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The winds of change are blowing my way (yet again!)

Some of you may have noticed that over the course of the last few months the frequency of post and the content of this blog has been changing.  There’s a reason for those changes.  My whole world has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis.  Not a Kafka-esque one, cause eww who’d want to turn into a nasty cockroach, but a series of huge changes none the less.  As some of you may remember I recently lost my dad, moved to middle America, bought a house (that needed a lot of TLC and some serious renovations), found a few job, and made some fantastic friends!  That’s a lot of stuff, right?  but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s been going on in the last few months…  I’ve also ended a marriage, lost a bunch of weight, mostly finished renovating the house, found a job in my field, found even more great people, met a great guy, expanded my previously shrinking family, and decided to move (again)!  With all of that going on behind the scenes, I have to apologize for slipping with the frequency of my posts.  I am trying to keep up with as many of the topics as I can, but as my move to the southwest gets closer (and more of my stuff got packed – the craft supplies went 1st, then the books, and finally the kitchen equipment) it became increasingly hard to keep up.  I hope to be back up and running very soon, but just in case, please don’t forget about my out there in the blogosphere, I’ll be back with even more projects, adventures, reads, and recipes!

Now I wonder if you can make it from Ohio to Arizona by way of New York, Walt Disney World or Mount Rushmore…  We shall see!!!


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Snapshot Saturday – Reliving Childhood Memories

I can’t believe my father has been gone for an entire year.  There are days when I feel like I spoke to him less than 24 hours before, and others when I feel like he’s been missing from my life for an eternity.  I decided to use this month’s Snapshot Saturday Posts to pay tribute to him and some of the places he loved most.  We spent a lot of the last few years revisiting some of the adventures we had while I was growing up. We went to ball games, amusement parks, the zoo, the movies, car races, casinos, and museums.  One of my favorite memories of childhood was going to the Bronx Zoo with my Dad, my brother and our Grandma.  The last trip I took with my dad was a return visit to the Zoo.  This is a picture of him outside of the Rhinoceros habitat in April of 2013.

daddy at the bronx zoo

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Quest to Read Them All – Dark Witch

As I continue of my Quest to Read Them All, I have made my way back to an author who’s work I love.  As a young college student, I was introduced to Nora Roberts writing, and being the slightly obsessive person that I am, I went on to read everything she’s written.  In my 20’s I would scower eBay and Amazon looking for her out of print titles, because she didn’t have anything new out and I wanted to read something else.  The first set of books (she writes a lot of trilogies) I read – Finding the Dream, Holding the Dream and Daring to Dream – are still amongst my favorites.

This week’s book, Dark Witch, is the first installment in Nora Robert’s newest trilogy, The Cousins O’Dwyer.

dark witch cover

Yes, as you can tell from the picture, it’s an eBook.  Due to space restrictions I have to be very selective about what books I keep physical copies of and which ones I will be happy to enjoy on my iPad.  We move around too much to add as many books as I actually read to my physical collection.  As it is, there are more than 16 totes (you know those good sized plastic buckets) of books waiting for the library/craft room to be painted so they can go onto shelves and breathe again.  But I digress…

One of the reasons I enjoy Nora Robert’s books are the characters.  I love how she creates these people who I can connect with so beautifully.  This was particularly true with the heroine of Dark Witch, Iona Sheehan.  She had rather uninterested parents a much deeper connection with her maternal grandmother, which, while not exactly the case for me, struck a resounding chord in my world.  All she ever really wanted was to be loved for who she was, and that is the gift she is given when she decided to seek out her destiny in County Mayo Ireland.  There are witches, sorcery, spells and potions in this book.  It has a good deal of fantasy and the paranormal, which is also one of Ms. Roberts mainstays and part of what keeps these stories so interesting.  I love how she introduced all of the key players, but kept the book mostly centered on Iona.  I cannot wait to see what happens next, and don’t have that long to go, because the 2nd book in the series, Shadow Spell, comes out on March 25th, 2014.  If I read the hints correctly, I believe this book will center around Connor and Meara.  However, we will all have to wait until November for the final installment, and the combustible heat that emanates from Branna and Fin.  Ghosts, witches, time travel, and spirit guides!  I cannot wait to finish this set of books!

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Snapshot Saturday – Over the River and Through the Woods

This week I was reminded that we will soon be traveling to visit family for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, and we can’t wait!

Let's go Mom!

Let’s go Mom!

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Snapshot Saturday – Puppy Love



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This week I’m using 3 pictures instead of just 1.  These are my babies!  Murphy is 6 years old, Paddy is 16 weeks old, and Paddy is 9 weeks old.

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Snapshot Saturday – Footprints

paw prints

Today’s snapshot is meaningful in so many ways!  These prints belong to Murphy, he is our 6 year old pug.  We got him a little brother, Paddy (a Puggle), in the beginning of September.  Today we are picking up the third piece of our family puzzle, Harley (another Puggle)!  Thankfully our house is almost liveable, because a 3 flight walk-up with 2 puppies is just not going to be fun…

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Snapshot Saturday – Sunset


I chose this week’s photo because I am feeling a bit sentimental.  This weekend marks the close of a huge chapter in my life.  I’ve left and come back to Holbrook, NY about a hundred times, but this is my probably my final goodbye.  I’m not one to say never again, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to stick this time, as the main siren calling me home is no longer here.  I’m going to miss some of the people, places, and traditions that we’ve been surrounded by, but I’m so ready for the next step and what a step it is!

Oh, by the way that’s a picture of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon from our 50 States Road Trip…

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