Monday, April 23, 2012


For today . . .April 23, 2012

Outside my window. . .is a beautiful Spring day.  The air smells of lilacs, the sky is blue and the sun is shining.  The birds are chattering and a dog is barking in the distance.  I love being able to have the windows open.

I am thinking. . .how nice it's been to be able to get around without crutches.  I'm still wearing a surgical boot and I use crutches for 'long distances.'  But, I don't need them around the house!

I am thankful for. . .my husband being home these past few months.  Things happen for a reason, and even though his being out of work wasn't part of our plan, it has been a blessing with  my surgery and with some medical issues his dad is going through.

From the kitchen. . .yesterday I signed up for a membership with so that I can use their menu planner.  I'm always looking for ways to get better organized with this task.

I am wearing. . .capris, tee and one sneaker:)

I am creating. . .a new writing project. 

I am going. . .to physical therapy this afternoon.

I am reading. . . Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt

On my mind. . . prayers for my father-in-law.

I am hearing. . .Jason Aldean on Pandora radio

Around the house. . .it's very quiet today.

One of my favorite things. . . Happy perfume, by Clinique

A few plans for the rest of the week. . . my birthday tomorrow!  Lunch with my friend, Terry; coffee with my dad and my brother; dinner with Hubs.  Physical therapy, a baseball game, doctor appointment for my foot, work.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . .Joey adopted a greyhound.  His name is George, and he is the sweetest dog.  He's four years old and was retired from racing because he broke his toe:(

Many thanks to Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook for hostessing this meme.  It continues to be one of my favorites.  It's a great way to start the week!  If you'd like to join in, here's the link.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Road trip

Dan and I went on a road trip last week that took us through eastern Colorado, all the way through Kansas, and into Missouri.  I'm convinced that every state in the union has something interesting to offer.  I've yet to be disappointed.

We stopped at several places along the way, but our favorite was in Abilene, Kansas, at the Eisenhower Museum and Library.

This is the boyhood home of President Eisenhower.  Can you imagine a family of nine living here?  David and Ida Eisenhower had six sons.  David's father lived with them as well.  It is a charming little house, but there is hardly enough space for six rambunctious boys to romp around.
I'm always amazed at the lack of closet space in homes from this era.  Where did they keep all their stuff?  I guess there were several outbuildings and, of course, the attic.  But there was little room for everyday items and clothes.

Here is a statue of Eisenhower. The base has quotes from various periods of his military career and presidency.

"I cannot let this day pass without telling the fighting men ... that my fondest boast shall always be: I was their fellow-soldier"
Address to the American Soldier
February 7, 1948

The library. . .

The Place of Meditation and final resting place . . .

The museum. . .

We only spent a couple of hours here, but I could have stayed all afternoon.  President museums are fascinating, showcasing not only the president, but our country and history of the time.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, Monday

Today couldn't be more beautiful!  The trees are starting to leaf out, the lawns are greening up and the sun is shining.  The phlox I planted last year are full and luscious and purple.  My neighbor's tulips are beautiful.  I have to ask him his secret, as the side of his yard is like a glimpse of Holland.  My tulips are puny and sparse:(  I'm glad that the view from my window is his yard, not mine.

I love this time of year.  Easter, the anticipation of summer, my birthday in a couple weeks.  I think April is the best month for birthdays.  The earth is blooming after months of cold and slumber, and there's the promise of warm weather and being outdoors.  But, that's just my opinion.  I'm sure you could make a case for whatever month happens to be your birthday.  Can you?

This afternoon, Dan and I found a new coffee shop.  It's in an old brick building on the corner of a busy Main Street in olde town.  Located at garden level, we sat at our table and watched people's feet and shopping bags go by through the windows.  As we arrived and were rounding the corner of the block to go inside, I peeked in the window and saw the kitchen.  There were stacks of spring form pans . . . cheesecake!  Sure enough, they make their own pastries and pies.  We bought a boxful of key lime tarts for dessert tonight.  We've been spoiled rotten the past two weeks, as my Auntie Ann is learning to cook, and we are treated to new recipes and delicious suppers on a regular basis.

