Thank You Phyllis!! 7/17/17 – 8/20/12

What a wonderful comedienne, she filled my life with many, many laughs!  I used to enjoy her stand up routines when she was on TV.   I will always remember you and thank you from the bottom of my heart!!


Phyllis had a great show that was on ABC in the 60’s – the name of the show was “The Pruitts Of Southampton”

I even remember the opening  jingle which went like this:

The Pruitts Of Southampton live like the richest folks, but what the folks don’t know is that the Pruitts are flat broke!!!!

The show aired the 1966 – 1967 season, later the name was changed to The Phyllis Diller Show

She credited Bob Hope for growing her fame as she appeared with him in 23 television specials and 3 films in the 1960’s.  Her laughter alone would make me laugh, it was contagious!  She was a pioneer who championed crazy outfits and crazy hairstyles – oh god she was just so vibrant and hilarious and I truly miss her.  Today’s comedians should take some pages out of her book – and you do not need to use profanity to be funny.

Phyllis was also a very talented piano soloist who appeared with some 100 symphony orchestras across the US, using the stage name Dame Illya Dillya between the years 1971 – 1981.  The San Francisco Examiner called her “a fine concert pianist with a firm touch” after a review of one of her concerts.


Phyllis passed away in her sleep at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home on August 20, 2012 at the age of 95 with a smile on her face!

We will miss you beautiful lady!

We All Work So Hard And Need A Break…..

It can be tough – especially in today’s hectic world to find the things we need to efficiently run our home offices and businesses.  I used to hunt from store to store to find some great affordable deals on the products I use everyday in my office and at home.  But no more – there is one stop I can make and get ALL the supplies I need.  I found that both the products and prices are GREAT, the selection is amazing!!  What a wonderful time saver, I can’t believe I didn’t look there before – even for those back to school needs!

Ok, I will let out my little secret, maybe!!!  Yes everyone – that TERRIFIC & WONDERFUL store is:  Viking Direct!  Everything I needed I found all in one place.  I was astonished that Viking Direct even offers fast free delivery on orders over $50 USD,  £30 or €75 (excl VAT).  All of their products offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can’t go wrong!

They have been in business for over 20 years and have great buying power and can offer us consumers some great prices.   You can even shop on-line or phone in or fax an order – so very convenient!!

While I was browsing their products it dawned on me that we are almost in September already, for me that is fast forwarding to the Holiday Season.  This year I plan on getting myself ready early with their personalized holiday cards  – what a great buy at $42.63 USD,£26.99 or €29.19 (excl VAT) for a pack of 30!  For my businesses I write out over 1,100 cards and it takes me a little while to write them out (actually a long time and I end up with writers cramp)!   To help with that problem I ordered these personalized cards for my business along with a self-inking stamp!  It’s going to be a snap in getting my cards ready this season as the cards also come with peel and seal envelopes – how easy is that!!

The staff at Viking direct is very attentive and helpful.  Should you have any questions about their products and services they have available – just give them a call.  For me it’s just peace of mind having them there, almost like having a personal assistant.  Thank you Viking Direct for making my life easier!

***All opinions expressed are my own and I was compensated for this post***


Edible Arrangements Scavenger Hunt! This Weeks Clues…..


Here is ’Summer Strawberry’ at the location last week in South Yarmouth

Find Edible Arrangements’ ‘Summer Strawberry!’

The scavenger hunt is on to decipher the clues and determine which Edible Arrangements store ‘Summer Strawberry’ is visiting. The scavenger hunt will only be taking place in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire stores. There will be four consecutive Wednesday’s, from August 15-September 5, where ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be making an appearance during a pre-selected 2-hour time period.

Free Fruit and Fun!
Anyone who correctly deciphers the clues and finds ‘Summer Strawberry’ within the designated 2-hour time period will receive free samples of smoothies, dipped fruit or fresh fruit salad when they mention the scavenger hunt. Emailing a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ to or commenting on this blog post the address/ store location where you found ‘Summer Strawberry’ will enter you to win the grand prize, a $200 Amazon gift card, or one of four arrangements ! Doing both will get you two entries! Tweeting a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ with a caption that includes the hashtag #IFoundFruit and showing it to the cashier will get you an additional entry and a 6-piece box of dipped fruit!

Live far from the selected store?
If you correctly decipher the clues but cannot make it to the selected location, you can still enter the contest by commenting the address/ store location of ‘Summer Strawberry’ on this blog post. Better yet, you can visit your local Edible Arrangements during the pre-selected 2-hour time period and mention that you are there because of scavenger hunt and you will receive a 6-piece box of dipped fruit! 

* The scavenger hunt and its affiliated promotions will only be taking place in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire stores



Here are this weeks clues in the GREAT scavenger hunt by Edible Arrangements:

Wednesday, August 22 from 2 P.M.-4 P.M.
– ‘Summer Strawberry’
will be stopping by the second largest city in New England on its tour of Massachusetts and New Hampshire! The city, which is about 40 miles west of Boston, was named after a city in England.

– This city is home to 10 colleges and universities including College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College and a Massachusetts state university whose mascot is the Lancers.

‘Summer Strawberry’ will be visiting the Edible Arrangements store off of Rte. 122, in between Ingleside Avenue Historic Park and Lake Avenue.

– The store is located in XXXXXXX Plaza, a plaza that is named after the town in Cape Cod that was made famous by the Kennedy’s vacation compound. After stopping in to visit ‘Summer Strawberry,’ you can grab a slice at a popular pizza chain whose slogan is, ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza,’ or stop by a tax prep company located in the plaza.

While at the store – order up some GREAT FRESH fruit – you will not be disappointed & be sure to tell them I sent you!  Best wishes in finding Summer Strawberry and have some fun!

Needing A New Look Or Style?

I am in the process of decorating my new office. My tastes have always been basic traditional, but my husband suggests that I “break out of my shell” and try something different. Well I did surprise him, BIG time! For a completely different look I decided to go with a great contemporary style from top to bottom. The biggest problem I faced was where do I find the styles and furnishings I truly wanted without spending an arm and a leg.

Searching for a company that has the products and designs I want, I always start with an online search. I then narrow my search down by picking at least three companies to take a closer look at. To my surprise (I don’t get surprised that often!) I found a GREAT company that handled pretty much everything I needed to make my office a beautiful showplace.  That company is Interior Addict I urge you to check out their sight!

The selection is GREAT and their prices are excellent, they even have a clearance section you should check out.  The selection alone of accents was terrific – I found a beautiful George Nelson Style Multi-Colored Starburst Clock.   I’ve always loved this style and the fact that it is multi-colored was beyond what I was looking for.  The ones I’ve seen over the years were either brass or stained wood, I love the colors.   One problem I was able to overcome was having limited desk space as the office is a bit on the tiny side.  They have a terrific space-saving desk – Lucce Drawers & Desk Unit  it has the drawer space I need, and a pullout desk that I can push back in when not in use.  The style is simple and elegant and it is a perfect fit for that small office space.

There are some great help sites such as eHow or even do a search under contemporary or modern design to find some pretty neat guides.  You’ll be surprised as to all the great tips and ideas on decorating there are out there.  I found some nice ideas on making a compact efficient office and ran across some ideas on balancing out modern and antique designs.  Many, many great decorating tips are available to you for the searching.  I am going to look into the balancing of modern and antique designs but shhhh  I don’t want my husband to know I am decorating another room!

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