TUESDAY FUN & TUMMY TUESDAYS

Joining Sandee over at Comedy Plus for her weekly linky, “Tuesday Fun!
All you have to do is…
“Post a funny picture. Post a not so funny picture. Post whatever weirdness you want. That’s it.”
You can join in the fun too! Click HERE!
Hhhmm. Looks like I was way off too.
I thought it was a urinal.
Also joining Sandee for the Tuesday blog hop, ‘Tummy Tuesdays‘ hosted by Cactus Catz.
Per Sandee’s instruction…
“Post anything about food: a restaurant review, a recipe, food photography, a funny food quote, an essay on food — anything food-related because you know like the song says, “Food, glorious food.””

I just came across this in my Facebook newsfeed and I can’t think of anything more disgusting.
My contribution to ‘Tummy Tuesdays.’
Just the thought of this makes me want to vomit.
Happy Tuesday, folks!
Have fun, be weird, drink weird shit…
Hey, whatever tickles your pickle!
DO THAT!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

PAPER BAGS, PAPER STRAWS & MOI

Remember this guy?
Raise your hand if you remember him like this…
Yeah, me either. He should’ve had one of those long, French bread bags on his schlong. He’d of sold more tickets!
Who remembers paper straws????

Now.
What do paper bags, paper straws, and Magical Mystical Mimi have in common????
WE’RE ALL BACK!
Everything old is new again!
That may be a big, fat lie…
I missed Magical Mystical Mimi and from the messages I received, so did a lot of you, so, here I am. Your wish is my comm…
Okay. We all know Mimi follows no commands.
How’s this?
You asked and you have received!
Magical Mystical Mimi is back!
I hope you’re all having a glorious weekend!
I’ve missed you all!
Oh, and by the way, HAPPY JUNE!
I know. You missed me…
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

THANKFUL THURSDAY

I am thankful for modern medicine.
I, however, still cannot pronounce that word! Tomorrow we will mark week #2 with my sister’s chemo and radiation and so far so GREAT. My sister looks amazing and she really isn’t slowing down much at all. Her blood work always comes back phenomenally well so I am very, very hopeful!

My sister was diagnosed with stage 2 gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer. Current treatment is chemo and radiation with surgery to follow. Fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed that all of those treatments and surgeries do their thing!
daisy lineAI am thankful to be able to care for my sister as she travels this wretched journey. Of course, as all of you know, it’s all about the laughter for me. Keeping it upbeat and always on that positive note!
I don’t know if this is true but it sure helps!
I am thankful for travel mugs because hospital coffee is HIDEOUS!
I think Dan makes the coffee up at the hospital!
I am thankful for my faith in God, His Son, Jesus Christ and our Beloved Mother Mary. For family to pick up the ball of laughter when I have dropped it and for my beautiful, thoughtful, always so unselfish friend, Miranda, whose love and giving knows no depth.
daisy lineAWithout these blessings in my life, I would surely be lost.
I am thankful for all of you out there in the big wide world of all things blogging. Thank you for reading and listening and following along even when I have lost my umph for blogging.
Mimi’s quote for the day –
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MISSED CONNECTION MONDAY – Princess Obvious Strikes Again!

It’s time again for “Missed Connection Monday.”
Or as I like to call it –
‘Your local serial killer hunting ground.’

“Missed Connection Monday” is brought to you by your local Craigslist. These are real “love notes” that strangers leave for other strangers in the ‘Personals’ section of Craigslist.

SIDE NOTE:
Any and all typos, grammar issues, and/or misspellings came straight from the keyboards of these seekers of romance or impending death.
GUY WITH A BEARD IN A FORD TRUCK (Fairview & Winco)
I was driving a grey Toyota Corrola on Fairview near Winco on 4/11. Blonde hair clipped back, window down, and wearing a dark colored blouse. We were both checking each other out. You were behind me and then pulled up next to me. Once you got to Winco you turned into the parking lot and waved bye. I regret turning around. If you recall the encounter contact me.
***Dear Princess Obvious, are you new?? You just described every fucking guy in Idaho! This connection is never going to happen and not just because of that oh, so detailed description you gave of your hopeful love connection but also because Winco is NOT a crossroad at Fairview. Winco is a grocery store, dumb ass.
CHEVRON ON HAPPY VALLEY, EMPLOYEE WITH TATOOS
When I see you, I imagine what would happen if I knew how to ask you out, or even just flirt a little, but I don’t. When i see that your working I feel a brief moment of joy, followed by panic; and as I leave I feel disappointed in myself.

