A poem by J.F. Conant

He who loves an old house never loves in vain. How can an old house used to sun and rain, to lilac and to larkspur and an elm above-ever fail to answer the heart that gives it love?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Internet friend are "REAL" friends

 My family and I spent Thanksgiving week visiting with friends and family down in Maryland. Lisa and  I were able to get away from family obligations to meet up with some dear friends. Internet friends.

You know, I live kind of out in the boonies. I have friends, certainly, but my internet friends are the friends I talk to every day. They are the ones who console, uplift, cheer me on and calm me down.  I love them so much.

So it's a special pleasure when we are able to meet in person.  This time it was at my friend Brenda's house. She threw a spectacular tea party just for us! A couple of the other girls from our on-line group were there too. It was so lovely.

And you know, it was like coming home. No awkwardness. No nervousness. Just jump right in and continue the discussion we were having just yesterday.

So, here's to the internet! Where you're able to catch up with old friends that you've never met before!

Our hearts are sore because our Ben will be deploying in a week. I knew this day might come. I married into the Army. I have 2 sons currently serving and I am so proud. But my mother's heart wants to wrap my arms around my child and keep him home and safe. But that's not how it works. So I ask our heavenly father to wrap his arms around my baby and to keep him safe.

I love you, pal. We will wait for you to come home before we celebrate Christmas again.  You know how cranky that's going to make your sister, so hurry on up!!!  God's speed!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

 Wait! It's only November, you say?  Well, that may be true, but I figure why wait 2 more months to get started on improving your life?

It's been a busy year for us. Jimmy graduated H.S. and joined the Army. Ben graduated AIT and is stationed at Ft.Meade. Joey is finishing up his Associates degree and getting ready to move back to Buffalo to attend UB.

The younger set have kept us hopping too! Gillian is in High School now!! Matt is a junior and constantly doing some sporty thing or another. (He has just finished Cross Country and is about to begin swim team).
Joe has been down in Colombia all summer. We have enjoyed REALLY fresh roasted coffee for months! LOL 

We've run 5Ks and and used our canoes (and later a sweet little speed boat, Joe's dad gave us).
Now we're training for a mini marathon in the spring! (OMG!!)

The garden didn't do so  well this summer, so this fall I started a raised bed and enjoyed broccoli and snow peas and am waiting on cauliflower and brussel sprouts.

We worked on painting the outside of the house (still some to do....it's BIG house!) We have begun choosing the the  pieces for the master bath and work should begin directly. (YEA!! A bathtub again!!)

We visited friends and enjoyed  many bottles of Finger Lakes wines. We've hiked and swam and just enjoyed our lives, work and family.

But there is always room for improvement.
While I did go down four dress sizes, I some how managed to do so without out losing much weight!  SO, I am running 3 times a week and starting this week, I am returning to yoga and adding Pilate's to get those numbers on the scale DOWN.

I've been praying more and worrying less. I want to continue in that vein. Trying to look on the positive side of things....being more upbeat and proactive....

We are planning to travel a little more this year, beginning with a trip to the Keys after the holidays
I am still looking for classes that interest me on a schedule I can adapt to.  I like learning new things and meeting new people.

The holidays are coming up quickly and it looks like I will be blessed with another year of having my whole brood under one roof . I realize that these occasions will most likely become less and less frequent as the children grow up and leave home, so I vow to treasure every moment I can, because those loud, obnoxious, vexing completely wonder children and their dad are my favorite things in the whole world.

 I'm sure I'll think of more things to work on, but the whole point is don't wait til New Years. Start now and by New Years just think how much MORE fabulous you will be!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Last week I journeyed to far off Philadelphia to visit the Philadelphis Museum of art. It was the closing week of their Van Gogh exhibit. It was organized chaos, but well worth for me!

At the beginning of the tour we were given audio devices. Several of the paintings had numbers. You simply typed in the number and the appropriate narration played. Really well done!

Vincent is one of my favorite artists so many of the painting seemed like old friends.
Others were completely new to me. This one is said to be his last painting. It broke my heart:
It was a wonderful adventure. And we even had time to see the liberty bell, independence hall and Ben Franklin's grave.

