It’s just a few days away, but I feel like it’s already here.

2017 went by in a blur, these last few days don’t seem to make much difference.

In 2017 I drove through hail into a rainbow, and visited Greta Garbo’s House in La Quinta, CA.  That was an epic way to start the year.


I reconnected with old friends.


Started a yoga routine, and TRX.  I learned to do a head stand.




My city went through a lot!


I got to travel a bit Florida to California:


We took care of the bees.



I changed my hair, and got another year older.

It was quite a 2017 for me.  I’m really looking forward to 2018.

How did 2017 treat you?  What do you look forward to in 2018?

A quiet Christmas night

The reason for the season, and a little scripture to go with it. I’m so glad we had the big celebrations early, and I get to sit in the quiet of the day and reflect on the gift of Christ.

Christmas to me is a wonderful time of year. It can be challenging, and I might need a vacation to recover from this last week off.

We’ve been to fun places. Ethel Mae’s Bourbon and Bacon opened up, and we’ve feasted there. Twice.

Who can’t relate to a Barn style restaurant with a “look out for the locomotive” sign? It was their soft opening, so no TV’s, no booze to buy, but plenty of free bacon that gets crisped up with a blow torch table side. It was great. The Shrimp and Grits was amazing, the meatloaf got rave reviews, but the bourbon bread pudding was the overall favorite.

My husband celebrated his big 60 this week, so we feasted again with Stone Crab, and Cake.

It was my husband’s first foray into Baked Alaska. He was a huge fan. I had forgotten about Baked Alaska. What a 70’s throw back. A great treat.

Then we feasted again with family with the traditional Roast Beast. (Notice I tried to focus on seafood before we ventured into Big Beef.)

This one was a 5 rib Prime Rib that I was thrilled turned out beautiful. I get a little nervous cooking something this big. That’s a lot of meat to mess up. No PRESSURE! It was accompanied by Mushrooms braised in Red wine and butter, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts in a bacon-blue cheese sauce, Cabbage and Kale salad with apples and a lemon Vinaigrette, and for dessert a fabulous carrot cake. There were 9 very rowdy folks laughing at my house for a good 6 hours. I slept well after everyone said good night and all the dishes were done. There were 0 left overs. It was like army ants invaded and carried away every speck of the Christmas offering. It made me really happy. It was like a standing ovation culinary style.

Today, it’s quite in the aftermath of the festivities. I get to reflect on the wonderful family and friends that have graced me this week, and I’m just overwhelmed with how blessed I am. But, if anyone puts food in front of me, I might just smack them. I fully understand why people fast and go without alcohol in January. I’ve been blessed beyond measure. It’s time for someone else to get blessed.

Merry Christmas to all. I hope your holidays have been wonderful.

Naughty list

The Christmas threats of being on the naughty list! Be Good or Santa will put coal in your stocking.

I have to admit to being naughty this year, so I decided to go shopping for myself! I want to cover all my bases.

If all else fails, treat yourself. That might be my new focus for 2018.

Happy Holidays all!


Nothing says Christmas like snow.  Just ask Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye!

Being on the Gulf Coast, we don’t get the whole 4 season thing the rest of the country gets.  We have two, Hot and a little warm and rainy.  Houston is green 10 months out of the year.  Shoot, we were still mowing last Monday. How can you get into the Christmas season with the smell of fresh mown grass?

Every now and again we get some winter precipitation.  On Friday  I woke up at 3 am, and was shocked to see snow!  It was a little chilly earlier in the day, mid 40’s and a little cloudy, but no one thought it would really snow!

It was quiet, and still.  It was fluffy and white.  It made me so happy. 

It didn’t last, but we had some fun.

After the snow, I was ready to buckle down and get into some Christmas decorating and baking.  I even went to a cookie exchange. 
We’ve had an interesting year here in Houston.

Changes in the h”air”.

Image credit:  Pinterest

I’ve decided to embrace my gray, and I had my hair cut in Ocotober. 

We went a little bolder with the highlights, to avoid the skunky look. 

No more covering the gray, just highlights and going shorter.  So this photo was taken in October. 

Jump forward to last Friday December 1st.  I’m happy with the color, and the cut, but to speed things up we have to go shorter.

But what about those curls?

This is me, going gray…..but having a bit of fun along the way.  The curls had me channeling my inner Harpo Marx.  I have my trench coat, hat, and horn.  The curls got away from me, and looked quite clownish/Harpo like by the end of the evening. 

I’m running head first into the fullness of my fifties, and I’m not looking back.