Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Carols

Sigh. Woke up to about 3-4 inches of snow and 10 degree weather.
I cannot carry a tune to save my life.  But I do love Christmas Carols!  O Holy Night! Do You Hear What I Hear!  Here We Come A Wassailing, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, White Christmas, well, you get the picture.  A radio station in our area starts playing the songs at Thanksgiving.  Non-stop.   

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Present

This year Christmas will be changed - drastically.  Jayme and Ben are in a home of their own and now it is just me in this big, rambling house.  My sweet sister has gone to live with our Lord and her non-presence will be felt heavily.  We have a new addition to the family - Jacob.  
Christmas preparations this year have been slow.  I’ve turned on the outside lights.  I’ll put up a few decorations, maybe a wreath on the door, a few Christmas pictures.  

Bossman took me to Braddocks this evening.  Good food, good drinks, great fun.  Emphasis on fun. Then we went to my place.  It snowed this evening making the streets rather hazardous.  But he texted me when he arrived safely home.  Can you say C-O-N-T-E-N-T!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Past

Lazy, rainy, lovely Sunday. Lots to do. Need to write out party invites and Christmas cards. Gather donations for VA pick up. Scrap a new album, clean my room, laundry, and workout. Whew! No more lazing about, got work to do. And a huge shout out to Mister for a most spectacular birthday. You are amazing!  He is so amazing that he came over this evening - said a birthday is all weekend.  Baked him chocolate chip cookies.  We napped.  He is lovely!

Now for Christmas Past:

My parents were awesome.  My Dad worked at Sears and whenever the catalog came out, my sister, brother and I would write out our lists.  I am sure we got everything on our lists.  During our baths on Christmas Eve, one of Santa's elves would ring our doorbell and leave new p.j.s.  My folks hosted a Christmas Eve party for many years.  Christmas Day was spent like this: wake up brother and get him to wake up parents, open gifts, dress, go to Grandma D's for breakfast, Nana's for lunch and Grampa's for dinner, then finally, back home.  We never got to play with our gifts until the 26th.  But our Christmases were always filled with excitement!

The Christmas Tree

How appropriate that today is about the Christmas Tree because I put up the tree. Mom came and we decorated. Amanda and Kay joined us. We had breakfast/lunch at IHOPS. Did some shopping. Talked to Mister twice. Relaxed.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wrapping Presents and Happy Birthday to Me!

We went to the Andy Warhol Museum. Picked up Chinese Take-Out. Went home and ate it in bed.  A fabulous birthday!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Traditions - New and Old

This year, since we have Christmas Eve off, I am having a lunch for the whole family, good food, comfort, lots of presents! Christmas Day this year, I plan to spend quietly with my Mom and Dad, Melissa and Mike.

Kayla and I did carry on with our newest tradition - the two of us going to town to see the Macy windows, the Santas Around the World display and the Gingerbread Houses. This year we also went to the movies.  This weekend, Mom, Mandy, Kayla and I will start wrapping and baking.  I plan to send out my party invites and Christmas cards.  I will, as I do every year, pull out all the Christmas movies and pull all the Christmas themed books from their shelves and stack them for night-time reading.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Seasonal Sights

Wrapped presents, Christmas trees, Christmas movies and cartoons, singing carols, families celebrating together, poinsettias in abundance, snow, sled-riding, old fashioned hot chocolate, cookies baking, Christmas dinner, Christmas lights, wreaths, letters from Santa, light-up night, candy canes, snuggling, boots, scarves, mittens, red noses, frosty fingers and toes.

It is a very frosty 21 degrees here today.  It's downright cold!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lists, Lists and More Lists!

Grocery list, cleaning list, gift certificate list, card list, gifts bought list, gifts to buy list. Lists! Lists! Lists! I love lists!  I love creating them.  Every year I create a master gift list.  I can tell you what each child received last year and the year before that and probably the year before that.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Good and the Not So Good

There are only two Christmases that stand out as being not so good.  One was when I was younger and found the gifts in a closet.  I looked at them all and when Christmas morning rolled around, I was so disappointed in myself as I already knew what I was getting and the excitement and anticipation was not there.  I NEVER looked again!  The other Christmas was when I was older and had three small children.  I made the fatal mistake of counting on a Christmas bonus to buy the childrens' gifts and Christmas dinner.  I learned that year what I should have known all along, that bonuses were optional and should not be counted on.  Everything turned out as the office manager made an accounting error and it was found right way so that we all got our bonuses, but it was scary there for a while.  Christmas since has always been paid for way before receiving any bonuses.  As for the good - with the exception of those two, I have had 51 grand Christmases!!  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Counting Down

Before the flood, Kayla and I would unpack our little Reindeer Chalkboard and hang it in the kitchen, and we would count down each day.  The excitement grew as we get closer to Christmas!  This year, all the kiddies are moved into their own homes and I have yet to replace the reindeer.  Maybe this weekend I'll do a bit of shopping.

