Sunday, December 29, 2013

From Moment to Memory

to the retelling



very special holiday experience

risks becoming 


in a rushed attempt to condense it

in these last few days of 


So I'll just say


I'm back home

at home castles crowns and cottages

at home castles crowns and cottages

at home castles crowns and cottages
at home castles crowns and cottages

after spending


with my cousins


Southern California.

santa monica pier, california

 I hope to find the right language throughout


to produce the imagery that celebrates  

the forgotten 


hidden treasures 


our lives because


Thank you dear readers, friends and family

for following. See you in 2014!



Seawashed said...

Oh Anita your home is so so so beautiful. And I just love seeing you and the joy in your expression on the Pier! Carrying the treasures within xxo said...

YOU are the second person today to tell us that you were in s. cal and on the santa monica pier. be still my heart, I grew up there, surfing and lolling on the sand. I am 64 and continue to body surf with my younger sisters to this day. again and again...such a beauty of a post...and I write so much more poetry as I've aged...and love this from Allen Ginsberg. thank you over and over. so looking forward to all your new posts. HAPPY NEW YEAR XOXO

Cathy Hickman said...

May you have a Blessed 2014!! Beautiful post....xoxo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Is that really your home? It is beautiful, Anita! I love it! Have a blessed end to 2013 and thank you for your constant inspiration and uplifting posts! You are a gem!

Sabrina said...

happy new year !!!!!

The French Hutch said...

“No place like home” Anita and your images of your home show how beautiful it is. You’ve always had the language inside of you to write the beautiful magical posts we have all come to know and love here. May you and yours have a Blesses and Happy New Year!

The French Hutch

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
You look fantastic- I adore that photo of you on the Santa Monica pier!!!!!
How was your trip? It sounds like the vintage shops were soooo cool!!!!!
It's freezing cold here!!!!!
Do you have any New Years Eve plans?
Love & Hugs,

Simply LKJ said...

What a lovely home. And yes, there is no place like home! Happy Nee Year!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Look at you on the Santa Monica Pier! I just went to the Santa Monica Promenade in November when I visited, and it was all lit up for Christmas. You'll have to tell me all about your visit with your family. Did you have a fun time? I bet it was nice coming home after such a long trip. Your house is so beautiful, and I've always loved the black and white checkered floors.

My wish for you in the new year, my darling Anita, is peace and joy. Love is such a special thing to have, and YOU, MY FRIEND, are gifted with it. When I look at your cheerful smile in this picture, I can't help by smile back.


Leslie Harris said...

You are such a special person Anita. How wonderful it is to visit here, to click on the music and enjoy the beauty of your words. Thank you for sharing a peek into your home, I love those black and white floors and of course, the photo on the pier is the best. Such happiness! Looking forward to more of your inspiring posts in 2014.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Love this so much and you, and you. Blessings and light, Amy

Anonymous said...

all right then...that language indeed...for artistic expression....can not wait to read it and see it!
blessings for your new year my friend...

Astro & Mitzie said...


Visiting your beautiful "Castles and Crowns" each time you post is like opening a Christmas gift.
The excitement and pleasure, reading and listening is a true celebration in itself.
Thank you for sharing a little piece of your world.
Cheers to you and Happy New Year!

"Create Beauty" said...

I'm sitting here eating our yogurt delight.... for dinner! ... as I read your post my dear! I had a fun afternoon with the kids, having doll tea parties. What memories you created this Christmas, not only for yourself, but for the little ones whose eyes were watching and learning how to celebrate! Looking forward to much beauty shared in the coming year,
~ Violet

koralee said...

Just look at you my friend! Your sweet radiant smile brings such sunshine into our lives! So glad you are safe and sound in your stunning home and your holiday was pure JOY! I really want to hear all about it. Sit back and relax...we have another week...yahoooooo! Sipping tea and thinking of YOU tonight. xoxox HUGS

Nella Miller said...

Anita, I have enjoyed every visit to this very beautiful blog this year...thank you for continuing to inspire me every time, N.xo

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

I LOVE this!
May you be blessed in 2014!!!

