Friday, August 18, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Currently...My Life List









Outside my window...


We are having a beautiful, almost fall-like, day here in Kansas. The current temp is only 74* What?? It's August mother nature. Have you forgotten. They skies are partly cloudy. Thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday. YaY! Love that free water for the lawn.
*I started this post yesterday


Pondering..

I am pondering the week ahead. We are going to take a little road trip on Monday to eat dinner with Justin. Paige is coming over on Tuesday to spend the night. She starts school on Thursday. (her senior year too!) On Wednesday Harley's youth group at church will be having their Back 2 School paint party. (where they paint each other) and Friday is Harley's first day of the last year of high school. Is that a YaY? Or sad? Can't decide.



Watching...

We joined the millions of people who have Netflix and I have been binge-watching Scandal. Love the show. But I have only watched it the last few years. Also, have Grey's Anatomy on my check list. And I even made a spread in my Bullet journal to keep track of my watching. Now to limit my time in front of the TV. LOL! Not gonna happen.





Reading...

Still with the same books and audios from last week. Reading Drawn by James Hankins. And I am determined to finish listening to Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos on my Nook audio before I move on to anything else. I am enjoying the book. I just don't make time for listening and I need to remedy that!

 

Creating...

Creating bullet journal spreads. And loving the fun of pencil and paper. Do any of you like to draw, color, paint?



Learning...

I haven't yet learned this but I need to. I have to create a schedule for myself that I am willing to follow. It is so easy to keep putting things off for tomorrow. 


Drinking....

The store was out of Turkey Hill Peach Tea this week so they substituted my order with Snapple Peach tea. Not the same but it will do. Harley says she likes it better. She said it tastes like "sucking on a peach." 



What's in the kitchen...

Monday....eating in Wichita with Justin
Tuesday...Paige will be here
Wednesday...salad
Thursday...Ham and cheese sandwiches
Friday....Crunchy Taco Casserole
Saturday...TBA
Sunday...TBA




A quote to share...



On my camera...


getting senior pictures started
with Heather

Heather took this picture
as we left the field
it is now my screensaver




On my dining table





A final thought....

I am sad about this last week in our great country. We need to find a way to accept EVERYBODY. We need to avoid war at all costs. I hope we will soon see a President that will try to unite this country and stop

provoking people to hate and fight in wars. God Bless America!!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Dear Friday

And here we are again. It's Friday!

Dear Friday:

So good to see you again. You come often to visit and we enjoy you. Soon we will enjoy you even more. Harley goes to school for the first day this next Friday!!

Dear Bank Fraud Department:

Imagine my surprise on Monday morning when I received a text from my bank's fraud department. And it was so early. I almost ignored it. Thinking it was a hack. Then I checked my emails and saw that I had an email as well. Plus almost $200. worth of charges to iTunes! What the heck. I rarely use iTunes. And never to the tune of $200. So I quickly called the number they provided me with and my debit card was blocked. Then I had to make a trip to the bank. I wasn't the first customer of the day to fill out fraud papers against someone buying from iTunes. Kelsey at the bank was very gracious. She helped get the proper paper work done and a new debit card made and I was on my way in under 30 minutes. It took a few days for the money to be returned to my account. But all is 'almost' back to normal. Still waiting on a $35 refund. I am so grateful for my bank being on top of these kinds of things. I DO check my account everyday and make sure the charges are all mine. But they beat me to it on Monday!!

Dear High School:

Thank you so much for on-line enrollment. So much better than back in the day when I had to go to the school and walk down a long line of tables filling out papers and paying fees. Hasn't it been wonderful to have the INTERNET in our lives? (Well except when someone is frauding my bank account).

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Favorite Things in July

We are already at the end of the first week of August! Here are a few of my favorite things from July. 


I jumped on the 'essential oils' bandwagon in July. I bought three. Lemon, grapefruit, and eucalyptus. I've used both the lemon and the grapefruit in my drinking water. I have put lemon in my Scentsy warmer. And I love them. Especially the grapefruit in my water. Oh so refreshing. I'm learning what these three are about before I move onto buying more. Did you know that grapefruit essential oil can stimulating the immune system, curb sugar cravings, and help with weight loss? I didn't know that either. And I'm not sure I totally believe it. But I'm going to research and do my own testing. I bought mine through Grove Collaborative because I get an order from them every three months or so. The brand is Aura Cacia. More affordable than some of the higher priced brands out there. 


My favorite drink in July has to be the Cherry Limeaid. McDonald's put out a fairly decent one this summer. And Harley would make sure I got one at least once a week. But I also tried a new cocktail when I was out to dinner with Justin one evening. 
Watermelon Sangria! Oh my goodness. So delicious.


Back to Grove Collaborative I forgot to mention the Lavender Room spray they sell. I love it. I spray it in my room at night and on my pillow and blanket. And it smells like a tiny bit of heaven. It doesn't take but a tiny mist and it only cost $4.99 for an 8 ounce bottle. Love it! 

I had two favorite books. One I read and one I listened to. I have reviewed them both on my blog. You can find the reviews by clicking on these titles. The Dry by Jane Harper and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Both really, really good books. 

But what I have spent most of July loving has been my new 'hobby' the bullet journal. If you are interested in finding out more about bullet journals visit this blog : Boho Berry. She does some amazing layouts. I'm not nearly that talented. But I am enjoying finding my creative side. I am a list maker and using a bullet journal really allows me to do this. So far in July I have researched moon phases, cleaning challenges, and the Miracle Morning. I use my bullet journal to take notes and see how I can incorporate some of these into my life. Here is just a sneak peek at what I have created thus far.






And finally who doesn't like to eat salads in the summertime? We eat them a lot. And I have my favorites. Here is one of them.


Cornbread Salad 


I adapted the recipe and made it my own. I found the original on Taste of Home which has some fabulous recipes. But here's how I make it.


1 (pan) cornbread cubed
1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 bag mixed salad
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 (15.5-ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained 
1 (15.5-ounce) can sweet corn drained
1 (8-ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium purple onion diced
8 ounces Bacon Ranch Dressing
4 green onions thinly sliced (optional)


Preparation
Layer a large bowl with half each of cubed cornbread, lettuce, and next five ingredients; spoon half of dressing evenly over top.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients and dressing. Garnish with green onions is optional.
Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Before serving toss gently or serve layered.
We eat ours as soon as I put it together. I don't like for things to get soggy. But it would probably taste good chilled first. 

Hope you enjoyed my July favorites. Did you discover anything new in July that became your favorite??

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dear Friday



Dear Friday:

Many of those around me are anticipating the weekend. So many fun things to accomplish. Resting and relaxing from their busy schedules. Not me. No siree! All my days are like Friday now. Or Saturday and Sunday. I'm retired and that is one of the benefits of being retired. One of the much anticipated rewards! So there!


Dear Creators of EZMoves:

Love!
Such a brilliant creation. Harley and I deep cleaned her room this week. We purchased a little vanity table for her and we needed to make room. So the dresser (which started out many, many, many years ago as the dresser for Papa's baby clothes...yep, old) is going to find a new home in my dining room. But that thing is really heavy. And just Harley and me were home. Then I remembered my cousin buying me these awesome little foam sliders. And biz, bang, boo that dresser became the easiest thing in the world to move down the hallway and into the dining room. Now to repaint it and make it into a cabinet for my craft supplies. Thank you creators of EZMoves.

Dear Mother Nature:

I feel like I write a letter to you every week for one reason or another. But today's weather is W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. At 10:00 a.m. it is only 66* outside. And that, my friend, is great. And it really is August. Thank you Mother Nature.

Dear Producers of Big Brother TV Show:

This is the worst season of TV bullying I have seen ever. I cannot believe someone hasn't stepped in and put a stop to it yet. And I can't tear my eyes away from the train wreck of a show. I guess that is why it is still so popular. To all my fellow BB fans, what say you? Looking ahead to Sunday!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Brothers and Bones-A Book Review

This is my kind of book. I love a good mystery. I had never heard of this author but he came recommended by my friend Wendy. (check out her blog) The writing of this book was really, really good. Charlie Beckham is a rising assistant district attorney, getting ready to prosecute the biggest case of his career. But as he is hurrying to court on the first morning he passes a homeless man. He has seen this man before and never paid much attention. On this day the homeless man looks up at Charlie and says "Hi Wiley". No one has ever called Charlie "Wiley" except for his brother, who has been missing for 13 years. Charlie blows his first day in court. All he can think about is finding the homeless man. Together Charlie and Bonz chase the story of why Charlie's brother went missing 13 years ago. And find themselves deep into the Italian mob. As they run for their lives to bring justice for Charlie's brother can they become friends. 

I've read a little bit about the author and he says this story came to him as he passed the same homeless man on his way to work everyday. One day he wondered how creepy it would be if the man called him by name. The two main characters of the story are well developed. And I fell in love with both of them. Even though there is a lot of horrific crime I was happy with the ending.  There were times I wondered if it would turn out well. Love this author. I have purchased another of his books today.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Currently-A life List









Outside my window...

The sky is gray and it is raining now. The temp is low 80's. Perfect day. For napping. 


Pondering..

Oh I am so over politics. I thought the promise from this President was it wasn't going to be politics as usual. That he was going to drain the swamp. That he was going to "Make America Great Again". Do you all remember those two years of campaigning. I am so embarrassed by him. It seems like everyday I wake up to more of his trash talking about people he doesn't agree with. I don't think his momma taught him any manners at all. How long with the Republican party continue to let him make them look bad. I remember when Republicans were respected. Like Ronald Reagen. Dwight Eisenhower. Abe Lincoln. Well I don't actually remember Abe but you know what I mean. So sad to see the most respected office is the world being treated this way. Okay, I've ended my rant.    



Watching...

I am still watching Big Brother. And still waiting for them to get smart and get rid of Paul. This year seems so scripted. Of course they would bring back Paul. He makes for good TV. (I guess) And of course Cody would win the Battle Back. And then, of course, his girlfriend would win the next Head of Household. So predictable. What do all my fellow Big Brother fans think?






Reading...

I am really been remiss on reading this summer. I have gotten hung up on other things. I am loving Audible for some books. But I am currently reading Brothers and Bones by James Hankins, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. And I am listening to Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos. (This one I've been listening to for a long time. It's not that I don't like it. I just keep falling asleep).


Planning.... 

I am loving my new Bullet Journal. I am a list maker and using a bullet journal really fits this obsession of mine. I will share some pictures in my July favorites post.




Feeling...

July was a hard month. Part of it was because of the anniversary of Richard's death, I'm sure. It seems to just bring all that back. (Like it ever really left). Part of it might have been Harley being gone through the first part. I enjoyed my time but it making me see that life without her here is going to be very different. My overall feelings for July seemed to be one of sadness. Hopefully that will all change in August. I am thinking maybe I will try to make my mood for August: Productive!


 

Drinking....

I am now enjoying my second cup of French Vanilla coffee. I have also really enjoyed Cherry Lime-aids this month. 



What's in the kitchen...

Monday...Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday...Italian Sausage Frittata

Wednesday...BBQ Chicken quarters

Thursday...Chili Dogs

Friday...Fish sticks and Fries

Saturday...Salad

Sunday...Easy Beef Stroganoff





A quote to share...















Pictures to share...



Harley showing me she wears gloves to clean at work!

Harley and Piper 

Watermelon sangria at Applebee's with Justin 




And tomorrow we start August.....

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Dry-A Book Review

Overview From Barnes and Noble

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You’ll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page.” —The New York Times

“One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read… Every word is near perfect.” —David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets

I listened to this book on Audible. And I loved it. Each character was fully developed and fascinating. The book is mainly about solving the murder of Luke, Agent Aaron Falk's best friend from high school, and his wife and son, leaving only the infant daughter alive. But it delves into the back story from years ago when Falk and his father left town, under the suspicion of having something to do with the death of Falk's high school girlfriend. The story takes place in Kiewarra, Australia, a farming community that has been ravaged by the worst drought in years. This becomes very important at the end of the story.
The person who read the story on Audible had a thick (at times hard to understand) Australian accent. I love this kind of book. I LOVED this book. I am giving it 4 1/2 **** stars. It is that kind of book!  Thank you Allison for another great recommendation.   

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dear Friday

Dear Friday: 
I cannot believe it is already Friday. Seems like I opened my eyes yesterday on a bright Sunday morning and this morning it is Friday. The summer is flying by and I don't know what I have done all summer. But Friday, be good to us, and we will enjoy you before you leave us.

Dear Mother Nature:

Yes, it is summer. And hot. And humid. And I love you the most. But I am ready for a break. Looking forward to next week when our temps will be dipping into the upper 70's and low 80's. What?? Yep, that's what the weatherman is saying.

Dear Harley:

My gosh girl you are keeping me busy. We are getting ready for the Senior year. Senior pictures, clothes shopping, school supply shopping, enrollment, practicing for the written driving test. Whew! I am exhausted just reading about it. And then there is making time for the boyfriend! (hers, not mine). Let's let time slow down a bit and schedule a movie night together. What do you say?

Dear Blog family and friends:

I have been neglecting this place. I need to get a broom and sweep out the cobwebs and make it sparkle again. I will get back on schedule soon and keep you up to date with what is going on in our lives. What have all of you been doing this summer? I miss you all.

Love,

Paula

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Three Years of Missing Richard

I had no idea that grief hurts? It hurts all the way to the bones. And the ache is not relieved by ibuprofen or aspirin. There is no medicine for the ache. The heart is full of pain that is heavy and hard to bear.

It is the third anniversary of Richard's death. Tomorrow!  Three years. 1095 days! A very long time that isn't really that long at all. With every passing day I hope for less pain. I don't know if that has happened but I'm able to bear the pain a bit now. 

I still replay the memories of our life together. We had many, many good memories. And they sustain me each day in a way I did not think possible. I've mostly forgotten the bad times. We had them, believe me. But they just don't seem that important anymore. I can close my eyes and see his smile as he looks at me. I can see the scar on his hand.
How he says my name. Then I open my eyes and I understand. He is gone. 

In these past three years I have stumbled upon things that bring me joy. A hand-written card for my birthday. A list he wrote for a vacation we were taking. A handkerchief in my coat pocket that belonged to him. (Do any men still carry a cloth hanky?)His recipe for Taco Salad written in his very precise printing! All precious memories to me.  

I think the continued pain comes from 'letting go'. I hold on tight but I can't feel him anymore. I can't touch him. I can't smell him. That special smell that says to all of us who loved him dearly....this is Papa. I've had to let go of the idea that he will be with me all the way through my old age. We always knew that would never happen. But I don't think we ever formed a real thought to what it would be like for one of us to be gone. 

Losing Richard has made me vulnerable. It has helped me be more honest. Honest in my love for those close to me. Tomorrow is NOT promised. Losing him has made me stronger. Not in ways that I want to be stronger but in ways that have been necessary for me to survive. Losing him has made me over-look things that just aren't that important. Losing him has made me see life through hidden tears. 

What I've learned from losing him is that I couldn't save him. No matter how hard I hung on. No matter how perfect my care for him was. I couldn't save him. 

But I can save myself. 

Here is a piece I have written to mark the 3rd anniversary! I love you Richard. I always will.


Disney World 2011


EVERYTHING

What do I miss now that you are gone?
Everything.
I miss the way you looked at me.
The way you folded your arms across your chest.
The way you pushed your glasses up your nose.
Those tiny wisps of hair in your ears.
Everything.
I miss your snoring at night. Yes, really!
I miss that sweet way you called me 'honey'.
I miss rubbing my fingers across that callus on your right thumb.
What else do I miss?
Everything.
I miss hearing you sing God Bless The USA
I miss the tear that slips down your cheek as the flag passes by.
I miss hearing you yearn for Colorado.
And I also miss...
Everything. 
I miss your smile, your sound, your touch, your smell.
I miss your friendship, your companionship, your love.
I miss...
Everything. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Woman in Cabin 10-A Book Review



It probably doesn't come as a surprise to you that I spent this holiday from Harley (if that is what it was) reading. One of my favorite past times. And I haven't gotten to do much of it. For one reason or another. So here is my review on another book. Sorry if you don't like these kinds of blog posts!

The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware, came very highly recommended  by my friend Christopher Alan at You Tube. And I was not disappointed. This author also wrote In a Dark, Dark Wood which I read earlier this year. I did like Cabin 10 better.

The story starts out with Lo Blacklock, the main character, being inside her London apartment when someone breaks in while she is in the apartment. The horror of this follows her as she boards a luxury, small cruise ship on its maiden voyage. She hears what she thinks is a woman being thrown over board, from the cabin next door. Cabin 10. She had earlier knocked on that door and borrowed a mascara from the woman inside the cabin. (Who does that?? I would never borrow mascara. Would you?) She tries to find out who the woman is but no one believes there was a woman in the cabin, as it is now empty. The remainder of the book deals with her trying to uncover the crime. A good mystery. I enjoyed it very much. This is my kind of book. 

I give this book ****. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Currently in July









Outside my window...

We have a beautiful summer day here in Kansas. The sun is shining and the sky is clear and blue. I love summer skies! Don't you. Our current temp is 93* at 2:00 p.m.


Pondering..

Oh there is much to ponder this week. But since so much of what I'm thinking about is political I think I'll pass. And just sit here at my computer shaking my head. Can it get worse? Will it get worse?


Watching...

I've been watching Big Brother. I know I have some fellow fans here. What do you guys think? I'm not at all a Paul fan but if he can get rid of Cody then I'll be happy. Then it will be time for the house to get rid of Paul. Sadly, I think Paul will win. I think that is what CBS wants. Do you think production pulls more strings than we like to believe.





Reading...

I'm currently reading Brothers and Bones by James Hankins. I think my friend Wendy recommended this book some time ago. I just finished The Woman in Cabin 10 and will review it soon. I am, also, listening to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe on audible. It is on my list of 100 Books everyone should read. I haven't read it or seen the movie. (There was a movie wasn't there). So far I am enjoying it. 



Creating...

Today I am creating this blog post and working on my weekly menu. It is hard to plan meals with Harley gone so much but I still need to eat. And I am trying to work on eating more healthy type foods so I need to plan. What are your favorite foods to eat in the summer? I love salads!!


Learning...

Well after Harley being gone for 10 days I learned that living by myself is not going to be all that bad. For three straight days I never ever left the house. That was wonderful. I also read a lot which will probably not be something I do so much when being alone is my real life. I just felt that I was on a vacation, of sorts. 


Planning....

I'm planning in my mini Happy Planner for this week. Harley is back and will be working just at McDonald's this week. McDonald's scheduled her during her swimming lesson classes so she will do McDonald's because that is where she makes the most money. She knows she isn't going to be able to work as much during the school year so she wants to build up the bank account. Wise young lady!


Growing..

Not much is growing here. I took my ficus tree (I've owned it for more than 25 years) and really cut it back and put it on the patio. It is so lopsided now. So many dead branches after two years of being inside. When fall comes I will see if it has filled out. If not, then, it might be time to let it go.

 

Drinking....

I'm enjoying my peach tea. While Harley was gone I enjoyed a couple of bottles of wine. Well half of each bottle.


What's in the kitchen...

Monday...Crunchy Taco Casserole

Tuesday..Grilled Chicken Salad

Wednesday..Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday..Grilled hamburger and fruit salad

Friday..(might eat out this night)

Saturday...up in the air
Sunday....will depend on Paige and Justin



A quote to share...













Photographing...

The first three pictures were from Harley's mission trip! The first two are of them in the van on their way to Florida. Pastor Josh and his wife are in the front seat. They are the youth pastor/wife. They have no kids of their own and do not plan to have kids. He said that is why he is a youth pastor. He can love and teach our kids and go home to a quiet house. I think he might be on to something there. 


Beautiful! Taken on the beach on July 4th
A SnapChat from my Pvt

A SnapChat from Paige








A final thought...

I still have not heard from a plumber. Sure am glad this wasn't an emergency. They have promised me this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest. Time will tell.




Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K-A book Review

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Mansons  In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

I listened to this book on Audible. I don't even know why I bought it. Probably the title grabbed my attention. And I would like to learn how not give a f**k more often.

I liked this book. It wasn't a book about how to see everything in such a positive way. I come from the group of believers who see the cup 'half empty' instead of 'half full'. All the sunshine and roses type of people kind of turn me off. Everything can't be so wildly great all the time. And blaming the person for not thinking positive when bad crap is happening to them is just wrong.

I have seen what giving participation medals to all the kids have done to a generation. No one ever tells them they are not good at something. Or that there isn't anything they can't do. Some people just can't play baseball. So why encourage a kid to do it and then insist they get a medal if they suck at it?  Kids are usually smart enough to know they aren't any good.Heck I have sat through my share of sporting events where they don't even keep score. Because we don't want to damage any little psyches if they lose the game. I don't feel we are helping kids become better adults by teaching them that kind of BS. I can remember getting a note from a teacher stating they would no longer grade a paper with red ink because it did not send out positive vibes. What the heck?? Since when has the color red had anything to do with negativity??

So I enjoyed this book! The stories are funny. Some of them are sad. All of them are REAL!

I give this book ***!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Letters

It has been a long time since I have written some Friday Letters. I was reminded last week when Myra wrote some on her blog. I need to re-instate this because I have so much to say!


Dear God:

I don't talk to you as often as I used to. I am so sorry. I know that you know what I am thinking and what I am feeling. But I am sure you miss me talking with you. I promise to try to do better with this. As crazy as things have been this year I have needed you even more than ever. Can you see what I've been going through? Are you still holding my hand? Let's get together soon!


Dear Crazy Neighbor:

Yes, I saw you lurking behind my pampas grass the other day. With your little dog who was pooping on the lawn. I really don't care where he poops but I care when I step in it. Or Harley does and then comes into the house. If you need a doggy bag to pick it up I have several rolls in the house. And I don't even own a dog. Also, when I don't answer the door when you are knocking it probably means I'm either not home or I don't want company at the moment. Just saying. Now we need to schedule a time for a glass of ice tea. How's Saturday for you?

My sweet Harley:

Yes, I miss you! But it isn't the end of the world. I have had lots of time to read. And to cook all those things that you don't like. I haven't managed to make a crockpot of stew yet. But maybe tomorrow. I will be okay when you are gone (for good) Really, I will be. It's sweet that you worry. But I don't believe you at all.......Love, Granny

Dear Soldier:

Hello PVT! I miss you, too! I can't wait for you to come home. You have turned into such a man. Well, a man-boy! Of course I will cook all your favorites. And as soon as you send me an address I will ship you a box of homemade cookies. Even if I never made you cookies when you lived at home. You can share them with your friends and pretend I was one of those kinds of grannys. And I'll get some Hamburger Helper stocked up too. Bawha! Love you boy!

Dear Plumber:

Does no one want to do business anymore. I called you everyday for 3 straight days and never got a return call.(And we have used you for years). So I called your competitor. And they didn't call back either. Really??? Are plumbers that in demand? Or just not interested in making any money. Never mind. I have another one who is supposed to come Monday! I guess when you start charging $60+ an hour you can be selective of what jobs you want to take on. Really I don't think fixing a drip under the sink is that hard, is it?