Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pies & Pints & Friday Night

Gary and I love this restaurant.  We love the food, the atmosphere and the employees.  Since last night was perfect weather-wise and since Alex was at a Cinci Red's game, Gary and I went on a date night to Pies & Pints.

Now, let's get serious for a moment.  I now have proof that I'm really an Angel with a huge Halo.

I've also lost 15 pounds by doing Weight Watchers.   I want to lose 50 pounds by Thanksgiving and then I'll be heading south to New Orleans.

Oh and by the way, I am an Angel but that's not really my halo.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I seem to have a fascination with this cemetery; but I visit it often.  It's so quiet and peaceful, only birds and squirrels seem to frolic about.  Some of the monuments are beautiful.  Anyway, I was playing around with Smilebox and chose the "collage" option and created the above.

Now it's time for me to get ready.  It's weigh in day at Weight Watchers.  So far I'm enjoying this program and have lost 12 pounds.  Perhaps today I'll lose another two pounds.

Oh and guess what?  I'll be going to New Orleans this fall.  I've been wanting to visit this place and I want to see their cemeteries... very excited about meeting up with a girlfriend from college, catching up and traveling to a new town.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Returns to Ohio

I created a facebook cover using photos I had taken of my fairy garden.  I love my little garden, every day it makes me smile.

The heat of summer has returned to Ohio.  Today was hot, I mean over 90 degrees.  Last's week cool front really spoiled us, but this is what July is like here; so I need to buckle down and accept it.  However, a girl can dream of Autumn, and the beautiful colors, and the cooler weather.

Gary and I will be headed to Pies and Pints for lunch.  We love their Greek Salad with chicken.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19th

We have had some amazing weather this past week in Ohio.  Normally July is hot and humid and I tend to stay inside.  However, the temps have ranged around 71 degrees to 79 degrees with no humidity and nice cool breezes.

I sort of wish summer could remain just like this but watching the forecast last night, rain and humidity is heading our way, along with higher temperatures.

It really is hard to believe it's July 19th.  Time is flying by.  It's also hard to believe Grandma has been gone almost two months.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss her.

Does anyone know what type of flower this is?  It's huge and stands by my neighbor's house.  I'm not sure if it's a weed gone wild or if it's an actual flower.

Well need to get off the computer, take a shower and get out in the world.  Hope you have a super Saturday.  By the way QVC is doing Christmas in July with some pretty incredible deals.   Byeeeeee.

Fairy Garden Class

My sister, Becky, and I traveled to Richmond, Indiana to take a fairy garden class at The Watering Can.  I must say I was excited about this class because I've been collecting "fairy" items for the last year to use in my fairy garden.

Becky and I made fairy crowns to wear to the event, but at the last minute Becky chickened out.  Not me, I stuck that thing on my head and drove the 75 miles there proudly wearing it.

But before the class, we did stop at Clara's Pizza to eat those yummy bread sticks.

We were the first ones to arrive for the class.  We picked out the plants we wanted to use and then waited for everyone else to show up.

The class was only $10.00 and you got a tin container, soil, moss and an angel.  Below are the plants I purchased.

I also purchased this little succulent and the cute little dragon.

Oh I forgot, when we arrived they had made some yummy treats for us:

Then we got busy.... here's Becky's garden.

And this is mine:

When I came home, I did switch out the fairy.  I like the fairy I purchased several months ago.  I also collected acorns from my parent's yard since the fairy is an acorn fairy.

And I'm in love with the little dragon...

Oh and then Becky snapped a photo of me by the oak tree....

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Thought for Tuesday

I know the above gets quoted quite a lot; but yet it's so true isn't it?  I think it's so easy to seek answers from others, or ask their opinions but most of the time we need to learn to listen to ourselves.  That's one of the things I'm working on this summer.  Finding my voice, listening to myself and know that I'm much smarter than I give myself credit for.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

#radicalselflovejuly - Day 12 - What's in your Purse

My summer Dooney - in pink chevron (love, love, love)
My Keys to Baby V and Baby V2
My HTC phone with Hello Kitty Charm
My Leopard print wallet
3 tubes of lipstick
Mosaic Mirror
Pandora Catalog
Welcome Card to Sephora VIB's club

Sunday, July 06, 2014

July 5th - 2014

I hosted a July 4th party on Saturday, July 5th.  I served grilled chicken strips, grilled Nathan Hot Dogs, Mom's potato salad, Mom's Shoepeg Salad and a lo-cal pasta salad I made last week.  The dessert was strawberry shortcake.

