All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~Louisa May Alcott, “Seamstress,”



Good morning back to my normal time to get this out.  Yesterday was just my usual work and today more of same….Have lots of things to list before I sleep.


Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you’re home. ~Carol Nelson






CYPRESS GARDENS Plate Vintage 7" Bliue Design











Honorable mention:  (I haven’t been here yet, but the lovely lady showed us inside even though they were closing down for the day and we promised her and ourselves we’d eat here next trip to Sanford )

ZORBA’S RESTAURANT                                   

115 E. 1st St.                                                                                                              Sanford 32771

Chef Tony is a native of the island Lesvos, Greece . He has worked, operated, and owned several restaurants in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He brings his 30 plus years of expertise to Central Florida.

The menu is huge and includes Italian pastas as well as pizzas as well as a full Greek menu with even baklava, Greek Coffee, beer and wine and Ghalaktoboureko (Unlike mille-feuille, which it otherwise resembles, the custard is baked with the pastry, not added afterwards.)

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. ~W.J. Cameron







EARRING Vintage with clp on  Iridecent  BEAD

Diana discusses Sam as Jamie
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
Suggested Adventure in January
On the Left is Melissa Menzer and on the right Mary Shaw taken at Jeanne Taylor Folk Art Gallery–Mary is the gallery manager.
ON JAN. 30, 2016 Melissa Menzer (on the left two pictures up) is putting on a workshop:
9:30 – 4 PM
Create nostalgic keepsakes nestled inside a 1950’s miniature container.
Folk Artist Ms. Menzer will share her sculpting techniques
and access to her stash of vintage goodies
Create an animal of your choice.
Each participant will receive an antique box, cup or unique container to build their vignette in
Access to Melissa’s collection of jewelry and miniature goodies
plus all supplies
and a delightful lunch buffet straight from the kitschy 50s.
Space is limited:  407-323-2774 for early registration.
Cost $150
Jeanne Taylor Folk Art Gallery
211 E. 1st St.
Sanford, Fl.
Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. ~Eric Sevareid
Most of the pictures today are from stores in Clermont
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
FIRST:  Alternative Gifts. 
How about a special event gift before or after the holiday with your best friend, girl, parents–the list is endless:
For instance Birmingham UK has:  THE HOLLYWOOD BALL 2015
Included in the party package:

  • Red carpet entrance
  • Pre-dinner entertainment
  • Sumptuous three course meal
  • Spectacular live show
  • Party games, dance competitions and prizes
  • Top DJ and disco
  • Charity casino*

*Optional item on the evening, a small charge applies

Treat a friend or two to a bash like you were the star of the world.



Or in Boston you can take your friends for fun and games while contributing to a charity.
Date(s) – 12/02/2015 – 01/03/2016
All Day

Don’t miss out on your favorite holiday shows this year! Mayor’s Holiday Special, presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by nonprofit ArtsBoston, features great deals to over 100 holiday shows, a $10 dining coupon and an online calendar of free festivities throughout the city. Save big on local favorites including Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Black Nativity presented by National Center of Afro-American Artists, and Anthony William’s 15th Anniversary of the Urban Nutcracker. Plus great gift ideas for holiday week and beyond including Tony Award winning Pippin, Disney on Ice Treasure Trove, Blue Man Group and so much more! Visit for tickets!











For instance if you live near-by or have kids that have been begging set up a trip to Disney, or Universal or Sea World.  Give them a certificate (you can find some on line that you can mock up) that give the place and even better date and time you’ll take them to their desired destination (you might want to throw in some other items for younger children as this summer going to Florida for the parks might be a bit disappointing when they were expecting more of a hands on and immediate gift. )


May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author Unknown







Or give a gift of your time:  Have an elderly neighbor who can’t keep their lawn up as good as they use to—Give them a certificate for what ever hours you can spare in the next year and include it with some candy or cookies or fruit basket to further brighten up their day).     This is an especially great way to give help to those persons who are too proud to ask.





Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  ~Washington Irving








For your pups:     Soft and fuzzy animals of all sizes (for the small as well as tall critter in your life) stuffed animals

Chew bones—they even have bacon scented ones.

and for the dog who has everything:

This dog collar features an 8.5-carat sapphire as its centerpiece and  600 handset diamonds with a sturdy yet fashionable ostrich leather band, the Amour de la Mer  is only $899,000,  Or you could get Amour collar from the same jewelry collection for more than $3 million (“Bugatti of dog collars.”)




Cat’s are less decorative and more practical:  Here’s an extraordinary climbing wall that’s stylish, fanciful and can be customized for your cat’s exquisite tastes. The Catswall is a modular aluminum wall hanging system. It includes a five-by-five-foot slat wall, three cozy boxes with cheeky cutouts, a ladder, a set of steps, and four Catspassages that are perfect platforms for jumping. Get your Catswall system, starting at just $1,159. (not to mention cheaper).










Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken











And don’t forget to up date your Christmas play list to help get and  keep you in the mood:

JINGLE BELLS by James Taylor

ELF’S LAMENT by Barenaked Ladies


SILVER BELL by She & Him


SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN by Bruce Springstein


SLEIGH RIDE by Elsa Fitzgerald


Public Family Style December/January





Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for — I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times. ~Kate L. Bosher












Paul MCARTNEY BEATLES Doll Complete with Guitar  1960s Original

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. ~Francis C. Farley
















1993 Oreo TIN Unlock the Magic CHRISTMAS












The Timucuan Indians were the original inhabitants.



I KNOW I’M VERY late today, but I had items sell I had to go pick up my Christmas tree with my room mate and then come home wrap all those thing and go back out to put them in the mail and then home where I collapsed behind my desk where I proceeded to relist everything that had outdated and now I’m trying to catch up with you guys.






In 1821 the United States acquired the Florida region from Spain, however the Seminole Wars postponed the settlement of the territory. After the Indian battles were over, a large number of orange groves were established.









