Thursday, February 23, 2017


Not sure how warm it got today, but the window were all open and was told it was warm in the bedrooms!

  • breeze
  • sunshine
  • evening walks with hubby
  • easier school day
  • meeting step count
  • open window and doors
  • early bedtime

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's in a Title?

Other than words?  A title for a post with more of the same?  Nothing extrodinary today!

  • teen excited about youth group
  • short rehearsal
  • time at a playground
  • nice weather

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Back to Gray

Another gray day here with some visible white clouds!  Odd combination, but the temperature held out and was comfortable most of the day.  As for the Joy, here it goes:
  • one kid working hard to get caught up
  • spending time with one, walking parts of the neighborhood
  • favorite shows were not reruns
  • naps
Short and sweet today!

Monday, February 20, 2017

In th Dark!

Seemed to miss the fact that it was Presidents Day.  The weekend before, gave a clue, with all the commercials.  School still happened here, much to the chagrin of the students!  Still a good day.

  • another beautiful day
  • hearing children laughing throughout the neighborhood
  • small window with both boys out of the house
  • spaghetti sauce simmering all day
  • dinner tasting as good adps it smelled

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday ~ Funday

  • sitting with a friend, at church
  • windows open sort of day
  • remincing
  • back yard view, that never gets old
  • getting caught up on Sky Scarf
  • breakfast for dinner
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Sky Scarf through today.

 dog loving the warm sun light

beginning sunset

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beautiful Day

  • walks in the woods
  • shopping
  • Settlers of Catan
  • brownies and ice cream (all homemade)
  • good bottle of wine

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Slow Posting

  • able to get steps in, even on a foggy feeling day
  • tasty, easy dinner
  • hanging with the boys

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


  • Taco Tuesday even though it's Wednesday
  • slowly clearing off my desk
  • staying focused most of the day
  • kids getting their school finished, without much help
  • baking banana bread

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Twenty Turns Around the Sun

Today, Kevin and I celebrated 20 years of mairrage.  Rather low key!  No fancy meals or flowers or getting all "dolled up"!  He worked from home, as he usually does on Tuesdays; I attended to some chores; kept boys focused on school; we ate chocolate; leftovers for lunch.  Low key!

Suppose I'd been "milking" the anniversary for days.  Out for coffee one day, dinner out when it was convinient, walks here and there, trip to Occoquan (more for me than him).  Still a nice day, despite the rain.  That didn't even make the day gray.  20 years ago, it rained all day, it seemed.  The gray today, reminded me of 1997.  LOL!  No trip to 7/11 for cold drinks, in the tuxedo and dress though.  That was funny!

Thankfulness, in all seriousness, is a touch easier today:
  • memories shared
  • chocolate, both good and average
  • gifts
  • cold brew coffee filter
  • homemade valentines cards
  • rain
  • easy feeling day
  • Kevin's "getting the small stuff done" drive
  • chocolate cake, just to have cake
Well shucks, can't find the photos I wanted.  Maybe they'll get added on another date.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Can't Help It!

Thinking of tomorrow.  Remembering twenty years of marriage!  Glossing over today; stay focused, be present, see the good in the moment.
  • very windy day, with no trees falling in our area
  • good fire going most of the day
  • events being canceled
  • remembering to drink water
  • dinner out with Kevin, for our anniversary 
  • trip to Trader Joes

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Blogging Thankfulness

Coming here to blog my thankfulness is getting harder and harder.  Not so much that I am not trying to be mindful of it all, it is becoming one more thing to check off ~done, complete, etc.  Probably need to leave my lovely planner open, to make it easier to note the joyful and lovely things.  It has space for that each and every day.  Hopefully tomorrow!

How do you note your thankful things?  Do you have lists and journals all over the place?  Is it one book?  A planner? A space on the WWW? 

Today has been an average day.  No one thing that was overwhelming great or bad!  It goes something like this:
  • meatloaf for dinner - long overdue
  • Cape Cod Potatoe chips - one of the best things out there
  • Charlie Brown Valentine Special, recorded a few days ago
  • other recorded shows, too
  • time to sit

Saturday, February 11, 2017


What are Saturdays like for you? Sports, cartoons, cleaning, grilling, yard work, errands!  That seems to sum up saturdays of my youth and today as well!

Today wasn't much different.  Divide and conquer for Kevin and me. We ended the day with a date, so that was good!  Here's the rest:

  • Great Date Night at church
  • oddly enough, cleaning the kitchen
  • getting caught up on a few things
Another short  list today and that's okay.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Day Finished

and thankfully so.  Hard days happen and getting through them feels like a blessing.  Thankful for moments seeing friends who get it, who understand the journey.  Tomorrow is a new day!
  • able to get kids where they need to be
  • finding a Redbox movie we wanted to see
  • short moments to sit in front of the fire
Wine Glass Filter

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Where Did Yesterday Go?

