Posts with tag: "Family"
The Mockingbird Stakes, Horse Racing 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Mockingbird Stakes, Horse Racing 2013

Horse racing at Mockingbird!  Enjoyed some laughs and some betting the other day during the first ever Mockingbird Stakes horse races -- good thing we didn't bet with real greenbacks.  Haha!

Our Christmas Tree Flotsam
Monday, December 24, 2012
The Mockingbird Stakes, Horse Racing 2013

You know how some people have fabulously expensive Christmas ornaments with carefully coordinated bulbs and perfect bows to decorate their tree (micromanaging placement of each individual bobble), and they carefully pack each ornament away every year in its own special box?  Well, I'm NOT one of those people.   We refer to our Christmas tree decorations as "Christmas Tree Flotsam"...Flotsam:   The wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea.Imagine the stuff that's left behind on the surface of the ocean after a recent ship wreck -- that's rather like our Christmas tree decorations!  -- But how I cherish and unapologetically love the random, bizaar, and exceedingly quirky items that we feel oh-so-nostalgic over year after year.Our Christmas tree flotsam includes lots of vintage ornaments that have graced our trees over the years, both artificial and real.   They're admittedly a bit beat up, but they retain their charm and sparkle. Then we have our traditional "plastic green cow" which is always placed in a prime place on the tree, prominently, in the front, and somewhere about eye level.  The plastic green cow goes back to before I was born and was hung on the tree many years ago -- during the hard years, when my mother was young and newly immigrated from New Zealand to Los Angeles with her ...