Blue Moon


.Slim Paley Photo

The Moon from my porch very very early this morning

Rare New Year’s Eve Blue Moon To Ring In 2010

The next Blue Moon to ring out a New Year will be in 2028



So is it super bad that one of my most important New Year’s Resolutions was going to be to stop procrastinating and yet I haven’t actually written my List yet?  and FYI, it isn’t quite as bad as it looks because despite what the date at the top of the post says, where I’m writing from it is still the 1st, so I don’t know why my blog is all “East Coast” on me.  Perhaps another resolution might be to “read Instructions” in the coming year.

Anyone else failed a Resolution already??

And not that it’s BOTHERING me, but I lost my first Scrabble game of the Decade as well.


From “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

RING out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.


An evening photo of the Grand Canyon covered in snow from National Geographic



  1. Hi, I didn’t see a place to email you so I hope you don’t mind my leaving a comment. I would like to let my blog readers know about your wonderful site and I was just checking to see if you would mind. I love your homes and your travel photos and I know my readers would too! Just let me know. Happy New Year!

  2. Blue Moon is a fabulous beer also. With a slice of orange. I enjoy it on a warm summer afternoon but I believe that a cold snowy afternoon will work as well.

  3. Hi there!
    I just came over from Habitually Chic, and I must say that I whole-heartedly agree with her raving about your site! I couldn’t stop myself reading back and back into your posts… Never knew that about searing mushrooms myself. And if you get oil from hot peppers in your eye again you can neutralize it with olive oil (applied eye-drop style.) Hubby does that frequently…
    : ) Meg

  4. hello, i found out about your fab blog through Habitually Chic too. i love your style and humor. looking forward to get your updates. the photo of your front porch is beyond gorgeous. so serene. thank you for sharing!

  5. Habitually Chic has generously shared your blog with her readers! Divine! Blue Moon is inspirational! Love your rooms! I can almost feel the heat from your wonderful glowing fireplaces; the perfect place to start out a new decade! Shamelessly I must pitch for the antique shop where I work – where you will see some outstanding antique fireplace tools and andirons that would enhance those big gorgeous fires!
    Will follow you with great expectations!

  6. You might have a busy day! What a lovely visit via HC and I never, hardly ever, read back through all posts but I did with yours. The other thing I hardly ever say is “I love your gift wrapping”. Will most definately be back, you have a really great blog and a great sense of humour. Happy New Year.

  7. Hello! I just found you from Habitually Chic – and I am so glad I did! (I have already read back to September, and will take a look further when I get a chance.)
    What a marvelous, wonderful blog you have! Your photographs are lovely, and if you were East Coast, I’d be calling to meet for cocktails. I will definitely be back! Happy New Year! (An overabundance of exclamation points – sorry about that, I got excited.)

  8. Hi to everyone who found out about Slim from HC! I’ve been here for a while and all 100 of the posts put up so far have been charming. It’s worth the look back. Congrats Slim!

  9. This is my first time reading your blog and I love it so much I had to go into the archives. For you, dear lady, I have the following comments and unsolicited advice (the worst kind):

    1. I use Latisse and also have an overabundance of inner-corner eyelashes. You are not alone in your plight.

    2. Open that ridiculous and wasteful clamshell packaging with a can opener. You’ll thank me later.

    3. Skip all the expensive vitamins. Buy Gummy-vites and take two a day. They make them for adults and they are delicious. Add to that one 5000mg tab of Biotin a day (a giant bottle is like ten dollars). With the biotin, take 3 or 4 a day for the first week and then dial it down to one. Your hair, skin and nails will be noticeably better, although it takes a few months to notice on your nails.

    Again, Slim, your blog is amazing. I can’t wait for the next entry.

      • I Googled the Biosil and it appears to have keratin and collagen in it, but I imagine it would still have the same benefits. My husband bought Biotin-D (you need the Vitamin D for absorption)5000mg capsules at CVS for about ten dollars. But it’s just Biotin and D – nothing else. I hate to sound the product evangelist, but seriously, my lifelong battle with dandruff is over (caused by biotin deficiency-who knew?), my hair is healthy, and I don’t have to use Nail Envy to keep my nails from peeling off anymore. I still have to take care of my nails of course. If you can’t make it for your weekly manicures, Skeletor, may I recommend Sally Hansen Natural Shine, another drugstore gem. It’s sort of waxlike, dries immediately and looks natural and healthy. Happy trails!

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