ten things tuesday

Ten things I did last week:

1) My Virginia and Pennsylvania sisters' families were here visiting! We laughed so hard I actually have a sore throat.

2) There was also a family reunion with my mother's side of the family. Her older sister passed away last spring but this week was when her children planned a funeral mass and committal service. So I got to see cousins I haven't seen in about five or six years or longer!

3) The real purpose for my sisters' visits was to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday as a family!

4) I put in a lot of effort making sure there was something planned for each day--with plenty of down time thrown in! Monday was a reunion party, Tuesday was the funeral and in the afternoon we had sister manicure appointments, Wednesday was the official family birthday dinner, Thursday was a trip to Grand Falls for zip lining adventures followed by birthday cake, and Friday was goodbyes for one of my sisters and also my nephew.

5) I got to play with my almost 6-month-old great niece! My Pennsylvania nephew and his wife came up for the party--their baby is the sweetest, best-natured baby I've ever seen!

6) I got to see my favorite cousin!

7) The fancy cake and cupcakes I ordered were a MAJOR success! It's decorated with the comedy/tragedy masks and musical notes--with an edible film strip with photos of him. Here's the birthday boy:

8) Our trip to Grand Falls, New Brunswick, was so much fun! The zip line adventure was a major success. I'm sad I wasn't able to do it but with high blood pressure and my weight, I couldn't. It was a blast to watch, though! And I still can't believe my Virginia sister did it.

9) I got to spend a lot of great, quality time with my younger Virginia niece. I was concerned that she would have fun, and actually, the zip adventure was for her. She is an excellent photographer--she's taken a couple of classes and they have paid off! We went on leisurely drives around so she could snap photos. Lots of quality car time.

10) I got to spend quality time with my sisters, too!



I am...

Reading: the news, online

Watching: bubbles rise in my sparkling water

Listening to: the clock tick

Wanting: a magic wand that works

Needing: to do laundry

Loving: vacation time

Thinking: about dog videos on YouTube

Feeling: relaxed and happy

Celebrating: friendship--today and this upcoming weekend

Grateful for: unstructured time

A quote I want to share:


sunday stealing

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Around the House

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
since I'm on summer vacation, I don't really have a sleep schedule 😀

Kitchen: favorite comfort food? mashed potatoes

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs? showers, pretty utilitarian

Closet: sum up your style in a few words. office casual

Parlor: favorite party or board game? Balderdash

Living room: what do you like to do with your family? after the family gathering I've just had--we laughed and laughed and laughed

Dining room: favorite special occasion food? cake--especially chocolate cake

Garden: favorite tree? flower? I like a weeping birch or a white birch for trees and my favorite flower is the peony

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away? teddy bears

Library: favorite book genre? mystery, literary fiction, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be? I would really love to teach in Ireland

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them? I've been to a ton of sleepovers--I can't remember my first one but I'm going to have a girlfriend getaway next weekend!

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings? oh--each has it's time and place

Pantry: favorite meal to make? salad

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore? laundry is my favorite chore and my least favorite chore is putting dishes away

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car? I like driving and I'm not sure I have a favorite car to drive

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had? lightning struck a tree in the front lawn and a branch fell on the roof right outside my bedroom window--the wires for the phone caught the branch--we had to evacuate the house

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? I do not wear makeup although I used to


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


saturday 9

I Will Never Let You Down

1) Since we're not supposed to stop thinking about tomorrow, let's talk about it: What are your plans for Sunday? it is my great-nephew's 3rd birthday party

2) Fleetwood Mac was formed 50 years ago in London. Fifty years is considered a "golden anniversary." Do you wear more silver or gold?
I wear more silver

3) This song is from Rumours, which has sold 40 million copies. Is it in your collection? it is!

4) It was written by keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie. She was born Christine Perfect, a name that earned her a fair share of teasing when she was a school girl. Do you recall being teased in school? What about? I was teased for being chubby

5) Before Fleetwood Mac, she was in a band called Chicken Shack. If you were to order out for a chicken dinner, which restaurant would you turn to? I'm not sure

6) Before she could pay all her bills with her music, she supported herself as a window dresser for a London department store. Do you enjoy walking along, just window shopping? Or do you consider "looking with no intention to buy" a waste of time? I enjoy all forms of shopping

7) When she found herself making big money, one of the first things Christine bought was a pair of matching Mercedes for herself and then-husband, John McVie. If you were handed a check for $1 million, what's the first thing you would do with the money? I would pay off my bills

8) The other girl in Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, founded the Soldier's Angel Foundation. She believes in the healing power of music, and so she's proud to provide wounded soldiers with iPods already loaded with music. When you listen to music from your phone, MP3 player or iPod, do you use ear buds or headphones? I do not use either

9) Random question: Let's pretend your high school reunion is coming up. Which classmate are you more curious about: the one who was your first date, or the one who was too cool to give you the time of day? the cool one!


the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm reading Homegoing.

And yet Quey did learn. He sat in Effia's lap as she taught him to speak, repeating a word in both Fante and English until Quey could hear in one language and answer in the other. She had only learned how to read nad write herself in the first year of Quey's life and yet she taught him with vigor, holding his small, fat fist in hers as they traced lines and lines and lines together.


think write thrusday

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Write about what you do to beat the heat! We're deep into summer here and some of those love the heat and some of us hate it but either way we all have to cope with it. What do you do that works for you?

I am not a fan of heat and humidity. I get cranky. My solutions? Read by the fan. Nap. Drink lots of water. Ice cream! Put a cool washcloth on the back of my neck.


w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and listening to The Secret Place by Tana French and Superficial: More Adventures from The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson and Still Life by Louise Penny.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.