31 December 2007

Which baby are you?

It is New year's eve and most people are reflecting on the past 12 months, thinking about the changes they need to make, objectives they want to achieve, milestones they plan to cross - in short making resolutions for 2008.

I don't do new year resolutions because I won't keep them. I like who I am and will never change for one. Secondly, I am one of the worst procrastinators on this planet, and as a result can only thrive or excel under pressure, impulses and calculated risks. Making timely resolutions and staying ahead of them won't work for me. It's tough but what to do.

So, I am happily starting the New Year by getting to know my friends and making more through this baby-personality guide. (Soo Fong - Many thanks for sending me this cute chart!)

Which of these adorable babies are you? Pray tell ....


Pretty/handsome. Loves to dress up. Easily bored.
Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to
Recover when hurt. Sensitive. Down-to-Earth.
Stubborn. Repost this in 5 mins and you will meet
Someone new in 8 days that will perfectly balance
Your personality.


Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract.
Intelligent and clever. Changing personality.
Attractive. Sexiest out of everyone.
Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest
And loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves
Freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves
Aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt.
Gets angry really easily but does not show it.
Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends
But rarely shows it. Horny. Daring and stubborn.
Ambitious. Realizing dreams and hopes. Sharp.
Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the
Inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous.
Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
Repost this in 5 mins and you will talk to someone
New and realize that you are a perfect match.


Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate Shy and
Reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous
And sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity.
Sensitive to others. Great kisser. Easily angered.
Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness.
Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up
Feelings. Observant and assesses others.If you
Repost this in the next 5 mins, you will meet your
New love in 8 days.


Suave and compromising. Funny and humorous.
Stubborn. Very talkative. Calm and cool. Kind and
Sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal. Does
Work well with others. Very confident. Sensitive.
Positive Attitude. Thinking generous. Good
Memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look
For information. Able to cheer everyone up and/or
Make them laugh. Able to motivate oneself and
Others. Understanding. Fun to be around.
Outgoing. Hyper. Bubbly personality. Secretive.
Boy/girl crazy. Loves sports, music, leisure and
Traveling. Systematic. Hot but has brains. If you
Repost this in 5 mins, a Cutie that's caught your eye
Will introduce themselves and you will realize that
You are very much alike in the next 2 day s.


Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and
Highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered.
Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings.
Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint.
Needs no motivation. Shy towards opposite sex.
Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to
Dream.. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding.
Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good
Imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves
Literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike
Being at home. Restless. Not having many children.
Hardworking. High spirited. If you repost this in the
Next 5 minutes, you will become close to someone
You do not speak to much in the next 4 days.


You've got the best personality and are an
Absolute pleasure to be around. You love to make
New friends and be outgoing. You are a great flirt
And more than likely have an a very attractive
Partner. A wicked hottie. It is also more than likely
That you have a massive record collection. You
Have a great choice in films, and may one day
Become a famous actor/actress yourself - heck,
You've got the looks for it!!! IN the next 6 days you
Will meet someone that may possibly become
One of your closest friends, if you repost this in 5 minutes.


Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to
Be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed.
Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily
Consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's
Feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable.
Emotional temperamental and unpredictable.
Easily hurt. Witty and sparkly.
Spazzy at times.
Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets.
Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things.
Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive
And forms impressions carefully. Caring and
Loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of
Sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people
Through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties
In studying. Loves to be with friends Always broods
About the past an d the old friends. Waits for
Friends. Ne ver looks for friends. Not aggressive
Unless provoked. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt
But takes long to recover. Repost this in the next 5
mins and your reputation will boost someway in the next 12 days


outgoing personality. takes risks. feeds on
attention.. no self control. kind hearted. self
confident. loud and boisterous. VERY revengeful.
easy to get along with and talk to. has an 'every
thing's peachy' attitude. likes talking and singing.
loves music. daydreamer. easily distracted. Hates
not being trusted. BIG imagination. loves to be
loved. hates studying. in need of 'that someone'.
longs for freedom. rebellious when withheld or
restricted. lives by 'no pain no gain' caring.
always a suspect. playful. mysterious. 'charming'
or 'beautiful' to everyone. stubborn. curious.
independent. strong willed. a fighter. repost in 5
mins and you will meet the love of your life
sometime next month.


