The Weekend Wrap August 11, 2019

weekend wrap 1I was fairly busy over the weekend. I saw so many of my dearest loved ones, but I also found myself driving all over the State of New Hampshire to accomplish all this.

Usually, I do not mind driving around, and actually, the road conditions have improved and the weather was beautiful, but I passed by a fatal accident and that was upsetting.

I had a wonderful time with my sister and cousins as we celebrated my cousin, Rikki’s marriage to her Joe. What a wonderful man he is. I sat across from him at the luncheon and we talked and talked. I immediately felt very comfortable with him.

We all agreed that this was so much fun and we need to arrange these get-togethers more often.

20190810_151523Bottom Row: Joe, Rikki, Janet, & her husband, Dave. Top Row: Me, my sister, Melodie, and her husband Ron.

After the luncheon, I was off to my daughter’s home to babysit the children +1. Savi had a friend over for the night. This was great and we had a lot of fun!

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I read stories to the kids, as well as poetry from a book that my Mom used to read to me. Savannah really enjoyed that. She told me how much she liked the poems and the sound of my voice while I read them.

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20190810_170247Savi and Sydney watching a children’s movie!

I drove home early on Sunday and spent the day spoiling Jack and the pups. They all had missed me, which was very nice.

After lunch, I continued my binge-watching of Downton Abbey. I just love this show! How am I the only person in the world who missed it when it was on PBS? Well, it is nice to binge-watch as I can go at my own speed.

So the weekend is over and I am happy and tired. It will be an early bedtime for sure!

The Weekend Wrap

weekend wrap 1It was a rather strange weekend. I actually got quite a bit done. Since we moved into this house we have had a row of boxes on the back wall of the garage. I started going through them!

I found clothing from long, long, ago. In fact, I have not worn these things in over 35 years! I remembered them, and some did not exactly bring back good memories.

Since I had not seen them, or used them, in all this time, I put them in a giant trash bag and off they went on Sunday to the Recycling Center!

I also found odds and ends from Jack’s mother’s house and I kept just a couple of things, but the majority also went to the Recycling Center!

Laundry was done, beds were changed and meals prepared. The usual day to day things.

On Saturday, as I sat eating my breakfast, I looked outside to the bird feeder and there sat the most beautiful male Cardinal I have ever seen! He sat there gazing in the window at me, and I reached for my cell phone to try for a picture, but Lili moved and off Mr. Cardinal flew!

Sunday morning, at breakfast, Mr. Baltimore Oriole came and he also sat nicely for a visit. I suspect he is the one in the picture above and below. He has been here all summer enjoying the goodies I put out for the birds.

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This weekend also saw both Lili and Arnie snuggling up to me at every possible moment. Not together mind you, but it seems they are taking turns.

I’m still reading and enjoying my book. There are 405 pages to read in this hardcover book! But it is so well written and researched that I am still reading with joy!

Happy Monday!

The Weekend Wrap

weekend wrap 1For me, it was a really busy weekend.

I knew I  had grocery shopping to do, (Friday),  Laundry to do, (both Saturday and Sunday), beds to change, (Sunday), and cooking to do, (all three days).

I decided to do something novel. Instead of just working myself into a frenzy, I would work on something until a certain task was complete, then I sat down to read a new book I have, “Alice, PrincessAndrew of Greece” by Hugo Vickers. I would read for an hour and then go back to whatever project I was doing. It made the time spent cleaning and cooking go much faster.

Because it was also very hot and very humid, at one point I didn’t want to be outside so I found a lovely movie on Amazon Prime TV with James Garner and Julie Andrew. It was called “One Special Night”.

 It was a love story about two people in their 70’s. Well being 70 is ten years away for me (close enough) so this appealed to the romantic in me in a new way. I could relate to the Seniors in the film. Plus I love Julie Andrew and James Garner both.

It’s another hot and humid day here on Monday. Ugh! Worst of all, I have a doctors appointment in Manchester, so I will be off at 9:30 to drive south.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

Weekend Wrap

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Sunday found me feeling a calm need to get a few things done. I had laundry to do, unexciting, and potatoes that required me to do something now before they started to sprout.

So I threw a load of clothes in and came upstairs to put on a pot of potatoes to cook for Potato Salad.

Then I started to chop. I chopped onions, celery, green peppers, red peppers, and mushrooms. I cooked up some of this for breakfast omelets, and saved the rest for later.

After breakfast, the potatoes were cooked and after peeling the warm potatoes I put them in the fridge to cool down, Meanwhile, I boned a rotisserie chicken I’d cooked last night, sliced some of the meat and then made chicken salad with the smaller bite-size pieces.

I was on a roll. My creative juices were flowing and as I went from one recipe to the next I truly amazed myself!

I prepared lunch and now I am just waiting to finish up my cooking day with a light dinner. Steak and potato salad for Jack and Cod-fish and corn for me.

Oh yes, and the laundry got washed, dried and put away (all in one day!). So I am feeling pretty good about all of that!

