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If We Were Having Coffee…Lazy Sunday (finally!)

If we were having coffee…on this bright, crisp afternoon in Southern New Jersey, I would say, “Sit!! Relax! Please pardon my PJs!” Today I’m feeling lazy and enjoying, what feel like, the first “do nothing” day in forever!! Although last Sunday I was also doing nothing but that was because I’d gotten socked with a combination flu-sinus infection so I guess it’s actually the first chose-to-do-nothing day. I’m still dragging a cough around with me but at least I no longer feel as though I’ve been hit by a bus.

So, happy February! I’m pretty psyched that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow and that Spring is just around the corner. Let’s face it though, Phil’s gonna say whatever gets him back in his warm bed the fastest. Personally I’d have bitten the guy with the hat the minute he reached in my door, but I’m a bit cranky in the morning anyway.

If we were having coffee… with I’d tell you all about the wonderful visit we had last night from my nephew Kyle and his fianc√©. They are visiting from California and its the first we’d seen them since they got engaged. If you happen to have read my yet-unfinished-series “Adventures in Hollywood” you might remember that it was Kyle that my sister Linda and I went to visit last November. He showed us the sites and we met his lady then although they weren’t betrothed at the time. Her name is Tuka and she’s originally from Persia/Iran but has been in the US since she was a little girl. She brought the most amazing eggplant dip to share. We plied her with typical Jersey food (hoagies and Tasty Cakes!). We are definitely smitten with her and cant wait for the wedding. They are talking about a destination wedding to Iceland so they can be married under the Northern Lights. Sounds very romantic but I’m not sure how it will fit our budget! Guess we have a few years to think about it.

Hanging with Kyle and Tuka last year in Venice Beach (Can you tell I was a bit cold?!)

Well, I do need to get a few things done today so I guess I should finish up this chat. I hope you enjoyed your French Roast and conversation. Please stop by Eclectic Allies‘ and visit the rest of the Coffee Share Posts!

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If We Were Having Coffee…Homestretch to the Holidays

Morning! Only time for a quick coffee break this Sunday. Two days left to get everything ready for the twenty some guests we are expecting on Christmas Day. The tree is up…

The D-Man and I picked it out in record time (20 minutes) during last weekends rain storm. It’s pretty little tree, if I do say so myself. The jury is still out on this one…

So far so good. We did tie the tree to the wall, just in case.

My day today is a whirlwind of last minute have-to-dos. Sorry, no time for coffee or cake today, but I do want to pass on a holiday wish to my blog buddies for a healthy, happy Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas, to my friends who celebrate, and a very joyous New Year to all!

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If We Were Having Coffee…Unpacking Some Christmas Spirit

Good morning and happy Sunday! It’s a bit damp and drizzly here in South Jersey today but it’s warm and cozy inside so sit down, have a cup of hot French roast and lets have a chat!

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that Miss Dee and I spent our day yesterday putting up Christmas decorations. I would admit that when we started, I was feeling slightly overwhelmed and less than enthusiastic but as we unwrapped each treasure, my mood improved. Soon, she and I were remembering stories and laughing at memories from holidays past.

If we were having coffee…I would tell you to bring your mug and I would give you a tour. I would point out the collection of Santas on display behind the sofa. There are the tall Santa my mother-in-law painted and gifted to my husband and I after we got married, the wooden “walking” Santa my father-in-law brought us from Germany, and the Christmas card holder that had belonged to my mom, all sitting comfortably together…

I would then show you the Christmas Village, originally just four lighted houses, purchased at a home demonstration back when D-man and I were newlyweds still collecting holiday decorations. Over the years we have added more houses and tiny figures. The job of setting it up has been handed down from me to Miss Dee. I think she does a wonderful job, don’t you?

However, we are worried about this one…

This is her first Christmas with us and we are a little concerned about the villagers survival. ūüôā

Next we can check out the bookcases, my favorite pieces of furniture! On those, we have a mix of old and new, a framed Christmas card I designed as a teenager next to baby photos of my now grown children. Up on top are some reindeer, candle holders from who knows when alongside a new white ceramic one purchased last year. Down on the floor is the tall wooden tree I painted and decorated years ago. I always struggle to find the proper place for it but I’m thinking it looks quite at home next to our stuffed snowman there in the corner.

