Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy November!

It seems almost impossible that it can be November already.  It seems like the older I get, the faster time goes.  I guess as long as it keeps going though, I'm in good shape.

I'm starting a fitness challenge tomorrow called Fit for the Holidays.  It runs till the 28th and has a calendar to follow with goals for each day.  You earn points for what you do and have the potential to earn prizes.  I'm doing it for to get back on track, to have the accountability and feel better in mind and body.  I'm excited about this.  It's going to be awesome and I expect to do a great job.  

I'm also doing the plank challenge.  Anybody want to join me?
Last, but certainly not least, I'm continuing with the 75+ mile challenge with my friend Donya.  We just finished October and I did it!  I finished with 78 miles.  The hard part this month will be that I know a lot of it will be on the treadmill and I really don't enjoy the treadmill.  I'm going to give it my all though. I did my first 5.2 miles this morning.

So, that's the plan my friends.  Wish me luck.  I am going to do this because I know that I can and I am worth it.  No excuses.  

Here are a few of my mantras for the month to help keep me motivated.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Old School Blogging / The Fall Edition

I'm so happy and honored to be hosting Old School Blogging #OSBlog with Elaine this month. I've been joining in for a long time now and being asked to host is a dream come true.  Copy and paste the questions below and join in the fun.  I love it and have so much fun doing my own and then reading all the other posts.  Here are my answers to the fall edition post.  

What is your favorite Halloween candy?
That would be a toss up between a Mounds and a Butterfinger.  Usually the Mounds bar will win because of the dark chocolate.

What is one of the worst "treats" you ever received in your candy bag?
A toothbrush!!  Who thought that was a good treat and that was about 50 years ago.

What was one of your favorite costumes you wore when you were a kid?
The costume that I remember the most was when I was a gypsy.  We went to mom's closet and jewelry box and it was awesome.  I wish I had a picture of that costume.

How about your favorite costume as an adult?
I just spent an hour hunting for the pictures of my favorite adult costume and couldn't find them.  Probably 20 or so years ago, my husband and I went to the party store and bought an old man and an old lady rubber mask.  We dressed up like the old farmer and his wife.  Nobody knew who we were unless we told them.  It was so much fun to be that unknown.

What scares you most on Halloween? Spiders? Zombies? Axe murderers? Eyeballs in a jar... (or something else)?
To be honest, nothing really scares me about Halloween.  Even when I was a kid it didn't scare me.

So then, what is your favorite scary movie??
While it's not a horror movie, I think the movie that has scared me the most was the original When a Stranger Calls with Carol Kane and Charles Durning.  It totally creeped me out and still does.
What is you favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is my whole family sitting around the table with me.  That and the turkey!
What is your favorite piece of clothing or accessory to wear in the Fall?
Definitely my Notre Dame hoodies!  I bet I have eight or so and I love everyone of them.  They are comfy and cozy and just scream fall to me.  Go Irish!

What is your favorite pie?  If you do not like pie I will forgive you but then what is your favorite Fall dessert?
I think my favorite pie would be apple, but I love all the cobblers and crumbles that get made with all the apples in the fall too.

Do you live where there are four seasons? If so, where is your favorite place to see the fall colors?
I live in northwest Indiana, so I definitely live where there are four seasons.  I don't think I could live where there weren't four seasons.  My absolute favorite place to hike and see all the colors is at the Indiana Dunes State Park which is just a couple miles from my home.  It is just beautiful there.

What is your favorite fall tradition?
Oh, hands down it's taking the preschoolers to the pumpkin patch every year.  We just went a couple weeks ago and the kids had a great time.  Riding the hay wagon out to the field and being able to pick any pumpkin they want is so special to them and to us, their teachers.  This year was especially fun because my grandson is in one of our classes.
Is there anything else special about the Fall to you?
I love Notre Dame football and that is definitely what always comes to my mind first when I think of fall.  There is nothing like going to the stadium for a game. 
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stream of Consciousness

The older I get, the more it is proved to me that some of the people that I thought were my friends really aren't.  They are people that I have known for years.  They are in different circles of friends.  Some of them overlap into more than one group.  People I thought I could trust.  People that I thought had my back.  But, not so much.

Oddly enough, I am okay with this fact.  I'd rather know than keep on going thinking differently.  If I have learned nothing else in my older years, it's this.....

