I’m back, beautifuls! Where do I begin?

I will begin with the finale!

It was both exciting and dramatic.
( Alexa!  Play “Something Just Like This” by the Chainsmokers and Coldplay.)
The song begins . . . You are dancing under the stars, on a stone patio of a beautiful estate with the one you love.
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I’ve been reading books of old

The legends and the myths
Achilles and his gold
Hercules and his gifts
Spiderman’s control
And Batman with his fists
And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list


A helicopter appeared!

But she said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss

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It descended upon us!

I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo
Oh, I want something just like this
I want something just like this


It landed!

I’ve been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
The testaments they told
The moon and its eclipse
And Superman unrolls
A suit before he lifts
But I’m not the kind of person that it fits


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There were sparklers!   There were whoooots, shouts and applause!

She said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can miss

I want something just like this
I want something just like this

Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo



There were kisses and kisses and more kisses!

Where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss
I want something just like this


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They boarded and ascended into a sky full of stars, to the theme from Top Gun.

Pretty cool.  Pretty fun for everyone.

Oh, I want something just like this
Oh, I want something just like this
Oh, I want something just like this


I will be back . . . to share from the beginning soon!

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Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo


w / L

:: Images by Cimbalik Photography, McCall, Idaho.

The Real Fantasy Baseball . . . Chicago Style!


Just a cub?

the real fantasy ball




There is “no such thing” as “just a cub”.


Just a game?

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L: Soundview Little League All stars 1995 R: Ty and Jay at Ty and Anna’s rehearsal dinner 2014.


Jay met Ty on the T-ball field at Northeast Tacoma Elementary School 27 years ago.

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Also, on that day, we met Ty’s mom and dad. Life long friendships began.

Jay and Ty played ball together through high school, both making varsity in their freshman year. (Yep! They were good.)  They lived and loved the game.  They pursued and achieved (WAZZU) degrees in their “fields” of dreams (GO COUGS!), Ty in sports management, and Jay in broadcast journalism. They each earn a living doing what they love!

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Last weekend was Jay’s bachelor weekend. Ty, now Jay’s best man, planned the event.

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Eleven of Jay’s closest buds flew in and out during the two full days in Chicago (Wrigleyville).

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The “game day” view from their door stoop.

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The view from their bleacher seats.

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Followed by a game of their own.

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They packed a ton into two days.

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The weather was perfect for biking, hiking, touring and boat rides.

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They also packed in a lot of Brews, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago Style pizzas and


. . . some notorious steaks.

The images from the weekend were social media posts.  The guys were kind enough to give us all a little peek into their experience.  Knowing most of them from their college years . . . they know how to party!

With the showers and the bachelor and bachelorette fests complete, we are in full wedding mode right now.

Checking our lists!








. . . and in all reality . . . spending.

(Yes. I keep it real.)

From my favorite bleacher seat here on 34 . . .

. . . Mother of the groom.

His greatest fan.

Life is your field of dreams!

Let’s keep it that way!

w / L

It’s time for that seven day . . .

. . . cleanse.

:: Camille Styles 7 Day Cleanse ::

Hello beautifuls!

I know I didn’t tell you that Mr D and I had one wallop of a flu bug hit us last week.

With the wedding just weeks away, I am determined to keep health and glow a priority as I address my list of projects to complete before departing for Boise three weeks from today!

The 7 day cleanse above is from Camille Styles’ blog.  I won’t likely follow it to the “letter”, but bless her for making clean eating easy and approachable by making me a shopping list.  I plan to print it today, and be ready to go on Saturday morning.

I did not nearly lose the weight I wished to have lost, yet adding the exercise I did has made me stronger, popped me down one size . . . and has removed all . . . and I mean ALL of the aches of a 65-year-old woman.  ( I do not feel or act my age.)  In my mind’s eye . . . I am 45.  It’s a very respectable mind’s eye age to linger around until 90. By then, I may kick it up to 50.  (  . . . and this does not mean I cannot act like a grandmother, because . . . I DO!)

I am ready for that “once in a lifetime” dance.  Jay can even take it to a “two-step” if he wishes.

Yesterday, I had the privilege to watch him fitted for his wedding suit at Nordstrom Bellevue Square.

He is so handsome.  I am such a blessed and proud “Mama Bear”.  ( That’s what he calls me.)