On the other bookcase sits our mini tree collection. Here there is a potpourri burner, a gift from an old friend 20 years ago, a musical tree that plays “O Tannenbaum” and several others both decorated and natural. You can also see our newest decoration, the white car that is toting the Christmas tree on top. I came across it at Lowes last week and just had to have it. It reminded me so much of my childhood! I was flooded with years of memories, watching my dad strap our tree to the roof of the car. I worried the whole way home that it would blow off! The shelf below holds the manger, also a gift from a dear friend on our first Christmas. This is displayed each year without fail to reminded us of the true meaning of the Holiday Season.

We would then swing through the hall so you could see my Dicken’s Carolers. They were purchased second hand over the years so they don’t actually match but I appreciate them each for their uniqueness. The boy on the right refuses to stand correctly so we had to tape him to the snow. I’m hoping he doesn’t topple over taking the rest of the crowd with him! I think I love them so much because the music of the holidays instantly fills me with Christmas cheer. I wish I’d been able to Carole more often as a child. Miss Dee told me yesterday that they kind of “creep her out!” It must be the eyes. Guess I won’t pass them on to her.

That would bring us back to the kitchen, where the hutch that belonged to my in-laws when they first got married, is packed with more memories. On one shelf sits my mom’s Christmas tree glasses and on another are our reindeer mugs that we bought when the kids were young. Each one features a different one of Santa’s reindeer. Miss Dee always uses “Vixen” and Mr D always uses “Donder.” I’m a little more flexible. Today I have “Cupid” but other days I feel more “Blitzen-ish!” The little nutcrackers are actually place card holders, although I’ve never used them as that and the tray propped up behind was painted by my mom during her ceramic phase. On the back is scratched “Christmas 1977,” the year I turned fifteen.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you, as we sat back at the table and refilled our mugs, that I’m glad Miss Dee nudged me on yesterday and encouraged me to unpack “just one more box.” I realize now, after taking this tour with you that it helped me see past the “I’ve got so much to do!” mindset and instead reminded me what amazing memories we can make when we open our hearts and homes at Christmas!

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If We Were Having Coffee…Sunshine Vs Snow

Good morning! If we were having coffee here in Southern New Jersey we would be enjoying brilliant sunshine and crisp Fall temperatures. I would fill your cup with some nice hot French roast and explain that I am AOK with the cold as long as that big yellow thing is in the sky. This is much better then the mess we had on Thursday! Our area was a blanket of snow accompanied by sleet, hale and wind. Yuck!! I don’t really mind snow just not this early in the season and not with all that other fun stuff. Nope, I am in a much better mood today. Believe me, you wouldn’t have wanted to share coffee with me a few days ago!

Any-hoo…

If we were having coffee…I would ask about your plans for today and tell you that my day is relatively free and that I’m quite ok with that. Having a somewhat introverted personality means that I relish schedule-free time. My brain and body relaxes. Miss Dee is very much an introvert as well. For example, this Monday she was on her way back up to school all prepared for a test in class Tuesday morning and a lot of studying and work before her next class Wednesday evening. However, when she stopped, ten minutes from home to fill up her gas tank, she received a text from her Tuesday professor explaining that he was stuck at the airport in Florida due to engine issues and would have to cancel class the next day, so she turned around and came right back home! She said she did a little happy dance in the front seat of her VW because, to an introvert, there is nothing better than canceled plans. Not everyone will understand that but I bet some of you will!

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that I don’t think young Mr D will be enjoying his day off as much as I will. The children in his classroom have shared their germs and he is down with a head cold and some respiratory issues. This is on top an abscess tooth he had to have root canal on this Tuesday! I’m glad next week is a short one because he is going to need some time off. The D-man and I have been working in the school system for many years and have built up our resistance. Guess he still needs to build up a few more or, maybe change to a profession where people don’t sneeze or wipe their hands on you!

