Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Love of Amaryllis!!

When John and I were Christmas shopping, what did I see but an amaryllis kit!  I bought it and planted it that night.  I woke up a few days ago and this is what I saw:

I just love the color and I just love amaryllis!  There are 4 almost 5 blossoms out on this plant and it is just stunning!!

The other day my lemon tree started blooming!  I never even noticed but then I smelled that wonderful lemon blossom smell!  There is nothing like it.

Hopefully I will have lots and lots of fresh Meyer lemons in 7-8 months!!

I then took a walk outside.  Love the sunshine finally after so much gray and rainy weather.  I planted 8 cabbage plants in my raised bed garden in September.  Look what I have in my garden!!

I will hopefully be harvesting this baby not too long from now!  Alot of wonderful gardening things for being in the middle of winter!

Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs xxoo

Friday, January 2, 2015

Books Read for 2014

I wanted to read more books in 2014 than I had in 2013 and I accomplished that!  Hopefully in 2015 I will have read more than I did in 2014.  Everyone have a great book reading year!!

1. English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack. (BOCD)
2. The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani. (BOCD)
3. Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. (BOCD)
4. Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle.
5. Invention of Wings by Susan Monk Kidd (BOCD)
6. Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax (BOCD)
7. The Vintage Tea Cup Club by Vanessa Greene
8. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (BOCD)
9. Steeped In Evil (Tea Shoppe Mystery) by Laura Childs
10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (BOCD)
11. The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio (BOCD)
12. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (BOCD)
13. Postcards from Cedar Key by Terri DuLong
14. The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand
15. The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
16. The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand (BOCD)
17. Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
18. The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (BOCD)
19. Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong
20. The Girls of August Anne River Siddons
21. Sunrise at Cedar Key by Terri DuLong
22. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (BOCD)
23. The Next Always by Nora Roberts (BOCD)
24. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (BOCD)
25. The House at Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax
26. Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer (BOCD)
27. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
28. Last Wool and Testament by Molly McRae (BOCD)
29. Key Lime Pie by Josi S. Kilpack (BOCD)
30. Southern Sirens by Alicia Lane Dutton
31. Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand (BOCD)
32. An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What a Great Way to Start the New Year!!

John and I had a really relaxing night last night and we did stay up to watch the Ball drop in Time Square!!  We actually stayed up until 1:00!! 

This morning Jenny texted if I was home and when I said we were could she and the boys come for a visit.  Of course, I told her sure come on down!  When they got here John and I hadn't had breakfast.  We all loaded up in my car and drove to Cracker Barrel.  The little boys loved the rocking chairs out in front of Cracker Barrel.  It was pretty cold out but they didn't stop the little rockers!!

 Jack rocking out!!
Owen rocking out too!!

Then we finally decided it was just too cold.  We went inside and didn't have too long to wait to be seated. 

Here is a picture of Owen and Papa keeping themselves occupied until their breakfast came!

They stayed for a little while after we got home.  Jenny helped me with some of my Mary Kay stuff and she placed an order!  What a nice surprise and a great way to start 2015!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

I wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy New Year!!  Welcome 2015!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I am not making resolutions for the new year, but I am making changes!

I make a resolution or two for the new year but this year is different!  I have decided that I am going to make changes in my life.  These are positive changes. 

1.  I am going to lose a large amount of weight.
2.  I am going to sell Mary Kay Cosmetics.  I have already signed up.  The women I have met are so positive and energized!!
3.  I am going to put more money in my savings account.  The other night John and I made an excel spreadsheet to help us achieve this.
4  I am going to worry less about the little things and concentrate on appreciating life.
5.  I am going to surround myself with positive people and things-there is nothing to be gained by negativity!
6.  I am going to plan more fun things with John this year.  We always seem to just work around the house or yard, we need to have fun too!

Basically this is my list for now, but it will be growing.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and amazing new year!!                                                    

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I made soap!!!

My daughter, Megan loves anything Irish.  With a name like Megan McDermitt now Nowak how could she not!!  I have always wanted to make soap.  Well before Christmas I bought a kit and guess what the mold was Celtic Knots!!  I thought I would buy a kit first so I would have step by step instructions.  It was very easy and not very time consuming either!  Here is the final results:

Jenny,my other daughter had given me a flower silicone mold for my birthday, so the left over soap mixture I poured into that and made 2 bars of that type soap!  That is the soap on the right.  Megan loved the soap and was really surprised when I told her I made it!!  I gave Jenny bars of the flower soap and she liked that too!

I will definitely be making more!  I have pinned so many recipes off Pinterest that I have alot of recipes to choose from. 

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas, Etc.

I must apologize because I never got here before Christmas!  I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I know our household did.  It was glorious with the girls, their hubbies and the grandboys here!  There is just something magical about Christmas when shared with children.  I don't know if it is the anticipation, the squeals of delight when they see what Santa has left them under the tree or just their innocence.  My grandboys, Owen and Jack just enjoyed the holiday season to the fullest!  Christmas Eve John and I went up to Jenny and Kevin's for a casual Christmas Eve dinner.  We came home and then we went with Ken and Megan to the 11:00 candlelight service at church.  It was just beautiful!  I love looking around the church seeing all the candles lit and everyone singing Christmas carols!  Just priceless!

Here are some photos of our Christmas Day:

 Our Christmas Tree
 Auntie Megan helping Owen open a present.
 Jack playing with his farm tractor we gave him.
 Owen playing with Jack's farm tractor and Rescue Paws tower.
Jack and Owen opening gifts with Auntie Megan and Uncle Ken looking on.

Memories were definitely made that day!  

The Tuesday before Christmas I decided to become a Mary Kay consultant.  I went to a makeover with my daughter, Jenny.  I tried the Time Wise Skin Care products and loved the results so much I decided to sell it.  If you want to take a look and purchase something, you can go to my website:  I will ship for free anywhere in the continental US.  No pressure though!!

Yesterday Megan, Jenny and I went to lunch at Hickory Tavern and then we went to the movies.  We went to see "Into the Woods".  It was wonderful and we had a great time!  I love spending time with my girls.  We don't get to do that very often by ourselves, but when we do we have a great time!!

On Christmas Eve Day my boss gave me a AMEX gift card!!  Today John and I went to Best Buy and purchase a Blue-Ray DVD player.  Now we can watch our DVD's in wonderful color and clarity!  It is wireless too!

Tomorrow the grandboys and Jenny will be coming for dinner.  I promised Owen I would make my Mac 'n Cheese, hotdogs and baked beans.  He isn't much of an eater so when we know he will eat, I try to make something he likes!

I think that is about all for now!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year to all of you!!

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!