Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17th -- First snowfall of Winter

It's so nice to peek outside and see a thick blanket of snow and know you can crawl back in bed.  And I did for another hour. Eventually I got up, woke up Hubby and we went to PFChangs for lunch.  The restaurant was deserted which was sort of nice.

Monday, November 03, 2014

November 3rd

The colors of Autumn are explosive this year.  I'm thankful I live in this neck of the woods so I can enjoy the beauty.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

November 2nd

Becky and Margaret came over on Saturday the 1st for lunch, games and a movie.  We had fun goofing around for the camera.

Our lunch was takeout from PFChangs.  Dessert came from Ele'; we love the cupcakes.

Time changed this morning.  I woke up at 6:55 (on a Sunday --- no).   But the house is quiet as the men are sound asleep.  The heater has kicked on and I think I'm going to get cozy with a blanket and watch a movie.  

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

November 1st....

I woke up this morning and snow blankets my car.  I guess that is November's way of saying Hello.

I'm looking forward to this month as we are traveling to Mississippi to meet up with a friend from college and share a Thanksgiving meal and then we are traveling to New Orleans.  It will be my first time there.  This is a city I have wanted to visit for a very long time.

Alex has decided not to come with us.  This will be his first time home alone and it will be strange not to have him with us.  However, he is 22 and I'm sure he is looking forward to being alone.

What are your plans for November?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Before & After

The photo on the left is a photo that was on which shows are bedroom before we purchased our condo.  The photo on the right is what it looks like now.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

{this moment}

A single photo, capturing a moment from the week.
A special moment. A moment I want to remember.

Inspired by Chicken Blog

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments, for all to find and see.

My niece, Audrey, and me at my parent's birthday celebration.  Audrey is now a freshman in High School.  When she was little she spent many weekends with me and we did lots of things together.  Now as she grows up into a young woman; she is busy with Band and the Drama Club and I don't get to see her often.  So I do enjoy those moments when I can spend some time with her.

October 26th.... Woodland Cemetery

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25th - Celebrating the birthday of Mom & Dad

 They huffed

and they puffed --- and after 4 attempts they blew out the 4 candles

Dad celebrated 80 years on October 25th and Mom will be 78 on October 27th.

Happy Birthday Mom & Dad

Friday, October 24, 2014


Got to spend several hours with a precious little girl, Kumiko's newest baby, Blysse.  She is a sweet little thing.  I got to feed her and burp her.

She really was interested in the TV.

Kumiko and her little Blysse...... it was great to see both of them today.  I do enjoy being around newborns... such precious little souls.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21st....

These are the lights that hang in my kitchen over the bar counter.  I fell in love with the Edison light bulb.  I was very pleased to find these lights at Lowe's.  I didn't realize I had purchase two different types of bulbs.  I do like the swirly ones... but can't find them anywhere.  I guess the one I purchase was a fluke.

October 20th...

Today the leaves were so beautiful.  I snapped this photo at Greenville Park.  The tree was huge and as I stood under it, gazing up, this is what I saw.  Loved the contrast of the white bark and the color of the leaves.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Year So Far

October 12th - Where has the year gone?  This has been a dramatic year of changes for me; one of those years that can add a lot of stress in your life.

My job of 30 years at JP Morgan came to an end.  I was given 52 weeks of severance pay. I had plans of spending time this summer with my Grandma.  She always wanted to see the ocean and I had been talking to her about making the trip.  I explained I had lots of time available and we could drive 2 or 3 hours a day in case she couldn't sit in the car too long.  She said she would think about it.  She also said she wanted to come spend a week with me as she wanted to take a break from her home.  I was excited about that.

Just one month later my beloved Grandmother died as a result of a traffic accident.  Although she was 91; she was in excellent health for one her age.  I would say this has been one of the most shocking events that has ever happened to me.  And although the driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter; it doesn't bring my Grandma back.

