Monday, July 8, 2019

Currently.....









Outside my window...

Blue skies and a bright, hot sun. We are having summer in Kansas. It is hot and humid. Today will be in the upper 90's. The A/C is running and so is the electric meter. If you know what I mean. 


Pondering..

I've been pondering getting another dog companion. My little Yorkie, Beetle Bailey died a week ago. My heart is broken. I am one of those people who never really understood how people could become so attached to a dog. Ha! Ha! That little guy stole my heart and he took a big chunk with him when he left me. He was only sick a couple of days and I really thought he would get better. But, alas, he did not. He was 13 1/2 years old and I guess just ready to go see if he could find my brother Fred (his first owner) and romp with him in the clouds. Enjoy a few pics of him.









Watching...

I have been watching a lot of You Tube videos and some of my favorites on TV like: Naked and Afraid, 90 Day Fiance and the news. The news is so depressing to know there is so much evidence against Trump and no one seems to care. What the hell happened to America??

Reading...

 I have been reading/listening to a new 2-book series by Gregg Olsen. The first book is The Sound of Rain and the one I am currently on is called The Weight of Evidence. The books are about a female police detective who has a gambling addiction. Very good, suspense-filled books. Both free to read/listen on my Kindle Unlimited membership.  

 
Planning....

Nothing really in the planning area. I haven't used my Bullet Journal since January, so I need to get back into that. I miss it but I just don't have the desire to pick it up right now. You ever feel that way. 


Loving...

It is salad season and that is my favorite thing to eat. Right now I am very much enjoying this Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad from Life In The Lofthouse. I love everything she makes.



 

Drinking....

I'm also loving iced coffee this summer. I make it from this: It is a concentrate. So I use a cup of the concentrate, a cup of 2% milk and a 1/4 cup of French Vanilla Cream. Tastes so good!! 








A quote to share...







A final thought...

I have really missed all of you. Maybe I will be better about writing here and catching up with everything that is going on in your lives. I have had to moderate my comments because I have had some very ugly comments left by people who do not like my speaking out about Trump. I won't change how I feel about him. If you feel like it is directed towards you when I type my feeling then that says more about you than it does about me. We can support different candidates and still be friends, but if you sink to Trump's level when you comment then your comment won't be allowed on my blog. Hope everyone is having a great summer. 



38 comments:

  1. My sympathy is the loss of your little cutie Bailey...yes they worm their way into your heart and become family.

    I don't watch the news...:)

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  2. Oh gosh, I'll have to tell hubby about that coffee! I bet he will want to try some if our stores carry it as he is a coffee lover and cold brew lover too! So sorry to hear about Beetle Bailey; believe you me I know how hard it is to lose a pet, no matter how long you had him and I know you didn't have him long after your brother passed. Its hard to decide whether to get another one or not; 4-1/2 years later we are still deciding if we want another one or not. Sounds like interesting reads you are doing! I just started The Widow today; already seems interesting and I'm about only 20-30 pages into the book. Do try to post here more often. It is always good to get an update from you!

    betty

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    1. Thank you Betty. I will try to post more

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  3. Glad to see your post today! An attorney I worked with said to me recently, "Susan, nothing lasts forever" in response to my exhaustion around our current affairs. It may not last forever but it will feel like it. I have been filtering my news quite a bit. I am hoping to get involved in local campaigns when it starts up before the next elections.

    I am very sorry to read about your dog dying. They do take a piece of us when they go, I know that for sure. I hope you'll find another one that needs rescued and let them keep you company.

    That's all for now. Susan

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    1. You are the reason I wrote this post today Susan!

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    2. Well, that's nice to know! I have been through a lot of changes this last year and it isn't anything I can really write about outside of a journal. This has made it hard to write lighter things but my recent road trip to Denver really helped change my perspective. The one thing I know I can always write on is the format of "Currently" ... so, thank you for that!!!

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    3. I'm sorry to hear your struggles. But I do understand not being able to write about them. I think some of the things going on in my own life is what is keeping me away from my own blog.

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  4. The answer to Trump is at the polls. I see so many FB posts from my early twenties grandson, telling the hundreds of thousands of twenty somethings they must vote. How about that!

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    1. Yes! My new motto is VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO. First we have to get rid of him and then we have to fix all that he has destroyed.

