Thursday, September 21, 2017



I made the most delicious dinner last night and it was so simple. I bought some stuffed peppers from our local butcher on Sunday and I added the leftovers to good, jarred marinara sauce which made it taste amazing. This was served over papperdelle pasta; can't get better than that, and I also made a side salad with my homemade Italian dressing. Homemade food added to store bought food makes the store bought food taste homemade! Bam!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

starting again, and again, and again...



I have been back to work for 20 day and with students 17. Working out has not happened so tomorrow, I am again making some changes. (It never bothers me to do this as routines change when life changes.) Tomorrow is about running in the morning until it is too cold and more fruit and vegetables in my diet. In addition, I am going to reduce social media and more about that will follow!

where were our smiles...

Happy Monday!
Well, this little nugget did not have one smile for Brian and me last Saturday night when we went over to her house. Ava watched her mommy and daddy leave for a wedding after five, looked a bit panicked and then proceeded to moan/cry until she went to bed 3.5 hours later. It was so sad as she could not get over the fact her parents were gone and could not recover. Sarah and I remembered Graham doing the same around her age, but let me tell you, that is no concession as I just felt so bad for our little sweetie who is always talking and smiling and happy.  Beside that experience, Brian and I enjoyed seeing Matt and Jenny and our Sunday of errands and watching the Bears lose and cleaning and rearranging the garage. The weekend went fast, as it always does, right? Enjoy our last week of summer!

Friday, September 15, 2017

a five day work week...



This was the first five day work week for me since school started and it went rather fast. I am still working 10 hour days but they go by quickly. I feel organized at both home and work which is good, but what has not happened is exercising or yoga or mani/pedis or making really scrumptious meals. At this time, I just can't do everything that I like to do. I'm thinking some pampering for me will happen sooner rather than later and I'll resume exercising on Monday which will make me feel good. Looking forward to the beautiful weather we are going to have this weekend as well as watching our Ava and some meal planning. Cannot wait to enjoy some down time; happy Friday, all!

who's your b.f.f...


Sunday, September 10, 2017

my weekend...


Our weekend was nice. Unfortunately, Brian has been more than involved in work for 6 plus days which meant stress and tension so his weekend was not as calm as mine. We did manage to unwind together and go to Taste of the Vine on Saturday which has gotten huge. On Sunday, we spent the day with Sarah and Graham as Chris was golfing on the East Coast. The four of us had fun playing and taking a trip to Reams and lunching and napping before saying our goodbyes. I managed to talk to Nick who is again starting a new job.  Matt was in Iowa for work over the weekend and I need to find out more about this as it had something to do with Temple Grandin. As it is now Sunday evening, I'm currently getting some work finished and waiting on dinner. My table has these beautiful gladiolas on it; one flower that I love this time of year. They remind me of my brother, Greg. He often brought me a bunch of these beautiful flowers when they were blooming at the end of summer. Have a restful evening...

Friday, September 8, 2017

tgif...





Looking forward to grocery shopping and some cleaning and cooking and enjoying the cool weather in St. Charles. I might pack up some summer clothes as it is time and take a stroll in Geneva as it is Taste of the Vine weekend which is always fun. Not much on our plates which is good as a quiet weekend is what I need.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

an update...



I have been more than busy since returning to work where everything changed this year. That meant most days over the past 10 days have been 10 plus hours. My Labor Day weekend was full and yesterday was Back to School Night so I went to work and then home and then to work again. I have successfully kept our home operating smoothly but what has not happened is much exercising and very, very, very little cooking. In fact, I don't think I have made a meal in six days which is unheard of for me. Yikes, terrible! Hoping to get back into a healthy routine sooner rather than later! Maybe this weekend I can get things together and feel good about the start of next week.

look at my angel...






Thursday, August 31, 2017





It was a beautiful morning for a run. What a great way to start my Thursday!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

sometimes you just need to build a tower...






...and carefully look at it so it doesn't fall down!

Monday, August 28, 2017


It was a very nice weekend. I came home on Friday more than tired, but thanks to my wonderful husband, enjoyed the night. Then, there was cleaning on Saturday morning just to de-stress and a really nice talk with Nick.  (He is good and happy; in fact, I don't think I have ever heard him sound so happy and reflective on his life. More on him later!) Then, we were off to the grocery store and butcher and to GIA MIA in Geneva to have an appetizer. The food in this restaurant is amazing; everything is fresh. When we got home, lamb chops were marinated and I spent a lot of time putting groceries away so all cabinets were organized and just looking pretty. Sunday was for coffee and work and some down time. I'm ready for Monday!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

a quiet weekend for me...


I'm alone until Sunday evening, boo, so it will be quiet for me. (Well, for Nick too, as he text me and said he wished we could go to lunch today as he is alone this weekend. Boo! Boo!) That being said, I decided to detail clean so my first week to work begins in a beautiful, sparkling home which I love. DONE! Then, Brian noticed some "dirt" or whatever under the lowest refrigerator shelf which led to us pulling out the frig, cleaning all shelves and cabinets inside, the coils, behind the refrigerator and the top. DONE!  I ran errands today, met my guy in Wasco, stopped at school and the proceeded home to to unpack what was bought. DONE! Thank goodness we had leftover salmon for my dinner as I was still unpacking a dishwasher and folding clothes and wiping up around 6 tonight. A productive day, to say the least!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

the chimes are going to be still today...


Not your typical home in Bend, but I think it has charm!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

my week plans...





This week is my "trial week" before I start work on the 14th. I'm working on making my morning exercise schedule work and establishing a new "nightly routine" that makes mornings easier. As my classroom is still under construction, I'm going to get some serious paperwork done today and tomorrow which should be good. I often wonder if everyone plans their days as much as I do!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

looking back...



Last week was about...
  • work and meetings and a disappointing e-mail saying that science teachers CANNOT go into their rooms until after the 16th.
  • Lake Geneva which meant time with my mom and dad and husband and Sarah and Graham. It was wonderful!
  • dinners and wine and snacks and walking.
  • driving in the country and seeing farms and land how big the corn is in the fields in the midwest.
  • a trip to Aurelio's where we shared a bottle of wine on the patio and a pizza after a long Saturday of golfing and driving and unpacking.
  • hearing from Nick who is good, although there are many fires in the High Desert lately.
  • a Sunday that was not a day of rest! We cleaned the house, trimmed and water all plants, swept the patio and garage, cleaned two fans, put away laundry, washed two cars, went to Costco and Binney's and then smoked ribs while watching golf.
  • missing our Ava and family.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

i think i can...




I did a trial run this morning to see if I can go to 6 a.m. morning yoga and make it to work before 8 a.m. The answer is yes! I must, must, must be totally prepared but I am going to be able to do it two days a week which is a good thing. Mind, body and soul...

day three of work...





Monday was for a meeting with my science colleagues and yesterday, six plus hours was spent in my room cleaning shelves and cabinets and unpacking all of my boxes. (I was tired when I home!) Today is for a Team Leader Meeting, a few errands, a hair trim and then I'm done for the week. Tomorrow, we head out for a couple of "Graham and Sarah Days"! I like easing back into work; it makes it less stressful!