 Been looking so forward to this party that Theresa has hosted at least 18 years now (maybe more).
Also put the Christmas lights on the outside of house - so pretty.  Need to work on the inside.
My sweet Mister gave me my birthday present early - UGGs!  Just in time, too, as it was snowing earlier.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Perfect Christmas

My perfect Christmas as always would be a log cabin in the woods.  It would have a huge family room with an oversized stone fireplace.  Plenty of firewood outside the front door.  There would be snow falling, plenty for sled-riding and snowman building.  We'd have a real tree, decorated beautifully and smelling wonderful.  All of my children and grandchildren would be there and everyone would get along.  We would pop popcorn, make Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate, play board games, watch a seasonal favorite, "A Christmas Story", sing carols and just be happy together.  {Sigh}

Today, we are celebrating Brendan's 3rd birthday today.  He will officially be 3 on Monday. But first, Mom and I are going to breakfast and then light shopping.  After the party, I am driving into the office to get some filing done.  I may have to stop in at Starbuck's on my way home.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Cards

I have two favorite places to purchase Christmas cards,  Barnes & Nobles and Hallmark.   One year, Amanda, Kayla and I made our own cards using a kit we purchased at clearance from Michael's Arts & Crafts.  That was fun and the cards were lovely and well received.  This year I am sending this card:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 2 of Journal Your Christmas

The Weather. Oh, the weather outside is frightful . . . 28 degrees!  Here is my entry:

It's cold today.  Though we have been lucky these past months with bouts of tropical weather, winter weather is now making its mark.  It is currently 28º.  I woke up to a dusting of snow on the cars and the lawns.  I would love to have an all out white Christmas.  I am so looking forward to that first real Christmas snow, not just flurries, but the one that covers everything with pure whiteness, making our little world a wondrous winter wonderland.
Current conditions as of 12:13 pm EST 28º.  Cloudy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Manifesto

It is Day One of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.  Writing the Manifesto.  I've fashioned mine after a past JYC.  This is what will go in my album this year:

I dedicate the documenting of this Christmas Season to my Grandchildren Kayla, Cammi, Ben, Jade, Brendan and Jacob.  Without them, Christmas would not be so magical, exciting, wondrous, or awe-filled.  I will, this Christmas Season, reflect on Christmases past, ponder Christmases future, and create the most perfect Christmas present.  I will share the joys of this Season with my family and friends through smiles, gifts, food, and kindness.

Today started out gray and rainy as it has been most of the past week.  The rain turned to snow flurries and the temperatures dropped.  When I went out at noon, it was 30 degrees.  I am happy to be home in my warm, cozy home.

Today is also the start of Erin Effenheim's Pre New Year Fitness Challenge. I met Erin on Facebook and joined her last challenge which helped me towards my weight loss goal.  This is perfect timing for me as I hope to wear a two piece, oh alright, a bikini, in Florida come February.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bye Bye November

Here we are another month almost over.  It's been a busy one for me.  I  had every intention of blogging everyday like I did in October but alas, that did not happen.  December, though it promises to be hectic, I am making every effort to blog daily, take pictures daily, exercise daily . . . well, you get it.
So, until tomorrow...enjoy this last day of November.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


After a bit of a hiatus, I'm back and ready for daily blogging this December thanks to Ali Edwards and Shimelle.  I always enjoy creating these seasonal books.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Warmer today, the sun is already gloriously streaming through the windows.  Will call Mom shortly so we can begin our day. Lots to do!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Must be Murphy's Law . . .

