Four Calling birds and two under the mistletoe

It IS a wonderful life! It’s really looking a lot like Christmas….in St. Louis!!

A walking trip through illuminated paths, lawns, trees and tunnels at the Missouri Botanical Garden proved exquisite and educational.

The twelve days of Christmas song, in 3-D light formations, is spectacular. Here we are, Four Calling Birds.




Then we passed through a bright red and purple tunnel to stand under the mistletoe to kiss and learn.

That’s what you do when it’s 29ºF outside! Friends and FUN…



Movies, Music, Monkeys

Living in a new place means everything is NEW to me. This week was no exception.

I enjoyed a cello concert in a lovely room/building in a park.

STL Symphony at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park

I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time, in an enormous movie theatre, with new friends.

I ate an intimate restaurant called Three Monkeys, yet there were no real monkeys in sight.









As this year ends, I am reminded of all I’ve learned, the new friends I’m blessed with, the long-time friends I reunited with, the good health I have and my friends and family have,  the trips I took, and the four seasons I experienced (I still only like two of them.)

Building new friendships, foundations and FUN will be my mantra for the next year.

Any thoughts?



December thoughts

Few months present the multicultural “teachable moments” that December does! The following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year:

  • UAE National Day
  • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
  • St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
  • Chanukah (Jewish)
  • Christmas Day (Christian)
  • Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
  • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
  • Kwanzaa (African American)
  • Omisoka (Japanese)
  • Yule (Pagan)
  • Saturnalia (Pagan)
    • source: Google

There are many ways to celebrate with friends, family, alone, in a place, or at home. To those who choose to make this a month of celebrations and reflections, I say “Cheers!”

I honor, respect and welcome any and all ideas for celebrations. May this December be a peaceful, bountiful, joyous and healthy one for us all.



The next day

Arrived home after midnight. Nice flight.

Awoke late, rested, relaxed.

Always great to travel, see our family and friends.

A little cloudy here, but sun in my heart.

Attuned to filling up and enjoying the last days of November.

The next day ~ breathe in the memories of last week; time to make more plans.





My SoCal trip is ending; it was so great to be here. The palm trees, sun, and ocean made my head and heart so clear.  Seeing Tara was such a treat,  pure joy that filled my heart.  I’ll see her again very soon;  in our family, she’s always a part.

I reunited with a few dear friends, like no time has ever passed. I’m grateful they are in my life, treasures that really last!

Thanksgiving comes every year, but everyday I say a little cheer. Thank you for my wonderful life; I’m grateful to be the momma and wife.



“Fill up the heart” meter is rising

Some ways to feel good are bubble baths with candles, trips, meals with loved ones, shopping, driving nice cars, cooking good food. I like all those too, and seeing my daughters and dear friends.

I have been in California for three full days and have experienced heart-filling joy,  serendipity and love. The first day I was here we went to see our old neighbors who lived in the house right below us. What began as a five-minute visit turned into longer chat, meet their kids and tour  their RV.

Then, while experiencing a pre-Black Friday shopping spree, we ran into our former kid sitter when she recognized me just walking up an aisle. I haven’t seen her since her wedding over 10 years ago. We visited with her and her mom and her son (who I haven’t seen since he was a baby.)  That beautiful serendipitous event of joy and reconnection really warms and fill up my heart.

Meeting up with two girlfriends for lunch also feels my heart and rises the meter!  I am so grateful for my girlfriends. Another girlfriend even chased me down on Facebook to meet me somewhere for a chat. Lucky me!!

Tip: Stay connected…. it’s a heartwarming experience.




That’s a lot of popcorn!

Over the weekend, we saw a remake of the movie, “Murder on the Orient Express.” Last night I saw the new movie, “Lady Bird.” Anyone who knows me knows my mantra: a movie is incomplete without popcorn…so, I ate a lot of popcorn in the past 48 hours. And the movies were entertaining.

Does this count for a Film Club? I miss Cinema Space and Leading Ladies.

I must declare: I’m ready for a FUNNY movie, with a spot of dancing and singing.

What movie have YOU seen lately? Any recommendations?