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INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR: I am decorating; I have ideas and tips and will show you!*

Vol. 4, No.13, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TITLE: “INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR: I am decorating; I have ideas and tips and will show you!*”


I’m moving. Since I’m relocating my household furniture, I’m also redecorating. You know what they say, “You learn by doing.” I knew a lot before, but I’m now learning even more.  Interior decorating is therefore on my mind.  This is why today’s book is “Decorate: 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room” [Hardcover] by Holly Becker (Author), Joanna Copestick (Author) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on home and garden.)


I’ve moved a few times in my life. Unfortunately, I was also involved in the closing of my Mom’s household after she passed away. It involves packing up, moving and then unpacking. It takes forever. Of course, we need lots and lots of cardboard boxes.

It’s also about selecting what you’re going to keep and what’s to be given away. Then it’s about making new purchases, balancing quality and value with budget. Next, it’s about merging it all together, trying to figure out what’s going to go where. It’s also about choosing the color scheme. I’m tired just writing it down.

THE AUTHOR: Holly Becker, Joanna Copestick, Debi Treloar

Holly Becker: Becker knows and thing or two about decorating. She’s the founder and editor of – it has 45,000 daily readers. She is also a columnist for Based in Europe, (Germany), she has taste.

Joanna Copestick: Copestick is passionate about decorating. She is the author of over 10 lifestyle and decor books. Living in the U.K., she also has taste.

Debi Treloar: Treloar is a photographer. Her photos have appeared in  Elle Decor, the Sunday Times, and over 30 books. Living in the U.K., she also has taste.



Holly Becker

Several are:

THE BOOK: Decorate: 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room [Hardcover] Holly Becker (Author), Joanna Copestick (Author)

This book contains decorating explanations, ideas and suggestions.  You can learn from top world designers and renowned decor experts. To name a few, there are: Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, etc. This covers every room and every budget. It’s a good How-To book. It has line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts and floor plans. There are also 500+-photos. It’s a great resource!


Your home is your castle. It should reflect you and your life style.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That I pay attention to the number and size of windows.  It’s important for me to have a bright, sunny home.
  • That I also pay attention to the color scheme. I’m drawn to the lighter colors. Your furniture plays a big part in the colors that you should choose.  For example, if your furniture is a traditional, dark wood set, your color scheme should complement this.
  • That choosing the right shade of paint is difficult.  You think you know what color you need until you get to the paint store and look at the color selection.  There are so many shades to choose from that it’s confusing and very hard to select just the right one.
  • That I love the color red.  If done right, it can turn out a vibrant and sophisticated color.
  • That with the bathroom, we chose the bathtub, sink, and toilette in white.  You could play with the accessories and change the color of the bathroom now and again.
  • That when it comes to porcelain ceramic, my choice was a light color. It makes the room look bigger and brighter.
  • That my aim is to make a house look brighter and bigger.
  • That adding colors will change the atmosphere of a room.
  • That dark colors will create a dramatic environment.
  • That colors that are soft, subtle, tranquil are more desirable for bedrooms, bathrooms or offices.
  • That the kitchen is the heart of the house. It then must be easy to be there.
  • That my preference generally is for light colors.

The Point

Make your house a home. Make it beautiful and comfortable! And do it up right! While budget is important, taste is more important.


  1. Decide what result you are aiming for in the space you are decorating.
  2. Think about counter tops for kitchen and bathroom. Granite is preferable if possible. It’s now all the rage.
  3. Think about kitchen cupboards. Look for the solid oak type. Old is better!
  4. Think about kitchen and bathroom flooring. Ceramic of the porcelain kind is best. Porcelain ceramic is a stronger tile and if it chips, the imperfection is  not noticeable.
  5. Think about carpeting. I do not like wall-to-wall, but I like area carpets. I might even buy a red one for my living room.
  6. Think about art – I like traditional pieces.
  7. Think about furniture – personally I like baroque and dark traditional. In this regard,

a. Don’t put so much that it appears to be cluttered;

b . Don’t block the space where you walk.

8. Decide upon a color scheme. In this regard,

a. Choose  a color that is cool or warm; Note:

i.      That warm colors are reds, oranges and yellows;

ii.      That cool colors are greens, blues and violets.

b.      Note:

i.      That white and neutral colors will make the smallest space look bigger.

ii.      That a neutral room could be dull and boring. The solution is to use red – it could be very welcoming and gives a burst of energy. But remember that when using red in a room, the remainder should offset it.  This is done by adding a neutral color to calm this powerful color.

iii.      That for a bedroom, you need calming colors like green, blue, etc. Don’t use red here!

iv.      That for a kitchen, you should use warm colors like reds, oranges, yellows. You could also use cool colors – greens, blues, violet.

v.      That for bathroom – cool colors are best.  You could even try to create a spa atmosphere.

vi.      That for an office – neutral is best. This is to create an office-like atmosphere, one promoting concentration, calmness, etc.

