Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We packed dinner up and Pat and I headed over to Midland.
We had an enjoyable afternoon with his Parents.
Then Jesse and Caroline and Ayva stopped over and we had a tea party with Ayva's new tea set.
A good Christmas!
Christmas plans are still up in the air. Waiting for the okay from Pat's parents!
Two days ago Pat's sister told his mother she couldn't reach her brother. Pat's brother's phone was out of order with the winter storm and that was why he didn't answer the phone. His mother was sure something was terribly wrong. So she worried so much she didn't sleep all night. Yesterday, Pat followed up with his sister who just had dinner with her brother. She didn't think of calling her mother? So Pat called his mother, but she already had worked herself into a frenzy.
Yesterday she said she wasn't sure she would feel okay to come for Christmas. So we are being held hostage - send cookies, chocolate or money (I'll take a trip to Aruba far, far, far away!)
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I hate shopping! I don't like crowds at all!
I know, I know, with a mother like Elinor I should LOVE shopping. But I don't!
It really wasn't awful - yesterday we went to Sam's Club, Gordon's and Meijer. Even though I was only food shopping I thought I would be in for a terrible time.
We started out waiting in line at the Y to go in right after it opened. Then after 45 minutes there we were pleasantly surprised that no one else seemed to be shopping at Sam's and Gordon's.
However, by the time we got to Meijer we were sorry to be shopping!
Not only were there tons of people in the aisles, but everyone seemed intent on blocking the aisles. And it seemed as if a few of the people were trying their best to put in in a bad mood by following me no matter how many rows I skipped to avoid them!
Then the lines for checkout! What a mess. I hate when a store has you block the main aisle of the store when you are in line.
So anyway, church and then home today. The ice and snow is a mess out there. I think Hallmark has a movie marathon today!!!
Friday, December 20, 2013
So many people are stressed and hurried during the Christmas season. We were shopping and I noticed that no one really looks at you. Everyone seems to have pinched faces and frowns on their faces.
Then we joined the Y. Everyone smiles and says hi when you walk by them. It is such a nice place to spend time that you almost don't mind going a few more miles on the bike!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I started getting errors with Internet Explorer - took awhile to understand that I should download Chrome and use that from now on!!!
Anyway - I've been getting so many Happy Birthdays on Facebook - I love how easy it is to stay connected.
Only two more days of my free book - "No Christmas for Olivia" - I want to give away 1,000!!!! Do you think I can?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So, I have been working night and day on it for the past few weeks. I just finished the first draft. Now I will read it out loud and work to get it ready to go to Mary Lynn. Then when she sends it back I make corrections, tweak it a bit more and then I send it off to Kay. She always comes up with some great suggestions and corrections.
After Kay reads it I am going to ask Jane and Sarah and Mary to read it out loud together. They have a unique homeschool advantage and I want to make sure the homeschooling part is accurate. It is also imperative that the characters are the correct characters in each spot. When I say Jerry's mother is Mrs. Castor, it better be Mrs. Castor and not Mrs. Maxum!
Then hopefully, the book will be out this summer. My first novel! Yeah!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I love this photo. Grandma Shea's 75th birthday with all her grandchildren.
Look at the top, there is Michael. He was at the top there and he is at the top today. The road was long and filled with sharp dangerous curves and detours.
But he made it! Dr. Charles Michael Shea!
He sent me a reply to my congratulations and told me he was exhausted. The last week of preparation for defending his doctorate took a lot out of him.
Good! He should be exhausted! It was a huge undertaking. We should be exhausted and overworked and ready to have our eyes fill with tears of gratitude when accomplishing something great.
Otherwise it is just getting something finished.
This endeavor was much more than that. It has been a dedicated, concerted effort to be the best he can be. He set his goals high and achieved them.
We are very proud of him.
To Traverse City, of course! We found a great family restaurant. Little Bohemia on Front Street. It has been owned by the same family for 45 years.
I had their award winning Lasagna and Pat had perch. Both were great. We'll go again.
Then in the morning we went to the UP. We do love Michigan. There is something so special about having bridge connection. Then back home via 23. It was long, but we do love driving through all the little towns.
Then home. It is always good to get home, even after just an overnighter.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have never seen a more beautiful fall! The colors were brilliant for a very long time. We hit the peak in so many different spots this year. The UP, Petoskey, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Saginaw County has been the longest ever.
We haven't had very good color for the past several years. And if we did see it the leaves only lasted a day or two. Last year everything was very brown and dark yellow. So maybe that is why this year has seemed so extraordinary.
Thank you God, for the gift of fall. May we never ever tire of its beauty. Amen.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Even though this picture displays a romantic hug, I couldn't help but think of our friend Jim.
He gives such a good hug that everything does seem right with the world!
Thank you Jim for all your healing loving hugs these many years!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
She said she had never thought of that and all of a sudden her "Ooohs and Ahhs" started coming from the back seat! I felt warm inside knowing I had just opened a new world to my Mom. It was such a privilege.
Today was that kind of day. A day when Patrick stopped, backed up, moved the car a little more forward. He just did everything I asked to get the picture. And he loved doing it for me. Blessed.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Yesterday we went out for a nice ride -
The last of the fall colors.
We did NOT expect to see this!
Not even Halloween!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
We celebrated Paco's birthday today. Jesse, Robbie, Caroline, Joanna and Pat moved all the outside furniture to storage and then we drove together to Owosso to El Potrero for dinner. The six of us ate too much, but couldn't stop!
Now Pat and I are sitting in our living room groaning! And he is enjoying scratching off the lottery tickets.