March 4, 2024

Monday Morning Coffee

Good Monday morning! This morning, I decided on an old favorite instead of my usual medium roast with a splash of sweet cream. Every now and then, I treat myself to my old standby. 

This is what Steve refers to as my "Fake Coffee." It was the first coffee I drank, way back in college. I had to ease myself into the coffee life, and this was the way I did it—although back then, it looked more like this.

Just seeing this photo brings back so many memories. It was on a shelf next to my electric hot water kettle in my dorm room in college. Once married, I kept a tin on my stove, with my teakettle nearby. I had a cup every day when I came home from teaching. And then, when I became a mom, I started having a cup every afternoon while my babies napped. Who knew a tin full of powder could hold so much more? When Peyton was little, she and I would have toast and coffee while baby Rhett took his afternoon nap. We would snuggle in the big chair together, she with her sippy cup and me with my mug. Shw would always take the last little sip of my coffee, and if I try, I can still see her tiny little face light up each time. Years later, when we homeschooled, Rhett would make my afternoon coffee. He had a special touch that made it taste so good. He told me he stirred it much longer and added a little surprise sometimes! My favorite was a Hershey Kiss. 

Eventually, this instant coffee was replaced with the good stuff, but I still keep a tin or two in the cupboard, although now it isn't so much a tin as a plastic container. The flavors have changed, too, from Swiss Mocha to Hazlenut to French Vanilla, but the sentiment is the same. The mug in my hands holds so much more than instant coffee. It holds years of beautiful memories to revisit.

Well, I am off to get ready for the day. Flynn and I have homeschool, and I have a grocery order coming this afternoon. We have leftovers from a delicious meal Steve made yesterday, so there will be no cooking tonight! I finish off my Mondays with The Bachelor, following a seemingly sincere Joey looking for his wife among the remaining four women, all of whom he has strong feelings for. What could possibly go wrong?! Have a lovely Monday, my friends!

Billie Jo

 ( Google for the images. )

March 1, 2024

What's New Around Here

Happy Friday! And Happy March! When I was younger, I looked unfavorably upon this month of March. Now, however, I look forward to the fairly mundane month's slow, steady pace that serves as a slightly shaky bridge between winter and spring. The month of March used to seem so long. As I age, it passes just as quickly as all the other months seem to do. So, I settle in and enjoy the cozy cooler days while beginning to think about warmer ones to come.


I've started to add a few touches to this lovely house to make it more like our home. 

And I cooked a delicious, easy meal this week that was a hit with everyone! 

No Chopping Sheet Pan Chicken

And what else? Let's see...

Oh! Yes! Flynn finally got her very own puppy! She has researched, looked for, dreamed of, and prayed for a puppy of her very own. She, Steve, Rhett, and Kyrstin traveled together, and Flynn finally held her new best friend on Monday. Meet Marty! 

Marty is an eight-week-old Maltipoo and is the sweetest little thing! He already knows that Flynn is his person and has adapted wonderfully to our family. Mocha and Cosmo are adjusting as expected; Mocha takes one sniff and promptly wanders off, not amused or impressed with this new creature. However, Cosmo instantly recognizes a new best friend and happily shows little Marty the ropes. If you have lost count, that brings our current total to three dogs, and honestly, we couldn't be happier. 

Have a lovely weekend, my friends. The weather here looks windy and rainy, just like early March days should be. We have mass on Saturday and plans to go to the movies on Sunday to see Dune: Part Two! We rewatched the original Dune this week, and I forgot how good it is! Thanks for visiting. I am always glad you do.

Billie Jo

February 28, 2024

Wednesday Wondering


1. Coke or Pepsi?

2. Medium or soft toothbrush?

3. Seinfeld or Friends?

4. Lemons or limes?

5. Gum or mints?

6. 30s or 50s?

Just wondering, you know??

I'll go first!

1. Coke or Pepsi? 

Pepsi. Always. Coke tastes too sugary to me.

2. Medium or soft toothbrush?

I prefer it if my gums don't bleed. 

3. Seinfeld or Friends?

Seinfeld. Not even close.

4. Lemons or limes?

I like them both, but I love limes.

5. Gum or mints?

Mints. But only peppermint ones.

6. 30s or 50s?

This one is tough. I loved my 30's. I loved raising my children, making dinner, reading books, and pushing swings. I love my 50s, however, because I feel confident and relaxed. I know who I am and what I like. The need to please everyone is gone, replaced with a feeling of peace and contentment. It's too close to call this one.
Billie Jo

February 26, 2024

Monday Morning Coffee


Good Monday morning! How was your weekend? We spent the weekend at the condo, and I actually exercised both days. Yes, I moved parts of my body other than the usual right-hand turning pages of a book. I swam Saturday and Sunday mornings, all by myself, in a quiet pool, and it felt great! Because I was the first awake, I waited until Steve was up to head to the pool. Once I swam, I headed back up to shower and was ready for the day. Because I am an early riser,  I am treated to sights like this one on Saturday morning.

The photo does not come close to capturing how amazing it was, but I am glad I got something, especially since I had two antsy dogs with me, ready to go out! Sunday morning was beautiful as well.

In addition to swimming and staring at the sunrise, I also watched Gilmore Girls with my people, attended a beautiful mass, ate a delicious dinner of homemade pierogies in a Pittsburgh Steeler-inspired restaurant and bar in the middle of Baltimore Raven territory, and took a couple cozy naps. Last night, we returned to the house, and Flynn and I watched The Walking Dead, The Ones Who Live!!!! 

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If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, you know how happy and excited we are. If you haven't seen The Walking Dead, just know that the original series began in 2010 and was on TV for twelve years. This short series reunites us with some of our most beloved characters and was so well written and acted that it gave us chills! It is so neat to be watching with Flynn because I remember vividly watching the original Walking Dead premiere in 2010, late at night, rocking a not-yet-one-year-old Flynn in my arms. 

However, The best part of my weekend was talking with my beautiful mom on the phone. Hearing her voice say my name and tell me she loves me and is happy is something I do not take for granted. Each time my sister Margie calls me and hands my mom the phone, I am overcome with happiness and love. Margie sent me this picture of my mom in her room looking out the window onto my hometown's little main street. I thought of all the times she drove on that same street, taking us to school, getting groceries, going to church, and visiting her father and mother in the place she now calls home. I saw the beauty of life in that one beautiful picture of my mom.

Have a cozy Monday, my friends.
I will be around to visit today!

Billie Jo