Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 in Review

We are a day into the new year and here is the recap of what happened in 2016. In regards to my reading, I completed 74 books! This was an increase over 2015 as I finished 68 that year. My reading is on a steady track with fewer children about, less of their "things" to attend, and more free time to spend between the covers of my latest selection.

I discovered a few new series. I've been enjoying the Black Dagger Brotherhood books from JR Ward. Pure steamy, trashy, vamp romances, but with a bit of kick-ass action. I've continued to enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series from Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie is always a good read and the London setting makes me quite happy. I have rediscovered Juliet Marillier and am loving her Blackthorn and Grimm books. She takes Celtic tales and twists them into mysteries. It was fun to read the latest Flavia book from Alan Bradley, along with the latest Lestat book from Anne Rice, and other series from authors I have followed for a while.

It was a good year for reading.

Of course, 2016 saw the election of Trump. The deaths of so many of my youth's cultural icons, Prince and Carrie Fisher to just name two.

My oldest graduated from college, found a job, an apartment, and has launched into adulthood with style and confidence.

Work has been good for both the hubby and I. The other two kiddos are doing well. Both will graduate this year, one from high school and one from her undergrad degree. The boy is off to Bama and the girl will be doing a fifth year to earn her master's degree and sit for her CPA.

We have a lovely vacation planned for May to celebrate all of that good stuff.

I did not blog nearly as often as I did in 2015, but am hoping to return to form in this new year. I will be scaling back my social media wanderings on Facebook and Twitter. It has become a chore instead of a fun thing to do. The phone will be placed on the charger away from easy access until I break the habit of scrolling through post after post.

So, that is it. Here we are in 2017. I'll turn 52 this year. And while the day outside my kitchen window is foggy and gray, I'm hopeful for another good trip around the sun.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016


The orange con-man was able to lie and bully his way into the White House. In three word sentences, he successfully appealed to the lowest common denominator in American culture and turned out the white vote. Voters who feel that this country has dealt them a raw deal. Voters who have hated the fact that a black man dare to occupy the White House. Voters who drank the rancid punch he has been peddling for months.

And here we are. What to do next? Of course, the House and the Senate stayed "red." So, the Republicans control the whole enchilada...oops, are we allowed to say that anymore? Not sure if those will be allowed over the WALL.

Sick to my soul. Sick of those who spout their Christianity and then pull the lever for a man who is the least moral, ethical, and religious candidate in possibly forever.

Disgusted. But, determined. We must not be silent. We must stand up and hold these officials accountable for every decision they make or do not make. We must stay informed. We must not quit. We must not marginalize those that so many have labeled as the "Other" among us.

We can survive this. We must survive this.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

my friday

Today if my Friday, again! Woohoo....three Thursdays in a row for this girl. Gosh, I miss steady, regular, three day weekends. And, to top it off, I'm taking Monday as a holiday too. Yippee!!

I've been busy working on one of the affiliate's newsletter. Ugh. Hideous thing. But, I should finish that this morning and then my former coworker is coming to get me for lunch. Miss that girl.

In other news, the weather has been amazing this week and I've been able to sneak out for at least a 15 minute walk each day. Lovely stuff. Birds singing, trees blooming, people sneezing....spring has arrived.

I've also started reading my birthday present. "Pioneer Girl" is fascinating, but this will be a long haul of a book. Reading footnotes is tiresome, even when they are full of great details about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Ok. Off I go. Thursday, prepare to be conquered.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


The time change always throws me for a loop. The spring forward part of daylight savings time really gets me. Today was the first day I've been able to crawl out of bed on time. Yeah me.

In other news, the oldest is in NYC having a good time exploring the city. The middle is home and has been so much fun to have around. The youngest starts his break next week.

I'm taking Friday and Monday off from work and am looking forward to a little spring break of my own. Four day weekends are to be relished. I'm hoping for good weather. The rain finally moved out and we've had three days of sunshine. I actually got out and walked on my lunch break the past two days. It was so wonderful.

My former coworker is coming out for lunch tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to that. We need to plan a girls' day so that we can chat at length. I eager to hear how her PhD is coming along. She starts comps in April. I miss reading her papers! Early modern isn't my cup of tea, but it was fun to talk literature with her.

So, off we go. Wednesday is here!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


It is pouring outside and has been for a while. A river of water is running down the road. UGH.

In other news, I have no other news!

Happy Wednesday.

Monday, March 7, 2016


The beloved Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey, came to an end last night. The series lasted for 6 glorious years on PBS and made Sunday evenings something to look forward to for so many. The beautiful costumes, the wonderful acting, the amazing writing (zippy lines delivered with style and skill) all worked together to create a love affair between viewer and show.

While we were in London, one of the tours we looked at taking was a trip up to Highclere where Downton was filmed when it was on location. We opted not to go, but next time, we will make a plan to see it.

I will miss all of the Downton folks, upstairs and downstairs. The finale provided happy endings for everyone and new babies born and to come. It was storybook happy. I'm sure people will wring their hands over the unrealistic nature and sheer goodness of the conclusion, but I loved it.

So, farewell Downton. Thank you.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

rainy thursday

My efforts to finish the flower beds have been dashed, or perhaps soaked would be a better word. We had a very rainy day Tuesday and I woke this morning to another downpour. The yard will be like a sponge and the flower beds full of muck. Maybe Saturday I can try to wrap up this project.

In other news, the middle daughter has accepted a wonderfully paid internship with a large accounting firm located in Knoxville. AND, they are giving her a $1,000 signing bonus. WHAT?! Yep. So happy for her. Her hard work and planning all paid off. She will have the month of May to travel for the Big 4 Leadership Conferences, will work all of June and July, and then have a few weeks off to relax and get ready for her senior year.

And that is the good news for the week.
Happy Thursday!