Active and dynamic. Decisive and haste but tends
to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself.
Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic.
Consoling, friendly and solves people's problems.
Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and
caring. Suave and generous. Usually you have
many friends. Enjoys to make love. Emotional.
Stubborn. Hasty. Good memory. Moving, motivates
oneself and others. Loves to travel and explore.
Sometimes sexy in a way that only their lover can
understand. if you do not repost this in the next 5
mins, someone very close to you will become mad
at you in the next 8 days.


Loves to chat. Loves those who love them. Loves
to takes things at the centre. Inner and physical
beauty. Lies but doesn't pretend. Gets angry
often. Treats friends importantly. Brave and
fearless. Always making friends. Easily hurt but
recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does
not care to control emotions. Unpredictable.
Extremely smart, but definitely the hottest AND
sexiest of them all. repost this in 5 mins or you will
not meet the love of your life for 10 years.


Trustworthy and loyal. Very passionate and
dangerous. Wild at times. Knows how to have fun.
Sexy and mysterious. Everyone is drawn towards
your inner and outer beauty and independent
personality. Playful, but secretive. Very emotional
and temperamental sometimes. Meets new people
easily and very social in a group. Fearless and
independent. Can hold their own. Stands out in a
crowd. Essentially very smart. Usually, the
greatest men are born in this month. If you ever
begin a relationship with someone from this month,
hold on to them because their one of a kind.


This straight-up means ur the most good-looking
person possible... better than all of these other
months! Loyal and generous. Patriotic. Competitive
in everything. Active in games and interactions.
Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in
organizations. Fun to be with. Easy to talk to,
though hard to understand. Thinks far with vision,
yet complicated to know. Easily influenced by
kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having lots of
ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to
delay. Choosy and always wants the best.
Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to
joke. Good debating skills. Has that someone
always on his/her mind. Talkative. Daydreamer.
Friendly . Knows how to make friends. Abiding.
Able to show character. one guy/girl kind of
person. Loveable. Easily hurt. Prone to getting
colds. loves music. ]

I am Ms November. You better keep me!

Happy New Year!

May the new year bring all of us many more days of fun & laughter than minutes of stress & tears.

29 December 2007

Two Crimes & A Perfect Card

There are several reasons why my husband and I love living in the sticks. The most compelling one is the peaceful and quiet country lifestyle. Folks in small towns may not be on first name basis but we recognize each other whenever we meet and there is a sense of togetherness among us. The unity is stronger within neighborhoods. Most of our immediate neighbors are friendly, helpful, look out for one another but respect everyone's privacy. Crime and disturbances are limited to occasional speeding and after-hours noise problems during long weekends.

This past week, such tranquility shattered, twice.

About 12 miles from where we live, in the even smaller town of Carnation, a family of 6 including two young children aged 6 and 3 were shot to death inside their house on Christmas Eve. It was the result of a family dispute over money. This Seattle Times story has most of the horrifying details of the senseless killings.

We don't know any of the people involved but the Tolt River Park in Carnation is where we bring Lola for her weekly swimming exercises in the warmer months. I always enjoy our trips to Carnation, driving through spacious pasture on which horses and cows roam freely, endless corn fields and perfectly-lined strawberry farms. It was in Carnation that our Malaysian nieces experienced swimming in a flowing river and picking strawberries for the first time. Joyful memories. Sadly, there will probably be an eerie feeling in the air on our future trips to Carnation.

On a less serious level right at home, a neighbor whose property houses the mailbox hut of our street informed us that some desperadoes have been stealing Christmas cards from our mailboxes in the hope of finding cash! Our house is the furthest from the hut. I walk the 300 or so yards every other day to clear the 90% junk mail but since my accident, sent David on weekly missions. Those petty freaks must have thought they struck gold at the sight of our overflowing box! I doubt anyone sent us cash, so it probably angered them into destroying the cards rather than stuffing them back into our numbered tin. Sigh. We no longer wonder why we received only a handful of cards this year.

