Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

looking cold in oregon...

..but the fishing was great! Nick and DJ went steelhead fishing on Saturday and they were successful. Fun was had, many a fish were caught and as you can see, it was cold. Nick said it was "shivering cold". Beautiful Oregon, I'll be there soon!

happy st. patrick's day weekend...

Friday, March 16, 2018

what a week...

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This week has been CRAZY!!! Between putting our home up for sale and showings and school and Brian being insanely busy, we have been just a little anxious. I think we are handling things well, but many a night has been restless...that happens when your mind goes wild. I'm wanting to keep the remainder of March quiet and when all things are firmed up, I'll be ready to start again. T.G.I.F. friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


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...worried, anxious, nervous, overwhelmed, uncertain, indecisive.
 I need to remember "If it is meant to be; it will happen"!
Enough now...

Friday, March 9, 2018

This was a good week; it went by fast and it was calm here. I like that, just do what you need to do and move on! This weekend is about getting a few things done around our home, looking at an apartment, getting some documents mailed like taxes and returns and not much else. Oh, and I'm sure will make a visit to a brewery or two.
Sounds good; right?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

to women everwhere...

...stand tall; it's International Women's Day! PressforProgress

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

apartment hunting...

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I never thought I would say this, but we are currently apartment hunting. Yep, look to rent an apartment instead of buying something when we sell. I must say this potential change is keeping me up at night as my mind is just spinning.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

don't look down...

To be content alone; I find that to be a true gift. This guy amazes me often with his solo adventures. Nick just loves where he lives and at least once a week I am the lucky recipent of a picture (ofen including him) of the Oregon lanscape. Sometimes it's a mountain or river or butte or canyon or waterfall and always, always it is beautiful. Nature; it costs nothing to enjoy and gives one inner peace, I'm so looking forward to my summer adventure!

Monday, March 5, 2018

happy first week of march...

What a great weekend! Brian and I stayed home on Friday so our weekend was  both long and wonderful. I detailed cleaned which meant my windows and ledges and Plantation Shutters and base boards are just beautiful. I laughed when I went into the living room on Saturday as my home was truly shining and the smell; well, it smells clean and fresh and dust free. Let's see, as the weather was amazing, sunny and in the 40s, Brian played golf twice. As for me, well, much cooking was done. I made Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta and Mongolian Beef and Chicken Tortellini Soup for my team. I like treating the good people I work with and food is a simple way to say "thank you".  What else, I did a little shopping and reading and napping over the past three days as well as talking to my three kids/amigos/loves. Yep, it was a good weekend.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

it's march...

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Where is time going? Our year has already been busy as we have a lot to celebrate once the New Year arrives and now;, it is March. I'm looking forward to March Madness and house hunting as we are thinking of moving and Spring Break. The weather is soon to change and I cannot wait to see color outside again. That is always welcome.
Happy March, all!!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018


Brian and I went to the prettiest place ever for our anniversary: Gaetano's in Batavia. We arrived a bit before 5:30, went upstairs for a drink and was instantly surrounded by peace and beauty. The food was amazing, the service was wonderful and the night was one to be remembered for a long time. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

oregon update...

This is home.

I just realized that I did not reveal my new Oregon destination. I had to make a change due to an issue with the price of the first place I booked. (I'm intentionally not going to share the details as the situation caused me stress that it should not have. Don't dwell on the past, right?) So, I'm now staying in a one bedroom apartment across the street from the river and a hiking path, walking distance to The Old Mill Center and downtown and I think it is going to be perfect! Check it out...

Friday, February 23, 2018

how could it be...

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...38 years! It's our anniversary!!!
I cannot begin to express how lucky I am to have lived the life that I have with my bff for all of these years. We still so enjoy each other and laugh together and look at each other with love and respect and trust daily. We have each other's back and know when we need to be there for the other person. We cherish our family and grandchildren and each time we are "all together"our hearts are full. Today is a good day; it is the day that we promised to care for and love and always validate the other. It was the day we married.
Happy Anniversary to us!

one year ago...

