Friday, June 2, 2017

Blog anniversary .....

10 years ago today I wrote my first blog post
to be honest, I didn't know a whole lot about what I was doing
But I had started following some blogs that were just
regular people like me
talking about life, family, decorating, vacations, flowers
recipes, grandchildren, work

So I thought wouldn't that be a great idea to just document
my life and one day when I leave this earth, my children,
grandchildren and generations to come will have
a source of reference on our family life and me

I have a small little diary that my great grandmother wrote
in daily. It's not a lot of content, mostly the weather...haha
visiting people, canning, gardening but it is a glimpse 
into her life and I savor and love every word I read
So my hope is my family will do the same.

here are some fun facts from my blog.......

first post June 2nd, 2007
total post 1,281 
post with the most page views July 7th 2011
Source that provides the most blog views - Google
Countries with the most page views.....
of course USA is number one
2. Russia - so yes, they are watching all of us...haha
3. China
4. Bulgaria
5. France
6. Germany
7. UK
8. Canada
9. Ukraine
10. Poland

so to all of the folks who view my pages.....HI
I'm not as good about posting, I blame Facebook
but I try to keep up
we are heading into a fun summer with the wedding
and a couple of vacations so hopefully I can keep up!!

as always.......later

Thursday, May 25, 2017

fun weekend....

As I have mentioned often lately.....our son is getting married!
And he and his groomsmen along with Johnny and our 
brother-in-law embarked on a journey via train
to Philadelphia for the weekend

All I can say is it's not just Vegas but also what happens
in Phila, stays in Phila!

Our sister-in-law Joanne invited all of the groomsmen's
wives and girlfriends along with the bride down
to the Chesapeake Bay for a weekend of fun

A few negatives.....the bride couldn't make it, our daughter
Jacquelyn couldn't come, 2 of the groomsmen's wives
couldn't come and the weather was less than great.

But the positives, we had a lot of fun!! And so appreciated
Joanne inviting us all down.
Their place looking so beautiful to start the summer season

Of course Joanne and I started our morning with
delicious Bloody Marys that Joanne made

One of the first things we had to do was due to hard rain
the pool cover was filled with water
the new pump was not working
but have no fear....Jo and I actually figured it out
and got the pump to working

then of course we had to take a picture showing the
water flowing to send to Tommy to show
him we were able to fix it

Just hanging out and waiting for Brianna and Kendall to arrive

we were going to go out but decided to stay in and celebrate
Cinco with nachos, guac and margaritas
and a few shots!

the next morning Joanne made us a fabulous breakfast!!

Bar hopping along the Northern Neck....

and the last day cleared up so pretty that
Brianna and Kendall took the kayaks out

it was a fun weekend and we missed the other girls


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Home camera .....

I thought it would be fun to have a camera in our home
where we could view what our dogs are up to when
we are not home

So I asked around, I did some research and found the
camera that would work for us

and though Bella Boo and Pippa Lou pretty
much just sleep all day, Khaleesi provides some laughs
and we can talk to that is entertaining!

It even has night vision
we were out one night, went to check on the dogs and
realized we forgot to turn any lights on
this is what we saw....

throughout the day when I check the camera, the picture
below is pretty much what I see. 
and apologies for the poop.....but when you have a puppy on
the loose, you have wee wee pads and lucky for us, she always
uses them!

we have put a camera in the den too but I cannot
get the color straight on it. I guess I need to 
call tech support and ask....
I do not have a pink/purple den!!

I was a little thrown off the other day at work when
I turned the camera on and saw someone in my kitchen!!
for a split second, it really scared me
then realized it was our daughter Nicole
I had forgotten she was stopping by
to pick something up


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May ....

Check out my May chalkboard
so many birthdays!!

Our sweet princess granddaughter Avery Grace turned 2

Jake, our youngest who is getting married in just
a few weeks turned 29....last year in his twenties!

My brother Tracy and brother-in-law Xel 
celebrated birthdays...we won't tell their age

Our almost daughter-in-law Kayce will have a birthday this month
and our niece Christy too

My dear sweet friend Glenda, friend for 39 years now will
celebrate her birthday this month

And my Daddy....boy I sure miss him!

Also anniversaries but a real important one....
I quit smoking 10 years ago on May 14th

Seems like we just celebrated Christmas and now
we are only 4 weeks away from the wedding!!
So exciting....


