Friday, February 17, 2012

A slow week that passed quickly

Geez...it's Friday again, Already?! -- Seems this week just flew by, and it's time, once again, for our Friday Fave Five: 


a place to come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post about 5 favorite things from your week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, pictures, etc., etc  










The mister sent me this ADORABLE video earlier this week: 


This just made me smile; What a smart little guy he is! 


Let's see...I made a new recipe for dinner last night, and Oh, My. Gosh!! Sooo good!! And, so very easy, which is even better!  (1/2 cup honey, 3 Tbsp. soy sauce and 6 cloves of garlic; mix in a shallow dish, and braze pork chops with it)....easy-peasy. Definitely one we will be adding to our dinner rotation -- 

Oh! And chocolate-covered pretzels from Peterbrooke on Valentine's Day -- I love me some chocolate-covered pretzels, now, and Peterbrooke's are an absolute favorite; the mister done good! (I actually got a bag of goodies, including some chocolate-covered potato chips, oreos and graham crackers too, but the pretzels are my weakness!) 

He also bought me some re-chargeable batteries for my camera -- I know, that seems a bit silly to be a favorite, but have you SEEN the price of AA batteries lately?! I'm going though 4 of those puppies every two days, and believe me when I tell you, it adds up quickly!! These rechargeable ones  were a bit pricey themselves, but it beats the heck outta buying the disposables at the rate I'm going through them....so, the Energizer bunny makes my list this week! 

And, my last fave this week -- these cute little guys!



The warmer weather is coming back, and with it I see a lot more of these little fellas hanging out in our trees; I know many folks see them as a terrible nuisance, but I think they're cute as anything, and they make me smile with their chitter-chatter and flick of their tails!   

So, simple, silly things filled my weekly favorites -- how about you?! 
I hope everyday is filled with your favorite things!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A good week of favorites

It's been a pretty good week around these parts, so on to my Friday Fave Five.....




a place to come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post about 5 favorite things from your week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, pictures, etc., etc 






The Giants won the Superbowl, and since the Steelers weren't competing, I was pullin' for Eli and the G-men to  take home the trophy, so that was the first favorite thing to come out of my week.

We purchased the matchstick blinds I wanted for the living room/dining room windows, so that, too, was a favorite for me! Unfortunately, we couldn't find the correct size for our windows, so we bought them a couple of inches wider, and we've been 'customizing' them to fit -- they aren't completely finished yet, but we're working on that. Baby steps. At least they're in hand, and that's one more thing I can cross off my Twelve for '12; so they make the fave list....

I've also been very diligent in keeping on track with my 365project, and this week I even had a couple of my photograph's "favored"  by other members of the site, which brought a smile to my face...so, another fave.


Today is payday, and that ALWAYS makes for a favorite! The mister's raise kicks in this week, and who of us  can't use a few extra dollars to add to the bank account?...

But...the biggest favorite of my week -- perhaps of the month, maybe even the YEAR -- is that I was sought out and contacted by my 1/2 sister!!
My parents were divorced when I was very young, and I've been an only child all of my life. My father, however, had another daughter in his subsequent marriage, so *technically* I've had a sister for some 23 years, I've just never had an opportunity to know her. Until now. Imagine my surprise when I opened my Facebook account on Monday, only to find a message from her in my inbox??! (Gotta luv Mark Zuckerberg!) Understandably, she was a bit hesitant at first, not knowing how I would react to her, but honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled! We've been chatting almost daily since then, getting to know one another, and finding out that we actually have quite a bit in common....unfortunately, she lives quite a distance away, so I probably won't get the chance to actually meet her for awhile, but just being in contact and getting to know her is more than exciting for me. Like I said...this definitely tops my FridayFaveFive for this week, and frankly, I think it's going to be hard to top in any of my upcoming weeks, as well!

Here's hoping you all have a week FILLED with your favorite things!!


Friday, February 03, 2012

It's the little things



WoW...Here we are at Friday already, and it's been a fairly uneventful week (which, I suppose could be a fave in itself, since "no news is good news", as they say....).