Derby Silver Co. Silver Plated Candle Holder on Owl Perch 6" Tall

Honorable Mention: 
St Johns River Steak and Seafood

Saint John River steak and seafood, they offer the bestview of the river  (see top picture—that is all lake) and the best food for your relaxing time. Located near the historic downtown Sanford. 

Went to Sanford this weekend for my Saturday Adventure (Sunday I adventured on the couch, sometimes even I have to rest).  We ate here and loved it, it’s casual, the food is good (I feel a Trip Advisor review coming on) and the staff are friendly and check out the picture of their back yard below:









In 1870, General Henry Shelton Sanford purchased a vast acreage and laid out the city of Sanford. The city was incorporated in 1877.









CAT & KITTEN Small Fine Porcelian Plate    "Lasting Memories 1984

Dinosaur World
Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, Fl.
over 200 life size dinosaurs
Fossil Dig
over 20-acres
711 Mammoth Cave
Road Cave City, KY
1058 Park Road 59
Glen Rose, TX










Swedes were brought in to convert the wilderness landscape into a major citrus area.













Study play-list incudes Outlander Music
The region became one of the major suppliers of oranges in the world after the arrival of the railroad.





















All the Pictures today are from Sanford  my adventure stop.  The main picture is from the Welcome Center  and this one of course is from the marina.   Sanford has had some interesting  people in the past (Forrest Lake a  former mayor who had adventures in both the political arena and the penal system. and was once the largest and most important city in Central  Florida.    I like the city and encourage people to find a adventure or two in the old girl setting along the St. John’s River.
Hint walking along the river and taking pictures can be a great adventure and there are even benches and my favorite porch swings in case you’d just like to rest or contemplate for a while.
In 1942 the Naval Air Station at Sanford was constructed. It was closed in 1968 which harmed the local economy.
 Walking along main street (in Sanford’s case First Ave) I like to stop and look at the Art Gallery’s wall there’s always something I hadn’t noticed before.  The Building which holds rooms rented by different artist where they paint, discuss their art with perspective buyers and just gawkers like me and a larger room in the middle where they do shows.  I love to wander about and meet the artists like Mark (below) who is working on a picture of Paul  house now.
An art gallery (in this case Jeannie Taylors ) is of course an adventure but when the artist is there…it’s even more fun cause a talk with a new and interesting person (Mark for instance likes the Beatles of course as well as Outlander) adds to your life–and of course isn’t that the goal of an adventure?
 Tourists enjoy the cruises along the scenic St. John’s River which provide opportunities to see heron, osprey, eagles, manatee and other types of wildlife.
You meet the most interesting people—-this mysterious young lady agreed to a picture but wouldn’t let me do a full face—very  pretty flower my dear.
People are the best part of most of my adventures From Yuly at the St. John’s Steak and Seafood who is the manager doing a great job with her restaurant to Mary the manger of the Art Gallery who shared  an upcoming adventure and artist Melissa who is sharing her skills and vintage goodies to make the adventure—more on that tomorrow.    I enjoyed swapping stories and learning new things —adventures can take place in the adventures of others as well as your own.
and what’s a trip to Sanford with out a little trip (or in this case dessert) to Germany.  The Willow Tree has been successful since its first day on the main street (or at least it seems that way to me).  The place is always busy and bustling.  There’s usually live music on the weekend and at night it’s Germann and  includes drinking games.   Now if eating  real German food and drinking games aren’t adventuresome enough for you ….well you have a more exciting life than most—or your life really does need an adventure.
The Central Florida Zoo is located in Sanford
And of course there’s always
a walk through the old neighborhoods
and again taking some pictures to share so that your less active friends can get inspiration for their
 Shield’s  Environmental:
The company was founded by Gordon Shields in 1979. Focusing on the telecom sector he linked good environmental management practices to revenue return, becoming one of the first companies to provide a sound business case for environmental excellence.
  • The company is headquartered in the UK and also has offices and facilities in the USA, France, Czech Republic and The Netherlands.  The US headquarters is based in Sanford, Florida
At one time, Walt Disney wanted to build Disney World in Sanford, Florida. But his appeal to Sanford’s city council was declined. The citizens of Sanford did not want “the crime that was sure to come with tourism.”
Population, 2014 estimate 57,525

We are increasingly recognising and accepting, respecting and celebrating, our cultural diversity. Julie Bishop


Pictures today are back to Ybor City…enjoy.

my definitions of old from THE OFFICIAL POLITICALLY CORRECT DICTIONAY AND HANDBOOK By Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf.





























possible adventure:  SARASOTA, FL
again I haven’t been there but am always looking for a new adventure:  MARINA JACK II      Explore the Intracoastal Waterway of Sarasota.  Full cash bar.
#2 Marina Plaza
Sightseeing Lunch Cruise
Sunset Dinner Cruise (including Key Lime Pie or Chocolate or Carmel Cake)
Honorable MentionRabbit Hole Book Store and Coffee Shop
Address: 732 W Montrose St,, Clermont, FL