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  5. Yes, losing a pet is tough. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Glad to see you back. I was wondering where you'd gone. Life gets in the way, sometimes.

    Feel free to rant away at the orange menace. (I like that name, so I stole it from whoever said it first.) He's a symptom of a news media that's out for ratings (ratings = $). It was all about the argument. Some people aren't seeing that the argument is dangerous and is actually hurting people.

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    1. Thank you Liz. It has been rough. I like the name "the orange menace" I hope you were nowhere near the Cali earthquakes!

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  6. I'm so glad you posted! What a shame that comments got so nasty. Ugh.

    I posted on Instagram but I want to say how much I enjoyed watching you and your dog bond. I know when he first came home to you he was a little skittish, but I could see him warming up. He was so cute!

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    1. What's even more of a shame is who the comments were from. But hopefully moderation will work for now. Yes, he was a shy one at first but he was really starting to warm up to me. I miss him so much!

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  7. I was just thinking about you yesterday. Another blogger who has been absent a lot mentioned she might just start doing the 'Currently' blog posts.
    It is too bad that folks in our country can't see the writing on the wall, or the blog post.
    Sorry about the loss of your dog. I lost a Westie suddenly when he was only seven and my kids were devastated.

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    1. It is much more devastating than I ever thought it would be.

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  8. Oh Paula. I am so very very sorry about the loss of your sweet dog. Their lives are so darn short. Yes, rescue another sweet soul that needs a forever home. I would suggest getting a dog that is older. Puppies are a whole lot of work and an adult dog already has a personality and temperament you can see. Rescue groups are generally pretty good at assessing these things before they place a dog.

    As far as your feeling about Trump! Never in recent history has a President stirred up so much ugliness and dissatisfaction in our country. Never at the level it is now. That says a lot about the quality of this man who has no place anywhere in our government much less at its head. Feel free to share your own personal point of view on your blog AND in person. Many citizen have died for your right to do so and it is also your right to filter them from your blog and your life!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad to see your name pop up. Glad you wrote a blog post.

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    1. I'm looking at another rescue now. And I agree with you about 'older' I don't think I have it in me for a puppy. You are right there with me in your feelings about this President. Even with the improved economy, jobs, etc I still don't like him. He is a pig and acts like a pig. Plus the economy was on the upswing anyway. I'm surprised it hasn't tanked under him but he still has time for that to happen. I will Keep voicing my opinions on my blog and I will keep putting them out there for the world. What I don't understand is how people who I once thought were good, smart people can still support him. Or is it more they just didn't want Hilary?

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  9. I'm glad to see your post, but so sorry your lost your little companion. I hope you do find another to take his place. Some people do tend to go overboard with expressions of politics. I think everyone has right to their opinion and no need to be nasty about it. Hope this comment goes through. I've had a lot of trouble. They just seem to disappear. I do love iced coffee and have it a lot in the summer. Funny I like my hot coffee black, but do like vanilla creamer in the iced coffee too.

    Love and hugs.
    I'm mostly known as 'ma'

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    1. Good to see you Ma. That is why I don't quit accepting anonymous comments because I know some are having problems with commenting. I don't know what the problem is. But I'm happy you are here. I drink French Vanilla in my coffee too. I'm not sure how that got started because I used to drink it black. For many years. I think it started when I quit smoking and coffee didn't taste the same anymore. Hugs to you my friend!

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  10. So glad to see you have a post! I've missed reading your blog!

    So very sorry to hear about Beetle Bailey! He sure was a cute dog! I was devastated when my 18 year old Patches died. A while later my son and his family's dog died and he said he never understood how I could be so depressed after Patches died until he experienced it himself.

    I started watching a show called Corner Gas on Prime Video and it is one of the funniest things I've ever watched. I just started season 2.

    We have Pizza night every Friday with my oldest son and his family. Instead of pizza, I eat a salad.

    I think that quote is true, and hope it is!

    Everyone is allowed their own opion on any subject. And no one should be rude to anyone, especially not to someone posting their own thoughts on their own blog!!!

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    1. Yes he was a sweetheart and I miss him like crazy. 18 years old!! Wow! What kind of dog was Patches? It is good to see you Vicki!

