Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone has a great day. Eat and laugh plenty.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Busy Weekend

We went to our great-nephew's baptism on Sat. it was very nice. The only problem was we couldn't understand the priest, he's Vietnamese. Other then that it was great. He's a cutie pie ( my great nephew not the priest). He looked so sweet in his white suit. On Sunday I had Audra's shower. She was surprised. She received many wonderful gifts. Now she has a head start on all the things you need for twin boys. The Janice Center is amazing. Tanya did a beautiful job, her mom would be so proud. I could feel Janice smiling down on us as we celebrated her daughter and her twins.
We didn't end up going out for my birthday. I was so cold by the time I got home from work that I just couldn't get dressed and go back out in it. Ray got pizza and we had a quiet night at home. It was great. I love it when we just hang out together with the dog and cuddle.

Friday, November 21, 2008

100th Post

Went to Kristie's last night as she wanted to give me my birthday present and I wanted to receive it :). It's a beautiful birthstone bracelet. I love it. Ray is taking me to dinner and then we are going to see Bolt at the local theater. Not a big night just a nice night with my honey. It's strange that I was so freaked out about turning 40 and now that I'm 41 it's not a big deal. Mom always says it's just a number, I guess if your 64 and look as great as my Mom you'd think of it that way. I care that I'm getting older,but I didn't dread this year as much as last. It was something about not being in my 30's anymore. Now it's not so bad. At least I'll always be younger than Ray :) .

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Treadmill

Since for oh I don't know how long Kristie has been storing my treadmill. I'm thinking of selling it. Not only to get it out of her way,but to get a little cash also. Let's face it I'm not using it now and I have my recumbent bike which I love. Sit, petal, watch TV bliss. So I'm wondering if any of my readers want to buy it. I will leave it up to you to decide what you might want to spend. I will now tell you a little about it. It's a ProForm space saver treadmill. It has an automatic elevation if your so inclined, get it, inclined. You can either set your own pace or use the programs that are on it. It is a tad noisy as it's not a brand new one. Please don't ask me how old it is I can't remember. I know it works and has plenty of power. Any takers just quote me a price and we'll talk. If you want to see it I'll work it out with Kristie.

Thursday Things

1. I make a mean pork roast (thanks Kristie for the recipe)
2. I turn 41 tomorrow
3. I once deposited (for my Mom) a counterfeit bill (we didn't know of course)
4. I don't like roller coasters
5. I don't like glass elevators

I finished Unseen, I enjoyed it. It was a well plotted out mystery. I will be reading more by this author. I started In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed. It tells of her life in the Kingdom of Saudi as a female doctor in a male oriented country. It's very interesting Ahmed goes from living in America to a totally different way of life. She is struck by how even though she is Muslim that she doesn't quite know the ways.
I saw a former roommate of mine last night. She has moved back to the area with her family. It was great to see her. Hopefully we can get together soon. She looks great and her boys are getting so big. It's good to see her back home. She says she's having a hard time with being back her boys on the other hand are loving it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lunch

Yesterday I had lunch with Jeanne and Jilly and the most amazing thing happened. We were almost finished with our lunch and this gentleman came to our table and said he paid for our lunch. He said he had been having a rough time and seeing us with Jilly made him happy. We thanked him and I asked Jeanne who he was and she said I don't know. We both were taken by surprise. It just goes to show you there are nice people who just do nice things for no reason except it makes them happy. So Thank You to a really nice man. Hopefully things get better for him. Time to pay it forward I think.

Faith

I envy people who have a strong faith. I have always questioned why something happens and how a loving God could let it happen. I have plenty of family that are very serious about their faith. I even have a cousin who preaches sometimes. I wish I could say that I understand this faith they have, however I don't. I can't seem to wrap my mind around it. The news shows I watch and the newspaper always have stories of sorrow and pain. This week it's a little girl who while visiting her grandparents was hit and killed by a bullet that came through the wall of her grandparents trailer. The bullet came from a hunter with a high powered rifle who was hunting near the trailer. My question is what was he doing shooting towards a house. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against hunters, my father, brother and several other family members hunt. That's not what I'm upset about it's what was this guy thinking and where was God. I know that people say it's Gods will and everything happens for a reason. See that's my problem right there. How could a loving and caring God let that happen to a family? This is where people with a strong faith can come out the other side and see that it was meant to be, however I just can't accept that. I want to know why, why did that little girl not get to grow up and why does that family have to suffer. I understand that no one gets out of this life without having to suffer and lose people that they love, I certainly have lost my share and then some. I just don't understand a God that takes a little girl, but lets the most horrible people live to a ripe old age. If I had a strong faith maybe things like this and all of the other suffering going on in the world would be easier to handle. I don't know. Can you explain faith to me?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Who's glad Obama Won......


Mulligan that's who. I love this picture of sweet Mulligan. She looks so regal. Thanks to Cat for letting use her picture.

