Friday, January 18, 2019


Hello, friends!  Our snow event happened last night.  Well, I should say our first one.  This wasn't too bad, but the one tomorrow night is supposed to be a big one.  Not in the amount of snow, but in the amount of ice.  Not my favorite thing by any means.  I am actually debating about going to church if it is very slippery.  I don't need a car accident or a fall.

Yesterday Joe and I went to Shop Rite.  First we went to the older one where we used to shop.  Joe's bank is in the store and he needed to stop there.  We were going to shop in there too but...

I dropped Joe off to do his banking and looked for a parking spot.  After driving the entire lot twice and finding nothing (not even one far from the door), I saw Joe come out of the building, picked him up, and we went to the new Shop Rite.  We still had problem finding a spot, but at least I got one not too far from the door.  All the handicapped spots were taken, but it was just the other side of the aisle from them so it wasn't too bad.

I had been buying veggies, but I was entirely out of meat and fish, so we headed that way.  I ended up hitting all the sales and now have enough main dishes for the next 30 days.  We also got some frozen veggies since they were on sale along with pierogis and latkes.  And for not much money.  I'm already making up menus for the next few weeks.  Very seldom do I have this much food in the house and it feels good.  Especially with all this bad weather.

After we put the groceries in the car, we went back in and had lunch in the food court.  It was nice to just sit there and relax for a little bit.

When we got home we put the food away and then I said I wanted to clean out the fridge.  Joe said he would help me.  It didn't take us long and it looks so nice now.  And pretty empty.  (The freezer is a different story.)  We are going to do the refrigerator door today.

Last night for dinner we had stir-fry beef and veggies.  I had never made it before and had to look up a recipe for the sauce.  I had ramen noodles in the house and made some of them to put the stir-fry over.  Let me tell you, it turned out delicious!  Joe asked me to make it for him again. Good thing I used only half of the beef and half of the frozen veggies.   

This morning I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep.  So I spent 4 hours ripping out the blanket I'm doing for my sister-in-law Mary and re-doing it in another pattern.  I liked the colors, but I did not like the way it was turning out.  I decided to do granny squares instead and now I really love it.  I have three more blocks to go and then I will show you the first row.  I am attaching them as I go along so at the end all I will have to do is the border around the edge.  Five squares down, 75 to go.

I finally fell asleep around 6:30 a.m. and didn't wake up until 10:30 a.m.  I feel better now.  I needed that extra sleep.

It is almost noon and I have just finished breakfast.  So now I guess I will just get on with my day.  I want to finish putting all the Christmas decorations down the basement.  Time to winterize the house with my snowmen and snowflakes.  Just for a few weeks and then it's red hearts.

Hope you all are having a great day.  Until later...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Hello, friends!  Welcome to a bitterly cold morning here in Philly.  I woke up and can't go back to sleep so thought I would do the Wednesday Medley this week.  Thanks to Terri from Your Friend in Florida for these questions.

Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!!  National Do Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin.  This day has been observed annually since 1973.  Of course, the way to celebrate is to do nothing!

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!!
I had graduated from high school two years before.  Right after graduation my grandparents became ill so instead of working, I took care of them and the house.  My sister was graduating from high school that year and my grandfather passed away the summer after her graduation.  It wasn't the greatest year for me, but I was with the ones I loved and wanted to take care of.  I learned a lot about taking care of a house and cooking too.

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite pastime was as a child.
There were so many things I liked to do as a child.  I loved all kinds of crafts.  I loved playing in the huge yard we had.  I loved playing dolls with my sister.  But I think what I loved most was reading.  (And I still love books!)

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day?
The best way is to leave me alone.  I rarely have "bad days" but when I do just plop me down in front of the TV and let me chill.  I usually am OK in an hour or two at most.

4.  How old were you when you first started dating?  Do you remember your first date?
I was 19 years old.  My first date was a walk in the woods at the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center with my boyfriend and his two kids (ages 4 and 3).  Our favorite thing to do through our entire relationship was to hike.  Often we had his kids along.

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton Day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?
I have never had a fig.  Hard to believe isn't it.  It is for me too.  However, I love Fig Newtons.  The other day in Shoprite there was a woman giving out samples of fig and orange jam.  I loved that too.  So I guess I like figs!

6.  Tell us something random about your week.
Wednesday is always the busiest day of my week and today is no exception.  This morning I have to get Joe to the doctor's office for a fasting blood test.  This afternoon I help lead our Youth Group at church.  Then it's hurry home to eat and get back in two hours for Bible Study.  Thank goodness not every day is a Wednesday.  The rest of the week looks pretty calm!

Thank you, Terri, for putting together these great questions.  Please check out her blog to link up with the others who are answering the Wednesday Medley questions today.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday -- one a little less hectic than mine!