Thanks for the boxes. Now please pass the paint brush.  Oh by the way, you look cute with a little paint on your nose. 

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

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S & R* QUOTE #1: A friend

“If you have good taste, use it!”

For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “interior design”;

Interior design describes a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an “effective setting for the range of human activities” that are to take place there.[1] ”  (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


“This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in planning, designing, and administering projects in interior spaces to meet the physical and aesthetic needs of people using them, taking into consideration building codes, health and safety regulations, traffic patterns and floor planning, mechanical and electrical needs, and interior fittings and furniture. Interior designers and interior design consultants work in areas, such as hospitality design, health care design, institutional design, commercial and corporate design, and residential design. This industry also includes interior decorating consultants engaged exclusively in providing aesthetic services associated with interior spaces.

Index entries that bring you to this industry:

  • Decorating consulting services, interior
  • Interior decorating consultant services
  • Interior decorating consulting services
  • Interior design consulting services
  • Interior design services
  • Interior designer services.”

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Add some gold glamour to your home

“With a major resurgence on runways and in design, gold accents have made a grand return to home interiors. Gold can add a sense of warmth and style to your space regardless of your overall decorating style. With some simple updates, you can add the perfect Midas touch to brighten your space.

Throw Pillows Add some flair to your living room by adding throw pillows with gold accents. This inexpensive option provides comfort and style. It can also breathe new life into a seemingly dull sofa. If you’re DIY savvy, consider embellishing existing pillows with gold fringe around the edges.

Wall Decals Modern wall decals are cost-efficient and easy to apply and can be changed with the season. Why not try a fun pin stripe or a quatrefoil print in a small space such as the powder room for an extra touch of pizazz?

Door Knobs Bronze-toned pulls on kitchen or sideboard cabinets can refresh and add life to previously dull cabinets whether they are dark or light, and can be the perfect accent for your décor theme.

Kitchen Utensils Looking to spruce up the table décor at your next dinner party? Consider gold-toned dining utensils, which will pair beautifully with your china regardless of its shape and pattern and the reflection from a candlelit table will be magical.

Metallic Paint A dramatic new trend in paints, feel free to ‘bronze’ your home with this finish. It doesn’t take much to make a statement and the look will remain timeless. Consider painting dishes, legs of accent tables, picture frames or accent objects.

Kitchen Faucet Looking to refresh your kitchen space on a budget? Consider swapping out your kitchen faucet. This pinnacle item within the kitchen truly sets the tone for the space, so why not consider a faucet with a gold-toned hue? Delta Faucet’s lineup features stylish models in a Champagne Bronze finish that add flair and function to the kitchen space. Incorporating just a few of these suggestions can add warmth and instant glamour to your space.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2:Decorate with the latest home-fashion trends

“We’ve seen decor trends come and go over the years, but according to home décor expert Karl Lohnes there are a few that have held the test of time and become classics.

In the 1980’s natural sea grass carpeting became a classic that never went away. In the 90’s stainless steel kitchen appliances appeared on the domestic market and stabilized as long-term investments. So what recent and new decorating trends are making their way into the hall of fame to be around for the next five to 10 years? Lohnes shares his insights:

Grey: This solemn neutral was very popular in the mid 80’s; back then it was a steely blue grey and used only to achieve a modern aesthetic. Its return to the decorating world was a nice way to ease us away from all the golden taupe that we had grown so fond of. But this time around the grey is a bit warmer (think grey flannel) and is used for both traditional and modern decorating. Look for this neutral to stick around and watch it warm up a bit more to an elephant, or driftwood colour. This will be the new taupe; cooler than what we remember and looking great with off-white, gold metallics and shots of strong colour. Progressive décor companies like Hunter Douglas has included a fresh grey in its new Parkland wood blinds collection. Called Salt and Pepper, it is a mid-tone that adds layering and depth at the window.

Chevron pattern: Whether you call it zigzag, herringbone or chevron, this angled linear pattern has come in and out of décor fashion for decades. Currently, the design is highlighted by contrasting coloured stripes, which add punchy patterns to wallpaper, bedding, fabrics and carpets. Look for this pattern to calm itself down by being shown more as a texture than an obvious print. Tone-on-tone is the way to go with the classic chevron pattern if you want to live with it for a while. Use it in large doses or small. To illustrate, designer Katie Leede trimmed her Provenance woven-wood shades in a tone-on-tone chevron pattern in her designer showhouse bedroom.

Farmhouse style: It goes without saying that country-style decorating is still the most popular form of décor. Country has been transformed of late into Farmhouse Chic. This new country style allows us to mix humble, worn furnishings with a touch of industrial chic in order to make it cool again. The style can look very upscale when fancy antiques become part of the mix.”

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Vol. 4, No. 12, Monday, June 17, 2013

TITLE: “FATHER’S DAY: I love you Dad, yesterday, today and forever!* – UPDATE 2013”


Now that Father’s Day is approaching, I am thinking about my Dad. My book of the week is: “A Father’s Day Thank You” by Janet Nolan. Hence my topic of the week is this special day.


