Saturday, July 30, 2011

These are a few. . .

of my favorite things.*

My daughter "discovered" a great new band this weekend. This morning we drove to school rocking out to Yellow Submarine by the Beatles.

funky eyeglass chains, Jasmine Vanilla body lotion from Bath & Body Works, the new curtains in our bedroom,

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Favorites

Haven 't had much time for blogging, but I can't pass up Friday's Fave Five -- an opportunity to look back at my week and count a few blessings.

1.  Luke's surgery went very well. I'm so thankful for people who love medicine and aren't squeamish about blood and stitches and seeing icky stuff.  I am not one of them.  But thank God there are people like Dr. S who like that stuff.  And I discovered  a whole new application for engineering, as he and Dan (an engineer) discussed how Luke's elbow should be put back together.  I was flattered when Dr. S looked at  me and asked, "Are you an engineer, too?"  To think he even speculated I  might be that brainy.  "No," I confessed, "I work from the other side of the brain."

2.  A free car wash.  The place I take my car to be serviced always washes it and vacuums inside.  I love having a nice clean car to drive around.

3. 50 cent ice cream cones from McD's.  54 cents with tax.  Such a cheap treat.

4.  Reba reruns.  I  It makes me laugh out loud, and that has been a huge blessing this week.

5.  Dan and I have been taking turns getting up in the middle of the night to give Luke his pain medication.  One night I stayed up until my "shift" and caught up with on some scrapbooking.  I love these two pages.  Nothing fancy, just spending time on the back porch.  Just a note:  I'm obviously not a "serious" scrapbooker, but love paper and stickers and pasting.  Shoulda been a kindergarten teacher.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Brain Dump

In just three short weeks, it will be the "night before school starts," for the Girl Child, and "the week he leaves for college," for the Middle Child.  It seems the summer has dragged on forever.  Really.  What was supposed to be a full season of softball and baseball got cut short due to Luke's injury.  Due to work schedules, it was too late to plan any kind of vacation.  And teenagers aren't exactly fun to "hang" with since their idea of fun is to go somewhere to spend my money.  I think we'll all be happy to get back into a fall routine.

Early last week, Luke and I drove to the far southeastern corner of our state for Freshman Orientation at the college he'll be attending.  It's about a four hour drive through miles and miles of prairie.  I found it rather pretty.  Not surprisingly, at 18, Luke found it rather boring. 

For the first half of the trip we followed the interstate before picking up a two lane highway that stretched for miles through open space.  Few towns break up the drive, but each one of them boasts a small museum, usually a railroad depot and buildings dating in the first half of the last century.  There wasn't a lot to see, save for the ghosts of the settlers that lived in the area when it was rich in agriculture. Still, the prairie has a beauty of it's own and changes colors and texture.

As we neared our destination, the land was more green and fertile.  Further south there are a few larger towns and some areas for fishing and camping, so it's not exactly in the middle of nowhere.  We had a really nice day meeting faculty and coaches, registering for classes, and seeing the dorms.  It was my first visit, so it was all new for me.

Emily finished summer softball and starts fall ball in a couple short weeks.  And I am still sanding and priming and painting the kitchen cabinets.  Luke has his surgery tomorrow and I doubt he'll feel like doing much for a few days.  So, I'll have lots of time to continue working on my project, when I'm not waiting on him!  He won't have use of his right arm for 10 days.  After that, he'll have to take it slowly before he can do anything.

So, that's all I've got.  Check in tomorrow for a book review for a great summer read!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Favorites

Just squeaking in under the wire for Friday Fave Five. . . 

1.  This week, I found a way to combine my morning routine of reading and journaling with getting some exercise, by riding my bike to the open space near our house to work.  My bike basket is just the right size to hold books, notebook, and a go-cup with coffee.  The mornings have been cool and pleasant, thanks to all the rain we've had.

2.  Thunderstorms.  Every night for eight straight days.  Huge bolts of lightening, deafening thunder.  Sitting on the back porch, watching the pouring rain.  It's humbling.

3.  Second chances. And third chances. And fourth . . . "If at first you don't succeed. . . "

4.  Fresh white paint!  Last weekend, I took the plunge and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets.  This isn't the first time I've done such a project, in fact I knew it would be a matter of time before I would dive in and change them.  You would think that after doing this twice, we would have just bought a house with a white kitchen.  You can be sure I'll do a 'big reveal' when the project is finished!  Meanwhile, here's a sneak peek!
Out with the old . . . in with the new. . .
5.  We learned a couple of weeks ago that our son Luke will need surgery on his right arm -- the UCL, or "Tommy John", a common injury for pitchers.  Today we met the surgeon for a consult.  HUGE blessing.  He  is gifted and extremely knowledgeable, and we know that Luke is in good hands.  It will mean a change of plans for his first year in college, as he'll 'red shirt' and rehab.  But he is showing such maturity about the whole situation, and that has been a blessing as well.

How was your week?  Leave a comment and/or head over to Susanne's and join FFF:o)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mexican Corn Salad

I'm making it a point to try some new recipes this summer. Last week, I made this Mexican Corn Salsa, a recipe from our local supermarket ad.  It was a nice change from our usual fare. I served it with marinated grilled flank steak and sweet potato fries.

Mexican Corn Salad

2 cups corn kernels (I used canned)
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 Tbs. red onion, diced
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. lime juice
1 Tbs. cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. each, salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and that means it's time to link up with Suzanne for Friday's Fave Five.  Here's a look back at my week.

1.  On 4th of July, our neighborhood had an impromptu block party.  We've been in our house three years (already?!) and though we've gotten to know lots of folks that live close to us, on Monday we got to meet all the 'farther down the street' folks.  Like the guy who has the coolest Halloween decorations, and the people who live in 'the pinkish color house'.  It was loads of fun.

2.  Met my friend Renee for coffee at Starbucks one evening.  We sat on the patio, at a table under an umbrella while it rained.

3.  Dan and I went to see Larry Crowne.  Love Tom Hanks. Love Julia Roberts.  It was fun and kinda quirky, and we both enjoyed it.

4.  Tried some new recipes this week, as I attempt to expand my summer repertoire.

5.  Yesterday, I dropped Emily at the amusement park to meet her friends for the day, and spent the time downtown.  While Em was riding roller coasters, I was doing geeky things:  I went to the Denver Art Museum  and spent a few hours looking at my favorite exhibits in the Western American Art gallery.  I also went to the Denver Public Library, which is huge compared to our little town library.  And, just so my daughter doesn't totally give up on my coolness, I should mention I went shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond:)

How was your week? 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Have a Happy 4th!

                             July 3, 1995