The Weekend Wrap

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The weekend was fairly quiet, with the exception of the snowstorm and the additional 6-8 inches of snow that fell Saturday and into Sunday. It was beautiful but required more plowing and snow-blowing.

I cooked a few nice meals for Jack and then for me. I am still cooking two separate meals most of the time. I don’t mind because it helps keep me on track without making Jack feel like he is on a diet.

Our birds came to feed and that was also great. I love seeing them enjoy the food I put out. I noticed that one feeder was full of snow and ice, so I brought it in, cleaned it up, and put it back out for their enjoyment!

I’ve also been noticing that I will be typing along and all of a sudden my cursor jumps to another sentence, this is throwing off all my work. It keeps happening and it’s driving me mad!

I decided to try shutting off the mouse and see if that works. Sadly it seems to. I say sadly because it is inconvenient to have to shut off and turn on the blasted mouse!

I’ve discovered turkey cutlets! It’s simply uncooked slices of turkey breast meat. They’re low in WW points and easy to cook. Yummy!

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Well, that wraps it up for another weekend!

Have a great week everyone!

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The weekend was a good one here in New Hampshire. We had temperatures in the mid 50’s which helped to melt a lot of the ice and snow. Oh, we still have snow on the grassy areas of the yard. However, the driveway and walkways are free and clear of ice and snow!

We watched another full season of Homeland as we prepare for February 9th debut of Season 8 of the series.

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This is the last season for Homeland and I will miss it. That being said, I must tell you that as I have rewatched this show, I am finding all sorts of little things that I had simply missed the first time around.

I also did some crocheting, laundry, and the usual cooking. I discovered something new. Turkey Cutlets. They were in our meat case at the Supermarket and they were easy to prepare.  I love it when I find something new.

This is a big week ahead. I have two doctors appointments for me and one for Anneliese. Best of all, one of the appointments is for my eyes. It’s been a while since I had my eyes checked and quite honestly, although I like these frames, I have never felt that the prescription was correct. So, goodbye Lens Crafters and Hello Dr. M.

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At least with all the driving, I will be doing I don’t have to worry about snow.

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Since Sunday was my birthday, most of the weekend was spent celebrating my special day. And it was a very Happy Birthday!

20191117_064647It started on Saturday going to see Savannah is a play. “Lion King Kids”. Savi played a Wildebeast! And she did a fabulous job!

Then on Saturday night my three cousins, Janet, Dave, and Larry came to Mandy and Matt’s house and we had a full celebration meal, which included Surf (Shrimp) and Turf (Expertly grilled Steak!)

We donned party hats and acted silly.

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Savi

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Janet, Me and Larry.

The somewhat dented Ice Cream Cake. The box containing the cake was dropped (accidentally). It did not lessen the deliciousness of the cake!

77098433_10157495486761183_825048193765998592_nThe dented cake! Beautiful nonetheless!

I got a few lovely gifts, including two wintery nightgowns. Lucky for me as we’ve been getting down into the lower teens at night.

On Sunday morning, (my actual birthday) Mandy made me some breakfast and then I headed home. It was another stellar day and the drive went by quickly.

Then Jack took me out for lunch at The Common Man Restaurant, where we feasted on Mussels and then had Reuben Sandwiches. The restaurant treated me to a chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce for my dessert!

20191117_145726All in all, this was one of the nicest birthdays ever!

However, all that said, after all this wild eating, I am feeling stuffed! I may not eat until well into tomorrow!

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Well as much as I wanted, Sunday was not a quiet day. It started nicely enough, as I listened to music and crocheted.

“An Affair To Remember” came on TCM, and I enjoyed watching that for the millionth time! I always sit here are ask myself if Deborah Kerr’s last name is pronounced Car or Ker? Jack says it is Car. Anyway, I cried like a baby at the end, as I always do.

Then Jack got sick and I was busy with all of that. I still do not know how I raised two children. I do not handle cleaning up after a sick person well. But such is life. I somehow managed.

I need to call the Vet at 8:30 as Anneliese is having a problem. I’m not sure what it is, but I fear it is more to do with her breast cancer problem spreading.

Happy Monday!

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I have been away at my daughter’s soon to be old house, helping her get ready to move into her new house. It’s amazing how much work there is to be done when you move 4 people and a dog and a cat a few miles down the road!

Fortunately, I pack things pretty well. I worked with Mandy in her kitchen and unfortunately, I packed up all the kid’s small plastic cereal bowls! Eeek! But I saved the day. I got the plastic cups I saved and put their cereal in there! Problem solved! After all, they officially move mid-week and the bowls will be unpacked!

We made several trips over to the new house and ate almost all meals out except the wonderful breakfast Mandy made with the few pots that we’d left out. Eggs, bacon, and pancakes! Yum!

