Saturday, January 3, 2015

So Far So Good

We had our first 'real' snow today and I started my day off by shoveling.    I love the quiet that snow seems to bring, and it was only an ordinarily cold morning, not bitter or windy or wet, and this first snow was soft and light, so I was glad to be out in it.
I have already had a few fun days in 2015, a nice way to start.   My family and I went on a tour of the Alden B Dow Home and Studio, an architectural delight.   I have rarely had "house envy," but I loved almost everything about this one-- of course, with over 16,000 feet of living space, there is a lot to love!   Most of all, it was fun to see the Littles respond to such a creative design, and to hear them talking about what they might do if they were designing a house.   Their parents have already signed them up for Architecture Camp next summer so that they can explore those ideas.

I have been enjoying my Chirstmas gifties, too.    My son's family gave me some cool tech-y lights that I can control through my cell phone, so that I can make the house look occupied even when I am away.   They turn themselves on when they sense I am nearly home at night, and turn themselves off when I drive away.    Coolest thing ever!  Someday everything in my house will be smarter than I am!    And my sister -- who is NOT supposed to give me anything because we agreed not to exchange gifts -- gave me this fantastic pair of Boggs boots.   I can't wait for muddy spring weather to slosh around in them!   These boots will brighten any dreary day, that's for sure!
 One little gift was a total surprise.   On Christmas morning, I found a pair of slippers on my back step.   A friend has teased me all year about being "queen of the bunnies" since I take so much delight in them, so I knew immediately where those slippers really came from, although the card was signed by my "lagomorphic friends." 

The same friend gave me (and his adult kids) a nano helicopter, and we had several Air Contests this week  -- as terrible as I am at it, they are not much better, so it's been a lot of fun.   The goal is to send the little drone into the next room, turn it around, and bring it back without landing or crashing.   Sounds simple, doesn't it?    And yet none of us have managed to accomplish it yet -- those little copters move a lot faster than my reflexes do!   I have successfully flown mine into the other room, landed it, and then flown it back, but no prizes until one of us can do it without stopping.

And, another gift of sorts,  I had a very unexpected phone call today from an old friend, the best boss I ever had, a retired judge who I haven't talked to in many years.  He is 89 years old and told me that his very best friends have all died, so it is time to cultivate his second best friendships, something so sweet and true that it made me laugh.    It was very good to hear from him. 

All in all, 2015 is off to a good start, with fun and friends.   About all that could make it better would be a cleaner house --  mine definitely needs a thorough cleaning, but so far I have done everything I can think of to avoid doing it.     In fact, I think I hear my sewing machine calling me now . . . maybe housework will happen tomorrow.  :)


sue in mexico mo said...

It sounds like 2015 is going to be a good year!

Barbara said...

Oh man, I love those boots. And the slippers! Your feet be stylin'!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

How nice to come by here tonight and read about your wonderful new year. Love all your gifts and of course those boots are awesome.
The snow looks beautiful and glad you shared it with us.
It was a treat opening my site tonight and seeing that you had stopped by.
I have truly missed you and blogging
Thanks for the sweet comment and Blessings.
Happy New Year

Mosaic Magpie said...

I am delighted you left me a comment so I could come and visit you! Those boots are fantastic and the slippers look pretty comfy too!

Boud said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog and allowing me the link to get in here! this is a delightful spot, and I'll be returning. So good humored, I love the feel of it.

Terry said...

Hey, another Michigander, I'm up near Houghton Lake. Loved the boots. Sounds like you have a fun life, look forward to following you

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Wonderful boots. Just looking at them makes me want to click my heels together!

Fil said...

Oh I love those wellies :) Thank you for coming by my blog today ... lovely to meet you
Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

Jade said...

What a sweet phone call. That's absolutely right though. It's never too late to reconnect with old friends :)

duchess_declutter said...

Hi thanks for dropping by my blog - your part of the world is certainly different from mine! Now a follower, hope to catch up some more soon. cheers Wendy

Christine B said...

Hello! Thank you for coming to visit my blog... I have enjoyed my return visit very much. A fun place and I too love those boots! :) x

Deborah Weber said...

So glad you visited my blog so I could I return the visit. Wonderful to meet you. Those are seriously fabulous boots - I'd be tempted to wear them all the time.

Sue Kosec said...

Happy day to you! I'm here from Grow Your Blog ... stumbled onto your blog and waned to pop in and say hello.

Working my way through the list Vicki provided and would love for you to check out my two blogs: SuZeQ Creations and A Country Chic Retreat. I'll leave the door open, so pop in any time.


Cheryl said...

What awesome boots!