I wish I wasn’t afraid, not of the possible (probable?) rejection, or even the embarrassment and humiliation that would follow; I am afraid of success. I don’t want to hurt you, the way I seem to hurt the people I care about the most. I never intend for it to happen but it always does.

When someone first gets to know me, they are either pulled in by curiosity, or repelled by something else; maybe its the aspergers, or co-morbidity with any number of countless diagnoses. Either way, it’s rare and strange for me to feel feelings, but for some reason, I feel them for you.

***You’re afraid of success??? Are you fucking kidding me?? You’re “afraid” that this tattooed employee is actually going to go out with you???
Fear no more my friend. Shuffle that into the “SHIT THAT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME” category of life.

“Countless diagnoses, co-morbidity, no feelings…” You’re a fucking psychopath. That would be what repels people! And the only people being “pulled in” are the ones you’ve bound and gagged in the trunk of your car.
To the tattoed employee. Find another job. In another state…
Trying to get back into the blogging groove. The medical hurry up and wait game is more than a little frustrating. Waiting for tests to be scheduled and phone calls to be made. Hopefully, we’ll get some things done this week.

Hey, how ’bout good ‘ol Mother Nature??? Not entirely sure who pissed her off but I’m happy that I’m not in the middle of it. We had some unseasonable snow but we’re done with that now – maybe. Yesterday we had temps in the 70’s and the forecast is for 50’s, 60’s and rain all week. I’ll take but ya’ know the way the weather is all across the board, north, south, east and west. I’m open for anything!
What’s been happening with all of you? Did anybody do anything fun this weekend? I vegged. Totally binged on ‘Dr. Foster’ on Netflix. Another great show. Makes me wonder if the same people who made ‘The Killing’ made this show. I started watching ‘Wallander’ and I also started another crochet project. Totally new to me and hopefully I’ll be done with it within the next couple of days so I can post pics.

Let me know what’s happening in your little pod of existence because as always, I’m a nosey bitch.
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

TGIF IS RIGHT

Okay. Time to get back in the blogging game.
I’m taking a breather this weekend. It’s been a very emotional time. My sister has been diagnosed with stomach cancer but her oncologist is very hopeful. She thinks they caught it in the early stages and an operation to remove the tumor may be the route taken. We’ll see. I could add a million details but I just can’t. My mind is jello. I took a bazillion notes at the oncologist’s office but I’m wiped out. My sister, thankfully, is in good spirits and in my opinion, attitude is 80% of the cure.
Happy weekend everyone. Wishing you much sunshine and warm temps, beautiful flowers and blue skies. My Michigan mittens excluded because we know that’s not happening with you guys. Sorry. Be well folks and enjoy every nanosecond of this precious gift we call life.
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

LIFE HAPPENS

This wretched disease has touched our lives again. Not me. A close family member. Prayers, good vibes, anything and everything positive are welcome and I thank you in advance.
I’m just going to keep busy. Maybe I’ll post maybe I won’t. I’ll try to but I won’t put the focus on the negativity that has entered our lives. I refuse to give “it” any more power than it already has.
I will swing by and read your posts.
I’ll sew, I’ll crochet, I’ll craft to stay busy and I’ll hit the trails and the scriptures to find peace and I will, most certainly, pray without ceasing.
It’s Thursday and it may very well become a “Thirsty Thursday for me.”
Be well, my friends… And please. If you’re feeling that something just “isn’t quite right” go to the dr. sooner than later..
Your body will speak to you. All you have to do is listen.
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

SO, THE OTHER DAY

I forgot to mention on my post the other day (Sunday) that my Jr. High/High School celebrity crush Paul Michael Glaser, a.k.a STARSKY turned 75 years old.
Trying super hard not to remember my dad’s 75th birthday party right now…

‘Starsky’ is the hottie on the right.

