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May Day! May Day!

I suppose it’s time to catch up on the happenings in Mindy’s world. It’s been a rainy soggy spring so far here in NE Ohio. We finally got past the cold nasty of winter only to move into what feels like continuous rainy days. We have had a few scattered sunny warm days but it’s almost impossible to believe that tomorrow is May Day!

I got my first pair of bifocals—wowza—I’m getting old!! Not only bifocals, but I now own THREE pair of reading glasses so I can always have some close by. You know, by the computer, in my purse, at work, etc. Luckily I can still read pretty good without those pesky readers but they do make it easier!

It’s baseball time here in Ohio so we have been watching the Tribe. We spent a couple days in Cleveland for Opening Weekend (that was rainy and cold—shocker!) and had fun in spite of the weather!

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The Social Suite ALWAYS means a good time at Progressive! April has not been a good month for them as they are in the basement of the AL Central but it’s a long season so I see a brighter future—I’m hoping for one anyhow! We are heading back to the Social Suite Sunday May 4th to battle the White Sox and I am optimistic that it will be warmer, dryer and the Indians will WIN!!

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My sisters-in-laws, niece & mother-in-law spent a fun girls outing painting! First we enjoyed dinner at the Stonebridge Grille (I had Mahi Mahi that was scrumptious!!)

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Who knew that Picasso was hiding inside all of us! Haha! We each created our own masterpiece and put our personal touches on it.  The pARTy Gallery is a terrific way to spend an evening!  

They will even bring the party to you!  Check ‘em out!

We spent some of the rare warmer sunny days with our boys. I actually took all 3 to the dog park on my own—crazy I know! It’s a good energy release for them! They think they own the place for some reason. We were also able to enjoy a nice long hike at Mill Creek Park this past Sunday. We only had to dodge one angry goose who thought we were invading their nest!

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We also got to meet up with some of our golden retriever facebook friends this past weekend!  You can never have too many!!

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After traveling to the Buffalo area for some work training a couple weeks ago, I returned only to find that my husband would be traveling the next 3 weeks! Home a couple days and then gone for 4 or 5! Lots of miles to be conquered! 

We also celebrated Easter this month!

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My parents leave next week for a month in Guam. They will be watching their oldest grandson graduate from high school. Then the whole family will be moving back to the states and arrive June 14th! Yes, I’m excited!
I can hardly wait because in 17 days we will be leaving for a week in the Outer Banks again. All 3 dogs will be joining us. I am SOOOO looking forward to a week of sun, sand and relaxing. Mix in some friends, fresh seafood, the pool and hot tub and it’s an absolute paradise for a week!
But before that I still need to get thru the next couple weeks with Mark traveling, work, meetings, work dinner (2 days before vacation!) and packing for the OBX! 

In today’s mail there was a wedding shower invitation, a Bar Mitzvah invitation, and a wedding invitation!
May Day! May Day! I need that vacation BAD!!

PS–I think Jake looks like how I feel sometimes!!

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“Falling” into the weekend!-Part 2

First, I’ll tell you a little about the weekend & then share some thoughts (the thoughts are mine-so get ready!)  What a fun-filled Friday!!  Joined by 2 friends, my husband & I spent Friday in Cleveland eating & laughing & eating some more!  We spent the evening watching the Indians defeat the Astros to take possession of the #2 Wild Card spot in the AL!!  WOOHOO!!

Steve’s Gyros at West Side Market–if you haven’t had one—GO NOW!!!

Eating Steve's Gyros at West Side Market!

Eating Steve’s Gyros at West Side Market!

A stop at Great Lakes Brewery & on E. 4th Street before heading to the game.

A stop at Great Lakes Brewery & on E. 4th Street before heading to the game.

The Social Media night at the Indians game DID NOT DISAPPOINT!  Hot Dogs, Pulled pork, Pulled BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, chips, potato salad, soda & more–all you could eat (and we did-even after that GYRO!) plus giveaways, the chance to hear Mike Aviles & Mike Chernoff answer fan questions, Nick Swisher “Brohio” t-shirts and TONS of social media freaks that all LOVE the Tribe!!

Onion!

Onion!

Social Media Night at the Tribe Game

Social Media Night at the Tribe Game

We made it thru the 7th inning stretch before the skies opened up and the rain deluge began!  With most of us realizing this was most likely the last baseball we’d see played at Progressive that night, we headed for the parking lots and made our way home.  And boy did it RAIN–we were dripping wet by the time we got to the truck but laughing too.  It was a wet but fun ending to the day.

The rains came down as the floods came up!

The rains came down as the floods came up!

Saturday I met my mom for lunch at a local bakery, Maggie’s Magic Muffins, in Austintown.  If you are ever there-try the Snow Bird Muffin (it’s coconut crème filled!) The rest of the weekend has been the normal weekend duties of groceries, cleaning, more cleaning, and REST after the long day Friday.

It’s the first day of fall today–Officially!  Change of seasons-one of the reasons living in Ohio is not so bad.  I now have orange lights decorating my bushes (NOT in honor of the Browns!), scarecrows in the flowerbeds, mums in the flower pots, and pumpkins & cornstalks will be arriving this week to complete the decor for the front of the house.  Yes, I love warm weather but I also love pumpkins, decorating the yard with cornstalks and mums, hayrides, bonfires, hot cocoa and the chilly air that means you have to wear a sweatshirt when you go out.  Yes, I’d also prefer to skip all that white flaky stuff that’s destined to fall in the coming months and bring ice and frigid temps that require 6 layers of clothing, coats, hats & gloves just to go get the newspaper off the front porch! 🙂  But it’s going to happen, regardless of what I want.

 Just like the weather changes, so do other things & situations in my life—EVERY day it seems.  Sometimes, I am perfectly fine with them–other times, not so much.  I grumble, I mumble, I resist and yet, it still happens.  I choose how I react & I choose the attitude and approach I’m going to use to deal with whatever the current change is.  I can react like I am with the cooler fall weather by embracing the change and making the best of it, even if I don’t like it.  I choose to make this fall season enjoyable & I’m learning that is exactly how I need to react to change and to new “seasons” in life.  Less mumbling & grumbling and more “pumpkins and mums”! 🙂  Trust me–I fail often.  I’m not one that can disguise her feelings and so if I’m unhappy with something, it shows.  But, even in these middle-aged years of my life, I know that I am still learning about life and attempting to improve myself and that will continue right up until my last breath I’m sure.  Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t.  But I’ll keep trying.  The seasons will keep changing and so will my life.  The question is, how often will I have “pumpkins and mums” after the change?!

(PS–I’m watching the Browns game while I write this–talk about reacting to CHANGE!! 🙂  If you’re a Browns fan–this post is for YOU!)