Wednesday, October 31, 2007
~Wearing jeans and sweaters and loafers with warm socks
~Candles...as the days get shorter I love burning candles, especially Pumpkin Spice candles this time of year! The warm flame and yummy smells just seem more appealing when the weather is colder.
~Halloween....our grandchildren are SO excited for this special day and have been planning their "what they were going to be" for weeks!!
~A cozy fire in the fireplace
~The beautiful colors of fall...I love all the red, orange, yellow, brown...
~Staying inside on a chilly, wet day and scrapbooking! I'm thinking about the gift albums I want to create for Christmas presents!
~Tailgate parties...nothing better than gathering with friends and good food before a football game! The only thing missing is a winning footgall team!! :0)
So....with all these things I look forward to in the fall....I'm not sad about summer ending, I'm excited about all the fun things that happen in the fall!! (How's that for a "positive attitude!)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
But, that being said, I will be SO happy to get back home to our house and family--especially Keelyn, Ryann, Anders and Kate (Jeff, Bridget, Jamie and John, too....and hopefully Jon, Sarah and Landen SOON!!)....I really miss them all; my "gerfrenz" Ellen and Tricia; scrapbooking and Paper Pals; spending the evenings by the fireplace...if I can't have warm weather I'll settle for a cozy, warm fire....and, so much more. Hey, I'm even missing walking on the treadmill at Anytime Fitness!!! (I must be crazy!! :0)
On my next visit to Phoenix Jean will be all settled in her beautiful new condo...I can't wait to see the "finished product!" It's going to be terrific and I know she is going to love it there!!! But, for now I'm looking forward to "HOME!"
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
And, Jim and I are living vicariously through Jean for now...we spotted these condos last February, loved them and the location....hopefully our turn will come soon!! :0)
Anyone want to spend a warm, sunny weekend in the desert?? You could help us move!! (It is supposed to be in the 90's today!! Love it!!)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Two days...two movies...and lots of shopping in between!!! Jean and I are having SO much fun....there is nothing like a sister for a little "girl" time!!! (Sorry, Jamie, I really am so sorry you don't have a sister...my bad!! :0)
We went to "The Gameplan" and "Why Did I Get Married?"...both really good movies!! The we "shopped 'til we dropped" at the Biltmore Fashion Park and The Scottsdale Fashion Square"....it was so much fun!!! Remember, I'm a little "retail deprived" in Moscow, so this was a real treat for me!!! Now we are off to a family birthday for Tyler---Jamie and Jason's youngest!!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
"Tracy Armstrong lies in a bed at Utah Valley Medical Center bullet holes in his wrecked body, paralyzed from the armpits down. With the use of only his left arm. Just after sunset on Friday, August 3rd, Armstrong was about to show a Las Vegas family to their room at the Blue Springs Lodge, nestled in the mountains at Panguitch Lake, 200 miles south of Provo near Brian Head ski resort. Jason Hines entered the office of the lodge and pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and started shooting 4 rounds point blank at Tracy. There was not a confrontation between Armstrong and Hines before he shot him in this random act of violence that has changed a families life forever."
It was an amazing event--Kristan and her friends worked very hard!! And, they have planned another fundraising event to be held in Salt Lake City in a few weeks. Great job, Kristan!!
Today Jean and I have a movie, lunch out and a little shopping in our plans. It is beautiful here--in the 80's today. How will I ever be able to go back to facing winter?? :0)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I bought Rosie's book yesterday so I read about 1/2 of it on the plane. It's interesting to say the least...I always loved her on "The View", and she tells about how uncomfortable the show made her. She expected the "View" to mean that her "views" would be welcome and respected, but she didn't feel like that at all. (I know she can be a bit "over the top", but I always enjoyed her on her own show, and on "The View.) OK, enough about Rosie....it's a good book but I'm sure not for everyone! :0)
Bye for now, I have to go change into my flip-flops and crop pants!! :0)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm off tomorrow to spend a day with A & K and their Mommy and Daddy, and then on Wednesday I fly to Phoenix for a little "sister time". I'm looking forward to extending my summer for a little while longer...90's in Phoenix sounds great...flip-flops, shorts, sunglasses!! :0) Jean has lots of things planned for us, sounds like we will have our days, and nights, packed with all kinds of fun!! At the top of our agenda are movies, lunch out, shopping...things we do best!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Yesterday truly was a "gift"....October 9th...78 degrees...beautiful blue skies...and incredible leaves on the trees. It doesn't get much better than this!! These are trees that I get to see every day...it reminds me to "take a little time to enjoy the view!"
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
"After I created my life list, something magical happened. I actually started DOING things on the list. And friends offered to help me cross items off my list. And friends began to create and share their own lists with me. And reading their lists made me want to help them. And despite my lack of love for to-do lists, I've grown to love these lists."
So what do you want to do in this lifetime? Think big. Or small. Start slow, or let it flow. I challenge you to DO what you want to do with your precious life.
So....I took the challenge and started my list (seems kind of corny, but I thought "why not...what have I got to lose?") So....here goes!! These things are in no particular order....just jotted them down as they popped into my head!! I'm hoping others will make and share their life list, too!!
Help Jon, Sarah and Landen move to the northwest
Go to an Il Divo concert
Take our grandchildren to Disney World
Go on a “sister’s get-away” someplace fun with Jean
Visit New York City
Have a condo in Phoenix
Sell our present house and build a new house
Go to the Oprah show
Take a trip to Tuscany with Jim
Exercise EVERY day
Learn to play golf
Invite people to dinner more often
Go to more movies
Clean out my closet and drawers and give away anything I don’t wear
Go to Maui again...and again...and again
Stop worrying about things out of my control
Organize all my photos
Find my “perfect’ haircut
Go to visit my friend Linda Hartzell in Texas
Stay in The Venetian again in Las Vegas
Help Jon and Sarah make the move closer to us (listing it twice might help it happen!! :0)
Get new bedding for our guest rooms
Have our master bedroom closet done by California Closets
De-clutter all my drawers and cabinets
See some Broadway plays in New York City
Floss every day
Host a wine tasting party
Plan a family vacation with Jeff, Jamie and Jon and their families
Organize...really organize, my scrapbook room
Spend more quality time with Jim
Learn how to use all the settings on my camera
See Barry Manilow in concert
Catch up on the “yearly” scrapbooks for my grandchildren
Spend lots of the winter in a warmer climate
Take Jamie, Bridget and Sarah on a “girl’s weekend shopping trip”
Get new bedroom furniture
Find the perfect wreath for our front door
Finish my Book of Me including autobiography
Find the BEST wireless internet connection
Eat less chocolate
Spend more time on the deck
Teach our friends to play Euchere
Think only "positive" thoughts
I'm still thinking.....this list will be edited and grow longer!!