Monday, July 26, 2021

Hello Monday and a Bit of a Blogging Break

 

Hello everyone!  Just a quick check-in to say I'll away from the blog for a few weeks.  This happened on Sunday...

After 18 months (and an additional 48 hours due to bad weather) apart, Vic is finally home!  We're looking forward to a host of home improvement projects, strolling the aisles of Home Depot and Lowe's, eating at our favorite restaurants, visiting Sophia, and a weekend getaway before we head out to get him settled at his new destination.

I'll be back to fill you in on our adventures soon.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Hello Monday

 

The weather:::
Summer in Western Washington.


On my reading pile:::.
Working my way through my stack from the library - She Wore Only White by Dorthe Binkert was a meh.  I was really left hanging by the ending, read it twice, and still totally confused.  I found one online review where the blogger said she wouldn't put up a spoiler and I left a comment saying please put up a spoiler, hoping she would give an opinion on the ending but haven't heard anything yet.  My current read is part two in the Rutherford series by Elizabeth Cooke, The Wild Dark Flowers.

On my TV:::
Finished up Season 3 of Quantico and now I'm working my way through the seasons of Good Witch.  I've watched the movies and I've moved on to the television series.

Checked off the list:::
We're almost there!  After 100 days...90...80...70...60...50...40...30...20...10..next month, this month, next week...we're finally at Vic will be home this week.  I'm hoping that the typhoon that's headed there way is over and gone and doesn't mess with the flight schedules.

Crafts Roundup:::
I had a fun weekend at a virtual scrapbook event.  Nine presenters showed us a variety of page layouts over three days.  The sessions were recorded as I could only attend two out of the three days so I need to watch Friday's session to see what I missed.

And in other news:::
Sophia finished up her first week of horse camp and the campers had a fun time learning all about horses and horse care.  This week, she's back at school for an Under the Sea camp.  Just call her Ariel.  Got up early on Friday to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as it opened up for influencers.  Can't say I consider myself an influencer at all, I just must have bought enough last year to be considered one!  I bought two pairs of Wit & Wisdom jeans, my last size and one smaller.  Hoping the smaller one fits now and I can exchange my last size pair for a smaller size as well.  That was really about it for last week - work was frantic as I try to get everything organized for the time I will be out of the office and I had things to do around the house when I got home.  It was an accelerated pace of the work, eat, sleep routine.

A few photos from my camera roll last week - I really must step up my game or I'll have precious little to scrapbook when it comes to working on the 2021 album!


A cute card I saw at the Hallmark Ornament Premiere - sorry about the glare from the plastic wrapping - I need to get one of these letter boards


Were you a Nancy Drew fan?

Monday, July 12, 2021

Hello Monday

 

The weather:::
Warmer than I like at the start of the week but the temperatures will level out into the mid-70s and that's tolerable.  It is lovely outside when the sun is shining and shimmering off the bay with the mountains in the distance.  The evergreens are ever green and it's just beautiful.


On my reading pile:::.
Finally made it to the library and picked up five new books.

On my TV:::
I worked my way through Season 3 of Virgin River.  Each episode seemed to have a cliffhanger so I was never sure when I would be left hanging.  Of course, the final episode had the biggest cliffhanger of all, how long until the premiere of Season 4?  I watched the Gentleman's Final at Wimbledon yesterday followed by the European Championship Final between England and Italy.  I so hoped the trophy was coming home but it was not to be.  It's been quite a sporty weekend for someone who is really not a sports fan.


Novak Djokovic makes history, tying with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major titles in tennis.

I'm also picking Belgravia back up on Epix as I only got as far as episode 1 the last time I watched it.


I loved the book but some of the characters are really getting up my nose.  Thankfully I know that the tedious ones get their comeuppance in the end so all will be good!

