Behind My Red Door

Behind My Red Door

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Simply Beautiful Wedding

Just a quick post today - jet lag and lack of sleep has caught up with me. First the important part of the trip - Jay and Ang sure did pick a gorgeous setting to say their wedding vows!! The wedding ceremony was simple and sweet and the weather was perfect - a constant breeze kept the temps very comfortable despite messing with our hair. The setting sun on the rocks was so pretty. We had some nervous giggles and some tears but all in all it was very sweet. After the vows and the professional photographer's many pictures (better than what David and I captured I hope!) and the long ride back into Vegas we enjoyed a delicious steak dinner in Gallagher's in New York, New York amid a festive atmosphere.

The rest of the weekend was fun fun fun! AND tiring - so much to see and do and sooooooo much walking! But it was great - no major mishaps, only some slight delays on flights, no extreme heat to deal with (YEAH!!!) and lots of fun. I'll post more tomorrow. Now it is time to gather up everything for the reception and get it to the White Cliffs and then rest a bit. Until then, hugs from a very tired but happy, Linda

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Las Vegas Here We Come

Our bags are packed and we are ready to go. We're leaving on a jet plane... Well, we all got our haircuts and the ladies got their manicures and pedicures, the boarding passes are printed and I saw that the wedding package and limo charge was posted to my MasterCard so I guess this means it is really happening. My firstborn is getting married on Saturday! The next time I post I will be a MOTHER IN LAW!!!! How can that be? Wasn't it just yesterday that David and I said " do"? Wasn't it just yesterday that they rushed me into the OR to deliver him? There was a time when someone older would say
"the older you get, the faster time flies" and I thought they were nuts. Well I guess I am nuts now! Where have the years gone? I know parents who lament the passing of their off spring's childhood years, but I try not to do that. I really do try to enjoy each stage - even most of teenage years. But I have to say, except for those first sweet weeks of their lives when it seemed like nothing could be better than holding that precious newborn, THIS is the best time yet. I am gaining a daughter in law - a very sweet and loving one who cares deeply for my son. And she comes with a bonus, her wonderful parents, Lori and James. David and I so pleased to welcome them, and the rest of her family to our family.

Over the past few weeks I have had many occasions to describe the wedding in Vegas and reception back home on the 3rd to others, and I couldn't find many similarities between this wedding and ours in 1975, until today. I checked the weather and it will be around 90 degrees when they say I do and it was the same for us on June 21, 1975. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. UGH!! But we made the best of it then and we'll do the same on Saturday. I'll just wilt a little faster this time around. (And the next time someone tells me 'but it is dry heat', I'll invite them to sit in my oven for a day or so...)

So this is it for a few days at least. Jay is taking his laptop but I don't know if we can upload pics directly to it so I doubt we'll have any to share until we get home some time Monday. I'll be sure to post some as soon as I can. Thank you for all the kind wishes you have sent via notes, calls or emails, They are all much appreciated. Until next time, hugs, Linda

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Being an "Angel"



Recently I have been asked about ChemoAngels and what is it and what do I do? First I have to say that has changed my life. Several years ago, I decided to become an Angel after a seeing how much it helped my dear friend’s husband as he faced brain cancer. As both a former nurse and preschool Director/teacher, I had been used to caring for others. Thought I don’t need to work outside the home, I still feel the need to make a difference in this world. One way I can do that is through my traditional Angeling, Special Assignments, and volunteer Administrative work.

ChemoAngels matches volunteers with patients undergoing treatment for cancer. The Angel commits to sending cards, notes, and little gifts to their patient at least once a week for the duration of the assignment. An Angel can request a child or an adult and even male or female. An Angel can choose to be a Traditional Angel and send gifts or a Card Angel and send cards/notes. It is not a pen pal program in that the patient or their parents are not required to correspond directly with the Angel. They do need to check in with administration once a month and the Angel can request that info each month. One of my administrative jobs is to send that info on to the Angel making that request.

I was very lucky when first buddy’s mom chose to keep in touch with me via email right from the start. (We sometimes call our patients buddies.) Wyatt has a brain tumor that often requires many years of treatment to keep it stable (not necessarily cure it), so his mom Shayne, decided to release me to Angel someone else. But Shayne and I have kept in touch for over 3 years now and I consider her a dear friend and her sons, Wyatt and his twin Jacob and her DH Colby, are very special to me and David. (That's Jacob and Wyatt above.) Last fall David and I drove almost 700 miles to meet them and I spent a few days in their town with the family. It was a wonderful time.

Meeting other Angels as changed my life as well. Jenn is an long time Angel who lives locally and we became good friends through ChemoAngels. We enjoy stamping, shopping and doing lunch together. I had been making cards to a limited degree but when Jenn turned me on to stamping and StampinUp, I found a new creative outlet and I am hooked! And I feel blessed to call Caren and Betty my long distance friends as well. As an Administrative Angel I have been fortunate to chat with so many wonderful people who just want to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Well Tuesday is mail day for me and it’s time to get my Angel mail ready. Until next time, let there be sunshine to chase the clouds away and kind thoughts to cheer you and brighten your day, hugs, Linda

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Don't Do Windows



I DON’T DO WINDOWS! Okaaaaaay – I guess I do or else I am stuck looking out dirty windows all year. But I hate doing them – I really do! Even though we have it much easier than our ancestors – after all most of us have some that tilt in and many of us don’t have to worry about all the mullions, still – it is one of those things I put off for as long as I can (and I bet most of you do too!) This year though, I found some new magic tools to make the job soooooo much easier! I am not saying it was fun, but it was almost painless. I stuck in my new John Legend CD and I was done with the upstairs windows in no time.