I'd have to say that my fairly-new crock pot would have to top my list this week....
I've been finding ALL kinds of  yummy sounding recipes (on Pinterest, of course!) that all seemed to be made in a slow cooker -- which, I didn't have. So we bought one. I gotta say, I'm not sure how I survived all these many years withOUT one! It does all the cooking without me, the food tastes fabulous! (I was kinda skeptical at first), and the ease of clean-up has made this one of my favorite kitchen gadgets in very short time! Last night's pot roast was very tasty, if I do say so myself, and I'm planning on the chili this Sunday (Go G-Men!!) being just as good...

Oh! And speaking of food....we had THE best pizza last Sunday -- there's a little joint here in Neptune Beach called Mario's, so if you are in the neighborhood, by all means, do stop in and grab yourself a Margarita Pizza  ....it's not on the menu, but they'll make it for you....big, fat chunks of fresh mozzarella, big, juicy slices of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, hand tossed, fabulous crust....Oh.My.GOODness!!

....In other news, the Mister is doin' some movin'-and'shakin' at work, and is in the midst of negotiations on a promotion -- He's been working very hard on LEAN production, is in line to complete his black-belt training course, and as a result, will head up the entire corporation on green, lean production in the workplace. I'm extremely proud of him, and I'm sure he'll be excellent in his new position...

And, of course, yesterday started Imbolc, which translates roughly to "in the belly", and the celebration of the quickening of Spring....and spring is always a favorite of mine!

We've been very vigilant on our nightly walks, and by doing so, have had the opportunity to see some amazing sunsets....





And, that wraps up my Friday Fave Five for this week....How about YOU?! ....Here's hoping that Every Day is filled with YOUR FAVORITE THINGS!!



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Friday, January 27, 2012

This Week's Top Five

Okay, so it's been a long time since I've posted to Suzanne's Friday Fave Five -- In fact, I used to post these over at Mo's Home, but this is a New Year, and a new start, so...a new spot!



a place to come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post about 5 favorite things from your week. It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, pictures, etc., etc




 The first thing on my list this week are my ORANGES!! I am BEYOND excited that we actually got fruit this year....for years, we got tons of blooms in the spring, but not one piece of fruit manifested....until this year!!...
 

                Now, after 20 years here at the beach, I actually feel like a Floridian, citrus trees & all!!


The mister and I have been vigilant this week, and have walked the dogs out on the island just about every night....the second thing that makes my list this week: January in Florida:




This morning, tho, it's a bit wet and drizzly outside, I'm feeling a bit under the weather personally, and while I may not have an opportunity for a nature stroll today, a big 'ol favorite way to spend a rainy day is a nice, hot cuppa joe, some chocolate chip cookies, and a good book by a favorite storyteller....I think I'll do just that.

And, what about you? What were the highlights of your week? Be sure to head on over to Living to Tell the Story and share your Friday Faves with Susanne and all the other wonderful participants. And, until next time... May every day be filled with your Favorite things!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Painted Skies





Peace... is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Twelve for '12

Well, here we are, over 2 weeks into the new year (2 months, if you observe Samhain) and stats say that about one in four of us have broken those New Years Resolutions already. (Don't fret too much, tho; they also say folks who MAKE resolutions are 10x's more likely to attain their goals than the people who don't make any.) I can't say I've broken mine, because I'm one of those souls who didn't make any. But...I do have a few things I would like to achieve in 2012, and what better way to hold myself accountable (and, to remember what they were by year's end!) than to make a list?! And, because I like symmetry, I've decided that 12 goals in 2012 would be apropos, so with out further adieu...
Mo's 12 Goals for 2012

1.) I'm still on the job hunt, so one of my goals is to find that "perfect" job opportunity. Because we are still a one-car family, part of the criteria is that it be somewhere close enough that I can walk/bike to work. It's a kind of chicken-and-egg situation, because we have been looking at getting a second vehicle (specifically a Jeep Liberty), which could broaden the job search location, but a second income would make purchasing a car a bit easier on the checkbook. (so, should this count as TWO goals?!)

2.) One thing I'd really like to accomplish this year is to get at least get 12 small projects completed around this house. I could probably find 120 that I've been meaning to get around to, but one project a month seems like a reasonably achievable goal, so that's the number I'm going with (and, it's fitting for a twelve in '12, don'tcha think?!) Maybe I'll finally get around to re-doing that old bookshelf, and painting the living room ceiling!

