Saturday, April 14, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
I am STILL having blog issues-ughh!!! I am hoping to get them resolved this weekend and get back to posting regularly next week. We have had an exhausting week and I am SO SO happy it's finally Friday! Tonight Rachael and I have our monthly craft night for Branch and Bloom and tomorrow G, Ava and I are headed to Long Island because Ava is in a basketball tournament.
Wednesday we had to put our dog Daisy down. I was such an awful morning. On Sunday she had a seizure. Ava and I were home when it happened and after her seizure we held her until she seemed OK again. On Tuesday night G and I were getting ready to go to sleep and she had another one. I told him I was going to take her to the vet the next day. We knew something was wrong we just didn't know exactly what was wrong. I took her in to the vet on Wednesday morning and they did blood work and took x-rays and the vet said her lungs and the area surrounding her heart were full of cancer. He said there was nothing they could do to help her. He suggested that we put her down right away so she wasn't suffering. I called G at work and he came and was with me when they put her down. It was so sad and I just cried and cried. Daisy was my little shadow around the house and I loved taking her for walks around our neighborhood. She was part of our family for 12 years and we miss her so much.
The vets office made us a paw print in clay so we could remember our Daisy girl. I picked it up today and thought it was so sweet. I will cherish it always.
This week did have some happy moments....
We celebrated our nephew Gabe's 6th birthday on Friday with dinner and of course a big cake. He is such a cutie. I am so glad we got to be with him on his birthday.
We bought a new (to us!) Nissan Rouge for me. I have only had it a couple of days but so far I love it!! We have always had cars so this is our first SUV and it has so much room so far it's been great. It's a really pretty dark purple/black color called black amethyst.
That's it for me today. I hope you have a great Friday!
Thursday, April 5, 2018
I've been having some technical issues with my blog and haven't been able to post in a few days :(
I am hoping everything is fixed so I am able to post. I have so much to share! Here is a look at our life lately.
Last night I hosted our monthly Bunco game. It was fun as always. It's always great to catch up with these ladies.
The Easter Bunny came to our house on Sunday! Ava got a big basket of candy and a gift certificate for a manicure. We also went to church and had a big Easter dinner at home.
Saturday night my friend Heidi hosted a craft night at her house. I made a welcome sign that it turns out I have no place for in my house so I am going to sell it at the Holiday Market. It was so fun to get together and catch up with these ladies.
G's brother and his family has been visiting from Colorado this week. It has been fun having them in NY. Ava loves her baby cousin Gabe.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Happy Friday friends. This week was a lot of fun. I did a few fun things after work and Ava was in Phoenix enjoying her spring break with her Grandma Jan and Brock. Today I’m linking up to Erika, Narci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites.
1. Ava has spent the week with her grandma and Brock in Arizona. I am SO thrilled she got to do something fun on her spring break! They explored Phoenix, she went to class at ASU with Brock. They had a great week. Ava comes home today and I can't wait to see her and give her a big hug.
2. Walmart has the cutest galvanized metal stuff for spring. I have so many serving dishes, platters, plates and more but I always love to get a couple of new things. I got the utensil caddy this week and I think I'll use it all summer!
3. I've been in the mood to play in the dirt and it's still too early in NY so I was thrilled this week when someone called and booked a private craft party with me for Branch and Bloom. She wants to make terrariums in the class which will be so fun!! We did three terrarium classes last year. They are quite popular for us especially in the spring!
I am so happy it's Easter weekend! We have a few fun things planned plus Church and a big Easter dinner on Sunday. I hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend with your peeps.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
And we've been eating the delicious Salted Caramel Bars I made on Saturday.
What I'm reminiscing about...our Ava turned 16 in March! That is definitely something I've been reminiscing about. Our baby girl is almost all grown up. She got her permit on her birthday and we've been taking turns giving her driving lessons.
What we've been up to...Work has been busy for both G and me, and we are in the process of buying a second rental house (we close on Friday) and we have been looking at new SUV's for me-yay!!
What I'm dreading...nothing too crazy at the momemt
What I'm working on...I need to start working on three family memory books-one for 2016, one for 2017 and one from the tree. I planned to do them as part of my Happiness Project for March. I still haven't started. I hope I can start on them this weekend. And we are buying a second rental house on Friday so updating that is going to keep us very busy!! It needs new paint, two new kitchens, and a ton of other little things.
What I'm excited about...I have lots of fun things planned for April and May-including a girls trip, a concert and a trip to the spa!!! I love the spring and I also hope to do a lot of hiking and working in my flower beds.
What I'm watching/reading...I did my March book review on Monday. You can read that here. I just started reading Red Notice. A true story about Vladimir Putin's biggest enemy. It reads like John Grisham book but it's all true. I am only a few chapters in to this book but I am hooked. It is so interesting. Here is a recent article about Bill Browder the author of the book
What I'm listening to...I downloaded the best library app called Libby and you can listen to audio books. This week I started listening to The Goldfinch I listen to this when I'm doing things around the house and getting ready for work in the morning. and the Libby app is fantastic! They have so many books you can check out and you can listen or read them on your device. All you need is your library card. The best part it's free!!!
What I'm doing this weekend...It's Easter weekend!! Our niece and nephew are visiting from Colorado so we will spend time with them, we are going to color Easter Eggs, go to Church and make a big Easter dinner!
What I'm looking forward to next month...everything spring-cute dresses, flowers, hikes and walks! Bring it on.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
I LOVE learning to cook new things and my friend V loves cooking and we have learned to make a few things together. We have made eggplant parm together, we also have made homemade pasta together which was really fun!!
In Ceasar salad dressing you use both anchovies and a raw egg and both of those things gross me 😝 but I tried to put the grossness aside and they both worked so well in the dressing and it turned out so good! After my first bite I didn’t think about the egg or anchovies I just enjoyed one of the most delicious salads I have ever tasted!!
Ceasar Salad Dressing
I will definitely be making both of these recipes again and I can’t wait for our next cooking lesson.
Monday, March 26, 2018
The third book I read this month was a memoir by Jillian Lauren. It was called Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. She was paid many thousands of dollars to live at the Palace and party with the Prince of Brunei and his friends. She spent time with the Prince in the mid-1990's and this book talks about her life at the Palace and back in NYC where she lived. In this book she puts everything out there and I thought she did a beautiful job telling her story. It wasn't always a pretty story but she told it in her own terms and in her own way. This month for book club we are reading her second book Everything You Ever Wanted and I wanted to read her first book first before reading the second one. If you love memoirs I highly recommend this book.
That's it for me this month. I have some fabulous books picked out for April and I can't wait to start reading!! What are you reading?