Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

It was a long weekend for me.  A 4 day-ish kind of weekend.  We had conferences at school on Wednesday night & Thursday.  I did have a few on Wednesday night and then a few more on Thursday. Fortunately, I live close enough to school that I can go home between the appointments. The teacher's, by contract, have to stay regardless of how many appointments they have or don't have.

It has been extremely cold here, so cold that the schools in our area who did have school on Friday, cancelled because the wind chills were in the double digit negatives. I'm happy we already had the day scheduled off, we don't have to make it up in the spring. But, if we have anymore days off, we will have to make them up too.

So on Friday, I decided to take Lucy with me when I ran up to the bank. We took a drive around the lake just north of our house & captured a few shots, albeit, we never left the car. We did the "drive by" format of shooting.
While it wasn't snowing out, I added a little overlay to this shot of this fence. It just seemed to add a little sparkle to the shot. 
This house is actually on an island. See the bridge out to it is now erase in frozen water and snowdrifts. So totally different than it looks in the summer.

When I got home, I rented Gone Girl on Amazon Prime. I read the book recently, did not like the ending to it, and can now say I really didn't like the movie. It just seemed to be missing so much detail. I know they can never capture the book fully, but I really felt this one missed it.

Friday night we headed to WMU for a college hockey game! We took S&D1 - she has never been to a hockey game! I think she really enjoyed it. We all went to dinner before and had a great time.

Saturday was a lazy, lazy day. A nice way to spend the day. We went out to a movie that night though. We originally were going to see American Sniper, but there weren't 2 seats together, so we ended up seeing Still Alice. I don't think Dream Boy really wanted to see it, but after it was done, he was very moved & glad we had. I read the book about 2 years ago because I wanted a better understanding of what my aunt was dealing with as she had Alzheimer's. I must say, the movie was very well done. I tried so hard not to, but I did cry. This disease is absolutely horrible. I watched my aunt go through the phases and eventually lose her life to it & I have very good friends who have either lost loved ones or are living this life right now. My heart bleeds for them. 

Sunday we took it very easy as well. I did not sleep well the night before - Santa brought me hot flashes for Christmas this year & I swear I could have re-enacted and given a whole new meaning to the burning bed. Oh.my.gosh! It's so grand to be a woman……..NOT! Especially right now anyways. I can hardly wait until summer for these little flashes to rear their ugly heads. Guess who is going to be camping out permanently on the end of the dock? Seriously, I just may need to pitch a tent & set up my new summer residence.

It's a brutally cold morning again - but I'm off to have coffee with the ladies. 

The start to a new week ---- let's make it a great one!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Photo Op

This is my photo op this week - staying in side & playing with some color as it is frigid cold outside!

We got a few more inches of snow last night, which is beautiful, but the temps are hovering around zero, with wind chills below that. I went out to shovel today and you know it's too dang cold when the Wonder Dog can't stand, literally, for very long.  She lays down on the driveway because the cement is to cold for her paws.

The sun was shining beautifully through the kitchen this afternoon, so I pulled out these bargain pencils (on clearance for less than $5 for the 3) and played around a little. I think these will look so cute on my desk at school, but for now - I think they'll hang around here at least for the weekend for some more photo ops.

We're in the midst of conferences again, so I have been in & out of school for the past 2 days. Two more scheduled for early tonite, and then a 3 day weekend is in store for moi!

I spent time today reading up and watching more videos from my online photography classes. I'm itching to start practicing what I'm learning - if it would only warm up. I get these images in my head and can see what I want to do, but it's so cold that it's not feasible to attempt it right now. So I must take notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Off to school I go - have a great night, and stay warm, wherever you may be. And if you may be in a tropical resort somewhere, have a cocktail or two for me!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

Back at it - again.

Monday - Monday..........

Coffee time.

Ahhhhhhhh.

Hi! Welcome back or if you're dropping by for the first time ever, welcome to my happy place.  A little corner of my mind.

How was everyone's weekend?  Mine was cold, bitterly cold. 

Friday night it started with snow as we picked up me madre'-in-law and took her out for her birthday dinner. We did chinese. Yum. And might I add that I'm getting pretty good at eating with chopsticks, rice and all.

