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Monday, September 01, 2014

At Home With Nikki

Nikki is my new best friend. I discovered her videos on Youtube and have been addicted to watching all her home organization and decorating tips. This woman is amazing. She should have her own show on HGTV. Her videos are produced so professionally. Her hints are clear, compose, and doable. She has to be the new Martha Stewart. I hope you enjoy this one on pantry organization. I know I can never reach this state of perfection but I sure admire it.

Hello September

Now it is September. It always signals the end of the summer season and start of Autumn. Even though the official start of fall is a ways off where we live fall begins early. The warm days turn into cool nights which are marvelous for sleeping.


September is also a birthday month for my family. All three sisters were born in September. My birthday is on the eighth,...by the way, it's the big 70... my middle sister is the thirtieth, and my youngest sister was born on the fourteenth. In the past we have tried to get together for our birthdays as much as we can.

Once we took a trip to Cape Cod.




And once to Charleston and Savannah. Sometimes we have gotten together for a yard sale. Of course we always like to shop. It doesn't matter what we do a song as we are together. Geographically it isn't easy. I live in northwestern Pennsylvania, linda lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. And Diane is currently living in Nashville. But we try to see each other as often as is possible.

Since we just spent a week together at the Lake House we probably won't be getting together for our birthdays this year.

Isn't it wonderful having sisters?


“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.”

Barbara Alpert

“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands”
Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems

“Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.”

― Carol Saline

“We hug, but there are no tears. For every awful thing that's been said and done, she is my sister. Parents die, daughters grow up and marry out, but sisters are for life. She is the only person left in the world who shares my memories of our childhood, our parents, our Shanghai, our struggles, our sorrows, and, yes, even our moments of happiness and triumph. My sister is the one person who truly knows me, as I know her. The last thing May says to me is 'When our hair is white, we'll still have our sister love.”

Lisa See, Shanghai Girls




Friday, August 29, 2014

New video

I'm four from Peg Karrasch on Vimeo.


Frozen was the big movie for children this year. But even adults could appreciate the gorgeous animation involved. So of course Sara wanted a Frozen theme for her party. She will be having her party at the daycare center. Jenny rented a bouncy castle, made cupcakes and blue jello, and is sending pizza for lunch. She also planned a craft that involves painting with Epsom Salts which looks like snow. We made crowns for the girls and antlers for the boys to wear.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pulled toward a picture

For some reason I am drawn to pictures like this. 
  Can it be the gravel?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All boy

Sean is in first grade this year and is so mature.  As a teacher I am so proud that he is already reading chapter books. He takes his homework very seriously. But the giggles came out tonight when I taught him a dinosaur song. 

My little princess

Sara and I are having a ball...playing dolls, hide and seek. Reading, laughing, silliness....what fun!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Have a wonderful morning.

I am taking a little break from blogging to have a little fun and enjoy my family. Be back later.


Black-eyed Susans


At the end of the summer just when all those lovely annuals are fading away along come the profusion of Black-eyed Susans. Everywhere you look as you drive by houses these bright yellow flowers are putting on a display. They are hardy and spread easily. Such a happy flower.