Monthly Archives: September 2013

A log cabin in the woods, otherwise known as my happy place.


Everyone has a certain “special” place that secretly or not, makes them happy. Mine is a log cabin in the woods. I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone who knows me. And if this “is” a surprise to anyone who knows me…well…surprise! And now you know the truth. πŸ™‚


And if I’m going to dream about this simple wooded dwelling, then I might as well go big. I call this one the Log Mansion. Look at all that marvelous log cabin-y goodness. And the stones at the base only add to my delight. This is just an on-line representation of the imaginary structure in my mind.


Once inside my mythical log mansion, this an idea of what I see.


or even this in the regular log cabin of my imagination.


Basically, a nice fire place, some simple comfortable furniture, and can you hear the quiet in the above picture? I can. Once securely tucked away in my log cabin happy place in the woods, I would curl up next the the crackling fire with a book in hand and a big mug of hot tea.

There you have it. My little wood-lined happy place fantasy.

When you go to your happy place, what do you see?


The Fall Television Season, and what I want to watch.

BurnNoticedexterbreaking bad

The Fall Television Season has started and since three of my favorite shows are ending this year, Burn Notice, Dexter, and Breaking Bad, I have three slots open in my TV watching schedule. Seriously, I can only watch so much TV. Sacrifices must be made.

Therefore, I have three top replacement contenders.

My number one choice is Almost Human, starring Karl Urban. JJ Abrams is involved. Enough said. πŸ™‚

Almost Human Karl UrbanAlmost Human Cast

Second on my shortlist is The Blacklist. James Spader is deliciously awesome! Can’t wait.

The Blacklist

My third choice, certainly not the least of them is Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. How could it not be? πŸ™‚

Agents of SHIELD agents-of-shield-poster

There are a few other shows I will at least watch once or maybe even twice to see if they are worthy of limited show watching list.Β  At the top of the list areΒ  the following:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Cold Justice, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Mom, but then I’d have to give up my returning shows, or go to a 24/7 television watching schedule. πŸ™‚

What shows are you looking forward to in the new Fall Season Schedule?

Stress is…well stressful, and should be avoided

Now there is a title worth reading. <Do you hear that maniacal laughter? No? okay >


Anyway, I find that stress often crops up when I least expect it. Sort of like one day, I’m perfectly fine. Everything is going along smoothly, and then the next day…BAM! WTH Stress is filling my life full of…stressful things. Why? I don’t know. Make it stop.

stress induced computer biting

I don’t know if biting your laptop will help, but whatever works, right? I believe that very often us humans don’t feel like we can take a single momentary break away from that which stresses us out. They believe (okay, I’m guilty too) that stopping for a minute or two to rest your brain will somehow make everything, including the stress, even worse. But I do believe that taking even a few minutes away to regroup, whether to listen to music, or to meditate, or watch mindless television is ultimately the way to move forward and on through the stress in life.At least this is what works for me. I will take an hour or two away to read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, and yes…watch mindless television where noΒ  actual thinking or decisions are required. Some people call it taking a break. πŸ™‚

Wouldn’t it be great to write the word stress in the sand and then let the waves wash it away?

stress in the sand

I love that visual. It soothes me. Gives me hope.

And also always remember, Stressed spelled backward is Desserts.


Which is truthfully the only way I know how to spell either word. πŸ™‚

What do you do to take a breather from the stresses of life?

I’m really going to miss Burn Notice


I’ve loved Burn Notice from the first episode. I’ve watched every single show. Including one on-line a few years ago while hunkered over my computer because my DVR had a bad day. But that was okay. I didn’t want to miss a single one.

I also have the DVDs. I’ve re-watched entire seasons in a single setting (well…you know…with bathroom breaks πŸ™‚ ) and enjoyed every one again as if for the first time. Burn Notice is definitely going right into my personal Hall of Fame for favorite television shows.

Burn Notice2

Michael Weston is the perfect hero spy. Fiona Glenanne is the perfect kick-ass chick and girlfriend. Two of my favorite things. Actually, all of the characters in the show are amazing. From Madelyn to Sam Axe to Nate to Jesse, to all the people they’ve helped, and to all the bad guys they’ve thwarted…every character has been a joy to watch.


