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Pop pop and Mom mom move to Florida

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It took a little while, but I think my parents are starting to enjoy living in Florida. Every time they tell me it is a bit warm I remind them that there were TWENTY snow incidents last winter in Lancaster. Here is a typical day.

Pop pop  made his delicious homemade bread FINALLY! You know what comes next….DSCN3604The most delicious French toast  as only Pop pop can make!  An excellent way to start the day.DSCN3605 Mom mom and I then went to the pool.  DSCN3607 It wasn’t too crowded when we arrived.  DSCN3606Won’t Julian enjoy the swings when he visits?
DSCN3608 Dad likes to sit on the porch, with his dog.  (You know the one who never used to be more than 3 feet away from me.  He now lives with Mom and Dad.)DSCN3609Mom finished today happily quilting away. She is quilting a top that was made by Noreen.
DSCN3610I hope they are enjoying life here enough to stay.  I’m really enjoying their company.

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July 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

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Flowers on Friday, Birthday edition

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Neil. Bogie, and Eagle wished me Happy Birthday with these beauties.IMG_20140725_095345_507 (1)I know it’s a pretty bad picture, but it was easier to take a picture with my phone than find my camera.  (Did you notice the cuties in the picture?)

Thank you for telling me that Project Runway had started.  I think it is going to be a good season.  I can’t believe that it is the 13th season.  I wish I had copies of the emails we sent to each other for the first few seasons of the show.  Wouldn’t it be fun to read them?  We were blogging before blogging was invented.

Both of these designers should have gone home.pr1 Even I wouldn’t wear this dress.  Did this person know they were on a DESIGN show? Okay, I might wear the dress in a little quieter print.pr2Nina is going to have a field day with this designer, and his lack of taste.

Did you watch the Road to the Runway?  Tim was very impressed with this designer.  (As in past years it is too early for me to remember names or invent nicknames for the designers.)pr3I’m glad you are watching this season, it is still my very favorite TV show.

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July 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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Is It Normal . . .

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Is it normal . . . that Julian automatically waves when I put my phone up to my eye to take his picture?  What’s that all about!?  He’s not a New Yorker (just like his Dad).  He’s WAY too nice.  Diana said that its like he’s in a parade every day when she strolls him down the street (we just changed his stroller to be front facing).  He waves and smiles at everyone . . . like they are all his friends.  He does it when he’s with us too.  Its amazing to see all of the miserable people’s faces we pass turn into happy smiling ones when they see his little toothy smile and chubby hand wave.  My son, already making this world a better place.

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P.S.  He’s pretty darn cute, right?

Happy Friday!  I will write more when I get out of this dreaded earnings season!  Mom, you better have a recap of the new Project Runway this weekend!  I actually watched it last night and realized how much I’ve missed it. Some wackos and some geniuses (and some genius wackos) . . . as usual. 🙂

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July 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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Happy Birthday Mom!

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Mom . . . hope you had a great birthday dinner with Neil.  Can’t wait to hear all about it!

Did you know that you not only share your birthday with Prince George . . .

But also Oscar de la Renta?

Do you think you’re a stereotypical Cancer?

Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, is all about home. Those born under this sign are ‘roots’ kinds of people, and take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family. Cancers are maternal, domestic and love to nurture others. More than likely, their family will be large, too — the more, the merrier! Cancers will certainly be merry if their home life is serene and harmonious. Traditions are upheld with great zest in a Cancer’s household, since these folks prize family history and love communal activities. They also tend to be patriotic, waving the flag whenever possible. A Cancer’s good memory is the basis for stories told around the dinner table, and don’t be surprised if these folks get emotional about things. Those born under this sign wear their heart on their sleeve, which is just fine by them.

