Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Day!

What are you doing with YOUR extra day?  Currently, I am working.  Really.  Though the day started out super rainy, I did get to have chai with the Mister. That's a plus!! 

And I did get an afternoon walk in (to pick up meds), but the temp reads 61, so I wasn't going to miss that!  And saw this:

Total affirmation that Spring will be here soon!!!!!

I hope to finish a few projects that I started earlier in the month and think about my goals for March.  Plus do a few loads of laundry, clean up the kitchen, put away clean laundry, water those plants, re-clean the bathroom (still not right after the girls' 6+ hour beauty-spa marathon this past weekend), and . . . hmmm, Daydream Believer? 

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Son - He's Getting Married!

My second son phoned me this morning.  He is so nervous.  He is getting married April 7th. He's not nervous about getting married, he is so happy about that.  But he is nervous in general. He will sweat. He will stutter. When it is over, the day will be a happy blur and he will wonder why he was so nervous in the first place. Then the next day he will have to board the plane.  He will be nervous all over again.  He will sweat. He will stutter.  I am gifting the plane tickets.  I have looked in vain for 49 stops between Pittsburgh and Orlando. One stop each for the nights I stayed awake waiting for him to get his butt home, for the messy room, the skipped school days, the homework not done, the wrecked car, the worrying, the wondering, the yelling, the .....  And then I remember that sweet, innocent face, the little premie, born two months early, the big blue eyes, the smile wider than his whole face, the way he crushed his Matchbox cars only to tape them back together again, the hours spent digging holes in the yard, lining them with foil and filling them with water for his beloved Tonka trucks, his Dutch boy haircut, the I Love Yous, the devilish grins and OH BOY he was a little devil, the Funderoos, the Chips Motorbikes, OMGosh my heart swells, sigh ... the best I can come up with is one stop, maybe two.  Dagnabit. 

My Son, Jayme, and his lovely bride to be, Tina

Speaking of weddings, Tina's bridal shower was this past weekend.  After going to the wrong Church (I blame my daughter, 1. she was driving, and 2. she's in the wedding!), we arrived with 15 minutes to spare.  My new daugther-to-be, Tina, is delightful.  She is always happy and has the most infectious laugh!  A really fun person to be around.
Cupcakes filled with yumminess

Gifts Galore!
My Amanda
My Ben - Jayme's son
Jolene (niece to be), Melissa (my niece), Pat (my Mom)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lent - a journey in spiritual growth

Yesterday marked the first day of Lent, the time when we prepare for Easter.  A time of increased prayer and increased giving. A time of sacrifice.  I thought about what to give up for Lent.  TV - that would hurt, I am weak.  I didn't choose tv, or taking the bus instead of driving to the office or my one bottle of soda a day.  I did choose Starbucks, 1) because my drink of choice is more than 1/2 my daily weight watcher allowance points; and 2) to save money.  That doesn't seem much of a sacrifice, more like something I've been needing to do.  So, then I got to thinking about instead of giving stuff up, how about giving, donating and doing more.  For the Church. For the Community. For my family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, people I meet or pass by everyday. I know there is so much more I can do.  There is so much more I want to do.  What about you?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

The office has been presented with heart shaped Smiley cookies and a heart shaped strawberry cake. I've been given a cute tote of candy. Mister called with an exuberant Valentine greeting and it's only 9:40 a.m.  What a wonderful way to begin a day of love! Love! Love! Love! Isn't it grand! Speaking of love, here are a list of a few of my favorite Love stories.
This romantic comedy starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis, is a feel-good film. It just makes you smile long after its over.

 This romantic drama takes place during the Great Depression and OMG! it's a tear jerker.  My children refuse to watch this with me because I cry from the beginning to the end.  It tears me apart. Warren Beatty makes his debut in this film as Bud Stamper and Natalie Wood, lovely as ever, plays Deenie Loomis, a teenage girl so in love with Bud, both teens follow their parents' not so great advice and the rest, well, excuse me, I need to get a tissue.

Love the movie, love the book. Ooh, actually, I have my Grandmother's Vintage 1939 Gone With The Wind Motion Picture Movie Book Edition.  I keep it wrapped in plastic because it is not in mint condition.  I really have to talk to a book dealer and have it restored.  It's lovely and that book is long! Oh, but it makes for delightful reading!!!  There is so much that is not in the movie.

