Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday afternoon...after our friends left for Massachusetts. Biff and I got our quiet before some more friends stopped in for a visit en route to Vermont.

A long walk on the beach with the dogs.....good fun!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"LOVE THAT PINK" By Revlon....that's the new color of our dining room! That was not the name on the chip. It was after Biff and I painted the first coat, it hit me.. the great color choice was meant to was just like mom's Love That Pink lipstick! It was the perfect color pop of pink that I wanted! Best of all...when I checked in with Biff ,just a cell phone call away from the paint mix counter, I asked just how much he trusted me and how comfortable he was with his manliness......while  the man at the counter wait ed with bated breath to hear Biff's response. Biff didn't even have to pause before saying, "How much is it?" Silly. I told him it was about the color of the paint...... not about a new car! With color, he trusted me implicitly! I knew that already. I told Biff that it was just a courtesy call!  He said he knew that too! I knew that he knew me all too well.....but he knew that already. We communicate well. Painting....we're pretty good too.  He likes the taping and cutting in....I just love all of the rest! The details like unscrewing light switches.....just slows me down. Thankfully, those picky little details make him jump! After his initial panic....over lights and doo hickies.....oh, and some floor covering....Biff jumps right in to "help" or keep my Picasso in touch with his Michaelangelo! It was meant to be. It looks beautiful. And, we still love each other.

Thanksgiving Day quiet. I'm grateful....

The night before Thanksgiving.......An annual game between our football team and the big rivals...we won!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Funniest facebook status that popped up today. This was posted by an old friend, Jane. She lives in New York City.....

Today I made a clothing donation at a non-profit org. that provides business attire to women recently released from prison to help ready them for the job market. When I got to the front desk the receptionist asked me what time my appointment was.
You and Martha Stewart!
Or you and....Lyndsay Lohan.  Did you check out the clothes they had before you left??
Next time I'll wear boots to hide the ankle bracelet.
Perhaps it was the black and white stripe shirt?! 
I was wearing an orange jumpsuit!
Sometimes facebook tickles my funny bone. to have so many friends in one place...popping in and out...mixed with newer friends and older friends and family friends we remember from years ago. We all have our facebook opinions. I enjoy the simple connections with family and  friends across the country. It's an amazing world....

World's Biggest Pipe Organ

ALL I CAN SAY IS.....WOW! 'Tis the season for random acts of anything good and cheerful and upbeat and moving and positive and thoughtful and loving and kind and caring and outside of ourselves......thinking about others and caring for others uses way more energy than feeling sorry for ourselves! I know we all have to take time for ourselves and I know how important it is to have balance in our life.

It makes me much happier when I take the time to acknowledge other people out there in our world.....wherever our world is....even on the street or in a store....I notice how people smile if we just say thank you and call them by name. Life is busy. Life is challenging. Everyone has their share of difficulties. As one of the greatest friends from college always says, " If you could trade your problems with somebody else, you'd want your own problems back!" Even if we can laugh at ourselves or have a little laugh with someone else in our world, it will be a better day...for all of us!

Hope you love this video! By the way, the dear, dear friend who sent this to me has been going through some very scary times with her husband and his cancer. Very serious. Very challenging. They are an awesome couple who love each other deeply and have shared their love since college. They live a wonderful life together. Billy has had cancer. He has survived his cancer and cancer treatments. Now after some time being in remission, they have been challenged by more cancer...caused by chemotherapy.

They have been in Mass. General Hospital for months. Their spirit and positive attiude and sense of humor( what her husband is known for most of all....when we hear his name it brings a smile to our faces....he is the one who made our Grace smile and laugh simultaneously for the first time!)....they do not stop fighting this disease. Billy is due to have a bone marrow transplant, from his brother, on November 30th. They need our prayers and good thoughts and love....from all over...the more the and hope and strength Whoever may read this blog, one or one thousand, please send your good thoughts to Billy and his honey, Jean.

