Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Latte A Day Has Moved

My illustration blog A Latte A Day has permanently moved to my main website at Please update your bookmarks, links and RSS feeds.

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Please be patient during site conversion.

Thank you,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Announcement - A Latte A Day is MOVING

Changes are coming down the pipes which I would prefer to avoid but can't. Recently, Blogger notified all users that it will no longer support FTP after March 26, 2010. This will affect A Latte A Day as I use FTP to publish my blog. While I am not happy about this, it is what it is. This also goes for my Treasure to Be Found blog.

So, I have to make some decisions about whether I want to move my blog(s) to a new URL(s) or possibly move them to WordPress. As my schedule is pretty busy at the moment, I don't know if I will have the time to move them by the deadline. I am told once the deadline passes, the blogs will still be viewable but neither me or you will be able to post or comment to it.

In the interim please bookmark my www dot designerm dot com website if you haven't already done so. There you'll currently find that this blog, A Latte A Day, is linked to the word NEWS. When I move my blog, I will also provide links under NEWS to the new blog.

If this is all too confusing, you can contact me on Facebook or email me at designerm @ hotmail dot com and I will direct you to the new blog once it's up and running. After March 26th, 2010, I won't be able to post to this blog, so please check my website for updates!

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Love

Flowers from my sweet husband K, the smiling face holds special meaning. I love and adore my husband and I adore roses! Thank you for another wonderful Valentines Day! XOX

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Otterly Incredible Game & IF's - Adrift

Tonight's game was otterly incredible, with the Saints winning the 2010 Super Bowl. The Colts were leading until the second half of the game and they unfortunately became dinner for the Saints. Smells fishy to me...

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Weekend Wish

Guess who's behind the wheel of my car. Right, that's K. He loves driving my car because it's oh-so-fast. And Twinkle? Well, he's just hangin' around enjoying the ride.

Father Time, please slow down so we can relax and really enjoy the weekend...

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's All About the Ride

Meet twinkle my driving companion. He digs Volkswagen Passats like I do. He jumped into my car one day while we were having coffee at Starbucks and has taken up residency.

He's living the good life, sitting on the sunroof catching some rays, so happy the sun is shining today!

It's time to work out and get into shape for summer and swimsuit season!

This car has amazing speed and Twinkle likes to drive fast- it's all about the ride baby!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry 'Christ'mas

Merry Christmas to all. May the love of Jesus Christ fill your hearts with joy and peace at Christmas and always. As for us, we are blessed beyond compare this Christmas because we have and treasure each family member and friend, and the unique way each one enriches our lives beyond compare. Thank you.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blessings Abundant

God has blessed our family so abundantly. To you and yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Above is a salad that almost didn't make it to the feast in time!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Challenges & Courage

I've been an avid reader all my life and have been focusing lately on following Jessica Watson, the 16-year old Australian girl sailing solo around the world in 8 months, non-stop on the Ella's Pink Lady . You can follow her daily blogging as she posts from somewhere out in the ocean as she sails around the world. She left just 9 days ago from Sydney, Australia.

Prior to Jessica's solo trip, Zac Sunderland from CA, USA set the record as the youngest person to sail solo around the world and completed his 13-month trip on July 16, 2009 at age 17. His record was surpassed 6 weeks later on August 27, 2009 by Mike Perham, of the UK.

You can read Zac's blogging journal of his completed solo sail (his trip started in June 2008-see his archived posts by month, in the right-hand column of his blog page).

It's interesting to read both Jessica and Zac's blogs and compare their similar circumstances and challenges they face(d) on a daily basis.

As a parent I don't think I could watch my child take on such enormous and dangerous challenges alone. It's easier to understand when you read their family's backgrounds. Sailing is an integral part of their daily life and is what drives them. That said, I have amazing children who have faced their own enormous challenges and I am so proud of them. Every person has their own path to walk (or sail) in life. I am always encouraged and inspired by those who fight against all odds to survive and have such enormous courage and will power. I have the will to fight, yet some days feel I fall short of courage (defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty). I trust that God has a guiding hand in Jessica's life today, and each day ahead.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Colors

We took a drive through the countryside today to look at the fall colors. The day started out sunny, then turned gray and overcast with rain showers, however I was still able to capture these images. The most amazing discovery was an infestation of lady bugs we encountered at a lookout point of an indian earth lodge. The walls, floors and just about ever square inch of the earth lodge was covered in thousands of lady bugs. Their colors were so different, no two were the same. I love fall colors, especially red barns, lady bugs and the red leaf of the burning bush.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Name That Car

I recently purchased a new car and I absolutely love it! I had to have a name for it so I spent some time thinking about it. The color of the car looks silver from a distance, but when you pass by it, turns a white-gold metallic color, quite unique I think. So, I decide upon the name "Ingot" which means a bar cast of gold. It's also a German made car, incredibly fast and fully loaded. I completely understand the phrase "total driving experience" because that's what I have when I drive my new car! I took this photo from my Blackberry.

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Sunday, August 02, 2009


K and I taken during the holidays spent with my family.

Spending time with family means more to me than anything. I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family and extended family. Some recent photos taken over the holidays, moments I will always cherish!

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