Wednesday Wisdom...

...from Mocha.

Wake up early every morning.

Father Knows Best

Don't wish your life away. My father spoke those words to me many, many times. Like a self-absorbed teenager, I smiled and laughed, and assured him I wouldn't. But by mid-summer every year, I was wishing it were September. I was ready for a new school year, freshly waxed floors, creased Jordache Jeans, and Friday night football games. During the long, cold days of January, I sat in Geometry class wishing it was spring. After graduation, I spent my weeks in college wishing it was the weekend so I could load my little white Plymouth Sundance and head home. As a newly married schoolteacher, I wished it were Christmas vacation so I could spend days in my cozy, little house baking cookies and watching tv.

Plans For St. Patrick's Day Weekend


Get out your green because St. Patrick's Day is here! This weekend is all about celebrating the green and gold. Well, sort of. My sister Margie and I and our families are taking my mom and our friend Blueberry Mary out for fish fry tonight! Sunday is Mary's birthday, and we are so happy to be able to celebrate with her.  Saturday Marian is coming! The guys have plans after Mass in the evening, so the girls and I are deciding between a crazy night out with dinner and a movie, or a quiet night in with dinner and a movie. Stay tuned.  Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, and we have awesome plans to stay home and eat festive food. And that is our exciting weekend. Hope your weekend is fun and festive too!

You Might Be Surprised To Know That


~ I don't drink evening tea anymore. I used to, but now I prefer coffee. Maxwell House International French Vanilla Cafe. But I'm not changing my blog name, because I really like it.

And It's Monday Morning

Who knew that one hour could make so much difference? I swear yesterday was like the fastest day ever. Like Twilight Zone fast. And just like that, we start a brand new week. It is a quiet week around here. Work for some, school for others. The puppies have a date at the groomers, we are going to fish fry on Friday, and tonight and tomorrow night we get to see how Colton's journey to find love on The Bachelor ends!!! What a week!

This past weekend, we celebrated Nicolas' brother Jakob's birthday.
It isn't until April, but we won't be with him then, and you know how we are about celebrating around here! Fortunately, Jakob was kind enough to humor me and was a good sport. Plus, he LOVES the blueberry pie that Peyton makes.

Wrapping Up The Week


Dinner after Mass at our favorite Mexican restaurant...

Just For Fun. Ash Wednesday Edition


And strategically plan our meals so we can eat the big one as late as possible, crave a big juicy burger from Wendy's even though we wouldn't eat one the other 364 days of the year, go to bed earlier than usual because we are starving five minutes after dinner, and dream of what we are going to eat first thing Thursday morning.

Have a good Ash Wednesday, friends!

P.S. You have seen Mean Girls, right????


Do All Things with Love

Even taking care of a sick husband. Yep. The stomach flu hitched a ride on Steve this weekend and set up shop for a couple days. In my bedroom. Enough said. Steve is a tough guy. And he held his own, but it was unpleasant. All day Sunday I was in and out of his quarantine, and the kids finally asked me how I did it! My answer was simple. I signed up for this. Almost twenty-eight years ago. I did it with love. And Lysol. Lots of Lysol.

Our Lenten Plans 2019

Lent? Yep. Wednesday begins the season of Lent and our preparation for Easter. Some years I plan and type out elaborate schedules. Some years I don't. This is one of the latter years. Simplifying our plans and goals takes the pressure off and will hopefully result in a more successful Lent for us all. 


Well Hello There March!

And just like that, March is here! Although I am ready for all things green, warm, fresh, and sunny, I know that March hides cold air, blustery winds, and dark skies among her days. It is time, however, to pack up winter and set out some green and gold!