Age came on like gangbusters after successfully staving it off into my early fifties. Now I'm trying out new looks, new lifestyle changes and better health habits. Join me in my quest.
Feeding the birds can be good for them and entertaining for you. Learn about good bird feeders and making your yard a friendly habitat.
Bring big blooms and perennial qualities into your home landscape. Vibrant color makes these two divisions of Tulips must-haves for the spring garden.
A classic mix of Spinach with strawberries laced with raspberry inflected dressing and topped with feta crumbles and walnuts
Eastern European egg designs for Easter are beautifully intricate. Hungarians have their own style of pysanky, the traditional art of decorating the humble egg.
Strong female lead characters in enthralling British crime TV shows makes for exciting entertainment. For those who want drama and suspense with women who play the heroes, not the victim.
If you have Netflix or Amazon accounts, or simply watch PBS, you can see some great British TV Crime shows. From somewhat comic to serious, start your investigation of the best of British TV tonight.
Of the numerous regional styles of Hungarian embroidery, the one from Kalocsa seems to have captured everyone's heart. It is light, bright, and cheerful.
Hungary is famous for its embroidery, for the sheer exuberance of its color and style. Discover what makes this craft popular with collectors, some history and how to make some projects of your own.
It is easy to turn your sea glass bits into stunning jewelry with very just a few findings and how-to instructions.
I have gray hair and I want to update my style. Here's a collection of beautiful silver hairstyles I found for all face shapes.
Nothing beats the good old fashioned recipes for comfort food, and many of them are main dish chicken dinners. Start out with Chicken and Broccoli? Or pick from nine other choices for tonight.
From pure herbal concoctions to mint infused green teas, there are many ways to enjoy the healthful benefits of the mint plant.
Food choices tell you a lot about a culture and social change. Ethnic recipes are collected, and the favorites show changes in times and tastes throughout the years.
Continuing to bring a little of my Grandmother's Hungarian baking to your kitchen. This braided coffee cake is a little more advanced,. Try it for breakfast or on a holiday table. It has raisins.
My Grandmother loved to bake, and as a young wife I remember getting together with friends for old fashioned Coffee Klatches with a cup of coffee and a sweet morsel. What happened to those?
I had been blogging for years, but I knew next to nothing about online SEO, marketing, or what it takes to sell online. Here are some important lessons.
Little boys love the popular Disney film 'Frozen' and sending off your toddler each day with a cheerful smiling snowman might just the right way to start their day.
Exercise is one of those most important things you can do for your health. so how to follow the doctor's orders to make sure I am getting proper exercise?
One of the best tips for silver locks is to use a gentle shampoo that cancels the yellow and keeps the beauty of your gray hair. This is one of the best for you to try.
Moravian Spice cookies are a gingery molasses rolled cookie, like your favorite gingerbread, but rolled thinner and a little richer in flavor. Decorate with royal icing.
The best investment I ever made was to get a home spa. The way it relieves sore muscles and arthritic pain makes it a real health benefit.
Review of Peter Jackson's film of Tolkiens' Hobbit. It was going to be a difficult task to please the demanding LOTR fans, and this is why I think it was unexpectedly good.
Home fragrance makes a huge difference in the atmosphere of our rooms. The instant you smell an inviting aroma your spirit is lifted. I want to share some of the best scents from The Body Shop brand.
My personal favorite. Are they on your list of ten best world famous paintings?
Dreaming of an elegant wedding? Wishing to coordinate everything with a huge visual impact? One of the most beautiful, popular, and year-wide available blooms is the singular Calla lily.
Does your wardrobe need an update? Are you interested in looking great in your clothes? Try these trends for summer.
The amazing array of unique soup tureens displayed here to give a taste of what is available for setting a lovely holiday table. Soul warming traditional soup recipes included.
I purchased, and liked, my Vibram brand Barefoot shoes. Here is my assessment and some info on the shoes, if you are considering a pair for yourself.
The lore of the Irish Claddagh symbol showcasing the symbol of friendship, loyalty , and love.
Make authentic Hungarian Paprikas and delight your friend and family. The underestimated cuisine that is world class deliciousness has a number of key recipes. This is one of the finest.
A little history, and what can be learned and applied about the Squidoo ideas of excellence.
I love trees and my yard has lots of them. But when autumn comes, all that leaf litter needs something besides me to do the clean-up job. I have an opinion on which leaf vacuum is best.
