Monday, December 19, 2011

The Holidays Are Coming!

How is everyone faring? We are fast approaching Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Aside from the lights and parties, I personally like the music that is played at this time of year. It helps to drown out the screaming a-holes in many Customer Service areas. I have witnessed quite a few shoppers having public melt-downs when a certain sweater is out of stock and I really don't get it. The boys have already opened their presents. The stocking was hung by the chimney with care, but apparently not carefully enough. They will get more before the 25th. CM, PS, EA, BJ and HB have all had their parties and all were a resounding success. Don't drink and drive! I hope that you are enjoying the season and aren't getting to 'wrapped up' in the cha-ching. Peace, prosperity and abundance to all and to all a good night.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

...repeating itself

Can't we all just get along? Not always it seems. On this day in 1838, Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order, by which orders all Mormons had to leave the state or be exterminated. Donny and Marie were working on their first album together as Donny's solo records were slipping in sales. It must have been a tough time for them. Try to embrace everyone for their differences, not similarities. Unless they are being buttheads, then do what is necessary.

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."

Steve Jobs

Monday, October 24, 2011

...moonshine anyone?

It is sunny, crisp and clear here in Chester County, PA this morning. It is a perfect setting for the filming of a scary movie. On this day in 1952 strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, took place in Flatwoods, West Virginia.The Flatwoods Monster, also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an alleged unidentified extraterrestrial or cryptid reported to be sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia. Stories of the creature are an example of a purported close encounter of the third kind. Most agree that it was at least 10 feet tall and that it had a red face which appeared to glow from within, and a green body.Yesterday's Custom Drapery Installation went without a hitch and then the customer took me out to lunch. Including a Bloody Mary. Nothing scary about that!
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 I blue?

No. I am feeling pretty good. But on this day in 1958, The Smurfs appeared for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs. Speaking of blue, I am installing Blue and Cream Buffalo Checked Balloon Valances today. After that I will stop by EA's home, shhhhhhh, because it is her Birthday! She will be turning 21 again so alcohol will most definitely be involved in the evening. My Schipperke is on my lap, valiantly trying to add to this blog. If any unsavory words appear, blame it on him please.

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." Charles Cooley

Saturday, August 27, 2011

...Rainbow Connection

Rainbow, rainbow. On this day in 1993 the Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, was completed. A few years earlier, Akiko completed the album from which this song was taken. We experienced an earthquake earlier this week and now are preparing for effects of a Hurricane. Batten down the hatches, always be aware of your surroundings and wish for that rainbow. And for that pot of gold, no matter the denomination.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

...I Feel The Earth Move

...well, actually I didn't. I was high on a ladder and what I mean by 'high' was elevationally. Two young children were barking orders at the 'Giant', (me) while I installed drapery. With all of the carrying on that I did along with hammering, I missed the entire episode. Give me a 5.5 out of 10 for observational skills, please. I spent the day in K o P and it was nice to be there. I had lunch with the beautiful SK and found both a good luck penny and a quarter on our walk. I, of course bent down to pick them up. Never walk past abundance. On this day in 1967, led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupted trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them. Have a great day and if you are feeling a little bit shaky, take a deep breath. Everything will be fine. Please keep EA and MW in mind as they are both going through some rough terrain.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

...bless the beasts and children III

...what can I say?
I am not saying that drugs had anything to do with the devastating loss of unique, talented, pop iconic Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, but I am truly saddened by the loss as she was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. "Everyone who was involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends," said Chris Goodman, a spokesman for her publicity representatives. He said her family will issue a statement when they are ready.
The British singer's record label, Universal, confirmed her death.
"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer," the statement read. "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."
Please add prayers to KK's cousin, who died last evening from a drug overdose. We were going to go to the beach and enjoy the hot sun, but instead, funeral arrangements must be made.
"Just say no!"
I wish that it were that easy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

...clear sailing

Yesterdays drive into work was fast and clean. It seems that most everyone is out of town. Maybe that or people are taking the Paris metro. Unlikely because it doesn't run from Kimberton to Valley Forge. But on this day in 1900 the first line of the Paris Métro opened for operation, instantly liberation people and enlarging their geographic lives. Anyway, the Paris metros' architecture was influenced by Art Nouveau. The network's sixteen lines are mostly underground and run to 133 miles in length. It is the second largest metro in the world, Moscow being the first. Please send out positive thoughts and prayers to wonderful MW who was just diagnosed with breat cancer.