The mascot of Cancer is the Crab, and much like this shelled little critter, Cancers are quick to retreat into their shells if it suits their mood. No wonder these folks are called crabby! For Cancer, it’s not that big of a deal, though, since they consider this ‘shell’ a second home (and they do love home). The flip side of this hiding is that shell-bound Crabs are often quite moody. Further, in keeping with their difficulty in sharing their innermost feelings, it can become a Herculean task to pry a Crab out of its secret hiding place. What to do? Give the Crab time — eventually these folks will come out to play again. When they do, they’ll be the first to say so, in keeping with the Cardinal Quality attached to this sign. It’s said that Crabs are first to laugh and first to cry, so you can bet they’ll fill you in. That shell, by the way, isn’t the only tough thing about Crabs. These folks are tenacious and strong-willed and like to get their way. If their well-documented kindness and gentleness doesn’t do the trick, however, they’re not above using emotional manipulation to make things happen. If that still doesn’t work, they’ll just go back to their shell and sulk, or find a way to get back at the source of their pain, since Crabs can be rather vindictive. That said, any self-respecting Crab would tell you that they are ultimately motivated by protecting their home and loved ones, a most noble goal.

Cancers are ruled by the Moon — the Great Mother of the heavens in ancient times. Here on Earth, this is manifested in the Crab’s maternal instincts and desire to protect home and hearth. This may appear smothering at times, but that’s the Crab for you. The Moon is associated with fertility, too, a quality that is most pleasing to Cancers. The Moon is also the ruler of moods, and Cancers have plenty of those. These folks can cry you a river if they’re so inclined, and they usually are. They can be overly sensitive, easily hurt and prone to brooding. Even so, Crabs find it easy to be sympathetic to others and are quick to show their affection. Their intuition is also a great help to them, especially in times of stress.

The element associated with Cancer is Water. Like the rolling waves of the sea, the Crab’s emotions can make quite a splash. These folks tend to pick up on things and bring them in, with the outward result ranging from sentimentality to possessiveness. Crabs need to resist the temptation to become selfish or to feel sorry for themselves, since this behavior won’t help. On the bright side, Cancers are good with money (although some consider them too thrifty), probably because they value a sense of security. Crabs are also quick to help others and tend to avoid confrontation. In keeping with their nurturing bent, those born under this sign are a whiz with food. A hearty picnic in the park is heaven-on-earth to most Crabs.

Cancers often find that a robust workout session is just the tonic for their touchy feelings. Team sports are always nice, since they offer a sense of community; water polo should be elemental to aquatic Crabs. What are their team colors? The Moon is silver and white. Since Cancers have a tendency to be lazy, however, they may need someone to push them out the door. When it comes to the game of love, eager Crabs are devoted, romantic and able to get things going on their own. Crabs are wise to listen to their gut, since this sign rules the stomach.

The great strength of the Cancer-born is the tenacity with which they protect their loved ones. These folks don’t ask for much, either: a comfortable home and sense of peace about sums it up. It’s that nurturing instinct which makes Cancers a pleasure to be with.

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July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

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Flowers on Friday -Riverview Edition

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Yes, my flowers are from a new location.  Neil and I recently moved.  Mom mom and Pop pop were tired of the snow in Lancaster last year.  (According to Kitty there were 20 snow incidents in Pennsylvania last winter.) We found a house that haslots of room for the four of us, and plenty of room for visitors.  I can’t wait for you to visit, and help with furniture selection.
DSCN3567 The house already has a beautiful front garden.DSCN3569 These windows are in Mom mom and Pop pop’s living room.

DSCN3566My longarm quilting machine is set up and ready to go.  I’m planning on stitching away tomorrow.

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July 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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My Little TV Star

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Julian’s Baby DJ class was featured on a local NY TV station last Friday.  The segment starts around 10:30 on this video.

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July 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Working Out With Pets

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I started a new workout program called T25.  Its 6 nights a week for 25 minutes each and it’s at home.  It works out great when you have a full-time job and kid (especially when your husband is in the UK!) but Chet likes to help me work out and sometimes that can be a little tricky.  By the looks of this video I’m not the only one with an issue! 🙂

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July 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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