Hello, My Friends… Life Goes On

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~ Life Goes On ~

It’s been a long time since my last post—nearly six months. As we all know, life has a tendency to go crazy from time-to-time. And that is what happened around here.

So, here’s a brief update on what’s happening.


I had decided to slow down a little on the blog to concentrate on my writing. Done and doing.

Book One:

I have a middle-grade fantasy book out with an agent now. The publishing world moves at such a S—L—O—W pace. I am biting my nails waiting for a response as to whether or not she will take on the project.

Book Two:

I am currently working on changing the point of view (POV) on a cozy mystery that I began writing years ago and never finished. The change in POV from third person omniscient to first person past has made all the difference in the world. It is an enormous task to rewrite and create new, but I am thoroughly enjoying it, and my story seems much happier.

ps.—This book is the first in a series, which has a second book already written, but not edited. It will need a POV change as well.

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The beginning of May brought Kirk back home from the college campus, broken ankle and all. He broke it playing soccer in April. His ankle was broken so badly that he barely escaped having surgery, but the ankle did not want to heal. He was just allowed off the crutches three weeks ago and has been out of the boot now for one week. Talk about a pain in my multi-level house. The poor guy couldn’t even get to the bathroom without managing a step. Crutches take up a lot of space when you are 6 ft. 7 in. (the crutches were almost as tall as me), and my walls and baseboards suffered for it. Yet more work to be done around here. Kirk’s move home has been a mixed bag for Rory and I, as we were comfortable and happy with our new life routine. Change and adjustment are never easy.

Luke is still as wonderful as ever! We were in the middle of painting the exterior of his house, when I came down with Shingles. YUCK! So, he had to finish the base color himself, and we are waiting a bit to do the trim color. The house looks much better, even if it is monochromatic.

My house—the de-clutter and organize project came to a screeching halt, when I took a fall and severely injured my right arm (dislocated elbow and all). You don’t have to tell me, I know…it HURT!

But my loving Luke has been a busy bee in my courtyard the past week. Ripping out plants in order to get the overgrown jungle under control. He is repairing the sprinkler system, and investigating the electrical wires we found coming up out of the ground. They are hot! And they seem to run along the edge of the bricks across the courtyard without being in any protective conduit. Somehow, I don’t think that’s exactly legal…let alone safe.

Rory is doing great. She’s been healthy (knock on wood) and happy, and a big help to me.

Well, that catches you up on the major happenings. If I could get rid of these blasted Shingles things would be wonderful.

I look forward to blogging again and catching up with all of you.

What have you been up to?

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So Long, Jay Leno… Now, Shut Your Von Trapp!

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It’s the End of an Era

What a fitting farewell for Jay Leno. It was wonderful to watch the two old friends reminisce the years. Billy Crystal is not only a great entertainer, but a great friend. His musical surprise tribute to Jay was the best! Check it out…

Jay made me cry with his heartfelt goodbye. It was truly like saying goodbye to a dear friend.

So long, Jay ~ You’ll be missed!

Do you have any favorite Jay Leno moments?

How do you think Jimmy Fallon will be as the next host?

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Eight Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s, A Day For Lovers

Valentine’s Day–it’s just a few weeks away, and I know it has already crossed your mind. What are you going to do for your special loved one for Valentine’s Day?

I tend to like sweet and simple ideas (ones from the heart that actually mean something) better than the over-the-top too expensive things that leave you (as a couple) feeling like you just wasted a lot of money. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is just one day, and usually it falls on a weekday, which makes it hard to celebrate elaborately anyway.

This year, it does fall on a Friday, so it would be a perfect time to take advantage of a little weekend getaway, but remember, prices will be over-inflated. I would rather wait on that getaway until the prices were back to normal and be able to spend more on sight-seeing, food, or entertainment. The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is spending alone time with your loved one, and no boat-load of money is required to make that time special, romantic, and memorable.

So, I’ve put together eight easy and inexpensive ways to share your love.