We bought our first home, a condo, after 25 years of renting.  I finally convinced my husband that it made sense since we were heading towards a fixed income within 10 years, rates were low; and it was a buyer's market.

Of course home ownership is bringing lots of stress to me as I try to make everything perfect.  In the process of doing so, I purchased a toilet that has gotten some of the worse reviews a toilet can get; and will now need to be dismantled and taken back to the store.  I have two doors that will not shut (I didn't even think about closing doors when we toured the condo.  Oh and the refrigerator is too wide and upon inspection of my new counter tops there are two major mess ups with it (the counter top was just installed on Friday) and now they will need to come back and figure out how they will correct it.   I'm still waiting for my carpet to be laid.... and we are moving in 4 days.  I actually drove to the park the other day and cried and cried.... yes it has been emotional time for me.

Then I had another breakdown because Grandma's estate had an auction of her possessions.  It was extremely hard watching others touch her things.  I was very lucky to purchase her kitchen table and chairs, a dresser and vanity set that was in one of her bedrooms, and a quilt she had made.  It will be nice to have those things around me; but I would rather have my Grandma here instead.

And now her house will be auctioned off in November.  I spent a lot of time here when I was growing up.  Many weeks in the summer that were so magical to me because I had Grandma to myself.  I will miss coming here.

And now my back is messed up.  The doctor says my sacroiliac joint is tight.  I'm on a muscle relaxer and working on stretching it out.  The doctor also gave me a steroid shot.  However the only thing that works for the pain is Advil and since I'm on a blood thinner; I'm not suppose to take Advil.  In the meantime this pain is limiting my actions and with a move 4 days away I need to be active.

A bright note is an upcoming trip to New Orleans and a meet up with Kathryn, a dear friend from college.  I've never been to New Orleans but have always wanted to go.  Kathryn loves New Orleans and has been there many times and will be our tour guide.  I'm excited about the trip.   That's why I'm really working hard on stretching out my SI joint since I need to be able to walk and be pain-free for this trip.

And lastly - Gary and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage on December 2nd.  First, I can't even imagine being married for 25 years.  The time has flown by and as my son said to me yesterday - "in 22 years Mom you will be 80".  Did I mention that children and their smart mouths can add stress to one's life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cold & Dreary

Autumn has arrived and has brought much rain and cold weather.  The skies have been gray; looking like the skies of November.  And of course the thought of snow flashes through your mind.

Today I did venture out in my front yard because the tree in our front yard has pretty leaves.

Of course walking outside barefoot when it's cold and wet is probably not a good idea as wet leaves followed me inside.

I had a mini breakdown yesterday.  The decorative edge for the counter tops is still not in.  Carpet is being installed on Monday; we are moving in on Wednesday and I have no idea if the counter tops will be there or not.  Unfortunately, I'm getting a new kitchen sink so until the counter tops go on, I won't have a kitchen sink.

It can get very frustrating when you have to relay on the word of others.

Hope you are having a good week.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Charges have been filed...

My uncle who was driving the car on May 27th and who failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled out into traffic causing the accident that killed my Grandma has had two charges brought against him:

M2903.06A3 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE (Misdemeanor 1st Degree)
M2903.06A4 VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER (Misdemeanor 2nd Degree)

Although I realize him being sentenced for either one of these charges will not bring Grandma back; it does bring me comfort that the Prosecutor valued my Grandma's life.

He will be arraigned on October 21st.

ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – A victim injured in a car crash in Darke County Tuesday died.
Sheriff’s deputies say Olive Custer, 91, of Arcanum, died Thursday morning at Miami Valley Hospital.
Investigators say she was the passenger in the car driven by Michael Custer, 67. They say Custer failed to yield for a stop sign and drove into the path of an oncoming car at Arcanum Bears Mill Road and State Route 571.
The younger Custer and the driver from the other car, Timothy Cox, 23, were treated for minor injuries.
The crash was the third fatal crash this year in Darke County.

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