Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hula Hoop Summer

Well, I never learn how to make a hula hoop twirl around my body.  But every summer when hula hoops start popping up in the stores, I must say I always stop to pick one up and imagine twirling.

So I mentioned it to Gary and guess what?


He got me a pink, purple and yellow striped hula hoop.  And it actually glows when it moves.  Yep, it's a glowing hula hoop.


So now I'm going to learn how to get this thing to spin.  I'll keep you posted of my journey.  Hopefully I don't put my back out.

Now I probably will never look as graceful as this, but I'm going to give it a shot.


Monday, June 08, 2015

Birthday Surprises

When it comes to my birthday I really don't know what to tell my Hubby what I want since I basically buy whatever I need when I need it.  But he always ask and I try to have some ideas on hand.

So my sweet hubby went to Sephora and checked out my "wish list" and purchased me some of Kat Von D makeup.  I must say I've been using the eyeshadow every day and love it.  And the eyeshadow brush is amazing.  Plus the packaging is too dang cute (looks like a little coffin).




He also went to Pandora and picked up a gift card.  Then he went to 252 West Salon, spoke to someone about how much it would cost for certain services and proceeded to get me a $250.00 gift card to them.  Wow... he does spoil me.


And he also placed a little yellow sticky on the Pandora bag and told me that if I spent $100.00 I got a free double leather bracelet... so guess where I went?


And when I got home from work; he was fixing my favorite dinner and these flowers were the centerpiece on the table.


It's nice being surprised..... and I'm very lucky to have a husband as kind and generous as Gary.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

A 3/4 Sleeve World


I recently purchased this t-shirt to wear on July 4th weekend.  I wore it today to meet a friend for lunch.  This t-shirt has short sleeves.  I never wear short sleeves.  My world is filled with three quarter length sleeves.  For years I've convinced myself that my arms are too huge to show off in public.

One day I noticed my arms when I was wearing a short-sleeve pajama top and matching shorts.  I really looked at my arms.  And something clicked; they were not so bad.  Sure they are big like me; but not weirdly so, not like what I had imagine them to look like.

So today I wore this new t-shirt in public.  My friend didn't say anything about it, my son didn't noticed anything odd about me, I went to Target and no one stopped in their tracks, gasping and pointing at me... so I guess all this insecurity about my arms came from me.

Weird ain't it?

Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29th -- One Year Later

On May 27, 2014 I received a call that my Grandmother was care-flighted to Miami Valley Hospital because she had major head trauma from being the passenger in a car that failed to yield at an intersection.

The driver of the car, didn't have on his seatbelt and when the car was struck broadside, he flew out of his chair and slammed against Grandma, her head going out the passenger window.  Grandma had a huge bruise on the side of her face where the driver's head hit hers.

When I got to the hospital I didn't know what to expect.  My Grandma, the woman I loved for 57 years, and who loved me so intensely was laying in a coma-like state.  I didn't know then that I would never see her open her eyes, I would never hear her voice, her laugh, I would never be able to take her out for a trip or go visit her.

It was horrible to sit by her side, unable to help her, wanting so much for her to open her eyes, and being powerless to do anything.  We played some of her favorite songs, we caressed her arms, we spoke quietly to her, letting her know how much we loved her.


For two days I watched my Grandmother’s struggle for life. Grandma hated to vomit. The tube they had placed in her stomach wasn’t positioned correctly and Grandma would vomit off and on for at least 20 hours. Each time this would happen she would moan and groan. Those sounds will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Every time a nurse would reposition my Grandma in bed, my Grandma would moan and her face would screw up in pain, and at times a tiny tear would escape her left eye. And all we could do is sit there, speak quietly to her, stroke her hand and tell her we loved her.

And then the tremors began on her left side. Can you even imagine what that felt like to watch your Grandma, the woman who has loved you unconditionally for 57 years, suffer?

