Saturday, July 10, 2010


My house a/c is broken and I am not a happy camper.  It broke last night and they can't come to fix it until Monday afternoon.  I just had a brand new a/c heat pump etc put in 3 years ago (thousands of dollars!) and now this.  Ugh.  I am lucky, however, to have a home protection insurance that no matter what needs to be done, I only pay my deductible of $75.  That is such a provision right now.  Three years ago when my a/c broke and I got new, I bought about 4/5 fans - luckily I kept them (note the massive dust on the black one...clearly I never thought I would use them again!).  But that is another thing I am grateful for...the fans not the dust! :)

The cats, pup and I are too hot to do anything today but lie around the house.  Being hot = no energy. I had big plans to get things done around here, but they will have to wait!  Oh darn, I can't do laundry tonight!  LOL
I have been enjoying lots of fresh fruit today!  These strawberries and blueberries are just AWESOME and so wonderful.  I bought so many that I am freezing some as well.  I used to just stick them in the freezer and they were just never right.  I read on another blog to put them on a cookie sheet/tray and stick the sheet in the freezer.  Then once they are frozen put them in their individual baggies and freeze them.  Works like a charm....who knew (well probably everyone, but now I know too!!).
Hope you all stay cool and I hope come Monday eve I am cool again too! 


Monday, July 5, 2010

Staycations are great...

Wow, the weather here in Virginia is brutal today.  This is the last day of my 4-day *staycation* and I have literally not left the is about 98 degrees, with tomorrow and Wednesday expected to be in the low 100's.  Ugh.  Even the squirrels are hot.

Friday, I had the girls - my nieces Mallory and Courtney, and my mom - over for our monthly scrapbooking party.  This time we concentrated on making their mom and my other sister birthday cards (my sisters are twins) as well as lots of fun bookmarks.  These girls - all three of them - are so talented and we have such fun!!

This is Mallory (age 9) being silly.  She is just learning cursive writing - note the sweet sentiment she wrote on Amy's card.

Sweet Courtney (age 12) contemplating her next creation.

My beautiful mom (who is also my best friend!).

My sweet little girl, Lily.  She is getting so old and has so many medical issues (COPD, Hydrocephalus, Arthritis, enlarged heart) and yet she just keeps doing so well.  She had her regular checkup at her vet on Friday morning and she is doing great.  She is 9 pounds, a little heavier than she should be, but that is due to the prednisone that she takes and is to be expected.  Boy she is such a little lovebug and so devoted to her mommy.  I literally stayed home Saturday, Sunday, and today so when I head back to work tomorrow, she will definitely be sad.  She is having a bad hair day here, but boy is she cute!!

A lazy Monday at home....

and this moment as I sit in my big overstuffed chair with my feet up on the ottoman, this is what I see (my sweet Freida)....