Father’s Day was special for my family.  My mother taught my brothers and me that this was the day to show our respect and love for our Dad. (She was a great example as she in turn, showed her loving respect for her father on this day.)  We always celebrated Father’s Day.  My mother would make a special lunch and bake one of our favorite cakes.  My brothers and I would buy gifts. While he didn’t expect anything, Dad’s reaction was always a combination of pleasant surprise, gratitude and appreciation.

My Dad was a very special person and a wonderful father.  His wife and children were his priority.  He was a VERY hard worker and a great provider – his aim was to ensure that we had all the opportunity that life had to offer. He encouraged us to love knowledge and be curious. He said that it was important to have goals. He showed by example: “Work hard and do your best”!. He taught us to strive to better ourselves: 1) Get an education; 2) Get a job and excel and build a career; 3) Buy and own real estate; 4) Save for a better life.  He also taught us to have fun and balance in our lives.


Another Father’s Day is here.  I will again go to the cemetery to pay my respects.  I think of him often. I know that I was extremely fortunate to have a Dad like him. An incident that sticks in my mind that describes how selfless he really was.  One day before his death, I went to visit my Dad in the hospital.  On seeing me entering his room, he told me not to miss work in order to visit him.  His concern was that I may lose my job. Although very sick and needing his family, he was always thinking of others.

Update 2012

It has been 6 years since my Dad passed away and I still miss him terribly.  He truly was a special Dad. This coming Father’s Day, I plan to go to the cemetery to pay my respects. You see, I’ll ALWAYS be there for my Dad.  While my mother was alive, she would come with me.  Since this is the first time I am without my late Mother on this day, it is especially hard. Of course, I will also pay my respects to my Mom.  I carry them both deep in my heart.

THE AUTHOR: Janet Nolan

Nolan is a children’s picture book author. She likes what she does. She says that she came upon it unexpectedly She is creative. She likes conceiving of and developing characters, backgrounds and story lines.

She graduated with a B.A. from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently is the Program Co-Chair for the Illinois chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.


Ember lives on a Pennsylvania farm. She loves animals, knowing them first hand. They are the subject of her art. Examples can be found in greeting cards, puzzles, wallpaper to name a few.  In “A Father’s Day Thank You” by Janet Nolan, she uses her gift to create charming cub like adorables. They are perfect with Nolan’s prose. They do the trick!


Nolan is the author of:

  • The Firehouse Light
  • A Father’s Day Thank You
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh

BOOK: A Father’s Day Thank You by Janet Nolan

Father’s Day is the occasion. Harvey is one of three children (cubs). There is a question about the right gift for Dad on Father’s Day. In years gone by, they bought the same gift (e.g., ties, a box of nails, golf balls, etc.) and he always loves it … repeatedly asking for more.  This year he decides upon the perfect gift. Recognizing everything his father does: helping him after a fall, flat tire on his bike, reading a bedtime story, etc. Dad is handy in the kitchen – he knows how to cook breakfast; etc.  Putting crayon to paper is the priceless gift appropriate for the special father that he has. One of the visual images- the color is striking,   (Illustration by Ms Ember), shows the scene of a father at a desklike table and mother figure entering the room with a gift wrapped present. There is a dog wagging his table to add to the tranquility of the scene.

The message is right. Being in a family with a Dad is good. Being a Dad that is loving is great!
It’s not only about the gift to buy, but also what you can make. The thought is most important. Saying thank you on Father’s Day is very good!

While the book’s level  is PreSchool-Grade 2, the sweetness and innocence is also enchanting for adults reading the story to their offspring.


One of our commandments is:  “Honor your father and your mother”.   It’s important to make a big deal over your father on this day.  It’s when one can officially pay respect to Dad.  With our busy schedules, we sometimes forget to express how we feel and sometimes we take things for granted.  It’s the day when we can say, “Dad, you are special and I appreciate everything you do for me.”

Personal comments

I say:

That taking the time to celebrate your father is good. His main concern is to do right for his family.

  • That you should: (a)  Know that you are lucky to have him; (b) Recognize all that he does, from things small all the way to big, all great and wonderful nonetheless; (c) Give thanks for the blessing.

The point

This is the day for father. Every other is your day at his hand.  Like your Dad, my Dad deserved and continues to deserve to be respected on this special day. It has been five years since he passed away and every Father’s Day, I light a candle in his honor.  Seize the moment and give tribute to your father.


Everyone should:

1. Make Father’s day a special day for your Dad;
2. Go with Dad and play one of his favorite activities like golf;
3. Put some thought in the gift that you will buy;
4. Tell your Dad how much you care and appreciate him;
5. Don’t wait for this day; but instead,
5.1 Pay your respects each and every day;
5,2 Visit your Dad often;
6. Make Father’s day a holiday to enjoy and spend quality time with him;
7. Mark the day if he has passed on by
7.1 Wearing the tie belonging to him in your closet, regardless if it’s the green one for St Patrick’s Day;
7.2 Smelling the pungent aroma from a bottle of the after shave that he used to use;
7.3 Playing with one of his golf balls displayed yearlong in your glass bowl; and
7.4  Recall your wonderful memories.

