Where I muse about just about everything...
From the weather in Texas, to my kids, pets, travel and friendships. Basically, about life. And oh yeah, about my Coquette Bath & Home™ products, too.
This post is my thanks to all who have served. To all who have paid the ultimate price, the loss of their lives, to preserve my life, my world, my country and my safety.
There are no words to adequately describe the depth of my gratitude and my thanks. But here's my wishes, nonetheless.
thank you. Thank you. For all time, THANK YOU.
I arrived back in the US on Thursday evening without any issues. Okay, I did get a tad nervous when I realized that I had to go through Customs in Atlanta...given that folks had stated that it would be at least 90 minutes to do that (and I had a 95 minute layover!). But the folks at Customs were amazing (I surely would not have been even slightly as nice to tell someone something (like empty out your pockets) and have them go through and set off the alarms because, yep, they hadn't done that.
But all is well, and I got through the entire thing with about 25 minutes to spare! Super kudos to those hard working folks in Atlanta!
While I was gone, some orders did pile up and all of them shipped out on Saturday. So, life is back to my version of normal. Thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos from my trip...
And the images are, in order, the Elizabeth Tower near Parliament, home of Big Ben (I rather thought the tower was called that, but that's the name, Big Ben, of the actual bell inside!), a fountain at Hyde Park, the interior of the British Museum (not to be missed! AMAZING place), a stained glass window at Salisbury Cathedral, and more from Hyde Park...some of the flowers.
Of course, I did take a lot more photos, but as some of them do contain images of people, and I don't know those folks, I didn't want to inadvertently publish something that could bother someone. I did take all of these, by the way, with my basic camera. And I did try to be 'artistic'. All in all, I think I did a good job, and I have about 750 photos to show for the trip!
Along with a healing blister...lots of walking there!
A great trip. And I will return. But for now, it is a blessing to sleep in my bed and be back to my normal world. Hope yours is amazing.
A little news. I'll be on vacation from May 15 through May 23rd in...the UK (guess you realized that from the flag, huh?).
I will be checking email, so if you have a question, I'll answer nightly (UK time which is 6hours ahead of CST US). Obviously, orders won't be shipping out until I return. And then we have the Memorial Day holiday weekend. My plans are to ship all orders out by that Sunday (before Memorial Day), but with the next day closed, you may not get your goodies until June.
As my thanks for your patience--as I do pride myself on shipping very fast every single time--all orders received during my vacation will receive an extra goodie from me. I appreciate your business and I'm grateful that you've chosen to shop with me.
Obviously, I have a shop here and one on Etsy (CoquetteBath). If you'd rather purchase on Etsy, use code Spring2013 for 15% off. Or just wait, and look for your free item in your order! Only one premium per order, sorry. Use the discount code (Etsy only) or get a freebie from me!
This is my first trip back to the UK since I left as a small child. I was born there and my dad was USAF stationed at South Ruislip Air Station (now gone). I was rather hoping to see it, but oh well. I won't be able to post here until I return, but wanted you to know! Many thanks for your business. And your friendships...
Mother's Day is tomorrow. While I always a bit of discomfort when it comes to those 'hallmark holidays' this one seems appropriate. But I do take some exception with it. Like, why just one day!
I carried my children within my body for 9 months. I had swollen ankles, nausea, and it was really hard to sleep while they were taking tap dancing lessons within. I ballooned out (no other way to say it) to where my tummy nearly hit my knees when I sat down. I will say that I am a short person (5'4") and I also had kids that were nearly 2' long (and each was 10#, too) so the belly size rather went with the territory!
It was uncomfortable. I don't think I 'glowed' at all. I had troubles walking and with the hormones raging within my body, it is a miracle that I didn't lose my temper every moment of every day.
There's also nothing like that last month before your due date. Given that I was more round than tall, I was so anxious for that day. And by and by, both kids saw the light of the world. My son born 6/3/91 and my daughter born 4/11/94.
And while the pregnancies were absolutely NOT fun...the months of gestation were so worth it. I"m incredibly proud of both of them. Both are in college and moving on with their lives.
I'm also a daughter, obviously.
And that lovely lady above is my mom. Actually, I'm in the photo, too (hot pink shirt) but since this is about her...well there she is! Mom has a feisty personality and is never at a loss for words. Some of the same qualities that I have, actually. My dad passed away last fall (that's him in the white shirt next to me and behind mom) so Mom remains my solo parent.
Even though I'm way beyond my childhood, it still feels right to have a Mom. And whether you are one or not, surely you have one. If she is with you, how about a call or visit? If she isn't, might I suggest spending some time meditating on the 'circle of life'? We all come from somewhere, after all.
Well, it has been a weird spring in north Texas. We had a record low or two, and today it is bright sunshine with just a few of those puffy white things in the sky.
My irises have bloomed and gone back to sleep until next year. My roses are budding like mad. The bluebonnets have come and gone on the Texas highways (winecups and gallaridia are there now--bright yellow and soft pink) but...there's still spring about.
Actually, in my shop, spring is every day of the year. Even when it is blowing white stuff outside (and not the puffy soft kind in a bright blue sky, either) or when it is in the blistering heat of a Texas summer.
Scent, after all, has the ability to transport us back in time. To when lives were simpler. To when times seemed to move slower. Spring is like that. Well, in most of the country. Normally, in Texas, we about about 1.45 days of it...
Although, as I've already said, this year has been a bit more generous. But when you're hankering for something lovely, fragrance is the key. Personal scent, like that of my roll on perfumes (pictured above) or maybe a jar candle (pictured below).
That just looks soft and fresh, doesn't it? Plumeria is one of my absolute favorite fragrances. The soft floral scent always livens my mood. With the right scent, springtime, or whatever your favorite time of year, is only a sniff or three away. Yeah, I know, you can't absolutely forget the 110F in the shade or the 3' of bitter cold white stuff outside your window. But for a moment, with a deep breath, you can almost forget...and even a short mental vacation is something very good.
Enjoy the aroma!
Creative. Witty. And usually somewhat wise. Mom of 2. Heritage: French & German. Born in the UK and raised in the USA.