Wilson, Our Real-Life Neighbor

Hi all,

Hope you all enjoyed a less rainy and gloomy weekend than those of us on the east coast did, but in the end, it’s all good, right?

Just a little shout-out here for a couple of YouTube workouts I’ve been thoroughly enjoying as of two weeks ago. Have a friend who swears by her ballet barre workouts. Being a non-gym kind of girl, and in definite need of a shake-up to my exercise and walking routine, I looked barre workouts up.

Came across two I really liked:

Jessica Smith’s Ballet Barre Workout (no barre really necessary, unless balance is a major issue) and BarreConcept’s Ultimate 20 Minute Barre Exercise Workout. (The latter instructor has an English accent and a voice that takes a bit of getting used to, but she’s in my head now, lol. Plus, the workout is short and even a bit addictive. Besides, the second woman from the left is me, right?) I am most pleased with having been able to do most of both workouts the first time, and that none of the moves are overly complex. Yep. Even I can follow them.  PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to consult your physician prior to beginning any workouts, especially if you have health concerns of any kind.

Other than that—and having nothing in particular to share this week—figured I’d tell you about our family’s real-life Wilson. (This would be the friend that dramatically called across the lawn when hubby had me believing he’d bought that Harley. That story posted two weeks ago. If you like, read it here.)

Wilson’s legal name is so not Wilson. Long story short, he and his family moved in next door when I was pregnant with my younger son. We had a pool then, and a wooden stockade privacy fence.

Yep, every day, our new neighbor peeked over the fence, much like Tim-the-Tool-Man’s neighbor Wilson did in the TV family-comedy series, Home Improvement. I started calling him Wilson. The name also served us all well, as it created a distinction between hubby and the guy next door, who just happen to share the same name.

Wilson and his family moved at least ten years ago. He and hubby remain close buds.

The name stuck. Most people who meet (or have met) Wilson through us have no idea that is NOT his first or last name, lol. And my boys? To this day, they call him Mr. Wilson (not to be confused, however, with the Mr. Wilson of Dennis the Menace fame).

So y’all confused enough? Have you ever named someone in your life after a TV character? If you were to do so, who would you pick?

Okay, we be done for today. Please share if you feel inclined to do so. Anybody try his/her hand at the cookie bar recipe I posted last week? If so, how did they turn out?

Be well and have a wonderful week,



7 thoughts on “Wilson, Our Real-Life Neighbor

  1. The guy across the street is a carpenter. He’s done lots of work on our house, ever since the kids were babies. We started calling him Uncle Ron because he was here so often…but Captain Ron would have been more accurate. Oh, I have to mention, he looks exactly like Nick Nolte.


    1. Hey, Irene! How you is?

      I’m a little lost on the Captain Ron reference, but I LOVED Nick Nolte when I was younger. Saw RICH MAN, POOR MAN eight (!) times. Sobbed like a fool seven of those times. Maybe next week I’ll post a portrait I did of him for a college art class. Thnx!


  2. I enjoy Jessica Smith’s workouts thought I haven’t tried her barre yet. I have a couple other barre workout DVDs, but I don’t do them often. I tend to get bored and like to jump around instead. But they’re very good, and they’re great when I need a low-impact but high-yield workout.


    1. I’m liking the “high yield” part a lot. I too, can get bored, so I try different ones, and I like that Jessica Smith has links to quite an assortment of 5 and10-minute workouts at her website. Perfect for me, who has developed the attention span of a flea, lol. Thnx!


      1. She has a nice walking DVD I like for my lighter days, but she has some higher intensity ones, too. I usually take her DVDs on trips because I can do them in hotel rooms. They don’t require a lot of space.


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