Tuesday, April 25, 2017

... and life threw a lemon

My second son, Jayme, is crazy in love with his wife, Tina.  They just had their 5th anniversary on April 7 - a day for celebrating.  However, April 7 is the day Tina was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  Life has been moving so fast lately, the days are filled with doctor appointments and medical treatments. They have a combined family of five children, the youngest being just 9.  The 15 year old measuring low on the autism spectrum, but still how to tell them?  While there has been overwhelming love and support from family and friends, the journey to being cancer free has just begun.  Please keep Tina and Jayme and their children in your thoughts and lift them up in your prayers.  

You can read their story here and if you would like to donate to their cancer fight, your gift will be truly appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's a Party Month

Today could not be a prettier day (it can and it will), but for now, after bitter cold, lots of rain and an odd mix of cold/warm weather this past winter, it appears Spring has settled here in the ‘burgh.  It's our favorite kind of day. A warm sun, a cool breeze upon your face, the fresh green scent of just mowed lawns, colorful tulips in full bloom, it’s a wonderful day for being outside!
April is a month of many celebrations for us.  There’s my Dad’s birthday (also known as Pap), Cammi’s (15), Mick’s (1), Elliot’s (4) and Dylan’s (4).  And there is Easter.  One long month of partying!
We celebrated Easter with Amanda and boys spending the weekend with us.  It was a fun and wonderful time.  Lots of activity, visitors, good food, good conversation, good fun! 
Coloring Eggs
Coloring Eggs

Easter Bunny bring gift
The Easter Bunny brought Elliot a new train
Amelia, our little snuggly bunny
On Monday, we celebrated Elliot’s 4th birthday with a blow-out bash at Chuck E Cheese.  Elliot enjoyed his birthday sooooo much, that last night when he was getting ready for bed, he said he should have two birthdays.  So cute.  
Elliot's Fourth BD
Celebrating his fourth birthday with Chuck E Cheese
This weekend is Dylan’s big day.  We will be celebrating his 4th birthday at a Jump N Bounce.  Hopefully we will that is.  Elliot came down with one heck of a cold/fever/runny nose sort of thing that’s taking its time going away. 
So, besides another party (maybe), I will be doing lots of laundry, mowing the lawn and decluttering. 

What’s on your “laundry” list of things to do????

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Hey, Amelia! What should we do this month?
Although there is a 90% chance of snow tonight/tomorrow being forecast, my mind is on Spring!  Here are eight fun ideas to celebrate Spring.  Enjoy!

1. Plant a container garden  
2. Celebrate Easter! Dye eggs naturally.
3. Invite guests for Easter dinner.
4. Make Easter baskets with your kiddies.
5. Host an Easter Egg Hunt.
6. Take a walk.  Get reacquainted with your neighbors.
7. Prepare the porch and yard for summer. Scrub down the porch and porch furniture, and all yard toys.  Clean out the sand box and fill with new sand.  Cut the grass.
8. Make a windchime

What do YOU do to celebrate Spring?? 

O’ Hoppy Day!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

Spring bunny
Amelia, our Spring Bunny
Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers.
~ Bryon Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Spring has sprung here in the ‘burgh.

The neighbors have come out of hibernation and can be seen sweeping their porches, washing their cars, planting flowers and decorating for Easter.

We’ve been walking to the park in the evenings and Elliot has taken to riding his (little) big wheel down the “big mountain” (schoolyard driveway slope).  Ahhhhh, Spring!

Elliot tackles the "Big Mountain"
April plans to be a very fun-filled and egg-citing month for us.  We will be celebrating six birthdays, with the oldest turning 81 and the youngest, 1.

At our house, we will be hosting an Easter egg hunt and a lovely feast thereafter.  Most of my children and their children will be in attendance. The house will be filled with love and laughter and lots of candy.

Cute story:  Kayla hung an Easter Bunny Welcome sign on the front door.  Elliot did not see it until we were coming back from riding down that “big mountain.”  When he did he was so excited that the Easter Bunny was at our house.  He burst through the door and began looking for his “Easter Bunny candy.”

How is YOUR April shaping up??

Oh Happy Day!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Spring!

