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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!


Friday, May 6th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! I mean ALL the moms, in whatever way you became a mom. To me, it’s not so much the path to parenthood, but the journey of loving and guiding a child into adulthood and beyond that matters the most.

Now let’s share five random things about our week. Here’s mine:

  1. It’s hot again. I’m switching back to my summer routine of walking Maggie about 6:30ish in the morning. I like that doing that as long as it’s light enough to be safe.
  2. I got my hair cut this week and added more layers so it’s a bit shorter. I like it and Wizard is being nice :-) If he had his way, it’d be straight and held back with a hair band of some kind. Thankfully, it’s my hair so I get do decide how I want it.
  3. Yesterday Biker Witch (my sister) came out and we went to coffee, then fun shopping (I bought a dog toy for a grand dog, because I’m a big spender like that) and then we went to lunch lunch. We can pack a lot into a couple hours!
  4. I’ve been switching to a new (virtual) yoga teacher, and trying a different kind of practice to do a little less on shoulder. I think the small smug part of my brain secretly thought that because it looks slower, it’d be easier. That smug little part of me was wrong. So wrong, LOL! I’ve even managed some sore muscles. But I like the challenge.  One day, I hope to find a yoga studio close to my home so I can learn more with guidance and corrections, but in the meantime, this is working for me.
  5. Wizard and I made plans for Saturday night, but then Youngest called and invited us to his house for dinner. That was an easy choice, we can go to dinner anytime, but time with our kids is priceless.

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

Friday, April 29th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! We’ve almost run out of April! Unreal how crazy fast time is going. Okay time share five random things about our week. Here’s mine:

  1. Monday we got our Covid boosters. Wizard arranged it, so I did it. Tuesday, Wizard was mildly sick (mostly achy) and I went on as usual :-) Wizard bounced back by Wednesday. Fun story, we know the pharmacist who gaze us the shots. We both went in, and Wizard was teasing that he’d watch me flinch. The pharmacist laughed and said, “She doesn’t flinch.” She was correct. Wizard flinched a little, but there’s a decent chance he was messing with me, or Karma was messing with him :-)
  2. First I’m all proud and then…well let me back up. One morning I came home from a walk and was out talking to a neighbor. The street was quiet so I released Maggie from the leash and she stayed with me. Then I told her “Let’s go home” and she ran to our front porch. Neighbor was impressed and I had a proud mom moment. A few days later, I went for a long afternoon walk, came home and at the bottom of the driveway, I released Maggie from her leash. She bounded on the grass, and I took off my shoes. I looked up and she was gone. Confused because she never does that, I turned and she’s down the driveway standing on her hind legs, trying to get to a tiny little fluffball dog in the woman’s arms. The poor dog was scared and growling, and Maggie being a total tail wagging dufus. I grabbed her, and apologized for not paying attention. The woman was so sweet and thought the dogs could be friends. They probably can, but I didn’t want them meeting then because the little dog was already scared, and it wasn’t the right moment (energy) for them to officially meet. I was pretty mad at myself. I never even looked around to see if someone was walking their dog by before I let her off leash in our driveway. If it had been a big dog, Maggie would have hid behind me. But she loves tiny little fluffballs and doesn’t realize she can look scary to them. I’m such a Bad Dog Mom. And I’m the one that rants about others having their dog off leash!
  3. I made salted dark chocolate cookies because Wizard asked me to. Also I’m weak. I’ll freeze a lot of them, which is nice because we can just pull out one cookie when we want it.
  4. I took some shoes back to Penny’s yesterday, and they sent me to three registers before someone told me where the actual return section was, LOL! I figured it out, but had to laugh at the runaround. Then on my way out, I accidently found another pair of shoes and bought them. I swear I find things when I’m not looking.
  5. A couple weeks ago, lost a pair of sunglasses on a walk. I had them tucked in my pocket and they had to of fallen out. I wasn’t worried, they were cheap and I had a good pair at home. Except I couldn’t find the good pair. I kept looking where I put them, and nope, not there. Today I looked again…and I swear this is true…they were exactly where I’d put then in their case. I forgot they were in a case and so I looked right over them. For two weeks, I’ve been wearing an old scratched pair that I use for hanging out in the pool because I’m special that way, LOL.

