Monday, June 29, 2015


Two weeks ago we said our final goodbyes to our Abby Girl.  
 For 13 years she was part of the family. She helped raise the kids and taught them gentleness, caring and how to be tender to those you love.  She participated in backyard games, dress-ups and tea parties, and family outings to cut the Christmas tree. 

She moved with us from one house to the next and then the next.  She went on camping trips and hikes.  She suffered great humiliation when she was sent to Doggy Summer Camp for two weeks one summer, while the rest of us went on vacation.  (We did check on her, hourly it seemed, on the webcam that the camp had set up. And we would call the clinic and watch someone run to answer the phone, just so we knew that they were showing live film and not running the same loop over and over.)


She had the softest ears, a ready smile, black fur with brown markings, and one white, freckled paw.

When we adopted her from the animal shelter, we were told she was about three years old and had been picked up on the side of a busy road.  We often wondered what her life had been like before she became ours.  And we loved her extra hard to make up for those few years we didn't have her for our own.

It's so hard to say good-bye to someone who is all goodness and kindness. 
Love you forever, Abby Girl!

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Daybook

 "Every day is a blank page."

FOR TODAY, June 22, 2015

Outside my window . . .Mostly blue skies with light cloud cover that the sun will soon burn off.  It's going to be another hot day.

I am listening to . . .Van Morrison, Into the Mystic, on Pandora

I am thinking . . .of how blessed I am to be surrounded by strong, loving men who are good dads.  My father is someone I have looked up to my entire life.  My husband is an awesome dad.  I'm thankful my son has such good role models. 

I am thankful . . . to live in a place with four distinct seasons.  Loving summer.

In the kitchen . . .Crockpot shredded barbecue chicken for sandwiches, coleslaw and baked beans.

I am creating . . .a perennial garden.

I am reading . . . The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Nevin.  Also, re-reading Magical Journey by Katrina Kenison, with a group of friends.

I am looking forward to . . .having my granddaughter, "Little Bit", here today.  Mondays are "my day" with her.  She is just shy of three-months-old already!

I am learning . . . that "the most important thing we can learn is our ignorance."

Around the house . . .dirty floors, thanks to a dog that likes to garden with me;) and laundry to be done.
A favorite quote for today . . . "Uncertainty is part of the human condition.  Perhaps contentment comes as we learn to get comfortable with it."  (Katrina Kenison)

Some of my favorite things . . . fairy gardens, old photos, ice cream cones.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .take a necklace to the jeweler's to get the clasp fixed, pedicure, a wedding!

A peek into my day . . .
 My daughter-in-law took this picture of my granddaughter in her daddy's shoes!

"Little Bit" with her Auntie Ashley.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's good to pick up with the Friday Fave Five gang, and to look back at my week and be intentional about looking for the good things in life.

Here they are:

1. Something I take for granted in the summer, but at long last we are having a string days with blue skies.  Can you tell I'm excited?  With all the rain we've had, our lawn and gardens are lush and green, and when I look out my window I see a world rich in color.

2. I just finished a really good book. It's by Beth Hoffman and the title is Looking for Me.

3.  After several weeks of digging out gardens and preparing the soil, we have everything planted in the ground.  What a job!  Thankful for my son who helped us with all the digging, thankful to have rosebushes growing in our yard and a beautiful perennial garden.

4.  Part of our DIY landscaping project was to have a sprinkler system installed in the front yard.  We're still working on a plan for the backyard, but man oh man will it be nice to not have to drag a hose around in the front this summer.  On a positive note, it's so satisfying to put this yard together ourselves.  This is our second summer in this house and the work we did last year is really beginning to show.

5.  My water aerobics class is meeting outside for the summer. (Insert smiley sun face here).  Splashing in the pool is a great way to start the day.

Happy summer and happy weekend to all!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Checking in

I've been writing blog posts in my head for the past couple days, trying to come up with one to jump back in here.  The past couple months have been busy and full to say the least, with a new granddaughter, getting the backyard landscaped and planted (we're do-it-yourselfers) and a trip thrown in at the end of May.

I decided to look through my calendar to see just what has been filling my days. (Yes, I'm a kindergartner at heart and love to cut, paste, draw things on my calendar:/)

My calendar is a combination of appointments and events, as well as lists of things to do.  My list method is to put a little square next to each item, so I can check things off as I go and feel very accomplished:)
Here's a sampling, in no particular order, of what has filled my calendar for the past 8 weeks. 
Easter dinner menu . . . Costco run . . . Water aerobics. . . get vacuum cleaner tuned up. . . renew driver's license . . .walk with Joan . . . Marcus & Emily for supper . . .pick up new bikes! . . .platelet donation. . . landscape plan . . .take vacuum cleaner in. . . find plans for compost bin. . . reschedule platelet donation . . . Rockies opening day . . .send bday cards for May . . . Book Club (I host, choose book!). . . my birthday! . . . lovely dinner with Dan . . . take vacuum cleaner in . . .quote on calendar reads:  "you are the leading lady of your own life". . . clean out bookcase and take books to library sale . . Staples: ink!! . . .buy plants and shrubs . . . Dan's softball game . . . lunch with Kathy for our birthdays. . . graduation cards . . .mass for Gram . . . haircut . . . pay bills . . . babysit Brooklynn!:) . . . TAKE THE VACUUM CLEANER IN! . . .plant more shrubs and perennials . . . Costa Rica trip (yahoo!) . . .sprinkler installation guys here for 2 days . . . bake oatmeal cookies. . . oil change for Highlander . . .paint guest room . . . quote: "how we live our days is how we live our lives" - A. Dillard
On June 2, Dan and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary.  It was on a Tuesday, so we both worked, and that evening he and Luke had a softball game.  I went and watched, along with Marcus, Emily and Brooklynn.  It seemed the perfect way to celebrate 31 years of marriage.  Afterward, we all went our separate ways, and as Dan and I were walking to his pickup truck he took my hand and asked, 'can I buy you an ice cream?'  We decided that 25 years of marriage is marked by silver, 30 years is rubies, and 31 must be softball and ice cream.  I like that the best.
It's nice to be blogging again:)

