The Sounds Of Summer……

Summer, my dear friends…..the beginning of Summer and I am so excited….or perhaps I should say I am that I am quietly excited. I love being outside and our Florida weather is perfect for eating al fresco for every meal. […]

Some Serious Bling Going On Here….

My dear readers,  You know I am not a fashion maven by any stretch of the imagination, but I just had to show you the serious bling I had going on Sunday at church! Remember we live in Florida and […]

Short and Sweet…Or Maybe Sour Is More Accurate!!!

Good morning dear readers…  I am going to ask your indulgence with this post today.   I have been having issues with trying to make some changes and I seem to have lost my followers list and followers notifications among […]

Latest Happenings At Villa de la Luna…and More!

Good Morning my dear readers!!!  I’ve been on a decorating refresh of several of the rooms here at Villa de la Luna…or in other words, our home.  As you know I name everything and our home is no exception.  In […]

Office Update, Old Photos And More….

I have been spending any spare hours on re-organizing my new office…… yes, this is an office update! It has been almost…not quite, but almost…. an overwhelming task. When I first set up the new space with tons of drawers […]


Unconditional Surrender (The Kiss)

Hi all,

Unconditional Surrender; The Kiss!

Here I am again as promised. We drove up to Tampa over the week end as the Captain had a class reunion. Tampa is about 150 miles from our home and we leisurely explored the little gulf coast towns along the way. I just love taking the back roads. 

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Kansas City Chiefs


As I stated in my first post…I am a sports fan or “sports nut” … IF you listen to the way some describe me.  J  I am a fan of the professional Baseball Team, the Kansas City Royals and the professional Football Team, the Kansas City Chiefs. My favorite College Basketball Team is the Kansas Jayhawks.  As you can see there is a theme going on here. I grew up in Kansas so my loyalties go to these teams. This post is going to be about sports so if you are not as excited as I am about sports….you might be a little bored and that is ok.  The Captain said when he married me that he was going to have to get as excited about sports (especially College Basketball) as I do or he would become a March widower when the NCAA tournaments are televised in March during what is known as March Madness.

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Christmas Mice (Candy Decor)


Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice

These are the cutest Christmas Mice and so easy to make.  I will be making them at our Christmas Open House next month!

Separate an Oreo cookie and place a chocolate covered cherry (the body of the mouse) on the cream frosting. Use a Hershey’s kiss for the head. (You can attach with a drop of melted chocolate or any prepared frosting.) The tail is made by using the stem from a maraschino cherry.  The nose and holly berries are made by chopping bits off a maraschino cherry.  The holly leaves are made of green frosting from a tube or store bought can of frosting…OR a white powdered sugar frosting that you tint with green food coloring.  Use slivered almonds for ears and a drop of white frosting for the eyes which are dotted with a drop of black frosting.  Soooo cute!!

My First Post

This is my  first Post! Let me introduce myself!

My name is Kari, and I am the “me” of Me and My Captain!  I am a Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Writer, Decorator, Gardener, Sports Fan, Pilot and … wife of My Captain! Come join me on my new adventure as I roll out after touchdown (Retirement)…My Final Approach!

 I live in Florida and I am the “Me” of Me and My Captain. The “Captain”  is my husband who is a pilot. He flies Corporate Jets for a living. We both have been in aviation for a very long time, and up until the end of September, I was a full-time employee of a major Aviation company. I am now retired, and it’s the first time I have not had a place to go to work since I was in high school.

I have to admit that retirement is a new experience for me … but I’ve always been diversified and eager to try something different or even fearful,… something out of my comfort zone.  Hence, my learning to fly a small airplane at the age of  55. My flight instructor said to me, ….”If Aunt Bea can learn to can you!”  For those of you who remember the old TV sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show, you will remember the elderly, rotund Aunt who took care of Andy and Opie. One of the episodes was Aunt Bea learning to fly an airplane. Aunt Bea did learn to fly, as it was something she had always wanted to do.  AND  I learned to fly too!  I especially loved flying at night, which was when I had to take my ground school and flight lessons because I worked at my job during the day. There was something surreal about flying with the stars twinkling overhead and the beautiful multi-colored lights of the city below. Almost like the wonderment of Christmas lights to small children. I don’t fly anymore, I let my Captain fly me. It became a budget breaker for a hobby, i.e.  renting a plane, fuel etc. But I am proud to say I did learn to fly and really enjoyed the experience.


And now I am starting a new experience with blogging. I have  never blogged before but Lisa, my once a month manicurist…  (one of the indulgences I enjoy) …told me I should start a blog  with my cooking tips and recipes. Lisa is a very young cook and  since I have a captured audience with her doing my nails, I share  my recipes and advice on cooking with her.  Some of it is solicited  and perhaps some is not. I really enjoy cooking and over the  years, I have had many requests for recipes I have prepared and  taken to potlucks etc. At the present time I am compiling a recipe  book cookbook for my family and close friends. I will be  including in this blog, some of my tried and true recipes as well as some experimental recipes. I will also include pictures of the completed dish.  I would love feedback from any and all of you on these recipes.


I’m also a “wanna be” interior decorator. I’ve been fortunate enough to decorate our homes (we have lived in several states over the years) and many people ask me for decorating advice. I will be posting  pictures and tips on decorating on a budget and since I am continually working on a project (much to  the chagrin of the Captain, because he always ends up “helping” me) even though I preface each new  project with …”all you have to do is…”…. And I fill in the blank…he ends up helping and contributing more than in my initial plan. More on this later.

Another of my hobbies is writing novels. I belong to one of the Romance Writers groups and I’ve been working on several novels over the years.  I am hoping to finally get them finished but I am thinking that in the review and rewrite period….I might find that my thoughts go off in another direction than my original story plot.


When we moved to Florida three years ago, I found it amusing at the  informality and now I treasure it. For entertainment, we love to watch  old movies and new movies. Of course there is deep sea fishing, airboat  rides in the Everglades, golf, bowling and the monthly dances held  down at the club house close to the Marina and the beautiful waters of  the Gulf of Mexico.

I contemplated what I would do when I retired…as I have been so busy  all of my life.  I love to read and I love to talk and that seems like a  perfect match for writing a blog.  And so here goes. I hope to share with  you my experiences in life and I also hope to be learning new things  from each one of you who choose to read and respond to my blog. I  don’t believe anyone is ever too old to learn something new… so I’m going to tackle this with enthusiasm and I promise you I will be faithful and respond to your comments or questions.

airplane sunset






Until tomorrow,…blue skies and prevailing winds to all. (or as the Captain would say..”Keep the shiny side up…..”)!!!!





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