Friday, December 31, 2010

Toasting the New Year

New joy to you.
New Courage too.
New Strength to last
The New Year through.

Salute! Here's Looking at You Kid! Gan Bei! Skol! Down the Hatch!
and my favorite Cheers!


p.s. What's your favorite toast?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Elves of Blogland

Dear Merry Elves of Blogland (and Beyond),

Thank you for your gifts of beauty and light!

Wishing each and everyone of you...

A Season of Joy and Love,


Friday, December 10, 2010

Simple Toys...Simple Joys!

Remember When Children's Toys were Unplugged and Simple?

Before we communicated via iPhones...

Before the uncontrolled spending on Black Friday?

Before Barbie and Ken?

When we would take time for a tea party with our friends.

Yes, some activities were stereotyped, while others were just...

Preparation for life.

My children spent many happy hours in their Playroom (formerly a second floor kitchen of our first house). There, amidst an array of art materials: pots of paint (finger and tempera), big fat brushes, and long rolls of newprint, they were free to create. Daddy's old Brooks Brothers shirt, when worn backwards became a smock, and the old white ceramic sink was perfect for washing up. On rainy days, a large cookie sheet filled with cornmeal became an indoor sandbox. Early recyclers - we cut cereal boxes into jig saw puzzles. And of course, we mixed up our share of big batches of play dough. Bath time was fun too - when, with the addition of a few drops of blue food coloring, it became a dip in the Ocean. Good Times!

Please play with me, and Share your memories of your favorite Simple Toys.


P.S. Take a peek at the blog A Femme d'Un Certain Age. Tish asked me to contribute to her Christmas post on Gifts that Cost Nothing. (In my case almost nothing!)