Monday, March 30, 2015

She's here!

Our new granddaughter was born on Saturday! Brooklynn Elizabeth arrived at 8:37 p.m.  She's 7 lbs 10oz, 19 1/2 " long and just perfect in every way! 
Welcome to the world, baby girl:)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday Favorites

GRACE meets us in the details of our life, in the dailiness of it, showing up in moments of connection and beauty that come to greet us.  The friend who calls at the right time.  The word that arrives when we most need it.  A moment that stops us in our tracks with un-looked for delight or loveliness, a gesture of forgiveness or help or blessing that can shift the course of a day.
(Jan Richardson ~ Beloved retreat for Lent)
1.  For  me, Friday Fave Five is about looking for grace-filled moments in my week.  I love the definition of grace that Jan Richardson gives in her on-line Lenten retreat.  Grace was the topic for the week and through our study my eyes have been opened to it in new ways.
2.  Grace filled the moments spent with a group of friends at dinner one night.  I ending up sitting across the table from a friend that had bruised my feelings a bit not long ago.  After a few of hours of talking and laughing I'm on level ground again and cherish the years we've had together and what lies ahead.  Grace either placed me in the right chair, or found its way to soften my heart.
3.  The way my son-in-law looks at my daughter and how tender he is in caring for her.  The opportunity I have to welcome him as a member of our family and to honor and respect him as my daughter's husband.
4.  My Aunt Ann and I went to the Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum yesterday.  The jewelry and other objects on display were stunning. We marveled at the workmanship and were in awe of some of the pieces worn by our favorite film stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.  My grandmother had a love for the movies, and as we took in the section that was devoted to the stars, and the one that displayed photos of the 1920s and styles of that era, I thought about Gram, and Auntie Ann shared some of her stories.  We had a lovely day.
5.  Knitting this project for Emily's baby has been (mostly) pure joy.  Thanks to Meredith for coaching me through it, and despite the fact that there are a few little oopsies (my first project of this kind).  And the sheep got feisty and ended up going different directions sometimes, instead of the orderly march that the pattern intended.  I learned a lot in the process.  About knitting, patience, diligence and letting go of small imperfections.  The color doesn't show well in this photo, but the main yarn is a soft yellow.
How was your week?  Leave a comment or link up with the crew at Friday's Fave Five.  Have a good weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Daybook

 "Every day is a blank page."

FOR TODAY. . . Monday, March 9, 2016

Outside my window . . .The sun is shining, sky is blue. Blades of green grass are poking through  patches of snow still on the ground.  There are still patches of snow on rooftops and melting mounds of snow along the edges of driveways.
I am listening to . . . Zac Brown Band, Whatever It Is

I am thinking . . . about how much I enjoy my water aerobics class.  No matter how hard it is to drag myself over there some mornings, I'm always glad I go.  The ladies in my class are a lot of fun.

I am thankful . . . for how easy it is to keep in touch by phone these days.  Growing up, long distance calls were so rare and expensive.  Now, I can talk to anyone in my family for as long as I want.  I tend to take it for granted.  I just had a nice long chat with my brother Andy:)
In the kitchen . . . last night I tried a new recipe for Chicken Spinach Ravioli Lasagna.  It needs a little work on the seasonings, but it was easy and fun to make.  Tonight's menu is salmon, sweet potatoes and a vegetable.
I am wearing . . . capris and a sweatshirt.  A nod to both spring and snow still on the ground.

I am creating . . .a baby blanket for granddaughter #2.  It's almost finished!
I am going . . . to take my camera to get it fixed.  Been on my to-do list for a very long time.

I am wondering . . . what would happen if the events of Stephen King's The Stand really came true, and I was part of the 1% of the earth's population that survived.  And I was the most advanced science person alive in my town.  Only because I made it through college chemistry and biology, 99% of which I've forgotten.  These are the things that keep me awake at night.  I wish I had studied harder.
I am reading . . .


I am hoping. . . that The Stand never really comes true.

I am looking forward to . . . putting pictures in this album:)


I am learning . . . truth is stranger than fiction.

Around the house . . . Spring Cleaning would be a good idea.

I am pondering . . . that I am living proof that you can plan and plan and plan, and life has a way of taking its own twists and turns. 

A favorite quote for today . . .  Do or do not.  There is no try. ~~Yoda

One of my favorite things . . . going for pedicures yesterday with Emily and Kathy.  We all got pink in anticipation of Baby Brooklynn.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . going out with friends to dinner and a comedy club; meeting with our Rockies Season Ticket group to choose games for this season; going to the art museum with my aunt to see this exhibit.

A peek into my day . . .


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