Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Happy Day After Christmas, dear bloggers. I know I have been very lax in writing anything. This Christmas has been luxuriously different and I have no good reason for being a bum. (Ha, Ha -- this made me think of my Dad. He used the term "bum" in an unusually endearing way. If he sent a card to one of us, sometimes he would sign it, "Love from your old bum.")
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I definitely recommend that you read this book. It is not warm and fuzzy. It is dark and depressing at times, but there are inspiring deeds performed and heroes made also.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I have been so out of touch with blogging lately, I must apologize. Busy with the season as we all are, I guess. Last Wednesday I took a realtors' bus trip to New York to see the play "Wicked." This is the story of the two witches up to when Dorothy landed in Oz. I had to get up about 4 a.m. to meet everyone for the bus. I have done these trips before and they are always a lot of fun. There are snacks and prizes going up and then coming home everyone is pooped and dozes off. The play was excellent, however I kept falling asleep. I would look at my friend in the next seat and her eyes were closed and then once she nudged me to tell me I was snoring. Right in the theater. How embarrassing! I think I will read the book, though, and catch up on what I missed in the show.
Saturday night was our office Christmas party. I realized that it has been ten years since I started with this company and I think I only missed one party. It is done very nicely - held at a country club with a buffet, open bar and a live band. It is nice to see everyone dressed up in a different environment. This is a family run real estate company and they were all there, three generations from the oldest to almost the youngest. Did you ever see a family who seems to have it all? Looks, money, good manners, niceness? There must be a flaw somewhere!
(cartoon credit: http://www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au/)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Lynne at Lynne's Corner of the World tagged me for this and I saw it somewhere else, too. Looks like fun!
5 THINGS I WAS DOING 10 YEARS AGO:
1. Helping to be there for my mother (long distance) as she dealt with my father's death in 1995 and her gradual onset of dementia. I know, this is so sad, but it is what I was doing this time 10 years ago.
2. Deciding how to deal with Christmas.
3. Starting a new job.
5. Wondering how I was remaining sane.
5 THINGS ON MY TO-DO LIST TODAY:
1. Go to church. (Done)
2. Go to the office to update my Realtor access key. (Done)
3. Go to an open house at my beauty salon at 6:00. (Probably won't go)
4. Go to Walmart to buy gift boxes. (Done)
5. Look for gift for our giving tree at church. (Realized I have a question about it that can't be answered until Monday.)
5 THINGS I WOULD DO IF I WERE A MILLIONAIRE:
1. Maybe I am a millionaire. (ha ha)
2. I would give new houses to my family (( might have to be a multi-millionaire, though).
3. I would travel to France twice a year.
4. I would build a log cabin by a lake in the mountains.
5 THINGS I 'LL NEVER WEAR AGAIN (OR HAVE NEVER WORN):
1. Sadly, a bikini.
2. High, high heels.
3. Mini skirts and "hot pants" (remember those)?
4. Maternity clothes.
5. Nail polish.
5 FAVORITE TOYS:
1. Snow globes.
2. Lincoln logs.
3. Monopoly game.
4. Raggedy Ann dolls.
5. Mr. Potato Head
(Most people have named their gadget toys, but even though I love my cell phone, it isn't really a toy to me.)
NAME 5 PEOPLE TO TAG FOR THIS MEME:
Actually, I am going to opt to tag anyone who wants to do this meme. It really is a fun one.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
It has been snowing lightly off and on all day and evening. We probably don't have more than a few inches, but it is cold enough that it is sticking. It is so beautiful. Here is a picture of my little house in the snow this afternoon. We have more than that tonight. I just went outside and took a picture of the snow on my car and on a bush by the front door. I love snow, especially right as it starts. It is so quiet and there is that heavy, expectant feel to the air. I wouldn't like to live somewhere where I never had any snow. It is nice here along the coast because we get a little bit, but it doesn't overwhelm us.
Beau had his little coat on tonight when I took him for our usual walk. He doesn't usually like to go out in "weather", but he didn't mind it much tonight.
I was going to start my Christmas cards today, but ended up doing everything but. Look at this wonderful "Lodge" brand iron dutch oven. I found it in a thrift shop for $25.00. That sounds high for a thrift shop, but I think they go for triple that usually. Tonight I cooked a pork tenderloin in it and it was perfectly browned outside and so tender inside. I oven roasted some potatoes with brussels sprouts and carrots and even baked a pumpkin pie. No special occasion either! I was just in a good mood -- probably from the snow. I was in an awful mood on Monday when the wind was blowing about 50 mph. I hate wind -- it scrambles my brain!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!!
