Blowing Through to Spring

College Basketball as Background Noise. Howling Winds Swirling Spring Blossoms on the Trees. It’s March. You Need a Place to Eat that is Local and Fun.  Not Fast Food.  Not a Chain. Do You Have a Restaurant that Fits the Bill in Your Neck of the Woods? We Do.  And it has Served Hollywood, Presidents […]

Choo Choo Blues. Costco Travel High.

We’ve had a long haul.  Sickness.  Sadness.  Being Scared. And Staying Close to Home and Hospital. But Now We’re On the Upswing and Time for a Break.  Spring Break. Time to Get Out of Here.  We Need Happy and Plenty of It. Yes, Many Would Poo Poo the Destination Choice…But We’re Going to Disneyland(!)   […]

Creating a Collection When No One Was Looking

Shopping at TJ  Maxx is an All-Over-The-Map Experience. From Clothing to Jewelry.  Women. Men. Kids. Handbags. Home.  Furniture. A Mini-Department Store of Quality Goods with Discount Prices. My Sister Got Me Hooked on TJ’s and I Never Looked Back. At TJ’s, there are Surprises Around Each Corner. I assume TJ’s is Filled with Discontinued Items. […]

Dinner by Fire

Food and Entertainment.  Always a Great Combination. But Usually Tough to Find.  And then there’s the Price. Teppan Grill Restaurants Put the Fun in Food with a Splash of Entertainment at a Reasonable Price.   For a Family of 4 that tries to make Dining Out an Experience, Teppan Grills are a Win/Win/Win. But How […]

The Roots of Comfort Food. Simplified.

Comfort Food.  A Definition. “The term comfort food has been traced back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food‘—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.” – […]

A March Madness Cheap Date

March Madness.  Heard of It? It’s College Basketball’s Equivalent of the Oscars. For College Players.  Some who will make it to the NBA. Others Who Play Just for the Love of the Game. Mr. Doodle’s Favorite Month of the Year.     I must first tell you that I care very little for College Basketball, […]

So What is Family Day?

Family Day. The anniversary of the day when a new member joins a family in the adoption process. Family Day for Us is the Moment We Became a Family of 4. The Moment 2 Girls Became Sisters. March 2, 2009 in Guangzhou, China.    A Moment Forever in Our Hearts. It Began with Tears. Lots […]

Downton Abbey’d

Downton Abbey’d.  Yes.  An Adverb. I am consumed, entrenched and enthralled with Downton Abbey. Oh My.  Almost to the point of Embarrassment, but Not Quite.   Have You Seen It?  Oh, but of course you have.   When It aired here in the States from 2010 to 2015, on Sunday Nights, I rarely got the […]

Tips to Navigate a Chinese Buffet…Healthy and Cheap

How Many Chinese Buffets Have You Dived Into? I Know…Not My Favorite Either, but it is Fun and Silly and Entertaining. The Food Offerings are Staggering to be Sure.  Healthy Eating Can Fly Out the Window. And You Can End Up Spending More Than You Bargained For. After Many Trips to Buffets, I Finally Figured […]

Decorate a Chandelier. Now it’s a Party!

I’m not very Crafty. Perhaps because of No Time.  But sometimes a Quick, Down and Dirty Craft Pops in My Head and It Works. Here’s One for the Spur of the Moment Party. Or the Monthly Holiday Celebration.  Or Just Because. This was Perfect for Valentine’s Day. But have No Fear…Pi Day is Coming.  March […]