Saturday, December 29, 2012


Gizmo the pug wants to know.

I've been playing with the Blogger template. I'm pretty sure the day I understand Blogger is the day they will change it. Or maybe I will become an Official Wizard (ooooh, will I get to wear the Sorting Hat?).

So I've been thinking about New Year's and whether to make any resolutions. So far I have:

1. Clean a closet.
2. Learn how to use my phone.

Gizmo has a resolution:

1. Look cute and sad so I get lots of treats all day long.

Sophie has a resolution, too:
1. Stand next to Gizmo.

Winter is here. I know because I am sleeping with my socks on. And I am thinking it's time for a giveaway, so I am going to look in my stash and see what I can find. Stay tuned.

 Happy New Year, my friends! Wishing you all lots of treats in 2013!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bethlehem, PA...The Christmas City

Hello, my blogger friends! Sorry to be gone so long.

Earlier in the month, my DH and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We decided to drive up to Bethlehem, PA and see the sights.

We stayed in the Bethlehem Hotel on Main Street.

If you peek in this window, you can see the Tap Room Bar. The walls are lined with photos of famous people who have stayed at the hotel. President Kennedy,  Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Bob Hope, Pam and Rick Smallcomb :), among others.
A beautiful lobby with COFFEE.
There were charming windows.
And lights. I loved these stars.
My handsome husband in front of the Moravian Book Shop which has been a bookstore since 1745.
These are the steel stacks from what used to be Bethlehem Steelworks. No longer in use, they provide an interesting lit background for the Christkindlmarkt, a outdoor (tented) Germanic Christmas fair.

Another view of the Steelworks. I was loving these stacks, which by the way, were used in the movie Transformers III.
Last, but not least, Bethlehem, PA is filled with streets of charming homes like this one (which I want to live in).
We had a wonderful, celebratory time. Then we came home to the news about CT. This has been a hard, hard month. I wanted to share something that has comforted me, with the hopes that it will help you, too.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

In 2013, I am going to look for the helpers, and try very hard to be one, too. Thank you for you friendship here, and I wish each of you peace.