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 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 🙂

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!!

 

Day 142-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 20)

For anyone new here, I’m in the middle of two challenges, hence the numbers at the top of the blog. The first set of numbers is for my 365 day project…I’m on day 142. The next one is obvious-day 20 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge. The first project is self imposed, but I got the idea from Galina at Hearts Everywhere who is nearing the end of her year long quest, since she started at the beginning of the year. By the time I read about her and started my own, I was well into this year, so mine will carry over into 2017. That’s ok, it will keep me on track and ensure that I blog every single day.

Ok, let’s get on with today’s next task in the challenge; Where I want to be in 10 years.

Well, I'd like to have one of these...
Well, I’d like to have one of these…

Does that paint a good enough picture for you? Well how about this:

I want this as my view every day...
I want this as my view every day…

Or something similar- and I hope by then I am a full blown writer with a career that gives my husband and I the freedom to live wherever we want and do the things we planned to in retirement. I want to buy him a fancy fishing boat like the one pictured above, and live in Port Aransas, or at least have a summer home there, and go whenever we like. Of course this means I’d better get busy next year, setting my goals and working to achieve them and that means I may be working harder than ever before.

That’s the dream anyway, and we all know that life happens and we never know what is around the next corner. That should not stop me from trying though, and I have been wanting my husband to retire and start living the dream for some time now. We have to be ready together, however, and if I asked him the same question-where does he want to be in 10 years, he might admit that he wants to be there, but may not be able to really see himself there yet. I joke with him that we’ve been on the five year plan forever! So, I have taken it upon myself to try and make the dream a reality…boy do I have a lot of work to do! I might be setting myself up for failure, but I can’t let myself think that way. I’m motivated to make next year a jumping off point in my writing career so that I can see myself where I want us to be, ten years from now.

So if being retired and living the dream isn’t where you see yourself in ten years, where is it? What are your goals? I can’t wait to hear what y’alls answers will be to this question! I’ve got to go, today is gonna be a busy one since I have shopping and many other errands to do, my kitchen is almost complete and if we are hosting the family Christmas Eve celebration here at our house, I also have to get it ready! Have a good day everyone and I will see you tomorrow for the next question in the challenge.

Day141-31 Day Blog Challenge-(day19)

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Uh Oh…now you’re really gonna get to know me! Today we have to tell you guys our worst habits!

Well, most of you know that I vape, I’ve discussed it here before. But for those of you who don’t know, or don’t understand what vaping is; I gave up smoking about 3 years ago and switched to an electronic vapor system. It looks like this:

My e-cig vapor system
My e-cig vapor system

Anyway, by making the switch, I got rid of lots of the nasty chemicals and by-products of cigarettes-tobacco and the paper it is packed into are where the bad stuff is, however, even though I’m technically inhaling flavored “juice”, there is still a small amount of nicotine in there, so although it’s a much safer alternative than smoking, it’s still a bad habit, and one I’ll quit someday.

One of my other bad habits is nagging. Yeah, well- I’m a mom…kinda goes with the territory!

And finally; I like to drink. There, I said it…and let me just admit it here right now-it increases during the holidays and then goes back to a reasonable amount after New Years is over. My favorite adult beverage is margaritas, however, I like a nice cabernet for sipping after supper while hanging around the house. When I’m on track and not cheating like a maniac, I have a glass of wine once or twice a week, because that is allowed and is actually good for your heart…as is very dark chocolate (occasionally)!

So that’s it, thats all I can think of at the moment-what are yours? I can’t wait to hear them, so I don’t feel so bad about mine…just kidding!

I’ve got to go brave the cold now and go to work. It is a bone chilling 19 degrees here this morning and I’ll admit, I’d rather still be under the covers :\ ! So I’ll see you all later on or tomorrow, but not on the patio!! 😬❄🤧

Day 139- 31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 17)

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The earliest book I can remember reading a a child was Heidi by Johanna Spyri (had to look it up) about an orphan who gets sent to live in the mountains with her grandfather. I loved the story and it opened up the world of reading for me, taking me somewhere besides my hum-drum existence (or what I thought was hum-drum back when I was 8 or 10 or however old I was when I read it). It was so beautiful in it’s imagery and I could so see myself on that mountain with Heidi and Peter and Clara.

One version of the classic book, Heidi
One version of the classic book, Heidi

I had a good grasp on the English language by that time and being around adults most of the time, had a very good vocabulary. Mom said I was talking at an early age (shocker, huh?) chattering like a magpie and being this tiny thing, toddling along beside her, had people gasping in surprise. These days you see that all the time though.

I started reading voraciously once I finished Heidi and the next books I can recall reading were Freckles and the story of Helen Keller, (The Story of My Life?) and you could always find me at the library, checking out more books to read, although, I can’t remember all the titles right now. I remember being mad at my Mom when she wouldn’t let me read “adult books” like she had on her shelves, some floor to ceiling beauties my Dad built her for her voracious reading habit. I think it was Jaws that I wanted to read or something, but my first real “adult” book I remember reading was Coffee, Tea or Me…oh my!

Anyway, I’ve gone way off topic here, as this was supposed to be about my favorite childhood book. So yeah, it was Heidi. I don’t recall the exact cover, but found one to illustrate. I also remember now, that I read Charlotte’s Web and Little Women, however, I’m pretty sure Heidi was my first. I could be wrong though, my memory is not that great. 😉