Thursday, December 30, 2010

...what are you doing New Year's Eve?

Ok, here we go. On this day in 1904 the first New Year's Eve celebration was held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York. And then on this day in 1909 the Manhattan Bridge opened. A few years later, in 1923 the chimes of Big Ben were broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
There are many myths and practices that parallel New Years Eve. For instance, Blackeyed Peas, Rice and cornbread are a few foods that remain tradition for many.
A New Year's Day meal is considered to bring good luck.
Dried Blackeyed peas in your wallet or purse promises to bring extra money for the new year. Collards, Mustards or Turnips Greens eaten at this time are believed to do the same.
Kissing at midnight is apparently a good omen, because 'lore tells us that you will be kissing that same person for a long, long time. Choose carefully.
On New Year's day, and let's add some sexism to this just for fun?... do not allow a woman to be the first person to enter your house, as it is bad luck. It is believed, the first person to set-foot in your house should be a good man carrying a sprig of evergreen. Try not to choose one who has obviously been rolling around in the woods before he visits you.
General Hygiene. Do not wash on New Years Day! It is bad luck and believed to wash-out a family member. You can add sweeping to that. I guess that could work in your favor for a family member you do not like.
Loud noises, Bell Ringing, Fireworks and Shooting.
At 12 midnight, on New Year's eve, "Shooting in the air" and making loud noises at the stroke of midnight is believed to have scared demonic forces away. Safety first, what goes up, must come down.
Cleaning house and outstanding debts:
It's not good to carry them over into the new year, if that is possible. Start out on a clean slate. I suggest you make a large pitcher of Martinis, get a nice buzz on and push the vaccuum until the ball drops...or you do.
Aside form all of the above, take a moment to be thankful for what you have, ask the Universe for what you want and try to be satisfied in knowing that you have what you need.
Peace, abundance, health and happiness in 2011.

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday." Charles Lamb

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 friends

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 27, 2010

...Radio City

I have been hearing this catchy, old school-esque song on the radio for quite some time now. It is one that I have to own, called "Forget You". I went onto YouTube to find out who it was, convinced that it sounded like Gnarles Barkley and boy, was I surprised! Gotta love the radio, especially 88.5 WXPN who always play the more unique tracks. Radio Gaga everyone as, on this day in 1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. Their opening number was not F*ck You tho'. It snowed last evening and we now have a blanket of white over Chester County, PA. The radio sure comes in handy for weather and traffic reports. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Christmas night came and went in a flash. I had a great time, happy that everything was done in a timely fashion. Now, how many days until next Christmas?

"It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on." Marilyn Monroe

Saturday, December 25, 2010

...Happy Birthday

"For the church's first three centuries, Christmas wasn't in December—or on the calendar at all." Elesha Coffman

For many of us, Christmas and December are inseparable. But for the first three centuries of Christianity, Christmas wasn't in December—or on the calendar anywhere. The celebration of Christ's birth was usually lumped in with Epiphany (January 6), one of the church's earliest established feasts. Some church leaders even opposed the idea of a birth celebration. Origen (c.185-c.254) preached that it would be wrong to honor Christ in the same way Pharaoh and Herod were honored. Birthdays were for pagan gods.
Not all of Origen's contemporaries agreed that Christ's birthday shouldn't be celebrated, and some began to speculate on the date (actual records were apparently long lost). Clement of Alexandria (c.150-c.215) favored May 20 but noted that others had argued for April 18, April 19, and May 28. Hippolytus (c.170-c.236) championed January 2. November 17, November 20, and March 25 all had backers as well.

A Latin treatise written around 243 pegged March 21, because that was believed to be the date on which God created the sun. Polycarp (c.69-c.155) had followed the same line of reasoning to conclude that Christ's birth and baptism most likely occurred on Wednesday, because the sun was created on the fourth day.

