Friday, June 24, 2016

I am now retired!

I had my last day of work yesterday. After 26 years in the field, I am now retired. Since I worked in schools, and have the summer off (without pay!) every year, it won't feel real til September 1, when I don't have to get up and go sit in boring meetings. And it'll be great when it's snowing or snow is in the the forecast, and I'm waiting for the text. And when it's raining and I just don't want to get out of bed. 

We went to Julianna's recital earlier this month! She was in 3 dances, and did a wonderful job! She's in the air right now with Heather, Ed and Eddie headed to Ft Myers to visit her other grandparents. 

 These guys are getting so big! Garrett wanted that cake so bad- right after the pic was taken he was yelling and reaching for it. He's pulling himself up on everything and standing. Amary is going to be 3 next month! 

I have so much that I want to do! The temperature afghan is now done except for weaving in ends and adding a border. The farm fair afghan is done and given to Barbara. But the project that I'll start tomorrow is cleaning and organizing the kitchen. I know there's a table under there somewhere!

And maybe I can post more often!

Friday, June 10, 2016

I'm still here!

 Here's one of the things keeping me busy. It will be a raffle item for the Burlington County Farm Fair.

 Andy my temperature afghan is still in progress! It'll go til the end of this month. 

I have 9 more work days to go, then I'm retired! Yay! 26 years in this job, and I'm done, done, done. And maybe then I'll have more time to blog! 

I read a really good book from the library. Troublemaker, by Linda Howard. It has a great dog character, a golden retriever named Tricks. It's a romantic suspense novel, and just came out. 

I haven't done any cross stitch or quilting, because the star afghan has a deadline, and I'm getting tired of the temp afghan, so I want to get it done!

And it's June!

Sunday, April 10, 2016


I can't believe it snowed all day yesterday. Big fat fluffy flakes of snow! The ground was too warm for it to lay.

 Garrett is getting to be such a big boy! He's 8 months old already! He loves to eat, and is quite mobile now.
I've found that my projects go along much better when I actually work on them! Leaving them alone to do their thing just does not work, unfortunately. This was last week, I've worked on it almost every night, and it's moving along.

11 weeks til retirement! I got the invitation to the county education association retirement dinner. They haven't done much for me in the last 26 years except take my money, so I'll go and get a "free" dinner.  There is also a county school nurses association dinner, and a district nurses dinner. 

I'm reading a series by Peter James. It's a British police procedural, and is very good. The library has a few, and I've gotten some for the kindle. 

Today's lunch is at Villari's.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Easter always feels like the official start to spring. And an excuse for a big family meal!
My temperature afghan at the end of January. It's going to be huge by the end of June! 

I've got beans in the oven, mini hot dogs in sweet and sour sauce in a crockpot, salad and cole slaw made, and dessert bought! We'll pick up Mom at noon and head to Mike and Donna's for dinner. 
We're having someone out to give us a price to convert our wood burning fireplace to gas. We think we'd get so much more use out of it if it was gas, and there's already gas ran to the house. 

Happy Easter!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Break

Today was a trifecta- the last day of the workweek, payday, and Spring Break starts tomorrow. Ten days in a row of not having to get up at 6.30AM!
This picture was taken about a week ago on my way to work. First rainbow I've seen here in a while.
Garret saw the eye doctor- everything is fine, and he didn't object to  the sunglasses.

The NJ Pension Board- sigh. Faxed them our birth certificates. Got a letter that they need birth certificates. Ralph just mailed them certified mail, return request. I don't want anything holding up my retirement pay! 

Today was day 128 of my last 185. The time is going fast! 

I'm almost caught back up with my temperature afghan. Today is so nice out, low 70's and sunny. 

I'm catching up on the Fool's Gold series by Susan Mallery. I was ready for something light.

And dinner is ready!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

One of my favorite pix of Garrett! He was annoyed because his food wasn't coming fast enough! 

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted here! Time just got away from me. 
 This is a cape I just finished crocheting for Julianna, at her request. I have to figure out a closing for it. It's floor length! She needs it for dressup. So I'm a couple of weeks behind on my temp afghan, since I was crocheting on the cape every night.

A definite case of work interfering with life! But not for long! I did it, I filed with the pension board for my pension! Ralph went with me to the county union office, and they went thru all my options, and gave detailed directions for filing, so I did it! As of June 30, after 26 years of service, I will be retired. 

And we have plans! August 19, we're going on an Alaska cruise with Steph and Dan, Manda and Ben, Amary and Garrett, and Ben's parents Polly and Randy. We went thru a AAA travel agent.

Then, the end of September, we're going on the train to New Orleans, for the annual meeting of Ralph's Seabee unit. He even booked a sleeper, since it's a 19 hour ride. We're there 3 or 4 days. 

 We went to the diner for lunch 2 weeks ago. I have the jersey shore salad- greens, grilled chicken, strawberries, mandarin oranges, craisins and bleu cheese with a honey vinegarette. Ralph had greek yogurt and fresh fruit. 

I read the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. So fabulous, but the ending of the latest one is devasting! The next one won't be out til next year, and the ending of Bad Blood threw me so much that I couldn't start another book for days! 

No fabric used, no quilting mojo around. 

And winter is almost over, thank goodness.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

The blizzard of 2016

 It started snowing Friday evening, and it snowed and snowed and snowed. It totalled out at about 18 inches for us- that's a whole lot of snow! 

I made us eggs and pork roll for breakfast yesterday, and chicken salad sandwiches and cole slaw for lunch. Dinner was leftovers of chicken pot pie. Ralph can't eat any of the commercial pot pies, because they put peas in them, which he's allergic to. So it's a treat for him. I use diced potatoes and carrots, and a can of broccoli cheddar soup, and one of cream of chicken soup, and make a two crust pie. The chicken I precook in the crock pot. 

I had my first project finish of the year, a crocheted hooded scarf for Steph to use when she travels to cold places for work. It's made with chunky yarn, and I'm happy with it. I'm back to work on my temperature afghan now. Next I have to get Julianna's cape started, and a small afghan for the Burlington County Farm Fair raffle. 

Tomorrow is a snow day from work- the city takes a while to get dug out, and it's primarily a walking district. There's something wonderful about a snow day! 

Shelfari and Good Reads are merging. I'm not sure how I'll like that, not that I have a choice. Amazon owns both.