Saturday, October 29, 2011

To Halloween or not Halloween . . .

Happy Halloween weekend!

I'm still very preoccupied with different projects going on around here . . . my blogs have been a bit neglected!

The Captain and I took off for one of our adventures on Friday to MacDill AFB.  Although we took the camera, it is was gloomy and rainy day, so we didn't take any pictures.  It was an awesome day out!  

Unless it is a very rainy day tomorrow, we plan to visit Busch Gardens to take photos of the new Cheetah exhibits.  Got the camera charged up and ready to go!

I have lots of photos that I haven't had time to go through of our past adventures through Tampa for My Florida Paradise blog posts.  There aren't enough hours in the day!

Is everyone ready for Halloween?  Any special plans?  

Would you believe that we don't have plans . . . I'm not fond of participating in the trick or treating thing at home anymore.  We've had some dubious looking characters show up around here in the past that made me a bit nervous . . . too easy for home invasions to happen.  It is a shame . . . it was one of my favorite times of the year . . . not anymore!  Times sure have changed through the years.

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall in the air

The air is cooler and the humidity is way down :)  It is an awesome time of year in Central Florida.

We are still in the midst of what I am calling fall cleaning.  Furniture has been rearranged here, there and everywhere . . . and needs to be moved again!  So we will continue until it feels right.

My computer time continues to be a fraction of what it usually is . . . it feels good to get out of my routine.  There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing" . . . my computer is a good escape from those things that are not my favorite thing.  I'm finally getting a grip on my procrastination habit!

Halloween is here, which means the holiday season has already begun.  It seems to come earlier every year.  Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky about the commercialism of it all.  The true meaning of the holidays gets more convoluted as the years go by.  

What's up in your world?


Gina's Italian Kitchen

Chicken Enchiladas


Kitchen Inspiration

Red In The Kitchen

Satin Flower Comb

Open Shelves In The Kitchen

Gathered Fabric Flower

Six Pack Carrier

Gina's Music Memories

Happy Birthday Daryl Hall

Subtropical Gardening

Fall Gardening Checklist

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rearranging my life

The Captain and I have been moving furniture around and everything is scrambled around . . . but it is progress!

Call it a phase, but I'm going through blogging boredom again.  With all that needs to be done around the house with redecorating and rearranging, I'm not going to have the extra time to spend on the computer.  So, I'm rearranging my life too and concentrate more on life away from the computer.  I'll still be blogging and participating on Entrecard and Adgetize, just not as much.

I'm really getting into making plans on painting and coming up with unique storage ideas . . . my blog LaBelladiva will be seeing more action on my own projects as well as those that peak my interest in Bloggerville.  It is what has caught my attention . . . maybe it is spring fever a couple of seasons off.

A thought occurred to me today as we were moving stuff around . . . isn't it ironic how one chore leads to another?  I've written at length at how bad of a procrastinator I am.  With all the research I have done on the subject, the one thing that came up over and over is "just do it."  Just getting the projects started is all the motivation I needed.

My next post will include a listing of new posts . . . 

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rainy days and weekends

It equates to awesome weekends with no particular thing to do . . . wonderful lazy days!

The sound of rain hitting the window awnings is one of the most wonderful, hypnotic and relaxing sounds to catch up on sleep.  There is sleep that is much like no sleep and then there is restful sleep . . . awww I feel awesome today after a weekend of napping, total relaxation and much needed restful sleep.

Regular readers of my blogs know that I love all types of creating . . . crafts, DIY, sewing, etc.  While my blog LaBelladiva mainly features these type of posts, I have started another Daily Newspaper . . . Crafting News by Gina.  I'm loving these dailies . . . they pack a lot of articles found through Bloggerville into a nicely summarized newspaper.  Click on the graphic to get the latest edition of the paper.

How was your weekend?
Did you do anything special?  

Hope it was an awesome weekend for you all!


Gina's Italian Kitchen

Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Shrimp

Peace, Love, Happiness

Great Expectations

Gina's Music Memories

No Doubt - Sunday Morning

Babyboomer Flashback

Gidget ~ The Taco Bell Dog

Subtropical Gardening

Fall Gardening

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's going on!

After all these years, I've been called for jury duty.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  For one thing, I have been disappointed with our judicial system for a very long time, and feel like it will be an enormous waste of time and way too much effort.  We'll see what happens with my new adventure . . . I would love to participate in it.  All that said . . . I'm not real happy about it since I have not been feeling well and don't know if I am even up to it.  The Wall Street protests have spread to Tampa and I will be right in the middle of it . . . ugh!

RIP Steve Jobs . . . another life taken way too soon.  His amazing contributions to technology and society in general left their mark on the world.  Who knows what could have been if he would have lived a long and healthy life . . . he will be missed.

The Wall Street protesters have started something that is growing like a rampant disease, spreading from one city to the next.  It may have started off peacefully, but this is not going to end well . . . especially now that the unions are participating.  Scary times we are living in!

What a relief that the media has finally resigned to the fact that Sarah Palin and Chris Christie will not be presidential candidates.  The media have been like a very nosy woman trying to find out a secret, rather than focusing on what is really going on.  Looking forward to Chris Christie as a presidential candidate in the future . . . love his style!

I'm almost ready to jump on the CainTrain :)  

Check out my blog, My Florida Paradise, for a series of posts featuring our adventures in Tampa.  The Captain is discovering his new home and all that it has to offer through my memories and getting out there experiencing my diverse hometown.  We have been all over the place and have only just begun!  

My series on Vintage Disney is still in the works and coming soon, but it is taking lots of time going through decades of photos.

Hope you are all smiling about something . . . peace, love and happiness to all :)


Gina's Italian Kitchen

Gina's Cuban Fried Rice

Southern Style Creamy Chicken Casserole

Chicken Empanadas

Spicy Penne Tossed with Chicken

Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers

Country Corn Casserole

Shrimp Gumbo

Mexican Skillet Rice

Peace Love Happiness

Dreams and Moral Support

Dreams and the Big Picture

Nasty Habits and Motivation

The Day The World Changed

Anything is Possible

Embrace Self-World and Self-Worth

Great Love, Wishes and Miracles

Foundation of a Great Relationship

Follow Your Bliss

Finding The Key


Crocheted Denim Rag Bag

Dish Towels That Stay Put

Be Colorful

Recycled Sweater Hats

Jar Lantern

Organize Your Spices

Vintage Inspired Dinner Roll Holder

Hanging Jewelry Holder

Recycled Butterfly Windchime

Lots of Headband Tutorials

Fabulous Frugalista

Keep Fresh Cut Flowers Fresher Longer

Organize Your Hair Accessories

Gina's Music Memories

Michael Jackson ~ This Is It

The Beatles/Paul McCartney ~ Til There Was You

Falco ~ Rock Me Amadeus

Madonna ~ Sticky and Sweet Tour

Diana Ross ~ Do You Know Where You Are Going To

My Florida Paradise

Our Fishing Adventure at Ballast Point Park ~ Tampa

Ballast Point Park ~ Tampa, Florida

Discover Tampa Through Our Eyes

Ft. DeSoto Park ~ St. Petersburg, Florida

Subtropical Gardening

Nasty Grasshoppers in the Garden

Summer Reflections