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Wednesday, January 19th, 2022
Wednesday Bright Spots

Another day got away from me. Some of it is me trying to deep clean plus a lot of life keeps popping up, so I’m going to write a quick blog sharing a couple bright spots in my week:

  1. When were were visiting Turbo, we were all having lunch, and Turbo announced, “Grandma and Grandpa can’t leave until it’s dark outside.” It was so cute, he really wanted us to stay the whole entire day. We had to go home and take care of Maggie, but it’s so sweet. These years will pass so quickly.
  2. I took Maggie in for a bath and the owner is so awesome. She knows Maggie’s name, but not mine, LOLOL! I’m good with that. She was calling her Maggie Happy Pants, which is true since Maggie’s always happy. And when I picked her up, she talked about how Maggie’s getting older. That may not sound particularly nice, but what I love is that she’s so invested in Maggie that she recognizes every little change in her.

So those were too bright spots in my moving-too-fast week. How about you?

Monday, January 17th, 2022
Weekend Roundup

Happy Monday! So overall my weekend was, well, a weekend :-) Here’s the recap:

Friday, Part One: I got my hair done. So that was interesting. For one of the few times in my life, my hairdresser was telling me she has a lady who desperately wants a hairstyle like mine, but her hair won’t do it. I was half-complimented and half-laughing because it pretty much took me until this last year to accept that I will never have fabulous long and luxurious hair. Instead what I have is acceptable hair. So when I finally escaped my denial, I said, “Acceptable hair what would you like to do?”

AH answered, “Live free and wild with no limits.”

I said, “Heck no, we will scare small children and I mostly like kids. Plus we’ll make all the huskies and beagles howl in protest. Surely we can compromise.”

AH gave them some thought, then suggested, “A layered bob deal that you will have to blow dry straight and sometimes use a straight iron on when the weather is ornery.”

I agreed and we’ve been friends ever since. But I felt for whomever that woman was longing for a hairstyle her hair refuses to do. Been there, done that was practically Today Years Old when I gave up the dream.

Friday Part Two: After getting my hair colored, cut and tamed, I met Biker Witch for coffee. We talked for two hours before I even checked the time. Love that! I also tried a salted caramel cookie that I found delicious.

Saturday: Wizard and I went to breakfast which was lovely. Fortified with carbs and caffeine, I rolled up my sleeves and finished cleaning out my kitchen cupboards. That required taking everything out of my pantry which is not a walk-in, but quite big and holds A. Lot. Of. Stuff. It was a chore that resulted into a large bag of trash and a variety pack of sore muscles. But it feels good to have it done. I still need to Murphy Oil Soap the doors, but that’s a two hour, and much less painful project I’ll do sometime this week. I have to say, yoga has paid off in the ability to control myself into weird pretzels shapes to reach the dark, twisty corners of some very deep cupboards. So that’s a plus :-)

Sunday: I made some more Hot Chocolate Bombs, partly as practice, and also to take one or two to Turbo (my grandson) when I go over there today to visit him. (His super patient parents may put me on supervised visits after this since they are so rich, LOL But they give him chocolate milk, so…that’s my excuse???)  Anyhow, here’s a pic of some of the HC Bombs:

And Maggie and I went for a walk on a gorgeous day:

This is the base of the Cleveland National Forest that goes for miles and miles. I didn’t go any farther than where I stopped to take the picture because I know packs of coyotes (and other animals) who would consider Maggie an excellent meal live back there. It was warm enough that I was also concerned about snakes. There are  safer dirt roads I mostly stay on but it was a beautiful spot if you appreciate raw land and I wanted to share it.

So that was my weekend, how was yours?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Stress Dump with a Moral :-)

It’s been a stress dump week. Actually, some of this has been going on a while but ramped up the fun the last…oh…eight days or so. Including some fun bits of fraud. That’s been handled, but it has the potential to create a little bit of havoc over the next few weeks. But it’s all stuff that can be dealt with.

Sometimes life is complicated.

So what do I do? Walk with Maggie and bake :-) Yesterday I decided to try a different, supposedly chef-tested recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies that don’t spread too much.

Spoiler alert: They spread and burned.