Don't get me wrong.  I have lots of friends.  Some of you I have met right here on this blog and you mean the world to me.  I have some wonderful friends who have been my friends since we went to school together.  Friends I have met through work and my kids.  Friends who I love like my family and that love me right back.   

I'm just happy to have finally figured out who's who.

The five minutes went so fast writing this week.  Stop over at Jaime's and check out all the #SOC posts and join in, if you'd like.  It can be so good for the soul.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Old School Blogging / ABC's of Me

I have not blogged since spring.  It has been an amazingly busy spring and summer.  I kept saying I was going to get back to blogging, but just never quite made it happen.  When I saw Old School Blogging was back tonight, I knew I had to do it.  You should too.  It's fun and here's the link to join in.  Here are my ABC's of Me!!

A- Age: 60 and I love it!!
B- Biggest Fear: Deep water and most especially deep water in the dark.  The scariest time ever was when I got tricked into getting on the Staten Island Ferry at 10:30 at night.  At least I got some good pictures of the NYC skyline.

C- Current Time: 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday
D- Drink you last had: Tall Bacardi and coke with lime
E- Easiest Person To Talk to: My best friend, Vickie!!
F- Favorite Song: Tough question, I have so many.  If I have to pick just one, I'd say Roll Me Away by Bob Seger.
G- Grossest Memory: The Porta Potty at a Jimmy Buffett concert.  Needless to say, I didn't have to go as badly as I thought.   
H- Hometown: My hometown and my town for the past 60 years is Chesterton, Indiana.  It's small town America, but getting bigger all the time.  Somewhere I have a picture of the gazebo in the park downtown, but I can't find it.
I- In love with: This awesome and amazing family!!!

J- Jealous Of: People who's house is always clean.
K- Killed Someone? Ummmmm, no!
L- Longest Relationship: Including dating, I've been with my husband for 44 years.
M- Middle Name:  My middle name is Kathryn.  It is also the most over used name in my family and my grandma's name.
N- Number of Siblings: Three sisters and a brother.  I'm #3.
O- One Wish: Health and happiness for my family and friends.
P- Person who you last called: My daughter Katie to check on her sonogram results.  Grandbaby #5 is due in October.  He's a boy to be named Christopher Collins Snyder.
Q- Question you’re always asked:  Was it hard raising twins?
R- Reason to smile:  My sweet and wonderful grandkids!!
S- Song you last sang: Uptown Funk in the car on the way home from work.
T- Time you woke up:  5:15
U- Underwear Color:  At the moment I'm dressed for bed, so it's navy boxers.
V- Vacation Destination: Disney World with the whole family one day!
W- Worst Habit: I have no idea.  It was smoking for a long time, but I gave that up many years ago.
X- X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, right foot and stomach.
Y- Your favorite food:  That would be pizza.
Z- Zodiac Sign:  Sagittarius.  My horoscope for today was "Long-term trends are coming to a favorable point for you, Sagittarius. This is a good day to examine them and make some moves forward in pursuit of your goals. There's a great deal of energy working in your favor today and asking you to take charge and lead the fight toward a better reality. Get out of bed early and get moving."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

I was at a bridal shower today for my youngest daughter and her fiancé.  I am so happy for them, but it's kind of breaking my heart at the same time.
It's funny, but not so funny how fast time goes by the older you get.  It seems like it was just last year that she started kindergarten.  Wasn't it just last week that she got her driver's license?  How is it even possible that Abby is 27 years old, a college graduate, an amazing first grade teacher and someone's fiancé????  This time thing is just not right and certainly not fair.

Come July 18, all four of my girls will be married.  If I close my eyes, I can still hear them as little girls.  The giggles, the whispers, the yelling, the sweet little voices.  How did they get so grown up?  Nobody okayed this with me. 

I watched with such love and pride when my husband walked the first three girls down the aisle.  There is something different this time.  It's the baby.  It's the last time I will see one of my daughters walk down the aisle on her handsome father's arm.  It's the last time I will see that look on his face.  That special mix of love, pride and just a hint of sadness.  My girls are all daddy's girls.  Always have been, always will be and he eats it up.  They have such a special bond. 

It just doesn't seem possible that time has gone by so fast.  Or that the time went so fast writing this week.  Stop over at Jaime's and check out all the #SOC posts and join in, if you'd like.  It's really fun.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Old School Blogging

The "I" version.  The job is to finish each sentence after being given the first two words. 

