A trio of pictures tells a story.

CLICK THIS TO SEE MY BROTHER-IN-LAW’S TRIO OF PICTURES:        Gary McKee email We joke that my brother-in-law Gary McKee would have been a great paparazzi.  He gets the photo nobody else thinks of — when everyone else is shooting front-on, he goes for the back-of-the-head or ‘lurker in the bushes’.   At…

“Thanks” from the jet-blue sky.

  At Portofino Sun Center today getting ready for a trip to Hawaii (!) — I chatted amiably with my new aesthetician, Ali Pinkering. She’s good friends with a flight attendant for Jet Blue, who (like me) is down with the flu. Ali and I talked about how her friend underwent months of training, but…

“Thank you” for washing your hands.

************************************************************************** One night last week when Vin was out of town I kept myself busy online. Around midnight, when my rational thinking is diminished, it gets dangerous. I’d seen a story in some magazine about engraved stationery products — personalized gifts from “The Stationery Store”.  I cruised to find the site. Naturally, when I found…

Cate’s puzzle – finished product.

Here’s my pen pal Cate Ferrall’s puzzle — I finally finished it. She didn’t give me any clues. I finally got it done.  The only good thing about being home sick for three days — those nagging projects that don’t go away may finally get addressed. Click here:  IMG_0359 Please Share

Rainbows via snail mail.

Rainbow Loom bracelets are blowing up… and my penpal Cate, age 7, probably has one already and is busily creating bracelets.  I got her some additional rubber bands and sent them with this note.  It’s always fun to get something in the mail, even in a teeny tiny package.  I want to create a sense…

“Bang it, sexy!”

Why is it that the smallest room in the house is where I spend the most time? It used to be the “Treadmill Room”.  Mirrored walls.  Carpeted floor.  Dim lights and a TV.  Great idea, on paper.  But nobody USED the treadmill, and after six or seven years of walking past the metal monster, I…

Mail from 5 years ago… saved.

People tell me they save my notes, and I’ve heard it so much I tend to think it’s hyperbole.   A fews days ago,  on the way to meet jeweler Alex Bitter, my friend Gloria G. said, “I have something to show you.” She pulled out a letter on stationery I admired — a yellow…

It’s all your fault…

…. that “the current crop of brides and grooms were young and their mommy sent out photocopied, nonpersonal thank-you notes on their behalf to the dozens of children attending their parties.” “Ask Amy”, a columnist who seems to have replaced “Dear Abby” as the etiquette maven (at least in the Los Angeles Times) says it’s…

Puzzle-ing it out.

Here’s  a close-up shot of the puzzle Cate F., my 7-year-old pen-pal, sent me from New York.  It took me THREE days to figure it out.  The pink shiny background is the square TARGET platter I rested it on as I tried to assemble it. It arrived as a tiny box.  I was so enthralled…