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1. 14 Days of Love Notes
Sometimes, anticipation can play a big part in the over-all experience of a date. Why not try leaving your Valentine a special note each day of February leading up to the big day. Need some fun and flirty inspiration or free printables? Click here.

2. Bursting with Love
Get a bag of balloons. Write little love notes (things you love about your loved one, things you’d miss about them, things you forgot to thank them for), roll the strips of paper and stuff each note inside the balloons. Inflate the balloons; and then, as your Valentine pops each balloon, it will burst with love.

3. Love is Blind Restaurant Hop
Let fate decide where you dine for Valentine’s Day. Every time you come to a stop sign or get stopped at a light, flip a coin. If it’s heads–turn right, tails–turn left. Stop at the first restaurant you come to for appetizers. Continue on doing the same thing until you come to the next restaurant for your meal. Flip the coin again until you arrive somewhere for dessert. If you don’t have that much time, you could always stay at the first restaurant for the entire meal. And who knows, maybe you will want to have dessert at home…

4. Come Away With Me
Clip pictures from a magazine or print some off the internet of someplace your Valentine has always dreamed of going. Maybe even purchase a few things to reflect the customs or ethnicity to give your evening the feeling of being at that special place. Make a playlist of music from that country or place, and prepare a meal with at least one dish that your sweetheart would love to try from your dream region. Talk about the things you would like to do if you were there, or maybe even plan your dream trip.

5. Picnic at Home in Front of the Fire
You just want to stay put and be home-bodies? No problem, make yourself a cozy indoor picnic. Throw some blankets and pillows on the floor, and settle in front of the fire for a romantic evening. Move the furniture around a little to give you more space if needed, and light candles all around the room. Listen to the crackle of the fire and feed each other tasty tidbits from your picnic. Put on a romantic playlist and do a little slow dancing.

6. Special Dates Road Trip
Every couple has dates that are special to them–your anniversary, first date, birthdays, Valentine’s Day. Find out where your significant dates will take you. Leave your house and get out to the main road, roll the dice: 1 or 4 = left, 2 or 5 = right, and 3 or 6 = straight ahead (only use stop signs and lights for changing directions). Use your date (month-day-year) to tell you how many stops or lights you will travel before changing direction. (You may want to use just the last digit in the day or year if it is too large a number). When you get to your location, look around and see what there is to do–eat dinner, play pub trivia, listen to a band, get a cup of coffee, go for a walk, maybe even go bowling or play miniature golf. Then you can move on to another special date if you want.

Change this date up a bit by going for a bike ride or walking. Instead of stop signs and street lights, ride for minutes before changing directions at the next intersection. This adventure may lead you to new discoveries within your own neighborhood.

7. Romantic Candlelight Movie
Light some candles, lay out some snacks, and cuddle-up with your love-bunny to watch a romantic movie. Who knows, a little playful kissing or flirting may set a nice tone for after the movie.

8. Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Champagne
Whether you have these pre-made or make them together, chocolate-covered strawberries are a decadent treat. Couple them with a bottle of champagne, and let the romance begin. Movie, dancing, bubble bath…

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Take these 8 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day and add your own creative twist, or mix and mingle them together. Add your own emotions and love, and let them carry you where they will. Whatever you do, have fun, relax and enjoy each other!

Do you have any creative ideas to share?

What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?

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My Kitchen Needs Help!

Built-in Electric Can Opener

I Need Ideas!

This lovely built-in electric can opener has been in this kitchen for 42-years, and it’s been dead for at least 15 of those years. In that time, I have gone through two other electric can openers that have sat on my counter-top, the last of which just recently died and has caused me to think about this space again.

I haven’t removed the ancient gadget in the wall because I don’t know what to do with the open hole it would leave. As you can see, there are electrical switches (one for my also dead garbage disposal, the other for the fan over the stove-top) directly next to the can opener.

