Saturday, August 31, 2013

Random Saturday Musings

Happy Last Day of August!

Lots to talk about this week!  I had a great trip to Saint John yesterday, but that is a post for another day!

1) Mickey Drexler to guest-star on Breaking Bad

I'm sure you saw this news item last week, when our fearless leader had his moment of TV fame.

Oh this got me to thinking and you know that me thinking is a scary thing.. I started to think of other TV shows where Mickey could guest star and have my own list:

Downton Abbey


 Mickey is the Merchant Prince, come to prey upon the recently widowed Lady Mary, hoping to gain access to the family fortune and launch his new Downton Drexler Fashion House, replete with black leather pants and crushed velvet caps.  Say no Lady Mary, say no!

 How I Met Your Mother

Finally, in the season's final year, we meet who Ted Mosby marries.  Only the thing is, it's the 21st century and "mother" is what the kids have affectionately chosen to call their second dad, Mickey...


Game of Thrones


Daenyrus needs one last ally if she is to take the iron throne.  As she crosses the channel towards Kings Landing, she comes across another ship, carrying the Merchant Prince, who offers her a nice sequin jacket to cover her up if he can take 10% of looting profits  when they get there.  Daenyrys, wooed by cheap fashion in bright colours, agrees...

Oh there are more possibilities, but Mickey has to get back to work, since, as you recall, he has promised to take the brand back to its roots this fall, which I can see already..

2) Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke

I am not going to add much more to the conversation except to say there were 2 people on that stage and one of them was a grown-ass man.  How far we have come if we continue to only point out what the woman did..

3) Freshmen (Frosh) Week

My son starts Frosh week today.  It seems like only yesterday that I was at my Frosh Week and it has proven surprising to me to realize that was 32 years ago!!!!  Some of you who read this blog aren't 32.  I think I need to lay down...

4) Kate does her first post-birth public appearance

You know I love Kate.  She is perfection in my eyes. 


She told one of the folks that she was anxious to get walking again and "get back in shape".  I am going to send her a note.  It has been 18 years since I had my last child and I still don't look like that.  Do you think she will take me walking with her, cause the walking with Barry doesn't seem to be hacking it....

and finally...

5) this man is about to go back on the market... just sayin'...

He has a nice house in Bermuda....

Hope you have a great day and enjoyed this particularly frothy version of Random Saturday Musings... Stay Safe out there!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Miller Time Friday - Cultural Outings and a Birthday Shout outs!

Hi all!

Thanks for the great advice yesterday!  You won't hear from me today till around supper time as we are going on a day trip.

Lots to talk about!

Yesterday, one of my best buddies, G, and I  decided that we needed a little cultural outing.  G has recently retired herself and while my creative outlet is writing, she is turning out to be quite an accomplished artist!  So neat when people find outlets for their creativity!

Anyway - we did the real ladies who lunch thing - we went out to the local hotel, drank Pinot Grigio with our greek salads and then headed next door to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

If you ever find yourself in Fredericton - this is the place to go.  Dali rubs elbows with Lucien Freud (but check in advance as they are currently on tour - kind of sounds like they are a rock band, doesn't it?), and with Turner and others.


The Gallery was a gift to the province by Lord Beaverbrook, New Brunswick's most famous son and a Fleet St. Baron and confidante of Churchill.  He had the gallery built on the banks of the St. John River, then personally set about to acquire pieces that would make it world class.

There was a wonderful exhibition featuring Canadian painter John Ward.  Called Meditation-Transition, it was a visual treat.

 We spent 2 hours knocking about, really enjoying the art and the joy that one can have with a good friend when neither of you are experts but you love what you see!

We took a couple of selfies in the car when I dropped her off!

Can you tell we have fun?  and how pretty is she?  She visits here every day and has yet to comment so you ought to send her a shout out!  Hey G!  Great day yesterday!

We have decided we need to do this kind of cultural thing on a regular basis.  Of course, where we live that is more difficult, but not impossible!  And if we can't find it, we can always make it up!


Today is Laura's Birthday, she of the wonderful blog Pieces of Love.  Happy Happy Day Laura! 

I am blatantly stealing a picture of Laura from her own blog as I think it is one of the loveliest photos of a bride I have ever seen:


Laura is not the only person I know having a birthday today - Indy, the Wonder Dog is 13!!!  That can mean only one thing - a bar mitzvah!  I have never been to a bar mitzvah but I think it is THE best religious and cultural approach to entering one's teens.  I am not sure Indy would notice if we had one, alas...