If we were having coffee…I would ask you if you were ready for a refill and maybe a piece of cheese danish? No homemade goodies today, I’m afraid, although the D-man is planning on making a white chocolate cranberry cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It sounds yummy! I’ll save a piece for you for our next coffee date. In the meantime, tell me about your week and then we can go visit the other Coffee Share Posts hosted by the wonderful Eclectic Allie. Relax! Put your feet up! I’ve got loads of time!

If We Were Having Coffee….The Calm After the Storm

 

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Welcome!

If we were having coffee on this fine Saturday afternoon, I could offer you a hot beverage or a cold one and a cookie or two as well. If you come back tomorrow, I can offer you some homemade Salted Carmel Snickerdoodle cookies. My darling hubby always bakes me a batch for Mother’s Day. My mouth is watering in anticipation! For now we have to make do with store bought chocolate chips. Sorry. Let’s take our snack out to the porch and chat a bit…

It’s been quite a week around here. The storm I alluded to above was both figurative and literal. A thunder storm accompanied by strong winds did pass through during the wee hours of the night and another is predicted for tonight and most of the coming week. That’s ok. We need the rain. The lawn and the flowers are extra happy today after getting a good soaking. The only two days I needed it to be rain free were this past Monday and Thursday and that worked out just fine.

Monday morning was Mr D’s graduation ceremony. Hard to believe he has already finished four years of college! The day was beautiful and sunny and the ceremony itself wasn’t as long as it could have been considering there were over 500 students in the graduating class. They held it on a large green area in the center of campus in front of one of the university’s oldest buildings. Mr D majored in Psychology and his ceremony included this as well as those students majoring in other health related fields including nursing. The rest of the week was filled with graduations for the other majors, many of which he attended to cheer on his friends. Today he and his girl are making the rounds of several graduation parties. Ahh, to be 23 again!

Thursday was the day of Miss Dee’s graduation from community college. This is her first step as she will continue on to earn her bachelors degree at The College of New Jersey over the next two years. Her ceremony was originally scheduled for 5:00 in the evening but because of the possibility of storms (her ceremony was also outdoors) they moved it up to 2:00 at the last minute. Thank goodness I have an understanding boss who scrambled around to find coverage for my students so I could make it out of work on time! It turned out to be quite nice too and as with Mr D’s, we followed it up with a dinner out.

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The graduates on their respective days. Love these two!

Now it’s calm. Nothing else to prepare for, at least for the moment. That’s good, because I’m bushed! Tomorrow we will go out to dinner again to celebrate Mother’s Day with my wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law but for today, I’m puttering around here catching up with life.

Can I refill your cup? Tell me about your week. Did you do anything exciting? Were there any rough spots or high points? Other than the graduations, I would say my high point was seeing the new Avengers movie Infinity War last Sunday. Dang was that good! …And terrible!! If you are a Marvel fan and saw the film than you totally get my meaning. I can’t wait for part two to be released next May.

Well its time to wrap up our visit for this week. Please stop by again. I’ve so enjoyed your visit. Don’t forget to stop by Eclectic Allie’s and check out the rest of the Coffee Share Posts.

If We Were Having Coffee…Lazy Saturday.

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If we were having coffee…on this rainy Saturday, I would offer you a choice of French roast or caramel vanilla and put out a plate of cookies because for me, coffee is always accompanied by something sweet. Once we were tucked into the table, steamy cups between our palms, I would ask how you’ve been. I hope that you are well and that life has been interesting and somewhat stress free.

In return, you would probably ask about life around here. Well, for the most part we’ve been preparing for some upcoming family events.. ¬†Monday morning, our young Mr D will have his college graduation. I swear it seems like just last week that we were getting ready for his high school graduation but here we are, four years later, bachelor degree complete and real life on the horizon! I guess that’s just how time rolls. Miss Dee will also have a graduation this week. On Thursday she will have¬†completed her two year associates degree and will be ready ¬†for her second two years at a university up north. At the moment, she is at work, selling bridal gowns and he is in Cooperstown, New York with the baseball team he coaches. The boys on the team will be able to play a game on the field up there tomorrow but today they were checking out the Baseball Hall of Fame. Never been there myself but Mr D and my hubby have visited several times. I’d like to make a point of going someday. We talked about stopping on the way to Niagara Falls if we ever manage a trip up there! So many places to see!

