Simple Pleasure Thursday 8/17

Do you ever just sit and say to yourself “what have I gotten myself into”? It seems I have done that a lot lately. “What was I thinking” has crossed my mind more than once. This week the littles have been so antsy I have said that daily, maybe even hourly, lol! Yes, that saga continues! Now you know I love them dearly and treasure my time with them, but they have been little stinkers with a capital “S” this week! I told them I was going to send them to daycare (specifically sunny side, remember that from the Toy Story 2 movie) and I was going to work at McDonalds…..I’m still thinking it has to do with the lunar eclipse. My friend Robert, wasn’t quite sure about how that works, but my friend Marie thinks it’s probably so. Her words were “people have been just bat-poop crazy”…..Ha! What an understatement! Have you noticed that extra dose of craziness around you? I want to say I can’t wait for school to start back, but then I’ll be running back and forth….even good things can have some negatives.

What is my Simple Pleasure this week? Can I find one? I think it has to be having a few minutes alone in quiet. I ran out last night to get my haircut. I can’t say that was really a pleasure, but I left the house alone to do something other than go to the gym. I am on the hunt for a new stylist; Again. I found one a few months ago, recommended by my friend Paula who runs a Facebook blog The Weigh Inn and is a member of the #saturday7amsocialclub. Can I just say he was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!! I think it was the best cut I have ever had and it stayed looking great through the entire “grow out time”. I never had that love it one day hate it the next syndrome. Then he up and moved; over an hour away from us!!! The nerve!

Because I have waited longer than I should have my hair was getting to the point I couldn’t do anything with it, so I ran up to one of the chain shops…..the girl didn’t do a bad job, but she was not the replacement I was looking for either. The hunt continues. Or maybe I will be taking a drive to western Maryland….I might be able to get two visits in before the weather gets too bad to chance traveling out that way.

So this weeks Simple Pleasure may be two fold. A few minutes of quiet time away from the house and a good hair stylist! What is your Simple or even Guilty Pleasure for this week?

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Thursday Simple Pleasures 8/10

Hello friends! It’s Thursday again and that means it’s time to share our Simple or Guilty Pleasures. This week I am sharing a Simple Pleasure.

This past Sunday when I went for my long run (usually my only run) I decided it was time to take a different route than I had been taking. I try to switch my routes around now and again, for safety, just in case someone is watching. As a woman running alone and in the wee hours of the morning, I think it’s a good idea.

The route took me down the Peninsula Expressway. This can be a rather busy road, but not so much in the early dawn; which can be good and bad. I was heading over the draw bridge, that crosses Bear Creek, at the perfect time to see the sun rising. Bear Creek opens up into the Chesapeake Bay.

How beautiful is that? God’s handy work. The beauty of nature that is all around us. Sometimes we just have to stop and look. Many times we don’t or we take it for granted. I have run this route many times, but never at the perfect time to see this. I have run this early many times, but I have never seen a sunrise so spectacular while running.

This is my Simple Pleasure for this week. The beauty of nature that surrounds us. A beautiful, peaceful sunrise over the water. Don’t you just love a beautiful sunrise or sunset? What is your Simple or Guilty Pleasure for this week? Please take a moment to share.

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 8/3

Wow! It’s Thursday, that means it’s time for a Simple Pleasure, and the weekend is almost here! Yay!!!

August is off to a great start. After the crazy extended hot weather in July, things seem to have settled down a bit. I wouldn’t say it’s cool, but right now it’s not oppressively hot. I’ll take it!

This week my Simple Pleasure is a good nights sleep! Not just the number of hours I get, but the quality of those hours!

I try to get a minimum of seven hours sleep each night. That seems to be a good number for me. For the past several weeks that has not happened, consistently. And boy was I feeling it this past weekend! So much so that I didn’t even try to run on Sunday!

When I woke up Sunday to get ready, for my run, I felt like crap! My sinuses and throat were stinging and burning. You know that “is it allergies or am I coming down with something” feeling? I got, made coffee, and tried to talk myself into going; but I couldn’t make myself get ready. Missing an entire run at this stage isn’t good for the training plan, but stressing my body, getting sick, and missing more runs or workouts would be worse. So I just decided to take it easy for the day. It was actually nice to do practically nothing, for a change.