Saturday we awoke to a blizzard-y type of day. The winds were howling, literally. The snow fell in the morning and at times the wind was so strong & the snow was so heavy, you literally could not see across the street. Our house sits fairly close to the road, so it was definitely white out conditions.

The snow didn't last long, but the winds were awful. So Dream Boy & I just hunkered down for Valentine's at home and did some of this and some of that. I did some DIYing, you know, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing tubs & sinks & toilet. Then I gave the wonder dog a much needed bath. She was not happy with me, which is odd, she usually jumps in the tub on her own whenever, but she just wasn't feeling it - so I literally dragged her across the kitchen floor until she decided she wasn't going to win the battle & jumped in the tub. When we were done, I tried to get her to shake off in the tub with the shower curtain closed. Again, she usually does this voluntarily, but not this time. So I tried to make her & she bit me. Yes, BIT me. She drew blood. So I told her she wasn't my friend anymore & I didn't like her one iota at that moment & I let Dream Boy take over drying her off. 

We've since made up. 

Saturday night we ventured out into the cold tundra and went for pizza and beer. A favorite of ours. Then we headed over to a concert at the local college auditorium for some Brazilian jazz music. Something to warm the heart & mind & soul. The performers were the Gold Company from Western Michigan University's music program. 

There was one girl, Megan, who had the most awesome voice. She sang a couple of solo's and I tell ya, she had better make it big some day because I will definitely be buying her music. She had this sultry, smokey voice that was amazing.

Dream Boy had baked some brownies earlier in the day, but I convinced him to head over to Insomnia Cookies on the campus. They serve warm cookies & deliver them until 3 am to the dorms. So I knew they'd be open at 10:30pm. I took my niece there a couple weeks ago, so it was a crime not to go back since we were so close. 

We ate the brownies for dessert last night. 

Sunday was the coldest day ever. It was -7 when I woke up, with a wind chill of -22. Holy icicles! At least the sun was out all day & made it feel somewhat warmer. 

S&D 1 came for dinner last night & Dream Boy had made soup, so we ate in the living room around the wood burner because it's the warmest place in the house.

We ate brownies for dessert.

So, overall, it was a great weekend. Laid back, but yet filled with some love and color along the way.

Oh - and did I mention, we ate brownies for dessert on Sunday night? They were smothered with vanilla ice cream, whip cream & chocolate syrup too.

And now, here we are. Monday morning. Another week of school, actually a short week. It's conference week - so only 2 1/2 days of students. 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by & spending a little time with me.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Tribute

What's left to say?

You said it all in your card to me this morning. But you know me, I fail miserably when it comes to buying cards. I have every intention of buying one, but never do.

So consider this my Valentine to you - my "hallmark" card.

I.Love.You.

I have for as long as I've known you. 

True Story.

You know that and I know that. Since our very first date and I went home afterwards & wrote it in my journal that you were the man I was going to marry.

The story of my mom & your dad growing up across the street from each other. How my mom didn't like him when they were little & she said she would kill me if I ever dated one of his kids. 

So I married you.

And she loved you so very much. You made her laugh even when she didn't want to.

You put up with my dad's corny sense of humor. Telling him a joke and he would laugh, but minutes later you would hear him telling that same joke to someone else and he would be roaring with his full belly laugh because now it was really funny because he told it.

You have provided for me. For our boys. There have been times that you could so easily have said, "I've had enough", but because of the man you are, a man of faith, of God, you chose to work through our problems with God as your guide and you've become someone I love even more.

The years of travel soccer. The weekends you went one way with this son and I went that way with the other. But we would come back together on Sunday night sharing the weekend's highlights. Some thought we were crazy to do all this traveling and split up, but we both knew it was a way for our family to make some awesome memories. We always knew where our boys were and who they were hanging with. 

And now as our boys have grown and are marrying their loves. You are so evident in who they have both become. They are loving, caring and fully devoted to their girls. They are men of God. They have a faith based life and you helped guide them in that direction.

Dream Boy - you are all I could ever ask for. You are truly a gift from God to me. I know that God had "us" planned all along. You have loved me in ways I never knew existed. You have stuck with me through all the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.

Happy Valentine's Day. You will always be my Valentine and I will always love you.