Thursday, December 25, 2014


"Welcome Christmas, bring your cheer...
Cheer to all Whos, far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp...
So long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be...
Just as long as we have we!
Welcome Christmas, while we stand...
Heart to heart...and hand in hand!"
In keeping with the movie theme started two days ago, lyrics from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" seem fitting this beautiful Christmas morning.  Photos taken at the Bellagio Conservatory and Atrium - the 42 foot tree houses 7,000 led lights and 2,500 ornaments.  Snowglobes, with animatronic figures inside, are 12 ft. high - 28,000 poinsettias blanket the floors, cushioning the trains and chocolate houses.  A chance to see the process of changing out spent blossoms on the bears this year...quite possibly the best job in town, in this beautiful setting (click on the photos to enlarge).
From my heart and hands, to yours...
Merry Christmas, my darling Whos - XOXO

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


..."what do you mean nothing good?  We've seen everything good.  We've seen the whole city!  We went to a museum; we saw priceless works of art!  WE ATE PANCREAS!"...Ferris Bueller

Well, maybe pancreas is stretching the truth a bit, but fried bologna anyway.  Two days until Christmas, and my friend Jackie and I had, what we term, our "Annual Christmas Party" today.  It was actually more like "Ferris Bueller's Day Out" - we saw everything good, in just the way Vegas does Christmas.  This is the lead-up to some really nice photos in two days, on Christmas, but these were a few of the fun things we saw along the way today...and because Jackie told me she's sick of looking at the pumpkin/brownie pie!
CUTE COWS!  At Holstein's Shakes and Buns in the Cosmopolitan, where we were trying to find the ice skating rink...on the top of a the middle of the 70 degree heat today...we were kinda' underwhelmed once it was found.
Liberace's rhinestone encrusted Duesenberg, at the same joint.
A 50 ft. Giselle Bundchen; a large, golden framed photo of Tempest Storm in the Cosmo (for my dad); a Santa "swimsuit" for no-one, in a window of the Cosmo (well, it was a swimsuit store, but I don't think anyone was buying that it was anything but undergarments...and bad ones at that - alas, we do live in Vegas); and some square (lots of squares) purple woman in the hallway.
A LARGE sculpture made entirely of real canoes; a skylight looking up to a "sky scraping" hotel next door; Dom; watery tornadoes in Plexiglas tubes; and Mescal in groovy skull bottles.
Window shopping at the ritziest mall in town (WINDOW being the key word here) - The Crystal Shops at City Center.  The Mikimoto pearls were a single necklace that measured 100" worth of pearls!  I would SO rock those glasses, by the way!
Lunch at our favorite Pub - Todd English...always a tasty treat!
And leading up to lots and lots of Christmas and Santa, too...the jolly guy in the lower right (along with all of his packages) is entirely made from fondant and chocolate.  The tree and reindeer were enormous, as was the fun we had today.  Yep, two days until Christmas - I hope you're ready.  See you back on Thursday...two days left!  Make sure to take the time to notice the "fun stuff" around you.

"Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"...Ferris Bueller