"I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge."
Spike Milligan

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Flip Wilson, comedian and a regular on 'Laugh-In' often declared that "the Devil made me do it". On this day in 1843 Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, allegedly received a revelation wherein Jesus Christ proclaimed that anyone who rejected polygamy would suffer damnation and would not "be permitted to enter into my glory". Hmmm. To each his own. I would like to see the day when everyone of legal age is able to obtain a marriage license. Somewhat ironically, on this day in 1979, "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park Chicago, IL was a promotional event that took place during which a crate filled with records was blown up on the field. The event has been characterized as the "emblematic moment" of the anti-disco "crusade". Shown today, "Straight Valance".

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
Oscar Wilde

Sunday, July 10, 2011

...out of Africa

Oftentimes, people claim that I must have been born under a rock. I have a Birth Certificat that proves otherwise, but I have no memory of that day. On this day in 1997 in London, scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. They think that is where all humankind originated. Fine with me, as we are all one anyway. I swear that I found another sister on Friday. We are so similar that we even adopted the same, rare kind of dog. Our skin colors do not match, but so what? Maybe they match more than I have ever imagined. Embrace the day, our differences and keep your eyes opened to the fact that we are more similar than we might think. "Black and White" Powder Room shown today.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
Mark Twain

Thursday, July 7, 2011

...since sliced bread

When you measure your interpersonal relationships, who can you really trust? They say that if you have 5 friends that are completely trustworthy, you are very lucky. I have more than that so I must be 'Pot o' Gold' special. They also say, "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" which also makes sense. What a way to live! Is friendship the next best thing to sliced bread or does the bread take second place? That's up to you to decide. On this day in 1928 , sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. Hopefully the first person to buy the sliced bread had a bunch of friends with whom he/she shared it.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
William Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

...clearance $ale at Thomasville Furniture!

By now everyone is sand deep in their Summer season, some still recovering from their 4th of July festivities. Thomasville Furniture has brought many brand new and some slightly owned upholstered pieces to their showroom floors for quick sale and delivery. Even though your minds may be on your current or fast approaching vacations, please keep this in mind. Clearance does not mean unattractive. Sometimes a designer can rush and turn a lovely custom sofa with black leather into a lovely cream sofa with the click of a keypad or a transposed digit. Your Summer home, impending dorm room or your year 'round home may need a piece or two. Check out the Thomasville Furniture and Design Showroom nearest to you, or call any of them for a speedy rundown of what they have on their floor that should be sitting on yours! On this day in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. Now is the time to drop a few.

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
Og Mandino

Monday, July 4, 2011


Are you feeling free today? How about independent? The boys have their red/white & blue bandanas on and are raring to go. Aside from the leashes and the fact that they rely on me for their food and water, they are as independent as it comes, and it was not their choice that they are domesticated. The true definition of Independence is "Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing." This definition is followed closely by:
"Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind."
"Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study."
Today is the 4th of July, also known as "Independence Day" and is a Federal Holiday in the United States. We adopted something known as the "Declaration of Independence" on this day in 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. I was a mere tot in 1776, but somewhat remember the excitement and pride felt when the document was signed.

Free your minds, be thankful that we have the right to bear arms to protect our independence and, as Kate Perry says,

"Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down-own-own

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you're reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road "

Food for thought.

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, June 26, 2011

...Merry Christmas!

Huh? What? Yes. Merry Christmas to one and all. And no, I have not been imbibing. On this day in 1870, the Christian holiday of Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States. Is it too early to begin the countdown? Probably. I helped a friend move yesterday into a quaint town that I know 'does it up' around the Holidays. Won't she be pleasantly surprised! Very Dickensian and charming. Pure magic. Sort of like the Kittysquirrel sitting atop this fence. Tuna or acorns? Why not both. (Thank you MB). It is sunny and cool in Chester County, PA this fine morning and I am out of laundry detergent. This means that the boys and I will have to stop by the river and get all muddy and wet before hitting the store. It only makes sense. Have fun today and if you think that you see a Kittysquirrel on a fence, embrace....don't erase. Magic is everywhere. Just ask Santa.

