Tuesday, February 21, 2017



I do not know where January and February has gone too.

After putting all my Christmas decorations away (which took 2 weeks) I was kinda in a funk.  A very special friend died just before Christmas, went to bed and didn't wake up.  Gary was only 61 years old and I had worked with him at Amada America and had know him for 32 years.  With Christmas and New Years so close to his death they decided to do a Celebration of his Life in January, close to a Show so a lot of the sale personnel would be in town.  I went to the Celebration held in the Show Plaza at Amada.  It was a wonderful turn out and I got to see so many sales people that I had worked with for 20 years and had not seen in 11 years. It was a beautiful celebration and was bitter sweet.

 While I was there the President asked me to come to the show on the following Thursday.  So my assistant Ginger and I went.  What a reception we got from customers, co-workers and sales personnel - it was great and brought back so many memories.....

They had a wonderful buffet with so many good entrees and side dishes.  they also had a sushi bar, oh so good.

I was amazed on the wonderful renovations they did on the Show Plaza.  It was 60,000 sq feet of space displaying equipment.  When I worked there it was my responsibility to have the Show Plaza in mint condition with the latest equipment for the shows.  Oh how I wished they had renovated the show plaza when I worked there. No A/C- One can only dream.... Here are some of the pictures I took while I was there at the show.

I think that I shrunk... what do you think???

I know you think I am over stating the number of humming bird that I have, but look at these pictures.  When their feeders get low, they sure let me know.  I use about 25 lbs. of sugar a month making their food.  I have since cut back on their sugar and they don't seem to mind it. This goes on all day.  Refill their feeders daily.

I took s shot when we received hail, but it is hard to see.  Lots and lots of rain, but the garden sure loves it and the roses are dancing.  I have been able to pick a bouquet of roses each week and some of my Spring flowers are blooming early.  I noticed today while I was out looking  at my garden that my Cape Jasmine is ready to bloom and that normally blooms in April/May.  So everything is very early.  However, I did notice that my Mr. Lincoln rose bush has died.  I am not going to pull it up as maybe it will recover, I hope.

I have been cleaning out closets, OMG I didn't realize what a mess I had in there, but its going to GW.  Way to many dishes and dishes and dishes.  Guess what I got for Christmas, yes, your right, dishes for 12  Mary Englebret  and they are beautiful.  There are salad plates, dessert plates and small bowls.  No dinner plates, but I can use a white dinner plate to go with them.  Will do a post later.

Seems that I have very little energy due to my thyroid.  Need to increase medication.  Hopefully I will get more energy soon.  I sure fizzle out about 1 p.m. but, I should be thankful as I will be 82 in July.

February 3rd I went to a Chinese New Years Eve Party.  What a grand time I had.  There was so much good food and fun.  There we were tossing the salad with fresh Salmon on it.  It is to bring you good luck.  Then the food started - a 7 course meal with a big Anniversary Cake.  Tour America has been in business for 20 years.  Lovely woman- Gloria and her employees love her.

Then the two Dragons came along wanting you to put Red Envelopes into their mouth - that also brings you good luck.  The the Sake came with gold flecks in it - also bringing you good luck.  They gave everyone a red envelope with a brand new dollar bill in it - again wishing you good luck.....

My friends that I went with.  Most of the people that were in attance there customers.  We certainly had a wonderful evening.  Good food and friends.

As you know this is the year of the ROOSTER.

Had lunch with the owners of a bus company that I worked with after I was laid off from Amada.  I retired three times LOL.  Had a wonderful Italian lunch, since Tony is Italian and so is David.  After the bus company went back into hotels and then I retired for good.

Tony and Jill - great people.  Always call to go to lunch or dinner when they are in town.

My friend David that talked me into moving to Sunny Southern California

Well folks that's what is going on in my world.  Having lunch with a friend tomorrow, we worked together at Amada.  It's Soup and Salad at the Olive Garden......

Shaun and Kelly are having a ball skiing every weekend in Tahoe.  Shaun's girlfriend has a condo there.  Shaun says that Kelly is having a BLAST.

So you all can see that I am still kicking.  Going next week to see if I have to have heart surgery, so say a pray that I do't have to have the surgery and can keep on dancing...................

Mary, Waldo and Lili

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017



My son flew me up to Las Gatos, CA  to spend Christmas with him and his daughter Kelly.  We had a wonderful time.  We did so many fun things, seeing old friends and just enjoying a old fashion Christmas.

Shaun always makes a Prime Rib Dinner on Christmas or Christmas Eve depending on when we have Kelly.  This year it was Christmas Eve and Kelly had to leave by noon on Christmas Day to spend time with her mother.

Clark, Jennifer, Lexie and Lindsey after church Christmas Eve  Notice Clarks' pants, they had little Christmas Wreaths on them - we really cute.

 The table ws full of munchies - Clark and Jennifers girls, Lexie and Lindsey

Everyone crowding into the kitchen to sample the goodies and have a glass of Champagne.

