Friday, December 02, 2016

December 2, 2016

Gary and I have been married for 27 years.  I guess we are the "ole farts".  I'll just say it doesn't seem that long and time certainly flies past quickly.  We have a fun-filled December planned and I hope the weather will allow us to participate in all the things we would like to do.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Nov 2 - 2016

I was watching a YouTube video on Planners and made the discovery that Justin Cronin had published the final book in his triology,  I read the first book "The Passage" in 2010.  Of course I followed up with "The Twelve" in 2012.  However, since so much time had passed, I decided to reread the original two books.

Now these are book stories.  The first book was 879 pages and the second book was over 600 pages but I was determined to reread them before I began reading the third.  So for the last 3 weeks I've been reading and reading.

I finally finished "The Twelve" on Friday October 28th.  The first two books I purchased for my Kindle; but I questioned why did I need to buy the third book.  So I dropped over to my local library to see if a copy was available.  And they did have one.  A Large Print edition... which is 957 pages and about as thick as a brick.

So this month I'll be getting a workout lugging such a huge book around.  And I look forward to the unfolding of this story.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Nov 1 - 2016

November arrives...along with 80 degree weather.  I wonder if this means we will have a warm Winter or a snowy one or simply that it was 80 degrees on the first day of the month.

Little cupcake Alex is getting sick and he actually sipped some soda out of my cup on Saturday when we went to watch "Inferno"  Oh I hope he wasn't germy then.  I don't want to be puking.

I made a decision today to stop studying for the Series 66 until after the Holidays.  I don't have 5 to 6 hours a day to prepare for it.  The study guides states it takes at least 140 hours to be prepared to take the test.  So instead of getting angry because I haven't been able to study, or getting mad and resentful since I have to take the exam (since JPMorgan didn't renew my license properly) and since November should be about thankfulness and gratitude, I'm opting out from the study grind; at least for now.

My favorite tree has lost almost all it's leaves.  It makes me a little sad.  It happened so quickly this year.  I get so excited when it turns a bright crimson.  Every year I try to snap a photo that captures it's beauty but every year I fail.  The beauty of my tree shall remain in my mind.

Off to a Stampin Up class... oh yes, it's time to begin making Christmas cards.

I hope you have a fantastic November.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 13th????

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!  This month is flying by toooooo quickly.

So October is one of my favorite months.  But this year I'm busy studying for my Series 66 so I havent been spending as much time doing the things I love for Autumn.

My house is decorated but I didn't put up my Halloween tree.  I must say I do miss it.  But now that it's the 13th of the month; I'm debating whether it's worth going to the storage locker to dig out the black tree and all those ornaments.

I haven't even been to Hidden Valley Farm to get my caramel apples.  However, tomorrow night we are doing a "scary movie" watch-a-thon with lots of good Halloween treats.

I haven't even purchased a pumpkin yet.... dang October is kicking my ass.

On a bright note -- my sisters will be coming over on the 22nd to have our 1st Annual Carve a Pumpkin event.  Looking forward to that.

What kind of things do you like to do in October?  What is your favorite scary movie or book?  What is your favorite Halloween candy?   Please share in the comment section below.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello Autumn

Autumn has finally arrived!!  Although it's going to be close to 90 degrees today with 100% humidity; I know in my heart that Fall will be here soon.

Some of my favorite things about Autumn:

  • Caramel Apples
  • Pumpkin Spice Anything
  • Carved Pumpkins
  • Fresh Apples
  • Halloween decorations
  • Leaves, Leaves, Leaves
  • Busy Squirrels
  • Cozy Blankets
  • Bonfires
  • Cool, brisk weather
  • The Great Pumpkin - Charlie Brown
  • Pinecones
  • Warm Gingerbread with Whipped Cream
  • Homemade Soup
  • Falling Back - Goodbye Daylight Savings Time
What are some of your favorite things about Fall?

Friday, September 16, 2016


So have you ever had one of those days that you seriously asked yourself "why"?  

I certainly did today.  It's time to brainstorm, evaluate and come up with a plan.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

September 4th - Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water

For years I sang the praises of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.  However I always had to use 2 wipes to remove all my mascara and the packs only contained 25 towelettes.

Then one day I watched a YouTube video where someone reviewed Garnier's Micellar Water.  So since it was the same price as a pack of Neutrogena, I thought I would give it a try.

Wow!!!  This product is amazing.  I wear waterproof mascara which is hard to remove.  However, with this product the mascara comes off easily.  And the product has lasted over a month.  So it definitely will save me money too.

I hope you give this product a try and let me know if you like it?