Today marks the first day of Spring!  Ahhhh, Spring.  Famous for Spring Cleaning - our annual celebration of welcoming spring.  It’s time to open the windows (wash them first), bring in the fresh air, expel the stale, enjoy a soft breeze, the scent of fresh cut grass, the sound of birds singing.  It’s time to sweep out the cobwebs, pack away the heavy blankets, the snowboots, the winter coats, and let the sun shine! 

This Spring season we will:
Wash the windows, launder the curtains, hose down the porches, scrub the porch furniture and create comfortable outside rooms.  We will make up the beds in cotton sheets and flowered bedspreads (I have to thank my Mom for this spring ritual; she changes her bed coverings with each season/holiday), and there is nothing more luxurious than climbing into a made up bed (at least in my opinion).  We will scrub carpets, paint a room or two, and my favorite: visit local rummage and yard sales and thrift stores for the perfect wicker basket (think catchalls for the porches), candleholders (think porches, again), and vases (for those spring blossoms).

We will visit and catch up with the neighbors.

And last but not least, we will make a list of things to do in Spring.

How will you celebrate Spring??

Friday, March 10, 2017

How to Prepare the Perfect Bubble Bath

First, run the hot water to warm up the bottom of the tub.  Then turn on the cold and when you have reached the desired temperature, put in the plug.

Second, inquire of the bather as to what color he/she would like their water to be.  We use Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors.  Add the requested color(s) to the running water.

Third, pour in a capful (or two) of your favorite scented bubble bath. The current favorite among the 3 and under set in this here household is banana.  We use Despicable Me Minion Made Banana Scented Bubble Bath.

Four, place child and a boatload of bath toys in tub.  Elliot’s all-time favorites are his Thomas the Train Bath Buddies.  He is also a fan of his Matchbox MarineRescue

Do not leave the child unsupervised.  Instead, if your child is able to sit by themselves take advantage of the first few moments to clean the bathroom.  I wipe out the sink, polish the mirrors, scrub the toilet, empty the trashcan and straighten the shelves.  Then I sit alongside the tub and play Thomas the Trains with Elliot.  He likes to cover the trains with bubbles and call them “ghost trains,” or hide them under all the bubbles for me to find. Or sometimes I read a storybook, or we sing songs.  Tub-time is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your child.

Love & Luck,

Please note: We are not affiliated with Sesame Street, MZB Accessories, Fisher-Price or Matchbox, we just like their stuff.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Looking forward to . . .

... I can tell you what I am not looking forward to this weekend - the 27/13 degree weather being forecast for Saturday.  WHY the weekend? Why not today, when I have to be in an office all day?! Wow! What a W-H-I-N-E-R! Ah, well, Spring really is right around the corner and we here in Pittsburgh really cannot complain about the weather, not after the mild winter we've experienced this 2016-2017 season. 

... and I can tell you that my previous plan of taking the kiddies into the City to watch the St. Paddy's Day parade has been frozen over.  Sorry, but I am not one to stand with half-naked men painted green in below freezing temps to watch a parade.  I'm not?  Wait, I might have done that once before. . .ahem.

... Okay, so what am I looking forward to this upcoming weekend?  Getting a jump on spring cleaning.  Sick, huh?  No, really.  I've downloaded The LWSL Spring Cleaning Journal (hurry, it's only free for 22 more days), printed off Smead Organomics' Spring Cleaning Checklist (check out their other printables, too, these are among my favorites), checked the cleaning supplies on hand, there's plenty (what does that maid do?!), bought plastic gloves and a new mop and am rearing to go. Even if I can't open the windows and let a summer breeze blow through.  Wait a minute, I think I have a Yankee Candle for that. 

    What are YOU looking forward to this coming weekend?

Love & Luck,

Please note that  I am not affiliated with LWSL, Smead Organomics or Yankee Candle, I just like their stuff.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Forward . . . March 12, 2017

This coming Sunday we here in Pennsylvania will be turning our clocks forward one
hour a/k/a spring ahead or Daylight Saving Time.  Losing an hour of precious sleep (or any hour in a day) is not a comforting thought.  However, gaining an extra hour of daylight into the evening is appealing.  Walks can be extended and we won’t be arriving at the playground just as dusk descends upon us, which happens a little too often, moreover, time can be spent in the yard getting it “summer ready.” 