Suited ready to wed her!

w / L

Back from Boise!

Hello . . . B e a u t i f u l s !

Happy Tuesday!

Back from Boise

I am back from Boise! ( When I arrived, it was 30 days until WEDDING DAY!)


Jay and his father in law to be had just finished installing a sprinkler system and sod. Since Jay and I crossed paths, ( he now home on the coast for a few days), I captured an image of his new back lawn in full sprinkler mode and texted it to him. Their new home is beautiful.  The workmanship is lovely.

The trend in new urban sprawl construction brings larger homes on standard lots, so yards are smaller. As you can see, a new foundation is being poured close behind. A trend I am quite envious of . . . ?   COVERED PATIOS!   I hope to share more images of their new home when we travel back for the wedding.

. . . and speaking of  The Wedding!

The main reason I was in Boise was to attend Camille’s family and friends shower.

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The event was held at her parents home.

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It was fun to both to re-acquaint, and to meet new family and friends.  I look forward to seeing them all again on wedding day.

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Camille, Britney and baby “E”.

Camille’s Mom and sister Britney hosted the shower.  The youngest attendee was Camille’s new niece, who arrived the end of April.


We are in FULL WEDDING MODE right now!  Here’s a sneak peek at my dress! It has an “elevated bohemian vibe”. I will share the story of how I found it in my size at a department store in Iowa when I reveal the dress after the wedding. I am taking it to be altered tomorrow.  The colors of the wedding are blush and blue.

Jay went 0 for 3 at the Emmys, yet is was a fun evening with his colleagues at Fremont Studios.  

He felt so deeply honored to be nominated and see his name among a field of Pacific Northwest Legends.  Legends who are the very journalistic souls who sparked his desire to pursue the career when he was a small boy.


It’s already time to hit the shower and head to the clinic!

It is one glorious morning here. Mt Rainier is outside my window looking like a blushing pink ice cream cone.

On a clear day, I can always count on her perfect greeting!

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w / L

A Once in a Lifetime Weekend Workout . . .

Hello beautifuls . . .

Deep breath . . .

. . . you know I have been practicing my penmanship. (Sister Agnatus, grade two . . . my best teacher, would be so proud of me. I believe she will feed my courage from above.)

. . . a little nervous because I want the envelopes to be “parfait”!

Inspired by Lauren’s amazing hand at “a fabulous F E T E “ , I sought class time with Alycia at Paper Delights.

inspired by
:: a fabulous F E T E ::

This very moment, on the farm table . . . a once in a lifetime weekend workout exercise awaits me.

I’m going with . . . modern brush calligraphy.

Wish me love, luck and magic . . .

You know I always wish it back to you times 34!


It’s Love Story Kind Of Day!

Hello beautifuls!

Happy April!

Happy New Month!


Happy New Week!

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For the past several days, I have been in a state of reflection, grabbing moments of rest between a back to normal routine and finishing the taxes.  (Whew hooooo!)

Exhaling and elated here.

Be prepared for a long post. This mama bird’s heart is full. Last weekend, 34 felt like San Juan Capistrano!  ( You know . . . the cliff swallows . . . the return! )

My birdies were all together under one eave!

We celebrated Jay and Camille’s wedding season “opener”!

The “Shower With Love” weekend!

Up to bat were family and friends, who planned .  .  .  styled . . . baked . . . cooked . . . and wrapped.  I am blessed to love and be loved by a community of people who know how to hit it out of the park.chandy collage

To set the mood for the weekend, I restyled my funky Chandelier. I also restyled Chrislyn’s old room to include a full size bed, so we could host Camille’s mom and dad.  ( I apologize for the poor photography here. The days have been overcast and rainy. To be honest, beautifuls, most of the images here were captured on the fly! )

Jay flew the nest on 34 about eight and a half years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a sports journalist / broadcaster.  After college, and an internship at Fox Sports Northwest, (now Root Sports), he accepted a position as sports director at KLEW, in a sweet little town in the state of Idaho called Lewiston, not far from Pullman, Washington, where he attended Washington State University.  He was in Lewiston three years, when he was approached by Boise’s prominent news station KTVB.

