For Your Windows


I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle, 
Here is my spout, 
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me up and pour me out! 

Polka Dot Tea for One Set

Teapot on the top, cup on the bottom, add a cookie and you’re all set.

Ahhh, is there anything better than a Sunday afternoon, looking out a sunny window with a hot cup of your favorite tea. If you have friends who love their tea, be sure to check out these little gems at

Gold Dipped Ceramic Teapot & Infuser

This pretty one makes loose leaf tea preparation so easy!

White Cat Mug

With the purrfect cup to match. has great gift ideas!

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Not sure if it is the 70 degree temperatures in late November, or the effects of our online shopping ability, but yesterday when I took my soon-to-be 11 year old granddaughter birthday shopping at the mall, it was NOT crowded. And, the traffic was fairly light even for a normal Saturday. I think the perfect scene is a balance. I did enjoy shopping at a locally owned pet store on Small Business Saturday; they were super appreciative. It will be interesting to see how this holiday shopping thing evolves over years to come. I hope we will continue to see a bit of everything. Today, I am staying home. If that is your plan as well, stop by one or more of my favorite online places and check out some great gift ideas for inside or outside your windows. cozy throws and other discounted gift ideas  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49  fall planting ideas – up to 77% OFF  privacy and decor for your windows blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide) great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25


And if your windows are dirty, I always suggest that you HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. 

Buy the gift of window cleaning, and improve someone’s outlook on life!

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I almost titled this post wrong. Our family celebrated Thanksgiving this past Sunday because it meant the whole family could be there. With other commitments it just is not possible to do on the actual day. I thought about using “faux” or “pseudo” in the titled, and then I realized that “real” was much more appropriate. I was so grateful to have EVERYONE there, with no one missing and even a few extra. That meant all five kids and their mates, and all six grand-kids. No one posed for these pictures, but you get the idea.

Not everyone make it into the pictures, including me, but the vast group is obvious. Thank goodness for a huge living/dining area at daughter’s home. And we even got the littlest member, Oliver, who was born way early at about one and a half pounds and still has a feeding apparatus at age three, to enjoy some pumpkin pie with his uncle Stace. We are all super happy when he eats!

All went well, ending off with a beautiful sunset seen from the foothills of Albuquerque.

So, while I am being so self-indulgent, I will add the part about the new dog who lives at my house. He looks like a little deer, and he really is a little dear. Meet Prancer.

He enjoyed the day as well, and now he knows the whole family.

A real Thanksgiving is when you can enjoy it with family, friends and pets, no matter what day it is. I hope all of you are as fortunate as I am.

Gratitude is easy, and it is free.


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Tribute to the Brave Ones

The Noble and the Brave:A Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

 Joanna Fuchs

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Life Measured by Halloweens

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Halloween. The years I remember the most are those between the age of 9 and 13. I lived in Portland then and it usually rained. I did just check the weather report for today and it looks like it will be dry, as it will be here in Albuquerque. Halloween Stores were not so common then, and for at least 3 years I dressed up as a clown. Not sure I even like clowns that well, but back then it was good choice because I could make up the costume: shirt and pants from Dad, make-up from Mom and a pillow. My Halloween candy bag was a pillow case. And, usually I carried an umbrella!

Oh, how I wish I had taken more pictures of my kids on Halloween. My memories are hard to picture here, but there were some great times. And, when you have four trick-0r-treaters returning with all that candy it is quite an event.

Fast forward to the next generation, the grand-kids. When they were newbies they would often come here to have the fun in the same neighborhood their parents used as kids. I would at least get to see them come here to get their treat at our door. A few days prior we would make the appropriate Halloween cupcakes.

And, the fun costumes:

Such fun, and now the generations of Halloweens move forward. Thank goodness I get lots of pictures still, so I can know what they dress up as before they hit their own neighborhoods. I know that those days will end too soon.

I might even have to snap a few pics when those little ones from this neighborhood come to the door tonight.

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Warm and Cozy

It must be cooling down. Cozy is starting to look so appealing!


Middle of September, and even though the temperatures here in the Land of Enchantment are still hitting 90 and above, I am thinking it may be time for some new throws. The dog that lives at my house seems to have taken over my favorite from the last two years. I love a good excuse! has a fantastic selection of faux fur and wool throws.




These and more are all on sale right now for at least 20% off. And, shipping is FREE when you spend $50 or more. Great idea for holiday gift giving.

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A favorite of mine, and a great reminder!

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,
The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

It really is much easier to change how we view the world, as opposed to attempting to change what’s in it. 🙂
Good reason to keep all our windows clean. Life is simply an ongoing choice.
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3 Cheers for Dads


We may not shower him with praise
Nor mention his name in song,
And sometimes it seems that we forget
The joy he spreads as he goes along,
But it doesn’t mean that we don’t know
The wonderful role that he has had.
And away down deep in every heart
There’s a place that is just for Dad…..

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If your Dad is still in your life, give him a hug for me too. Mine has been gone for 16 years. However, I will celebrate with other Dads who are important in my life. Put down your squeegees or whatever tool of the trade you use, and enjoy your day. We won’t be requesting the windows be cleaned today.

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I always take advantage of  a window of opportunity to comment on anything that hints of “windows to the soul.”

This weekend, I hope we all remember why it is a holiday weekend, especially since it most likely is not a  holiday for our troops out there risking their lives.

Of course I want to display Frank’s Flag first.

Uncle Frank died about 7 years back, but I want to mention he served our country when he was a young man. His brother, who was also my husband’s father, fought in WWII and lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was hardly more than a teenager himself at the time, and he never really knew his son who was just a toddler then.

 Douglas Dieckman

Fast forward to present time, about 65 years later. I recently got back in communication with my friend Chris from my teenage years. Not sure how she managed to live through it, but in 2006 her son Richard was killed in action.  It feels right to honor him as well.

Richard Henkes II

These two young men are only a representation of many who risk their lives, or even lose them.

Join me in gratitude this weekend.


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Top Ten Reasons Your Mom Needs Clean Windows

Meet my currently, blooming orchid! I am pretty sure I received it for Mother’s Day a few years back, and it keeps on blooming. They do make a wonderful gift, but how about adding window cleaning to the mix. It is not to late to call your favorite window cleaner (or one you do not know yet) and buy a gift of window cleaning. Any mom will appreciate this one.

In the last blog post here, I gave tips regarding maintaining windows. I decided to add why they need to be clean.

There are many reasons why your Mom wants her windows clean. Today I will give my top ten.

  1. To see the hummingbirds better
  2. To improve her outlook on life
  3. To support your favorite window cleaner
  4. To confuse the birds
  5. To boost her morale
  6. To make them sparkle
  7. To impress the neighbors
  8. To brighten up the inside of her home
  9. To enjoy the view
  10. To decrease damage and etching caused by pollution, water and dust, which in turn helps maintain the value of her home

See my point?


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