Saturday, August 01, 2015

What I'm Into (July 2015 edition)

I haven't done one of these in ages. Seems like a good time to get back in the habit. Since it's been so long, I'm going to include a bit from the last of June, too. 

  • July, for our family, always begins with our daughter's birthday. Isn't she gorgeous?

  • We celebrated the 4th of July at the home of our niece, Leslie, and her boyfriend, Will. 

  • Chris hosted a going away party for his friend, Eli, who is moving to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. We had about 25-30 people here for a campout, music and karoke.

The last weekend of June we attended a wedding in Tulsa then spent the weekend there celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary which was the weekend before. 

Around My Home

We've been busy but still made time for several nights of stargazing. Last night we took the telescope outside and looked at the blue moon. Shiloh likes to join us for these quiet evenings under the stars.


The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story  by Julia Reed

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by Marie Kondo

Watching - Movies and T.V.
  • T.V. -
 I bought the first two seasons of The Donna Reed Show for a little old-fashioned entertainment for myself but it turns out that David loves the show, too. Just so long as he doesn't expect me to start wearing heels and pearls around the house! 

We are also enjoying The Astronaut Wives Club. The history is interesting, of course, but I'm also loving the fashions and home decor. 
  • Movies - 
The kids took David to see the new Terminator movie to celebrate Father's Day. Absolutely not my thing so I watched Magic Mike XXL instead. 

Last night we watched My Old Lady on Netflix. We both really enjoyed it.

Listening - Music and Podcasts

Our city has been hosting "Music in the Park" several Sunday evenings throughout the summer. I was asked to schedule the musicians. So far we've been able to attend two of these and really enjoyed them. 

Food - Recipes, Restaurants and Grocery Hauls
  • While in Tulsa we looked for a sports bar where we could watch Women's World Cup. We found Fat Daddy's where I also had one of the best Reuben sandwiches I've ever had, as well as delicious onion rings. 

I don't have any recipes or grocery hauls to share this time but I will next month. Promise!

Out and About - Trips and Events
  • While in Tulsa we enjoyed a show by Let's Zeppelin, a tribute band. 

Featured Blog Posts
Special Moments

  • Karoke in my backyard:

I think that about wraps things up for July. If you write "What I'm Into" posts I'd love for you to leave me a link in the comments so I can read yours. I'm linking up with What I'm Into on Leigh Kramer's site. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

French Friday - some fun resources

I have recently discovered some delightful online resources with a French flair and would love to share them with you:

1. Tonya Leigh - blog posts, podcasts, live events, online "soirées", group coaching, and the wonderful "French Kiss Life Club"

The "French Kiss Life Club" group which is probably my favorite place on Facebook these days. You can join the club here (free!).

2. The Simply Luxurious Life - blog posts, podcasts, newsletter, recipes, French-inspired living

3. Tranquility Du Jour - blog posts, podcasts, books, events, coaching

I am thoroughly enjoying these resources and highly recommend checking them out. If you know of any similar sites/blogs/podcasts please leave me a comment!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A trip to Idaho

David's mother has had some health challenges recently so we decided to make a trip to Idaho to spend some time with her. We took her out for coffee, lunch, and a couple of dinners. We also went for long drives through the beautiful scenery in the Boise area. 

It was good for David to get to spend time with his mom:

During our drives we saw some gorgeous scenery, including the Boise River:

One night we had dinner with David's mom, sister, two of his sister's adult children and five grandchildren. It was wonderful to get to spend some time together. Later that night our nephew, Shawn, met us at one of his favorite places and the three of us had a couple of hours to just chat. 

On our last day we picked up David's mom, went to lunch, drove for a couple of hours and stopped for ice cream before taking her back to the assisted living center where she lives.

Fisherman on the Snake River

It wasn't a long trip but it was a good one. There are never any guarantees so I believe it's important to spend time with the ones we love while we can. 

Sunset over Las Vegas

Leaving Vegas on our way home

Mother and Son

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tea Time - a documentary

A new documentary that looks to be right up my alley, Tea Time:

Synopsis from PBS:
Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five Chilean women, ritual centers on a monthly gathering that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. Tea Time is a charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped the well-heeled participants commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A celebration of the small things that help us endure, Tea Time, filmed over five years, illuminates a beautiful paradox: As familiar worlds slip away, friendships grow ever stronger and more profound.
It airs tonight, July 27, 2015 and will also be available online through August 25th.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Where were you?

