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Friday, March 27, 2015

Geez Louise!

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It is snowing outside again this morning. Again!  Even Sadie is getting tired of it and begging me to take her for a walk.  How do you explain to a dog that you don’t want to put on boots, hat, scarf, gloves and coat? She looks at me and whines.  When I look at her she wags her tail and hopes that she can convey to me that she is tired of sitting around and wants to do something.  Me too, Sadie!   



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quick and Easy Wreath Tutorial

Everyone knows I love to decorate and Spring is a good excuse to make a new wreath. It’s easy and fun and doesn’t take too long.

First you need to gather your materials. I bought a bush of flowers at Hobby Lobby. I liked this bush because it was a neutral color and had berries and artificial pheasant feathers.

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I also bought the grapevine wreath and the initial there. I used a burlap bow that I already had.
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The first step was to paint the initial..easy, peasy.
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Then I cut apart the bush with small snippers. wreath 3.15 015

This separated all the elements for arranging.
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Then I just stuck the pieces in around the bow and wired on the initial…..all done!wreath 3.15 023

Love the look….I don’t think it will make it to the outside door. It looks nice against my yellow door inside the kitchen.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trying out a new restaurant

Today our Circle of Friends...formerly REd Hats....had lunch at a new place. Vavalo's is a small restaurant that is about fifteen minutes out of town and up on a hill in a very small community. We like to try new things and heard that the food was good here.

Vavalo's had been recently remodeled and opened and was very clean and decorated, if not modern, in a comfy style. There were twenty of us so we knew that we would have to wait a while for our food since we were ordering off the menu. Surprisingly the food for one side of the table was brough out in a reasonable amount of time. OUr side of the table however didn't get our food for a half an hour later. It was explained to us that the waitress for our side of the table didn't get our orders in before the other customers so we had to wait. The first side was all done eating by the time our food was served. The food was typical bar food...sandwiches, fries, chicken..but very tasty. Too bad the cooks were so slow.

Since they are in their first few weeks I hope that they can work out the kinks.

Quite a rainy and cold day..it didn't even get to forty. Very gloomy and damp. Come on Spring!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Don't you love the light?

Have you noticed the days are getting a lot longer lately? It's seven fifteen and the sun has just gone down over the mountains and we are in our twilight time. And it is forty nine degrees which is a heat wave compared to the cold spell we've been having.

Are you making the most of your hours? Perhaps reading more of those library books or picking up a camera more often. As the season begins to change so we do also. We get a restlessness in the spring. An urge calling from deep in our soul.

Do you feel it?


What does it make you want to do?


Spring clean? Dust away the cobwebs and shine up your



Or like me do you get restless feet and

Want to travel?


Or begin a new project?


What is stirring in you soul?




Monday, March 23, 2015

Off again

Ok, I missed yesterday's post. I can't help myself. I've gotten involved in Orange is the new. Black, a Netfjlix original show that I am watching like a marathon. I had heard about it but didn't think a subject like that would be of the least interest to me. It's about a woman's prision. But I think in another like I must have been a psychologist because I like shows that deal with human relationships and this one is a doozy. Every spare minute I have it on and each episode sucks me in . the dyamics of the characters is fascinating.





Spring has definitely not come to our neck of the woods since it was twenty five yesterday morning. My brave face and positivity is going right out the window as I am getting really tired of this cold weather.

Today Don and I are going to Erie for a checkup on my skin cancer on my head. I've had two rather large skin grafts and everything is fine...just a checkup. No worries. Maybe a little retail therapy will cheer me up. We will eat at Olive Garden this time. So....we're off. Hope whatever you do that you will have a great day. \







Saturday, March 21, 2015

First place


Sean won first place in the Pinewood Derby today. He couldn't be prouder...and daddy too!

He won first place when he was a Cub Scout.

Busy Friday

Missed posting yesterday. It was a busy day. First the floor guys were here for two days and the floor is done. I chose to go with sixteen by sixteen inch vinyl tikes with grout in between. I love the look.

Now the kitchen is finished. I'd still like to replace the light fixture over the table and bye a new style of chair but for now we are done.

I had my final literary Club luncheon at noon. Joan was picking me up and when she came I walked out the French doors since I couldn't go out through the kitchen and two steps later my feet in their dressy flat soled slippery shoes went right out from under me. I fell on my hip as my head bounced off the ice. I anticipated tht I was in for a world of hurt but after icing my head down to prevent a goose bump I was actually able to attend the luncheon. I have been so careful all winter and to fall right at my house was upsetting. It really could have been a lot worse. I was so fortunate.


Our luncheon was at the Bradford Club. The appetizer looked gorgeous. I wish I had my camera to take a picture of the food. This is a private club so I don't eat there very often. On the salad plate were three spinach leaves set in a petal shape. Then very thin slices of mandarin oranges topped with radish straws Ina lemony vinaigrette. The main course was turkey beast rolled up with a soft stuffing with cranerries and oranges with the most beautiful golden citrus sauce on the plate. The vegetable was thin ribbons of zucchini and carrots. There was also a twice baked potato and rolls. For dessert an angel food cake stuffed with strawberry mousse. Just delicious.

Our speaker was Cheryl Bazzoui a local author who read one of he short stories to us. She writes under the pen name Ann McCauly. Ann's Runaway Grandma has been recommended for book clubs by bookmovement.com.

It was an enjoyable day


Thursday, March 19, 2015



Smaller than a breadbox, bigger than a TV remote, the average book fits into

the human hand with a seductive nestling, a kiss of texture, whether of

cover cloth, glazed jacket, or flexible paperback. -John Updike, writer (18

Mar 1932-2009)

Do you still love the feel of a book in your hnd or are you reading with a device?

It's sad to think that books will be disappeaaring the way that magazines are now. I know progress has to be made and time moves on but I can't imagine a library without books but someday our grandchildren and their children will live to see that day come. They will thing it archaic that we once cut down trees to make paper and saved books on bookshelves.

Butwhile I can I want to hold a book in my hand. I want to use a pretty bookmark to hold my place. And as I turn the last page I want to slowly close the book and breathe a sigh of satisfaction of a book well written.