Showing posts from August, 2016

Videos Played Last Night

She's Got a Way with Words Blake Shelton
Sweet Sixteen Billy Idol
Don't Wanna Fall in Love Jane Child
I Didn't Mean to Turn You On Cherrelle
I'm Bad LL Cool J
Midnight Blue Lou Gramm
Heart of Glass Blondie
Undressed Kim Cesarion

Sweet Snow

My snuggle buddy.

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

Papyrus card and letter.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

Handmade card with a letter.

Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

Letter like a surprise package.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

Cheerful card!

Recent Reads

Beyond Repair by Charlotte Stein (2014).  A re-read of one of my favorite books.  Stein tends to create interesting, flawed characters who mesh in all the right ways, and a lot of the chemistry comes from the internal and external dialogues.  This story about a troubled movie star at his lowest point who meets a very damaged young woman is no exception.  As often happens in Stein's books, they bring out the strengths in each other as they form a relationship.

Dirty Baller by Vesper Vaughn (2016).  Light, entertaining read about an American journalist who discovers her one-night-stand in London is part of the football/American soccer team she came to England to feature.  Oops!

Mountain Madness:  Scott Fischer, Mount Everest, and a Life Lived on High by Robert Birkby (2008).  Written by his friend, this account of Scott Fischer's life and mountaineering career is intriguing and sympathetic.  Fischer is one of the climbers, and one of two adventure travel business owners, who died …

Current Little Pleasures

Fields of August sunflowers on our drive through the back roads of Colorado.

One week of seventh grade successfully completed by Maya.

Winning a prize from the Kittling: Books blog.

Seeing some family in Iowa at my brother-in-law's service that I haven't seen in years--and may never see again, for at least some of them.

Guacamole--with chips or bread or just plain.

Property Brothers on HGTV.

Upstream Brewing Company in Omaha's Old Market.

Made in Colorado Shoppe in Pagosa Springs--really cool scenic photos cards, tons of postcards, and fun wildlife notepads.

Fall cleaning.  So far, from just Maya's room, we donated two bags of stuff, tossed a bag of stuff, and recycled a bag of stuff.  Freeing!!

My niece moved into her first home in Iowa last month, and my nephew and his girlfriend move into their first home in Iowa next month.  Big life steps!

Pumpkin seeds.  Autumn, my favorite season, is coming.  Soon, soon, soon.

I Won!

Awesome prize package around Anne A. Wilson's Clear to Lift that I won over at Kittling:  Books (

Jeeping in Colorado--July 2016


Outgoing Mail--August 1-15, 2016

Cards and Letters to Becky in Oregon and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Letters to Penny in Canada, Barbara in South Carolina, and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Cards to Liz in Iowa, Andrew in Iowa, and Sue in North Carolina.
Postcards to Steph in Minnesota, Jenn in Texas, Joel in Arizona, Laura in Iowa, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Claudia in California, Limner in Texas, Sue in North Carolina, Leslie in Maine, Cathy in Arizona, Dana in North Carolina, Terri in California, Billy in Wisconsin, Andrew in Iowa, Penny in Canada, Ellen in The Netherlands, Shane in Kansas, Wanda in Canada, Liz in Iowa, and Shon in Nebraska.

Sweet William--July 2, 2016

Visiting Soda Dam with his parents.

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

Decorated envelope from Penny's visit to Maine.

Current Little Pleasures

I have a new great-niece or great-nephew coming in February 2017.

The Summer Olympics in Rio.  I always have a soft spot for the underdogs and the countries with few athletes.  I wish the Refugee Team the absolute best this go-round.  I also always hope for the U.S. to win the overall medal count. 

Trolli Eggs.

Adobe houses.

Looking forward to Hell or High Water.

Rainbows.  Lots of rainbows lately.

Back-to-school open house this evening.  We found Maya's classrooms and locker, learned what school supplies we need to buy, and saw some of her friends.  Seventh grade starts on Monday.

New Mexico Photos


Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

Queen Elizabeth II postcard.

Incoming Mail--Michele in Colorado

Postcard from the day Maya went Jeeping with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece in Colorado.

Good memory to have since, sadly, my brother-in-law died unexpectedly on Tuesday.  RIP, Todd; you are missed.

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas

More Postcards!!

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas


Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

Mary Engelbreit summer fun card.

Outgoing Mail--July 16-31, 2016

Letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Penny in Canada, Amanda in New Mexico, Ann in Pennsylvania, Barbara in South Carolina, and Michele in New Mexico.

Cards and Letters to Penny in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Barbara in South Carolina.

Cards to Andrew in Iowa and Liz in Iowa.

Postcards to Dmitry in Russia, Dana in North Carolina, Becky in Oregon, Marty in Louisiana, Shirley in Nebraska, Ann in Pennsylvania, Jenn in Texas, Shane in Kansas, Leslie in Maine, Vicki in Nebraska, Barbara in South Carolina, Steph in Minnesota, Kym in Colorado, Terri in California, my mom in Nebraska, Sue in North Carolina, Norma in Oklahoma, Keli in Nebraska, Andrew in Iowa, Garrett in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Joel in Arizona, Shon in Nebraska, Penny in Canada, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Laura in Iowa, Heather in Nebraska, and Billy in Wisconsin.