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.