This is an old one from last Feb.  but I missed it…so thought you might have too:  OUTLANDER BEFORE 50 SHADES OF GREY
So today I’m looking at Politically correct in general and as part of the fall out Christmas.  I am not looking at this in a religious sense.  I’m not a religious person, my friends say I’m very spiritual, but organized religion has done a number on me and the world in general (and I am not reserving this to one religion) and so I look at it as a tradition that has been held in this country for years and to me it means peace on earth, good will to all men, and women, protestants, Catholics, Jews, Gentiles, Moslems and Hindus, Buddhists and I could go on until my finger bled—rich  and poor, young an old…..and  so on and so on.
FIRST I want you to understand that I go out of my way not to offend.  When I make friends with someone who I know may have beliefs that might well differ from mine I asked them what does and doesn’t offend them.  I use to work with a Jewish nurse that did not look kindly on being wished happy holidays with Christian origins like Easter and Christmas.  When I found that out I made sure I never did.  On the other hand a girl I became friends with more recently I asked about dietary and other things as she was Jewish too.  She had no issues with my belief or being included in celebrations that while not her own were enjoyable events.   I have no objections to your beliefs…but like I said yesterday I don’t want to change them, nor do I want to be changed–right or wrong it’s taken many years of soul searching to get where I’m at and I don’t think you can reveal anything to me that’s going to make me change overnight.
So I hope that clarifies things.  I think what I’m saying is just because I’m in the majority (in the US) is that a reason why I must be censored?  First of all not even all Christians celebrate Christmas–the Jehovah Witnesses don’t and while the Seventh Day Adventist don’t discourage it,  the celebration isn’t part of their religious beliefs.   I use to work in an office where you weren’t suppose to use any Christmas reference yet they put up displays for other beliefs…..made you feel like you were a lesser class citizen–maybe that’s good once in awhile but I didn’t see the need to leave anybody out….ignoring makes resentful people and that’s what we need less of now.
Jagad Guru: “Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. We need to unite by recognizing our common desire and need for a harmonious society — a society in which we and our children and families and friends and communities can all live our lives in peace and harmony. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need such social harmony.”
As I’ve said I’m not religious–that doesn’t mean I’m an atheist—-when my husband died my grief councilor told me that I had a vast knowledge of beliefs, that I looked at it all and understood it, but I had never taken a leap of faith to decide what I really believed—which religion or if none then that I accepted that at death that was the end—-but that until I made a decision I could not reach the end of my grief.   Personally I think that we need to know more about each other’s religion–if we are to accept each other in this big, unforgiving world, then we need to understand what things influence our fellow travelers lives and deaths.  And they need to understand us. 
Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools.”
Now as to Christmas….To me its the best time ever….there’s drippy romances on the HALLMARK CHANNEL
Its a time when I’m suppose to shop–even though I give the stuff to someone else its still great fun.
I get to decorate the house and I have to have the Halloween stuff down by Thanksgiving which makes my roommate happy.
BUT BEST OF ALL IT IS A TIME WHEN THE AVERAGE CITIZEN GOES OUT OF THEIR WAY TO BE KIND TO OTHERS AND GIVE TO CHARITY.  I’m notorious for picking up little things for my friends and others and it is only during Christmas that I don’t look out of place or are my motives questioned.
John Lennon:

bullet “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for,…. Imagine all the people living life in peace. …”
So what am I saying,
First that I love the holiday as it’s named…..Christmas—let’s face it if you get down to it there’s a lot of protestant sects who had issues with a Mass a few years ago.  It is an official Holiday in this country so go with the name–its not a bad thing–nobody has to celebrate it… something else on your day off.
If you have issues with the holiday, accept the fact that it’s a day and that some people hold it sacred, while others like me think it’s a wonderful excuse for good will toward men and for love and good cheer excess.  You don’t need to believe but accept that others do and in respecting them you give  the right to believe differently from you and in turn they do the same for you.    I find this acceptance makes me a better person with an easier mind as I have accepted that not only do I not need to change the world, but that maybe there’s a lot that really doesn’t need to be changed
In turn I feel that you  should accept our respect and understanding for your holidays.  I have taken part in all manner of interesting celebrations and become (at least in my mind) a better person for it.  Maybe if we do this we can avoid the horrific violence done in the name of religion (and may I remind you Christians aren’t blameless in this blood shed in the name of beliefs.) because I fear that we may kill each other off before global warming does (sorry to disagree President Obama.)
Joan Walsh, poet: “Peace is the harvest of love as war is the fruit of hate.”
You will not enter paradise until you have faith. And you will not complete your faith until you love one another.  The Prophet Mohammad
 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.   Jesus



I promised to put these kids on my Blog just a little late in doing it.

They were performing at the Deland Art Festival Last month.


D2 BREAKDANCE CLUB:  this face book page has some vid on them:








That’s Spanish for cactus. Why do they call you that?
Choya: Ever tried to pick one?                 Branded






BUSH CLASH Participants Poster   1994 Daytona

Restaurant bar and air boat rides
Gift shop too
On Lake Jessup—think the largest alligator population in Florida (wow).  Lazy Gator Bar (lake view), Live music on weekends.  Restaurant is full service.  Plus there’s a free wildlife exhibit.   Airboat rides range from 1/2 hr – 1 hr VIP and Night Ride.
Also a Pontoon Eco Tour
An Honorable mention is from my adventure to Clermont which included the Historical Village Museum (here’s what Trip Advisor says about it: )
Hubert Smith: Oh, then you’re the guy that slugged me.
Richard Hartley: Yeah, and I’ll do it again any time you train down to my weight.            The Black Cat



Jeb Burleigh: I’d like a little respect. I told you before I don’t like people I’m talkin’ to to walk away from me. Look at me! You look at me when I talk to you.
John Chandler: I’m lookin’, but I don’t see anything. 
 The Proud Rebel











Dangling EARRINGS Vintage  CIRCULAR Mother of Pearl

I think this time of the year a lot of people look at the overcrowded shopping scene, stare helplessly at their calendar and wunder out loud how could it be Christmas again already.  Let’s face it, a lot of us are still over eating Thanksgiving turkey left overs and wondering where Halloween or even the Fourth of July went…IN OTHER WORDS THEY’RE NOT IN THE MOOD FOR CHRISTMAS.
Paul Madvig: I’m going to society. He’s practically given me the key to his house.
Ed Beaumont: Yeah, a glass key. Be sure it doesn’t break in your hand.     The Glass Key
Yes my dears I said Christmas—I was never good at being politically correct—I am not offended by other’s holidays (as long as they do not involve me having to convert, or the sacrifice of small, cute animals or violence of any kind), so I fail to be convinced that mentioning Christmas should harm others in any way.
Shane: A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.Marian Starrett: We’d all be much better off if there wasn’t a single gun left in this valley – including yours.













