Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
We removed the "christmas lights" (I know, I know) from the two pine trees in the front so we could trim the trees and fix the lights. L did put the strings of lights back on - what the heck, you can't see them.....why stand out there in the 20 degree weather putting lights up? I don't do it, you shouldn't either! L does it at our house which is why I can say I don't do it!!!
Our friends G&P came for dinner one night which was a lot of fun. It's amazing how much time can fly by in one evening when you're gabbing away.
And the week finished off with L's class reunion. Lude keeps in touch with a number of friends from High School, so we always try to go if we can.
And, that was our week......back to work and the reality of it all.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thanks girls....this made our day!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It does mean, however, leaving people that I've come to consider my family. I'm lucky in that I find "change" exciting and seek it out as a means of "mixin' it up; keepin' it fresh". I think any relationship, be it at home, with family, at work or with friends has to have that element of freshness in order for it to work well. It can work, but working well is key.
This is a stepping stone to retirement for me.....I am very, very excited to take this step and hope that in 5 or 10 years, I can say it was the best thing I ever did, work-wise of course.
I could never do this without the support of my dear L....who encourages me in all my endeavors. Thanks for supporting me in this and for being so willing to accept all that it will mean for us.
Yes, I know how lucky I am!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
9 Scrapbookers carted more paper and stickers to my basement than I've ever seen before in my life.....I thought I had a lot of "stuff".
It started at Noon and ran till Midnight and each scrapbooker got her own table, dinner and drinks throughout the day with some extra bonus treats in the evening.
Debbie brought her CRICKET for everyone to try if they were interested and we had a couple of SIZZIX machines and diecuts as well.
I think that everyone had a great time and I've heard from a couple that they got a lot done.....and one of those people was not Janet! In fairness, Janet didn't arrive until after 5:30, but once the cocktails came out, it was all over for Janet.
This is a view of the basement with some of the scrapbookers hard at work!
Get to work, Janet !
Thanks for coming girls....Till next time..........Happy Scrappy Day.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I did another scrapbook workshop for the library....this was my third. It was well attended and well received and I'm having a very good time doing it. I have three more scheduled at various library branches in the county and I'm excited.
I met with some of the other mothers of kids that my own girls went to school with for dinner this week and it was nice to see them. We've been getting together now every couple of months for the past year or so. It's nice to see them and catch up on what their families are doing.
L's brother Nick came to town for a visit with the family and we had everyone over for a bar-b-que on Sunday. It was a great time but I have to say, I did not take ONE picture.......I'm slipping!!! I didn't take pictures when I met with my PTA/Mom friends and I didn't take pictures at the Kemock picnic! We're trying to get the WHOLE family to come for Christmas Eve - we'll see how successful we are. Life's too short to not step up and try to do what I can to bring the family together. You just never know what the future has in store for you.
kClare is settling in at school...things are looking brighter for her. It's always a rough start at a new school with all it's new surroundings and people. She's waiting for Mac to arrive and then she'll be really, really happy. Mac's bringing her a new iPod too, so that's exciting.
I feel my work with Weight Watchers is reaching a stale place and I'm trying to find the drive to keep it going. Anyone want to drive me there?
Then, on Saturday of Labor Day weekend, we drove out to Madison, Ohio with our friends Pat & Gerry to the Debonne Winery. We cracked open a couple bottles of wine and had appetizers while we listened to the music and enjoyed each other's company. As well as the company of the table next to us. Higher than a kite, they were! And of course, we egged them on to no end! Poor dears! We had dinner out there and then drove over to Crocker Park to see ABBEY ROAD, a Beatle tribute band that wasn't much of a tribute really. More like a "roast". Well, they weren't THAT bad, but they were far from great (the picture came out a little blurry because it was just past dusk). Not like AMERICAN ENGLISH that we saw in Chicago. It was a very fun day.
We labored on Labor Day only slightly by putting up an overhead fan in the girls room; who am I kidding? The girls don't live there anymore :( We're getting overnight company this weekend, so we wanted to spruce up the room - shake out the cobwebs et al.
Our newer rose bush is doing very nicely in the garden. I lost my "Queen Mary" hybrid tea rose last year - very temperamental she was!!! And, L bought me a much hardier variety for Mother's Day. It's VERY hardy and blooming like a son-of-a-gun........I found it sprinkled in dew one morning and so I had to get out there with the camera.The hummingbirds are getting both territorial and scarce. They're fighting for control of the feeder and coming less often. During the summer, they came early, early in the morning and well into dusk. Now, it's either too dewy in the morning or too cold or too dark - something, not sure. But, they still are an amazement to watch. When it's quiet outside, you can hear the propeller-like hum of their wings as they approach the feeder and it's just incredible that something so small could make that sound.
So, that's it for awhile.......Happy Birthday to the dozens of family members sharing birthdays in August and September.