Stacey said...

I'm so happy you were able to visit family this Christmas! Beautiful post. I especially love that last snippet about poetry. Here's to 2014 and all its blessings! Bisous :-)

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita
I am happy you got away to Santa Monica an were with family over the holiday season. You are back to your beautiful home and refreshed I hope. Looking forward to your writing in 2014.

Thanks for your visit and comments


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You look so sweet Anita! I love this photo of you... Your home looks so beautiful, and again, I am so happy you were able to see Santa Monica Pier...
So good to have you home. I feel 2014 will be a very creative year for you...

Art and Sand said...

Thank you for the peek into Castles and Crowns at home.

I am so happy that you got to experience southern California again during Christmas when our weather is usually wonderful.

May you always find the right words in 2014.

Suz said...

Your photos of your home are absolutely gorgeous! Your poetry is always thoughtful and inspiring. What a surprise to see a pic of beautiful you. Thanks.

Jade said...

Oh, how I love the pictures of your wonderful home, dearest looks like a french castle, sooooo charming!!! I´m looking forward to a new blog year with and thank you so much for all your inspiration and all your lovely words! HAPPY NEW YEAR my dear friend,

with love and hugs, Jade

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your posts during 2013 and look forward to more in 2014. Thank you for your friendship it means a great deal. I hope the New Year brings you love and laughter in abundance. Happy New Year.

Unknown said...

A beautiful post to end the year, Anita...looking forward to 2014 and our continued 'blogging friendship'
May all your dreams come true xx

Unknown said...

You always find such beautiful images and words to share Anita. Wishing you and your family a Happy & Prosperous New Year. We hope it starts wonderfully and continues throughout the year.
Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

The Dutchess said...

And thank you my dearest Sister...I will follow you always..xoxo

It's me said...

Love your home darling !!!...what a beautiful post ....i hope 2014 will be the best year ever for you.....with good health, lost of fun and beautiful people around you you more and more and Ria....x !

Unknown said...

Oh Anita thank you for your lovely words that make your blog so beautiful to read. I 'm hoping for more in 2014. Have a wonderful time at the rest of the holidays...

Denise said...

How nice to have You in My stomping grounds for Christmas.I was in Whittier with family a few days before Christmas."forgotten and hidden treasures of Our lives." I love that thought,looking forward to all Your 2014 posts.Anita I recognize the Pier Your on,I think...another one of My stomping grounds,Long Beach or Seal beach ?You look Beautiful ,so happy and rested.Hugs Denise

nélinha said...

Je suis ravie que tu sois de retour dans ton sweet home, en espérant que ton séjour fut agréable et doux, la poésie rassemble et unit les gens ainsi que la douce musique que j'écoute actuellement en feuilletant tes ravissantes pages...Je suis vraiment content que cette année 2013 nous ait permis de nous connaître même de façon virtuelle...Je souhaite que 2014 soit la continuité de nos échanges et de nos partages en toute simplicité...Bonne et heureuse année 2014 ma chère Anita
French kiss
PS: I wish you and your readers a happy new year

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I so enjoy the glimpses of beauty you create in your home, simply magical. The expression of happiness and playful joy in your sweet face at Santa Monica pier is delightful. I wish you all that bliss and more in the New Year. You live your poetry well.

renae said...

Morning sweet Anita! Oh you and your envy of my sparkle jeans. I have a confession to make. When I wear them I am consistently worried when I unconsciously cross my legs in them that I will pop off the sparkles. They are like super glued on and they could easily come off. So I have really limited how much I wear them. They are fancy but not very practical. But you can continue to feel inspired by them if you wish.

This post is very 'you', which I love. Please continue to inspire me, okay? okay. Happy 2014!

Simplement ... said...

Alors bonne fin d'année 2013 chère Anita et rendez vous avec bonheur en 2014.
Bisous tendresse

speedyrabbit said...

Awww Auntie Anita ,we just love your home,its such a special and enchanting hide away,but I am so glad you're home as I missed you so!xx Speedy

Madelief said...

