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