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Friday, July 1st, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Hope you all had a great week! Now lets dive into sharing 5 random things about our week:

  1. Overall it’s been a good week where we are mostly catching our breath. We did go approve the granite for the new house. I think we’ll like it, but I’m soooo not going down that road again of worrying about each and every choice we made. The granite is called Blue Galaxy and has a strong, gray, black and a little blue pattern than should contrast nicely with white cabinets without being too overwhelming. I was trying to strike a balance between not washing out, having a nice feature since the island is prominent, but not overwhelming. So this is me not agonizing, LOL!
  2. I bought myself a raft for the pool. When I tried to get it on it, I fell. Wizard laughed like the lunatic he is, and when he could breathe again, said he wished he’d videoed it. He’s mean :-) But he’s not really laughing because I fell. Well he partly is because I’m sure it looked funny. But he was mostly laughing because he told me to go buy a raft at a store where it’s cost a reasonable amount. But I’m cheap, so I went to a store called Five Below where everything is–predictably–$5,00 and below. Little did I know they apparently shrink the rafts to sell them at that price, LOL! It’s taking all my yoga balance to get on the thing, and then it slowly deflates and I sink into the water. This all highly amuses Wizard. I ordered a better raft from Amazon today.
  3. Wizard discovered I had unfrosted chocolate cupcakes in the freezer. He’s so happy. He never really knows what’s in the freezer unless it’s an ice cream carton that he recognizes. That he can spot in under 10 seconds.
  4. A small gripe about something that annoys me. Once we did the final transaction with escrow company on the sale of our house, the escrow office sent the two of us an email addressed to Wizard congratulating him.  Just him. Only him. As in…not me because I’m…just the woman? I mean this tiny thing bugs me a lot. And worse? She’s a woman which annoys me more. Trust me, I realize this is such a small thing in a transaction that could have had dozens of big things go wrong. But since I made sure I was professional, respectful and responsive to everyone through this transaction, and I didn’t ignore the parties involved, I would like the same in return. I don’t care when someone calls Wizard to give him information assuming he’ll pass it on. He does. And I do as well. But to just leave me off a congratulations when the house was half mine is tacky. And annoying. So very annoying.
  5. Today I’m getting my hair done, then seeing Biker Witch. We might see Turbo this weekend. And Monday, I think we’re staying home and making ribs and possibly apple pie because that sounds right of the 4th of July. Those are all very fluid plans though.

So that’s my five, now I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Boy this week! But it’s all good, and now it’s time to share five random things about our week.

  1. We hit some stress this week and as a result, my house is clean :-) That’s the good news. The bad news is I ate cookie dough. And to make it worse, it was some left over store bought cookie dough I happened to have in my fridge, LOL. It was only one piece because I have standards, and my stomach had serious hard limits that it strictly enforces. If it had been home made, then I’d be in more trouble. And probably sick due to previously mention limits.
  2. The stress is resolved. This is normal stuff in the process of selling a home. We will see what happens next week.
  3. I can’t honestly remember much else about this week. I did yoga. I cleaned. I desperately wanted to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but am trying to resist because we’ve had enough junk. By the way, I still love yoga.
  4. Oh, on yoga. A week or two ago, Wizard walked by when I was doing some poses. He sees me doing this all the time, but this time, he commented on being impressed. Not because I’m good, I’m really not. But he could see the progress I’d made and how the core and balance work paid off so I could hold a tricky balance pose. I know this is a tiny thing, but having him randomly see and recognize that meant a lot to me. Mostly, thought, I’ve been doing yoga for my own joy.
  5. I took Maggie to the vet yesterday for the mass on her belly. For the first time in my experience since I switched vets, they were using their “Covid Protocol”.  I was unsure what to expect, but it was easy. They have a courtyard in front of their office, there’s chairs and benches, and they have a sign in sheet. Super easy. It was hot, but we could get up and walk around, find shade, etc. All the dogs were well behaved and the cats were in carriers or being carried. The tech came out to get Maggie, took her in, and the veterinarian brought her back out. My stomach clenched when I saw the vet because up to then, I hadn’t seen a vet come outside. But it’s not bad news. Maggie’s mass is either a lipoma (fatty mass that we just watch) or a small hernia. The vet couldn’t manipulate the wall behind the mass to tell for sure. However it’s not urgent at this point. The vet assured me it’s fine to just watch it for now. And together, we developed a plan to remove it when she has her teeth cleaned next time, and if the vet finds a hernia then, she’ll repair it. I feel so much better. And I appreciate so much that the vet came to go over it with me. She gave me specifics to watch for that (if they happen) will make it urgent, but for now, Maggie’s in good shape. Also we discussed her over health which is also very good for her age.