This is the first case of vandalism in our estate and it is all very disheartening to a community who consider the security of property and personal belongings the least of our worries. We can only hope that it is the temporary mischief of young out-of-town pranksters looking for some money to buy presents for the holidays and not the first step to the dark side for someone we know. That would be sad and scary.

Luckily for us, one card - A PERFECT ONE - escaped the theft because the sender mailed it in a 9x4 white letter envelope. It came all the way from one of my favorite bloggers in Malaysia. She is very popular in the blogging world and has understandably requested anonymity if I choose to share the beautiful card she made for me. I was half-reluctant to share since this lady is on the who's who list in the region and any work of hers is likely to be a priceless item one fine day. I plan on cashing in. Haha!

But, it is the season of giving and it is a lovely card ...

... I wonder how she found out about my recent fondness of salmon-colored flowers.

It is her end-of-the-year surprise to a selected few in appreciation of new-found friendship and the sharing of everyday life stories. A very thoughtful gesture from a charming lady with a big heart. I am truly honored that she included me on her list and highly appreciative that we are friends.

26 December 2007

Dirty Hotel Secrets

This exposure piece which aired on Fox News recently is for anyone who stays at hotels or will be staying at one in future, pretty much all of us ...

Utterly GROSS! These hotels are considered 3.5-4 stars. It makes you wonder what other disgusting shortcuts are taken at their back of house or other budget facilities.

I guess we will have to include cups or bottled water in our luggage on our next travel trip.

25 December 2007

Homemade Cookies

It was raining homemade cookies in Seattle last week!

OK, not so much in the Emerald City but definitely at our front door. They came in many yummy flavors, beautiful shapes and appetizing colors. Some were crunchy, several crispy on their edges and a couple so soft that they melt in my mouth faster than those M&Ms. They traveled far from Philadelphia, New York and San Diego, arriving in stylish holiday-themed containers and shiny wrappers held in place by curly ribbons.

Accompanying them were well-thought of seasonal gifts including a Christmas tie for David which belts out a quick tempo "Silent Night" when we press the butt or groin of the imprinted snowman! This favorite item came from Zue who was busy preparing for her trip home to attend her mom's 40th day funeral ceremony but yet found time and heart to bake for her friends. Such is the measure of a true friend. Thank you very much, Zue.

A million thanks also to Gertrude and Lesley who with Farina and Cath form the 2007 Blogger Cookie Exchange Circle. I was the 5th participant in this inaugural fun activity initiated by Gertrude but was unable to partake in the end. (Please scroll down if you didn't but would like to know why.) Knowing how prone I am to kitchen bloopers, I suspect a couple of my friends may be quite relieved no cookies came from the Pacific NW. Haha!

Very special thanks to Chris, my oldest sister-in-law, who took time off her busy schedule to bake us cocoons and coconut-chocolate fudge. The fudge squares were simply mm-mmm-mm-mmm-mmm!

Snow is predicted for later today which means I'll be experiencing my first ever white Christmas! Woohoo! I am looking forward to snuggling up to David and Lola by our fireplace, watching the snow fall. The SciFi channel is featuring a Stargate SG-1 marathon all day, so that will be an additional treat while we munch our cookies. I wish I could literally share these crumbly delights with you. Some day, I hope I can. For now, how about some pictures?


Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!

19 December 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Scene at the Gonsalves home ...
  • Live Christmas tree is sitting on the front porch, looking sad and forlorn.
  • 108 gold and red ball ornaments for the tree are snuggled in their boxes stacked underneath the piano.
  • 1600 miniature yellow bulbs strung on green wires remain coiled in the storeroom.
  • 2 window wreaths with twinkling lights keep the bulbs company.
  • 18 Christmas candles are waiting to join the regulars that are lit throughout the year.
  • 24 red-green-white-snowy room enhancers are begging to be dusted for display.
  • The dining table classic center-piece looks lonely atop the buffet table.
  • Stockings for Santa are still in their vacuum-packs.
  • Annual door wreath and poinsettias beckon at Fred Myers.
  • Cookie ingredients sit on top of the fridge hoping their expiry date extends to Chinese New Year or Easter.
  • Address labels were printed way back in October but Christmas cards remain unsigned. In fact, they have not made it out of their production packaging.
  • Presents are no where in sight but listed on the To Do List of Mrs Gonsalves's pocket PC which is probably battery dead.

