Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

Finally, the longest night! Now the days can start getting longer again! We're without heat and hot water, and it's really annoying. The part that went is the control board, and it had been changed, then discontinued, and Heater Guy Dan was able to find one in NY. Hopefully it'll be in tomorrow, and he can get it going. Showering at Mom's is a pain, and having to keep the fireplace going and using space heaters has gotten old. 

And my car had to go in the shop- valve cover gaskets. It was having steam come from under the hood, which is very unnerving. 

Almost Christmas! Two more work days! We're doing something Christmas Eve at Heather and Ed's house. Christmas morning we'll meet Mike and Donna and their crew at Mom's and have bagels and coffee. The rest of the day we can just relax, which sounds heavenly at this point. It's been such a busy fall and and early winter! 

I've been crocheting snowflakes, and giving them away as fast as I make them. I just found an easy angel pattern, so I'm starting them, also. I've barely had time to read this month! By 9.30, I'm ready to call it a day and go to sleep. 

Steph, Dan and Toast are going to Manda and Ben's for Christmas Eve and Christmas, along with Becca and Brandon. I'm so glad they are all geographically close enough to spend holidays together. I miss them all terribly, but at least I know they have each other to be with. I sent them each a DVD of Muppet Christmas Carol. They always watched it together Christmas Eve, and now they can continue that tradition. 

So a Merry Ho Ho Ho to all!

Holly

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The party's over

The guests of honor are in the air on the way back to Oregon. We had a lovely, though short, visit with Steph and Dan. Steph was in Jersey for a meeting, and Dan flew in after the meeting. They met up with a lot of friends, and Dan's family had a gathering Friday night, and ours was yesterday at Heather and Ed's house. 

Two big gatherings in two weeks was a lot, and I'm looking forward to giving my crockpots a rest. It was fun being together. We celebrated what Ed calls Little Christmas, which actually was on St. Nicholas Day, and Ed's birthday, which is tomorrow. 

This morning Ralph and I slept in til 9! We got up and went food shopping, and Steph and Dan were up when we got home. We went to the Lamp Post for breakfast, and it was the usual weekend morning crowded. Dan enjoyed being in Jersey by having both pork roll and scrapple. 

We got home and visited for another hour, then we drove them to the airport. It was a nice clear day, with little traffic, so it was a good drive. They have a layover in Phoenix, and get home late tonight. Toast has been at the  doggie spa, and Dan will pick her up tomorrow morning. 

We came home and I did some laundry and made my lunch for the week. I also went thru my spice cabinet and trashed anything expired. In the last month I've cleaned the freezer, the pantry, the canned goods cabinet, and now the spice cabinet! 

We made sure that we were in for the night, because tonight is the town Xmas parade, and the beginning of our street is part of the staging area. We didn't want to get stuck away from home. 

And the meatloaf is in the oven! 

Holly

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Twice in November!

Twice posting, that is. Too easy to skip posting. Thanksgiving was lovely. Mike and Donna have hosted for years, and this year we had a change. Last week Donna passed out and hit her head and has a bad concussion. No way could she do the holiday. She protested a little, but conceded I was right. So Heather and I did the dinner, at Heather's house because of Ed's cat allergy. It went very well. Joseph and Ali came for appetizers with Joey and Rian, then went off to her parents. Mikey and Samantha stayed for dinner, then left for her sister's for another dinner! A friend of Heather's, whose husband had to work, came over with her two children. 

Yesterday I got up earlyish and went Black Friday shopping at Joann's. I got there about 9- no lines at the cutting tables. Snuggle flannel was 75% off, so I got enough for ten receiving blankets, and some yarn that was also on sale. 

I took the fall decorations down, and Ralph brought up the Xmas decorations. I hadn't decorated in years, and found things I'd forgotten I have! 

Today I never left the house. I did some laundry, and have been puttering in the sewing room. Tonight I hope to actually do some sewing! Tomorrow is food shopping.

This week Steph will be in for a manager's meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Dan will fly in Wednesday night. They'll hang out with friends Thursday, and have an early Xmas with his family Friday. We have them Saturday for what Heather is calling Little Christmas. They leave Sunday afternoon, just a quick but welcome visit. 

And Monday is December 1!

Holly

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The worst blogger ever!

That would be me. It's not like nothing has been going on, I just never get around to writing about it. How did it get to be mid November already? 