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
Charles Darwin

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Good day and warning! If you are and educator or a student you may want to stop reading I say this because you may be up to your eyeballs in recent memories of finals, last day of school and just want to put it all on the back burner until mid-August.
On this day in 1926, The College Board administered the first SAT exam.I was in my mid-teens and was very excited to be taking part in this.
The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly the Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a not-for-profit organization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service which still administers the exam. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college.
In the near future we will be given the MAT for those planning on being married, the PAT which is a test designed to determine the suitability of people to bear/rear children, ( please see photo) and the CAT which heavily details proper etiquette when one owns a cell phone. My guess is that those cell phone owners who speak in full voice in movie theatres may want to study a bit harder before tackling this particular test. Don't get me started on the SCAT. NO, it is not what you think. It is the test designed to rate users of shopping carts in grocery stores. It frightens me to think that the majority of these freaks probably drove to the store and are parked near me.
Good luck, good day.
"Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again."
Karl Popper

Saturday, June 18, 2011

...ladies first

It is the gentlemanly thing to do, but I am not referring to simple manners today. On this day in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. Also on this day, but in 1928, Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. Ms. Earhart was a passenger but that doesn't change the fact that she showed bravery and courage. Later, she was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross,awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Will you be flying your own plane today? Let's hope so.
Shown today, 'Cloud Valance' because it seemed appropriate.
"There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls."
Amelia Earhart

Thursday, June 16, 2011 for thought

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."

On this day in 1903 the Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
On this day in 1911 IBM was founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.

How is that for inspiration?

Have a great day.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 writing

Maybe blogs today are the diaries of yesteryear. Maybe not. Mine don't ever get too personal. Maybe I don't have too much to share of a personal nature. I know people who have kept every greeting card that was given to them while others capture their life moments in the form of photos. I tend to associate times in my life of importance with music and scents. A song will bring back a memory with clarity as will a specific scent, usually Summer and Autumn smells. Someone once said that everyone's' life is interesting if you leave out the dull parts. However you record your life memories please remember to keep on living your time here to the fullest. On this day in 1942 a young girl named Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. Shown today is a new Dining Table and Chairs from the 'Modern Theory' line, available soon at a Thomasville Showroom near you. Happy Birthday Anne.

'Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.'
Anne Frank

Saturday, June 11, 2011

...Meucci Telephone


No, it wasn't a typo. Bell Telephone had been around for years. Alexander Graham had been credited with this invention. But on this day in 2002, Antonio Meucci was acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
Meucci was an inventor, best known for developing a voice communication apparatus which several sources credit as the first telephone.Meucci set up a form of voice communication link in his Staten Island home that connected its second floor bedroom to his laboratory. He submitted a patent caveat for his telephone-like device in 1871which he did not renew after 1874. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the electromagnetic transmission of vocal sound by undulatory electric current.
Paperwork, people!
It is raining with thunder here in Chester County, PA. We took an early walk in the woods and caused some type of animal to stir. We are not sure exactly what the animal is as we have never seen something quite like it. Hopefully tomorrow we will see him/her again and maybe make a new friend. Keep the lines of communication open, Meucci, Bell or cell. Or any other mode for that matter.

Shown today, Ernestine.

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."
Alexander Graham Bell

Sunday, June 5, 2011 yourself

On this day in 1883 the first regularly scheduled Orient Express departed Paris. This train made it easier for people to leave their car keys on the front counter and relax for a change. The route of the Orient Express changed many times. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetabled service. I have included a chart for your viewing pleasure regarding driving. This may or may not be true, but statistics depicted in this graph changed instantly as the Orient Express made its first run. Thanks to M B for the chart. Drive safely everyone!

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
Victor Kiam

Saturday, June 4, 2011

...non violence

On this day in 1957 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "Power of Nonviolence" speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. King was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Today's photo was sent to me from NO.It is the final picture in a series of how, after the tornado in Greensburg , Ks., homeless animals were left to survive. One by one, rescuers found them and led them to a car. All strangers to each other, see how well they got along immediately? Mother Nature can be violent, but we don't have to be.

