Saturday, September 24, 2011


I got home last night from a week-long CLS course in Minneapolis to find the house completely finished.  It is, if I say so myself, lovely.  Bold.  Crisp.  Clean. 

From the old:

To the new:

Yup.  I do like it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I might have mentioned we got a bit rained on at Oliver Winery when we were there with Torrey and Chris. 

Before the rain.  It is absolutely beautiful there!!


We are painting.  That is, the house is being painted.  Justin and Anthony from College Pro are here, and making quicker work of it than I would have expected.  In the interest of making sure that everyone notices the color change, it is going from a white (ish) to blueberry.  With trim of whipped cream, and accents of deep raspberry.

Hungry yet?

This is just the first coat on almost all of the front half -- but contrast with the north side which is still white.

Will try and post updates periodically...

Monday, September 5, 2011

On Spending Weekends With Adult Children

There are lots of blogs about being a mom.  I wish that I had either (a) known about blogs or (b) there HAD been blogs when my children were young.  It would have been most fun to blog then as I'm sure I would have had much more interesting and erudite things to say (perhaps even perspicacious -- the word we learned today from Chris' vocabulary list). 

However, all I really have to talk about any more is adult children.  And grandchildren when I have the opportunity to see them.  Which isn't as often as I would like.

Anyway....we spent this last weekend (Labor Day) with Torrey and Chris.  Now, it is one thing for them to come to us -- this is Torrey's home, after all.  She's lived here since she was 3.  But it is totally another thing for us (both) to go and stay with them for a weekend.  We are in their house.  Under their roof.  We are the guests.  For some reason, I never think of T & C as being guests in our house.
But -- what a wonderful weekend we had!  I've decided that God's gift to us for having children is having -- ta da -- ADULT children!!! 

Dinner (chicken taco salad with cilantro lime dressing)  was ready for us when we got there on Friday night. Ate on the deck. Conversation.  Having conversation with your adult children is the best.  Just thought you'd like to know.

Saturday:  Relax.  Get up whenever.  Brunch at Cafe Patachou.  Split an egg sandwich with bacon (did you know that September 3 is International Bacon Day?) and avocado with the DH.    Drove around parts of Indy we'd never seen.  Did you know that Indianapolis is really a very lovely city with lots of cool neighborhoods?

Spent the afternoon reading.  Nearly finished "The Hunger Games." 

Evening -- Connor Prairie -- Voodoo Daddy concert (a "big band" sound) complete with picnic and fireworks.
Sunday -- Church at Genesis.  T &C have been attending for nearly 5 years.  I'm astonished at how the church has grown in that period of time.  I guess we could call it the last of our church hopping for the summer.  It was great.  Despite the 7 words 11 times (or whatever), we both appreciated the sermon.  Pastor Paul was very good.  It was the last of "Five Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said." and this one was on sin....'if your eye causes you to sin (lust, greed, desire, whatever)....then pluck it out".  What are those sins? 

I don't want to dwell on it, but suffice it to say that he helped me figure out mine.  And I've been thinking about it ever since. And no, I'm not going to share it with you.

Sunday afternoon - head down near Bloomington to visit Oliver Winery for tasting and brunch on the patio.  Delightful!  Reading down by the pond.  That is, untill the rains POURED and we were soaked. 

Sunday night -- Dinner at Maggiano's.   Bob and I had my leftovers for dinner tonight and there is still enough left for both of us tomorrow night.  Good grief!  And we still have his leftovers and the extra pasta dish they gave him because he was able to get an extra one compliments of the chef....

All this to say -- our wonderful children planned an extra special weekend for us.  It was fabulous.  We had an amazing time. 

Adult children are the gift that God gives for having children. 

How blessed we are.