March 31, 2023
March 29, 2023
1. Decorate for Easter
2. Update my planner
3. Write out Easter cards
4. Attend Adoration at church
5. Take Flynn to the orthodontist
6. Attend the penance service at church
7. Go to my eye doctor's appointment
8. Keep the laundry up
9. Organize lesson plans for make-up work
March 27, 2023
Good Monday morning, my friends! I hope your coffee (or tea) is extra hot today! We are still
hacking like crazy dealing with a beast of a chest cold here, and of course, it has been kind enough to give each of us a few days in the spotlight before moving on to the next victim person. At times like these, I am thankful for many things, among them, readily available hot water and Vicks Shower Soothers, my comfy set of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown flannel sheets, puppies who like to snuggle, plastic cups with straws, and family members who deliver food and medicine at a moment's notice. I have cleared our calendar for this week, calling and rescheduling appointments and plans because I would not want to expose anyone to sickness if I can avoid it.
The weekend was not all coughing and sleeping, though. I witnessed a true feat of determination from my very own couch. This little guy was not giving up, I tell you!
I was also treated to this most beautiful reminder that God is always with us...
March 24, 2023
Spring has arrived here in Pennsylvania, and the outside world is beginning to awaken from the long winter slumber. The lake, which never entirely froze this year, is calm and quiet. The birds have returned to my feeder, especially the jackals, who tend to bully the tiny little guys, and the buds are appearing on the branches. When I step outside, the smell of spring takes me back to the days when my kids were little, and we ventured out to play after months of being indoors. I remember pulling out the bikes and big wheels, wiping off the swings on the swingset, and reminding the kids to stay on the driveway because the grass was muddy and wet. If I try really hard, I can still hear their shouts and giggles of joy. Early spring has a distinct smell and feel, and I will forever associate it with the pure happiness of being outside with my little ones.
March 22, 2023
March 20, 2023
I made the best Irish Beef Stew and again discussed why we only have it once a year. Madison brought the most delicious Irish Soda Bread, and Peyton did it again with an amazingly perfect Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Cake. I will link these recipes below and strongly urge you to try them!
Today the green and gold are packed away, and soon the bunnies and eggs will appear. Tonight I am making homemade chicken tenders with sweet potatoes and green beans and then I plan on watching The Bachelor to see if Zach can get closer to deciding which of the remaining women he will choose to spend the rest of his life with. Because Reality TV is the perfect place to do that.
Well, I hope you have a cozy Monday. Thanks for visiting. I am always glad you do!
March 17, 2023
Hello! And Happy Friday! Are you wearing green today? Would you believe me if I told you I don't own a single piece of green clothing? I do have a shamrock necklace I plan on wearing, so I'm covered. This morning I have a hair appointment, and after that, I am coming home to put an Irish Beef Stew into the crockpot for dinner tonight. I made it last year, and it was delicious, so the kids requested it again this year. Madison is bringing Irish Soda Bread, and Peyton is bringing dessert. I'll share some photos on Monday!
The snowy days this week made me hungry for comfort food, so dinner on Wednesday was a delicious roast chicken with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, peas, and corn. Now, before you think I am Wonder Woman and I Dream of Jeannie combined, let me tell you how I created this delicious faux fancy meal. The chicken is a Perdue Harvestland Oven Ready Roaster. It is fully prepared, so you literally unwrap it and put it in the oven! The potatoes are Idahoan instant, and they are really good! The stuffing is Stove Top and the vegetables, Birdseye. I did make the gravy myself with the drippings and liquid from the chicken. It was not Thanksgiving dinner, but it was very good and perfect for a cold and snowy Wednesday in March.
Well, time for me to get going. I need to fix my hair before I go to my appointment. Tell me I'm not the only one that does that! Thanks so much for visiting, my friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a festive St. Patrick's Day!
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March 15, 2023
Of an average lady...
(In case you are new!)
This is me, a 53-year-old wife and mother blessed with a wonderful, ordinary childhood. I grew up in a white house with black shutters, along with four sisters and the best parents a child could imagine. Right before I left for college, I met the new guy in town.
Four years and many long-distance phone calls later, a month after I graduated college, we were married. It was June 29, 1991. Also known as the hottest day in recent history. We moved into the cutest apartment and began our life together. Steve joined his family car business, and I began teaching 2nd grade in the little school district nearby. Five years later, I retired from one dream job to begin another. As Mommy. Madison Marie was born on November 26, 1996.
Madison is beautiful inside and out. She owns her very own bridal store and is absolutely amazing at helping each bride find the perfect dress for her special day!
Madison met her wonderful husband, Nicolas, several years ago through their YouTube channels! He is Danish, and after living in Denmark for a couple years, they currently have a lovely house not too far from us. Yay!
Peyton Rose is our second beautiful daughter. She is 22 years old and the best baker around! Peyton is also an amazing nanny who blesses many families here with her love and care.
Peyton met her awesome husband Christopher in church one weekend, and the rest is happy history. They live in a beautiful house outside of town. Also pretty close from here! Yay!
Rhett Stephen is our son who brought a touch of blue into our house of pink! He is 20 years old and the spitting image of my father. Rhett works with Steve at the dealership, and truth be told, he is giving his father a run for the title of Best Car Salesman Ever!