Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!
Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has defintely been a challenge every day throughout the past three years, but I welcome the challenge again this year 2015. I hope you will continue the ride with me!
Monday, July 31, 2017
Thankfully, a reader of Living in the Triangle was persistent in finding me and made a valiant effort to reach me for a tshirt quilt she wanted to have custom made...but not through the website that was published because I needed to link my domain name to the site, and that was the hang up for too long. So today, our nephew, Alex Tomoff (a rising senior at Penn State and savvy enough around a computer and website construction), visited us today. He is in town for an internship this week with NOA, and had dinner with us, along with helping me finally go "live" with needleonfull.com
I did muscle the information needed to incorporate the domain name and website host site, but for the life of me, couldn't figure out how to "marry" them together. A simple phone call to Google Domains was all that was needed to go live, and I am so excited it is now working. This site is not perfect by any means, and there will be tweaking of the site as I learn more, but I am excited and happy to roll this out today! A big Shout of Thanks to Alex in helping me overcome the hurdle and make this "dream" a reality.
Photos from the evening...with Alex and family
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Unfortunately, the pool day we had scheduled this afternoon was cancelled due to the rain and cool temperatures, but the brilliant idea of going to the movies on this rainy day was just the ticket by seeing the spy thriller; "Atomic Blonde" with Charlize Theron. I liked it even though there was a lot of "bang 'em up and shoot 'em up", and based on the novel: The Coldest City by Antony Johnston. Her character is an undercover agent who is sent to Berlin in the closing days of the Cold War (1989) to investigate a murder...and of course, to clean up the mess left by the British Government. Charlize Theron's character was like a female version of James Bond!
BSoleille! The bright side of social media strong...good enough until you meet up in person once again...
Photo: Terri, Lori and Linda
Friday, July 28, 2017
A big shout of THANKS to Mike Serafini for transforming the master bath with his fastidious attention to detail in converting our itty bitty sink to two high performing sinks that we simply love (which also included moving a wall/closet/plumbing/electric). The closet was cut in half to make room, but that too was converted to very accessible and usable space for much needed storage (we fight for inches in these Levitt homes without basements!). If it's noticeable from the attached photo that the shower doors have not been swapped out...yet...you are right, but they are on order and will be installed soon for the renovation to be complete! Even now though, when we step into this updated space, we feel like we are in an hotel bathroom and that's not too shabby at all!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
While looking for another photo among thousands of hard-copy photos, I came across this one of Loo-C that I wanted to share. She certainly has that puppy look and still sits in the same spot all these years later.
So cheers to Loo-C and all four-legged furry friends hanging with their peeps on a warm summer night.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
But while I pursued the weed removal project, I glanced up and "discovered" the "most beautiful" moth hanging on the patio door. It never moved, and I was able to get very close to it to take a couple of photos of it's "grandeur", er "colors", or more aptly, design(s), which made all that weed pulling, thankfully, somewhat tolerable...
Monday, July 24, 2017
The Diamond Family has been hosting and raising funds since 2009 for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Playroom, aptly named in Cam's honor! Tonight was no exception with kids helping kids which included: writing get well cards to young hospitalized patients ; a silent auction; 50-50 raffle and a table of CamPower products to purchase (tshirts, cards, buffs, swim caps and visors and more) for the swimmers and their families.
So hearty kudos go out to BJ, Carol, Amanda and Julia Diamond and their dedicated volunteers who "battled" the hot and humid afternoon to raise funds and spread the word about their mission to help a local family; maintain the Cameron Playroom at JH; secure funds for a scholarship for an Anne Arundel County Student pursuing a career in medicine, and a donation to CureSearch.
For more information check out their new name and website: http://campowerforall.org/
BSoleille! The bright side of a local family helping other local families!
Photos from this evening's meet
The Diamond Family
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Friends through high school, but more importantly, through life, is gosh darn incredible for anyone no matter if you graduated last year, five years ago or, ahem, 37 years ago! I am thankful for these wonderful ladies and our frienships that have endured and continue to this day.
A huge Thank You to Kata and Lenny for hosting us, and teaching me the game of pickle ball! My first time ever playing this super fun and "all the rage" of a sort of tennis like game! A dip in the pool to cool off afterwards was just the ticket for a hot summer day.
|L-R: Robin, Sally, Debbie, me, Sarah, Kata and Sue|
Saturday, July 22, 2017
We are so happy for the new Mr. And Mrs. Brett Tomoff! A hearty congratulations on the start of a new marriage, and all the love and support bestowed on the happy couple all day today. The rain broke right before the ceremony and the sun and warm weather contributed to the awesome wedding day for Brett and Debbie!
