Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Old School Blogging – A Few of My Favorite Things

It's time for another installment of Old School Blogging.  This month, we are doing A Few of My Favorite Things.

Sit down restaurant
Craft House is the new version of one of our former favorite places.  The food is great and if you are a beer drinker (I'm not), they have a ton of craft beers to choose from.

Cookie
I love chocolate chip cookies all warm and gooey from the oven, but my very favorite is the decorated sugar cookies at Christmas.

Bath Product Scent
Olay Age Defying Body Wash is the one that I use all the time.  I don't know that it has an actual scent name.  I just love it.  It doesn't fight my perfume scent.

TV Shows
I'm not a big tv watcher.  The only time I faithfully have the tv on is when I am making dinner or going to bed.  Then I am watching reruns of the Cosby Show or The Golden Girls.  This time of year though, you will always find me watching the Notre Dame football game.
Flowers
My favorite flower is a yellow rose, but I'm not opposed to just about any flower.  They are all beautiful.
 
 
Bad for Me Snack
I'm guessing it would probably be Bacardi and diet coke with lime with chips and salsa.
 
Magazines
I am a magazine whore.  I get way too many.  I would say my favorites are Prevention and Real Simple.
 
Hobby
I love my camera, so definitely photography.  I also love painting, sewing and my new love for making beach glass jewelry.
 
Holiday
Christmas, hands down.  I have always loved the wonder in the kids eyes and how they can't wait for Santa to come, but still know the real reason for the holiday.  I think my very favorite thing is watching one of the grandkids put baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning.
 
Girls Night Out Activity
For the past six months or so, there has been a new thing in my town called Wine and Canvas and Canvas Escapes.  The premise is you paint a canvas in about three hours.  Sometimes they are good and sometimes they aren't, but we have a blast doing it.  This is the one we are going to try next month.
 
Date Night
Date night is usually pretty simple.  We go out for dinner and then down to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset.  We love it!  I especially love when it is clear enough to see Chicago.
These are some of my favorite things.  If you'd like to join in, head over to The Miss Elaine-ous Life and link up.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old School Blogging, Wrapping Up Summer

 
Old school blogging is back and I'm excited. 
I love doing these, so here we go! 
 
What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?
I absolutely loved walking this summer.  I got up early every morning and just walked.  I have averaged between five and seven miles a day and I haven't missed a day since March 27.  A friend walked with me a few times, but mostly it was just me.  It was so calm and peaceful.  The perfect start to my days.
 
What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?
We went on a family vacation to Diamond Lake in Michigan. 


 
What books did you read this summer?
Unfortunately, I read very little.  What I did read was an old Nora Roberts trilogy and Nikon D3000 for Dummies.
 
What do you WISH you had done this summer?
I wish I had taken the time to get more things done around the house.  I work at a school and have my whole summer off.  Every year, I have big plans and rarely do I get them all done.  There is just too much fun to be had.
 
What movies did you see this summer (if any)?
The only movie I have seen in the theatre this summer was Jersey Boys, but I did enjoy it.
 
Where did you travel this summer?
The family vacation in Michigan and then a girls trip for a couple nights to a friends lake house.
 
What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?
Hands down....Rumchatta pudding pie!
 
What did you celebrate this summer?
We celebrated my best friend's daughters wedding.  It was like marrying off one of our own.
Did you grow anything this summer?
Just my flowers in the yard.  No vegetable garden this year.
What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?
It was actually a post I did for a website that I write for, The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.  You can find the post here.
 
What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?
How about three!
 
 
What do you want to do next summer?
I had a big trip planned for next summer and then my daughter got engaged this spring.  The wedding date is July 18, 2015.  We will be having a wedding next summer and I couldn't be happier or more excited.  I would give up any trip for this wedding.  It is going to be wonderful!
 
So, that is my summer wrap up.  If you would like to join in the fun, just head over to The Miss Elaine-ous Life.
 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Taking Care of Me

I have found that turning 60 has been one of the most empowering events of my life.  I've gotten braver.  I've gotten a new sense of what's right and wrong for me.  I've learned that I am an important person.  I've learned that I have a core group of people who love me no matter what.  I've also learned that some people I thought were my friends really aren't.  I'm okay with that.  I'm happy to know the difference.  The last eight months have been an amazing learning experience.  I can't wait to see what the last four months before I officially turn 60 are holding.  I'm excited and it's awesome!
 
Below are some things that tell how I'm feeling about things right now.  I swear, it's all good. 























Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
We just got home from vacation at Diamond Lake in Michigan.  This was our last boat ride last night for sunset.  Vacations are always nice, but it's good to be home.  I will miss God's painting every night.  It's beautiful.
 
So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
I almost missed this.  I was tired and kept putting off my walk the other night.  Thank goodness I finally got off my butt and went.  Isn't this beautiful?!?!  God definitely had his paint brush out!
 
So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is.  Man, I love my camera!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
I walk every morning.  Yesterday, I decided to take a little walk down memory lane.  I walked down to the neighborhood that I grew up in.  This a lake that is by the creek we used to play in.  I love the reflection and the lily pads.  It was fun to go back and remember all the fun we used to have down there.
 
So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is.  Man, I love my camera!!
 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
This is the aftermath of Natalie's cannonball.  I love all the water droplets everywhere.  If it wasn't for her goggles, you might not find her in the picture.  She loves the water.
 
 So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is.  Man, I love my camera!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
Dick and I were back at the beach for a morning walk.  The colors in the water were beautiful.  Lake Michigan is truly one of my favorite places to be during the summer.  I am not a beach or water person by any means, but I love walking the shoreline.  I know that some of you have already seen this, but I truly think it is my best shot this past week.  I actually made it my Facebook cover picture.
 
So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is.  Man, I love my camera!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
 This is my weekly photo challenge. The premise is easy.  All you have to do is show us your favorite picture you took over the past week.  It doesn't matter what it is.  If it is your favorite, that is what you post.  Pretty simple, right?  So here we go......
 
Here's my favorite shot for the week.
One of my favorite things to do is go to the beach for sunset.  Dick and I went on Friday night and it was perfect.  Chicago was clear as a bell and the gull flying across at the last second was the icing on the cake.  I really love this shot.  Definitely my favorite this week!
 
So, now it's your turn.  If you are a blogger, please post your link in the comments.  If you aren't a blogger, I will link this to my Facebook page and you can post your picture in the comments.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook, friend request me as Nancy Jankowski Collins.  I promise I'll accept.  Please link my post in your post.  Please let your friends know about the photo challenge and invite them to join in.  Feel free to share it on any of your social media sites. Be sure and visit the other entries and leave them a comment.  You know we all love getting comments.    I can't wait to see what your favorite shot of the week is.