Friday, May 29, 2009
Later this afternoon, we'll head on over to PNC Arts Center to see this handsome cowboy, country music's George Strait. Country music's Blake Shelton will open around 8pm and in less than 10 hours, around 9pm, George will take the stage and I cannot wait! I was never a big country music fan before I met Vic but I did like a few, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and George Strait. After tonight, I will have seen all 3 in concert. (Believe it or not, this is just as big for me as seeing KISS in concert for the first time!)
We've had hella rain this morning and thunderstorms are supposed to pass through around rush hour. This is an outdoor concert! And they don't cancel for the weather because the stage and some of the seating is underneath a roof and partially enclosed. We have lawn tickets. But, I've got my rain poncho and rubber garden boots at the ready, so bring it on!
Only thing I hate about concerts are the slutty women (and girls) and there are more than enough at any concert (some beautiful, some not, some sober, many not). You would not believe how many times women walk up to Vic and hit on him with me standing or sitting right there next to him! (Most of the time he has his arm around me or we're holding hands too ~ TACKY! I know, right?!)
Countdown to the NY Book Festival and Gettysburg officially begins after tonight!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I took these yesterday when I ran (drove) up to Twin Lights to pick up a few things from their gift shop. I've posted photo's of the views from here before, but none were to be had yesterday and any day in the last week with the fog hanging around so thickly in these parts. The volunteer mentioned he was surprised how many people had already been there visiting (I was there around noon) because there was no view to see and I replied that Lighthouses in the fog add another level to their mystique and I loved visiting them on days like yesterday.
Booper and her sister Precious took over my blanket & spot on the couch on Tuesday. (And yes, Booper's chewing on her sister this time - She does that a lot, chews on humans & other cats). Pinky decided to risk being smothered by Booper to come up & snuggle with me for a while. (Guess he figured she was preoccupied with Precious).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
This Polish birthday song was sung to me 3 times by my dear Father-in-law in seperate voice mails he left me today (I was out in the gardens most of the day again, phones inside), texted to me by a Sista-in-law and sung to me by Vic after the waitresses (and he) sung happy birthday to me when they brought dessert to us. I am by no means spelling it correctly, most likely, but spelling it as it sounds when sung. It's a tradition in Vic's family which now makes him and Dad's voices crack with tears when they sing it. (My Mother-in-law called on my 30th birthday and sung it on our answering machine, she passed away 15 days later). It's a traditon we will carry on with our own children.
It was a quiet day at home for the most part, me out in the dirt, planting the last of the seeds, repotting a few Vinca's, pulling Ivy that's grown back after being pulled 2 years ago. Mom stopped by with a card, stayed for about an hour. She was in on Vic's coming home early so she apparently pretended to over sleep & since I was all filthy from the garden, we couldn't go for lunch (which I hadn't planned on anyway so that was ok). Just before Vic got home, the most enormous bouquet of flowers I've ever seen or received was delivered! (3 feet long - filled 2 vases). Then he got home and as per his orders from yesterday, I was ready, so he changed quickly & we headed out. I had no clue where he was taking me! We ended up at a country bar & restuarant down in South Jersey where 98.5fm sponsors a free acoustic concert every Thursday evening. Tonight happened to be Bucky Covington who has a couple of good songs so that was fun. Dinner was FAB-U-LOUS! (As was desert).
And now I'm heading off to sleep!
PS- Hello 34! Today was a good day & here's to hoping the rest of this year is filled with many, many, many more of them while we get acquainted!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
~Birthday loot from bff Bren on the left, goodies from Author Meg Waite Clayton on the right
~Ceasar kitty bird watching - Lunch
~Pink place update - Tiger Moth I tried to save from laundry room floor
~Back yard (grass still growing in patchy) - Wind chimes from bff Bren (more Bday loot!)
~Front porch - New Rose bush
~Front porch - Front porch
~Front of our place (heh, heh, couldn't resist takin' the tushy shot!) - Front of our place
~Front porch - Front porch
Today's soundtrack: Sugarland (all 3 of their cd's).
Today I'm finishing up planting seeds and I'll get these into their spots too. Tomorrow's supposed to go up into the high 80s or low 90s and in temps like that I'd rather be sitting in the shade enjoying the flowers instead of digging around in the sun planting them!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
My Nana and I, around 1998 or 1999
Victor and I, May 16, 2005
9 years ago today, my Nana passed away at the age 89. 4 years ago today, Victor and I wed in a symbolic ceremony in Zephyrhills, Florida for his Mom who had stopped her chemo and radiation treatments at the beginning of the month, couldn't travel and didn't have much time left. (We wed officially in NJ on May 25, she passed away on June 5th). I miss my Nana dearly as Victor misses his Mom dearly. I am glad to have met Betty. I wish Victor could have met Nana. Now that the sun is setting, I've lit the memorial candle (I bought on B's anniversary). Lighting a special candle in the house or in the garden feels more personal to me now, I used to go to a church to light a candle. (Which I've nothing against and do it if I feel the desire to).
I kept Mom busy until the early afternoon since I know it's usually an upsetting day for her. (It was town garage sale day). Hopefully she's done alright the rest of the day. (I actually don't mention this anniversary to her until it's passed given how she's been in the past on and around this date ~ she doesn't usually go to the cemetery or anything, just stays home and wallows ~ she's actually been relieved in the past to have forgotten it once or twice).
