Sunday, June 16, 2019

happy monday (last monday)...

This sweet family spent the weekend at the Dells. 
How precious are they?

I  hope you had a wonderful weekend! I...
  • spent my first Friday afternoon at the pool with my husband which was so fun. It was a beautiful day for sun and water.
  • grilled a nice lamb dinner and visited with some apartment friends.
  • headed to the H's before 9 on Saturday as Sarah was dizzy and not feeling well. Upon arriving and finding a pale woman who was earlier on the floor as she felt faint, we promptly went into action. Brian took Sarah to a doctor, she had step, and I took care of feeding the kids and getting them ready for the day. When Sarah came back home, we took both to the park and for ice cream so she could sleep and enjoyed a quiet late lunch when Chris returned from a golf trip. 
  • enjoyed a quiet "rest of the day" and ate some take-out food as we were not in the mood to prep dinner.
  • planned my week on Sunday and sent out some cards; again a low key day which is always fine with me. 
Have a great week!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

summer bucket list....


Have you made your Summer Bucket List? Me, not this year as now that I am retired, every day is like a summer vacation day; it really is. How lucky am I???? I did, however, choose these books to read over the next few months which I am excited about and I must say, I have enjoyed going to our courtyard this weekend to read in the quiet which is so very nice. Anyway, if you have not made a list of fun things to do with your family over the summer, it is time. Seeing a list of your "want tos" will help you enjoy this glorious time of the year!
Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

welcome june...


Wow, it has been rough getting back in the swing of things. We came home on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it took me two days to finish all of our laundry and clean a very dusty home. Then, it was my birthday and I enjoyed dinner with the Ronans before Wednesday arrived and I had to pick up G at school due to a fever. Thursday morning was for G again and then I went to St. Charles for a pedicure and retirement party. On Saturday, Sarah, Penny and I had lunch with my mom before a busy Sunday: we bought plants and spent some time with the H's and grilled before calling it a dy. Now it's Monday afternoon and I'm tired after doing more laundry and cleaning ad paying bills and just trying to get ready to enjoy June.
Have a wonderful week...

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

a small getaway during our getaway...


The three of us traveled northwest for a little getaway! We enjoyed Astoria, the Columbia River, the Pacific Ocean, driving on the beach, Washington and lots of rain! Such beauty...












Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

hello from california...


Greetings from SoCal! We flew in on Tuesday for Maddy’s graduation and have been enjoying the first leg of of our three week vacation! Hoping to see some sunshine ☀️!








Tuesday, April 30, 2019

pasta, bay scallops and lemon...




Do you love bay scallop? I love them as they are rich and buttery and have just a delightful texture. This recipe is simple and only takes minutes to prepare. Make sure you have a great cheese to grade over it as that plus a bit more lemon just makes the dish move from good to great!
Until tomorrow...




happy monday....

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine began on Friday enjoying happy hour with my Sarah at our favorite wine bar, Tannins in Elmhurst. While we were chatting, Sarah started to reminisce about my dad and how she missed him and before I knew it, his card, the card you pick up at a wake, was out. I remembered how much my dad loved, loved Friday Happy Hour and then, after saying we were enjoying a drink with him, all of our favorites joined us. What a HOOT! Sarah and I laughed and took pictures that we sent to our family who might have thought we were crazy, but it was seriously so funny. Saturday, Brian and I enjoyed an afternoon building party to celebrate the opening of our pool, too bad it snowed all afternoon, and then on Sunday, I baked with my Graham; who does not love Apricot Oat Bars? It was a nice weekend even though the weather was seriously crazy. Can't wait to welcome my second favorite month; May is here!
Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 25, 2019

achieving one's goals...


Are you a goal setter?
I am a big goal setter and so is Nick. Now, the rest of my loves are too, or at least they use to be before kids, but I don't hear about their goals often. That being said, I am continuing to work on the resolutions I made at the start of the year...Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! ... and am especially proud of my exercising lately. It feels good to follow through and I have no reason not to these days, right? But here is the news I wanted to share. Last Saturday, Nick achieved his goal and ran a half marathon in Bend. It was his first race ever and he trained for two plus months. Nick has never been a runner but was drawn to enter a race after the new year and it finally happened. He ran the race in 2 hours and 5 minutes and here is something, the route took the runners primarily uphill. Yikes! Nick's comment to me when we spoke over the weekend was that he felt "accomplished". That says it all, does it not. Feeling proud of oneself for achieving something that you worked hard to achieve is special.
Well done, Nick!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

ravioli, asparagus and walnuts, oh my...

Ravioli With Sauteed Asparagus And Walnuts
Image belongs to Masakanibuku



Asparagus is in season so this is a perfect dish for you and your family. Ravioli with Sauteed Asparagus and Walnuts.
It was easy, peasy to make and let me just say, it was light and fresh and filled with texture. I do not usually enjoy nuts in my dishes, but the walnuts added an additional layer to this meal that rather completed it. I did use a bit more lemon juice than called for and substituted the ravioli for tortellini as I had some in the refrigerator. Make this for you family or guests....it is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

fishing season is beginning again in oregon...