3.) And, while I'm on the subject of this old house -- remember those curtains I was coveting? Well, we finally got them hung, and I'm liking them a lot -- BUT...

I think I'd like them a whole lot better if I had matchstick blinds underneath them. And, see these curtain rods? I really liked them when I bought them, but they aren't....substantial enough. I found some that I like even more, but I thought that telling the mister we need rods to replace the rods I just bought wouldn't be received well, so that will have to wait 'til the next time we're at Lowe's...

4.) I also want to get back to my gardening. I honestly LOVE playing in the dirt, watching the plants grow, and even eating the goodies that we've grown ourselves, but I've been very slack the last couple of seasons, and my garden is showing the neglect. Weeding to do, plants to plant...and I am looking forward to all of it!

5.) Another thing I've been slacking on is my reading. While I usually do slow down in the winter months, I have gotten into a big 'ol slump lately, and just haven't had the urge to sit down and read some...I want to correct that, and more specifically, I want to catch up on a few fictional series that I've gotten behind on. 12 books for 2012....sounds like a good topic for another post!

6.) Which is another thing -- I intend to post to my blogs on a more regular basis. I doubt I'll get back to posting every day, but maybe at least once a week. It really is a cathartic process, and I enjoy having a sort of journal of 'a year in the life' to look back on: books read, places visited, thoughts expanded upon...

7.) I've also been trying my hand at writing, and I have a great idea for a book that I've been working on, but I haven't really been working at it, ya know? I gathered some background info, wrote an outline for the tale I wish to tell, but haven't really given it any structure. So, something I'd like to achieve this year is to get that project off the back burner, and get the story down on paper.

8.) Another one of my passions is photography, and one of the goals I have set-- and am actually making good on, thanks to the 365project -- is to take more pictures!! Not only more, but better...this is something that I so enjoying doing, and I really want to improve my abilities, so the best way for me to do that, is the same way they tell me one gets to Carnegie Hall - practice, practice, practice!! I just started this project on Jan. 1; A few of my favorites, thus far:




(I believe I'm going to enjoy striving for this one!)


9.) Try out 12 new-to-me recipes. Yes, I think this one will be a fine, fun goal to accomplish too! ever since I became addicted to aware of Pinterest, I have found SOOO many yummy recipes that I've added to my own repertoire (like these 7-layer tostadas & these bacon-wrapped jalapeno bites) and there are TONS more I have pinned in anticipation for more taste-bud treats in my future....like, these Cajun crab cakes, and this Chicken Parmesan w/Avocado salsa, and so many more that my mouth is watering as I type!

10.) To aid in my "more pictures" goal, and as a goal to maintain my health & fitness -- as well as the health and fitness of the mister and the hounds, too -- I want to take more walks. We average a nightly stroll about twice a week, but I'd like to make that a more reliable endeavor: not just "about" twice a week, but AT LEAST twice a week...maybe more. Not only is it a good physical activity, it's good mentally as well. The hounds will love it, if we stick to this one! And, if I try out all those new recipes, I may even need a more vigorous routine than that...

11.) So, while I've been very good at staying with my little morning exercise routine, I think I'd like to take a Tai-Chi class. They offer a beginners course here at the beach, and I can't think of a more perfect setting for this stress-reducing exercise (not that I have much stress in my life, but it would also be a great way to maintain one's flexibility, and the mister would enjoy it too, so it's something we could do together...plus, did I mention it's AT THE BEACH??!)

12.) While I've touched on improving my status physically, mentally, emotionally and financially, my final goal is to improve my spiritual well-being, namely to spend more time on recognizing it. While I don't live in a mansion or net a million dollars, I feel so totally and completely blessed with my life, and I want to spend some time each and every day in recognizing that...and, rather I attain any of the previous goals or not, I intend to take a little time each day and just be thankful for all the things I already possess: people (and critters!) who I love and who love me in return, good health, a roof over my head, food in my belly, clothes on my back...life is good!

Here's to a Happy & Healthy 2012 -- Now, go out there and make it GREAT!!