My sister, her wife and I were by Grandma’s side as she passed on May 29th.  That process will however live in my memory. Watching my sister speak sweetly to Grandma, stroking Grandma’s arm as she began her transition while I rubbed her leg, our tears raining down on Grandma, our love pouring out on her – this moment will never be forgotten.

Now my sister and I visit her grave each month, replacing the flowers we bring, while standing in shock looking down at her tombstone.  



God, how I miss this woman!!  This woman was such a kind and gentle soul.  She had that ability to make you feel so special.  She believed in God, read her Bible scriptures and her Daily Bread every morning.   Her hands were always busy making things for other people.  She had a hard life.  She was a Mother at 13.  She survived an abusive marriage.  Her younger son caused so much heartache in her life by his criminal activity.  But she always went on, loving those around her.  She was a strong woman.  

I hope Grandma has found peace.  I hope she knows how much her life affected those around her.  I hope she knows how much she was loved.  

One year later and I still miss her.  I'm not sure how long this grieving process takes.  But the pain of her loss from my life is still there always lurking in the shadows.  Olive Mae Custer was one of the most important person in my life.  I'll forever miss her.






Monday, May 25, 2015

A Day for Remembering Those We Love

Becky, Margaret and I visited Castine Cemetery to place new flowers on Grandma Custer's grave.  Becky and Margaret brought cleaning supplies and washed off the tombstones.  We also replaced the foam in several of the planters.  It's really amazing how dirty the tombstones were.





It's really hard to believe a year has almost past since the death of my Grandmother.  But it has.  She died May 29th, 2014.  They say time heals all wounds, but they never tell you how long it will take.  I truly miss this woman.


My great grandparent's; I remember Harvey (I would have been 5 when he died).  He was a little crazy and ate really stinky cheese.  My great grandmother Bessie died before I was born.


My Aunt Nancy, my Mom's sister.  She was a great woman.  Loved crafting and cooking.  I loved spending time with her.  Now it's scary to think she was been gone for 32 years.  Her funeral was on my birthday so for several years I didn't really celebrate my birthday on June 1st because it was just so sad.


My Great Aunt Vera and Uncle Ed..... I loved going to their house and for them to visit my parents.  They loved to play euchre and we would sit at each corner of the table watching them play.

We also stopped by my Great Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Bill's grave.  I only really saw Dorothy at our annual family reunion but she was always fun to be around and she loved to kiss you and she always had on bright red lipstick.

What did you do this Memorial Day?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Celebration on Sunday

Since Gary is working on Memorial Day, Alex will be spending the day with friends and I will be visiting Castine Cemetery, we had our "Memorial Day" feast today.

I fixed baby back ribs, baked beans and coleslaw.  I did buy a watermelon for dessert but we were so full we never ate it.


I cut the full slabs in half and place them in the crockpot.   I added 1/2 cup of water, one onion cut up and a clove of garlic to the crockpot and then strategically place the ribs into the crockpot.  My crockpot will usually hold three full slabs of ribs.  I let it cook on low for 7 hours.  Then I take them out, slathered them with barbecue sauce and place in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the sauce caramelizes.  It's so good.


Gary also likes to eat potato chips with his ribs.


Alex is just a meat guy.  He doesn't like baked beans or vinegar coleslaw.


And yes I'm in my pajamas.......

Saturday, May 16, 2015

My First Boxycharm Reveal

I've been watching subscription boxes being opened on youtube for months and I finally signed up for Boxycharm subscription.  This subscription costs $21.00 a month and you get 4 or 5 full size makeup/beauty products.  I figured I would give it a go.  If you are interested in learning more about Boxcharm please click here.

OMG -- I'm in love with the box I just received.  And I'm really in love with a lipstick from The Lip Bar called Purple Rain.  Is it possible for a female to get a boner?  It is.... this lipstick is AMAZING.


The packaging on this lipstick is beautiful and it comes in a little velvet bag.


The lipstick retails for $20.00, the eyebrow shadows retails for $19.00, the eyebrow brush at $19.00 the nail polish also $20.00 and the bronzer $22.00.  My bronzer was completely smashed but Boxycharm will send me a replacement in my next box.  I can't wait to get June's box.