The major complaint after the voicing of “it can’t be yet” is that they are just not in the mood….why is this only a complaint at Christmas?  Do you ever hear someone say that they’re not in the mood for the 4th or even Thanksgiving?  But basically I think what they’re saying is I can’t handle those over crowded stores—I don’t want to have to shop for my family, his family or work party gifts and what or whomever else might be included and necessary in your day-to-day celebrations.
How to deal with this?  Try to cut down on the gifts.  For instance I have a couple of families that claim me as an honorary relative, but with marriages and the birth of children these families it’s gotten out of control as to the numbers so we’ve agreed to cut it down to only the kids under 21 (or if they’re married younger).  Everybody gains cash from not buying the adults and time as well, and we still get together and enjoy the company….who needs another tie anyway?    I try to bring a special dessert or treat that all the adults can share which is much easier than the 20 or so presents which I would need to buy w/out this agreement.
[last lines]Joey: Shane. Shane! Come back! Bye, Shane.





If you have a lot of out of town gifts to get you might try gift cards–or better yet a pre-paid credit card and remember that if you’re sending a specific store you should always check to see if there is one near to the person you’re sending it to.  Nothing like getting a $25 store card and have to drive a hundred miles to redeem it or living in the suburbs and having to go down town Manhattan to get your gifts.

Another option (and again check on location) is to pay for an item at your store and arrange for your friend or family to pick it up at a store in their area which saves you postage and wrapping.

You can also arrange for on line credits where they can let their fingers do the walking on their computer keys—these are often postage free so that’s a saving as well.





“I just wanna be somebody.”  Night and the City









Another option you can do the walking on the key board and purchase the times which they will pack and send often saving money and time on both of your parts—but if you do that be sure there is a return and refund provision that’s simple and easily available.

One place I’d recommend if you want books or calendars at fantastic prices:

They have 365 individual page calendars for $4.99       They also have other items like Monty Python clocks and Jane Austin (quotes) cups to name a few.








Other things you can do—if you have the money the funds for a ticket home for the holiday might be nice for that son or daughter that’s far away but you should discuss it with them so that you can be sure they can get the time off and haven’t already made other plans—it’s a gift not a command performance.


You can also give dinners (gift cards for local chains)if you know what they like or a special dinner in their area– you can look for restaurant in their area that might be a special treat or even a holiday adventure (like a gift certificate to the Black Hammock above for a day out for a friend that lives in Central Florida).







I never confuse business with sentiment. Unless it’s extremely profitable, of course.”   The Dark Corner














VINTAGE VASE:  Hull Wildflower Matte 7-1/2" Cornucopia Rose

 All pictures are from Deland’s shops downtown.

Did you ever want to forget anything? Did you ever want to cut away a piece of your memory or blot it out? You can’t, you know.”  Detour







Old World GLOBE  Vintage  MOD. Dep  Brass Stand


“What a beautiful picture. Moonlight. Sagebrush. My wife with a stranger.” The Las Vegas Story










Victorian Shoe Match HOLDER or Door Stop 9" Vintage





Somehow I knew that my journey had only just begun—Claire/Outlander


This is a shot of the Barbara-Lee on my day trip.






"Claire, it would make no difference to me. I love you so. Nothing you ever did could stop my loving you."  Frank/Outlander Chapter 1




ELEPHANT w/Rainsed Trunk Small SOLID Brass Vintage

1052 Hwy. 92, West
Auburndale 33823

Farm fresh produce                      Discount Pet Supplies                          Gator Farm                                        Free Circus Shows (Fri, Sat, & Sun)           Over 1200 vendors under one roof                                                             Have picture taken with live gator       Entertainment and special annual events for the entire family.                              Collectibles jewelry, fashion clothing, leather good, plants, tools, photo restoring, silver and gold, new and used treasures  fruits and vegetables.                    Buffalo farm   Live Blue Grass     5-9 pm every Thurs.   Free Parking and free admission.    Food concessions featuring Alligator, BBQ, tacos, ice cream and much more.  Restaurant has AC and beer.    Wild life rescue.   Pow Wow in January.








"There's no place on earth with more of the old superstitions and magic mixed into its daily life than the Scottish Highlands. Church or no church, Mrs. Baird believes in the Old Folk, and so do all the neighbors."  Frank  Outlander Chapter 1









CASTROL JAGUAR 1988 Daytona 24 Hour Winner Pin

HONORABLE MENTION (and a nice pick to be included in a day with the kids adventure)
250 W. State Rd. 520
Cocoa Beach
all new interactive
Authentic dinosaur fossils
Minerals, amber, jewelry and meteorites
Indoor interactive hands on fun
Live 8′ alligators and reptiles
Fossil dig, Educational and fun
2 blocks from the ocean
"You look wonderful by candlelight, you know. Your eyes are like sherry in crystal, and your skin glows like ivory. A candlelight witch you are."   Frank in Outlander  Chapter 1

Continuing on with my Thanksgiving weekend adventures I made a stop on the way home where I played the weirdest card game:  CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY (AN adventure all in itself):   and from there we adjourned to the family entertainment.  I don’t have any family here so joining one that’s near and dear to me was another adventure in living that I so enjoyed.
"Don't be afraid," he whispered into my hair. "There's the two of us now."  Jamie in Outlander Chapter 14
MILLIONS spent in Scotland on filming lately.
"No worry, lass. I've been hurt much worse, and by people much less pretty."Jamie in Outlander Chapter 4
So here we go into another trip into the holiday season.  Which for me started in October and runs thru 1/3 this year.  October I decorated and November I celebrated but my real work comes in December, for Christmas as New Years celebrations for me seem to involve watching TV or reading…..We have our lights up outside and I have my cards out (I always do them on the Friday after Thanksgiving and mail the on that Sat.)   But we still have to pick out the tree, get the decorations up  and the hardest part–get the presents bought and in my family’s case get them out in the mail soon and during all that try to stay in the holiday mood…like Claire said….just starting.
"No wonder he was so good with horses, I thought blearily, feeling his fingers rubbing gently behind my ears, listening to the soothing incomprehensible speech. If I were a horse, I'd let him ride me anywhere."   Clair in Outlander Chapter 4   Talking about Jamie.
Before Europe embraced Christianity they celebrated the winter solstice:  the shortest day and longest night of the year (which fell on December 21 or 22.)  Evergreen boughs were included in the ceremony as they were the only plants that continued to grow and thus brightened the ceremonies and dwellings as well.   But it was German Christians (16th century) that added full trees with decorations to the mix and legend has it that Martin Luther may have added lighted candles–my studies of the man dosen’t make me believe the glum former priest was that kind of decorator but who am I too deny legend?
So anyway by the 1500’s we had trees—hopefully I will get mine and get it up before that much time stretches out beyond me….
"I'm too hungry to be a threat to anything but breakfast. Let a stray bannock come within reach, though, and I'll no answer for the consequences." Jamie in Outlander, Chapter 4

