Jack and I are pretty quiet folks. Well, he's quiet anyway, but we don't have a big posse we hang with every week. He doesn't have a man cave where his buddies come to watch sports and whatever else goes on in a man cave. I don't have a she shed. Wait, I do have the spot where the lawn tractor is stored but it's not too cute for any girl bonding. However, we're not hermits either and during the year we have Church socials we attend. In February it's usually the "Cheap Good Night Out and Chili Cook-Off" social. It's gone from being a big get-together with chili contests and skits to a more quiet affair. Yesterday we went and it wasn't as well attended as usual. I think the younger crowd has better things to do than eat chili! The food that was there was really good and the chili contest was fun. But what was better was catching up with a couple that used to live in Ashland but moved to Utah many years ago. Back here visiting, they took the time to attend last night and we had a nice time reminiscing about the good old days when we were all young and our kiddos were little. They had 9 girls! They did finally get a boy after they moved. (Their son tragically passed away at age 18). We found out they have 45 Grandkids....yep, they win that contest! We may not have a packed social schedule but there are people who will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Larry and Sally are one of those couples. Hopefully they will pass this way again and we can sit and share a meal and some laughs.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
I'm a blogging slacker these days. Just not much happening at the old Pines. Even Valentine's Day didn't have a whole lot of blog worthiness. So, did you do a big Valentine dinner? Flowers? Candy? Jack got me a lovely gift card to one of my favorite little shops and I got him some of his favorite snacks. We then had a romantic run to Home Depot to check on a water softener. I hope I'm not making anyone jealous here, but it was fun. Maybe it's the smell of fresh lumber or the orange aprons everyone is wearing..I just like the place. Afterwards we had to make a big decision about dinner. When Jack came home from work on Tuesday he asked what we were having for dinner. I said I grilled steaks. His reply was: "Weren't the steaks for Valentine's Day?" Every Saturday we make out a menu for the following week and then do the grocery shopping. It works out great and I usually never have to go to the store during the week and I always know what's for dinner. My reply: "Nope, it's on the menu for tonight. " He was good with that and we did enjoy a tastey dinner on Tuesday. So Valentine's day ended up being a burger from Burger King! Fine by me. I'm a burger kind of gal! I looked back at my post from last year and guess what we had for a Valentine's day dinner in 2017? Burgers! Ha! I'm thinking a tradition has been born! But for today I decided I really needed to do a blog post and I would just go into my camera and put any pics up I had on the memory card. Here goes:
Sunday, February 4, 2018
I have a rule of thumb that goes like this: "Shortest line, longest wait". I'm sure you've experienced it. You're in a hurry and so happy to see a line with just one person in it. You rush up, put your one item on the counter and.....wait, wait, wait. Yep, they're the one with the "problem". Coupons that have expired, no price on the item, credit/debit card won't work, gift card is empty, etc. Well, that's how I feel about February. Shortest month, longest wait, worst weather, etc, etc, etc. It's snowing outside as I type this up. I was surprised to see it coming down so fast and heavy as I let the Chubbs out for his final run. When you look at the weather reports they tell you zip. They have no idea what's going to happen. Since the groundhog/rodent saw his shadow I guess we're gong to have to wait until March for Spring..like that never happened before. Besides, I know in Pennsylvania it was sunny for old Phil, here in Ohio it was cloudy. So, I'm ready for this short month. Which brings me to my next topic about being prepared. My sister and I were talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. (No, I don't believe we're going to have one. Geeze!) Anyway, we were talking about being prepared. I was excited to send her a pic of some of our food storage:
Monday, January 29, 2018
Do you remember January 26th, 1978? That was the question of the day last week. Why? Because we had a blizzard run through Ohio.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
My 2017 blog book arrived yesterday. When I first starting blogging in 2008 I didn't know you could make a book from your blog. I didn't post as much back then and when I found out you could put your blog in book form I actually put 2008 and 09 together to make my first book. This year's book is the smallest one I've done since then. I also forgot to check what kind of cover material I wanted and got a soft copy instead of a hard cover. Oh well, I'll probably just reorder another one and give this one to Mom. It's easier for her to read than going on the computer and she enjoys looking at all the photos too. There are times I've considered quitting, but when the book comes and I see all the events and family gatherings put in print I realize it's a journal of sorts. I'm no great author but someday I hope a family member will take the time to look at them and remember what we did together or read about what I did with my time in this life. Mundane? Probably. Repetitive? Yes, many times I've repeated a tribute to a family member and I always put a post in on the holidays and frankly those don't change much year to year...except we all age a bit! Important? It is to me and that's all that matters isn't it? I use Sharedbook.com to make my book. It's pretty easy and depending on the number of pages, not too expensive. Anyway, how can I put a price on a year in the life of us?
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The past few days have been fabulous, weather wise. We've had a slow warm up this week and today it topped out around 40 degrees...flip flop weather up here! Add sunshine to that and you have many happy faces around these parts. I took Chubbs for a little walk this afternoon since the Vet said he had gained a couple of pounds. Jack told him it was because of the holidays! Good for a chuckle but the fact is we haven't been able to get him out walking too much because of the bitter cold. So today I put on my slogging around the Pines boots. (No flip flops for me...I leave those to the Walmart goers!)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
My previous post was one of lush green. The snow had melted and the rains fell in abundance. The 58de temps were such a gift. Then Friday arrived. I got hit by some kind of bug and was sick as a dog! It was one of those times when at first you thought you were going to die and then you were afraid you wouldn't! Thankfully it passed as quick as it arrived since this is my call weekend. It's been quiet so far but it's not over until 6:30 am. It's the only time I truly look forward to Monday morning when it's over! So what do you do when you're hanging around the house on a weekend when Mother Nature decides to pull a fast one? When she reminds you that you are in the thick of Winter?