So today, with the children scattered, the D-Man and I are left feeling very empty nest-ish. The cats are tolerating our presence but I’m sure they would rather have the house to themselves. After all, they are cats. ¬†Oh, speaking of our feline family ¬†members, I should introduce you to our newest….

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Her name is Darby and this is her hangling out in the bathroom sink. ¬†She does stuff like that. After we lost our sweet Jack back in September, his sister Chrissy seemed lonely so we adopted Dar-baby (as we’ve taken to calling her) from a local rescue organization. ¬†She is a real sweetie but a bit mischievous, as you might have guessed. ¬†So far she and Chrissy have a sort of ¬†love/hate relationship, but I think the “love” half is winning out.

We humans in the house have been doing more than just laying in the sink all day, though. D-man spent the morning doing lawn work which is his usual M.O. for this time of year. I tried to explain that if he just stopped putting down seed and fertilizer, then he wouldn’t need to spend so much time mowing but I don’t think he sees my logic. It’s a man thing, I’m sure. As for me, I’ve just been puttering around here, doing laundry and switching over my closet. I did take a run to the pharmacy in search of some medicine. Lately, my¬†head has been stuffed and my eyes have been itchy so I thought I might try some allergy medicine, even though seasonal allergies have never bothered me before. Apparently, the pollen count here in South Jersey is quite high right now so a lot of people are suffering. ¬†However, after checking out the prices of the allergy pills available, I decided to just suffer in silence till the count goes back down!

All in all, today was pretty quiet. Tomorrow will be a much more interesting. We are going to see the the Avengers new movie Infinity War! I’m so stinking excited!! I’ve been avoiding all conversations and social media about it since the release last week because I didn’t want hear any spoilers. We stocked up on candy from the dollar store (because $5.00 for a box of Swedish Fish just ain’t happening) and reserved and prepaid our seats at the theater with the reclining seats. Miss Dee even pulled out her Captain America shirt to wear. I will be sure to tell you all about it if you come by for coffee again next week.

Now it’s your turn.

If we were having coffee, I would refill your cup and ask, “What have you been up to?” I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other Coffee Share Post at here¬†¬†hosted by the amazing Allie.

If We Were Having Coffee…Rainy Sunday

Morning!

If we we were having coffee…I would hurry you in out of the wet weather and quickly hand you a cup of something warm. ¬†It’s really that kind of day. Yuck! It’s hard to complain though because yesterday and Friday were really nice. ¬†I’m hoping we have left the truly frigid ¬†weather behind. This afternoon I’m going to see a movie with a friend but for now I have some time to visit.

So what’s up? Has life been calm or stressful for you this week? I hope you found some time between all the “have to” for some “want to.” The D-man and I were fortunate enough to be able combine those two this Friday. ¬†He “had to” go to Atlantic City for a workshop but we “wanted to” have a little get away so I tagged along!

Atlantic City is only about a fifty minute drive for us so we were able to leave right after work and get there in time to check in and walk around a bit before his first training session at 6:00. ¬†We stayed at Ballys¬†which is one of the older hotel/casinos in AC, built in 1979, ¬†but I like vintage so it quite appealed to me. Our room was on the 20th floor and faced the ocean which was amazing! Also amazing was the opulent bathroom with gold faucets, a large soaking tub and another huge window looking out onto the beach! ¬†Pretty fancy stuff for the likes of us but it’s fun to live large once in a while. ¬†We were able to splurge because¬†January is the off season, so room rates are very reasonable.

While D-man was busy learning stuff, I explored the area…and got lost. ¬†The hotel is designed to be a huge winding maze mostly, it think, intended to lead you from one gambling area to the next. ¬†I imagine Las Vegas is set up much the same way. All the nearby casinos and hotels are attached so I kept ending up in different ones. ¬†There are also very few windows. It’s ¬†like you’re in an alternate universe instead of just steps from the beach. ¬†Another thing ¬†I noticed is that the only places to sit down are in the bars, the resturants or the casinos. ¬†They don’t want you relaxing somewhere that they can’t make any money! Not a problem for me because I got my frugal genes from my daddy. I don’t part with my money that easily!

