Life’s Like This Lately

In a word… busy! But good busy, of course. I remember the days when I was a SAHM and while it’s easy to get nostalgic, and sometimes I miss them, honestly with the kids all older now, I have no idea what I’d be doing with myself! I loved being at home and I am grateful that we were in a position that I could be a SAHM, but now it’s so rewarding to serve my community. This July marks my 5-year anniversary in my role as Library Director, which is so hard to believe. I feel like I have a good balance between work and my homelife and honestly… I am pretty darn lucky! 

Anyway! Besides being chock full of activities, Summer here in the Hudson Valley has been very hot. Summer is not my favorite season, but it has its lovely moments. I have been…

Enjoying my garden

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Listening to audiobooks

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Driving kids to and from work (and getting to enjoy gorgeous views I wouldn’t see from my own yard)

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Enjoying the fun summer reading programs we’re scheduling at the library (yes, that’s a baby kangaroo!)

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Planning an end-of-summer getaway

Before you know it, my middle kid will be heading back to college and my youngest will be starting Sophomore year in high school. Time sure does fly! Hope you all are doing your best to enjoy it!

Celebration Season

Well the last couple of months kind of slipped away, didn’t they? May was a busy month around here, with lots of excitement happening!

Here is some of what we’ve been doing:

I had the honor of being my niece’s Confirmation sponsor. My brother and his family live in the same town where we grew up, so this was also the church where I received all my my sacraments. It was a lovely ceremony and I had a nice visit with my parents!

Jake graduated from college! It is so hard to believe that one of my kids has a B.A. (and graduated magna cum laude to boot). It doesn’t seem like that long ago when I was leaving UMass, but it definitely was! For the summer, he is living at and working for a local organization that specializes in holistic studies of all types. It’s seasonal, so he is there through the fall which gives him time to think about what his next steps might be. Needless to say I am so very proud of him!

Yesterday Drew and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary! I am currently covered with poison ivy, so we did not do too much, but there was no way I was missing going out to a nice dinner. We had a delicious meal at Le Petit Bistro, a little French restaurant nearby. Thanks to our waiter for taking a photo of us!

And today is Laura’s 15th birthday! She is such an amazing young lady — I continue to be inspired by her kindness, compassion, and confidence. Tonight we are celebrating with dinner at the local diner and ice cream at Stewart’s

Well, that’s the news from my world! Laura still has a few weeks of school left, but has already started her summer job at one of the nearby parks. Noah is also working full-time at the same place Jake works, so we will be enjoying the summer with everyone home (or at least within 5 miles of home)! Now if only these icky spongy moth caterpillars would go away so we could enjoy our yard that would be wonderful! If you’re in the northeast, have you been invaded too? I’m just hoping the trees don’t get devoured quite as bad as last year, but we will see.

Wishing you a lovely week!

Thursday Night Fun

Bardavon Marquee

One of the nicer things about being a mom to older kids is having the freedom to go out without need for a sitter! Last night we saw comedian Tom Papa at the fabulous Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. (We saw Jon Stewart there recently as well!) I love the marquee, don’t you?

Tom put on a great show — one of the best comedy shows we have seen recently (honestly, I think he was even better than Jerry Seinfeld)! I love his humor because it also has heart. If you have the chance, definitely catch him on tour!

Happy Eclipse Day!

It’s here! I am very excited for today’s solar eclipse! Although I am not in the path of totality, here the Hudson Valley will see approximately 90% to 95% coverage, depending on location. I remember the 2017 partial eclipse and even at between 65% to 70% it was still something wonderful to behold. 

Here at our little library we have given out nearly 400 pairs of glasses and I have 100 that I am reserving for our viewing party this afternoon. I love anything that brings the community together! Hoping you get to enjoy this wonderful experience (safely of course) if you are in the path!

Hello Monday, Hello March!

Well, I didn’t blog over the weekend, but here I am now! Today it is very spring-like here in the Mid-Hudson valley! It is currently 60 degrees out, which feels really nice. I’m definitely taking advantage of every single excuse to duck outside today.

My day started super early. My husband had to leave at 2 AM for a business trip and it took forever for me to fall back to sleep. He is in Mexico for the week — neither of us have been there so I’ll be curious to hear about it.

One thing about when he travels? I get so much done in the morning before work! I did a load of laundry, changed the sheets, called the vet to get our cat’s eardrops refilled, texted/emailed our plumber about an inspection he needs to set up. And on top of it all I made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit. I’ll be crashing early tonight, I am sure, though.

