Thoughts and Decisions

It’s been a day of thoughts and decisions.

There were moments when my mind played tricks on me.  But at the end of the day, I’m pleased to report, we have a winner!

As you know, I’ve been in deep thought over frames the last couple of days.

Pictured below are my current frames.  I like them.  I like them a lot.  They’ve grown on me.  But we’ve had our fair share of round and rounds.

This was my first experience with nose pads – I’m not a fan of them.

I like my frames to hug the top of my bridge – these guys want to ride down my nose.

The pads cause discomfort from time to time – I’m not a big fan of that.

And since I’m up for new frames, it’s time to find something a bit more comfortable.

After truly going back and forth with the two different frames, I pretty much selected this pair as the winner.

Sorry for the poor quality.  Photo taken with my cell in the store yesterday.

The style of this pair is similar to the pair I have. And at the end of the day, I’m not ready to let the style go.  I’m happy with my choice, but it wasn’t easy.

Finding something we like, that is attached to our head, every waking hour, can be such a difficult task.  Now I’m ready to move on.

FYI – I asked my FB friends to comment if they had a favorite between the two.  Turns out it was tie 9 – 9.  I found that interesting as it represents how I felt.  Torn.

A pic side by side of the frames.

Blessings – Debbie

Eye Exam

It’s that time of year for an eye exam.  And the time when I’m eligible for new frames.  I’m glad of that, as my current frames have caused a few minor frustrations.

Yesterday, I went in with hubby (as he filled his prescription) and checked out a few pair that caught my eye.

This frame is the one that I slept on all night.

After my eye exam this morning, I tried them on again.  I was just as pleased if not happier with the decision.

But then, this pair caught my eye.  I asked to try them on too.

It liked to really frustrate me as I like this pair as well.

So I grabbed my camera on the cell phone and snapped a pic of each pair.  These are not great shots but it gives me something to think about.

I’ll be sleeping on this over the weekend.  Hopefully I’ll be ready to make my decision Monday.

Blessings – Debbie

It’s Thursday Going on Friday

To my friends on the west coast, Good Afternoon!  To my friends on the east coast, Good Evening!

So this morning while I was sipping my coffee, I got a call from my brother.  It still catches me off guard how three short hours can really seem like a lot.  Here I’m sipping coffee while he was on lunch break.  That seems so strange.

As I moved thru the morning, the to do list downsized.

One of the things I did, was take my camera out for some rose photo shoots.  It was fun!

Our roses continue to flourish – I hope to always be there to take the time to smell them.

Around the noon hour, I met up with the hubs for a nice lunch date.  And we had time to run by the eye dr as hubby needed to fill his prescription.

While there, I enjoyed trying on new frames.  Turns out, I found a pair that I kinda like.  My exam is tomorrow and I’ll have the weekend to really think about those frames.  Hmmm, what shall I do?  The answer will come, right?  It always does.

At least it’s Thursday going on Friday and I have the whole weekend to think and sleep on it.

Blessings – Debbie

Home, There is no Place Like Home

The last week has gone by pretty fast.  Here’s what I’ve been up to.  I christened the pool early last week.  The water was nice and the dips do me good.  But I walk a fine line, as I’m an ex sun goddess.  Summer Hours: Sitting in the shade from 10am – 4pm – Swimming 4pm – ?

I “was” exasperated and my girlfriend (from Louisville) is to blame.  She introduced me to the ever popular Keurig (remember?) and things have not been the same since.  I thought “by the time I get home and make my own, I’ll forget all about it.”  Didn’t work last Tuesday.

Tis true, I used to snub Dear Keurig.  But that’s before I ever tried it.  I was wrong and I say I’m wrong.  It took just one day of being home to realize that my old pot and coffee could never measure up to this guy.  So I dove right in and purchased this guy a week ago today.

The only draw back that I’ve noticed is this.  I have to fight urges every single day.  As the urges prod and poke for me to drink coffee all the day long.

I’m thankful – for abundant blue skies, for weather that I love, for the 72 degrees in the house at 2 pm, that we have yet to turn on the AC this year, that summer went from my least favorite time of the year to fun the last three years, for pretty flowers that bloom, and for love.  I truly love calling So Cal Home Sweet Home.

