Monday, 29 April 2013

feeling 'safe'...what's that?

my fellow americans is there anymore feeling 'safe'? I remember the days(opps aging myself who cares?) when getting on a plane was actually so exciting and exhilerating I actually thought about where I was going as I drove to the airport?  I also remember wondering how sad i would get as my loved ones kissed and hugged me goodbye as I walked down the boarding gate its only strangers, security guards and the staff of the airlines who don't wave goodbye...beyond sad, that this generation will never know what sense of security felt like.  Isn't that weird?  I actually was anxious about the aircraft back then? NOW? who cares what kind of plane?  I just want to make it past the first 20 minutes without a terrorist attack!
 So, feeling 'safe' for those of you who were not around and traveling way before 9/11, felt like a walk on a sunny day with your dog by your side.  It felt like snuggling into your bed when you were around 10 or 11 years old when you had had a long day at the beach and you are so tired you simply collapse under the covers.  It felt like America was strong and free and unafraid of anything.
We all have to have a reality check that Leave it to Beaver was just a TV show and that those long hazy days of summer when I could walk or ride my bike to the corner store as a 8 or 9 year old are gone forever...some pervert is now lurking behind the corner of every parents mind now.
That's our reality, no safe place while living on our streets, attending a marathon, traveling coast to coast or simply going to work.
the terrorists have acheived that sense of INsecurity but they have not succeded in putting out the fire which lights up our dark skies on the 4th of July or in our hearts.  
i do wish i could go back secretly though sometimes don't you?

Saturday, 2 March 2013


Since 50 I have...

Learned how to be a Facebook friend although I really don’t ‘get it’,

Whiskers growing in places that used to be soft as a baby’s bottom,

Lost hair in places razors used to be familiar with,

‘Barnacles on my ship’ (not my words but my dermatologist’s) popping up & burnt off,

Fantasies about travels to the wine country of France replacing Paul Newman,

Skin that caused my grandson to ask me why my hands look old,

Looked at other 50 year olds and wondered if I look that old,

To watch everything I eat due to high cholesterol risk, fun!

Grimaced with disappointment at the happy birthday in text form as opposed to a live voice,

Pedicures that would make younger women cry but now have heels tough as sandpaper, lucky me!

Noticed my cream eye shadow ends up on my cheeks after dinner,

Laughed hysterically at Meryl with her one finger in It’s complicated during the plastic surgery scene,

Related to Shirley Valentine talking to ‘the wall’,

Taken a shine to romantic British movies again,

Stood next to lovely silky flawless young 30 something’s and almost fainted sucking my Abs in,

Fallen asleep with the thought that life is half over,

BUT, since 50 I have also…

Become so secure in who I am I don’t care who thinks what about me,

Fallen back in love with life and don’t comprehend the whiner’s who haven’t,

Never forgotten my young girl dreams and that they are still there waiting to be chased,

Stopped wishing for youth and began thanking God for each day’s wisdom,

Felt God’s presence in my adult children’s growth and the pure grace in a hug from each grandchild,

Never been so content for each breath I take and grateful to be alive and to be 50 something!

yvonne horvat murphy

Sunday, 27 January 2013

packing chocolate contraband

yesterday i packed my little carry on bag which i use on my bi coastal monthly trips. my usual packing for the grand babes includes delicious chocolate Bordeaux bars from See's candies.  once i had my other 'not as important' items packed in my little friendly flier bag i put the Bordeaux's right on top along with the best Bridge Mix in North America from See's as well. other women who are leaving los angeles might consider packing some jewelry from tiffany or some fancy handbags like Hermes but not moi!
so my row is getting called and as i get to the gate to board they say my bag is too filled to the brim large! what? i see what is bulging in my bag and its the chocolate. they tell me i have to check it or empty it out and make it smaller but i can't bear to throw out the chocolate so i throw all the paperwork in my purse to salvage the chocolate.  they let me on board the plane with my precious cargo...Chocolate Contraband! some things are just worth the effort!!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

TELEVISION i come again!

So, I'm filming my own TV show called The Puck Mommy show on Rogers Cable TV here in Ontario Canada!  The show shoots tomorrow and thursday...I am so excited but I'm pretty sure I should be scared out of my wits!  Maybe I'm not as smart as I think? I have guests coming on the show that are all either married to professional NHL hockey playes or they are mothers of Professional Hockey players, active or retired.   Jill Kitchen (Mike Kitchen Chicago Blackhawks), Joanne Vickers (Steve Vickers NHL Rookie of the Year,New York Rangers) Lynn Murphy (Ryan Murphy Carolina Hurricanes) Lee Del Zotto (Mike Del Zotto New York Rangers) Ruth Cammalleri (Mike Cammalleri Calgary Flames)  are my guests on the show!
I'm looking forward to branching out and back into Televsion again...thats my background and it's fun to get back into it again!  Look for the show on later on january 2013!