Welcome back Anita! Happy to hear you had a lovely time with your cousins over Christmas. You look really happy on the photo.

What a beautiful house you live in: the chandelier, the copper pans, the black and white floor. It all looks very stylish and French :-)! It suits you.

Thank you for your friendship the past months as well. Wish I found you sooner!!

A Happy New Year to you dear friend! I hope it will be filled with love, good health and poetry.


Madelief x

Unknown said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE...the image of you opening up all of our hearts, and those of your glorious home!
I have no doubt we will be privileged to view and feel the magic of the hidden treasures of 2014, my friend! no doubt!
Happy New Year!

Down by the sea said...

Dear Anita.
Glad you had a good Christmas with your cousins. I know you will have no problem is producing wonderful words and pictures in the year to come. Thank you for giving me such magical pictures, music and words throughout 2013.
Sarah x

Leslie said...

Look at you Anita!! What fun you must have had a Santa Monica Pier:) a must SEE!!! My company is slowly leaving and I'm trying catch up. Seems like you just left and you're back! I hope you had a wonderful time visiting your family. My Mom enjoyed the cooler Seattle weather for the holiday. It was a warm holiday (80's I heard!) in L.A.

I hope you have a fun New Years EVE/Day and best wishes for a happy and healthy NEW YEAR ahead!!

hi-d said...

Hello Anita!
So good to see your smiling face! I'm glad you made it home safe and sound and had a wonderful trip. Happy New Year to you! Keep following your dreams!


Pallavi said...

How beautiful dear Anita :) Wish you a very happy new year 2014!

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, i à hère to bring in the new year with you, lové that you postes more of your home. The dinning area speaks to me with soulful words of the French Language. Love that armoire.

Next time you come to Ca. I will meet up with you and you with me :)

Happy new year dear friend.


Anonymous said...

And I look forward to every single delicious morsel that you will share with us this coming year, my friend.
Thank you for your visit yesterday and for your beautiful words of affirmation. You don't know the gift you have given me by reminding me that victory is already ours. It is so very true, dearest. Only Grace.
I have enjoyed another year of exchanging treasures with you,, beauty, grace, kindness and love. I am all the richer for knowing you even if it is across miles...for now. We still have heaven. ;)
I love you, friend. Thank YOU for all your support.
Many blessings to you and Ruben this coming year.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I came back to take a second peek at your copper pots. I could not remember if they were yours or a link. I am BEYOND hypnotized, lured and hooked. Can you say fried fish for dinner? teehee Is Christmas really over? You think I could convince Mr. G. otherwise? ;) They're beautiful...just like you.
Love that picture of you, btw...child at heart showing through so brightly.

deb famularo said...

Santa Monica Pier, I LOVE it!!!! Oh that brings back memories! You look so beautiful and so happy! I am so glad you had a nice visit with your family! And I don't think you will ever need to worry about finding the write words and images my friend. You are gifted in that department! It's always a positive experience visiting your blog and really, how many people have that talent to always lift others the way that you do? um, not many! I promise you that! Brightest blessings to you, Ruben and your family in 2014. I am so happy to have you as a friend! One day, a reunion in So Cal for JJ and I and you guys!!!! XoXo

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Happy New Year, my dear Anita!!! I hope you had a wonderful time in California and have a very happy and healthy 2014. I am so looking forward to your beautiful posts in the new year! xoxo

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Looks fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful New Year sweet Anita!

Unknown said...

Anita dear-I'm writing you from Santa Monica this morning-so near to where that fantastic photo was recently taken. It sounds like you had an amazing time and I can't wait to submerge myself in your story. I'm so happy to have met you this year. You have such talent and passion for art and friendships as well. Wishing you a sparkling 2014 Anita.
xx, Heather

Sylvia said...

Hello happy and beautiful friend!
I am glad you had a wonderful trip, reconnecting with your roots. Wishing you and your loved ones a New Year filled with love, joy, inspiration and POETRY!
Many hugs to you,

Jade said...