Built-in Electric Can Opener 2

The offending can opener sits just above the back splash of my counter-top, but below a cabinet. You can see the two-plug electric outlet around the corner to the left. (This kitchen seriously lacks in electrical outlets). Just to the right of this space is my sink, and to the left is the door to the garage.

I would love some ideas on what to do with this. Do I just pull it out and drywall over it, or is there some fantastic use I can make of that all ready existing hole that will be left behind? I would greatly appreciate hearing any ideas or suggestions you may have.

Have you ever seen one of these built-in beauties?

What would you do with this space?

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Winter Tomatoes with Recipes

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What a Delight ~ Winter Tomatoes!

Luke and I still have four tomato plants in our garden that just do not want to give up the ghost. This is the second winter for my Lemon Boy tomato–can you believe that?! We also have a green bell pepper that has 4 or 5 peppers growing.

Sunday we picked a full dozen tomatoes from those vines. It was so exciting. So, I thought I would look around Pinterest and see what I could find for Winter Tomatoes. Here are a few of the yummy ideas I came across. Check out the recipes; I hope you enjoy.

Gabrielle’s Winter Tomato and Corn Soup by White on Rice Couple

Gabrielle's Winter Tomato and Corn Soup
Doesn’t this soup look absolutely delicious? I think I may try this using my fresh from the garden winter tomatoes and supplementing with canned tomatoes if need be. Yum!

Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croustades by Cooking on the Weekends

Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croutades

What a great snack or appetizer! The color is so pretty. I can almost taste the crunch of the croustades, the succulent tomato and rosemary… scrumptious.

Provencal Rosemary Tomatoes by Alicia Ross, Kitchen Scoop – Toledo Blade

Provencal Rosemary Tomatoes

Can’t you just smell the wonderful aroma of roasting tomato and rosemary? This would be so good with baked chicken or beef roast.

I can’t wait to give these recipes a try. Our little bushes are full of tomatoes waiting to ripen. It’s going to be a delicious winter!

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Do you ever get Winter Tomatoes?

What would you do with your tomatoes?

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Christmas Remnants

Happy New Year 2014

Christmas Remnants

We had a wonderful and joyful Christmas, and I hope you did too. It sure was a busy time of year. Along with all of the normal Christmas hectic, we had to go through everything Christopher had stashed around our home and property for him to get it moved out… finally. This was accomplished on the 17th, and it was such a relief.

December 18th brought Rory’s Christmas concert. What fun! Here is a video shot by one of Rory’s friends of her singing solo parts in Silver Bells. Enjoy…

Silver Bells, solos by Rory

We hosted Christmas gatherings on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas too. It was one big party around here filled with family and friends. What a blessing this Christmas season has been. Luke was wonderful as usual. My dishwasher went out just before Thanksgiving… guess what I got as an early Christmas present? That’s right, Luke bought me a brand new dishwasher and installed it for me too. It was the most amazing gift ever. It sure was nice to have for Thanksgiving and all of our Christmas celebrations. I decorated it with a giant red bow with a tag To: Lorelai From: Luke. What a sweetie I have. Thanks, honey!

Now it’s time for tearing down Christmas. I sure had a lot of fun decorating my home, but now I have to get everything organized to be put away. If you have any suggestions or tricks you could share, I would greatly appreciate it.

Rory and I actually had a fun time taking down the tree. She plopped herself on the floor where the tree had been, and I just couldn’t help myself… This was the result…

Christmas Tree Teardown - Rory 1-3-2014Oh, I’m the happiest Christmas Tree, Ho Ho Ho, Hee Hee Hee…

Well, here’s to a new year filled with blessings and happiness! I hope we have lots of fun together blogging in this New Year 2014.

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Go Ahead… Sing Karaoke! #8 – Christmas Carols Edition

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It’s Time to Sing Karaoke!

Let’s put our Christmas hearts to voice and sing praises to the Reason for the Season!
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O Holy Night

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Away In A Manger

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

We Three Kings of Orient Are

The First Noel

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Angels We Have Heard On High

O Come All Ye Faithful

Joy To The World

Silent Night

I hope you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

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