Thankful For Safe Travels

The weather this week is pleasant to travel to visit families for Thanksgiving Day.  Though it’s breezy, sunshine is abundant to keep us warm.  Me and my family drove to our folks this afternoon to celebrate the American tradition – Thanksgiving Day.  It’s a celebration of togetherness, blessings, and happy moments.

There are so many things to be thankful for. Besides everyone’s good health and the opportunities to provide food on our tables, we should also be thankful for safety in our daily travels.

We took the country roads going to my in-law’s house in Tyler, Texas.  We liked crossing the bridge at Lake Tawakoni.  A new bridge is under construction the last time we drove through there.  We’d like to see if it’s done now.  But not yet…still finishing the new foundations.  Taking the back roads going to our destination takes a while than taking the Interstate and Toll roads.  But we like it that way sometimes.  We enjoy seeing big green trees and the towns we pass through.

The folks are already busy with the Thanksgiving Day preparation today.  They already started cooking.  The turkey is ready to put in the oven at midnight.  🙂

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day from my family to yours.  Safe travels, too.

Unconventional Lighting Ideas

Have you simply fallen out of love with your décor? Perhaps you are looking around and you love your furnishings, colors, patterns, art, etc., but something just feels “off” about the space. Well, there is a very good chance that it could simply be your lighting. Do you still have boring traditional ceiling lights or ceiling fans with lights, even though you never turn the fans on? Lighting plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of a space. A few small lighting changes may be all that is needed to give your home a quick facelift.

Track Lighting – The cool thing about track lighting is you can direct it where you want it. So, if you have an interesting sculpture on a corner shelf that gets lost in the darkness, or if you want your Southwestern plates displayed above your cupboards to be the center of attention, direct your track lighting at the elements you want illuminated.

Indoor Fountains – Sometimes, all a room needs is a little mood lighting. For example, if you are watching a movie, you don’t necessarily want the lamp on right next to you, but a soft glow in the room would be nice. Indoor fountains serve this purpose perfectly. May have LEDs that highlight the water. This also makes them ideal for the wall at the end of a dark hallway, or to serve as a nightlight in a child’s rom. Many stores like Indoor Fountain Pros offer water fountains online.

Sconces – Wall sconces can go pretty much anywhere. They create an intriguing look when installed on either side of a headboard of sofa. They are also great for long hallways, but be sure they are mounted high enough where someone is not going to walk right into one when the lights are out.

Recessed Lighting – Although recessed lighting is great in the ceiling, its best used in unexpected places, like under the kitchen cabinets or built right into the art niches in your wall.

table lamp

Lamps – One of the most practical lighting options is a lamp. There are a lot of unique ones that definitely double as art when they are not turned on, but you can also buy a very simple one, and just change the lampshade now-and-then for an entirely different look.

Pendant Lighting – If you haven’t actually shopped for pendant lighting in the past couple years, you may find yourself pretty overwhelmed and delighted by the selection. Designers have truly gotten creative with this option. Always make sure pendant lights are not hung so low that the average person is going to hit their head.

Table Top Computer Screens At Olive Garden

My darling daughter and I together with my dear husband had lunch with our friend and DD’s godmother JT at Olive Garden in Plano Thursday.  It is one of favorite restaurants.  The spaghetti is good and their Chicken Marsala is awesome.  It was nice we got to see JT today.  We haven’t get together in a while.  This time, our other friend Mr. T wasn’t able to join us because of some huge work load.  My dear husband and JT were already in Olive Garden Restaurant when we arrived.  It was freezing cold that day that we had to bundle up two layers of clothes besides our coats.

While waiting for our orders I was kind of wondering what this black thing on the table was for.  My dear husband and JT didn’t pay attention to it because they were busy talking.  I looked at it and it has a screen. This thing is an electronic device or gadget. Good thing my little girl didn’t notice it or else she will be messing with it.

Our food didn’t take long to arrive.  DH had Lasagna, JT had Chicken Parmesan, DD had Spaghetti and Broccoli, and I had Chicken Marsala.  Before these were served, JT and I had vegetable soup.  As always, lunch at Olive Garden is very filling.

Now here’s a thing.  Paying didn’t have to go through the waitress.  We had to do it right there at our table using this tabletop computer screen.  It didn’t take long for us to figure out how to pay the bill.  Paying with a credit card or a debit card is easy because you can swipe right there and then.  So cool.  I just don’t know how secure it is.

Table top computer screen
Table top computer screen
After paying the bill, the device is giving you the option how you would want to receive your receipt.
After paying the bill, the device is giving you the option how you would like to receive your receipt.
We wanted our receipts printed.
We wanted our receipts printed.