Red letter day for royalty

I love getting letters on any topic that I’ve written about. And I’ll admit I really enjoy receiving fan mail the most.


I’m not sure if this qualifies as true fan mail, though, as it is from one of my loyal Knights, Sir Terry Miller, but it is a sweet missive that I just have to share. It came with a photo of me with my boss, Features Editor extraordinaire Catherine Gaugh, beaming in the background, during our trip to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.


P.S. Scroll down to last week’s blog entry for more on Showcase House



Hi Michelle…I forgot to send you this portrait of a young writer who has touched the heart of millions in Pasadena alone!

Tata Luv…thanks for your mention of me on your are, as always, the best!!!!!!

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Forever yours,

Sir Terence of Pictures A Lot



Now carry on, as you were,

Queen Mickie

Pasadena Showcase House recognizes royalty

 Yes, I may be a former Doo Dah Queen, but it’s still good enough for most people~  even the prestigious Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts.



When I visited the Showcase House of Design to decide what stories I would like to do, one of the PSHA members bowed to me as we were introduced and made me feel as special as I was welcome. Resplendent in pearls and impeccible attire, Barbara guided me through the residence offering any information she had, along with pleasant humor.


I returned to Showcase this past Tuesday for the Media Preview. It was an opportunity to see the finished designs and speak with the designers about their work. Barbara again greeted me and was wearing the most beautiful gold net scarf. She said it would look good with my outfit and I teased that I would have to tie it around my hips and shimmy my way down the halls. Then Linda, our hostess this time, called to me for my tour.


Linda was wonderful too, with an easy laugh and a keen eye for details. Plus she made sure we found a table to enjoy our refreshments at the end of our tour. We agreed that the house is very liveable this year– I didn’t feel like any of the furnishings were too sterile to sit on, but rather beckoned to you to rest a while. The interior hues are very pleasant and the gardens are glorious. I particularly like the Koi pond where the fish swim around the tea house and can also swim into the pool in the structure’s living room. Very cool!


While nibbling on all kinds of little yummy things and sipping champagne, my friend photographer Terry Miller found me. He introduced us to a reporter he works with (unfortunately her name escapes me at this moment), who was a delight. When she heard about the Royal Pup Atticus, she shared that her mother calls his breed Jack Daniels terriers, as they act as if they have been drinking. I said, the name is right, but I think the owner needs to drink in order to put up with the crazyness of the dogs ha ha ha!


I finished my champagne and was enjoying the conversation and the garden when Barbara appeared. She slipped the gold scarf around my neck. “I would like you to have this,” she said. I was astounded~ what an honor! I thanked her and gave her a big hug. The scarf is gorgeous and will go with many of my outfits. I even wore it to work the next day and received quite a few compliments! Thank you again, Barbara!


Now, you may not have as an exciting outing as I, but if you appreciate interior and exterior decorating at its best, then you must visit Showcase House. Plus the ticket proceeds go towards PSHA’s music and music education programs for area children.


Here’s the info:



Opens April 19.

9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

9 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Through May 17

$30-$40 depending on day and time

Free shuttle and entry to garden, market and restaurant.

Flat shoes required. No children under 12. Not handicap accessible.

(714) 442-3872



Now, carry on, as you were,

Queen Mickie

Hopping down the bunny trail

Dear Readers,



At this time of year my thought turns to bunnies. Bouncing bunnies. Bunnies who thump and look cross at you when you bark at them. Bunnies who turn and flick their little cotton tails at you with a tease and then hop away when you get too near. Bunnies who hide in the big daffodils in the flowerbed waiting for your nose to find them.


Yes, I love bunnies. Almost as much as squirrels. Squirrels are more of a challenge because they’ll suddenly run up a tree where they can chatter and throw acorns at you. But I’m off track now…


Where was I?…. Oh yes, bunnies!… Why was I supposed to tell you about bunnies???…


 Now I remember~ my friend Roxy sent me a photo of herself wearing bunny ears that I wanted to share with you. She’s being good and waiting patiently for any yummy treats that may show up in her bowl… or on the floor under the dining room table. Smart pup!


Happy Easter!


Happy Spring!!


Happy, happy everything!!! 


But most of all~ Happy BUNNIES!!!!


Paws up,


Bloggers’ Primavera a success!

The weather was perfect last Saturday! I put the top down on my convertible and cruised to Farnsdale Park in Altadena for the Bloggers’ Primavera potluck and meet-up. It was held in a nice covered picnic area, allowing the breeze to blow through, but keeping the sun at bay.


It was terrific to see all my cyberfriends in person and to really chat. I nibbled on an array of edibles, sipped iced tea and went from conversation to conversation trying to meet people I didn’t know and catch up with the ones I do.


It’s amazing to me how many people knew me from my blogs (my entertainment blog is ) and how many were there whose words I read. If only I could read everyone’s blog every day! Alas! I’m lucky to keep up with them several times a week! But still, the connection is there and it’s friendly.


To see the fun we had and find other cool blogs you may be missing, I suggest you visit and Both sites offer links to even more wonderful cyberspace finds, as well as photos, videos and witty commentary on our Primavera and more.


Oh, and did I mention that the blogging group still paid homage to my regalness even though 32nd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Skittles was also in attendance? What an honor!! So please, dear subjects, support this collection of cyber word- and photo-smiths and feel free to comment– I understand they love hearing from their readers as much as I do.


Now carry on, as you were,

Queen Mickie