Wowzers!  70 degrees and sunshine yesterday.  Cloudy, windy, and cold today.  Snow predicted didn't come till much later than anticipated, but still came in.  So many good things today, here it goes:
  • only 7 more weeks, in braces, for Ian
  • hearing "It's snowing"
  • open mouth, waiting for snowflakes
  • date with Kevin
  • still reaching 10,000, after long day
  • driving snow
  • Owl Moon

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ Not so much

 A Quilted Lamp Shade

 In contrast to the Stain Glass Shade
on the other side of the desk.

 Outdoor reading, after all it's 70 degrees.

Where there was one yesterday,
two are there today.
  • unseasonably warm weather
  • time to absorb the sunshine
  • contrasting lampshades
  • no driving today

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Warmth, Messiness, A Beautiful Life

It was a day of noise, of messiness, of 70 degree weather, of windows open, of Spring in the air, of noise, of silence.  All summed up, a day of beauty.  A hard day, definitely; a day of learning, of getting it done, of letting it go, yet still beautiful.

Saw glimmers of what it would be like having a larger family, at least for a few hours.  Saw the personalities in children and "rolled" with each unique one.  Thankfulness throughout the day.  Reminders of how quickly time flies; how moments drag on.  Greatful for bedtimes and the hope of doing it al again tomorrow.
  • first round of coffee
  • a singular clover, reaching for sunshine
  • laughter
  • science experiments
  • younger being a gracious host
  • large enough house to "hid" from the craziness
 Singular Clover

As messy as Christmas morning!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Warm Weather . . . .

 while waiting for snow.  Seen the possiblity for Winter weather on Thursday!  Truly hope it is for "real"!  We are due and we are ready.  In the mean time, has been nice to air out the house, get the plants out on the deck for a bit of time, dog sunning outside.
  • warm weather
  • slow morning
  • supplies for crafting magnets
  • candles, both real (soy based) and battery operated
  • overall good feeling all day long
  • pulling out the duct tape
 Pink Duct Tape  to mend a school folder.
Yes, it might be cheapr to use new one, but the
tape adds a pop of color!

Plant in green pot is a butterfly bush I saved and bringing
back to life.  Hope it will grow rather large over the spring and summer.
In the plan pot are clover and in the blue is my Rosemary bush.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Superbowl Sunday

Our house was rather laid back.  How about yours?  The game sure did seem to be played in halves.  The first to the Falcons, the second the Patriots.  Pats also played better in overtime.

Besides football, what was good?  Mine would be:
  • mason jars, for candy storing
  • slow day
  • knitting more on infinity scarf
  • junk food for dinner
  • hugs and kisses to share

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Craziness of Saturday

Nothing like trying to get life done, when feeling a bit tired!  It got done.  We managed.  We had time to put our feet up.

  • steak for dinner
  • cool looking sunshine through the woods
  • getting a few things done outside
  • Redbox - inexpensive movies

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fridays = Fundays

or so it should be!  Felt like a lot of basics and not a lot of fun.  Struggling to find the joy today.  Here it goes though:

  • cleaning a portion of a cabinet shelf (really it counts as joy for me!)
  • pizza crust turned out well tinight
  • hitting step goal and then some
  • TV watching night
  • Charlotte feeling better

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yum! Fried Chicken

Generally speaking, I don't make fried chicken, all that often.  The guys will attest to that.  One wanted chicken for dinner, the others suggested chicken nuggets.  Pondering how to cook and what to go with it, fried chicken nuggets and french fries became the menu for the evening.  Usually, these go quickly around these parts and more are desired.  Tonight, however,  I cooked/fried for a small army and a not hungry, tiny family showed up.  Leftovers for a meal that isn't quite as good the second day.  Oh well!

Before you ask, I have no recipe for the breading.  It is usually some of this and that, in unknown proportions.  This batch started with cornflakes and parmesan (from a different chicken recipe) and I added various things from recipes I've read or seen made on a cooking show.  Sure was good though!

Oh Yum!!!

As for the good and joyful today:
  • fried chicken (obviously)
  • okay vet check for our sick pup
  • hard life lessons for one child
  • kid helping with dinner
  • early bedtime

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Another First!

First day of the month that is.  It felt like a long one too.  It is all good though!

  • first day of rehearsal for, "Into the Woods, Jr."
  • first parent monitor duty complete
  • surviving a busy day