Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Spring in February??

 We have had a rather mild winter so far and it's showing. 

I was amazed to see this...

I knew they were coming up but was surprised to see a bud!
In February. 

Taken through the laundry room window...
what in the world, there's more ready to bloom!!

I am blown away.
Never had then bloom so early.

Not a good picture..
this tree is weeks early too.

And then we had ice falling from the sky for a short time just before noon.
Tomorrow it's to be 70.
And Saturday 39 for the high.

This is the craziest weather!!

My spring wreathes are getting hung tomorrow..
in February! 

What I've been up to...

Ellen and I attended a birthday party for her friend Bri.
We had the best time!

Best friends!

We will be together again this Saturday 
to see Little Women at Lancaster Bible College.

Ellen also attended Nite to Shine on Feb. 10.
The last two years were virtual (due to the pandemic)
but this year was in person.

We had fun shopping for her dress with some of her friends and moms.
It fit her so well and was on a wonderful sale.

She also needed dress shoes which can be a challenge to find.
Her feet are two different sizes. (two pairs to make one)
She needs a strap due to the shape of her right foot
plus she doesn't have full feeling in that foot. 
Without the strap, it wouldn't stay on.

We went shopping at the mall to 3 stores...
the last store had just what she was looking for
and they were on a wonderful sale!

Soooo thankful!

Back to Nite to Shine...
 each guest is assigned a buddy for the night.
Ellen never knows who it will be
 and didn't know the person assigned to her at the two previous times she attended.
This year I asked Mary, Ellen's staff person with LLESS, 
if she would like to be Ellen's buddy...
she was thrilled to be!
We decided to keep it as a surprise for Ellen.

Ellen was so surprised and so happy to see Mary waiting for her at the table!
(top left)
other pictures...
Ellen with Cilo, the Barnstormers mascot (local Baseball team)
Ellen with her friend Mitch
Ellen posing at home before the event.

Bunny trail...
right now I am hearing a fox in the woods SCREAMING!
Have you ever heard a fox? 
It is the worst sound...and it's really going at it.

Ok, back to regular programming =)

We watched the Super Bowl at our daughter's home,
Marcy and Scott and family.
Had wonderful food, very important!
Most of the bunch are Eagles fans so they were disappointed in the outcome.

I had a colonoscopy. My third one.
The prep is so hard for me. 
I changed it up each time and will do it differently again next time.
Two polyps were removed, biopsy came beck negative,
procedure again in five years. 

I treated myself to this yesterday...
The only reason I will go to Mc D's.

And we had bluebirds checking out our house this week...
This makes me so happy!

Happy Spring (in February 😊)!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023


 Imagine my surprise when I opened my blog a few weeks ago and saw I still had a fall picture in the header. I realize I've been absent for awhile but really, it was still fall when I last posted?! Been trying to post but each day goes by and it just doesn't get accomplished. 

So here I am this evening saying hi =) I won't even try to post all that I've been up to but suffice it to say, we did some stuff...

We've attended more than one birthday party. Love celebrating our grands birthdays!

We found time to decorate for favorite!

Watched as many Christmas movies we could between other fun things.

Attended a fun Christmas event at church plus a program by the group Ellen is involved in called Journeys. 

We attended a Christmas Eve service in person this year... last two years we watched the livestream from home. 

Had a fabulous Christmas day! 

One from our household had Covid again. 😔 

We postponed our family dinner because of it...but we got together on January 15 and had a wonderful time. I love our family soooo much!

Our bunch around the table enjoying 
some good eats, lively conversation,
and always always....

We also enjoyed the big Fahnestock family dinner held at the home of Dale's sister Nancy. What fun to be together again after two hard years!

Now I'm trying to put away our Christmas decorations. Yes, it's way past time. They needed to be up for our family dinner and Dale got the boxes and totes down for me towards the end of last week. But  I've had a sinus cold for a week and I'm still not over it. Certainly am feeling better but not 100%. At least my face doesn't hurt as much. Slowly getting it boxed and ready for storage till the end of the year...which will surely seem like a blink!!

Some picture from this week....

We had a tiny bit of snow yesterday morning.
It was pretty but disappeared in a jiffy.
We 'might' get more they say.

Bluebirds checking out the house today!

Hope they like it enough to move in some day.

Please visit again soon, Mr. Bluebird!
(focus isn't the best)

One more...

I'm gonna miss my little tree 
but it's time. 

Hope you are enjoying winter (I mostly just tolerate it) and are staying well. We are giving it our best shot here in the Fahnestock house!