Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Favorites including a wedding!

It's hard to believe it's the last day of September. One of the reasons I love doing Friday Fave Five is that it helps me slow down and appreciate the good moments, big and small.

1.  Joe and Sam have set a date for their wedding -- January 7!  No, it doesn't give us a huge amount of time, but we've booked a venue, and now get to plan all the fun details.  Sam's mom is coming from out-of-town in a couple of weeks, and we'll whip out the rest of the plans then.  We love Sam! He's already been a part of our family for the past two years.  He and Joe are both busy students -- Sam goes to the Colorado School of Mines (Dan's alma mater), and Joe is at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

2.  I can't top #1, but another favorite this week was on Wednesday evening, after Dan and I had an appointment on the south side of town.  We decided to stop for a bite to eat, and we ended up at the restaurant where, 33 years ago, he asked me to marry him:)  It's a lot different now, but it sure brought back some wonderful memories.

3.  Movie night - Last night we watched a movie from Netflix, The Cider House Rules.  I remember seeing it when it first came out in 1999, but had forgotten most of the story.  The soundtrack is one of my favorites with beautiful music by Rachel Portman.  It's a thought-provoking story and very well done about a young orphan (Tobey Maguire) who is mentored by a physician (Michael Caine) and goes out into the world to find his way and come to his own conclusions about what he believes to be true in life.  

4.  I had lots of free time this week, which was really nice. I got a lot accomplished around the house.  There is still a pile of ironing that awaits me, but I'll have time to tackle that today and also organize my closet for fall.

5.  Favorite photo of the week:

Miranda sent me this in a text.  Sawyer is wearing one of Luke's outfits, the one he wore when we went to court for his final adoption hearing.  In a way, it seems like just yesterday.  Time goes so fast, which is why I love savoring the moments through Friday Fave Five.   If you would like to join in, here's the link at Susanne's place, Living to Tell the Story.


Monday, September 26, 2016

A September Daybook

For Today . . . September 25, 2016

Looking out my window . . . at a beautiful fall day and these roses along the fence.

I am listening to. . . Van Morrison, Days Like This.

I am thinking . . . about my Uncle Bill.  Today would be his birthday.  

I am thankful . . . for my dentist! He redid a couple of fillings for me this afternoon. I don't love going to the dentist, but I'm glad that we have insurance to cover the cost and very glad to be able to take care of my teeth.

Some of my favorite things . . . pumpkin bread, watching Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five5-0, and videos of my grandkids from my son.

I am creating . . . order out of chaos around the house.  Cleaning out closets, organizing and purging.

I am wearing . . . yoga pants, tank top, sandals.  It's still fairly warm outside.

I am reading . . . Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig.

I am hoping . . . that we soon catch the little mouse that has taken up residence in our house!  He's a crafty little guy, stealing food from the traps.  I'm sure he's off in a corner somewhere, sleeping off the peanut butter and cheese we served him last night.

I am learning . . . more about spirituality in the second half of life by reading this book.  Richard Rohr has long been one of my favorite teachers.  There is so much wisdom in what he writes.

In my kitchen . . . taco soup with tortilla chips for supper.
Raspberry Jalapeno jelly in the making.

In my garden . . .

Shared Quote
"Am I trying to reinforce the outcome or am I trying to reinforce the love in this relationship?" Kathi Lipp

A moment from my day. . . I wish I knew what they were both thinking!

The Simple Woman's Daybook is hosted each month by Peggy.  You can find the link here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


September is my favorite month here in Colorado.  The heat of the summer magically lifts on the very first day, and the sky is blue and colors so clear.  The air is cool and we always anticipate our town's annual celebration.  There have been very few times when the weather hasn't cooperated.  

The month began with my nephew's wedding.  RJ and Jenni were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, followed by a rousing reception where we all danced well into the night! I can't bring myself to post the pictures, but let's just say that my nephew had a lesson he'll never forget in how to disco, from his mom and three aunts. Saturday Night Fever lives on.

The following weekend my sister-in-law Jenny and I took a road trip to see my niece in Albuquerque. It was a beautiful weekend, driving through the southern part of our state along the Sangre de Cristo range and into New Mexico.  Elsa is on staff for the UNM volleyball program, so we watched some great volleyball games, went for a hike one day and ended up at an amazing bloody Mary bar!  Love this girl.

Dan and I are finishing up a few garden projects.  He built a fence and an archway that leads to the raised bed gardens.  My nephew Tommy came over one day to help.

The morning glories are just beginning to bloom. Next year, I picture them all along our new fence.

Last Saturday, we went to our town's annual festival.  Dan likes the car show and I help our local economy along by shopping the craft booths.  Here is a snapshot from the parade with our godchild Stephanie and her friend, walking with their school.