Like most of you, I have a stack of books yet to read. These seem to fall into several categories: 1) Currently reading; 2) Next on list to read; 3) May read someday; 4) May never read, but can't get rid of them because there is a slim chance that there will be nothing else to read and the library and all bookstores will be closed.
My Fall Reading Challenge will not be completed this month; however I did read several of the books and planned to reorganize and change my list. Now the holidays are almost here and reading is falling to the wayside somewhat. I did read the two novelettes by Henry James: "Daisy Miller" and "Washington Square." They were published in 1879-1880 and the writing style is, of course, of that period. I enjoyed these classics very much, especially "Washington Square" since I liked the 1948 movie "The Heiress" starring Olivia DeHavilland which is based on this book (there is also the 1998 movie "Washington Square", but I have not seen that one.
I read "A Is For Alibi" by Sue Grafton and plan to read the rest of the series.
I have finished "Three Weeks With My Brother" by Nicholas and Micah Sparks. This was excellent and is the true story of the author ("The Notebook" and others) Nicholas Sparks and the round-the-world trip he took with his brother, reminiscing and bonding all the way. I enjoyed it -- it was part travelogue and part autobiography, with a story of faith and optimism included.
I have now started "Papillon" by Henri Charriere and Jan Karon's latest Father Tim novel, "Home to Holly Springs." Thank you to my dear friend Lynne for this wonderful autographed copy for my birthday. I am also reading "And Ladies Of The Club" which is a gigantic book and I am only reading a little here and there. Lynne recommends this book, but it will take me a year to finish it.
For my birthday my daughter gave me a gift certificate to an Andover book store that I love (the store has easy chairs and a fire burning in the fireplace - very cozy). I chose "The Poets' Corner, The One-And-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family" compiled by John Lithgow. It includes a CD with some well known people reading poems. I am also enjoying reading this. I usually have a few books of poems next to my chair that I pick up when I need a break from prose.
So that's it. Oh - there is one I just bought, but have not yet started which is "The Last Days of Dogtown" by Anita Diamant (she wrote "The Red Tent").
Christmas is around the corner and I have a little shopping to do yet. I started decorating and this year I may bake some cookies. I say that every year, but this year I REALLY think I will.
Sleep tight, dear bloggers and pleasant dreams. (I am writing this at 11:00 and I am now off to the Land of Nod).
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Here I am back in Massachusetts with Beth and Dale and my grandsons. I flew up here yesterday. Yes, the airport was packed and the flight was delayed a few hours. But here I am! This morning they all got up early and ran the local "Feaster Five" race. Grammy was allowed to sleep in. They got home with medals and ribbons and giveaway apple pies.
A highlight last night was that the boys are teaching me to play chess. What fun! They are so smart I can't get over it.
Dinner will be ready in about an hour and it smells wonderful. Have a beautiful day, everyone. I will include all of you dear blogging friends in my prayer of thanks.
P.S. Today is my birthday!! I think I am officially old -- ha ha!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
The little house with green trim was almost as familiar to me as my own house a few blocks away. The girl lived there with her parents. She was an only child and had a bedroom to herself. At that time my sister and I shared a room and I considered this girl's bedroom status as one to be greatly coveted. We met each other in sixth grade although she was in a different classroom and it wasn't until later that we became friends. I admired her because she was just plain COOL -- and this was before cool was used in our eleven year old vocabulary. She wore bobby sox with tiny little colored clothespins clipped to the cuffs. How I wanted some of those little clothespins. She was from Philly before she came to our school. That was why she was cooooool. By junior high we were best friends.
There we would sit after school and weekends in her bedroom playing the 45's -- Jimmy Charles' "A Million To One" was one of our favorites. We talked about boys, boys, boys -- what else? Her Mom used to make us Chef Boyardee Instant Pizza which was just as good as what we got from the pizza shop. The girl was the best dancer around and she labored for hours trying to teach me the "mashed potatoes" and "the pony." I know we both can still do them. We went to summer community dances, dances at a nearby rollerskating rink, school dances. Everything back then was about music and boys.