Checked off the list:::
The days until Vic's return are slipping away and I seem to be busy doing this and that around the house and getting things in order at the office for my month-long leave. Vic's making a list of the supplies needed to close up the opening between the kitchen and the morning room and remove the textured paint since the proposal came in from the contractor and it was much higher than we expected.  It was more than twice what he quoted us last year - I know costs have increased but I don't think by that much.

Crafts Roundup:::
I'm still in April in the 2010 Family Album, ran out of quite a few basic supplies and needed to place an order for them, should be here in a few days.  I have a scrapbook event coming up this weekend, a virtual event with 9 presenters who will share a variety of techniques.  There is supposed to be an advance box of supplies coming in the mail.

And in other news:::
My sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews drove up on the 4th of July to take my youngest nephew to an soccer ID camp at Western Washington University.  It's an opportunity for the coaching team to check out potential talent for their team and scholarships.  We all met for dinner on Monday night and then my sister and I went out for coffee to catch up the next morning.


Bellingham is a cute town and we found this lovely little coffee shop.

The weather was glorious and the campus is really beautiful.


We checked out the soccer camp, took a little drive around town, and then met up with everyone else for lunch before I had to head home.  It was a lovely, although flying, visit.

It's the Ornament Premiere Event July 10-18 so I went to my local Hallmark store yesterday to pick up my ornaments.  The sales clerk asked if I had an appointment?  An appointment?  For what?  To buy things from your store?  Really, I understood last year when we were in the midst of the pandemic and social distancing but we've pretty much resumed business as usual here in Washington.  The store was pretty empty so perhaps I'm not the only one to feel that asking me to make an appointment is a little odd.

And, finally, these caught my eye in Michaels, crayons for the various skin tones:

Monday, June 28, 2021

Hello Monday

  

The weather:::
Unbelieveable!  I checked on my two elderly neighbors this weekend, one has air conditioning and the other couple have a window unit in their bedroom so they and their dog are holed up in the there.  Monday will be the worst and then we are forecast to have almost a twenty degree drop.  There isn't a box fan or an air conditioning unit to be found in this area.


On my reading pile:::.
Still longing for Yorkshire as I lose myself in Gervase Phinn's tales.

On my TV:::
Since I've spent the whole weekend in the house at my project table, I've worked my way through a variety of movies in our Amazon library.  I started off with a few good ol' disaster movies and now I've moved on to one of my all-time favorites, 84 Charing Cross Road with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.

Checked off the list:::
The mobile notary/settlement agent came by on Friday evening and that's all complete.  He ran his own mortgage company for years, retired from that, and decided to take up the mobile business, thinking he'd handle 15-20 closings a month.  When the word got around about his new venture, many of the companies he'd dealt with reached out to him and he does about 150 closings a month for 17 different companies.  A very lucrative business.

Crafts Roundup:::
I'm into April in the 2010 Family Album.

And in other news:::
Back to my own office tomorrow after a week of filling in in the Executive Director's office. He's my old boss, love to work for him, but oh my goodness, is it ever busy there compared to my office!  I started as soon as I walked in the door and worked right through lunch every day.  I'll be glad to get back to my own office and a bit slower pace.

I actually cooked this weekend!  On Saturday night, I made Egg Roll in a Bowl which was delicious and tonight's dinner was Whole 30 Kung Pao Chicken.  It wasn't very PAO since I discovered I didn't have any chili flakes but it was still yummy.

Found this in Facebook memories yesterday:


It's been two years since Vic jetted off to Japan.  What we thought would be an inconvenient but bearable assignment - two years is a long time but broken up into four six month segments would be manageable - turned into one visit home in the two years due to COVID-19.  Oh well, never mind, he only has 26 days left until he leaves Okinawa for good.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #140

 

Lovely photos of Her Majesty on Day Five of Royal Ascot; she was clearly delighted to be on the racecourse.



Jockey Frankie Detorri and Racing Manager John Warren with Her Majesty

Monday, June 21, 2021

Hello Monday

 

The weather:::
Shoot me now, look at those temperatures.  Hello air conditioning, my new best friend.