I totally meant to take this duo photo of me in our room and the view outside!ūüėä

Later on my handsome hubby and I had a late dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Pub next door at Caesars. ¬†The food was really good (sea scallops served over risotto) and since our table looked out on the indoor mall so we were able to people watch while we ate. ¬†This might not come as a surprise, but there is an incredibly eclectic populating hanging our in Atlantic City! ¬†We really enjoyed imagining the stories behind some of the interesting people we saw, knowing that our own story was quite boring in comparison!

After dinner we wandered around checking out the different casinos (my favorite was a massive area set up to look just like an old fashioned western town, complete with saloons, poker tables and an elevated mine car track!) then headed back to our room to enjoy a night cap and the view.  The boardwalk below was glowing complete with a neon Ferris wheel and the lighted hotels stretched out all along the edge of the ocean. Even though I prefer my beaches much more natural, it was still breathtaking.

I felt only a little guilty the next morning, sleeping in while the D-man headed off to a morning workshop. ¬†He’s an early riser anyway. ¬†I lounged with my coffee, packed up and around 10:30 we headed back to reality. ¬†After all that opulence, I felt like such a commoner shopping for groceries that afternoon!

So that was my mini adventure this week.  Now, we have some time for you to share yours

If we were having coffee…I would warm up your drink and get you something sweet to go with it. Then you could tell me all about it. Maybe you can just tell me in the comments below instead. ūüėȬ†Afterwards you should definitely hop on over to Eclectic Allie’s ¬†and check out the rest of the Coffee Share Posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

If We Were Having Coffee…All Smiles Around Here

If we were having coffee...I would tell you that last night around eight, my husband noticed that his car had a flat tire. ¬†He also discovered that one of the headlights in Miss Dee’s Beetle was out. ¬†This was after Mr D had called him to say he needed someone to rescue him because he’d locked his keys in his car and after he’d cleaned up cat pee off the¬†carpet. ¬†But you know what? None of it mattered because the Philadelphia Eagles were heading for NFC Championship and as far as hubby was concerned all was right with the world!

Now, ¬†this morning when the temperature is around 18 degrees and the D-man is ¬†outside trying to maneuver the tiny wires out of the headlight while simultaneously running the air pump to pump up the tire ¬†enough so he can at least get it to the garage (coming inside every 10 minutes to warm up his hands) he might not feel quite so calm. ¬†We’ll see how it all plays out. ¬†I do know that last nights game was exciting and nerve wracking and if the Eagles hadn’t been able to pull it out things would have been a little different around here. Even Mr D knows that if they’d have lost he would rather have walked home than call his father to bring him his spare key.

Since I do realize that not everyone out there is a football fan (and to be honest, if I wasn’t married to the super fan himself, I wouldn’t be either) we can talk about other things while we enjoy our French roast. Speaking of which, I had a mini panic attack while trying to make coffee this morning because the Keurig was not cooperating. ¬†It just stared at me making horrible sounds. ¬†Thank goodness for the internet because it turned out to be an easy fix. ¬†Not even an Eagles win would have improved my mood if I had to start my day coffee free.

In other news this week, ¬†our school had a delayed opening on Tuesday thanks to the ice storm that hit the northeast Monday night. ¬†Then Friday was a half day for the students so that we staff could have one of our required in service trainings. ¬†It’s been so long since we’ve had a regular full week of school that I’m not sure I can handle it anymore. ¬†Luckily this is a three day weekend (thank you Martin Luther King Jr) making next week a short week as well, so I can put that whole thing off a little longer.