I packed up early on Monday when Mandy went to work, the kids went to school and I hit the road stopping to grocery shop, and get gas. Since I had gotten some of BJ’s Warehouse super coupon items I knocked my gas bill down from $238.9 a gallon to $158.9 a gallon! Seeing that on my sales slip made me smile. Especially since I actually use the soap liquid, paper towels, plastic garbage bags and toilet paper that got me the reduction. Oh yes, and I used their store coupons which totaled about $20.00! Gosh, I love a good sale and a bargain!

Jack and the pooches were happy to see me. The feeling was entirely mutual!

I was home for a short time when an old friend knocked on our door. The son of a Pan Am pilot, who was very much like a father to Jack and me. We sat around telling stories about his Dad and visiting. It was a nice afternoon.

So, it was a very full weekend, spent with my loves and I enjoyed every moment.

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Our weekend was a pretty quiet one. I was feeling so much better from the cold I had, while Jack was in the early stages of coming down with a cold.

I did laundry and cleaned and cooked a wonderful Sauerbraten. I cleaned my closet, went to the Recycling Center and prepared several bags of shoes, coats, blankets, shirts, and towels to bring to the Charity Shop.

Jack slept. He got out of bed, came out to his chair and slept some more. In between, he coughed and sneezed and then slept some more.

Due to his sleeping, I was the master of the remote control! I actually watched what I wanted to see! Yay, me!

With heart cartoon remote control from TV device

We have now had a couple of hard frosts, and we also had a wind storm that came through and blew away a large portion of our leaves. It seems that the peak of our Autumn is now over. As is the Foliage Train. Today was the last day the trains will run for the year.

The coming week finds me being quiet. I’m sure I will be caring for Jack while he recovers from the cold.

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So many beautiful thoughts have been passing through my mind over the weekend. As I drove down to Mandy and Matt’s, spent time with my grandchildren, walked the dogs, and just spent time gazing out the window, there were so many really amazing things.

  • The leaves are turning color here and there is a feeling of warmth that comes with gazing at the various colors.IMG_0671

    The leaves brighten your way as you drive down the road. It’s my favorite time of year!

  • Ah, my grandchildren. It’s wonderful to walk into my daughter’s home and have her children and their dog comes running to greet me. Hugs and kisses, and their squeals of joy let me know how much I am loved!70353836_10220195606662062_8616550860815597568_n

    And their dog Freya is always full of love and kisses too!

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  • I was able to stop in at my favorite shop and get a new pair of pants and a new shirt. Retail Therapy always makes me happy!
  • When I came back home, despite the fact that my dishwasher is broken, yet again, I was able to sit and enjoy my birds. The Cardinals were back, the Downey Woodpecker, and the Hairy Woodpecker, and the Chickadees. What a joy to discover the birds at this time in my life. What happiness I have found in feeding them.PA060001
  •  Jack wanted to go out and get a bottle of Scotch at the State Liquor Store. So we got the two dackels ready and off we went. We got there just in time to see Arnie and Anneliese’s best friend. She always has cookies for them!
  • Life is full of surprises. Good ones, that’s for sure. All you need to do is look around and you will find all sorts of amazing things.

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I decided this morning to make apple sauce. We certainly have enough apples on the trees, but I must tell you, without proper care and fungicides, the apples are small, mottled and sort of icky.

What this means is that you need to peel and core every apple and discard anything that looks bad. I worked for nearly two hours doing this, at times alone and at times with Jack.

I was trying to keep up with the cleaning and things and I checked on the cooking apples and the apples had begun to burn to the bottom of the pan! Fortunately, I caught it in time and avoided yet another kitchen disaster.

The apples are slowly cooking now and will need a lot of sweetening. I tasted the apple mash, which is cooking down and it sure is tart!

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I cooked a turkey on Friday and then made Turkey Soup on Saturday. After boning the turkey on Friday evening, I put all the bones, a  couple of onions and carrots into a crockpot with a little bit of chicken stock and enough water to cover all the bones, and cooked it overnight to make the soup base.

If you have never made your soup base this way, give it a try. I find you wind up with incredible tasting soup broth!

So, tonight I am taking some of that broth and making a turkey casserole. Turkey seems to sit well with me this day. Although I am sure Jack will complain. (He did!)

Our darling Anneliese shows more signs of blindness. She startles easily and sticks to me or to Jack and to her brother Arnie.

You know, one of the most beautiful things to have watched the last 12 years, is the love that Anneliese and her brother have shared since day one! Imagine how lucky we feel to have shared in their lives. Brother and sister, and we have owned them since the very day Greta gave birth to them.

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At birth, Arnie on the left and Anneliese on the right.

Jan. 20 Anneliese and ArnieAnneliese left and Arnie, right. About 7 weeks old.

Yes, raising your very own sibling pups right from birth has been an experience of a lifetime.

Arnie & AnnelieseArnie left and Anneliese, right.

We are blessed, that’s for sure!

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Also, today is the birthday of my dearest friend, Uschi! I wish her a Happy Birthday and good health and much joy in the year ahead!!!

cheers to success

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!

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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!