This Father’s day, I plan to remember the days gone by, smiling but sad at the same time, and while gazing at the candle flickering.I will raise my glass, and say: Salut!

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th, 2013): I’m moving. Since I’m relocating my household furniture, I’m also redecorating. You know what they say. You learn by doing. I knew a lot before, but I’m now learning more. Next week, I’ll share with you some of my thoughts and lessons learned. Oh by the way, if you do come by, bring some cardboard boxes. I still need more.  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on home and garden .)

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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: Father’s Day Gift
“As part of a Father’s Day gift in June 2001, Sharon Stone and her husband, San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein, visited a Komodo dragon at the Los Angeles Zoo. Lest the Komodo mistake his foot for a mouse, Bronstein was advised to remove his white sneakers. No sooner had he doffed his protective footwear than the Komodo bit him on the toe. “He was so brave,” Stone later declared. “In the 21st century, a woman doesn’t often see her knight fight off a real dragon!” (Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #2:Robin Williams: Box Office Poison
“At the 2005 Golden Globe Awards, Robin Williams was apporoached by “Extra” host Mark McGrath. “We did a movie back in ‘95 together,” McGrath remarked. “It was called Father’s Day.” “I remember now,” Williams said with a nod. “My phone hasn’t rung,” said McGrath. Robin’s reply? “Neither has mine!” (Source: –

(DOUBLE) QUOTE #1: William Shakespeare

S & R* QUOTE #2: John F. Kennedy
“My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.” Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Sigmund Freud
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –


For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Father’s Day”; etc.
“Father’s Day”
“Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day, the celebration honoring mothers.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –’s_Day

S & R* BONUS FACT * #1: Father’s day
“Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our forefathers[citation needed]. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. Long before any modern observances, a young Babylonian named Elmesu wished his father good health and a long life on a clay tablet. The Catholic
observance was originally on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day. On June 19, 1910, an independently-invented Father’s Day observance was celebrated through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. After listening to a church sermon at Spokane’s Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, Dodd felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition, as well.[1] She wanted a celebration that honored fathers like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his family alone when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old.[2]The following year with the assistance of Reverend Dr. Conrad Bluhm, her pastor at Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), Sonora took the idea to the Spokane YMCA. The Spokane YMCA, along with the Ministerial Alliance, endorsed Dodd’s idea and helped it spread by celebrating the first Father’s Day in 1910. Sonora suggested her father’s birthday, June 5, be established as the day to honor all Fathers. However, the pastors wanted more time to prepare, so on June 19, 1910, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one.[2] Dodd traveled through the city in a horse-drawn carriage, carrying gifts to shut-in fathers confined indoors by illness.[2] It took many years to make the holiday official. In spite of support from the YWCA, the YMCA, and churches, Father’s Day ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar.[3] Where Mother’s Day was met with enthusiasm, Father’s Day was often met with laughter.[3] The holiday was gathering attention slowly, but for the wrong reasons. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision, including jokes from the local newspaper Spokesman-Review.[3] Many people saw it as the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions.[3] A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.[4] In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.[2] US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.[5] In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents”[5] In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.[2] Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.[2][5]In 2010, the Father’s Day Centennial Celebration[6] occurs in Spokane with a month of events commemorating the day. In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –’s_Day

S & R* BONUS FACT #2: Observance of Father’s day

“Contrary to popular belief, the first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It’s possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. All the credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day.Clayton’s celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon’s proclamation of Father’s Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church — the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”.[7]”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –’s_Day


STUDY/STATISTICS: Father’s Day: June 19, 2011
“The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — 101 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.”

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million
Estimated number of fathers across the nation.
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

25.3 million

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2010.
•22 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
•3 percent lived in someone else’s home.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements>

1.8 million
Number of single fathers in 2010; 15 percent of single parents were men.
•Nine percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
•About 46 percent were divorced, 30 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.
•39 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements
U.S. Census – stats –


S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: What Canadians are giving for Father’s Day

