Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

It's the most wonderful
time of the year! Kevin and Bryan are home from San Diego,
Las Vegas and Salt Lake!
(Kevin turned 28 in Las Vegas and his birthday
lasted 25 hours - Happy Birthday Kevin)

picked up my boys Christmas Eve at BDL

Having a wicked merry Christmas!

Bry's press passes decorate the tree!

BEST Christmas cards from my Boys!

digging for Christmas treasures buried by Aunti Shell
(Bry is a Yankee fan)

Kev is a Red Sox fan


no shortage of yummy food at Aunt Kathy's

the only creature that was stirring ...

Amaryllis from blu!

a long winter's nap
Bella and her hyena from Santa

Good will to men and women!

from beneath Shell and Bruce's tree

the pre-holiday feast in NH

the reason for the season!

Monday, November 22, 2010

What I DO and DO NOT Know!

I knew Bryan was covering the Utah and San Diego game in San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 20th. I knew he'd be driving along with 5 friends from school and the Chrony in 2 cars. I knew Bryan would be one of the drivers. The trip out, went as planned and took approximately 10 hours (I knew that). Utah beat San Diego on Saturday night (YAY!) and the plan was to drive the 10 hours back on Sunday. I woke up Sunday and heard the weather report, didn't care what was happening here in CT, but the National Weather Service reported problems for travelers in the West. Heavy snow falling in the southern cascades and Sierra Nevada, white out conditions thru the Rockies, especially Interstate-15. I knew he was traveling that way, sent a little text message "travel safe - will you hit snow? xoxo", he writes back, "hope not, might, we'll see". Called him a bit later and he said he was in St. George, UT and I never heard from him again until today. I knew he had to pick up a friend at the airport in SLC at approximately 8:30 p.m. last night. He would get into SLC, head into work for a couple hours and then rush off to pick up Wendy. I knew he was busy. What I didn't know was the ride home took 16 hours. I-15 was closed due to numerous accidents, Bryan and his friends chose an alternate route. They were separated from the 2nd car which ended up turning back. Bryan never made it back to SLC until after midnight (made arrangements for a friend to pick up Wendy) and today he filled me in on all the other details that I did not know ... the accident they narrowly escaped and the impact it had even on Bryan! I was at work when most of this was happening, all wrapped up in my work stuff. Getting to bed at 1:30 this a.m. I imagined Bryan and Wendy grabbing something to eat after her flight and hoping that Bryan remembered to put clean sheets on her bed. I had NO idea! Bryan said today that he wanted to get through it and tell me about it when it was over and not make me go through it with him. I can't imagine how I would have dealt with knowing what was going on. I'm sure, like Bryan, I would have coped, but so much is totally out of my control. I know he is safe now and I know I prayed yesterday that God would keep him and his friends safe and free from harm during their travels.
I KNOW my prayers were answered!

A photo Bryan shared with me today
(after it was all over)!
... can you imagine ALL the other stuff I don't know ??? :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

sprinkled blessings studios: Home Sweet SUMMER Home

sprinkled blessings studios: Home Sweet SUMMER Home: "rescued this way old cutting board from Roger's Dad's workshop a few years back (I save everything within reason, and so did Dad) ... Check it out!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bryan's TV Debut with The Mtn.

Check out a clip of Bryan's television debut with The Mountain West Sports Network! Go to and view ATM: The Crew Talks Utah. The show will televise last night at 7:30 p.m. out West. It's only the beginning! Well done Bryan!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

okay, so more cool stuff ...

... remember now, I'm back in the house I grew up in (and that's a long time ago). I'm out in the yard yesterday and Marge is (back in the yard she grew up in next door) helping her dad take care of some yard work and she calls me over to give me copies of the below pics she found in her parent's house. HOW COOL ARE THEY? We look like little Appalachian children! I never knew these pics existed! Me and my little sister and our little friends! the structure behind us is my existing garage and the concrete slab behind us is now my family room. SO DARN CUTE! I love old pictures and the story they tell.

Nancy R., Marge S. Michele R. (my little sister) and me!
Thanks for sharing Marge!

Family gathers ...

to help Bry get a few things done before he heads back to UT to begin his internship program with the Utah Grizzlies . Bruce and Shell kicked off his evening with a little something they had Greg bring back from South Africa ... he was pretty excited!

(South African Rand)

(Joey's Eggplant Fries)
So then we began the tedious job (WAY YUM!) of helping him chip away at his New England 'culinary bucket list' while home from UT. Got to check 2 off at one sitting ...
J. Tim's and Joey Garlic's

(Dirt Wings and New Castle)


Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Her name is Mersea (an act of kindness, compassion, or favor) and she has moved from the forest to the shore! A product of heart and soul and a 'history', along with her story from a previous post. PERFECT in the eyes of the beholder. Sure, she's got some booty, but she wears it well. Thank YOU to all who followed her creation.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

All Done!

She weighs in at 26 pounds and I like her a lot.
Rog says her butt is too big ... it helps her swim!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My-New-Life message

My-New-Life ... thank YOU for sharing!
just received the link to this inspirational message from a forever friend, it's a wonderful 8 min and 20 seconds message ... please take the time to watch it ... (click on the highlighted 'My-New-Life")

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

my husband is having an affair ...

... well THAT got your attention!

He goes to her every weekend from April through October. Nothing keeps him from her. I know he loves her. He can't explain what she means to him, but she has been there for him always. She was there for his father and his grand father and his great grandfather. I've thought about her often and I have tried to imagine what she looks like. An old board that we rescued from his father's workshop sat out alongside our shed and upon closer examination, I saw her there. I cleaned up that old board and painted how I thought she could be. She's a work in progress and not quite done ...

she has auburn hair and bright blue eyes,

she is strong and beautiful,

faithful and timeless,

she is a mermaid and all that the sea has to share ...

her tiny scales are my little finger prints

she brings him peace ...
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