Rosa's World

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Hi There!

Some of you may have noticed the bru-ha-ha on the media in the past few years about how you're now greeted at stores and in public areas with a "Happy Holiday" rather than a "Merry Christmas.

Apparently, somebody or somebodies mentioned that they were offended with the employees' "Merry Christmas" and, just like Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling, merchants went into panic mode and now their employees must greet us with the non-offending "Happy Holidays".

Mind you, I live in a small city but not ONCE have I ever offended anyone with my cheerful "Merry Christmas", while I'm shopping.

If I were to visit Jewish friends, I certainly would NOT be offended if they wished me Happy Hanukkah nor would I be insulted if I were not offered any food while visiting my Muslim friends during Ramadan.  I try to understand and accept.  To each his or her own, right?

Now... here's my rant.

If... and this is a big IF... this is true.... that there are people out there that are offended with the "Merry Christmas".... and they've asked the stores to stop saying it.... 

Then WHY are there still Christmas decorations all over the darn stores?!?!??!?

Oh... and let's not forget ALL the Christmas music blaring throughout the stores.... in hopes that it puts the customers in a "Christmas Spirit".... AKA open up your wallet and buy, buy, BUY!

If the merchants are so worried about offending people, then why have the Christmas decorations and Christmas music remained?

Because they understand marketing.

That's why.

And, on that note, I will wish you all a "Merry Christmas"!!!

A gal who happens to LOVE Christmas decorations and Christmas music.

Friday, November 20, 2015

How I Create

Hi There!

I'm sure everyone creates in their own way.

Me, I start with an idea.

Sleep on it.

Wake up to the idea.

Go to work and think about the idea.

Repeat this a couple, consecutive days and finally, I put "idea" down on paper.

Hoping to pick up some different kinds of "whites" .... hopefully some whites with tiny, almost invisible snow flakes tomorrow, when I go down to Mardens, in Calais, Maine.

This piece will be called "My Snow Family". 

From the top, there's Mom and Dad.  Dad will have shimmery, snowish colored Angel wings and maybe a plaid vest.

Down below them, will be me, hubby and my 2 boys.  They're skiing down the hill.

On the next hill, is my sister, Tina and her hubby and their daughter.  Haven't figured out what my niece will be doing but she'll be doing something.

And, at the bottom of the hill is my sister, Sylvie, her hubby and their 3 children.  The kids are sliding down the hill.

My next step?  Dig through my stash and pick up the appropriate different "snow" fabric.

After that?  Figure out the finished size I want, grab some newspaper, scotch tape pieces, if necessary to make it the required finished size.  Once I have the correct size on (news) paper, then I take a pencil and draw what I want on the newspaper.  Once THAT is done, I take a black marker and re-draw over the pencil lines.

I start with a background fabric and start layering the different "snow hills".  Machine applique those "snow hills" and then, start appliqueing the houses and snow people.

Easy smeasy!  But, time consuming.  And most certainly fun!


I'll try and post some progress pictures.

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Oh Paris! My heart and soul aches for you....

My heart and soul are aching....

YES, I know that I can step outside and get shot down by a nutbar.

YES, I know that nutbars can be anywhere and everywhere.

YES, I know I'm not to let these terrorists win. By putting "terror" in my heart and soul, they win.

And YES, my heart is truly saddened by what has happened in France.

But, nevertheless, last month, I told hubby that I was removing a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France off of my Bucket List. I don't think I would feel safe there, anymore.

And my heart and soul ached when I shared with him, these thoughts.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Gorgeous Morning!

Hi There!

Beautiful sunshine!

We managed to sleep in, for another hour....  And nice warm coffee to start my morning.

Today's gonna be a great day!  I can feel it on the back of my throat where the taste of coffee is still lingering and in the bottom of my tummy - that delicious brew has settled in, nicely. 

Some people drink coffee and have to chew gum or brush their teeth because they now have "Coffee Breath".  I say, "Perish that thought!  Bring it on!"   LOL!!!!

Have a great day, everyone!  If you happen to smell coffee breath on me, smile and know that I am happy. 

*chuckling over here*



Sunday, August 24, 2014

(Mostly) Veggies + 13 Days = 10 lbs!

Hi There!

How'm I doin', you might be askin' yourself....

Well, most days, I stick with the veggies.  These past 3 days ....  I've been slowly sliding off the wagon.

Today's my day off. 

I've got laundry goin', this morning.

This afternoon, dishes.  PLUS, I'm hoping to do some cooking and meal prep.  I'm back at work tomorrow, for the rest of the week.

I've noticed that when I haven't planned ahead of time and I have no food with me - GOD FORBID I SHOULD STARVE.... that's when my brain and Mr. Belly get together and they start talkin' pizzas and subs and... well, you know what I mean.  :-)

Planning and prepping is the secret to getting and staying healthy, I believe.

