Highs and Lows of April

High and Lows of April

Spring is finally here!


1) Made a reservation for a cruise to Venice and the Greek Islands this summer with a fun friend. Can’t wait — we’ll have a blast!

2) Had a birthday. Every year, I set up any cards or gifts in a little birthday “shrine” on the kitchen counter. When the big day comes, I open everything (usually before work that morning) and keep the cards displayed for a week.  Am really a birthday person! And even though everyone uses email now, it’s still nice to get cards by snail mail.

3) Got some birthday money, so I spent it on about 10 pieces of fun jewelry (earrings and necklaces) from Kohls. They have the nicest jewelry and the best sales!  (Saved more than $150 and got $20 in spendable Kohls cash!) Am also a jewelry person.

4) Attended and enjoyed a very unique and entertaining event: a Tiny Tim birthday party at the library.

5) Discovered two fun new book series: the Janet Evanovich books featuring bounty hunger Stephanie Plum (see a review of the first book; have read three so far and plan to read the rest!) and Sue Grafton books. They’re both quick reads and very enjoyable. The Grafton books are titled with a letter of the alphabet, like “A is for Alibi” and feature private investigator Kinsey Millhone. (Note: this series has been around a few years  — Kinsey still talks on pay phones! )

The Evanovich books have numbers in the titles, starting with One for the Money.

6) Got some pretty plants for the window boxes and planted a bunch of seeds and bulbs in the flower beds near the front porch and some pots nearby. Nothing like a beautiful sunny day and the feel of warm earth on your hands.

7) Had one fun lunch with “the girls” early in the month and a second fun dinner with another set of “the girls” during April. Nothing like nice women friends, laughter and good conversation!


1) A young military member wrecked into my (less-than-a-year-old) car leaving work at the beginning of the month. That car-on-car crunching sound is always a bad thing to hear… But I got estimates, he paid me for it, and it was repaired in the most hassle-free way possible. So, all in all, it wasn’t too bad. (And it could’ve been a lot worse!)

2) Had my second-ever migraine headache — yowie. Discovered that wearing one of those cold packs wrapped around your forehead isn’t a glamorous look.

So how was your month?

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5 Responses to Highs and Lows of April

  1. Elisa says:

    That trip sounds amazing! I’m so glad you have a blog so we will be able to hear about the trip.

    • blogqueendiane says:

      I’m pretty excited about it! Any ideas on how I can learn some Italian before then? (Remember the French conversation class we took in college that started at 8 a.m. including Saturday mornings?!)

  2. Elisa says:

    Saturday classes! Crazy. Was that with miss Crawford?

    When we were getting ready for Italy last year, I tried babbel, which I think is a really cool way to learn a language. It was harder than I thought, though. They have a small monthly charge.

    My son likes duolingo, which is free, and has little contests built in to make it fun.

    You’ll probably be like me, and think the apps are really cool, and wish they would have had them back then, crossed with why is it so hard now?

    Have fun with it, but start soon!

  3. Elisa says:

    I kind of wasted time looking at a lot of different apps–they are all good. I should have just selected one and gone with it.

    I love the way that Babbel makes you speak back, and won’t let you move ahead until you pronounce the words correctly, but I had a heck of a time with the Italian R. It was easy for Bill because he grew up with an Italian grandma.

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