga for the day. We had the most wonderful time! If you ever find yourself in that area, I would recommend taking a day and visiting. Here’s what you can expect to see!

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When you enter the aquarium the first thing you’ll do is take an escalator up to the top floor. It goes way up creating a feeling of excitement right from the start. You then make your way down through a series of exhibits.

The fun exhibits you’ll see are the River Journey, Appalachian Cove Forest, Discovery Hall, Mississippi Delta, River Giants, Rivers of the World, Tennessee River Gallery, Seahorses, Ocean Journey, Tropical Cove, Lemur Forest, Stingray Bay, Secret Reef, Boneless Beauties, Jelly Fish and Undersea Cavern.


Two of our favorites were the Butterfly Garden and Penguins’ Rock!

Here’s a link to their website with additional information like a calendar of events, prices and hotel packages. Have Fun!!


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