. . . which my horror-scope happens to mention today.  I either have nothing to do or tons to do.  This weekend is a birthday party, shopping for presents, picking up layaways, going to the gym, and the two big dilemmas: an offer to come taste test food for an upcoming dinner party (great for the diet, NOT), Last weekend, I had nothing on the calendar and this weekend is filling up fast. Sheesh!
Last night was K's Curriculum Fair at School.  I was never going to make it in time, but thankfully Amanda attended and sent me these precious photos.  Thanks, Mand!
Well, that was some weird lighting.  Looks like K did a quick change.
I did take advantage of Shimelle's fab discount and signed up for her next class True Stories. I totally enjoyed her September's Learn Something New Everyday class.  It's the first month that I actually blogged each day.  I also paid (finally) for Queen of the Crop Getaways' upcoming Columbiana Crop.  Now I have to decide what I will be scrapping and get it together.  I will not over-pack, I will not, I will not . . . sound convincing?  I seriously will not and I am going to get it together way in advance of the crop.  Hmmm, that gives me plenty of time.
Talked to Amanda, poor little Jake had four shots today and blood tests.  Talked to Mom and we will be driving out to the Waterfront in the a.m.; I need to pick up a layaway from DB (and put a new one on (wink, wink)).   Seriously, I really do need some warmer shirts for the cooler weather.  Also need to get a gift for Jake.  Then we are off to the birthday party.  I am still waiting to hear if I have to work tomorrow, but either way, I have to drive into the office because for the umpteenth time, I left my iphone plug there.  Can't recharge without it.  On second thought, I think I'd better buy a spare.


October 15 will always be a bittersweet day for our family. It marks the one year anniversary of my sister's diagnosis which began the most horrendous journey of our lives and it's also Jacob's birthday.

Happy 1st Birthday Jake!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Colder Today . . .

. . . but bless the sun, it's still shining. Talked to my oldest today.  Not only was he born under a black cloud, but he is also his own worst enemy.  And bad luck - he has the market on it.  Anyway, he was moving in his usual haste, climbing stairs, fell and broke his right wrist in two places.  We are waiting to hear if he needs surgery.  Talked to second son and he has the flu.  He also put his two weeks in at his current employment and will be starting a new job November 1.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another Beautiful Day

It's gorgeous here again today.  Because I not only hit the snooze button too often, I also turned off the alarm completely. Mistake.  And because of that I got a late start and had to drive to the office.  Which turned out to be a good thing cause I parked on the wharf and this was the view:
Jake will be turning one this week, party Saturday.  Whoo Hoo.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The weather is holding its own despite the lightening/thunderstorm we had last night.  The sun is shining today and the temperature is 61.  I like the rain though.  I love to hear it on the roof and the earthy smell that rises up when the first drops hit the ground.  My room is on the third floor 1) because it is so quiet up there; 2) because heat rises so it’s the warmest part of the house; and 3) because I am right under the roof, the sound of the raindrops lulls me to sleep.  What I didn’t appreciate was the huge crackling thunderbolt that left me scrambling for my covers.  In hindsight it was funny; at the time it wasn’t. 
Today, as I said, is gorgeous! An attorney I once worked for is now in our building, so we went to lunch at Elements.  Good food.  A little pricey, but then I prefer to cook rather than eat out. 
Let's see, I worked late, redecorated a bit for Halloween, watched The Biggest Loser, made cinnamon muffins, went to bed.  All in all, it was a good day.
Amanda sent me this photo of my sweetest girl walking to the school bus stop:
My K - in the 6th grade ALREADY!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day

Back to work. Uploaded photos from weekend, but not much more.  Today has been busy.  Ah, the season's are changing.  The summer fountain is gone, the ice skating rink is being built.

Looking forward to taking a walk, to going home.

If my day were a song title it would be . . .

I'm not a country music buff but this song title totally describes my day: "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (see earlier post).  So, after tears and self pity, two walks and lots of reflection, I am okay and ready to begin again.  And although I was blah today, the day wasn't:

A shout and a prayer to D.K. and his family.  I hope your Mom is well and on the road to recovery.
To my K-Bear - I love you much.
Good night all.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

So Lonely

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry

A year ago my weekends were so full.  K would be staying over. Ben lived here.  My sister would be coming to dinner, Mom would want to go shopping.  Now, the kids are on there own, as they should be and that's a good thing. My sister now resides in heaven and she is missed.  My Mom is caring for my Dad while he recovers from a heart attack.  A year ago if I were asked what I wanted, I would have laughed and said an hour of peace and quiet.  Well, I got it. Tenfold.  And it ain't pretty.
On the bright side, it really is a lovely day.  I went for a walk earlier and plan to take another after supper.  I need to finish spraying the headboard and I need to do some laundry. 
It's a start