Today is the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. If you were alive back then do you remember watching it? I do. I was almost 7 years old and my family was vacationing in Sun Valley, Idaho along with my aunt, uncle and cousins. All five of us kids were outside playing when our parents called us in to watch it. I remember sitting on the floor with my cousins in front of what was most likely a black and white television set. I don't recall many details but I did understand that I was watching something important.

I suspect that at least on some level that experience played a role in my interest in astronomy. I recall doing a rather extensive report on the solar system in third grade. I wanted to take astronomy my first semester of college but was talked out of it by well-meaning advisors who warned me that there would be a lot of math in the course. I took zoology instead which was fine but I wish I had followed my own inclinations.

The past few years, David and I have spent a lot of nights sitting outside stargazing. I bought him a telescope a couple of Christmases ago, too. There is something both soothing and awe-inspiring about looking up at the stars and planets. It tends to put things in perspective. Our day-to-day problems and challenges seem so insignificant when you think about what a teeny, tiny speck we are in the universe. David and I have some really deep and interesting conversations lying back in our zero gravity chairs in the backyard watching the night sky.

By the way, have you been watching The Astronaut Wives Club? We are enjoying it so much for many reasons - the fashions, home decor, history of that time period and of course, the space program, astronauts and their wives. My daughter, Lisa, loves it, too. In fact she was the one who recommended it to me and she recently blogged about it: The Astronaut Wives Club, a Must-See Show.  If you've seen it I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment. I'd also love to know if you remember watching the moon landing.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun times around here...

Last week was busy and lots of fun. First up...we celebrated our daughter's birthday on Wednesday with dinner at a nice restaurant in a nearby town. David, Chris and I were there, along with our son-in-law, niece and her boyfriend. We had such a nice time together.

Happy birthday, Lisa!
Our beautiful daughter

Thursday we went up to Oklahoma City to watch Our Mother's Martyr's show at the Blue Note. Shortly before we left I asked David if he thought there was any chance he would end up deciding that we should just get a hotel and spend the night. I had already made sure I had my meds in my purse but was considering throwing in some clothes, too. He thought about it a minute, realized we would be heading right back up there the next day and decided a hotel might be a good idea. I'm so smart. I threw some clothes and toiletries in a bag while he made a reservation. Turned out to be a very good idea because a pretty intense thunderstorm moved through and it would not have been fun to drive home in it. 

Our Mother's Marty

The kids had decided that part of their Father's Day gift to David would be to take him out to lunch and to a movie. We slept in a bit Friday morning and then met them at Scratch in Norman for a delicious lunch. They were all planning to see Terminator...totally not my thing. I opted for Magic Mike XXL. I hadn't seen the first one and really didn't have high expectations. However, it was the only other movie playing in one of the nice theaters. I've been wanting to check out the Directors Suite for a long time. It was fabulous! Reclining seats and they serve you anything you want right to your seat. We had just had a big meal and I was stuffed so I just had a drink. Next time I will make sure we haven't eaten first. The menu is quite nice. And I was was pleasantly surprised by the movie. It was actually rather sweet in some ways. 

After the movies were out, David dropped me off in front of Ulta so I could pick up some perfume and then we went to an electronics store to pick up a CD player component for our stereo system.

Saturday was the 4th of July and our niece invited us over for a cookout and to watch fireworks. There were about 15 of us. In addition to the hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, and potato salad (my contribution), Leslie put out this beautiful spread:

We ate and hung out in their backyard enjoying the seasonably cool weather. They live just a block away from the park where the fireworks are set off so we all grabbed a chair or a blanket, walked over there and found the perfect spot to watch. It was such a fun night!

Sunday evening we had the guys from Our Mother's Martyr over. They brought pizza and the rough cut of their new album for us to listen to. It is spectacular! A little later, our niece and her boyfriend, Will, came out and he brought the band's music video which he had just finished editing. We had seen part of it the night before but the band hadn't seen it yet. It is truly impressive and we are all excited about what the future holds for these talented young men. 

Shiloh loves to be right in the middle of things.

This week has been a lot quieter. I did volunteer about 5 hours on Tuesday at the local soup kitchen and David had a lengthy firefighter meeting Monday evening. One of his fellow firefighters came over Tuesday night and the three of us sat on the porch for a couple of hours chatting and enjoying the beautiful evening. 

And speaking of beautiful:

Our sweet, sweet Shiloh