“For the 42 per cent of Canadians who definitely or probably will buy a Father’s Day gift this year, the days leading up to June 19th can leave shoppers scratching their heads. For those still stumped for gift ideas, a recent survey conducted by men’s grooming brand, Gillette, sheds some light on what Canadians will be wrapping up this year. The traditional father’s day gift “ the necktie“ is always a popular choice as 42 per cent of Canadians are planning to give some sort of apparel for Father’ s Day. If you’re giving a necktie, put a modern spin on it. Says Brett Fahlgren, GQ style correspondent. A tie that has a thinner width instantly updates the classic shirt and tie look, and don’t be afraid to play with bold patterns and colours. Grooming gifts will be popular this year with 24 per cent of Canadians choosing them for Dad. One idea is to give a Gillette Fusion ProGlide gift pack. In this pack you get the ProGlide razor, Hydra Gel shave gel, and a cleanser that exfoliates and heats up on contact with water“ Gillette Fusion ProSeries Thermal Face Scrub. As other gifting holidays, tech devices are always a popular gift and 32 per cent of Canadians plan to choose one for Father’s Day. From cameras, to music players to GPS navigation systems, technology gifts offer almost limitless gift idea possibilities. No matter whether or not a Father’s Day gift is given, or how big or how small it is, the old adage remains true“ it’s the thought that counts..”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Father’s Day gifts for grandfathers By Melissa Yue
”If you think dads feel neglected after years of forgotten Father’s Day fanfare, grandfathers feel it even more. Every Mother’s Day, we lavish our mothers and grandmothers with heartfelt cards and flowers, but when Father’s Day rolls around, we hardly remember to call. Though most men will often shrug that it’s no big deal, you’ve vowed to make things better this year. Get inspired with these gift ideas:

Quality time with you. Most grandfathers would prefer spending time with their loved ones to a cheesy joke card and #1 grandpa tie. Tear out a page from your day planner and literally give your whole day to grandpa, participating in his favourite activities like fishing or birdwatching. Or buy tickets to watch a concert, movie, standup comic, or sports event together.

Donate in his honour. Show your appreciation to your grandfather and all the ways he helped to shape you into who you’ve become. Charities like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( offer valuable gift items like fruit trees, mosquito nets, clean water wells, and business loans to help struggling families overseas. You can customize a card for your grandpa and show him how his generosity inspired you to help others.

Mp3 player. Rummage through his old vinyl records and cassette tapes and find matching mp3s to load onto a player. Then show grandpa how to use his new gadget so he can enjoy music he loves on “the“ go.

Photo gifts. Load all your favourite photos of children and grandchildren into a digital picture frame. Or frame a collage print of your favourite memories for display.

Your grandfather is probably not expecting anything from you, but a simple gift can touch his heart and will show him how much his support has meant to

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GRISPELLE: It’s a doughnut or donut Italian style!*

Vol. 4, No. 11, Monday, June 10th, 2013


(Antonietta’s Kitchen*)

“the art of food, wine, family & more*”

By Antonietta La Posta

TITLE: “GRISPELLE: It’s a doughnut or donut Italian style!*”


How do you spell the Italian doughnut or donut? It’s G-R-I-S-P-E-L-L-E. It’s a dough pastry enjoyed plain or sugared. Apparently, grispelle is an old Calabrese tradition.


Childhood: Grispelle holds sweet memories for me of happy family times during the Christmas season.  Without fail, my grandmother would make this dish for the holidays. She covered each piece in sugar. My Mom also made it, but preferred it plain. I really liked the sugared ones best . You see I was a kid.

Grand motherhood: I haven’t had grispelle for a while. I plan to make it this coming Christmas. I expect that it will take me back. I also want to introduce this dish to my darling grand kids.


  • A skillet
  • Two bowls


frying panfrypan, or skillet is a flat-bottomed pan used for fryingsearing, and browning foods. It is typically 200 to 300 mm (8 to 12 in) in diameter with relatively low sides that flare outwards, a long handle, and no lid. (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Why I prefer LAGOSTINA Ambiente 20cm Non Stick Skillet $39.99

The Lagostina product is a good brand.  I like their products because you’re getting quality.

Antonietta’s Recipe of the Month: Grispelle



  • ¼ oz (2 envelopes) dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • ½ cup luke warm milk
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 qt vegetable (or peanut oil for frying)


1. Mix the yeast over the ½ cup warm water;

2. Next, let it stand for 5 minutes or until foamy;

3. Add in a large bowl, the yeast mixture, water, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, oil plus 2 cups of the flour;

4. Mix for a few minutes at low speed;

5. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time; and stop when the dough no longer sticks to the bowl;

6. Work moistened flour/dough with the hands for about 5 minutes;

7. Place the dough into a greased covered bowl and place it in a warm spot to rise until double.

8  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to ½ inch thickness;

9.  Cut with a floured doughnut cutter;

6. Allow grispelle to sit in order to rise again until double;  and

10. Cover loosely with a cloth;

11.  Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C);

12.  Place grispelle into the hot oil using a wide spatula;

13. Turn grispelle over as they rise to the surface;

14. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack;

15. Serve plain; OR

16.1 Dust grispelle in granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar;

17. Viola serve and enjoy this delicious Italian donut.


Grispelle is something you need to taste at least once. But I warn you. You know what they say about the good things in life. It will be hard to stop. Save two for me!

