TIS I at AGE 15 in a SOLO dance at the MILL VALLEY WOMEN’S CLUB.
This was my last time to preform as I had to get on with REAL LIFE.
A LIFE where I could support MYSELF.
You see I wasNOT GOOD enough to be a PROFESSIONAL DANCER.
But Life is odd in the fact A REAL PRIMA BALLERINA ABSOLUTE entered my LIFE as a DEAR FRIEND
I cherish that and her QUALITIES have been engraved in my memory ever since WE lost HER to CANCER.
I weighted about 115 pounds at the time……..
Stand about 5 foot 11 inches tall.
I can REMEMBER this as a PASSE and DEVLOPE.
I was HOLDING MY BREATH!
(FRENCH ladies did I spell that correctly?)
THE ITALIAN and I on our wedding DAY 31 years ago!
IN FLORENCE, ITALY.
Do you think this AFFECTED WHO IAM TODAY!!!!!!!!!?
I DO ADORE BUSTS, BALUSTRADES and SHUTTERS!
MOTHERHOOD arrives on NOVEMBER 12th 1987.
This PHOTO had to be about a month later……….
This arrived about TWO YEARS LATER on OCTOBER FIRST 1989.
This was OUR CHRISTMAS CARD in 1990!
I am wearing ESCADA!
I worked in the COLLECTORS DEPARTMENT at NORDSTROM and we were privileged to receive clothing at COST.
I still recall my employee number!
I still have this outfit TOO!
Can I slip into it?
THAT’S A NEGATIVE!
SO, why am I keeping it?
Life moves FORWARD and I close my ANTIQUE/VINTAGE shop and what do I do with the EXTRA CASH hanging out in a bank account?
I head to PARIS with MY TWO SONS.
Because THE ITALIAN wouldn’t GO
Because these TWO had NEVER BEEN!
I Needed to meet CARLA COULSON!
The PHOTOGRAPHER behind these AMAZING PHOTOS!
TIS I AGAIN in front of THE LOUVRE in PARIS in the TUILERIES GARDEN
feeding THE HENS.
AND That was about FOUR YEARS AGO………and HERE IAM TODAY!
FLOUNDERING on what it is I should BE DOING with MYSELF!
You see THE ITALIAN he LOVES TO WORK.
The BOYS are DONE with ME and doing their own THING.
SO, here I sit.
WITH my COW MUG
thinking how we can BUY some land and PLOP a COW, a few sheep and loads of chickens on it.
WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO BE DOING?
THIS IS SO ME I couldNOT leave the shop window without taking a SNAP!
SOME people have been known to call me a QUEEN which I dislike.
A CONTESSA fits me just FINE.
NOT TOO HIGH UP
STILL playing with animals
and having a mighty fine time!
Not taking MYSELF too seriously!
SPEAKING OF QUEENS have you seen THE CROWN?
YOU will have SO much respect for HER even MORE THAN BEFORE!
INSTAGRAM is where I spend A good part of my day……..cruising the PHOTOS and liking and commenting!
IT HAPPENS TO BE MY THEATRE OF LIFE.
I feel as if WE are another LITTLE FAMILY of people who like the same things!
I was DRAWN by ANNE M BRAY who lives and works in LOS ANGELES.
HER BLOG is called
She took a photo I had posted and recreated THIS DRAWING ABOVE!
A TOTAL SURPRISE FOR ME!
THIS is WHAT I CALL FUN FUN FUN!!!
Just YESTERDAY this came through my PHONE……………
A WORK IN PROGRESS by the LOVELY KAREN PERSSON who hails from PALO ALTO , CALIFORNIA but lives in HOLLAND now and has for YEARS from what I have picked up on.
It is INTERESTING how MUCH you can learn from THE PHOTOS!
To see my instagram photos head to the HOME PAGE on this BLOG.
Take a meander down the LEFT SIDE BAR………….
there are A LOT of SELFIES.
I did a STUDY…………BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
MY FOLLOWERS want to SEE ME and my ACCESSORIES……..MORE THAN MY CAT THEODORE with the EXCEPTION Of MADAME LIBODZA!!!!!!!!SHE caNOT get ENOUGH of THEODORABLE as SARAH C. named HIM many years ago!MY GARDEN, MY SONS PIG my TABLE SETTINGS ALL come in SECOND and THIRD to little OLD ME!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
SO,I guess THAT is MY JOB for the moment.
CREATING MY kind of ART on a DAILY basis and tossing in a BIT of HUMOR to BOOT!!!!!!!
AS I spent the month of NOVEMBER cleaning OUT and organizing……..NO I did not TOSS MUCH OF ANYTHING!I ran across this book.DO YOU HAVE IT BY CHANCE……… this is the COVER of the BOOK which happens to be my BEDROOM years ago!
LOVE SEAT in the KITCHEN NOW with a brown velvet cover.
Floral love seat at foot of bed so WINSTON can ACCESS…………..MOLTO IMPORTANTE!!!!!!
BLUE DESK I SOLD at my SHOP………….SIGH……..
RED GARDEN VESSEL I SOLD back to SHOP; YEARS after owning…… to the GAL I purchased it from!
ALL the other STUFF I still have.
The room does not look like this anymore……….WOULD YOU BELIEVE A ROLLING RACK HAS TAKEN UP RESIDENCE IN MY BOUDOIR!!!I would like to MOVE IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!However, I do not see that happening in the NEAR FUTURE!
DO YOU HAVE THIS BOOK LINGERING In YOUR COOKBOOK COLLECTION?
Only because FIFI O’NEILL and MARK LOHMAN
came to SHOOT MY HOUSE for a magazine one morning and stayed until DINNER.
From that DINNER we ended up in HER COOKBOOK!!!!!
I LEARNED HOW TO MAKE MASHED POTATOES FROM THIS BOOK!
I couldNOT get them RIGHT because I was using a mixer!!
I NEEDED A MASHER and a few other DELECTABLES!
this BOOK means A LOT to me!
A BASIC EVERYONE NEEDS in their FOOD REPERTOIRE.
BEFORE THAT I made the magazine WHERE WOMAN COOK!
I WAS BRAVE AND WORE VELVET.
Here IAM in MY GARDEN with THE PENNY ROYAL creeping about with MEIDILAND ROSES in white in my stone walls.The umbrella you see in the DISTANCE is the TWO STORY CHICKEN COOP.MY GARDEN is BUILT on a HILLSIDE.
The ITALIAN had VISION to TERRACE IT.
I had vision to make it a ROMANTIC ~ FRAGRANT Hillside.
STILL A WORK in PROGRESS as well.
Truth be told A GARDEN is NEVER DONE.
Here is a SAMPLING Of some of the FEEDBACK I receive……………it makes me SMILE!
WHAT MEMORIES DO you CHERISH?
ARE YOU STILL MAKING A FEW?
If you have a few minutes can you leave me a COMMENT in the comment section and tell me what YOU would like me to SHARE with YOU?
As you can see I am FLOUNDERING in that AREA as well.
I NEED YOUR HELP!
Otherwise, I might bore you with MORE PHOTOS of ME as THE KING MOUSE in a ballet PRODUCTION in the 1970’s.