Thursday Things

1. The only bones I've ever broke are my pinkie toes
2. I had chicken pox as an adult (not fun)
3. I have never had heartburn
4. I have never worn stilettos (and I never will)
5. I think my husband eyes are beautiful

I finished The Glass of Time by Michael Cox. It was a very long book that being said I enjoyed it, however I think if I had waited and read it at another time I would have liked it better and it wouldn't have taken me almost all of Oct. and part of Nov to read it. It was a fascinating story of love, loss and how secrets can change the course of your life.

I have just started Unseen by Mari Jungstedt a mystery that takes place on the island of Gotland. So far I like it. It has a totally different atmosphere then the Cox book. I needed to read a book set in modern times after the last one. I enjoy Swedish mysteries. They have some very dark themes, but they also have very good characters and wonderful settings. The first Swedish mysteries I read were by Henning Mankell, it was like I'd found a friend. Now I read a whole host of Swedish authors. Since I read so many book blogs it's frustrating when I find an author and then find they don't have any books published in this country. Some are Swedish, some are Australian and many others. I find mysteries written with a foreign setting to be my favorite. I find them to be very atmospheric. I'll let you know how I get on with Unseen.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Beau My Baby Boy




My MOST favorite person in the whole world!!!


That's my Chelsie. My favorite teenage girl. She's one beautiful young woman.

Wedding Celebration





The wedding celebration was wonderful. I saw family I haven't seen for quite some time. Jess and Bryan looked amazing, so happy.

I was pleased to meet this little guy. Elijah is the newest member of our family. This is my cousin Tasha's little one. He's a cutie. His father and I were having a little fun with him as you can tell :)


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Book Lists

Wow I keep forgetting to put my reads down for each month so I will get caught up in one post.

July Books
Murder By Suicide - Veronica Heley
Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler
Blood Detective - Dan Waddell
Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Space Between Us - Thrity Umrigar

August Books
Damage Control - J.A. Jance
The Year of Fog - Michelle Richmond ( Audio)
House of Daughters - Sarah Kate Lynch
Dead Ringer - Lisa Scottoline
Moment of Truth - Lisa Scottoline
Everywhere That Mary Went - Lisa Scottoline
In His Sights - Kate Brennan
Enslaved By Ducks - Bob Tarte
Killer Smile - Lisa Scottoline (Audio)
Rough Justice - Lisa Scottoline

September
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Blue Rose - Anthony Eglin
In the Woods - Tana French
Fractured - Karin Slaughter (Audio)

October
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Borderlands - Brian McGilloway
Murder in the Marais - Cara Black
Groosham Grange - Anthony Horowitz

Well that's all of them now I'm all caught up. Hope there is a nice list for November.

My Parents

Happy Birthday to Mom and Dad. Yes you read that right. My parents were born on the same day, same year. I have called Mom and sang to her. I will call Dad later tonight. Mom and I are having lunch together. Dad asked if Ray and I wanted to join him and Janet for dinner, but we have other things to do tonight. It strange that they are the same age yet Mom looks younger then Dad. Dad smoked for a long time so I guess that might explain some of it. I wish them both a wonderful day filled with happy calls from the family that love them and that they have many, many more years of birthday celebrations.



Thursday Things
1. My parents were born on the same day, same year, same state and went to the same school
2. I love to watch Wifeswap and Trading Spouses (it's like a train wreck I can't look away)
3. I am right handed
4. I drive with my left hand
5. I like to watch Criminal Minds with Kristie (hey by the way Kristie can I borrow season 2)



I am almost finished reading The Glass of Time by Michael Cox. Hopefully now the election is over I can concentrate on reading again. It was so hard to stay away from MSNBC. I gave up on Silent in the Grave. I just need to be in the right frame of mind to read that one. I have taken a couple of mysteries out from the library and hopefully that will get me back on track.

We're going to my beautiful cousin Jessica's wedding celebration on Sat. in PA. I can't wait to see her. I have seen her wedding pictures and she looked so beautiful. She is not only beautiful on the outside, she also has a beautiful spirit. When she smiles she lights up a room. I hope she and Bryan will be very happy and if he knows what's good for him he will take excellent care of her. Hope I don't get in trouble for putting this picture up :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Jilly's First (real) Haircut




I just love this picture. She's so beautiful.

Happy, Happy, Happy

I am so glad the election is over. I firmly believe that we can become a better country, a more caring country. I believe there are peaceful ways to handle some situations instead of war. I have hope for the next 4 years. I don't think it will be easy, I think the road ahead is rough and we will have to be patient as 8 years can not be undone in a matter of weeks. It will take years to be the country we once were and earn back respect we once had. I have hope for the first time in 8 years, I have hope.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote

This is all I have to say today.......VOTE!!!! It's your right and you should exercise it. OK one more thing. OBAMA all the way.