When he moved to Boise, I said a little prayer, and shared the prayer with my soul sister, C.J.  (Love you and miss you every day, C.J. I am over the moon watching you and the Mister Murster soaking in your warm and fun-filled retirement via Facebook.)  I prayed for him to meet a girl. I even added a few characteristics, traits and ideals.

About two-ish years later, my prayers were answered . . . at a country club golf tournament when a pretty co-ed working her way through Boise State University drove a golf cart to offer beverages to a foursome that included my son.  (She told me she fell in love with his smile.)

After what is now “the match”, Jay called me . . .

Hey Mama Bear!”  “How are you?”  I always say . . . “Hey Jay!”  “I’m GOOD!”  “What’s up?”  “Well . . . today I met a girl at a golf tournament . . . she gave me her phone number“.

I said . . . “Jay, there is no harm in asking her out . . . a date would be good for you.” ( I was beginning to become concerned as his work ethic and schedule had kept him out of the dating scene for a few years.  Jay has a good and guarded heart. He had only two steady girlfriends before meeting Camille. Due to his dedication to school and baseball, other than school dances, he did not begin dating until college. )

He called her.

A little over four years have passed since the match and the phone call.

Jay’s words . . .  on Facebook . . . this past February on the four-year anniversary of  “The First Date”.

“Looking to keep the date fun and light-hearted with a girl I hardly knew, I took her to Dave and Busters to play games, then we went to the grocery store, made homemade pizza and watched a super manly movie called “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.”

“Four years ago today: The Response”

“Wondering if the movie was a hint, I was finally convinced it wasn’t when she actually answered my phone call the next day.”

“As the saying goes, the rest is history, and now I get to marry this woman in 131 days.”

“We’re four years into this journey with a lifetime to go! You always make me look forward to the next day, the next memory.”

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. . . and Camille’s words.

“Today Jay asked me what my favorite memory of us was. A million memories flashed before me, but of course the most memorable one was most recent, when he asked me to marry him, so that’s what I said. I asked him the same question and he said, “Probably the first time I brought you home to meet my parents.” After that we kept thinking of other great memories we’ve shared together. We sat there laughing, smiling, and reminiscing over old memories that seem so long ago, that mean so much to us.”

“Today not only made me realize just how lucky I am to have this man in my life, but also made me realize how he would do anything just to make me happy. So thank you for making me the happiest girl alive. My mom (and dad) always told me that guys like you were a rare breed, and to hold onto you forever. And now I get to! Happy 4th and last anniversary! I can’t wait to start this new chapter called “marriage” with you.
I love you! It’s us against the world now.”

Camille was very patient while waiting for Jay to “pop the question”.  She would always say . . .  “Some day.”   She even had a Pinterest board where she pinned her wedding dreams called “Some Day”.

In October of 2015, Jay asked me to style the proposal dinner.  It’s theme would be “Some Day”.  He was planning to propose while they were home for Christmas! Camille’s mom and dad would fly in for the surprise!


I kept it very simple.  I used vintage brooches to repin Camille’s dreams of “Some day” . . . the real way . . . to centerpiece champagne buckets!


I hung a banner with Pottery Barn German glass letters and vintage pins above the French doors that opened into the private dining room.

On December 28, 2015, the Fireside Room at Mama Stortini’s was filled with family and friends when Jay proposed to Camille while Sinatra sang, ‘The Way You Look Tonight”.  ( You all know the first two words of the iconic song. )

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The banner now hangs in Jay’s old room, now a guest room, beneath a piece fashioned by Doré Callaway to commemorate what I now know to be Camille’s favorite memory of their life together thus far.  ( The vintage pins, from my mother and my grandmothers were gathered to be placed into Camille’s wedding bouquet. Her mom is amazingly talented . . . I cannot wait until I get the privilege to post it for all of you to see.)

The “Shower With Love” weekend began at dinner time on Friday night, when Camille’s mom and dad arrived . . . we revisited Mama Stortini’s.

Saturday morning, I made Jay’s favorite breakfast of biscuits and gravy.

The official wedding season “opener” was to follow at 2 o’clock. The traditional “Couples Shower” was hosted at the home of two of our closest friends, who are the mother and father of Jay’s best friend and best man Ty.