He looks kind of noble, doesn't he????  Happy Birthday to Momma's Boy! (and yes, that is how I talk to him...)

In honour of culture and birthdays we need a lovely cocktail, don't we?  Dani is back so we'll meet on her front porch as the sun begins to set over the yard arm (whenever that is!)

Painter's Delight

Pour gin, curacao, pernod and lemon juice into a highball glass over ice cubes. Fill with soda water, stir, and serve.

I can just see G, Laura and Indy sharing one now... Bottoms up all and CHEERS!!!

Have a happy Friday and Stay Safe out there!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

j Crew New Arrivals Reviews + Pics of the dress I bought from the local designer

Hi everyone,

As soon as I finished my post on the transition to fall - my new arrival from J Crew arrived.

While I don't have quite as personal a relationship as Dani does with her UPS man, I think mine is becoming fond of me...

If you recall in this post, I ordered a few things to try from the new J Crew rollout. 

Patch-pocket pencil skirt
Collection cashmere V-neck sweater
Monk strap loafers

Before I start the reviews I have to say: these were all lovely items.  I didn't have one of my "WTF, J CREW!"  The workmanship was lovely on all of them, so thumbs up for that alone!

Where to begin?

Let's go with the shoes...

IRL these are less barn red than a pinot noir which you can't even really tell here, where they still have a decidedly brownish tinge.  They do not...

I sized up to a 7 at the recommendation of the VPS.  That was not a mistake from the toebox's perspective, but I kept walking out of the heels, even after putting on heavy socks.  I could exchange for a 6.5, but then I think the toe box would be tight.  A $350 shoe (even one on sale) does not qualify in my books for a heel insert.  I just don't love it enough for the price, so back it goes...

I am still thinking that these might be replaced by these below, but am reserving judgement as I am going to a bigger city on Friday with real shoe shops..

I know - they look like something Robin Thicke would wear with his black and white striped shirt.. but still...

Next on the list is the grey skirt.

Coming out of the box, this was a beauty:

The back of the skirt

So let's talk about it on:


sorry for the blur....

The issue is this - I don't think it makes me look any more fleshy than I already look... And I do like the fun aspect of the patch pockets on front (I know, I am quirky).  However, there is some debate about the sides as I am so straight up and down.  If I took it in along the sides the patch pockets would basically be right at the edge of the skirt as you can see below...

 I actually really liked this skirt.  I think it would look swell with boots and a sweater and jean jacket or dressed up with a blazer.  But the sides and the front - would love some opinions...

Resolution - sleeping on this one...

 The final item is the cashmere V-neck in pale pink, one of my fall colours.  It is the loveliest pale shade of pink.  The cashmere felt very nice, I must say, and I wasn't necessarily expecting it to feel that nice.

 I sized up one as I like my v's slouchy, whereas I like my cardigans to fit closer.


 I gotta say - I love this colour.... Love, love, love.  I have the pink floral scarf and the pink and grey botanical t on order as well.  This was definitely a keeper!

I thought you might be interested in the pale pink colour vis-à-vis other recent JC pinks - the light nectar on the left and the heather coral on the right.

Finally, a picture of the dress I bought at the little shop downtown.  This is a lot of dress, re: pattern, but is super soft jersey and will be perfect for wearing with leggings for around the house and when I am writing...And it was inexpensive and I wanted to support the young designer..

So there you go!  An honest-to-god review post.  Hope that helps some folks!  I do wish the shoes had worked, but I am staying true to my word about only keeping what I love and which is flattering.  I think the skirt will likely go back as well for that very reason and I will keep looking for an aline, which is what I probably need.

What do you think?  Hope you have a great day and stay safe out there!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Style Wednesday - Seasonal Transitions

It is the last Wednesday of August.  For me, that basically means that summer is over.

But of course it is not.

It was 27 degrees Celsius here yesterday.  I have checked the environment Canada app on my iPad, and it looks like it is actually going to be quite lovely for the foreseeable future. 

That is always a bit of a conundrum to me. 

The problem is two-fold: 

1) The Media has told me it is fall

I have seen the fall offerings.  Some, if they work, will even find their way into my closet.  I feel ready to strut about in fall clothes.  This is a back-to-school thing, when your mother would buy you a new outfit for the first day of school and you were anxious to show it off right away.

It seems to me that this year, the media is in even more of a frenzy, although I cheerfully acknowledge that this may be because I have more time to stumble upon these things. 

It used to seem to me that the fashion insiders would tell us "THE 5 THINGS YOU NEED THIS FALL!", so imagine my surprise when Refinery 29 tells me that there are in fact 30 "wardrobe essentials" I need to be fashionable this fall!