The reason this came to mind is because throughout this whole process of her sweet husband's cancer, Jean has written the most inspirational letters to keep all of our friends updated. Jean's spirit has been a Billy and everyone she comes across. She trusts that her higher power will keep helping them through their chain of events. That has kept them strong. They are living in the moment. They are treasuring every moment. They share their ups and downs. They trust that they are taken care of. They know that there are no coincidences in life. They have been a gift to us all.

Jean has a gift in putting it all down on paper. I never even knew how well she could write. She was a math major in college, not a writer. Now, with passion and love, she has been blessed with the gift of writing beautifully and she has brought us all along on her journey....with thanks and love. Jean is giving and giving and giving and giving more.

Giving. Thanksgiving. Give thanks for everyone in our lives. Everyday. We won't have them all forever. We all have to get over ourselves and give...of ourselves.We all have to let go of what was. Who cares who is right and who may be wrong. Ego can mess up our whole world. If we stop thinking of ourselves and share with others, we may all live a better life.

If we try. If we share. If we are open. If we are honest and let down our guard. If we trust that we will be taken care of. If we let go of fear. If we stop wasting our energy on hate. If we just try every day to share random acts...of goodness...any kind of goodness,our lives will be fuller and richer and we will feel more love.

That's just that. Sounds kinda preachy. This is for remind live care....for OTHERS...not specific others.....those everyday others that we may pass on the street or in the grocery store. I wish this for the ones I love. I wish it for all of us because, I know when I stop and get grateful all of the good and all of the love....that surrounds us all....if we look and take is better when we share.

If you are reading this, I thank you. My blog has changed my life. I thank you for helping me to have a better letting me write and laugh at myself. This blog and the encouragement from many of you has been a gift. Thank you. Very sincerely thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving week! Let's give thanks.  Allelujah!....... like the song!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Daisy waiting to play....we should all be enthused everyday..for the little things. Our animals remind me that everything is new everyday...every minute! As I always tell Grace and T.J. ,"you can start your day over at any time, it's up to you."

Daisy waiting to play....we should all be enthused everyday..for the little things. Our animals remind me that everything is new everyday...every minute! As I always tell Grace and T.J. ,"you can start your day over at any time, it's up to you."

Daisy waiting to play....we should all be enthused everyday..for the little things. Our animals remind me that everything is new everyday...every minute! As I always tell Grace and T.J. ,"you can start your day over at any time, it's up to you."

Late afternoon walk today with Daisy and Fitzy today...we were all home today. Grace and T.J. studying for trimester finals while Biff and I finished painting the dining room. We've wanted to for months. Biff is home. I am home. It's time to take advantage of this and get to some long overdue projects. PINK....the dining room has gone from green to pink. It reminds me of mom's favorite lipstick by Revlon. Who knew that when I picked the chip? Biff and I laughed and said it will be her way of being with us for. Thanksgiving!
Oh...did I mention that we're having Thanksgiving at our house! Yup! We love it at our house....hope we finish painting or we'll have to pass out brushes instead of turkey. Biff and I have always said company keeps us clean! Hope so because we have twenty something people coming....some to stay over...we love that! We have lots to do...tables and chairs should magically the loaves and fishes? I think I'd better get on that or we'll be having a sit in! WWPD? What would the pilgrims do?

On the sniff trail...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Biff and I taking a quiet moment to catch up after the busy week. Exhausted.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Can you believe it?Only another blonde junky will understand this.
Biff and I still think it's not the right "me blonde".SO self absorbed ....that's what some may say. Unless you know the Blondie/Foodie/Druggie/Drinky/Sweety/Shoppy/Gambly obsessions some may see this as shallow, narcissistic, needy being! Not true. At least not all of it's true. Give me a chance. I am "NEEDING to be ablonde "BEING."
Please remember that in every aspect of my life I have OCD....."OBSESSIVE COLOR DISORDER" and ADHD,"A DECENT HAIR DAY"

My hairdresser ....who laughed when she heard my voice on the phone early this morning.