Other movies I love:
Dr. Zviago - the original! Omar Sharif and Julie Christie (pass the hanky)
The Notebook - Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (pass the hanky)
A Star is Born - Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (pass the hanky)
Duel in the Sun - Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton (pass the hanky)
The Bridges of Madison County - Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep (pass the hanky)

I could go on and on, but I am running out of hankies.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Princess turns 5

Birthday Girl
Today we celebrated Jade's 5th birthday. Hard to believe this little princess is now 5. She will be entering kindergarten in the fall.  I didn't attend the actual birthday party, in fact, when I read the temp as being 15 degrees, I debated on going out at all.  But the North wind that blew hardily yesterday had died down and it wasn't too bad out.  I got a few things done around the house, Mom came over for lunch and then we drove over to the girls' house for a visit.  Cammi greeted me at the door with a big hug, Jade hid behind the table for a big scare greeting. They were lovely little ladies, dressed in red, as pretty as Valentines.  They were happy and giggly.  Jade opened her cards, ran around the table, showed me a gift already received and let me take photos of her and Cam with the cake. Well, partly so she could keep blowing out the candles.  They were delightful and fun and so full of energy. The girls' Mom texted me later to say that the party was a success and the attendees did not want to leave - a sure sign of a good party.  

Aside from doing a few loads of laundry, crocheting and preparing for the work week, I've enjoyed this cold, quiet day.  May you have enjoyed yours.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lovely, Snowy Day

Today began early with a good morning text from K.  Her next text read, "Ugggh look outside."  See, today was to be our Valentine Slumber Party.  But we got snow. All day.  So we rescheduled for next week.  K was upset until her friend called to ask her snow tubing. That brightened her day considerably.  
I rather enjoyed being snowed in, spent most of the day in the kitchen.  I roasted a chicken and cooked up stuffing for supper.  Then divvied up the leftovers and now have prepared lunches for the work week.  Washed a few loads of laundry and then set to baking sugar cookies for some of my sweetest Valentines. 
Cleaned up the kitchen.
It's still snowing and you should hear that North wind blowing!

 Which makes this all the more inviting.
Have a safe and blessed evening!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February's Crochet Project

Do you know that at the beginning of this New Year, I made a list of, like, a zillion things I’d like to accomplish/learn/do this year? I did. My idea is to choose a few each month and accomplish/learn/do and, like last month, I once again am a tad late writing out my monthly goals. Been too much “stuff” going on here.  Anyway, this month’s Crochet Club project is dishcloths.  Cute little squares of color to wash up and clean with. I found a lacy dishcloth pattern at the Lily Sugar n Cream website that I'll be using. Nothing elaborate, rather easy and pretty!
I started my Walking Club yesterday (club of 1): I walked 2 miles. I will be walking 2 miles again today.  I will be back into that brown pant suit, that gray pantsuit, April 7. I will, I will, I will try to be.
Update: I didn't walk two miles today, but I did do 30 minutes of Latin Groove Dance - good workout!
My K just texted and said she is crying and has no idea why.  It's a blue, blue Tuesday in these here parts.  Hope your day is much sunnier!

Note to Self: Water those doggone plants!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recipe for a Super Bowl Party

Granted the Steelers will not be in the Super Bowl this year, but I do not see that as a reason to not enjoy  Super Bowl fare (any excuse to cook up some fabulous new dishes, or fabulous family favorites). So, I am thinking these ribs would be perfect for half-time, served with lots of wet-naps, of course.
Now, preheat your oven to 300 degrees because these ribs are slow roasted.
Gather the ingredients.
1 dozen ribs. I chose country style, no bone. Since the pan I am using is rather old and not Teflon* (no stick! no stick! no stick!) I covered it with foil.
1 cup of brown sugar.
1/4 cup of hot mustard.
1/2 cup ketchup.
Cloves of garlic. (I used four)
2 TBS Tastefully Simple Simply Southwest Seasoning and Rub*

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, mustard, ketchup and Simply Southwest Seasoning and Rub.

With your spoon, spread the sauce over the ribs.
Now, tuck your cloves of garlic ...
in various places under the ribs.
Now slow roast in your oven for about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.  My oven cooks fast so I start checking the ribs after the first hour. They are usually done soon after that.

And enjoy!

OH! Try to remember to take a photo as soon as they come out of the oven, or else they will be gone in a snap and like me, you will have no after photo.

* Please note that I am not a dealer, seller or spokesperson for Teflon or Tastefully Simple, they are just a few of my favorite things.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Welcome February!

February is one busy month! Not only is it host to Black History Month, Valentine's Day, President's Day and Ground Hog Day, the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards, but this February 2012 also boasts a Leap Year, giving us an extra day.  That's like having a bonus day.  There should be no work or school that day. After all, it only comes around every four years. What will I do with that extra day? What will you do? Read more? Clean more? Shop more? Sleep more? Exercise more? Have a party? Spend it with family? Friends? The Mister? The possibilities are endless!