Our fig tree is producing loads of these guys.  I took this shot this afternoon.  Can’t wait to taste them when they’re ready!  Happy Wednesday everyone!

And goodnight.

Blessings – Debbie

Going Home

After 13 days on the road, we were so happy to be on our way home.

The way I see it – Traveling is fun, time with loved ones is priceless, but the yearning for home after 13 days on the road, was pretty much all we could think about today.

I played with a few apps on the plane, clicked my heals together…

and the next thing we knew, we were home.  Home Sweet Home!

It’s good to be home.

Blessings – Debbie

Back To St Louis

Our trip by now is winding down.  But we have one last stop.  Another stop in St Louis for a little get together with hubby’s grade school friends.

Hubby organized a grade school class reunion for his classmates from 1st – 6th grade.  We had a total of 13 classmates + guests.

Hubby also ordered a 50th birthday cake (from their hometown bakery) for the class.


The class had a wonderful time reconnecting and visiting thru the evening hours.

Next time, hubby hopes to get in contact with more classmates as it would be nice to see many more friends from days gone by.

Blessings – Debbie

Louisville KY

June 13

Here I come!  While hubby was in Indy on Business, I took the nearly 2 hour drive down to Louisville, KY to spend a little time with my girlfriend.

To be a guest in their home was an honor, in the beautiful downtown Louisville Historic Home District.  It’s a place where charm and elegance meet.  A place where I sat back and breathed in beauty.

Favorite things I remember the first afternoon/evening –

  • Sitting at the kitchen bar sharing a bowl of baked chips made from, I believe rice.  They were such a yummy, crunchy little snack while sipping Diet Coke and catching up with my friend of many years.
  • I love how they remodeled the kitchen.  Their cabinets and counters are just gorgeous!
  • Meeting her loving dog was wonderful.  I Love You Luca!
  • Moving on out to the patio late afternoon where we sipped a cool beverage, enjoyed the breeze and the sounds of wind chimes while admiring their gorgeous landscaped backyard.
  • But the conversation and all the catching up is what I love most.  It was wonderful!
  • Soon her hubby came home from work and joined us for a little visit.  It was the first time I met her hubby.  But I knew right away how perfect they are for each other.
  • They treated me to a wonderful dinner Downtown.  I just remember how much I enjoyed the atmosphere all the way around.
  • Later on in the evening, we got comfy back at the house.
  • We lounged, reclined and visited.
  • With the reality show Duets with Kelly Clarkson for our entertainment.  I love all the things I remember about that day.  Great memories!

June 14

Today we were up early and started the day with a cup of coffee.  Not just any cup of coffee.  My girlfriend has the amazing Keurig and she fixed me my very first cup of coffee from that cool pot.  My choice of coffee was the Raspberry Chocolate Truffle.  It was good, so good that when she offered another cup, my eyes lit up and my heart skipped a beat.

Soon we were on our way as she gave me the grand tour around town.

We stopped by the University to have a look at The Thinker.

We traveled past the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.  And I got to see for the first time the World’s Largest Bat.  It’s a six-story tall replica of Babe Ruth’s Bat.

We passed by Churchill Downs – The sun was high and we were not in the best lighting for this shot, but here it is.

Terrible harsh light, but here’s the Kentucky Derby Museum.

We passed by the Muhammad Ali Center.

And we made our way to some fun downtown shops.  We explored, found some unique things, went to an amazing place for lunch and topped off the early afternoon at a cool pottery shop.

But I would have to say our visit was the best part.  I truly enjoyed our time together.

While our visit was amazing, there came a time when it was time to say goodbye, until we meet again.

I made it back to Indy just before hubby finished up his last day of business.

And all the San Diego boys and I went out for a nice Chinese dinner.  I like that we ordered but shared all the dishes in the center of the table.  It was a great way to try many wonderful things.

And this is a picture of the sunset out my side mirror that evening.

And at the end of the day, all was right with the world.

This also made for our last night in Indy.

Blessings – Debbie

June 10,11 and 12

June 10th – Hubby and I checked out of our hotel in IL and made our way down to Indianapolis for hubby’s business trip.  I can say the drive was easy as I slept most of the way.