The eventual choice of December 25, made perhaps as early as 273, reflects a convergence of Origen's concern about pagan gods and the church's identification of God's son with the celestial sun. December 25 already hosted two other related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman "birth of the unconquered sun"), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness" whose worship was popular with Roman soldiers. The winter solstice, another celebration of the sun, fell just a few days earlier. Seeing that pagans were already exalting deities with some parallels to the true deity, church leaders decided to commandeer the date and introduce a new festival.
Western Christians first celebrated Christmas on December 25 in 336, after Emperor Constantine had declared Christianity the empire's favored religion. Eastern churches, however, held on to January 6 as the date for Christ's birth and his baptism. Most easterners eventually adopted December 25, celebrating Christ's birth on the earlier date and his baptism on the latter, but the Armenian church celebrates his birth on January 6. Most—but not all—of the Christian world now agrees on the Gregorian calendar and the December 25 date.
I remember 336 vaguely. Still in my jammies I felt the excitement of this special birthday. Older now, I still love this day. I hope that whatever your belief system, this time of year still brings magic and happy times.
"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip." Gary Allan

Friday, December 24, 2010

....RB and NORAD

Last evening RB was driving with her 2 friends in HB's Volvo. This is not an official report of the accident that ensued, but perhaps one of her friends tried to change the radio station during Mariah Careys "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and RB leaned over to slap her a good one. The car rolled and one of her friends was listed in serious condition. RB chipped a fingernail. Except for the Volvo that rolled over, everyone else survived. Thank God. And Thank God that there is a manicurist open today. On this day in 1955, NORAD Tracked Santa for the first time in what has become an annual Christmas Eve tradition. Can you keep an eye on RB also NORAD? We want everyone to be safe, and that includes goth black nail wearing lovelies.Hug your loved ones. Life tends to happen in a split second. "Bashful" trim shown today. Nothing ironic there!
"How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is."
Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

...under the mistletoe

Mistletoe is the common name for a group of hemi-parasitic plants in the order Santalales that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub. They are easily recognized by their smooth-edged oval evergreen leaves borne in pairs along the woody stem, and waxy white berries in dense clusters of 2 to 6. We all know mistletoe as the branch that you use as an excuse to smooch under! Pucker up, it's that time again! This time of year brings out warm feelings and the home and hearth attitude. It also brings out the crazy if you imbibe too much spiked egg nog. So watch who you are smooching underneath the mistletoe at you company Holiday party. Interestingly, on this day in 1809 the Non-Intercourse Act was passed by congress. Google it. It is not what you think.
"I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair." Bette Davis

Sunday, December 19, 2010

...good company

Last night was the 23rd annual Christmas Party at the Qualms. Prior to that was a quick drink and time well spent with co-workers. Back to the Qualms. It was great to see everyone, many nestled on the sofas by the tree by the time that I got there. KJ taught me a back way to get there and she is terrific. There is something to be said about the safety and warmth of a safe haven. I felt quite at home as did probably everyone else there. I also took a huge slice of what I thought was chocolate cake but ***whammo*** it had more alcohol in it than my Grandma's Manhattan. The drive home was uneventful, thankfully, if you know what I mean. On this day in 1777 George Washington's Continental Army went into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. I drive through the park on my way to work every day, am thankful for troops that continue to protect us and wonder also how the Revolutionary Warriors made a home from unheated log cabins. I guess we do whatever it takes.
"It is better to be alone than in bad company." George Washington

Friday, December 17, 2010 wars

Have you recently been to a shopping mall where they insist on spraying you with the latest fragrance? I have just learned that this practice dates all the way back to 1583. Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeated the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg. It was called the Cologne War! Ernest had a large sample aerator of Chanel For Men; Gebhard chose Bod. I'm not sure how it all panned out, but reportedly the air around Germany was scented for days! Many of you have already received cologne and perfumes as a Hanukkah Present, many others will have some in their stockings come Christmas. Make love, not war...especially if you are buying the generic take-offs.
"The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself." Ramakrishna

Monday, December 13, 2010

...the cost of Holo

Hanukkah ended on the 9th of this month this year. EW's carpet was installed just in time and I am going to her home today to choose wallpaper for her hallway. One of the most generous, positive and tasteful person that I have every met, one day some cretin etched the work "f*ck" on one of her large outside windows. How disheartening to think that some people still have a problem with different religions. On this day in 1938 the Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany. Thus began the Holocaust. I don't understand people, and the more years that I spend on this earth, the less I comprehend. But that won't stop me from doing my best to educate and I truly hope that others do the same. This world keeps getting smaller and all that we have to do is realize that there is a sameness to everyone. A Universal Rule that should govern all of us is a Golden One. Apply it now if you haven't in the past. "Swirl" wallpaper shown today.
"Don't overestimate the decency of the human race."
H. L. Mencken

Sunday, December 12, 2010

...Christmas Turned Blue

...don't let it happen to you! On this day in 1937 a Japanese aircraft bombed and sunk US gunboat Panay on the Yangtze River in China. Several years later, Seiko recorded this Christmas tune. Put the bombs aside and enjoy our differences. If your loved one is far away, if you have no cash to pay, enjoy. Donate your time or toys or food. Many people have more, many people have less. Please keep this in mind when you are complaining that your Range Rover is in the shop for a brake repair while others have no heat and no food to eat. The wallpaper shown today is blue. No arguments, right? But isn't it a beautiful shade of blue?