"Be gentle to all and stern with yourself."
Saint Teresa of Avila

Monday, May 30, 2011

...God Bless the Red, White & Blue

Today is Memorial Day which is a United States Federal Holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It used to be called Decoration Day and commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service. First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end. To all of the troops that have given their lives for our safety and freedoms, thank you.

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
Max Lucado

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


"All man is created equal". Hmmm. Equal in what regard? The trust fund baby vs the homeless orphan? Just asking. I guess that the most important thing is do the best with what he have. Sometimes doing this gives us more. I watched part of a program devoted to comedienne and actress Carole Burnette. Many times comedy comes from tragedy. It sure didn't stop her from becoming a resounding success. On this day in 2001 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Reach for the stars everyone and if you need strength, ask for it.

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
Mohandas Gandhi

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

...inspired by true incident

On this day in 1830, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale was published. As a girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued. Mary recalled: "Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem...".

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day
school one day, school one day,
It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play,
it made the children laugh and play
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about
till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so,"
the eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The lamb, you know, the lamb, you know,
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
the teacher did reply.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
Lao Tzu

Thursday, May 19, 2011


On this day, 1962 a birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday". She wasn't standing over a steam vent but the performance was 'warm' to say the least. President Kennedly replied, after the performance...Kennedy responded to her performance with the remark, "Thank you. I can now retire from politics after having had 'Happy Birthday' sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way." Odd the way that things can happen. My thoughts go out to the Kennedy clan today. Maybe the old adage 'the more the merrier' might fit. The lawns and gardens in Chester County, PA should look lush in a few days as the rains have been falling almost ocnstantly. If you have a friend or family member in need, be their umbrella. You never know when you may need yours and find that you have left it in the closet. Oh, and if you are going to be an umbrella, be the best. "Louis Vuitton Umbrella" shown.
"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life."
James Allen

Thursday, May 12, 2011

...using your head

By Dennis Prager of Colorado.

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.... By DennisPrager.

To the students and faculty of our high school:I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.This is an American public school, and American public schools we recreated to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic,racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America ,one of its three central values -- e pluribus Unum, "from many, one."And this school will be guided by America 's values. This includes allafter-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in society divided by political correctness.Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic,racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music,astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here-- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English --but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward.Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky -- to be alive and to be an American.Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

Thank you Nancy O. for sending this to me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

...industry resonates

The Industrial Revolution was a period from the 18th to the 19th century where major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technology had a profound effect on the socioeconomic and cultural conditions of the times. It began in the United Kingdom, then subsequently spread throughout Europe, North America, and eventually the world. The development of all-metal machine tools in the first two decades of the 19th century facilitated the manufacture of more production machines for manufacturing in other industries. Everything old is new again as shown in Thomasvilles' latest offering, appropriately entitled 'Reinventions.' Redecorate with panache and sensibility. Shown are a few new items including an Apprentice Adjustable Table, a Shop Floor Chest and an Aperture Mirror. Redo an entire space or pick and choose a handful of these iconic and interesting pieces to thrust industry into your home or office. Don't forget your Summer House too! Mixing these metal and wood pieces and integrating seaside colorings with be just what James Hargreaves ordered.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

...which way is up?

On this day in 1925 automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc was sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity. On this day in 2009 Chrysler automobile company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Topsy turvy. Keep on truckin' or autoin' and always give it your best. Please give a shout out to RY who is feeling under the weather. I recommended a double vodka which made her feel even more 'under'.

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.

Oscar Wilde

Thursday, April 28, 2011

...let it Snow

Phoebe Snow, whose signature hit, “Poetry Man,” established her as a leading light of the singer-songwriter movement and whose swooping vocal acrobatics transcended musical genres, died on Tuesday in Edison, N.J. She was 60. She named herself after a railroad car, had a daughter who was born with severe brain damage and befriended Karen Carpenter when Karen was in New York battling anorexia nervosa. A voice given to her by God, she is best known for the above mentioned song but my favorite track is Ms. Snows' "If I Can Just Get Through The Night" where she takes on the roll of an addict. Rest In Peace Phoebe. People get ready, there's a train a comin'. Phoebe Snow has reached her final destination.

