Happy 2013 and a toast for you!

Here's to the days of good will, cold weather, and warm hearts.

A New Years toast to love and laughter
and happily ever after...

 A health to you, a wealth to you,
And the best that life can give to you...

 Dance as if no one were watching,
sing as if no one were listening
and live every day as if it were your last...

Me and my parents in our Jersey basement - morning after MANY of the New years Eve parties they'd have!

Always loved my top hats!
Just remembered: My dad actually PAINTED the glitter stripes onto basic black felt hats (I'm wearing here) Sturdier to use year after year!

Look above here for my love of disco balls!

 Here's wishing you more happiness
Than all my words can tell,
Not just alone for New Years Eve
But for all the year as well!

We've Holidays and happy days,
and memory days galore
And when we've toasted every one,
I offer just one more
So let us lift our glasses high,
and drink a silent toast
To the day, deep buried in each heart
that each one loves the most!

HAPPY 2013!!

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Merry Christmas Wishes

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright new year. Have yourself an ideal Christmas --  an occasion that is celebrated as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions. May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow...

Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness for the next upcoming year...
Warm Winter Wishes for a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Seasons greetings with love,

Around Town: Tour of Christmas Lights

So much more enjoyable than last year, we enjoyed an evening of touring Christmas light displays last night!  This time last year, we had just moved here to AZ, and we really didn't know our way around - so we had stayed driving around neighborhood and very close to the house. Last night, we used a Christmas Lights App on Jeff's iPhone, which brought us first to Downtown Chandler to see the Tumbleweed Tree and then to a Christmas lights Spectacular in Mesa, AZ called Cherry Lane. They even had people coming to the display via limos and Trolley cars! Cherry Lanes is a "guys" haven - filled with competitive light displays, restored vintage cars and garages converted to mancaves galore!



Another place we went to, also near Mesa, was a block of houses with a lighting display linked to a Christmas music radio station. We had shut off the truck, and had the radio on to watch and listen... but apparently doing that drained Jeff's already weak battery. We sat on the side of the street for about 30 minutes waiting for AAA to come give us a jump... EVEN THOUGH Jeff put the hood up, dangled the jumper cables at the engine and kept the light on inside for people to see us. I think we counted about 6 cars that passed us by, looking at us as if we were the Christmas display -- NO ONE stopped to ask if we needed help.

In spite of some of the bah-humbug spirit here in AZ, we totally enjoyed the light displays in the brisk winter air. And also stopped at a pizza joint called Frankie's Famous Pizza to get a slice - deelish! - we located thru Jeff's iPhone app!
Christmas in Arizona...
Christmas lights on cacti to a tumbleweed tree!
On Christmas Eve, we'll drive around here to see some more. Last year, we did see one really nice display of Christmas spirit in a neighborhood that not only did lights, but they had lined the sidewalks with luminaries too! Have you gone yet to see light displays by you?

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Help Heal: Make & Mail Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

From the PTA: the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child. The PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child. They initiated this means of a way we can all help heal the children and families in Newtown, CT and Sandy Hook Elementary...

See ALL KINDS of snowflake PINS for ALL AGES here: 

plus: See

Help heal & welcome back the children with a winter wonderland...
Make & Mail paper snowflakes for the school via the Connecticut PTSA by Jan. 12.
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
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Season for Giving: Kids Christmas Donations for Hurricane Sandy

From cookies to coloring books, I've been busy trying to focus on Christmas "goodness" rather than the awful acts that happened last week. I think over the weekend, I baked every cookie my mom and I baked together when I was a kid! And in between baking, I wrapped up sending out holiday cards - especially to some online acquaintances that have become special people in my life this past year. I also had fun with a "pay-it-forward" project I wanted to do: Shop for super storm Sandy kids for Christmas. I had taken a little poll on facebook (since I'm not a parent) to see if I was on the right track - and hands down YES: Kids art supplies beat toys! My pay-it-forward came from having received a $100 cash gift from Jeff's mom when she was here for Thanksgiving. She said it was to go buy something nice for myself - but I don't "need" anything, and these kids do. I had planned to go shop (last) Friday, but with the news of Sandy Hook, I didn't head out until Sunday. I picked up some pretty good deals at Big Lots on artful activities for all ages from coloring books + crayons + colored pencils, charcoals & pads, art kits, water color paints + brushes + pads... and even a few cool journals for those writer tweens, some warm & cozy socks and a few toiletries. I donated all these goodies to "Stuff the Bus for Hurricane Sandy." Even if they don't make it to New Jersey in time for Christmas, the activities will be donated to a Sunday school church....

Kids Christmas Donations to Stuff The Bus for Hurricane Sandy
 Monday through Friday -- 8 AM - 5 PMBarker Bus Company
81 Chimney Rock Road #2
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

If you're local, call Peggy at 732-580-6475 before you arrive if possible.
 Out of town donations may be sent to Barker Bus's address above.



Added in some throws & a card too...
A little tough to do this year (to be 'jolly') but doing what I can from here to help!
And so can you!
New Jersey still needs our help!

There are ways to help, no matter your location...
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