Friday, January 9, 2009


Baltimore's own Big Bird. Imagine the shadow this would cast flying overhead. Her nest resides five floors up at the American Visionary Arts Museum. I wonder if she has any eggs up there!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Day four, and still on track. For me that is a miracle. I have great motivation this year. We will have a wedding in September and my brother and I are going to Ireland mid year. Two events I want to attend 30 lbs. lighter. So far, so good. My son gave me "The Biggest Loser"(my request) for Christmas and I am following their guidance. I have never had so many fruits and vegetables, nor consumed so much water. Wish me luck and check back for progress.

Friday, January 2, 2009


There is a delightfully quirky, blue-collar neighboorhood in Baltimore called Hamden. It is most famous for two events: The hon festival(think John Waters' Hairspray) and our own Miracle on 34th Street. An entire block of row houses lights up the sky. Each house is decorated in it's own unique style. Vendors sell food and hot chocolate. It is definitely on the Baltimore to-do-list each Christmas season.A constant stream of cars moves down the street and the lines of people being welcomed by the neighborhood grows each year.
You have normal Chistmas lights and then you have the lawn ornaments made from recycled tools in the shape of a crab of course. They even included the Old Bay.

And who can forget the LP tree. Hamden is known for its pink flamingos. If you look closely you may find some on this fishnet tree.
There are favorite Christmas characters...
along with old wheel snowmen.
This house is showing it's Raven-mania! The beer angel and crab tree was a big hit.
But my favorite and my contribution to weird object Friday is the hubcap tree.
It is a sight not to be missed, hon!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Sometimes things just get in the way of good intentions. But I am glad I am back to blogging. I think it is good therapy and a great way to stay in touch with family and friends far away. We were blessed with a great holiday season. We had a wonderful time at parties-both with family, friends and co-workers.
It started at my brothers..

....and then onto co-workersand continued with more family traditionsMy cousin, Pat, always has an open house for the entire family. Although usually celebrated Christmas Eve, she has it the Sunday before Christmas and follows the other Wigilia traditions. My daughter was thrilled when she found the most perfect gift for her great uncle, Bernard. He is 88 and still ushers at the Basilica. It was an inside look at the Vatican.
..only she realized she didn't remember that wrapping paper. Turns out my sister-in-law thought it was perfect for Bernard also.Christmas morning was spent with my children. Niki and her Bailey.
Sean came home from Austin. The best gift of all.
And speaking of good gifts. Those of you who have followed weird object Friday know that my husbands collects coffee companions. He loves facial mugs. Does this one remind you of anyone?
And the dogs loved all their presents--but, they loved unwrapping them the best. I had a wonderful holiday and have such hope for the New Year. I am blessed with a great husband, kids I am proud of, a brother who is my close friend, older brothers that I love, and friends who support me. I thank you all for sharing this past year with me and hope in 2009 we all see peace and prosperity.