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:

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

Instructions
  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

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June 1, 2016


June is finally here.  2016 is flying so quickly it sort of scares me.  I met up with my friends from JPMorgan for lunch at PFChangs.  I miss seeing them every day and it's always good to catch up.  I have been bless with some amazing friends!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Full Blue Moon - 5-21-2016

I hope you get a chance to go outside and take a peek at tonight's full moon -- it truly is casting a blue glow.

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?


Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016


My sisters came over before Easter to decorate Easter Eggs.  Afterwards we had fun with masks.  They are sort of creepy don't you think?

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.

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