Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MARCHing Onward!

Well, March has certainly "marched onward" and here we are in the first week of April.  April's news will wait as we wait for the month to unfold.  It promises to be exciting with so much happening, but that will wait for another day!

Let me share photos and captions with you as I look back on the beautiful month of March...

Meet the newest member of the family, Finnegan Hess!
The absolute sweetest, best behaved, loving 4 year old anyone could possibly want.  As his "mom" Kiki says...
"Who rescued who???"

Lent began...

 and as our tradition dictates we all headed to IHop for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday...

 How lovely that my new pizelle iron came and I was able to treat my family to these wonderful Italian cookies.  To quote our Shotzie, "Finally!!"

 For me the season of Lent is not about "giving up" or "losing weight through abstinence"...it's about "doing" and "giving" and this year it means praying a Rosary every day, Stations of the Cross, reading Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Reflection,  journaling with my Catholic sisters at Blessed Is She "Put on Love," and supporting Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl project.

Mid-month we enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day feast of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.  This is one we embrace in a season of austerity.  Although it fell on a Friday this year (no meat on Lenten Fridays) our blessed Bishop Kicanas gave a special dispensation!

I've been working with my Girl Scout troop on their Jewelers Badge.  They've had great fun on the diverse projects as well as getting background information on the color wheel, sea glass, and ethnic beads.  Here are a few pictures from their first project...

Speaking of jewelry ~ I've snatched some time in the studio to work on a Spring Collection.  With two trunk shows coming up, and just a month apart, the studio beckons and that's where you'll find me in the weeks ahead.  Here's a peek at just a few of the items new to Karen Hess Jewelry...

March wound down and we got to celebrate our youngest...Melissa marked her 38th trip around the sun with a family dinner at Reilly Craft and then a day with friends on the town ~ brunch, street car, cheering on the Ducks!

Currently reading ~ Pachinko

In the kitchen ~ Italian Beef Sandwiches for the win!

I know for a fact that my month of March was

Have a beautiful, blessed April!

Monday, February 27, 2017

February in the Desert

I truly believe that February is our busiest, most populated and exciting time in Tucson.  The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show commences at the very end of January and ends mid-February. 

 Galloping into the month at mid-term is the Tucson Rodeo, 

not to mention Valentine's Day and all the excitement (or not) that the holiday brings with it.

I've certainly done my part to help our economy flourish this month!  Four new jewelry classes;

Six purchasing trips to the various gem shows throughout the city;

Catching up with old friends and supporting the local food industry with many social dinners! 

Then there was Broadway in Tucson ~ MOTOWN The Musical!! ~ taking us back to the 60's and beyond...awesome memories of music we'll never forget!

 We were thrilled to help celebrate the quinceanara of a dear friend's daughter, and visit with old friends and new ones!

Despite this busy schedule, I've managed to keep up with my One Little Word, finding meaning each day in "enough."  Which, amazingly, has been so enriching!

Making time now for spiritual life, family, reading, cooking, and a lot less social media as Lent approaches.

Have a beautiful month, dear friends, and thank you for sharing your time with me! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's Time...REWIND!

2016 ~ like the dark at midnight, the year has faded away into the archives of our minds and souls...

2017 ~ the new year, bright with promise as the radiant sun that rises each day...

I love to rewind the year and visit those memories...
JANUARY ~ a new kitchen for the Guest House
FEBRUARY ~ a new Studio for me!

High School girlfriends visit Tucson

MARCH ~ trip to Orlando with old friends
APRIL ~ Proud godparents to Serena Marie
High School girlfriends visit Tucson
MAY ~ Tu Nidito's "Havana Nights"
Mother's Day Tea at the Mini Time Museum
6th Annual Spring Trunk Show
JUNE ~ The godparents celebrate Serena's 7th Birthday

Annual Vine of Grace Womens Retreat
Celebrating Father's Day at Hacienda del Sol
The Window Depot sponsors Tucson Summer Pro League
            JULY ~ Host daughter, Lee, in town for her 30 year 
                          Up With People Reunion
AUGUST ~ Ron gets a new bathroom

Kiki and Mom share a weekend in Phoenix

We bid a heartbreaking "good bye" to our beloved Alice
SEPTEMBER ~ A week in Reading for Ron's 50th high school reunion

OCTOBER ~ We celebrated the Butler's marriage with an Octoberfest theme

Walked through the Holy Doors with the Daughters of Isabella in celebration of The Year of Mercy
NOVEMBER ~ 7th annual Holiday Trunk Show
Awesome visit with brother Erik who lives in NYC
My birthday celebration at Flemings
One of the inspirations behind me choosing my word for 2017 ~ ENOUGH!
DECEMBER ~ The Window Depot annual car show
December Daily with Ali Edwards begins for the second year

Tea with my ladies at Loews Ventana Canyon

Family outing for Luminaria Nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Faithbooking Holiday Soiree

Celebrating the big guy's birthday at Vero Amore

Christmas celebration with the Edwards
Gaslight Theatre for the win!

Wishing you and yours all the love and happiness this new year holds.  Thank you for hanging out with me this year!