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

Friday, April 22nd, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Let’s dive right into sharing five random things about our week. Here’s mine:

  1.  I made and froze lemon cake (trust me on freezing cakes–when done right it helps seal in moisture and freshness. I was shocked to learn this too!). That went easily enough. Then yesterday I made lemon curd for the filling and it failed. I didn’t quite cook it to the stage I needed it. But no worries, I redid it today and it turned out fine. This is exactly why I bought more eggs than I technically needed as I mentioned in my Wednesday story :-) Also, my neighbor has a lemon tree and is happy to share with all of us on the street, which is pretty awesome. That tree keeps us all stocked up!
  2. And after a long debate between the voices in my head, I’m going to mix the curd into buttercream icing to make the filling. I love straight lemon curd filling, but not everyone is a fan of the tartness, so this choice should please a wider range of palates.
  3. Wizard and I went to the dentist, and I told him about my neck, jaw and arm. He manipulated what would be the trigger points if it was TMJ and the most pain I felt was a 3 out of 10, and it didn’t radiate hot burning streaks, so that’s likely not the source. That’s actually super helpful in beginning to eliminate it. I’m going to my regular doctor today, and I’m going to ask for x-rays, and include the jaw joint too. In the meantime, I’m dialing down my yoga practice to a little less strenuous.
  4. Back to the dentist, I love people who respect their staff. So one of the dentist-owners of the practice was filling in the for the receptionist. He does this every Wednesday so she can babysit her grandchild. She’s that valuable. He kept teasing that he had to do it right so he didn’t get in trouble from her. While he was partially joking, he really does values her and her work, and is willing to go the extra mile so she can do something important to her. We need more of this all around.
  5. Tax Season is Over!!! Yesterday we went out to babysit Turbo. Turbo’s on spring break from school, his mom had to go into her office, and dad was going to work from home for a few hours. But Turbo’s dad surprised us and took the day off to hang with us. I love that. He did take an hour for himself to work out, then we played and all went to lunch at a little bistro and ate outside. I had an amazing salad! CPA Boy was stealing off my plate because, like me, he loves rabbit food too, LOL It was so great to see CPA Boy relaxing after putting in 7 days a week for months for various reason. And he really wanted to spend time with us and his son, which means a lot to us.

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





Friday, April 15th, 2022
Friday Five

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

  1. I made spaghetti sauce last night and used some fresh oregano from my mini herb garden along with my dried herbs. It turned out good.
  2. I finished another Lucy Score book. She’s sort of my crack right now. It’s the brassy heroine, snappy dialogue and fast paced plot. (FYI: Her writing is very sexy and explicit, which some readers may not love.) In the last couple years I’ve read a lot of deep and dark books, so this is a nice break.
  3. I’ve worked on some fondant flowers. I’m making a cake for my mother in law’s birthday in another week, and I can’t settle on a simple design that I can transport. But either way, it’s practice, and kind of relaxing to work on the flowers. However, my session was cut short by a phone call from my sister-in- law. The problem with that is we talk too much, LOL! Wizard was gone when she called, came home, went upstairs to work out, came downstairs saw me on the phone and laughed. It’s funny because these days I usually get off the phone pretty quick. My sister-in-law and I clearly need an intervention :-)
  4. The three pairs of sandals I ordered came, and I’m keeping two of them. That’s a big win for me. Normally I’m too cheap to even order them, but I really need a summer options to my favorite comfortable flip flops. Plus Wizard was chatting, “If they fit keep them!” It’s possible he brainwashed me…just saying…
  5. We’re going to Middle Son and his lovely wife’s house for Easter. All the boys, wives and Turbo will be there. I’m looking forward to it. Plus Middle’s wife is an excellent cook. I’m always willing to try her dishes even if it’s out of my normal range. And she’s gracious when I can’t eat something because of my stomach. I’m taking deviled eggs and some dairy free cookies, so it’s pretty easy for me. Oh and I get to see Jett and Hazel, their two dogs. It should be a nice weekend.

So that’s my fine, but I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone who celebrates has a Happy Easter! Happy weekend to all!

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