Monday, August 31, 2009

Favorite Wines

These two bottles of wine are my FAVORITE!!! They are Sicilian, Nero D'Avola. The Ruggero di Tasso is the fruitiest with a bite of spice. The Epicuro is less of a version of that. I have not been to the wine store in a good bit to pick up these two, usually my wine rack stays stocked with these!! I love wine and no matter what I try these two will remain my faves.

My favorite place to get wines are Trader Joe's. I never had a wine I did not like and they are cheap! No more spending $$$$ on wines. Everything at that store is great. They have a large selection of organic, vegetarian, quick meals, heart healthy etc. and everything is priced right!!


I love to read. Usually I read two books at a time, alternating between them. I guess it is the Gemini in me. Anyway, the last two books I bought are The Time Traveler's Wife and Eat Love Pray. I read about Time Traveler's wife on someone else's blog. I love looking at blogs for this very reason, it exposed you to new things. I just started reading it and I really do love it. It is different from the normal stuff I read, but I am going to be hooked on this so far. Claire and Henry and there traveling love and it seems like she is into Art! Bonus.

The second book, Eat Love Pray, I looked it up because I kept hearing about it. What sucked me in was that she travels to Italy! She also travels to two other places, but I love anything Italian. This one I am going to like because this girl is on a self journey of discovery after her divorce. I think we all go through self discoveries. I know I am. I think I will really like to see all the new and exciting things this girl learns.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Keep Yourself Open

I used to be so closed minded! I never really looked at all there is out there in the world. I really love meeting people of all walks of life. You can learn so much from others. I guess you can say I have started on journey of self discovery and I am wanting to know so much of everything it is making me dizzy. That is what I get for being a closed minded, straight and narrower.

There are times in life when we don't see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We feel so alone, confused, mislead, beaten, and discouraged. We just give up. Then, when we least expect it, someone or something reminds us what life is truly about. To be lived.

We are always so concerned about who has cheated us....what people think of us...why we don't have a partner....or keeping up with the Jones's that we simply forget the big picture. We are all beautiful, unique individuals who are capable of achieving magnificent things and we possess the ability to make a difference in other people's lives. Most of the time we take for granted the important thing and that is that we are alive.

Don't pay attention to the closed minded people who tell you why you can't. Just prove them all wrong and do it anyway. Live your life to your best ability.

There are so many things, ideas, places to explore that we should really step out of our norm and go do something different. Even if it is a little thing like driving a new way to work. Stop and smell the roses. Take a look at what is around you and appreciate something different. Just look out your window and notice a tree, how pretty it is. How blue the sky is. Learn something new....dare to do something you never have done before. Try a new food. Watch a different show. Once you do, you will not believe how enlighted......empowered you will feel. YEAH!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Scarf!

I just started to learned how to crochet. The first thing I am doing is a scarf! I love it, I love the colors and I can't wait until it is done! It is perfect for the fall. It is multiple colors of earth tones. I work on it almost daily. I am already thinking about the next scarf I am going to do. During my lunch today I went and bought more yarn!!! Yellows and whites.

I joined a group with other crocheters and knitters. It is a lot of fun and everyone is great. I just went to the first meet up (first one for me) last night. I love that I am getting involved with all this and meeting people who like the same thing! Life is fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I try to be positive and look at the good instead of the negative. I am having a hard time with this. Mainly because I expect instant results!

I know I have to re-condition my brain to think better. I have to undo all the wrong ways of thinking that I got from my Mother and society. Yes, my Mother. She always worried about what others had, what they were doing, what are people going to think, UGH! Yeah, I got my work cut out.
So I came across a little paragraph about writing down the letters of the alphabet, A-Z. For every letter write something that you are grateful for. I think this is a good exercise and am going to do it. Some are silly, But It gets you thinking.

I am a worrier, a what-ifer, and a dweller. I have a lot of reconditioning ahead of me. None of this will have instant results. It is going to be a long journey of dedication and constant reassurance. I just have to keep remembering that.
Here's the List


Being from NJ





Garage sales

House (mine)

Italian food



Love of family/friends





Quality of Life

Riding with friends on the Harley

Son (my)



Vintage items





Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I wanted to post what I did last night on my attempt in learning how to crochet. I just need to learn how to attach the rows!

Monday, August 3, 2009


I recently went to check out a craft meeting over the weekend for the first time in an area called Ghent. I am familiar with this area, but never really paid any attention to. I never had any reason to go to this part of town.

I showed up at this meeting about 30 minutes early so I parked and went to explore! I am glad I did. This place has the neatest shops and just walking around in this area I felt like I was in a city! There are antique shops, great food places and cute little boutiques. There is also a fresh market and I saw a couple of Italian (not chain) restaurants. The houses are historic, I love old big houses. They have such character.

There are so many places I need to explore in my own area. That is what everyone should do, just get up and explore 20-30 minutes away. Just drive around. You never know what you will find. For me, finding different shops and places to eat and have a drink are a bonus! You never know what you could run into in your own back yard. You do not need a destination, just drive.

This area is about 20-30 minutes out of my way, but I am definalty going to make it a point to visit it at least twice a month! I hope to meet new people and make a few friends!

Learning To Crochet

I bought yarn and a crochet needle today. I am going to watch a You Tube Video and teach myself how to crochet!
I will update my successes and frustrations!
Wish me Luck!


A Free Coffee

A lot of mornings I stop at the same 7-11 to get coffee before I head off to work. There is a man that is usually there most mornings, he is a contractor and I always see him around. He was standing next to me this morning when I was getting my coffee and I always say hi to him. He was ahead of me in line and asked me if that was all I was getting, just the coffee and I said yes. He told the cashier to ring mine up under his. That little gesture made my morning. It is real good to do little things like that for people, because even if it seems very small to you, you don't know the impact it could have on someone else.