1 Happy Acre

Catching Up……August
October 25, 2010, 1:22 pm
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August was more a month of catching our breath before all the fun started.  We picked my stepkids up from their summer with their mom.  It was interesting to see my husband’s reaction to his little girl sprouting a chest over the summer.  How describe that?  I thought his head would explode.  That’s the best way to explain the look on his face when his 12 y/o jumped out of the truck with a low cut top and boobies hanging out.  Needless to say, I had to have a chat with her on appropriate dress for her age and what would or would not fly in our household.  Needless to say, showing off your assets to the world is not one of them.

My stepson went on a 10 day trip to the Florida Keys for Boy Scout scuba diving camp, Seabase.  He had an absolute blast and took a ton of pictures.   It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for him and I’m glad that he enjoyed himself.

Of course I was jealous that I didn’t at least get to go just to get away from it all.  But it was just for Boy Scouts so I’m sure having me along would have just been a drag.







He only saw one shark, which to me was one shark too many but at least it didn’t try to make a snack of him.

The rest of the month was spent getting the kids ready for school and getting them back in touch with all of their friends that they missed over the summer.

Catching Up……July
October 14, 2010, 12:26 pm
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July was a wonderful month for me.   My husband, Dan, had a training trip for work that took him to Nashville, TN.  Since my daughter, Holly, lives there, I went with him.  I’ve never been to Nashville before and I hadn’t seen Holly since she moved down there last October, so I was very excited about this trip.  We had absolutely gorgeous weather so exploring was a joy.  Dan and I spent Saturday and Sunday just driving around the area and checking out some local attractions.

We had to visit the Parthenon there.  What a magnificent building.  There was  wedding reception being held there (it’s an art museum) and I don’t even want to know how much that must have cost them.  We weren’t able to go into the building since they were setting up for the reception, but just walking around the outside of it was an experience.

We also had a chance to visit Belle Meade Plantation.  That was a fantastic tour and the grounds were just beautiful.  It was great learning that all the horses that raced in the Kentucky Derby in the last 5 years can be traced back to Belle Meade and the sire Bonnie Scotland.  How awesome is that?  The winery there is wonderful too and of course I had to get some to bring home.  Dan and I love to take tours like this and learn about the history of different areas.


Of course spending time with Holly was the highlight of my trip.  While Dan was off in training I got to have some good one on one time with my wonderful girl.  She took me wedding dress shopping.  Although there is no date set yet, she wanted to take advantage of having me to herself for us to try on dresses so she could get an idea of what she was looking for.  It was a real emotional time for me.  Holly started laughing at and teasing me because I kept tearing up when she would try on the dresses.  I can’t help it, I’m a big sap with stuff like this.  But just looked so beautiful and grown up in the dresses.  A part of me is always going to see the little girl she used to be as well as the young woman she has become.  Doesn’t mean I can’t cry when I want to.

This is the little one that I still remember.

This is the young woman she has become. This isn’t the dress, by the way, but it is #2.


This is THE dress.  Not exactly what I expected from my rough and tumble, rugby playing, tomboy little girl.  But isn’t she beautiful?  I’m tearing up now just posting these.  I’m such a sap…..lol











Anyway, it was a wonderful trip.  I got to spend time with Holly and Kyle (her beau) and some good, alone time with my Dan.  What more could I ask for?

Playing Catch up…….June
October 5, 2010, 11:43 am
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I don’t know if I ever mentioned on here that I’m a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.  I’ve been a sister for about 6 years and I absolutely love it.  I have the best sister support network that any woman could ever ask for.   I belong to a chapter in my area and also a chapter that is online, so I have sisters near and far that I can turn to in good times and bad.

In June we had convention for our sorority here in Lancaster, PA.  It was my first time to ever to go to a convention and it was a blast.  I had so much fun!!  We had a wonderful meet and greet on Friday with a great dinner and entertainment provided by the sisters attending.  On Saturday, the sisters from my chapter and I took the bus tour and went to Hershey Gardens (just 1 of my top places on the planet to visit).

This is a view from the gazebo overlooking the fountain and Hershey park across the way.  The day was hot but beautiful.  I could have spent the entire day there but had to settle for just a couple of hours.  Even though I had just that short period of time it was a wonderful, relaxing time surrounded by all the beautiful roses and the peace and quiet of the gardens.

From here we went to Chocolate World at Hershey Park.  We enjoyed lunch there as well as shopping for…what else but CHOCOLATE!!!  Who can resist that?  All the kids were blessed with chocolate gifts from the factory store and then it was back on the bus for the next leg of the journey down the road to Mount Hope Winery.