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Henry Ellis

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

...growing pains

Last night we wanted the air conditioner on since it was unusually warm. All that I needed to do was to turn a switch to cool the home. I also knew that when the electricity bill arrived, I could pay it. How simple, wonderful and blessed am I. Mankind has always been searching for sources of energy to keep things rolling and sometimes stuff happens while we try to grow. On this day in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere; at least 31 Soviets died immediately. Finding and keeping ways to keep us energized are of paramount importance so we keep on trying, perfecting and growing. Nuclear accidents,common mode failures,dam failures,oil spills are all unfortunately part of growing pains. Let's appreciate the sources of energy that we have and do our best to use them wisely. Pictured today is my favorite energy drink. It also comes in sugar free FBomb and citrus, both flavors delicious, one being much more fun to say out loud.

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
John Muir

Monday, April 25, 2011

...before and after

It used to be that people could drive their cars without a license plate, before this day in 1901 when New York became the first U.S. state to require them. After that day, when we have a dastardly deed to perform requiring a vehicle, we need to mud pack the plate to remain anonymous.Ahhh, change. MM, SS and I spent part of last week in Leesburg, VA assisting in the set-up of a Thomasville concept store. This type of store focuses on many rooms of a similar nature in one shared space, i.e. bedrooms together, Dining Rooms together, and so on. It was fun, artistically challenging and also required physical and mental strength. Luckily God gave it to me and work got done. Before we left, the place was a scattering of furniture and accessories. After we left, there was more of a rhyme and reason to the whole setting. Have fun today, work and study hard and have your martini after everything has been completed, not before.

"Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better."
Esther Dyson

Sunday, April 24, 2011

...chocolate alert!

Happy Easter everyone. Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. Christ probably liked chocolate as much as many of us do. He was a man of taste, a good heart and undying faith. There was a close call early this morning tho'. (Please see photo attached) My darling Grandneice was on her annual Easter Egg Hunt, when lo and behold, she saw the Easter Bunny hiding eggs! Rather than attempting to cover her findings, she took the honest approach and walked right up to the icon, introduced herself and was prepared for whatever result might be. As usual, they became fast friends. He is now on of her 'people'. Speaking of chocolate, on this day in 1907 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, was opened. Have a great day, give praise for all that you have and if you run into an icon either physically or spiritually, give him/her some love.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, April 18, 2011 news is good news

A song by Anne Murray popped into my head this morning. I awoke well before the sunrise and went out to my deck with the boys to make sure that the bird feeders were full. The squirrels were already up, the birds were singing and the trees are all in bloom. Perfect. We never know what lies around the corner. That is why we have faith. Jump into your day with hope, no matter what things are nagging at your core. On this day in 1930 BBC Radio announced that there was no news on that day. Anne Murray would have loved that! "A Little Good News" by Anne Murray. More good news is the "Reinventions" line coming to a Thomasville store near you in the very near future.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

Monday, April 11, 2011

...louie, louie

Today is International "Louie, Louie" day! Everyone uses this annual opportunity to celebrate the song that has been called the greatest party song of all time. It has been recorded more times than any other rock song in history and was very nearly declared the official state song of Washington. J.Edgar Hoover had this song analyzed, fearing that it had sinister content. He and many others missed, however, someone screaming the F word at :53. on the original recording. Work hard today, listen to the music, and try not to use the F word if you are laying down tracks for a song that will stand the test of time. This day in 1954 is considered to be the most boring day since 1900 according to the True Knowledge Answer Engine. Perhaps they weren't partying to "Louie, Louie!" Hold on a sec! Mother Goose is at my front door. BRB. I'm back. She gave me a post it and asked me to blog for her:

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggety- jig;

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;

To market, to market, to choose Home Decor,

We'll take these, we'll take that, of this we'll take four!

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,

Home again, home again, market is done.