I knew they would but did I trust my own instincts developed from decades of baking? Nope. And that’s truly what pisses me off. I mean, the cookies aren’t a big deal. I can make decent chocolate chip cookies any time. But I should have trust my own instincts, especially when it’s based on decades of baking experience. I don’t care what pastry school this person has gone to, I know how butter, flour, eggs and leavening agents (in this case, baking soda) work together.

The cookies never had a chance to work as promised. Or at least as I envisioned them.

So the moral of this story? Don’t be me!  Trust you’re own instincts and experience.

P.S.  Can anyone remove this dark cloud looming over us lately? Just asking :-)

P.S.S. Wizard and I are fine, it’s just been a lot of various things happening. Life does that to all of us at some point.

Monday, January 10th, 2022
Weekend Roundup

It was a pretty weekend here! Warm in the days, but very nice. Maggie and I took multiple walks, which is how I got in trouble with a security guard :-) So Maggie and I’ve been walking in the field around the new housing track being built. There’s a public access road that leads up in the hills so that’s okay.

But on weekends, I’ve been walking through the construction site on weekends, generally staying on the roads. The security guard in the days is brand news. She’s sitting in her car at the head of the road by the models, and she was talking (yelling) into her phone. I assumed she saw me but didn’t care since she didn’t react as I turned the corner on the side walk and zipped right by her. I mean lets be honest, they are there to stop stealing. I’m a middle aged woman walking my dog in fitted jeans and a t-shirt. What am I going to steal? And where was I gonna put it? It was all I could do to fit my cell phone and house keep in my pockets, LOL

But I got about a third of the way down the street and I see some finishing workers (doing finish work inside the models, no heavy equipment work or I wouldn’t walk there), sitting on some steps, eating lunch and watching me. That seemed weird the way they were all staring at me.

Then the yelling started behind me.

This security guard–a woman around my age–had gotten out of her car and was yelling, “Excuse me! Hello! Hey Excuse me.”

Busted. So I walked back, she started off a bit rough but soon calmed when she realized that I really was just walking my dog. She sort of back tracked and said I could keep going, but I told her no problem I’ll go another way that doesn’t cut through the track.  I know she was just doing her job, etc. So Maggie and I hiked up a dirt road (it’s technically public) and by the time we doubled back and left, the security guard waived, and asked if we enjoyed out walk.  The next day I passed her by staying out of the track and she waived again.  We’re friends now :-)

But I told Wizard this is all his fault because he’s always telling me to stop being chicken about breaking rules. He laughed and asked me if it was really a big deal. No, but I hate being in the wrong. And I was clearly in the wrong so…it’s his fault. Obviously.

Otherwise while I had a mellow weekend.  I’m learning my airbrush, and here’s a picture of one of the projects on my dummy (Styrofoam) cake.

It’s all fondant and airbrush work, and it’s a process to learn it all :-)

That was pretty much my weekend. How was yours?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
Uh Oh…We Have an Uninvited Visitor

Oh noes! It’s a gopher!

I don’t know if any of you recall Wizard’s epic battle with a gopher several years ago. It spanned weeks, and the thing traveled through the hills that run along  one side our property before Wizard finally won. I still laugh remembering that battle. Wizard was obsessed, and every time he was triumphant that he’d gotten rid of the creature, another mound of dirt would appear and the whole battle would start over.

But that was before we had Maggie. So we discovered this gopher hole along the back fence. But it looks like Maggie has chased him back to the other side of the fence. Maggie checks every hour or so to see if she can find him. She clearly believes she’s got this handled. And Wizard is hoping that Maggie will be enough to keep him off our property.

Let’s just say I’m skeptical. Did my sweet little Maggie actually scare the wily and determined gopher away? Or is he regrouping for an epic Return of the Gopher to annoy Wizard? I can already picture the gopher burrowed somewhere waiting for night to fall and the big dog (Maggie must look big to a gopher) to go to sleep in the house so he can create enough havoc to drive Wizard into warrior mode?