Blintzes, a funny word for a fabulous dish. It is special enough for company and easy enough to treat your family regularly to this satisfying dish. Make with any fruit, but blueberries are best, IMO.
Add a bit of Coastal beachside fun to the kitchen. If you own a beach house this decor is a given, but it can add a fun and relaxing look to any region.
Celebrate the beauty of this traditional craft, and find out more about the celebration of Hina Matsuri, the Girls Day Festival, when a grand display made of special dolls.
Have an idea for creating some coastal comfort in your dining area? Let the styles of the U.S coastal regions inspire you to make an inviting setting for your family and guests.
These top 10 perennials are among the best, most colorful, perennial garden plants. They grow in a wide range of conditions and have proven reliable for generations of gardeners.
National Fragrance Day is a chance to celebrate our obsession with beautiful scents. Learn a bit more about your favorite perfumes and aromas.
An unusually beautiful floral arrangement is made with the incredible flowers of Hawaii. Find out about these flamboyant and colorful blooms. See some examples of how they will set your bouquet apart
There is a day just to get us inspired and motivated, and yes, it falls on January 2nd.
One of the best of today's plant and garden photographers. Pick up some tips on how to make artful photos from a master.
You can't help but notice that Martha Stewart has a distinct palette of colors which she uses for all her branding. It has changed somewhat, but who doesn't recall this tint of green?
Crafty ideas for making and using decorative heart stickers. Info on Zazzle's personalized service if you would like to design your own.
Ever since I received a gift card for Christmas, and enjoyed shopping and sampling at whole Foods- it became one of my favorite experiences. I wanted to share why.
Take a few moments to savor a cup of tea and some christmas thoughts
My favorite color schemes are the restful, yet cheerful colors and the whimsy of the beach houses I've rented. It makes me feel calm and happy no matter what the weather or season.
Thanksgiving story to encourage thoughts of gratefulness and start a holiday custom of gratefulness in your own family. Build gratefulness with a countdown of blessings.
Know of Red Green, that wacky Canadian Handyman show? No, well take a gander at some funny clips, quips, and duct tape accessories.
Is it a lost art to write thank you notes expressing appreciation? If so, this is our chance to right that oversight in the modern day loss of the graciousness of this social grace.
Art and science marry in the botanical illustrations and paintings that depict the details of real life plants.
How important is something "beautiful" to you? Whether art, a fragrance, or the time taken to paint your nails, there is something within all of us that responds to the need for beauty.
How to make and use a garden journal. A great idea for adding value to your home, keeping landscaping under budget, remembering plant names, and tracking your produce from the garden.
I like to feature my Hungarian heritage, so I write pages that focus in on certain aspects that I believe you will find interesting- take a look!
Don't you just love Teddy bears? Learn about them and their special day... Get some gift ideas, make a cute craft ornament, and view darling illustrations while you are at it.
Spice it up and use star cookie cutters to make the best Christmas delights for family and friends. Decorated, they bring holiday cheer and well as traditional flavors of molasses, ginger, and spice.
Not just a fad, Argan oil is one of nature's finest oils for skin and hair care. Learn of its features. Try it in it's purest form.
Try this exotic wedding theme for a Middle Eastern or Indian reception.
Collecting sea glass has always been a fun pastime of beach vacations, so when did it become a gemstone and highly prized by jewelry makers?
If you want a low impact, relaxing and fun way to work out your whole body (but especially those abs), has anyone ever told you the benefits of a belly dance workout?
What are you scared of? Exploring the fact that we all have fears and must deal with them... and the myths that surround that attempt to understand and explain "things that go bump in the night"
Looking for little stocking stuffers or cute, unique gifts for a special occasion? Here is a gathering of ideas and some idea sparks to get you thinking about quick last minute gifts to look for.
The romances of the East woven together over time have enthralled generations. Here is a glimpse into the story about the stories and some of the art they have inspired.
Have the Arabian Nights version of a potluck party. Serve wonderful Middle Eastern flavors in easy to serve finger foods and buffet items. Dress up the venue with a few simple rugs and screens. Voila!
Belly Dance used to be the highlight of movies of adventure and action. Time to revisit the exciting dance scenes of yesteryear.
Orientalism brought the world of the Middle East into the prim parlors of Victorians and Edwardians of the West.
The instruments of Middle Eastern music deliver the unique sounds and driving beats of this world music. Learn about them, from ancient to modern times.