In other news… I got a new car last week and I am totally in love with it! It was time to trade in the 2009 Forester, which had served us well over the years. Two months after we got it, I found out I was pregnant with Laura so yes — it’s seen a lot. 

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Our new car is a 2024 Hyundai Tucson. Way back in 2001, an Elantra was my very first brand-new car and it was so reliable and great that we felt it was time to go back. The 0% financing helped too, LOL! Anyway, it has been so fun learning all the cool new features and enjoying how quiet it is, especially compared to the Subaru!

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We also had a fun night out on Saturday and saw Jon Stewart perform at the gorgeous Bardavon Opera House. Unfortunately there was one loud, obnoxious troll in the audience who wouldn’t stop yelling out obnoxious comments. Jon handled it with grace, of course. And then, after the troll screamed out some bizarre noise (triggered by the mere mention of Barack Obama), another guy in the audience yelled, “Will you shut up?” Jon Stewart said, “Me?” and the guy replied, “No! That moron over there!” The troll did stop after that, thankfully. I really don’t understand why you’d pay a bunch of money to see someone just to be a jerk, but… sadly this is the behavior that has been normalized. I was just happy he was put in his place and the rest of the crowd could enjoy the sold-out show. Years ago D. and I got tickets to see a live taping of “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart was still hosting it, so it was really cool to see him again.

Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old, same old. Work is busy and people are already starting to ask if we have eclipse glasses. Sigh… the madness begins! This bingo card is (sort-of) a joke that went around during the last eclipse, but I am sure it will apply again.

Well, I suppose that’s all I have today! Hope you all have a great Monday!

Happy Leap Day!

I know I’ve been absent from my blog, but since Leap Day only comes around once every four years, I thought I should pop in and say hi since it seems that is about how often I blog! All kidding aside, things are great and I am going to try to “spring” ahead and try to get back to blogging at least a little more often. I’ll see you tomorrow for a check in on everything going on!

Be sure to make the most of your extra day!

Happy Homemaker Monday, November 13th

Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I linked up with Sandra from Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday, so I thought it would be a good way to jumpstart the week (and maybe even get the blogging habit going again).

The Weather
Brr! I think this morning was the coldest yet — down to 20 degrees overnight! Yes, it definitely feels like November in the Northeast, LOL!

Monday – 43, chance of rain
Tuesday – 47, sunny
Wednesday – 49, cloudy
Thursday – 55, sunny
Friday – 59, cloudy
Saturday – 56, chance of rain
Sunday – 47, sunny

Right now I am
Taking a quick work break to type up this post and maybe even hit publish before the day is basically over!   

Thinking and pondering 
Hoping all goes smoothly for my husband who is travelling to California today. Last week he was in Texas, so it’s been a lot of air travel for him. Luckily once he is home Friday, he’s home for two weeks and then just a few days in NYC in December. 

How I am feeling 
I was down with a cold this weekend, but I feel so much better today! My sinuses are still a bit blocked, but overall I feel back to “normal” (whatever that may be, LOL!)

On the breakfast plate 
Scrambled eggs with salsa, one piece of bacon, vanilla-raspberry protein shake.

On the lunch plate 
Southwestern salad with grilled chicken

On the dinner plate 
Macaroni & cheese, broccoli (Laura’s request)

On the menu
I think it’s going to be a “wing it” kind of week. Drew is away and Laura has tech week (she is doing stage crew for the fall high school play), and we are having some major plumbing work done towards the end of the week (we are replacing our oil boiler with a liquid propane boilerfre and the propane company needs to come and trench for the piping and deliver the propane tanks). So we will just see how it all goes!

Monday – Macaroni & cheese, broccoli
Tuesday –  Chicken parm, salad
Wednesday – loaded baked potatoes, salad
Thursday –  Pizza (freezer leftovers)?
Friday –  Cheeseburgers?
Saturday – Zuppa toscana or split pea soup?
Sunday –  Diner?

What I am wearing 
Boat neck navy and white striped shirt, dark blue jeans, tan booties 

On my reading pile
This weekend I started The True Story of the Bilderburg Group, but it is way too “out there” and had to stop listening. If I had realized the author was a conspiracy theorist, I probably would not have downloaded it. So I think I have to find something else to read this week!

On my TV this week
Not sure!

