love basket

NOT  just a usual packed picnic basket

Taken on your weekend away or on day trips

To the beach, lake, or special getaway day

It includes more than

A light blanket

Wine glasses

Small cheese board with mini cleaver

Tablecloth/cloth napkins

Dishes, real or Styrofoam, or Chinese take out boxes

Plastic forks/spoons or real flatware, with serving spoons needed

Mini salt and pepper shaker set

Candles or candelabra, with matches or batteries

Table (palette, or other), with chairs and umbrella or sail

You can put as much love into this as you like by setting the scene.

Include a small vase of flowers

Stop at a deli or favorite food spot for lunch of your choice to include in your basket or cooler

Find a spot perfect for your romantic time together

Conversation is to be focused on the two of you, no one or nothing else (kids, cell phones, iPad, the dog, etc).

AND don’t forget dessert – from the local bakery.

Along with a little surprise (gift) in the bottom of the basket for each other


Give LOVE BASKETS for wedding gifts, anniversaries, etc.

It’s a picnic ❤ for two.

Just the two of you.

And not just for the summer.


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Sweet indulgences


a dairy queen swirled triple decker vanilla ice cream cone


spending hours in a bookstore or library alone or with my guy holding a blank check

pajama days

foot massages

fresh baked strawberry shortcake with layers of strawberries and whipped cream

violin or cello, classical, piano  or Doo Wop music

books, books, books

sleeping in, waking up slowly

cat naps with or without my cat

black pilot G-2 07 pens

going braless at home

reading, reading, reading in a cozy corner, at the lake, in my Adirondack rocker, in the car, the reading room…just about anywhere

blank narrow-ruled books to fill

Staples small ruled tablets

sticky notes (bright pink and lime green), large and small

writing / blogging in my personal library/study, café, or coffee shop



SCHNOOG’S organic quinoa bowl

fresh pineapple

a Starbucks bistro (protein) box


cream puffs – oh, with lots and lots of puffy cream

fresh whipped cream without sugar

shopping online because I love getting packages delivered right to my door

vitamin sea

teddy bears

a love basket

sexy dark whipstiks

a wardrobe of basic black paired with dark red, white, or gray

polka dots and stripes

fresh cut flowers – hydrangeas, sunflowers, heather and lavender


three o’clock coffee dates

slow kisses

day trips to the lake or Murphy’s with a picnic basket in tow, just the two of us

luxuriating in a hot Neutrogena body oil bath – a light sesame formula with Neutrogena rainbath refreshing shower and bath gel

an inviting hammock with fluffy laced pillows along with classical music playing in my ear

dancing in the kitchen

yoga- yoga, yoga nidra, face yoga

toasted croissant with melted butter and honey  (my honey)

juicy grass-fed beef burgers on a ciabatta roll with avocado (and bacon)

coffee with morning sunshine and my guy

just the two of us

anything French

going barefoot in the house– my house, your house. . .

a pampering day






I smell like  “Baby”/

I smell like “dawg”/

Our resident dawg visiting for a time/

And left in our loving care/

A dawg I cannot help but to spoil and smother with love/

With my matte Viva Glam MAC whipstick kisses/

And a good whiff of my Calvin Klein Euphoria skin lotion/

Loving on Baby while she’s here/

And, who is to say Baby doesn’t smell like me!/

two steps forward, one step back

– dancing




-a baby’s way of growing and learning

-baby steps


-getting ahead

-navigating (getting lost)

-any change

-a beginning artist, learning his/her craft/art

-an artist, at any level, in any creative endeavor

-grief, grieving

-learning something new



-your way,  not always the right way


-scientific research (testing for cures, vaccines, etc)




-trying, again

-physical therapy

-a disability

-learning to walk, again

-a toddler learning to crawl and walk

-falling, getting back up

-exercising, for health

-practice, practice, practice

-L I F E,  in general

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