Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gratitude, or, My Little Song of Thanksgiving

Haven't posted for a while - guess I've been busy with one thing and another. I started a gratitude journal that I'm keeping in my handbag so I remember to update it every day. I heard part of a show with Dan Gottlieb on public radio about changing one's perspective (only that's not what they called it) and it really struck a chord with me. Hopefully keeping a daily record of what I'm grateful for will keep my attitude positive. Stop laughing, Joe.

So, today I'm posting here instead of in my little book, which, btw, is a very pretty pink and green girly print, so not my style that I actually love it.

I'm grateful that Thanksgiving went smoothly and for my so good husband who cooked the turkey, make the gravies, heated up everything and got it all on the table. Extremely grateful for him, especially given the fact that I was in bed for most of the day sick. He really did a great job.

I am grateful for my mother, who is my anchor, my friend, confidante and cohort in Scottie dog amusement, and for Daddy Bill, who is her great companion and my friend.

I'm grateful for the best 2 kids anybody could ever ask for: my stepson, Maniek, Jr., and my daughter-in-law, Maria. How lucky was I to get them in my life?

I'm grateful for my three aunts who have taken care of me and supported me for a major part of my life.

I'm grateful for my sister, for my nephews and niece, for little Charli, and for all my other relatives and our family friends.

I'm grateful for my job and the wonderful old house we live in.

I'm grateful that Obama was elected. I know, it seems off the point, but I am.

I'm grateful for the aforementioned little Scottie dogs, who bring joy and laughter to our lives.

I'm grateful to have the love of so many people.

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

She's Here!!!!

The newest Schoen is finally here. Baby girl arrived 11/11 at 11:56 PM weighing 8 lbs 2 ounces, 21 inches long with light blue eyes and black peach fuzz hair. Woo Hoo!!!! Michelle is doing well considering what she went through. We haven't seen our new little great niece yet, but Annie tells me she is beautiful (of course, look at her parents!) and the sweetest little girl ever. Jury is still out on her name; Charli is under consideration -- personally I love that name -- but we'll know soon enough. Going up to see her today and I can't wait! Welcome little one!!!

Update 11/13/08: Here name is Charli! More pix here.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Another Saturday Night....

...and here we are. I sent a really cute card (at least I think it is) to Buttons and Baylee who will be 3 on November 13. Older sisters to our cutie pies. Facebook is interesting; Betsy finds cool stuff and passes it on. She kidnapped me to Paris but being new I was allowed to escape. Wonder why we pass the time this way?

I think Allison left for Texas and I'm a little sad that I never got together with her before she left. Maybe Annie knows where she is. And meanwhile, Michelle is due any day and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT BABY TO GET HERE!!!

So I guess I'm just rambling, but really, that's why I started this blog. For me. To ramble on, rambling rose. OMG I'm making myself sick.

On a hopefully different and upbeat note, been reading all the blogs, posts, news articles etc. about Barney Bush biting that reporter. Apparently Ms. or is it Miss Beasley bit one or two folks as well. Nobody ever said the Celts were a warm and friendly people - I mean, after all, it's cold, wet and dreary where we come from. And one should respect another's privacy and reserve instead of intruding into personal space. Scotties are a funny little breed - very independent and very standoffish except when it suits them. But I like that in a dog...Bella was much the same, going her own way and only going along with the program if it made sense to her. Having a mind of your own is a good thing. And anyway nobody likes a wimp.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday in the Park with Dogs

Media, PA. What a beautiful day! Gorgeous colors, weather, park. The kind of day that really makes you appreciate fall and the changing seasons. We had a quick breakfast on Plum Street at 7 Stones, then walked along State Street to the park.

The rest of the pix are on SmugMug.