How will you be taking advantage of that extra hour of daylight?

Love & Luck,

Monday, March 6, 2017

This Past Weekend...

... we shopped for groceries, filled that fridge!  K and I began Weight Watchers last Wednesday so we needed to overhaul the grocery list and fill the fridge with lots of good eats - bags of butter lettuce, containers of cottage cheese, lots of fruit, veggies and in the freezer - chicken, chicken and more chicken.  We found that Elliot likes strawberries!  E and I watched Sing.  LOVED IT!
... Mom, Elliot and I went thrifting on Saturday.  I found a fabulous, well-built, solid wooden dining chair.  Painted creamy white with a coffee pot decal.  I loved it.  Elliot found a Whack-a-Mole game and a few trucks and Mom bought a Yankee Candle Witch candle holder.  The best part of all of this is everything was 1/2 off.  So the chair only cost a whopping $8.00!!!  We are going back in a few weeks to see what "new" has been put on the floor.
...Afterward we went to B&N as that was Elliot's request.  He played at the train table, made a few friends.  Mom and I had coffees and I picked up the latest issue of Willow and Sage.
...At home we had lunch and played a few rounds of Whack-a-Mole.  Mom cleaned the kitchen, Elliot took a "purple' bath (love those fizzies) and I cleaned the bathroom.  Mom left around 4:30 and Elliot was asleep before 7.  
... Yesterday Elliot went to his Dad's house to celebrate his Dad's birthday.  I rested and did a few rounds of laundry.  The whole crew was home by 8 and we settled in for a quiet evening.
... This past weekend was a pretty good one.
How was your weekend?
Love & Luck,

Friday, March 3, 2017

My March Goals (Updating the Planner)

I don't want to over extend myself when it comes to the monthly goals this year.  I need to succeed. That is why you will find my goals list short, but achievable, and I can always add more as I cross off my list. Wow. That sounded really good.  However, in reality, I already have a list of carryovers:

January: Crochet pink sweater, Crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat. Read two books (I read one). I still need to complete the pink sweater, crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat and read 1 book.  What is not done is carried over to the next month.  I was however able to get Amelia to the docs, K's 6 weeks scheduled, take myself to the dentist and get health insurance for Amelia,

February: 1. Finish pink sweater; 2. Read two books (I read one); 3. crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat (I finished 1 hat); and 4. Schedule VA.
Scarf in progress
Okay, I read one book and postponed scheduling VA until I had more stuff.  Besides, February was a short month and I spent a good portion of it trying to beat myco-plasma pneumonia. No, I am not making excuses; I'm just sayin'. 
The carryovers:  finish pink sweater, read 3 books, crochet dozens of hats and scarfs (confused on the number now).

And here we are the 1st day of March.  In my planner To-Do List, I am listing:
1. Finish pink sweater.
2. Read two books. (Really four as that's how behind I am on my Goodreads Reading challenge.
3. Crochet 1 scarf.
4. Crochet 1 hat.
5. Schedule VA.
6. Schedule the kiddies wellness check-ups.
7. Do all the laundry on the third floor.
8. Put ALL the laundry away and not live out of the baskets.
9. Clean sweep the 2nd floor back room.  (MEANING: GET RID OF STUFF!)
10. Lose ten pounds.
and then there are the carryovers.  Sheesh.  I mean its just the first day of the third month and I am already drowning.  Someone throw me a lifesaver!

I guess I better stop listing and start doing.  Tune in next month to see what, if anything, has been accomplished!

HEY! What's on YOUR March To-Do-list???

