It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just think….

tomorrow is the first day of Spring.  I think I started counting down at 77 days. 

The snow is all melted from the ground except for gigantic dirty snow banks in the parking lots at the store.  It is 44 degrees with an expected high of 45 degrees.  It is pouring down rain very nicely right now.  I had planned to go to Kroger for a few things this morning but I will wait until tomorrow now.

My son is coming home this weekend and we are celebrating his birthday which is April 8th.  I am getting ready to fix requested things such as a raisin pie which I haven’t made for some 40 odd years.  Also macaroni salad which I haven’t fixed in a blue moon.  If anyone has an exceptional easy recipe for macaroni salad please send it to me in an email.  I also have purchased a spiral sliced ham.  This will be mostly things I can fix the day before.  I think I will make the mandarin orange salad too which I love.

I have an update on my brother.  He saw the surgeon yesterday morning.  The surgeon didn’t agree with the radiologist that had read the CT scan.  So my brother will be scheduled for further tests until someone makes up their mind.  Very nerve wracking  for my brother and his wife and for Rae and me too.  I will keep you updated and thank you all for your prayers.

I saw my first robin day before yesterday.  I was in my car and I was mesmerized by the sight of it.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy.


And for my friend Mari in Madrid who is learning English:





past tense: mesmerized; past participle: mesmerized


    hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or so as to transfix them.

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Yesterday I took a list of things to the rental office that I wanted done  before I signed my lease the first of April.  I came home yesterday and there were 2 guys inside here fixing all of the things I had on my list, including changing a light bulb  in the kitchen.  I will say that all of the guys that do maintenance here are really great!!  Very efficient and friendly.

I hope the sun is shining for you all today.  Stay safe and be happy!!





  1. Ah Spring! Finally! Get out (when the rains stop) and enjoy! And a big Happy Birthday to your son too. It'll be fun having him visit. Things finally green here too, thanks to our recent rains---but still a drought condition. Hoping for more rain this spring! Stay well!

  2. Sounds like Spring sprung there but KNOW that cold sometimes creeps back in to surprise us. Glad you can celebrate with your son. I loved the sun out yesterday, raining wildly here this morning. Sounds like your brother may need 4 or 5 opinions if they can't make up their minds. How awful for him. Prayers to you and for him and Rae always. XOXO

  3. Continued prayers for your brother.
    So happy you got quick response from the rental office.
    Yeah for some rain and a robin!
    I know you look forward to seeing your son.

  4. no more count down....i am soooo excited!!

  5. I saw robins this week, too! Your countdown has been great, Beth. Thanks!

  6. Happy Birthday to your son and I do hope they can figure out what is going on with your brother. Happy Spring Beth yeah (almost) :) Hug B

  7. Guess they want to keep you!

    Keeping your brother in prayer.

    Have fun with the birthday gathering! Thank you for keeping our spirits up with the spring countdown. Yay for having most of the snow gone. It still sits all around us. No bare ground anywhere.

  8. How fabulous Beth....a birthday celebration and your menu is perfect for Spring! Spotting the robin was God's gift to you... prayers for your brother...waiting is so very hard.

  9. Good Morning Beth, My spring updater, I would never have remembered that spring is tomorrow is it wasn't for your count down. I am sure so many up North will be so happy for warmer weather. WE hope to be back home at our ranch around the middle of April. I am sure there will still be lots of snow around when we return unless they have some summer like conditions for a week. I do hope and pray you get some better results for your brother. Wishing you a happy spring... Hugs Carrie

  10. Well we are there Spring, let's hope the weather reflects it. I have 2 robins, which have started to visit my backyard, (well, think it is the same 2 :)) Hope you enjoy your Son's visit and birthday and that he does too. Hugs Nita

  11. Beth, I know you want to jump for joy with Spring here. Me too girl. Our last smidge of snow melted yesterday, I told ted that I was sure it was part of the ice burg that sank the Titanic.:):) I am praying for your brother, you family too. We all need a higher help at times. It is sprinkling right now:):) blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

  12. I'm sorry about the stress for your brother. I can only imagine how hard that is. I hope you enjoy the birthday with your son. 32 degrees least it's continuing to keep at or above freezing.

  13. Waiting is just nerve-wracking! Hopefully some decisions will be made soon about his condition. The week-end gathering is sure to be a good one! The food sounds wonderful! Continuing to send prayers for your family, Beth. xo Nellie

  14. I'm also sorry for the stress for your family concerning your brothers health, sometimes it seems to take ages for diagnosis,
    I would love to see a Robin or a Raisin pie, lol, I hope ur new building is as efficient as yours,

    1. Oh Laurie, I wish with all of my heart that you could see a robin again. HUGS!!

  15. Hard to believe spring arrives tomorrow. This has been some winter!!!
    Must be hard for your brother and family. Will continue to pray.
    I've never heard of raisin pie, put it does sound good.

  16. Hoping you have a very nice visit with your son. How nice that Spring is here to make you feel better. Hopes high for prompt and accurate diagnosis for brother.

  17. Prays for you brother. Hope they can it figured out quickly. I'm so looking forward to spring. I can actually see grass (brown right now) in my yard.

  18. Awe, it made me so happy when I read about the bird. I hope you enjoy your visit with your son and sending prayers for your brother. Blessings

  19. Spring for you at last!
    I enjoyed your count down and I must say you sound much happier.
    Prayers for your brother.

  20. I imagine these are worrisome times in your family. I hope and pray for a positive outcome my friend.
    The rain you experience is heading our way though tomorrow at 12:57 EST. it will officially be spring and it's supposed to be a very nice day in the 50's. I will go to work in the winter and go home in the spring.
    I'm not the person to be asking for recipes. Maybe Arlene has one.

  21. I hope that every thing turns up all right with your brother. You are amazing. You have your own health issues and still you care so much for your family. God bless you.

  22. Sounds like you are in for a happy weekend with your son. Prayers for your brother. Tomorrow the last of our five kids will arrive from Texas. Our daughter is already here from Minnesota. We will all be together Saturday to decide what to do with Mom and Dad in their dotage. :) We've looked at independent living places that provide care later if you need it and we are looking at what it would cost to stay in our own home. I'm hoping all will show up so we can get one last picture of the seven of us together as it has been a very long time. We are praying for the right answer, what ever that is.. Happy Springtime, Beth. Bertie

  23. Spring is here, Beth!!! :) Hope you have the beautiful sun that we have.


  24. Me encanta tu bloc ha sido un placer visitarlo, te invito a mi blog, y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.

  25. End of the countdown!
    Enjoy your visit with your son and all your repairs being done by nice folk. :):)

  26. Happy Birthday to your son, and hope all goes well for him., must be a worrying time for you all.
    Good to hear all your repairs are being done Yay!
    Hugs Sheila x


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