Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Jumping for Joy - School's Out!

Yay -- Maddie finished her first year of college the other day. She's had a busy couple of semesters and has been taking required courses and some Health Sciences courses. She's learned a lot and has worked so hard. We're so proud of her and her efforts!!
She's going to be taking three courses in summer school too. And volunteering at one of our hospitals with the activity cart. Only one of the hospitals is allowing volunteers currently and they must have a LOT of volunteers! While she offered to be there 2-3 days a week, they are only allowing one day a week for 2 hours. She'll be driving the cart with toys, games, magazines around to patients.
And I may recruit to help out in the office getting rid of old files, etc. Add in some pool time and it should be a busy summer!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

End of April Update!

Hi Friends -- how in the world did April zip by sooooooo fast???? I guess we were busy thinking about nice weather, enjoying nice weather, cleaning the yard and who knows what else. I need to put myself on a blogging schedule, but then I'm afraid you'd all know that I am a bit lazy and don't have a whole lot going on! My most fun things lately are watching When Calls The Heart and Hallmark movies!
Maddie and I have been taking our goofball doodle, Frannie, on walks and while she runs from the leash initially - we know that she really enjoys being out on a walk . . . especially since I take along a few cookies (treats) for her.
I have also been assisting Mads in some photo-taking -- i either advise on location, angle, sunlight and about anything else I feel like might be of assistance. Not sure I'm really helping! :) She has been getting some fabulous photos of friends, a favorite college graduate and a simply adorable prom couple. I'll share later so that I don't take away from anyone else's photos and posts. And this photo below is of her birthday cake -- isn't it fabulous!! Yes, it was totally edible and delicious and I wish I could say I made it myself -- well, no one really knows - so let's say I DID make it myself!!
So, that's what I've been doing besides still working in the office until 3 PM most days. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Happy May Day to all!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

This and That and Hot Fudge Sundaes!!!

Hi Friends -- once again, the month has gotten away from me without my doing much on the blog. I think I've been in a pandemic fog for the last year! But hope the fog is lifting and that everyone is staying healthy and getting on the list for the vaccine. The Rickster and I were able to get the first dose a few weeks ago and our second dose is coming up on Monday. It feels like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders!
In other news, we moved a desk into our living room so that we can use our computer upstairs (yes, we are ancient and have a desktop). Maddie has a laptop, but she likes using the desktop and is able to easily print things she needs for classes now without running up and down the stairs. Maddie and I amazed ourselves by actually moving the computer monitor, tower, keyboard and printer all by ourselves. We are NOT techy - so that was a huge achievement just getting all the cords figured out and we've been patting ourselves on the back for the last week!
In other news, Maddie was on spring break from classes last week! Unfortunately, the weather was not good and was cold and rainy almost every day! We did run off to a Nebraska treasure known as Morrill Hall - kind of a museum of natural history! It has all kinds of cool stuff and we hadn't been there in years, so it was fun to go again. I remember going there when I was just a schoolgirl - that was a big trip from Omaha! :) Look at the Wooly Mammoth wearing a Big Red Mask! Good Job Mammoth!
We also visited the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Connor went with us -- he's so sweet and it was so nice of him to drive. Driving on the interstate to the zoo in Omaha gives me extreme anxiety. Like - I would have had to find a route on side streets that would have taken a lot longer. This crazy looking bear thing was in one bear area -- it's a little funky - but fun to see and make Maddie pose for a photo!
We also went into the Desert Dome and Kingdom of the Night -- I'm not really sure why this white alligator is in the dark as it is not nocturnal like the many, many bats that were in the Kingdom of the Night. COVER your head! EEEEK!
Unrelated to anything, today I was remembering the Hot Fudge Sundaes that we used to get at The Tea Room in Brandies Department Store in Downtown Omaha. OH MY WORD -- they were elegant and delicious! And I wish I had one now. Hope you are all have a Fun Friday tomorrow and good weekend. XOXO

Friday, February 26, 2021

Five on Friday!

Greetings All! Hope you are enjoying some nice weather and the end of February! NO MORE SNOW PLEASE!! With that in mind, I have my occasional list of FIVE ON FRIDAY!
1. Nice Weather! After those weeks and weeks of way below-zero temps and way too much snow, we have been blessed with temps getting into the 40s this week! And loads of sunshine! It's been so welcome and has improved everyone's mood so much! The outlook for March has some days in the 50s!! Bring it on!!
2. Birthday! My oldest son's birthday is on Sunday!! Happy Birthday Philip! He's going to be 36! Wow -- how in the world did he get to be 36?? The day he was born it was 68 degrees! Sooooo nice! Of course, I think there was snow on the day we took him home from the hospital. We have missed celebrating so many birthdays during this long shutdown and hope that will change soon. I think Rickster and I will be up next for vaccinations. Fingers crossed. Philip loves crazy socks and I found these on the wonderful Amazon!
3. Powder Room Refresh! We have a small powder room on our main floor. The tile in it has bugged me for the last 20 years - it's ok -- it just looked like bathtub tile! Anyway, the Rickster knows a handyman who I contacted and he's re-tiling with subway tile. I LOVE it! It's a small room, so he should be finished today - I hope!
4. Maddie Update. I don't think I've updated anything on Maddie in a while. She's doing well and working so hard on her courses at Southeast Community College in the Health Sciences Division. She's looking forward to nicer weather so she can get her camera out again. There was a sweet profile of her as a young photographer in our neighborhood newsletter recedntly.
5. Meteorological Spring. Yay -- Monday starts Meteorological Spring! The official spring is later in the month -- but we are just so happy this year to get through winter that we are celebrating March 1 and Spring! Happy Spring friends!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Temperature Thursday!