Sunday night I was in bed at 7:30, and asleep before 8:00! Thanks to my Fitbit I can track my sleep patterns.

This may not look like “good” sleep, but it’s better than it had been and I felt much better when I woke up Monday morning! The first awake period was when “The Man” got up for work. The second was when Miss Quinn decided to come sleep with me. She is not easy to sleep with! I think last week either she, Noah, or both wandered in every night. Do you know how much room a three year old can take up in a king sized bed? 😳 a lot, lol!

One day “The Man” came home and asked her where she slept that night. She told him in “mine and Oma’s bed”, haha! She wandered in last Friday night, not too long before I had to get up and get ready to leave for WW and the gym. When I got up to go she said to him “Pop you need to get on the other side of the bed” meaning my side. He was on “her side”! Cheeky little thing, she is!

Do you have a simple pleasure to share with us this week? Have you gotten a break from the weather? Someone posted to Facebook today, that it’s 50 days until fall! I’m so excited! Fall is my favorite season and Spring is a close second! I like summer for the longer days, but not the heat. What is your favorite season?

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Thursday Simple Pleasures 7/20

It’s Thursday! What does that mean? It’s almost Friday and the weekend? Well, that too, but, it’s time for our Simple Pleasures!!

This week my simple pleasure is fresh homegrown tomatoes and tomato sandwiches.


We enjoy going to the Baltimore Farmers Market every year. It is open from April thru December. I like going the first week it opens, just because, but we don’t usually go often the first few weeks because there isn’t much produce. There are a lot of plants and such, but those plants are much better off if I leave them there, lol!

A couple of weekends ago we went and I got some great tomatoes! I ate tomato sandwiches for lunch every day the following week! They were so delicious! Such a simple thing, but oh soooooo good! Do you enjoy fresh grown tomato sandwiches? What do you put on yours? I like just a bit of mayo and a little S&P. Sometimes I’ll make a BLT but when I want a tomato sandwich, I really just want tomatoes, lol!

I don’t know about where you live but folks here in Maryland swear Maryland tomatoes are better than any other. Ironically folks from New Jersey (where “The Man” is from) will tell you the same thing! I agree and disagree with them all, lol! I have had tomatoes grown Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Canada, and South Dakota. They are all absolutely great! But I will say this, they were all “homegrown, vine ripened” tomatoes. Tomatoes bought at farm stands or farmers markets; not tomatoes bought at the grocery store, that are half green looking or pinkish. That is the key. There is nothing like a tomato picked ripe from the vine, grown in nutrient rich soil!

I usually buy from the same farmers each year, although My M.O. is to walk through the entire market when I arrive. I do this to see what is available, and the cost. I then walk back through and make my purchases based on availability and sometimes cost, but cost is not the deciding factor. The overall quality and freshness that day is. Then I make my purchases. I then often cris cross the market making my purchases so that I purchase the heaviest items on my out. We often take a wagon with us if planning on making a lot of purchases.

This photo is from five years ago. Wasn’t Noah so cute chasing down his wagon?

Noah enjoyed riding and eating our purchases!

Are you fortunate to have farmers markets? What are some of your favorite finds? What is your simple pleasure for this week?

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 6/29

I’ve been MIA a little bit this week. Things have been a bit crazy, as I’ve been trying to help organize the half marathon and marathon run for Sgt Eric Houck in October. If you missed that post you can read it here

This week I have a simple pleasure; lightning bugs AKA fireflies. Do you have them where you are? What do you call them?


I saw my first one last week. When I see them I really feel like it’s summer. My son sent me this picture a couple of weeks back, when he first saw one. I haven’t been outside late enough to see them sooner, lol. They have fascinated me since I was a little girl. I love sitting on the porch watching them fly around and light up.

We also have a bat that flits around at night. It’s interesting to watch, but I must admit it scares me a bit too…mainly because you always hear about bats and rabies, other than that it doesn’t bother me.

Then there’s the squirrels that “The Man” took to feeding this last winter. Honestly, they now come and stand in front of the door looking for peanuts! He and the littles have named them Petey! I’m seriously waiting for them to actually knock on the door one day! With all the critters you’d think we lived country.

What is your simple pleasure this week? Comment and let me know!

