Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cold, Cold and More Cold!!

Well I have just about had enough of this cold weather!!  I have been sick with sinus/ear infections, laryngitis and pink eye for almost 2 weeks!  I am feeling much better now thank goodness.  The cold weather doesn't help!  My Mom told me the other day it was only 2 degrees warmer in NJ than it was here.  I guess we can be thankful we don't have all the snow the North has had over the last few days!  My Mom and sisters got about 19 inches of snow with ice underneath it.  Glad I don't have to deal with that.

I finished listening to The Collector by Nora Roberts.  It was very good!  I had stopped reading Nora Roberts because everything was becoming so predictable.  Lately her books have been really good!  I started listening to These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly.  I read all her other books:  The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, The Wild Rose and Northern Lights.  She is such a wonderful author!  I love everything she has written!

I haven't seen my grandsons in 2 weeks and I really miss them!  Saturday I will be spending some time with them.  Jenny said they keep asking when can they come see John and I.  She said they have been driving her crazy with questions about why they haven't been seeing us.  Owen found out I had pink eye.  He said he was going to go to school and tell his teacher, "my Nana has a pinky eye!!  LOL, he is so funny!

Well other than trying to get well, drinking tons of water and hot tea mostly I have been reading, resting and trying to stay warm!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and you stay nice and toasty warm!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I have been creating!!

I have been busy creating earrings and have posted them on my etsy site- cherylmcdermitt1.  It felt so good to go through all the gemstones I have and create things.  Then I took photos of them, edit them, named them and put them on the site.  Here are a few of my creations:
















I have been sketching some necklace ideas and some bracelet ideas too!  Yesterday I bought alot of supplies to make some more things.  It has been a great time for me!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Short Ribs Thursday and TGIF!!

So far my Friday is turning out to be a good one :)!  Jenny asked me to watch Jack for just a little while so she could go to an appointment.  I read 2 stories to him with sound effects and everything-LOL!!  He loves that!  Then Jenny treated Jack and I to lunch.  Then we went to Ollie's so I could get my peppercorns for my grinder.  Then I treated myself to a much needed pedicure!!  I didn't go to my usual place in Matthews, I went to My Bella Spa in Mint Hill.  It was so relaxing and wonderful!!  I read the whole entire time, so it was double relaxing for me! 

Tonight DH and I are going out for dinner.  Don't know where we are going just yet, but DH would like to go out and spend some time together!  No specific plans for the weekend but it will be nice just to chill out with DH!  Sunday night Jenny and the boys will come for dinner like they normally do.  I have to think of something to cook for them-we can't have pizza all the time-LOL!!  Well Jack and Owen think we can!

Last night I made short ribs in my cast iron pot.  Oh my goodness were they good! My Dad always raised grass fed beef.  This is the last freezer full of his beef we will get.  I will really miss his wonderful beef!  I didn't do anything fancy with the short ribs, I just cooked them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onions and a little water.  I seared all 4 sides then turned them way down to simmer for a few hours.  Here are some photos:

Searing short ribs in my cast iron pot.


I added onions, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  I also added a little water.


Short Ribs almost all done.

The short ribs all done and ready to serve.


I served the short ribs with fresh carrots and noodles.  What a lovely dinner!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the day and weekend!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Getting more exercise!

When it came time on New Year's Eve to make new resolutions I didn't make any.  I usually say the same old things every year and this year I chose not to.  But as it has worked out one of the resolutions I have almost always said is to get more exercise!  Well I have been walking with Jenny two mornings this week.  The first day was Tuesday and we walked 1.5 miles.  Today we walked 2.25 miles!  We are going to try to walk on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Those are the days Jack has Pre-K.  It works out perfect!  Of course if the weather doesn't cooperate, then we won't walk and if we have other appointments we won't walk either.  I bought a pair of Sketchers gel sole sneakers not too long ago and I love them!!  They are perfect for my walks.  I had broken my foot in 8 places about 15 years ago and I had surgery on that foot.  So it is very important for me to have a comfortable shoe for walking.  This is the first sneaker that works!!

Everyone have a great day!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, 1.08.17

Today I had to take Emma for her vet check up.  Good thing I took her, she has a double ear infection poor thing!  She has meds and should be back to normal soon.

Jenny, Jack and I had lunch today.  I enjoyed having lunch with one of my favorite little men!!

Jack 1.18.17


For a few years now Jenny has been knitting hexagons out of left over yarn or yarn people have given her.  She started sewing them together and this is the results so far!!

It looks like a quilt!  She is doing an amazing job!!  This is only a small section of what she has done.  It will look so beautiful when she is all done!!  Great job Jen!!!

Well off to clean up the office some more!!  Everyone have a great afternoon and evening!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday, a day of new beginnings!

Today started out wonderful.  Jenny and I walked twice around our block which is a mile.  It was great having a good walk and talk with Jenny.  Owen is in school and Jack is in Pre-K.  We will be walking pretty much on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays when the weather cooperates or we don't have other things that need to be tended to. 

After Jenny left I started organizing the downstairs of the house and dusting.  Usually I dread this task, but today is was actually therapeutic!  Now I am sitting in the office, I hear the wind chimes on the front porch, the diffuser is on and I have Peaceful Piano playing on Spotify, with puppy, Emma laying here besides me sleeping away.  Can't get much better than this!! 

After lunch I think I am going to attack sorting thru things on the desk.  I need to get my act together in that department.  I am also going to save some time to knit and listen to my book on audible!  I haven't done any knitting in some time.  Not sure how Emma is going to handle the yarn and not want to bite at it, but she will learn.

I hope everyone is having an amazing day!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sometimes You Just Have to Do What You Have to Do!

Everyone is probably wondering what I'm talking about in the title of this post.  Well today I quit my job.  It has been stressful, not good for my health at all, negative and just plain ridiculous at times!  I came home from work on Friday and I told John that the meeting with my boss and supervisor was the last straw.  I typed up my resignation, made a list of things for HR to know about and then chilled out for the rest of the night.  I am going to take some time off.  I started not feeling very good about 2 weeks ago because of all the stress.  My health and well-being is more important than putting up with the circus I have been dealing with for sure!  Now I am going to turn my life towards happier, healthier and less stressful things. 

I am going to get back to making some jewelry, soap, knitting, reading books and just plain resting.  I just started a book called The Titans by Leila Meacham. 

Photo Courtesy of Goodreads.com





I have a shawl I started called Lilli Pilli that I need to get out and start working on.

Lilli Pilli Shawl Photo Courtesy of Ravelry.com


 
My youngest daughter, Jenny and I want to make soap.  We talked about getting started on that.  I will be selling some on etsy.  I'll let you know when it is on there if you are interested.  I am really excited about that!!

I will also be drinking alot of tea while I read.  I have so many favorites and some new ones to try.  Looking forward to that.  I also will be doing some pencil drawings.  I have some pictures I would like to try to draw.

There are so many things that are so positive that I can do to undo the negativity!!  This is a life-changing day for me!!  Life is too short my friends!  Carpe diem!!



Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!