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Spending time with K

Spending my time with K is a joy.  She is my number one person.  My sweet baby girl.  Her sense of humor is HUGE and we have so much fun together.  Today we got up and she totally took over the computer, connecting with her friends on FB, playing games and chatting with her Mom.  Once she was done with that, we went to Starbucks for breakfast, then drove into the office.  K had a school project she was working on so we went to the office to do research and print out the results. (I sort of lost or maybe misplaced a vital piece to my printer).  We have too much fun riding in the car, singing along with the radio or just playing one of the many games K has invented over the years.  After I took her home, I came home and it's just so darn quiet and empty without her.  Anyway, I sprayed a first coat on the headboard. Caught up with The Office and Project Runway and as I have too many scrapbook kits piling up, decided to get started on one of ScrapStation's album kit. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Home Issue

It's October and October in Pennsylvania is truly beautiful.  The leaves are just starting to change.  I walk by here often.  It's lovely all year round.
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This is the front of my house.  The fencing that is off color is new and not yet painted.  In June 2008, we had a microburst storm.  Filled my basement with 5 feet of water.  Lost everything - dryer, hot water tank, furnace, all holiday decorations and anything else that was stored down there.  On the bright side, I have a very clean basement. Anywho, there was also a gas leak. To get to the turn off, the firemen had to chop down some of the fence.  Instead of staining it next spring, I am going to have it painted.
This is my front porch.  I am in the process of winterizing it.  This glider, did you know that gliders have different patterns and that the pattern can determine their worth?  I did not. I learned this from a neighbor a few doors down who is coveting my glider and has offered a blank check for it.  Not happening. We throw a big cushion on it and sit.  In the summer time, I put a beige rug on the porch and hang white lace curtains on one end.  Makes it like a summer room.  I put a lantern and candles on end tables and magazines/books on the coffee table.  I turn the glider around to face the front window.  On warm evenings, we open the screen, turn the t.v. to face out, make popcorn and snacks, the girls choose an On Demand movie and that's our movie night. 
The foyer.  The front entrance. The hall.  Whatever.  This is where you enter my home.  It needs a new floor.  My niece has offered to put down new tile for me.  My sister would have.  Gosh, I miss her.  Okay, so this is the entrance. This chair, which I love, a neighbor was getting rid of.  I couldn't let it go to the trash.  It is so quaint.  I hang my coats here, my keys in this bowl, and in the bench, I keep my winter gloves, scarves and extra bulbs for the overhead lighting.
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Off to the left of the hall is the living room.  This paneling has been here forever.  My Dad paneled most of the walls because they were in pretty bad shape and when they bought the house they needed a quick and inexpensive fix.  I don't mind the paneling in this room.  This paneling is not real wood so it would take lots of prepping to paint.  I'll just leave it like it is. 

Welcome back warm weather!

Ah, yea!  After a brief glimpse of the winter to come, it's warm again. Climbing up towards the 80's today! I will be walking alot this weekend.  Last night was bowling.  I didn't start out too well, but ended with a 171. Not too shabby.  My neighbors Joe and Andrea joined.  They are not only fun, but they have, especially Andrea, fabulous senses of humor.  Bowling aside, we had a great night.  I also met Mel yesterday afternoon. She was having highlights put in, red and blonde.  It looks good. Well, I gotta start my day.
I spent today cleaning my room.  Dusty! Whew! But it's clean now and looks pretty.  Then I drove out to pick up K.  We took a detour on our way back, stopped at B&N at the Mall.  She picked up the 2011 Guiness Book of Records, I picked up a few Stampington Publications and then we proceeded to Starbucks to drink and eat for the next hour. Kayla took photos of weird stuff from the book and texted them to her friend.

Longest tongue

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And it's . . . Raining . . . Still

I do like the rain.  I do.  It rained all day yesterday and it's still raining today.  Better than snow.  Though I like snow, too.  From behind my windows.  Our firm provided flu shots today.  I had mine.  I am dieting today.  Big time.  I will exercise when I get home this evening. Big time.  How's that for reinforcement.  Now, I just need to follow through.  Let's see, nothing much going on so far today.  I have nothing planned either.  Oh, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The City tints the fountains around town pink for the whole month. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


My Dad is back in the hospital.  Hopefully just for an overnight.  Complications from the heart attack.  But he sounds good, Mom does, too.  Dentist this morning and a totally awesome checkup.  Yay, me!!  Busy at work, but I can't wait to get home.  There are so many things I want to do.  So many.  And I have to comp some time, so by the time I do get home, I'll be too tired. Ugh! 

