Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hello friends,
Happy Thanksgiving!
We are jumping for joy at the prospect of
a long weekend!
Truth be told, I've been
very busy at work
and will probably
be working some over
the holiday.
Thankful for my sweet family,
near and far,
friends, coworkers and
bloggy friends and readers!
Eat, drink and be merry!
And I almost forgot . . .

Thursday, November 21, 2013

So, You Say you Raked Some Leaves?

One of the pretty trees on our block . . .
ours just has dirty large brown leaves!
On my word --
our large tree just dumped
all its leaves on the front lawn.
It started slowly with about
5 bags and the trash barrels last week.
This week --
26 bags plus the trash barrels!
If that were all the leaves, I would be so happy!
But, the neighbor's tree has just started dropping
leaves and they are headed our direction.
More leaves,
more fun,
P.S.  Guess my faux fur vest is not quite "out" yet --
look Stylist Rachel Zoe is wearing one too!  :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 Things I Learned about Improv

When I last left you, Mr. Tennis and I were preparing to attend
Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy show.
What I didn't realize when I bought the tickets was that
it was an improv show. 
 I thought it was stand-up comedy.
You know, tell a joke, get a laugh,
 ha ha ha!
Loved this when I wore it a couple years ago at our holiday party.
Wish I had been drinking before the improv!
So, here are 5 things I learned about improv that evening!
5.  Sit in the front row and you may be called upon!
4.  Wear a cute (?) faux fur vest and your chances of being called
upon increase exponentially!
3.  Speak in your very best Midwest twang and
your chances of being ridiculed increase even more!
2.  Do not attempt to make a joke. 
  (the only jokes that should be  made are by the comedians . . .
so say the comedians!).
1.  I don't like improv!
What a riot it was!
Seriously, parts of it funny -- I laughed hysterically
when they made fun of me
(inside I was dying though).
So, the lesson I learned was . . .
read the fine print -- if it says "improv"
don't buy those tickets! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally Friday!

Hello Friends!
Did you have a good week?
I hope so!
 It was really cold here one morning -- like 15 degrees
but has warmed up every day!
I like that!
What are you all doing this weekend?
Belushi and pals!
Mr. Tennis and I are going
to see Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy!
Hilarity will ensue I'm sure!
But . . .
I'm a wee bit nervous as our seats in the
very front row and they often pull
folks out to get on stage with them
for some real life hi-jinks!
I think Mr. Tennis could handle that
just fine! 
Not so much!

In other super good news --
my son and his wife and kiddos
will be here on Sunday for
some family photos
they have had to reschedule twice due
to weather!
Can't wait to see them, hold their little hands, hug their
little selves and sniff the baby goodness of  
Baby Harry  --
3 months old already!!
Hope you have a fun weekend too!!
See you Monday!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Photos - Attempt # 1

Recently, I attempted to get some
photos of Miss Maddy
for a Christmas card.
Loads of people had the same idea
and were at one of our my fave locations too,
so it was a bit of a waiting game.

And even though Miss M
loves to receive photo Christmas cards,
having her picture taken for ours
is not her favorite thing to do.
The fake smile is a dead giveaway -- she's had enough!

However, a little monetary incentive
helped . . .
up to a point!  :) 
When we looked at the photos later,
the one below was her favorite and
expressed her sentiments exactly!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello Monday!

Hello Friends!

How did the weekend sneak by so quickly?

We enjoyed another weekend of fabulous weather!
We wanted to get out and get some photos of the fabulous fall colors,
but time got away from us and
we were only able to get some from our own block.
leaves are falling fast!!

We did a bit of yard work -- well,
we let Mr. Tennis do some -- we don't want
to hog all the fun!

Maddy had a private gymnastics lesson on Saturday
learning to do a back flip and walk-over.
She loved it and felt like she improved so
much in only a short amount of time.

She and I ran a few errands and
crossed some items off our list
like 15 minutes of cleaning over and over;
laundry (that took a lot more than 15 minutes)
grocery shopping and
making some Christmas
We are going to attempt to
get  all our holiday projects done in November
so we can spend December relaxing and
celebrating the season!

My Mom's birthday was on Saturday.
It's been hard thinking of her birthday coming
up without her.
We thought of her and talked about her all day.
Miss her so much.

She would have loved these sweet velvet pumpkins
I found from an incredibly talented etsy seller.
My Mom had many talents and sewing was
one of them.
  She loved
crafting projects!
She sewed itty-bitty Barbie clothes
for our dolls when we were little!

She encouraged me and loved all my extremely
simple craft and sewing projects!
One year, I sewed myself a
bikini!!  WHOA!!!! 
I think she laughed and laughed about
that one!  :)

Happy Veteran's Day!
Thanks to all the many brave men and women
who have served our country through the years! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Weekend Report

I am a bit late with
my Weekend Report, aren't I?
Sorry, I was busy celebrating
the Husker last minute "Hail Mary" pass
and victory!
Go Big Red!
Oh look -- a Mickey waffle maker, Mickey toaster and Mickey popcorn maker!
Somebody is adding to her list! :)
Maddy, Mickey and I did do a little shopping
here and there.
We're just getting started! :)
So sad - I totally missed out on the extra hour
of sleep as I kept waking up at 3 am, 4 am and 5 am . . .!
So annoying!
And I had a big migraine on Sunday,
so that necessitated some resting
and Hallmark movie watching with my girl.
We donned our robes and staked out our spots on the sofa!
I need one of those days every now and then,
do you too?
But, guess what?
I did cook a little!
I made a yummy Spinach quiche
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!
Maddy made hers into a Lemon Chicken Orzo Taco!
Just like Spaghetti Tacos -
give that girl a
taco shell and she's happy!
Next up -- quiche in a taco shell!
Have a fabulous week friends!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Friday -- Hello November!

Hello Friends --
Happy November!
You know what that means, don't you??
 . . .

It's holiday shopping season!
 I feel a little giddy already!
Did you have a FUN Halloween??
In an attempt to be even more fun than
I already am ---
I wore "Where's Waldo" glasses to work yesterday!
 Makes you wish you worked with me, right! ;0

Maddy loved wearing her Mickey Mouse get-up
last night, and we had more fabulous weather!
The only bad news --
Mr. Tennis gave away my
private stash of little Mr. Goodbar's!
He said the ghosts and goblins were overwhelming him and
he had to placate the masses!
Boo hoo!

What's on the schedule for your weekend?
You know what's on ours -
Shopping, yard work, shopping . . .
decluttering a bit too.

Have a great weekend!