What are my magic tools you ask?? (See I heard you!) NO, not vinegar and newspaper. Even better! When Oprah had one of her “green” shows, I ordered the special Shaklee Cleaning Kit they offered at a reduced price. At one time many years ago, I bought a lot of Shaklee products when they were just about the only green company around. Eventually I went back to what I could buy at the grocery store but the one thing I always had in the house was Basic H. I shave with it – LOL! Yes – it is highly emollient and I never get a rash when I use it. But I digress. In the new kit is now called Basic H2. It is highly concentrated and you mix just a few drops with water in the spray bottle they provide, for THE BEST window cleaner. Even better than that, are the micro fiber clothes that came in the kit. No lint - no streaking - and they super absorbent. They are worth their weight in gold far as I am concerned. The other thing the do magic on is the black stove tops– the part under the grates on my new gas stove. No matter what I did, I had streaks. Using the H2 window cleaner and micro fiber clothes has solved that problem too. Just thought I’d share that in case you are like me, and you dread window cleaning and streaky black appliances!

I finished just in time to Brady sit for a while. Jay and Ang did some quick errands and Brady had to come for his weekend visit with Grammy and Grampy. Grampy was working on the lawn so I was elected to entertain Brady – though it really is the other way around. He even managed to get a tick while I was walking him. Jay was able to remove it before it got embedded thank goodness. I am sure some of my friends and family are saying “ I can’t believe YOU are taking care of a dog – a big one at that.” Growing up the mailman’s daughter I hated and even feared dogs, but Brady was so darn cute when he was little, he tricked me into thinking it would always be that way. Now he is big and clumsy and very lovable – just like me! And today, he was the perfect antidote to washing windows and that's a good thing! Until next time, hugs, Linda

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Signs of Spring


The sky is blue, the birds are singing and it is another glorious spring morning. How blessed we are to enjoy the changes of season here in Central Massachusetts. As much as I don't like the extremes of a very warm and humid summer day, or a frigid cold snowy winter day, I couldn't live anywhere that didn't enjoy these profound changes in seasons. Each spring it is amazing to watch the landscape turn from drab browns and grays to a mass of soft greens once again. The forsythia are yellow in many places and lawns are greening up. My perennials are peeking out of the ground but it will be a few weeks before there is any color so I had to bring some signs of spring to our yard. Last week I planted some pansies and brought out some of my garden elements. Changing the decor inside as well as outside for the seasons is something my mom always did and still does, and I have followed in her footsteps. I have to say, she has been my inspiration for many of the things I do to make our house a home. Thanks Mom, for all the ideas and hard work over the years!

I smell my second up of coffee calling me and it is time to make hay while the sun shines, so until next time, hugs, Linda

Friday, April 18, 2008

My very first post


Welcome to my new blog! I love my red front door and I change the decor to reflect the seasons of my life so I thought it was the perfect name for my very first blog. I have enjoyed reading some other very creative blogs so I decided to try my hand at it. This is probably not the best time to start one with the wedding coming up, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I hope you enjoy it.

Speaking of wedding, at this time next week, we will be approaching Las Vegas and I am not ashamed to say, I will be relieved when we land! I have flown many times, but not since 9/11 and not since the stricter rules were put in place. And lately, every time we turn around, another airline is having major problems or going bust, so I will be one happy lady when we land. I have my IPod Nano ready and loaded with some of my favorite music, and some little white pills from my Dr. to keep me calm. Jay assures me that Midwest Airlines has roomier seats so I am hoping for a comfortable ride! My DH David and I will be traveling with Jay and Angela (groom and bride), our daughter Jen and her BF Justin and Angela's cousin Melissa.

Once in Las Vegas, we will be staying at the Luxor, right on the strip. We have heard great things about it and we are all excited to see it for ourselves. I was disappointed to find out their steak house is closed for renovations so we will have to find someplace else to have our post wedding dinner. The Luxor

We will have all day Friday and most of Saturday to explore. The wedding ceremony is at sunset on Saturday, the 26th in the Valley of Fire State Park, outside of Las Vegas. I am looking forward to the gorgeous scenery and hoping for cool temps!! The average temp for that date is 75 and I hope it is not any warmer than that. The Valley of Fire

We then have all day Sunday for more fun and games and we leave Vegas on Sunday the 27th, at midnight (ugh), change planes in Milwaukee again - this time with a longer layover in the wee early morning hours, and finally get to Logan after noon on Monday. Even though I know I will be tired, I will be doing a happy dance once we get on the ground again. Our private van picks us up and we head home to crash until the next day. On Tuesday the 29th, we have to bring the centerpieces, favors, place cards, courtesy basket, programs, and everything else to the White Cliffs for the formal sit down dinner reception on May 3rd. We have about 100 family and friends coming and I cannot wait to party! The White Cliffs

Angela and I met with the photographer this evening for one last run through and things are pretty much set and ready to go! I will have plenty of pictures to post after both special days.

Well friends, I am going to stop here and check out how I did with my first ever blog post. Thanks for stopping by, until next time, hugs, Linda