Recap of Monday

Wow! Monday was so busy! Time flew and I totally missed  a blogging opportunity.  It was very busy with timesheets being due and having to keep up on all the other assignments due and being handed to me.  I was able to get a walk in when I got home. Totally invigorating!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The View

K stayed over last night.  So, this morning, I took her up to Mt. Washington. She has not been there since she was 2.  I knew she would love it.  This child is our loves life child.  Totally.  Her reaction to the view is just what I expected. She does not disappoint.

Looking over downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

My K

To the East

Overlooking Station Square

On the Incline

From the bottom of the incline

I LOVE this house, it's so me

Kayla liked the more artsy homes

We then took a ride on the incline down to Station Square where we had lunch.  After I took her home, I went home and cooked.  This cooler weather is perfect for cooking and baking.

Time to be domestic.  And I did wear an apron.

The turkey pot pie. Delicious!
With these apples from the farm, I made applesauce
With tomatoes from my Dad's garden

I made salsa

Turkey pot pie, applesauce with the apples purchased at the farm yesterday, salsa from tomatoes grown in my Dad's garden.  I ate the salsa with blue chips and sour cream.  It was good.  Today was a very good day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

To the Pumpkin Farm

I drove to Mom's to get some coupons she had for the pumpkin farm. Picked up A, K and J.  Then Mel.  The weather was perfect - not cold, not hot.  Perfect.  K went through a real corn maze, not just one made of husks.  She picked most of the pumpkins.  We are all partial to the smaller ones for decorating.  At the little store/bakery, we bought apples, peppers, potatoes, cider and caramel apples. And fudge, ladylocks, cheese danish and frosted ghost cookies for the boys.  As we were having such a good time being together, we went to Panera's for lunch.  Then to Mel's to play a round of "Rock Band."  K stayed with Mel.  I took A and J home.  Then went home to bake the turkey loaf I would need to make pot pie tomorrow.  I had K stay over.  She got here late as Mel took her for a pedicure and then to Max and Erma's for dinner.  K and I watched "Kick Ass," which we really enjoyed.  Then bed cause I don't do too many late nights anymore.

And it's Raining All Over the World . . .

 . . . well, maybe not all over the world, but it's raining in mine.  Oh, Hello October!! 

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is my hometown, always has been, always will be.  Downtown Pittsburgh is about a 10-20 minute drive depending on the weather/traffic.  It’s small compared to Chicago and Philadelphia, but we have our share of great features.  The Point.  The Incline and the overlooks along Mount Washington where you can see forever.  The Clipper Fleet, the stadiums, the sports teams - Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.  Heinz and DelMonte headquarters are on the North Shore.  The train station. the National Aviary, the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, the Strip District.  And that’s just a sampling.
The house I am currently living in is the house I grew up in.  It’s a 10 room house, with entrance and a basement, front porch, back porch, fenced in yard both in front and back.  It’s a fabulous ramshackle of a house and I love it.  It needs SO MUCH work, but slowly, slowly, I will get it together.  If money were not a concern, I would update both kitchens, both baths and well, I will, s  l  o  w  l  y.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Accomplishment = Meeting the Goal

30 posts!  One a day for a month. That's a goal and it's been met.  Credit goes to Shimelle's "Learn Something New Everyday" class.  Now, I just need to order the photos and then I will put together the book.  Ta Da! I also finished a sweater and started a new one. Got back on the exercise trail, spent time with a totally great guy, cleaned out the spare kitchen and more!  The downs are, I still miss my sister horribly.  My Dad had a heart attack.
BUT, I am so excited for October!  The changing of the leaves, the sweatshirt weather, the hot chocolate and long walks, the zoo, the costumes, the candy (NOT), just all the joys the new season brings.  And as I have saved all of the Shimelle classes, I am going to create the "There's No Place Like Home" project during October. 
It's cold today (for me cold is anything under 90 degrees, but I am TRYING to embrace the cold cause it's gonna be here for a long while).  But it is cold - 57 and rainy. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Fall To Do List

Fall is in the air (and the temperature, too).  So, I've compiled a list of things we usually do around this time of year.