Kim, my son's girl friend, and she is lovely, Shaun and Jennifer sampling the Prime Rib

Clark with his two daughters

Shaun and Kelly's Christmas Tree

Shaun had no center piece, so with a little thought I put this center piece together.  Kim, his girls friend went into the back yard and cut some green branches and I went to work on a center piece.  Kelly has a collection of  Nut Crackers so I lined them up down the center of  the table with some red sparkle ribbon, but the nutcrackers were to tall so I took off the little one's from the tree and they worked fine.

Shaun had prepared the most wonderful Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, au jus, horseradish, creamed corn and Parker House light rolls.  For dessert we had home made fudge,(Pioneer Woman's recipe) and it was so good, cookies and Kelly made a bundt cake.  We had champagne, and lots of wonderful red wine.

After dinner, which I must say was wonderful, the girls started opening up some of their gifts.

Shaun and Kim watching the girls have fun.

Jennifer opening up one of her gifts.

Early Christmas Morning opening up presents before Kelly had to leave.

Can you believe the mess LOL

Kelly left to go to her mom's and Shaun and I relaxed and watched a couple of movies.  Monday I was heading home and Shaun was taking down the tree as Kim and Shaun were going Skiing in Tahoe. on Tuesday.  Kim has a condo there.  Lots of rain so that means lots and lots of snow up in the mountains. They had more snow than in the last decade, so everyone was flocking to the snow.

This was taken this morning.  I have a new room mate and she is such a creative young woman.  She made this beautiful wind chime for her space at Country Vintage in Orange.  She does terrific work and is selling them, sooooooooooo if anyone is interested let me know. Her crystals are stunning.

There's Lili photo bombing the picture.  She was wondering why we were outside in out jammies taking pictures.  LOL  Please excuse the furniture all pushed together, but with the rain I am trying to keep it dry.  Three more storms coming into tonight until Monday.

I am the Uber driver for the neighborhood (I'm not really) ,just take them to school since their parent have to be at work early-  so they don't get wet.  Just playing it back for all the help I used to get when Shaun was young.

So if you know of anyone that collects wind chimes and they are one of a kind, let me know.

Sorry to be so tardy in posting but I was tired after Christmas and then taking down the tree and getting the room ready to rent out - I just don't know where my time goes.  Guess I am getting lazy in my old age.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you will leave your comments, we love to read them.

Mary, Waldo and Lili

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Welcome to my home.  I didn't do as much this year as I usually do, but I ran out of time, due to my computer getting a virus

This is my Candy and Cookie tree in my kitchen along with the Santa's that have been decorating the tree.  They have been so busy ....

The Nutcracker wanted to help decorate also.

This wreath on my back coordinates with my tree in the kitchen.

This year I wanted to do something different on my tree, so I decorated the tree all in red ornaments and red birds.

I didn't put out all of my Santa's, just a few of my favorites. The Candy Santa is sitting on my desk.

This Santa was made by my very best friend Phyllis and he is my favorite.

My new center piece that I got at Michael's, 70% off, plus another 25%.  I danced all the way to the checkout counter.  I also purchased a new pillow at 70% off with another 25%.  I had a very productive shopping day.

That's the pillow I purchased at Michael's, the red with snow flakes,

Just a few of my Santa's, I can't get to the rest of them as that would require me getting on the ladder and I have had orders from headquarters, DO NOT GET ON A LADDER

I am having a love affair with Snowmen, they are just so darn cute....... so I put them all together.

The tall one just jumped into my cart Saturday when I was at Albertson's buying groceries.   I just couldn't tell him no, so home he came with me.  The one to the left lights up, so cute.

Waldo loves to have his picture taken and he followed me all over while I was snapping photo's.  He is getting so old, but he is still frisky.

My dining room table all decorated for the holidays.  I see one of the elf's sitting by a candle.

I got the placemats at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 each, they are made of felt with glitter around the edges.  The table runner and napkins were a gift to me for my Birthday from Phyllis.

The elf's have taken over the chandler, oh my.....

My Santa and Christmas Tree cookie jars.  The Christmas Tree is a Christopher Radko and the snowman is from Target.  I have had them for about 10 years.

My antique door with snowmen on the wreath

My arrangement on the hutch.  All of the ribbon matches the tree and wreath

My front porch with a few antique items-  the wagon, bike and chicken feeder

My old sled that I found leaning up against a tree, just waiting to go home with some one.  I asked the people that lived there and they didn't want it.  Even helped me put it in my car.

My wreath on the front door and another snowman..... oh my, they are taken over LOL

Hope you liked the tour of my cottage  Now I will be baking a few goodies to take up to my son's.
I am going up there to spend Christmas with him and my granddaughter.  So I can't wrap my gifts as I am traveling by plane.  Will do that when I arrive.

I wish all of your a wonderful MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Safe travels to all of you.

Mary, Waldo and Lili

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