And here they both are within the last year.
Paul Michael Glaser/Starsky and David Soul/Hutch.
Still great friends after all these years.
Happy 75th Starsky! You’re still a hottie!
Trending on Twitter today is #MakeAnInsultShakespearean
I cheated and Googled a really cool translator.
My insult was – “Stupid is as stupid does.”
The Shakespearean translation was –
No more brain than stone is as no more brain than stone dost.” 

In Vulcan – “Stupid nam-tor u’ stupid tor.”
In Yodish (Yoda) – “As stupid does, stupid is.”
In Pirate – “Addled be as addled does.”

The translator I used is simply titled,
Fun Translations.’ 
  

There’s a whole list of languages and fun things you can do with language. If you’ve got a minute or two to goof around online check out that site. It is fun.
Speaking of a minute or two. That’s about all of the time I have to get this posted today!
Happy Tuesday – now Wednesday in some places.
Almost to the weekend. Who’s got plans??
I will be hitting the trails, enjoying the sunshine!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

RANDOMNESS OF ME

 

Seriously.
RANDOM THINGS I’VE LEARNED –
***My dog MUST sniff every square inch of grass and run back n’ forth across it about a gazillion times – not an exaggeration – before she finds “her” spot to pee.

***No matter how many times a person bumps into you or slams their cart into your cart while you’re shopping or walks directly between you and a friend having a conversation, that rude ass idiot will NEVER say those two magical little words… EXCUSE ME!
And people wonder why I turn into Wayne fucking Gretzky when I’m out shopping. Because people are idiots.

***We have the nicest mailman on the planet who knows he could be a serial killer. He always brings our packages to the door along with any other mail we have instead of putting one of those “go pick your shit up yourself at the main post office inconveniently located downtown with lines a mile long” pink note cards.

***People – two young girls – will knock on your door, apologize for dropping by unannounced and for not knowing you just to ask you if you speak a foreign language and/or do you know anyone who does? No church pamphlets, no end of the world chats and most disappointingly, NO GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!

***Not everybody has cabbage with their corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. Shocker, some people don’t even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! No corned beef, no cabbage, no green beer, no wearing green. Why? Because those people can eat whatever the hell they want on any day that they want and the same goes for their beer drinking and ya’ know what else? Those people don’t give a shit if you pinch them for not wearing green because chances are they’ll punch you in the face no matter what color you’re wearing.
Those people may or may not be Italians.
I may or may not be Italian. Busy day today and a beautiful day at that. I hope your week has started out on the “right foot” or the left one I guess. Whichever is your “best foot forward” I suppose. Can you tell I’m tired? Just rambling on and on. Seriously my eyes feel like lead, maybe, I really don’t know what lead feels like. What I do know is that I am one tired mofo and I really need to “hit the hay!” Before one more dorky cliche comes flying out of my mouth.
Good night. Good morning. Happy Tuesday!
MIMI’S QUOTE OF THE DAY –

SUNDAY STEALING – TMI TUESDAY ON SUNDAY

It’s Sunday so it’s time for some ‘Sunday Stealing!’
This is one of my favorite sites on the world wide web. It’s a lot of fun and I really need to do these more often and so should you!
Click on the link to play along!
SUNDAY STEALING – TMI TUESDAY
(Originally posted on a Tuesday somewhere in the abyss of all things defunct blogs.)

1. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?
This guy is an asshole. I don’t really care which direction he’s headed as long as it’s out of the media. So not a fan of this jerk or the Kar-trash-ians he hooked up with.
2. You seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? 

3. What is your favorite curse word?
Seriously? Have you read my blog?
(photo credit)

4. You can travel any time in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

5. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be?

6. When did you last use your cell phone as a flashlight?
Omgosh. I’d be so lost without it! – Last night, every night!
It doesn’t help that I can do cool shit like this with it.

7. On a scale from 1-10, how comfy are you being naked?
10+ I don’t like clothes, socks, or shoes.
#IGetItFromMyGrandma

8. When did you last use food or drink to enhance your mood?
This morning… I like to feel magical.
Followed by an evening of fun-filled rainbow pooping!
9. Give us a word that gets you excited.