 Did you ever wander why Red and Green for the season?  Seems that it was rediscovered by the Victorians, but further study shows that it is probably a sign of boundaries that date back to pre-Christian Celtic traditions which has been found in their myths, it was later found in the screens dividing the Christian medieval church and picked up by Victorians—who were notorious for refinishing the aging churches and put back into the holiday season.  If you haven’t gotten the flow on this one—the ancient Celts celebrated Solstice and it marked the end of the descent into darkness (shortest day of the year) and the assent of the world back to the light–and so the boundaries I’d like to think the red was on the winter side and the green on the return to light and growing things, but that’s just my interpretation.   So do you have your decorations up yet I just started today.
And when we reached the castle, he left me at the gate with no more than a softly mocking, "Good e'en, Mistress Sassenach." But I felt as though a friendship had begun that ran a bit deeper than shared gossip under the apple trees.  Jamie & Claire in Outlander Chapter 9
Most of our Christmas though can be attributed to the Victorians who really had a thing about the holiday ( (and porn but that’s for another discussion) and returned the red and green and other oddities to the celebration which embodies a lot of what we still cling to today.  It is interesting that such a restrained personage could be so open and creative about the decorating, but then they had to do something with their excess energies, I guess.
"Je suis prest." I am ready. I hoped he was.  Jamie and Claire in Outlander, Chapter 10
And then there’s presents…..while decorations can take time if you’re like me you have bunches and you don’t have to leave home to get it done—except the tree which we’ve already discussed.    On the other hand even if you make the presents yourself you still have to get the materials to make them.  Then pay for them (can you say credit card declined?)  and after you max everything out you bring them home and start the long honored tradition of  wrapping–a job that takes hours and is undone in seconds, and seldom does anyone even notice your effort.  I have a couple of things, but am going to start in earnest on Thursday….HELP.
"Does is bother you that I'm not a virgin?" He hesitated a moment before answering.

"Well, no," he said slowly, "so long as it doesna bother you that I am." He grinned at my drop-jawed expression, and backed toward the door.

"Reckon one of us should know what they're doing," he said.     Jamie & Claire in Outlander, Chapter 13
So as you see like Claire my journey has just begun into the holiday world of adventure and costly expenditures, but she ends up with him: 
I on  my journey will be lucky if I have any of him left:   
A Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight-any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance. A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking.  Claire in Outlander, Chapter 14
'Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone.
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.'  Jamie & Claire in Outlander, Chapter 14
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My Honorable Mention:   

702 West Montrose Street
Clermont, FL 34711
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Phone: 352-243-3588
Toll Free: 888-568-HERB (4372)

Hours Of Operation:
M-F: 10:00 to 5:30
Sat: 10:00 to 3:00
Sun: 10:00 to 2:00


A herbal shop with a large selection to choose from in a historical  bank building.  Stop by when you’re in town view them on line or come on down to Clermont  to get a better look.



12802 Easy Street
Tampa,  Florida
A permanent home to abused and abandoned big cats
67-acre sanctuary
Home to 80 cat:  lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, lynx and more–10 species of wild cat.
Guided tours for unique glimpses of rescue center dedicated to ending the causes of suffering inactivity.
Day Tour (1.5 hr) of sanctuary
Kids Tour (1 hr.)
Feeding Tour (1 hr)
Keeper Tour (2 hrs.) Enrichment and training
Night Tour (1 hr) by flashlight
For tour times, prices and reservations call (888-316-5875) or visit online.    Age restrictions apply–closed Thurs.
Met some interesting fellow adventurers including this lovely young lady and friend.
then back inside
where there’s still lots of windows so you don’t miss the river view

There was also turkey and all the fixings as well as music and dancing before we finally returned to Sanford and then wandered off for new adventures.























Elephant 6" tall At Trunk WOODEN VINTAGE

Where to watch Outlander on line













Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.   Virginia Woolf









BRACELET Blue & White Vintage

I WAS WATCHING KING’S SILVER BULLET TODAY And the farmer asked the question that I listed as my title today…..cause it struck me as how scary things are to some people and not to others….(in the movie the boy is screaming for help as he is being accosted by a werewolf’s human form, while the famer that comes  to hi aide thinks he’s just scared of the dark place he is in)and also the degree to which that fear extends.    Stop for just a moment and think about what really, really scares you don deep to your tippy, tippy toes.
OF course popular media contributes greatly–the pea soup vomiting,  possessed child changed over from a perfectly normal little girl in a manner of days or weeks at most and none of us ever looked at childhood quite the same again and so the Exorcist made changes in our lives and view of things.  Stephen King–who’s name still makes many shudder gave us rabid dogs and evil cars, in fact I think King’s real claim to fame is that he took our daily mundane existence and made it not of ho hum  but horrible with a transformation of the ordinary into evil or in Cujo’s case just scary as he does not meet the definition of evil (profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as a supernatural force.),  But is evil always scary—what’s scary to the good church goer may not be so to  the visiting Vegas gambler.
So Scary, like beauty,  is in the eye of the beholder.  The clown above (from King’s “It” is evil–below he looks even less appealing)–Pennywise (at least in first picture) doesn’t look scary, unless you read the books—or if you have a fear of clowns.     Coulrophobia is not just a fear of spooky movie and/or book evil clowns (though one anticipates that King may have contributed to this to a greater or lesser extent) but there were all manner of bad clowns to follow Kings–including John Wayne Gacy,   a real live clown who proved to be both the evil and truly scary for young men especially.
 Phobias seem so prevalent in our day and and age-
Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing
Barophobia – fear of gravity
Chaetophobia – fear of hair

