Saturday, January 31, 2015

Grandma

I'm not much for publicly sharing my feelings, but I'm feeling quite nostalgic today.  My grandma passed away last night, January 30, 2015 - surrounded by loved ones.  There were many tears shed for this amazing woman - I don't know if there is any way I could convey how much she meant to me - and to so many others.  I've written a few posts about her, the first one was her 85th birthday:


That was only (almost) 9 years ago - seems like forever in some ways, not so long in others.  She was still active and mowing her grass then.  Amazing woman.  When I bought my first house, my lawnmower broke and my grass got a little high before I got it fixed.  My grandma was in her 70s at that time - around 74 I'd say - and she loaded a push mower into her car and drove to my house when I was at work one day and mowed my grass.  She also weeded my flower beds.  

First family Christmas picture:


This picture hangs at my grandma's house with a sign under it that says "All Because Two People Fell In Love".  My grandpa died before I was born, but I've always known what an amazing person he was because my grandma loved him so much.  She never stopped loving him.  She told me many stories about him that I will cherish forever, and someday write down so my children can read them and know their legacy.  

Grandma's house:


I had a wonderful childhood, and I have many memories of going to Grandma's house.  Since we went every Sunday and I've lived on the same street as my grandma for most of my life, you can imagine how many memories I have there.  

Growing up in a big family is the greatest blessing I could imagine - but as a teenager, boy did I have a lot of people to answer to when I messed up.  Those same people also were my biggest supporters.  

So many thoughts in my head right now, so many I want to share - more for myself than anything.  This is all I can manage right now. Rest in peace, grandma.  I love you so very much and am so grateful for all of the years I had with you.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Music

Ed Sheeran is my latest music obsession.  I love a LOT of his songs, this one is currently one of my favorites.  Thinking Out Loud is one of those songs that make you want to slow dance.




Afire Love - he wrote this song about his grandfather according to one of the interviews I read.  When I listen to it, I think of my grandparents.




There are many, many more wonderful songs by Ed Sheeran - I'm not going to post all of my favorites right now.  But I've bought both of his albums and I listen to them a LOT.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lily and Rabbits



Lily was helping us garden and we were talking about rabbits eating the beans and not the lettuce and carrots.  Afterwards she was so tired she was lying down in the bed of the truck and encouraging us to do the same.  She has an awesome imagination - love this little girl.  She's amazing.  

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Happy New Year!

Anyone have resolutions?  I hear so many people saying they aren't doing resolutions anymore - I believe that is because so many people do not follow through on them.  People have goals or wishes for new years now.  I don't really make resolutions, either, so I'm not judging.  Maybe it is the word.  It is scary to make a promise to yourself that you may not have the willpower or drive to achieve.  Resolutions are too much pressure - you don't want to be disappointed in yourself at the end of the year if you don't achieve your resolution, right?

I just downloaded 4 songs on iTunes, and I'm sure I will listen to them over and over again until I know them all.  It's something to do in the car now that I have a longer commute to work.  The songs I got are:

Lorde - Royals

Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

OneRepublic - Counting Stars

Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up

I've heard parts of Wake Me Up several times, but never the whole song and I never remembered to search for it.  I've never heard of Aloe Blacc before tonight, but I really like that song.

I started watching the new show Intelligence last night.  I am a little on the fence about it right now.  I will give it a couple of more shows to push me in either direction.

I've made a few afghans - I really enjoy doing that.  I have 2 in the works right now, and I love them both.  I also have lots of yarn just waiting to be made into one.  I'll post pictures of what I've made and what I'm working on at some point.

I still haven't found the urge to blog more, like I really want to.  It's late now, so I doubt I will write much.  Just felt like sharing the songs I just found.  I could be all over the place in posts - ranting about the things that bother me in this world (watching or reading news saddens me), or write about my new position at work that is causing me many late nights at the office and lots of working at home.  Neither of those things are really what I want to have memories of.

So.  Maybe some other day I will sit down at my computer and write more posts about the things I do want to remember.  Until then... just random stuff.  It's all for my benefit anyway.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Happenings

So it seems the time frame for my blogging is about every 4 months.  I wish I could get back into it, for myself - I enjoy going back over the years and remembering things that happened.  I just can't seem to make myself do it regularly. 

This year has flown by.  So many things have happened, I don't know if I will remember them all to post.  I never did post about Rylee's birth - Ceara gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on January 23rd, 2013.  1-23 should be easy enough to remember!  :)  Eight months old soon - where does the time go?  She changes so much every time I see her.  I have pictures... of course.  Just not going to post pictures with this post.  This is more of a wall of text. 

The rest of the year has been a blur.  Miss Lily turned 2 in May - she is a beautiful, intelligent, wonderful little girl.  She loves to come over and help outside in the garden. 

I turned 40 over the summer.  I had a great time celebrating with my family and friends. 

I play volleyball on Thursdays and Fridays every week - so far the Friday night team isn't doing very well, but it is a co-ed team and we are getting better. We hadn't ever played with one another before.

Conor started soccer - and his two cousins/best friends are on his team - Gage and Grant.  The three of them always enjoy doing things together so having them all on the same team is good.  We also have a small cheering section every game with all the parents / grandparents who come. 

School let out and began again since my last post. Conor had a variety of sitters over the summer - my mom, Jeff's mom, and my brother in law all took turns.  He started the 5th grade this year. 

My mom and I took Conor and Gage on a road trip to Texas to visit Phyllis - my mom's lifelong friend.  We had a wonderful time - very short though.  The boys got to ride a horse for the first time in their lives, and see what it was like on a ranch. 

