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Goodbye Summer

Hi Blog.

Our house guests have left and Summer is winding down. We will have one last hurrah at the beach and then back to school.

The first day of school coincides with Littlest’s birthday this year… poor kid. Yesterday I shopped for school supplies, so it is starting to feel very real. This year, both boys will be in Middle School. Elementary School is officially behind us. We are old!

Besides that, there is nothing new and exciting to report. The rain has been endless. We made some delicious home made ice cream. We finished Downton Abbey and are now watching Rome. I’ve been a little draggy and depressed. I think Charlie might be giving me Poison Ivy. I bought these shoes today at the Asian Market. They cheered me up. The Asian Market has the funniest fashions.

What’s new with you?

Things and Stuff

This blog has gotten boring or maybe I just feel uninspired these days.

The wallpaper stripping continues. Now we have moved onto Littlest’s room.

His goal is to transform his room from little kid to teen. Good bye, nice coordinated PB Kids furniture and bedding. Hello, LED lights and slick furniture. Ugh. I’m not sure that I can handle all of these changes.

While we were redecorating, I came upon Littlest’s Piglets.

When Littlest was littler, he was very attached to a stuffed Piglet. We did what good parents do and bought a backup Piglet just in case something should happen to Original Piglet. That plan backfired, however, when Littlest spotted Backup Piglet while in the presence of Original Piglet. He then insisted on carrying both Piglets at all times. Thus, Backup Piglet became Piglet 2.

I think this was Original Piglet. Gah! The binky days!

But enough of this trip down Memory Lane, in current news…

Tom and Biggest went to the beach and had quite a catch!

I appears that Charlie may be part cyborg.

I’ve been obsessed with Downton Abbey (I know… a million years late on this one). But can we discuss? Can Carson and Mrs. Hughes just marry and live happily ever after? Mr. Bates is nothing but trouble! Anna can do better! How annoying is Lady Grantham’s accent? I want a Mrs. Patmore in my life!

Hope that you had a great week! TGIF!

Sunny Days

Thank you sincerely for your comments on my last post! You are all so sweet and kind!

Life around here is slowly returning to normal, as life tends to do. This Summer feels as if it’s simultaneously flying at lightning speed while also creeping along at a snail’s pace. It’s a strange, unnerving combination.

It seems like every day I am met with reminders that the boys are growing up. It might be a quick glimpse of one from behind and noticing that he looks more like a young man than a boy, or overhearing one talking to his friends with a lot of “hey bruh” and “yo bro” thrown in, or hearing about how one helped Tom install kitchen cabinets and build a deck and other non-kid-like activities, or finding out that the very littlest one is now only 1/4 of an inch shorter than I am. All of this is not helping my rather introspective and melancholy mood of late. Time is such a curious thing.

Fortunately, even amidst all of these changes, I can count on some things to stay the same, such as…

Charlie will always be adorable,

I will always think up new hair brained projects (such as stripping all of the early 90s wallpaper from our house),

Tom will always do something to make me laugh (Blue Steel on the trampoline),

And the Sun will always rise again.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Expecto Patronum!

You know how when the Dementors came around Little Whinging and everything felt depressing and dismal? That’s how it has been in Pennsylvania lately; rainy, cold and downright miserable. I am aching for a sunny day.

My Patronus, Charlie, hard at work.

We are heading to the beach house for the long holiday weekend and have our fingers crossed that the weather will improve. Biggest can’t wait to go crabbing. Littlest can’t wait to play video games on the Boardwalk. Tom can’t wait to go for morning walks with the dogs. And I can’t wait to sport my fanny pack and ride my bike around town.

This week…

Littlest went to Comicon. He looks forward to this every year.

Charlie and Tom (and I) were riveted by the OJ Simpson series on Netflix. I didn’t really follow the trial at the time but GEEZE what a circus! He did it!

I have been obsessed with ferns! I want to plant them everywhere, both inside and out. Which reminds me of the time the boys made up the nickname of “Fern Montague” for me when we were joking around pretending to be fancy people. Unfortunately, the alter ego stuck and Tom dares me on occasion to introduce myself as such when we visit Open Houses. Spoiler alert- I don’t do it!

What’s new with you this week? What’s your Patronus? Do you have an alter ego?

And then he was 12…

I have been so emotional! Maybe it is because we are in those whirlwind late elementary/middle school years, but it seems like the boys are growing up so quickly in so many ways. It is hitting me hard. Since I have a tendency to get caught up in my own busy-ness, I have been trying extra hard to be more present (Thanks ET!) and sit down to talk, cuddle, or hang out with everyone a bit more than usual.

This week…

There was snow! We went sledding.

And finally got to try making snow ice cream.

Have you ever done this? Mix snow (clean! no yellow snow!) with condensed milk and vanilla. It was super easy and the boys loved it.

My new Kitchenaid mixer arrived so I celebrated by baking bread. I used the recipe that came with the mixer and it came out delicious! It doesn’t look so delicious, but you can trust me. We ate both loaves in just a little over a day.

On Saturday, we hosted Biggest’s family birthday party. Most of the family have heard much about his new found love of cooking, but few have had the chance to try it. This year, he wanted to cook a “fancy” dinner for everyone. It was so much fun to help him plan and execute his dinner.

Too many cooks in the kitchen.

We went with stuffed portabella mushrooms, crab bisque, and braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. He did an amazing job! Yum!