Decidophobia – fear of making decisions

Let’s face it what if cute to me CATS can be scary to you Ailurophobia or Gatophobia

Many of us remember the childhood fears—like creatures lurking under the bed, or things that go bump in the night.   But if you’re like me some times those things that we laugh at as silly things during the day light, those things sometimes still reach for us as I step out of bed in the dead of the night, half asleep and hear a bumping sound….don’t deny it, you’ve felt that tingle of childhood remembered fear before your big boy/girl mind takes over denying that you could ever think that way at your age.
While most of us no longer believe in the old legends of werewolves and vampires or ghosts and goblins (though none of us who’s just watched a really scary vampire epic and then goes outside or into a darkened room might have a momentary relapse into the legends) or as  I believe that while we do not believe on a conscious level down deep we have never completely given up
our old legends and the evil that fed our fears–otherwise why all the books, movies and TV shows.  The evil in the modern however have become a guilty pleasure and the vampire (and werewolf  too like in the teenie stories of  Twilight).    Living with what once stalked us in night  is our own guilty pleasure and the undead our love interest—hey when Brad Pitt plays one it’s not like many women are going to turn him down.
Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish
Kinetophobia, kinesophobia – fear of movement
oh and this sounds interesting for a less active adventure
Tasting Room
1821 N. 15th St.
Ybor City
Tampa, Fl
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Charlie Brown: We’ve got ANOTHER holiday to worry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us.


I am thankful YOU,  all my 1, 658 subscribers and all those others of you that read my wandering thought but don’t formally commit.  When I first decided to go the subscriber route—the spam (some times 150 entries in one day) was driving me crazy–in June of this year I thought what have you done, what if no one subscribes, I’ll feel so foolish writing this for nobody and then I thought yeah but it’ll keep you off the streets and out of the bars so it can’t all be bad….And when you started subscribing I was grateful and more recently amazed.  Thank you and please keep reading and letting me know that after all I am not alone in this world.


For you my faithful Lair Lions:  a Thankgiving scarecrow fairy hopes that your pumpkin ain’t runny, your turkey is done–that  your friends are near and your family dear—that you have many things to be thankful for and that this new year (till next TGD) will bring you so much more.


And you know what I’m thankful for besides all of you:






This not a real person—-if it had been I would have hit her on the head with a bottle.

I’ll be back with more weirdness and pictures to confirm on Monday




You breathe on average about 5 million times a year.


I met this little guy on Sat, last, at the Deland Art Festival, he wasn’t sure he liked me but I told his dad (also pictured) to check him out on my blog this week–so here he is still looking skeptical of my ability as a photographer.




Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them.






FLOWER Petal (4) with Blue Set 3/4" Silver-tone with White Inlaid Vintage Screw-on EARRINGS

Here you can experience 175 years of history.  Where brick-paved streets lead you to fascinating museums and galleries, antebellum homes, antique shops, quaint cafes, special events and lots more.  And don’t miss the murals that embellish the historic buildings.
One fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet.
Now serving beer & wine
Huge waiting room with beer & wine bar
Video games (Xbox and PS4)
Pool Table
Air hockey
Big screen  TV–UFC Fights
The average person spends 2 weeks of their lifetime waiting for the light to change from red to green.
Outlander:  The Time Travel is Science Fiction, But The Show Is Based In Reality
 Liam Neeson and Sean Connery Were First Considered as Leading Men.   Hint this was years ago when they were working on making  A MOVIE
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 Voting closes December 3, 2015!
The Costumes Are as Authentic as Possible—Including What’s Underneath!

Sam Heughan Is the Hottest Nerd Ever.






It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it.




BEADED Necklace  Vintage, LARGE, Long,






PS main picture is my hotel (Embassy Suites) in Tampa–all the others that are mine are back at Ybor City.





The largest recorded snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.









SANFORD USE TO HAVE THE THIRD LARGEST CAMPHOR TREE IN THE STATE:  The species is originally from Southeastern Asia and this one was believed to be planted in the mid 1880s.  In June 1999 it was measured at 27′ 8″ in circumference and stood over 52 feet high (crown ranged from 67′ – 96′.)  It was at one time recognized as a Florida Champion Tree,  Alas all that remains (where it was planted) is a very large stump in front of the Seminole County History Museum










 Because there was no such thing as copyright and play theft was common, actors in Shakespeare’s plays didn’t get their lines until the play was underway. Lines would very often be whispered to an actor shortly before he was supposed to deliver them. Pressure.








Oh and did you know that on today’s date 11/25 (only in 1864) the south tried to burn down NYC?  8 southern operatives out to revenge Sherman’s march to the sea (it was said that so little was left of the land his troops ravaged that a bird flying over it would have to bring his own provisions to survive.  Read more:  They called themselves The Confederate Army of Manhattan.  On this date well over 100 years ago the 8 spread out over the city some time after 8 pm and lit fires in 19 hotels and several other buildings, but none of their fires were successful and all were extinguished without any major damage.  Only one man was ever identified of the 8 and that was Robert Cobb Kennedy when he was apprehended a few months later coming into the US from Canada.  He was charged with setting a fire in the American Museum, tried and hung on March 24, 1865 (only 4 months from the initial incident).








Hillary Clinton gutted fish at a processing plant in Alaska one summer during her law school years. It was her job to scoop out entrails, but the plant soon fired her for asking too many questions about how long the flippered creatures had been dead. “I found another job,” she said, according to The New York Times.