"We do not remember days, we remember moments."
Cesare Pavese

Friday, December 10, 2010

...turn on the radio

IPods are great but there is nothing better than turning on the radio and catching a brand new song that knocks your socks off. What a simple, and free, pleasure. On this day in 1927 the Grand Ole Opry premiered on radio. It is one of the longest running broadcasts in history. Reba McEntire is one of the longest running female vocalists in history. Her new song is, in my opinion, one of her best. Please use that as an example of how things can get better. Long into her career she is heading towards another #1. That can happen to all of us. Maybe not on the radio, but in other aspects of our lives. Keep striving, don't let the stress turn you into an a**hole and forge ahead.
"Create each day anew."
Morihei Ueshiba

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

...Happy Birthday Mom!

On this day in 1980 John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, was assassinated by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of the Dakota apartment building in New York City. Who can explain it? On this day, but a few years earlier, my Mom was born. I won't say that I miss her more around the Holidays. I think that is expected, but untrue as far as I am concerned. I get so busy that I forget to 'talk' to her on a regular basis, much as it was when she was alive. But I do get signs to let me know that there is more after death than simply death. Many consider the day that John Lennon died the day the music died. I beg to differ. If anyone had the pleasure of hearing my Mom belt out a Helen Reddy tune from the air vent in the kitchen to my bedroom, or enjoy a performance of her doing some Patti LaBelle, the day that my Mom died was the day that the music died. "Keep On Singing" Mom. The angels need you.
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."
Jane Austen

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

...pearl arbor day

Hi. We put the tree up at work and it looks quite beautiful. The light strands were ka-put so we forged ahead without them. There were also strands of lights with little pearls on them, but not enough to fill the tree. So what! Cram and silver ornaments, feathers strategically placed and a glittery tree skirt made for a wonderful combination. So, it wasn't a pearl arbor day but all worked out well. So pretty! On this day tho', in 1941, The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing a declaration of war to Japan by the USA. Not so pretty. I shipped off a handful of Christmas Stockings late last night with the able assistance of JW and they are off to their respective recipients. Have fun today, try to keep the violence to a minimum...if at all and if you feel your lights fading, find an alternate source of energy.
"Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world."
Jean de la Bruyere

Monday, December 6, 2010

...who needs a heart?

In 1970 a simple Holiday song entitled "Merry Christmas, Darling" was released and hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Here it is, 40 years later and the song has become a Holiday classic. Karen recorded the song when she was 19 years old, her voice making us believe that she felt every word. Apparently she did. Fast forward and the cast of Glee has recorded their version, keeping very close to the original arrangement. On this day in 1967 Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the United States. This is the time of year when those who do not seem to have a heart somehow prove that they do.

"Not enough people in this world are happy." Karen Carpenter

Sunday, December 5, 2010

...give credit where credit is due

At this time of year, many people feel the stress brought on by many demands. Social gatherings, extra errands and lots of retail pressures telling you to buy, buy, buy. Don't fall for it tho', if it isn't in your means. Homemade gifts, baked goods and a simple greeting card should be more than enough to show your love and/or appreciation at this thoughtful time of year. Just because you have a credit card or two doesn't mean that you have to max it out. That statement will arrive in late January, after the pretty wrappings and lights have all but disappeared. Speaking of credit, on this day in 1932 German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein was granted an American Visa. No doubt American Express, Discover and MasterCard followed in suit. Ironically, today's photo is available on my website. I accept every major credit card and PayPal. Happy Holidays! You don't have to be a Grinch, but please watch your bottom line. That also includes overindulging in sweets. Happy Hanukkah.
"A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live." Jesse Jackson

Sunday, November 28, 2010

...oh Christmas Tree?

Did you know that the tradition of setting up a Christmas Tree began in 16th Century Germany? An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. I was a mere tot in the 16th Century and remember wanting to place a Barbie Doll atop it. Says books now, doesn't it! I actually use blue and silver ornaments on my tree along with black and red so I mix pretty much every cultures celebratory colors onto it. But no Barbies. If you are going to do a live tree this year, get one that you can plant. Dig a hole now and in the Spring you can give it back to nature, not into a wood chipper.
"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go."
Jim Rohn

Thursday, November 25, 2010 thanks

How am I thankful?

