Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Catching Up

This week I celebrate my five year blog anniversary. When I started, it seems long ago, I had mentors, supporters, cheer leaders that said I could do it. I have done it, with 990 posts, taken an astounding 23,000 photos!  I have been writing for the last five years and I love the process. Have I become a better writer? Technically, no.  My grammar and punctuation is terrible...only because I write as I would speak, from my heart. (and as my kids would tell you, I talk funny)  I love having a journal of the things I do, the places I go, the life I share with my dearest, family and friends. I would not be here but for the kindness of women, other bloggers who inspired me. Thank you for your support and love!
 The skies are still gray, but occasionally the sun shines and makes the snow glisten.  We've had our grand daughter stay with us for sleep overs.  The fun we've had, oh my, she is amazing.
Still the days are cold and the snow hasn't melted at all.
 I keep watching for signs of spring...that was the title of my very first post...
We celebrated dear son Jon's birthday.  Here's a guy getting better every year.  Now with his future wife Charlotte by his side, the happiness just shines from them both.  They enjoy each other's company and the company of dear old Mom and Dad.  We love having them and our little family close.
Mike though in Ohio, keeps close with phone calls, texts and face times.  As soon as this weather breaks, this Mom need a hug.
 Our yard is covered in tracks.  At first I thought it was probably feral cats that roam our neighborhood and especially our yard since we have no canine deterrent.  Last night as Jon was putting things in his car, he came back in to tell me he heard coyotes howling.  Now I'm not so sure about the tracks.  Yikes!
I am working on several projects, one for the hospital and several just because the need to create that usually happens in January was two months late this year!  I haven't been to the fabric store in months, until yesterday when a post I read mentioned a new product.  Well, as they say... the rest...will be in another post.;-)

One more thing...I found this platter at the thrift.  From Pottery Barn.  It must be older since I can't find much about it online.  I loved the blue bird and the crackle finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by, for your never ending kindness to me and for your friendship.  Enjoy this beautiful day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 A few small changes to bring a little life into the washed out gray light of  winter.
 A purple ribbon, from a gift, as a little nod to Lent...preparing the way for Easter and Spring.
Displaying a beautiful embossed glass candle, a gift from Kris and Doug and Sweet p.  Happy Birthday dear Doug. Doug and Kris and Sweet p. made some big changes this year, and I am so glad that included coming to Chicago! It's been amazing having them close.
 Can't wait to have flowers to press from my garden.  From Elizabeth, my generously kind SIL.
 It's been a while since we thrifted.  I found two treasures, this vintage scale and an old enameled coffee pot.
 Oi how I miss my camera!
The coffee pot is stained inside, and a little rough on the outside.  It was filled with foam and moss.  I saw it's pure vintage beauty.
 It will be a long time before a warm up.  Our local weather guy says that until the Great Lakes thaw, the cold is here to stay for a while.  I look outside and try to think warm thoughts...
My warm thought for today...I am nearing my 1,000th post! Seems like I started yesterday, but it will be five years on March 2nd since my very first post.    More on that soon. Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy this beautiful day.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Update, Deja vu Edition

Yes our beautiful Sun comes up in the morning, and the sweet crescent Moon rises at night, but the days of February are running together like the movie Groundhog Day...We just can't seem to make any progress out of winter.  As a rule I love winter, and I love snow, but since the beginning of the month we seem to be stuck.

 The snow still covers the ground, my driveway is still half impassable.  The temperatures have been in the single digits.  I feel like we need a patch of bare earth, a small sign of spring.
Walking the neighborhood there was one other person out. Everyone is still hunkered down inside.

We did have company for Sunday dinner. Our little family came, and then it didn't matter so much how cold it was outside.  It was warm and happy and full of fun and snuggles.  Still, Sweet p wants to go in Grandma's garden.  The Sun tricks the little sweetheart into thinking it's a fine time to play outside.

Six more weeks of winter was probably quite optimistic for that groundhog.  Can't see a thaw, in fact more snow is predicted this week.

It sure looks beautiful, the Sun on the snow, the crisp air in the lungs, but even I, a winter girl is looking forward to some signs of spring.

Two of my favorite photos of my dearest, right next to our bed on my table.
My camera died. Just stopped working.  A couple of these photos I took with my hubby's camera.  I received my camera 5 years ago and took over 20,000 photos.  It's been my constant companion and I miss it already. As luck would have it, when Kris bought me my camera, she bought the same camera for herself. In the age of iPhones with awesome cameras, Kris is giving her camera to me since she hasn't used it in years.  I am so happy, being the one trick pony that I am and learning a new camera right now does not interest me a bit.
The best place to be in weather like this is in the kitchen, and that's where I was. 

We had a bake sale this weekend and these were two of my additions.  A Turtle Torte and a Triple Chocolate Bundt.  The house smelled delicious!

Sorry that even my posts are more of the same...I promise to get going with some thing more interesting. Until then, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy this beautiful day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On Turning 60

I'm not sure how it happened, but I am 60 years old!  The years flew by, and here I am a Grandmother!
If you expected to hear the woes of old age, you will be disappointed. Sure, my skin sags and my hair is thin and graying, but happier and more content than at any point of my life....  I threw myself a party...not because no one wanted to, they all asked, including my dearest how I wanted to spend my birthday.  I didn't know until I emailed my dear SIL and invited her and her family for homemade pizza, that I was gonna have a party.  I am so glad that I did.  I had a near perfect birthday.  The only missing piece was Mike and Amanda, but we face timed during the party and got to laugh and say hi to everyone.
I like to do it myself.  There I said it.  I am impatient and hate to ask for help.  I thrive on doing!  On hospitality, on making things nice for everyone.  In that I get pure joy.  I had the best birthday, with all my favorite people.  Speaking of favorite people...my grand daughter and nieces helped me to unwrap my gifts, then sweet p. said, "Now we sing!" and led everyone in singing Happy Birthday.  What a precious moment!
I made a lemon trifle with the cake I froze that we didn't get to eat Super Bowl Sunday.  I made meatballs  in the crock pot and Jon made the little hot dogs in the crescent rolls also left from our party cancelled by snowstorm..  Dear brother Greg brought the punchki, aka Paczki.  I always buy them for him, sentimental one that he is, but he beat me to it this year.
 Kris, Doug and Penny were here for my birthday! The sweetest gift.  Then, the embarrassment of riches.
 My SIL Elizabeth brought this lovely bunch of flowers.
 The best gifts are from the heart.  Little bird did it again.  Wrote this sweet note with my favorite painting of all time on it.  She didn't know, but no surprise...we are kindred spirits.

If I've learned anything from living 60 years, is that life goes by so quickly, enjoy every minute. .I've been blessed having a very happy and love filled life.  We've laughed through some very difficult times, known sickness and loss but always loved and appreciated life.   I am grateful for my husband and children and my baby grand, they have shown me the most perfect love. For all my family, my brothers and SIL's who are so dear to me and especially my nieces and nephews who I love so very much.  I have the best friends, some for almost 50 years, some like sisters, some brand new and some friends who have come into my life because of blogging.  I also remember friends who didn't have the chance to grow old, for friends that lost their dear sons when they were just starting their lives. How can you complain about getting old, it is such a gift.  I also remember my parents, and their parents and ancestors long forgotten who paved the path for me to this place, at this time.  I say it all the time, I AM GRATEFUL, but it is only a drop in Lake Michigan of the gratitude I feel.  Here's to being 60 years old...so glad to have great companions I have on this journey! (You know who you are...Buffskiboots forever!)

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

From My Heart...

...to yours.  Wishing you Love

 and a Happy Valentine's Day.

Enjoy this beautiful day.