Best Laid Plans

Somedays the best laid plan come to fruition. Today was not one of those days. Today was more like a comedy of errors that somehow still had a happy ending. The contractor was late. Then my brother in law stepped in and saved the day. My son got hurt at work and I wasn’t at home to comfort him, or at least see the offending injury and ooh over it. (5 stitches!) He lived and even plans on going to work tomorrow! I forgot I was scheduled to take my dad to the ENT, we made it, 30 minutes early in fact!

Thank goodness I had all the housework and tasks done before all of this hit the fan. My plan had been to have all those done and then hole up in the office for an intense and productive day of writing, webinar attending and possible class observing. I managed 30 minutes of a webinar…the wrong one, naturally. Of course, any learning is better than none and I always have the playback option to continue tomorrow’s webinar, if I get up early and no disasters happen before noon! Do I have a hard time saying no? Maybe. Do I have a strong commitment to family? Absolutely. And that is why, as much as I want to write, it can take a back seat when family is concerned.

Some would say I have a hard time finishing projects, and they would be right, most of the time. Those used to mean things like finishing a crocheted purse or the latest artistic endeavor. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf these days, however, so here’s to having a more productive tomorrow. Hey, at least I got my post written today. 😜

What's Your Inspiration?

I made a commitment to write every day and I’m really trying to stick to it. Which is why, even though I had nothing planned or thought out, I’m writing anyway. Some people use an editorial calendar, I never thought this would be that kind of blog. We were supposed to be able to talk about whatever, so I didn’t think it was necessary, it was a kind of off the cuff kind of thing. Still, I guess everyone has those days when inspiration just isn’t there, no fresh ideas come to the frontal lobe, whatever. I could use a word prompt, but that’s really for storytelling.

Thing is, if you want to be a better writer, you have to practice, part of that practice is getting into the habit of writing every day. Now, I made sure I’d have to write something every day by purchasing a 5 year sentence journal. The idea is, you write a sentence from a prompt on a calendar every day, the next year you do the same, from the same prompts. Then you can see where you have come in your journey. That is all fine and good, but that doesn’t get me to a certain word count every day, or increase my writing speed. If I want to be a successful writer, blogger, copywriter or whatever kind of freelance writer it is, I’ll need to do all those things and more. One day I may want to write a book, I used to think about it a lot when I was younger. Right now, I just want to freelance, because that gives me the freedom to write what I want, when I want. I’ve only been working hard at this for a year, in that time, I’ve studied a lot, written many different things,  but still have no business plan per say. I only know that I want to write about things I know and like.

I, like many others, suffer from the not-knowing-if -I’m -good-enough syndrome, however, I keep writing. I’m confident that with enough practice and commitment, I’ll eventually get there. The only pressure I’m under is that I put on myself, there’s no rush to make this dream a reality tomorrow, yet I know that if I worked really hard, I could help my family fulfill their dreams sooner. If I could make enough money to do that, wouldn’t that be awesome? I’ll keep ya posted, goodnight for now.

 

 

Many Happy Desserts

Sometimes, even people following the Paleo lifestyle like a sweet treat. Which is why I consulted my Pinterest board for some tasty ideas for ice cream-Paleofied of course! On my Everything Paleo board, I found a tempting looking ice cream called Caramel Almond Crunch from http://Flavourandsavour.com. Well, to make a long story short, I had no dates. Dates, evidently make the best caramel…not raisins. Which I subbed. Not horrible and with a few tweaks, I believe I can improve the flavor. Butter makes everything better right? My favorite (and only) butter is http://Kerrygold.com brand because it is grass-fed and simply delicious. I think if I heat the “mistake” up in a saucepan and add some butter, I’ll save this mess of a dessert I made. Now, the ice cream itself was frozen bananas, blended to a creamy texture. Then came the caramel and on top, my favorite homemade trail mix, Maple Nut Trail Mix from http://Dontmesswithmama.com.

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Like I said, pretty good but could have been better. When in the kitchen, mistakes are how you learn, become inventive, and sometimes even create a new masterpiece. What are your food fails? I’d love to hear them, or any suggestions on how I might improve this one! All comments are welcome, here on the patio!

Pokemon Go?