I do have a lot to share with you and will be back to a regular posting schedule soon. “The Man” is on vacation next week, so either I will be writing to stay sane or busy, lol!

Until the next time

Janet

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Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday 6/22

Hello! It’s time for Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday again! This week I have (what I will call) a guilty pleasure. It’s a game! Yes, a game. I play Candy Crush!


Really, I do! I started playing it on a whim a few years ago and was hooked immediately! I don’t play it as frequently as I did in the beginning, but there’s rarely a day that I don’t play for a few minutes.


I also play Words With Friends and right now I have games going with four people! In my mind, it keeps my mind active, lol! I only devote a few minutes of my day to them, but I must admit, I do enjoy just zoning out for a few minutes and playing.

Do you play either of these games? Are you caught up in any of those “Facebook” games? These are the only ones I play, though I get requests daily from “friends” trying to get me caught up in their games. Sorry, guys, I have enough to keep up with!!! It seems some folks do nothing but play games all day. I wish I had that much time on my hands, lol!

What is your simple/guilty pleasure for this week? Take a minute and share with us!

Don’t forget, when you comment on the blog during June (my birthday month) you get a chance to win that weeks Plunder Jewelry.

The winner of the June Plunder Posse is Beth! Beth, contact me via private message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com and let me know how to get your Plunder to you.

Plunder has just started a new sign on incentive! It will run through the end of June. I know some you of have thought of joining me, but have been on the fence. Now is the time!

If you join before the end of June you could earn the $99 fee you pay for your starter kit back AND be eligible for the Plunder cruise in January!!! How awesome is that? 

Where else can you start your own business for $99, earn that money back, so essential you’ve started your business for nothing, and earn a free cruise? The jewelry pictured is what will come in your starter kit. This is your jewelry to wear, display, or sell (if you want). If you change mind about being a Plunder Stylist, at the least you’ve bought 8 gorgeous pieces of Plunder for much less than you would have paid per piece. Private Message me or email me at Grandma2Glamma@gmail.com for more details or if you are ready to join. You can also just click here then click on “PLUNDER OPPORTUNITY” then “STARTER KIT” and sign up. I hope to see you on the cruise!!!

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 Simple Pleasure Thursday 6/15


Hello! How are y’all today? It’s time for another Simple Pleasure Thursday!

My simple pleasure this week is enjoying my first cup of coffee in the morning, sitting alone, while the house is still quiet! Waking up, just sitting in the quiet with that first cup. I just sit and meditate, reflect, turn the news on low (not always the best choice) and enjoy the warmth of that cup in my hand.

I drink two cups every morning. Other than that I’m a water drinker. If we go out to breakfast I will get coffee too, but other than the morning, I am not a regular coffee drinker.

Sometimes I take it for granted. I certainly realized how much I enjoy a “good” cup of coffee in the morning, while I was away yesterday. I was quite excited to learn that the hotel offered complimentary coffee all day. That was until yesterday morning when I woke up. I went down and poured a cup of mud….the night person apparently didn’t drink coffee or make it…I went back an hour later (because I just had to) and the same coffee was still sitting there 😳. I had to wait until we went for breakfast to get a cup. And I enjoyed every sip!

I actually have a travel coffee pot that I bought to take when I know I won’t be able to get coffee when I get up (we are early risers) and if I’m traveling for a race I have to time my rising, eating, and such for the race start. I didn’t take it, since it was just an overnight trip….

After breakfast, where I tried to make a healthy choice, we headed to the boardwalk. The view for the morning certainly did help make up for the poor coffee start.

Now this view every morning, while drinking coffee, might just be perfect! What do you think?

What is your simple pleasure for this week? Leave a message and let me know.

I’ll be telling you about my trip soon!

Until the next time

Janet

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Thursday Guilty/Simple Pleasures 

I bet we can all find a Simple Pleasure

Happy first day of June! Can you believe we are almost at the halfway point of the year? Is this crazy or what? It’s almost officially summer, although I don’t think Mother Nature has quite gotten that message, at least not here, lol! Has the weather evened out in your neck of the woods or are still playing the guessing game?

After posting my Guilty/Simple Pleasures blog, a couple of weeks ago, you can read it here if you missed it, I have been thinking that Thursday might be a great day to start sharing our Simple or Guilty Pleasures. I bet we all have some or can find a simple pleasure from the previous week, or just in general, to share.

