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Friday, December 13th, 2019
Friday Five

TGIF! I can’t believe it’s Friday again. This has been a nonstop week. Okay, lets jump right into sharing five random things about our week.

  1. I cleaned my oven. The oven is self-cleaning so that’s fairly easy. Sadly, the inside racks are not, and they were pretty dirty.
  2. I spent a couple of days this week Christmas shopping. I’m pretty closing in on the finish line, I think. I’m also waiting on a few deliveries and hope those show up as promised.
  3. Yesterday, I made double batches of 3 different kinds of bread: Zucchini, Pumpkin and B.E.’s Apple Cranberry. That came out to 36 mini-loaves of bread! My biggest surprise is that Wizard really liked the Apple-Cranberry bread! I’ve never seen him eat cranberry anything, so I was thrilled he tried it and even happier that he liked it enough to eat several slices. I knew I’d like it :-)
  4. Today, I’m getting my hair cut then home to make cookies. I have double batches of three different cookies planned, but I may have to cut down to just BLB’s special chocolate chip cookies and lemon cookies. If I run out of time, I won’t make the sugar cookie shaped like bears I was planning.
  5. Tomorrow, we’re going to Wizard’s sister to celebrate Christmas with his side of the family. I’m not sure of Turbo will be there as it looks like he might be coming down with something :-(  But we’re looking forward to seeing everyone else!

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

Monday, December 9th, 2019
Weekend Roundup

It’s been a damp and dreary weekend, but Maggie knows exactly how to deal with the weather:

Full Disclosure: I stole this pic from Wizard’s FB :-)

I put on my Santa hat and got a lot of Christmas shopping and planning done, and for one long trip to do an errand, I took Maggie with me. She gets super excited when she figures out she’s going in the car. It’s hilarious to watch her try to sit, but she’s so excited, she dances her front paws and wiggles until I get the leash on her. Her butt’s on the ground though, so she’s technically sitting. She’s such a happy dog most of the time.

I’m planning to make some breads as gifts this week, including trying B.E.’s Apple Cranberry bread, unless I can’t find the ingredients I need, then I’ll switch to orange cranberry bread because I can use frozen cranberries for that. I keep changing my mind on what to take to the family party this weekend. I’m not feeling Grinchy, just not as inspired as I usually am.

Also, I need to clean my oven, LOL! I may do that soon…like today. Maybe.

So that was my weekend, how was yours?

Friday, December 6th, 2019
Friday Five

TGIF! Can you believe we’re 6 days into December? It seems like it should be about March :-) Okay, let’s jump into our Friday Five, where we share five random things about our week.

  1. Although I normally don’t get into the whole New Year’s Resolution thing, this year, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I’m as healed as I’m going to get, and I want to focus on exercise and writing.
  2. This week, Biker Witch and I went out and had a girl’s day out together. Then she had the nerve to go on a trip without me. Rude! :-)
  3. We’ve decorated the house, ordered and picked up my Christmas cards, updated and printed the labels for the cards, and I got a small start on Christmas shopping. One thing I love this year is our family–Wizard, myself, our sons and wives, are doing a secret santa thing. We each get one name to buy for so everyone gets a gift, but since it’s just one person to focus on instead of eight, it’s a lot less stress and expense. Special K set it up, including a way to post gift suggestions. I’m already hoping this is our new  tradition.
  4. I got my new glasses, and I’m really happy with the frames. I chose them so fast, I was worried if I’d like them or not. And glasses aren’t cheap! But I was super happy when I picked them up. Wizard really likes them too. It was hilarious when he tried on my glasses, and for the gazillionth time, told me my vision is bad. No kidding. But my contacts make my life much easier, and my glasses do the job when I take my contacts out, so that’s something to be very grateful for. Many people have it much worse.
  5. Maggie’s Christmas gift is coming tomorrow, but I’m worried I won’t have the self-control to wait until Christmas to give it to her. I’m already planning to get her something else too, LOL!

That’s my five random things, and now I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Favorite Holiday Cookie or Dessert?

