Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Thanks: A Special Friend

I have two very special friends in Richmond....Mark and Yolie.  Through those special friends I made another very special friend a few years ago, the incredible Sally Lloyd-Jones.  Sally's name is probably very familiar to many of you, for she is the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible and many other wonderful books.

Today I spent part of the afternoon visiting with Sally and Yolie, and (as always) we had a wonderful time together.  I am so THANKFUL for good friends like these women!

If you are looking for a special Advent/Christmas present, I highly recommend Sally's Song of the Stars.  Check it out here.  And check out the second video, as well...It's a great interview with Sally about Christmas and the book!

I hope you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving!  More next week...


Monday, November 25, 2013

More On Monday: Fabulous Advice

Image from Memos: The Vogue Years, Diana Vreeland

From the new book based on Diana Vreeland's memos during her time at Vogue.

Truer words have never been spoken!

This is my book of the month, and I recommend it highly for your Santa list!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Find: Being Fit

More on manners next week....

Today is Fitness Friday!  I am really working on my eating and exercise plan, and wear my Body Media Fit pretty regularly, but since it's worn on the upper arm, it's pretty bulky and can be uncomfortable.  But, you can also "hide" it sometimes... (Another downside is that you pay about $7 per month for it to hook up to its online/mobile site.)

The FitBit really intrigues me.  I don't want to spend money needlessly, but I am wondering if it's something that might work better for me?  Do any of you have one?  Check out the video above and let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: More On Manners

Sorry....  I will get to the fun manners moments in another post.  Have to get this off my chest first.

This is something that has been getting on my nerves since 2005...the first time I can remember it happening to me.  It has become more and more common, and I think that people are even being trained to do it.

Photo from Google images
It is wrong.

It is insulting.

It needs to stop now.

I have a name.  We all do. Two names (or more!) as a matter of fact, a first and a last.  You may call me by either, but do not call me "Mom" (unless you are one of my children or one of their close friends.)  What is it with that?  Nurses, school personnel, etc.  "Mom says Judy has been running a fever."

Really?  You don't see my name on the chart?  I do.  It's there.  You don't remember my introducing myself to you, over and over again....even inviting you to call me by my first name?  Did that several times, too....

It's like the staff in hospitals and nursing homes who start right off calling their elderly patients by their first names.  And they wonder why the patients don't respond...or don't respond cheerfully....  To that generation (and to mine, to a great extent), respect means Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. until you know the person better.

We've already lost so many communication skills because of the wonders of electronic communication.... Let's not lose the personal.  Find out what the other person's name is.  Use it. Please.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts: Manners Matter

I am going to spend the rest of the week on manners/etiquette. Seems to be a fading concept in modern society....  We need to bring it back!

Here's a fun vintage newspaper article about my early days teaching Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers! (Very vintage...I believe a bad perm is involved....)

Have a great day!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday: Making A Difference

Today I am rebooting....recommitting to the healthy eating (and exercise) I had done so well with last winter and spring (but strayed from last summer and this fall).  It's important for me to get ahead of this before the holidays, so one thing I am adding to my healthy routine is a daily cup of Matcha.

I am not talking about the Matcha leafs that you can steep for green tea, but the ground up Matcha that gives you all the health benefits.  And, to me, the latter tastes much better than the former!  If you are not familiar with Matcha, here is a little tutorial from one of my favorite tea places, Teavana. 

After you view the "Making Matcha" video, you can keep watching for other videos on Matcha Lattes and Smoothies!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Fun: Vintage Palm Beach (Meet Lilly's Mother!)

You don't want to miss today's New York Social Diary, and more of my friend's family photo collection.  This is vintage Palm Beach....  You'll visit a plantation outside of Charleston at Thanksgiving time and travel south to Palm Beach to meet Lilly Pulitzer's mother, Lillian Bostwick McKim Phipps) and see Bing Crosby relaxing with friends (sans toupee).
Photo courtesy NewYorkSocialDiary.com

My friend and his family have been so good to share this collection with the world! (He is the little blond boy on the left in the family walking away from the helicopter.)  One of the things that shines through in these photos is the warm, personal connection between people.  So, today....put down that smartphone or tablet, step away from the computer and go call a friend...or better yet, see one in person!

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Wishing I was back in Atlanta, lunching at the Swan Coach House.
Over the decades it has not changed one little bit.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts: Better Late Than Never

Technically, it's almost Wednesday, but I wanted to share this.  It will be a brief post.  Don't want to say too much.  You need to make up your own mind.

As readers of this blog know, I watch Downton Abbey online as it's shown in the UK.  So, I have completed Series 4 as of this week.  (There is still the Christmas episode to come.)  Here is what I can say, without being too spoilerish.

1.  The costumes were lovely this season.  Award-winning.  Especially the last episode (at the fair/festival).  And that's the best thing I have to say about the shows this year.

2.  Much of the season (episode 4 on) was dark and, in one instance, extremely violent.  It turned me off completely.

3.  I hate to say it, but for me, Downton Abbey has "jumped the shark."  I wish they had concluded it last season.  The final episode of this season had some good things happen, but I simply no longer cared.  Julian Fellowes took the wrong fork in the road this year.  There were some interesting (and handsome!) new characters, but only one or two showed any promise in the new storyline...

4.  Be warned....There are very specific things written about the series online, so don't do any Googling if you don't want any spoilers.  (Re: #2 above.... There are people in the UK boycotting the series because of this.)

If you watch it in January, let me know what you think!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Musings: Back In Business

Happy Monday to you all!  I have missed being with you...and apologize for my absence.  So much has been happening and I have flown thousands of miles in the past three weeks.  As soon as I can, I will post some pictures and thoughts.

One of the places I visited (locally) that was so much fun, was Schuyler, Virginia.  Home to one of my favorite writers (and Virginians), the wonderful Earl Hamner, Schuyler is in one of the prettiest parts of Virginia, due west/northwest from Richmond.  But our tour didn't start in Schuyler....it started right here in Richmond!  Mr. Hamner lived a few blocks away from where I live now, when he was at the University of Richmond ("Boatwright University" in The Waltons)...so when we took our sister and brother-in-law on The Waltons "tour" to Schuyler, we started on Willway Avenue, Richmond!

If you are ever in the Charlottesville area, it's not far....and you must go!  (If you come from Richmond, take Hwy 6 and go the back way.  When you get to Scottsville, you can stop and have breakfast or lunch at the famous Lumpkins Restaurant.  We had a lovely morning visiting with Mrs. Lumpkin herself...89 years old and in better shape than women half her age!!!)

Lumpkins Restaurant and Motel, Scottsville, Virginia
(Cash only...but the prices are dirt cheap.... Great food!!)

Main hall of the Walton's Mountain Museum

Recreation of John-Boy's room

Models of the Baldwin Sisters' house and the Walton's house

The Kitchen

The Living Room

The "Recipe Room"

Miss Emily and Miss Mamie always served properly.  Love the silver julep cups!

The real Hamner House, across the street from the museum

The beautiful church where the Hamner family worshipped.