Monday, April 20, 2015

The bucket list...

Pic# 20-Early picture of the grands in Isabella on July 4th.

I need to make a bucket list I've been told. I am nearly 64, after all. I am fortunate in that my life is living
my bucket list. I remember being nine years old and wanting to grow up to be an old
lady. Well I can cross that off my list. Here I am! 

OK, a list. Here goes. Dream bucket.
1. Take a photography class.
2. Take a creative writing class. 
3. Spend a weekend at a writer's colony with talented writers.
4. European cruise.
5. A guided tour of every place Dan Brown took Robert Langdon in his DaVinci Code books.
6. Vancouver, B.C. Salt Spring Island. Sleep in a barn, spend time with family.
7. Spend two or three winter months in Florida and Texas in my camper.
8. Explore Scotland. This list item has nothing to do with Outlander.
9. Get the perfect  hair cut.
10. See my sister's house in Idaho. I have never been to her home. 

I stayed up until 1:40 a.m. reading Paper Towns by John Green. I cannot do that any more.
I am tired. The YA which I technically am too old to read, was good. I know Mr. Green's writing is a little formulaic. But I still love his insight and his 
smarts. I also loved that my granddaughter read it with me and was so involved in the story. I need to share something with my Tweens. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The examined life...

This particular grand flower is not quite tethered  planet Earth. She does mid air jumps every
time space permits. 

I am listening to the last book of Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life. A Discovery of Witches, the first book, is one of my all time favorite reads. Amazing story telling. Though it is hard to get used to Jennifer Ikeda's voice after months of Davina Porter's reading the eight books of the Outlander series. I also bought the hardcover book so I can  read the paper book, too. I do not want to finish these books. I love the characters. I only hope there are books as good as these in my future. 

O Libs from February 2015

1. The first thing I do when I get home is...let out the dog. I open the back door to her anxious face 
     and say, "Go see Papa!"
2. The last thing I do before bed my current book. Reading relaxes me enough to let me
     sleep. Unless the book is so absorbing that I can't put it down. I have read way too late...
3. My biggest pet peeve is...I just asked my hubby what bothers me. He said,"Me, always being
     right!" Me, "Not!" 
4. Guilty pleasure...I have many. But my current one is The Black Dagger Brotherhood. It is not my 
     type of book. Not lit by any stretch of the imagination. But so much fun to read. Don't tell anyone, 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prom on the porch...

Our great niece, Maddi and her date Courage, ready for prom. 

GH profile questions from March 2015

1. Recipe I am scared to try...soufflé. Or cream puffs.
2. Best thing I ate this week...bone broth chicken soup with kluski noodles.
3. I'd do anything to avoid...organizing my closet. 
4. Personal motto/mantra...Peace, love and sandy feet.
5. I'd give the Overdrive App, the Goodhouskeeping Seal.
6. I wish I could tell my younger self...relax, it will all work out. You will at least make it to 64!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bob Dylan on the cover of AARP...

I did not! I did not think any of us would live this long. My birthday month makes me so nostalgic 
for the music I felt passionate about. I listen to Sixties on Six. I identify with the pop culture of the sixties. I think because I cared so much for the music that was the background of my youth. 
The Times They Are  A'Changin'...

Last six GH questions

1. Before company arrives I hide...piles of papers, books, magazines and dirty dishes. I stuff them 
     under the couch, in the closet, in my Victorian desk or in the oven. It happens a lot. Do not ever       
     turn on my oven without looking inside. Ever.
2. Cat/Dog/other...Dog-Izzy, Chocolate Lab
3. Stuff I can't live without...Books, Kindle App, Audible App, Books, Journal, Family photos 
    and did I mention, Books!
4. If  I had an extra hour today, I' my sisters who live so far away from me...
5. My handbag is...Coach, spring green vinyl.
6. On my bucket list...Do I have to have a bucket list?

I finished the last Outlander book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood. I loved every book of this series by Diana Gabaldon. I did not want to finish...
Starting Paper Towns on my granddaughter's recommendation.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

First birthday party of 2015...

I have known these women for over twenty years. My co-workers, my friends, my support group and 
my fellow retirees! The Clique Birthday Club. We meet every month. It is so much fun to 
get together with these girls. 

GH questions continued 
1. Etiquette Pet Peeve-someone texting while talking to me. No eye contact.
2. I will never care about-keeping my house picked up. So many other things, the book
I happen to be reading, come first.
3. The last thing I bought online-photo books I made for the girls to commemorate our family 
4. I Drive-A Canary Yellow Porche Boxter convertible. Ya, no. A Chevy Impala, light blue!
5. Good Habit-I am a walker.
6. Bad Habit-my couch.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On my porch...

Spring seems to have sprung here in the Upper Penninsula. Seems being the operative word. It was 25 degrees this a.m. But it is, according to the TV 6 news, going to be 60 and sunny today. That makes me happy. I missed my #14 post, I can't get that day back. I subbed in pre primary impaired yesterday. Amazing children. Sat on Cammy's porch for a couple of hours in the sun. I am going to miss her company when the family moves to Florida in August. I love talking with her young friends.
My three daughters will all be below the Mason Dixon Line...

Questions today from Good Houskeeping mag November 2014 At My House

Signature Dish-My from scratch marinara sauce with red wine and rosemary.
Worst thing I ate this week-M&M chocolate eggs left over from Easter
Favorite junk food-Chunky Monkey B&J's ice cream, the whole pint.
Favorite board game-Hands down, Sorry, with the grands. It becomes a full contact sport!
Household chore I enjoy-Ironing. Really, I iron all my clothes. I listen to a book. Soothing.
My secret cleaning weapons-IKEA large wool fluffy duster. I run around fluff-dust everything.

Six more tomorrow!   My son-in-law sent me this pic#15!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reading on the porch...

Pic#13-I opened Paper Towns by John Green to begin reading. I am borrowing it from
my eleven year old grand flower. This note was inside the front cover. She just finished it 
and loved it. I will soon figure out this note I think. I treasure every word these girls write.

"The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions."--John Simone

One question tonight. From O. 
What would you like to make more space for in your life?

This is hard to answer. Since retiring I have made space for me. But there are more things
I want to do with my time. I hate to admit that the thing holding me back is me. I am a little 
bit lazy. There, I admitted what I think is my greatest character flaw. 
I would like to make more space in my life for a photography class.