Thursday, April 1, 2010

THANKFUL THRUSDAY--MIS-POSTED


I mis-posted my THANKFUL THURSDAY here, on MY OTHER BLOG.

Please stop by for a visit, and have a great Thursday.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

LOOKING FOR A GOOD BOOK

It's Spring Break for my kids. We are kicking back, having a STAYCATION. I love it.

Youngest son is much improved. He's not taking pain medicine and is looking forward to pizza and subs in the the not-too-distant-future. I think it may be YEARS before he has chicken broth, jello or popsicles again. LOL

Oldest son is thrilled to have NO HOMEWORK, and to be able to play lacrosse with his friends every day.

DH and I like the late mornings, even though he has to work, we're not getting up at 6 to get the kids off to school. Sleeping in until 8 is wonderful.

My shingles are almost gone--yea!

BUT...

I'm looking for a good book to read. I want to sit out in the sun, in the garden with my shelties, and read.

I've started and stopped 7 books. I've tried fiction (mystery, thriller, historical fiction, SF and romance) and nonfiction (history, biography) but nothing seems to strike me.

Are you reading anything good? What suggestions do you have for me to read during our Spring Break?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday 3/25/10

Late post today.

I'm very thankful today that my son's surgery went well and he is home. He had his tonsils and adenoids out.

My heartfelt thanks go out to the doctors, nurses, iv team, lab techs and everyone else who cared for my child and who works behind the scenes to make the hospital function.

They work long hours, deal with things most of us would rather not see, and do it in a caring, professional manner.

Thank you all.


Thankful Thursday is sponsored by Rhondi’s blog.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WHITE WEDNESDAY--BABY BLANKET EDITION

White Wednesday is sponsored by Faded Charm Cottage.


My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby this summer. Along with starting baby’s library (check it out and give me some more suggestions!) I made a crib blanket.
Other than a few prayer shawls, I haven't done much crocheting in the past few years. After a couple of false starts, it came together.

My nephew and his wife recently told us they are expecting their first child in the fall. I started their baby's blanket as soon as I completed this one.

I'll get busy on the needlework for the babies' rooms when the next blanket is done.

Christmas is going to be soooooo fun this year, with two new children in the family.

What new or ongoing projects are you doing?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Afternoon

Looks like my Sunday afternoon nap will be on the couch; the bed is taken.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Finally on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/?ref=home

Please stop by for a visit.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

KODAK MOMENTS

Skitter Kitten had a quiet and photogenic day.
Happy Saturday to you all.

Don't for get to "Spring Forward."

Monday, March 8, 2010

MOVE OVER






Thank goodness we have a king-sized bed and our shelties are small.

Mr. Whiskers gets booted out for the night. He likes to attack toes at 3 am.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

BE PREPARED, BE SAFE

On a trip,
driving or flying,



be prepared and stay safe.


This article
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/03/07/travel.disaster.plan/index.html?hpt=C1
has basic information and good advice to help you prepare for emergencies while you travel.

It's worth passing on.


I was surprised to learn that not every place in Canada accepts US health insurance. I had not thought about what to do when a natural disaster strikes when you're on vacation far from home.

This summer is going to involve several trips for our family, so I printed out the info and will keep a copy of it with me when we travel.


Are you planning any trips this year?
Have you encountered a health problem or natural disaster while away form home?
What advice to you have for vacationers?

Friday, March 5, 2010

WRITING AND READING UPDATE


I'm putting all of my writing and reading news on MY OTHER BLOG .

Please stop by. I'd love to see you there. If you follow me on this blog, please consider following me there as well.

Happy Saturday

Thursday, March 4, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY--SIGNS OF SPRING

With almost two feet of snow still on the ground, I needed a little SPRING in my life.

DH sent some to me while he was away on a business trip to Texas. I love to see the stalks shoot up from the dirt and explode in flowers. The crocuses just faded, and most of the tiny daffodils have opened. Soon there will be hyacinths and tulips. Each morning I get up and check my "garden." I love daffodils and plant lots of them, because the deer don't eat them and they spread each year.


Skitter kitten sat still just long enough for me to fit her with some Spring attire. The ribbon is now shredded, as all ribbon tied to her is destined to be.



Check out more reasons to be thankful at Rhondi’s blog.


