Friday, April 29, 2011

Has it been that long...


Is there anyone out there still listening??  I have been playing catch up since my life has had some drastic changes in the past year, to say the least.  I'm happy to report all GOOD changes!!

Last April I had my first date with the man of my dreams.  I didn't know that at the time, however, I can assure you now, he is beyond a shadow of a doubt the man I should have married 28 years ago!  Instead, I married him on New Years Eve 2010.  We were pronounced husband and wife on 1-1-11.

His name is David and he is the most amazing, wonderful, kind and loving man! He truly treats me like a princess!  I say this on the day a true princess was crowned when kate married William. And yes, I awoke at 4:30 a.m. to watch the festivities.

The only downside to our recent marriage is David lives 2 1/2 hours north of where I currently own a home and work.  I have been actively looking for a job to be with him all week versus just the weekends.  He lives in northern Michigan and for any of you who are familiar with northern Michigan you can understand why I travel north to see him each weekend.  It is so beautiful up there and we have a view of Traverse Bay which is truly spectacular! We hope to have the logistics taken care of soon, and I will be a permanent residence of his home!

I have included a few photos of the past year, thanks for checking in and I hope to post more often!

We have a professional photographer friend! 

We couldn't be happier! 

Happy to have both of my amazing children home and together! 

Survived a brutal winter! 

It was beautiful will our life be together! 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's a Wonderful Life!


It's has been months since I last posted and so many wonderful things have happened in my life, namely a new love interest!

I have met the most amazing, wonderful, kind, compassionate, thoughtful and sincere man EVER!  His name is David.  We currently have a long distance relationship of approximately a two hour commute.  We see each other primarily on the weekends, however, his job enables him to work remotely from my home as scheduling permits.

I have included a few pictures of him and some events of the great times we've been sharing both together and apart.

I also hit the BIG 50 in May!!  I must say having such a wonderful man in my life made the reality much easier to accept! ;-)

Happy summer Everyone and I'll attempt to post more regularly!


 February was enjoyed by a visit from my daughter and a trip to Frankenmuth for the Ice Festival!

 A business trip to Chicago...I couldn't resist the Chicago style hot dog from Portillos!
 So good but soooooo bad!

During spring break, my son I headed to Raleigh to visit my daughter/sister during the Duke/MSU basketball playoffs!  Who do we root for??  We cheered for both!

Parties for friends turning 50! 

A Jimmy Buffet concert in Indianapolis was loved by a sea of people!!

 Yup! I turned 50!!!!!  Yikes, that makes me a 1/2 century old! 

But this guy makes it all OK!!

Fun in the Sun in Northern Michigan!

Good times with my daughter while visiting in May!

Coffee in the morning by the water with my Mr. Wonderful!
Ahhh, life is good!

This was the view...

More friends turning 50!

Beautiful Sunsets...

...and Sailboat Races

Weekend of Weddings! Wedding #1...

With Mr. Wonderful of course!

Wedding #2...

Poor guy he endured the torture of two weddings in two days and barely knew anyone!
He was a great sport about it all and participated with a great attitude and a smile!

And...he was my biggest cheerleader during our 5K race the morning of the second wedding. 
I took third in my age division, but only because of his encouragement!! 

Life is good, I am blessed!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pink Christmas Cactus

Happy Pink Saturday Everyone and Happy New Year!

First off I would like to thank Beverly from How Sweet the Sound for hosting Pink Saturday each week. Click on the Image in the right sidebar to visit her site.  I have been away from blogging for a while.  I'm so happy to be back!  You can catch up on my life while I was away in the So Many Updates post below.

Today I am blogging about my beloved Christmas cactus.  I have been trying to get this poor thing to bloom for 6 years.  I have re-potted it, put it in a dark place for several months, watered it and lovingly cared for it.  It just wouldn't bloom.  It has flourished in size but just no blooms...until now!

I think I have finally solved the problem, the location!  I moved into my current house just over a year ago and found a nice window with indirect sunlight.  I was told it should be in a southern facing window but this one faces the north.  I suspected I would be bloom doomed again this year, but low and behold I have these beautiful pink flowers!  I'm so excited!  I have more buds appearing daily, a little after Christmas but that's okay with me!  It's BLOOMING!!

