Day 153-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 31)

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Ahhh, the last day of the challenge. I’m going to miss it, it’s been fun! Not only answering the questions but having material to write about with out having to think of subject matter. Working on next years calender so I will be more prepared…so wish me luck!

Weird quirk of mine…a peculiar trait, in other words. Hmmmmm, literally cannot think of anything. I may have to defer to the one blogger that knows me personally, and get back to you.

My Dad would say I talk too fast. That’s all I got, seriously.

Ok, I’m back after conferring with my hubby and he said, “Well, you are kinda anal about some things.” Now, I don’t know if being anal qualifies as quirky, but what he’s talking about is how once I set a place for something, unless I’m the one that moves it, I expect it to stay in said place! There’s also my dish issue-the one where I lose my mind if someone puts dirty dishes on the clean side! But that sounds a little more like a small case of OCD than quirky, does it not?

Anyway, me and my quirks, such as they are, will see all of you, bright and maybe not so early next year!! Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Be safe and have a wonderful time tonight everyone!

Day 152-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 30)

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Favorite comfort food? Um, you all remember I’m Paleo, right? Well, if we’re talking about since I became that way, I guess it would have to be sweet potatoes, baked on the grill and dripping with  grass-fed butter. I could eat them every day, I love em so much!

But if you’re talking about all time, before I started living the life of a cavewoman, my favorite comfort food was my mother’s roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans. Of course, her fried chicken came in a close second…I have never been able to duplicate her method, my breading always fell off and burned in the pan, but hers came out golden brown and delicious and usually got paired with some mashed potatoes and gravy or some yummy mac and cheese.

Ok, hang on, I just thought of something I really miss. Does that mean it was my all time comfort food, maybe. Anyway, it’s bread. Yep, I gotta be honest here…dinner rolls, sandwiches, hamburgers, garlic bread- how do you eat spaghetti without it? Well, you learn but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it. I used to love a plain old bologna sandwich with mayo, soft and delicious with some potato chips on the side. Mmmm. Or how about those sourdough buns Jack uses on that famous burger of his. Ok, I have to stop talking about this, it’s making me hungry! I long for the days I could go eat a warm waffle, dripping with syrup and butter at that place with the best coffee in the world, Waffle House.

I don’t get any of that anymore, and honestly, the breads I make with my nut flours just don’t measure up- so, I just avoid those kind of carbs in my life and try to make do and act like bread doesn’t exist. Give me a steak, salad and a sweet potato and I’m a happy girl.

So that was the long version…what are your favorite comfort foods? I will have to live vicariously through you guys, lol. For me, I’m off to eat breakfast, probably an egg or two,  plan my editorial calendar for next year and get my house ready for our New Year’s party. Have a good day everyone, I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

Day 151-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 29)

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What are the top things on my bucket list?

Well, believe it or not, I want to skydive (tandem of course) but I’m still afraid at my age I might have a heart attack! And then there’s my neck problems. So….don’t know if I’ll ever get to that one.

Travel the United States or at least go to a few I’ve always dreamed of visiting. Since I’m a huge Stephen King fan, Maine is one of those states. I’ve also heard that Arkansas and Tennessee are beautiful. I’ve never seen the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Grand Canyon.

I want to go somewhere tropical like Belize, or Hawaii.  Of course, any of the islands would do…St Thomas, St John or St Croix would be my choice since that’s all of really heard others talk about other than Mexico.

I missed my shot at seeing Slipknot in concert, so there’s that.

I want to retire with my husband and move to Port Aransas or the Florida Keys or North Carolina…someplace with a beach we’d be happy!

That is all I can come up with, I know, limited imagination, inability to dream big, sorry-its all I got!

Whats on your bucket lists? Can’t wait to hear it! See y’all mañana from a very warm patio! 😎

Day 150-31 day Blog Challenge-(Day 28)

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Last time I cried. Hmmm, well yesterday was a close one, but really all I did was tear up when I asked my Dad how mad was he with me. You’ll be happy to know that he was not, even though he allowed me to buy him lunch as my way of apologizing, and that I kept it together and didn’t bawl like a big baby.