It was a year ago today that I waved goodbye to Nick early in the morning as he drove down our street for the last time heading for Bend. He has come far, friends, and learned much about himself. Nick is a man who knows he is comfortable alone. He loves all of the beauty that nature holds, surrounds himself with good, honest people and is not afraid to work hard. He has learned to think and reflect and plan. He knows himself and how to handle stress and set backs and how to move on. He has learned that he is entitled to nothing and that his life will be what he chooses to make it. That is powerful, all, very powerful!
Wishing you joy and peace and happiness as you begin year two in Oregon, dear Nick. And much luck to you as you begin your new career on your one year anniversary of building a new life.
(I'm thinking 23 is your lucky number!!!!)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

words to avoid...

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I truly strive to live in the present these day. Fretting over the past is wasting the precious time we have...I have learned that over the past few years, dear friends. Omit this phrase from your vocabulary and work to make each and every day a good one. That is what is important; enjoying what each new day will bring.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

happy birthday... this sweet, sweet boy who changed our lives the moment he arrived. My heart is full because of you as you bring me true joy each and every day. Happy Birthday, dear Graham. I can't believe you are already three. Wishing you a year of laughter and fun and smiles!

Friday, February 16, 2018


Tonight, we are off to a concert to see our new, favorite, country band: Midland. When I booked the tickets, I don't think that I even knew who they were opening for...Little Big Town. My work friends were laughing at me as I told them I did not think Brian and I would be out late as we will probably head home shortly after the opening act. We'll see! Oh, and because we bought aisle tickets intentionally so I could sit in front of Brian. It just seemed right; comfortable, roomy due to the aisle. So this Friday is about getting through our day, heading to Ram Restaurant and Brewery for a bite to eat and then enjoying an evening of some good, ole country music.  
Friday = Fun

Thursday, February 15, 2018

and it's our second birthday of 2018...

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Happy Birthday to our Chris! Wishing you a day of smiles and hugs and happiness and a year filled with good health and love...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

happy valentine's day...

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....wishing you hearts and flowers and chocolate and more!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


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...4:25 a.m. is working for me. When I rise at that time, not wake up, but get out of bed, I can make my morning apple cider, lemon and cayenne pepper drink, get my water ready for the day,  brew coffee or get my tea-a-seeping and my bed can be put back together. (There is nothing like a pretty bed!) This means I'm at the gym a bit before 4:50 which is a good time. What else is currently happening? Yesterday, I started back on my morning shakes which I have wanted to do for awhile. Also, as my motto this month is "Eat Vegetables", I made a pot of homemade, vegetable filled soup on Sunday for my lunches which makes mornings calmer. Ummmm, I'm also currently planning a small March goal; "Go Process Free" which I have wanted to do for awhile. I like setting small, little month goals in the winter; it makes the time go by. Anyway, that is what currently is happening in my neck of the woods; well, there is more but that is all I'm currently sharing. Happy Tuesday, all!

Monday, February 12, 2018

hope week begins today in our schools....

...share to all that there is always hope. This is an important message, friends!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

what a weekend...

This weekend was about...
  • starting a day early so I was able to get so much done on Friday. I cleaned and organized our closet and ran errands so everything was finished before Saturday.
  • enjoying many conversations and pictures with our kids.
  • cooking and doing school work so I am ready for the week.
  • trying out a new brewery with my guy; Noon Whistle.
  • meeting our favorite Elmhurst family at More which was fun and not at all what we were expecting.
  • planning for another long, three day weekend! Can't wait for the 16th to arrive...

Friday, February 9, 2018

and it's a snow day...

Home today as it's a snow day and here are my plans. I'm soon to start my cleaning and I want to organize my closet. Then, I will catch up on some work so I'm ready for next week. A pot of soup will be made early afternoon as I went grocery shopping after school yesterday in anticipation of a day off. Not going far on this three day weekend which is a gift. Snow days are good for the soul.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

good luck...

Wishing my Oregon Guy much luck tonight at a dinner interview. This one has been through a lot over the past year and soon, he is about to begin a new career.
You'll do great, dear Nick, just be your true, honest, sincere self.  We are both pulling for you!!!