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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Little Green Shoots

We all know I love Winter. The long months fill me with a time to meditate, nest, and regroup. But there is something that occurs each year that signals to me that it is time to start "waking up" and prepare for the coming months of Springtime. I was scouring my kitchen sinks the other day and I glanced up and out my window, and lo and behold - they were up! Barely poking up through the ground and close to the foundation of my neighbors house, I could spy, little green shoots. My neighbor has a bank of Daylilies along the west side of her house and they are my first sign that Spring is coming. So even tho I am sure we will have more cold weather, and maybe even a snow storm or two, Mother Nature has told these flowers that it is time to start growing and with that message, I have started to get excited and have started to set my sights on warmer days, and the hope that my world will again return to green, instead of white. I can wait, and be patient now. It will come when it is time, just like the Daylilies.





Friday, February 26, 2010

Something pretty.

Just was doing my regular grocery shopping when this Pillow caught my eye. Anyone who knows me, knows, I am a pillow-aholic! (Much to my husbands chagrin.....LOL) I couldn't resist, the colors were perfect for my bedroom (pinks and greens) it had flowers and stripes, part of the Better Homes and Gardens collection and it was on SALE! That was the clincher, even my husband would have to appreciate the fact that it was only $5.00!! It was perfect! And I was needing a dose of "springtime" that day. I am much pleased with myself. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clarity.

A fog has lifted. Is it the new meds that I quit three weeks ago, finally getting out of my system? Is it because February is ending and I can sense that Spring is just around the corner? Or is it the two cups of coffee I had today?...LOL Either way, I feel energized and ready for whatever comes next. Work went great, I cleaned and organized and prepared a great lunch of Crispy Chicken Sandwiches, Corn, Peaches and Spice Cake. The kids hit me in droves and I sold out in no time at all. I had time to update my Olympic display case, pull my items for tomorrow and finish the menu for March. And I got out on time. Yeah! Plus, my youngest girl emailed me (she is my email buddy at work) to say she was free for lunch. So I picked her up, and we tiddled all over town, eating and chatting away about her job, our blogs, anything that came to mind. Then after I dropped her at the University, I got a call from the oldest girl. She wanted to know if I was free for dinner. Of course I was! So I will pick her up at 6 and we will hit the Club. (her fav spot for burgers) Tho I like the Caesar Salad and Cheesecake myself. It will be great to catch up on her life so far.

In the meantime, I need to really get back down in the basement and go thru my old cans of paint and such. I want to recycle them come Haz Mat Days and I know they are so old, I can't use them. They will free up space for me to use the old cupboard for my collectibles. I find it easier to change out my decor each season when my items are on shelves instead of packed in boxes. Having a new area is so exciting! I get such a thrill out of re-organizing a space for best usage. Call me crazy!....LOL Now if I can just get my girls to come by for the big folding banquet table (they want it for their laundry room) my storage area is going to be looking pretty good!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What a great day!

With the sound of a ice hockey game in the background (Russia and the Czech Republic) I am just puttering all over the house today. Getting done all those annoying little tidbits that we just don't seem to get done. So, I have ordered new vacuum cleaner bags on the Internet, refilled some prescriptions, wrote to my Mother, cleaned the bath, did the dishes and scoured the kitchen sink (had a HUGE strawberry daiquiri accident last night and just didn't want to deal with it)- thank heavens for bleach-, did two loads of laundry and dusted the two bazillion collectibles that I just have to have! Gonna rethink that one....lol I have about another hour on my own and then the hubby will return. It has been so nice to have this chunk of time on my own. My feathers are unruffling as we speak. Won't have to cook dinner tonight, hubby is picking up some burgers and of course we will finish the night with our Oly's. Only one more week! I am already in withdrawal.....lol Okay, it is unanimous - my favorite commercial of the Oly's is from Tide and it has all these Mom's singing, "You'll Never Walk Alone" while scenes of them helping their kids, go by. Yep, it had me in tears. And I thought the one with skater Dan Jansen and his daughter Jane, got to me. :) On the flip side, a promo for a movie just went by -get this- Hot Tub Time Machine. Really??? I think John Cusack is grasping at jobs with this one. I can honestly say, that that one will NOT be in my Netflix queue.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ahhh, Friday.