Ok, I must be the only clueless person left in America about this craze that has hit like a hurricane in our neck of the woods. At least I am according to my son, who is staying the weekend with us. He was extremely surprised at this fact, and enjoyed the chance to explain all the nuances of the game to his mother, someone who is usually up on this type of thing. Not the game aspect of things, just like, the latest thing everyone is talking about.  While I get the gist of the game, the lengths people are going to while playing…not so much. Here’s a game where you’re doing something good for your body by getting up, out, and off the couch, walking miles to catch this funny little cartoon character, yet people are walking in front of cars, running into one another, getting robbed and all sorts of craziness, in the quest for the elusive Pokemon.

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The first pic shows the warning, clearly stating at the beginning of the game, to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Hello?! And what about the fact that the game is meant to bring like minded folks together, yet everyone is walking around in a huge group, looking like zombies all over the world.

The second pic is just part of my son’s personal collection thus far. This is a guy who has been not only active in sports most of his life, but played Pokemon games as a child, so, for him and others like him, they’ve turned their childhood dream into reality. He has always been that kid who picked up any sport and played his heart out at it. So, it’s no surprise to me, his unbridled enthusiasm knows no bounds at the moment. Since he is in decent shape, my hope is that what he gains from the game is a new level of social interaction or a unique way to earn some pocket change. The ways you can profit by this game are limited only by your imagination.  It sounds like a truly evolutionary idea in gaming, however, even he sees how it’s become the perfect example of a society who knows no moderation.

image   After a hard day of painting, Pokemon Go and real live golf, even he talkes a rest sometimes! Here he is with our Shorkie, Brandy, taking five on the couch.

My take on the whole thing is, get on out there and go Pokemon Go, but for goodness sakes, BE CAREFUL!! I’ll stick to exercising in the pool for now thanks, and I’ll be watching all the shenanigans from my vantage point, here on the patio! 😉

 

 

Stormy Weather

Storms on the horizon
Storms on the horizon

It’s an uncommon occurrence for rain to be falling in Texas in July, but that is what happened this morning! We’ll take it! The more it rains, the less we have to water, and the water bill is less. Any time you’re saving money is a good time. My only wish is that we could simply have rain without hail, or 60mph wind gusts, which luckily did not happen at my house, other towns near me got that though. The pic above was from a friend headed into Ft Worth this morning.  I didn’t have that cool a view, just experienced some wind and light rain.  Anyhow, the plants and flowers love it, and my husband has plenty of grass to mow, sometimes I think that’s his therapy. They are calling for more tonight which is fine with me, soon it will stop until October I’m sure! On top of that, the temp is a warm but tolerable 93 degrees and usually we are in the triple digits by now.  As long as I get my pool time, I’m a happy camper- unlike our experience last weekend, when we had plans with friends and got rained out! All, in all, it’s been a bizarre month for weather around here, but hey, it could be worse…could be snowing!

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Of course, this pic is not from here either but, you get the picture! Have a great Friday night, I’ll be tipping my glass to ya, here on the patio!

 

Singing Praises

Good morning everyone! How are you all doing on this beautiful, albeit, hot morning? My first venture outside proved to be warm and muggy already at 7am! Anyway, it’s gonna be a great day and I just wanted to share my joy with you-it’s about a new product I’ve been eating and it is nutritious and delicious! This is a cereal, something I don’t eat much of, since I follow the Paleo lifestyle. It’s by Van’s brand and it’s called Blissfully Berry. All of their cereals are made from whole grains including gluten free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth. No wheat! As far as I’m concerned, that is safe for those like me that eat a whole food diet. The company is very concerned about clean eating and most, if not all of their products are non-GMO and certified gluten free.

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As you can see, I enjoy them with So Delicious cashew milk, and of course, my bulletproof coffee. Just in case the Paleo police come after me, I’ve reached out to the company to assure me that their products are safe for those on diets like mine, regardless, I will continue to enjoy them, since I follow the 80% rule most of the time. That is, I eat Paleo 80% of the time. I’m healthy and still at my target weight, so I’m not that concerned.

Ok, for all the Paleo purists out there, bring it, I’m ready-I’ll talk to ya, send me a comment and I’ll be seeing everyone later-on the patio!

Summer Is Tea Time

Man, I love tea! I guess you could say, especially in the summer, I have an addiction. Ice tea. I drink it by the gallon, in addition to water, but tea hits the proverbial spot! Here is a pic of me preparing another pot.

