Sunday, December 30, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR...the times they are a changing!


I wish I could go back in time and reset the calendars and the clocks. As 2012 draws to a close, I wish I could get my boring, stupid life back. I allowed myself to climb to a mountain top, and I looked out to a distant world where I knew I didn't belong. Despite my better judgement, I ventured forth into that world and I liked it. If I had kept my eyes wide shut, I would have never experienced the nirvana that came from that world and everything would still be as simple and predictable today as it was yesterday.
 
They say with age comes wisdom. I am sure about the aging part, I'm just not so sure that I got any smarter. I tried out some new things in 2012 that set off emotionally charged feelings. I wouldn't recommend veering off course to anybody unless you are prepared to unleash your deepest fury. Stay your course. There really are no greener pastures out there. Well actually, there are greener pastures, but you must pay heed to that big old sign that reads: DO NOT ENTER! Those beautiful, desirable greener pastures you covet will most likely be rife with land mines just waiting to explode and blow you to bits.

And yet, I am somehow grateful for the experiences that came my way in 2012. I learned a lot about who I am and about how I want to live out the rest of my days. 2013 will  find me making  important decisions that will  not only affect my life, but will probably affect the lives of many around me. I can't change this. I could be making the biggest mistake of my life, but when you are nearing the end of that expectancy, what the hell do you really have to lose? Unfortunately, I went to that mountain top and I haven't been the same since. I have to find my way back down. I have to find out where I really belong. The air up there was rather thin. I need to breathe again.

Please be kind, loving and patient throughout 2013. Not everything is what it appears to be and every mirror is probably a dangerous, magical looking glass...walk through it if you dare. Be cautious. Don't fill yourself with fantasies unless you are prepared to have some rude awakenings. If you are comfortable with your life as it is or maybe you have just settled and drawn down the window blinds, I envy you. For me, I pray there are greater things just over the horizon, just beyond my reach. I've always been a daredevil. I have to keep hope alive.

2013 will find me concentrating on ME! I am writer, an actress and model, and all around interesting person! I want to concentrate on my blogging skills and photography. I know you I will try really hard to keep everything interesting and I hope you enjoy my efforts. Thanks so much and have a great New year!

Thank you all for an amazing 2012 and I look forward to a dream-come-true 2013.

Mayan Universal Butterfly - Hunab Ku















Thursday, December 27, 2012

MY DETROIT HOME RANDOM CHRISTMAS PICTURES 2012...if I can do this so can you!

JUST A VIEW OF THE HEART OF THE HOUSE, THE DINING ROOM.
USING SPACE TO CREATE AN INVITING BAR AREA.

Welcome to my new and expanded blog GHETTO HOMES and GARDENS-DETROIT LIVING. I will be focusing on the beautification of Detroit starting with our residential homes and gardens! I can't wait to share my view of  Detroit with you! Thanks so much for joining me! If you have any pictures you'd like to share of  YOUR Detroit restorations, I'd love to see them and share them with the world! My plan is to utilize all of my friends in my immediate area that have historic and/or old homes and buildings and then spread out all over the Metro D, taking photos and notes and publishing them here! This first blog is just using a few personal photographs of my house to wrap up my 2012 Christmas season. In the future, I promise to give you your money's worth with  great seasonal interior and exterior photos and editorial content as well! 

I am not totally computer/blog savvy and I will be looking to hire some help to clean up this blog site and make it really cool! Thanks for stopping by. Peace.

SMALL, NARROW FAKE TREE FROM VALUE WORLD!
REALLY CHEAP GIFTS LOOK PRETTY!
I DID RED AND WHITE...ALWAYS BE "THEMATIC"

OUR TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DAY BREAKFAST!
TOASTED EVERYTHING BAGELS, LOX,  'SMEAR, BUTTER,
RED ONIONS, CUKES AND CHOPPED LIVER!



