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??




Saturday, July 27, 2019

Favorites for July

It has been awhile since a 'favorites post' so here we go. Some of my favorites this month:

Of course my most favorite thing of the month has been Charlie:

This little guy (and he is little, only weighs 6 pounds and stands about 7 inches from floor to top of his back) He is such a sweet and good doggie. He likes to sleep with me but isn't really much of a lap sitter.


My favorite pet products for the month is this little car seat. I got it off Amazon at Devoted Doggy. Bailey was able to sit on my lap and see out the window, but Charlie is just too little. And this, not only lifts him up, but keeps him safe with a strap that keeps him safely in place. The lining can be taken out and washed too. Another plus. So far we have only gone on a couple of rides but he seems to like it. 


When I lost Bailey at the beginning of the month Paige made me my very own Build-A-Bear to snuggle. I have loved it. I can press it's little paw and get this message in her voice:
"I love you granny. Have a nice day"



There is nothing like a cool, blue drink to freshen up your summer, is there? This brings back memories of a favorite club Richard and I used to hang out in back in the 80's called The Islander Club. The drink is a Blue Hawaiian and here are the ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce sweetened coconut cream
You can add ice and blend it in the blender for a frozen delight! 

A new breakfast favorite this month has been sauteed zucchini and cherry tomatoes. I have this several times a week with toast. Wish I was still growing my own zucchini! 
What is your favorite summer foods?

My most used essential oil this month has been Frankincense. I had gout starting in my big toe again and I really, really wanted to head that off. So I studied up and found that if Frank is rubbed topically on the toe and you drink plenty of cherry juice you would help. I tried it and 'viola' it helped. A little soreness still there but nothing like I have had in the past. Frankincense oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia Tree.
Bet you didn't know that, did you? It is known to relieve inflammation and can also be used for minor skin ailments like wrinkles, acne and dry skin. It once was burned during  funeral preparations (long, long ago)to decrease the odors of decay. We have probably all heard of Frankincense and Myrrh from the Bible, haven't we? I am a new 'oiler' so this is part of my education. Ha! Ha! Cherry juice is known to help reduce uric acid which is what causes gout when it builds up in your body. 

My favorite body scrub and loofah this summer comes from Grove Collaborative. I order from them about every three months so I can replace my loofah that often. And since it is only me here my body wash will last that long too. They have several kinds but this has been my favorite for summer. The fragrance is citrus and ginger. Nice!! And the loofah is made from recycled plastic if you are into that. I love Grove Collaborative. 

I think that is about it for the month. What have been some of your favorites for July! Care to Share. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Currently.....








Outside my window...

We are getting a break from the heat. Today is currently 86* with little humidity. We are supposed to be only in the upper 80's the rest of this week. And even though we had so much rain in the spring, we are really needing some rain now. My grass is starting to get brown in spots. We've been a bit on the windy side. They have scheduled spraying for mosquitoes from a low-flying airplane and have had to cancel the last 4 nights because of wind speeds being too high. The mosquitoes here are bad because of the all the rain. How are they in your neck of the woods?


Good News...

Look at my new roomie. His name is Charlie Jaxon. I got him from a rescue and he came to live with me yesterday. We are still getting acquainted but I will admit he has already stolen my heart. Here is a bit of his story....he was found about 6 weeks ago, in a carrier, left on the side of the road. He wasn't in the best of health when found. They thought he might have testicular cancer because of the size of his testicles. And he had elevated liver enzymes. He is on medication for the liver problem and we do not yet know if that will continue for the rest of his life. He takes it really well. He was neutered last Monday and a tumor was found but the vet thinks he is cancer-free. They think he is somewhere between 7-8 years old. I wrestled with the desire to adopt him or not because of his health problems and the fact I had just lost Bailey and was a bit devastated by that. But once I heard his story, how could I say no. He is here to stay. And to be treated like a Prince!!


Watching...

I haven't really been watching anything special this summer. The news has not been great. Donald Trump continues to act like an ass. I am sure he is wanting to deflect as much attention away from something that makes him look bad. Which is how he looks every time he opens his mouth. In my opinion. 


Reading...

I just finished a really good book. I read/listened to it. It was free from my Kindle Unlimited app. The book is Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard. It is her first book. The writing is amazing. So much imagery. The story is about a young boy who lives with his mom and dad and they sound like a very dysfunctional family. Then he watches as his mother falls through the ice of a lake and dies. His father leaves him with his maternal grandparents. He learns much about her life he did not know. When his dad never returns to get him he sets out to find him. Very hauntingly beautiful book. I hope she will write many more. 


Learning...

All of my learning has been centered around Charlie and his needs. 


Planning....

I am planning to purchase some doggie steps so this little guy can get up on the couch. He is smaller in height than Bailey was and just cannot jump up that far. Do any of you who have little doggies have any suggestions for me? He weighs about 6.5 pounds. Very small. 


Drinking....

Have you ever tried a Henry's? It is a HARD sparkling water. Zero sugar. Comes in flavors like Blueberry Lemon, Strawberry Kiwi, Lemon-Lime. I find it refreshing. Tastes beer-like to me. 





A quote to share...










A final thought...


I don't have much to say this week but I am trying to keep my writing alive. Be kind to each other. Kindness is free. Give it away!!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Richard's Refrigerator Pickles

Summertime always brought out the refrigerator pickles. Richard made a gallon of these every summer. We kept them until the next summer when a fresh batch took up residence. One of the main reasons he grew cucumbers in our garden was to make these pickles. I will share his recipe:


Refrigerator Pickles

3 cups sugar
3 cups white vinegar
1/3 cup salt
1 T. mustard seed 
1 T. celery seed
1 t. turmeric
1 gallon sliced cucumbers
1 large onion

Place cucumbers and onions in layers in large gallon jug. Mix remainder of ingredients together and pour over the cucumbers. Place in refrigerator, turning jar frequently, for at least 48 hours before eating. These are so good.