Looking around the house
A few things to tidy, but all is mostly in order. I do have a basket of laundry to fold and put away

To do list 
Laundry (obviously because it is never-ending!)
Reschedule doctor’s appointment (done!)
Money for Laura’s field trip
Thanksgiving prep

From the camera
Checking off those Monday morning tasks!
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Something to share
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Thanksgiving Tips, DIY, Ideas or recipes
Let people help! It is just the 5 of us this year, but Jake offered to make brioche rolls and apple cider donuts. I’m going to just let him go for it. Cider donut sundaes with pumpkin ice cream sound like a fun dessert — something different instead of pie!

Devotional, Bible Verses
Still thinking about this week’s homily at Mass. In a world where it can seem dark, St. Paul, in the second reading said, “We do not want you to grieve like those who have no hope.” It is so important to remember to hold onto that hope, even the tiniest shred, no matter how hard things get.

October Catch-Up!

Wow, wow, wow! Hard to believe we are in the last days of October! It has been a whirlwind of a month, and the last week has been especially hectic. Good! But hectic.

Last Thursday I celebrated my birthday! I always take advantage of my free birthday coffee from Starbucks, and even though my day was jam-packed, I went out nice and early for my venti Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. It was so hot that I just couldn’t do a pumpkin spice latte (which is typically my birthday go-to).

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It was a full day with a major program at the library, then a 5PM meeting, then Confirmation rehearsal followed by Adoration. Whew! I do have to say the Adoration was a lovely way to wind down from the chaos of the day. After that we went home for birthday cannoli!

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Friday was Laura’s Confirmation. It seems like we have been waiting for this day for so long. We had a houseful of guests and my parents stayed overnight. My mom was her sponsor and did a wonderful job supporting her!

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Check out the size of her Confirmation class! There was something like 75 kids and 5 adults. This is actually the result of the combination of our two parishes, and it is also three grades. Our new priest is lowering the Confirmation age, so this is a group of 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. It was a beautiful service and I don’t think I’ve ever attended anything in the church with this many people. At Mass on Saturday, Father said there were over 700! It was held in the gym, because neither church is big enough, LOL!

I definitely felt a sense of calm and relief this weekend after everyone went home and everything was cleaned up. 

Now things really slow down and I can start planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am happy that I won’t be entertaining anyone in the near future, LOL! Thanksgiving will just be our little family, and Christmas is TBD, but I think we will likely go to my mother-in-law’s for Christmas Eve and enjoy Christmas Day at home. 

Hope everything is good your little corner of the world!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

The last days of summer are here, and I can’t believe how I have barely written over the last few months! It’s really just been go, go, go with all kinds of things. But the days are starting to get a little less crazy and we are adjusting to a much quieter house.

The boys are doing great in college and just enjoying every minute. Noah loves his classes (well, except for Mathematical Logic, which he finds boring — ironically, I loved Logic when I took it my freshman year)! He has also found a new band, so he’s out there playing a bunch too. Jake is in an apartment this year with some friends and one of the things he is enjoying is cooking. In fact, he’s been making his own pasta! Leave it to him to keep his roommates well-fed!

Laura’s killing her Freshman year in high school so far. Volleyball has been a little rocky, but she’s sticking with it. She left one practice in tears, and then the next day played what she felt was the best she’d ever played. This year she doesn’t have her best friend on the team, so I know that is making it a little more challenging, but I’m proud of her determination.

As for me it’s just the usual! Over Labor Day weekend our town held its annual Community Day. It was a long day (and LOUD because our booth was position right near the band), but it is always fun seeing old friends and meeting new people. Here I am with the Library Booth!

I’ve been working on some knitting and crochet projects, too. I am almost done with this adorable bear hat for a couple up the road who just had their second boy. You forget how tiny baby clothes are! What else… ugh, tomorrow I’m off for an ultrasound first thing in the morning. I usually get it right after my mammo, but this year they had to split it up. My mammo was fine, but my doctor wants me to do the U/S to be sure so that’s where you’ll find me bright and early. There’s a Starbucks next door, so maybe I’ll treat myself to a fancy coffee afterwards.

Today is cool and rainy and really has me excited for Fall! I have so many things that I’m looking forward to in the next few weeks:

  • taking a trip to Lake George
  • attending An Evening with Al Franken (which should be especially entertaining/enlightening with everything currently in the news)
  • going on a walking tour of NYC churches and Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral 
  • my birthday
  • Laura’s Confirmation

I’m also hoping to squeeze in a trip to The Clark to see the Edward Munch exhibit before it’s over. Oh, I just love this time of year!

Hoping you all are doing well — I’ll definitely try to visit all my blog pals this week and catch up on things!