So when was the last time I cried…oh yeah! I remember, it was a few weeks ago, as the doctor sat there and blatantly told us my husband has Stage 1 prostate cancer. Even that day…I mostly kept it together, the whole time he was explaining everything. Then, he got to the part about treatment options, and even though I knew how totally treatable and curable this is, I just sort of lost it. The emotions welled up as I remembered all the years I worked at the cancer treatment center in Arlington.  Just the mere thought that I could lose my husband (it was a fleeting thought), scared the crap out of me. I know that isn’t going to happen, but hey, I’m human. Cancer is a scary word, even if you know you caught it early, even if you know he will totally be cured, it matters not. You are about to fight the BEAST, and the thought is devastating.

So yeah, I cried. Just for a minute or two, then I sucked it up, stuck out my chest, and pushed it way down inside of me as I prepare myself-and him- for battle.

When was the last time for you? I hope it was something little, like how you cried while watching It’s A Wonderful Life or something.  See y’all later, I gotta get the pups to the groomers.

 

Day 149-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 27)

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What makes me feel better, always?

Well, that depends on what the problem is, naturally, however most of the time the answer for me is…listen to music, of course! Music is a balm for my soul, has been my friend and constant companion for most of my life.

Right at this moment, I don’t feel well at all. I’m being eaten alive by guilt over not spending enough time with my Dad and brother on Christmas. I selfishly went home with my husband after our family gift exchange without thought or consideration of what they were going to do for dinner. How did that make them feel? I don’t know, because I didn’t ask. It has bothered me for two days, so the way to make myself feel better is to go apologize to my Dad today. Telling him I’m sorry and offering to make up for it in some way will help me get over it…if only a little bit.

In the meantime, I’m writing and I have music softly playing in another room.

Day 148-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 26)

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Well, it’s the day after Christmas and I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted and you got to spend time with your loved ones.

Today the challenge is to name our five favorite blogs. Weel, that’s a little difficult, but here they are, in no particular order:

Obsolete Childhood– Ever since I found Suze or at Obsolete Childhood, I have been fascinated with her life and what she has to say about it! Every day I wait with baited breath to see what she will say on her own blog or in response to mine. She is hilarious while at the same time intelligent, and my heart goes out to her while reading the stories that have shaped her life. I think she was given the shitty end of the stick in some aspects of her life, yet has found a way to bounce back. Writing is obviously cathartic for her.

Mehrling Muse-I just love visiting with Anne and her family in the mountains of North Carolina. She brings you in and makes you feel like you are sitting in her kitchen with her, sipping coffee and hearing all about her life. She openly shares pictures of all of them and you feel like you know everyone.

Hearts Everywhere– Following Galina in her daily writing since I found her and her 365 Day Project has been the inspiration for my own. She has a super interesting life up in New York-(she is married to a professional clown mind you)  has been a fun rollercoaster ride of emotions and humorous anecdotes. Go check her out!

Simple Living Over 50-Here is a man who knows how to simplify and survive with little to nothing. The purpose of his blog is to share tips on living minimally and also how he deals with his type 2 diabetes. He has everything from survival tips to living a frugal life, and since I’m over 50 as well, I have learned a thing or two from following him and feel a sort of kinship with him.

Photo’s and Words of a Wandering Mind– I need a lot more time to tell you about Teresa, aka, Laybuggz than I have right now. Lets just say, she takes beautiful pictures and lives with a cute little dog who lives in pain, just like her. Go visit for yourself and see if you aren’t drawn into her world on the west coast.

I follow so many more that are equally good blogs, but these are my most frequent favorites. I have to go, so I’m going to wrap up by saying, have a wonderful day (if you aren’t too hung over with egg nog) and I’ll see you later on the patio 🙂

Christmas News and Updates

Kitchen updates-new floor, granite countertops, and backsplash
Kitchen updates-new floor, granite countertops, and backsplash

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We finally got the kitchen done just in time for the Christmas Eve celebration. We had a nice time with the family, last night and then this morning.