Miss Dee and I watched the whole Golden Globe thing last week and, totally avoiding any political discussion here because this is my happy place, we had fun ¬†checking out the fashions and seeing the celebrities out and about. ¬† Of course, the Oscars are really “MY SHOW” but the Globes are a good warm up. ¬†She and I really like the Netflix show “Stranger Things” so it was fun to see the cast there. ¬†It was disappointing that they didn’t win anything but there’s always next season. We pretty much binge watched seasons one and two. ¬†Miss D even subscribed to Netflix herself so she could watch. ¬†The show “Handmaidens Tale” got some attention ¬†as ¬†well as a movie title “The Shape in the Water” neither of which I ¬†have seen. ¬†There are a lot of films out that I would like to catch if only I had the time and the money! ¬†Eleven dollars for a movie ticket is a little our of my comfort zone. I am planning on going to see “The Phantom Thread” with a friend next week. ¬†It looks pretty good so I’ll let you know what I think.

Well, my coffee is gone and I guess it’s time to be productive. ¬†There are bills to pay and wash to be done. ¬†Miss Dee is the only one who has to go out to work this fine Sunday but the rest of us have a list too. ¬†Mr D has to take an hour long online course to prepare him for the online course he starts on Tuesday (ūü§Ē?) ¬†I know. ¬†We don’t get it either but it’s a requirement. So that will keep him busy for a bit and D-man, as we know, is working his way through car maintenance which is going better than expected. ¬†While I’ve been occupied here, he managed to remove and replace the headlight bulb and pump up the tire enough to take it to the garage to get a plug. ¬†So I guess all really is right with the world, or at least in our little corner of it.

Thanks for stopping by. ¬†Hope you have a great Sunday. ¬†Please make your own Coffee Share Post (hosted by Eclectic Allie) or comment below so I can hear all about what’s going on in your corner of the world!

 

If We Were Having Coffee….BRRRR!

If we were having coffee today you would want it extra hot, extra large and with a side of thick socks! Here in the Northeastern U.S. we are in the middle of a record breaking cold front. ¬†Anyone remember that movie “The Day After Tomorrow” with Jake Gyllenhaal? ¬†Well, if New York Harbor freezes solid, I’m moving to Mexico.

Any-hoo, if we were having coffee, I would whisk you on in out of the frozen tundra and offer you a seat. ¬†Santa brought me a new Keurig machine and the Elves threw in a few dozen coffee and hot chocolate pods so I’m confident we can find something to warm you up. I’ll be having a nice strong French roast served in the nifty Hollywood mug I got on vacation. ¬†Sorry, you’ll have to use a less cool mug but I promise to fill it all the way to the top while you fill me in on your week.

So tell me, are you happy with 2018 so far?  Planning on watching the Golden Globes tonight? Read any good books or seen any good films? Going on an interesting vacation? Enjoying temperatures above freezing in your end of the world?

Sorry, I’ll stop harping on the crappy weather. ¬†It’s just that I’m a summer girl at heart and all this ice and snow is seriously messing with my mood. ¬†Good thing I wrote my “January To-Do List” last week. ¬†It’s the only thing that’s been keeping me going. ¬†Ive gotten a good start on it thanks to the weird week we’ve had work wise. ¬†After being off for Christmas break, we had school on Tuesday and Wednesday and then were closed on Thursday and Friday due to the snow and ice. ¬†Now, I could certainly get used to working two days then having a four day weekend but I don’t think we can managed the required 180 school days per year that way!

Well, my plan today is to start packing away my Christmas decorations so I suppose I should get started. ¬† You’re lucky that we aren’t really having coffee because I might enlist your help. ¬†Although, in this house we’ll be going from green and red decoration to green and silver thanks to all the Philadelphia Eagles signs and flags my hubby had spread all over the house! ¬†I’m not complaining though because we’ve been devoted fans forever and have routed for the Eagles through out some pretty crappy seasons so the fact that they had such a great season and made the playoffs is a pretty big deal around here. ¬†Plus, even if he is injured and will be unable to play, Miss Dee had a serious crush on Carson Wentz. ūüôā

Before I get to work though, ¬†I wanted to mention something very sad that happened while I was away from the blogosphere. This September we lost our handsome boy Jack. We rushed him to the emergency vet after he started having trouble breathing and a tumor was found growing next to his heart, pressing on it. We were fortunate to have had a chance to say goodbye and tell him how much we loved him before the doctor sent him off to sleep. ¬†He was our friend for 13 years and all of us, including his sister Chrissy who now walks around meowing, in search of him, miss him terribly. Jack continues to be a presence all over my blog but in remembrance, I’d like to close this post with some of my favorite moments with him…

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!