Let me count the ways.

Having all my senses,

to know of rainy days.

Hot running water,

to greet me every morn,

Food at the table,

clothes not ripped or torn.

Friends all around me,

wish I had more time,

to spend with each one of them,

make sure they know they're prime.

4 legged housemates who smile thru thick and thin,

A job that is challenging no matter lose or win.

A home, a safe haven,

a soul to feel the light.

A heart, strong and sensitive,

but wise in knowing right.

On this day of thanks, I wish for everyone,

this list of what I'm thankful for.

Throw vodka in for fun.

On this day in 1984 36 top musicians gathered in a Notting Hill studio and recorded Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
"Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul."
Walt Whitman

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...operation Christmas Child

KK said it best. Of course, I haven't bought shoes in a while but a shoe sized box was more than acceptable. I will provide the link. Give. It feels good. Walk a mile in their shoes. Peace, love and abundance for everyone. On this day in 1993 in Liverpool, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger. Pray for everyone and bless the beasts and children. Say Hi to SKK high ( I hope) in the red mountains and MELB in Ireland, providing direction and guidance.
"Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep."
Fran Lebowitz

...I will survive

On this day in 1859 Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species". That started peoples minds a spinnin'! Survival of the fittest has stood the test of time but it doesn't explain everything. I rescue animals, perhaps not the fittest at their time of rescue...but just look at them now! They certainly are surviving. Well, except for the ones who died this year, but that's a whole 'nother story. I guess what I'm saying is, keep fit, survive but keep reaching out to those who aren't as fit. Only the strong survive? Only the strong help others to thrive. Just ask "Black Pug Needlepoint Stocking."
"Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius."
Josh Billings

Monday, November 22, 2010

...isn't it ironic?

In 1912 the Titanic was touted as "100% unsinkable", and yet the ship sank on its maiden voyage.

It was ironic that the fire station burned down.

The classic lollipop called 'Sugar Daddy" is created to be sucked.

Jesus was a carpenter and he was nailed to a wooden cross.

"I can't go to church because I have a theology test to study for."

"A Nebraska teenager - dressed as a mobile breathalysing unit for a Halloween party - was pulled over on his way home and arrested for drink-driving."

I went to the store to buy a trash can. They put it in a paper bag.
I went home, took the trash can out of a paper bag, crumpled it up and threw it in my new trash can.

On this day in 1954 The Humane Society of the United States was founded.

"Welsh Corgi Needlepoint Stocking" shown today.
"I wish people could acheive what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that thats not really what happiness is."
Alanis Morisette

Friday, November 19, 2010 for Heaven's sake

Starry, starry night everyone! On this day in 1998 Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sold at auction for $71.5 million. Most of his self portraits showed the artists head from the left. We all know what he did to his right ear. A wonderful, game playing customer phoned yesterday trying to be sneaky and clever. I had both ears tho' and cut through the games. The customer used some pretty mean names, but not to worry. I have heard them all before. And let me tell you, one would have to be very flexible to do what he suggested I do! Have a great day, see the beauty in everything, even the jerks. "Starry, Starry Tree Skirt" shown.
"Conscience is a man's compass." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, November 18, 2010

...kiss and tell

How's you aim? If it is better than you realize, use it wisely. Sometimes, when things are rushed, we don't sugarcoat words the way that the receiver of those words may need. But other times, a Bulls Eye is just what the Doctor ordered. On this day in 1307 William Tell shot an apple off his son's head. That evening they had applesauce with dinner. I found a replacement for EW's carpeting installation and am thankful for that. This evening I will re-install the arch shade for NO just in time for the sun to return to Chester County. (The following morning folks, we don't usually have sun at night). Have a good time today, eat an apple and don't shoot anyone. With your mouth, a gun or any other kind of weapon. "Holly Berry Needlepoint Rug" shown today. Were you expecting an apple?
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 me dick

Have you seen them? The Holiday decorations are popping up everywhere, and the music has only just begun. I love it. I am still holding back from putting up my tree...but it's only a matter of days until I do. KD and CD are waiting for Tuna to let them know that she is still here and very much ok.Not so much RMN who, on this day in 1973, and the beginning of the Watergate scandal told 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook". Ok then. Also on this day, but in 1991 the first TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV). Back to the Holidays, or should I say forward! Have fun today, work hard, keep your nose clean and try not to be a dick. Shown today is "Candy Cane Hook Rug".
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
Richard M. Nixon

