Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'll have to take the Good with the Bad

What do you want to know first - the good news or the bad news?

OK here's the deal. B-O-T-H my washer and dryer broke at the same time! The SAME TIME! How crazy is that? Friday morning I put my usual load of white sheets in the washer, added my drop of detergent, set the machine to rapid wash and BOING -nothing happened! I didn't realize this at first, but while drinking my coffee and reading the paper I didn't hear any water running. (I have a keen sense of hearing running water ANYWHERE in our house!).

I called for Gary and we "read" the trouble shooting pages of the manual to no avail. We called the Miele repair service number at 7:45am and got a service man on the phone who walked us through some procedures to try and get BOTH machines running. FAIL! The earliest repair date is this Tuesday. GRRRR.

So here's the good news. And I'm sure you know what I'm going to say. I HAVEN'T HAD TO ANY WASH AND FOLDING SINCE FRIDAY MORNING! But by today - Gary got salad dressing on a new shirt - and well I guess I can HAND WASH the thing - but do I really FEEL like it?

OK I've got a bird roasting on the grill so it's time to go and check up on it!

Tomorrow is Monday - the start of a new work week. I'm hoping for a productive 1!

Best,
Jane M

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I come from a creative family




As you must all know by now, I'm a nester. I like/love being home and doing creative things. I'm hardly EVER bored because I usually have some sort of project going at all times.

Back in the early 1980's when I graduated from college and moved back home for a bit, my Mom and I got my father into needle pointing! Sounds crazy - right? Well we don't think so. My Mom and I had so so many projects going that I think we just rubbed off on my Dad.

If you go into any of our homes, me, my sis, and my parents you will see many of our needle works on display. For our 25th wedding anniversary which I previously wrote about my parents brought over and hung my Dad's latest needle work. Isn't it a beauty?

I am also attaching photos of some of the other larger projects my father has done for us. Maybe I can get him to take pictures of all the rugs and other pillows and wall hangings he has in his homes! You really won't believe it. My mother has also completed many many intricate needle works as well -which is how WE ALL GOT STARTED in this medium.

Happy Saturday to all.

Best,
Jane M

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Round of Golf


















Yesterday Gary and I finished up our work - well do we ever really finish... and decided to go out and play a round of golf. I'm not a golfer - yet - but I can drive the cart which I did. It helped to slow down Gary's game. I think I may have been his good luck charm as he played some really good holes - the best of the season he tells me! That's always good to hear. Right?

Here are some pictures of our round. Fall is right around the corner so soon the leaves will be changing and falling to the ground. I love the landscaping - wish the Superintendent of the golf course could come to our house and give us some help!

Oh and I forgot to mention, the club has 2 huge vegetable gardens all fenced in. (Deer problem here in NJ) I went to have a look and I tasted a few cherry tomatoes! There are all sorts of herbs, peppers, eggplant and whole bunch of other veggies left to harvest!

Happy Thursday! I forgot to say, I was also the score keeper and kept Gary's score in my finest "Jane" handwriting!

Best,
Jane M

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Well here goes







I am now dating myself. Today, September 13th, 2011, Gary and I are married 25 years! I can hardly believe it! (Said by probably every married couple!) 25 years ago 80 family and friends joined us at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC for a very fun wedding!

Fast forward to today - we have 1 kid in his Junior year of college, and our daughter who graduated this spring and is now a working stiff in Washington DC.

PINCH ME SOMEONE - SERIOUSLY! I can't believe it either!

I have to say I spent the morning getting pampered - even got a new hair do! I lopped off my heavy locks for a lighter style so that I have NO EXCUSES as to why I just can't work out! My "go-to" excuse was, "Gary, I can't work out because I just don't have time to wash and blow dry my mane!". That got me off the exercise hook maybe a handful of times - but hey, it's something. So maybe I can achieve my Goal #3 after all - I am pining away for Michelle Obama's arms. We'll see. I have exactly 15 weeks to do it!

I decided not to go out for an anniversary meal (we had TONS of ties to ship - it is "in season" after all and like I said earlier, I too am a working stiff). I made a really nice meal for us to enjoy - even bought some flowers and lit the candles! WOOT WOOT!

Here are some photos of our special day!

Best,
Jane M

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This is what I want to talk about






on a RAINY Tuesday after Labor Day - even tho it feels like Monday.

I do not want to hear NEGATIVE stuff today - I'm sick of it. News Media PLEASE STOP showing me flooding because right now the rain is coming straight down here in New Jersey. We do not need any more rain because the flooding has barely eased and now we're dealing with MORE WATER.

What I do want to talk about it my dog Gordon Oliver Cahn. Gordie is now 15 years young and at times still likes to play and be a puppy. I have to say most of the day he spends his time snoozing away.

Gary and I went out to buy him his 2nd bed since the 1st bed is -well - the 1st bed is just plain gross. I finally got my wishes and Gordie is sleeping in a MARTHA STEWART DOG BED! He looks so regal in this new tan and embroidered bed. At first he didn't know what to make of it, but once he found the toy and felt the cushion he was fast asleep in about 2 minutes!

That is all I want to say for now. I must get back to doing TIES!

Best,
Jane M

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A story about Copper Beech Trees






When we purchased the house we are living in, there was a very big copper beech tree on our front lawn. The tree was quite close to the house and since the leaves are so dark (copper :) ), the house held a tremendous amount of humidity. 1 of our 1st renovation jobs was to install central air conditioning which has seriously changed our lives! With that huge job many walls and ceilings came tumbling down (our home is all built with plaster walls)during the install of the A/C.

Our copper beech tree was not doing very well since the day we moved in to our home. We tried everything to keep the tree alive, but in the end, had it removed the summer of 1997. There are 3 more copper beech trees on our street - 1 more was removed 2 summers ago because their tree was in bad shape.

I am writing this story because with each passing storm I'm watching the 2nd to last copper beech tree on our street wither away. I'm just very surprised this neighbor isn't just taking the tree down for safety reasons. 2 more giant branches fell last weekend with hurricane Irene. To me what's left of the tree isn't even good looking. (can you tell I'm not too much of a tree hugger?).

Time will tell if this neighbor removes the tree - and then there will be 1 left! I'm told the last standing copper beech on our street is the oldest in our town!

Happy Sunday - 1 week after the hurricane! I had to sneak 1 photo in of our best dog Gordie!

Best,
Jane M
 
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