This last Sunday was a both sad and joyful day for our little church: it was our pastor's last sermon. She is retiring, and we have a new pastor coming in sometime in the next few weeks, but she has been the pastor almost my entire life. 30 years of ministry with us. There were … Continue reading Our Pastor Has Retired
My husband's car was backed into at work a few weeks ago. His car was parked, and the other person provided all the information needed, so this Thursday he dropped it off at the auto body shop, and I left early from work to go pick him up. I was 90% of the way there … Continue reading What Did I Do to Deserve Two Cars in the Shop?
We've had an ongoing problem with the neighbor's person who mows running the lawn mower with the shield up and peppering our siding with rocks. Sometimes it's fine, but sometimes it punches holes in our siding. We talked to the most recent mower last year and had no further problems for the year. The person … Continue reading Lawn Mowers Hate My Siding
It has been hot here lately, but I put some time in the garden to rescue our apricot trees. I had originally had rocks around them and peat moss, but they grew over this year, and the rocks made them impossible to mow between or around. I wish I had taken some 'before' pictures, but … Continue reading Gardening in the Heat Is No Fun
Okay, I totally Google-Fued this, and I'm 90% sure this is poison ivy. Other photos: Does anyone have experience with Poison Ivy and can say one way or the other? I Googled instructions for pulling it out safely, but I want to make sure I know what I'm pulling out here. Thoughts? Inquiring minds want … Continue reading Is it Just Me, or Is This Poison Ivy?
So, when we have to kennel Tundra (which is rarely - he goes to work with my husband and pretty much everywhere with us), we give him a bone with peanut butter smeared on the inside. Which may require double dipping. So we have our own peanut butter. To tell them apart, my husband draws … Continue reading Dog Sillies
I have computer back! Which is awesome because now I can do blog posts again. Two weeks of withdrawal and begging to use other people's computers or trying to surf the web on my Kindle was pretty awful. First world problems, absolutely. I did take photos while I was waiting, so here's a silly. My … Continue reading Woot! Computer Back and Amazon Sillies
Just giving you a head's up that my computer's down and in for repairs. I expect it back in around a week and a half, but they're not entirely sure. I won't have access to a computer for the duration. So, I'll see you in two weeks! *smile*
My parents live near a family cemetery, one that we have known about but have never had permission to trespass and look at. It's not our family cemetery, but it belonged to the family who built my parents' house. Well, some of that family dropped by to see if they could take photos of my … Continue reading Visiting a Lost Cemetary
Just a silly for your amusement, but I bought sloth post it notes. They are SO CUTE. Look at that face. How could you not love it? But that's a weird angle to be looking at it from. It's like I'm behind it. Or perhaps it's on a mirror? Yes, we're a silly couple. This … Continue reading Sloth Sillies
Everyone had different ideas of what they want their garden to be, but I'm big on this: everything I grow should make food. And also not destroy my garage. So, here is my first intended victim: This poor little tree is way, way too close the garage. It actually grows out from under the lip … Continue reading Unwelcome in My Garden
While I was at work on Friday, my husband was being a total sweetie. Remember I cleaned up, and I was very proud of myself? My husband was proud of me too. Too bad the tape made it look bad, right? **pause** Well, I came home to this: To refresh you, this is what it … Continue reading **Squee!** Husbandly Surprise
I was quite manic this week while my husband was out at a work meeting, and took it upon myself to clean our entryway. Fully. Completely. I swept, then dust mopped, then mopped again. With the Flylady's mop, which was SUPER NICE. Then I scooted around on my butt (I can't bend over) and scrubbed … Continue reading Manic Cleaning Spree
... but I planted a bunch of stuff in my garden since my planting schedule said it was time. So it's picture time! Our Chives: They are a little frost burned from the snow but not badly. Bed #1 with two types of seeded onions and some leeks: My trellis: I ran out of garden … Continue reading Yes, I Know It’s Likely To Die
So, I've been following Flylady, and this has both made my house MUCH cleaner... and cracked my husband up a few times. I've ordered a few items from her site, namely a feather duster (ostrich feathers!) and an extra large mop. Oh, and a toilet scrubby, and a few cleaning cloths. Most of it was … Continue reading What, You Don’t Do This Too?
Well, I didn't take any pictures, but it snowed last Wednesday. April 18th. The busy season has started for my husband and dad, and they have NEVER attended their meetings with snow on the ground. Kind of crazy, right? We went to Madison for an appointment, and it was cloudy and dim on the way … Continue reading Unseasonably Late Snow
As of the current time, Auryn Hadley's 'Rise of the Iliri' series is my absolute favorite books series. Now, this does shift around a bit as some of my favorite authors release new books, but it's stayed pretty consistent for over a year. (And no, this is not an affiliate link. Regardless, BUUUUUUY IIIIIIT!) In … Continue reading Fanart for Auryn Hadley
So, I slept funny on Wednesday, and when I woke up and tried to move my neck it was excruciating, complete with a scream and tears. I couldn't even get upright without help. I took a muscle relaxant, had my husband try to give me a neck massage, pain killers, and nothing helped. On top … Continue reading Bummer: Neck Injury
We've had a difficult time keeping our vanity clean because there's so much stuff on it. I cleared a lot off lately, but it's still frustrating, and I've wanted a shelf in the bathroom for a long time. This weekend, my husband put one in! It was a bit intimidating drilling into plaster, but I … Continue reading A New Shelf in the Bathroom!