Love & Luck,


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Four Fun Things to do in March

Below is our March bucket list.  The first two we have already done.  The last two are on our list.  
* In honor of Mardi Gras (it began February 28), bake a King Cake.  I made this for my kiddies last year (Amanda and crew stayed over, too).  The cake is now a new tradition; it’s here to stay.  Amanda whipped one up for Valentine’s Day using pink frosting and pink sugars. 
This recipe is the easiest, it’s so colorful and it is so, so yummy.  Try it.  
*While we are talking tradition, make a batch of Pot O Gold coins with the kiddies.  The boys had a good time dipping (and eating) the cookies.  We used a “witches cauldron” found at a Dollar Store, lined it with [Easter] grass and filled it with the gold coins (cookies).  Not only good eats, but a great decoration, too.
Take two Ritz crackers, spread peanut butter on one-half the cracker, top with the other half, dip into melted butterscotch chips.  Place on wax paper and cool.
~ recipe found in a Leisure Arts publication entitled “Gifts of Good Taste.”
*Start a container garden.  apartment therapy, Popular Mechanics and Burpee each have put out excellent articles on getting started.  Elliot wants to plant flowers, Kayla wants to grow herbs and I just want whatever I plant to grow.
*Take a walk.  Spring is just ahead of us.  Time to get out those walking shoes and explore the neighborhood.  If you are looking for fun ideas and a great way for children to learn, check out Penn State Extensions' Better Care Kid’s article, “Let’s Take a Walk.”  They detail five themes for walking and learning: 1) bird walk, 2) signs of spring walk, 3) home walk, 4) creature walk, and 5) great finds walk.  They also provide a .pdf of the article for convenience.  I am truly looking forward to taking Elliot for a walk.
What are your fun things to do in March?
Love & Luck,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome March!

March arrived at our doorstep in the form of a thunderstorm.  During the wee hours of the a.m., we lay listening to thunder and the driving rain tapping at the windows. 

Baby Amelia begins her third month today. Isn't she a sweetie???!

With the month of March comes Lent which begins today.  Today is also host to Ash Wednesday.  Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th (turn the clock back one hour).  We will celebrate the “wearin’ o the green” on the 17th, however, the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Pittsburgh will to held on March 11th.

Do you “give up” anything for Lent?  This year it’s pounds.  Thirty for me. Twenty for K.  Now that it’s “out there” we must not fail.  Our deadline is June 1, and there are dire consequences for a fail. 


Okay March let the luck begin.

Love & Luck,


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This Past Weekend

Currently here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the weather has been incredible.  I mean, it’s still WINTER, but the weather speaks SPRING.  This past weekend, my daughter, Amanda, and her two boys, Brendan (9) and Jacob (7) joined us for a two day sleep-over.  What a wonderful time we had!

Because I did not rake the leaves before the winter season began (what WINTER??), our front yard was at least eight inches deep in leaves, acorns and pine needles.  As a family, we all got at there and shoveled and swept those leaves into piles to be picked up later in the week.  What a difference!!

Then the boys got out the big wheels and scooters and rode up and down the block.  Later we took them to Frick Park to play and then to Pizza and Cream for, well, what else, pizza and ice cream.

After baths and snacks we settled down to watch a little tv.  It wasn’t too long before a few of us, ahem (me) headed off to bed.  Sunday, we finished the yard, Mom came in for lunch and a few rounds of Scattergories and Boggle.  K and kiddies left to spend a few days at Doug’s, Amanda and kiddies headed for home later in the evening.  I enjoyed the quiet, but only for a little bit, I love having my family around.  I am seriously so much more productive when they are all here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a favorite romantic movie

Below is a list of our favorites, along with the famous duos and the actors/actresses who made the screen sizzle.
My personal favorites list has a lot of classics (in K’s word “oldies”) on it.  I’m always surprised when I’ve mentioned a love story in the presence of a young one and they’ve never heard of it or seen it.  What the….What?!  Therefore, I asked K for her favorites to hopefully round out my list.  Please note that she chose Tony & Maria (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer) from West Side Story.  Newsflash chick: that’s a classic!
In no particular order, here are my top picks.  You will note that they do not change much from year to year.  I know what I like.

In no particular order:

1. The Notebook –Noah, Jr. & Allie Hamilton. (Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams).  A tear jerker.  But the love - I want to live a romance like this.  

2. An Officer and a Gentleman – Zack Mayo & Paula Pokrifki (Richard Gere & Debra Winger).  What we all want - rescued.
3. The Bridges of Madison County – Robert Kincaid & Francesca Johnson (Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep). Oh my. What would I have done?  What would you have done?