I don't know about you, but boy oh boy am I glad it is Friday. Why is it, that when one has a short week (didn't have to work Monday - thanks Abe and George) the week just seems longer and harder? I seemed to be running all over the place, didn't seem to get anything accomplished and I swear the students at work doubled. Finally, at the end of today I got my newest newspaper articles up in my Oly display case, scrubbed my sinks, organized my freezer, logged my hours, and was thrilled to lock the door and not look back. Whew. Now I need to do some serious de-compressing. My job entails lots of multi-tasking so once I got home, I did ONE thing and ONE thing only. Got on my computer and played Wordscraper with my peeps! It was actually relaxing to just use my mind to make words and not physically dart all over the place. Tonight? I will veg in front of the TV and first watch Survivor: Heros and Villians, and then Oly's until I drag myself to bed. And early I promise. With the Oly's I have been pushing my regular bed time of 9:00 to about 10:00, and as my hubby said, "Ooooo, someone's getting cranky." Not good. For the weekend, I have a few little chores to do and I think I may go shopping. The kind where you really don't need anything but it is fun to see what is out there. And besides, you have to love Valentine Clearance!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Olympics!

I am watching Lindsey Vonn make her downhill run for the first time on a hurt shin. What an incredible athlete. She is in first place right now, and I hope it holds up. (it did! She won Gold!) Alright Lindsey! I have been having such a great time with all these sports. So far, my favorite's have been: the Chinese pair's figure skating couple, the young Canadian man who won the first Gold medal for Canada in Aerial Moguls, and Apolo Ohno and his quest for the most medals won by an American in a Winter Olympics. I can't seem to get enough. I want to know everything that is going on and see as many sports as I possibly can. I watch all night long, check for updates on the computer and catch the news in the paper. I am obsessed!.....lol But it is a short lived addiction, a two week binge. So I think I can handle it. I am just in awe of how these young men and women can work so hard and achieve so much. How driven they are, and disciplined. I can barely make it on the treadmill two times in a row! They make me so proud, whether they are from the USA or France or Russia. Anyone who can work that hard, deserves to have me cheer them on and watch their accomplishment. So I will continue to tune in, admire Costa's suits and Chris's pocket hankies, try and understand Dick Button's ramblings, and learn all I can about the sport of Men's Halfpipe. I will turn on my Olympic Rings in my front window (made for me by my hubby), hum the Olympic theme on cue, and organize my life according to when the figure skating is on. It doesn't get any better than this!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day!

There is just something about this holiday, that makes me smile. From our early days in school, when we would decorate a shoe box and wait impatiently for our fellow students to put those wonderful little cards in them (oh how I wish I had saved them all) to the romantic ones with first loves, hoping they would bring us flowers, candy or something even more special, a ring! Now, what I love about it, are the little uncommon, different surprises that the ones we love can come up with. Of course, you remember my "sink valentine", well on Friday, my love visited me at my work place and surprised me with a mini-rose bush. All pink and pretty and smelling like Spring and in a silver and red sequined pot. Plus the added bonus of getting a couple of good kisses was equally loved. (I was afraid some students would see me "snoggin" and report me to the principal....lol) Then one of my students gave me a heart shaped box of chocolates, with the sentiment, - "You're a Purr-fect Valentine." Don't you just love those old sayings? Later, I noticed a single chocolate kiss adorned my paperwork, and a homemade Valentine was waiting in my box in the mail room. So much fun! I had a fun time myself, with my own way of saying I Love You. You sneak into work before anyone else arrives and put Toy Story little kid valentines with heart shaped suckers attached, in every ones mailbox. They had no idea it was me, and it was fun to see all the teachers walking around with a lollipop in their mouths and a smile on their faces. Tonight I am eager for my dinner date with my love (crab legs) and my sweetie.....lol I have a chocolate cake ready, a bottle of wine chilling, and the Olympics to end the evening with. A perfect way to say "I Love You" to me and my hubby.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Little Story of a Sink