Thursday, November 11, 2010

...get your kicks

Paving the way on this day in 1926, U.S. Route 66 was established. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles and McDonlalds had a stop every ten miles. It was the first major highway in U.S. history, so no Garmins were needed at that point. This highway helped migrants who wanted to travel west and also gave more business to shops and restaurants along the way. I can remember riding my bicycle on the newly paved macadam, still warm and remember what a liberating feeling it was. Taupe and beige are still popular colors Interior design-wise but festive colors are popping up all over the place to break up the monotony. Keep paving away everyone. There is a lot to do and see until our next time around. "Route 66" hook pillow shown today, of course. Click on the highlight to get your kicks, er, pillow.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

...the Sawyers I presume?

Time for another adventure? The answer is a resounding yes. AA and UD are moving today from a home that they have inhabited for many years. They have spent weeks boxing, planning, swaying with breezes and the day is finally here. I foresee many great adventures even though they may not be able to see in that manner just yet. Grab the abundance of the Universe and run! On this day in 1871 Henry Morton Stanley located missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, allegedly greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". What we don't know is Dr. Livingstone's reply. I was there, alongside Joan Rivers and can categorically report that his response was "Leave me the f*ck alone! Do you actually think that I travelled literally thousands of miles to get away from you s*&%$ b@$#&r*s just to be located again?" Try your best to stay on the right path but don't be surprised if it takes you away from your well thought out plans. Beauty, contentment and wealth in all definitions await you. "Wish" pillows shown today.
"It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters." Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 a rolling stone

A rolling stone gathers no moss. But what about momentum? What's wrong with staying in one place if you are satisfied? I understand the principle, but for Heaven's Sake, stay if you want to stay don't stay there if you are dissatisfied. You can get satisfaction. On this day in 1967 the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published. Shown is the cover from July 4th, 1975. Carpenters were trying to kill their antiseptic image at this stage, while their image played part in killing Karen. Isn't that ironic? Do your best today, roll like a stone down a mountain to succeed. If you run into far too many pieces of crap along the way, maybe its time to choose a different path.

"It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."
Mick Jagger

Friday, November 5, 2010 space

Mankind seems to be competitive by nature.There is also a survival instinct inherent in us. I have been noticing over the past couple of years how many people seem to need to shine...sometimes at the expense of others. Are we still in the 'me' generation, no matter our age? The Golden Rule is a simple one in theory, but applying it to every day life is apparently more challenging. Yes, it's a crowded world and we all want our piece of the pie, but please put away the knives, unless you are cutting a piece of your slice of the pie to share with another. make room or share your space. On this day in 1937 Adolf Hitler held a secret meeting and stated his plans for acquiring "living space" for the German people.If you don't know what he meant by 'living space' and is plans to achieve it, Google it some day.
"There's no night without stars."
Andre Norton

Thursday, November 4, 2010


"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."
~ Chuck Swindoll
On this day in 1429 Joan of Arc liberated Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.
On this day in 1825 The Erie Canal was completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour.
On this day in 1921 The Sturmabteilung or SA was formed by Adolf Hitler
On this day in 1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was elected the first female governor in the United States.
On this day in 1955, after being totally destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio.
On this day in 2008 Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
On this day in 2008 Proposition 8 passes in California, representing the first ever elimination of an existing right to marry for LGBT couples.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


..and all that they wanted to do was dance off a little stress. But on this day in
1974 78 people died when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burned down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started. Still, don't let "what if" keep you from dancing the night away. It burns calories, gets those endorphins pumping and relieves all kinds of stress. Just ask the animals in this pictured hook rug! It is available on my website for immediate delivery. You don't have to go to Paris to dance tho'!
"Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire."
George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

...pony up

Deliver the letter, the sooner the better. We are coming up on one of the most popular card giving seasons, and I for one, am thankful for stamps. Email cards are nice, but I would rather send/receive paper ones. It helps to keep Postal Workers employed, and gives those cute ponies a break. I installed the Graber Cellular Shades this past Sunday with the help of 5 year old design assistant Sophie. Everything worked out beautifully. I also had a lesson in the TOP 10 Princesses of all time. We had Thanksgiving Dinner at B and G's home, gathering around a decorated Ping-Pong table, and why not? We almost needed the Postal Service or the Pony Express to deliver simple messages such as, 'please pass the vodka' or salt for those of you who use it. On this day in 1861 The Pony Express officially ceased operations. All of the ponies got jobs at parks and circuses after that and had a real ball. Have fun, work hard and pay of your Credit Card balances every month. That applies to all of you Princesses out there too. "Horse Right" needlepoint pillow shown today.
"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."