Through crushes, boyfriends, girlfriends and the interruptions of high school, we still maintained our friendship. After high school we attended the same school to be medical secretaries and then we slowly drifted in different directions until finally we lost each other.
Enter, stage left, classmates.com. many years later. I checked out my graduating class and saw her name on their list and if I wanted to get in touch, I could pay $25 to join. There was no question. The girl lives in Georgia and I am in Delaware and we are once again, best friends. We are both married and are grandmothers now, but we will always treasure our history during those wonderful years.
Who is this girl? Scroll down to see my Monday's Favorite - my Best Friend,
Our fellow blogger - Lynne at Lynne's Little Corner Of The World.!!!!!!!!!!
Me on the left, Lynne on the right. 40th High School Reunion.
I hope you enjoyed my post today. Remember, if you ever get the chance to meet up with your best friend from years and years ago, you may get lucky like I did.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Hi, everyone. I have been catching up on your blogs and WOW, it strikes me that Thanksgiving is upon us. There is some nice decorating going on out there from what I see in your photos. I was looking around my house for some decorations, but can't find anything that looks like Thanksgiving or fall harvest, other than the Halloween things. This really surprises me because I seem to collect so much stuff. I have a wonderful rustic French country farmhouse table which I still have not used except to spread out business things, scrapbook things, etc, etc. Get the picture? We acquired this not that long ago, but we don't seem to entertain much -- mostly because my husband has been building an addition on our house for the past five years and I never want anyone to see the upheaval. While I was away, he did finish quite a lot which has made me very happy. If any of you are married to a builder -- you understand. Remember the shoemaker's kids? Same thing.
This Sunday there is a local auction which I love to attend. I may not always buy anything, but I love to sit there, eat hot dogs and watch the show. I like to stay to the very end when they sell what is left over in lots for very little money. You can get some really good deals at auctions, but you really have to be careful. Don't get caught up in the moment (like me) and end up with a collection of Russian lacquer boxes and a collection of Native American dolls and not know what to do with them. I guess they will go to E-Bay heaven. However, I did have an experience today that proves I am not always so irresponsible. I had bought an oriental rug at the auction a few years ago for a few hundred dollars. I sent it out for cleaning last week and they brought it back today and asked me if I knew what it was worth. I said "no"and the fellow said it was worth about $3000!!!! I told my husband and he said "SELL IT"!!! Men!
Monday, November 05, 2007
"..........Graceful and magnetic, this impressive first novel insightfully
charts the raw emotional unercurrents of a broken family through characters whose human foibles are artfully drawn."
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Nor'easter Noel has arrived in the Boston area today so it has been a pretty miserable day, weatherwise. A good day to spend at the movies which is what we did -- us and a few hundred other kids (of ALL ages).
Bee Movie was excellent, funny for everyone. The animation was good, fast moving and creative. Jerry Seinfeld's voice identified him as the hero of the story. There has been a lot of marketing hype out there to promote this movie, including MacDonalds kids meal giveaways, but it certainly holds true that the movie is fun for everyone. The last movie I saw with my grandsons was "The Ant Bully" and I have been careful ever since about stepping on ants. Now the bees. I have been into honey lately anyway and have been using honey products in handcream.
See this movie with kids or see it alone -- I'll bet you'll enjoy it.
I fly out of Manchester, NH to Philly tomorrow. I hate to leave here, but I'll be back for Thanksgiving.
Take care everyone.
Friday, November 02, 2007
I am still enjoying my stay here in Andover with Beth and Dale and my grandsons. The weather is beautiful - leaves are lovely. The boys had a good Halloween and got a nice haul of candy. I am including this photo that 11 year old grandson Cooper took of their dog Ohbee retrieving a ball in a lake where they hiked a few weeks ago. Isn't this the best picture? He is taking a photography class in school and is into it now. Do I see a future National Geographic professional photographer?
I am trying to get used to their Apple computer and haven't been online much since I have been here. I will catch up with all of you when I get home. Tomorrow we have soccer games and we are going to see "Bee Movie". I'll give you my review afterwards.
Have a lovely weekend !
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Can you imagine? Although I do remember carrying a little potty in our old VW Camper when my daughter was being potty trained. (Sorry, Beth!)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The time has finally arrived. It is now midnight and I am about to draw the winners of my 105th Post Giveaway. Woooooooo!!!