Miranda texts me the sweetest pictures of the kids.  Love this one of Siefer with Luke.  It makes the distance seem not so far.

 On Sunday, Dan and I spent a few hours in downtown Golden with Joe.  That white spot up on the mountain is the M for the Colorado School of Mines, Dan's alma mater and Sam's current school.  Joe started at CU this fall, so both the guys are super busy!

Yesterday, I got to spend the whole day with this sweetie!  Bentley is six months old already!  We went for a long, long stroll. And then came home and took a long, long nap! Both of us;) 

The best part about September is that it's the month we celebrate this boy's birthday.  (Joe, not George!)

For 27 years, he has been stealing my heart!

Love you, Joey! Happy Birthday!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Guacamole and a team record

Yesterday, our friends Pam and Rick came over for burgers before we all went to the Rockies game. (Where Jon Gray pitched 16 strikeouts for a new team record. It was so exciting to be there for that!)

We had burgers and limp sweet potato fries (ha!) and some guac and chips. I decided to take advantage of the fact that Rick was sitting at our kitchen island and had him teach me how to make Guac ala Rick.

Here's the recipe. The amounts are very much estimates because I didn't measure anything. It was me pouring stuff in and Rick saying, "a little more, a little more . . . there, that's good."

Guac ala Rick

3 ripe avocados
1/4 cup Salsa (I used Mild Picante)
teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup chopped red onion
sprinkle with lime juice

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mash with potato masher.  Serve with tortilla chips. If you want to spice it up more, use a medium or hot salsa sauce.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

OTBF Update

Hello friends,

Once again, I've fallen off the wagon in posting regularly on my blog. Life has been full, in a good way. Since my last post, we've had a family wedding, celebrated Labor Day with a family barbeque, and I took a trip with my sister-in-law Jenny to see my niece in Albuquerque.  It's hard to believe that September is almost half over already.

Once again, I've decided to change things up a bit here at the Backyard Fence.  I don't want to give up my blog, but I've decided I'm going to post less frequently and not try to stick with a schedule.  I've been slowly pulling out of social media such as Facebook and even Goodreads.  I find that as much as I love keeping up with friends and family on FB, and even though Goodreads is a great format for keeping up on books to read and those I've read, -- for me, along with trying to keep a 'regular' format for blogging -- these things are a bit like going on vacation with a really good camera.  It's great to take notes and record all the highlights, but after a while I'm finding it hard to just live in the moment. I see everything with an eye for how to record it or write about it on my social media accounts.

So, I've gone back to keeping track of the books that I read in my little spiral notebook, and I'm getting better about texting and calling family and friends to keep in touch.  And I hope to focus more on some of projects that came out of the writing seminar I attended a couple of weeks ago.

I'll still be dropping by to visit the blogs on my Feedly list, and I'll see where this new plan of mine takes me as far as blogging here.

Just trying to roll with the punches and fit everything in!

Hugs to all,


Friday, September 2, 2016

Welcoming September and other favorites

Yay, it's time for Friday's Fave Five.  I missed doing this little exercise last week.  It's always good to look back and find the blessings in my week, big and small.  Linking up with the FFF crew here.

1. The past two mornings have been overcast and foggy. A bit cooler, so the colors outside are deeper and more vivid. It's a teaser for fall, as I know we'll get some hot weather soon. But, it has been nice to sip hot coffee in the morning and put on a sweater, even for just a little while.

 2. We had two of our grandkids here on Tuesday evening, so their mom and dad could have an evening out. It's been a while since we've had both and it was an adventure. When I arrived home from work, Dan had been going solo with them for about an hour. Baby in arms with burp rag on the shoulder. Toys strewn and the toddler running around. It was just like old times -- with a big difference. We're old now.  In a couple of hours we were both exhausted. Dan gets up so early in the morning, so I told him if we could get one of them to sleep, I would take over until mom and dad got home.  We willed that little guy to sleep and Dan shuffled off to bed!

3.  My nephew just got his first cell phone, so we have been texting each other.  I love that he tells me about his day.  We only live a few blocks from one another, but he's a busy kid with school, sports and piano, so I don't see him as often as I'd like.  One of the benefits of technology is being able to keep in touch with  my nieces and nephews.

4.  Pumpkins in the garden! I threw in a pumpkin plant along the back fence and said a prayer that it might provide us with a couple of decent pumpkins this year.  We have two already ripe and gorgeous and four more that are shaping up nicely.  I love seeing those splashes of orange when I look out the kitchen window.

5.  Tonight my nephew, RJ, is getting married -- the first big wedding in our family:)  I'm excited to get to be with all my brothers and their wives, as it doesn't happen all that often these days.  Excited to celebrate RJ and his beautiful bride.  Happy to be looking forward to this evening and staying overnight at the venue and having breakfast as a family tomorrow.  Photos to come!

How was your week?