Do you have a favorite? I’m thinking about making a cookie tray for a family party in a week and a half and am looking for ideas. Or do you have another holiday dessert you like better than cookies? Please share your thoughts!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Holiday + Weekend Roundup

Missed you guys! We had a great Thanksgiving despite the pouring rain. All the dogs and Turbo did well, which was my biggest concern. Jett and Hazel are really nice dogs. Maggie did better than I expected. She told Jett once that she didn’t want to play with him, and Jett was totally chill about it. That is good dog communication. Maggie wasn’t perfect, but overall, she was reasonably good.

Poor Hazel discovered we had a pool the hard way. This was her first time here, and she chased her brother, Jett, out the back door and didn’t see the pool until she plunged in. Hazel’s a really smart dog, but it was raining, the skies were dark, and she was focused on Jett. The poor girl was shaking with cold! She bounced back a few minutes later once we got her dried and warmed up. We didn’t let her out there again, though. Not until we have nice weather when we can walk her around the pool and let her get a feel for it.

The weekend was good, including a trip to the zoo with Turbo. When we got home, I went out back with Maggie where she slipped and fell in the pool. Crazy! Two dogs in one weekend! My sons had just commenting how fast and agile Maggie is, and then this happens, LOL! But she just slipped, and sometimes, crap happens. I had to haul her out, and got soaked in the process, but both of us were fine once we got dry. (I’ve tried to teach her to swim to the steps, but she was too panicked to do it.) She’s sulking here because she had to wait for her collar to dry before I’d put it back on. That’s upset her more than falling in the pool!

Once we put her collar on, she was wiggled with happiness. Such a silly girl.

I don’t go out shopping on Black Friday because, crowds! But Sunday, I ran over to the outlet center in town, and scored a pair of flat leather ankle boots 50% off. I’m pretty happy about that. I wish I could wear the cute ones with heels, but I’m striving to be practical :-)

Now we’re on the fast track to Christmas and life will stay on the busy train.

Today, I’m hoping to get back to the gym and maybe even writing! A girl can dream.

So how was your Thanksgiving and weekend?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I’m so thankful for friends like each and every one of you. It’s been just over a year since my surgery from the neck thing that completely derailed my career for the past two years, but thanks to all of you, I haven’t given up hope. I believe that all your inspiration and encouragement have helped me heal as optimally as possible. I’m slowly figuring out how to merge my new physical reality with my old passion to tell the stories of the characters in my head.

And thank you for coming here to share all our work and home celebrations, commiserate during difficult times, and battle life’s various stresses with wit and laughter.

I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

I’ll be back on Monday and hope to see you here :-)

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Weekend Roundup

My scheduled blog didn’t post early this morning as it should have :-( Sorry! Now off to see if I can figure out what the error message actually means!

Saturday, we met Turbo, along with his parental unit–CPA Boy and Special K, at the Long Beach Aquarium. We had a great time with our grandson, and man, if I could bottle up and drink that boy’s energy, I would rule the world! There’s a reason we call him Turbo, LOL. Although he will crash once he runs out of that vibrant, busy energy. He really loved the sharks, the seals and all the colorful fish–especially the bright orange ones. “Orange,” is a favorite new word, so when he saw an orange fish, he was thrilled, and just had to yell it out and show all of us. He’s very curious and social with other kids too. It really is fun to be a grandma! His parents do all the hard work, and Wizard and I have fun :-) But we sure were tired when we got home!

Sunday, Wizard went racing, and I got to write for a short time. Then I headed over to see Youngest Son and his beautiful wife, and play with their two dogs.  Somehow, while there, I accidentally promised Youngest I’d make his special dairy free cookies on Thanksgiving. I don’t know how that happened. His wife blamed him, but I suspect that I actually volunteered before he had a chance to even ask. My bad!

After that, I came home and let Maggie smell the two dogs on me–she’s usually very curious, but once she gets the scent, she moves right on with the next thing that interests her. Such a good girl! Well kind of…I did find another dead lizard outside behind the trash cans this weekend. Sigh. Maggie swears she was just playing, and the lizard must have had a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Uh huh.

So that was some of my weekend. This week is going to be a lot of typical Thanksgiving prep and maybe a little writing.

How was your weekend?

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