Weekend Project…book knife holder

I’ve had the same holder for my knives for at least 30 years….a vase, with fine sand…that I copied from my sister & brother in law. It’s very cool and many have copied them, but I saw this project in a magazine and loved it! A book knife holder!

First thing I did was go to the library used bookstore and find three books of similar color to go with my beachy decor. You can use four our more depending on how many knives you have (I didn’t care what the book titles were)…

Next I just wrapped some neutral/burlap-ish ribbon around them. Can’t be too tight because the knives have to have some room to slide in.

Put it on the counter and slide in your knives. That’s it!! There were some other complicated methods, involving cutting the book, etc…, on pinterest that you can check out…and it might be necessary if you have lots of knives, but I just went the easy route and I love it! This one fits two or three per book. It also forced me to minimize my, too large, knife collection, down to just the the necessary ones. It was SUPER easy (less than 10 minutes) and it looks cute on my kitchen counter.

Have a FAB weekend!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday…Mondays!

This is your Monday morning reminder that you are awesome and amazing…and you can handle anything! You got this!! Make it a great week!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday…Children

sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am!!

“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside…give them a sense of pride…”..Linda Creed/Michael Masser

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday…Believe this!

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know!… A.A. Milne

welcome to the world beautiful Adelaide
Happy Birthday Austin!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday…Joy and Hope

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Every morning has a new beginning, a new blessing, a new hope!

a beautiful bouquet for you…happy week!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday…It’s in YOU

The security of your life’s destiny lies within you.


The secret to having it all is believing that you already do.

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Summer Reading…Some book recommendations!

Do you ever get towards the end of a really good book & don’t want it to end?…don’t want to say goodbye to the characters that have briefly inhabited your world? So you stop reading … And then a few hours later you’re compelled to run back to finish the story. That’s how I felt about some of the books I’ve recently read.

It’s been a very voracious summer of reading and I’ve loved it! I love finishing a book one day and picking up another the next. I’ve realized that I read way more when there’s an actual book, as opposed to my Kindle. There are pros and cons with both…Kindle is great for travel & you can quickly download books…but the tactile feel of a book, not to mention being able to go back quickly and reference previous information, makes me a more prolific reader. It’s been a bit costlier than downloading on Kindle, but I’ve read more…and I rode my bike to the local bookstore, Lido Village Books, (thanks to Austin & Kate for the gc that made me discover the store) and love chatting with the owner. Because it was a bit costly, I decided to put some of the books on my list on hold at the library. It was great for some less popular or older books…and saved me a lot of money….but many of the best-seller ones have a long “hold” list and I’m number seventy-seven or ninety three…yikes!! At this rate I won’t read them until 2020! A hybrid of library books, actual books and kindle downloads has worked quite nicely this summer.

Here are some books I’ve read, with small critique…in no particular order…

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne…a great, although tragic at times, story with lots to discuss at book club. It includes some of my favorite places..Ireland, Amsterdam and NYC! Good book club discussion.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides…a noteworthy underline I did… “The development of our personalities doesn’t take place in isolation, but in relationship with others-we are shaped and complete by unseen, unremembered forces; namely, our parents.”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens…it’s great and been on the bestseller list for awhile. Loved it…and you should read it!

Educated by Tara Westover….in the same vein as The Glass Castle. I loved it! I’m sure there are a bunch of quotes in there, but can’t seem to find my notes…ugh!

Becoming by Michelle Obama…you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll love this smart, educated, compassionate woman (if you didn’t already.)

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman…good psychological thriller, keeps you going back to see what’s going to happen!

All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr…a lovely tribute to her father (I cried in this one too), and her navigation with addiction. One of the quotes I underlined, “you are not an intrinsically interesting subject. journalism..requires you to leave your place of work or residence, go out and find more interesting than you and then come back and tell your audience about this person, place or thing.”

Normal People by Sally Rooney…longlisted for the Man Booker prize and recommended by a few people. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it. It seems like a coming-of-age young adult read with alot of back & forth.. he loves me/he loves me not. It kept my interest to finish it, mostly wondering if anything was going to happen. (…but I know so many have LOVED it)

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber…totally perfect, quick, summer beach read.

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore…I loved this summer beach read set on Block Island, where my mom & dad used to go, in their later years (post child-rearing), every year with her sister and friends. Another place I need to visit now!

Lastly…one I just started yesterday and have heard rave reviews! I’ll keep you posted…

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Have a great weekend! I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up a new book. It’s my last before going back to work and I will savor it!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Hey Jude..and dual-citizenship progress

The Fab Raabs were going on a little baby-moon before #RaaberbabyDeux arrives in late August, and asked me to stop in NY on my way home from Ireland to spend a few days with Jude. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this adorable face?

We had fun going to the park, swinging on the swings and doing lots of reading. She also happens to be an incredible sleeper!

She was at daycare a couple of days, so I used that time to catch up on my jet lag & laundry…and spend a few hours in the city visiting with my childhood friend, Kelley. I have always wanted to visit the beautiful building of the  Irish American Historical Society, so I finally remembered to call to make an appointment for a tour (I tried once by just ringing the bell, but you have to make an appointment) and discuss my quest for Irish citizenship with the curator, Georgette. The building is gorgeous, with Waterford crystal chandeliers and historical pictures, among other things. They host various events and can be rented out for parties or weddings!

original mother of pearl buttons, inlaid in the wood, to summon the maid back in the day

It happens to be right across the street from the MET, where I was meeting Kelley…win/win! Kelley & I went to the “Camp” fashion exhibition at the MET. It is a very well curated exhibition with great use of space…a large room with myriad “camp” offerings. Some of my favorites….

After a quick lunch it was back to Brooklyn to pick up Jude. On Saturday & Sunday we went for walks, ate bagels, she took some epic naps, and I got to see some new beautiful parts of Brooklyn.

how cute and creative is this little tree planter fence
always take time to smell the flowers

Georgette, from the historical society, was so helpful and suggested I check out the NY Municipal Archives to get some necessary documents pertaining to dual citizenship. It lead me on a day-long trek to lower Manhattan on Monday, with a visit to three government offices…but I finally got an Apostille certificated copy of my grandparent’s marriage certificate. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in one of the countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. Who knew that’s what I needed…and I think I’ll need to do the same for the remaining documents I need….another day-long trek next time I’m there. My goal is to have dual citizenship by my 59th birthday in December! Wish me luck!

the government building were beautiful!
the last of three offices…waited over an hour here!

….but got the ultimate reward of #pizzamondaybk with the Fab Raabs!

….the end of an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trip that I’ll be reliving in my mind for years to come!

…heading back home…love JETBLUE!!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!