4. Life is Beautiful – Guido Orefice & Giosue Orefice (Roberto Benigni & Giorgio Cantarini).  Now this film is not a typical romance movie.  I must admit when I first started watching this movie, I was like, this is stupid, I'm not watching this.  I am so happy I am too lazy to change the channel because I was totally wrong.  This movie is FANTASTIC. The love this man has for his child is, well, beautiful! 

5. Splendor in the Grass – Wilma Dean Loomis & Bud Stampler (Natalie Wood & Warren Beatty).  This is a tough movie for me to watch.  My own children will not watch this movie with me.  The way she looks at him, ah, the love.  And the heartbreak. Pass the tissues.

6. And then there’s Moonstruck. Sweet, funny, uplifting.
What are your favorite romantic films?

Love & Affection,


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Welcome February!

Heart cookies back at Eat-N-Park
At least eight days late?? You betcha.  Make a plan, watch it fail.  As I mentioned before, I've been wrestling with a little bacteria known as mycoplasma pneumoniae.  The dry cough that accompanies the infection is simply awful.  Affects day to day operations.  That aside, I am feeling much better.
So, welcome February!  On February 2, Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter, which we really haven't had much of at all.  Elliot has been waiting to make snow angels, however, we have yet to have enough snowfall accumulating in the yard to roll around in.  We've barely been able to make snowballs.  On my ride to work today, a guy (who is originally from down South) described Pittsburgh weather as being four seasons in one day.  That's funny, but sort of true. I left my home this morning in 50 degree weather.  If the forecast is correct, I will be going home in rain and it should be snowing by the time we turn in for the night.  C-R-A-Z-Y!
Although February is a short month we've got lots planned.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Back to the Land of the Living

Finally! I have a name for what I have been battling for months now - Mycoplasma Pneumoniae. Wow! It's been a rough road.  But. Today. I. Feel. Great!!!!  Not completely out of the woods yet - the cough is still a biotch (I had to look that up to be certain I spelled it correctly), but, today, I feel great, 
It's like every time I set a plan in motion - ROADBLOCK!  Something seems to come up and all my planning was for naught.  For instance, my last paycheck, I was planning to have the car towed to Keith's to see if he could once again save it.  Instead, the furnace went BONKERS!  And I needed to go to the ER and then I needed meds.  Well, you get my drift.  MAKE NO PLANS.  Just go with the flow.  Today, we are going with the flow.  Will it be smooth sailing???  Only time will tell, stay tuned... 
Oh! but being home for 6+ days, I finished watching all six seasons of the U.S. version of Shameless. LOVED IT!  Now waiting for Season 7.  Then I watched the first season of Marcella, was super glad to see it has been picked up for another year.  And then I watched the first season of The Santa Clarita Diet - FUNNY!  I am looking forward to it's second season, too.  Of course, I watched all of these shows on Netflix.  Gotta have my Netflix!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year/It's the Year of the Chicken!

Chinese Zodiac Dog 2017 Prediction for Chicken Year Chinese Horoscope
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 are Years of Dog
Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.  This is China's biggest and most celebrated holiday.  This is the Year of the Chicken.  Every year I look to the Chinese Fortune Calendar  for an in-depth look at what my fortune for this year will hold. This is the only time I will read this fortune until the last few days of December when I will re-read it to see how accurate it was.  (It's been very accurate in years past).  I was born in 1958, my Zodiac Animal is the Dog. Following is my fortune (and anyone else who was born in Dog years).
2017 Year of Chicken

