Saturday, November 9, 2013

Don't be afraid...

"I can honestly say that probably 95% of the things I was afraid of, it turned out I had no reason to be. And even if the thing you fear happens...so what? Again, 95% of the time your world is not going to fall apart, your life will not be in danger. So drop fear by the wayside. Just... let it go. Then make way for a surprising tomorrow" -Neale Donald Walsch


Photo: I can honestly say that probably 95% of the things I was afraid of, it turned out I had no reason to be. And even if the thing you fear happens...so what? Again, 95% of the time your world is not going to fall apart, your life will not be in danger. So drop fear by the wayside. Just... let it go. Then make way for a surprising tomorrow.

Friday, November 1, 2013

3rd Annual Halloween Party!

Wow! What an amazing, hectic, spooky and fun time!! 3rd year doing this with Joe and Diane and it was a lot of fun. We seem to learn new things and try different things each year and I do believe it's getting better and better!

The butcher shop in the kitchen LOL

Joe got really creative with some dolls!
The dining room chandelier




I couldn't believe the outstanding and creative costumes people came up with!! Oh my...

Our hosts Joe and Diane also known as "before and after lol! 

Eric

Steve and Sarah as Beauty and the Beast
Me and Wendy (looking mean or miserable?). 
Wendy's (Medusa's) awesome job with the snakes in her hair! 
Lisa and Steve made the perfect couple! I thought they should have won best costume!
Jenn's carved pumpkin
My carved pumpkin
As always...


Friday, October 11, 2013

Another "A Bit of This and...

A Bit of That...

Today is

Pretty cool huh? Unfortunately I gave up on the Blue Angel Shawl I was knitting...hated it. And guess what? That's ok. (I may have mentioned that in an earlier post so I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself). Last year I made a fingerless glove...


"A" fingerless glove LOL! So I am now working on the 2nd one for my other hand. I will be happy when those are done because I have some "to die for" yarn I bought in Michigan to make a gorgeous wrap.

Paul ran in the Cleveland Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon last weekend.
We arrived bright and early.

Diane ran in the half and Joe ran the 5k.He's such a rock-N-roller!

The starting line.

He doesn't look happy (he wasn't) but when he got closer and he saw me, he smiled and waved and of course I was waving instead of taking pics so I missed a happier picture.
Some friends of ours, Lisa & Steve Scheer
I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately and just recently found out my grand children are moving back to VA. To cheer me up, Jenn surprised me with a visit with flowers and card!! She's the best and I couldn't be luckier having her as my dd!! 

Dory and I made a heavenly dessert with more apples from Sue's apple trees. I didn't know Wendy was taking pics - perhaps we both could have smiled LOL.

Showing Dory the "garbage" bowl to put the peelings in.

Serious business this apple peeling/corer/slicer! 
Apple and Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Caramel Walnut Frosting.

OH YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!! 

It was delicious!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and as always.....





Thursday, October 3, 2013

It's October!

Yep, October 3rd to be exact. I've started decorating for Halloween. October to me starts the prelude to my FAVORITE holiday...Christmas! Not that I'm not excited about Halloween, as my co-worker from my secretarial days called HER favorite holiday (it's also her birthday) but Christmas for some reason I gear up for all year LOL! Well, it's October so enough about the "other" holiday.


Banana anyone?




You know it's that time of year around my house when I bust out the Longerberger Candy Corn basket and fill it with dry roasted peanuts and candy corn!! I got this idea from my sister in law Sue, many-many years ago and we just turned it into a Halloween tradition! 
Going to start decorating the outside. As always....

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Fabulous Friday...

I might feel a little more excited about it being Friday if I worked full time and the kids were all still living at home and young. I remember those days as if it were yesterday. Scrambling around to get everyone breakfast, dressed, make lunches then get them off to school, getting ready to be at the office by 8 am, missing some of their school plays or soccer games because I had to work. With all 3 kids doing something after school, whether it was gymnastics, soccer, band, school dances and or projects due (most of the time I didn't learn about the projects due until just a day or so prior...even though the kids knew for weeks!), Friday always felt like it took forever to get here, and I cherished those Friday's and the weekend to follow. 

Now that I'm semi-retired and my secretarial job doesn't take me away from home for those 9 hours a day, it's still great to have Friday here and the weekends are STILL fun!

A little recap of this past week, which turned out to be another random week (and that's wonderful)!

Logan making a spider

Emmy wearing her Kitty mask she made
Wendy and I went to Mitchell's and had ICE CREAM! 
I got Stephen this cute little cookie jar as a housewarming gift  for his new condo! 
And what would a cookie jar be without....

Homemade COOKIES! 
We went to an Indians Game...

with Steve and his girlfriend Sarah. We won..GO TRIBE!!!!!!! 
I had some good 'ol fashioned Cracker Jack at the game. Brought back a flood of memories! 

Since Paul brought back a bunch of apples from his sister Sue's house, I decided it was about time I got an apple peeler. I would not have been able to peel and core and chop 18 apples with my arthritis! This little machine worked great! 
Applesauce in the making. 
Yummy Applesauce! 
Wendy and I took Dory to Menchies for the 1st time. She loved it!
So, that's it for this week. I'm going to get started on another knitting project. The Blue Angel Shawl wasn't my cup of tea so I'm off to make the 2nd fingerless glove to match the one I made last year. I'll post pics soon.

As always...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Random...

Yes, it's been kind of a random week.  Random-

Proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern. Yep, that sums it up!

Officer Jennifer Scherry dressed in full gear and ready! So proud of her.
Little Charlotte! My new great niece, so precious!
Hemming pants for both Dory and Chris.
Wonderfully delicious Peach Salad at the Tree House with Dory and Jenn!

It warms my heart when I pick up Logan and Emmy on Tuesday's and Thursday's and they are ALWAYS excited to see me! What a great feeling!
Mini Blizzards at Dairy Queen! 
Toby loves the new rug!

Dory and I took Winston and Dora for a little walk.

As always...