FINAL BATCH OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES.
I GAVE A LOT OF THEM AWAY AS GIFTS!
14 POUND SAGE RUBBED TURKEY
STUFFED AND READY FOR OVEN


GREEN BEEN CASSEROLE! YUM!

NICE TURKEY, MICHELE. THANKS.
COOKIE SHOPPING! NOT CHEAP!

$30 WORTH OF COOKIE INGREDIENTS!

COOKIE PREP




CARL ADDS THE FINISHING TOUCH!

TOLL HOUSE! MMMMM!

INTO THE OVEN! 375 DEGREES!

PERFECT!

BEFORE THE COOKING DESTRUCTION SETS IN!
WE DID THIS KITCHEN OURSELVES ON THE CHEAP
FROM HOME DEPOT! APPLIANCES FROM CRAIG'S LIST!

JUST LOVE MY MANTLE! I CHANGE IT UP EVERY MONTH

CHRISTMAS EVE APPETIZERS-CRAB LEGS, SCALLOPS
WRAPPED IN BACON AND MUNCHIES!

TURKEY "MUST" IS A ROASTER BAG!

THESE TWO  WATCHED TV WHILE I MADE A THREE
COURSE TURKEY DINNER WITH ALL
THE TRIMMINGS MAGICALLY APPEAR!


CARA SAID, AND I QUOTE," I TURNED AROUND
AND THERE WAS FOOD ON THE TABLE!"

THE TABLE

FINALLY, I GET A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE!

I DO THE DOMESTIC THING AT
LEAST THREE TIMES A YEAR!

HAND PAINTED CHAMPAGNE GLASSES
BY JULIE FOURNIER

REALLY NICE CHAMPAGNE THAT DAVE GULEWICH BROUGHT!

SCRAPS. I MUST OF HAD BUZZARDS OVER FOR DINNER!

CARA AT MY SISTER'S LATER IN THE EVENING.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE CELEBRATED MY
GODSON'S  21ST BIRTHDAY!
CHRISTMAS DAY BABY!

ME IN THE "BIG  SNOW STORM!
THANKS FOR SHARING MY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY 2012!  
I PROMISE TO BE A LOT MORE REGULAR 
WITH MY BLOGGING.

LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU IN 2013

Saturday, November 17, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT...a beautiful thing!


The beauty and splendor of a giant Christmas Tree!
Photos by Michele




The Christmas holiday season in Detroit got off to an amazing start on Friday, November 16, 2012, with the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree. The City of Detroit, along with Integrity Productions, transformed Campus Martius into a happy winter wonderland. As your official "Barometer of Fun", I gave you all plenty of advance notice to come downtown and join in on the festivities! Well, I missed most of you, but the thousands of people who DID make the effort were treated to a special kind of Detroit love! Please read the link below for a full recap and a video.



As a rule, Christmas tends to bring out the best in people anyway. Detroit is a city that is generally not high on the fun barometer, but it is now. Every square inch of the downtown is literally covered in twinkly lights...the trees, the facades of the buildings, even the sidewalks are stenciled with giant snowflakes! We have a band shell and an ice skating rink! Live music is scheduled to play all weekend, both inside the festivity tents and out. There are dozens of REAL Christmas trees all decorated and everything else is trimmed in boughs of REAL holly or wrapped up as gifts! The downtown is spotless and everyone is being NICE to each other!
So sweet!


Our band shell.






The signage was amazing!

 I want to emphasize that Integrity Productions is an event promoter and they really went out of their way to make sure Christmas Wonderfest Detroit exceeded expectations...and it did! From the show lay-out to the cooperation of security and the treatment of the artists participating in the Marketplace, everything was perfect! Every area of the tents where people congregated for music, food or the full service bar was comfortably heated.  I want to extend a special thank you to them, and to my friend ROBERT STANZLER from DETROIT MERCANTILE, who invited us to be a part of this show. We made a ton of money and had fun doing it...and trust me, I KNOW fun! This is nice, clean fun suitable for hipsters and families, and hipsters WITH families! Young or old or somewhere in the middle. And it's pretty much all FREE!


