Thursday, May 20, 2021

Thankful Thursday...


Well, as most of you know we lost our little buddy Bentley on Saturday May 8th. We're just now (on May 20th) able to talk about him and look at some pics without crying. It's been difficult and we both miss him terribly. 

He used to sit in Paul's lap every morning while Paul worked at his computer and then when I got up, he curled up in my lap while I drank my coffee. 

At night, 95% of the time, he slept with me, crawled under the covers (have never known a dog to do that). It's hard walking in the door and he's not there to greet us.  

Here's a few pics before I go on to what I'm thankful for. 

On my lap


With his buddy, Sawyer

I'd like to say he loved playing catch but it was keep away he loved! 

He loved car rides

He loved Willow

But most of ALL, he loved his dad πŸ’“

I'm thankful this Thursday that we have Katniss and Arya and that Arya greets us at the door when we come home. It helps. 

I'm thankful that Arya sits on Paul's lap in the mornings and tries to fill that void. 

I'm thankful I have the best friends and family anyone could ask for. 

I'm thankful that we've all been vaccinated, and no one in our family was hospitalized with Covid.

I'm thankful the country is on the mend and we now have lifted the mask and 6' mandate (although I haven't been in a store yet without my mask). 

I'm thankful I have a beautiful home to wake up to each morning. 

I'm thankful I got to spend what little time we had with Bentley. He was a goofy dog and we loved him. 

What are you thankful for? I'd love to hear. 

As always...

Monday, April 19, 2021


 Ugh! It's been months!! So, let's go back to February and try to catch up month by month. 

Our little man Ethan turned a month old on the 16th. What a sweetheart he is! 

Elliott is doing AMAZING with swimming lessons. I can't get over how fast she learns and she's actually not crying anymore and seems to be enjoying it. 

We're so proud of her..

And...after mourning my Toby for 6 months and realizing I can talk about him without balling my eyes out, I decided it was time to give love to another cat. This time we decided to get 2. When I called the shelter asking about a little boy kitten, the lady told me he wasn't great around kids. Well, that fell apart quickly. She said she had a little calico named Sparkles that was available. Well, I've always wanted a calico kitty. She mentioned that the kitten had become quite attached to another female kitten that was really shy. They thought Sparkles would help the other kitten socialize etc. 
So, Paul and I took the drive to Fenton, MI. 

We both fell in love with these 2. Took us a week or so to actually come up with names for them. As their personalities began to show, we knew the calico would be Arya, from Game Of Thrones. 


And the other little doll we named Katniss, from The Hunger Games. 


Both are named after female bad asses 😁 This is the first time we've ever had females, cats or dogs.

We had a big concern with Bentley. He's sooo jealous and has a terrible time with anyone new entering the house. So, we set up the spare bedroom with some toys for Katniss and Arya, the connecting bathroom had their litter and food and water. We decided to keep them in there and gradually introduce them to Bentley.
Well, after just a few hours, we opened the door with a baby gate put in place hoping if the kittens needed to get away from Bentley they could easily hop the gate whereas Bentley could not. It went SURPRISINGLY well! Katniss was very reluctant but Arya was so curious about the house this long haired dude. He got pretty excited and is now best buds with Arya.

Jenn, Dan, Elliott and Ethan came over. Elliott got such a kick of playing with Arya. Katniss was hiding in my closet. 

My baby girl turned 36! 

I finished Paul's scarf. Yay!! 

So the girlfriend scarf now has a new home at the Goodwill 😊

FINALLY!! After almost 5 months our bed arrived. 


After...YAY!! We love it! 

We got!!! 

Looking at these pictures of snow if February makes me so happy we've already made our reservations, flight plans and everything for Imperial Velentin Riviera Maya next February...✈🌴🌞 I can't wait!! 

So, February turned out to be a busy time. I have loads of pictures and I'll leave you with a few of those special ones. Paul will probably kill me for posting a couple of these πŸŽ€πŸ˜‚

He just looks so natural with a bow in his beard. 

She's so sweet to her little brother. πŸ’–

As always...

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Project Life December 2020

 Finally!! I got my mojo back. It's been a long time and with the move, trying to unpack, trying to set up my craft space and find my feels good to be working on Project Life again. 

I finished December because I thought it best to go backwards. I left off last year with March. To be honest, I don't like going backwards. 

So, I'll start working on January 2021 and April of last year. 

Thanks again to Persnickety Prints for their free Covid Printables

The back of the Covid Timeline

Notice the center pic of Elliott? I'll put the video below that can be viewed with the LifePrint app. 

The video is taken from the app. It's not perfect but it is a way for me to put videos in my albums. 

As always...

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Girlfriend Scarf

 Yep. We have one of those. It's a really funny story. 

It's not often we move, we moved from Mississippi to Maryland for a year back in 1976, moved back to Mississippi, moved to Avon Lake, Ohio in 1986, moved to Avon in 2012 and moved to Waterville recently. 

Every time we move, I look at this scarf Paul had from before we were married and I ask him, "You still want this scarf"? "Yea", he says. "I'll keep it." 

The 45 year old girlfriend scarf. I think my boys used to wear this while playing in the snow. 

Fast forward to this current move. I'm cleaning out hats, gloves and scarves for the Goodwill. I ask Paul, "You still want this scarf"? 

He says "well, if I ever need a scarf, it's the ONLY one I have since my wife, who's a knitter, has never knit me one. Or anything else". πŸ‘€

He's right! This is a man who wears shorts and flip flops in 6" of snow to run next door to borrow a sledge hammer so it never really occurred to me.  

So, my new knitting project is...

Cleveland Brown's Scarf.

I hope you have a good week. 

As always...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Ethan Comes Home

Baby Ethan came home Sunday afternoon to Jim & Linda (Dan's parents), Paul & I and little Elliott. It was such a special time. 

To see little Ellie so EXCITED to have a baby in the house was just magical!! She wanted to pick him up and carry him around soooo bad. She also wanted to share her spaghetti O's with him. 

We're actually really proud of her and the way she made him feel so welcome. 

I've turned the live photos from my iphone into movie clips so you can see just how excited she was. Kisses abound. At one point she wanted to tickle him. I'm on cuteness OVERLOAD!! 

Wrapped in the "House Divided" blanket I knitted for him. 


I don't think I posted pics of his blanket..

As always...