Our card to our out of town folks
Our card to our out of town folks
This morning at my Dad's house opening our gifts
This morning at my Dad’s house opening our gifts

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The rest of the day has been a lazy, do nothing relaxing kind of day. Watching movies and eating all kinds of bad-for-me stuff. Jack in the Box at lunch, lemon cake at breakfast, chocolate…I did finally eat some salad for supper, lol. I will have some work to do to undo all this debauchery!

Rayven sporting her new Christmas dress
Rayven sporting her new Christmas dress

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We got this pic from Josh last night to show us how Rayven’s new dress looked on her. She didn’t like it at first but later she settled down about it.

Then, today, I got good news. I heard from the editor at VitaBella Magazine who said they were going to publish another article I wrote in their February issue, and I would be a paid for this one! What a great Christmas present! I will keep you all posted on that, it’s a true honor to be published there a second time.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I’ve enjoyed reading updates from some of your celebrations as well. Too much sitting around has made me stiff and tired, I believe it will be an early night for me. Have a good night and I’ll see you all tomorrow, from a very warm and humid patio!

 

Day 147-31 Blog Challenge-(Day 25)

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I am not one to talk about my physical features, however, if pressed, I would say my eyes are one of my best as well as my smile. I had thousands of dollars worth of work on this grill, so it better be, lol. I used to think when I was young and stupid, that I had some kind of power to attract the opposite sex just with my eyes. Boy, was I full of myself back then! Anyway, that’s all I got on that subject.

Our little tree, before all the festivities last night.
Our little tree, before all the festivities last night.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas and sharing good times with family and friends. We made our rounds and are now back home, snuggled in on the couch watching Four Christmases. At least, Whiskey and I are, lol. Dave is playing his new game which is perfectly fine…gives me time to write awhile and get my daily assignments done. I have no idea where Brandy went-he was making noise with his new drone and she just split the scene! Anyway, Merry Christmas to you all, enjoy it!!

 

Day 146-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 24)

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Aww, why they wanna bring us down, right here on Christmas Eve?

I have already talked about the most difficult time in my life recently, so I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it here today. Besides, I don’t want to feel sad today…that being said, my difficult time, of course was my Mom passing away. And the whole month before that.

I was living in Groves, Tx. still, and came back here to be with her for the last few weeks of her life. She had developed dementia, and was not making any sense, so I couldn’t really talk to her and figure out what she was thinking and feeling. That was hard. She was in a lot of pain the last two weeks and I felt helpless to do anything to help her. Then, the last week, (all of this took place in a nursing facility close to my home now) hospice came in and started giving her morphine and said we couldn’t feed her anymore. Waiting for her to slowly die like that was excruciating, and painful and sad. Her organs had shut down, which is something that happens at the end of the disease she had, once you go off of dialysis. She spent the last few days in sort of a coma like state and when she passed away I felt relief for her that it was over, yet profoundly sad that she was really gone.

Not having her here makes the holidays sad, but I know she is in a better place, pain free and waiting for me in Heaven.

We all deal with difficult times in our life, some way we make it through. I know its sad to talk about but it helps to heal. So, let me hear about yours if you are doing this challenge or if you simply want to comment. Have a wonderful holiday with your family today, hold them close and cherish the ones your with. 🙂

 

Day 145-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 23)

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What is your pet peeve? Hmmmm, well, let’s see.

People who don’t pay attention while on the road is a big one! Or maybe that’s just a constant complaint of mine, don’t know. Stop texting, eating, reading or doing your nails for God’s sake and just drive! If you don’t want to follow the rules, get off the road. And if you are too old to be driving….same goes for you.

People who know me know that I’m a little anal retentive so they are all aware that one of my biggest pet peeves is putting the clean dishes on the wrong side of the sink! In fact, it’s kind of a family joke now. Even the in-laws tease me about it.

People who show up to a gathering and not only do not bring their chosen beverage, but help themselves to yours, is another. My brother has gone so far as to go get the wine from my dad’s house and bring it with him! C’mon man!

One more, don’t put anything empty back in the cabinets or refrigerator! Grrrrr. That is all.

What gets your goat? I’d love to hear it- you know what to do, just comment below or shoot me an email if you don’t want anyone else to know, lol! (I hope my brother doesn’t read this particular blog, lol) Have a good day everybody…it’s almost Christmas!!