This is my most recent:

The hand of a grand little in mine.

Isn’t this just the sweetest?
Last week Miss Alessandra came to spend the day. Now you may ask “what’s new about that?” For those who don’t know I am a SAHGMa. I left my job in healthcare almost 6 years ago to stay home with my little Noah, and the babies have just kept coming, lol!

Since Miss Caterina came along in April “Lessa” has been home with mommy. Last week her mommy had some things to do and ask if Lessa could come over for the morning. Well, of course she could.

She was in rare form of course.

She started out extra whiny, lol, then decided she wanted her shoes off, then the socks, then the shirt, and finally her pants….at least she didn’t try for the diaper, lol! The next thing you know, I looked around and she has Miss Quinn’s shoes on; two different ones just as proud as punch with herself! Now at 19 months old you know that didn’t last too long before she was on to the next thing…after a while she decided she needed to put on Miss Quinn’s red shoe…yes, shoe, just one, on the wrong foot…and clomped around for ever with it. Her one red shoe and a diaper; what a picture, lol!

After a bit she wanted to climb up and sit on the couch, next to me, with an iPad. Once she got herself up and comfortable she reached over and put her hand in mine and just sat there. And there we sat, the house a mess, an almost naked baby with one red shoe on the wrong foot, an iPad (that she forgot for a few moments), and Miss Quinn and the cat on the other side. Now Miss Quinn has always had to sit holding hands and she will worm her hand in yours until it just suits her, but, this hand holding is not a “Lessa thing”, it’s a “Quinn thing”, so it was extra sweet. For a while we just there, both of them with their hands in mine. Since it there was no one else home I couldn’t get a picture of that….

This is my Simple Pleasure for this week. What is yours? Be sure to tell me about it in the comments!

June is also my birthday month! To celebrate I will be doing a few giveaways on the blog. Each week, at the end of the day on Friday, I will have a drawing for a piece of Plunder jewelry. I will announce the winner here on the blog, in the next blog post and will notify you by email. To be entered all you need to is comment on the blog, starting with todays. Everyone who leaves a comment during the week will be entered!

If you want to order from Plunder the party link to order for June is still Janete3. On my birthday, and I’m not going to tell you in advance when that is, hahaha, I will have an extra drawing for the June Posse! This month it is 3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry!!! That’s right one person will win the entire set! Remember all you need to do is comment on the blog to be entered in the drawing! Easy Peasy! Right?

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Don’t forget to comment to be entered in the drawings, but I really do want to hear about your Simple Pleasures too!!!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

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Guilty or Simple Pleasures

Do you have a guilty or simple pleasure? I have two. They are both food related, go figure, Lol.

In the fall/winter it is this.

Peppermint stick ice cream.


I have loved this since I was a little girl. One of my fondest memories with my dad was going to the mall and getting an ice cream cone from Baskin Robins. I would always get peppermint stick (I don’t think they have it anymore and I no longer live near that mall). I remember being so excited when I was old enough for a double scoop! Finally, several years ago, various brands started bringing it out around the holidays. Now as soon as I see it in the store, I buy it! I don’t care if it’s on sale or not!! I must have it. I have learned to “stock-up” when it goes on sale so that I can have it as long as possible; until it hits the stores again usually by mid/late October! I did see in one year in September. I really am like a kid in a candy store when I see it.

I have two containers left in the freezer. This is the longest I ever had it into the year. They might almost get me through until it is available in the store again! Once I get towards the last of it, I will literally eat one spoonful at a time only to make it last.

I will share it with the grand littles. They have actually had it before they ever had real food (don’t tell). I have to think long and hard about sharing with anyone else, though, lol!

My other guilty/simple pleasure is fresh cherries!

As soon as I see them in the store and they look good, I must get them, too. They are usually quite pricey early on, but I will splurge if I think they look like they will be good and sweet.

I consider these “guilty” pleasures because I will get them regardless of price (I won’t do that with just anything). The ice cream is a “simple pleasure” because it brings back memories of a special time. The cherries just remind of summer and a new season.

What are some of your guilty/simple pleasures? Do you have more than one? Please do share!

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