Tuesday, October 23, 2018

hello on this tuesday...

Okay, here is my new change. Not a big one but it is my new look to start up blogging again. That is it until tomorrow, so goodnight, all!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

blogging lately....

...just has not been happening. I guess having no routine has affected my "forever" journal which is not good. I have thought about leaving ASB completely, I mean not writing anymore, but I'm not sure I want to do that quite yet. What I am going to do is make some changes and set a daily time to document and see how it goes over the next month. I might even add to my title: maybe my blog will now be called:

  (Phase Two: Retired and 60)

Monday, October 8, 2018

monday news from oregon...

I was so sad to discover today that my Oregon friend lost Roo, her sweet rooster. Michelle and DJ have roosters and chickens on their ranch and Roo, a beautiful rooster and one who dearly loved by Michelle died of a very common fowl disease. She is truly going to be missed by this sweet lady!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

this guy gets around...

Matthew in the "hood" with mayoral candidate Gary McCarthy. This kid is really something else; really!

Monday, October 1, 2018

welcome october...

October is my favorite month: cool, crisp air, leaves turning colors, pumpkins and corn stalks decorating homes near and far and festivals. I'm so looking forward to enjoying beautiful Octobeer in the Midwest.

Friday, September 28, 2018

our precious one...

oh, what a week...

The last week of September was good! I accomplished most of my "to do" items; visited with family and friends and made weekend plans. I'm looking forward to Grandparent's Day at G's school and a Bear's Lunch at 255 with two of my three kids and all of my grandkids. How lucky am I!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

good wednesday morning...

Much was accomplished thus far in our apartment this week. Brian and I tossed many closet and some drawer items. Shoes and jeans and baskets were rearranged so space is more efficiently used in our closet and laundry room. Everything has been cleaned and polished and our curtains were washed as were all of Brian's fall jackets and vests. I think the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers are good now; funny how you need to be in a space for awhile to understand how to use the space. My last task is to get in our storage bin as I don't know what is in there as of now. I'm ready to move on to fun projects now!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

just what is happening around here...

Hello and happy last week of September. Can you believe it? Fall began and we are approaching October...a beautiful month around here. Yikes, the year is close to ending. That being said, this week  is going to begin with clothes purging, storage bin checking as I don't know what is in there, car cleaning and boot repairing. I want to also get a mani/pedi as I'm getting my hair done on Thursday and visit my mom and dad in their new place, hopefully with this little nugget who is 21 days old today. Oh yes, and she is inching closer to 8 pounds. Yep, that is a good thing. Looking forward to a productive week!

happy fall...

Friday, September 21, 2018

happy friday, all...

What is up this weekend? It is going to be quiet around here. I have no plans at all which is fine with me. I'm use to "no plans" lately. I'm thinking of doing some meal planning today and then I'll be off to the grocery store. I also want to make plans for this week which will include hemming some curtains, getting rid of worn clothes, putting away some of our summer things and getting my boots resoled.  I'm also getting a mani/pedi,  I want to plan our holidays with Sarah and Matt and book Nick's flight home for Christmas. When you have time on your hands, planning months ahead is  something you do. Funny! Enjoy your weekend, all!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

when italian's harvest their tomatoes from their garden...

This tomato sauce is like gold. Any dish made with this sauce is simply amazing. Yes, you can tell the difference.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Today was for...
  • a five mile walk,
  • a visit with Sarah and Penelope,
  • the Farmers Market,
  • lunch at Pints,
  • hearing from Nick who is too hard on himself,
  • late showers and
  • an easy dinner prep as I have leftover stuffed chicken served over pasta with zucchini and a beet salad. 
Enjoying the still beautiful weather with my family.

Monday, September 17, 2018


We had the "H's" over late afternoon Sunday for some pool time and sliders. This recipe was very simple and quite delicious. I think the caramelized onions really made the difference as did smothering the bun with a combination of ketchup and mayonnaise. Well worth making this football season, gang!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

I cannot believe how much I love our new life. Brian and I are so relaxed and happy and I am busy in such a different way. (Well, I think I'm busy but some might disagree.) We both adore our new apartment (Life is simple here.) and it's location as everyone, except my sweet Nick, is close in proximity to us which we love. I have been great about exercising and cooking daily and this week, I've enjoyed the pool as the weather has been so warm. It has been nice being available to those in need of a bit of help and planning a day that does not include stress. I'm still trying to figure out our new budget with money being deposited at different time and where we should go in October as it is time to get away. Those are my biggest challenges lately so as you can see, my life is good. All in all, it has been a truly lovely summer!

