Monday, December 1, 2014


this year I am vowing to KEEP IT SIMPLE...
now, of course, this doesn't mean dressing down or not having a glorious party
with all the goodies on the table or not spoiling your kids/grands with awesome stuff.

to me it means thinking of someone else too, possibly someone you've only just met,
or never met...& doing something wonderful for THEM.

as some of you know, I've just moved into a highrise (life changes doesn't it!),
and on Thanksgiving morning the woman across the hall called me and invited me to have
Thanksgiving dinner with everyone in the building who lives alone (she didn't know I was
born in Houston & have friends and family here).

isn't that the nicest thing you've ever heard of?

this is what I'm talking about.
keep it simple.
keep it real.

remember the small stuff as it will mean so much to others.

I'm going to make a couple of dozen little gift bags with lovely "sussies"
(this is what we call frivolous, unnecessary, but highly desirable little gifts)
inside, all wrapped up and ready to be presented to people I may not even know,
just so they know someone actually cares how nice they are.
silly?  probably in our age & time.

however, it's me.

& I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like being given a package of happiness and
a show of respect.

the kiddos will have some too.


"By Invitation Only"
 will be posted on the 2nd Tuesday of December, which will be
December 9th.

the TOPIC is:

gifting your mother, best friend and/or significant other:


this is, of course, "keeping it simple" isn't it?

to every single one of you 

this holiday season every post I do will have an animal(s),
as I love them so much, and my dogs are a part of my life, an important part.

I've noticed as I go through TUMBLR or PINTEREST that each time I see an animal pic,
I smile.

Smiling is important.
& I want you to smile too.

reblog all you want.


Via Pinterest



  1. I love this time of year! Beautiful post!


  2. Happy December, Marsha. Love your philosophy of keeping it simple. I'm going to try to do the same. Hope it's a magical month for all! XOXO

  3. Marsha.. what a lovely thought to make up small packages! Enjoy your week! Love the dog pic.

  4. Happy first of December Marsha, A lovely post to start the month with, Thank you! I hear your voice a love your message it rings in my heart too, especially at Christmas!
    Wishing you a December filled with peaceful moments & magical wonder.

  5. Ahhh...yes...I also hope to keep it simple this year. I wish you and I both luck in accomplishing this goal! Have a beautiful day, Marsha! xoxo

  6. Marsha-
    You create the most beautiful posts, with so much meaning.
    I feel the same way as you do about giving and animals.
    Happy Monday,

  7. Hello,dear dear Marsha!
    You are one of the mostly wise and very Beautiful person....
    I do Love your way to think and your Beautiful ideas always!:)
    Absolutely amazing posts,filled with much love and inner beauty!

    My warnest thoughts to you,Marsha:)))

  8. Beautiful post, dear friend! How sweet of your neighbor!! I love doing little "random acts of kindness" all year but especially now! Our little granddaughters adoption was final TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are over the moon with love!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. That's a wonderful idea Marsha & somehow your posts seem happier as of late. Tis the season to be! Gorgeous post btw. X

  10. Wow, Marsha! Change is never easy...........I downsized to a smaller space and have been struggling with where to put all my paintings and books. Fortunately, I had cathedral ceilings built, so now I have wallpaper art to the top. Keeping it simple is not in my vocabulary, even though the concept is usually in my head, but I love your idea of gifting those who would never expect it! Another lovely post.....Merry Christmas, Marsha! Angela Muller

  11. How wonderful for those you run into this season -- they will love the little gifts, so thoughtful and kind.

  12. Your gift bags sound like such a lovely idea!! Keeping it simple and real is on our agenda too. Happy December dear Marsha!!


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