Monday, June 28, 2010

Blue Monday - Knight and Day Review

Welcome. It's Blue Monday! I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun.

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When you visit other Blue Monday participants, you enjoy the day so much more. Do what you can. I ❤ comments, so please remember to leave one for me!

Blue, is everywhere, so of course, there's some in most any movie. This past Saturday, Johnny and I went to see the newly released film Knight and Day, an action-comedy. We give it a thumbs up, with a caution that you MUST be willing to suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy it. I mean, no one could live through all THAT!

However, today is all about Blue, so please notice that both Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are dressed in Denim Blue with touches of white, for these scenes on the motorcycle. These first two shots were taken during the running of the bulls in Cadiz, Spain.

Johnny likes action films much more than I do. I liked it, but I thought of it as a comic book come-to-life. That helped me to enjoy it more.

Do you enjoy going to an action-comedy film?

Happy Blue Monday
and Happy 4th of July!

Blue Monday Participants
1. mizhelle
2. StoryOfAWoman
3. Kathy-Delightsome Life
4. Aussie Nikki NC USA
5. Lani, Taiwan
6. Rumage Sale Loot
7. Kathy b
8. Dena E Dream Doodlers
9. bj@Sweet Nothings
10. LaVoice
11. tatess
12. Apron Senorita
13. Rajesh, India
14. Fifi Flowers
15. Mary@OnePerfectBite
16. Eden, Australia
17. lightbluelife,taiwan
18. Little World of Fun
19. Rinkly Rimes
20. Milla
21. Carpe Diem Sweden
22. Melandria
23. Shannara
24. Contentment, Canada
25. Jan, Australia
26. Anni
27. Joyful in Vancouver Canada
28. ChieWilks
29. Riet, Holland
30. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage
31. Kayce's Life and Journey
32. DailyLiving- Regina, Philippines
33. Eileen, MD
34. Christine (xinex)
35. sylvia extra from villa extra
36. hip chick
37. Joan @ Applejack Lane
38. Manang Kim~USA
39. RockCandy
40. BEARS mom
41. Beverly at How Sweet The Sweet
42. Debbie@thepaintsplash
43. DogsMom:Mystic Blue
44. Small Reflections
45. happily retired gal
46. cindy
47. Just Married!
48. Susan@thoughtsfromovertherainbow
49. Becky K - Blueberry Patch
50. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
51. CailinMarie
52. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
53. Garden Paradise - NC Mts, USA
54. Creekside Cottage
55. Theresa@Studio 48 Tango
56. Kathy @ Me & My Memes
57. Ann @Tin and Sparkle
58. Hyanne, South Korea
59. hapzydeco
60. A Blue Fish Is Ready 2 Play
61. Joysweb
62. Tinas Photoblog, Sweden
63. Briarside Lane
64. Susan @ Ash Tree Cottage
65. Mary - having a Giveaway
66. AmberLou - Newsboy Caps from an old suit & A Giveaway
67. Dhemz
68. Teresa C.
69. carolynUSA
70. Pie
71. rache
72. Irene Photography, Norway
73. Shy@Milestones
74. Mapeh Homepage
75. Grandmother Wren
76. Diann @ The thrifty Groove

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Blue Monday - Comments, Please!

Hello. It's Blue Monday! I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun.

To participate: just click here for BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS.

Please visit other Blue Monday participants by clicking on their links. Leave a nice comment. In addition, because I ❤ comments, please remember to leave one for me.

Recently, I've had several frustrated bloggers asking me for tips on how to get more comments. Comments represent blogger love, and sometimes bloggers feel (sigh) yes, blue by the absence of comments.

Now, we can't have this kind of blue, so I thought it might be a good time for a post on comments. I tried to create it with as much beautiful blue as possible.

1. Comments = comments.
My first suggestion is to visit others. I visit every Blue Monday link every single Blue Monday. In addition, I visit as many on my blogroll as time permits. Whenever any person leaves me a comment, I visit their blog and leave a comment. (Most Bloggers will return a comment; it's simply good blogging manners.)

2. Keep it short.
Short posts are most often read. People have busy lives; wordy posts are often ignored. I've actually read, on more than one occasion, "I don't know what to say... "

3. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Use pictures; folks would rather look at them than read words, words, and more words. Paragraphs turn most folks off!

4. Keep it simple.
Restrict each post to one theme. Rambling is for roses!

5. Try, try again.

Don't give up. I've been blogging--and commenting--for over two years.

6. Post daily.
For over a year and a half, I posted every single day. Whew! It's a BUNCH of work, but I got to know a group of great Bloggers, who I now call my friends.

If you have additional tips, please include them.
I hope this helps a bit and makes for happier bloggers!

