Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Okay, it’s that time again.  Time to get your planner, and review last week’s list.  (You can see Week 2 here).

By now, your calendar should be filled with fun things to do.  Especially this time of year.  In fact, you may have even done some of the activities that you booked in your planner.  So far, we have visited the pumpkin farm.   This week we will go to Zoo Boo.

Getting ready:

1.       This is the week we mail out the invitations to our annual Halloween Party. 

Shopping and Cooking

2.      With the menu finalized, finish shopping for your nonperishables this week.  Also, begin making and baking any food items that can be frozen ahead of time.

Think Decorations

3.      Finish buying or making any decorations and begin adorning your home.  So far we’ve decorated the mantel, strung purple lights around the front window, hung “Caution tape” and black netting around the front porch, and hung Halloween wreaths from the doors.  Tonight we decorate the entry way.

Think Costumes

4.      Is your costume bought (or made)?  To prevent last minute anxiety of what to dress up as, decide this week and buy/make your costume.  At the beginning of the month we picked up Elliot’s “Catboy” costume.  K is going to be a mummy and I’ve chosen to be a ghost.  This year, it’s easy peasy costumes. 

Think Favors

5.       Are you making or buying favors (or a little of both)?  Put together your little goodie bags and hide from the kiddies.  (But don’t forget where you’ve hid them…)

Don’t Forget the Table

6.      With your theme in mind, purchase the paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, plastic ware.  The Dollar Store is a great place to start.  But don’t wait too long as they tend to sell out fast of the seasonal goodies.

The Housecleaning

 7.       This week, begin cleaning (and decorating) the dining room and living/family rooms.  Give the foyer/entry areas a once-over.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday's Quote

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
~Elizabeth Lawrence

Friday, October 14, 2016

Currently ... and a Handful of Favorite Moments.

... the weather promises to be delightful this weekend, perfect for a trip to the pumpkin farm.
... tonight (unless it's too dark when I get home) we will begin winterizing the yards and porches;
... Kayla and I will continue our decluttering of the family room and donating come Monday;
... tomorrow we celebrate Jacob's 7th birthday;
... Amanda and boys will help decorate for Halloween; and
... Doug will help us move furniture.
Simple, yet busy weekend.
A handful of favorite moments.
Little E
ALSO, I would be remiss if I did not share with you who I caught WRITING in a NOTEBOOK!!!!

Whatever your plans for the weekend, ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Grab your planner, review last week’s list.  If you missed Week 1, you can find it here.   

Have you filled your calendar with fun things to do?  Finalized your guest list? Made or bought invites? Decided on holiday decorations?

Getting ready:

Finalize your guest list.  With your made or store bought invitations at hand, begin addressing, stamping and stuffing those envelopes.  We will be mailing ours this week.

Start Shopping

Finalize your menu, gather your recipes and create a master shopping list.  Begin picking up listed items whenever you visit the grocery store.

Think Decorations

If making your decorations, begin this week. 

Think Costumes

Decide on your costume.  Buy or make?

Don’t Forget the Table

Make a list for setting the table.  Don’t forget paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, plastic ware.  Think about what your centerpiece will be – store bought, homemade?? 

The Housecleaning

This week, begin cleaning (and decorating) the foyer/entry areas.  This is the area your guests see first so you want it to be tidy.  Our entry area is forever filled with shoes, paper goods, keys, mail and laundry (the basement is off the entry area).  But when it’s cleaned, it’s beautiful.

The days are going so fast! and there’s still so much to do!!


Monday, October 10, 2016

This Past Weekend

This past weekend was lovely.  Friday night, Elliot and I dropped K off at Doug's house.  She was spending the night.  Then Elliot and I stopped at GE's Market District in Shadyside.  When it's later in the evening, I really like to stop at this location because it has indoor parking.  And it's always busy! Then the two of us went home, ate dinner, played, and cleaned the living room.  On Saturday, we slept in, then Mom came in and we drove over to the GE at the WaterWorks.  They were having a 2 for 1 deal on a lot of their meats which is good for me and Mom and we each cook for such small numbers.  Elliot played in the Eagle's Nest while we shopped and talked.  Afterward, we picked up Kayla and headed home for a porch picnic (a little cool).  Dad sent in a Cars themed scooter that Elliot took to right away.  He has ridden (and fell off) that scooter all weekend (inside and out).

Sunday was a perfect day for cozying up and catching up on our weekly shows.  Mister brought pizza for dinner.  Elliot visited with his Dad.  Kayla and I began our clean out of the second floor front room.  We scheduled a VA pick up for tomorrow and have quite a bit to donate and there is still more. Minimalism has never looked better, yet we still have quite a ways to get there.

The weather here is changing.  It's getting COLD!  On my list of things to buy this next paycheck are mittens!  I looked for a matching pair this morning and ended up with 1 purple, 1 black, 1 white and 1 brown mitten.  I paired the black with the purple (only wore them while driving).

Earlier this year, our carbon monoxide alarm went off and the gas company red tagged my much loved Kenmore 1950's gas stove/oven.  This is a terrible time to be without an oven.  No baking for the holidays??  We just got word that our health insurance took a 10% price increase - beginning this next paycheck - that's 1/3 of my take home pay.  No stove for us this year.  My Mom says you can bake in one of these (see below).  This week I am going to search the internet for [hopefully] proof and recipes.  Any suggestions, hints, tips??

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Another First for Elliot!

He went to his first Pittsburgh Pirates' ball game this year and last night he saw his first Penguins' game.  I won the most incredible seats (office lottery) and prepaid parking.

Our view (this photo does not do it justice.  We could actually see the players' faces).

Here's little E,
and again.

Looks like he is having fun?
He didn't like the air-horn when we scored, but he liked the human bowling segment.

He was ready to leave at 9:00.  As it was a pre-season game, we did leave shortly after.
Thanks, MLBMO for your generosity!