Monday, January 31, 2011

Week 4 - Snow, cold and more snow!

When I work on my Project 365 layouts at the end of the day it does not feel like time is flying by until you put that last picture and journaling in and realize another week has gone by.

Gerry and I have settled into a great routine and I am getting better at cooking for just the 2 of us. I have a love/hate relationship with leftovers (as do many of my siblings) so it is a challenge to decide when to freeze and when to just plan for another meal of the same food later on in the week. Don't get me wrong, some meals are great for leftovers but to me most seafood dishes are not. My husband loves salmon and when I am at the fish counter ordering it I am a sucker for when I ask for a lb of salmon and the person waiting on me cuts it too large that I say that is fine. It would be if my kids were home but with just the two of us, it can be a challenge. Gerry can only eat so much leftover salmon! Oh well - as I say it is a work-in-progress.

As we live in New England our weather is a big part of life. It has been an incredibly snowy and WICKED cold winter this year. It was -8 degrees F this week with the wind chill at -22 degrees F. What is going on? Who said something about global warming????? On top of the cold weather we had another big snowstorm on the 27th which added 12" more snow on top of what we already had. Driving is getting harder when you have to cross your fingers when you pull out of street that a car is not coming that was hidden from view by the enormous snowbank at the end of the street.

Gerry and I love doing puzzles and we have been working on one entitled 'Lighthouses of New England'. We both love lighthouses and since there are so many here in New England this puzzle is perfect for us! We have decided to visit as many as we can and will start by visiting a few in Maine when we go to Freeport this month to celebrate our birthdays. Many are on tiny islands off the coast and it is doubtful that we will be back to get close to them, certainly not this time of year anyway. It will be an adventure for us which we are looking forward to. We have seen a few of them already that are located in Mass. but will revisit those lighthouses and take pictures of them. It will be a fun project for me to scrapbook too!

We have another storm predicted for tomorrow, February 1st (Happy Birthday to my hubby!) which is supposed to end sometime on Thursday, February 3rd! The accumulation predicted is for most of the state is 14"-20". I have no idea where it is all going to go but it is safe to say we will not be seeing any green grass for a long time!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 3 in Snowy Mass.

It has been quite a week for snow! It is now mid-January and we have had more snow now that we have all winter and we still have quite a bit more left of winter.

I spent a lot of time this week organizing. I have collected recipes for years and the pile was quite daunting. I had them in binders, in piles and even in email! It was a mess. So I spent quite a few hours sorting, recycling and organizing the recipes. What started out as one project morphed into create a digital recipe scrapbook. The undertaking will benefit my sons who will be living off campus sophomore year and will need to cook for themselves. So with a pared down recipe pile in hand I created 55 recipe pages complete with pictures. These 55 recipes I have all made and as I try the recipes that I kept in my 'to make' pile I will add to the book. I am pretty happy with the outcome!

Also this week our beloved New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets in their bid to go to the Superbowl. It was a bitter pill to swallow! On a brighter note my DH and I took a Zentangle class which was a lot of fun. It is amazing how many patterns there are and how easy it is to find patterns all around you to draw. It is true as well that it relieves stress! I cannot wait to make more of them!

Project 365 is proving to be a great way to document the everyday life of myself, my family and friends. It will be an interesting year! Now onto Week 4!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 2

I was able to spend some time this week catching up with friends which is a great thing to do at the beginning of a new year! We had a couple of snow storms and more predicted for this coming week. I realize that is part of living in New England and prefer to not be driving in it. I prefer to be watching the snow out of the windows of my house. It is very peaceful to watch and to listen to the snow falling.

Gerry and I are empty nesters again for a couple of months until Spring break rolls around. Bijou is missing her buddies as are we. I spent a bunch of time putting my house back to rights after the holidays and now things are pretty organized!

I was very happy to get my car back. I swear that the Caliber was making me car sick. Luckily I only had to drive to work one day in it and was only to happy to hear that my car was ready earlier than anticipated. Central Collision in Ayer was fabulous to deal with. Joyce (one of the owners) was so unbelievable helpful, especially with the knowledge she shared on how to deal with the insurance and car rental companies. Thanks Joyce! If anyone needs any autobody work, I highly recommend Central Collision.

I am not sure how I will do with Project 365 going forward. Time will tell.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Project 365 - Week 1

This year I decided to participate in Project 365. What this project entails is taking a picture every day and journaling about it. It can be as detailed or as brief as you want to make it. The purpose of this project is to keep track of the every day life, the things both small and big that sums up who and what we are. It is fun to look back and remember the little things when you are having a hard time remembering what yesterday was like.

I finished the first week and the second week is in progress and with the layouts I have created for myself I feel that this project is definitely something I can keep going. It will be an interesting year!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

Another year has come and gone with what seemed like a whirlwind. So many things have changed this year. My sons are now college freshman, my husband and I are adjusting to being empty-nesters and the rift in my extended family seems to be healing. Maybe the birth of my grand nephew had something to do with that. I'd like to think so.

I have to say that, while it is only the second day in 2011, the year is off to a good start! I have wanted to get more pictures of my guys and it is not always easy to convince the men in my household that taking pictures is not something akin to having teeth pulled. Not sure why they have been willing today but I'll take what I can get!

My wish for the new year is one of peace. Peace of mind, peace of heart and peace for all those who think that it is something to be feared.

Happy New Year 2011!
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