Enjoy your day and stay warm if you're in the northern climates like I am.  A foot of snow and temperatures in the teens...I want to live somewhere warmer than this!  Hopefully soon!



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It's a Birthday Party!

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share with you that Sue from CollectinTexas Gal is having a Birthday Party and of course there is a give-a-way.  Click her Birthday Party invitation on the right and sign-up today!

Have fun and good luck!


Monday, January 4, 2010

So Many Updates!

Hello has been months since I last posted and so much has happened in my life, some pretty ordinary, some fun and some very sad.

The photo above is from one of the highlights over the past few months.  My daughter Elizabeth, lovingly referred to as Betsie (she hates that name) came home for a visit in late October.  She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina; I have been searching for months to find a job there to be closer to her and to get out of the miserable Michigan cold weather!

I mentioned some bad...well, while Betsie was home, I was sooooo sick.  My "unofficial" diagnosis was the swine flu.  I missed 6 consecutive work days which has never happened before!  I had body aches, a temperature, sore throat and major lung and head congestion.  It was awful!!  The doctor diagnosed me with a variation of a strep infection and prescribed antibiotics.  One week later,  I left for San Diego.

This photo is from our recent trip to San Diego, my first ever trip to southern California.  What a breathtakingly beautiful place!  I would love to live there.  This was our view from the patio of the quaint restaurant where we had breakfast on the last morning of our visit.  What a great place to recuperate from the flu!
Let the holidays begin!  Dinner for two on Thanksgiving.  We had a nice time, but I missed my kids and the family togetherness!

Christmas favorite time of the year! 

A very  very sad day for me was December 17, 2009, the day I said goodbye to my sweet boy Toby.  He suffered through liver cancer for weeks and I held him for hours on his last night on earth.  I love you Toby and your memory will live in my heart forever!

Cookies for the neighbors!  I put my baking skills to the test, they were enjoyed by one and all (including me, hehe)!

Christmas with the family (my son and me) at my sister's beautiful home, minus my daughter.  She stayed in Raleigh working both Christmas eve and Christmas day; we missed her!

The week between Christmas and New Year's was spent in Raleigh with my daughter!  We had a great time and enjoyed a lot of Mother/Daughter bonding.  In addition, I got to meet the new man in her life!  What a great guy, she seems truly happy!

Now it's back to work and surviving the winter doldrums...did I mention I hate the COLD Michigan winters??? 

I promise, I'll be back soon!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My First EVER Award!!

I am so incredibly flattered!  Sue  -Collectin in Texas Gal left the nicest comment about my recent post and...she gave me an AWARD!  Needless to say I'm thrilled.  Thank you so much!! Please visit her incredible blog!  You can find her here.
In Turn, I get to pass this award on to 10 other deserving bloggers!  These are just a few of my favorite blogs.  Please visit them and see what inspiring things they have to say about life, love and home! Enjoy!

Caroline @ Forever Vintage

To accept this award: 1) Show the Image of the Award and State the Rules.
2) Post the Link of the Person who gave you this Award.
3) Display 10 Blogs in which you grant the Award.
4) Advise the Blogs Listed.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Better Late Than Never

You know how the saying goes...well, I FINALLY decorated my mantel for fall.  It takes a visit from friends to force me to find the items and make it happen and that is exactly the reason it's done now.  I am hosting our first ever Bunko night tomorrow evening so I spent the weekend with my dear friend Ann searching high and low for the items that complimented my decor'.  This is my first actual fall in my house, last year I was moving in at this time, so needless to say, decorating wasn't a priority.

In this house, I didn't want the expected fall oranges, reds, etc.  I wanted something a little lighter and decorations that would blend better with room colors, etc.; I think I found the perfect mix!  I spray painted the grapevine an off-white, added white lights and the remaining decorations are artificial items I found over the weekend.  I'm so happy with the end result.  This will take me through Thanksgiving and then it's on to the Christmas decorations! What do you think? 

Peace to all of you!