Thursday, January 28, 2010


Move over Shirley Temple!

"Girlie" Elise Glazier, my granddaughter, was 2 1/2 years old
when I captured her on video playing her guitar
and singing! She wrote the words herself!

Then my daughter sent me this video from last week, captured with her iPhone, of Girlie dancing to the Juke Box in the kitchen and the song "At The Hop"!!!

Girlie is 2 3/4 yrs. old in this video. She will be 3 in
February and is singing and dancing, practicing EVERY DAY!!!

Practice makes perfect!

Postscript: A Star in the Making...stay tuned!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


This has been the week from HELL! It has rained, almost non-stop for 1 week in SUNNY CALIFORNIA! "Will it ever stop," was repeated over and over by everyone you met on the street.

(I clipped this cartoon from the Sunday Comics
on 4/26-I think we had a little shower!
It seemed to fit our recent weather just right!)

After a couple of days of getting soaked trying to run errands and do grocery shopping, I decided to just stay home the last 3 days and wait out the storm. It was a great opportunity to clean out file drawer and sort through tons of paper, old bills and receipts, etc. that needed to be organized and a lot that needed to be thrown out! Also, a little organizing of crafts in between and attending to my clipped recipe files.

These were my sentiments, EXACTLY! I complained as much as everyone else did, and said, "I'm going to do a SUN DANCE!"
And it worked! By today it had finally stopped and the sun was shinging once again! What a welcome sight.

POETRY indeed!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Treasured Moment

Girlie, Nana and Nick
Atlantic Ocean, Folly Beach, SC

This snapshot was taken the last week of my holidays in SC before coming back home to San Diego a week ago. I miss the beach and the people who shared it with many treasured moments.

We had so much fun hunting for shells and sea creatures, and playing in the sand and sea. It is truly beautiful.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


For 2009 my favorite movies, besides 'PUBLIC ENEMIES' with Johnny Depp, were 'THIS IS IT' and 'AVATAR'.

The beginning of December Michael Jackson's 'THIS IS IT' was released. My SC family; Nick, Girlie, Deb and I (Steve had to work) went to see it. It was truly awesome. We all love his music and it's hard to believe and so sad he is gone. He was truly a genius. We really enjoyed the music and the was very well done.

Girlie and Nick are wearing the lanyards with our passes to get into the theatre. They were so thrilled to have the keepsake to add to their journals that we made this month.

Then at the end of December, my MD family; John, Katie, Chris, Brad & Ali, Mimi & Jaimie, and I went to see AVATAR on the iMax screen in 3D. What a great movie with such fabulous special effects. I wasn't sure I wanted to see it, not being much of a Sci-Fi buff, but was so glad I went. It was a really great and the fastest 3 hours I've ever spent watching a movie!

Every year it's tradition to have a Christmas movie. With two different families on the east coast, I now get to see two special Christmas movies!

Here we are lounging around waiting for the movie to start.
We arrived an hour early and had our pick of the best seats in the house!
We took up the entire row! Nana, Katie, John...

...Chris, Brad, Ali, Mimi and Jaimie.

Nana and Katie were waiting for popcorn!

It was so nice being with all of my grandchildren this holiday season. We all had a great time and we're already talking about next Christmas!


Friday, January 1, 2010


Happy New Year from South Carolina to everyone!
The Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin from France was wonderful.

We brought in the New Year with a bottle of champagne and toasted to good health, wealth and happiness, and the best year ever in 2010.

A Southern New Year's Day food tradition, eating Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas will not only bring good luck, you might also get rich if it's eaten with collard greens. Hoppin' John is a deliciously spicy bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with bacon, sausages or ham hocks, onions, spices and rice. I made Emeril Lagasse's recipe for Hoppin' John. And we're serving it with another family favorite, Melvin's Bar-B-Que, for lunch today.

The crock pot has been on since 8am this morning in preparation for dinner, another traditional New Year's Day dish, Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with Carrots and Red Potatoes.

We're watching the Rose Parade and reminiscing about the years we all went as a family and sometimes we even drove to Pasadena to watch them judge the floast at 2am the morning of the parade. It's so spectacular to see the floats up close and watch as they put the finishing touches on them.

This has been a good day. We are blessed to have a great family and many good friends, and we're toasting to the best year ever for all of us. Happy New Year!