Nail Polish…Not My Friend!!

July 10th, 2014

I have a “love/hate” relationship with nail polish. I love how it looks when it’s on my hands when all goes well, but I absolutely hate it when it is smeared or starts to chip off!

Anyone that knows me, also knows that patience is definitely NOT one of my virtues! This is the reason that I try to buy the “quick dry” nail polish and also top it off with “nail quick dry”. This still does not make my nails dry fast enough for my taste. If I wait until right before bed to paint my nails, I end up with “bedsheet nails” as I like to call them. No matter how dry my nails seem before I hit the hay, by the time I wake up, they look like I’ve pressed a terry cloth washcloth on each of them! Or if I paint my nails before we are going somewhere, I always wait too long to start and end up smearing them, making me wish that I had just used clear polish and avoided the drama.

And, I can’t stand when the tips of my nails start to wear off. UGLY! So, I try to remember to touch them up between paintings. This morning, I realized that I had forgotten to touch my nails up, just as I was ready to leave the house. No problem, I thought. I’ll just quick hit the tips and off I’d go. YIKES! What a disaster! It all was good until I got in the car to back it out. Somehow, while throwing my purse in the car, my wet nails breezed across my blouse, leaving dark maroon polish on one pocket. Oh, my gosh! And to make it even worse. I was wearing a brand new blouse, never worn before. Could it be any worse?

I ran in in the house, grabbed the Spot Shot, and went to work. I could not believe  it, but it actually took the polish out. What a stroke of luck! I got back in the car and headed for work. Just a quick stop to mail a letter at the post office, and off I’d go. As I got out of the car, I noticed MORE polish on the front of my blouse. Are you kidding me? (Not my exact words, but I have to keep it clean!) I raced back home, pulled out the Spot Shot again and scrubbed the nearly set spot. Again, hardly believing my eyes, I got the polish out of my blouse.

This all came two days after another near disaster with finger nail polish. I had polished my nails in the kitchen last weekend and had left the bottle of hot pink polish sitting on the kitchen counter. Somehow, while making my lunch, I knocked the bottle off the counter, and it smashed on our ceramic tile floor. Oh no!! (Again, not my exact words!) I raced to get the paper towels, handed them to Doug and sped to the bathroom to get my non-acetone fingernail polish remover. Doug sopped up the biggest share of the mess, while I quickly hit the floor with massive amounts of polish remover. Someone was watching out for me, as we even got the polish off the grout, and a couple of splatters on the cupboards .

It just so happened that I had decided to wear my white capris that morning. The thought ran through my head while cleaning up the mess, that I should watch out for my pants, but I was more concerned with the floor. When the mess was gone, I looked down, and sure enough, I had hot pink polish on my knee. By this time, I had pretty much given up, so I quickly changed clothes and threw my capris on the bed. I didn’t have time to worry about getting polish out of them, and had already used my entire bottle of polish remover.

Another stroke of luck. When I came home that night, I picked the pants up off our bed and looked at them, thinking that they were surely ruined. I looked closer and found that the polish seemed to be just sitting on top of the fabric, not really in it. I scratched the polish, and off it came off! Really?! How lucky could I be!

You’d think that I would just quit messing with trying to have pretty nails, but every once in awhile, I get it right, and enjoy my manicure for at least a week. I guess I must be an eternal optimist, but also very stubborn, so I’m sure there are many more bedsheet nails and spills to be had. Hopefully a few good manicures too!


Storm Clouds

July 8th, 2014

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A Thunderstorms moved quickly through last night leaving the the sky a weird orange/pink color.

These are a few photos of the pretty clouds left behind when the rain stopped.


Turkeys On The Trail

June 6th, 2014

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I’ve started walking at Beaver Creek Park over my noon hour again, and as always, there’s much to see. Last week, as I came around the bend by the creek, I saw something rustle in the grass. I got off the path and moved closer to see what was moving. It looked like about 5 or 6 baby ducks! They were young enough that they looked fuzzy instead of full of feathers. As I eased closer, a movement to the left caught my eye. Oh, my gosh! These weren’t ducks, they were baby turkeys! There, as big as life, was their mom, staring me down!

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I’ve heard Doug tell stories about wild turkeys pecking each other to death when he’s turkey hunting, and didn’t want to experience the same fate, so I took no time taking off down the trail! I was only a half a mile into my walk, so I just kept moving. I had my camera in the car, and had debated taking it with me when I started out, but decided not too. Darnit! I was about 4-foot from mama turkey and could have taken an awesome photo of her up close! Probably a good thing that I didn’t have it with me though. She may not have appreciated the paparazzi catching her and her babies on their outing! When I came back her way on he second half of my walk, she was gone.