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  11. Nice to see you here, I'm so sorry about your little doggie :( Yes, get another companion for sure! We were keeping our AC pretty low to save money and then it went out and cost us $400 to fix it! So much for that!

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    1. Those A/C repairs can cost a lot. I keep mine at about 73* and still have a pretty big bill.

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  12. Hey Paula! So good to read a post from you, but how sad that Bailey died! Sorry to read about that. I think your found the perfect quote to share, though. Salads... yum! My fave salad right now is shredded naba cabbage with a light Asian dressing.

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  13. Lovely to see you hear but I'm so sorry to hear about Beetle Bailey. Losing a pet is hard. You've had a lot of ups and downs and changes recently but hopefully the supportive comments here will encourage you to get back to your blogging (and your bullet journal). Politics is always a dodgy topic particularly when discussing someone who people either love or hate. But disagreeing doesn't mean you have to be rude or horrible so I'm sorry you've had nasty comments. I won't get into the Trump debate, we have enough problems with our own leadership fiasco.

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    1. I am going to try to find my way back to blogging and back to my Bullet Journal. Along with Bailey that is what saved my life. Does that sound too dramatic. It is true though. I understand what you mean about politics and yes, I follow yours as well. Hope everything gets better soon for all of us.

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  14. I'm sooooo sorry about lil' Beetle Bailey, Paula. If even for a little while, yours was a good time, wasn't it? I hope his experience will lead you to find another fur baby needing love.

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    1. Yes, he was a good experience. I loved him very much and he changed my lonely life for the better. I will look into another one for sure. Good to hear from you!

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  15. Nice to see your post when I opened my computer this morning! I need to get back to it myself. I want to tell you how much I feel your pain about the loss of your beloved friend. When I lost Ginger the day after my Dad passed, it was crushing. It was completely unexpected, and my poor husband had to have her put to sleep without me there (I was at my Dad's bedside in SC). Two weeks later, we decided to fill the big hole in our lives with our sweet Maddie, a 2 year old Australian Cattle Dog rescue. I'm so glad we adopted her. Take care, Paula, I'll look forward to your next post.

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    1. OMG I cannot imagine losing your doggie and your daddy at the same time. Painful. I am looking into other dogs but a bit afraid to make the move. The pain is horrible

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  16. I am so sorry to read about Bailey. What a cutie! But you chose a wonderful quote to share. Glad to see a post from you. It's fun to get book iddeas from other folks. My sister and i text each other with what we are reading and I've been ssending her some of the book I've gotten through. Our code word is 'bricks" because that's what they feel like when I get tham packaged. "Sent you a brick." I receieved the three-brock package you sent." etc. My sis likes to hold a book. I do too, but I like e-reading too. I don't think she does. So I send her "bricks."

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    1. I like the idea of 'bricks'. I hardly ever read a real book anymore. Most on my Kindle and I have found I really like to listen to them.

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  17. I am so sorry about your dog. Losing a pet companion is very hard. If it were me, I'd get another one.

    My husband is a Trump fan and we both have agreed to just disagree on many political fronts. I can't stand the man. Actually, I have a hard time, with ALL POLITICIANS. I just don't trust any of them. They are always out for themselves first and foremost and whatever it takes for them to get elected. Since Trump, I just don't follow as closely to national politics anymore.

    As a Californian, I am into my own state politics because they do eventually effect the rest of the country, sooner or later.

    I'd much rather play with a dog or a cat than listen to the long winded BS that comes out of the mouths of politicans.

    Good to see you back. Missed your posts.

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    1. I don't think my husband would have been a Trump fan but he was a Republican. So is most of my family. I just don't see how anyone can think he is 'all that'. Crazy!

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  18. So good to see you back! Personally, I don't think much about American politics because frankly there are bigger issues in the world, and I think Americans are being distracted from horrors elsewhere by this insular focus. The good thing about American politics is that every term has its end.

    Yorkie's are adorable dogs. I'm so sorry you are missing your pal. You have a lot of empty-nest-ness happening this past year. I hope you pick back up your bullet journal, and get back to blogging. For me, not enjoying things I typically enjoy is a sign of depression. We miss you out here in the blogosphere!

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    1. Yes, there are bigger issues in the world. But getting this President out of office is very important to our American democracy. If we can't do it through impeachment then we need to vote him out of office. No doubt about it, my friend, I am depressed.

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