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If We Were Having Coffee…Plans For January

If we were having coffee today you would notice that the “view from the porch” is a snowy and fridge one. ¬†I think temperature today here in south Jersey will top out at 21 degrees (brrr!). A story in the paper this morning said that they may even postpone the Philadelphia Mummers Parade tomorrow because the brass instruments keep freezing up. ¬†Hard to play “Golden Slippers” when you have to keep breaking icicles off your ¬†trombone!

Anyway, if we were having coffee today you might also say to me “Where the heck you been, Lady?!” ¬†According to my WordPress dashboard, its been five months since my last post. ¬†I could blame this on my iPad which kept freezing up and crashing every time I tried to post or I could blame it on a lack of time, motivation and ideas. ¬†All of these would be true. ¬†However, thanks to Santa, I now have a new IPad and a nifty Bluetooth keyboard that will make posting less technically challenging and since ¬†the holidays have passed, or at least our hosting responsibilities which wrapped up with a gathering of friends last night, I have gobs more time.

So this morning I noticed that every January I find myself in this same weird state of mind. ¬†For months before (since we also hosted Thanksgiving this year as well as Christmas) my mind is full of details and plans, a nonstop whirlwind of things to do and remember. ¬†Then the week after Christmas when all the gifts are given, all the food is cooked and serving dishes stowed away once more my brain says, “Hey, what’s with all this room in here? Where are all the things we need to arrange and acccomplish? ¬†What am I suppose to do with my time now?!” Although its nice to let my poor tired brain rest for a bit, I also know we will both go bonkers without some kind of plans for the cold months to come so I am dedicating this “Coffee Share Post” to listing the things my brain (and body) can acccomplish now that things have slowed down. ¬†This blog post is the first thing on my list as will be (hopefully) more regular ones in the future.

Number two on my January “To Do” list is creating a scrapbook from the pile of 112 (yes, 112) photos stacked on my desk. ¬†In November my sister and I took a trip to Hollywood to visit my nephew. ¬†It was quite an adventure, which I plan on doing a series of posts about, but documenting it in paper form is also a goal. ¬†I’m one of those weird people who actually still prints out photos and puts them in books. ¬†I love being able to leaf back though the memories.

So there’s that to accomplish.

Next, D-man’s stepmom has been asking me to paint a portrait of her son’s dog. ¬†Poor Oscar passed away a few months back and she wanted a portrait to give her son in memory. ¬†This is a lovely idea and even though animals aren’t my best thing, I will give it a try. ¬†I’ll keep you updated on that.

Another plan is to start an indoor herb garden.  I have a box that will fit in my kitchen window sill.  Now to work out the logistics.

I also need to work on getting my feet fixed. ¬†To explain, thanks to family genetics, I have incredibly flat feet. ¬†No arch what so ever. Nada. ¬†This translates, with age, into bunions, the result of the bones in your feet pushing apart to compensate for their flatness. Ouch, right? ¬†I have orthopedic insole that I have worn for years that help with the pain but they are in need of replacement and even with them, I am going to have to break down and have surgery eventually. Six weeks in a boot is not my idea of fun and also even less fun, ¬†here in the U.S with our wonderfully inefficient healthcare ¬†system, the first step in all of this is dealing with the insurance company. Ugh. That’s why I’ve put it off as long as I have but January is the end of procrastination!

Well, my brain feels much happier now. ¬†I’m sorry I’ve run on so long but now that I have a plan I no longer see the cold months ahead looming like a black hole! ¬†Thanks for listening. ¬† Let’s warm up your coffee and you can fill me in on what’s been going on with your brain!

Many thanks to “Eclectic Allie” for hosting the Coffee Share. ¬†Stop by and check out the rest of the posts.