10. Now give us one that makes you squirm.
See if you can find it in the meme.

11. What word makes you smile?

Thanks to Bev at ‘Sunday Stealing‘ for the fun post!
I really do enjoy these.
Totally broke my blogging streak yesterday.
Computer issues but I’m back today! Go me!
Woke up to snow this morning! Heavy wet snow. Fortunately, it won’t last because the ground is too warm now and look at next weekend!
Hello, spring!
Is anybody doing or have you done, anything thrilling and spine-chilling this weekend?? I’ll be sewing quilt tops today and watching creepy crime shows. I know. I’m living on the edge. Holy smokes. I hope the cops don’t get called!

Well, here’s to an amazing week ahead! Be well, my friends!
Happy Sunday!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –
Me too Janis, me too…

McRIDICULOUS

***I’m probably the last person on the planet to know this but McDonald’s now has McDelivery??
Are you McFucking kidding me???
Are there people who eat McDonald’s that really need those heart attacks in a bag DELIVERED???
Get the hell off the couch people! This is McRidiculous!
PS – This was in today’s mail. It expired in Dec. 2017
I wonder how many people are McCrying.
Okay, raise your hands if you would ever have fast food delivered to your home and Chinese food doesn’t count. Also, if you’re wheelchair bound or sick or whatever. That doesn’t count either.

I hope you’re all having an awesome Friday. The party never ends at my place! Sewing and paranormal shows where people STAY in the homes that are HAUNTED.

I’m just gonna’ put this out there and you can call me a wuss or whatever but if my house has dead people sitting on my kids’ beds or throwing glasses at me. Guess what? I’m fucking out of there! If you’ve got friends and family, go stay with them or a shelter or in a flippin’ tent in the park but get the hell out of the house!
SIDE NOTE: I’ve lived in 3 haunted houses but not with creepy old dead families and freaky six-legged shadowy things that try to swallow up my kids and dog!

Here’s my tip.
If your home requires a paranormal team and an exorcism.
MOVE!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY – 

SPIDERS & GNATS & WORMS! OH MY!

1.) It’s been raining for two days and I have no complaints. Ya’ wanna’ know why??? 3 words.
Winter Storm Toby.
2.) When you read that meme up there you sang the ‘Pina Colada’ song in your head, didn’t you?
3.) If you didn’t then you did just now.
4.) Now the ‘Pina Colada’ song is stuck in your head.
5.) You’re welcome.
SIDE NOTE: I lied. I do have one complaint. With all of this rain comes all of the creepy crawly flying things! Holy hell. My back patio is like a worm morgue with all of the jumping spiders playing leapfrog over those stretched out skinny shriveled wormy bodies!

And these little gnat things?? A couple of warm days and these things come out in droves! Seriously. You can’t go outside without sniffing one of these things up your nostrils! And then comes the coughing and the gagging and the eeewww-ing. It’s just not pretty.
So there. That’s my one complaint about the rain. Still, better than snow.
Rainy days are great for staying inside, drinking pots full of coffee (or tea) and getting crafty.
Let’s see..
SEWING –
I can’t seem to stop making these. They’re super easy and sew up so quickly!
They’re microwavable bowl cozies. They are microwavable safe. Put your soup or your chili in your bowl, put the bowl into one of these very cool cozies, nuke it and pull out your soup/chili by the corners of the cozy and straight into your hands. No more burnt fingers or spills! They’re also great for holding freezing cold bowls of ice cream! My family and friends LOVE these so they also make great gifts!

CRICUT –
Latest cut..
Well, this one isn’t really my last cut but I didn’t take pics of those yet so here’s another shirt I made for my daughter because she is the Queen Bee.
Speaking of my Queen Bee daughter..
She’s pretty crafty herself. This is just one of the many awesome platters she has done for her beautiful kiddos school parties.
#shegetsitfromhermama #slayingthemomlife #supermomwifedaughterfriend #shesgottheworldbythetail
CROCHETING –
Currently on the hook..
I have no idea what the stitch is called but it’s super easy and I think I found it on YouTube.
I’m just using up some scrap yarn in shades of pink. NETFLIXING –
Finishing up my binge watching from 2016. Seriously. Apparently, I only got thru 2 seasons TWO years ago. What the hell? Such a great show. I’m on season 3. I’ll be sad to see this show end.
Pulling this post full circle I thought I’d share that “worming” is a thing out here. People dig for worms or use electric prods or probes. The electric prods/probes are much easier. Just stick ’em in the ground and up come the worms. Why do they do this??? They sell them for up to $24.00 a pound depending on the worm. Seriously.
You can read more about it, here.
Okay, well, time to wind it up. I’m trying to post every day and I’ve got about 15 minutes to get this published.

I want to know about your crafting or “must watch shows” or if any of you have wormed or have worms. That would be interesting. I’ve seen dogs scooch their buts across carpet when they’ve had worms. I wonder if that’s what people do.

Leave your answers in the comments, especially if you or someone you know has worms like that guy who had the 5 1/2 foot tapeworm. Soooo disgusting.
You can read about that and see gross pics here.

Okay. I’m out. Be well. Be happy. Be healthy and let your light shine!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

BOING!!!

HAPPY SPRING!!!!Woo hoo! Finally! I thought this day would never come! Criminey! We’ve had some crazy weather out here. Our winter was more like spring and it was only a couple of weeks ago that we had snow! Today, for the moment, it’s sunshine all the way and temps that don’t require heavy coats, scarves, mittens or boots!
THAT makes me happy!
Speaking of happy. Did you know??

Now for something not so happy.
My first and only attempt at some kind of rubbery,
suck-u-lent houseplant. Ugh.
I’m like the Ron Popeil of houseplants. I like plants I can water once a week and move on.
I don’t like having to remember when I watered, how much did I water, did I water too much???
So, here’s the disastrous result…
Despite the pleading from the pot itself, the deed was done.
I am a plant murderer.
True story.
I’ve been away almost a whole month! Since I gave up Facebook and Instagram for Lent I really haven’t been socially networking. I jump on Twitter to get a feel of what’s going on. Lots of political stuff that quite honestly, I’ve lost track of. I don’t know what to read or who to believe anymore, so I just stay away from all of it and do my own thing. So much less stressful that way.

I’ve been doing lots of crafting. I’ll post pics in another post. Believe it or not, I am writing posts ahead of time. Go me! I know I’m missing out on a ton of stuff around here and honestly, it almost feels like I gave up being online for Lent too! I didn’t, I’ve just been super busy. Lame but the truth.

I hope everyone is happy and well and I reealllly hope none of you are getting hit with all of that snow back east! Doesn’t sound much like spring, does it? Fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed that this is the last storm of the season for them. Sunshine and warm temps just make everything so much better!
Until next time…

PS – This post is brought to you only because Sandee over at ‘Comedy Plus‘ said she missed my posts. She’s so wonderful. If you’re not reading her, you should be! Click on the link and go visit! She’s the best!MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

MY HOBBIES INCLUDE…

BLOGGING
Or at least it used to. I’m trying to find my bloggee vibe again. I think I’m doing better. I’ve got a 4-day streak going here. GO ME!
I’m hoping this gem of a motivation meme will help. However, I am seriously considering throwing in the blogging towel..
#RyanGoslingCrush  #GettingMyVibeBack
CRAFTING
I do all kinds of crafts and lately, it seems to be too many. I got a little burnt out on crocheting at the holidays but I still can’t put my hook down!

**Crocheting
This is what I’ve got going on at the moment.
A baby blanket for a boy. Go figure. I know no one who is pregnant and having a boy or anyone who’s just had a boy. I just grabbed some yarn and started in. This will go in my inventory for an online store I hope to open up sometime in the near future.

I made this soft n’ snuggly, chunky blanket for my friend for Christmas.
***Cricut
I tried a new to me technique using canvas, HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and my heat press.
It’s called reverse canvas.This is the video I followed.This was my result.

My trial run I used a small canvas to see how I’d like it. I liked it A LOT and I’ll do a larger one shortly.
This was a 10×10 canvas and when reversed gives you an 8×8 workspace.

