Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Last Monday I learned that all Pennsylvanian residents must file local taxes.
(good thing I learned this important information before Wednesday!)

Cumberland County Tax Bureau received my FOURTH personal 2014 tax return...
(1st: Federal, 2nd: Pennsylvania, 3rd: Michigan)

Thursday, April 16, 2015


When my sister announced her engagement and asked me to be her maid of honor, I told her I would wear whatever color she wanted-- even blue (a color which I never wear).

She chose to take advantage of my offer to wear her favorite color. All the bridesmaids are to be dressed in light blue this Saturday when Blueberry Betsy marries her sweetheart.

ps- Happy Birthday to Blueberry Betsy TODAY!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 15th

Happy Tax Day

the IRS building in Washington DC


Happy Birthday to my favorite decade-year-old

(ps- I can't believe you're 10 already!)

Monday, April 13, 2015

a time for cherry blossoms

Last week, Heather (remember her?) and I decided to get together for Saturday brunch. But, on Thursday we changed plans; we decided to drive down to Washington DC instead to check out the annual cherry blossom festival, because Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be the peak glory days for the flowering trees.

I'd say Saturday was a peak day-- not only for the blossoms, but also for the tourists! There were nearly as many people as blooms (and that's not really an exaggeration).

I was giddy about our little trip to DC, because this was my first visit to DC since I was five! Twenty-three Aprils ago, Dad and Mom took all six of us little people on a big trip to Washington DC (or, George Washington DC, as Betsy called it). Brian was three months old, and Aaron was going to be 11 in June.

Grandma went with us, and she and I were subway buddies. The best part of my subway buddy situation? (the undivided Grandma attention, of course, but on top of that)-- the occasional Cert mint from Grandma's purse!

Well- back to our recent Saturday trip:
Heather, Malinda and I managed our way through the crowds and soaked in the sunshine as we walked a few miles worth of steps around a handful of our nation's most famous historic monuments.

did you know the Washington Memorial was recently re-measured...
and it is shorter than previously thought!

World War II memorial

Lincoln Memorial-- still just as many steps as I remember there being when I was five!

oh those blooms!

A new memorial (at least I didn't know about it) to honor MLK

I always find the wording above Lincoln rather interesting and slightly eerie

food trucks galore!

It was so much fun to visit DC with friends and spend the day together enjoying the lovely sunshine and abundant cherry blossoms. I've been dreaming of a trip (okay, multiple trips...) to the District of Columbia ever since I realized how close it is to central Pennsylvania.

PS- One last highlight of our family trip to Washington DC twenty-three years ago:
Fruit Loops and doughnuts for breakfast every single morning of the trip!
...oh the things that make impressions on a five-year-old...

Sunday, April 12, 2015


This spring Sara is working at a greenhouse, and
free flowers are one of the perks of the job.

Oh how I LOVE pansies!

[and these blooms came just in time... because I was beginning to wonder if summer would ever come to this cold place. Seeing cheery flowers reassures me that summer will indeed come.]

Thursday, April 9, 2015

full house

We hosted sixteen in our half-a-house on Sunday.
It's such a gift to have a place where we can host friends and family.