...and Nick is ready. He recently purchased this pontoon and now that school is over for him until September, it's time for him to load his truck with fighing gear and head to the lakes and calderas.
Happy fishing, all!

Friday, April 19, 2019

happy friday...


Yeah, so many of you are off today so go outside as it is beautiful. Although it is a bit windy, the air is crisp and it's sunny and it is just an invigorating day. I just finished a 5.32 mile walk which was amazing; it felt sooo good. Take a walk; it's good for the soul.
Today, for me, is going to be about keeping my pace slow and enjoying everything around me. In fact, I intend to do that all weekend long...I want to enjoy being in the "present moment", I want to enjoy each and every thing that surrounds me. Doesn't that sound simply wonderful? Wishing all a lovely Easter weekend!
Until Monday...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

how lucky am i...


I was on a five mile walk yesterday, alone and listening to podcasts when I realized I am very much at peace these days. Why, one might ask? Well, it's because these days I can wake up and breathe before getting out of bed. I can go on a long, long walk and enjoy the sun and breeze and trees and plants that are coming alive around me. I can plan a new meal daily and sew and crochet gifts for others to bring them joy. I can escape in a book and learn something new on my own time. I can enjoy my husband who is carefree these day; he is relaxed and laughs and loves his new life more than I can say. I am lucky!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

some wonderful daily walks...


I have been hitting the pavement lately and enjoying 4 plus mile walks around beautiful Elmhurst. Being outside is liberating and so good for the soul. My route is through neighborhoods and over a quarry and past some local establishments as well as along our Prairie Path. I must admit that I'm a bit tired when I'm finished with my five mile route, especially on a few of our windy Spring mornings, but breathing in fresh air is never under rated.

Friday, April 12, 2019

ahh, the weekend...


happy friday...

Wishing all a wonderful weekend filled with tractor rides and Minnie Mouse ears and snuggles with the ones you love! Until Monday, friends...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

a lovely spring dinner...

tThis quick weeknight Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry is perfect for spring, made with lean chicken breast, asparagus, fresh lemon, garlic and ginger.
Photo belongs to SkinneyTaste.com



Want to cook a delicious spring dinner tonight? Try skinneytaste Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry  and you won't go wrong. I made this last night and it was simple and light and tasty! Serve it over rice or my favorite, pearl couscous!
Bon appetite!

Monday, April 8, 2019

happy Monday..,

How was your weekend? Mine was all about family time so it was wonderful! Our family celebrated Ava on Saturday... she turned two! This sweetheart had so much fun at her family birthday party; it was precious! On Sunday, I went to breakfast with Sarah and Penny and spent my early afternoon with Brian and my late afternoon with all I was previously enjoyed time with plus Graham! The five of us grabbed a blanket and snacks and a basket of toys and heads down to the courtyard to grill and enjoy the rest of a typical spring day! This week is going to be quite which is just fine...hoping for more sun than rain as week two of April begins!
Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

thoughts on being routine oriented...


I think people crave discipline and there is evidence, data from research, that states the most successful people are "routine oriented" and all have a similar morning routine. Here is an article on this topic.
Before retiring, I had a Monday - Friday routine that I religiously followed; to the tee, almost to the minute most days. (I mean I woke up, worked out, blogged, did laundry and bills and prepped for dinner before leaving for work at the same time daily.)
When I walked out of Wredling, however, for the last time last June, (And this is something, I have never been back as of yet!) my daily rituals significantly changed. I still accomplish a lot in a week, but I just don't do things on certain days or at certain times and it has been different and guess what? Lately, I've moved back toward wanting a more regimented week and day and it looks like that might happen sooner rather than later. I just feel better when I have a time and day devoted to accomplishing daily things. I like knowing that I will wake at a certain time and complete my "to dos" at a certain time so I can then enjoy my free time. It just makes me feel more in control and I actually end up with more time to do the little things I love.
If you have thought of making some changes so you have more time for your passions, establishing a daily routine truly makes the world of difference. In addition, there is one simple thing that you can do to begin this change and that is Make Your Bed as soon as you get up. It's a little thing, but it makes a difference, "...it matters." Watch this amazing video to understand why and to get started on changing your life!

Monday, April 1, 2019

april goal...



This month, I have a great plan to achieve my monthly goal which is connected to my year weight loss goal. My action plan is for me to:

  • exercise 6x a week; achieving 10,000 plus steps daily.
  • eat all meals with intention.
This morning's 3.2 mile walk started my week out so right as there is nothing I like better than being outside. It is so good for the mind, body and soul and I could tell I was smiling as I worked my way around Elmhurst on foot.
Looking forward to how I will feel on the last day of the month!