Thursday, May 19, 2016

I'm Moving!

After nine years at Blogger, I'm changing things up and have moved to Wordpress. Come visit me at my new backyard fence. Just click here.


   

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Favorites

Spring broke through this week and it is lovely! It's hard to choose just five things when the weather is so gorgeous and all feels right in my world. Linking up with Susanne's Friday Fave Five.

1.  Our neighbor's lilacs -- yesterday I sat on our back patio and breathed in their fragrance while watching my grandkids.  I've mentioned before that our yard was stripped bare of all the old landscaping before we bought the house.  We've planted in the front and are just now getting to landscaping the backyard.  So, I'm all the more grateful for all of our neighbors and their well-established yards with trees and shrubs that I can enjoy over the backyard fence.



2.  Massage -- I was gifted a massage went on Wednesday after work.  It's been over a year since I've had one and I've decided to get a membership which means I'll get at least one a month.  It does so much for my health and well-being.


3.  Some time creating -- I finally got around to covering the seats on the bar stools in the kitchen.  One of those jobs that ended up taking less than an hour. The original fabric was a beige microfiber.  I think this is a lot more fun.



4.  This turquoise blue storage cart, from Ikea, is a birthday present from Dan.  Sooo happy to have this in my office.  My desk is a large table with one tiny drawer.  I can store all of my paper, notecards, pencils and art supplies right next to it on this pretty blue cart.



5.  I can't help it, but number 5 is yet another kid/grandkid photo.  With Luke and Miranda in Wisconsin now, I treasure the pictures they send, and Facetime has been a lifesaver;)

Sawyer and Luke

Lovely week.  Thank you, Susanne, for hostessing FFF.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day


This picture has been going around on Facebook for the past couple days.  It expresses my sentiments so perfectly. It has been snowing that sleety, wet snow for days. And days and days.  There is hardly a dusting on the ground, but the result is almost the same as a full blown snowstorm.  We're stuck inside.

It's not all that unusual in these parts, where Spring is often just a suggestion rather than a real season. I'm trying to make the best of it, working on projects indoors.

Yesterday, Dan and I hauled a bookcase from the garage down to the basement.  The bookcase was  a find on the side of the road.  There are actually two of them, we just haven't figured out where to put the second one, because they are so tall that they only fit in the basement.   I spent the afternoon unpacking boxes of books that haven't seen the light of day at least since our move over two years ago.  I literally clapped my hands at the sight of my favorite volumes by Jan Karon and Anne Lindgbegh; texts from two years of Catholic Biblical School and my western women's history collection; books that belonged to my grandmother.  Now, they are all easily accessible.  I can run my fingers over their spines, pull a volume from the shelf to check a reference or just re-read a favorite passage.  

We set it up in my crafting area, next to the makeshift table that Dan made out of sawhorses and an old door.  It started out as a place to wrap Christmas presents, but I love that it's a huge wide surface, waist high, and it's become my hobby table.  Lucky for me that Dan has another set of sawhorses.

I am happy working there to the sound of the radio playing and the dryer humming; sipping a cup of tea, surrounded by my books.    

Friday, April 29, 2016

Praises for the week



It's time for Friday Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. As I'm typing this, I'm looking out the window at a cute little robin hopping about in the snow and sleet. He looks a bit puzzled, as am I, that these April showers are so frosty.

 1. My mother-in-law had some pretty serious surgery this week. We are all thankful for a successful outcome, and for the amazing surgeon and his skill and knowledge. 

 2. I had an awesome birthday celebration this week, that carried on for days! I am so thankful for my amazing family and friends that bless me every.single.day. 

 3. My daughter. She has taught me so much about life and about myself. About hope and faith. About love.  

 4. Spring's persistence. I want to tell that little robin out there, to keep the faith. Between the snow and rain, Spring keeps pushing through, and each time the grass is a bit greener and each day more lovely. 

 5. Facetime! Luke and Miranda have relocated to Wisconsin. I am missing them both, AND my sweet grandchildren. But, thanks to Facetime, I get to talk to Siefer and see little Sawyer's precious grin.  I just ignore that little video of me up in the corner of the picture!

How was your week?



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Five Minutes for Books

Today, I'm joining the folks at 5 Minutes For Books for What’s On Your Nightstand? It's a monthly meme, held the last Tuesday of each month. The idea is to share the books we've read, are reading and/or plan to read.

I'll start with the last few books I read -- some are listed over there on my sidebar.

1.  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald.   I gave this book 3 stars, meaning that I wasn't sorry I read it, but it wasn't a book that I'd highly recommend to someone.  In all fairness to the book, I think I was expecting it to be like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which someone had compared it to and is one of my favorite books. This story was very different, not very uplifting, and the town of Broken Wheel was never fully developed, which might be because the author is from Sweden.  But, now, weeks later, I think of some of the characters and feel a genuine fondness for the story.  So maybe it just needed some time to 'simmer' for me.

2.   The Edge of Lost, by Kristina McMorris.  I enjoyed this book, it's one of those epic stories that begins in Ireland, goes through Ellis Island and Brooklyn, then onto the San Francisco.  It's a story about family members and growth and change.  A book you can settle into for a while.

3.  Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout.  I only read the first three chapters and had to put it down, it was so dang depressing, and I wasn't in the mood to deal with a sad story.  Perhaps, I'll try again at some point. This was the April choice for my book club and the overall opinion was not favorable, however I think it is a book worth finishing.

Books I'm currently reading:

1.  Standing in the Rainbow, by Fannie Flagg.  This is the book I picked up in place of Olive K.  I can always count on Fannie Flagg for an enjoyable read with laugh-out-loud passages.

Books on my TBR (to be read) pile:



What are you reading these days?

    

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Baking it all better

It's a gray day outside today. The snow is melting quickly, revealing lush green lawns. But it's too early to plant, a bit too chilly and muddy to even work in the garden. I just know that if I could get out and dig around a bit, I would feel better.  Frankly, my mood has been as somber as the day looks.


 After a few hours at work, I came home to a very quiet house. I put on some music and decided to bake something. Using what I had on hand, I made a batch of orange scones.



I think I'll make bacon and eggs for supper, and these will go nicely along with a nice hot cup of tea. Sounds comforting, don't you think? Sometimes, breakfast for supper makes the day all better.



I hope it's sunny wherever you happen to be,


   

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Outside my window. . .


Here we go again.  Springtime in Colorado.  The snow started on Friday night and it is now noon on Sunday and still snowing.  It's that heavy, soggy wet stuff that weighs down tree limbs and is a bear to shovel.  Not that I would know anything about that.  Dan is out there now with the snow blower and shovel.

Yesterday, was nice and cozy.  I didn't leave the house all day, but stayed in and got caught up on laundry, photo albums and a blanket I'm crocheting.  Emily and Marcus came over with the babies and I made chicken Marsala, mashed potatoes and steamed veggies for supper.  

I managed to finish Brooklynn's little photo book.  When I started the Little Book project a little over a year ago, I had one grandchild.  Now, there are four.  These kids are killin' me! Only half joking, of course.

I'm not a 'real scrapbooker' by any means.  These are little 8x8 photo albums that I buy, just the right size for little hands, and I fill them with pictures of the baby and family members.
 


Two albums down, two more to go for the boys! I will start collecting photos for their albums and save them in envelopes until it's time to put their albums together. 
 
How about you, is it Springtime in your neck of the woods?