Stay tuned…

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
Weekend Roundup

Happy New Year! I’m posting this a little early on Sunday night. Anyhow, it’s a brand new year! Let’s make 2022 our best year yet. They’re are always challenges, and sometimes there’s sadness and sorrow, but there’s also the joys we embrace and the happiness we choose to live.

Okay, now for my weekend roundup.

Friday, Wizard and I went to dinner…here we are beginning our New Year’s Resolution to take more pictures as a couple before we left for the restaurant:

We just went to Red Lobster, but it was really nice to have dinner out. We also split a key lime pie. Then we came home and watched an interesting movie (Identity), and had a lowkey but fun night.

Until Wizard checked his phone and found out that a good friend suddenly passed away from Covid. We were both completely shocked. It was so quick and so sudden. Wizard has now lost three friends, two whom he was pretty close to. And I just feel freaking helpless. Wizard manages to stay so positive lately while dealing with some real and painful stress. I admire his grit, I really do.

Saturday, we planned to babysit Turbo, but I got a middle of the night text that he was running a fever. He hasn’t been too sick, but they took him to the doctor as a precaution. So since I was home Saturday, I tried the non dairy version of Hot Chocolate Bombs.

Sunday I took the HC Bombs to Youngest and his wife. Wizard stayed home to do some stuff, and I hung out two hours at Youngest’s house. I got to hang out with two of my grandpuppies. By the time I got around to taking pictures, they were both sound asleep :-)

This is Roxy. She’s pretty old, but smart as ever, and always shows me where her treats are in case I forgot (she also shows me at MY house too, LOL):

 

And this is Phoebe, the Queen of Eating the Wrong Thing, and the Great Rat and Lizard Huntress:

 

So there was good and bad over the last few days, but life is filled with shades of both, isn’t it?

So how was your New Year’s and your weekend?

Friday, December 31st, 2021
Friday Five!

TGIF! And Happy New Year’s Eve! Wherever you are, I wish you a safe New Years Eve and a Nery Happy 2022! Now let’s do Friday Five, sharing any combination of our week and/or plans for the New Year. You’re welcome to do more than five if you feel so moved!

  1. I’m loving my new airbrush. I’ve started practicing, but like most things, it’s going to take a lot of practice and I’m okay with that. True Story–my middle son called and I was telling him about my airbrush. Then I said, “It’s for fun, I don’t have to be good at it.” Dead Silence. I don’t think he’s ever heard me say something like that in his entire life. It was all I could do not to laugh. I know he was thinking, “Who are you and what did you do with my mom?” It’s possible that I’ve been a little driven over the years, LOL
  2. I made Hot Chocolate Bombs this week. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re a chocolate shell around a powdered hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. Then when you pour hot milk over one, it begins to melt and kind of explodes marshmallows like a little bomb going off in your milk. If you add in sprinkles it’s even more fun. And man it was super rich and delicious, but I need to get the shell thinner to cut down on some of the richness (Wizard disagrees, he LOVED it). Here’s a pic of my first attempt:
  3. Yesterday, I found a food processor I wanted at Target. I was happy that I found an 8 cup size with all I need at a good price and that I had enough extra cash squirrelled away to buy it. It was all wins for me until I got home and a piece of the set was missing. I’ll return it today. It’s Target so that should be easy enough, but it was the last one they had in stock. However, since I’m not in any critical need for a food processor, this is just a mild inconvenience so I can’t really complain.
  4. So 2022, I don’t have any professional goals at the moment. I’ve made a deal with myself to not think about, or try to write for awhile. I spent too long trying and feeling so bad not doing what I felt I should be able to that I created a painful block. It was so bad that every time I saw down to write I tensed up with anxiety and frustration at myself. So I’m focusing now on doing things that I enjoy and not stressing. Personally, our goal is to make a life change happen :-) I’ll talk more about that if and when we get closer, and I’d say there’s a fair change it won’t happen. So how’s that for vague??? LOL!
  5. For New Years Eve, we’re going out for an early dinner then we’ll hang out at home with Maggie. On New Year’s Day we’re going to Turbo’s house to babysit him so his parents can go to a movie. That’s pretty much the sum of our wild and crazy New Year’s celebration plans.

Okay that’s my assorted five, now I’d love to hear yours! Happy New Year!

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