Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Friday - Hello August!

Say it ain't so!
How did it get to be August already???
Noooooo!
Slow down summer!

Maddy and I had a fun last day of July yesterday!
We went mini-golfing and borrowed Miss Kamree
to go with us!


Oh my word!
It was a blast!
We loved golfing with that girl!
And bonus -- she made a hole-in-one
and so did I! 
Amazing!

In other news,
Southern Living has reported that it's
 National Cheesecake Day!
Shocker (since I love all goodies) but I am
not a huge fan of cheesecake!
However . . .
when chocolate is involved - I'm there!
I don't make it often - but I love
this Chocolate and Vanilla Cake!
It's called just "cake" but it is really cheesecake.



Adding this to my weekend list of things to do!
Make a cake!


Happy August
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mr. Tennis and Me!

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary!
I shared this photo on FB -- wow --
we sure looked young, didn't we!


We were married in 1977 -- yep -- 37 years ago!
I loved my dress -- if I remember correctly, it was all of $115! :)

We moved to Philadelphia immediately after
our wedding so Mr. Tennis could
attend law school at Villanova!
Villanova has one of the most
beautiful campuses ever!
So, while he took a high-speed train out
to lovely Villanova, I took a graffiti-marked up el-train
though some rather rough parts of Philadelphia
to work!

What an experience!
We had a fun time out there and big cities like that make
it possible to get around
without a vehicle!
The stories I could tell!!! 

We've been very lucky to have such
a wonderful life together and
three terrific children and now
get to enjoy having a daughter-in-law and
three beautiful grandchildren!
We've been blessed beyond measure.



And here we are with a more current photo
of me and Mr. Tennis from last fall!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Maddy just finished up two weeks of a theatre camp program 
at our local community playhouse!

The students spent 10 days from 9 am to 4 pm
every day working on their
songs and dances and honing their acting skills!


And then, they put on a 
fabulous performance 
for friends and family.

Maddy in back -- 7 of Diamonds
The performance was so much fun!
Maddy was a flower and a lobster and a playing card
and did a lot of background performing.
She was so animated and had tons of fun!
And she hopes to audition for a December
Junie B. Jones production.

It was a very successful camp and all of the
performers worked hard and did a great job!
 We are beyond thrilled that our community theatre 
provides such wonderful opportunities 
to try something new and stretch some wings!

Connor and Maddy - Fun after the performance!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On Becoming a List Maker

I have finally figured out
 (yes, it takes me a while)
that I can be more effective and accomplish more
if I will just make a list
AND
refer to it throughout the day and
cross things off the list!


I believe my son learned this lesson at an early age
as he used to write lists on his mirror!!
Now, he probably makes his lists on his iPad or tablet!
But, I actually need
a real piece of paper

Guess what the 
first item on my list is each day . . . 
MAKE A LIST!  :)


How about you?
Is there something you do that helps you to be
more organized and accomplish more?
Please share!

What's on your list today?
Now, I can check write a blog post off the list today!
Of course, some projects like "pull weeds" is
on the list every single day! :(

Hope you can check lots off your list today.
I'm off to make a quiche and check that off today's list!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Grand Time!

Last week Maddy and I had the 
opportunity to spend some time with the 
Grands while Philip and Catherine had a little getaway!


Maddy was actually busy during the day at theatre camp,
so my main helper was gone -- how would I ever manage????
I'm sure the fact that
they have a great little schedule and
their house is super-organized really helped.
Of course, the kids are delightful and sweet -- so 
that makes a big difference too!

Janie is now 4, Walt is 3 and little Harry is 11 months!
Yes, I had my hands full!
We were lucky enough to have fabulous weather
and took some walks and stroller rides
every day!


Mr. Tennis (aka Papa) and Muffy came over one evening with
chicken nuggets and fries (hello fast food!) and
 to play!

I also introduced Janie and Walt to chocolate milk
 and I'm afraid they are hooked! :)
After-nap chocolate milk in his undies on the deck! :)
There was one rather large screw-up on my part!
Harry was napping one morning so Janie, Walt and I went out on the deck
with me pulling the door closed behind us.
Oooops - I hadn't checked and the door locked!
Neurotic me had also locked the door from the garage to 
the house, so we couldn't get in that way either!
Slight freak-out on my part ensued!
Smart parents -- there was a key hidden outside!
We got back in and you can be sure I didn't make that mistake again!

Wonderful littles with fabulous parents!
We love having them in town with us! 

Philip and the kids -- first day at his pediatric office!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Joy of A Bicycle Ride!

Maddy and I made big plans for bicycle riding all over town 
this summer!

However, the bicycle I inherited from my sweet Mum
needed a tune-up and a new tire and inner tubes!
I finally managed to hoist it into the car and get it in
for service.


Isn't it lovely!!!
And now, it is ready!

Truly, nothing compares to the joy of a bicycle ride, does it!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Whoa -- it was a very hot and humid weekend, 
but . . . 
good news -- a polar vortex
(remember those from last winter? Brrrr!!)
is headed our way and cooler temps expected!


Maddy finished up a week-long half-day theatre camp
last Friday.  There were 95 kids in the camp and
they all did a fabulous job performing!

She starts a new theatre camp today!
Hope she enjoys it just as much!


Do you see what these photos mean?
Very happy news for me.
I have a guy working on the floor trim!!


Yes, Finally!
The job that started in April 
may actually finish in July!


And, we've been so happy to have the
little kids here in town!


Spent some time at the zoo last weekend!
The heat and extreme humidity gave me a whopper migraine, but
was loads of fun and more to come!


Hope you have a wonderful week!