Plus we watched the 4 hours and 55 minutes Men’s Wimbledon Final! What a match it was! Both players were working so hard to win, and really, it could have gone either way. Congratulations Novak Djokovic!

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (Kate) who is the Patron of Wimbledon, presented the tournament trophy. I was so surprised but very pleased as well. Kate is such an asset to the Royal Family and I really like her relaxed way of handling situations that are new to her.

 

The Weekend Wrap May 27, 2019

I’ve been crazily working myself each day. I stood at the counter yesterday, glanced at Jack and told him, I was tired!

I suppose I could recount all the things I did yesterday, but I think that would simply make you tired. Suffice it to say, we have clothes to wear, food to eat, and my dresser no longer looks like a catch-all for everything in that room!

I so enjoyed the sunshine and rather hot temperatures yesterday. After a bleak and cold Spring, it is nice to finally be getting some nice weather. The Apple Trees are blossoming and my Snowball bush has their chunky flowers, although they are still green, not having turned their beautiful white.

20190522_163547A beautiful Apple Blossom!

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had with the children at Savannah’s party! Three little ones and me in the pool! It was so much fun splashing around, watching the smiles on their faces and listening to their giggles! Did anyone get a picture?

I am hoping my daughter will have another pool type party soon and invite me and the kids!

I leave on my much-needed vacation in a week. I am not visiting anyone, I am simply going off to recharge my batteries. I cannot recall a year where I have been faced with so many challenges in the first half of the year, with absolutely no time to rest. So this is my time, and I plan to sleep, rest and just enjoy the quiet. Movie and books figure into this as well!

I will try to post each day, but if I miss you will know I slept in and was feeling lazy.

Anneliese gets her stitches out tomorrow, and Lili goes back for an ear re-check and her yearly shots. After learning that our girl is really too skittish both in the car and at the Vet, we have tranquilizers for her.

20190526_114616Anneliese, sound asleep and snoring. If you look closely you can see her little tongue sticking out!

Our 18-month-old coffee maker died. I seem to have no luck with any coffee makers since my 12-year-old Braun Coffee Maker died back in the 1990s! THAT was such a good unit. They do not make it anymore and after the 6 pots in six years Kitchen Aide fiasco, I’d hoped that the Cuisinart 14-cup one would last.  Alas, that is not the case.

We do drink a lot of coffee in this house, and the machine is used to brew at least one, sometimes two full pots a day. Still, I think they should last longer.

So that’s the latest from New Hampshire. Enjoy your week my friends! Spring has finally sprung in the northern hemisphere!

The Weekend Wrap May 19, 2019

What can I say? We had another weekend that was mostly cool and rain, until Sunday night, when it got very humid and we had a thunderstorm. First of the season!

Saturday I had the TV on listening (?) to the Rome Open Tennis, and the Preakness Horse Race. I managed to get quite a bit done, except I have not solved Jack’s computer dilemma.

Suddenly Thunderbird has stopped working for both of us. I switched to SeaMonkey, and that is fine, but the menu font is terribly small and I fear that Jack may have trouble. Still, he has to do something, because he cannot send an email.

Our email provider is no help with this, and so I keep trying to find answers. I spent far too much time on the computer, trust me on this!

Anneliese is doing well, and so is Lili. Today I took off her bandage and panties and let the air get at her belly. She was very grateful!

We are still waiting for our fruit trees to blossom. However, we do have a peach tree with few blossoms and we had one adorable Hummingbird that was enjoying the nectar!

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Isn’t she (or he) adorable?

We also have had Blue Jays and Chickadees and also Baltimore Orioles. I am so enjoying the birds this year!

46935798605_329752e161_o (2)I love this time of year!

 

The Weekend Wrap ~ Mother’s Day

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Sunday was Mother’s Day. The day for us was a rather nice one. Although we had high clouds and did not see the sun, we had no rain and in fact, the air was very dry and clear. When we were driving around I could see the beautiful mountains in the distance.

My day started very early. 5 AM! I’m not sure why, but I have not been able to sleep after 5:45 in a few months. However, I enjoyed the quiet and the coffee and the company of my fur children on this Mother’s Day.

Jack got up and I made an omelet for us, and it stuck like crazy to the pan. Time for a new non-stick saute pan!

So later in the afternoon, we opted for the Chinese Buffet again. I opted to go there for a few reasons. 1. The food is good. 2. I wanted to find out if, in fact, the former owner had retired. (He has.) 3. The Buffet is set up the handle a lot of people and usually has no lines. (It did not and we got our favorite seat!)

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The new owners really have much better food (although I loved the former owner, he was so kind),  and we enjoyed everything. Including Alaskan King Crab Claws. I ate mine right off, and once they refilled the dish, I got some for Jack and I even cleaned the meat out for him! What a wife!

20190512_141144So we’ve watched the Madrid Open Tennis, Jack is working in the yard, and I am enjoying the late afternoon watching a movie. All in all, Mother’s Day was nice.

20190512_150812Have I ever mentioned that Yellow Roses are my favorite?