The Marketplace!
The food and cocktails and music booth!
 The Kaleidos performed all night!
If you have the opportunity, try and make it down to Campus Martius this weekend or next. And don't forget that on Thursday, November 22nd...Santa Claus comes to town! Please check for more information on hours for the Marketplace in the link below.
The artist marketplace rocked!
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

KROGER IN THE VILLAGE...grocery shopping at its finest.

KROGER
16919 KERCHEVAL,
THE VILLAGE (GROSSE POINT, MI)

 If you have read any of my blogs over the past year you may have noticed my infatuation with fancy grocery stores! As long as I have to take part in the mundane task of buying groceries, my logic is that I may as well have fun doing it. I've shopped in grocery stores all over the country from Los Angeles to New York City. From South Florida to Franklin, Tennessee! Lovely locations with plenty of attractive stores. All I wanted was that my local grocery shopping possibilities would be on par with the rest of them. Other than my shabby, over-priced neighborhood store, I was forced to drive almost 40 minutes north to the nearest "nice" Kroger in Troy, or maybe 30 minutes west to Dearborn; neither of which were all that great for my grocery shopping experience. Mediocre at best! But I met this guy and he told me all about this wonderful new Kroger store in a place called The Village in Grosse Pointe, only 15 minutes away from my house!  I took his suggestion and it was a huge surprise: grocery shopping at The Kroger store in The Village Grosse Pointe is like grocery shopping in a scene from a fairy tale where I am the beautiful princess! Finding this Kroger store was one of the best things to happen to me in the twelve years that I've been grocery shopping in the metro Detroit. 


Located on a pristine block in a magical little town, the Village Kroger is about as convenient as you can get. I easily access the I-94 freeway heading east from downtown Detroit and after several exits, I'm in the parking lot ready to go inside and shop! Once inside, you will be delighted in how clean and bright and shiny everything is there. I like to call it a "boutique" Kroger! Each department is neatly arranged and kept well-stocked and spotless and they actually have real humans working there.  You can  find someone to help you when you need them and they seem to like their jobs! It's not a HUGE Kroger store, but I don't usually need to buy that much food. The food I do buy is usually fresh or gourmet stuff and they have plenty of that on hand! Even their FREE SAMPLES are amazing! I brought my husband, Carl, along with me this time and he devoured a yummy piece of cake on a stick while standing dutifully guarding my cart!
Sample of cake for Carl!


I'm a princess. This is my princess Kroger store.

Really clean and shiny!

We bought the crab legs AND the crab cakes!

I just love this place.

 Don't get mad at me, but I can behave like a complete snob when I want to! In fact, shopping at this Kroger is a lot like shopping on Rodeo Drive! Fabulous people driving expensive cars buying only the best! You can sense from this clientele that price is no object. It also appeared to me that some people actually got "dressed up" to shop here! I liked it. Even if I don't actually fit that lifestyle, for a few brief moments I could PRETEND that I did! The ability to escape is a great coping mechanism and I have fun doing it. Then, when it's all done, I load my groceries into my make believe classic Jaguar and it's back home to my make believe McMansion on make-believe Lakeshore Drive! Of course my reality is the complete opposite, but at least my 'fridge is stuffed with crab cakes, chicken salad, olives from the olive bar, fresh fruit and flowers. Yum! There is even a Starbucks right across the street from this Kroger and you can go there first and sip your latte as you shop! If you are ever having grocery shopping anxiety and need a break from the usual crappy stores you are accustomed to, hurry over to The Village Kroger on Kercheval, just a little east Cadieux! Maybe I'll see you there! You know what they say, "retail" is the best therapy. In my case it's a pretty grocery store!

In conclusion, you can read all the reviews you want to about this divine little star in the grocery store galaxy in the link below! Check out YELP! 



This is Mary and I.
She was my really nice grocery check-out person.














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