I am busy!  It's that time of year when things start to get a little nuts with the end of the school year. 

I wonder if grand baby #5 will be a boy or a girl. 

I hear the tv in the bedroom.  That's where I should be.  I should be going to sleep instead of on the computer.

I see a summer filled with so much to do approaching.  We have weddings and showers and graduation parties and anniversary parties and vacations coming up in the next few months.  

I want time to just slow down.  Time is flying by and I feel like I am missing too much.

I am ready for school to be done.  I have so much to do to get ready for my daughter's wedding. 

I pretend that I am a size 8.  Stupid, I know, but I still do it.  Maybe one day in the near future, I actually will be.

I feel very tired.  Today was Preschool Olympics and it was awesome, but I have over 23,000 steps on my Fitbit for the day.

I worry that I don't get to spend as much time with my kids and grand kids as I'd like to.  It seems like the older I get, the faster time goes.  I hate that.

I cry far less than I used to.  Menopause was a great leveler for me. 

I am happy.  My life is wonderful and I love it.

I understand that I need to be good to myself.  It can't always be about everyone else.

I say what I think most of the times.  Sometimes it's just better to be quiet.  

I dream about a great big family vacation to Disney World with all 14 of us.  That would be awesome.

I try to exercise every morning before work.  It seems like if I don't do it then, it's to easy to make excuses later in the day.

I hope that my daughter's wedding is perfect and absolutely everything she hopes it will be.

I am blessed beyond belief.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Old School Blogging / 12 Questions

Are you young at heart or an old soul?
I'm kind of a mix of both, but I'd have to say I am more young at heart.  I don't think I'm too old for just about anything except maybe a bikini.

Tell me about a movie/book that has changed your life.

I don't know that I would say it changed my life, but the book that made a big impression on me was The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  If you haven't read it, it's a great read.  I bet I look at it every few months and have lots of things in it highlighted.  It's about a man who is dying from cancer and his life lessons.  While it probably sounds sad and morbid, it truly isn't.  It's amazingly uplifting.  He was an inspiring man.

Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?

Facebook has been a great tool in reconnecting with old friends, but I do have one friend that I miss and would like to see again.  We were really good friends in school through about 9th or 10th grade.  Oddly enough, her name was Nancy too.

Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?

I loved going to my grandma's house about an hour away and spending a week with her in the summer.  I had cousins there that I never saw often enough and we had so much fun together.  Such good memories.

Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?

That really depends on my mood.  I can go either way, but it seems like the older I get, the more I like smaller groups of just a few people.

What’s your “quirkiest” habit?
Wow, this is a tough one.  Maybe going back to check and make sure I turned off the straightener in the morning even when I am sure I did?

What part of the past year sticks out in your mind?

Definitely my trip to Arizona with my youngest daughter.  We left her dad (my husband) and her fiancé home and went on an adventure together before she gets married in July.  We had an amazing time and made some pretty terrific memories.
What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning?
Hands down it's intuition.  I'm a logical person, but I don't usually take the time to sit and reason things out. 

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
Locally, it's a place called Craft House.  They have a salad there that I absolutely love.
If we are going into Chicago, there is a place we like called Sweetwater Tavern.  They have the best fish tacos ever.

What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

Uptown Funk and thank you for asking because now it will be stuck there again.

What is your ethnic heritage?

Polish, Polish and more Polish!  I can make awesome stuffed cabbage and sausage and kraut.

Give me the story of your life in six words.

A life well lived and loved!!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. What's the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word 'spring'? Which phrase best describes the season of spring where you live right now (today)-sprung! almost there, or still waiting?

Definitely budding flowers and trees.  Here in northwest Indiana, we are somewhere between almost there and still waiting.  There is still snow on the ground, but it is getting warmer and the daffodils are starting to grow outside the preschool door at work.

2. Bed, couch, stapler, garage door, computer mouse, recliner, flashlight, door knob...which household item containing springs most needs replacing in your home? Speaking of springs...did you ever own a Slinky?

We need new family room furniture, so definitely couch and chair.  Of course I owned a slinky.  Didn't everyone?

3. March is Women's History Month. Share a favorite quote by a woman.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel. -Maya Angelou

4. What's a question that looms large in your mind right now?

Oh, will we get everything done in time for our daughter's wedding????  I'm pretty sure we will, but I sure have my doubts at times.