Gotta run!  Final laundry load - #4 - is ready for action!

Have a Super Sunday!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weigh-In: Week #1

Hi There!

Progress Report - Week #1

I've basically stopped juicing.  Either my cousin's (borrowed) machine is just so-so or I'm too frugal.

I could spend $100 to $300 to try and purchase the right machine for me, but will this make me happy?  Not Sure.  And I'll tell you why.

I'd like a machine that would give me a dry pulp.  I've done a wee bit of research on juicers and read people's comments and there doesn't seem to be the perfect juicer, out there.  You know?  Dry pulp AND easy clean-up.

Did I mention I was frugal?

I think I'd rather eat the fiber and pulp, for now.  I've convinced myself that its better for me AND I'll still loose weight while getting healthier.  AND, since I'm eating ALL of the vegetable or fruit, I fill up better and cheaper than just drinking a glass of juice.

And compared to the cah-zillion calories I used to inhale in a day, the mere nano-thousands calories I'm NOW eating... well, those pounds are just rolling off.   :-)

I've lost 8 nasty pounds, in 1 week!  

Pretty darn good, eh?  Normally, I'd have given up after 2 or 3 days.

8 pounds of butter.
An 8 pound baby.
Almost a bowling ball weight.
Almost a 10 lb bag of potatoes.

Imagine carrying around, day after day, any one of the above items?

Sooooo, this is Rosa's World, right now.  Looking for a full time permanent job.  I know the right one's just around the corner.... just gotta find it and convince the employer that I'm perfect for the job!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

How Zit Goin'?

Hi There!

Well, yesterday was my first day of "Juicing".

Breakfast was DELICIOUS!!!

Lunch wasn't so good.  No, I'm not blaming it on the food but rather on the juicing machine, itself.

I was supposed to have 3 heads of broccoli, 2 pears and 2 stalks of celery, right?  Well, I started with the 3 heads of broccoli.  While the pulp container was almost full, when finished, I might have had 1/2 cup of juice?  And, the pulp was VERY wet.

Soooo, as per internet instructions, I scooped up the pulp to pass it through, once again.  It jammed it!  What a mess!!!  Gritty broccoli stuff all over!!! And I'm thinking, "Gosh!  What a waste of good broccoli!!!"

When I did the 2 pears, I only got 1 tablespoon of juice... which didn't make sense at all!

Soooo, drank my cup of juice and when I cleaned up the machine, I saw a lot of pear juice had pooled INSIDE one of the parts of the machine!

Afternoon, I ate an apple - I was STARVED!

Supper time, I eyed the machine and thought, "No, I'm too hungry and this machine isn't doing the trick for me.  Let's have a salad."

Soooo, I ate a big salad and brought 3 carrots upstairs with me, to munch in front of our TV.

And peace was restored, within Rosa's soul and belly!  :-)

Weight loss since 12 Aug. 2012?  6 lbs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Juicin' It Up!!!

Looks just as good as the recipe book!

3 apples + 2 carrots = yummy!!!

A bit tarte but delicious!  The froth actually tasted creamy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet Mr. J.

Hi There!

This week, I watched "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead".  I've been clicking and surfing on his website and I'm convinced!

I can do this!!!

Bought a whole bunch of green veggies and some fruits, this morning.

Borrowed a Juicer from my Cousin Alice, this evening, and quickly nicknamed it Mr. J.

Tomorrow morning, I'm a Juicin'!!!

My cousin, Alice, lent me her book as well.  Wasn't going to borrow it but OH MY GOD, there are easy and simple recipes in this!!!

I'm a likin' it!  :-)

Already have tomorrow's ingredients and menu lined up.  Will try and keep you all posted on my progress!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Bucket List: Visit Briggs and Little - DONE!!!

Hi There!

When we lived in Neguac and my Grandparents were still living, we had sheep. My Grandparents would send their (raw) sheeps' wool to Briggs and Little and, in the fall, my Grandmother would receive a HUGE package with skeins and skeins of yarn. It was a happy moment for her.

Today, my Mom and I visited Briggs and Little and Heather greeted us, in the shop and was sooooo nice! My Mom and I had a few nostalgic moments.  Five Stars to Briggs and Little with their "Service with a Smile" attitude and their Heather!!!

Several times, on the drive back to Saint John, I told my Mom, "Gee that Heather was nice! What a great experience!"

Anyhow, here's a picture of my Mom. She had problems with her eyes.... they'd "fill up", every now and then... as well as mine.

And, here's what I bought!

I really should explain myself.  The last time that I knitted something was probably 10 years ago and it was just "scarves".  I made a couple pairs of mittens and socks and one sweater, when I was .... hmmmm... 21(?).  That was many, many years ago.