Are things going to change this week? Unlikely.

I have been encouraged by my healing foot to do away with Christmas celebrations this year. It's a real bummer as I was looking forward to it after last year's event was cancelled by the statewide windstorm. David is one happy guy as he is not into festivities and dislike being roped into the preparation activities including the single manly-chore of installing outdoor decor lights. Last week, I asked if he would consider shopping for and wrapping presents this year. His eyes almost rolled out of their sockets and his reply, "Can you shop online and I'll wrap with aluminium foil?" Sigh. Apparently, that was what he did in his bachelor days.

Ian, his nephew is hosting the family dinner but I doubt I'll be able to make it. The foot nerves and bones complain when they have to travel and Ian's place is a good hour's drive away. His menu is very tempting though, plus I have never been to his new apartment, so we'll see if pain or passion for food wins the battle on Sunday morning.

In the absence of good tidings and a celebrating mood at our end, this is for every one ...

14 December 2007


This is a double-tag by Frankensteina and Ruby who accidentally deleted hers but will be re-posting it. You'll see why later. :)

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night. No one. My broken foot was playing up after I lugged it upstairs for a bath. It didn’t help that the wound needed cleaning. All the activity pissed off some nerves and they made sure I knew. It was no laughing matter.

2. What were you doing at 0800? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Errr…. I was in the toilet. I don’t think you want the details.

4. What happened to you in 2006? A lot! Life was more challenging than smooth-sailing but I survived and now have more episodes for script-writing.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Lola, watch out!" (asking our dog to make way for my scooter)

6. How many beverages did you have today? 4 – Ensure, Apple Juice, Milk and Water

7. What color is your hairbrush? Black, Brown, Red (on dressing table), Green (in handbag), Blue (in tote), Yellow (on boat)

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Fruit Cake, online purchase from Simply Austrialian.

9. Where were you last night? When I was asleep, at home. While I was dreaming, scaling Mt Everest.

10. What color is your front door? Red, with brass door knob. I hope no one is planning a robbery?

11. Where do you keep your change? I live in tipping country and charity nation. All change goes to tips or donation boxes.

12. What’s the weather like today? 41°F. Cloudy with chance of rain. Wind: SE at 8 mph. Humidity: 70%.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Rum & Raisin

14. What excites you? Travel especially back home to Malaysia/Singapore. Playing roulette at casinos.

15. Do you want to cut your hair? Not today.

16. Are you over the age of 25? Yes. I am 49 and looking forward to hitting the half-century mark!

17. Do you talk a lot? Depends on who is sitting across the table.

18. Do you watch the O.C.? Not that I am aware of.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes, my ex-colleague who thought that "beg" is a Malay word and therefore not valid in Scrabble. You should have seen his face when I asked, "I BEG your pardon?"

20. Do you make up your own words? No. No point-lah. Who is going to understand?

21. Are you a jealous person? Yes. It is the laborious part of being a Scorpion. Sigh.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. - Alicia

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. - Kevin

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Right now, it’s Julia, a fellow temporary gimp.

25. What does the last text message you received say? “You free to go online?”

26. Do you chew on your straw? No. I don’t even chew my food!

27. Do you have curly hair? Yes, on the right side of my head. It drives hairstylists nuts as their effort is never right!

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Indoors, will be the toilet. Outdoors, will be my podiatrist’s office. Sigh.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Lola, our chocolate lab. She farts all the time and never say “excuse me”!

30. What was the last thing you ate? Fruit Cake

31. Will you get married in the future? Only if this one fails, and it will be for $$$, lots and lots of it.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? Crimson Tide. It was a rerun. I am a great fan of Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.

33. Is there anyone you like right now? Yes, the person in the mirror.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Thanksgiving Day. The dishwasher couldn't cope and I had to help out.