I'm more than pleased with this first box.  I would have paid $21.00 just for the lipstick (by the way I've had the lipstick on during lunch, drank several diet cokes with a straw and it's now 9:20 pm and the lipstick is still on and very vibrant.  I've never used a lipstick from this company before but I will be googling them to see where I can purchase their product.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's Official: I have a job

Finally received notification that my background check and my fingerprints have cleared and I'll start working at Morgan Stanley on Friday, May 15th.

It is really hard to believe that I've been off work since May 1, 2014.  Time really does fly, especially when you are having fun.  I accomplished a lot while I was off work, but my 52 weeks of severance pay is almost gone so I have to get back on that work wheel and start spinning again.

Of course - when I win the Power Ball.... not sure what I will do... ::::wink...wink::::

I will say this, as God/Heavenly Creator/The One is my witness, I hate having boring brown hair and dream of the day I can return to purple or blue or green or pink.....ahhhh those were the days.


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Saturday Mornings

Ssshhhhh -- the house is so quiet.  The men in my life fast asleep.   I love Saturday mornings.  I only hear the little birds outside chirping away.  They love Saturday mornings too.


Favorite Song of the Week: "Earned It" - The Weekend

Friday, May 08, 2015

Webster Street Market

Today I had lunch with my friends from JPMorgan Chase.  They walked over to Webster Street Market and I met them there.

Marlene, Me and Tina


Dawn, Kumiko (sitting), Pat and Angie

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Monday - May 4th - A Visit with Sonny and Lydia

I love visiting with my Uncle Sonny.  He lives at Wayne Lakes and it's always so peaceful by the lake.  You all know how much I enjoyed living by the pond and feeding the ducks, geese and catfish that resided there.

We had lunch down in the fairy forest.  Sonny has built a small cabin on the edge of the lake for his grandchildren to play in.  It features a sofa area, small dining table and a sleeping bunk.  It's very cozy inside and if I was a child I would love it.


Sonny grilled out hamburgers; we had pasta salad, chips, baked beans and fresh fruit.  Miss Lydia broke into a cookie right before the hamburgers were ready and was not hungry.  She fed her meal to the huge catfish that was close to the water's edge.


Lydia has lots of energy and becomes quite restless, hoping from one project to another.  I must say that when I came on Monday I went to bed at 11:30 which is about 2 1/2 hours earlier than I normally go to bed.  She wore me out.




Saturday, May 02, 2015

Saturday has finally arrived.  I am going to Catherine's to model an outfit.  They are having some sort of Spring Fling today.  And since I'm modeling I'm getting an additional 25% off whatever a buy and they are already having a 25% sale on most items... so this is a win-win.

Chris and Rita are up from Florida so most of my weekend will be spent in Brookville visiting with them.

I'll post pictures on Sunday.... Hope you have a super weekend.  I leave you a quote that I have found so true in my life.



Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.  So pay close attention to the thoughts you choose.  They have a way of becoming real.

Xenia, OH

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dublin Pub

Today a few of my besties met up with me at the Dublin Pub to celebrate my new job. I have a great group of friends and I don't get to see them enough.

Tomorrow I have another luncheon with two other friends.  Life is great!!

Here's a few pics from today's lunch.
Al
Alex and Me

Angie and Marlene

Kumiko and Angie

And a big thanks to Alex for picking up my check.  That was really, really sweet.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Today - I Eat the World


I almost didn't want to eat this egg because it was so beautiful.  It reminded me of a globe.  We had fun on Saturday doing "tie-dye" eggs.  This also has a little glitter on it.

Now I don't like a cold boiled egg, so I popped him in a glass of hot water.  The dye actually runs off so I'm not worried about bad chemicals seeping into my body.

What did you have for breakfast?  I'm not a breakfast eater but my dietitian is really pushing me to eat something for breakfast.  Can you give me some suggestions?




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