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!