Happy Valentines Day!

I don’t know what it is about Valentine’s Day that gets me going.  At the beginning of January, there are signs everywhere, magazine ads, store displays and of course cards. I think that this is a manufactured holiday, by Hallmark, to sell cards.  I’m the biggest sucker.  I just love cards and will buy them for any occasion.  You can always find me lingering in the card aisle of any establishment that is selling cards.

This year, I purchased my cards in January, at Borders. I was having coffee with a friend.  We were on our way out, when we spotted them. We couldn’t pass by.  We had to look at all of them and get just the right ones. I actually ending up being late for my next appointment because of it.

Yesterday morning I woke up and decided: this year, I was going to make my own Valentine cards, just like when we were in elementary school. I dropped off my daughter (she works at Legacy Place) and went to Paper Source to get my supplies. I picked out special papers, letter press sayings, a tape roller, metallic markers and bright red envelopes.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I would take some of my best pictures, put them on card stock, write something special and present them to my family.  This was going to be easy.  It wasn’t.  It was much harder than I thought it would be. First, find the appropriate picture. Then compose the correct words to correspond with that picture, which reflects how you feel about that person.

I enjoyed making all of them, and presenting them to my family.  I saw the appreciation in their faces,  I could feel their love.

After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about!

Here’s what I got from my husband, an obligatory box of candy, 3 missing pieces, my kids got first dibs……

Super Breath Right

I’m sick  I have either a sinus infection or head cold or the flu.  My throat hurt, my nose was stuffed and a had a fever. I was so stuffed up I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep.  I’m not a mouth breather.  I found a bunch of “BreathRights”  You know, you see them on all the football players noses. They wear  designer ones, all black or with the teams logo.  It looks like a piece of tape.  It is like a band aid with a couple of springs inside to keep your nasal passage open.  I put one on before I went to bed and was able to fall asleep.  They really work.  Not sure if they work for football players, but who am I to judge!

The next time you have a stuffed nose, don’t reach for, “the night time sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy, head, fever so you can rest medicine,”  reach for a Breathright.

Great game tonight..happy the Saint’s won.

Tonight’s Moon

Tonight at around 10:00 I was taking my dogs for a walk.  What did I see?  The most magnificent moon.

Here it is peeking through the trees…see the reflection.  I just love it.

Enjoy!

Here is another picture.  Please look at the bottom left of the small branch.

See the blue moon…

A Snowy Walk Game

Tonight, while walking my dogs, ( freezing in the 14 degree weather)  I happened to come upon some tracks in the snow. You will notice that the quality of these photos are not good.  They were taken in the evening with my no flash iPhone.  These tracks are of my smaller poodle (12lbs) Rodie. You know these are canine paw prints.  You can see, each individual pad has made an indentation in the snow.

I was  perplexed with this set of foot prints and it took me awhile to figure out who made these tracks.  Do you have a guess?

I spotted these in my neighbors yard.  My dogs really enjoyed sniffing around these little prints.  What surprised me most about these tracks was tI hadn’t seen this animal anywhere.  It must have come out the woods looking for food.

So..if you think you know what animals made these tracks, either reply here, or shoot me an email grs614@aol.com .  I will get back to you with the correct answers.

Thanks for looking…

On my mind…..

Reading the paper, watching the news or turning on the radio….Everyone is talking about the same thing, Haiti.

How upsetting, to see the devastation and hear the stories.

The desperation on the faces of the Haitian people reminded me of the people living on the streets of Buenos Aires.

These are pictures of a few we encountered.

How lucky we all are to have food to eat and roofs over our heads.

We have wonderful hospitals to take care of us when we are sick. We have schools to educate our children.

Yet, we still complain. We complain about anything and everything.

Let’s all be thankful for what we have and try to give back.  Giving back doesn’t have to have a price tag on it.  I think you know what I’m talking about, let 2010 be the decade for giving back.

Oops…..

It seems that I forgot to tell you all why the trees and soil in our neighborhood were being removed.

Well…You know the new soccer field, a.k.a. Skyline Park.

The land for this field was in close proximity to the old, no longer used incinerator. The abutting neighbors asked to have the soil tested.  They discovered that the soil for the field had toxic ash, so they wanted to have their soil checked as well. Their soil was also found to be positive for toxic ash.  Now the town was going to have to rip up ALL the trees, and remove ALL the soil.  They will be replacing the trees and soil to what was originally there.  Unfortunately, it is going to take a long time to look like the “old neighborhood” again.  Hope this explains things for you.

Here are some Pictures of them taking down the trees and hauling them away. Today while I was walking the dogs, I noticed that the shack is gone, with all the childhood memories that went with it…What a shame.


Don’t get me started……!

I took this picture (actually 10 stitched together) before the holidays on my way home from picking my son up at school.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  Was it true? Were all the trees on our street really going to be ripped out and chopped up for firewood?  Our 70 year old  street looked like a new development!  Last month you would not have seen that shack or the house behind it.

Of course this reminds me of why we chose to live here….

Let me take you back, way back…October 29, 1993.  I was pregnant and desperate to move out of the city, into a house in the suburbs.   David and I had been looking for houses forever.  We couldn’t seem to find anything that we both liked.   Every Saturday was the same, the broker would come and pick us up, and take us to see 4 or 5 houses.  Today was different, this was a Sunday, just the broker and me.  We turned off of Brookline Street onto Arlington Road.  I had lived my whole life in Newton, gone by this street hundreds of times never knowing this neighborhood existed.

We pulled up to this house, as soon as I looked, I knew it was going to be mine.  Today was the day.  Today was the  anniversary of my Mom’s death.  It was going to be a good day.  We walked into the the house and I got chills. Of course there were things I wanted to change, but we could do that later.  I needed to take David back that evening to see the house, so he could fall in love with it too.

We made an immediate offer.  I think that it is best to do research before you actually make an offer, so, we took back our original offer and countered.  They refused we went to Florida, and the house was sold to another party.

Long Story short, luck was on our side, the new owners from TEXAS hated the house and we ended up getting the house a couple months later for the counter offer.

If you want to see more of my pictures.  Have a look at my new PHOTO website. You can click on the grsphoto link at the right.