Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty Day Wishes

I hope everyone had a lovely Monday
 and has a terrific rest of the week.
I enjoyed the quiet time and day off from work 
but will return tomorrow.
Happy St. Patty's Day! 
Love Nikki B.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Today was a gentle day in southern Cali. I was going to work an extra day at the hospital but was "called off".  I guess it is slow recently and the census was down.  So I rested most of the morning,  finished some chores around the house (that are always pending), and then ventured out to the local Lowes and was able to find everything on my Spring list!!
I can't wait to get out there in the garden!! 
Happy Planting!!
Love, Nikki B.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014



Balloon curtain

Painted table

One of my Favorite Poems of All Time



Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest ce jour-là
Et tu marchais souriante
Épanouie ravie ruisselante
Sous la pluie
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest
Et je t'ai croisée rue de Siam
Tu souriais
Et moi je souriais de même
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Toi que je ne connaissais pas
Toi qui ne me connaissais pas
Rappelle-toi quand même ce jour-là
N'oublie pas
Un homme sous un porche s'abritait
Et il a crié ton nom
Et tu as couru vers lui sous la pluie
Ruisselante ravie épanouie
Et tu t'es jetée dans ses bras
Rappelle-toi cela Barbara
Et ne m'en veux pas si je te tutoie
Je dis tu à tous ceux que j'aime
Même si je ne les ai vus qu'une seule fois
Je dis tu à tous ceux qui s'aiment
Même si je ne les connais pas
Rappelle-toi Barbara
N'oublie pas
Cette pluie sage et heureuse
Sur ton visage heureux
Sur cette ville heureuse
Cette pluie sur la mer
Sur l'arsenal
Sur le bateau d'Ouessant
Oh Barbara
Quelle connerie la guerre
Qu'es-tu devenue maintenant
Sous cette pluie de fer
De feu d'acier de sang
Et celui qui te serrait dans ses bras
Est-il mort disparu ou bien encore vivant
Oh Barbara
Il pleut sans cesse sur Brest
Comme il pleuvait avant
Mais ce n'est plus pareil et tout est abimé
C'est une pluie de deuil terrible et désolée
Ce n'est même plus l'orage
De fer d'acier de sang
Tout simplement des nuages
Qui crèvent comme des chiens
Des chiens qui disparaissent
Au fil de l'eau sur Brest
Et vont pourrir au loin
Au loin très loin de Brest
Dont il ne reste rien.

English translation
Remember Barbara
It rained all day on Brest that day
And you walked smiling
Flushed enraptured streaming-wet
In the rain
Remember Barbara
It rained all day on Brest that day
And I ran into you in Siam Street
You were smiling
And I smiled too
Remember Barbara
You whom I didn't know
You who didn't know me
Remember that day still
Don't forget
A man was taking cover on a porch
And he cried your name
And you ran to him in the rain
Streaming-wet enraptured flushed
And you threw yourself in his arms
Remember that Barbara
And don't be mad if I speak familiarly
I speak familiarly to everyone I love
Even if I've seen them only once
I speak familiarly to all who are in love
Even if I don't know them
Remember Barbara
Don't forget
That good and happy rain
On your happy face
On that happy town
That rain upon the sea
Upon the arsenal
Upon the Ushant boat
Oh Barbara
What shitstupidity the war
Now what's become of you
Under this iron rain
Of fire and steel and blood
And he who held you in his arms
Is he dead and gone or still so much alive
Oh Barbara
It's rained all day on Brest today
As it was raining before
But it isn't the same anymore
And everything is wrecked
It's a rain of mourning terrible and desolate
Nor is it still a storm
Of iron and steel and blood
But simply clouds
That die like dogs
Dogs that disappear
In the downpour drowning Brest
And float away to rot
A long way off
A long long way from Brest
Of which there's nothing left.
Translation © Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meditation on Gratefulness

Be mindful of all that is around us; 
Be thankful for all your blessings;
All the goodness; health and well-being;
Express your gratitude and share it with others.

With your gratitude may you find peace.
Love, Nikki B.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A day in the life

Hi to all!!
Hope you had a fabulous Sunday! Get ready for a fun filled week! For starters I recently moved to a great locale and found out about a great organization that helps young girls who can't afford prom dresses or accessories with funding and donations.

It's called the Princess Project and you can find out more about upcoming events!  I wanted to help, of course, with a donation of new jewelry creations of mine from my online shop TouchofClassnBeauty.  

Here's to looking ahead to Spring and all the beauty that it will bring! Love Nikki B.