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December 23, 2017

My mother’s post and a peek at some nativities from around the world.

Proud to be from Pica Pica

Preparing for the celebration, shopping for gifts, stressing to make sure everything is ready should not take precedence over our spiritual preparation. Getting ready to celebrate our savior’s birth should be our priority and we must never forget our guest of honor.

One of my favorite Advent rituals is the Advent wreath.


This year we were able to see an exhibit of Nativities from around the world at the Franciscan Monastery.



I was surprised to see one from Cuba.


We are blessed to live so close to The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is a wonderful place at this time of the year. We attended the Blessing of the Bambinelli and had the Baby Jesus from my 46 year old Nativity blessed.


Pictures from the Shrine as they get ready for Christmas:


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March 6, 2017

I love Juan Diego but I am still more of a cat person…I will get back to you when he isn’t so nippy!

Proud to be from Pica Pica

It has been over 30 years since I had a puppy. We have had plenty of cats and more than a few bunnies, but circumstances were not favorable for acquiring a puppy. As a matter of fact, they are are still not favorable, but as destiny would have it we now have an amazingly lovable and charming Chihuahua.

In January I received an e-mail from my friend Nona who lives in Georgia telling me that she would be getting a Chihuahua puppy. He was born on New Year’s Eve and she would be getting him around Valentine’s Day. She wanted me to help her name him and asked me for the name of a Spanish saint. I thought the perfect name would be Juan Diego. Juan Diego, of Our Lady of Guadalupe fame, was recently canonized. So I actually picked his name.

A few weeks later I got another e-mail…

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November 28, 2016

Proud to be from Pica Pica

I very seldom write in my blog any more. Perhaps as I get older I feel more irrelevant each day. Perhaps what I consider the wisdom of experience others see as the rantings of an old woman.

Once in a while something happens that compels me to express what is in my heart. The death of Fidel Castro awakens emotions long suppressed. At this point in history it may change nothing, but it certainly brings to the surface the pain and suffering he inflicted on my country, my family, and my life.

He lived a long life, became extremely wealthy and enjoyed luxury and fame while the people of his country lived in misery and poverty. Do I celebrate his death? Not exactly because it does not erase the damage of the last 57 years. But it does provide a certain relief and a new hope for my country of…

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December 22, 2015

Enjoy the fun and magic of the season!!!!


Happy feast day St. Francis!!

October 4, 2014

I am Heathcliff



St. Francis of Assisi is one of the best men ever and was and is kind to creatures great and small.

The pictures are from Aspen Hill Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.  When we went it was overgrown but very charming.  Anyone who has loved anyone or any creature knows that such a place is a place of deep sadness, joy and remembrance of things lost and things waiting to be regained again.  Restored in a better place and the perfect time forever and ever.  Today we remember a man who can keep them entertained and petted proper until we meet them again.


Click and dance! Click and dance!





8837540212_b266da3784_cTo just see him as an animal protector and friend is easy but he was a mighty mystic and rejected the secular allure of worldly riches and respect.  He wasn’t handsome by all reports but his beauty is unparalleled and his ambition pure, great…

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Special Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

April 26, 2014

Mother’s Day is coming and it is often hard to think of the perfect gift for your mother and other special women in your life. Why not consider getting a truly special gift from a seller on Etsy? There is practically a limitless supply of handmade and vintage gift ideas just waiting to be discovered, and my shop is just one of the many options. My Etsy shop Señorita Whiskers offers handmade jewelry and vintage items which would make lovely gifts for the beloved women in your life.

Here are just a few samples (click on the pictures and it will take you to the Etsy listing):

Sweet light blue shell and faceted crystal necklace available

Sweet light blue shell and faceted crystal necklace available

Shell and hematite heart necklace to show how much she is loved

Shell and hematite heart necklace to show how much she is loved

Perhaps something a little earthier like this Jasper and glass bead necklace

Perhaps something a little earthier like this Jasper and glass bead necklace

Maybe these amber crystal earrings would be just the thing!

Maybe these amber crystal earrings would be just the thing!

Perhaps this vintage Swarovski brooch would be just the gift you are looking for...

Perhaps this vintage Swarovski brooch would be just the gift you are looking for…

Whether you are looking for a hand crafted piece or something vintage Señorita Whiskers has a gift sure to please.



Happy Halloween Made for TV Flashback 1985’s “The Midnight Hour”

October 31, 2013

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays-I couldn’t wait to dress up.  I was always happy to get into my costume which really didn’t change as I got older but only got more elaborate.  One of the things I loved most was getting to see all the Halloween specials on TV which were more plentiful, or at least seemed so, when I was a kid and it just seemed that more networks got into the spirit.

One of the examples of the old network spirit was a made for TV movie from 1985 entitled “The Midnight Hour”.  I remember seeing this movie on ABC and being instantly smitten.  I simply loved it, and as a matter of fact it made such an impression on me that, being a young girl, I wrote about it in my diary.  Well, that was quite a long time ago, and it still holds its magic for me.  A good friend sent me a copy several years ago, just before the prices went through the roof-they have come back down to earth since then.


“The Midnight Hour” is a sweet and simple romantic ghost story that takes place in a small town, Pitchford Cove, on Halloween night.  There are zombies, werewolves, witches and vampires but there is also love and an inexplicable song and dance number as well.  I know it sounds crazy and campy and yes it is both of those things; but each time I watch this movie I relive all those feelings I had the first time I saw it and I remember what it was like to be thirteen again and to see this movie for the first time.  This particular made for TV offering still holds the magic of childhood for me as I know it does for many others as well, there is just something special about it.

Phil Grenville dressed up for the big party at Melissa's

Phil Grenville dressed up for the big party at Melissa’s

A few party goers

A few party goers

The two central characters of the story that we follow on Halloween night are Phil Grenville (played by Lee Montgomery) and Sandy Matthews (Jonna Lee).  Phil is a descendent of a town founder/witch hunter and Sandy is out of her element and trying to tend to some unfinished business and the two are brought together under unusual circumstances.  Phil and Sandy will soon experience a night that neither will ever forget and a bond that transcends time.

Phil and Sandy cruise the town

Phil and Sandy cruise the town

Along for the ride is Shari Belefonte, LeVar Burton, Deedee Pfeiffer and Peter DeLuise rounding out the group of character Phil’s teenage friends.  Belefonte, as the descendent of the town’s witch, delivers the movie’s one song and dance scene with “Get Dead”, there is more than a little ham in that Halloween musical number and throughout, but it only adds to the fun.  Veteran actors Kevin McCarthy and Dick Van Patten also put in appearances as the fathers of two of the characters.  The soundtrack is also filled with 80’s music as well as older classics, that help give the movie a nice sense of two separate times colliding.

I guess you had to be there...

I guess you had to be there…

Shari Belefonte getting ready to strike as Melissa Cavender

Shari Belefonte getting ready to strike as Melissa Cavender

Dick Van Patten camping it up as Phil's dentist father Martin Grenville

Dick Van Patten camping it up as Phil’s dentist father Martin Grenville

I still love this movie all these years later, and it is great fun when you want to watch something that is low on gore but high on fun and is sweet yet bittersweet at the same time.  The Midnight Hour, as well as its cast, will always have a special place in my heart.

Thinking of Sandy

Thinking of Sandy