Sunday, February 12, 2017

Another year gone by.

I really should write in this more often.
It's been a busy year In April of 2016, I had Surgery on my hand, it ended up requiring 6 different surgeries at the same time,  They needed to take a bone out of my wrist, nothing to do with carpel tunnel.
2 weeks after this, the 30 stitches came out, and a cast put on. a week later we were off to a wedding,
1 week after that, I got my cast off, a brace put on, in the morning of a Thrus,& that afternoon, I was in physical Therapy for my hand, (ouch) then, Th, Fri, Mon, & Wed.  Before the following Thursday jetting off to Seoul Korea, David for work, and me for fun. We were there about 10 days in total with travel. Great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 Week after that, Braeden & Shannon came to visit, for 2 weeks,  That was a great time.
We did a lot in those 2 weeks,  After that, we took it easy for a little while,

In Sept, I changed my career path,  I left the food service industry, and entered the world of enjoying my job.  I have become a Program Assistant, or a better term, Activities director.  I literally get to go to work every day and have fun with our elderly.  In my case, I work with Residents that have some degree of dementia.  Some days can be difficult, but none the less rewarding, when you see them smile, or laugh, or remember a great day, it makes it all worth it.    Dave says that I need to get a more depressing job, because I have entirely too much fun.   5 months have gone by and I still love it.

At the beginning of Nov. We had an early Thanksgiving, we had many here, both girls, their S/O's and Braeden, Diane & Mike, 2 of our dear friends, Sharon, and Lorraine. I believe a great time was had by all.     We had a 2nd thanksgiving down in RI.

Christmas was celebrated on Christmas eve with a lunch in RI with Mike & Diane and Aunt Virginia, then we came home, to celebrate our own small Christmas, exchanging cute gifts, Dave got a Sloth for Christmas. (almost like a time share),  I worked on Christmas day, and had a great time,
New years eve was also fun, The only time we ever drink Champagne.

We celebrated Christmas on the last week of January 2017, with Shannon, Justin, Braeden, and Deanna.  I have to learn to control my gift giving.  20 + gifts each was just too many.  Next year,  gift certificates.  It just means I spend more time with the girls, talking and visiting, instead of opening gifts.

For now that about sums it up.  Valentines is in 2 days, although Dave and I will celebrate it Saturday.

Until next time, which will hopefully not be another year.  Have a wonderful time,
Hugs and Love  ~N~

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 wow Christmas around the corner

Hello All,
  As always it's been awhile since I've posted on here.. Life just seems to get in the way of blogging.
So we began the year with having to get a new roof and lots of repairs to our bed room and master bath.   Water damage was not our friend this year.   Aside from that.  Dave and I didn't do too much this year.  We had Christmas in Jan with our daughters, and grandson and their S.O.'s
We also had Christmas in Dec with Dave's sister and Brother in Law in RI.

In April I took over as store manager where I work,  was quite tired of working a million hours, and getting paid for way less.  So at the end of June,  I talked to the COO and stepped back down to do what I luv to do..  "marketing"  However because of taking on the position,  I was sent off to Mexico in Sept. for a week for work.   It wasn't too great of a trip, but I did learn a lot, and had a nice time making connections, meeting new people.

In June, we were off to Michigan, where we had a fantastic time visiting with family from my fathers side of the family.   It was great to meet some new family and see old ones. Love them all.

In July, we were off to PA, for another family reunion, from my mothers side of the family.  Again had a great time, and was able to see people we haven't seen in awhile, and meet a few new ones.
During our extended cousin reunion, Dave & I took the challenger to PA this time, and he put it in a car show,  It was pretty cool.  He took our cousin Dave for a ride during the 1st cousin reunion, then he took our cousin Jusson, for a ride at the extended reunion,  Jusson had permagrin.. LOVED IT.

In Sept, as I mentioned was the trip to Mexico,
In Oct. We were off to CA, for Dave to have his week long Face to Face with hi co workers.,  I usually go along, he works, while I go play!   I went to a rose garden, drove along the coast, and many other things while I was there.

At the end of Oct. Shannon, Deanna, and Braeden, and Reagan, came to visit, Reagan is a little girl that Shannon had temporary custody of.
During that visit, We had gotten Deanna's wedding dress, Shannon's maid of honor dress, Braeden a new suit to be the ring bearer.  A lot accomplished in a day.
We also celebrated Thanksgiving early with the girls.

At the Beginning of Nov. We went down to CT for our nephews birthday, We took the Viper, for a change of pace, and all went well until on the way home, the serpentine belt fell off,  stuck on the side of a major road, on a Sat. night, with no tow service open, or any garage, specialized for a viper, near where you are.. is well a bad thing.   Many miles and $$ later, we arrived at home, driven by the tow truck to bring the car, over 100 miles to get it home.  (ugh)

In November we had Thanksgiving In RI, with my sister in law and brother in law, Very nice visit, as always.

I believe that's it for now.  I do hope you all have a wonderful Holiday,  and after our few christmas's I'll post again.