As I have written in an earlier post, I now have a sink in my new laundry room. Nothing fancy. Not expensive. Just a nice white unit with running water. I went down yesterday to wash out the pop can recycling bin and noticed that it was hard to get the can under the faucet. Hmmmm. Asked the hubby if it was possible to get a different spout with a higher curve. "Not sure, since the area where it is installed is so small. Maybe a bar faucet set?", he said. He would check but we may have to just use it as is. Okay. I am flexible. At least it works. Busy day at work and tired from shopping at Wal-Mart, but had to get my chores done today. Had an armload of newspapers, and some groceries and headed down to the laundry room. Rounded the corner, and what do I spy, but a red heart, cut from paper, attached to a new faucet set on my sink. With a high curve, and a sparkle of chrome. Any bin or garbage can, can fit underneath easily now. I had such a huge smile and a chuckle slipped out and a feeling passed over me; that I felt light, young, and very loved. He did it on his lunch break and found the paper in my scrap booking drawer. Now that is a Valentine's gift.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Just Chillin'

I am calling this evening a "throw-away". I usually try and get some items checked off my list, achieve a couple things around the house, or get myself situated for tomorrow. But ya know what I did instead? Sat here and watched the 1st Hollywood round of American Idol. All the while playing games on Facebook AND texting my daughters. What am I a grown woman, or a middle schooler?....lol I expected my Mother to come in and tell me to get off the phone and do my homework! :)

I would like to think I am just resting up for the weekend. It is a big one. Friday, I will be giddy with anticipation for the beginning of the Olympics. I am an Olympic Junkie! I watch everything. I love the fact, that at 2 o'clock in the afternoon during the week, you turn on the TV and ta da, you get to see Curling, or Skiing, or my fav, Speed Skating. I love the sounds of cow bells, the thrill of seeing the USA enter the arena in their latest sporty togs from Armani or Ralph Lauren, and of course the images of so many incredible athletes. This Friday, my girls will join us for the opening ceremony and yes, we watch the whole thing. This year, we have the big TV and this year it is in High Def. Cool. Not sure what the menu will be. But I know I won't have to cook. ;)

Then of course, Sunday is the day of Love. The hubby and I are just exchanging tokens. I am making fudge for him and putting it in tin I used to give him when we were first married. And I have been hinting that at this time of year, to smell some flowers would be great. We'll see. I made dinner reservations at one of our favorites restaurants and they are having a seafood buffet. Oh my, it won't be pretty. Me and a plate of crab legs. He better stand back! .....lol I wait for this all year. They can keep everything else on the menu. Forget the wine, forget the dessert, just give me lots of legs and butter!

Well, in closing. You had to love the parting scenes at the Super Bowl, of Drew Brees and his little boy. Oh my, Drew's eyes were tearing, his little boys were filled with wonder and I just wanted to hug them both. Forget the commercials, that was the best moment of the game. (tho I did love the Betty White one the most! Way to go Snickers!)



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Who Dat Gonna Win Dat Game? Who Dat?

Here we are, the big game, the one we wait all year for, the reason Nachos and Hot Dogs were created! I am excited! Actually, the years that my team (the Denver Broncos) are not in the game I can really enjoy it and not get a upset stomach. I hope both teams do well, but I am kinda rooting for the Saints. Tho I love Peyton Manning to death, he already got a championship and I would like to see Drew Brees get one and the town of New Orleans. That town really needs something good to happen for them as they still continue to rebuild. I like the "wealth" to be spread around the league. I remember when my Broncos won with John Elway and there is not another feeling like it. Oh maybe giving birth to my children?!...LOL Nah, just kidding. But I do admit, I love the game. Today, my daughter and her fella will come and watch the first half and I will have some treats and it should be fun. On the menu? Pigs in blankets, pizza rolls, mac salad with shrimp, deviled eggs, olives, three kinds of chips and dip, special cupcakes and a bowl of candy bars! Oh and of course Budweiser beer. The Official Beer of Kit's Superbowl Party! Party on Dog!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thinking. Reminiscing. Smiling.