Friday, October 22, 2010

...sun, moon and stars

Tomorrow we will see another full moon. It really sets the stage for Halloween. I packaged the demi lune table late last night.Talk about scary! On this day in 1966 The Supremes became the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go). Back to scary. "Devil Woman" was originally recorded by Cliff Richard who gave the song a pop mystery. Later, Cradle of Filth covered it. Sweet dreams! My favorite song at this time of year is the beautiful Kim Carnes with her "Bette Davis Eyes". A little S&M never 'hurt' anyone. "Modern Sun" mirror shown today.
"Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars." Bette Davis

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

...let the scares begin

It is almost Halloween! Webbed windows, tombstones and horribly ugly creatures are everywhere! Even at work, let me tell you. Boo! On this day in 1967 a purported bigfoot was filmed by Patterson and Gimlin. Thankfully the duo had cinemascope 'cause that freak was huge. I came home to a bunch of Graber Pleated Shades, all nicely boxed, needlepoint rugs and pillows and a couple of bolts of fabric. Who has time for all of this work when we all work so hard? Make the time. And be thankful for the abundance. And the freaks.
"It's as much fun to be scared as to scare." Vincent Price

Wednesday, October 13, 2010's best friend

The weather was unseasonably warm yesterday and when I finally got home, I found a pair of sandals waiting for me at my bedroom door. No, I didn't put them there but I am sure that my 'housemates' did. Some people don't give our four legged friends enough credit. I am also pretty sure that the teeth used to pluck the sandals from my closet would match the tooth marks in the pedestal table, but I'm not going there. I don't really care. On this day in 1851 Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
The book portrays insecurity that is still seen today when it comes to non-human beings along with the belief that these beings understand and act like humans.Uhm, yeah! Peace, love, abundance and clarity. And watch your sandals! I have no idea what goes on when I'm not around. I also don't hide my car keys.
"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there."
Bo Jackson
"Don't stop 'till you get enough" Michael Jackson

Monday, October 11, 2010


Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials that are commonly called foxgloves. It is often prescribed for patients in atrial fibrillation, especially if they have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Some evil people put it in tossed salads to do away with their less than loved ones. "Please pass the Balsamic Vinaigrette" are sometimes the last words uttered from these folks. Speaking of death, on this day in2001 the Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Perhaps not digitalis but digital in general was the cause of their ailments. I used my digital camera yesterday after measuring and choosing a houseful of cellular shades for a great client. They have moved into a home that no longer lends itself to their Farmhouse Country furnishings, some of which I have placed on my website for quick sales. Be good to others, keep the positive energy going and if someone who doesn't have your back offers you a "tossed salad", maybe stick to the soup instead.
"Free men are the strongest men." Wendell Willkie

Saturday, October 9, 2010

...petty cash

The fabric for EW is on it's way. A dark ruby red with gold flocking will surely ad richness to her room. Adding Euro shams to the bill was pushing the envelope cost-wise, but I have a few design tricks up my sleeve. Don't fret EW! Some design firms have their decorators fighting for sales and sometimes it can be a wrestling match...especially when a lamp sale has to be broken down and divided in percentages as to who gets 12.234%, who gets 21.75% and so on. Fun times. On this day in 2006, Google Inc. announced it was buying YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal.Hey guys, add a couple of Euro Shams to that order!
Tomorrow I visit a return client who has purchased a new home after her young husbands untimely passing from cancer. We never know what tomorrow brings y'all, so save the petty for the cash jar.
"Change before you have to." Jack Welch