~N


Sunday, December 28, 2014

End of 2014

Well another year has gone by so very quickly.  This is a year that was a good one most of the time.  Dave and I didn't really travel too much.  We had a few glitches in projects that just didn't happen, but will eventually get done.
Dave finally got his "drop down from the ceiling" 100" Screen, with state of the art projector installed.  We now have our very own movie theater in the house.  Everyone that has seen it, has enjoyed it.  (We are big movie buffs.)

In previous posts I mentioned about our trip to Boston for FIRST, our trip to Michigan to my Uncles house, & Thanksgiving held at our house this year.

In other news,  We did several events with the Challenger Club, the Viper Club & the new Dart Club. We have met new people, caught back up with old friends, I planned a few events. One was a mansion is Newport RI, another to Castle in the Clouds, Another trying to find a lighthouse that did not exist. Attended other events, with those clubs that were just as fun. Dave just asked me where to show up, and Drove whichever car was needed to attend.  :-)

A trip to CA, for Dave to work for the week, and me to run and play..  (had a blast)

Visits from friends & family through out the year.  I think Dave even used the coffee grinder and made real coffee at least 6 times this year, instead of using the espresso machine.

A 4th of July party, with many large fireworks.   (only 1 mishap and no one was seriously injured)  a firework fell over.. (not good for fireworks that shoot 100 feet in the air)  Ears were ringing, but I heard shouts of fun once everything was ok.

I have finally talked my husband into an Alaskan Cruise, but it will have to be planned into our busy lives.  so with in the next few years.  (I had to put that in writing so I don't forget and he can not deny it.  LOL)

We had a "Dippold" Reunion which is from my mothers side of the family.  44 first cousins, we had  2 different reunions, we had a 2nd one this year and extended it to the 2 and 3rd cousins. we had quite a few show up.  It was fun.

We had Christmas in RI with Diane and Mike, Daves sister and brother in law, Mike's Aunt Virginia was also there,  Very Very nice woman.
We had a Christmas in January 2014 in PA with the girls and Braeden (our grandson)


Can anyone believe we are at the end of another year???  I remember when everyone was all up in arms about Y2K,  and now.... Here we are 15 years later.

To all that read this..  I wish the best for all of you in 2015.  May all your dreams and wishes come true.  May all the good outweigh the bad..   *hugs*

Until 2015.   Happy New Year, and here is to another wonderful year.



 ~ND

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 summed up!!

Well here it is December,  Where did the year go??  

Dave and I did a little traveling this year.  Our FIRST trip was to the wonderful city of Boston.  (I know our back yard)  but I had fun each day and did something new I didn't do before, so it was pretty cool.

Deanna and her new boyfriend Gerald, came out to visit us in June.

Our 3rd annual "first" cousin reunion on my moms side of the family was in July.  along with the first extended cousin reunion.  where we met cousins we never had met before.. again very cool!!

Sometime over the summer we took a trip to Michigan, to visit with our Uncle Walter.  We had a blast!!   We took him to see things he had never seen before, and he taught and told us so many things,  I learned so much from him that weekend!!  I do love that man.

In October, We took a trip to California,  Dave to work and me to play.   Most of the experiences were great,  only 1 bad one, and 1 headache, so that was also very cool.   We got to have dinner with good friends.

Thanksgiving was a mix of great and not so great!   We had a storm, & lost power.  Yes we have a generator, that runs the whole house, but for whatever reason it would not start.  My brother, My oldest daughter, her boyfriend, and my grandson, made it for Thanksgiving, but because of no heat, no power, no water,  we had to put everyone up in a hotel for the night.  (thank goodness there was one with rooms available)   We did get power back around 11am,  so  I began cooking and we had a late Turkey,  but better late than never.    Dave's sister and brother in law also made it up, for Turkey.

Christmas is 2 weeks away.  (for most people)  for us it is 6 weeks away.  We do celebrate with each other & with Diane and Mike in Rhode Island, but our bigger one is at the end of January.

We have had a wonderful year.
Until the next post,... Enjoy and Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!!  and a wonderful New Year!!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Time is still flying by!!! so quickly!!

Hello again all.  Goodness,  Well it is already almost May,  I don't believe I've even written in here since, Oct.. or so..  The holidays were a blur..
But to quickly catch you all up. 
January Dave and I had Christmas with the girls their boyfriends and Braeden.

Leggo's were great!!!!

In March I took a quick trip to PA, to see Braeden in his spring play.
Awesome Job Braeden!!  so proud of my grandson.

Then Easter has been here and went.. Dave's sister and brother in law came for dinner.

The girls couldn't make it this year, car trouble, :-( 

So 7 Easter Baskets upstairs, with no one to go to.  sooooo well  I guess they will get them in July when we go back to pa for a reunion. :-)

Nothing too major,  a little home remodeling, is being done between now and the end of the year,  I shall take pics along the way, I'm sure some of you will be surprised, I know I am excited and nervous at the same time!!

July will be a busy busy month, as well as June! Goodness, it shall be a busy summer.
Luv you all and will post again soon.. Pics to follow of my first attempt to plant Easter flowers..

