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October 2016 birthday dinner, Cycling event, Vizsla meet up, dani rae

I don’t know about you but I sure miss doing my daily Picture of the Day!
Here is a recap from October……..enjoy!

October 2016

Birthday dinner with “old” high school friends.
We’ve know each other for 40+ years!Helen, Lynne. Mary, Susan
we sat at the Chef’s Table at Talula’s Table in
Kennett Square, PA need to make a reservation a year in advance
we let the boys join us. Fun was had by all!

see all the photos from this fabulous event here:

I got a HELLO KITTY ice cream cake for my Birthday.

I forgot I mentioned I wanted one but
sister Pat remembered!

today we were painting the roads for an
upcoming cycling event
the volunteer ride.

We go out and ride the bike route to make sure
the roads are properly marked.

CALVIN (the dog) was guest of honor at
our annual Covered Bridge Ride 05
Weasel getting her picture with my new Vizsla tights.
See the dog face???
sister Pat & I attended a murder mystery.
I was “Russian girl in a hat”.
I was the only one to solve the mystery &
was awarded a candy bar. woot woot!
we had a FUN Vizsla meet up on a gorgeous
October Day
Weasel at the beach.
We ALWAYS visit the beach after a meet up
Dani Rae with her daddy after Ice Skating lessons 12
Your life is significant, and what you bring to the world each day can make a difference in the lives of those around you. It’s up to YOU and ME to make the most of every role we fill in our lives and to make sure our influence is a positive one.
– Jim Paluch

September 2016 Weddings Wine & Biking :)

still playing catch up.
I miss the daily Picture of the Day.
So MUCH has happened!

September 2016

September 2016
our first wedding this month:
neighbor Jenna (with dad Mayor Bob)
All the neighbors, looking GOOD!
the ring being delivered via drone!
Wedding was held at POMME.
A cool venue in the suburbs.
short bike rides for me after my injury in August.
Staff training, I’m full service!
Samantha & Peter
Our second wedding this month!
Billy & Robin (proud dad & mom)
another biking adventure.
Ran into a an old schoolmate form High School.
Probably haven’t seen Maureen in 37 years.
Weasel in her fancy Lion Outfit.
Getting ready for Halloween.
Chester Lion
BIG Wine tasting in NYC
with all my coworkers
fun with some customers


‘The only way to live
is by accepting each minute
as an unrepeatable miracle.’

~Storm Jameson

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark recipe

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark

FYI: My preferred brand of chocolate is Ghirardelli.


  • About 8 ounces (half of a 1-pound bag) mini pretzels, broken into smaller pieces, more or less to cover the pan
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 11X17-inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Cover the bottom of the pan in a layer of broken mini pretzels. Set aside.
  2. In a small or medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and brown sugar. When the mixture starts to gently simmer and bubble, let it cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Immediately pour the hot caramel mixture over the pretzels in a back and forth motion to cover most of the pretzels (a few empty/dry spots are ok as the caramel will fuse together during baking).
  3. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot caramel and pretzels. Let the chocolate chips sit for 2-3 minutes until they melt. Use an offset spatula or rubber spatula to gently spread the melted chocolate over the toffee. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Let the toffee cool completely at room temperature then refrigerate if needed to help the chocolate set up. Break the toffee into pieces and try not to eat the whole batch.

Recipe from

Always Positive,


this was Sent from my Wine Cellar

August 2016 the highlights Volleyball, Hospital visits (one good, one not so)

August 2016

Atlantic City Volleyball tournament
partner Isabel & I came in SECOND!

(always a bridesmaid….. at least I am still playing!)

and we have a new DIEHL BABY (8/12/16)

meet Sawyer Joseph (prince charming…)

big sister Dani Rae meeting baby brother Sawyer
for the first time
Dani Rae, Sawyer & Mom 🙂
grass volleyball tournament…..
oops! ended up in the hospital with a torn calf muscle.

for the record….
I finished the game we were playing
when I got injured and
we were the first place team off our net…..

my leg, weasel & mike
friend Marguerite was my wine Sherpa for the week
after my injury. She drove me everywhere &
carried my wine bag too!
Dani Rae at the grange fair
Michael & Dani Rae on the slides!
and one of the highlights was a TY note from
friend Marguerite’s dad bc we took her to the ER
& stayed with her the whole time.*****************************************

Saying no can be positive.
Because it frees you
to focus on something
that makes a real difference.

~ Ralph Marston

July 2016 the highlights

back by popular demand…… Picture of The Day….

JULY 2016 Highlights

Weasel. Still Cute as ever.

pulling a Princess Weasel Great Dog trick.
Using her “baby” as a pillow.

some if you might know this story – but others may not!

Bittersweet story….
we were at the ER vet saying “goodbye” to “Princess Weasel Great Dog” (our 14 yr old Vizsla) & at that exact moment I got a text message saying our new puppy 🐶 was being born…..
and now we have FUZZY WUZZY BABY WEASEL.

That’s her story.

Fun night out with old High School friends.

We’ve know each other for 42 years!!!!

Weasel had a play date with BLUE the Vizsla
we did the RUGGED MANIAC race.
and had FUN!Me, Jim, his wife Colleen & his sister Karen.

Jim must not have gotten the pink memo.

went to Cooking School at Jean Pierre’s in Newtown.

Do this.

we finally had a memorial service for my brother
MICHAEL who died last year.Service was held at
Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

gorgeous there.

caught up with old friend AMY from Wall Street Days.

woo hoo!!

then we were entertained at the gym by this guy.

I want what he was smoking!


Challenging. We finished.

ran into crazy Momma deer & her baby.

What a story!!!

Weasel continues to FROG HUNT. not catch.
2nd place. yesssss!

First would have been better…..

Some pursue happiness;
others create it.

July 2016 Rugged Maniac!

July 2016 Rugged Maniac

See all the photos from the races here:

Ready , set , go……..

Still Smiling….


YAY – all done 🙂

End of Race beverages….


It’s time to do something that will force me to become a better version of myself along the way

~ Nicole Antoinette



Ripe fig ready for picking!

I’m quite please with the abundance of figs my tree has given me 😻

Always Positive,


Sent from my WineCellar!