On my reading pile:::.
Still longing for Yorkshire as I lose myself in Gervase Phinn's tales.

On my TV:::
Took a break from Quantico to watch PBS Masterpiece's new program, Us.  It's interesting, not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

Checked off the list:::
Hoping to finish up with the house refinancing this week as I received the Power of Attorney and I'm good to go.

Crafts Roundup:::
Finished the addition to the 2008 Family Album and I'm onto 2010.  Tidied up the project table so it should be easy to whip out a couple of pages each evening.

And in other news:::
I haven't been paying too much attention to the news lately and the announcement that Juneteenth is now a Federal holiday came right out of the blue.  It started with someone asking me first thing on Thursday morning if we were off work on Friday and continued on to someone else wishing me a happy three-day weekend.  Once President Biden's signature was on the document, it was a mad dash to finish getting things in order since Thursday was now our Friday and it was also the end of the payroll period.  It was chaotic but it certainly was lovely to have Friday off.

Christmas crackers have been a festive staple in England since the late 1800s - when did the US start producing them for other holidays?  I was surprised to see these in my local market for the Independence Day holiday - perhaps it's a new table d├ęcor item?

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hello Monday

The weather:::
Loving the early part of the week, not so much the latter part, definitely not that little HUMID box there on Friday.


On my reading pile:::
Didn't make a list for the library so nothing new here.  I'm shopping my bookshelves and working my way through the Gervase Phinn Yorkshire school inspector series.  Makes me long for Yorkshire.

On my TV:::
Done with Madam Secretary, on to Quantico on Netfix.  I think I watched it when it premiered on one of the networks but I don't remember too much about it so I don't think I watched too many episodes.  It does flip back and forth but it's keeping my interest right now.

Checked off the list:::
Still working on the house refinancing.  Vic sent me a new Power of Attorney but it gave me the power to sell the house (at the high interest rate) but not the power to buy it back (at the new low interest rate).  LOL, a sell and buy back is one way of looking at a refinance.  Anyway, a new one is in the mail - last one took five business days and a weekend to get here - Okinawa to Tokyo to Seattle to our address.  The gardener came and mulched everywhere that was heading down a soon to be mulchless path so it all looks nice in the garden and I met with the contractors and have a date to start the closing up of the opening between the kitchen and the morning room and the total de-texturing of the morning room walls.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  It does mean that we have two days to clear the room so I'll get started on emptying the cabinets (full of china and scrapbooks) so that all that is left when Vic gets home is the furniture. 

Crafts Roundup:::
I've been working on a section to add into the 2008 Family Album.  Sophia went off to a horse camp at Houghton College in western New York and since it was her first away from home overnight camping experience, Vic and I stayed close by in case the experience wasn't what she was expecting.  It was all she expected and we didn't see her for a week.  So, we went off on what came to be known as the First Annual Honeymoon (we didn't have a honeymoon, we got married on a tropical island so why bother?).  We took off in a different direction each day and had a wonderful time exploring little towns, Letchworth State Park, two of the five Great Lakes, and Niagara Falls.


Sophia on her way to camp


Letchworth State Park


Lake Erie in the background


Sophia on her way home from camp!

I spent yesterday down a rabbit hole of You Tube Creative Memories videos while I was working on my own project.  I decided to sign up again - I used to be a consultant years ago, now we're called advisors and there are no minimums, no quotas.  Yes!  I have a lot of albums still to work on so I may as well be making a little money while I work on them.

And in other news:::
We've passed another 10 point counting the days until Vic is home - I started tracking in my planner at 90 days, so we've passed 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, and we're in to the 30s!  Not really much other news although I'm going through a bit of a blogging funk again.  It's Monday evening when I'm finally getting to this and it may be the only post this week.  I just have so much on my mind and on my list, I just can't seem to make time to sit down and whip out a post.

Have a great week, everyone, I'll leave you with our happy family. loving this app!  Vic looks so mellow, I'm loving my complexion, and our girl, isn't she gorgeous?