Now that was a great time.  The Renaissance Festival was happening at the same time so the place was packed but that didn’t stop us from sampling the wines made there.  I tried a variety of wines before choosing those that I wanted to take home.  I ended up with 6 bottles of wine, a lovely wine rack to store them in and a shirt from the festival.  I did discover that I don’t care for the honey mead but some of the other wines were heavenly.  Understand, I love to buy wine and I love to have a glass of wine now and then but I’m not a huge wine drinker.  I have a wonderful variety of wines at home (hence the need for the wine rack) but unless I have someone else there to drink with me, I don’t drink much.

Saturday night was another wonderful dinner with a magician for entertainment.  The highlight of my evening was getting to meet Laura Ross Wingfield.  Her grandfather is the founder of our wonderful sorority.   Laura is a great person to talk to and has so much passion for our sorority and getting the word out to women everywhere.   She inspired me so much that I’ve decided to start a new chapter in my area so that I’m closer to home.

This is a picture of Laura and I at convention.

Sunday, we started our day with a great breakfast and closing ceremonies.  Final good byes were said to all the new friends we made, as well as old friends we hadn’t seen in a while.  As I headed back home my love for my sorority sisters was high and I realized that without them, my life would be very empty and lonely indeed.  I’ve managed to keep my enthusiasm through the months since convention and I’ve been working hard to get the new  chapter going.  I had a wonderful rushing cook out at my house with potential new sisters and now the next step is to get them all together and get the chapter set up.  I’m really looking forward to another great sorority year.  I owe so much to all my sisters out there that keep the passion and love alive.  Here’s to all of you.

My chapter sisters with Laura at convention in Lancaster, Pa. (June 2010)

Wow, it’s been a while…..
October 5, 2010, 11:11 am
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I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last posted on here.  I know that “I” think my life is busy but I guess I also let the “busy-ness” get in the way of blogging.   I need to remedy that.

So much has happened since last I posted here.  I’ll have to take a few days to play catch up with everything.  Of course, I’ll probably have to work my way backwards in order to try to remember everything.  Just one more reason to keep up with the blogging.   So, hang on and I’ll catch everyone up on my busy but not so exciting life.

Snow, Snow, Go Away….
February 17, 2010, 4:22 pm
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As much as I like snow, I’ve really had enough.  The question around here seems to be “Where were you during the Blizzard of 2010?”.  Well, I was stuck at home, watching it snow….and snow…..and snow. It began the night before while we were at some friends for a Blizzard Party.  There was a ton of food and good conversation.  We all knew there would be no school or work the next day so what better time for a party.  By 10pm there was 2 inches on the ground and it was time to head home before it got much worse.  By the next morning, we had about 6 inches on the ground and were beginning to think it wasn’t going to be that bad.  But as I sat there reading my book the snow got heavier and the flakes got fatter and pretty soon it was really coming down.  Trying to get the dogs to go outside was a real treat.  The snow was over their heads by this time and they were not happy.  The boys dug a path out for them from the back door off the sun porch around to the driveway in front.  They also dug out a “potty place” for them to do their business but they still were not thrilled with the snow.

So the snow just kept on falling and the boys tried to stay ahead of it the best they could.  I was taking pictures like crazy since it was so pretty.  I kept an eye on my Celtic Cross that is in the front of my house to measure how deep the snow was.  As you can see it was getting pretty deep.  When it was all over with, the cross couldn’t be seen.   The snow was amazing and to go outside it was just so quiet.  That’s the one thing that I love about snow storms, everything is all muffled.  All around us was beautiful and so fresh and clean looking.  I do love the snow but enough already.  It seems that every time we turn around they are calling for more snow.  We’ve run out of places to put it at this point.  But it sure does make for some beautiful pictures.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Weekly Update
January 25, 2010, 3:50 pm
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This past week was full of all sorts of busy-ness.  With a house of 6, there’s always something going on.  My oldest son, T, finally got his first car on the 15th.  It’s a 94 Geo Prism, which is basically a Toyota Corolla.  To say that he is excited is the understatement of the year.  Of course now comes the waiting for the repairs to be made for it to pass inspection.

Other than that, the usual activities happened all week with R in scouts, chorus ensemble  and jujitsu, S in scouts and A in trouble (as usual).  So over this past weekend, my wonderful husband took me to dinner at a great little place that we’ve passed a few times in our travels but never had a chance to stop.  It’s called Arielle’s and it’s in Sellersville, PA.  They have wonderful food, a great cozy atmosphere and fantastic people working there.  It was such a nice, relaxing evening for both of us.  We both decided that this would be the perfect place to come for our anniversary in April.  Of course this time will dress a bit better than the jeans that we wore Saturday night.  Even though dress is casual there we still felt a bit under-dressed for the establishment.

This next week will be filled again with the usual activities of scouts, chorus, jujitsu, etc but the weekend should be quiet.  Now if only the weather would cooperate, that would be great.  It’s raining buckets today but at least it’s warm.  Of course all of this is supposed to turn to snow by the end of the week, so we’ll see.  Of course, R wants it to snow since it’s Klondike Derby time for scouts this weekend and it’s a bear to drag those sleds across gravel instead of snow.  I’ll be home so it doesn’t really matter to me either way.