The next day, I did take my camera. I didn’t encounter any fun wildlife , but the sky was certainly beautiful, so I snapped these photos. I think I’ll grab my camera from now on, just in case. You never know what you’ll see on the walking path!

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10th, 2014

Our daughter, Kara completed the two years of school work required to receive her master’s degree in occupational therapy last week. Now, she has one more year of clinical work in actual work settings, to receive her doctorate. We are all so proud of Kara and the hard work and dedication that it has taken to complete her studies. Between classes and actual work, she had a week off. Luckily, she chose to spend the week with us! It was so nice to have her home! Kara can make the dullest moments fun! She makes me laugh, no matter what we are doing.

Her Grandpa Max is always glad to see Kara also. He puts her to work painting cool things on the barn doors that he collects all year long. At Christmas time this year. he gave her a large barn door to paint on, but he liked it so much that he couldn’t bear to part with it and displays it in the showroom in his wood shop.

It’s surprising how fast a week can fly by when you are having fun! Dropping Kara off at the airport is always the hardest, but she’ll have some time off between work rotations in August, so we are already looking forward to seeing her again in a few months.

Since it is Mother’s Day tomorrow, I can’t help but think about how grateful I am to have two wonderful children, a delightful daughter-in-law and this year a granddaughter! The time we get to spend with each of them becomes more precious every day. Many times, I feel like my kids have given me far more joy in my life than I could possibly return to them. It’s also funny as they have become adults, that I seem to learn so much from them, instead of me being the teacher. I certainly consider myself blessed to be called Mom & Grandma.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 


First Bonfire of the Season!

April 18th, 2014
Fun by the Fire!

Fun by the Fire!

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A Perfect Fire

 

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Great conversation

Great conversation

 

It came a little late this year….the first bonfire of the season. But, it was well worth waiting for!

What a perfect evening for a bonfire! Not too cold, yet just a little chilly so that it felt good to warm your toes by the fire!

I can’t think of  a person that doesn’t like to sit by a fire. There is something hypnotic about staring into the fire and just enjoying the evening.

What makes it even better is sharing the fire with good friends. The conversation is sometimes serious, sometimes silly and sometimes it just heads directly south, with no hope of salvaging any scrap of intelligence. But, that’s what makes it so much fun! You never know what the discussion will lead to.

I’m so glad that we shared this bonfire on this Saturday night, as the next morning, the rain began, which turned into sleet, which eventually made its’ way to snow! YUK! They said it might snow, but I don’t think that anyone expected the snowstorm that erupted by noon.

We decided we’d better head back to Hampton, thinking that we would beat the snow, or at least outrun it on our way East. No such luck. We drove a maximum of 20 miles per hour from Lexington to Kearney, arriving there after 2 1/2 hours of slow tedious driving. It was horrible! I have never driven on such bad roads in my life. I’ve driven on Highway 34 on my way to work in some pretty crummy conditions, but that is only 17 miles. The 38 miles from Lex to Kearney seemed like days!

When we left Kearney, Doug took the lead in his pickup, as I was having trouble maneuvering my Pontiac G6 in the deep snow. Luckily, things improved as we got to Grand Island, and I could unclench my hands on the steering wheel and relax a bit.

This all made the bonfire the night before even more special, knowing that we enjoyed such a perfect time the night before. It also makes me anxious for more great bonfires to come this spring and summer!

 

 

 


A Waste of Paper!

April 11th, 2014

I know that you are all getting them too………. hundreds of postcards, some as big as a magazine, touting the strengths of the candidates running for office this year. What a waste of paper and money! Honestly, do any of you actually read what they have to say on the slick cardboard messages? Mine go right in the recycling bin at the post office. The messages fill the recycling bin and are hanging out the top each day by the time that I get my mail at 5:30pm. What a shame!

I did however, receive an interesting political message in the mail this week. I thought that it was a brilliant idea, and it did NOT go into the recycling bin! Mike Foley, running for the governor of Nebraska sent a large packet of “Forget Me Not” seeds with his message printed on each side. I actually read what he had to say, and loving flowers, I took the packet home and plan to plant them in my garden. As you can see, I remembered his name, more than I can say for most of the other messages that I’ve received.

And, for those annoying phone messages that are left on our answering machine, they should be outlawed! As a matter of fact, I thought that they had been until we received several this week. And even more annoying are the phone calls when you are home.  When you answer your phone, a recorded message comes on. Blah, blah, blah. Do they think that any person in his or her right mind is actually going to listen to this rubble? Not me.

