Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eleanor Roosevelt

The
 future
 belongs
 to 
those
 who
 believe
 in
 the
 beauty
 of 
their
 dreams.

xoxo
VU

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


L
ook not mournfully into the past. 
It comes not back again. 
Wisely improve the present.
 It is thine.
 Go forth to meet the shadowy future,
 without fear, 
and with a manly heart.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day at the Beach

Greetings from Southern California. Today the weather was unbelievably perfect.
Yes it was a beach day on Christmas Day in California....
 Exploring the tide pools and being with my family was the best way
to spend Christmas.






Happy Holidays to you and your family.
VU

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!


Happy Holidays....
VU

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Welcome

O Winter! 
ruler of the inverted year, . . . 
I crown thee king
 of intimate delights,
 Fireside enjoyments,
 home-born happiness,
 And all the comforts that the lowly roof
 Of undisturb'd Retirement,
 and the hours Of long 
uninterrupted evening, know

William Cowper

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Projects

Here are some of the new crocheting projects I've been working on.
I'm hoping to have a least one of my granny blankets complete
by the Spring.
Wish me luck.




Winter Seascape

The sea runs back against itself.
With scarcely time for breaking waves.
To cannonade a slatey shelf
And thunder under in a cave.

Before the next can fully burst
The headwind, blowing harder still,
Smooths it to what it was at first -
A slowly rolling water-hill.

Against the breeze the breakers haste,
Against the tide their ridges run
And all the sea's a dappled waste
Criss-crossing underneath the sun.

Far down the beach the ripples drag
Blown backward, rearing from the shore,
And wailing gull and shrieking shag
Alone can pierce the ocean roar.

Unheard, a mongrel hound gives tongue,
Unheard are shouts of little boys;
What chance has any inland lung
Against this multi-water noise?

Here where the cliffs alone prevail
I stand exultant, neutral, free,
And from the cushion of the gale
Behold a huge consoling sea.
John Betjeman

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Downton Abbey Season 2


I can't wait for Season Two!!!
Viva la Romance....
VU

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Weekend Bliss



Happy Weekend
VU

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Visit to a Paris Market


A visit to a Paris Market with David. What could be better?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Catherine Deneuve


Timeless Beauty!!!
Happy Weekend
VU

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eleanor Roosevelt

The
 giving
 of
love
 is 
an 
education
 in 
itself.

Happy Weekend!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Before Sunset


One of my favorite all time romantic films about second chances with
 the one who got away!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Courage

Large Sentiment – ‘Courage’








Image courtesy of Pintrest

Friday, December 2, 2011

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Celebrate
 endings, 
for
 they
 precede
 new
 beginnings.

Happy Weekend!!! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Follow your Bliss

Joseph Campbell

Live the life you want!!!

Photo courtesy of Tiny Buddha.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Water

Everything on the earth bristled, the bramble
pricked and the green thread
nibbled away, the petal fell, falling
until the only flower was the falling itself.
Water is another matter,
has no direction but its own bright grace,
runs through all imaginable colors,
takes limpid lessons
from stone,
and in those functionings plays out
the unrealized ambitions of the foam. 

Pablo Neruda 


Happy Weekend.
VU

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Tide Pool in November

I love going to explore the tide pools during November...not a lot of people and lots to see.
The tide was especially low today.... I have discovered that while
I love wading in the tide pools with my knee high rubber boots they are not
the right shoe for climbing rocks...Yes...it happened...I tripped and fell....Luckily 
I wasn't hurt...but I am off to shop for another pair of hiking shoes...
just for climb the rocks at the
tide pool.











In case your wondering what that little tiny thing is....it's 
a baby lobster...too cute...


Have a wonderful weekend!!!

VU

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A few things that I am grateful for:


My parents-
 For giving birth to me...without them there would be no me.
My family
For loving, supportting and nuturing me.
My friends-
 For being the best companions in this life.
My job-
 For giving me a source of income and being a place where I feel I can add value.
The Beach- 
For the ever changing beauty.
My soul mate-
 For just being, ( please hurry and find me !!!)
The Sun-
 For showing me light and the beauty of the world.
Music-
 For lifting my spirits.
Health-
For letting me do all the things I want to do now and in the future.

Happy Wednesday!!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

As we express
 our gratitude, 
we must never forget
 that the highest 
appreciation
 is not to utter words,
 but to live by them.  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shakespeare


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image courtesy of weheartit.com

Friday, November 18, 2011

Women In Art


Happy Weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Three Coins in a Fountain

Three American women pin their hopes for love on wishes
they make as they toss coins into the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Do their wishes come true????
You'll have to do what I did and watch the movie...
A little silly but fun!!!


Happy Wednesday!!!
VU

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ABC of Life


Courtesy of Pintrest

Monday, November 14, 2011

Endless Beauty

This is how I spent Monday right before the sun went down!!!




Have a great week...
VU



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Life


Life isn't just about keeping score.
It's not about how many people call you
And it's not about who you've dated or haven't dated at all.
It isn't about who you've kissed,
What sport you play,
Or which guy or girl likes you.
     It's not about your shoes or your hair
Or the color of your skin,
Or where you live or go to school.
In fact it's not about grades, money,
Clothes, or colleges that accept you or not.
Life isn't about if you have lots of friends or if you are alone,
And it's not about how accepted or unaccepted you are.
Life isn't about that.
But life is about who you love and who you hurt.
It's about how you feel about yourself.
It's about trust, happiness, and compassion.
It's about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance
And building confidence.
It's about what you say and what you mean.
It's about seeing people for who they are and not for what they have.
Most of all it is choosing to use your life.
In a way that could have never been achieved otherwise.
These choices are what life's about. 

Quote courtesy of myoprea.com

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Live the language - Barcelona


Happy Saturday!!!
VU

Johnny Mercer

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold....
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands, I used to hold
Since you went away, the days grow long
And soon I'll hear ol' winter's song.
But I miss you most of all my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Live the language - Paris


Happy Weekend!!!
VU

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sir Walter Scott

"November's
 sky is chill
 and drear,
November's
 leaf is red
 and sear."




Monday, October 31, 2011

My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grady
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so ryly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell he so,
And they are better for her praise.
Robert Frost

Happy Halloween

Eat,
 drink
 and
 be
 scary. 

 ~Author Unknown

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Harvest Time at the Farmer's Market







Happy Sunday!!!
VU

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jacques Cousteau

“The Sea,
 once it casts its spell, 
holds one in its net 
of wonder forever.”



Happy Weekend!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Under the Harvest Moon


Under the harvest moon 
When the soft silver 
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers,
Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

Carl Sandsburg



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Emily Bronte

Every leaf speaks
 bliss to me,
Fluttering from 
the autumn tree.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Beach Day

I got home a bit early today and took advantage of the little day
light that was left and wanted to check out the tide pools.
There was so much to see today...I got really lucky
and found a huge aqua piece of seaglass.
I see a necklace in my future.













Happy Monday!!!
VU