*hugs*   Until Next Time,  Have a great time!!!
~Nancie & Dave

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Niagara Falls

So Dave & I took a quick get away. 
    We decided to take a weekend get away to Niagara Falls in Canada.  It was beautiful, but the water didn't seem to be as powerful as it once was a decade ago.  However, at night when the sky is clear, and they illuminate the falls, both the American and Horseshoe falls..  They are breathtaking.
Dave & I had fun, helping a gentleman, he wanted his picture taken at night in front of the falls.
Well  it is a very hard thing to do,  with flash, all you can see is a face, with whited out blurry falls behind him,  with no flash, all you see is the falls, with a shadow in front of them..   My wise husband comes up with the idea for me to hold a small flashlight with just enough light streaming through my fingers to show the mans face, and with no flash takes the picture.  It was a very cool effect. 
   I was proud of my husband. ( Shhhh don't tell him)
We did a few fun things while we were there,, We of course had to visit the Hard Rock Cafe & buy yet another T-shirt.
  We of course did Journey under the falls.. it was windy, but we did get some great shots.
We did a 3D-4-D movie..  That was totally 100% LAME..Not worth our money at all.
We did a ride called FURY..   It was pretty cool..  nice effects..  even snow...
We rode the Incline, even got a few nice shots from there..
We thought about riding up to the top of the Skylon, then changed our minds.

after a long day of getting wet at everything we did.  Dave was tired.. and I was also, however, I walked across the street from our hotel and there was a miniature golf course and it was all dinosaurs.. Very cool.   I went over and spent about an hour taking pictures.

As it was going to rain all day on Saturday, Dave and I decided to surprise Shannon & Braeden with a visit, as where they live is only 3 hours from the falls.
So up on Sat. morning and across the Rainbow Bridge back into the USA..  we were sitting there, and all of a sudden it was hailing..  wow.. sun shining above us, a rainbow to the left of us, traffic all around us and  hail...  in the words of the lion from the Wizard of OZ,  "Strange weather we're having, aint it?"

Drove 3 hours to Shannon's  I-90  was a horrible bumpy road,  it was like riding on an accordion for miles.. I think any fillings our teeth once had, are now in NY..

We had a great visit with Shannon, Justin, & Braeden.  We gave Shannon a christmas present early..  2 new Futons.   She was happy.  I'm glad.

We drove home on Sunday and over all we had a great time.

Until next time..
Enjoy life to it's fullest.
*hugs*
~N~


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 3
Friday, we got up at 4:30 am to go on a Sightseeing tour to Salzburg. We were so very lucky to have a tour guide that was originally from there. We learned so much about the movie “Sound of music” saw where the Von-Trapp family sung some of the songs, saw where they escaped from in real live and in the movie. (2 very different stories) We saw the Abby where they hid. We saw a bar/pub that is the over a 1000 years old called “Stiegl” A Monastery, where anyone considering being a monk in Austria, must go here to educate themselves. We got to see the house where Mozart's mother was born, and where his birth house is today, and his fathers tomb, & his. we learned he is buried with a few other people and because he died a poor man, he was not buried with Beethoven, or Strauss. All of which came from Austria. So many things.
On the way to Salzburg we passed several lakes, All of which are filled from the Swiss Alps, no “motor” boating is allowed on any of the lakes here so as not to pollute them.
There was one beautiful lake we passed called Moon Lake and a huge mountain which was straight down on one side, Made this way not man made. This lake is the warmest of the region, 65 to 85 all year around. The story behind this, is because there used to be a dragon that lived on that mountain,& to protect the little village of Salzkammergut Virgins were to be sacrificed to him.unfortunately, eventually, he ate all the virgins, so the dragon was so hungry the people sent him to Salzburg, when upon his return on evening, he was so tired & hungry as all the virgins in Salzburg were also now, he fell into Moon Lake and heats the water to this day.
(very adorable tale)
From Salzburg you can see the mountains which are the border of Germany, only a 10 min drive to get to the German border from Salzburg.
The coldest lake in Austria is called Fuschisee. Also a beautiful lake.
We saw so many many things in Salzburg, We were able to see the Church where the Von-Trapp's were really married, learning that the one in the sound of music was used because the church they were married in would not allow the film directors to film in the church.
Learning also that, in the movie, the hills and mountains that they showed the Von-Trapp family going to, were really the German Border, in real life, they took a train to Switzerland. We were shown where the Von Trapp family really sung, and we learned that Mirabelle Von-Trapp, after they moved out of Salzburg, came eventually to the United States, and resided in a home in Vermont, which is now open to the public, and in which David and I have decided that we will be visiting, (Suzi maybe this is something we can do if you guys come in Sept.)
But I'm positive you can look most of this up in the history books.
It is a 3 hour bus drive from Vienna to Salzburg. Salzburg is the most expensive place to live in Austria. There are @ 8 Million people living in Austria, @ 2 Million in Vienna, and @ 150 thousand in Salzburg.
So it was a long drive back to Vienna, I believe everyone fell asleep for a little while. We woke up and began looking out the windows, a few more pictures were taken.