I am a curious creature by nature and of course I had to click and see and then share with you all:

1) a graphic pullover (oh that seems so JCrew and F21 Spring 2013 to me...)
2) the boxy jacket - hmm - I looked at the picture and it is a peacoat.  I love how you can call the same thing something different and talk people into buying it..
3) The modern combat boot
4) The granddaddy sweater (see #2)  I am all boyfriended out...
5) The Smockdress - not going to happen.  When I dress like a 5 year old I look remarkably like Little Edie Beale...
6) The patterned pencil skirt - huh? this is new?
7) The quirky sneaker...
8) The nubby sweater - trust me, this is only essential if you are not an E cup and short...
9) The Annie Hall trouser - gee that's new...
10) The menswear watch - ditto
11) The not-so-classic loafer - ditto
12) The embellished belt
13) The showpiece coat
14)  The Ladylike full skirt
15) The colourful sock
16) The silk scarf
17) The evil eye bracelet
18) the tuxedo-style blazer
19) The expertly ripped jean
20) The leather sweatpant - NEVER going to happen...

21) The oversize clutch
22) The trumpet skirt
23) the semi-sheer button down
24) The colored bag
25) The knee high boot
26) The peasant dress
27) The cropped black trouser
28) The menswear jacket
29) The brimmed hat
30) The far out cat eye sunglass

Is it just me, or is this the lamest list?  Of course many of us have many of these items in our closet anyway, but this is the silliest thing I have seen in a long time...I have never really been on the Refinery 29 site and now I know why...

The great thing about this list is that it is making me want to avoid fall like the plague....

and my second problem related to transitioning to fall fashion:

2) is it just me or does it seem or feel odd to wear summer clothing in September?

I know this is not the case for my friends in the south, who face this issue constantly.  But it always feels a little odd to have summer sandals or a summer dress on in September.  I am sure this is related to the impact of the media as noted in point #1.  It is also a by-product of warmer autumns - when I was a kid it would get cool quite early in September and we never had to face wearing our summer clothes well into the fall. 

I doubt I will dig out any of my fall things any time soon.  Of course this may give me an opportunity to finally wear my linen button-downs...

How about you?  Are you thinking of the transition into the fall?  How do you do it - any tricks you want to share?

And most importantly: are any of you buying leather sweatpants?????

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I have a dream....

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech by Dr. Martin Luther King.

I was alive in 1963, but was still in the bassinette.

Still, the speech was one of the most profound documents of my school years, the modern day equivalent of the Gettysburg Address and studied as such.

I grew up in a small town in Canada.  There were no black people in that little town and because of that, I didn't have my first black friend until I moved to the city in my teen years.

But we studied that speech in that little town, we learned about the civil rights movement, we followed the unfolding unrest in the U.S. as if it was happening in our own backyard.  Which, in effect, it was.  We saw black men and women and children struggling on the evening news every night, even as we became friends with the black performers on our favourite TV shows in the evening: Diahann Carroll in Julia, Flip Wilson, Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek, Bill Cosby in I-Spy, to name a few.

Much has happened since 1963, and for the better.  Much still needs to be done.

The first time I saw footage of Dr. King making this speech, I had goose bumps.  I watched it again this morning, for the umpteenth time, and got them again.  I get them every time.  There are some universal truths that can never be told too many times.  The tenets of the speech may have been written for the cause Dr. King championed, but they are equally applicable to Syria, Egypt, Gay Rights (insert your own human rights cause here). 

When people rise to their times, when people speak their truths, when people have the courage of their convictions, well we all just benefit.

It is worth it to take a moment to read the text of this speech or watch the video.  Dr. King had a dream; it is us that must continue to work to bring that dream to life...

The video:


The speech:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight;
"and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!
                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3
Have a wonderful day and as always - stay safe out there!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Updates: Bedding and Tulle Skirts

Hi everyone!

Little slow getting off the mark today - had to take one of the cars into the shop for servicing, went for a walk and then worked on book, so am just catching up now!

Thanks for all of the great advice on tulle skirts!

I am still somewhat on the fence at least as far as that skirt from Anthro goes.  I read a review of a skirt that is markedly similar over at Effortless Anthropologie and it has scared me off a little bit by the threat of perhaps coming off as Scarlett O'Hara at Tara as opposed to Wendy of the Woods (I do need to give my house some kind of name a la Fred and Flintstone Manor...

I have been eying this cheaper version over at Modcloth which may not be quite as dramatic a pouf...

