Monday, October 31, 2011
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ It’s 76 minutes long, but worth looking at. We should all approach life with such gusto!
Yep, still on the diet…are you surprised? Well, it’s only been one day. Today I went with my friends to an exercise class at the YMCA. I learned how really out of shape I am. I plan on going on Mondays and Wednesdays for a workout.
This needs to be my new philosophy.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
My other strategy is to stay out of the kitchen and only eat meals and designated snacks. Now that’s a little hard when the Literary Club has the most delicious cookies after their meeting on Friday….(and you have to be polite…..LOL).
Life is full of challenges but eating right is one of my biggest. Wish me luck! (and please don’t ask how I’m doing….LOL)
This bedroom that used to be Chris’ is now my guest bedroom/craft room. On one wall is my hat collection. Everyone knows I love a good hat! I painted the front of the closet door to resemble a French farmhouse. This room dwells on my feminine side. The soft aqua and the Laura Ashley curtains along with grandma’s old iron bed and curly maple dresser make it a girly room to sit in and pick up a paintbrush.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
When you are chilled there is nothing like a pot of steaming hot cider. If you are not familiar with Susan Branch I must introduce you. Susan is an author of many cookbooks and writes a fabulous blog. She is extremely artistic and decorates her pages with drawings that are a feast for the eyes.
You can find her blog at susanbranch.com
I had cleaned out some flower pots and after I dumped my sweet potato vine I saw a red bump. When I dug it up I discovered sweet potato tubers.
Then on Friday I got a call from my son Ryan in Tennessee that he had just sent his wife by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center who was unresponsive and had what looked like a stroke. Jenny is only 34 and I spent the longest 3 hours of my life waiting for a call from Ryan to see what had happened. It turned out to be a tia caused by migraines which mimic stoke symptoms. We dropped everything and drove to Tennessee on Saturday. It was scary for awhile when she couldn’t talk but she rapidly improved.
Jenny got out of the hospital and is better but still having some memory problems finding the right word sometimes which may last a week or more. She will see a neurologist soon.
It was fun to see Sara and Sean again. Sara is walking all over the place now and Sean is as sweet as ever.
On Thrusday we traveled to Chris’ in Boiling Springs and on Friday went to Penn State to a concert by the Blue Band. This is Dan’s first year playing cornet in the band and they put on a wonderful concert. They have many half time shows which encompass a variety of musical styles.
We left after the concert and didn’t arrive home until after one last night. This morning I woke up to our first snow.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Today is another day of cool fall weather. Forty degrees and damp. Don hopes to replace some windows in our back bedrooms with more energy efficient ones today. We are doing all we can to winterize. It’s always a long cold winter here in western Pennsylvania.
I have some books to read and will do a little household cleaning today. Maybe I’ll rent a movie for tonight. Just a quiet day at the Karrasch’s.
Friday, October 21, 2011
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I am hoping for a few more nice days to finish putting away some things outside and cutting back the flowers that have died. My car is back in the garage after staying out all summer and I appreciate not having to scrape frost off the windshield in the morning when I go for coffee with the girls.
This was a quiet weekend. Yesterday I stayed home and got caught up on my chores. Today we watched the Bills game (they lost at the last minute) and had some friends up for apple turnover. (It’s just like an apple pie but you make it in a semicircle and ice it with powdered sugar frosting). Tonight is the Housewives of new Jersey reunion show and a few other programs I like. So I’ll be settling down and cuddling up.
Are you ready for winter? Not me…not yet!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Warning: If you are thinking about buying a Jack Russell Terrier there are a few things you should know.
1. When people roll their eyes and say, “Oh, no” when you mention that you are thinking of getting a Jack Russell, believe that they know something you don’t know.
2. Under that puppy cuteness and loveability lies a creature that will give you unwavering loyalty and attention . (most of the time this would be a good thing, but let me give you an example. ) Me, very quietly reading the paper when Sadie jumped up on my lap. Sadie is pushing against me trying to vie for my attention. All she wants is attention, you say. Yes, of course she does, she’s a Jack Russell. She wants my attention 24/7. She wants to know where I am at all times, what I am doing, and how she can get all of my attention at any given moment.
3. If you can survive the first two years of having a Jack Russell you will be rewarded with an intelligent, strong willed, loving dog. But there will be times during the first few years when you wonder if it’s going to be you or the dog. Let me give you an example. Jack Russells like to chew.
4. Jack Russell like to be dominant. They are called little Napoleons. They like to sit higher than you on the back of the couch and be assertive in their behavior. Let me give you an example:
5. If you are not around Jack Russells will resort to being pals with other animals or small children.
6. Jack Russells love to be active. Plan on going for long walks and playing with you dog a lot.
7. jack Russells are very curious. They will sit and watch for hours to spy a squirrel.
8. Jack Russells love the water. It is prudent to put a life jacket on them because they will swim for hours as long as someone is in the water.
9. When you are gone, your dog will miss you, pine for you, and empty out your trash cans.
10. Your dog will become part of you family and want to be around you all the time…even when you go to the bathroom. It is common for a Jack Russell to burrow under the covers in your bed at night. This lump is Sadie. She didn’t want to get up in the morning and Don made the bed anyway.
11. If you don’t think you need to crate a Jack Russell, you haven’t owned a Jack Russell.
12. Jack Russells can harm themselves. Let me give you an example. They will sneak away and chew anything…electric razors, your eyeglasses, tissues, any small thing that you thought was in the trash, and food of any kind. You will find that having a Jack Russell is like having a two year old in your house. You learn to get wastebaskets with lids, put away everything high up where she can’t reach, and keep an eye on her at all times. 13. But no matter what a Jack Russell can give you love….with no strings attached. She can be there for you, cuddle you, and warm your heart. She is a wonderful companion and devoted friend. That is why people have Jack Russells. If it wasn’t for that the breed would have been eliminated a long time ago for being just too much trouble.