Getting Excited about Spring
January 12, 2010, 11:56 am
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Saturday was a great day.  I went with Susan’s Girl Scout Troop on a trip to Longwood Gardens, which is always a wonderful treat.  It was the last of the holiday season so we went later in the day in order to be there in the evening to see the lights.  I absolutely love going to Longwood.  It’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet to  me.  The girls were thrilled with the Children’s Garden and the tree houses.  I just loved seeing all the beautiful flowers in bloom and the spectacular plants.  They do amazing things with plants and flowers there.  It’s like a little piece of paradise.  When we went into the Arboretum, we were greeted by this breathtaking Christmas tree.  The carpet leading up to it is made entirely of poinsetta plants and other plants.  At night it’s all lit up with lights with lights hanging down from above.  Truly a beautiful start to a wonderful day.  Yes, it was freezing cold outside but inside we were nice and toasty warm.

It’s so easy to get lost in all the lush greens and babbling water fountains.  And just seeing all of these plants in one place gets me inspired to plan my garden for home.  I’m ready to get started but I have to wait a couple months before I can do that.  I did tell Dan that we have to go back this summer and see everything in bloom outside again.  We went a couple years ago and I really want to go back.  The gardens are 202 acres and there is so much to see.  I can’t wait to go back!!

Ever Have One of Those Days??
January 8, 2010, 4:09 pm
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Yesterday started out pretty well but by the time the end of my day came around, things definitely took a squirrly turn.  It isn’t easy being a mom and having your daughter live so far away (TN) and not being able to be there when she needs you.  Well, yesterday my Holly had an accident in her car and crashed into a telephone pole.  Understand, when she called me I couldn’t understand a thing that she said until I got her to calm down a bit.  She’s not hurt and neither is her boyfriend, Kyle.  That’s the most important thing.  But her car has a big boo-boo.  At least when she hit the black ice she knew to take her foot off the gas and the break.  She slid into the ditch and hit the pole on the driver’s door.  Glass shattered and she can’t open the door but she wasn’t cut which is the important thing.  As you can see by the picture, she’s going to need a new door.  It’s just so hard when they are so far away and you can’t rush right out to help.  But Kyle’s dad did come out to help and a very nice passing motorist came back with his truck and a tow rope to pull them out of the ditch.  That sort of renews my faith in humanity.

After all of that and getting her settled down, I then got a call from my son that his dad (my ex) had called and Alex had received a summons to testify in court in KS on Monday.  Needless to say, he was upset, I was upset and the ex was upset.  Alex hasn’t lived in KS since July and we couldn’t figure out what he could possibly be called to testify about.  Well, it turns out he won’t need to testify now so all is good with that.  It’s just these little things that strike out of the blue that leave you scratching your head and wondering if it would have been better to just stay home in bed.

All crises have been handled and our household is back on an even keel again (for now).  Just another day of excitement on our little piece of the planet.

Our Christmas Party (a little late)
January 7, 2010, 3:22 pm
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Since Dan is a remote site worker for his company, he didn’t get to enjoy company Christmas parties or things like that.   So his company, in order to be fair, gave each remote worker an coupon for $80 to have a dinner out with either their family, spouse or significant other.  With the holidays being as busy as they were we didn’t get a chance to enjoy our coupon until last night.  Dan and I went to dinner at the The Perk Restaurant in Perkasie, PA.  My cousin Linda works there and we’ve been promising her that we would come to have dinner there one night.  Last night we went and sat in her section so that we could chat and catch up on holidays and such.  It’s a wonderful place to eat with good food and great atmosphere.  Of course Dan had his babyback ribs and hot wings platter.  He said the wings were okay, not quite as hot as he likes them (which is nuclear) but the ribs were perfect.  They were falling off the bone, that’s how good they were.  I had the flat iron steak which was cooked to perfection, just a little bit of pink exactly how I like it.  I got mine topped with bleu cheese and had a baked potato along with it.  It was a wonderful night out, something that we don’t get to have very often.  It was so nice just to catch up on the family doings with Linda and for Dan and I to have an uninterrupted adult conversation for once.  I wish I had had a camera with me to be able to take more pictures but I’m working on that.

Some things I’d like to accomplish in 2010
January 6, 2010, 7:33 pm
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Every year I make all sorts of resolutions that I promptly break (as I’m sure most other people do too).   So this year I just want to make a list of things that I’d like to accomplish this year.  Sort of like an on-going to-do/wish list.  So, here goes:

1.  Write about my perfect day

2.  Start taking pictures again

3.  Get at least 10 scrapbooking pages done

4.  Get my stalled cross stitch project completed

5.  Start walking at least 3-4 days a week

6.  Learn to can veggies

I’m sure there’s more and I’ll add to my list as I think of them.