Visit pumpkin farm - buy pumpkins for carving, apples for homemade applesauce, cider for drinking
Collect colored leaves
Take lots of photos of foliage
Take K hiking
Buy mums for the porch
Cook up pot of chili
Send Halloween cards
Make a Halloween banner
Host a Fright Night
Go to Zoo Boo (Saturday/Sunday, Oct 23, 24 30, 31 at 11:00 - 4:00)
Take K to a Haunted House
Go on a hayride
Roast pumpkin seeds
Decorate for Halloween
Make homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers, then make s'mors
Get a flu shot

Also, feeling a little out of sorts today.  Will be much better in a day to two as long as my every day gets back to normal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Day in Paradise

Not. But a good day. Busy. My Dad came home today.  Now, he just needs to take it easy.

Dear God:

No more this year! Please!

Signed, Me

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rainy Days and Mondays. . .

. . . well, can't say they get me down as I happen to like rainy days, it's umbrellas I do not like.  At all.  Hate carrying them.  I had a Totes umbrella once.  You know, the convenient kind that fits in your purse.  I was walking to work one morning and it was pouring and, seriously, in slow motion, I watched the top, the umbrella itself, slowly tumble to the ground.  And I was standing there holding the handle, just the handle.  It was so embarrassing.  I picked that thing up and threw it in the trash can.  Next was a golf size umbrella, they cover you, yes, but this was lightweight and when it's pouring slashing rain and the winds blowing, and the stupid thing blows inside out and you are fighting with this, well, it's downright embarrassing.  I threw that in the trash can, too. I now have another golf type umbrella, huge and reinforced, it's fab.  But I still hate carrying umbrellas.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Another Fine Day

Beautiful day! This morning was invigorating! I walked 5 miles.
I love woodsy photos.  I pass this area every walk.

Then baked a pound cake, and a Southwest Chipotle Pasta Salad (Tastefully Simple), started the laundry and in a few moments will be heading out the door to visit my Dad.  I missed the boys'  softball game, need to text for an update.  Missed the start of the Great Race (procrastinated), but am on a roll now.
Almond Pound Cake - YUM - using Tastefully Simple

Creamy Southwestern Chipotle Pasta Salad - again Tastefully Simple

Visited with Dad, he should be going home tomorrow.  Steelers played a great game.  Rah! Rah!

Put the yellow table and chairs in downstairs kitchen.  Swept and scraped more of the floor in this room.  Will finish it this week and get Rob to paint it.

Can't wait to take this down and replace it with a really cool light fixture.

Worked more on the yoke of this gorgeous sweater.

Mom came over and had dinner.   I worked out - focusing on the arms and now I am going to settle in and watch the Amazing Race .  This has been one fine day!!!

So Much To Do . . .

. . . and truly so little time.  I need a weekend with no outside interference.  Scratch that. With little outside interference.  Never would I give up time with K. Nor watching the boys' softball game. Nor my walk, talks with Mom, texts with everyone, ah, maybe just an hour. Yep, an hour with no outside interference.

Just finished watching No Impact Man.  To be continued . . .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's all Good!

MPO is good.  He was not feeling so good yesterday so after an overnight at the hospital and a few tests, he is good.
Dad is good. He may be able to go home Monday.  He is ready.
Mel and I went to a baby shower today.  Our cousin Rachel is expecting a baby girl soon.  It was a nice afternoon catching up with family, oohing and aahing over all the pink presents, and eating good food.
I am going to dash over to Starbuck's for my favorite and then catch up with Project Runway as I miss it every Thursday due to bowling.  Want to work on my sweater, read a mag and do some laundry.
The weather today is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!
It's all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parents to Be and It's a Girl!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Procrastination = Frustration

I procrastinate.  A-L-L O-F T-H-E -T-I-M-E.  Aside from being disorganized, procrastination is my next biggest flaw.  I am trying to overcome it.  I read somewhere about blocking time or making dates for things you want to do.  So, in my planner, I've blocked time for crocheting, scrapbooking, reading, exercise, etc.  For instance, I have blocked 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. tonight to work on my sweater.  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday for walking/exercise.  And so on.  Of course, everything is flexible as I never know what's going to happen day to day.  My Dad's heart attack Tuesday afternoon changed my everyday routine drastically.  But so far he is OKAY and I know that my life will settle back down again into my routine.
It's Friday (hooray).  After work, Mel, Mom and I have to stop by a funeral home to pay our respects to a good friend who lost her father Tuesday.  Then we will visit Dad.  Mel and I have a baby shower tomorrow so I think I'll finish scraping the floor that day so Robbie can paint it and I can start moving furniture into it.
Autumn is here, but the weather is still summer.  It is currently 73 (9:35 a.m.) and it's climbing to the 90's.  MY kind of weather.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This morning, Dad was still in ICU, but he did eat and walked and sat up in a chair. Later, he was moved out of ICU and that's good!
 I went bowling.  I did very well.  My average is 131 and I bowled 151 - 127 - 165.