On September 7, 1940, the man who keeps history TV on the air, Adolph Hitler unleashed Blitzkrieg, or lightening war–on the capital London  and cities across the UK.  His theory was that by bringing the death and destruction  direct to the citizens he would break their morale and get Britain to surrender or at least sign a treaty allowing him to rule in conquered Europe.  He obviously didn’t know the Brits–They took 71 hits between September and May 1941.  The man on the street’s reply:  “we can take it.”  They lived in their destroyed cities, sang irreverent songs about the Nazis and in London alone 150,000 slept in makeshift beds in the underground (subway) stations.  The psychiatric wards set up to deal with shell  shocked civilians closed due to so few coming to it.   On September 13, 1940 a bomb hit the palace.  The king and queen none-the-less refused to leave the city and during the daytime following the attacks went to visit the bombed areas and the survivors.   Oh and those  posters so popular now with the crown that sometime say  “stay calm”  Back then always said it along with     ” And Carry On” –they were invented for morale in Britain during this time and now you know where that comes from.

PS I was in London for that same queen’s (Elizabeth, the Scottish born queen mum) funeral.  I had the honor to speak with a lovely older lady who lived in London during the war and told of how ( this when an ancient Spit Fire flew over the Funeral procession) when the fighter planes were over London they knew they were safe and wouldn’t have to bare a German assault that night.








At the beginning of the war (WWI), tanks were grouped according to their ‘gender’. The male tanks had cannons attached while the females carried machine guns. The prototype tank was named Little Willie











CORKS VS. SCREW TOPS ON WINE—Until just recently no respectable wine would come with anything but a cork–Corks have been used forever:  The Egyptians used them to help with both food and drink storage thousands of years ago.  But the cork’s big break came in the 1600’s when it was found to be better for sparkly wines than the wooden stoppers which had been in use.  From then on the cork developed along with the standardized shapes of glass bottles.  Cork which is produced from the bark of the Quercus Suber oak Tree, has over several centuries shown just how well it functions in the wine’s aging process.  Problems with it are that it can leak, it’s susceptibility to cork taint which can destroy the wine’s taste and last, but not least the fact that it takes special equipment to get it and thus the wine out of the bottle.

The special screw caps only made the scene in the 1970’s at an Australian winery.  They were working on another cork issue:  Get the wine reclosed if it’s not all drank.  They were successful and it was soon popular with Australian wine makers.   This is turn was picked up in California.  Proponents insist that  wine with screw caps does continue to age and develop and ultimately have 50% longer ability to age than corked bottles.





The song “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” synonymous with Ireland and all things Irish, was written by two Americans, George Graff and Chauncey Olcott, in 1912. There are no records to show that they ever even visited Ireland.    









Baby Cup SILVER Plate ROGER Brothers 227 Ornate Floral Pattern 2"

Andrew Jackson’s bird had a potty mouth
Jackson taught his parrot how to curse to the extent that the parrot had to be removed from the president’s funeral because it was cursing too much. That’s one way to leave a legacy.









PRECIOUS MOMENTS Doll--Rose/June With Original stand 13"

Discover Britain:  October 2015
Publix/Grape  Winter 2015
Seminole County’s Historical Markers and Sites   Pamphlet
True Crime Calendar 2015









ALL pictures today are still from last week’s Ybor City trip  The main one and this first one here are from Dysfunctional  Grace Art Company, which is interesting and a bit strange to say the least:









Coke Santa Claus Metal HANDLED TIN 1994






If wandering about YBOR isn’t enough of an adventure try the Ghost Tour:  Find out where the bodies ar buried.  Jose Luis Avellena, Jr. who along with his disembodied nurse haunts the basement of the Don Vicente Inn or the long deceased shopkeeper who still visits his office in King Corona  regularly and of course an 8-year old boy who drowned in the Cuban Club pool to name a few.











W. Montrose St.     Clermont, Fl.

SEWING MACHINE Button Holer Attachments with Original booklet and container  1960's Singer
 I never get tired of Jamie lounging in the mill stream.
OREO TIN 1994 Unlock the Magic
Yesterday we looked at being thankful and how you can make someone happy and the world a better place by expressing it.  Today let’s look at what makes you happy.  What do you do and where is your happy place.
Think about it, what really makes you happy–a new car…so superficial but some happiness is fleeting.   I was thinking more along the line of family, those kids that drive you mad all day and then curl up on the couch with you to watch some stupid cartoon or that shutters against you in fear as the super hero faces his (or hers) nemesis.  While the car gives you short rushes which become less as time goes by and wear and tear raise their ugly head; the child grows and becomes a part of your heart and a symbol (even when they become teens and drive you mad) of all that is good, and loving and worthy of happiness.
WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE?  A silly joke, a Monty Python rerun, Robin Williams’ monologues—I look at movies, jokes and funny flamingos, etc as a reminder of what makes us happy—another fleeting joy—but laughter can raise our spirit when we are down and get us through a down time, so the silly and what might appear pointless little things like a Garfield book or a Peanuts cartoon may help us move on or up or whatever.  What’s the old saying:  “Whatever gets you through the night?”  That’s kind of what all these things are and if you’re down (the holidays that are looked on by many as a happy place tends to be more of down and out than an up and coming for many).
So how can you keep positive over the holidays and even after?
Try socializing with positive people—we all have our friends and co-workers that are active and positive and others that aren’t so.  If you’re down don’t spend the day with Eeyore—but  Tigger may be a bit too much if you  really have the blues—those kind of days calls for Winnie’s not over the top but yet positive none the less.  It sounds funny but associating with positive people can aid us in being more positive ourselves.  Think about a day you spent with your positive friends and then one with the those others that always seem in the middle of soap opera and how you felt while you were with both of them.  I’m not saying avoid those people, you could even be their positive friend–but not when you’re down too.  Pity Parties are not how you want to spend Turkey Day.
Single, live alone, don’t have any children then the holidays can stretch out in front of you like a waste land of emptiness.  Try planning things.  My friend and I (she has children–who accompany us— but no other family near by) do Thanksgiving on a riverboat cruise that has a full turkey spread, music, fun and lots of people to share the day with.
For Christmas I host the day at my house, everybody brings a dish or more to share and I invite all my single friends (and anybody else that would like to stop by).  I start at noon with appetizers and snacks then about 3 we do the main meal and about 6 dessert.  Some friends will stop by on the way to family or other friend’s events for one of the featured food groups and some socializing, so the day is active and varied and I am not alone.
and don’t forget those adventures we have been talking about…getting out and doing something usually brightens your mood and gives your mind something  new and positive to deal with.
and avoiding these negative ways of thinking  also  helps:
All-or-nothing thinking – Looking at things in black-or-white categories, with no middle ground (“If I fall short of perfection, I’m a total failure.”)
Overgeneralization – Generalizing from a single negative experience, expecting it to hold true forever (“I can’t do anything right.”)
The mental filter – Ignoring positive events and focusing on the negative. Noticing the one thing that went wrong, rather than all the things that went right.
Diminishing the positive – Coming up with reasons why positive events don’t count (“She said she had a good time on our date, but I think she was just being nice.”)
Jumping to conclusions – Making negative interpretations without actual evidence. You act like a mind reader (“He must think I’m pathetic”) or a fortune teller (“I’ll be stuck in this dead end job forever.”)
Emotional reasoning – Believing that the way you feel reflects reality (“I feel like such a loser. I really am no good!”)
‘Shoulds’ and ‘should-nots’ – Holding yourself to a strict list of what you should and shouldn’t do, and beating yourself up if you don’t live up to your rules.
Labeling – Labeling yourself based on mistakes and perceived shortcomings (“I’m a failure; an idiot; a loser.”)