I visited a favorite blog of mine yesterday and a question was posed, "Do you have a dream you're working on? I must say I sat here and pondered and wondered and I came to the conclusion, the dream I have been working on, I have been working on since I was a young woman of 18. I saw at that age, that maybe, life could be lovely, and interesting and full of simple pleasures. That our elders could actually teach us a thing or two. And that all the sordid business of growing up; divorce, hurtfulness, separation, could be pushed aside and overwritten by a new dream, a new life. A life I envisioned to be full; with the love of a good man, children and a lovelier place to live. That is what I wanted. And for 36 years I have been living and working on my dream.

It started with a change of venue. From South Jersey to Montana. Now there's a change! I had found my lovelier place (I would have to leave this place for awhile, but I strived to make it back and we did, 21 years ago). I met my soul mate and the love of my life for the past 32 years and we have had the most incredible time, just living and experiencing whatever life threw at us. Of course, it hasn't all been a bed of roses, but whoever said achieving what you want would be easy. It took a lot of hard work, long hours and some pretty good fights, but now, I think he knows me better than anyone else in this world. And I him. And yes, I would take a bullet for him. Then my babies came to me. Two incredibly beautiful, smart and kind little ladies. They have made me prouder than a Mom could be. They are my best friends. And more importantly, they are each others best friends. I am so blessed to have them living here in the town where I live. But they are out on their own, making their own lives, and forming their own dreams.

So, I would have to say, I had a dream and it is now complete. I couldn't want for more. I have my lovely home and gardens, my wonderful family around me, and lots of tasks to keep me interested and busy. I have often thought that if I were to die tomorrow, that I would leave very happy in the knowledge that I have had a very full life and I was able to change my future. Life can be lovely and fascinating and full of interesting people. But most of all, it can be filled with love.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I am in LOVE....

With my laundry room! Say what?....lol The last room in the house that needed to be re-done after buying our home 20 years ago is almost finished. And I have the paint splatters on my shirt to prove it! Hubby did a great job and I have new walls, trim, counter tops and a washer and dryer that had to be designed by NASA! I was always one of those folks who just didn't need too many bells and whistles. Well, let me tell you, in the area of doing the laundry ever day, year after year after year; a couple of bells and whole bunch of whistles can make one's life so much easier. Who knew? I swear my clothes are happier. And they look younger too (not as many wrinkles....lol). I am steadily painting the old cupboards a lovely turquoise and with the original chrome hardware, they look stunning. My new sink has been installed, with spigots and everything and I am so unconditioned to having running water down there, I took a paint rag all the way upstairs to the kitchen to wet it, before I realized I didn't have to. 4 times! Coming up this month will be some decorative painting (I am thinking, conjoined open circles in lime and brown and turquoise), a retro pattern skirt for the sink and the (pronounce in French please, I have not figured out how to add accent marks) piece de resistance, shelves which will hold my collection of 50's stuff. So Cool. Or I should say, Like crazy, like wow!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"It Started in Scranton, it's now number one, the Pennsylvania Polka!"

From where I am sitting, I can see that it is snowing. A lot harder now and it is starting to collect on the top of my swing. There are a few rose hips that look like they are wearing little pixie hats too. So pretty, and just the kind of weather I wanted for today. What I call a "cozy day". Unlike a lot of folks in Northern states, I love the Winter and relish the snowy cold days. True I will start yearning for some sun and warmer temps come the end of March, but for now I am glad Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That will give me more time to read more books, work on my cross-stitch project and sip a million more cups of tea. This weather makes me feel like a settler on a homestead. I hunker down and find ways to entertain myself. I find time slows down and I just relax and go with the flow. Again true, I don't have to go out and feed the hogs, or worry about enough wood for the fire, or hang a line to the barn (so I do not get lost on the prairie) so I can enjoy my Winter a bit more than my ancestors. But like my ancestors, there is a definite nesting instinct when the Winter closes in and I find it is when I am the happiest.