Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday Letters

Friday, Friday, Friday! Time to write some letters.

Dear Spring Break: You flew right by. Just as I knew that you would. But we got the pampas cut, some leaves and limbs hauled away (much to do yet) watched 6 or so movies and enjoyed both the warm weather and the brief rain storms. Thank You Spring Break! See you again next year.

Dear Hairs all over my face: I know this is just something that happens as I age but can you slow down just a bit. Seems like all I do is groom my brows, pluck the chin hairs and shave the mustache. TMI! Sorry just part of my life here.

Dear Wendy and Frank: I hope you get to come in April or May. Or June or July. Or September or October. I just hope someday you get to fly to my little hometown and we get to sit and gossip and share a meal and a cocktail or two. Can't wait to meet you in person!!

Dear Moles and Gofers: Enough! Already too many mounds and tunnels in my yard. Enough! I don't have the best grass (or maybe there isn't any grass at all) but I don't like hills of dirt or walking on that very soft ground that you are creating with all of your tunnels and runs out back. Go to the neighbor's yard for a spell, won't you?

Dear Darian and Harley: Thanks for helping me this week. I think you might have gotten more poking each other, throwing things at each other, and name calling done than actually raking and loading. But you seemed to enjoy yourselves and we were all outside together. Now I'm ready for you to go back to school! Love you guys heaps!

Dear Life: Why do you have to be so hard? I know that we all have adversities. But really! Just quit being so hard. Okay?

Go ahead and write your letters and I will pay you a visit to see how your week has been!

Throwback Thursday!


Throwback Thursday.....1999. In a motel in Kissimmee, Florida waiting on our cruise ship!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-March 23rd Edition

For Today...
March 23, 2015

Outside my window...
Outside my window it is spring! Yea! It is 65* The winds are mild. The sky is partly cloudy with bits of sun shining through. I love me some spring weather!

I am thinking...
I am thinking about a special visitor I might be getting in the month of May! If Wendy and Frank can come to visit it will be so exciting!!

I am thankful...
Today I am thankful for these two strong grandchildren who helped me outside.

I am wearing...
Today I am wearing my shorts and a big pink tee shirt....suitable for working outside!

I am creating...
I am creating dinner at the moment. Along with this awesome post for My Simple Woman Daybook entry.

I am going...
I am going to work for a bit on my weekly menu so that I can share it with you.

I am wondering...
I am wondering if we will get everything done this week that I had planned. I might have over-planed. And of course we have to stop periodically and watch a movie or go for ice cream!

I am reading...
I am reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz!

I am hoping...
I am hoping we make a pretty good dent outside in all those good backyard activities!

I am learning...
I am learning how to put on a smiling face! I don't always feel like it but it does help. And the kids help too. Sometimes they are so funny!

In my garden...
a cut pampas
Today we cut back all of the pampas grass and raked the leaves from all around. Wow! We didn't do it last year and it was a big job this year!
pile of brush


In my kitchen...
Tuesday...Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Wednesday...Church for kids
Friday...Spaghetti with garlic bread
Saturday...Reuben Sandwiches
Sunday...Green Bean Soup



A favorite quote for today...


A peek into my day:

My neighbor's tree!


One of my favorite things...

I love this time of year for the flowering trees.

From the board room...
From My Pinterest Board Easter.
You can find this at Hometalk. Everything can be found at the Dollar Store. And isn't it just too stinkin' cute?



Now let's head over to The Simple Woman's Blog and find out what everyone is up to this week.


A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

I cannot believe that it is time to reveal my theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Have you signed up yet? This challenge is where you blog everyday in April, except weekends, using the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to the day. You can sign up here.
The last time I checked the list I was #172! On Saturday there were already 1100 blogs signed up. This is one really big deal people!! 

My theme this year is going to be about the Lessons I have Learned From Life:  A to Z! I hope you will join me in April and see what I have learned. You might learn something too. And I invite you to leave me a tip or two so that I can keep learning. And if you want to see what the other themes are for 2015 and start mapping your journey through the challenge you can go here.

See you on April 1, 2015 for Lessons I Have Learned From Life: A to Z!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Me Before You

Overview from Barnes and Noble

The beloved New York Times bestseller—with more than five million copies sold—by the author of One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

This book is not my usual genre of reading material. I usually like mysteries and thrillers best. Once in awhile I like to venture out of my comfort zone and read something else. Usually, though, I will never chose a love story. Just not my thing.

I read this book upon the recommendation of some of my friends. Most especially Kwizgiver! She hasn't led me astray yet with a book recommendation.

When I was in nursing school, many moons ago, we discussed how we would react to a situation much like this one. How would we feel about having a son who had lost total control of his body (paraplegic) but nothing was wrong with his mind. How would we feel if he did not want to go on living? Would we want him to live even though it meant he'd never be able to do a thing for himself all the rest of his life? At that time I can remember feeling that, no matter what, he would still be my son and of course I would want him to continue to live. I would find a way to make his life worth living!!

In this story we get to hear from Will, a paraplegic. His feelings about life after his accident and how he doesn't any longer want to live his life. And how Louisa, his caregiver, goes about making him want to live. Powerful stuff!

I liked all the characters in the book except for the sister Treena. She needed a kick in her selfish little butt. And I don't know that she really added anything to the story. The characters were all well developed with many layers. I thought Will's mother was a bit of a bi**h, but then if I put myself in her place, I imagine I would be very much the same. Minus all the money of course.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. And don't forget to keep your box of tissues near. You will need them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Friday Letters-March 20th Edition

Dear Friday: Just 1/2 day of school today and then a full week of spring break. Let the weather be nice! We have plans!!
Dear Red-Headed Woodpecker: Welcome back to the feeder. It was wonderful to see your gorgeous red head. I love watching you peck at the suet and then hide it away in the crevices of the tree for later. I hope that you will visit often. And bring your friends: the Downys and the Hairys. So much fun to see you all gather in the tree.
Dear Squirrels: I don't know how many are in your family. But this morning there were 6-8 of you in the backyard. You were trying so hard to get into the newly filled bird feeders. It was fun to see you jump onto the pole, only to slide all the way to the bottom again. And I love watching you chase each other around the yard, up the tree, down the tree and around the yard again. But, please, just try to eat the corn I throw out for you and leave the birdseed alone. Okay?
Dear Soft and Gentle Rain: The past two days of grey skies and softly falling rain (more like mist) allowed me to stay inside and read. I like that. But, even though we need the moisture, I hope you don't hang around all next week. The kids are only out of school for one week. We have big spring clean-up plans. Then you can come back and gently fall again for a week. I love you soft and gentle spring rain!
As you can see I am happy about spring. I love the promise of blue skies and bright sun and warmer weather. Who are you writing your Friday Letters to this week?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Love sharing pictures of the past. These pictures were taken on a cruise  Richard and I took with friends in 1999. I loved him so much and I like how it shows in these pictures. And I was so lucky that he loved me too. I cherish the way he looked at me and am glad that we were able to capture that on film.

(and these were taken just before I quit smoking)