Sunday, October 31, 2010
Today I had my girlfriends up for pumpkin bread and hot mulled cider. Just a get together for talking and laughing. What fun.
Tomorrow Don goes for a chest cat scan to help diagnose his heart problems. It seems that his heart hasn’t been beating correctly causing some heart failure and fluid buildup. He is on a new medication and I hope that will help. For years he’s had such great checkups and excellent bloodwork. But in the last two years he’s has prostate surgery and an aortic abdominal aneurysm surgery. Now this with his heart. It’s starting to get him down.
Sean as a cowboy for halloween!
Sara’s first trip to the zoo.
Carving the pumpkin.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This is my china closet. We’ve had this oak dish keeper since we were first married. Over the years it has held our antique glasswqre. But now it is crammed with glasses and dishes of all sorts. In the spirit of making room for the new dishes I decided to take a look and see if some of the old could go.
It does look rather crowded and unorganized. I pulled out a card table and began to sort.
It doesn’t look too different now that I’ve rearranged, but I did find spots for all my dishes.
My black and white set, my black dishes, the Paris plates and my new oblong Chinese plates are on the top.
I found a spot for the fruit plates and cups and a place to put my new individual soup/casserole bowls.
Even my Christmas dishes found a home.
These are the things that didn’t make the cut…my wedding china (beautiful silver edged, but I never use them) and our collection of pink depression glass. They will go to storage (so sad!)
Of course, with the dishes out I had to change my tablescape.
I love the bird plates.
And what was dear Sadie doing all the time I was fussing with dishes?
Just sitting in her crate.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
It’s Saturday night again and how fast the week passed! Don and I are off for date night..dinner and a movie. Tonight it will be Hereafter the new Matt Damon movie. Hope it’s good. This was a lazy day. i watched a movie, The Impressionists (Claude Monet and his buddies). It made it more meaningful to me since I visited Giverney in France where Monet lived. I’ll never forget how beautiful the gardens were and walking on the Japanese bridge. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do that!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
You can’t resist dishes either, can you? I know your heart goes pitty-pat when you spy that plate sitting at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. How do I know? Because you are mousing through all these tablescapes with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. (You can go to her blog by using the link on the side).
When I saw these plates from Walmart..I just knew I had to have them. How can I justify more plates? What can I tell my husband? “Oh, honey…I just couldn’t resist?” or “This will be all, I promise?” “I don’t have any purple ones, right?” Maybe your comments will help convince him that I really needed these colorful dishes. There’s always room for one more, isn’t there?
“This is the last dish I’ll ever buy…I promise” (said with fingers crossed behind my back)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I’m having a little trouble with my dog. Yes, I know she’s a Jack Russell Terrier (I mean terrorizer). And I know they are energetic, intelligent, and love people. But I don’t remember reading that they are chewers and can’t be trusted. Our Sadie will get into trouble when we aren’t around. Is it just that she’s bored? I can imagine her wondering around the house when we leave looking to see if there is an unguarded wastepaper basket or some morsel left on the kitchen table. It is common for us to come home and find some evidence of her little “free for all”. Lately I find I must put her in her crate when we are gone for her own safety. Once she got her head stuck in a plastic bag and almost suffocated. Another time she got into a pill case which luckily didn’t have many pills in it. She needs to be protected from herself. …the little scamp!
Today I am helping some friends get the church set up for our teacher’s retirement luncheon tomorrow. Tonight I’ll attend the BCPAC performance of Forever Plaid. It’s a doo-wop story and I love music from that era. I treated myself this year to a season ticket.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
What a great time we had this weekend in Boiling Springs. The purpose of the trip was practical. Chris (our resident mechanic and son) needed to take a look at our ailing car. The good news is he eliminated what the garage was going to charge us a $1000 to look at, and will order us the right part (to be put on at a later date). But he did some other things to the car, like change the transmission fluid and put on a new filter, fix a rattle that has been plaguing me for years, and put on new back shocks. We had a comfortable ride home. It was fun seeing Scott and Chris. On Saturday I walked around the little lake at Boiling Springs. Sadie loved it.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
It is another rainy, cold, dreary day in Bradford. I went to coffee and then to Walmart to get the oil changed in my car. So I’m standing at the Verizon store with my broken phone laying on the desk contemplating which new phone I want to get when all of a sudden it rings. Surprise! It’s my cousin Beverly from Eastern New York State and her husband. They are calling from the Lighthouse Restaurant which is just a stone’s throw from the Verizon Store. I hurry over and meet them and invite them to my house for lunch! What a great time we had talking, and looking through old pictures. Bev and I had lots of fun times as children when she lived in Eldred and I used to go over there and ride horses. She is moving to Florida and wanted to come this way to visit our aunt and uncle. It was great seeing her and her husband again. What a great serendipity!
Monday, October 04, 2010
When my sisters visited last week Diane brought her dog Zoe. Sadie latched on to Zoe’s stuffed fox and carried it everywhere she went. She was constantly pushing it into Zoe’s face saying ,"Please play with me”.
Have you ever visited this store?
This is a chain of stores that I first shopped at in New Jersey and Cape Cod. I discovered that there is one north of Buffalo and there soon will be one in Erie. Yeah! It isn’t strictly Christmas items but has home goods as well.
When we were coming into Jamestown we just had to stop and take a picture of the Rainbow house.
For some reason I couldn’t get a clear picture of this bird necklace Linda helped me make. I got the charms and chain and Linda put it together for me. It’s so cute!
Aren’t these flower lights amazing. I got them at Lockwood’s Greenhouse in Hamburg, NY. Thanks Charlotte for the birthday gift certificate. The little photo is me when I was five. Mom made me a witch’s costume out of crepe paper.