Monday, April 25, 2016


This month has totally gotten away from me.  Changes at home.  Changes at work.  It's been a very busy, hectic, wonderful to be here season.
We celebrated Elliot's 3rd birthday.  Three, already! He is pure joy.
Adopted a Chi-Weenie into our little family.  He fits perfectly with us.
With Elliot's lead in blood levels reading an eight for the second time in three months, we've had a visit from The Allegheny County Health Department.  While they were more about safety tips than reducing lead (basically, cover all floors, paint all surfaces (thank you Dad for paneling most rooms), wet-dust often), they brought lots of cleaning aids and safety goodies.  They said that not often does lead poisoning come from tap water (um, have you heard of Flint???), it's more from lead paint dust found in floor boards and wood trim, especially in a house as old as ours.  Soooo, Saturday, Mom and I washed the living room from ceiling to floor (seriously), laundered curtains, washed windows and floors. Swept. Sunday, I did the same in the dining room.  Two rooms down, 8 more to go.  It's seriously good and the rooms look and smell clean.  We are taking Spring Cleaning by storm this year.
I've been reading like crazy, working like nobody's business and just enjoying the every day.  And that's what's been going on around here, lately.
How is your April??????
Loving life,


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


  1. File your taxes!
  2. Begin spring cleaning.
  3. Open then windows; air out your rooms (weather permitting, we woke up to a dusting of snow and icy roads today).
  4. Make a list of warm weather house projects, i.e., painting, patching, concrete work, etc.
  5. Start a windowsill garden of potted herbs.
  6. Hose down porches and outdoor furniture.
  7. Rake up dead leaves and mow the lawn.
  8. Take a walk around your neighborhood; greet new and longtime friends.
  9. Spend a day at the zoo.
  10. Celebrate Earth Day, Friday, April 22 - plant a flower garden or a veggie garden, or both!

With New Hope,

Friday, April 1, 2016

April │ Currently

April Showers – it was sprinkling as I came into the office this morning.  Sunday is supposed to be in the low 30’s. UGH!  But then again, if that’s the last bit of artic-ness, then okay.
We enter April with a new family member.  Meet Finn.  Finn is a Chi-weenie, but from the looks of him – mostly weenie.  He came home with us yesterday, weighing in at 4.3 lbs.  Finn is 3 ½ months, his birthday being December 13, 2015.  He and Elliot bonded nicely, with Elliot yelling ‘chase me’ and Finn obliging, round and round the coffee table they went. 
Watching: Movies, with Kayla.  We’ve watched The Martian, Secret in Their Eyes, Spy, and more.  It’s just a cycle we are currently in.
Reading: Speaking of cycles, I’ve really been into reading thrillers.  Currently, I am reading Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.  Just finished ‘The Silent Girls,” by Eric Rickstad (WHAT an ending!!!). Also read, “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (LOVED it!); and “The Silent Wife,” by A.S.A Harrison (hmmm, wasn’t a favorite).  My 'to read’ list at GoodReads is slowly filling up.  
Drinking: Fruition Tropical Fruit, still.
Looking forward to: baby showers and birthdays, preparing the house and grounds for summer.
April events: Cammi’s 14th birthday, Dad’s birthday, Elliot and Dylan’s 3rd birthdays, a new baby nephew joining us on April 15th, warmer weather, spring cleaning, starter plants, getting the yard and porches ready for summer, painting inside, walking more.

What about you? What have you planned for this first full month of Spring?

Joy & Blessings,

"Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers."

 ~ Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557