Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The dog days of summer are winding down and I am trying to buckle up and get busy around here.  I've been spending a lot of time in the cool air conditioning, devouring book after book.  Did you know Target has one of the best selections of soft cover books?  It never fails that I find one or two when I'm there.  I alternate reading books and using my Nook...both are fine for me.  I'm in the middle of a good one now and I race to get the dinner dishes done so I can get back to it in the evenings!

We had a terrible weekend with first the heat and humidity and then rain.  We were cooped up in the house reading and watching movies.  I'm looking forward to the end of the heat, when I can throw open my windows and have some fresh air.  The Husband has had such a sweet tooth lately and has been binging on Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes and ice cream.  Pure poison!  I want to bake for him but I'm avoiding using the oven.  That has me looking forward to fall, fresh baked sweets, slow cooked soups and the smell of woodsmoke in the air.  I think I may even decorate for fall early!  And I have some ideas for some tablescapes as well as a simple bedroom updo that I worked on last week.  But after I finish this book!  See all of you soon! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


We spent the weekend downtown while The Husband had some testing done at a hospital just off beautiful Michigan Avenue and just 3 blocks from the lake.  The Annual Air and Water Show was going on so that was exciting to see.  We ate at some nice restaurants and enjoyed the great weather.  I ran out of camera batteries so I have nothing to share!  But believe me, Chicago in the summer time is just gorgeous!

This has been a slow week but it's a nice reprieve from all the busyness that has been going on.  There is a stillness in the air that seems to signal that summer is coming to an end.  Not that I want it to!  After 2 weekends away from the lake, I am happy to be getting up there again on Friday.  

Now I have to run...I have grocery shopping and tons of laundry as usual.   I hope you are all having a great week! :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


At the first shop she tried on about 8 dresses and fell in love with one particularly.  But we had another appointment in Lemont so off we went.  This is the shop pictured above.  It was well worth the trip because after trying on another 8 or so dresses, she fell in love with the last one.  She is being very secretive about it so I can't share a picture, not that I blame her.  After we picked out the veil and headpiece, we ran across the street to Nick's Tavern for a Nickburger.  Wow...delicious!

Emily is going to make such a beautiful bride.  She was so worried she couldn't pull off a wedding dress because she is so short, we were so happy to see that everyone can be a vision in white!  While at the bridal shop I perused the formal gowns, looking for something for myself and I saw a lot that I liked.  So as not to infringe on Emily's day, I am going back to try some dresses on in a few weeks.  I saw a beautiful one made of satin in a deep jewel tone plum and I really have it on my mind.  

So that's it for my weekend for the most part.  Sunday was a lazy day just finishing up my book, watching a movie with The Husband and ordering Chinese food.  I hope you had a good one, too.  See you soon! :)  

Friday, August 10, 2012


Whew!  This was fun!  A whole new look and minutes to put it together.  That's gratifying!  Let me know if you like the changes.  And check out your Target...they moved the entire home section all around and I could swear there was a bigger inventory in the bath department.  Did you know my Target has underground parking?  Ahhh...city life!

Tomorrow is an exciting day.  We have two appointments at bridal shops to start looking for Emily's wedding gown.  You might remember the big day is May 10, 2013.  It's fast approaching!  I can't wait to see my baby girl in a bridal gown!  I know I am going to cry!  I'm not sure what else we have on the agenda for the weekend, our first at home in 2 months.  But you know me, I'll be telling you all about it next week!  Have a great weekend! :)

Monday, August 6, 2012


We got home about 6:00 p.m. last night and it's a little of a relief!  Vacations can be a time to renew and they can also exhaust you!  Bot moreover, they add balance to your life and I sure needed that!  Now it's back to a routine and enjoying the second half of the summer.  

If I have missed commenting on your blog, I am so sorry.  I did very little blogging while I was gone, but I promise to catch up this week.  I hope I didn't miss anything juicy!  See you all soon! :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I'm joining Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday