Sunday, July 12, 2020

Holy Moly

I cannot believe I have not been here since the first of April. Doesn't time fly when we are having so much fun??

So what is everyone up to now days? Are you still in isolation? Social distancing when out and about? Wearing a mask? Times are crazier than anything I ever thought I would see in my lifetime.

I am pretty much still staying at home all the time. I have stopped having groceries delivered and I venture out to pick them up with Clicklist at my local Kroger's. (It is called Dillons in my neck of the woods). I still prefer this over in-store shopping and probably always will. For the most part I am getting most of what I order. There are still many things unavailable. It remains a mystery to me why this is so, but it is. What I have noted is that my grocery bill has increased. And I don't think it has a thing to do with me eating more. Have you noticed that too?

I did have to venture out for a funeral last month. My ex-sister-in-law died of heart problems. She was my hero and the reason I became a nurse. I always loved her even when I could no longer stand her husband's brother. LOL! The funeral was interesting. It was big. About half the people there wore masks. They passed a microphone around for people to say what their favorite memory of Ruthie was. Interesting in a global pandemic, to say the least. I didn't participate. They had a type of social distancing. Every other pew was left open. But people sat side by side on the pews. Mostly in family groups however. Was a beautiful service and a fitting tribute to a wonderful woman.

I also went with Harley to order her wedding cake. I know I told you the wedding was off. Well, it's back on. (for now). Yes, she moved into her own apartment the first part of April. Wedding was off. They were broken up. Then they were dating again. Then wedding back on for September 2021. And now it is for September 26, 2020.(and no, she says she is not pregnant. I just shrug!She is really on the run to get a weeding planned in a short time.(One of the reasons for the break-up is he was stressed out with wedding plans) See me shaking my head again. Live and learn for everyone. Right?? Anyway, the cake is ordered and I have a dress coming. That is about my part in participating. Her future mother-in-law is crafty and helping her with a lot of it. Stay tuned.....

I wake up every morning to see if Trump is still the president and how he has embarrassed America today. He has so badly mishandled this Covid-19 crisis we are in. And now he is just pretending it has gone away. I cannot believe (yes, I can) how he allowed Putin to get by with paying bounties on our American soldiers. And the race war he is trying to start....and the Roger Stone BS. Surely all of America's good people will see the need to replace him in November.

Little Charlie is still by my side. He is the sweetest thing ever and provides me with a lot of love. I did finally get him in for a grooming after going without for three months. He really, really needed a haircut. We spend a good amount of time lying around.

 Hope you are all well!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Times They are Changing

I've tried to write a blog post several times over the past couple weeks. It is just too hard. What is going on in the world? Things have certainly turned upside down. Things we never thought we would ever see in the greatest country in the world. We are so behind the times. Other countries are so much better at this than Americans. What will happen here in the next few months is anyone's guess.

So what are you up to right now? Are you in isolation? Social distancing? Laughing it all off? Disbelieving?

Here in Kansas we have 482 confirmed cases as of this morning. That doesn't sound like very many when you compare us to New York or California. But we don't have nearly as many people. So far we have seen 10 deaths. And there are 8 people with confirmed Covid-19 here in my county. So I don't think we are really taking it that seriously yet. And there probably isn't that much testing being done. Hopefully we will before it is too late. 

All of our schools in Kansas have been closed until next year. Necessary, I think. But so many upset abut it. My bonus granddaughter, Piper, is a senior this year. And she is grieving over the loss of prom and graduation. I told her she will have a great story to tell her kids someday. It will be a much greater story that the one we told. You know where we had to walk to and from school. In knee deep snow. All uphill. Without gloves. But, right now she didn't think it was too funny. 

Things for me haven't changed all that much. I already stay home most of the time. And I have very few visitors. So none of that has changed. I no longer go pick up my groceries. I pay the extra and have them delivered to the front porch. There are a lot of items not available. But that doesn't really bother me. I'm down to a case and a half of water. So I now have two choices: venture out to get a case or suck it up and drink the nasty tap water. Might be time to buy a filter. They will not deliver water. I am not sure why. And they don't deliver toilet paper either. But I won't run out of that for a time. 

Charlie is getting pretty shaggy. I think this week I might bathe him and see if I can trim some around his face. I didn't go for the last grooming appointment and I will have to see how I feel about going to this next one. So far she has not closed. So many businesses are closed here in my city. 

Update on family: Justin is busier than ever. Quarantines have brought the crazies out. He is dealing with more murders. (He is a deputy sheriff). We hear very little from Darian. So I hope he is well and taking care of himself. Harley is working in the nursing home and has changed her hours to night shift. She moved into her own apartment this week. The wedding is off. They are still trying to decide if the relationship is off. I'm just shaking my head. Paige lost her job. She was working in a restaurant/bar. But she quickly found another job at Aldi's. The girls have finally gotten it through their head that grandma doesn't need them to come see me. They don't stay home so I don't need them to bring me their germs. Know what I mean? How is all your families doing during this time?


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Currently.....Winter









Outside my window...

It is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. Currently, at 1:00 p.m., it is 52* under a clear blue sky. A few days ago we got down to 10* at night. At this time of the year we are either warm or freezing. Climate change?? You know our president doesn't believe in such a thing. LOL!


Pondering..

Oh my goodness, since I was last here we have impeached a president. Only the 3rd one in the history of our beloved United States. And the Senate decided not to have a 'real' trial but to continue to protect him and his shenanigans. I wonder what it is they are afraid of us finding out?? So he thinks he has been found NOT GUILTY when, of course, it was acquitted. Not quite the same thing. Remember OJ Simpson was acquitted and we know that most of the country thought he was guilty as hell. Now we will live though our childish president get on with 'getting even.' Sigh!! I can't wait to vote him out of office and get a more grown up man to be in charge of America. And I think, not only is there a majority of America, but of the world, will agree with me. As long as they don't have to say it out-loud and admit they were wrong.  

Watching...

I have been watching some of my favorites. Like This Is Us, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, and Grey's Anatomy. And also getting my reality TV fix by watching 90 Day Fiance. Oh the drama of that one. I also watch Sister Wives. What are you watching? 


Reading/Listening...

Since I have discovered Audible, I mostly listen to books. I spend enough time reading on my phone that I am just not interested in reading books anymore. And I have figured out how to 'quiet my mind' and really get into the books I listen to. So what have I listened to this past month?

  1)P. S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. This is a book club selection. I gave it 3 ***. It was okay. Not great, but enjoyable. 

  2) The Hallows by Victor Methos. A freebie off of my Kindle Unlimited account. This is one of those books that offers both the reading and the listening version. I mostly listened. A good story. I enjoyed it. I gave it 3 *** on Goodreads. Maybe I need to rethink my star system. I enjoyed this book more than #1 above. This is a legal thriller. 

  3)Live Simply, by Hazel Simpson. This is another declutter and simplify your life book. I enjoyed it.

My One Little word...

I have chosen a word of the year for a few years. In the past I have halfheartedly done the One Little Word. I have had the words Hope, Change, Forward, and Fight. This year I am taking a different approach to the word. I have joined up with Ali Edwards and her One Little Word (OLW) workshop to delve into my word and to keep it my focus for the year. This year my word is SIMPLE. I want to make my home simple, my diet simple, my life simple. I will share more with you as I go along. This month we are working on vision boards.

Creating...

I am creating my vision board for my OLW challenge for the month. I have torn up a bunch of magazines. Just need to figure out how to put it together. 

Learning...

I am still learning and I still have much to learn. This living alone and being a widow is not a fun place to be. I am wondering if I will learn to love it someday. Only time will tell. I am an introvert so there's that!!

Planning....

This coming month of March, hopefully, will find me back in the bedrooms with the de-cluttering to continue. I have been working in the laundry room, the dining room and the reading room. Little changes with becoming SIMPLE. 

What's in the kitchen...

I have about given up on meal planning. Planning for one is much harder than it ever was to plan for a family. Now, I eat what I want when I want. It is not unusual to find me eating a bowl of cereal at 9 p.m. as my dinner. Or a slice of banana bread at 4 a.m. as breakfast. I am still making a batch of those egg muffins (that I talked about in my last post) every week. Love them! Are any of you single people willing to share how you handle meal planning??


A quote to share...











Photographing...

He loves to soak up the sun

My Ruby red slippers

puppy tracks in the snow

Aren't I the cutest

Snuggling in his bed

A final thought...

I took Charlie to the vet this week because he has a cough (which he has had since I got him) which is getting worse. Charlie came to me with a variety of health problems. One of them is a previous crushed trachea. Well, I guess my little pooch has gotten too fat since he came to live with me....and so have I....so the extra weight is pushing on his trachea causing him to cough more. We are now (and by we, I really mean Charlie) into eating less and trying to walk more. He doesn't like cold weather (and neither do I) so the activity will increase when the weather warms up. So little fatty and I are hoping you are all doing good. See you soon!



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hello 2020!

Hello! It is January. Can anyone believe how quickly 2019 and that entire decade flew by. I know that I can't. And so much happened in a decade. At least at my house. Some good. Some not so good. But, never the less, life does go on. And OUTSIDE MY WINDOW it is winter. We have had some crazy winter weather here in Kansas. We have seen highs in the 70's and we have seen lows in the teens. Today it is cloudy and we have snow on the ground. I do not know if more is coming. But I do know that it is dreary and dreary is not something that is good for me.

As I PONDER what my life will be like this next decade, I look backwards. I always look back. To see what I have learned and to see what I want to take forward with me. Do you do that? What I have LEARNED is I am stronger than I think I am. And that tears still come quicker than I want them to. But that I will never stop remembering and crying for the lost love. There will never be another, of that I am positive. Richard was my soulmate.

What have I been doing in this new year? What have I been WATCHING? I have binge watched the entire three seasonS of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. The book club I participate in online, The Paper and Glam Book Club  , is going to read Margaret Atwood's The Testament in March. It is a sequeal to The Handmaid's Tale, which she wrote in 1985. I had not read it so I took both of the novels on in December/January. And I was hooked. They are both dystopian works. Not a fan in the past. But I highly recommend both of these books. And the series. WOW! Scary to think something like this could happen. Especially with the administration we currently have in the White House. I am also watching Trump's Impeachment Trail. I don't know why they call it that. He has already been impeached. And will forever be impeached. Nothing he can do about that. This is his "removal trial." But I am sure most of us know that will not happen. Not with the cover-up that is currently in effect.  Are you watching?? Are you worried about the state of our country? Or is this the new norm?

I have also been READING in this new year. I have finished a couple of books that weren't about handmaids, LOL. I read Gretchen Rubin's Outer Order, Inner Calm. This book is about getting your house in order. I am working on that. Hopefully, it will bring me an inner calm. I have also listened ( same as reading in my mind) a couple more Melinda Leigh books. She is good. The titles I have finished in January are: She Can Tell and She can Run. Both thriller mysteries. Both are part of a series. 



In January I CREATED my winter decor. The mantle is decorated in snowmen and valentines and snowmen.  


I am sure you all want to know what is being Planned at our house. Not much. The wedding we were looking forward to this summer is off. Not forever. Just not for this summer. The young ones have decided they are just not yet ready for a wedding. Maybe next summer. I will admit that I don't understand. But it is not my wedding. It is not my marriage. And it is not my relationship. But if they feel they are not ready, then canceling it is the right thing to do. They are still living together in the house they purchased. 

Sunday we had an Earthquake here in Hutchinson. It was pretty darn scary too. The magnitude was a 4.5. It is the strongest we have had so far in Kansas. The things on my mantle were thrown to the floor and the snowman screen was broken. I was able to fix it. I was shaken for sometime afterwards. So was Charlie.  



I have been doing some cooking and some eating out. Harley and I went out to eat at Olive Garden one evening and it was nice. I don't go out and sit down in a restaurant very often. But I go through my share of drive throughs! I did make a batch of these really good breakfast treats and ate them every morning for a week. 


Blueberry Oatmeal muffins

Ham and Egg muffins
Harley and granny at Olive Garden







Now you know I like to share PHOTOGRAPHS of other loves in my life. And here of some of them:

Sweet Charlie

Paige's baby Nova (only 6 months old)
Don't know why she covered her face

Charlie loves my fleece

Looking out my front door at sunset

Justin training some new recruits (he is in the foreground)

And as always, I leave you with a QUOTE. Hope everyone is doing well and know that I think of you often and will be stopping by.



Monday, December 2, 2019

Currently.....December









Outside my window...

Outside my window it is nighttime. There is the 'first-quarter' moon shining brightly along with beau-coup stars. It is clear and 39* here. We haven't really had much in the way of winter weather yet. Hope I am not jinxing us by saying that. How's the weather where you are?


Pondering..

Sometimes I just do too much pondering. I have been pondering blog posts for much of the fall. Just never found my way to the computer to type them out. Cannot believe that it was really August the last time I blogged. Although I was getting frequent reminders from one of my biggest supporters via telephone calls. He said it is how he knows I am doing okay. LOL! Calling works too!! Anyway, I hope to be back into the blogging mood. I still have lots to say.



Watching...

Right this very moment I am watching You Tube videos of people decorating for Christmas. I am not in the mood to decorate and I am hoping this will help. I have also watched my favorite fall shows: This Is Us, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder. And throw in some reality TV: Dancing With the Stars, 90-Day Fiance, Unexpected, and Pillow Talk. Sounds like all I do is watch TV. I am a political junkie as well so I watched the Impeachment Inquiry hearings and yelled at the TV. Just impeach the crook and get it over with. LOL!



Reading...

My reading has really become more listening than reading. I love my Audible app. And most of what I listen to are freebies. I am currently listening to the final book in the Morgan Dane series by Melinda Leigh, Save Your Breath. I'm ready to dive into something new. My online book club will be reading The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, which is the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. I haven't read the Handmaid's Tale so I will use my credit to listen to it first. Have any of you read it? Is it any good? Sounds like it might be a bit out of my comfort zone. But I will see how it goes.  

 Creating...

I have done very little in the way of creating anything. So I have nothing to say here. 



Learning...

One thing I keep learning over and over and over is that grief never ends. You never stop missing someone who has left you behind. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Richard (it has been over 5 years now) and not a week goes by that I don't cry about him. He was the center of my life for so many years and the life I have now will NEVER be the same. This time of the year was a favorite for him so I am sure there will be lots of memories and tears in his honor. 


Planning....

We are planning a wedding. Harley and Isaiah are getting married in June. She has chosen a beautiful outdoor venue. Here is a sneak peek at the wedding dress. Lots of planning yet to do. They bought a house this summer and are paying for the wedding themselves so we will see how that goes. I can tell you there have already been a few 'mom-daughter' disagreements on how we think things should be. LOL! But it's her day, so she will have her way. As it should In the be. 


 Drinking....

I am really not trying much new in the drinking area of my life. LOL! Two cups of coffee with French Vanilla cream everyday. And the rest of the day is water. Occasionally I will have a cup of hot apple cider or hot cocoa with Bailey's Irish cream and a marshmallow. 



What's in the kitchen...

In the kitchen right now is lots of leftovers. I had 6 for Thanksgiving. A small group. But I cooked a 24 pound turkey. Here is why. I order my groceries from Clicklist. (Love it still) I ordered a 12 pound Butterball turkey. They sent me a text saying they were out and would a Kroger turkey be okay. I said sure. A turkey is a turkey is a turkey. Right? Anyway when I got there to pick up my groceries they were out of that size. So they gave me FREE OF CHARGE a 24 pound turkey. How could I say 'no'. I made everyone take home leftovers. (I ordered prep containers from Amazon and they were the perfect 'take home' dishes). But I still have turkey left. So I've eaten turkey leftovers everyday. Tomorrow I am making some turkey soup and that should be the end of that free turkey. Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving??


A quote to share...









Photographing..





Here is little Charlie Jaxson, the love of my life. He is about the only thing I photograph anymore. I never thought I would become one of 'those' people but I have. I am madly in love with him. I worry about him all the time. He is doing well and has certainly developed a little personality. It took a few months for him to get comfortable with me and show me who he really is. He likes for everything to be according to his schedule and of course, I oblige him. I cook chicken and beef for him to add to his kibble. I buy clothes for him so he will be warm when we wander out. He doesn't really like to walk that much but I make him get out at least once a day. He likes to sit in my bay window and bark at the world. He likes to play with his little doggies....I throw them he hides them and then barks for me to come find him and do it all again. Yep, I am definitely a crazy dog mom.

A final thought...

I've missed you all so much. I am going to start making the rounds of all of your blogs and try to catch up with what you have been up to. So until the next time..............




Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Checking In and Wishing you all a Happy Turkey Day



Thanks to all of you who have been writing and calling to ask about me. I am doing great. Have just lost a bit of my blogging mojo. But it will come back. I have some posts planned for after Thanksgiving. Charlie and I are hosting a small family gathering  tomorrow. Our weather here is still beautiful today but I hear that will be changing. Happy Thanksgiving everyone (especially to the one who has called me the most. You know who you are.) 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Currently....It is still Summer








Outside my window...

It's summer still in Kansas but I know that fall is coming. All you have to do is walk into any store and see all the fall decorations. Or all the school supplies. And some even are starting to think about Christmas. Yikes. I am not ready for that. Are you? It is currently 86*. There isn't much of a breeze today, but in the shade it is nice. The skies are clear but I'm hearing the winds will pick up later. 


Pondering..

While I am sure there is lots to ponder I just haven't been pondering much lately. Nothing seems to change. The world is still messed up. People are still shooting each other. People are still fighting about politics and religion. I am just trying to lie low for now. Because it is all just too much. 



Watching...

Because there is too much of Trump on TV I have been watching You-Tube videos. I have some favorites that I subscribe to and watch whenever they post. One of my favorites is 


 RyMingTahn
RyMingTahn is a stay-at-home military mommy. Her husband, she refers to him as Papa Bear, is in the Army. They have just left their 3-year home in California and will be stationed in Virginia. RyMingTahn is from the Washington D.C. area and she, too, used to be military but was medically discharged. They have the smartest, sweetest, cutest little 3 year old, Zari. Her channel is very positive and uplifting and it is all about her life. I enjoy watching them so much. 


Reading...

Right now I am reading/listening to Bodily Harm by Robert Dugoni. The author resides in the Seattle, Washington area so this is where most of his books take place. This book is the third in this series about the main character David Sloane. David is a lawyer. The author is a writer turned lawyer turned writer according to something I read about him recently. I have enjoyed all of his books. 

 



Listening to....

Right now I am listening to a tiny little doggie who does NOT like the fact I am on the computer. So, he is sitting here barking at me. His little personality is really starting to come through. 



Learning...

I am continuing to learn to live alone. And like it. Well, maybe not all the time. But, for the most part it is okay. I will say that having little Prince Charlie here with me has helped the loneliness a lot. And he keeps me busy. I also have learned a lot recently about dogs, Yorkies, and how to take care of them. Bailey was such a different little dog. 



Planning....

Nothing really going on with the planning life. I haven't gotten back into my Bullet Journal. And I am thinking about a couple of day trips. But I need to make sure I can take Prince Charlie with me. Or find a day when I can get Harley to come check on him. Oh my, it is like having a baby again. Hahaha!


What's in the kitchen...

I am back to meal planning. I am really, really trying to eat more healthy. And summer is the perfect time for that, isn't it. So much fresh fruit and veggies. And I am loving sandwich season too. Charlie is somewhat of a picky eater (might be spoiled) so I am finding clever ways to get him to eat healthy too. 

A quote to share...












Photographing...


I'll admit I am one of THOSE dog moms:

Likes to lay in the window

Likes to nap with me

Sleeps with his little doggie
(maybe a bit staged)
A final thought...

Time is moving so fast. I can't believe we are already in the 8th month of the year. I feel like we just had Christmas. Do you guys feels like time is moving fast??