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. mizhelle
2. Quintessential Magpie (Color My World)
3. Candy @ The Little Round Table
4. LaVoice
5. peggy gatto
6. Lana G!
7. Lani, Taiwan
8. Happy Summer!
9. BLUE & COOL @ Cabin & Cottage
10. Abu Dhabi Formula One Circuit
11. Dena E Dream Doodlers
12. Milla
13. Debra Kaye
14. Fifi Flowers
15. Ivory Spring
16. Shannara
17. Iris
18. Loui
19. Race
20. Riet, Holland
21. carolynUSA
22. Regina, Philippines
23. Self Sagacity
24. Komali Nunna - Fallen petals
25. Dave Q, UK
26. Briarside Lane
27. Anni
28. Race@ Beyond Horizons
29. Eden, Australia
30. Belle
31. foto CHIP - Birgitta (wedding)
32. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage
33. hip chick
34. Kayce's Life and Journey
35. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
36. Delightsome Summer makeover
37. Reach Beyond Limits
38. LUNA
39. Bittersweet Blues
41. Manang Kim~USA
42. The Tablescaper
43. A Vintage Cottage Home
44. hrg at Sacred Ruminations
45. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
46. Blue Fish
47. cindy
48. Mama Zen
49. Kathryn
50. Ms. Sharlotte's....Southern Reflections
51. Christi at A SOUTHERN LIFE
52. Joan @ Applejack Lane
53. Grandmother Wren
54. Hyanne, South Korea
55. Hyacinths for the Soul
56. Tin and Sparkle
57. hapzydeco
58. Baba's Special babies
59. bj @Sweet Nothings
60. My Painting Room
61. Tracy F. @ Honey Suckle and Hissy Fits
62. Joy- Books and Life
63. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
64. Dhemz
65. Fe's Journey of Life
66. Mary @ Vintage Comfort
67. Barbara Jean
68. MyTwistedRoad-USA
69. Vivapinay in Germany
70. Pie
71. Irene Photography, Norway
72. mississippiartist
73. Joyful in Vancouver Canada
74. Teena @ Rosy Colour
75. Maria's Space
76. Chie's Camera Works
77. SailingSimply
78. annies home -

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Blue Monday - Bit of Blue Birthday!

It's Blue Monday! Welcome.

Please place the blue bird logo at the top of your post so that others easily find your Blue Monday post, and remember to place the link for Blue Monday in a prominent place.

To participate: just click here for BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS.

Visiting other Blue Monday participants, is a big part of the fun.

We had a birthday recently, and I found a bit of blue.
See if you can spot the birthday blue.

A bucket of flowers with birthday wishes graced the table.
There is a bit of blue in some of the letters of the greeting.

Here's the cake before the candles.
It's a four-layered, caramel nut cake from Publix, and it was as good as it looks!
However, not a bit of blue.

Flowers, cake, and ice cream!

Just a bit of blue. makes a Happy, Happy Birthday!

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Sheila@QuintessentialMagpie
2. LaVoice
4. Riet, Holland
5. Teena @ Rosy Colour
6. Dena E Dream Doodlers
7. Debra Kaye
8. Jenn Raley
9. Fifi Flowers painting YOUR café
10. Blue Memories
11. Manang Kim~USA
12. Lani = Beach
13. Candy @ The Little Round Table
14. mizhelle
15. Daily Living - Regina
16. Shannara
17. BLUEBIRD blue @ Cabin & Cottage
18. Sara Chapman, Seattle USA
19. Deanna
20. Sarah @ Hyacinths for the Soul
21. No Minimalist Here-Italian Pottery
22. Iris and Québec
23. Apron Senorita
24. The Explorer, Philippines
25. bj @Sweet Nothings
26. Milla
27. rache @
28. Jane in AUSTRALIA
29. Irene Photography, Norway
30. ...Molly's Country Memories
31. Belle
32. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
33. Kat
34. Carpe Diem Sweden
35. Jan, A Tapestry of Life
36. Homemade Ginger Ale & Parisian Glass Coasters
38. Rinkly Rimes Australia
39. Eileen, MD
40. Toves Foton
41. Anni, Sweden
42. Hyanne-South Korea
43. gengen
44. Kayce's Life and Journey
45. Lorrie
46. LUNA
47. CC
48. Beverly@How Sweet The Sound
49. A Vintage Cottage Home
50. Eden, Australia
51. Green with envy
52. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
53. Reach Beyond Limits
54. Barb~Bella Vista
55. Ann @ Tin and Sparkle
56. PeacefulGirl
57. Small Reflections
58. Christine (xinex)
59. Debbie@thepaintsplash
60. Kathy @ Me & My Memes
61. Debbie-Dabble
62. The Missionary Mama
63. The Tablescaper
64. Red,White, and BLUE--Flag Day
65. Linderhof
66. Melandria
67. Diann @ The Thriftyy Groove
68. Joysweb
69. foto CHIP - Birgitta
70. Shirleys World
71. Mary - having a Giveaway
72. hapzydeco
73. chenoa
74. ranch dressing
75. Pie
76. Southwest Mementos
77. Coloradolady - blue stained pine
78. Grandmother Wren
79. New! At Disneyland!
80. dhemz
81. Loui
82. Joy- Books and Life
83. Cross Creek Farm
84. annies home -
85. Mrs. D
86. Lynn Lovelies
87. Beth Ann Thornhill

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Blue Monday - Blue Fragrance

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For Mother's Day, I received a blue gift--a fragrance called, "Light Blue" from Dolce & Gabbana.