October was busy. Ben, Manda and Amary, and Steph, Dan and Toast all came home at the same time. The occasion was to celebrate Steph and Dan's marriage, and we had a great party. One day we took Amary to Duffield's and rode the hay wagon to the pumpkin patch. The kids had such a good time. 

My knee is doing really well. Most days I get 2500 or more steps, and on a very active day I've done 5000. 

November is a great month to work in a school. We've been off for Election Day, NJ Teacher's Convention, Veterans Day, and next week Thanksgiving. 

A lot of places have started offering free meals to the Vets on Veteran's Day. Ralph had lunch at Texas Roadhouse and dinner at Olive Garden. It's nice to have his service acknowledged and celebrated. 

I have a whole boatload of things I want to sew and crochet for Christmas! Steph and Dan will be in the first week of December, so we're doing Christmas with them early, and I have to get busy! 

My winter after-the-holidays project is going to make a log cabin quilt for our bed. We had been using a quilt that I'd made for Steph, and she took it to Oregon, so I've been using a store bought comforter. 

In the next week or so, our local radio station should be starting to play Christmas songs. I love this time of year!

Gobble Gobble!
Holly

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where does the time go?

I use this blog as a kind of journal, and I always mean to post way more often. Time is just going by so fast! If I could give up work and sleep, think how much time I'd have! 

My sweet grandson Eddie turned 11 this week! I can't believe he's growing up so fast! Julianna is 7, and Amaryllis is a year old! It boggles my mind!

When the kids were growing up, I thought I'd have so much time when they grew up and moved out. I'm still waiting for all this time to appear. 

Friday night Manda, Ben, Amary, Steph, Dan and Toast will all fly in for Steph and Dan's celebration of their marriage. It was actually cheaper for them to bring Toast with them than it was to board her. With her getting older, they will worry less about her if she's with them than if she's 3000 miles away. 

My knee is almost 9 weeks postop, and doing well. On damp days it aches, and I figure that will go on for about a year. The ache is less than the pain that I had preop. Most days I wear the Fitbit pedometer, and I finally broke 3000 steps a few times. 

The computer is another time sucker upper. I limit my Candy Crush time, and should really quit it. Facebook is totally addictive, and I get some great recipes and quilting and sewing patterns from it, as well as keeping up with the goings ons of the family. 

And it's a gorgeous Sunday, and time to go to lunch!

Holly

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brrr!

The temps dropped down into the 50's last night! For the first time in months, I had to close the windows because it was cold out!

My knee is now 6 weeks postop, xrays are good, ortho is happy with my range of motion. The swelling in that foot is down enough that I can wear a regular shoe. 

Manda, Ben and Amary are in the San Juan Islands off the coast of WA. They are staying in a B&B and going on a whale watch. Steph and Dan are in Bend and Sisters, OR. Ralph is in DC for a reunion of his Navy/SeaBee's battalion.  Heather worked, and I shopped for clothes! 

Yesterday was my nephew Michael's 30th birthday! Next week Eddie will be 11, and Ralph will have a birthday. Tomorrow is my friend Pat's birthday. Last week was my niece Sharon's birthday, my friend Roseanne's, and my friend Barbara's. Lots of September birthdays! 

We're getting back into the routine at school. I'm happy that this will be my last year of working fulltime. I'm ready to start doing things on my schedule, not the district's. I like what I do, but the schedule is not a bit flexible. I want to be able to travel in the spring and fall, not just in the summer. I want to not have to worry about going to work (and coming home) in the snow. And I'm so tired of getting up at 6.30 AM, especially when it's dark out. So it's time to fold 'em and get out.

And now the laundry is calling me!
Holly

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Four weeks postop!

My new knee is 4 weeks and 3 days old now. It's getting stronger and stronger, and I can walk around the house without the cane, most of the time.

We started back to work on Thursday. We had inservices all day Thursday and half of Friday, then we were released back to our buildings to set up our offices. 

We've had some gorgeous weather in August. A lot of the nights we could turn off the AC and open the windows. Towards morning, it gets chilly, which feels wonderful. More nights than not, I sleep well. 

Steph and Dan are visiting Manda, Ben and Amary this weekend- I'm so glad they are able to see each other reasonably often, so Amary knows who they are. 

Today starts a three day weekend! We've already been to the grocery store, and I'm planning to make meatloaf for dinner, one of our favorites. We'll have mashed potatoes with the meatloaf. 

And now to get off the computer and accomplish something!

Holly