Friday, October 8, 2010


I had many dreams last night, one of which was my Max. Some say that dreams help to relieve the stresses of the day and I won't argue. I do think that sometimes they are something more. I no longer keep a pillow where he used to rest his head and hope that he sleeps peacefully in Heaven. I know that my Mom does. Maybe she is keeping a pillow for him up there.
On this day in 1860 a telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opened. It made it easier for Lindsay Lohan and the paparazzi to keep in touch when they weren't sharing the same coast. On this day tomorrow it will have been seven years since my Mom's death. I wish they had a telegraph line from here to Heaven, but think of the cost of that cell phone bill!I wanted to continue working on those custom board mounted valances, but the day...and then the night got away from me.
The sun is beginning it's ascent and we have another day. Lucky for us! Make the best of it, keep the lines of communication open and look for other ways to communicate. I do, and it has worked out pretty well over the years.
"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."
Louis D. Brandeis

Monday, October 4, 2010

...comfort zone

It is oddly grey and raining in Chester County this morning. I have a fun-filled day ahead and need to pack in as much as I can on my day off. First, a visit to the dentist. Then two design problem calls. One is a huge shade that refuses to cooperate and then it's a huge traverse rod that has the same type of bad attitude. I will fix both 'cause it's my job! Life cannot always be a Norman Rockwell painting. Photo shopping your life tho' can make people think that it is! My favorite Holiday album of all time is Carpenters "Christmas Portrait" and is considered to be one of the best Holiday albums of all time by critics and the popular vote also. Carpenters chose a Rockwell-esque cover for the millions and millions sold album, released in 1978. In 1978 Richard was heavily addicted to quaaludes while Karen was in the beginning throws of Anorexia Nervosa. Their lives were a living hell at the same time they released a magical collection that has stood the test of time. On this day in 1941, Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. EW emailed me yesterday and would like to add a Custom Tailored Dust Ruffle and Euro Shams to her bedroom design. I will cross my fingers that the fabric is readily available! Interestingly, when I hit 'spell check' on this blog entry, 'anorexia nervosa' was not in the dictionary. How I wish that it wasn't a necessary addition. Have a great day, be a good person and if things aren't going exactly as you would like them to be going, photo shop; if only for the moment.
"Fortune favors the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur

Thursday, September 30, 2010, it's cold war outside

It is almost pitch black outside this morning and rain is falling steadily. Even the birds are silent, no-one vying for their 1st place at the feeders.Fabrics arrived for the Box Pleated and Empire Swag Valances so I had better get hopping on making those custom window treatments. Competition from other custom drapery specialists somehow doesn't keep me out in the cold and people return to me again and again.
On this day in 1989, Foreign Minister of West Germany Hans-Dietrich Genscher made his speech from the balcony of the German embassy in Prague. He is mostly respected for his efforts that helped spell the end of the Cold War, which led to German reunification. At this speech, in the courtyard, thousands of East German citizens assembled to flee to the West when he announced that he had reached an agreement with the Communist Czechoslovakian government. His words were enveloped with cheers.

'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Amidst everything that is going on, I kept thinking about HB and LB for no reason. Well, there is a reason. Maybe the mind is some sort of memory time capsule but, a week ago to the year awesome Hilda Daisy died. I finally emailed Lamia yesterday, still not realizing the anniversary. Does time heal all woulds? Yes, but that doesn't mean that a scar won't be left behind. People break bones that heal for the most part, but sometimes humid weather makes those areas sore. The same can be said for the heart and the soul. Forge on LB! Do you see that light? It may still flicker off and on, but you will be fine. I do not wish the same for the jackass who bought furniture at the Home Depot and then called me to have it repaired. Huh? When I told him to call the, uhm...Home Depot he called me an a**hole. Have a nice day freak! I chose not to get into a debate. I decided to buy a Porshe and then went to a Ford Dealer to return it. Speaking of debates, on this day in 1960, in Chicago, the first televised debate took place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Our society has always been a visual one but geez. Poor Richard Millhouse! Have fun today, try not to judge people and enjoy your time. Pictured today is Thomasville's "Westport Sofa", available in many fabrics. A sofa is a great place to start when redecorating your room. If you already have one, call me and I can fill in the blanks with the rest of your space. And call soon! The 6% off Sales Tax incentive is almost over.
"There is nothing more uncommon than common sense." Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Hi. The wedding went off without a hitch and it was a great weekend. The weather cooperated and that was a sign, because it took place outdoors. With a subtle Harvest theme, good food, drink and company, everyone left feeling better than when they came. My 25, ooops, I meant 2.5 year old Grand Niece held court for most of the evening and was something else. The Full Moon will arrive tomorrow at 9:15 PM for anyone interested. I love them, as you know. This one is the Harvest Moon. Gather your nuts everyone and get ready for Winter. Speaking of which, on this day in 1888 the first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published. Young boys everywhere instantly took an interest in other 'parts' of the world. I am in the process of making dark red Empire Swags, side panels and Box Pleated Valances. That's a sure sign that people are preparing to head indoors. Shown today, Flower Girl Nolah.
"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." George Santayana

