Sunday, May 01, 2016

May 1, 2016


Four months have flown by don't you think?  2016 started off very rocky for me with respiratory infection and then another respiratory infection.  This is the year of the Monkey and both my son and I were born under that  symbol so I was expecting 2016 to be a super year.

But May brings flowers, new baby birds and lots of beautiful weather.  And for my family and I, may it bring lots of health and joy and love.

What are you looking forward to in May?


Friday, January 01, 2016

January 1st - Happy New Year


I hope this new year brings you health, happiness and love.  

We spend New Year's Eve at home.  I was off work on December 30th and 31st due to muscle spasms in my lower back.  I had to get an injection and spent both days taking muscle relaxers and sleeping.  I didn't even make it to Midnight.  

However, today the tightness in my back is loosening up and I'm confident it's healing and I'll be able to resume normal activities in the next day or so.

Gary made cabbage rolls for today's dinner.  He has a secret Hungarian recipe book that has been passed from generation to generation.  He makes fantastic cabbage rolls.

I ate dinner in my PJ's.  It was a super casual meal but it was very delicious.







Thursday, December 31, 2015

Books Read in 2015




2015 Books Read
  1. "Mr. Mercedes" - Stephen King
  2. "Die Again" - Tess Gerritsen
  3. "The Rosie Project" - Graeme Simsion
  4. "The Rosie Effect" - Graeme Simsion
  5. "Saint Odd" - Dean Koontz
  6. "Descent" - Tim Johnston
  7. "On My Own Two Feet:  From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life" - Amy Purdy
  8. "Defending Jacob" - William Landay 
  9. "Delicious" - Ruth Reichl
  10. "The Secret History" - Donna Tartt
  11. "When I Found You" - Catherine Ryan Hyde
  12. "We Laugh We Cry We Cook" - Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph
  13. "The Glass Kitchen" - Linda Francis Lee
  14. "The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe" -Mary Simses
  15. "Paris Time Capsule" - Ella Carey
  16. "Thief's Magic" - Trudi Canavan
  17. "Snowflake and Coffe Cakes" - Joanne Demaio
  18. "The Year of Pleasures" - Elizabeth Berg
  19. "The Promise of Stardust" - Priscille Sibley
  20. "Day Shift" - Charlaine Harris
  21. "The Art of Mending:  A Novel" - Elizabeth Berg
  22. "Blood, Bones and Butter:  The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" - Gabrielle Hamilton
  23. "Winter Stroll" - Elin Hilderbrand
  24. "Above All Things" - Tanis Rideout
  25. "Silver Linings" - Debbie Macomber
  26. "The Art Forger:  A Novel" - B.A. Shapiro
  27. "Fat Fridays" - Judith Keim
  28. "Christmas at Lilac Cottage" - Holly Martin
  29. "The Feast Nearby" - Robin Mather



