Thursday, April 28, 2011

Owls

My dad came over for lunch today and afterward we went to the open space near my house to pay a visit to our new neighbors.

This is part of the open space, looking west from the tree where the new family has set up a nursery.  Look at all that snow up in them thar' hills!

One little guy kept craning his neck to see what all the fuss was about.  I was sure he would topple out of the nest.  But he didn't.

Here's a closeup I took through a spotting scope.  The mama owl has three of these little cuties to care for.

"Mama, why are those people looking at us?"  "They wish they had a house with a view like we do, sweetheart."

And air conditioning, too!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Daybook


FOR TODAY:  Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Outside my window. . . the sun is shining, skies are blue.  The blossoms on the crabapple trees have already reached their peak, and the falling blossoms are being replaced with green leaves.  

I am thinking. . . how tempting it is to start planting, but how foolish that would be!

I am thankful for . . . my husband of 27 years.

From the kitchen. . . pork chops and applesauce!

I am wearing. . . Jeans, white v-necked knit top, a new bracelet watch (bday gift from DH and the kids). And new sneakers:)

I am creating. . . plans for a graduation party.

I am reading. . . The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, by Cynthia Bourgeault

On my mind. . . trying to live in the moment, just breathe, and savor each day.

Around the house. . . things are so neglected!  So much going on in the past few weeks.

One of my favorite things. . . the owl that is nesting in the open space near our house.  I have been stopping each day to peek at her through my binoculars. She's beautiful!

A few plans for the rest of the week. . . It's already Wednesday and its been such a busy week.  Tomorrow my dad is coming for lunch and we're going to have a look at that owl through his spotting scope.  Friday, Dan and Em have a date to go to the baseball game, so I'll spend the evening with girlfriends.  This weekend Em has a softball tournament.

A small window into my life. . . 

Linking up with Peggy at the The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

In just a couple of hours it will be Easter Sunday, one of  my favorite days of the year.  And to top it off, it's also my birthday!  I am thrilled that my birthday falls on Easter.   And here's a fun fact:  The last time Easter was on April 24th was in 1859.  The next time will be in 2095.  Yes, I like to Google odd little facts like this.

My Aunt Riz, who has a delightful blog called Gifts from the Sea, sent me the loveliest Easter/Birthday package.  I didn't get a photo of it when I opened it (dang) but nestled in bright colored tissue, I found jelly beans and Easter chocolates, as well as a lovely teapot, tea crackers, jam & English breakfast tea, and some Easter towels and potholders, Peeps!, and a sweet little chick.  I felt like a little girl, seeing my birthday and Easter all wrapped up in a package.  It made me smile:)

This evening we went to mass for Easter Vigil and tomorrow we're going out for brunch with my dad and stepmom, and my brother, sister-in-law and my favorite 6-year-old:)  

Happy Easter, Happy Spring to everyone!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rant

Our day started this morning at 6:30 at the ball park.  I wish I could get a hold of the person who scheduled the softball games for today.  One at 8 a.m.  The next at 3:30 p.m.  Luckily, we live about 15 minutes away, so we can come home for the few hours in between games.

I decided to put the time to good use and immediately got home, made a cup of coffee and sank into a soft, comfy chair on the back porch, propping my feet up and enjoying the sun.  After half an hour of kabitzing with Joe and Luke, I decided I'd better do something constructive, so I unloaded the dishwasher.

I hate my dishwasher.  I hate that I have to inspect every glass and put half of them in the sink to be washed by hand.  I hate that the silverware tray is on the door which means it lies flat to load it and I have to throw the knives and forks in sideways.  I hate that the utensils never look clean.  Truth be told, I don't like dishwashers and for years washed all of our dishes by hand.  Now, as busy as our family is, it is such a convenience and I can't imagine what the kitchen sink would look like without a place to 'store' dirty dishes.

But, this morning I contemplated pulling the whole thing out and leaving it on the curb for the garbage man.  And using the empty space for recycling. Or a place to put the dog bowls.  Or a place to hide from burglers.  Of course, I could just duct tape the door closed and throw out all of our dishes, replacing them with paper plates.  Or. . . I could bite the bullet and go buy a new one, hoping the washing machine doesn't catch wind of it and decide to lay down and die.  Right now, the washer is in the throes of what sounds like a near death experience and I just know it's contemplating how to make a dramatic exit from this world.

What to do, what to do.  I couldn't decide, so instead I sat down to write a blog post, to get my  mind off of it.  And it's been so long since I've written a post, I wanted to come up with something profound, witty and pertinent to this stage of my life.  But this is all I've got.  Yet another post about my 'exciting life' and a sinkful of dirty glasses>:(

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Countdown to graduation!

And I wonder why my kids procrastinate.  Luke's senior poster is due tomorrow.  This is what I've accomplished so far.

I'm off to Walmart for poster board.

*  Note to Pamela:  SEE!  The big reveal!  I'm not as organized as you think I am;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

April . . .at last

On Friday, Dan and I went to the Rockies home opener.  It was a glorious spring day!  (Not like yesterday, when it snowed and the game was canceled.)

My favorite part.  Members from all of the armed forces, police and fire departments in the area unfurl a giant flag on the field. 

In addition, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are represented by color guards that parade around the field.  Here the baseball players applaud the real heroes of the day.

A shot of the scoreboard just before the game started.  All the stats are sent to zero.  A brand new season!
Is there a better time of year?  I don't think so!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book Review and there's a giveaway!



Today, I get to introduce you to a very cool book.  This is one of those little inspirational books that reads quickly and is uplifting to any mom who needs to laugh!  And don't we all?

I took The Crazy Daze of Motherhood, by Jane Isfeld Still, with me on Thursday to read when I had the oil changed in the car.  I thought it would help pass the time for the hour.  There I was in the car dealership lobby, chuckling and snorting in my Coke as I breezed through chapter after chapter.  I'm sure the young man next to me, using his laptop, thought he was sitting next to a crazy woman. (News flash: he was).

Jane had six children in eight years, and has lived to tell about it.  With her sense of humor and no nonsense common sense, she and her husband, Rick, raised their kids to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society. Isn't that what we all want? Jane has a great philosophy about parenting: "You're not doing your job unless your kids are worried about being seen in public with you."

This little book would be a great gift for any stage of motherhood. It would be a huge encouragement for young moms. And as a mom who has seen most of it, I have to tell you, I loved it!

To order, go here. (It is small and light enough that you could order a couple of copies and send them in lieu of cards for Mother's Day!) To read Jane's blog go here. (She's a hoot!) And if you become a follower of her blog and leave a comment that you're a new follower, you could win one of three great prizes:

1. Mother's Daze basket, soap, chocolate, lotion, decorative candles, and recipe cards

2. Box of blank cards with a smattering of Canadian chocolate

3. Chocolate

I've participated in a number of book giveaway/reviews, but this one really touches my heart. Thank you, Jane, for the copy of The Crazy Daze of Motherhood. It made my day!