June 11th – Hubby worked from the hotel and I played with the pictures from the wedding as I tried to get them on FB asap.

June 12th – Hubby left the room bright and early for business.  I hung out downstairs with a cup of coffee and enjoyed the morning.

I tooled around with the washing machines at the hotel and got our laundry all caught up.  That was an accomplishment.

After I finished my small list of things to do, I played a spell with my iPad, in our room, while I waited for hubby to get off work.  Twas fun.

Then we met the boys from work, at The Rathskeller German Restaurant, Downtown Indy.  A wonderful evening was had by all.  Photo taken with my cell but as good as it gets of Q.  He’s been working for hubby from all the way when we lived in NY.  It’s so good having him out here (So Cal and the business trip to Indy) with us.

By the end of the night, hubby and I were in dreamland getting lots of good rest.  Night!

Blessings – Debbie

Wedding Bells

A wedding to remember.  Hubby and I had the privilege of attending our nephews wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, the Bride went for a 5k run.  I just love the way she rolls.

Photos taken after her run.

I was up early to help the family/friends decorate the reception hall.  I got to help put the pretty purple sashes on the chairs among other things.  It was a lot of fun being involved.

After a few hours, our duties were over and the crew came in to take care of the rest.

Soon, hubby and I were “Johnny on the spot” to get over to the theater early.  Turns out, we were the very first to arrive.  We picked out our seats and listened to the beautiful music, while eagerly waiting for the ceremony to begin.

The minister told their love story from the top.  It was beautiful.  He shared the story from the Bride and the Groom points of view.

The Bride:  Walked up to this handsome man “a perfect stranger when they met” and said You’re so handsome.

The Groom:  She walked up to me and said “You’re Hot”.  And she eagerly helped enter her phone number in my cell phone.  And that’s the last time she’s known anything about electronics.

The Bride and Groom also read their own wedding vows to each other.  The Bride: Vowed to comfort her Groom (a St Louis Cardinal fan since birth) when the Cardinals lose and never root for the Cubs.

While I can’t remember everything, I do remember how their stories made us laugh and cry.  And how their love for each other filled the room.

It was such a beautiful day to watch these two love birds become one.

Soon it was time to make our way to the reception.  The tables so pretty as they were set for Kings and Queens.  And the meal was over the top amazing!

So way back at the church, shortly after hubby and I arrived, I leaned into him and said, “I’m looking for something funny to happen this evening”.  I think this picture of the Bride’s brother, says it all.  This was the intro of the wedding party arriving to the reception.  Need I say more?

Hubby and nephews visit.

The “First Dance”

We adore our family and their fun-loving ways!

Hubby and Nephew/Groom.

The lovely couple and little o me.

Me and my King.

And they danced thru the early morning hours.

The Bride and Groom the next morning.


The same pic played with a bit.  They are just too cute!

And they live happily ever afer.

 Blessings – Debbie

A Trip to Central IL

It was a special day as the excitement was mounting.  A day we looked forward to for many – many months.  This was the day we were on our way to the wedding of our nephew.

But before our trip, we had to make a quick stop at the local Wal*Marts.  We still needed to pick up a card for the bride and groom.

I love their display as there is no doubt what part of town we were in.  This was Cardinal Nation, baby. Best fans in baseball.  My hubby has been a fan since he was a toddler and I’ve been a fan since the beginning of our time together.

Are you thinking non sequitur?  Me too.  But this is what happens when a display like this hits me.

So we secured the card for the couple, then off to the next great adventure.

The evening was a flurry of family and friends arriving from far and near.  And we had brief visits with many we had not seen in a while = good times.

While the rehearsal was underway, hubby and I found a great place to dine and we were back in time for a big family gathering on the outdoor patio.

There was so much excitement in the air.  Children were splashing in the pool and good times lasted long into the night.

It was a night that the camera stayed in the room and the meaningful visits with loved ones will remain in my heart forever.  I’m learning there are times when it’s nice not to be in camera mode.

Blessings – Debbie

A Day in St Louis

We had a wonderful day in the St Louis Area.

There she is agian.  I’ve seen this arch so many times as hubby and I travel to the “Lou” often.  But I get so excited each and every time I see it.