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

...the power of one

Never underestimate your power. We have chances everyday, many times per day, to make ours and the lives of others better. Letting someone in front of you at rush hour, waving a friendly hand when someone f*cks up on the highway, rather than giving them the finger, holding a door for anyone and more. Put these behaviors into action, and watch how the Universe gives back three fold. If you already do this, you know what I mean. If you have been an a**hole for years and are just beginning to try this method, it may take time for things to regain their balance. Give it a try. The power of one leads to the power of many. On this day in 1388, despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy were victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels. I was 12 at the time and somewhat remember this, being in awe of the David and Goliath concept in action. I was also texting a friend at the same time and missed most of this.

"Either you run the day or the day runs you." Jim Rohn

Saturday, April 9, 2011

...what's in a name?

What is in a name? Firstly, it was not your choice, unless you marched to the courthouse as soon as you could walk and demanded changes. Some names conjure up images, others seem pretty plain. Mary means "wished for child". Tom stands for honesty. Brian means "Noble" Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom Michael means "God like" I assume that Michele does also, as this name is a derivative of the aforementioned name. Ashley means "Ash Tree Cleaning". Lovely. On this day in 1904 "Longacre Square" in Midtown Manhattan was renamed "Times Square" after The New York Times. Sometimes money has a meaning also. Shown today is "Beau" which means "beautiful" in french. My nephew named him because the man is both French and beautiful. So is my nephew for that matter!

"A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change." James Levine

Friday, April 8, 2011 of art

We are all works of art in our own, unique way. Embrace your qualities and embrace the qualities in others. Even if some of those qualities annoy you to no end.

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

6. Play mini golf.

On this day in 1820 The Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. The sculpture was created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, and is believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is made of marble, slightly larger than life size at 6' 8" high, and its arms and original plinth have been lost. Anyone holding these missing pieces, please contact the Louvre.

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." Ayn Rand

Thursday, April 7, 2011

...Floor Sample Sale Thomasville!

Thomasville is introducing some fab new collections and they will be arriving in stores soon. Many classic Thomasville case goods and upholstery pieces on showroom floors are reduced currently. They have to make room for new arrivals! Stop by your nearest showroom and bring in your measurements. Shown today is a teaser of the new 'Affinia Collection.' Even tho' we are all getting ready to improve our outdoors, please don't miss this opportunity to focus on our interiors!

"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?" Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, April 1, 2011

...chew on this

Today is the day when we let out the 'li'l prankster' in us! April Fools! Innocent hoaxes, tricks and other clever ideas will make people laugh, puzzle and perhaps even attempt to repay you! Remember to keep things light and fun. Here are a few of my favorite April Fool pranks.

1) Hot-wire your ex's car and drive it to a vacant parking lot. Preferably to another city; better yet, another state.

2)Tape magnets to the bottom of an empty coffee cup, and attach it to the top of your car. Laugh at all the people who frantically try to get your attention as you drive by. This is even funnier if you are the proud parent of an infant. Attach magnets to the bottom of the car carrier, set the little dumpling on the roof of your vehicle and drive like mad.

3)If the victim has a phone with a hook that presses down when the handset is in the cradle, tape it down. When he or she answers a call it will keep ringing. Make sure to dial them incessantly to insure many calls and much frustration.

4)Has your victim been working on an important document on their computer? Carefully hide the document in a safe place, then create a fake document with the same name. Fill the document with foul language or a funny story. At the bottom put "April Fool's!" Or don't, and see if the document gets emailed to Corporate!

5) While we are on the subject of computers, this one is sure to touch a nerve. If the victim uses Microsoft Word, go into the victim's computer and change the auto-correct feature so it misspells common words. Just open Word, choose "Auto-Correct Options" from the Tools menu, and have it replace common words like "the" and "and" with wacky words like "fuckhead" or "asshole." Be creative.

On this day in 1891 The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois. Hey, does that come in pepper flavor?

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life." William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


"Take two and call me in the morning." That is probably what Dr. Pemberton said after this day in 1886, when on this day in 1866 he brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-Cola has had many successful ad campaigns over the years, including one that became a hit 'pop' ( get it) song for The New Seekers entitled, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing". Coke is also featured heavily on American Idol, perhaps in homage to that ad. Have a Coke and a smile everyone, or skip the Coke and just smile.