2017 is the year of the Chicken. Chicken pursues perfection, romance, and beauty. Chicken doesn't have any ambitions and quite enjoys an easy life. Dog has a good sense of smell, and is a very alert and vigilant animal. It can make correct decisions based on the circumstances. Dog is straightforward, loyal, and brave. Therefore, it has a strong sense of responsibility. Dog can act as a good safety guard for Chicken. As thanks, the chicken will reward Dog.
Chicken is connected to the season of fall. This is the time of harvest. Chicken is also related to the time period between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which is dinner time. Therefore, Chicken is connected to food, fruit, and joyful times. Dog is connected to the earth, hills, and mountains. When Dog meets Chicken, they are a sign of fruits on the ground. Fruits imply wealth. However, fruits on the ground will rot later, which implies a chance of money loss. Chicken's fruits are ready to serve. When Chicken meets dog, the fruit will become overripe very soon.
According to Chinese horoscopes, Dog contains mainly Earth and Chicken contains only Metal. Earth is the mother element of Metal. Dog can provide protection, education, energy, and shelter for Chicken. Metal is the child element of Earth. Chicken is connected to gold, jewelry, and precious gems. Chicken can bring Dog satisfaction, wealth, and happiness.
Chinese Zodiac Dog vs. 2017 Year of Chicken
2017 is the Year of Red Chicken. You were born in the Year of Dog. The following is the Red Chicken year prediction for people born in year of Dog.
When Dog meets Chicken, Dog will happily receive its wealth and make donations.
Career: Wood is connected to Dog's career. There is no strong career sign in Chicken. But Chicken brings money-making opportunity to you. Dog is a mountain. Chicken is also connected to fog. When fog flows into the mountains, it will stop and stay in the valley. The long-lasting fog will bewilder the mountain. That means Chicken will confuse you, and it may be difficult to prioritize and make decisions. If you are already busy in your current position, then don't volunteer to take on more responsibilities. If you are a company owner, then this is not a good time to expand your business.
Job Change: If you have a chance to receive a promotion or a new job offer, then you should skip the opportunity. You cannot deliver perfect results in the near future. It will take a long development cycle to see your best outstanding achievements.
Wealth: Water is connected to money for Dog. Chicken brings many money-making ideas. Snake can help you to bring in extra income in the cycle of Chicken. This is because the Male Fire of Snake and the Female Metal of Chicken have an attraction relationship into Water. Using social networks well can bring you money opportunities.
The mountain of Dog can absorb water very quickly. The money opportunity won't last too long. When the opportunity disappears, you will need to wait for another cycle. Risky investment will cause money loss.
Love: Dog contains mainly Earth, also some Metal and Fire. Dog and Chicken have a little attraction relationship related to Metal. Therefore, they can get along well as good neighbors. But the Fire of Dog puts pressure on the Metal of Chicken. If you are looking for your love, then you must not be too aggressive when approaching new friends. If you are in love, then you need some patience to build a deeper relationship. Do not push your lover for giving you too much love and time. If you are married, then your love relationship is stable. You can focus on your career development or money investment.
Social Circle: Your social relationships are okay. Your new or old friends will bring you joyful moments during the Chicken cycle. But if you focus too much on your own expression or performance and forget other's feelings, then Chicken might feel pressure from you and will want to keep its distance.
Quarrel: If you have an argument, dispute, or lawsuit with someone, then you probably cannot win the case. Processing the dispute will take a long time. It's better to negotiate a truce for peace.
Health: Chicken is related to unhealthy air. Watch out for problems with the nose, bronchus, throat, lungs, and other respiratory system issues. You should increase outdoor activities on sunny days. You can go lakes, riverside, or beaches often to get more fresh air. If you feel any unusual pain or sickness, then you must have a close examination to make sure it's nothing tumor related.

General Fortune: Dog is the time after sunset. Chicken is the time of rest. Dog and Chicken together means it's a time to relax and enjoy your food and life.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This Past Weekend. . .

Our little guy had a bad sprain over the weekend.  We spent Sunday at the ER.  He had gotten hurt at the park, but walked fine, played all day and evening Saturday with his uncles (ages 7 and 9) and seemed a-okay.  When we woke the next morning he couldn't put any weight on his left foot.  I'm not one to fool around, it was off to the ER for us.  One X-ray and a blue Pediasure Pop later, we were assured it was a sprain.  Elliot was given a dose of Tylenol and a little shoe/boot tied to his foot for support.

We settled in at home, I think most of us napped (what is it about hospital visits that just wear you out??).  Mister brought over pizzas for a little pre-game before the Steelers took on the Patriots.   Somewhere in the second quarter, a little voice asked if we could please watch Monsters University, It's like he knew.