Anyhow, I've decided to re-try my hand at this.

Will keep you all posted!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal - Evening Snack

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal:

Zelda here. My fur Mommy said that everyone on VisageAlbum - ooops... FaceBook - have to tell all THEIR friends about what they eat.

Well, I've asked my fur Mommy to post this picture of "moi", eating our favorite evening treat. Plain, roasted almonds! Yup! That's it. Plain, roasted almonds.

Fur Mommy gives me one and she takes one and then, I get one and she gets one. And on and on it goes till the 10 or so almonds disappear.

We be buddettes... Mommy and Me!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal: I'm a Sensitive Guy!

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal:

Bandit here. I'm a sensitive guy. I "feel" more than Zelda. Much more.

Yesterday morning, my fur Mommy came downstairs and I had been sick in my sleep space (AKA under the kitchen table). She cleaned it up, as is her job, of course. Tee Hee.

My fur Daddy came into the kitchen and he started to gag. He told my fur Mommy that I smelled like garbage or like something rotten! Well, they couldn't put me out since it was raining and windy outside. They couldn't give me a bath in THEIR bathtub. HELLO!!! HAVE YOU SEEN THE SIZE OF ME??? And, spraying me with some kind of perfume would not be good for my health.

Did I mention this is the first time that I had such an "aroma" about me?

My fur Mommy figured it out. We had a Category 1 Hurricane come into our city and she figures that my chakras weren't quite lined up, in my body.

Sooooo, if that's the case, let's hope that our FIRST Summer Storm will be our LAST Summer Storm, for this season, anyhow!

My chakras can't take another storm.

 Besides.... They may be asking me to move in their Baby Barn, next time.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nails By Rosa

Hi There!

I've recently gotten into Gellish nail polishes or "Soak Off" polishes.  I have the Gellish lamp and lots of polishes and stuff.

This afternoon, I picked up a few more colors. I decided to take a chance and see how the Gelaze brand works v.s. the Gellish brand. Both are "soak off" polishes. Gelaze is not as expensive AND the "foundation" coat is built in. BONUS!!!

From left to right, let me introduce to you my new colors:

Gelaze - White on White. The sales girl told me this is EXCELLENT for French Manicures. You don't need to do a 2nd coat, like the Gellish brand.

Gelaze - Re-Fresh Mint. The color is the EXACT same color as the outside of the bottle. I like that.

Gelaze - Exceptionally Gifted. My collection was lacking some nice summer colors. This one fits the bill, I believe.

Gelaze - Fairy Dust. This is a transparent, teeny, tiny, transparent and sparkly polish. To be used alone... if you don't want too much color or to be brushed onto other colors for a little "Fairy Dust" pick me uppper!

Gelaze - Shocking Pink. Once again, it looks... well... in your face.... the same color as the bottle but it can be used as an accent paint, or to make some fancy flowers.... whatever.

Kosmic Colors is just regular polish. It was on sale for $1.50 and I just LOVED the sparkly bronze colors. I can easily see on toes.

And finally, I bought a Gellish bottle, called "Izzy Wizzy, Let's Get Busy". It gives a transparent Mother of Pearl kind of look. I could easily use this as a base coat of paint for a French Manicure. I think it would look nice. 

Soooo, this is another of my artistic venues.  Right now, I'm looking for guinea pigs, to practice on.  My goal is to get good enough, someday, and work from my kitchen.

Have a Terrific Thursday!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal - Getting Royal Belly Rubs

Zelda 'n Bandit's Daily Journal:

Zelda here. Our fur Mommy left for groceries this morning, came back, put groceries away and proceeded to fill up a bag and ... well... Bandit and I figured out that she was on a mission and we were not invited.

She went on an afternoon picnic, outside, by the beach, with her friends and came back 4 hours later! It felt like FURRR-EVER!!!

We got our revenge by giving her the Sniff Test, many times over!

Afterwards, I went to see my fur Daddy, laid on my back and asked for my Royal Belly Rub. Daddy took a picture 'cause he thought I was cute.

Daddy's my new friend! At least, until its time to play or eat and at which point, I will have forgotten that Mommy abandoned us.

Tomorrow's another day....

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Backups are IMPORTANT!!!

Hi There!

I just read a post, this morning, where someone lost their cell phone and they're now desperate. Cell phone was stolen and they're now begging for their memory card from their phone, to be returned, 'cause they've lost precious pictures of their newborn child.

PLEASE PEOPLE - SAVE YOUR CELL PHONE PICTURES ONTO YOUR COMPUTER!!! Put them on SkyDrive, The Cloud, DropBox, on your computer.... ANYWHERE!!!
Before its too late.

My 25 cents worth of advice, this morning.

Have a great day!