Monday, November 30, 2009

Animals need a pick-me-up....My Bottega Veneta Tote will do

Have you ever felt this tired???  They need coffee! 

Saved the best for last....

This Bottega Veneta woven Tote in Brown COFFEE  color will do the trick for me, ha!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Dad

My beloved Dad passed away in the very early morning hours of November 26, 2009.

It was Thanksgiving Day, AND my wedding anniversary, but I choose to remember that day as a day to give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon me by the Lord.  I loved my Dad, and he loved me; and I am grateful to God for the privilege of being his daughter.

I am grateful for the memories: the most recent being the genuine look of joy, happiness, and relief he expressed as he greeted me when I walked into their home through their kitchen door a few days ago. Of course, I got there by driving his beloved Lexus RX 300 that he so generously lent to me.  That same night, he beckoned me over to his room after an awkward time with Mom, to tell me with all the sincerity he could muster -- "Don't worry about it..don't feel bad."  And, he was  grateful when I said a prayer to God above for him and Mom just before I left the next morning. 

My Dad had his faults (just as the rest of us), but I claim the forgiveness that's available throught the Lord Jesus shown in the Word of God: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowsip one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7)

My Dad heard the Good New, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which reconciles us to God through the shedding of His blood on calvary's cross --- a FREE gift to anyone who wants it.  Therefore, God's Word - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10: 17),  brings me hope and comfort during this very difficult time. 

For by grace are you saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2: 8,9

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?  It is God that justifieth. Romans 8:33

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  2 Corinthians 12:9

Chopin: Revolutionary Etude as played by Jared

 Music School Recital, Nov 22, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Funny Thanksgiving!

In every thing give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving Day declaration by Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving Day declared by Pres. Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863.

“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizen, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to the Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.

And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizen aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the Land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to affixed.Done at the City of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States of the eighty-eight.”

(Signed) Abraham Lincoln

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give THANKS, for this is the will of God in Christ  Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
 Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington is 1789:

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and –humbly to implore His protection and favor . . .Now therefore, I, do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his care and protection of the people of this country.”

The  proclamation, in full,  is found here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back to Neiman Marcus' Restaurant

I was sent yet another Perk Card (Thanks, NM!).  This time I took Jared, AJ, Jill, and Farrah to NM's Zodiac Restaurant.  It's an intimate restaurant, nicely-decorated as expected from a  high-end retailer.
Farrah looks around, and sums up the restaurant crowd with this question:  Why do I see sooo many old people?!  That's so many old, RICH people, dearie!

Strawberry Butter; Popovers

Chicken Broth

Farrah -- All beef Hot Dog, chips, fruit cup

AJ:  Pasta and Butter;  with Parmesan Cheese

Jill:  Seared Salmon, roasted herb Potatoes, seared Asparagus

Jared:  Sherried Chicken Livers, sauteed with Apples & Onions

Me:  Waldorf Chicken Salad

Dessert:  Giant NM Chocolate Chip Cookies; topping of ice cream and chocolate syrup

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Profiling: a Self-Test

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.  Absolutely No Profiling ! Pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test. These events are actual events from history.  They really happened! Do you remember?

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:

a. Superman

b. Jay Leno

c. Harry Potter

d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by :

a. Olga Corbett

b. Sitting Bull

c. Arnold Schwarzenegger

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

a. Lost Norwegians

b. Elvis

c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

a. John Dillinger

b. The King of Sweden

c. The Boy Scouts

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

a. A pizza delivery boy

b. Pee Wee Herman

c. Geraldo Rivera

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:

a. The Smurfs

b. Davey Jones

c. The Little Mermaid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked in Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:

a. Captain Kidd

b. Charles Lindberg

c. Mother Teresa

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

a. Scooby Doo

b. The Tooth Fairy

c. The Sundance Kid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

a. Richard Simmons

b. Grandma Moses

c. Michael Jordan

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

a. Mr. Rogers

b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill's proclivities

c. The World Wrestling Federation

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:

a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd

b. The Supreme Court of Florida

c. Mr Bean

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:

a. Enron

b. The Lutheran Church

c. The NFL

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

a. Bonnie and Clyde

b. Captain Kangaroo

c. Billy Graham

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss; but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

As the writer of the award winning story 'Forrest Gump' so aptly put it, 'Stupid is as stupid does.'


Picture from

All Things Chloe ....

Chloe Bracelet Bag
Chloe Parety Python Bag
Chloe magazine ad

Chloe Silverado

and " Chloe", Kristi's Mazda 3 Grand Touring Car....

Here's a Mazda 5 in a parking lot (I likey!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Traitors @ Montebello High School !!

This really, really ticks me off,
and I happen to adore my Mexican neighbors!

Montebello High School  in California:  You will not see this heart-stopping photo on the front page of the NY Times, nor on the lead story of the major news networks. The protestors at Montebello High School took the American flag off of the school's flag pole and hung it upside down while putting up the Mexican flag over it.  

Our fore fathers would have considered this an act of treason, not freedom of speech or expression. Treason! An act punishable by death...Wake up America!  Stop voting-in men & women who do not accept our constitution, but instead think that America needs to be "changed" into a soft, spineless, non sovereign nation.