Saturday, September 8, 2018


Well, look who came on Labor Day. Yes, our Penelope June arrived around 5:40 a.m. on Monday. I delivered her on the hallway/bathroom floor as Brian relayed the 911 operator's directions to me and Chris ran down the street to get Tom, an ob/gyn, to help before the paramedics, firemen and police people arrived. This all went down within five minutes after we arrived at the H's home and it was the craziest thing that has, by far, ever happened to our family.
Welcome to the world, dear Penny! We are thrilled your are here, safe and sound and know you are already dearly loved by your family!

Friday, August 31, 2018

don't look yet...

...it is already Friday and it's Labor Day Weekend! Can you believe it? I hope all enjoy some well deserved "down time" as our summer winds down.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

another week has gone by...

I don't know why time is moving so fast and I have found almost no time to post anything on ASB. Over the past few weeks I have been busy but really? I worked full time about 13 weeks ago. Let's see, I have been driving to Wisconsin at least twice a week to see my dad in a rehab center and have watched Ava and Graham each week and tended to our new life but yikes! What is going on as I really do have down time in my day, right? I don't spend hours cleaning or cooking or doing laundry or working any more and yet, time is flying by. That's okay I guess...it reminds me how quick things change....in a blink of an eye!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

happy wednesday...

I hope everyone is this happy to begin the new school year. Good luck, my dear teacher friends and students both near and far!    💗💗💗

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

ava jane...

I was able to spend my Monday with this sweet, baby girl. She is talking and plays and laughs and is developing the cutest personality. Loved starting the week with our love...Ava Jane!

Friday, August 17, 2018

driving into the weekend with a smile...

Happy Friday! It was a very nice week here, different, as Brian and I are continuing to get use to our new life. We are definitely together more, if that could even be possible and I what I am finding is we are laughing a lot at us. That's a good thing, right? This weekend is going to be very quiet and then, I'm going to be busy. We are watching our Ava on Monday and I am working
Wednesday - Friday at one of the middle schools. Not teaching, but helping our new sixth graders with first week issues so that means I am starting another school year. Funny, as I never thought that would happen. Hope all enjoy our promised beautiful weather over the next two day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

thirty six weeks and counting...

Look at this beauty at 36 weeks pregnant. She is glowing and gorgeous and continues to work and get things finished at home so everyone is ready for Baby Girl. My heart is full when I see this lady...such a wonderful woman and business woman and daughter and wife and mother. We can't wait to meet Nugget Number Three who, by the way, has a bow and swaddle that matches her mom's new robe.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

tuesday "to dos"...

Yesterday, I detailed the house as over the weekend I did some furniture moving and reorganizing once again. I think things are where we want them now and our apartment is almost the way we want it. I am still needing to buy a new, living room chair and bedroom lamps and one area rug. Anyway, I love top to bottom cleaning as "shimmering" should be part of my name. I love things shimmering which is no surprise for those that know me. Today was for a walk to the post office and library and bank and Fruitful Yield. Getting things done on foot is my new normal and now, it is reading and pool time before dinner which will be light as it is hot, hot, hot outside.

Monday, August 13, 2018

currently in love with...


...Posh Peanut. I have been looking for something special to buy Sarah and Baby Girl and found it at this amazing site. The outfits and accessories are simply beautiful and when the outfits arrived at the H's home, the quality did not disappoint. Each item was well made, super soft and the colors and patterns were amazing. This is my new "go to" when it comes to  both a baby and new mom gift.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

good sunday afternoon, all...

Another wonderful summer week was enjoyed by us. Brian and I did much more meal planning and cooking which was a good thing. We like eating in much better than out, but I feel like we are still not in a good routine when it comes to dinners in our new home. Oh well, we are getting better. We also had much pool time which we love, Brian golfed and we watch golf and on Saturday, our sweet kids treated Brian to at wonderful retirement dinner at one of our favorite Italian restaurants...Pazzi Di Pizza. The food did not disappoint, the company was lovely and Matthew had some questions for Brian which forced him to reminisce on his career which was fun. I'm looking forward to a quiet week as I only have one appointment so it is all about doing things to that are good for my mind, body and soul. Not bad, right?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

five more weeks baby girl...

...we just need you to stay put for five more weeks!