My pick-me-up-machine and precious moments of pondering about…

DSCN0047This is my most faithful morning companion.  I was having healthy-good-for-you-tea, but on my latest visit to my mother, I got hooked on coffee again.  This is like the one sinful pleasure that I must have after my walk and a glass of water.  I taste every drop that goes into my mouth.

I also use these moments to ponder about the day, my particular personal philosophies, about noticing the new wrinkle on my face or elsewhere (yeah, they show up in places you will never imagine).  Enough of that.

Sometimes when I am almost finished with my espresso sinful potion, my heart wants to skip a beat here and there, but I think…what the heck, from something I have to die, so what better moment than this one.  I am sure my sweet heart (yes, it is a very sweet and lovely heart I have), enjoys this joyful ritual every morning.  Did I say I put a tiny amount of the other deadly sin, sugar.  White, yes, I like to live dangerously and push the envelope to the max.  What else is life for?

Rest of the ritual is really so so; oatmeal with an apple in it and whole milk.  Yep, living on the edge.  Absolutely, more white sugar.

Now you know a side of me that you were trying very hard to figure out.  My secrets and me.

Have an eventful day!



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“Lovely and sexy pedicure…”


Walking towards the doors of my favorite supermarket, I saw a puppy and was trying very hard to establish eye contact with the pretty little dog.  As I am getting closer to the puppy, I hear in a baritone voice…”lovely and sexy pedicure.”  I looked around to see if the puppy had a pedicure, nope, it wasn’t she or he, and only the owner of the dog and me were standing around.  Then as I am looking at this muscular guy, he said again…lovely and sexy pedicure.  WHAT!!!!

I had one of my electric green flip-flops and some basic nail polish I had slapped on my toe nails before I went out.  As a matter of fact, they were not 100% dried.  So this muscular guy (not my type) caught me by so much surprise that I forgot what languages I was able to speak.  I just kept walking with my mouth open and looking at my feet, that I almost made a grand entrance by falling over my face at the door.  Was it the mini-skirt, the heat or that this guy had not seen anything decent that morning, before he saw me and my toe nails?

Oh, yes, my type, just in case…preppy looking and no big belly whatsoever.  God, please be gentle with me.  Now back to the story…

I am freaking out…now I am paranoid about all parts of my body…they have to look really good because I’ll never know what part of my anatomy someone is going to be looking at next.  I need a magnifying glass to check myself out before I hit the streets.  Stress on top of more stress.

Life is never boring on this side of the peninsula.


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C’est la difference…Little things that make a big difference…

DSCN0028These are a few of my favorite things…My Williams-Sonoma kitchen towels, have lots of these, my newly acquired bamboo utensils for my every day stir fry, and a bit of rosemary that I stole this morning from one of my neighbors humongous plant.  These things make me feel special.  It takes very little to make myself happy.

Isn’t that the case in general in our own lives?  I think so.  Things that make me laugh are my own interpretations of moments of others or my own, that I give it that Je ne se quoi twist.  Pardon my French.

Wanted to share how I make my own life very special.  Old kitchen towels, simple utensils and my own imagination.

It is the memory of moments that matter.  Life reminds me of when I was a little girl.  I used to play house with big cardboard boxes and I remember using cans to put fresh flowers on my make-believe home.  I was very happy then, and I am very happy now.  Of course, there are moments and there a moments.  You understand.

What are some of your very favorite things?

Make it a memorable day!




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Change in policy in my queen’s castle…


As you have noticed, the tiara I wear in my castle is a bit crooked today.  The lady in waiting (me also) was too busy to check my hair, tiara, etc.  I cannot fire her because then there will be no one left to boss around.

Back to the headlines…I have decided that before I pass judgment or criticize someone, I should do the following; make sure all my underwear is clean, carpet is spotless, silver is shining, there is no garbage around, legs and other things are totally with not a hair to be found, I look perfect (this is the one that is never going to happen), I have read all the books and magazines on the piles all around the castle, car is waxed,  nails are looking smashing, all shoes are dusted and so on.  Hopefully you get the idea.

Oh yes, I have blessed every person that populates planet Earth.

After I am done doing all of the self-assigned tasks, I hope I won’t have the energy or the desire to pass judgment on anything or anyone.  That includes judging myself.

Think about this before you pass an opinion on my tiara or me.

Having a very non-judgmental and happy kind of day.




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Things are changing here…we are shifting gears…


Enough already of standing still…I am taking this blog on a new direction.

It is going to be a mix of a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I am going on a limb.  Hopefully all will work out so we can have some fun.

Allow me to explain the above photo.  That’s a super cute summer dress.  The latest trend is to show the brassiere’s straps (straps need to be pretty or sexy, otherwise don’t wear one.)  :)  We are going to feel super liberated on this forum.  Get it?

Back to the headlines.  There is going to be fashion, jokes, stories, biographies, interviews, photos, lots of them, love stories (my very favorite), some gossip and of course, how to age very gracefully while keeping the grace (redundancy is acceptable), and have an incredible sense of humor.  This is the main ingredient to be able to age without losing your beautiful and crazy mind.


As you have noticed, of course, there has to be a picture, or two of yours truly to start this new adventure.  I have such an inflated super ego.  It works for me.  That’s all that is necessary.

I feel a Pulitzer prize knocking on my door already.  Told you.  Sense of humor or else.

Oh yes, the grammar police needs to relax and chill.  English is my second language.  Excuses, excuses.

I feel super good, look super cool and let’s go!




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Spring is springing in Central Florida…


This was one part of the view I had during my morning walk in Central Florida.  Here is where I live in a tiny condo, that I call my kingdom.  I am the ruler in my castle and I must say it feels pretty good.  I sometimes wear a tiny tiara I bought for a project…kidding.  Must have an incredible sense of humor when you are the only inhabitant in your kingdom.


This is Moe, one of maybe two inhabitants in our not so golden pond.  He seems to be happy, trying to eat his breakfast.

All and all, it is a beautiful day in Paradise, at least my paradise.

Sending you all best wishes for a fun, happy and pondering weekend!

Happy Contessa

“I’ve learned that if you stay focused on yourself, you are guaranteed to be miserable.”  Someone at age 71.



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Waist line going to the waste line…

DSCN8496It is difficult for me to stay put when it is so bloody cold.  If I turn the temperature too high in my condo, then I get static and I am a moving target of electricity.  Hate this!

So I keep it somewhat bearable…but it is cold.  So to keep warm, I become very creative and efficient.

I decided to make a soup for dinner to warm up.  Only had a can of black beans, tomato paste, a part of an onion, a tomato, pink Himalayan Salt, Curry powder, half a green bell pepper.  And, yes some carrot match sticks.  Mixed all of them up, put a lot of water and put this magic brew to do its thing.  And a thing it did.  Beans?  No husband right now, so I am safe.  If you get it, fine, if not, well, it goes to the forum.

DSCN8498It looks mighty delicious.  That’s all there is for dinner.  Hope I like it.  Otherwise, that’s too bad for me.  Nothing else around and with a temperature of 51 degrees Fahrenheit (explaining because I humbly have an international audience of about over 50 countries), I will eat anything that is hot.  Well, if this cold weather does not come to a halt pretty soon, all those skinny jeans will become a thing of the past, and you know me very well.  That will NOT happen!

So Mother Nature,  or whatever gender you have, get your act together and start moving along.  Skinny jeans are an issue here.  Priorities…

One more productive and creative day in the life of your…

Happy Contessa

“I like the cold weather.  It means you get work done.”  Noam Chomsky

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