Going Tulle Be Lovely Skirt in Gold

For the price, it may be a fun way to dip my toes into the tulle pond without drowning in my excess....

But as with all things these days, I am sleeping on it....

I thought I would also give you a little update on the bedding situation.  Remember this post?

I did a lot of soul-searching.  I also consulted my husband. This may come as a surprise to you and to him...

In the end, we opted for a white linen duvet cover from Pottery Barn with white silk trim.  We have a lot of colour in the room already and decided that we would get our colour from throws and extra quilts on the bed.

From the Pottery Barn Website:

And on our bed:

you can just see the silk trim here...
The Indy blanket...
The linen is a lovely weight and felt almost identical to that of the Au Lit linen swatch I received in the mail. 

I took xoxo's advice and we opted for a silk duvet for summer and will purchase a good quality heavier down-filled one in late October.

Eventually, this coverlet from Eileen Fisher will also be in my repertoire...

Eileen Fisher Seasonless Silk Comforter & Throw

..but alas, not this year! :-)

We love the silk weight duvet for this time of year (though I must admit to kicking it off at least once a night - welcome hot flashes - I have been waiting for you!).

We are undecided about whether or not we want shams.  We had them with our old bedding, but we are thinking not - it just becomes more pillows to toss.  However, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time!  We laundered the old set and have donated it.

Hope you all had great weekends!  It is dreary here today and I have a meeting at the university (not related to my children) so am wearing the red dress!  Have a great day and stay safe out there!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday - some inspiration, some pure unabashadly shallow nattering...

Happy Sunday!
Our dinner last night was not only yummy, but so much fun.  The couple I had mentioned were great hosts, but mostly the night was great because they were so funny.  I must have laughed until I cried several times and what more can you want out of an evening than that?

Besides that loveliness, we can start with a little inspiration...

Thursday evening, Barry and I went to the Opening Ceremonies of the New Brunswick Special Olympics.

The Ceremony was as inspiring as you would imagine it would be: watching the athletes marching in, their whole beings vibrating with excitement, made me completely, utterly, awe-struck.


The Special Olympics oath is: let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

The young woman in the wheelchair who was to read the oath at the opening ceremonies was so overcome with emotion that she could not do so.   With the help of an aide and the crowd, it was read and if there was a dry eye in the crowd, I didn't see it.  Congratulations to the athletes, the organizers and all of the friends, families and volunteers.  Well done!

My second thing of inspiration is from something I heard this week.  I have been going through the second 21 Day meditation challenge with Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey (you know I love me some Deepak).   I loved the first one on Perfect Health so much that I bought it and I continue to meditate daily.  This current challenge is about Relationships and as always with Deepak you have more than a few a-ha! moments.

Mine was earlier this week in the meditation on effective and truthful communication.  Deepak advised that before we speak (or write!) that we ask ourselves four questions:

1) Is what I am about to say true?
2) Is what I am about to say kind?
3) Is what I am about to say necessary?
4) Does what I am about to say improve upon the silence?

Pretty profound, huh?

Now, I don't know if everything that comes out of our mouths needs to go through the above filter, but I have been using these 4 questions A LOT in my interactions with others.

Even stopping to ask yourself the questions is often enough to avoid saying something that could hurt you or the person you are speaking to.  It is quite profound.

I have been trying to follow this in my comments and on my own and others' blogs.  I think writing our comments can be a powerful tool, but our words can also be easily misconstrued or hurtful if we are not careful and I have seen many cases where people gave their opinion where none was really required or sought.  I am sure I have been guilty of that myself.  I have even had my own feelings hurt by someone telling me that they didn't like something that I obviously did.  I remind myself constantly now that just because something may be true for me, doesn't mean that others will find it either kind or necessary for me to share.  I am a work in progress, but I thought these were such profound questions to ask ourselves that they are worth sharing!  Maybe you already know them and have been practising them all along.  I think I have always followed them to a great extent, but this is helpful.

I try to make this blog a positive, safe place for all who drop by, since there is enough angst as it is...

Now to the shallow nattering.....

This I do want some help with...But remember the kindness...:-)

I have always wanted a tulle skirt.

Am I too old to rock this?  too short? 

Aurelie Tulle Skirt from Anthropologie

I can so see it with this top...or my jean jacket or my leather jacket...

Texture Twist Pullover #anthropologie

I am crazy about these Anthro pieces...  If I buy it, I would have to wear it - it could not be an aspirational dressing piece...What do you think??????  All thoughts, kindly put, are WELCOME!  I always trust you guys!

Well that is my Sunday!  Have a beautiful one and stay safe out there!