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.



30 comments:

  1. Long time, no see. Glad to hear from you. Earthquakes can be scary, especially as they hit out of nowhere.

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    1. Yes, there is NO warning. I sat in absolute terror for the entire thing which felt like hours long. But they said it only lasted about 30 seconds. As least tornadoes and hurricanes have warnings

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  2. Lovely to see you here. Happy New Year.

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  3. So glad to see you posted again, and yes, the year flew by...mostly.

    It's been cold where I live in Florida too, 32° this morning.

    I haven't read or watched The Handmaid's. My daughter watches it and likes it.

    I recently downsized but Outer Order, Inner Calm. It sounds interesting so I may find a copy.

    Sorry about the wedding, but it's good that they are mature enough to know that it needs to be postponed.

    I was in an earthquake when I lived in California, very scary!

    I go through way more drive-thru's than I go to sit down restaurants too.

    Those muffins look so good, I may have to google a recipe!

    Charlie is adorable! Nove is a beauty and oh so big :) I love that sunset. Military training is no joke! My dad was in the Army and my brother and youngest son were in the Marines.

    I like that quote!

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    1. Wow that is cold for Florida isn't it? I don't know if they are really all that mature. It all started with a fight and a breakup. This is just how they made up. He is getting cold feet, I think. My son is a deputy sheriff so it wasn't military training. They just wear camo.

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  4. I like your quote, Paula! Its a good one! You have read some interesting books; I'm going to have to check the Handmaid's Tale and the sequel out; they sound like a good read! Better to call off the wedding then deal with a divorce down the road. Good they are in a home they are purchasing; at least equity is being build up! Wow with that earthquake; that is a pretty strong one! Sorry about the damage it caused! Charlie is cute and I'm sure he enjoys your fleece especially on the cool days you have this winter!! Hope you post more in the new year!! Always enjoy reading what you are up to! Happy New Year!

    betty

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    1. It is very interesting how they control the women in the Handmaid's Tale. I would probably get shot. Well, since I can no longer bear babies I would be sent to the colonies to work. The house is only in HIS name. I have worried about that from the beginning....but like I said. It was a very strong earthquake. I am getting caught up on your blog. Are you still not working?

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  5. So glad to see Harley has a fur-baby of her own. Great pic of the two of you! What do you hear from Darian?

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    1. HELLO Myra! The picture is of Paige with her fur baby. But, yes, Harley has two fur babies of her own. A bulldog and a golden retriever. Both are very needy pains but she loves them. We hear nothing from Darian

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  6. My only earthquake remains a vivid memory.

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    1. They do leave you with a memory, don't they!

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  7. Hi Paula - good to see you back and to know Hayley and Justin are both well and flourishing by the look of it. Good to know you're reading lots and seeing some interesting serials ... take care: earthquakes are scary - cheers Hilary

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  8. Hi Paula. A few things. You and Harley good GREAT. She is a beautiful woman now. And Your grandson, Gosh! A full fledged man! I remember them as teens. You are so right about time.

    One picture with hearts caught my eye. You hung 2 hearts off a knob on a display case. I think I have that exact same display case - except mine if full of yarn! Ha ha.

    I am so glad to see you are still writing - and that you visited my blog. My blog mojo returned in December and has continued at a decent pace for all of January. Who the heck knows how long that will last. If I am gone from writing too long, I begin to miss doing it.

    Anyway, I see your blog is set up with Embedded Commenting instead of Pop Up Commenting. I have had some problems leaving comments on Embedded Comment blogs since mid-December. If I don't get some sort of confirmation from your blog that my comment posted or was saved for review I might drop you an email. I can't believe I am having this problem again. And a number of my readers mentioned the same problem.

    Glad you seem to be doing so well. Yes, a decade has passed and some big things happened to both of us. Your Richard is now a cherish jewel in your life and heart, but you are able to keep on going. I am sure you doubted that for a time.

    Take care.
    Elaine (Retired Knitter)

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    1. The picture is of Justin. He is my son. But yes, Darian will soon be 22. Don't know that I would call him a man yet. He is pretty immature, in my opinion. I will look into the blog commenting problem. But I am happy that your comment came through. I will shoot you an email to let you know.

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  9. Happy New Year ! I do like your mantle and have a mixture of snowmen and valentines here at my house too. Matter of fact I'm still working at putting all of Christmas away. that earthquake had to have been a bit scary. Glad you could fix what was broken. Take care and enjoy every moment of 2020. A new year filled with new possibilities.

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    1. It is raining here today. I hope the temps stay up enough to not let the roads freeze. I still have a tote of Christmas stuff in the reading room.

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  10. I could not get into The Handmaid's Tale cause I was too busy grinding my teeth. Stories like that make me angry, fiction or not. Yes, I fear for my country. Just watched Frontline where a Taliban fighter was interviewed and he said Trump is a hedonist, illiterate, and can't be trusted. That about sums it up for me.

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    1. I get the grinding of teeth. I hope we can save this country after we rid ourselves of America's worst president. People who think a few more bucks in their paycheck is worth what he is doing to us are as crazy as he is.

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  11. Hey, Paula. I think this now works!! It know me! Ha. Thanks.

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  12. Good to hear from you! I bing-watched The Handmaids Tale a few months ago! So good! I read the first book but not the sequel. It's on my list to read!

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    1. I didn't find the sequel to be nearly as good because it didn't seem to just pick up and follow the story. But still good.

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  13. What a great blog you have. I'm glad all is well with your family. I have watched some, and I read the Wash. Post on my Kindle, so I'm pretty much up to date. I feel our democracy is going down the drain, not just Trump but those republicans in congress. It's just awful, all I can say is I hope he will be voted out of office in November. Love your writing.

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    1. Thank you Inger. I fear for our democracy as well. It seems the government no longer works for the people but for Trump.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear about the wedding, but as the cliche goes sometimes waiting or cancelling is a blessing in hindsight. I appreciated your kind thoughts on ours. We are all doing well now, but it was a hard year for sure.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Joyce. We will all get through the hard times!!

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  15. Hi back fence neighbor!!! Good to read a post from you. Those mufffins look delish and the sunset is beautiful... but an earthquake in KS. I had no idea KS gets earthquakes. I have only experience one earthquake and it was when I was in a swimming pool in southern California. The quake sent waves in the pool from one end to the other, but on land, I think I would be more nervous! Now I am going to see if I can actuall get this comment to you. Sometimes I can't!

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    1. We have been having earthquakes for a few years now. There are many theories as to why...the most common in the fracking that goes on in Oklahoma. But this one was the strongest one yet and it was scary. I can imagine how scary yours way. Shoot me an email whenever you can't comment. My email is rbeale@cox.net

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