Movies Viewed in 2015

January
  1. Amelie (streamed via Amazon Prime)
  2. Dirty Pretty Things (streamed via Netflix)
  3. The Fault in Our Stars (Netflix DVD)
  4. When Harry Met Sally (Amazon Prime - $2.99 rental)
  5. Jeepers Creepers (streamed via Amazon Prime)
  6. Let The Right One In (streamed via Amazon Prime)
  7. This is Where I Leave You ( Library)
  8. The Purge:  Anarchy ( Library)
  9. Horns ( Library)
  10. words and pictures (Library)
  11. Noah ( Library)
  12. Big Eyes (at the theater)
  13. About Time (Netflix DVD)
  14. The Other Woman  Library)
  15. The Skeleton Twins (Netflix DVD)
  16. No Good Deed (Library)
  17. Men, Women & Children (Library)
  18. Blended (Library) 
  19. Sin City 2 - A Dame to Kill For (Library)
February
  1. Hector and The Search for Happiness (On Demand)
  2. The Goonies (ABC Family)
  3. Non-Stop (HBO)
  4. 50 Shades of Grey (theater)
  5. St. Vincent (library)
  6. Laggies (Library)
  7. Maps to the Stars (On Demand)
  8. The Big Bounce (HBO)
  9. Shutter (SciFi Channel)
March
  1. Boyhood (Netflix DVD)
  2. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Theater)
  3. Whiplash (Library)
  4. The One I Love (Library)
  5. Dracula Untold (Redbox)
April
  1. Night at the Museum 3 - Secret of the Tomb (On Demand)
  2. The disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Library)
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Library)
  4. Gloria (Netflix DVD)
May
  1. The Theory of Everything (Netflix DVD)
  2. The November Man (Netflix)
  3. Into The Storm (HBO On Demand)
  4. Still Alice (Netflix DVD) 
  5. Pitch Perfect 2 (Theater)  
  6. Birdman (Netflix DVD)  
  7. Under the Skin (Netflix DVD) 
  8. 5 Flights Up (On Demand)
  9. King Kong (HBO) 2005 version
  10. Godzilla (HBO) 2014 version
  11. Wild (Netflix DVD)
June
  1. Nightcrawler (Library)
  2. Step Up All In (Library)
  3. The Judge (HBO)
  4. Jurassic World (Regal Cinema)
  5. The Devil Wears Prada (HBO)
  6. Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter (On Demand)
July
  1. Magic Mike XXL (Theater) (Okay -- twice in one day)
  2. Taken 3 (Netflix DVD)
  3. Enemy (Netflix DVD) 
  4. Chappie (Netflix DVD)
  5. 50 Shades of Gray (Netflix DVD) Okay -- I did see it at the theater too
  6. The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1
  7. Escape Plan (HBO)
  8. Jurassic Park III (SyFy)
August
  1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (FXHD)
  2. The Last Five Years (Oh Gosh -- a musical) (Library)
  3. Finding Vivian Maier (Netflix)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (DVD)
  5. While We're Young (Netflix)
  6. Iris
September
  1. Mad Max:  Fury Road (DVD)
  2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PBS)
  3. The Boy Next Door (Library DVD)
  4. Aloha (Library DVD)
  5. The Longest Week (Library DVD)
  6. The Visit (Regal 20)
  7. Black or White (Library DVD)
  8. Dead Snow 2 (Libary DVD)
  9. The Intern (Theater)
  10. The Captive (Netflix DVD)
October
  1. Blues Brothers (extended version - DVD)
  2. The Corpse Bride (On Demand)
  3. The Martian (Theater)
  4. Hotel Transylvania (On Demand)
  5. I'll See You in My Dreams (On Demand)
  6. They Found Hell (Syfy)
  7. Crimson Peak (Theater)
  8. Song One (Netflix DVD)
  9. Air (Library DVD)
  10. Tusk (Netflix DVD)
  11. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Library DVD)
  12. Extinction (Netflix DVD)
November
  1. Insurgent (Library DVD)
  2. Magic Mike XXL (Library DVD) - Okay I had to rewatch the dance scenes
  3. Exodus:  Gods and Kings (Library DVD)
  4. The Loft  (Library DVD)
  5. Burlesque (TVLand)
  6. Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (Theater)
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 (Library DVD)
  8. Despicable Me 2 (HBO)
  9. The Night Before (Theater)
December
  1. Dark Place (Library DVD)
  2. Madame Bovary (Library DVD)
  3. delicacy (Amazon Prime)
  4. Welcome to Me (Library DVD)
  5. The Holiday (Netflix DVD)
  6. Trainwreck (On Demand)
  7. What's Cooking (Netflix DVD)
  8. Maggie (Library DVD)
  9. Every Secret Thing (Library DVD)
  10. Safe Haven (Library DVD)
  11. San Andreas (Library DVD)
  12. Tomorrowland (Library DVD)
  13. 12 Gifts of Christmas (Hallmark Movie --Yikes)
  14. Family for Christmas (Hallmark Movie -- Oh No)
  15. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Another Hallmark Movie)
  16. The Best Christmas Party Ever (Yes -- Hallmark Movie Again)
  17. A Christmas Detour (Hallmark Movie)
  18. He Named Me Malala (On Demand) -- Excellent Documentary
  19. Christmas Incorporated (Hallmark Channel)
  20. Before We Go (Library DVD)
  21. Seventh Son (Library DVD)
  22. The Cobbler (Library DVD)
  23. Cookie Cutter Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
  24. A Bride for Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
  25. A Christmas Story (TBS)
  26. Minions (On Demand)
  27. The Bishops Wife (TCM)
  28. Vacation (Library DVD)
  29. Ricki and the Flash (Netflix DVD)
  30. It's a Wonderful Life (Library DVD)


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 30th - Happy Birthday Grandma

It almost seems impossible that this is the second December 30th without my Grandmother.  Time passes so quickly.

