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!

Christmas–y

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.

Sunday

A time for rest and reflection,

A time for family and peace.

We had some cold air blow in last night.

One last respite before the heat of summer.

Today,

I’m grateful that tomorrow starts my Birthday week celebration.  My friends have planned two fun things for us to do, and I’m pretty excited.  I’ve got some awesome friends and family.

I might be 50 something, but I’m still standing! And yes, I still like my animation movies!

 

Passionate Kisses–The Question in the Kiss

Maybe I am being nostalgic.  My 23rd wedding anniversary is on the horizon.  But my husband and I have been together for little over 25 years now.

I want to make it to our 50th anniversary, and I want to have one of those happy marriages.  Not a story book marriage, or a fairy tale.  But one of those real, talk to each other, fight, make up, laugh, knowing looks, make it better marriages.

So I thought I would start at the beginning. And get nostalgic over a kiss.  Maybe rekindle the fire a little bit and celebrate our togetherness.

What is better than the first kiss?  The culmination of curious attraction is the question of the kiss.

The kiss asks, “are you for me?  Are you compatible?  Are you what you say you are?  Are you who I think you are?”

In growing older together, he and I have been through quite a bit.

Recently, I got new glasses.  I was surprised when I looked in the mirror at how much I’ve aged in the last year.  I kept looking at my face and asking myself, “where the hell did that come from?”

Regardless of the age marching across my face, I’m looking forward to some passionate kisses, and growing older with my man.  We will just have to take our glasses off, and enjoy our cloudy view and precious memories.


Enjoy some Mary Chapin Carpenter Passionate Kisses.

Farewell 2016!

2016….what a year.

A year of searching and finding.

A year of honey, and beeswax, lotions, soaps, and products from the hive.

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A year of capturing swarms, re-queening hives, and nurturing the bees.

2016 gave us Contentious political debates, uncovered debauchery, treachery, lies, and fraud.

Fake news complaints by the media that created the Fake news.

Death of Rockers, Actors, and Beloved Icons.

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Fires, Floods, and Frightening Facts about the corruption in Washington D.C.

Finding a new job meant leaving behind the long lunches with friends, and finding new ways to stay connected.

Breaking through rocky ground and continuing to cultivate gratitude in my life.

Slowing down how often I post on WordPress, and seeing my followers grow to almost 600.  I’m amazed and grateful.

Change is inevitable, and I am looking forward to a better 2017.

Cheers to 2017:  To a Great Honey Harvest, Great Business Opportunities, Great times with Friends, To a sweeter year, a kinder year, and one that brings dreams to life.

Happy New Year.

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Christmas Day

A minimalist Christmas at our house.

A poinsettia, a nativity, and a trip to the Island.

It was a time to wonder at Industry, History, and Luxury.

Industry, an oil Derek ready to get drilling, and a friendly tug ready to tug you along.


History, a Tall Ship, The Elissa built in 1877.  An Iron Hulled Sail ship, beautiful.


And Luxury.


It boggles my mind, but I’d love to go out for a cruise on either of those ships.  


Everything is fine on Island Time.  

A lovely 80 degree day on Galveston Island.

Merry Christmas.

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At our office Christmas party, we had a Gingerbread House decorating contest.

Some were pretty….some were funny.

But we were all festive, in bows and ribbons, and moose sweaters.

A good time was had by all. 

Beautiful day in the bee yard

The sun was mellow, but the heat was inescapable. 


The girls were really busy bring in the golden rod nectar and pollen.


Then I got a special treat.

I got to see a book from 1901 on bee keeping.  It is so cool!


It is so beautifully written, and the photos and illustrations are magnificent.  

What a great treat to hold this piece of history in my hands.

Our first few frames of honey were plucked up this weekend.  So we will be getting sticky putting that goodness into jars.

Have a great week!