Thanks Philadelphia for such a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

                                        I planted10 birch trees today. What did you do??

Saturday, March 24, 2012

In the vineyard

Saturday, Joe went out to our little vineyard to prune our now 3 year old vines.
He brought me along to cheerlead, I suppose and gave me a glass of port to sip while he worked.

Puffing on a cigar, he cut back the vines  according to the book Wines and Vines directions. Hopefully this year, we will be able to harvest some grapes, and, perhaps, even be able to make our own wine.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Always wanted to try this...

I have always wanted  to try making  artichokes....it was easy! And delicous! If you are eating low carb, give the recipe on this site a try: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cook_and_eat_an_artichoke/

Friday, February 3, 2012

I feel like we were duped

In the past my husband and I have given to the Susan G. Komen foundation to help fund a cure for breast cancer. Imagine our surprise to learn that they were giving money to Planned Parenthood, this country's number one abortion provider!

When PP learned that Komen was going to stop their funding, they threw a great big hissy fit! And Komen made a big fat U turn and will continue giving money to them.

We are pro-life. If we give money for cancer research, it should be for cancer research. I feel duped and angry. I wrote to the Komen foundation and let them know that our donations will go to St. Judes from now on. A place where they try to cure children, not kill them.

If you feel that your donations for cancer research should GO to cancer research, I hope you will take a few moments to let The Susan G. Komen foundation know.

In the meantime, here is a link to St.Jude's:   www.stjudes.org/   God bless you.

This still cracks me up! LOL

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fun link


Give this link a try. Type in your birth year and sit back. The words scroll down by themselves.

Friday, January 27, 2012

This is pretty cool

When we go to Joe's college reunion this fall, we get to stay here:  http://www.thethayerhotel.com/

I have always wanted to, but this is the first time we were able to get a reservation reunion weekend! Very cool!  I love the old, elegant places. Don't you?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! How were your holidays?

Our holidays were good. Lots of family time. Lots of friends. Way too much food and drink! LOL

 The weather was pretty warm for December in Western NY, until last night, that is. We woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning. Joe had to drive Ben to the airport to catch a plane back to MD and I was concerned about the driving conditions, but they made it to the airport and Joe (and Jenna) made it back home again safely, so all's well.
Ben was a little homesick even before he left.  Growing up is
hard. I felt badly for my boy, but I know he'll live. It was so wonderful to have all of the kids at home, though.  Just so wonderful......

Gillian helped me bake and she helped me decorate for the holidays and afterwards, take down the decorations.   She is my angel. And just such a terrific young person.
The Christmas gifts were all appreciated and loved, I think. I know I certainly love my new Kindle Fire. I am not exactly the most tech savy person on earth, so I am still learning about what it can do and how to use it. But I am enjoying it very much.
Joe found time to pull out the cruddy wood section of floor in the hot tub room and replace it with tile.  It just looks so much better now!  He paid for all that hard work with a sore back for a few days, poor fella.
We also got new cookware. Mundane, you say?  You
would only say that if you had to use worn out pans. This new Rachel Ray set is so nice to work with.

Jim went away with Abby and her family for New Years. It just seems odd not to have all my chicks at home. I suppose I should get used to it, though. They are all growing up so quickly. 

So, the New Year, the traditional time of new beginnings and fresh starts is here. Have you made New Year's resolutions yet?  Or maybe just set goals for 2012? I'd love to hear about them, if you would care to share them.

Wishing you all God's blessings in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Does it really matter?

Does it matter to any true fan of  Army football that the Army/Navy game hasn't exactly gone our way in a few years? Sure it does! We LOVE to win! But we love the game more. We love the competition. And we love those cadet athletes!

Army/Navy week is more then the game, it's the spirit videos and the tailgate parties and stealing each other's mascots. For the 112th time these two teams are coming together in one of the most historic sporting events in American history.

Show your support of the Black Knights by voting on the site below.

Go Army!!   Beat Navy!!!