Monday, May 22, 2017

Pippa Lou ....

Our sweet Pippa Lou turned 6 years old 
on May 10th.

She is by far just one of the sweetest little dogs ever
and she gets bullied a lot!!
Bella earned the nickname of Bella the bully from
her picking on Pippa so much

And now Khaleesi picks on Pippa. She is def not 
the alpha dog in our pack

She loves to lay on the top of the patio wall and guard
our home. If anyone dares to walk past our yard she races
so fast to the fence and let's them know this is our yard!

Now if those same people were to actually come in to our yard,
she would take off for the deck and scratch to come in....haha

We took her to the vet the other day for her annual check up
She weighed in at 14.7 lbs and the vet said she
is in excellent health

here are all 3 dogs enjoying vanilla frozen 
yogurt from Sweet Frog....Pippa's birthday
treat that she shared


Sunday, May 21, 2017

38 years ....

On Friday Johnny and I celebrated 38 years of marriage

and when I say we celebrated, I mean we sat on the patio

and drank a couple of beers, ordered some take out

and watched a movie!

haha.....well normally we do go out for a nice dinner

but I was having issues with my eye so we decided to stay in

We just have a good time doing nothing but hanging

out together. I guess that's why we are looking

forward to retirement so much.....just hanging out together!!

My sweet hubby sent me this beautiful basket of flowers.

they are in individual containers so after enjoying it indoors

for a little while, I'll plant them outside. I have some that came

back from last year's birthday basket. This is my second basket

this year, he gave me one for my birthday this year.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Irish Festival ...

well here I am....over a month ago with no post!

Back on March 25th we went to the Irish Festival here in Richmond
that is in the historical area ... Churchill

My sister lives down there so we go there before the festival for brunch
what fun
then walk just one block over to the festival

The weather was great this year so the crowds were big!

Declan had the perfect view on the shoulders of his Daddy

St Patrick's had a booth for alumni to sign up for updates
My husband went to school at St Patricks so he was excited
to see this....and yes, signed up for updates for events, etc. 

We walked down Taylors Hill to head down to Station 2
for an awesome hamburger

Jake and Kayce 
aka...bride and groom

my darling and I ....


Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Ft Lauderdale ....

we just had so much fun down there
the weather was perfect
I love how the bars are open to the outside, very cool

Tommy and Joanne
I think this was our first night there

this was Friday night at the block party
so much fun and we all had to kiss the monkey!

Johnny was just acting like a monkey...haha

very different beach than the Outer Banks
soft sand and no waves

hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil
Johnny, Chris and Tommy
this was the day we went bar hopping
my pictures are all out of order....haha

Chris and his sister Mary Anne

more yachts!!!

really can't believe I let this parrot sit on my shoulder
I was so afraid he would poop down my back...haha

and then he wanted my glasses

so weird that they throw all of their beer boxes outside like that

from left, Joanne, Mary Anne, me and Kim
and 2 random girls in the back we did not know...haha

Kim and Joanne....this was the evening we were bar hopping

On Valentines day our husbands went to the store for
a few things and brought us back balloons....awww

Joanne kissing the monkey!

I think that's about it
we loved Ft Lauderdale and just had a blast with everyone


Monday, March 20, 2017

Ft Lauderdale ...

We left on Feb 8th for 8 days in Ft Lauderdale
Our brother and sister-in-law had rented a condo
for a good part of the winter and invited us down
SO sweet of them
plus they are just 2 of our most favorite people to hang out with
always fun
And friends Chris and Kim were there...more fun
people to hang out with! And some of their family
that we had never met but sure had a lot of fun with.

We hit up a lot of bars, went to a block party, toured
the water ways and saw awesome yachts and 
million dollar homes, sat out on the beautiful beach
ate a lot of good food
just really had a great time

and here is a bunch of pictures
of course a nice bloody mary before boarding the plane

I never knew there was so much money in
Ft Lauderdale...goodness!! 
mansions and yachts 

Tommy and Joanne

I think this one belonged to a diamond broker

these creatures were every where too
I was not a fan

we had lunch at this place and all of these yachts
just come around the corner, going on by....

can you even believe people own yachts this big!! haha
I just can't imagine what they look like on the inside

I wish I could remember the name of this drink
some kind of blueberry, grapefruit, vodka drink and
it was delicious

more pictures tomorrow....