35. Are you currently depressed? Yes. It is shopping season and I am stuck in bed!

36. Did you cry today? Not yet.

37. Why did you answer and post this? Huh? Whoever came up with this tag obviously ran out of questions!

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey. I usually abstain from tagging others but these days I am not always myself plus I have very valid reasons for this one. Here goes ....

Ruby Ahmad -- because she deleted her earlier version.

Zawi -- because he thought he got away from this.

Sunny at Big Boys Oven -- because he likes easy tags.

Zai -- because she does not have a blog yet and needs a challenge to start one!

Gert -- because it is payback time!


Budimas Year-End Charity Bazaar

Calling all my KL and Selangor shopping kakis especially the flea market lovers ...

Hey there! This one is for charity, so drop that look-see-look-see stance and shop some, ok? LOL! Also, don't forget to snap up any uniquely shaped bottles for me.

Thinnnnk Kiuuuuyou!

PS: This announcement is courtesy of walski69 and Ruby Ahmad.

12 December 2007

Tag - About Me

Time to respond to a couple of tags. The easier one first, from Gertrude ...

1. A movie that made you laugh.
Welcome Back, Mr McDonald. Certainly one of the most hilarious films ever produced. My colleagues and I laughed for a week talking about some of the scenes.

2. A book that makes you cry.
Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country

3. A Best Friend.
David, my husband

4. A favorite childhood memory.
Chinese New Year celebrations from preparations to throwing oranges in the river on Chap Goh Mei.

5. Your favorite animal.

6. Your favorite food.

7. An item of clothing you cannot do without.
Panty, need it to hold the liner.

8. Something you collect.
Pewterware, Royal Selangor, of course. :)

9. Your favorite store to shop in.
None. They are all my favorites!

10. Your favorite flower.

11 December 2007

Siti Aisya : She Smiles!

When I received the email from Daphne Ling (who authors Aphasia-Dysphasia) to fellow bloggers last week suggesting that we post about Siti Aisya in our individual blogs, I hesitated as I was not aware of and did not participate in the 9-month long campaign to help Aisya. Where does one find the right words to share such a heart-tugging story? How does one capture the courage, grit, pain, fear and so many other emotional challenges faced by Aisya and her family? Is it fair to pen from afar the trials and tribulations of real life people without knowing or having met them?

Today, I realized that no amount of creative juices can portray Aisya's journey as true as Daphne's personal thoughts. She was there from the moment she knew about Aisya's plight and not only opened her heart to the family but undertook the responsibility to reach out far and wide for others to help. I post Daphne's stories here with great admiration for Aisya and her family. At the same time, I am filled with humility at the depth of young Daphne's unwavering compassion for the disabled, handicapped and under-privileged. It is also with pride that I read of the many Malaysians who came unselfishly to Aisya's aid.

If every person who reads this for the first time spare a kind thought, offers warm wishes or say a little prayer for Aisya, Daphne's purpose in spreading the news is served.

Let's all smile for Aisya.

10 December 2007


This is it ....

... and this is Sophie Harris showing how we ride one.

I haven't taken any pictures of me on the scooter yet as I am riding around the house without any pants on, and don't really want to spoil the day or night for anyone. LOL! Sophie was the lady who came to the house to fit the scooter for me. She had ankle surgery last spring to fix an old problem and found the scooter so useful that she decided to become a distributor.

The 4-wheeler does improve my mobility quite a bit. My crutches work too but the scooter is steadier and requires less effort by my wrists and arms, plus we have both wood and carpet flooring which can be tricky for the walkers. The scooter has a brake that enables me to use both my hands comfortably if I position myself correctly. I have only been outdoors on it once, to the grocery store but can see myself roaming around town when the internal pain of my foot subsides.

Poor Lola, our aging chocolate lab, is totally confused by the whole situation. As I mentioned, she is aggressive but not the brightest dog in the world. When I first came home on crutches, she probably thought I've decided to join her species and be 4-legged like her. Each time I got up and reached for the two poles, her ears will perk up and she'll start dancing around me. She has gone quite deaf, so she does not hear my commands to stay away. Now with the scooter, who knows what she is thinking when she faithfully follows me around. It's probably still some sort of game to her because if she is in the way, I literally have to roll the wheels hard into her before she moves!