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Mom's new container garden (Click on Pics to Enlarge)
Vic leaving the card for his Mom ~ Twin Lights Lighthouse
View from Twin Lights ~ View from Twin Lights
Wonderful Hubby doing something he REALLY didn't want to do (not just another tushy shot!) ~ Pink Place in our garden update
First off Vic is a SAINT. He spent the good majority of both of his days off, Saturday and Sunday, doing work around his Mother-in-law's home even though 95% of the time she's not nice to him and how she treats me frustrates & angers the hell out of him. He fixed her living room ceiling (spackel, dry, sand, spackle, dry, sand, paint dry paint, dry) installed a new screen door for her patio and will do 1 last coat of paint on the ceiling & trim it out with molding after work one night this.
I put a garden trellis together to go around her downstairs window to the side of the patio and started a small container garden for Mom yesterday. It doesn't look like much yet because it's all from seeds but everything's pretty fast growing and should be looking great in a month. I told her I didn't know what else I could do to try & make her home nice for her, but this I know how to do. (And for once, she let me).
In general it was a good day with Mom, a rare occasion to say the least. I appreciated not having the usual holiday related drama for once. And she genuinely seemed to be happy and in a good mood, over flowing with thanks for what we did around her home. No snide comments or anything else otherwise upsetting.
We ran up to the Twin Lights lighthouse so Vic could leave a card there for his Mom who passed away nearly 4 years ago - some of her ashes are there, the one place she specifically noted because she grew up here and as a young girl could see the lighthouse from her bedroom window. My Mom came with and we took her to lunch afterwards. We also bbq'd for dinner and had her over.
Last but not least, Vic started the day by waking me and wishing me a Happy Mother's Day, saying it was my day too. And he got me a 6 pack of pink Petunia's.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
It's bad enough I've lost my tolerance (thankfully I waited until I was married to become a cheap date) but I now get hangovers off a couple of drinks?! I didn't get my first full blown hangover until I was 32 and I've had more then a few since and only a few of them, in my humble opinion, were deserved.
But my acne's acting up again so I've got that to keep me feeling youthful, lol!
Friday, May 08, 2009
Oh, the pic was taken after dinner just down the street from the bar. I saw the sign & liked it. ("Yesterday is Past Tomorrow is the Future Today is a Present")
I garden through my grief on this day and am thankful for it. I picked up some beautiful pink petunia's and set to getting them potted out back - the above pic is just to the right of where I showed those 2 memorial angels in a pic here yesterday.
Pink has seemed to be the color theme of the flowers in this section since before last year and I decided to keep it that way. I feel it's B telling me what she'd like there (I've asked her in the past) and it's a comfort to me to see the pink flowers. The pink Bleeding Heart bush is nearly past full bloom and soon the pink Roses will start to bloom. Then there are the pink Petunia's and the pink Begonia's soon to be potted. It's one of my favorite colors and I think hers too!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Actually, no. Because of my health (physically and otherwise) I stopped looking to and planning for the future many years ago and only since being with Vic have I slowly started to learn my way out of that & do so. Even so I am feeling behind on many things once again and thankful for a few.
Time for a (large) glass of wine or (a pint) Haagen Daaz chocolate ice cream.
To be continued...
I decided today that I am going to spend 10 minutes a day, Mon thru Fri on cleaning/straitening each room in the house (yes, I know we live in an apartment), which comes to less than an hour overall. (50 minutes to be exact). I figure I can do anything for 10 minutes, even if I don't like it and breaking it up like this will help me to be more productive. (At least that's what I hope will happen!)
*Of course this was decided before finding out later this afternoon that we're having a State inspection a week from tomorrow and an inspector & our property manager have to enter every apartment in the complex, including ours. And dear Lord Mom is going to freak out over this. (Why? I don't know, she just will. Because).
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Got through Mom's birthday better than expected. I survived and no one got hurt. (It was touch and go a few times). "Beautiful flowers but they have a strong smell, don't they? Are they anything like the ones in Foodtown?" (Her subtle attempt to figure out where I bought them and how much they cost). Upon opening a cute card with a pic of a little girl sitting on a chair facing the corner, she exclaims, "I never made you sit in time out!"
Insert inward groan and head in hand here.
"I know that Mom! It's a cute card, will you read it for crissakes?!"
"Taking a time out to wish you a Happy Birthday Mom! Oh that is cute!" (Insert Mom's laugh here - insert my need for a double shot here also).
Hubby called while I was visiting her and sang Happy Birthday to her on my cell's speaker phone. Mom laughed, smiled and thanked him! Miracle of miracles! (She's usually rude to him when he's nice to her).
Now we'll just have to see what Mother's Day brings. I'll be glad when this first week of May is overwith. It's no wonder I'm feeling edgy as of late! (Insert misgivings about my own birthday rapidly approaching in addition and you get a strong desire for wine! LOTS of wine).
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Watching this earlier brought out the Marine Wife in me (as well as the tears) and while I don't like to get political here, as you all know, I feel strongly about the following and wish to share my thoughts with you: Regardless of whether or not you agree with our Governments mission(s) for our troops, whether or not you are for or against our President, these brave Men and Women deserve nothing less than our respect and gratitude for VOLUNTEERING to do a job that most of us wouldn't even consider much less actually do. Don't forget about them once they're home. Many are coming home missing limbs, scarred beyond recognition or completely incapacitated, but all are coming home changed forever down into their souls. They still need our support in any way we can possibly give. Freedom isn't free for any of us. We all need to work together to do our part, even if we aren't in our Military.