Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Put Away

Today I have finally had a day off and time to go through all my lovely Christmas gifts from my family.

I have tossed away the old housecoat (washing the new), putting new pliers in the toolbox, making a stack of old coffee mugs, Tupperware, tea towels to take to Goodwill as I'm replacing them with new. Breaking down shoe boxes and filtering old shoes in my closet that can now be replaced. Making room for a chopper to give away appliances that I haven't used forever to add to the Goodwill box. Banging holes in the wall to place new pictures.

What a wonderful cleansing morning this has been while listening to Pandora.

Thank you all of my special family for the Christmas gifts. I was a bit stressed this year for a bunch of reasons, all of which are not excusable...forgive me.

Now I'm heading off to take down the Christmas lights while it is sunny...but a frigid 30*

Hugs to all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pre-Christmas Activities

I just wanted to share with everyone how much I've enjoyed the holiday season so far.

I first of all am very calm now that all presents are wrapped and under the tree plus under the piano due to not much room left. Don't know what the rest of you are going to do, but I'm first and have already claimed the space.

Charley and I went to Bell Square to shop and enjoyed Snowflake Lane. I love the loud Christmas songs and especially all the dressed up characters. The snow princesses' dresses are so pretty. I just imagine how much Morgan and Taylor would have loved this event as little girls. This was confirmed by watching all the little kids with candy cane slobber running down their chins.

Mike and Jimmy's party once again, was a blast. I took home my own tree ornament because I loved it and the only other one I really wanted was Taylor and Dave's and they picked theirs!

Tonight I'm going to a holiday party and just made up the most yummy looking appetizer ever and can hardly wait to try it. Hopefully it will taste as good as it looks.

Friday off with a different group of friends for lunch at the Met which is so fabulous and then shopping, looking at lights and just plain holiday joy in Seattle!

Also, must not forget my non-stop Christmas songs thanks to my friend Pandora.

Well there you have it. My favorite holiday and it would now just be perfect if I could have another snow flurry.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


What a great Thanksgiving holiday we all had...again!

I have an empty house right now as well as refrigerator as Sheri left yesterday, Morgan and Tyler fly back from the tri-cities tonight as well as Charley from San Diego. I love that years ago we moved our dinner to the day before and that we don't have to share the day due to other obligations with in-lawsor other family gatherings. What a smart alteration!

So family, again thanks for welcoming our additional guests this year as they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, participating in the amazing food and for everyone staying overnight at my home for a couple of days. I love all rooms filled!

Once again we will do this all over again, but a different menu in a few weeks!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Big thank you to Mom....I still give you credit for giving me the special snow fall we are having.

Hugs always for every flake! You're the best and know what makes my heart sing!

Love, Lori

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hodge Podge

You know what one of the best things is....enjoying someones company completely.

I had the most amazing four days with my sister. We all have these trips and are with each other one on one and they are 99% of the time wonderful. I always marvel at the end of a day with one of my girls or my sister and how much I truly enjoy it and why??? Its always fabulous!

I have as a tradition, just for my self, start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. Many of you, okay, all of you can't stand this, but it's mine! I do not change the music station until after Christmas Day. Well, I guess others start listening before I do because they have already started playing the tunes I adore! But, even I will stick to my rule of not until Thanksgiving to belt out Oh Holy Night.

Planning our Thanksgiving feast and all the company that will be with us this year, makes me smile! I love, love, love having my house full. Thank goodness I have four bedroom and will fill every one of them! and this year I guess I will need extra beds...what joy for me!

Medical update: My foot. As some of you know, I was breaking in a new pair of shoes for work this summer and kept wearing them and wearing them. They are the same brand, same design, same color everything that I've used the past 10years...Franko Sarto Bocca so I didn't give up stretching the leather. Bad idea. I still have pain in my right foot from the summer. The real kicker was last month in New Orleans and I was really uncomfortable walking the distances that Charley and I do on our trips. Hence, the purchase of really ugly NB shoes just to get by.

I went to the doctor this week and apparently I did some nerve damage and have to go to a specialist to have an "injection" in the top of my foot to let the nerves heal correctly etc. Hopefully, I won't shout out my sisters famous words when she had her shot! All in the name of cute shoes.

Okay, I'm done!

Friday, October 29, 2010


I'm done....can you guess what I'm done with???

This year I had so much fun and want to continue to make more of this product. Perhaps I will extend my gift to "special" friends.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Silly Dad

This afternoon I had lunch with my Dad before he heads south for the winter.

Charley and I had dinner over at Dad and Jackies house on Friday night. We played Poking Peg or whatever the game is called, until midnight. What fun we had. Jackie and I won as we did the last time we got together to play. This is hard for the "guys" to let rest....a rematch is set for this Friday night again if they are packed and ready to hit the road.

Lunch was an event of almost three hours and a carafe of wine and a half. Too much! The stories were wonderful as Dad ventured back to when he was a little boy of about 14 yrs old. One of the best stories was that he took Uncle Paul's gun, since Paul was in the service then as he is 7 yrs older and walked about 4 miles to Granny Grandma and Iris' house. Granny had been complaining about how the birds were eating a bite of each cherry and moving on to the next one. They had about 10 trees. Well Dad was very proud that he shot about 20 or so robins and wanted to show Granny...she apparently was very pleased with his work and to show her gratitude made him a robin pot pie! He said she skinned each robin and made a very small individual pie with potatoes and carrots. Said is was yummy! Can you imagine how much meat was from a little robin?

This story didn't surprise me because I explained to him when Sheri and I would stay at Grandma Nugents house in the summer, one afternoon each time we would walk down Maple Way to Granny's and have lunch. Of course, we were given very clear instructions to have the best manners and each ALL the food that was served to us.

Anyway, we had a great time talking and laughing and hopefully I skunk him again at the game Friday!