For those who have asked, the purchase price is $575. Rental differs by location and here in the Seattle area, it is $40 per week for the minimum first 4 weeks, and $30 per week, thereafter.

08 December 2007

"Mmmmm ..... this is VERY good!"

Those were my husband's words when he first tasted my version of Chef Gertrude's Shrimp Pasta in Creamy Sauce.

My photo doesn't do justice to the appetizing value of this dish. I forgot to keep some of the chopped tomatoes for garnishing!

I usually don't like citrus flavors in my savory meals and told Lola, our dog that she was in for a treat. Poor girl didn't get any! As Gert said, the lingering lemony aftertaste of the creamy sauce is sating but without the binge.

Thanks to Gert, I now have another favorite pasta and quick meal recipe. Woohoo!

You know he loves you when ...

... he whistles that lively Chubby Checker tune as you do a one-leg twist to-and-fro the toilet.

... on a grocery shopping trip, he remembers that you are out of pantyliners, doesn't know which brand or type you wear but comes home with one that works much better than what you buy for yourself.

... your happiness and comfort are the most important things to him.

... he's had a miserable 10-hour day at work, returns home with weary eyes and a tired smile but is all ready to cook dinner for you.

... he spends $575 on several pieces of blue, black and silver metal rods, 4 mini wheels, a handle, a steel plate with two foams, some wires - all smartly assembled with bolts, nuts and screws into a knee-scooter, so that you can move around a tad easier than the state-of-art crutches he bought a week earlier.

... he fills up your water bottle for the night and quietly goes to bed immediately after you yelled at him for being slow to clean up the mess you stupidly created by trying to cut a melon while lying on the couch. This happened last night, after my second post-opt visit. I was physically tired and mentally sick of swallowing narcotics every 3 hours and the pain from removing the surgery stitches got to me big time. Still, there was no excuse to be unreasonable and rude.

I felt like someone threw Calvin's (of the popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) cardboard box over me or aimed his toy ray gun at me and "transmogrify" me into an ugly angry monster. It wasn't the first time I metamorphosed into this mean, grumpy, whiny, bitchy and impossible to deal with stranger this past week. It was a weird experience and I was unpleasant to be around with even alone! Why drug addicts get hooked on narcotics is beyond me. I hope yesterday's transformation was the last since I started on a less potent round of medication today.

I was awake when David came downstairs this morning. He came straight to my sick-bed and wished me good morning with that look of love in his eyes, the same one he had on the night he proposed. Ruby and I talked about this look on the comments of her recent post (scroll down to mid page). It was indeed a wonderful feeling to be loved even when you are cranky!

01 December 2007

Snowfall in Seattle

(photos taken around our yard)

What a lovely way to greet the first day of December!

David and I were supposed to be partying this weekend. We had planned to attend his company's annual holiday party which is a formal affair in an elegant hotel ballroom. I was looking forward to it as it would have been one of a few rare occasions in a year that I get to dress-up in style, apply mascara, wear a couple of vaulted jewelry pieces and dance on my favorite pair of stilettos. His colleagues are nice folks, plus the dinner spread is always yummy and this year includes crab cakes! After that, we were going to stop by a friend's place to celebrate the success of his soccer team. Jon makes his own beer which David loves. I don't drink but I like Jon and I grew up watching soccer.

Of course, I had to go and break my foot last Friday! David didn't want to attend his company do and leave me home alone although I encouraged him to. He agreed to meet up with the Beckam wannabes and have some of Jon's beer as Jon lives nearby.

He is there now, hopefully having a ball because I am enjoying my own company and Lola's. Both of us are snuggled under quilts and blankets on the daybed which has a view of our backyard, now covered with snow. In the still darkness and calm quiet of the night, the white snow brings out that mystical feeling that we read about in fairy tales. I love it.

Being stuck at home often sucks but today, it isn't bad at all.