The officiant was Bill Tomoff, and I must admit, he did a stellar job of performing the wedding ceremony to a tee! I am one proud wife as I know he practiced and practiced for weeks prior to this special day.
Kudos to Alex and Karen Tomoff and Kelly and Karl Moosbrugger, parents of Brett and Debbie. Love abounded and surrounded this beautiful couple today!
Friday, July 21, 2017
Here's wishing the bride and groom to be a restful night and their friends and family one too. Looking forward to "I do's" and the celebration to follow.
BSoleille! The bright side of a summertime family wedding!
Photos from the rehearsal...
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
My JSB: L-R: me, Shelley J.; Carrie Casto, Deb Hoppe and Karen Todd
Fast forward to today, and I've been painting for the past three days. I figured I'd tackle one more bathroom since all the painting stuff was out and screaming at me to be used and accounted for. Those brushes and rollers are sick of being in a hot garage, so I put them to work with lovely colors of Sherwin-Williams (for Josh Franek and Alyssa Kozlowski that is....) that transformed these bathrooms from good to great.
I can't believe we've been here for 20 years!!
BSoleille! The bright side of a fresh coat of paint, it certainly brightens up everything, doesn't it?
Monday, July 17, 2017
Curiously enough, my first photo is when we were camping 20 miles North of Crested Butte, and came back from a hike near Lost Lake and the Gunnison National Forest, when we happened to notice the flowers on the windshield of my car. No note was attached and we really never talked to anyone except for the guy at check-in. It was certainly a nice gesture...and "coincidentally" all Colorado wildflowers that "we" were on the "hunt" for the whole trip ;).
BSoleille! The bright side of "chivalry" in wildflowers...
Sunday, July 16, 2017
It will be great when it is all said and done, so I'm keeping my eye on the "prize" of finish-hood!
Incidentally, while ordering this and that for the bathroom (like vanity and countertop and faucets etc.), the double-sink vanity top purchased at Lowe's was delivered with a broken corner. I took it back and they exchanged it with no problems. I thought I looked over that second one well enough, but that proved futile. This time I called the store to report this countertop had deep cuts and scratches on top that we did not detect upon purchase (merchandise well covered with plastic and styrofoam around edges).
Since my contractor Mike S. was here to install everything, I asked for the store manager at the Bowie, MD, Lowe's. Thinking this may not go well, I was pleasantly surprised in talking with one of the manager's, Don Terry. He was "johnny on the spot", and remembered me from the first countertop return. He mentioned if they had a "good one" in stock, (he, personally was going to open the box and check it out with a "fine tooth comb"), he would drive it over to my house in his personal vehicle/truck. And that is exactly what he did, with a "good one" in fact, and made this customer very happy with the service he provided for a "damsel in distress" and her contractor! Now that is excellent customer service...and with a smile too!
BSoleille! The bright side of a SHOUT OUT of THANKS to Don Terry of Lowe's in Bowie, MD!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
BSoleille! The bright side of vehicle air conditioning!
Friday, July 14, 2017
The whirlwind few days my guys spent in LA were met with awe and wonder, and very thankful hearts for those that made it happen; namely, Bill Gawne and his contacts and ESPN (ABC). We can't THANK them enough I don't think. Collectively, they quickly put together a trip for a very sport loving and deserving kid. THANK YOU BILL GAWNE!
And lastly, what a difference a year makes, yes? Last year at this time he was just given the "green light" to get out of the house and "do things" following his major tongue surgery at the end of May 2016. This year; walking the red carpet at the ESPY's. Who would have ever thought it could happen? I am thankful it did for sure!
BSoleille! The bright side of my guys meeting many athletes, but their favorites were Israel Del Toro (the injured soldier in Iraq who received the Pat Tillman award), and Chris "Boomer" Berman...THEY...WENT...ALL...THE...WAY...TO...LA...and back now.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
We are so thankful to Bill Gawne of Nike, ESPN, and others who made this trip possible for Ryan and Bill. For sports fans, you know what I mean! A once in a lifetime opportunity bar none!!
BSoleille! The bright side of wonderful memories at the 2017 ESPY's
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Now that she is back at the ranch, I am itching to get back to my sewing projects, quilting and NeedleOnFull Tshirt quilts!