Saturday, December 31, 2011



This is by far the worst New Year's eve ever.

I am in my fuzzy nightgown, had my shot of NyQuil,

I am still running a fever , my neck aches

and I feel miserable in pretty much every way.

Not to mention I have serious vehicle woes.

I welcomed the New Year with a box of Kleenex, tears and a heating pad.

Someone is setting off fireworks and it has my girls all upset. My dogs do not like loud noises.

On the other side of the coin. I completed all the rituals, to have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

My Aunt Lee had a saying that what ever you are doing on New Year's Day is what you will be doing all year long. So if things are left undone you will be playing catch up all year long.

Every year I seem to add a little something. I don't know where my whimsy comes from , but it always comes.

Yesterday while straightening my pantry , I realized I really have to much stuff, food and things that could be used by those who truly have nothing.

A few weeks ago I threw away some really tattered and torn up linens at a clients. The next time I came to visit a neighbor came out and said he took those linens out of the dumpster and washed them, an he was using them now. I thought to myself those items were so filthy, had I had a match, I would have used it. It hit me that this poor man was so without, that even something so tattered was a God send to him.

So I went thru my pantry and got out about 8 grocery bags of non perishables.I also raided my towel closet and picked out all my older towels. New Years Day when I go to the island to have dinner with my parents I will stop by my clients apt, and bring him all that food , for him to keep what he can use and share the rest with the poor souls living in the same complex.

When someone steals a person’s clothes, we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to those who need it; the shoes rotting in your closet to the one who has no shoes. The money which you hoard up belongs to the poor. ” - Basil of Caesarea (330-379)

***I don't agree completely with St. Basil, as he does kinda sound like a socialist. But I am all for giving things away I no longer need to help those in less fortunate circumstances then myself.

Back to my rituals

1. There must be food in the house.

Pantry and Fridge fully stocked

2. All laundry done

3. All plants and pets watered/ fed

4. Money in the bank and in your pocket book

5. Bills paid

6. The house has to be cleaned well,

and everything in its place

7. All family graves must have new flowers.

8. All trash removed from house

9. Make Peace with anyone who has angered you--this is a hard one.

10. Gas in the vehicles

11. I have to have a vase of red and white roses in memory of my Daddy that's another whimsy thing of mine.

The Rose Beyond The Wall

In Memory of my DADDY

The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose once grew where all could see,

sheltered beside a garden wall,...

And as the days passed swiftly by,

it spread its branches, straight and tall......

One day, a beam of light shone through

a crevice that had opened wide

The rose bent gently toward its warmth

then passed beyond to the other side
Now, you who deeply feel its loss,be comforted

- the rose blooms there-its beauty even greater now, nurtured by

God's own loving care.


I miss you Daddy every day of every year, but even more so this time of year. I visited you today and I cried, and I told you all the things I needed to tell you. I just hope that you know how much I will always love you and how much I miss you and you will never be forgotten.

Love Always,




Friday, December 23, 2011

The Goodwin's 2011 Christmas Party Menu

The Goodwin’s Annual Christmas Party 2011


Tamales and Chili
Chorizo Queso Blanco
Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos
Smoked Turkey with Mustard Sauce

Vegetable platter w/ 3 Onion dip
Ragin Cajun dip
Sun dried Tomato and Horseradish dip
Seafood dip (Shrimp, Crab, Oyster)
Relish Tray Marinated Carrots and Olives
Cold Smoked Cheese Platter
(Gouda, Gruyere, Truffle, Irish Cheddar and Dubliner)
Assorted Bread, Crackers and Chips
European Candies
Chocolate Truffles
Petite Fours
Pecan and Pineapple Cake
Christmas Cookies
Cranberry Sherbert Punch with Dark Cherries
Tazo Mint Iced Tea
Orange Spice Iced Tea

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


My Uncle porter didn't believe my dog could tell the difference between paper and money. He threw a piece of paper on the floor and she tore it up. He threw down a $20 and she carried it back to my office and pushed it into my purse. Good dog! Anything she wants to hide she puts in my purse. I never know what I will find

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Twelve Days Of Christmas Texas Style

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Texas Style

On the ___ day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Twelve yellow roses
eleven blueblonnets
ten gallon hats
nine cowboy boots
eight enchiladas
seven jalapenos
six armadillos
five chili beans
four oil wells
three pickup trucks
two tumbleweeds
and a possum in an oak tree


One of my clients had a copy of this song and showed it to me. I thought it was so cute. I do love Texas and Christmas...Smiles

Thursday, December 1, 2011


The other day my Mom and I were passing a street and I noticed old man Campbell. I pointed him out to my Mom and told her how he used to come visit me at my office. He told me that he used to keep horses for my Daddy and had an old saddle that was my Dads.

My Mom said that when she and my Dad first married , my Daddy had horses 2 sway backed old nags that he kept right there on the property on Broadway. She said that the first year Galveston went all out decorating Broadway for Christmas the horses got out and went down Broadway eating all the Christmas decorations.

The police knew right off who the horses belonged to rounded them up and brought them back. I am sure it was shortly after that the horses began living down island with Mr. Campbell