While I hate to see this show go, I’m forever a fan. I was particularly glad to see the way the final show ended. Just the way it should. πŸ™‚ I feel like I should say Thank You to Matt Nix.


Have you had a love affair with Burn Notice like I have for the past seven seasons?


13 is One of My Favorite Numbers

math geeks rockmath side with pi

I’ve always been a Math geek. I like numbers…well, let’s face it, I LOVE numbers.

13 doesn’t bother me even if it happens on a Friday, because lots of great things have happened to me on the 13th of any particular month. My brother’s birthday. The day I met my husband. The number of diamonds in my wedding set.

A few obscure highlights strung together, I know. Still, I like 13!

13 is on fire!


friday 13th

Then again I also like the numbers 7, 5, 12, 3 and 36 for various reasons.

Do you know why? Because I just LOVE numbers!!

So do you have a favorite number?


p.s. Yes, I know that yesterday was the 13th. I was busy. I forgot what day it was. I was [fill in the blank for an excuse that works]. πŸ™‚

A Day for Rememberance

I still remember vividly where I was on 9-11-01 when I heard about the tragedy.
I remember the horrific destruction, and all that followed.
9-11 twin towers memorial
Now all these years later, while the tragic memory still lingers, hope also endures. The 9-11 memorials are very inspiring to me.
twin tower memorial
I believe they represent our nation’s enduring spirit.

And the hope for our better future.

Never Underestimate the Power of Music

I love the mornings when my clock radio wakes me up to a favorite song I haven’t heard in a long time. Especially when it’s Monday mornings.
Music has a way of putting me in a certain place from my past, sometimes even faster than a particularly memorable scent.
I’m partial to alternative rock and roll music, but I listen to lots of different music. Everything from Puddle of Mudd to Jason Aldean. Variety is the spice of life after all.

Music Love

Music Love

The song I came awake to this morning was one that I first heard when I’d just started writing.
I have an extra affection for going back to that time in my life. Makes me happy.

What music puts you on the path to happy?

Getting Organized – Yes It’s a Must

Getting Organized isn’t always easy no matter how much I strive to clean up my act, so to speak.
But whether it’s my desk – and it’s always a mess – to the junk file on my e-mail account, I feel like I must organize, purge and clean every so often. Otherwise the landslide potential grows exponentially with each passing day.

And whether you use plastic boxes, baskets or even buckets on a wall, any organization is a good idea.

good organizing tool

good organizing tool


great organizing tool

great organizing tool


my favorite organizing tool

my favorite organizing tool

So what method do you use to organize stuff?

Things I Take for Granted

I hate to admit that I take anything for granted. I really try not to.
But my garage door opener is broken. And I already miss it…A LOT.

Okay, maybe my problem isn't the same as this.

Okay, maybe my problem isn’t the same as this.

This picture above is perhaps an extreme, but it’s the way I feel it might as well be.
I came home with the groceries, in the rain-by the way, and it worked perfectly.
Hubby came home ten minutes later, and voila, it was suddenly broken.
He had to run and dodge raindrops to reach our front door.
The look on his face said, “What did you do?”
My expression was one of shock and sadness, and of course. “I didn’t do anything!”
Now my poor car is out in the driveway until the repair folks can make my world right again.
Who knew I’d be so attached to my garage door opener?

What are you attached to?

What would make you a sad panda if it broke?

Long Weekends Rock

Is this the perfect place for a long weekend?

Is this the perfect place for a long weekend?

This may be the perfect place to spend a long weekend.
But that’s not what I call perfection. Because the truth is…I’m an indoor girl.
Personally, I prefer hunkering down in my living room in front of a big screen TV watching series television or movie DVDs. I can watch a whole season of a favorite television show during a long weekend. Or all the sequels of a movie franchise, maybe even two. And I only break to eat, and for the inevitable bathroom stops. πŸ™‚

Now this is my vision of the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

Now this is my vision of the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

How do you spend your perfect long weekend?

Inside, outside, or a combination of both?