The hubs and I enjoyed his hometown bakery for breakfast.  We will not talk about what we had, but it could have involved the most amazing donuts I’ve ever had in my life.  And then for dinner we had yummy BBQ with fried okra as one of my sides.  I haven’t had okra that yummy since we lived in TX.  Lets just say, our healthy living was not up to par.

No doubt, we were having fun!

Blessings – Debbie

Off to St Louis

Oh what a day.  A day that was easy to roll out of bed and not have to rush off to the airport.  I love flights where we don’t have to get up while rubbing our eyes, wishing we could hop back into bed for a little more sleep.

It was such an easy morning, no rushing around for anything.

The luggage was all ready the night before.

Our commute to the airport was easy peasy in the HOV lane.

And hubby even had time to chill with a new shoe shine.

Love looking out over the San Diego coast.  A place I will always love.

Playing with my Ipad camera and apps was a huge hit on the flight.

Diet Coke with lime was so good!  But the playing with that Ipad and apps trumped everything else.

I’m a fan of my lap top bag under the seat in front of me.  Makes for a great foot rest for my short legs.

Luckily I had something to play with, as the flight was over in the blink of an eye and we were well on our way to a lot of fun.

Blessings – Debbie

Coffee – More Than A Dose

It was one of those kind of days when I left the house early with coffee in tow.  As if that wasn’t enough, I hit the local coffee shop mid day.

I sat there with my cup of coffee and my phone in hand.

My phone was the only thing I had to take pix with, so I used it.

I quite like this shot of the waitress and the gentleman across the way.  She knew him by name and they seemed to enjoy each others company as he shared a bit with her about the movie he was watching.

It was a happy place.  And also my very first visit to this quaint little place.  I’m sure it will not be my last.

Yes, it’s the coffee that got me thru 4 different errands and I was back home by 3pm to get ready for our trip.

Hubby treated me to dinner so that we didn’t have to mess up the kitchen.

And the exciting news is this.  I have us all packed and ready to go.  Now if we can get some sleep, we’ll be doing good.

Cheers to fun things to look forward to!

Blessings – Debbie

Panic Attack

A panic attack is when the hair salon calls first thing this morning to announce my hairstylist is sick.

It’s the call a girl never wants to receive just before a trip.

A panic like this can cause for millions of things to cross a girl’s mind in a flash.  Amen?

I won’t even go there as I don’t have the time to get into all the things that crossed my mind.  And I’m quite certain you’re not up for the list.

What I did say is that I’m so sorry, I hope she feels better soon.  When they tried to work me in for a later date, I kindly asked if there was anyone in the shop that could take me today.  I did quickly explain that I was going on a trip.

It’s so cool how the girl on the other end of the line completely understood my urgency to get in right away.  And I was accommodated by the manager who saw to it that my hair was all one color again.  Whew, all is right with the world.  I know, this is just small potatoes, but it sure does make me feel a lot better having it done.

I’m thinking…

of several more things to cross off the list before our trip.  I certainly don’t need any more panic attacks.

Tonight, it’s a dinner and shopping date with the hubs.

And tomorrow it’s a day to pack and get ready to fly away from here.

Cheers to everything else falling into place, I hope.

Blessings – Debbie

First Saturday in June

Good evening and happy first Saturday in June!  I hope you had a great day.

We had a fun-filled day here in beautiful So Cal.

I played a bit with instagram.  I just signed up this week.  And I find that this is another app that provides more fun than a barrel of monkeys.  I know, I’m behind the times with instagram, but I’m getting the hang of it, or not.

But most of all, I enjoyed the day with the hubs.  We did a little shopping at the mall and a few other places.

And we filled the craving we’ve had for weeks and weeks at this amazing place.  It did not disappoint.

We also took in a wonderful outdoor art show.  We were told that we could take pix if we like.  I jumped at the chance, as this is the kind of painting that makes me swoon and my heart skipped more than a beat.

We did seriously look into that piano painting, which was reasonably priced.  But we are not ready to commit to anything like this (it’s HUGE) until we settle down into our own home someday.

While we look forward to being homeowners again, we still enjoy this freedom and the excitement of where our next home will be.

Happy Weekend!

Blessings – Debbie