On my word -- we have been having such a brutal cold and snowy time for at least the last 4 weeks! Every. Single. Weekend. More snow and cold! I think we are up over 25 inches and for the last week, the highs have been zero and lows bottomed out one day at -24 not even counting the wind chill! BRRRRRRRRR!!! It's not like Texas, but we did have rolling blackouts the other morning due to the heavy usage of power. Praying for relief for Texas and everyone there! It gets cold inside the house fast when there is no heat! However, our temp is supposed to be maybe 18 today and maybe 30s on the weekend, so we feel like celebrating!!
Last year at this time, Maddie and I were in Orlando on a quick trip! We were so happy to have some nice sunny days and enjoy our favorite place. And after we returned home, the shutdown occurred, so we were doubly happy to have had a little getaway before that happened.
We are definitely hoping for another trip there later this year.
Stay warm friends!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

So Long January; Hello February and other Miscellaneous Stuff

Yay - January has FINALLY ended! Don't you feel like that month goes on and on and on and . . . on!!! We are so happy to get it over and done with. Welcome to lovely short-month February!
Maddie and I decided to try and take back some of the joy that covid stole from us during most of 2020. So, we joined a gym again. We had given up our membership up when the pandemic started and most places had to close here. The one we're going to is nice and has great cleaning protocols plus it's fairly quiet. Yes, I am the old lady that does not like noisy, crowded gyms with music blasting and millenials running from machine to machine and room to room for their workouts. At one gym, I was nearly knocked over a couple times. I swear I was the oldest person there. Now, I'm definitely NOT the oldest. Anywho, M and I like to use the treadmill, elliptical and bicycle at the gym. She is definitely the Youngest person to go there and she is happy to excerise and listen to something on her headphones or watch one of the tvs. We are both feeling better from the exercise. Of course, we had planned to walk outside, but the cold and snow and cold and more snow prevented us from doing so. I wish I was one of those people who exercise outside, all year long, but no, we are weather wimps!
And, what do you do when you don't like the family photos? We had some scheduled for outside in July and then October and November and our photographer cancelled each time. So, we found someone else. She was very nice, but . . . not fans of the photos. Maddie and Connor were also there, but they didn't like them either and will be mad if they find out I posted any. But seriously, look at me and my turkey neck. Couldn't the photographer have suggesed I put my chin down or something to minimize that gobble gobble look??? I guess we can all get a laugh out of those. Wish I would have thought of My Big Greek Wedding and how the older ladies stood together and pulled each other's necks back! Do you remember that? Brilliant!! I do like my cute jaunty hat and have made a big note to myself -- wear more turtlenecks!! And really, does anyone want to see old folks like us kissing??? I don't think so.
On another note, I must get back to work. Yes, I am still working in Rickster's office. It's ok, but let's just say I enjoy my part-time seasonal gift wrap job more! Happy February!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Happy New Year and Happy Snow DAYS!

Hello friends! Happy New Year! One of my goals is to update the blog more - and I'm getting a bit of a late start to that! Hope you all had a great New Year's and are looking forward to good things this 2021! I know I am looking forward with bright, hopeful eyes. But, I do have that little thought sneaking in that even though 2020 was not the best year, 2021 will probably have it's own challenges!
Anywho -- the latest here in Nebraska is the incredible snowstorm we just had and are trying to work through! Oh my word - over 15 inches! We haven't had this much snow all at once since 1965! And guess what, I remember that one because it was a blizzard! My twin sister and I walked to school (yes, it was a mile away and mostly uphill). A kid in our class yelled out the door at us that we were stupid to go to school. My twin yelled back - "you're the stupid one!" Well, we got to Mass and school was called off after Mass. The happy news was that we were allowed to ride the school bus home -- not to our door -- home was a half-mile home from the dropoff - but better than having to walk all that way.
So, we've spent a lot of time the last few days digging out. We have the best neighbors -- everyone on the block pitched in to help others. I usually do scoop our front walk and the neighbors when we have a couple inches, but that 15 inches was so heavy there was no way I could get that done. And, I had to shovel paths in the yard for Frannie! She doesn't seem to mind the snow -- she's a dog that pretty much loves everything. And Rickster still has a cast on his hand/arm from his Christmas surgery, but he was able to the snowblower going to finish our driveway. Guess what -- today we woke up to another couple of inches of snow! I believe I am definitely ready for spring now! Sending good wishes from snowy Nebraska!