Thank you sooooooooo much, my sweet Anita, you are so cute and charming and your words fill my heart with music!!! Have a wonderful and HAPPY NEW YEAR and many magical moments!!! Sheila, Pablo and Katie send you a lot of kisses ;)!

With hugs and love, Jade

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for your prayer for my brother-in-law. It means so much to me.

Happy New Year Anita! Let us share this wonderful new year together, shall we? I hope it's a good one for both of us.


Bonnie said...

There is nothing so comforting than returning home. Happy New Year! Hugs, Bonnie

Pura Vida said...

precious vibrant glad to have spent 2013 being inspired and wowed by you EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.!

Happy Happy Happy 2014!

Kirsten Steen said...

Gorgeous photos of your home, Anita! Hoping you had a fabulous holiday with your family. Happy New Year to you! Hugs and bisous. Bonne annee! Kirsten

jerilanders said...

Anita, May 2014 bring you a multitude of words, flooding your mind, your pages and delighting your many faithful followers. May you be blessed in a hundred ways as we travel through the new adventure of a Jolly New Year, Love ya! Jeri

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Lovely that you had a great Christmas away with your family and you must be happy now that you are back home and can relax in your gorgeous home. Love seeing the photo of your beautiful smiling face.
Wishing you a happy New Year dear friend with much love, good health and happiness.
Sending hugs and best wishes

Clara said...

Wishing you all the best for a sparkling new year, full of joy, creativity and good health!

Palomasea said...

I love that picture of you, dearest!! Exuberant and light as a feather!
I am so very happy that your trip was magical and special.
But I'm also very glad that you are home... ;)))

Palomasea said...

P.S. Your home photos are GORGEOUS. :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

How beautiful Anita....your home....and YOU!!! Happy 2014 to you and may your words just keep flowing.....Dzintra xoxox

renae said...

Oh Anita! Now why has the fact that you began your blog on January 1st eluded me? Did I know that already? If so, I forgot. oh no matter really. Just so you continue is what I care about. The photos of your home are lovely. Thanks for the fun words of cheer and encouragement for a wonderful 2014. I am looking forward to it being simply AWESOME!!! ♥

Francine Gardner said...

Bonjour Anita! It is such a precious gift, to have one day, stumbled upon your blog. Your poetry, imagery, romance and technique (your computer skills are simply amazing….I would love to learn these skills one day) bring blogging to a level of perfection.
Bonne Annee, Francine

La Petite Gallery said...

Happy New Year Anita, I hope to see many more fabulous posts for 2013. You have such a beautiful mind.
we all enjoy you. That photo of you is great, you are such a precious person. I like Ginsberg too.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, your Dad had great taste also. Hugs Yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Hellooooo! I
I am not in space. It should have been 2014, Day late and a dollar short..
Please God, let me stay on the mark.. I have to keep writing 2014,,

Laraine said...

Thank you for your beautiful images and words. It is always uplifting and special. I hope 2014 is kind to everyone. Laraine

Purple Flowers said...

Dear Anita: This post is beautiful! All the beauty of music, art, dance and poetry comes through your posts. I needed to experience this post especially. Most likely, I will return to re-read it and listen to the beautiful music, and read your insightful words. Looking forward to more of you my friend. Thank you.

Leslie said...

:) YES! Lots of almonds and I also love cashews! The fat is SO important for our "mature" skin and hair. Olive oil too! So good for you! The Mediterranean diet is a good one. I don't know how you manage in the cold.. it's so drying. I'm a west coast girl and when it gets in the 20's and 30's here in WA state I'm cold and bundle up as if I'm living in Alaska! I'm heading out to walk my dog on the trail. It's gray and rainy.. so I'll be looking forward to a shower when I get back! Have fun today Anita! xxL

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

YOU look GREAT anita!!! Love love that picture of you at the bottom of your inspiring text.
Lots and lots of love as we head into a brand new week xoxoxoxoxoxo Saskia

Natalie said...

wow there is so much beauty in this post! Love your quote by Mother Teresa

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