Large Crystal Bowl ROYAL COPENHGEN in Blue  1960s






MONKEES Trading Cards 1967 COMPLETE set 1-44

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

So what did the Diva who pushes adventures do this weekend:

DSC_0907 Of course there was the train trip a weekend ago—fun to and back on Amtrack….I am pushing the service, it’s cheap and the kids love being on a train, and you can get Wifi to entertain….lots of seat room and…well you get the idea.



When I featured my friend’s Toast of Tampa  Adventure I forgot to mention that they Recently returned from Las Vegas (now that’s an adventure and some) wearing bronze (3rd place) metals from Sweet Adeline’s International .  They won a worldwide (35 regions and 12 countries) 3rd place….now that my dears is an adventure with  Bennies….CONGRATULATION.












ROCK BROTHERS BREWERY TASTING ROOM AND COCKTAIL 15th St.      Ybor City                                                                         Coming soon The Attic Concert Venue














Check out this site for a silly little recap of episode one of OUTLANDER—taking Doughtlander a few minutes at a time:

First picture and main are from my Train Adventure last weekend—this weekend pictures from now on are from my day out for Art Festival in Deland on Sat.  Meet up Group.







How many times, especially this time of year do you hear that you should say thanks for your blessings, for the things you have, for on and on and on until you grow weary and ignore it all…..I know you don’t need me reminding you….it’s almost that day when you can say your yearly prayer over that oversized bird with all you appreciating  families and then settle down in front of your huge screen to watch over-paid football players work on disabling each other for life….kind of reminds me of ….yeah that’s it—ROMAN ARISTROCRATS dinning and watching in the decadence of the pagan…..we’re Americans we deserve it right!!!!!!
Ah there’s the rub….you need to have respect too!  Can’t I just say the words and let it go at that?   It’s not just saying Thank you–it’s knowing why you’re saying it and meaning it.  It’s practicing THANKFULNESS.  Ok now you’re saying “she’s completely lost it”…but no I see it all the time.  You mutter thank you without seeing the person–the waiter that waits on you so well—they are just part of the service that being you entitles you to—they and all others that offer you services are just there and you thank the shape and form—unless heaven forbid they spill something or bring something wrong—then they become the center of your displeasure and you actually notice them and so does the manager, trip advisor and all your friends.  Your wrath is there—if only your thanks was as heartfelt.
I live my life a bit odd—unless someone or something goes out of the way to be obnoxious, cruel or destructive—I try to find something worth thanking people for….and least you think I’m one of those milk sop types trust me I am not wishy washy or weak.  I just find that when I thank people for the good things they do rather than  bitching at them for the bad,  they tend to be encouraged and try a little harder and if more people did that I think the world could be improved by at least a noticeable fraction—and any improvement in the muddle of this existence could actually be a great thing.
Not convinced….think about your own job, activities, whatever.   How do your feel when you work and do your best but it just doesn’t seem to be enough…or even that you’re doing enough or in your opinion more than and nobody seems to notice.  You’re just there and who cares.  Then think of that time when out of the clear blue someone said thank you for some little thing—someone who didn’t have to say it….or someone complimented you for some large or even small thing—maybe it was just part of the routine that everyone expected from you—that warm feeling deep down inside you feel (don’t shake your head and deny it—it’s there and I won’t take a no for an answer).
I always say thank you and try to compliment good service, and interesting ways of providing service.  In other words I recognize the individual—I like people, I collect them in my brain and some even make it to my heart.   I don’t do it for any return favors—though I am often the recipient of recognition and fond service next time I return.      One time in London we ate at an Italian restaurant across from Victoria Station.  Our waiter (a darling young man who was from Italy) and I got to talking and he took it upon himself to try to teach me some Italian and how to pronounce it properly (a hopeless task as I have problems pronouncing English).  After that visit my friends and I went exploring about England and Ireland–returning to London near a month later. It was pouring and we decided to return to the same restaurant which was close our hotel.  My friends, all taller, trouped in first and they were getting ready to  seat them when my waiter saw me and insisted that we be seated at one of his tables…I was totally amazed that in the middle of a busy London bistro in the middle of an area that sees loads of tourists, not to mention theatre crowds, he would remember me.
So what I’m saying is by showing your gratitude to others and treating those about you with kindness—by recognizing them not as subservient but as individuals that have contributed to  your life (no matter how small or large that contribution) you will not only make their life a tiny bit better, but yours and the world in general as well.    Small things can change your life– try it you might like it.