By bedtime, our little guy was up and walking like nothing ever happened. The wonders of naps, Tylenol and animated movies.

Sad loss for the Steelers.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Off the Hook

My Granddaughter asked me to crochet a Caterpillar outfit for her new baby.  So I did.
You can find instructions for a basic baby sack and baby hat at Yarnspirations and/or Red Heart.  A change of yarn color to black and yellow and the above becomes a darling bumblebee outfit (hmm, that could just be my next crochet project).
You can also google "crochet caterpillar pattern."  It's amazing how many versions there are and how many wonderful people are kind enough to share their pattern instructions.
What's on your hook?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Past Weekend...

The past two weekends K and Amelia have gone to Doug's house leaving Elliot and I to play, play and play some more.
First we took a card table and made a "tent," which Elliot even napped in.  He was more excited to build a train track and play on top of the "tent."
We watched "Finding Dory" and "Monster, Inc." too many times to count.  We finally got out of the house for an afternoon with my Mom at Barnes & Noble.  Elliot picked a new game (can't remember the name) but it's a maze game.  It takes me about 20 minutes or more to build a maze, and seconds for him to go from start to finish. Not the way it's originally played, that would be too hard, so we adapted the play.  His current favorite game is Funny Bunny.  We played that lots of times, too.

I love the weekends and spending time with family.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Introducing Amelia

Sweet Amelia Violet
Very early New Year’s morn, we welcomed a wee little bundle of joy into our family, a new baby girl, Amelia Violet.  At just 5’1”, 18”, she is a tiny one, but oh, so bright eyed, with strong voice and even stronger presence.  Congrats to K and D and big brother E.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Looking forward to....

Elliot was such a joy this past Christmas that I am finding myself totally excited for the next holiday we will celebrate.  When I should be devoting 100% of my time working on a brief (legal doc), my thoughts keep drifting to valentines, paper cones, dipping chocolate, Easter baskets, yellow peeps and jelly beans. Quick peeks at Pinterest have me anticipating the bus ride home when I can pour over the many wonderful crafts, mouth-watering recipes, inspirational quotes and entertaining ideas and lovely tablescapes, may of which will be pinned onto my holiday boards.  Being in such a creative mood lately, I am beyond excited to see so many adorable crocheted baskets, hearts, lambs, and egg cozies.  What a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn.  This upcoming weekend, I am looking forward to spending time with Elliot, decluttering my room (VVA will be picking up donations on Wednesday), finishing the book I am reading, making progress on Amelia's sweater (introduction to Amelia forthcoming), and catching up on the laundry, if there is such a thing!
Whatever you are looking forward to this weekend, enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Happy blog-a-versary to Outline of Life.  It's been eleven wonderful years!  This blog has seen me through my paper scrapbooking years when I was fairly new on the scene, joining Boards, and circle journals, entering scrap contests and going to crops.  

It’s been through many weight losses and gains.  

My sister’s passing into Heaven.  

So many births, first words, first steps.  

So many highs, so many lows.  

I still have not found my "niche", rather I just write about what I am interested in, my likes, and dislikes, the everyday, how I want to be organized, how I love tradition, there is no single theme (I am all over the place), but it’s honest, it’s my story and it’s all good.  Not too many posts were planned, especially those in the early days, they detail what was happening then, what my thoughts were, how my days were spent.  

There is so much history in this blog.  Most of my grandchildren's lives (many from day 1) are documented here.  So many changes to the house.  Lots of Holidays and many, many birthdays.  So many memories.  It is so awesome to be able to look back and see where I’ve been, what I’ve learned, how I’ve grown.  How my family has grown.  

I adore this blog. It’s my diary, my holder of thoughts, ideas, hopes and memories.  I will continue my journey in this life through this blog and leave behind a small part of me, though my written words, for my grandchildren and their children.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


My One Little Word for 2017 is:


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! and I Miss You!

I miss you when something really good happens because you are the one I want to share it with.

I miss you when something troubles me, because you are the one who understands me well.

I miss you when I laugh and when I cry, because you are the one who makes the laughter grow and the tears disappear.

I miss you.  
Happy Birthday Cathy!