Belly dancing is not just for Egyptian style music. There are many new and fusion sounds that create an exciting beat for hip drops and shimmies.
There are all types of bellydance, which has ancient roots in folk dances of the Middle East.
It isn't hard, you don't need lots of equipment, and it is a fun way to get exercise...what are you waiting for?
It isn't hard- you can make your own authentic style bellydance costume with very few sewing skills.
Follow the fascinating history of Middle Eastern facial and body tattoos. Found mainly among the Algerian and Moroccan nomadic Berber tribes, although no longer common, the symbols remain in crafts.
There are many types of belly dance costumes, which are for your style?
So many women fight the appearance of gray hair. I say why not embrace this stunning look and make the most of it!
A wonderful, world renowned rose garden is in Columbus, Ohio. I visited the Whetstone Park of Roses throughout my life. I hope you will enjoy it in photos, and someday visit.
If you see fresh, ripe, sweet cherries at the market, grab them up! They are full of antioxidants for good health, and they taste sublime. After you discover more about them, try one of the recipes.
A cottage-style garden is not for everyone. Find out whether this charming style is for you, whether to modify it, or forego it altogether.
Mummies have mystified us for thousands of years. The preservation of the dead, whether by natural means or with painstaking processes reveal their secrets to those who will look.
Hungary's premier composer lived an incredibly romantic life during the Romantic Age. Hungarian Rhapsody? Lisztmania? It's all recounted in this short biography of the man and his music.
Hungarian folk painting covers walls and household items with the same intensive detail and color used in their embroideries. A decorative art tradition of brightly colored daily surfaces resulted.
Have you wondered which flowers are available during the month of your wedding? Check out these lists of flowers that I've categorized for you to find what's fresh, fits your color scheme, and how to make it all work together on your special day.
Everyone seems to love chocolate desserts, including me. That is why I put together my family's favorites: the best dessert recipes, tested through the years and found to be delicious.
All my family favorites packed into this one page. Guaranteed delicious, I have baked them since I was a young wife and mother more than thirty years ago. Christmas cookies must be special-these are!
The color seems straightforward, but there are more shades of white than shades of gray, I'd say. Explore the meaning, the images, and the varying shades of the color "White". A page of trivia.
After increasing eye pressure and some vision loss, failed laser surgery to control my glaucoma, I have a surgical procedure done. This is the story of my "Trab" surgery.
Hiking enthusiasts will love Ohio. Varied terrain, beautiful parks, and preserves with trails of varying challenge. See seven of those, scattered in different areas of the state. But Sasquatch?
Cute cupcakes which I found on my rounds through Columbus, Ohio
Love those drops of pure chocolate delight? I do, and looked into their history and the iconic style and shape of a milk chocolate treat. Oatmeal blossom recipe included for an extra special treat.
What fascinates people about these unique feathers? What symbolism has attached to the peacock, in history and art?
I wasn't the only one who thought my daughter's wedding was picture perfect. By choosing a botanical conservatory as her venue she was able to have both a garden wedding and one indoors.
The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio becomes a butterfly paradise every spring and summer. All year, the Chihuly glass art is displayed amongst the tropical plants.
A short history and how-to lesson on the fragrant tussie-mussies and how these little bouquets may be used today.
Vampires have been evolving right under our very noses. Who began the change from the embodiment of our worst nightmares to Soap opera heroes? Who do you blame? Which vamps do you love?
I know you're familiar with Italian and French food, but did you know that Hungary has one of the finest of world cuisines? Explore some of the great flavors and creations, delight your palate.
Curious about the lunar month names of different cultures? A collection of various names for each month and bits of interesting trivia.
First roast a chicken, it's easy, then make any of 10 delicious delicious dishes from all sorts of fine world cuisines.
There are many tales of faerie folk, but the Hungarians have their own unique ideas ... which is the basis for the name well known in that country: Ilona.
This is the story of a successful American icon: Grandma Moses. Analysis of the artist's character traits which can make anyone a winner, able to accomplish their dreams.
When I was a kid I won prizes and an exhibition at the local art gallery. It was a big deal to me. Entering an art contest might do the same for you.
Ohio has many beautiful gardens to visit, so if you are planning a trip and wish to discover more of the state, here is a cornucopia of public gardens that are worth visiting.
Here is some background on my garden writing and my garden website in particular. I hope you come visit it for lots of garden wisdom and information.