I copied this description from the web site:

A stunning perfume, overwhelming and irresistible like the joy of living. Surprising and colored: the liveliness of Sicilian citron, the happiness of Granny Smith apple, the spontaneity of bluebells. Feminine and resolute: the intensity of jasmine, the freshness of bamboo, the charm of white rose. Deep and true: the character of cedarwood, the fullness of amber, the embrace of musk.

Notes: Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk.
Style: Deep and true.

Here's what the box and bottle look like. Please note that I did not receive any compensation for this post.

However, I do feel that it is the perfect fragrance for me!

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Karen@Elsie Eleanor Designs
2. Christine (xinex)
3. Lani = Crystal Balls
4. mizhelle
5. Rajesh, India
6. Apron Senorita
7. Sarah@BloggingWhileWaiting
8. Ceekay
9. Joysweb
10. Ribbon Holder -a little bit of everything
11. Candy @ The Little Round Table
12. Mary@OnePerfectBite
13. Rinkly Rimes Australia
14. The Blue Hour
15. It Feels Like Chaos
16. Teena @ Rosy Colour
17. Milla
18. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
19. Jan, Australia
20. Jane in Australia
21. Annelie E, Sweden
22. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
23. Kayce's Life and Journey
24. Lindsay
25. Baba's Special Babies
26. Riet, Holland
27. Benikos,Samos,Greece
28. Benikos,Berlin,Germany
29. Race
30. Tj
31. Treasures from the Heart
32. tatess-Fiesta Pinoy
33. Min Fotodagbok Sweden
34. Tinas Photoblog, Sweden
35. blue-taiwan
36. Fe's Journey of Life
37. hip chick
38. foto CHIP - Birgitta
39. Hyanne, South Korea
40. cindy
41. Beverly@How Sweet The Sound
42. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
43. LUNA
44. Homemaking In High Heels
45. kat
46. Reach Beyond Limits
47. Blessing Reflections
48. The Tablescaper
49. Manang Kim~USA
50. Bits & Pieces Salvage Transformation
51. Eden, Australia
52. Shelia @ Note Songs
53. CailinMarie
54. My Painting Room
55. Deanna
56. DogsMom:Hot Deals
57. Belle
58. RockCandy
59. hapzydeco
60. Debbiedoos
61. ...Molly's Country Memories
62. ellen b -
63. Kathy-Delightsome Life
64. Helen@Nanna's Place
65. Ranch Dressing
66. Heart and Home Chandelier
67. Irene Photography, Norway
68. Shirleys World
69. Shy@Milestones
70. CC .....Pfaltzgraff Butter Dish
71. Bloomin
72. Pie
73. KayC @ Anna Clo 't and Me
74. Sherrie@A Conversation at Goodwill
75. veredit, germany
76. Sara Chapman, Seattle USA
77. dhemz
78. Ann. Tin and Sparkle
79. Joy- Books and Life
80. Myrna @ My Enchanted Home
81. Debbie@thepaintsplash
82. Shannara
83. Briarside Lane
84. Joyful
85. Wedding Friendship!
86. The Paper Princess - Create With Joy
87. Dena E. DreamDoodler
88. Kathryn
89. peggy gatto

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Holiday Room

The Tablescaper is hosting a meme about storage called, “Where do you keep it all?” I don't have the beautiful sets of china that many bloggers have, but I do have a good supply of holiday decorations.

I used to store those items in our attic, but it became a big deal to lug them up and down. Later on, we stored them in the guest room closets.

When we moved into our new home this past December, for the first time, we had the luxury of too much space! I decided to use one of the extra bedrooms to store all of our holiday decorations. I've named this room The Holiday Room.

Johnny and I went to Ikea and bought these three storage units. They measure 7'9"H x 9'8"W. Some folks use them as closets. The insides can be configured any way a person might choose. We purchased them in January, which was a perfect time because Ikea was offering FREE installation with the purchase! (That saved quite a BIG headache!)

The color of the storage units is a dark gray.

You can see St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations at a glance in this last unit.

After next Christmas, I plan to put away many of our items unpackaged. I prefer having items on view on the shelves rather than in the plastic bins.

The first unit contains our Christmas tree, so we did not put so many shelves in it. Look, there's even some room for other items! Our Holiday Room makes storage so much easier.

See you for Blue Monday!