He knew exactly how he wanted the tables to look.

By the time dinner was served, we were too excited/busy to take any food pics. Oops. But everyone had fun and I think it was a success.

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sensitive Biggest. You make me so proud and I am thankful to be your Mom!

The Power of Meow

Today is rainy, but it is supposed to go up to 60 degrees! In February!

Did you have a nice weekend?

Biggest celebrated his 12th(!!!) birthday with a party with friends. It is hard to believe that we have an official tween in our midst.

We recently bought a new investment property. It is always a bit of a surprise when we actually get the official paperwork and can enter the house. You never know what you’ll find.

This weekend, we went to the new place and I found this…

Hee! I cleaned it up and brought it home with me. I love old cross stitches and the stories that they tell. We also found 7 guitars and an organ but this isn’t a musical instrument blog. It’s not much of a cross stitch blog anymore either, but meh… that’s neither here nor there.

Do any of you like Eckhart Tolle? Tom bought me a copy of “The New Earth” maybe two years ago and I just could not get through it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and, this time, it totally made sense! I liked it so much that I went out and bought “The Power of Now” too. I am having difficulty with that one so far, but maybe in 2 years, I’ll totally get it.

But, anyhoo, I think I’ve been driving everyone crazy talking about my “pain body” and quoting ET (pet name for Eckhart Tolle) a gajillion times a day.

ET knows what he’s talking about!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

A visit from the Christmas Chicken

Can you believe that it’s really 2017? Do you remember when the year 2000 seemed so futuristic and far away and here we are 17 years later!

How was your holiday? I never totally got rid of the grumps, but did manage to put on a happy face and hide them well enough as not to be a Debbie Downer.

Anyhoo, here’s what we did…

There is a story that gets told over and over about how when Tom and his brothers and cousins were younger, a giant costumed chicken would show up at various family functions. This year, Tom thought it would be funny if a chicken showed up on Christmas Eve instead of Santa.

Guess who he thought should be the chicken?

That would be none other than yours truly.

Thankfully, one of his brothers stepped in at the last minute and made a great Christmas chicken.

Santa showed up too. It was mayhem.

The boys pretty much got everything their little hearts desired on Christmas morning. So much for minimalism and simplicity.

I was off from work the week between Christmas and New Years. It was nice to hunker down and be lazy. We spent our time…

Coloring

Taking a long hike



Creating animations

I checked out two biographies from the library, one on Julia Child and the other on Catherine the Great. Culinary History Royal Nerd heaven!

We went to the beach house on Thursday and stayed through the New Year. Biggest was excited to test out the crab trap that he designed and built.

He caught 11 crabs and we made a delicious crab bisque!

We went to the Melting Pot for dinner one night which has inspired us to up our at-home fondue game in 2017. I can already tell that my diet is not going to go well.

We visited the cat rescue and pretty much wanted to take every cat home with us.

I was particularly fond of the three black cats on the windowsill. How cute are they?!

And worked on a big puzzle.

I say “we”, but really it was “me” who kinda got obsessed with it.

I spent New Years Eve in my jammies reading about Catherine the Great, which was GREAT. Some of us didn’t make it till midnight.

Happy 2017, Friends!

Countdown

Hi Blog.

T minus 4 days till Christmas. Eek!

Last weekend, we went to look at lights (an annual tradition)

and went to a party. It was fun, but I drank too much (hopefully not an annual tradition).

Littlest had a violin concert (kids + violins = cute!).

There are 3 more days of work until I am done for the rest of the year! That part is exciting!

I guess it’s time to start thinking about my word for 2017.

In the past it has been Simplify (2016), Believe (2015), and Connect (2014). I want to pick just the right one for this year.

Do you have a word for 2017?

Stuff I did

Hi Poor Neglected Blog!

Thanksgiving already seems long gone, but I hope that you all had wonderful celebrations with your friends and family.

Here’s what we have been up to:

We ran our first 5K as a family!

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It was really fun and I am so proud of everyone. The best part was the couples massage that Tom and I treated ourselves to the following day. If races=massages, then sign me up for more!

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I got some Halloween makeup kits on clearance intending to save them for next year, but someone was bored and wanted to try one. Is this creepy or what?

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The weather has been crazy. Last weekend, we went from this during the day (in short sleeves)

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to this at night (flurries and our first fire of the season!).

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I tried my hand at crocheting again, but couldn’t remember how to “turn”, so here is my very long skinny “scarf.” Voila!

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Tom found the perfect Christmas sweater (that cat!!!).

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Speaking of cats, this guy was 100% anti-cat before we got Charlie. I think that he’s grown on him.

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I mean, how could he not? Charlie is the BEST (ALL THE HEART EYES!) even when he drops a dead mouse right next to me (such as he did last week).

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OH CHARLIE! Don’t ever change!

Things & Stuff

Hi Blog!

It has indeed been a whirlwind around here. Last weekend was very festive with Tom’s birthday, the Halloween block party, annual spooky family dinner, and, of course, Trick-or-Treating. I didn’t take any pics. Who am I??!!

This week, I…

Have been immersed in my new (old) Julia Child cookbook that I found at the thrift store. She is so long winded. I love it! 2 whole pages on how to properly boil an egg!

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Could truthfully use the excuse “the cat ate my homework.”

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Listened to not one, but TWO, violin players in the house now! We’re on our way to being a string quartet!

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Have a great weekend, Friends!

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