Flowers for Lola

 

Upon returning to my home after a visit with my 90-year-old special lady friend, Lola, I am recalling some of my late dad’s words to me at the NC beach house while he observed me with tons of family around, “Mitz, you are never going to be alone.”

He meant of course that no matter what happens to me in my lifetime, my family will be there for me.

And, I am thankful for that fact as Lola and I talked today in the nursing home.

It is not that I may not dwell somewhere like that, but I know that I know I will really never be alone.

Every single year now that as I age, I am so aware of how different life is now for us baby boomers from just one generation ago. I am constantly hearing or meeting someone whose life’s path is so completely different from what they ever anticipated.

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Christmas Has Come to Cypress

Christmas has come to our home, Cypress!

It doesn’t matter that I’ve decorated for Christmas 40-plus times before. There is a specialness that only this season brings each year.

When the kids were growing up, we did all the holidays as Easter and such. But never did those decorations bring the glow to wherever we were living at the time like Christmas does, ever.

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Design Vlog: Designing the Heart of the Home – Part 2

After my recent vlog, “The True Heart of Cypress,” I thought it would be great to follow up with a closer look at the appliances I chose to include in my kitchen and why.

This is part two of two in this series – where you’ll get my thoughts on warming drawers, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators and more.

Let me know what you think in the comments – I’d love to hear how your ideal kitchen would be set up and why.

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Design Vlog: Designing the Heart of the Home – Part 1

After my recent vlog, “The True Heart of Cypress,” I thought it would be great to follow up with a closer look at the appliances I chose to include in my kitchen and why.

This is part one of two in this series – where you’ll get my thoughts on cooktops, warming drawers and more. I’ll even fill you in on why I made an exception to one of my own kitchen design “cardinal sins” of putting an appliance in an island.

Let me know what you think in the comments – I’d love to hear how your ideal kitchen would be set up and why.

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Why I am Thankful at Thanksgiving

The older I get, the higher my gratitude meter needs to goes up & up & up.

Why?

Because if I am not grateful for all that I have now, right now @ this very time, what does that say about me?

It says that I am not acknowledging my faults of being a perfectionist, always striving for new and higher goals, and my fears of insecurity and anxiety if I do not obtain these often unrealistic goals. And to me, contentment without a grateful heart is impossible.

And yes, the flip side of these traits is all good stuff as long as I am grateful for where I am and what I have and what I have accomplished in the right here and the right now.

So, here is my “THANKFUL” @ this THANKSGIVING @ this age & stage of my life.

My FAITH is my ultimate above all and everything in my life.

I am only doing what I am doing because of a life-giving sustaining faith that fills me with hope and joy and peace no matter my circumstances.

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Get Your Free Copy of “Holiday Deliciousness” Today!

 

Whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. In fact, Thanksgiving is less than a week away! My goodness, where does the time go?

Have you considered yet how you’ll feed the hungry throng of family members or perhaps it is just three or four of you? Dreading spending all that time in the kitchen? Wishing you could spend more time with loved ones and provide them a healthier-than-usual meal at the same time?

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Yucky… Gross for Sure!

Not pretty I know. Really, pretty disgusting thought. I know.

But this is what all that holiday butter and fat looks like inside our life flowing arteries that are just trying to keep us going, one heart beat at a time.

Now I am not trying to be the Grinch that Stole Christmas!

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The True Heart of Cypress

 
After sharing my favorite things about my kitchen this past Sunday, I got to thinking about how the words and photos didn’t really do it justice. The kitchen truly is the heart of our home – as you’ll see in this new vlog.

 
 

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My Favorite Things

I can’t wait to show you all of my favorite things about Cypress, our beloved home. And yes, after all we’ve been through and have yet to go through, it better be our beloved home!

My beverage bar is one of my favorite things. Oh, this is not your ordinary beverage bar. Oh no, this is the over-the-top, crème de la crème beverage bar and I will tell you why.

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Beyond the Ohio Fall Beauty

Beyond the Ohio fall beauty, there was a purpose for my daughter, Kara, traveling from Denver, and myself, from Kansas…a very special purpose indeed.

That remarkable woman is our mother, grandmother extraordinaire who absolutely refused to allow me to give her a 90th birthday celebration.

I wish I had time and space to tell you about mom’s zillions of examples giving her time, food, money, and energy not only to our family and to her friends; but to still helping out at the food bank, still cooking and serving those in need at the community center, and on and on and on.

So because of all she is and all she does I wanted to honor her with a significant celebration with her tons of friends and family. Man oh man did she not only not like this idea but told me in no uncertain terms – the Ellen Garrett way. She said to me, ”Mitz, DO NOT give me a surprise either” and she really, really meant it.

You see, she is a behind-the-scenes worker with a servant’s heart. She said being the center of attention is just not her. Okay, mom, I get it but what then…it’s your 90th birthday!

Ellen Garrett, as my late dad used to call her, got her wish for her birthday. Here is a glimpse into how we spent our quiet, but rich in family and Ohio fall treasures, birthday celebration.

It was Ellen Garrett’s 90th birthday celebration!

And this is at 90 years of age mind you!

Spending a day in Amish Country

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