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Danice Oliver
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Not a lot of time for spas, but still a Spajunkie...Life back in these United States.
Interests: Travel, cooking, spas, reading, photography, gardening
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I know you struggle to believe I'm watching over you but I am. It isn't logical and you don't like those things which are not black and white. I was very worried to leave you sleeping but I knew how strong you are and that ultimately you are a survivor.... Continue reading
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Dear Kenny, When we met 17 years ago I never considered that someday I would write my last love letter to you. In fact, do you remember how everything stood still and the room seemed to spin around us, outside of us? How everyone present said there was electricity in... Continue reading
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Sometimes you just need to refill your soul with something lovely. I've had so many butterflies in the yard...it has made me very happy to chase them with the camera. Because sometimes it is better to be behind the camera than in front. A dragonfly that likes to follow me... Continue reading
Today after making a meal plan for the week, and attending to some doctor appointments for Mr. Ken, I set off for errands and grocery shopping. I was about half way into the shopping when I ran into a friend, actually, a high school friend's mom, who is friends with... Continue reading
It's funny when I don't blog for awhile and go back and look at the stats - number of hits - and find of the no blogs numerous hits on the old stuff....kinda makes you wonder who is reading at four a.m. anyway! Otherwise, yeah, so don't we all have... Continue reading
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Happy Mother's Day to, first of all, my lovely mother! To my sweet Mother-In-Law, Janie, to all my girl friends and to me! But, this blog isn't really about Mother's Day per se ...so much as about my step-daughter...Lauren. She is the most wonderful blessing to ever come into my... Continue reading
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I love to have dinner parties. I was trying to remember the last time we had a proper dinner party with all the things I love to have - beautiful food, tablescape, wine, and great company. I started planning last weekend, made the menu and grocery list on Thursday, shopped... Continue reading
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Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. There are many people, things and ideas I keep close to me because I find beauty in them. And beauty makes me happy. When we decided to landscape our yard we tried to think of the top 5 things that we... Continue reading
My lovely childhood friend, Tami, sent me the sweetest little gift. Thank you darling! I love it. I really, really do. It is a notepad which says: Sometimes in life, you find a special friend: Someone who changes your life by being a part of it, Who makes you laugh... Continue reading
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As a new storm is making its way across the US, and we in Texas get prepared for yet another week of cold weather, I made the decision that spring is (almost) here and I couldn't survive another minute without at least starting to get prepared for it. It all... Continue reading
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Lauren. So if you get right down to the blood relation thing she isn't really my daughter, she is my step-daughter...but I couldn't love her any more if she was mine...and quite truthfully I might love her more because she isn't, exactly, by blood relation...but, I have known her, and... Continue reading
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Do we really love Valentine's Day or have the card companies of the world just hyped it to the point we all feel it is important (or unimportant)? Do you love to celebrate "the" love in your life, the people you love in your life, those that mean the most... Continue reading
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We started out Sunday going to our favorite Mexican breakfast place in Montrose. From there we headed to shop at Central Market. And then...wow. We could not find one thing we wanted to buy. We don't know if this was because we were so full already or because it was... Continue reading
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Recently someone referred to me.. as in ...a sentence... as old girl. Like, check out what old girl said ... or did... or whatever... I've heard this phrase before, typically said with a British accent as in "Come on old girl, let's watch some telly." (Be sure you said that... Continue reading
Don't you love the word scrumptious? It really is very descriptive... Scrumptious - adjective. "(of food) extremely appetizing or delicious." I can think of a lot of things AND recipes that meet this criteria but this recipe is at the top of the list, especially in cold, winter weather when... Continue reading
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I wonder sometimes how I can spend so much time "getting organized". I mean at some point when you spend the time and energy to "get organized" you must finally arrive at nirvana... And YOU ARE ORGANIZED. To my point - from December 27th to January 1st I did what... Continue reading
"You and I are so over we need a new word for it." Carrie Bradshaw This is pretty much how I feel about the weather/sickness at this point. Bring on summer, please! "I like my money where I can see it - hanging in my closet." Carrie Bradshaw I certainly... Continue reading
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Everyone knows I make pork tenderloin, cabbage, black-eyed peas and cornbread every New Year's Day. The only thing up in the air is what I do with the pork. This year I tried a new recipe at the last minute...and, wow, was it good! It would be good any night,... Continue reading
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Someone posted recently on Facebook that whatever you are doing on New Year's Eve is what you will be doing all year. (I stole that from you Liene!) I sure hope that is true! On New Year's Eve this year we were surrounded with dear friends, fabulous food, a beautiful... Continue reading
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Wasn't 2013 a wonderful year? And, gosh, we are so blessed and lucky to have made it through and now we look forward to what 2014 will bring.... I wish I could type the sound in my head right now ---- If you can imagine hearing that record scratching noise...... Continue reading
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As promised a little more blogging... Another gift I was very surprised and inspired by was this beautiful cookbook~ Mr. Ken and I have frequented this restaurant (Backstreet Cafe) for as long as we have been married and prior to that I hung out there a lot because I lived... Continue reading
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It isn't really a question, I haven't been blogging...since July! How does that happen? I will tell you how it happens...people get sick, new jobs start, moving occurs, you find yourself pulled in a hundred different directions and you just don't have time, or energy, or anything you could possibly... Continue reading
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Where should we begin? Seems like it's been forever, and as I look back it really has been a long, long time. I must say that "real" life as opposed to retirement does not a spajunkie make! Let's see, I started working again full time on May 1st. Can I... Continue reading
Well, maybe not rage so much but I definitely intend to rant... This morning I left the house at 8:45 to take Desi for his annual check up/shots/etc. His appointment in Pearland was at 9:30. We arrived promptly at 9:20. ......we finally were ushered into the exam room at 10:20,... Continue reading
Sometimes you receive news you don't even want to think about much less talk about... Many of you read and actually understood my crazy comparison of chocolate and cancer...so, going on from that I guess I would have to say we are having a dark chocolate covered caramel with sea... Continue reading