Friday, September 17, 2010

...bewitched, bothered and bewildered

It is sunny and beautiful in Chester County, PA and I'm getting married in the morning. Well, not exactly me but my nephew. And not exactly morning, in the afternoon. Other than that... I don't mind the drive to VA alone, but as luck would have it I am riding down with my beloved Aunt and Uncle. Ironic? Nah. Family. I'd like to be able to twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens did, but driving is the next best thing. I have two return clients on Monday. It's the time of year when people are heading back inside and get bothered by their interior decor. Some can make decisions on their own, others tend to get quite bewildered. That's where I come in. On this day in 1964, ABC began airing the series "Bewitched." Click on the link and whistle along!
"The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions."
Claude Levi-Strauss

Thursday, September 9, 2010

...back to school

This is the time of year when Interior Design really kicks in. Children and others are going back to school, Autumn is fast approaching and people tend to 'dwell' on their interiors. Good for you! And for me. The air smells like 'back to school' and will probably always be that identifying mark for me. Way back then school seemed demanding. I cannot imagine tho' being a child today. There are so many more pressures and sensory bombardments. I guess that everyone will be ok. Times change, but sort of always stay the same. Just imagine if you were Mary Stuart! On this day in 1543, at nine months old, she was crowned "Queen of Scots" in the central Scottish town of Stirling. It must have been a teeny tiny tiara! Shown today, "Buffy's Living Room".
"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things." Henri Matisse

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

...don't ask, be swell

On this day in 1975, US Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appeared in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "I Am A Redhead". He was later given a general discharge. Now, why in Heaven's name would a persons hair color dictate how they operate in life? Can't a redhead run a copier,run a marathon, run a company? I don't get it. It is time for redheads to stop having to hide in order to be what they want to be. No more dying your hair brown, no more hats. This is a huge Universe and it is comprised of all kinds. Let's celebrate it, not persecute it. After all,if it weren't for redheads, our Pop Culture would have sorely missed both Lucille Ball and Carol Burnette. They would have had to call themselves Lucille Bald and Carol Brunette. That's all for now. "Austrian Shade" shown today.
"I'm not funny. What I am is brave." Lucille Ball

Sunday, September 5, 2010


The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Talk about cutting through red tape! Now, if I could only get back my $400.00 from Merchant Services for sneakily taking those monies out of my account and then not being able to use a telephone!
Labor Day, to many, signifies the end of Summer and I can almost hear the groans. Today I will be swimming and can't wait. No laborious strokes for me tho'. How about you?
"Life is short, the art long." Hippocrates
p.s. custom drapery sale begins 9/11/2010 call (610) 983-9542
Chester County Interior Design ...Jim

Saturday, September 4, 2010

...picture this

Yesterday I wanted to photograph a window treatment, but couldn't find my teeny tiny digital camera. What would we do without them these days? I can vaguely remember sitting on a park bench with Joan Rivers, and this has to be about 120 years ago. A man came and started talking about this crazy idea of documenting the two of us by a means other than portraiture. Lo and behold, that same year,(1888) George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and received a patent for his camera that uses roll film. He did take our photo and oddly enough, Joan looks even younger today. Me, not so much. Have a great Holiday Weekend and try to capture special moments on camera. Times can be fleeting. "Handpainted Mirror" shown today.
"Every good painter paints what he is."
Jackson Pollock

Thursday, September 2, 2010


...warning, there's a storm approaching. I had the same dream twice in a row. People were playing basketball and then the rains came. A client's son was inside a house then, and he was trying to open the door for me. A hurricane approached and it was frightening. Then I awoke. It is probably only frustrations manifesting themselves while I sleep, but when it comes to my dreams one never knows. On this day in 1935, a Labor Day Hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423. One of my favorite songs of all time is Kim Carnes chilling "Hurricane" that I have linked for your enjoyment. I installed a custom shower curtain and upholstered cornice after work today and the client made dinner for me. It was a great time. Needlepoint rugs and pillows seem to sell still from my website, although customers need some patience as they are taking a couple of weeks to arrive. As long as they arrive dry.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
Frank Lloyd Wright