And The Winner Is…

moviesThis is the phrase used many times last night prior to giving out Oscars.  It was a great celebration of the movies.  Last night I stayed up to watch the entire Oscars broadcast and am so glad I did.  It was a fun evening, although this morning I am tired since I didn’t sleep well and was up so late.

After the tough weekend and not feeling well, it was fun to laugh and enjoy the show.  Ellen DeGeneres did a great job as host and was funny without being too mean to anyone.  She just poked fun.  And the fact that she actually ordered pizza and then handed it out was great, as was the Twitter-crashing photo of her with some of the stars.

I was pleased with most of the winners and especially liked the musical performances for the nominated songs.  As usual U2 was great and performed their wonderful song really well, I enjoyed Pink’s performance with the different phrasing, and Bette Midler brought me to tears with “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  I have liked that song since “Beaches.”  The fact that so many winners were truly thankful was also really nice to see.

I also liked the fashions, including the fact that the men were more colorful with their tuxes, and the ladies wore some lovely gowns.  And, the acceptance speeches by and large were very well done.  It was nice to see so many people being so truly touched by winning.   How about you?  What were some of your favorites?

I have to admit that I hadn’t seen any of the nominated movies and hope to soon on DVD.  These all look amazing but we have been so busy with school, work, family time and friends, that movies often don’t get seen very often.  We’ll have to see some before the next award season starts.


Today I wanted to write about the awards as well as a few of my Monday’s Musings.

**Hello and welcome to March!  This is the month when the time changes — next week already– when we spring forward and lose an hour.  I don’t like the loss of one hour of sleep but do like the fact that it stays lighter longer.

March is also when Spring begins!!!  Yeah.  The date is March 20 and I am so ready.  Not that it will be spring-like that day but I can hope.

**My son is back to school today and feeling better.  I now, however, am not feeling the best and that isn’t fun.  The fact I didn’t get much sleep last night doesn’t help.  Two nights ago, I slept nearly 12 hours and then last night, I kept waking up worried about the power going out and that Ian was okay.   Too much on my mind, I imagine.

Hopefully this week will be better and things will start to look brighter.  I have been praying a lot and am feeling love of family and friends as well as the Lord and the prayer support.  That is fantastic.

**May you have a really good week.  I am going to try to do the same.

Happy Monday – 1st in February

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and happy 1st Monday of February!  I just realized how long it’s been since I have posted a blog.  Since last Wednesday.  With a snow day, a day late of school, skipping a day of school for a quick weekend trip, and a busy Sunday, I have gotten behind.  So, today, here are my February 3 Monday Musings.

We enjoyed the snow day as you saw from all of the pictures I posted.  Then on Thursday, Ian’s school started 2 hours late.  They got there almost at lunch time and then had the afternoon.  Despite the short day, he had a good time.

On Friday, we kept him out of school as we had to make a quick trip to see family over the weekend. We were supposed to be going to a birthday party but that had to be rescheduled.  It was fun but a crazy fast turnaround.

On Saturday, we walked around downtown Hendersonville, NC.  We went to our favorite toy store, a few bookstores, a bike shop, a few other shops, and a bakery.  We had a great time and enjoyed being together.  Ian got a new Lego set and was thrilled.  Needless to say, he is very excited about the new Lego Movie, which opens this Friday.

On Saturday night, we had a yummy steak dinner with veggies, salad, and mac ‘n cheese and wine — White Zinfandel.  DELICIOUS!!  This photo is from October when we were in downtown Hendersonville for a car show.  It was a great one and a lot of fun.

Sunday, we came back home in the morning, had lunch with my parents, then went to the library, the grocery store, and then finally back home again to relax.  Watching the Super Bowl wasn’t so relaxing since my team lost.  Oh well.  I enjoyed Bruno Mars in the halftime show and some of the commercials.  Not the greatest but we had fun anyway.

When it was time for Downton Abbey, we switched over to that.  As always, that is a great show.  I enjoy all of the characters and storylines.  After that was Sherlock.  This episode was good but very odd and a bit shocking and creepy in places.  Since I watched the whole thing, I am now tired.  Hopefully I can get some rest later today.

This morning Ian got up pretty well for school.  He was excited and ready to go back.  For that I am truly thankful.  After school, he will be ready to play with his new Lego set again, we’ll have dinner, a bath, and early time to bed.  We’ll be sure to read a book or two before bedtime as well.  Ian loves to do that.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • Watching our son spending hours building a new Lego set
  • Smelling and then tasting treats from our favorite bakery
  • Savoring a homemade steak dinner with a glass of my favorite wine
  • Buying a used book on a fascinating topic
  • Checking out books and videos from the library
  • Deciding the meals for the week and being able to buy the food for them
  • Spending time with my family

May you have a wonderful and blessed Monday!  Thanks for reading my Monday Musings!  Do you have any to share?  Please do.

On Mondays and Character

Hi to you!  Hope you have a great Monday!

Here’s to the beginning of the week and the start to a new adventure.

Mondays are usually tough and to be disliked.  But, today, let’s try to think of this as a day of new opportunity, instead of another beginning of the usual drudgery.

I know it may not be easy but I would like to be positive and turn over a new leaf!!  Are you with me?!

Here’s to making the best of our new day!!  Hope you have a fabulous one!


Here is a great reminder that I came across this morning:  “Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”  So very true!

Showing good character may be a lost art but it is still very important!

I feel we should live by the golden rule and treat others as we would like to be treated.

To Good Character!!

“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.” — Nicholas Sparks

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” – Abigail Van Buren