Mom, Dad, Becky, Margaret, Missy, Audrey, Melinda, Noah, Sonny, Eva and Elliott all arrived shortly before lunch.  The weather was in the low 70's and no humidity.  This is very rare.  This was not July weather.

We had lots of fun and have the group went outside after lunch and we gathered in a circle and talked and talked and talked.

Of course photos were taken and there were party hats and treat bags.

 Alex and me

 Gary and me

 Elliott, my Uncle Sonny's grandson so I think he is my second cousin

 Noah and Melinda

 Mom and Dad

 Guess Who?

 Margaret and Sonny

 Becky, Margaret, Eva and Sonny

 Me and some balloons... I love balloons

 Audrey and Missy

 Dad and Sonny

 Eva and Noah doing a photo bomb

 Margaret and Becky

 My cupcake, Alex

 Gary (he ate his lunch outside while enjoying the cool weather)

I dipped strawberries in white chocolate and then dipped them in blue sugar.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

#radicalselflovejuly - My Idol

As mentioned on July's first post I'm participating in an instagram challenge entitled "radicalselflovejuly.  Today's prompt is "my idol".  Many people come to mind but I chose Betsey Johnson.

In her 70's she is still active in the fashion industry and is a great role model for today's women.  She's active, creative and clearly shows that at 70+ you can still be passionate about your job, your life calling, you can be sexy, you can have a voice that screams out to the world.  And not only that she can still do the splits.

And love those hair extensions too.  I hope I have half her energy when I get in my 70's.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

#radicalselflovejuly -silly selfie

For the month of July I'm participating in Gala Darling's instagram challenge entitle #radicalselflovejuly.   The daily prompts are listed below:

So since it's July 1st -- below is my "silly selfie" which if you know me isn't very hard for me to do.  I love taking goofy pictures.

By the way if you want to look me up on instagram my user name is:  aldasner

I do love to take silly selfies.... this was an easy challenge.

Her Hands

When I think of Grandma I often think of her hands.  Her hands were always busy either with embroider work, crochet, or working a word puzzle book.  And in the morning her hands would be following the text of her "Daily Bread".

Those hands would often given me a back scratch that seemed to last for hours and felt so wonderful.  And off course those hands rolled out thousand of noodles and hundreds of pie crusts.

I held those hands when Grandma was in the hospital.  I'm sure I covered her hands in my tears as I realized I would never feel those hands against me again.

Life on earth is just a fleeting moment and sometimes we get so wrapped up in the day to day that we forget to stop and appreciate the present moment.  I know I wish I had more moments with Grandma.  

I recall reading the following:  "Enjoy the little things in Life, for someday you will realize THEY were the big things."  Those words are so true.

Sweet Dreams!

Monday, June 30, 2014

1st Week Challenge - Prepare 7 Healthy Meals this week

So I challenged myself last Wednesday to prepare 7 healthy meals at home instead of going to a restaurant.  Tonight's dinner was dinner #5.

This is what I made this week:

June 26th - Provencal Chicken and Vegetables

June 27th - Masala Shrimp Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce

June 28th - Grilled Steak Salad

June 29th - Grilled Pork Chops and Grilled Zucchini Salad

and tonight - June 30th - Lemon Grilled Chicken with a Tomato Salad topper

The recipes came from either a Weight Watcher's cookbook or the magazine "Cooking Light".

So far every recipe has been good and fast and very flavorable.  I must say I'm eating lots of salads, veggies and fruits.  I guess it's all about fiber, fiber, fiber.

2 more meals to go.... what did you fix for dinner tonight?

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