That’s my five. We aren’t sure about our weekend plans yet as it’s been a weird and hectic week so we’ll see. Now I’d really love to hear about your week! Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 17th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! I *think* it’s Friday, but our days have been blurred together for two weeks now. What if it’s really Caturday, which became a day while I was signing docs and attempting to tame technology? It might have happened :-)

And no I haven’t had any wine, sadly. But tonight I shall! And if it turns out to be Caturday, I’ll adopt a cat and have two glasses of wine!

But for now, I’ll share five random things about my week, hoping that in return, you will share yours. And away we go!

  1. I may have sorted out the browser issues we were having. Maybe. I’m doing little changes at a time so I know what’s working and what’s not. So far, my browser has stopped overtaking Wizard’s browser and that’s a win!
  2. I’m very happy with our new computer. Not bad, considering we researched and bought it within about 24 hours. The printer hasn’t even made me swear  once yet, which is impressive. The old one had me vowing it’s death by fire or drowning on a weekly basis.
  3. We had the appraisal on the house done yesterday morning. We were told he would come between 9am and noon. He arrived by 9:30 and was done by 10:00. I was so happy to have the rest of my day free. Of course I did really exciting things like laundry, but still…I wasn’t waiting around which is not fun!
  4. Maggie keeps going to Wizard for reassurance lately. She has done this before when she’s sick, but now I think she’s grasping something is going on but not exactly what. It’s interesting because she’s mostly my dog, but she needs Wizard’s reassurance right now. And he gives it to her. Overall though, she’s acting normal, eating, happy to go on walks, hanging out in the normal way and thrilled to see people she loves (which is everyone, LOL). It’s just this one additional thing, and it’s almost like she’s saying to him, “Everything is okay, right?” And he tells her “right.” Then she goes on with her day. However, I do have her vet appointment next Wednesday to check the lump on her stomach as a precaution, and I’ll make sure we’re on the right track about making this transition easy for her.
  5. I’m not sure what the weekend will bring, but I’m hoping it won’t be Caturday because I was only kidding about adopting a cat! I like cats, but one pet is enough for me. Wizard and I will probably go to breakfast for Father’s Day and maybe I’ll even bake something. Not sure what yet. When I asked him, he said cheesecake or key lime pie. I’ve made both those recently, so we’re negotiating. He’s also debating if he really wants that much junk food, and that’s totally his decision.

So that’s my five, I bet yours will be a lot more interesting! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads out there, and hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, June 10th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Time to share 5 random things about our week. I’ll start :-)

  1. Stuff is happening here, but I can’t talk about it yet. That’s frustrating for me!
  2. It’s hot again! Really hot. It feels like it’s going to be a really hot summer. We’ll see.
  3. Maggie has been confused because we’ve moved her kennel and other stuff in and out, leave the house, etc. I feel bad for her because we can’t explain, but after a day or two, she’s gotten the hang of it. By the way, we’re not “hiding” that we have a dog, this is so we can make sure we clean before showings. When they look in the garage, they’ll see we have a dog. Or if they look in the panty, there’s a whole shelf of dog items.
  4. A couple nights ago we ran to Home Depot and took Maggie with us. I did something I rarely ever do. I let a “stranger” give her a treat.  Maggie was thrilled! They lady worked at Home Depot and had a bag of dog treats in her apron pocket. She was clearly dog savvy and asked me first, showing me the treats. She ended up giving her two small pieces pea-sized pieces of the treat because Maggie’s a con artist, but this lady was totally on to her tricks, LOL. I was impressed. I know it may sound harsh, but due to Maggie’s previous really bad bladder stones, I’m strict about her diet, and I don’t always trust strangers and their idea of treats. But this was perfect timing, Maggie had a stressful week, which is why we took her to Home Depot with us just to get her out, and then she got a surprise treat in Home Depot. Like I said in #3, for about a day and a half, Wizard and I noticed she wasn’t herself, mostly like from the stress of having the house up for sale. Of course, we worry that it’s the lump on her tummy, but that’s truly less likely. (Reminder, I do have a vet appt for her on June 22nd).
  5. On Saturday, we have some house-related stuff to do. Sunday, we are hoping Wizard can go racing, and I can meet up with Biker Witch. While I talk to my sister every day by text, I want to see her in person to hear about her Hawaii trip, plus we have a new Home Goods store we want to check out just for fun.