I saw the doctor last week and will continue to use crutches for a while.  It seems like a lot of fuss over a toe.  The surgery I had was for hallux (big toe) limitus (won't bend very far).  I had the same surgery on my left foot 10 years ago.  It was a complete success, as I know this will be, I just have to be patient.  However, ten years ago, I was only too glad to put my feet up for a while.  My kids were 12, 8 and 4.  It was February, so staying inside and reading books was a wonderful escape.  Now, I'm chomping at the bit to get outside, work in my garden, paint something!

If there were a point to this post, I've forgotten what it was. 

Over the weekend, I finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I know, it's been on my sidebar for over a month now.  I started it, put it down to read something else, and then read it without stopping for the next few nights.  A wonderful story, one of those that you just want to continue on and on.  I wonder what happened to Francie after she left Brooklyn to go to college?  I like to imagine all the possibilities of what her life became.

Dan and I are taking a road trip in a few days.  I'll be back later in the week with photos and updates.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Favorites

Every Friday, Susanne at Living To Tell the Story hosts Friday's Fave Five. It's an opportunity to look back at the week and find the blessings, large and small.  It's been a beautiful week.  Spring held its ground when winter tried to muscle its way back in for a day.  Just one wet, sloppy day, and the sun came out again.  It was hard to choose just five, but here are some of my favorites. . .

1.  It was so warm and sunny this morning, that I was served breakfast on the back porch.  English muffin with orange marmalade, a hard boiled egg, glass of orange juice and, of course, a nice, hot cup of coffee.  Oh, and I didn't even have to make it.  There are some advantages to being on crutches.

2.  Dan and I watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Such a good movie!  The young actor who plays Oskar is so amazingly talented.
3.  I received these beautiful flowers from my Aunt Riz.   Her blog is Gifts from the Sea and it is just lovely.  Go on over and say hi and tell her I sent you:) 

4.  Hot dogs, beer and baseball.  Right in our very own living room.  The Rockies won, first game of the season.

5.  On Wednesday, I met some girlfriends for dinner.  We met in junior high and manage to get together every couple of years.  Longtime friends, golden friendships.  

How was your week?

Monday, April 2, 2012


For today . . . Monday, April 2, 2012

Outside my window. . .a cold and breezy day.  The skies were heavy and gray all day, but no snow or rain save for a few drops.

I am thinking. . .March was a beautiful, sunny month.  The driest on record for our state. Some April showers would be nice.  

I am thankful for. . .my wonderful family taking care of me all week!  My Aunt Ann has taken on the dinner responsibilities, much to Dan's relief, as he has taken on so many of the remaining household duties.  They are quite a pair, keeping up with it all.

From the kitchen. . .well, I haven't been in there for a week, so I've got nothing new!

I am creating. . .order out of chaos in the photo files on my computer. 

I am going. . .to see my podiatrist for post-op on Thursday.  He should give me the 'okay' to get back  in the swimming pool, and I hope I can shed these crutches soon.

I am looking forward to . . . having Easter dinner with my family on Sunday.

I am hearing. . .Dan and Luke watching the NCAA championship game.

Around the house. . .I'm leaving a trail of stuff wherever I go.  For once I can't blame dirty dishes and mugs, and stray shoes, on my kids.

One of my favorite things. . . Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion from Bath & Bodyworks

A few plans for the rest of the week. . . dinner with girlfriends, vet appointment for the dog, coffee with my friend, Terry.

I am pondering. . . what someone shared with me today.  Even Mother Teresa had a couple of failed attempts when she first set up her ministry to help the poor.  At the time, she did the best she could, and she learned from her lessons.  Why can't I cut myself some slack when someone tells me, "You did the best you could with what you knew at the time."
A favorite quote. . . "This is what I shall tell my heart, and so recover hope: the favors of Yahweh are not all passed, his kindnesses are not exhausted.  They are renewed every morning."
 (Lamentations 3:21-22)

Many thanks to Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook for hostessing this meme.  It continues to be one of my favorites.  It's a great way to start the week!  If you'd like to join in, here's the link.