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I am old soul who covers the grey really well. I love to be active and creative. I am blogging to help keep the memories alive and to keep those special moments around.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rain & more rain

I know spring is here. I have seen my tulips & my 1 petite daffodil. I swear it is a mini-daffodil. It is trying to grow under a bush. But the rain, it just won't stop.

It was fun the first few times it rained but I am done sloshing in it, watching games in it & watching my lawn grow but can't mow in it.

I sat at my daughter's game yesterday & felt the sun as it peeked in & out of the clouds. It felt so good. You know the good where you are wearing jeans & they go insta-warm under the suns rays but you do not bake. Luv it!


But today we are back to rain. So I decided to make the best of it. I crawled into my bed and finished my book!

So when life gives you rain. go get in bed & read!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Toppings

Plant more flowers. Spring in Michigan is always iffy. But the flowers are always great! I am looking at bunches & bunches of daffodils right now outside my window. My tulips are still flowerless but I know they are coming. So write on your calendar right now for the upcoming fall (yikes) to plant more flowers.

Reconnect with old friends. The weather was good enough yesterday that we had some friends over. We were supposed to be outside but rain came in the early evening & thwarted our plans. Being inside was not so bad. Thank god for our big basement for the kids. It was great to catch up with them again inside or out.

I am on a salad kick right now. I had Caesar's salad for breakfast. (Yes, this was leftover from last night's dinner) But the night before it was Greek salad. And tonight, it will be a mixture of what's left from both night's salad. I want to try the edamame salad below because I have never worked with them before.

I also like these recipes for salads too:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Caesar-Pasta/Detail.aspx

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Edamame-and-Carrot-Salad-with-Rice-Vinegar-Dressing-104267

I took my longest bike ride of the year yesterday. I can't wait for better weather. We are going to be biking a lot. Find something to do outside & go for it. Maybe bike to Starbuck's & meet a friend.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My friends all have babies - cute ones




An old college friend stopped by this weekend. She brought her baby with her. As you know, I have an 11 yr. old & a 13 yr. old. I love the babies! We had so much fun with her as you can see. Everyone should have a trampoline. It is a giant playpen.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Toppings


Oh, Aldi's you are so great. Now you have gargantuan size recyclable grocery bags. Luv them. I ended up shopping at Kroger's this week. Btw, they give 5 cents off for each bag you bring. That big bag was filled with 3/4 of my groceries. The bagger kept putting stuff in & putting more stuff in.

http://www.aldifoods.com/index_ENU_HTML.htm

I am really enjoying Stone Soup Comics lately. I check in daily but right now two characters have lost their jobs. It is helping me cope too.

http://www.uclick.com/client/wpc/ss/

Can't have a Sunday without food. We are making hummus as we speak. This is a good recipe for it.

http://www.gumbopages.com/food/persian/hummous.html

I also have to say I am still in love with the Living Room Bar in Berkley. Last night I had a Samoa martini. Who would have thought a Girl Scout cookie & alcohol together! Yum!

Have a good Sunday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Heart beating


I can feel my heart beating ra-pi-d-ly! I have a lot riding on the next few days of work. Sometimes, I feel like I am in a novel & want to get to the end sooo badly. But I can't turn the pages quickly enough. Then my hearts be-ee-ats faster. I want to slow down my heartbeat but make time go faster.

I think a lot of what if's and when's and ultimately, why's. Then I get to the therefore's and the because's and hopefully one day I will get to the end of this chapter.

I know that when one chapter ends another begins. Sometimes I hope for a twist & turn (but I have to be in control).

The only good part of this book is that my kids are in it. And when my heart starts to beat so quick-ly, I just grab one of them & hold on. Then I feel my heart beating in a good way.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunday Toppings

Happy Easter. It is 1 of my faves. It is such a low pressure, high eating holiday!

Plus I found it! I found my red phone! It is a silly little thing but it has made my whole week. Thanks to the blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, I followed a link to VanDykes Restorers & there it was...my old-fashioned, hang-on-the-wall red phone. Check this site out, it is worth it for the old-fashioned at heart.

http://www.vandykes.com/

p.s. I'll show you my red phone when it comes!

I can't thank Delia's enough for helping me dress my daughter. We have been on a search for jeans & a dress for Confirmation. We have been up and down and all around townSSS literally. She has gone into countless dressing rooms with handfuls of clothing & come out with zip, nada, zilch! Until we get to Delia's. (I hate to go to Delia's because it is at the mall I hate to drive too BUT they have a web site too) So what did we find? A great pair of jeans and I ordered 6 dresses from the website for her to try on in the comfort of our home. Cross your fingers.

www.delias.com

I am addicted to Google images right now. I had to create a website for class last week on Geocities.com with LOTS of help from my sis and we needed lots of images. We found each & every one there from a cartoon motorcycle to tons of pics from the movies. Whew, it was a relief to have such an easily accessible place to find this stuff then go everywhere on the internet.

Enjoy the day!

Easter for teens & pre-teens


I remember my daughter's first Easter as an 8 month old. She received a small basket filled with teething rings. As both kids grew older, the baskets became bigger and their Easter excitement & joy filled the room. We also added an Easter egg hunt. It usually takes 20 minutes but each year there is 1 egg that cannot be found. Thank goodness, my husband keeps count.

I have found this year will be different with an 11 yr. old & a 13 1/2 yr. old. Once again, my daughter has warned my son NOT to wake her up. My son asks if he can get his basket & then watch t.v.

There are no cute adorable stuffed animals in the basket but there is still lots of chocolate. Plus the traditional pair of sunglasses will be in there too. They just will not have Batman on them or be pink. We will also still do the annual Easter egg hunt. (Although nobody was too interested in the Easter egg dying this year.)

They also still want all of the food that comes with Easter like the ham & egg breakfast casserole & the cheesy potatoes for dinner. (Yes, there are no calories on Easter) Plus we will drag them to church but later this year.

So what to do to make this holiday special for my teen and pre-teen? I think it is time for an annual baseball game, weather permitting!

Or a family rock band concert on the Wii since it is my husband's birthday tomorrow too. As you guessed, 1 of his presents is Guitar Hero - Band. Rock on Peeps!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A toast to toast

I am sure this title has been used thousands of times but I am into to toast this week. I am not much of a breakfast eater but this week, a nice toasted piece of bread with a little pat of butter has been my morning choice everyday.

We have kept it simple this week. The snow & cold temps have helped keep us inside along with the stack of Blockbuster movies.

We have ventured out for some fun too. Yesterday was my daughter's day. She picked the places to go & a lunch treat out. Today is my son's day & I can't wait to see where we end up.

Hope your week is filled with semi-spring weather, treats & simplicity like toast.

Monday, April 6, 2009

No camera, no time but on vacation









My life= a trig problem

I have 3 weeks to go until the end of classes! I have 2 weeks to go until 1 big test. My camera battery charger is lost. I bought a new one but husband doesn't like it. Why can't I sneak things into this house?! I also spent 3 hours creating web page with my sister.

all of this

=

not much blogging time

plus

week off with the kids

(times & squared gets me)

low times, high times, happy times, stressful times then I am back to not much blogging time...

I will "+" things here when I can but with no camera it is not much fun!


See you when everything equals out(:

Happy spring & Easter

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Annual spring treat


Today I had my annual treat to welcome spring. It usually happens on the way home from school. How could it not? I pass 3 ice cream stores.

I see those ice cream stores all closed up all winter long. Then suddenly it is spring. Suddenly those ice cream stores are open again. How could I not indulge?

This year it was a vanilla cone with butterscotch topping from Dairy Queen. And it tasted so good, all alone in the car welcoming spring.

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