Well those weren’t the most exciting five ever, but hopefully I can talk about more next week. Now I’d love to hear about your week! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, May 27th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Time to share five random things about our week! Here’s mine:

  1. We had a couple month’s of a “lull” after buying the house, and now things are getting super busy. Because that’s always how life goes, LOL.
  2. Tuesday we met with our real estate agent. We made a plan and I’ll update you guys more as we move along. But things are happening fast. The good news is houses are moving in this area. But there’s no guarantees.
  3. Wednesday we did a pre-drywall walk through on the new house. The superintendent was good and spent all the time we needed or wanted to go through room by room, and detail by detail. We found a couple things that had been missed, and this is the stage where it’s easy enough to fix, so that’s good. It’s getting so real now!
  4. This weekend is Middle Son’s birthday but he’s going to be camping. We made a plan to get together then something came up on our end and we’ll reconfigure the plan when he comes back from camping.  Middle son is very understanding, I mean he truly is, which we so appreciate.
  5. Turbo is coming out on Sunday! His parents are coming too :-) Because we’re trying to do a bunch of stuff, we’ll keep it simple. But we’re really looking forward to seeing them!

That’s only some of the week. We are over here doing spells and slamming coffee to get enough energy to do all the things that need to be done! Now I’d love to hear five random things about your week!

Friday, May 20th, 2022
Friday Five!

TGIF! Let’s jump right into sharing 5 random things about our week.

  1. It’s been a longish week for different reasons. But all is well or will be by next week so let’s not dwell on that.
  2. We cleaned windows. We split it into two days, wanting to do an extra good job. I took the screens out front to wash them and brought Maggie out to help. Spoiler Alert: She didn’t help, she just sat and watched me work or moseyed around the grass. Maggie’s work ethic only kicks in if she’s chasing lizards or something fun like that. Otherwise, she’s a total slacker.
  3. I decided to go through a box of old letters from various friends over the years that I kept. I thought I’d toss them out, but instead I spent a couple hours reading through them all. I had to laugh at one consistent theme running through them all: Everyone kept apologizing for not writing back sooner. From what I surmised, I’d often send two letters to their one. I guess I was prolific letter writer back in the day??? It’s pretty funny given that I suck at even answering email these days. Also…I kept all the letters. I don’t know why, it just feels like a connection to old friends who moved away.
  4. My sister is in Hawaii. Someone is sulking because she’s not in Hawaii…um…Me! I’m sulking :-) My sister is visiting her daughter, and here is where I should point out that her daughter is also my niece! But did my sister take me? No. And I get called the mean sister????? (I’m teasing, I’m thrilled for my sister! I want her to have the best trip ever and enjoy every moment with her daughter!)
  5. I’m reading a YA paranormal book and at the same time listening to an audio of another paranormal book. I’m rather impressed that I’m not confusing the two stories or characters! Sometimes I impress myself. But then I find myself standing in front of an open cupboard with no idea what I was searching for…that impressed feeling never lasts long, LOL!

So that’s my five, now I’d love to hear yours! I hope all of us have the best weekend possible!

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Friday Five

**I have to post this early on Thursday because my blog scheduler keeps timing out.

TGIF! Let’s all share five random things about our week!

  1. My scratched eye is much better. I’m leery about put in contacts though. I may wait another day as it’s still dry and easily annoyed. But that first day it swelled 3/4s shut, so this is a huge and welcomed improvement.
  2. Wizard and I are cleaning up as much as we can, getting the house as ready as it’s going to be for market. Yesterday we laid the new bark. It’s interesting to do it on a hill while trying to stay balanced. I’m happy to report, no one fell! While I pretty regularly walk into walls that have been there for twenty years, my balance is very good. The fresh bark looks fresh and clean. We do this every couple years, but not quite so much at once. Note to self: Maybe don’t do a mile walk plus yoga before big physical projects!
  3. When we had our old house on the market, I was insane trying to keep it perfectly clean with three boys. I don’t have the energy to do that again. Good enough will have to do. Plus Wizard picks up after himself and will help with the rest so it should work out.
  4. It’s going to be a bad fire year. We already had a fire in Laguna Nigel (not by us) that took out more than 20 homes. Wizard and I were watching it on breaking news. While the day wasn’t too hot, the winds kicked up and the fire raced up a hill right into a track of homes in less than a couple hours. The firefighters were doing all they could, but they couldn’t stop it. New Mexico is burning too. It’s all so terrible. What’s really frustrating is that some of these tragic fires are caused by either careless people or awful people who like causing destruction and death. Those are the ones that make me sick and furious. To end this on a bit of good news — a frantic woman told a firefighter her cat was in one of the houses being threatened, and the firefighter got the cat out for her.
  5. Let’s lighten up with a fun story: I have a stuffed Koala bear sitting on a chair in our exercise room. Maggie goes in there once in a while, grabs the bear and throws him down the stairs. Other times she just knocks him off the chair and leaves. It’s funny because she never gets into anything else. She just has it in for the Koala bear. Maybe he’s mean to her when I’m not looking? (Just an FYI, I don’t care if she wants to play with the bear or I’d have told her no.)

That’s my five, now I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone have a great weekend!


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