Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We agreed that this was a great way to do Book Club. Next time I'll have to either clean my study or not take a picture! It's embarrassing!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I'm proud to say there is still one sport my children can not beat me at. In order to make it more fun we came up with a new way to score. I can not score on my serve unless Crystal returns it and it becomes a rally. In other words, acing a serve is almost the same as a short or long ball. I have to serve again. This has been lots of fun, and Crystal wants me to announce to the blogosphere that she beat her Mom in racquetball today! She is coming along great. Wouldn't it be great if she beat me with regular scoring before she goes back to college next month? Unlikely, I say!!
Monday, July 25, 2011
1. He is very experienced in jazz guitar.
2. He is a very methodical teacher.
3. He lives three blocks from my house!
4. He was perfectly happy to have his picture taken for my blog!
You don't often find all those qualities in one teacher! I'm so lucky! We're working on barre chords. My fingers are raw and peeling, and my mind is spinning, but I couldn't be happier!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We had a group conference call with Nora, Anne, Diane, Judy and Sheryl, the Highland Bookies. Martha, who will join us on Wednesday, was tiling the back patio and couldn't call in tonight.
It was so great to be together again virtually! With Anne in Reno, Diane in Larkspur and me in Maryland, we're not geographically as close as we were 15 years ago, but the miles can't keep us apart! Thank you Skype for bringing us into each others homes with the press of a button. I was feeling the love popping out of my computer screen! It is a great day to be alive!
We cooked the meat (Kahlua pork, Kielbasa and chicken wings) and everyone else provided the fixins. We were a little heavy on desserts, but nobody complained about that!
Coda was a big hit at the party, doing her tricks without even the benefit of bacon bits! I think she likes to show off!
We received a few housewarming plants, one of which was too big to bring indoors. It is a crape myrtle, my favorite plant that I've discovered in Maryland. I can't wait to plant it! Here is Coda, on the front porch protecting it for us.
By the way, today is the one year anniversary of the day Coda joined our lives. We love that dog!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I've been very curious about shoo fly pie ever since I heard my friend, Anne Pinkerton, singing the Shoo Fly Pie song. We'll try it out later tonight when Ed gets home.
In, the meantime, I'm going to post the link to Anne's group, the Gabardine Sisters. The music is so beautiful it makes me forget about eating the pie. Anne is the singer in the blue dress. We were soccer moms together, and a bond like that can't be broken! It is sad that Anne lives in Nevada now, but thanks to the magic of Youtube, she can sing to me (or you) anytime we like! Here they are on Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
But, his work was not done until he hung our two new hammock chairs! He and Crystal gave the chairs the thumbs up! Even Coda liked them!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
This afternoon Crystal and I picked up a refrigerator for the basement. If we hadn't been so overwhelmed we might have taken a picture of us cramming it into the back of my car (laying on its back). Let's hope it still works! We had to strap the hatchback so it was half shut. Then we got to listen to the door warning beep all the way home. To make it even more fun, it didn't fit through the basement's sliding glass door. We had to take the door off, which wasn't easy, as we found out the rollers were not screwed in properly. Ed will be so proud of us when he comes home from Harvard tomorrow. We THINK we got everything all back together just perfect!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Crystal mowed the lawn for Ed. She enjoyed getting out on the driving mower, but was a little tentative on the inclined areas. Luckily, her worst fears (tipping over while mowing) didn't materialize.
We returned home in a pouring rain. After not having had much rain in a month, we have really had a couple of good downpours the last two days. We went out to dinner at the Hibachi Grill (giant oriental buffet) while we waited for the rain to stop. Fortunately, we still have all day Saturday to finish our work!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
It was great to see her again and catch up on the activities of the singles in the stake. From day to day nothing seems to happen, but over a period of 6 months lots of things had happened! As you can tell from the picture, she is doing great and had lots of things to tell us. I don't want to jinx any of it by writing it on my blog. Let's just say, things are looking up for Kim!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
We met some sharpshooters at Little Round Top, that gave us a clear idea of what it was like on the field of battle. Barbara and Kent wanted to enlist, but we persuaded them to come back home with us. We took them to our favorite Hawaiian shave ice stand last night instead.
Friday, July 1, 2011
We moved on to the Enoch Pratt free library, the Baltimore Basilica, and by the time we reached the Lexington Market we were ready for lunch.
We finished up with dinner at Amicci's in Little Italy. We're going to curl up in front of the TV now and watch Hairspray (which is set in Baltimore). I ask you, dear readers, have you ever crammed SO MUCH in one day! I think not! The problem is, we left so much unseen. They might have to come back for a second trip to see the things we missed on this one!