I've been excited about gardening which is probably why it's snowing right this minute and we have three or four inches on the ground. But here are some photos of what I'm looking at. First of all, I'm using this garden planner to help me out this year. A close up of the spring side: … Continue reading Garden Planning!
I've tried a few different Keto pancake recipes, and I really haven't liked them, especially those with cream cheese in them. But I've kept an eye out, and there was one suggested on a Keto Facebook Group that looked promising. This one at Low Carb Yum. So I thought I'd give it a try, and … Continue reading Keto: Waffles
I love playing in the garden, but I'm not physically able to do a lot, so it almost always requires help from my husband. Unfortunately, during peak gardening season is when his work is crazy busy with meetings all evening, and it gets delayed until late June, and I plant everything late. I hate it. … Continue reading Setting Up Raised Beds in the Garden!
Normally, my house's cleanliness is directly related to my level of mania or depression. If I'm depressed it looks like it was hit by a tornado. If I'm manic it's picked up at least and dishes done, if not really clean. I don't like cleaning. And the only time I can convince myself to do … Continue reading FlyLady and Cleaning My House
The weather has been mild here lately, and while it isn't late enough in the year yet to plant without risking losing your plants, it IS late enough that I was able to talk my husband into helping me move around some of the raised bed bags I have and to mostly fill a new … Continue reading Playing in the Garden
Every Friday, one of our local bars has a fish fry, including grilled fish which is my favorite, and sometimes I really, really want to go. But I'm cheap. The meal is expensive, and I figure if I can afford to eat out I should tip well. (Often, I tip well because the people around … Continue reading I Want Fish, But I’m a Miser
The Ocooch Mountains novel's first draft is coming along - I have just over 35,000 words. That's about 1/3 of the way there for a first draft in this genre! I'm working hard on trying to make sure I write at least a little every day. Prior to this, I had written during NaNoWriMo primarily, … Continue reading Ocooch and Content Editors
I was helping out at an event this week, and I met someone new and interesting. It turns out she's a history buff, loves sewing her own period clothes, loves calligraphy and learning how they did it back in the day, and spins as a hobby. "Oh, so you're in the SCA," I said. "What's … Continue reading How Did You Not Know About: The SCA
Just because this game has SO MUCH eye candy, I'm letting you all know what my husband is playing. The game is Elite Dangerous on PS4, and it is PRETTY. It's a space exploration game that's fairly geeky, and the graphics are amazing. The inside of your ship with what I think is a Red … Continue reading What My Husband Is Playing: Elite Dangerous
Second practice from the Finding Your Voice class I bought from Holly Lisle. This is not an affiliate link, although if you decide you want to buy a class from her, you can contact me, and I'll set on up so we both benefit. *smile* She thought she ought to move, but the sun soaked … Continue reading Finding Your Voice: Practice 07
If you know me, you'll know I'm not a fan of Shmups (Shoot 'em ups), but my husband does enjoy them, and he INSISTED that I give Steredenn a try in two-player mode. I am, frankly, not very good at fast paced and fast moving games, and I have definite difficulties telling which character is … Continue reading Steredenn: We Beat a Shmup!
There are few things in the world that I loathe more than being late for something. I will turn around and not attend an event rather than be late to it, and this is a constant point of conflict with my husband and I. He wants to arrive exactly on time with no time spent … Continue reading LATE and How I Loathe Being Late
So, at work I make a ton of phone calls where I have to get certain bits of information verbally confirmed. I research each first request, call, ask the same questions, and have different processes depending on the answers. I've done about 500 of these phone calls (according to my stats) now, which is a … Continue reading I Sound Like a Flight Attendant #Lifegoals
My husband and I were talking recently about what the happiest periods in our lives were, and I strongly believe mine is Right Now. And then I thought about it a little more. Our parents are all alive. Our siblings are alive. We visit them often. In fact, every Friday or so we visit my … Continue reading Those Happy Golden Years
If you know me, you know that I have food allergies. One is wheat, which is uncomfortable but not dangerous - hives, phlegm, coughing, some wheezing, and stomach pain. It's the one that almost killed me years ago because we didn't know about it. I would eat wheat, it would foam up out of my … Continue reading In Good News I Did Not Die
It's a well known fact among my family and friends that I'm impossible to wake up and just plain stupid once I'm awake, not to mention snarly. It's bad enough that to get up for work each day, I have a bottle of caffeine pills across the room with the alarm. An old fashioned, metal … Continue reading Ring, Ring! And How I Was a Jerk to My Momma
My husband just bought a new car, and everything looked fine until he went to register it. Turns out there were two owners on it, and both needed to sign, not just the one we met with. So he drove an hour to register it, had to turn around and drive an hour back to … Continue reading Car Stress and Car Win