Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spa Day at the Lodge

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A few weekends ago, a friend and I spent the afternoon at the spa at the Lodge at Torrey Pines – just a day pass to go check things out. I was so relaxed by the time we left, I was practically slurring my words. We started with lunch outside on the deck overlooking the pool, then did steam and sauna, lounged by the pool, and sat in the jacuzzi with a cool breeze blowing by. It was the perfect refresher…sometimes you just have to take time to do these things, yes? The most beautiful native plantings are growing all around the walkways, and they just begged us to take their picture. Smile

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Monday, May 21, 2012

A Perfect Day

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I’m a wee tardy with this post, but I had to share the cake photo! We celebrated Mother’s Day here last Sunday, and had a great time. The perfect number of folks, gathered on a gloriously sunny day, with the perfect Mom. I am one of the lucky ones to have a mother-in-law that I adore. The chocolate raspberry mousse cake and dutch apple pie were both yummy. I do believe I had a piece of both!

Some red birds even landed in the ivy. Winking smile Inside. Can you beat a little made-in-China bird to fancy up an indoor plant? While I thought they’d just be a party decoration, I admit they are still there, perched, and still cute. Does this mean I have plastic flowers in my future? Oh dear! Let’s hope not.

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Husby even honored my mother status with the fur babies and got me this beautiful bouquet of roses, which I promptly photographed at this odd angle. I love our tribe, though they deny me the pleasure of telling painful birthing stories, like, oh! the doctor had never seen a woman suffer like that! Wait. Maybe that’s just fine.

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There were also tulips in attendance, purchased from the wholesale flower place, which was abuzz with Mother’s Day buyers.

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And lastly, in mani/pedi news…this past weekend, during some La Jolla moseying, I found a “natural” mani/pedi place and came home with taupe toenails and turquoise fingernails. I can’t imagine ever using these colors even just five years ago. But I have to say, I am thoroughly digging them. They kind of spice up the workday when I look at my fingers typing on the keyboard in turquoise!

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Turquoise & Caicos >

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Have a wonderful week, blog peeps!

Peace, R.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Weekend Project?


I found the color combination I want to use to paint my grandmother’s dresser: black, the beautiful and mellow light aqua, and snippets of gold. Now, where to find lion drawer pulls? Smile This image is from an amazing blog called Simply Smitten. Such beautiful images. Like this one! Oh, that dark purple and green!

How about the elegant, velvet dark green pillow sitting there fitting so perfectly?
Sweet weekend wishes to everyone!
Red heart+Peace+Cat faces +Dog faces,
Robin

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Gratitude: OxFam

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Today I am grateful for the OxFam representative that was standing outside Whole Foods as I came out with my lunch to take home. Usually, being faced with the clipboard people is not my idea of anything good. At first I thought, “Oh crap, he wants money and before that he’s going to tell me something sad.” But it was just him and I, and I had to stop. He introduced himself and then started telling me about the 3.5 million people in Africa and areas nearby who don’t have food or water, and about the drought that has lasted four years. While OxFam helps about 2 million of them, the other 1.5 million are not doing so well. I listened. I tried to offer him a small cash donation, and asked if I could handle this online, but he explained that while that’s fine, it wouldn’t help support the program in San Diego that tries to reach contributors here. He said they really need the monthly donations and that just $1 provides like 8 meals. I peered out from my $140 sunglasses, holding the keys to my new car. I said, “Sign me up.” As I was completing the form, I felt my eyes tearing up. I guess the weight of the issue hit me and sunk in: starving people with no food or water. How lucky are we? So very lucky. I gained my composure (put those expensive sunglasses back on) and finished the form to set up my small, but regular, auto-debit donation. He thanked me for my generosity. I thanked him for doing what he does. Sometimes it takes facing the sadness in other people’s lives in other parts of the world, juxtaposed against your own blessings, to realize how grateful you are for your life. Today was that day for me.
Red heart, Robin