I did a bit of traveling over the summer - working OT on the weekends at our Kentucky office.  Made for some long weeks.  Over the course of 26 days, I got 2 off and worked 25-30 hours OT on the weekends I was in Kentucky.  It was a different experience, though, and I enjoyed it. 

I got a promotion at work recently as well, so I've been working a lot of long days while training for my new job and still doing the old one.  Driving to our Cincinnati office 3 days a week has really made me aware of how much I hate rush hour traffic.  The Dayton office is much closer and a better drive.  Once the woman we hired to fill my old position starts, my job should be a lot less stressful. 

I have ideas and plans for Christmas - which is right around the corner, so I better get busy.  Every year I hope to finish everything early, and every year I come a little closer to being ready for it when it comes... I hope this is the year I finally am!

I'm re-finishing a wooden rocking chair that has been passed around - from my Grandma's, my mom's, my sister's, and now mine.  I'm excited to get it finished and rock in it.  I'll need a cushion eventually for it, but I'm OK without it until I find one I love. 

There are probably things I'm forgetting to post, but that is all I can think of right now, and it is bed time. 

So many things on my "to do" list right now - and I only get the opportunity on the weekends it seems.  Too many days in between weekends, in my opinion.  :)

I probably have more I can say about all the events, but I will wait to say that stuff when I actually post pictures.  Which I hope to do soon, but... life happens. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Front Yard Garden

We have had small gardens in the back yard, but it is pretty shaded back there.  So this year, we decided to utilize the mostly sunny front yard.  Another reason - besides the shade - is because of the dogs.  Last year they dug up our garden in the back. 
 
So, let's take a tour.
 
Here is an "overall" view from the front porch:
 

 
Below you will see the fancy lettuce we are growing on the left of the picture, carrots are on the right.  Well, at least most of them are - we did have a few rogue carrots that grew in between the lettuce.  I tried to label the veggies using Paint, but you may have to click on the picture to make it larger to see.  Writing with Paint is not the easiest thing to do, so forgive the weird looking letters.


Here is a closer look at the lettuce:
 


 
This is Bak Choy - we ordered seeds and they sent some freebies.  This is one of the freebies that we are excited to try.  It is also known as Chinese Lettuce.


Below, the strawberry patch is at the top of the picture (better picture later) and we have peas growing on the right; tomatoes on the left.  Tomatoes, that is.  Even though I didn't put the e in the picture, I don't want to re-edit it now.  :)


We have lots and lots of tomatoes.  So many I don't know if I could name them all.  I know we have purple tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, Borghese tomatoes, Mongol tomatoes, and ... we'll just have to see when they grow.  


Hmmm, even more tomatoes.

 
Below we have Green Beans and peppers.  The peppers will be planted in another raised garden that we will probably do this weekend.  Or soon.  Really soon.  At the top of the picture you can see our blueberry bushes.  Or buses as I can see I didn't write it correctly on the picture.  Forgive me.  Bushes, buses... not a lot of difference, right?  Anyway, we planted 1 bush by itself and it didn't bloom because it needs friends.  So this year, we got 4 more bushes to join it.  You can't see them, they haven't started growing yet, but they are there.  And we will be doing something with the stones around it soon. 


 
And here you can see the strawberry patch a little better - but that isn't the highlight of this picture.  Here you can see the Red Raspberry bush and the area we planted potatoes in.  The potatoes aren't all doing well because of the soil, but that's a boring story.  We should get some anyway.  I think 5 of them are doing well out of the... 20ish we planted.  


 
And here are the ummm... yellow raspberries.  I know it says black, but the black ones are on the other side of the drive way and I just wasn't thinking.  I didn't take a picture of the black ones.  But, yeah.  Yellow.  We did get a few last year and they are interesting.  Hopefully it blooms a lot more this year.  I will try to keep you posted.  ;)


And here is the strawberry patch!  It's my favorite fruit.  Well, that and pineapple, but I don't think those would grow well here in Ohio.  The strawberries are doing very well this year, though.  Should have plenty to make some jam!  


Well, that is if Lily doesn't eat them all before I can get enough for jam. 


She loves to pick and eat the strawberries.  This past weekend was the first time this summer there were actually red ones to be picked.  And she found them all.  


And ate them one by one.


Of course we washed them off first with the hose.
 

 
She wanted more, and I'm sure the next time she comes there will be plenty. 

 
Tonight - just 3 days after she ate all the ripe ones - I went out and picked these:
 
 
Mmmmm.  They are so good. 
 

Now I need to learn how to make jam - I've never done it before, but I want to try!
 
 
Also, we have grapes planted this year as well.  Three different kinds - white, red, and concord.  I want to make some jam / jelly from those as well, if they produce fruit this year.  If not, there is always next year!  I know I will have strawberry jam this year, though.  And possibly raspberry as well.  Black, red, and yellow!  :)  




Thursday, January 10, 2013

My favorite quotes today

There is a website I look at often.  It has lots and lots of pictures. You can go look yourself and find what you like:  TheBerry

Today, they have an inspirational quotes post.  These are my favorites:








The first two remind me of the saying "You don't know what you've got til it's gone."  And, really... you don't.  The second two and thoughts like it, are what keep me motivated - to do the PX90 and start new things right now.

So, check it out, you might find inspiration on one of the other posts as well.  There are several posted daily.

Ceramics

Ceara takes a ceramics class in school - that wasn't even offered when I was in school!  I love hand made things.  I want to learn how to do it too, but one thing at a time. 

Anyway, she made a mug for Jeff for Christmas.  She was disappointed because the paint is chipping off, but I think she did an amazing job on it.  See for yourself:




Isn't it wonderful? I love it!