Thursday, December 31, 2015


It hardly seems possible that 2015 will soon be a memory. Before it does, I wanted to wish all of you who visit my blog a very happy 2016! A special thank you to all who take the time to write me notes and leave comments. I started this blog as an occasional online journal of sorts to record the mundane details of my life for future reference but it's nice to know that I do get an occasional visitor!

I don't usually like to go out for New Year's Eve but this year, my husband wanted to check out Noce, the new jazz club and cabaret opening on New Year's Eve. The Des Moines Big Band as well as some other artists will be playing some classics. We plan to head over there after enjoying a dinner at one of our favorite downtown Des Moines restaurants. While we were in Minneapolis this fall, a nice lady at Nordstrom helped me pick out a pretty ensemble (below) to wear for the occasion. It's a lovely white-and-black short-sleeve dress that she suggested I pair with a black shrug for winter. She also suggested the silver/pewter heels and a blush pink purse. Now I can't decide whether to go with the pink purse or the cute cat one (pictured below). I know next to nothing about fashion, so feel free to give me your opinion if you read this before 6:00 p.m.! 

Like all years, 2015 was filled with ups and downs but I wanted to quickly share a few happy memories before I have to get ready for our New Year's celebration. After local weather forecasts repeatedly said that we would not have a white Christmas, we awoke to this on Christmas morning just before we left to celebrate the holidays at home with family. I guess there really are Christmas miracles!

I received this early Christmas gift from my husband. I love its Flower Power theme and am going to love riding it around come spring. I did manage to squeeze a few rides in before winter.

We were thankful to get to host our 13th annual Thanksgiving dinner for family. As usual, hubby did the honors of carving the turkey.

For three years, we've been blessed to have the Yang family come over and make egg rolls in early December. They make the most delicious ones and I've always wanted to learn how to make them on my own (they are a bit complicated!). This time I think I paid enough attention to actually make these on my own. Their daughter Catherine (below right) helped me (below left) mix up the ingredients.

Their daughter Isabella (below left) taught us how to roll them up! Here is a photo of me with her trying to figure it out. 

Their mom Sandy fried them up for us. We promptly devoured as many as our bellies could accommodate.

I hope this New Year's eve finds you safe, warm, and happy. I look forward to chatting with you again in the new year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


A Happy Holiday wish to anyone out there who might be wondering if I'm still here! Thanks to those of you who emailed asking me if I was okay. It turns out that November was a rough month but that's another story for another day. Since I promised myself I would continue blogging to record the mundane events of my life even if no one reads them, I am back again! I finally got some holiday decorations up around the house, including this lovely handmade pom-pom wreath.

After seeing this sweet little reindeer in one of the project photos for our magazine (Primitive Quilts and Projects), I decided to hunt for one of my own, figuring it might take me years to find something so unique.

Turns out, I found one almost immediately on a trip to the Twin Cities back in early November. I couldn't believe it. I probably would have even paid a premium for him but it turns out, he was only $12.

While I was in the Twin Cities, I was surprised to get several compliments on my double decker bus purse. I just buy purses that speak to me in some way and don't really think of them drawing much of any attention.

As those of you who've read my blog before know, I enjoy wearing vintage 1960s clothing. This fall, I've been delighted to find three vintage coats from the 1960s. All are in excellent condition. Here are a couple of them. Even though I wasn't alive during the 1960s, there's something about these clothes that I just love. The top one is faux fur and the bottom one is a navy and green plaid 1960s wool coat. The top one was $22 and the bottom one was a little more than I wanted to spend ($70) but it is hard to find coats that look decent on my particular frame, so I decided it was worth the investment. All in all, I considered it a bargain to get two coats under $100, and they sure are better made than today's coats! If you are looking for vintage coats, just remember that the sizing is totally different than today's sizing. In vintage, you'd look for a size roughly double than what you are in today's clothes. If anyone happens to be reading this post and remembers wearing coats like these, I would love to hear from you at or leave a comment.