A friend walked right by me...of course it was a bit hard to recognize ...the foil created quite a glare.

Back to the drawing board

Family while hair cloo, quantity and facial fur were in tact! Hopefully the facial hair was on Biff...not me!

This is the photo Biff showed me this morning after sleeping with the strange brunette. The strange part was familiar....he fell in love with was the brunette that freaked him out! This photo was taken on our first "date"...

The morning after!

H'mmmmm....... Ahhhhhhhh NOT! After picking up Grace and a friend at school....and both of the girls were so shocked to see me.....T.J. was befuddled when he saw the new, not so improved, me!
It was when Biff arrived home. after his flight across the country, that was my tipping point. He was shocked! "You look like the lady who sat across me on the plane!" He reminded me of my "happy hair" as we called it....I agreed. BUT it was one in the morning. Off to sleep. Every time I had to pass by a mirror I looked. It was like my evil twin!

This morning Biff and I laughed when I picked my head up off the pillow! I was the other woman! I called my hair salon.....and took my shower to try to wash it back!!! No chance. I had to wait until one thirty....and manage to steer clear of the mirrors!

The new me! Trying it out. After the summer sun bleached look, I thought ...........

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Computer confusion. I was reading my blog from last year. Somehow, I have moved the January 27th blogpost to today. Oops.

My Barbie's back!

My Barbie's back!


Woo Hoo! My Barbie pink laptop is back! Barbie has been around the world and back....kind of typical of the "real" Barbie.  Barbie turned 50 a while ago. "Naturally" it's time for Barbie to check in somewhere and have a little nip and tuck or Botox! For my Barbie laptop, a new keyboard was just what the doctor ordered. Just like any perfect Barbie, it's the outsides that count. Appearances. My "real" Barbies had great clothing and accessories, cars and even Ken.

  Ahhhh Ken, the quintessential pretty boy! Nope, not for me. Ken just didn't do it for me.  Too "plastic"....not my type...icky. And just like Ken, a little too stiff for me. Too one of those Sears Catalogue types....frozen in place in the ol' tying his shoelace pose.

Pose. That's the word.  Posers. I just learned that word last year. It still cracks me up. Even Grace and T.J. are on to posers....anyone who's trying to hard to drop names...of schools, accomplishments, connections, clothing. Barbie and Ken were posers! That's what I knew way back when....way before I knew the term.

I always preferred Midge, Barbie's younger sister.

  Midge seemed less uptight. Her style. Her clothing. Wait....who was Midge's boyfriend?  Or was she a woman who could handle herself...without a guy. Maybe Midge learned how to be on her own and take care of herself....before glomming onto the Barbie. Maybe Barbie didn't hang on.  Grace and T.J. would call the "hanger onners" of today, "tools."

Toy Story 3 Clip - Ken Meets Barbie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The last of the leaves outside....the rain last night took some more down. As T.J. posted on his Facebook status ...." bring on the snow!"

Boo sleeping at my feet while I get to work on my "Barbie" computer (pink laptop)....finally! Barbie has been to the spa for a sort of Botox Barbie to have to be perfectly nipped
and Barbie needed a keyboard replacement. Who knows... the "real" Barbie is over 50 now.....she might need a knee replacement and an AARP card!

Sunday, November 14, 2010 this a license to laugh ori what? So made me and Biff smile.

Biff surprised me with tix to Straight No Chaser! We loved them.

Great fun!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

This morning the kids had a youth connection in town talk about high school kids' issues. peer pressure. why some kids do drugs and drink and their opinions or ideas how to change our town and ideas of what we can do to make them feel more connected.

My favorite kind of table.......for the youth talk......paper, markers, pretzels, popcorn and. candy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

on my way to the post office....hmmmm what's all of this hub bub?

huh? FBI?

police line do not cross...the infamous yellow tape!

post office detour yet again! just minding my own business ....