Today would have been my Grandma's 93rd birthday.  I still miss her greatly but it brings me comfort to know that her spiritual quest continues and from time to time I can feel her presence beside me.

I know she knows how much she is loved, how much she is missed and how her love held a family together even in the worst of times.  Grandma was a great example of unconditional love.


Happy Birthday sweet, sweet lady.  You shall forever hold a big chunk of my heart.

Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28th - Rainy Days and Mondays


It has rained solid all day.  Areas are flooded, pot holes have sprung up and people are just blame crazy.

I hope your day went better than my day.  I'm normally a positive person but today did sort of beat me up... so this evening I'll nurse my bruises and be ready to face a new day tomorrow.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 26th - Cookie Madness

It was our Second Annual Cookie Decorating Madness the day after Christmas.  I had purchased a Wilton Gingerbread Man kit and also a Wilton Candy Cane cookie kit.




The fondant was hard to roll, the red icing was too thick and the "boys" just really weren't into doing this.  But we pushed through until all cookies were decorated.




Alex's cookie broke so he turned it into a zombie bloody cookie.  Gary created a peppermint stick erection on his.  I think I need to rethink the project for next year.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24th -- Christmas Eve at Wayne Lakes


We went to Uncle Sonny's house to celebrate Christmas eve. A great time was had by all.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23rd - 2 Days Until Christmas


There is only 2 more days until all the fun begins.  And the weather is warm (almost 70 degrees) and rainy.  I must confess I would like to see a little snow at Christmas but it's certainly not happening this year.

Hope you're having a stress-free holiday season.  Be calm, be still, listen to your body, and drink plenty of water.  Later my little lady bugs.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 19th -- Where is the Snow?

Yesterday for like 1 minute we had just a few tiny snowflakes falling.  And then they were gone.

It's been 55 to 70 the last two weeks.  So weird for Ohio at this time of year.  I honestly wish it was snowing.


Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18th - Family


I'm so thankful for my little family:  Gary and Alex.  But I'm also thankful to my extended family:  my brother and my sisters, my Mom and Dad, my Uncle Sonny and his family.  But my family even stretches farther to all my lovely friends, old and new.  My life is filled with incredible people and this makes me very happy.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17th - Stress

Work has been incredibly stressful.  Required Minimum Distributions or RMDs have been our mantra.  And they have to be completed by December 31st so the client is not penalized for not taking it.  But the stress level has sky rocketed; tempers are flaring and I've had a constant headache for 2 days.


Not to mention Christmas is rapidly approaching.

Ah, so besides applying Vicks Vaporub to all those knots in my neck, I have been trying to step away from my desk and going to a quiet corner and do some deep breathing to steady my nerves.  Next year this stressful atmosphere will not be allowed to enter my life.

How do you stay stress-free?

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12th - The Gift of Giving


I was at my local McDonald's and noticed their Angel Tree.  The Angel Tree had little paper angels with children's names, age, size and several items they would like for Christmas.  The project is sponsored by the Centerville Evening Optimist group.  I'll be honest, I never heard of the project before or the group so I did some research and decided we wanted to participate in this project.  My Hubby and I reviewed the angels and chose three girls - ages 10, 11 and 12.

On Friday Gary and I went shopping for the "angel" gifts.  We had so much fun picking out the perfect gifts.  I didn't find out about this project until last weekend.  So there weren't many angels left on the tree.  Next year as soon as I see their Christmas tree go up, I'll be picking up some angels.

I hope the spirit of giving wells up in your heart.  At this time of year when some times it feels that there is so much hate and anger in the world, it's nice to sprinkle a little kindness and hope to others.





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