And that’s my good tasting thought of the week, what’s yours? *



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DOUGHNUT – DONUT : Hole, glaze, buns, muffins, recipe, etc. – I wish you a Happy National Doughnut Day!*

Vol. 4, No. 10, Friday, June  7th, 2013


(Antonietta’s Kitchen*)

“the art of food, wine, family & more*”

By Antonietta La Posta

TITLE: “DOUGHNUT – DONUT : Hole, glaze, buns, muffins,  recipe, etc. – I wish you a Happy National Doughnut Day!*”


Today is a special day. I’m very excited. It’s … it’s … you probably guessed it … it’s National Doughnut Day! Surprised … so was I. Who knew? I researched it. I found the story interesting. I have included a snippet – check it below.


I like a good donut, but too many of them are not healthy.  So I’ll treat myself to a donut once in a while.  Next week, I shall speak about doughnuts Italian style and share with you some memories and a recipe for a family donut-like pastry of the Italian tradition.

P.S. Now, I have a question: Is it doughnut or donut? And the answer is: “Donut is the American way while the proper  British way is doughnut.

Bonus fact: National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day is on  the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.[1] The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. “donut”) – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. In 2009, both independent doughnut shops[2] and large national franchises offered free doughnuts in the United States.[3][4][5] (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


  • A skillet
  • Two bowls


frying panfrypan, or skillet is a flat-bottomed pan used for fryingsearing, and browning foods. It is typically 200 to 300 mm (8 to 12 in) in diameter with relatively low sides that flare outwards, a long handle, and no lid. (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Why I prefer LAGOSTINA Ambiente 20cm Non Stick Skillet $39.99

The Lagostina product is a good brand.  I like their products because you’re getting quality.

Antonietta’s Recipe of the Month



  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 quart oil for deep frying
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  1. Place sugar and shortening in a bowl;
  2. Mix till smooth;
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well mixed;
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl;
  5. Stir in the sugar mixture;
  6. Roll out on a floured surface, the dough to approx. 1/3 inch thickness;
  7. Cut the doughnuts;
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes;
  9. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C);
  10. Fry doughnuts in the hot oil until golden;
  11. Turn over once;
  12. Drain on paper towels;
  13. Dust with confectioners’ sugar while warm;
  14. Serve while warm and enjoy!


Enjoy these doughnuts and tell me if you agree. But I suggest eating only one. It’s  all you need to satisfy your craving and still not add too much to your waistline.  And that’s my favorite doughnutty thought for the week, what’s yours? *

Salute mia amore! À la dolce vita!



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Vol. 4, No. 9, Monday, June 3rd 2013

TITLE:  “MOVING: COMPANIES, QUOTES, TRUCK RENTAL, BOXES, ETC. – I have some ideas, tips … even a checklist!*” – UPDATE JUNE 3, 2013


With July 1st fast approaching, I’m thinking of moving day.  Moving can be very stressful.  Today, I will talk about doing a move in an organized manner.  My book of the week is “Helping Hand Books: Lauren’s Moving Day [Hardcover] by Sarah Duchess of York (Author), Ian Cunliffe (Illustrator) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on home and family and also parenting.)

PREVIEW (Monday, June 25th, 2012): July 1st also is a national holiday in Canada. As a result, I will do an update on my post titled, “NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: The 1st of July – Canada Day; the 4th of July – (U.S.) Independence Day, I say: Let’s celebrate!*” (Vol. 2, No. 9, July 3, 2011). Bring your mini flags. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)


I have moved many times in my life.  In my province and town, most people move on July 1st, thus making it prime time for moving companies to charge top rates.  For a family with children in school, July 1st, being the end of the school year, is an ideal day to move…

My last move was a very difficult one.  I moved on the 15th of May, which made it easier for me to hire a moving company at a good rate.  I moved from a big single house to a duplex. Downsizing homes makes moving chaotic.  I didn’t know what to do with the excess furniture.  I eventually placed everything and stored the extra furniture in the garage.  It is extremely important to be organized. I called and hired a moving company a few months in advance.  I made arrangements for the telephone company, the cable company and the electricity company to make the transfers on the moving date.  I packed everything before we moved.  I labeled every box, so I could easily find what I needed at the other end. Every picture was removed from the walls.  Whatever could be dismantled was done. By the time the moving company arrived, everything was packed and ready to go.

This brings to mind a move that I witnessed a few years ago.  A friend was moving his office and I offered to help with the move.  The moving day came and he hadn’t packed anything yet.  When the movers arrived, we had been packing only for an hour or so.  Needless to say, the movers were upset.  They threatened to leave.  After much convincing on my friend’s part, the movers decided to do the move.  It turned out to be the move from hell.  Regrettably, the move was very expensive.


I’m moving at the end of this month.  Hopefully this will be my last move.  I’m packing and overseeing renovations.  I feel overwhelmed.  There is so much to do in a short period of time.  I’ll have to go down my list and make sure I don’t forget anything.  Wish me luck.