Full Moon this Week - Stunning

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Changes = Life Lessons or Hello Autumn!

Today was gorgeous! Blue skies, sunshine, heavenly! I started the day with a 4.6 mile walk. Felt good.

Changes.  Everyday life changes.  Some changes are so subtle you don't even notice.  Some changes can be so huge they shake your whole world.  Some changes are good, some are not.  This year has been sprinkled with changes, small and large.  First there was my sister's sickness and then her passing (life altering change, a bad one); next the last of the nest moved out (another life altering change, but a good one), then I began to date again after a two and one-half year hiatus, Mom's knee replacement surgery (short term life change) and recently my Dad's heart attack (he's doing well, thank goodness).  

My personal changes were diet (lost 40 lbs), exercise so much more, eat much better, bought new clothes and shoes and had my hair done.  These are all great changes.

The house - got that extra kitchen cleaned out, next is painting.  Spray painted wicker furniture a glossy black for my "new" bedroom.  Went on a shopping spree at IKEA to outfit this room.  Walls are painted, just need the floor done.  Got a new furnace and a new water heater.  Basement cleaned out (no junk piling up there).  

And these are just changes to my own little world.  Change is everywhere.  Thankfully, I go with the flow.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Dear Lord:

My father had a heart attack this afternoon.  These next few hours are crucial.  Please watch over him, please make him well.  Be with my family.   I pray he pulls through. 

Also, please be with D and her family as they suffer the loss of their father/husband/brother/uncle. Thank you.

Your humble servant,


Taking Me Time = No Regrets

I rarely leave my desk to go eat or take a break.  I come to work to work.  I work for four attorneys and it gets pretty hectic here.  But  today I won’t regret taking time to eat lunch and to go outside and walk in the warm sunshine.  Even though the possibility of work piling up and having to stay a little later, I will not regret taking a little time for me.  Seriously. No, I mean for real.  Really.  Convinced?  Okay, I'm working on it.

UPDATE: I did go outside to walk in the warm sunshine.  I didn't want to come back in.  I did buy lunch and ate it at my desk.  

Alas, I Bid you Adieu Sweet Summer

Today is the last day of summer.  The high will be 80 but right now its 52 and that's a tad bit chilly.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Signature Me = Homebody, plus I'm nice

Hmmm, if a friend or family member described you, what would they say?  Most of my family would say, flighty, wild, "out there," selfish, independent, hard-working.  He would say, funny, cute, a really nice girl and a little crazy, too.  Friends would say, she works hard, she's funny, she's too nice.  I would say I am a nice girl, but I do have a temper sometimes, just ask my kids.  I would say I love to have fun, I love to laugh and to make people laugh, I am a super happy person, and I am nice cause I'm not good at saying no and because I really do like to make people happy. 
I don't think I have a signature look, I just like to look nice.  I love my clothes, especially my dresses and find that most of my pieces are black and white. 
I have no absolute favorite color, but prefer light pink and certain shades of green. 
My favorite foods are chicken and green beans and I love my own cooking.  I'd rather cook than eat out.
I love to walk and I think I listen to music more than I watch t.v. 
When I do watch t.v., I think it's mostly reality shows, i.e., Top Chef, Project Runway, MTV gauntlet/duels, Chopped and America's Next Top Model.  Though I adore Rescue Me and didn't miss a single episode of Drop Dead Diva.
I love, love, love magazines - a variety, depending on my mood.  And books, books, books. 
As for being a homebody, I am.  I would rather cook a good meal and stay in.  My favorites are staying home, watching t.v., eating good food, snuggling. 
It's finished. Finally! And I even wore it today.

The moon tonight is gorgeous! It's almost full and it is streaming in the back windows lighting up the rooms.  Gorgeous!