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A little dog intermission

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I haven’t shared any funny dog pins lately…

These dogs are imitating the baby!

This one just CRACKS me up!!!

Eagle fell into the pool the other day.  He SANK to the bottom.  He needed one of these flotation devices. Perhaps a little bigger.

Birdie visited us last week.  This was a discussion between Birdie and Eagle.

Just because this is sooo silly…


Do you remember the year we had so much snow in Barto that we had to do this for Chip and Putt?


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May 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Posted in Bev, Pets

Flowers on Friday

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FINALLY…new flowers for the blog!DSCN3482 Florida’s version of Bleeding heart is a beautiful vine.  I’m sure I don’t have to mention that Kitty would LOVE this plant.DSCN3479Another new bloom, this Lily of the Nile came from Pat. DSCN3472 I love the color of these crinium lilies that came from Judy and Mike’s garden.DSCN3475 I couldn’t resist adding a picture of my gorgeous alamanda bush that is COVERED with yellow flowers.DSCN3478Hope you are having a good Memorial Day weekend.

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May 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Posted in Bev, Flowers

Scrappy Trip around the World

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How do 20 quilters have a great time? Take a workshop from Claudia and Nancy on a pattern called Scrappy Trip.  (The pattern is free on Bonnie Hunter’s website )DSCN3456 We cut fabric into strips (2 1/2″ x 16″)  prior to the class. We cut an extra 40 strips which we traded with the other class members.  It was a fabric hoarders version of musical chairs. We stood around this table, laid out our 40 strips, then as fast as you could…we moved to the left, took 2 strips, moved to the next spot. We all ended up with 40 new, different pieces of fabric to use in our blocks. DSCN3463There were a few extra strips….
DSCN3436It always amazes me that the same quilt block pattern can look so different, based on the fabrics used.DSCN3454 Jayne’s was greens and blue with black running down the middleDSCN3452 Dani used all red fabric.  Kitty would love this one!DSCN3450 Cathy had “controlled” scraps.  DSCN3444 Once the blocks are made, four of them are combined.DSCN3461 This is Claudia’s version.  Do you see the diamond shapes?  That is why it is called Trip around the world.DSCN3445 Nancy’s quilt top.  Aren’t these all such happy quilts?DSCN3435
I’m now keeping busy cutting more strips, trying to use up more fabric.

PS. Since you are reading again, skip The Goldfinch.  Beautiful writing, but I didn’t like the story.

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May 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Bev, Quilts

I’m Finally Reading Again!

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I have finally gotten back into reading . . . thank goodness!  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started back in again.

I have been reading Simplicity Parenting.  I read about it somewhere and thought it was the perfect time in my life to pick it up.  It’s all about how society these days is faster and busier than ever and there is too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time . . . and how those pressures really define children’s paths in life. The blue print for change includes:

  • Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
  • Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
  • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation.

Most of these are already done in our house . . . but some aren’t . . . and I can see how those items could have a profound effect on little Julian some day.


I just saw that The Fault in Our Stars movie is coming out in June so I need to take a brief break from Simplicity in order to read the book before the movie comes out.

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May 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

Vic’s Shower

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A few weeks ago Neilly, Jess, Andrea and I hosted Vic’s shower at a bar in Brooklyn.  It was awesome . . . yummy snacks, and mimosas and plants as favors/decorations . . . yummy carrot cake cupcakes and a pom-pom making station (Vic is going to have a very cool pom-pom installation at the wedding and is in need for a ton of pom poms so we figured that we would have everyone help!).  The only issue is that Vic had woken up the morning of the shower with a stomach bug and was only able to muster up enough energy to spend a few minutes saying hi.  SUCH a bummer.  Here are some pictures from the shower.

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Dave makes Vic laugh even when she’s sick. 🙂


We are good party planners, right?


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May 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Pink and Red

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(I’m sorry, in advance, for the debbie downer post I’m about to write)


As you know, Mom, growing up I was very close with my friend Crystal . . . and if anyone is a close friend to Crystal that meant they were close friends with her big sister, Kimi.  They were two peas in a pod, whether they wanted to be or not.  They were as close as two people could be . . . even as  they grew older and started to live their own lives.


A few weeks ago, when Kimi’s health took a turn for the worst, Crystal reached out to all of her friends and family members for stories, inspirational quotes, pictures, etc. that she could share with Kimi.  I sent her the following note.

I don’t know what it’s like to have a sister but I can imagine that the thought of losing her feels like you will also lose a part of yourself.  I remember coming over to your house and spending hours with you and Kimi . . . talking about boys and shopping and fashion.  I loved going to the mall with you and her and all of our friends.  Riding in the van . . . going out to eat . . . she was always so giving  . . . buying things for everyone else.  I also remember spending nights at Immaculata and being so impressed at the awesome friends she had made there. She never let her condition stop her from living . . . from graduating from high school and then college . . . from beating all odds.  It’s truly inspiring. 

It’s unfair that some of us get to walk around . . . drive cars . . . write on a keyboards using two hands while others struggle to do . . . well, everything.  It’s heartbreaking to know that her life on Earth will be short but she will continue to live on through all of you.  She will be with other loved ones and will be able to walk freely and eat all of her favorite foods and shop at her favorite stores and be able to spend her days at peace.

Kimi is inspiring but so are you and her other constant companions.  Part of the reason she is such a fighter is because she has incredible champions of strength around her every day.  You all have given her a life that has been full of love, adventure, laughter and tears of joy . . . and in turn she has given you the same.  I wish you peace to remember those moments now instead of her in her current state. 

Please tell Kimi that I will continue to pray for her and will think of her always  . . . just as I have since meeting her decades ago.  She is the type of person that leaves an imprint on your heart . . . one that will not fade with time.  Please give her a kiss from me.

Kimi lost her 35 year battle with muscular dystrophy this past Friday. The viewing was last night and service was today.  I couldn’t make it but have been thinking about her and Crystal and their family constantly.  Even when I didn’t even know I was . . . everyone was asked to wear pink to the funeral today, since that was Kimi’s favorite color . . .  I was going to wear pink to work today to honor her but totally forgot when I was getting ready this morning and walked out the door in my normal black on black on black . . . but something made me go back and get a pink scarf to jazz my outfit up a little bit . . . it wasn’t until I was on the subway that I realized who made me go back and grab it.


Also while on the subway this morning I read about a family in Cali that lost their 3.5 year old little boy on Friday and I can’t get it out of my mind.  The little boy’s name is Ryan and his mom has a blog that is very well followed.  He was at a family members house and was playing frisbee . . . ran into the street to grab it and a truck killed him instantly.  (ugh, i know . . . makes you feel sick to your stomach – their best friend posted the story here :().

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Since then the blogging/mommy instagram community has rallied around his parents providing support, donations for his service, sharing pictures of them, just letting them know that we are all aching for them as well.  They created the hashtag #redballonsforryan and so far 19k pictures have been posted using that hashtag.  Its incredible.


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So today, I just wanted to spend some time remembering Kimi . . . and thinking of Ryan . . . and their families.  Sending them strength and support as they navigate their new lives without their loved ones.

It’s amazing how much witnessing the miracle of life can also make you truly understand the incomprehensible grief that comes with death of a child. Going to give Julian a lot of extra kisses tonight.

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May 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

2014 Met Ball

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The was my favorite dress . . .


Jamie Beck took over the Met’s Instagram account . . . this was my favorite picture she took. Check out the others!  So beautiful . . . and the weather could not have been more perfect last night.


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May 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Posted in Dara, Fashion