Life By The Pool. . .it's just BETTER!

Jul 27, 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Hello there!  I hope you are having a great day!!!

Today is the first day of my new journey.
I started my day having my coffee out on the patio.  It was so peaceful.
After that, I swam 50 laps and got in 200 crunches for my early morning workout.  Go me!!!

Here is our dinner menu for this week.  I made my selections from a cookbook I was gifted by a very good friend, Winifred.  The name of the cookbook is "Favorite Recipes by the Brentwood Baptist Church, Volume II".

Monday - Leftover pizza from swim party on Sunday
Tuesday - Hawaiian Pork Chops
Wednesday - Veggie Burgers
Thursday - Grilled Salmon
Friday - 15 Minute Meat Loaf "Muffins"

Don't they sound yummy?  These are all new recipes for me so I am looking forward to trying them out.  I will post photos of each dish as I prepare it and I will  also share the recipes with you.

Take care,


Jul 23, 2015

Choosing a Paint Color for My Office

I shared with you here the ideas I have put together to change the look of my office.  It currently looks like this, or something similar.  I've since removed most all of the clutter and have put away my sewing machine since I have not been sewing.

My goal is to remove the French doors (I am waiting for the Hubs to get on board/sometimes it takes him a while) and have this wall filled in with sheet rock.  I want to make this a gallery wall with all of my favorite photos from our trips to Disney World.  I will use the black frames I currently have Disney prints in to display them.

I am seriously considering going with Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams.  I will pick up a Color to Go Sample today to see how I like the color.

Color To Go® Paint Sample

For now, I am going to paint these doors and the trim around the doors the same color as the walls.  I want to get a "feel" for how it will look once the doors are gone.  This room has eleven doors including the doors on the built ins.  That is way too many doors for a room this size.

I am so excited to see the transition in this room take place.  I will keep you posted on the other changes/enhancements I want to make to this room.

Hope you are having a great week!

Take care,



Jul 21, 2015

What I'm Reading

 Yes, that is a tall tower of books!  As you can see, I go a little crazy when I go to the library.  In this case, I went online requesting books that came highly recommended by Shay at Mix and Match Family.  Most of the books I requested were either on hold or already checked out.  Some of them even had several people listed before me.  No worries!  I was in no hurry.

I began receiving texts and emails from my local library (lots of texts and emails) that most all of the books I requested were available for pick up.  How crazy is that?  So needless to say I have been really busy reading!!!  Thank goodness for renewing books online.  It is so convenient!

 If you know me, you know that I LOVE to dress up for work every single day.  Even Fridays.  I guess you can say that I never outgrew the "dress up" stage.  :)  And I LOVE dresses!!!  I know, I am weird and a little off subject here.  Sorry about that!  Back to the book....

I discovered as I moved through the pages that I do quite a few of the things the French women do.  Does that make me French?  (After all, I am Cajun.)  Enough already!

This book was a very easy read.  I loved hearing the French Woman's point of view on just about everything.  It reconfirmed for me that the hubs and I are definitely going to Europe.  It's on my bucket list!

One of the things I discovered was that French women wear a lot of scarves.  So after I finished the book I began wearing my scarves.  Well, only two of them matched my dresses.  I need to get a few more.  Nelly commented on my beautiful look and I told her I was embracing my French side.  She laughed at me!!!  Can you believe that?  Just kidding!  She knows I am a little weird.

The most important message I got was that French women do not subscribe to using Botox, fad diets, etc.  They recommend that us women from the U.S. should "say hello to the truly timeless beauty that comes with making the most of your own unique je-ne-sais-quoi".

The next book I read was the The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand.  It was a very easy read.  In fact, I didn't want to put it down.  I blew right through it.

I just finished Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand.  I have to admit it wasn't my favorite.  It took me a little longer to move through it.  But don't let me discourage you from reading it.

I just picked up The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.  I'll be sure to let you know what I think about it when I finish it.

I imagine some of you are wondering why I am not using my Nook or my iPad.  Well, for starters I don't dare bring my iPad out or it could end up like my Nook.  I really wanted hard books I could take by the pool to read.  I didn't want to have to worry about whether or not I had any charge left as I was walking out the door to the pool.  Know what I mean?  Just simple, old fashioned reading!

Talking about all this reading has me ready to go home and do some of that reading now.  Good thing my boss is leaving for a haircut at 1 p.m.  I'll be right behind him.  After all, he said if he can't see me he doesn't know about it!  Pretty cool!

I'd love to hear from you what books you are reading.

I hope you are enjoying the summer where ever you are.

Take care and God Bless,


Jul 20, 2015

Life Lately

Hello there!  I hope you had a good couple of weekends.
I kind of fell off of the blogging wagon there for a week!  It all started with me being off from work last Monday and Tuesday and it went downhill from there.

I made the nachos and chili con queso but we never got around to making the Fresh Pineapple Margaritas that I talked about here.  We were lazy in the pool, drank beer and had a very late dinner on the patio.  It was all very relaxing.

Nelly and Miss J came over on Tuesday morning to swim with the girls and Mr. W.

Miss A came in for her closeup.

 Sweet P and Miss J had a fun time diving for rings.

And swimming would not be complete without Mickey Mouse popsicles.

Mr. W wearing mom's sunglasses.  He is such a ham! 

At the rate he is going, he will know how to swim by the end of the summer.

We look forward to getting together with Nelly and Miss J for many more swims!

Hope you have a great day!

Take care,


Jul 10, 2015

Happy Friday My Friends!!!

Happy Friday!!!  I am sending out hugs to all of you.  I hope you spend your weekend doing the things that recharge your batteries.

I am SO EXCITED to say that we have no plans for the weekend!  Woo Hoo!  We have had something going on every weekend for the last three weekends.  This one belongs to us.

I plan on using this bad boy to make some fun drinks.

I am thinking of making this Fresh Pineapple Margarita from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.  Only I think I'll make mine with rum instead of the tequila.  Doesn't that look delicious?  Yumm!!!

Fresh Pineapple Margarita from Crunchy Creamy Sweet Fresh Pineapple Margarita

I have been craving Tex Mex food so we are either going to cook it ourselves or make a run to Gringo's Tex Mex.  Their food is delicious!!!  If you are ever in the area and are looking for some good Tex Mex I highly suggest going there....but be prepared to wait.  There is always a line of people waiting to get in.  But it is so worth it!

And it wouldn't be complete without a movie night.  Poolside, that is.  :)  I think this is one of my most favorite things to do on the weekend.

Do you have any special plans for the weekend?

Take care and have a great weekend!!!