Doing major renovations is hard work.  There is soooo much to think about.  Everything has to be scheduled accordingly.  I wanted ceramic floors in my kitchen and hallway.  Someone was recommended to do the ceramic floors.  When I called I was told that he was only available in September.  I called too late.  Now, I’m scrambling looking for someone else.  Hopefully, everything will be done before I move in.

THE AUTHOR: Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson married well and became the Duchess of York. By the way, she later got divorced.  She is an author, credited with writing a number of books.  Ferguson is also a philanthropist, intent on making the world a better place. In 2007, she founded the Sarah Ferguson Foundation.  This foundation funds programs that promote education and wellness.  In 1993, she founded Children in Crises, which assists needy children around the world.



Several are:

THE BOOK: Helping Hand Books: Lauren’s Moving Day [Hardcover] by Sarah Duchess of York(Author), Ian Cunliffe (Illustrator)

If you have young children and your family is moving, you might check out this book. Moving day is nearly here and the youngster, Lauren, feels anxious. Like other kids in the same situation, her anxiety stems from not knowing what the new house will be like and how she will feel living there. Chances are the new room will be comfortable and the house will become home soon enough. Chances are also that she will make some new friends and all will feel just right. This book can be a great tool for parents to defuse the anxiety and make the transition easier.


Moving the wrong way is an ordeal to get through. But there is a better way.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • The key to a good move is to be organized.
  • Moving could be more pleasant if you have family and friends present and helping as much as they can.

The Point

There is a way to move the right way. Let me give you some steps to your new home.


Everyone should:

1. Inquire into available moving companies; in this regard,

1.1 Get references and check out their records with the authorities, consumer groups and also the good business bureau;

1.2 Ask for a written estimate; and

1.3 Hire one as early as you can;

2. Reserve a rented truck-trailer as needed also as early as you can;

3. Secure (a) Boxes of all types and sizes – the super market is a great FREE source. (I like banana boxes with covers);  (b) Several rolls of -packing tape plus a dispenser; (c) Thick twine; (d) Black markers; etc.

4. Pack everything you can before moving day, in this regard, (a) Wrap individually dishes, glassware, etc.; (b)  Use packing chips; (c) Label everything: identify the contents of each box as well as the intended room;   (d) Wrap furniture in blankets to protect it from scratches and breakage;

5. Dismantle furniture and/or tape or tie all drawers and doors with twine or tape to make it easier for transport;

6. Discard items, as you’re packing, of no use-value and set aside anything no longer needed for goodwill or a future garage sale;

7. Move everything possible to your new quarters in advance of moving day;

8. Contact your insurance company and request coverage for your new place; in this regard,

8.1 Increase the value if acquiring new and additional furniture;

8.2 Ask the company to immediately send you by fax a binder for the new address and your policy, later by snail;

9. Advise the building manager about the expected date and time of the move-out or the move in, so that you can get an elevator and permission to park at the entrance;

10. Inform family and friends of your new address and redirect your mail or at least three months;

11. Change your address with: (a) Governments (b) Banks (c) Credit cards (d) Utilities: (i) Electricity or gas (ii) Telephone and/or cable, etc. – try to bundle;

12. Ask family and friends to help you; if these people are there for you,

12.1 Have food and drinks available at each meal time

12.2 Consider a gift as a token of your appreciation

13. Move in your own vehicle your fragile stuff (like computers, TVs, audio equipment, cameras, etc.);

14. Give instructions to movers to place furniture in the desired location along with the room appropriate boxes;

15. Take a big breath and start the unpacking. Give yourself a break and don’t try to do it all in one day.

A VIP lives in your home … you. And I want you to get there with the minimum fuss and muss.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: New Neighbors
“Lauren Graham was excited about moving into her New York apartment in 2003, telling everyone she knew that it was the building in which Conan O’Brien lived. During an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” shortly thereafter, Graham shared the exciting news with O’Brien himself, and was promptly informed that she was sadly mistaken. “I moved out of there,” said Conan. “It was rat-infested!” (Source: Anecdotage) –

“In 2002 Will Smith, planning to move with his family into a new house, sat down with his young son Jadan (‘the sensitive one’) and asked him how he would feel about “maybe not living in this house anymore… maybe living in another house.” 

Jadan’s eyes started welling up and he asked: “By myself?” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: True Grits?
“Prior to moving into the White House, Jimmy Carter’s wife asked whether the chef could prepare the same Southern meals which the Carters often enjoyed at home. “Yes, ma’am,” he replied. “We’ve been fixing that kind of food for the servants for a long time.” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: Oprah Winfrey

“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Marge Piercy

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”  (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Barbara de Angelis

“No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.”  (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “Moving day”; etc.

Moving Day

“Moving Day (FrenchFête du déménagement or journée nationale du déménagement) is a tradition, but not a legal requirement, in the province of QuebecCanada, dating from the time when the province used to mandate fixed terms for leases of rental properties. It falls on July 1, which is also Canada Day. ” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-


“The tradition began as a humanitarian measure of the French colonial government of New France, who forbadeseigneurs, the semi-feudal landlords of the seigneuries, from evicting their tenant farmers before the winter snows had melted.[citation needed]. Historian Yvon Desloges notes that it was common to move in the spring in the 18th century, citing a 1750 bylaw by Intendant François Bigot.

