Quote of the Week

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

Image by: Kevin Thomason

Quote of the Week

"It matters immensely. The slightest sound matters. The most momentary rhythm matters. You can do as you please, yet everything matters."
~ Wallace Stevens ~

Do I Love My Daughter Or Do I Love My Daughter?

(That’s a rhetorical question, in case you were wondering!)

Image by: Celticblade

 This post will be short, because I’m in the midst of co-hosting a Harry Potter Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Premiere Bash with my daughter. She and her friends will be attending the midnight showing tonight.

I’ve written posts in the past about my failed cake attempts, and I believe I’ve mentioned that both my daughter and son find great humor in taking cell phone pictures of my myriad cooking disasters to share with friends and the rest of cyberspace. But when my kids were little, a good friend of mine taught me some basic cake decorating techniques and I successfully made a variety of decorated cakes throughout their early years. It’s been about eight or nine years since I’d made one of them, however, and I’d forgotten how time intensive they can be.

I was up into the wee hours of the morning completing this cake for her party. So, a mere three hours and three exploding cake decorator bags later, here is the final result:

 Not bad, eh? I must say, no matter how this cakes tastes, I made it look pretty cool, right? I’m patting myself on the back right now. (Well, at least before anybody tries eating it!)

Quote of the Week

(Oops! Better late than never, right?!)

"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."
~ Henri Matisse ~

Image by: Lee Coursey

Le Tour Eiffel

All right, I know I'm being a really bad, bad blogger, but I have a good excuse. We have only just returned from a fabulous family adventure in Paris! I intend to write a couple of upcoming posts about our trip, but I'm presently buried under mountains of laundry, mounds of bills and paperwork, and loads of e-mails. So as I try to catch up on life, I'll leave you with this video my daughter took of the Eiffel Tower at night.

When I was there nine years ago, the tower was a lovely golden color at night. Now, they have added 20,000 sparkling lights that glitter once every hour for five minutes. It's cool!  People clap and cheer whenever they go off, just as if it were a fireworks display. So, let's hear an "Oooooooh, ahhhhhhh" for Le Tour Eiffel!

P.S. Um...unfortunately she had to turn the camera sideways in order to get it all in and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to rotate the video (like you can with an regular picture), so I hope this 30-second video doesn't give anybody a kink in their neck!

"This nation will remain the land of the free
only so long as it is the home of the brave."
~ Elmer Davis ~

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Image: U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class David P. Coleman