Our two families met on a T-ball field.  Jay and Ty played on the same team from that very first season through high school.  After high school, Jay played two years of college baseball, and Ty went to Washington State. Following his sophomore year, Jay hung up his cleats to seek a degree in broadcast journalism at The Edward R. Murrow School of Broadcast Journalism at Washington State.  At that time his sister, Chrislyn was a senior finishing up her political science and criminal justice degrees and Ty was a in pursuit of his degree in sports management.  Jay and Ty would be roommates in a Delta Tau Delta live out for two years.  After graduation, they hung their tassels on the rear view mirror and drove home together.

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It was both fitting and fun that Alice styled the “couples shower” into a baseball theme. The menu was vast including the best of “ballpark” kicked up a notch natcho bar with sangria, dogs with brews, Steve’s beans, DeAnna’s baseball cake pops, and Doreen’s sugar cookies shaped into mitts and bats.  We stayed late . . . all diving face first into bed when we all returned to 34.

Jay and Camille were visibly moved by the love and generosity of the day.

Sunday, I was up at five to finish preparing the food I was to bring to Chrislyn and Jason’s home for the Sunday Bridal Brunch / Shower.


The mini succulents were re-potted and ready to be gifted as party favors. I was to bring the cheeses, the fruits, the nuts, the chocolates and the croissants.


Chrislyn hosted the Bridal Brunch / Shower. She had three tables set for 20 guests. She made pretty paper lace banners, printed images from Camille and Jay’s engagement photos and collected images of their childhood to display within the food and festivities. We styled the event, with Ikea finds, flowers, potted succulents, and a collection of a lifetime of bone china and glass plates that once belonged to my grandmothers.  I managed to capture a few images as we pulled it all together.


The menu included three quiches, cinnamon pull apart rolls, croissants, cheeses, fruits fresh and dried, nuts and chocolates.  Camille’s best friend, and bridesmaid, Ashley participated by styling the mimosa bar. Ashley moved from Boise to Seattle about a year ago.

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A quick photo with Camille, Ashley and Chrislyn before clean up.  I have to laugh and throw in . . . five days before this picture I had an emergency root canal and missed my hair day! Jennifer Connolly from A Well Styled Life and I were in the dentist chairs on the same day!  I looked so bad that the pharmacist told me there would be “no wait time” as I looked like I was having a bad day!

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Jay and Camille feeling very blessed and lifted by love.  I must tell you about her dress in a future post!

This week I will be addressing their wedding invitations . . .

Their best day ever will be here before we know it!


Just One Pic!

When I began blogging . . . seven years ago . . . I posted a little feature now and then called ” Just One Pic”.

I still love to “play it“.

About the same time Kevin Systrom, with Mike Krieger . . . a couple of Stanford guys, must have had a similar idea.

( You know I am writing this tongue in cheek.)




Stay with me . . .

This morning, I was cruising “the gram feed” and saw . . .

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this image from that amazing Savvy City Farmer,  Joy Frey Waltmire.

( I once purchased a very cool, vintage “50” yard line marker from her for Jay.)

This morning . . . that image . . . brought on a little bit of  March madness in me!

When I retire . . . I could open a sports bar.

( Those of you who have read me well, know my son is a sports broadcaster, and I have always dreamed of owning a flower and gift shop.)

But . . .

. . . a chic sports bar?

Call it . . .

“The Sports Guy’s Mom”

(“La Maman du Sportif”)

( “Press for” . . .  champagne, cool brews  . . . and bite on French bread under prisms of Friday night lights.)

Speaking of prisms . . .

Digressing . . .

I know . . . in the big scheme of things . . . perhaps trivial . . .

“What ever happened to the Waterford Crystal Football?”  ( the NCAA football championship trophy awarded 1998-2013.) It was this mom, of partial Irish decent‘s opinion, the best thing about the BCS era. (Not loving the new trophy near as much.)  I remember holding my breath when the crystal ball was passed around after the award ceremony.

Bring it back!  I need one for my sports bar!

Joy . . .

(Excuse my English . . .)

Where the H-E . . . double hockey sticks . . . did you spy the image?

Obviously . . .  Midwest “March Madness”?



It is sooooo . . . “above the rim” !


Forgive me if I seem giddy and silly . . .

This weekend, Jay, Camille and her parents will be here for the home “opener” of the wedding shower season.

To season openers!

Happy Spring 2017!

Thank YOU . . . and Joy for always feeding my dreams!