Later, this evolved into a requirement that urban leases begin on May 1 and end on April 30. In law, this date was set in the Civil Code of Lower Canada of 1866.[2]

Moving Day is a boon and a headache for commercial moving companies, and people often must reserve their services more than six months in advance in some cases.[4]

Although moving day is seen as a headache for most people, Montreal-based columnist Josée Legault sees a few positive aspects in the annual festival, pointing out that July 1 occurs at the end of the school year, not two months before as is was the case before the 1970s. Bargain hunters —especially people who don’t move— also enjoy the numerous garage sales occurring before moving day and the common practice of leaving behind slightly used furniture and appliances on the curb side or in the alley, in effect giving them to anyone in need.[12] ”  (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-


S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Key insurance tips for homebuyers

“You just bought a home but before you think about paint colours and planning that house warming barbecue, there are some tips you should consider to prevent costly disasters.

Buying a house is one of the most important investments you will ever make, says Ian Wilson, Claims Innovation Director at RSA. And although it’s really easy to get caught up in the excitement, it’s important to take the proper measures to keep that investment safe, particularly if you are buying an older home.

Most people wouldn’t consider buying a house without first having a home inspection done to uncover any hidden hazards or potential disasters lurking. But even a good inspection won’t eliminate all risks.

RSA recommends the following tips:

Replace all external locks “This should be an immediate action upon moving into your home. You never know who else has a spare key to your house.

Oil tank maintenance- Oil tanks are very common in Atlantic Canada but less so elsewhere in the country. Oil tanks rust from the inside and the resulting damage can be extremely costly. As a homeowner you are responsible for the environmental clean-up of the soil and the water-course. Insurance companies generally won’t insure a house with an external oil tank that is older than 10 years or an internal one that’s much older than 15 years. It’s wise to spend a few hundred dollars and install a fibreglass or plastic tank. Most of these have warranties of around 25 years.

Check your roof and your eaves troughs- The home inspector will do this but if you bought the house while the roof was blanketed in a thick layer of snow, you may not get the full picture of its overall condition. Look out for curling shingles which may indicate an old and weathered roof that could leak. Make sure your gutters are secure and sloping toward the downspout without any dips or curves. All downspouts should also direct water away from your home’s foundations. This will help prevent water from leaking into the basement.

Mould- Often home inspectors can’t access the attic or crawl spaces during the inspection, yet these areas can be sources of mould. Check your attic, crawl spaces and closets for mould. Signs include, a musty smell, water stains, swelling of the baseboards or white patches under carpets.

Avoiding water damage – Sewer backups, burst pipes, and leaky foundations and roofs is a common cause of home insurance claims across Canada. Checking the state of your plumbing on a regular basis will help. Look at the water pipes and waste pipes which over time can wear out and need replacement. Consider installing a backwater valve in your basement. If your sewer unexpectedly backs up, it is designed to close automatically and helps you avoid a costly mess.

Check your electrics – Look out for missing or faulty GFCI outlets (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). GCFIs should be installed in external locations or internally where water is close by, such as in bathrooms and kitchens. They are equipped with a button and they should trip, cutting off the electrical supply, when tested. If the GCFI doesn’t trip, replace it. You could save a life.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Make your home a poison-free zone

“Nearly all parents with children 14 and younger feel it’s important to lock up medications and cleaning products away from children, but half of them store medications in a medicine cabinet and more than 60 per cent store cleaning products under the sink, according to a recent Leger survey conducted for Safe Kids Canada. Unfortunately, these common spots are often too accessible to little hands.

Each year an estimated seven children under 14 die and close to 1,700 end up in the hospital with serious injuries due to poisoning, according to hospital data. Young children are curious by nature and explore their environment by touching and putting things in their mouths, says Pamela Fuselli, the executive director of Safe Kids Canada. So it’s crucial to check your home for potential poisons and store them where children can’t see them and lock them up so children can’t get at them.

Here are some tips from the organization to help you poison-proof your home:

Buy medications with a child resistant cap whenever possible and store all medications and vitamins in a locked box (a small toolbox with a combination lock or padlock works well). Keep the locked box, and the key, out of sight and out of reach of children.

Store household cleaners, like oven cleaner and bleach; car supplies, such as windshield washer fluid; cosmetics, like nail polish remover; and pesticides, in locked cupboards or drawers. A child safety latch is an acceptable alternative.

Keep all medications and other household poisons in their original containers with their original labels.

Never tell your children that medication is candy; they may seek it out when you’re not around.

If you suspect your child has been poisoned, call your local poison centre or 911. Add the number of your area poison centre to your cell and home phones.

More information about poison prevention is available online at”