What are you thankful for today? Are there any signs of Spring in your world? What are your favorite spring flowers?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY: my office


When Dh and I started our remodel project last year, one of my "must haves" was a home office. A place to write, a place to think a place to read, a place to be. (vase and votive were estate sale finds, and look like the "real thing")

We share the space. Often we work there at different times. I'm there during the day and sometimes I'm alone there for hours.

He uses it mainly as an office-away-from-work, and stores things there he wants to keep, but doesn't need to have at hand at work.
My side has reference books, useful supplies and a handy jar of dog/cat treats. I have a pillow in my chair that I bought in SF last year, when I went to a writers' conference there.
In the corner, I have some plants and a fountain. I love the sound of the water and having living things sharing the space.

Skitter Kitten has a favorite spot in the desk to sleep, Baby and Scooby come in and out, mostly for the treats I keep in a jar on the desk. Mr Whiskers is still getting used to the room and visits to scratch on the scratching pad. None of them wanted to pose for this entry.



Since we set up the office, I've written more, read more, and felt more in tune with my writing. I'm so thankful to have a place I can call my own for writing.

What are you thankful for today?


More THANKFUL THURSDAY links on Rhondi’s blog.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Remember....every time

I've seen this on other blogs, but I'm putting it out there in case you missed it.


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Monday, February 15, 2010

DICK FRANCIS, one of my favorite mystery authors, died yesterday.



I'm taking the afternoon off to reread on of my favorites of his, TO THE HILT.




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

QUICK CAT UPDATE




MR. WHISKERS and





...SKITTER KITTEN.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A visitor



This is one of the things I enjoy about winter--the leaves are gone and I can get a better view of the birds.

Lately, I've been getting impatient for Spring--the seed catalogs are arriving two or three a day, the days are getting longer, it's time to think about summer camps for my boys, and the stores have swimsuits and Easter outfits displayed!

I'm daydreaming about moving the raspberries, redesigning the herb garden, and what sort of exotic peppers YOUNGEST SON and I can plant in the front garden.

With all of the snow, wind, and cold weather, it's nice to have something like this to remind me of the joys of winter.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My TBR list gets longer....


....but the "pile of books" grows smaller.

DH surprised me with this.

Yeah!

It's a good thing, too, because my right hand is sprained and it's difficult to type and write.

So much for the goal of writing lots every day--in a week or so I should be able to resume writing a couple of hours a day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Resolutions

I'm keeping the list short--just one. Hopefully it will limit my excuses for not accomplishing the goal.

1) WRITE EVERY DAY.

I'm going to keep myself accountable with my new blog.

This blog will remain active, and the "2010" blog will be my writing journal. I'm sure there will be overlap.

My plan is to record goals, DAILY progress, and discuss my writing process.

Please stop by. I can use the encouragement, support, and advice.

HAPPY NEW YEAR


The four of us celebrated Christmas at home this year--the first time in a couple of years. It was so nice to wake up in our home, open presents in our new family room, and have a quite dinner.





The next day, we hit the road and drove to see both of my DH's brothers and their families. My S-I-L in Illinois had her tree beautifully decorated. Her home is so tasteful, and comfortable. She goes out of her way to make us feel welcomed whenever we visit.







On the way to Illinois, we stopped in Wisconsin to see my DH's middle brother. His adult son and daughters were there from Philly, Milwaukee, and Chicago. We had not seen all of them together for two years, so it was a treat. My B-I-L received a full-sized replica of a skeleton as his Christmas present from his wife and kids. My children had to have it in the family picture. Someone decided it was naked, and needed some clothes.





Seventeen years ago, my DH and I moved to the midwest. It was the perfect job for him, and we were only 7 hours from his parents and oldest brother, and only 3 hours from his middle brother.

Of course, that put us half a continent away from my extended family. I had never lived north of Baltimore before, and had only been west of the Mississippi once.




This was a very difficult Christmas for me because my parents, sister, b-i-l, niece and nephew and their spouses were all together for Christmas and we couldn't be there. It will be the last time all of them are together for Christmas for a long time, since my niece and her husband leave next week for Oahu, and will be there for three years.

I miss being close to my sister and parents. We talk and email frequently, but it's not the same as seeing each other and celebrating holidays and milestones together.





Fortunately for me, my sisters-in-law have been kind and loving, welcoming me into their family and helping me adjust to life in the great white north.


I am grateful for all of my family and the time we are able to share.


My New Year's Day post, and list of resolutions will appear later.