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Lately, I have taken to adding one bag of a specialty or flavored tea to 2 bags of regular tea. Today’s choice is black chai. I love the spicy flavor, not to mention the aroma fills the kitchen as I’m making it. Sometimes, it’s raspberry zinger, other times, simply cinnamon.

What is your favorite summertime beverage? Do you like flavored teas? Lets talk about it, hit me up in the comment box or feel free to email me. Gotta go remove some pesky weeds from the beds in the yard, see ya later, on the patio!

Potted Perfection

This morning while rushing around trying to get ready for work, in my spastic, do something in three different areas of the house kind of way, I took the time to stop and give my potted plants a drink. The yard was cool, since we just had a rain shower on Saturday, however, during hot weather, I need to water the potted plants more frequently. I strive for daily but, like my writing, that doesn’t always happen. Anyway, this morning it did and I was rewarded with the beauty of what has become the best looking of all my plants. My coleus on the front porch loves it’s spot so much, it has literally exploded and now has seeds shooting out of the top of it!

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I’m so proud of this since I used to be known as the person who kills her plants. I love the colors of this one and can’t wait to try my hand at another. I have a similar looking one with different colors in a hanging basket, just itching to get out into a nice pot. Maybe this beauty won’t mind sharing her spot!

Church, Family and Big Brother

I don’t know about y’all, but Sundays around our house follow a kind of routine. For me,    it begins with my cup of coffee, bulletproof of course, and my favorite program of the morning, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. It’s a nationally syndicated news magazine with entertaining news, profiles of famous people, art and more. Then, most Sundays I go to church. Since being back in the area, it’s been harder than usual to select a home church, however, I am fond of the one I’ve been going to, First United Methodist of Watauga. We have moved around a lot in our 31 years of marriage, and we became Methodists early on, my husband having been raised Southern Baptist and me a Catholic, we decided to compromise and become Methodists. This morning was cool because the front of the church was all decorated up for VBS which started tonight.

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My friends I normally sit with were absent, that didn’t bother me though because I always feel welcomed from the moment I walk in the front door. I missed seeing them still because I like having them to talk to and visit with.

Next in the lineup is usually prep and planning of family dinner, this Sunday was a little different though, because we had predetermined what the menu was and my brother in law offered to cook the meat. That left us with less prep and more pool time, yea! We were down a few members today but still had a full house and a good meal. My idea when we first moved back was that we would rotate houses for family dinner, but since  we have a pool and more room, and my brother works crazy hours with little time to do much else, and my dad’s house is kind of small for up to 11 people eating together, it has been at our house most of the time since summer started. We used to go to my brother in law’s place a lot but he has also been deluged with a full and hectic schedule, so we hate to ask him to work any harder. It has been wonderful having the whole family together at least once a week to break bread and we don’t mind at all. It’s a great tradition and I hope it stays part of our routine.

Tonight was another edition of Big Brother, one of my favorite summertime shows and I’ve heard from at least one other blogger, I’m not alone in this! My friend Stephanie watches as well so we always have that to talk about on Monday or Thursday, depending on show times. Tonight, I was surprised to see a budding romance between James and the houseguest with the dark hair (jeez, I forgot her name already). This will be a topic of conversation between myself and the other blogger (Myra) that I’ve been talking to. We were just wondering the other day why he didn’t have a girlfriend yet when he is so personable and cute.

So, there you have it, now you know my routine for several days of the week if you’ve been following along, what are yours? Go ahead and leave a comment and tell me your routines, fav shows or whatever you want to talk about. I’ll be waiting, on the patio😉.

My Friend Steph

Before the wine takes hold tonight, relax, it’s just a dab with Sprite, I thought I’d pen a thought or two, bout you and me, and me and you. We share some common interests, true, we love to write, and read and view, silly shows and live ones too. I’m glad we found each other, you are like no other-you make me laugh and keep me light, never have things not been right. A joyous friendship shared by two, feel lucky that I work for you, not like any “boss” I’ve had, never make me feel bad or sad. Big heart, bigger smile, always goes that extra mile, making those around you feel good, glad you’re in my neighborhood. You and me, we jive that’s true, we’ll know it til our time is through. Since that time is far from here, know I deem you very dear. Til tomorrow, special one, I’ll see you when the night is done.image