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Happy September --

I'm so happy to say goodbye to August!  It was a tough month, physically and mentally.  I'm looking forward to the arrival of Autumn.

This Fall I want to carve a pumpkin.  We haven't done that since Alex was a wee little lad.  Naturally we have to go to Hidden Valley Farms to pick up some of their caramel apples.  They have the best ones.

What do you like to do in Autumn?  Please let me know in the comments below.

Oh, by the way -- Happy September!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Baby is 24

Time certainly is fleeting away.  And my little babe, Alex, just turned 24.  That doesn't even seem possible.

Alex wanted me to make an "icecream" cake.  This cake took 12 icecream sandwiches with a layer of chocolate pudding with cool whip between the layers of sandwiches.  Then of course you top with Cool Whip.

The candles were little sparklers.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Hello August!!

I get excited when August appears.  And it's purely for selfish reasons.  It marks the end of summer, it celebrates the appearance of my son on the face of the Earth and a reason to buy back to school supplies even when you don't have a child going back to school.  And of course an opportunity to purchase a new Hello Kitty lunchbox.

Where July kept me housebound; August gives you little teases of cooler nights and breezy days.  Sure the heat and humidity lingers; but they know they are loosing that battle and soon Autumn will make her glorious and welcomed appearance.

Do you do anything special in August?  Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Goodbye July

July is almost over.  I will admit I don't like July; at least in the Ohio area.  July is usually too hot and way to humid to even venture outside.  And if you do I will guarantee your hair will flatten out, you will be covered with a fine sheen of sweat and you'll just get a little cranky.  I wonder if more murders occur in July than in June?

We did get new windows in July.  And the windows can be opened from either side with screens on both sides.  So now I'm looking forward to Autumn; cool breezes, perfect sleeping weather and the opportunity to try these windows out.  But for now, they are keeping the heat out of the house.

What is your favorite month of the year?  Is it July?  If so-- WHY????

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black & White -- Bedroom Bliss

I have a similar style comforter on my bed; but when I saw this advertisement on a side bar on a website I had stop to visit --- OMG -- I think I'm in love.  I'm not sure why a black and white theme gives me chills.  What is the color combo that you love?

Friday, July 01, 2016

July 1 -- Summer's Freshing Drink

Summer has finally arrived. It's hot and getting more humid.  I'm not really a fan of all that moisture in the air.  But I do enjoy a nice thirst-quenching glass of icy goodness.  I wanted to share this simple but delicious recipe for making Lemonade.

What You Will Need:

1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
6 to 8 lemons (about 1 cup of lemon juice)

  1. You need to make a simple syrup. Combine the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat to dissolve sugar. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat to cool.
  2. Then it's time to squeeze those lemons. Roll each lemon over your cutting board, pressing down as you do. This will help them to release their juice. Cut in half and squeeze. Repeat until you have one cup. Depending on the size of your lemons you might not need to squeeze all of them but on the other hand you might need more.
  3. Add the cooled syrup to your pitcher, followed by the lemon juice and remaining 4 cups of water. Stir, taste, and adjust; add a few tablespoons of sugar if it needs to be sweeter or the juice of 1/2 lemon if it needs more tartness.
  4. Add ice to pitcher if you think you will drink the whole pitcher right away. Otherwise add ice to each glass.
And it's Summer... and for me Summer means to party so garnish your drink with strawberries, a slice of pineapple or get some of those drink umbrellas.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Age: It's Only a Number -- Not a Lifestyle

So I've reached that age which was a number I had in my head for the last 50 years that I associated with being old.  You know the kind of old where your tippy toes are just touching your grave.  

I might be 60 but I feel the same way I did at 59, 50, 45, 40 and 35!  My skin is getting saggy.  I use a lot of moisturizing lotion on my face and neck but mentally I think I'm 35.

Physically I'm getting older.  But am I aging?  Hell No!!!  And screw Society -- just because I'm a certain number doesn't mean I'm going to buckle down and act the way you think someone 60 should be. 

Below is a picture of Tina Turner on her wedding day in 2013.  She was 73 when she remarried.

And at 73 she appeared on the cover of Vogue:  

So make your own path, don't listen to anyone telling you are too old to do something.  The only thing stopping you is you.  

“If you take care of yourself, 60 is nothing for women these days. In today's world you can be the kind of woman you want to be ... Of course, I've aged a bit in the face, but not enough to worry about it. I've common sense enough to know that if I'm nearly 70 something has to give." Tina Turner, The Mirror, February 2009

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Age: What's the Alternative?

"Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What’s the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that’s a lot of shit to deal with. So I’m happy to deal with menopause. I’ll take it." Whoopi Goldberg, New Jersey Monthly, May 2013

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