"A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere." Joyce A. Myers

Saturday, March 26, 2011 and be driven

If you drive, you probably remember the new found freedom that it gave you. On this day in 1934 the driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom.It must be a very different test than the one here in the United States. I experience all kinds of dare-devilry on the roads and am quite sure that these instructions were not found in that handbook. Baby, you can drive my car? Not with those roadway antics. Also on this day, but in 1942,the first female prisoners arrived at Auschwitz. Removing all of their freedoms, and in most cases, their lives, this was one of the worst acts in world history. Hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that a**hole who made a left turn from the right lane was not so bad after all. I wish that he were an anomaly, but whatever. Pictured today in an anemone.
"Hate is more lasting than dislike."
Adolf Hitler

Friday, March 18, 2011

...I can hear music

Vocalist Kathy Troccoli gives me goosebumps. Whether she is singing religious or secular tunes, she has a unique voice that does it for me. Music has always been my sanctuary, and I never take that gift for granted. On this day in 2003 British Sign Language was recognized as an official British language. There are 125,000 deaf adults in the UK who use BSL plus an estimated 20,000 children. The language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face and head. Many thousands of people who are not deaf also use BSL, as hearing relatives of deaf people, sign language interpreters or as a result of other contact with the British deaf community. If you cannot hear music, make your own kind. If you can hear the music, be thankful and give this a listen. It is Kathy Troccoli and the Beach Boys singing, and what else, "I Can Hear Music."

"All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming."
Helen Keller

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Nolah has grown tired of whacking alligators and has taken a brief respite. Smiling for the camera, she is golden. On this day in 2008 gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time. A picture is worth a thousand words...this one is priceless.
"I'm three" a small 3 year old child said upon meeting Nolah
"I AM THREE" Nolah closed. to handle an abusive phone call

Handling Abusive Phone Calls 101

•1 Try to calm the idiot in the initial phases of the phone call. Once it escalates you will have to follow your company's policies. Many companies do not allow you to call the person a fucking moron. If they start right out of the gate acting like a prick, hold the phone in the air to get others to witness their asinine behavior.

•2 Some companies allow you to hang up as long as you warn the person first with, "If you continue to call me a fucking faggot, I am going to hang up." The next four-letter word spoken, or six-letter word, hang up. The person may call back. Ask if they are prepared to be calm. If they say they are, remind them again, you will hang up if they repeat the foul language and then continue your discussion. Usually, one hang up is enough. If the person is married to an asshole, a second phone call will definitely arrive.

•3 Sometimes, the angry person will ask to speak to your Supervisor. Again, follow company procedure, but in most places, you will refer the call, explain a little of what has transpired then pass the call through. Once a Supervisor is on the line the foul language usually ends.

•4 If your company has a policy of you will complete the call no matter what the person calls you, you must remain calm. When foul language is used, just become silent. Do not respond in anger. Simply, do not respond. This usually quiets the foul language. Sometimes, nothing works and you just must get through the conversation. Repeating back what they have said such as, "you said that I am a fucking moron because I did not approve your application, is that correct?" may stop the foul language. But use this method as a last resort and be sure you are perfectly calm as you repeat the sentence. It is often good, at this point, to Google the callers phone number or perform a 'Reverse Phone Lookup'. In many cases this will provide you with their home address. You can take it from there. Wearing black and arriving after dark is best.
On this day in 2005 Terry Ratzmann shot and killed six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself. Whether he was provoked by an abusive phone caller I do not know.

"Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friday, March 11, 2011's not nice to fool with Mother Nature

Chiffon Margerine had an excellent ad campaign in the 1970's. " it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature" and it is still relevant today. Mother Nature is no one to f*ck with! We may worry about a raise, whether gas prices will escalate or if our hair looks good in wind. When reality hits, those things really don't matter as much. Be kind to your friends, work hard, make time for fun and celebrate the abundance that you have right now, and will have in the future. I am not minimizing life's concerns, because they are day to day real. Maybe I am suggesting a quick attitude adjustment. Oh, yeah, on this day in 1888 " The Great Blizzard of 1888" began along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative."
H. G. Wells