5. Are you a sugar freak? By that I mean how much do you love sugar? With all the bad press sugar gets these days, have you made any efforts to reduce the amount of sugar you consume?

I can honestly say that I am not a sugar freak.  My problem lies with salt.  Give me the chips and salsa or potato chips any day.

6. Would you rather have less work to do or more work you enjoy doing?

I have finally gotten to the age where I would like less work to do, so I can enjoy the things I really want time for.  Things like my family, especially the grandkids and hobbies that I have put off for too long.

7. Ever been to Texas? Of the top ten Texas tourist attractions which would you most like to see-The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, The State Capital, Dallas World Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore, Houston Space Center, Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Six Flags Fiesta Texas,  Moody Gardens, or Galveston Island?

I can honestly say that Texas is one state that I really have no interest in visiting, but if someone made me go, I'd want to go to the Houston Space Center. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here...

I am getting very excited for my spring break from school.  I am taking a five day trip to Arizona with my youngest daughter, then home for a weekend get away with my husband.  It's going to be an awesome time!

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

I have a trip coming up in two weeks.  My youngest daughter Abby and I are going to visit a friend in Arizona for spring break.  We'll also be able to see my godmother and cousin while we are there.  I am very excited about this although I am a little conflicted.
Abby is getting married in July, so a trip together while she's still my little girl seems awesome.  The conflict comes with the money.  With the price of weddings these days, I have no business spending money on a trip four months before the wedding.  I also feel bad about leaving my husband behind, but we certainly shouldn't spend the money for both of us to go.  Truth be told though, I think he is looking forward to having the house to himself for five days.
Why should I feel conflicted, even guilty about this trip?  It's a chance in a lifetime to go with my girl and make some memories before she moves on with her life.  My baby is going to be a beautiful bride.  Where did that time go?  27 years seems like last week when she was born.  Abby is a beautiful, loving, talented, giving, spontaneous, happy, friendly, sweet, motivating, funny, grateful and sincere woman.  She is everything I ever wanted her to be. 
So, screw the money!  It's only money.  I am going on this trip and I am going to have a wonderful adventure with my little girl.  I only have this chance once.  I'm not going to miss it. 
Arizona here we come!!
p.s.  We are going to a Cubs spring training game.  Cross that one off the bucket list.  Thanks Shari!!!
I'm sure I ran over my five minutes, but I don't care.  Stop over at Jaime's and check out all the #SOC posts and join in, if you'd like.  It's really fun.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. 'In like a lion, out like a lamb'...does the first part of this saying describing March weather ring true where you live?
It sure does!  We woke up to sleet and freezing rain this morning.

2. March 4th is National Grammar Day. What common grammatical error bothers you the most? 
Your and you're.  Drives me crazy.

3. William Arthur Ward says- 'The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.' Which one are you?
I think I'm a realistic optimist, but definitely not a pessimist.
4. What's something you need to 'march forth and conquer' this month?
My weight.  It's an ongoing process, but I have a vacation at the end of the month that I would like to look my best for.

5. An ongoing debate around you dust first, then vacuum or vacuum first, then dust? Of the two routine household chores, which do you dislike the least? How's that for wording? 
I think I would have to say vacuuming.  At least with that, I'm getting steps on my Fitbit.

6. According to, the ten most photographed sites in the U.S.A. are- Cinderella's Castle in Orlando, Southernmost House in Key West Florida, The Space Needle in Seattle, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston, The Bellagio Lake/fountains in Las Vegas, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, Niagara Falls, and snagging the number one spot-The Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
How many on this list have you photographed? Which on the list would you most like to visit and photograph?
I have photographed three.  Some day, I would love to take pictures of Niagara Falls.  I can't believe that the Grand Canyon didn't make the list.

7. Fifty years ago Monday (March 2, 1965) The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. Have you seen the film? Do you own a copy? On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love it (or not)? Ten=best movie ever. If you're a fan, what's your favorite scene or song from the movie? 
I think I have seen the Sound of Music at least 100 times.  I had a copy that magically disappeared as the kids started moving out of the house.  I would give the movie an eight.  My favorite scene in the movie is when the kids come out in play clothes that Maria made them from the old curtains.

8. Insert your own random thought here:
We found out that our 5th grandchild is on the way.  The baby is due in October.  We are so excited!!!

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