Just think how our lives would change if each candidate that manages to win their race would follow through with just ONE of their brainy ideas! It never happens. They each promise the same thing, year after year, and nothing changes. Government is just too big, and too hard to change. Why would anyone in their right mind even consider running for political office in the first place? It must be the power or the notoriety, as it has to be a stressful job.

I’m pretty sure we’ll have a new set of leaders doing the same old thing. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results? Yeah, politics is insane.

 

 


The Never Ending Winter

April 3rd, 2014

It is April 3, and it is snowing. It would be a beautiful, snow globe type snow if it were November or December, but it is APRIL! It’s April I say! Mother Nature….are you listening? Are you getting old and can’t remember what is supposed to happen this time of year? Have you forgotten that the birds are back and want to build their nests and have little baby birds? Have you forgotten that my tulips are up and want to bloom, but their little leaves are shaking from being covered with snow?

Just what is up Mom Nat? I know that we are supposed to respect our elders, but come on! Get with the program! Maybe you could slip some Ginko Biloba into your morning coffee to jar your memory about what happens in spring. Maybe you too are just a little depressed from being cold for so long and could use a little shot of vitamin D to get you perkin’ again. Whatever it takes, let’s get this show on the road! I wore a sweater and my puffy winter vest to work today and was perfectly comfortable. That’s just not right! I should be thinking about switching out my closet for capris and flip flops, not rummaging around for my boots and a warm scarf.

Ok, I’m giving you until Saturday to get your poop in a group and bring on some sunshine. Whatever you have to do, get it done and let’s end this never ending winter, once and for all. I know you can do it, and know that you will. Let’s just PLEASE make it soon! Thanks!


Friends and A Few Laughs

March 24th, 2014

A longtime friend of mine called a few weeks ago to ask about a classmate of mine who had been ill. We don’t talk very often, but when we do, it’s like I just talked to her yesterday. We seem to pickup right where we left off. I’m sure she’s that kind of friend to everyone. You know those people. You feel like you’ve know them all your life, even if you’ve just met them. I have known Kris (Kristie, as I still call her!) most of my life, probably since about the 2nd or 3rd grade, I would guess. Now that I think about it, I really don’t remember when we met. It just feels like I’ve always known her! We’ve shared some harrowing experiences and a lot of memories!

Before we hung up, I said, “We need to get together!” Kris replied, “Let’s look at our calendars right now!” So we did, and agreed to meet for dinner at Chances R on Friday night a few weeks later. I also called another friend, Sharon and asked if she and her husband would like to join us. It was a date.

It didn’t take long and we were reminiscing about the “good old days”, and there were a LOT of them! I don’t think that the spouses found the conversation nearly as entertaining as we girls did, but they managed to share a few stories themselves. It was so much fun to see these cherished friends and remember all the fun that we shared when we were kids! My stomach hurt I laughed so hard!

It makes me wonder why we don’t slow down and do this kind of thing more often. We get so busy “living” that we forget the important things in life, just like this. As we left, we all agreed that we need to get together more often. I hope that we each make a point to actually make it happen. I know I could use a good laugh a little more often!


Greenery in the Winter- Week 23 – Project 365

March 17th, 2014
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#54- Inside jungle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#56- Nice to see GREEN!

#55- Nice to see GREEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#55- Behind the Waterfall

#56- Behind the Waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#57- Fun to see flowers in February!

#57- Fun to see flowers in February!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#58- Very pretty

#58- Very pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#60- A pretty mess!

#59- A pretty mess!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#59- Angel Wing Begonia

#60- Angel Wing Begonia


Opryland Hotel- Nashville, TN

March 12th, 2014
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Opryland Hotel Atrium View

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Cumberland River inside the Opryland Hotel
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Cascading Waterfall

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While visiting Kara in Nashville, she treated us to a stay at the Opryland Hotel. What an amazing place! I googled the hotel and found that it contains 2,881 hotel rooms! It is so large, that when we went to leave, we got lost!! We wandered around for about 20 minutes trying to find our way out! I was just beginning to think that we would never make it out and would miss our flight back home, when we ran into a nice man working at the hotel, who helped us find our way out.

Besides the beautiful indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls found in the Opryland Hotel, there is also an indoor river running through the jungle like atrium. We were there on a Sunday night, so the boat was not running, but it looked like it would have been an enjoyable ride.

Glass Sculpture in the lobby

Glass Sculpture in the lobby

At the top of the Delta Atrium in the Opryland Hotel

At the top of the Delta Atrium in the Opryland Hotel

 

This beautiful hotel is a great place to visit, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get to stay there! There is so much to see! We hope to visit the hotel again next summer when we return to Nashville for Kara’s graduation.

 

 

 

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Doug & Kathy enjoying the scenery!

 

 



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