I also did a few things for my kids a while back.
Socks for my son and daughter-in-law.
Super fun. Super easy.
Heat press and HTV.

Made my daughter a couple of t-shirts.
She loved them.
Oh. And I made this wine glass for my nephew.
Not intended to offend anyone because where we come from there are a lot of Jews. Some are friends or old bosses, neighbors, whatever and they never get offended by our politically incorrect humor because they all know the keyword is humor.
Say hello to Jewbacca!
So, those are some of my recent projects. I have some from a while back at the holidays. I’ll make a page up top so you can check everything out if you want to.

Today I’ll be sorting thru some fabric for a few sewing projects I have in mind.
I’ll post those pics as I go as well.
That’s it, folks. For the moment, these are my top hobbies.
I know some of you craft out there.
What’s your favorite “go to” when you need to release those creative juices?
Do you have more than one project going at a time or do you stick with one until it’s done? Clearly, I am not that person.
Our spring-like weather gave way to winter weather, complete with snow that, thank goodness, did not stick because it’s been so warm but wow, what a drop in temps! We went from highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s to highs in the 40’s and lows in the teens! Bbbbrrrr! But no! I’m not complaining because at least we don’t have a foot of snow and we can always layer up to stay warm out there! Okay, well, long post. I think I may be getting my vibe back! Yay!
To all of my Facebook and Instagram pals. I am so, so missing all of you! I still have messenger on my phone if any of you want to send a funny pic or just say hi. That may be a hint..

Happy, happy weekend to you all. Be safe, stay warm, have fun and I hope you make some really great memories.
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

AFTERNOON RAMBLINGS…

***Looks like I gave up Facebook and Instagram (for Lent) just in time. Not at all missing the barrage of news/fake news/political tit for tat/NRA disputes, etc., that rears its ugly head with every school shooting, every random shooting, and/or every other atrocity that we humans inflict upon our fellow humans.  There are prayer chains and marches, tears and anger and blame going round and round and then Facebook rolls out its (insert tragedy here) profile frame.

And for what??? Changes? What changes?!

Kindergartners in Sandy Hook were mercilessly gunned down. KINDERGARTNERS! Little ones just barely out of diapers!
Nothing changed for them.
Why should we expect things to ever change?

***I have no solutions but I do have suggestions.
1. – THOROUGH background checks!
2. – If you have a DOCUMENTED MENTAL ILLNESS, no gun for you!
3. – Parents. If your child under the age of 18 takes a gun to school, most probably yours, and MURDERS his classmates and teachers. YOU BOTH GO TO PRISON. Your child had access to your weapon. That’s on you. Or any other adult in the home who owns the weapon and did not secure it properly.
4. – Same gun laws across the board from state to state so we’re all on the same page and not going across state lines to purchase otherwise illegal guns.
5. – PUT THOSE ASSAULT RIFLES AND THAT BUMP STOCK AND ANY OTHER SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS where they belong. With our military and our police officers. Period.
I’ll leave you with this and jump down off of my soapbox.

“The assault rifle is a class of weapon that emerged in the middle of the last century to meet the needs of combat soldiers on the modern battlefield, where the level of violence had reached such heights that an entirely new way of fighting had emerged, one for which the existing weapons were a poor match.”

“The name “assault rifle” is believed to have been coined by Adolf Hitler.”

“Hitler hailed his army’s new wonder weapon by insisting that it be called not by the technical name given it by its developers, the Machinenpistole (the German name for a submachine gun), but rather something that made for better propaganda copy. A Sturmgewehr, he called the new gun: a “storm” or “assault” weapon.”
(A Brief History of the Assault Rifle – The Atlantic)
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR TODAY –

FREE TRIAL MONTH PART 2

Apparently, my “free trial month” is now a month and a half.
Geez, Louise. I’ve seriously got to get it together.
I’ve totally lost mine.
For someone who doesn’t lead a particularly busy life, I sure am busy!
I’ve also had computer issues and have been constantly battling the cold/flu season out here. Fortunately, still no flu but I have had the sniffles and that may just be some kind of mental trigger that happens when I’m out n’ about and inconsiderate assholes people cough/sneeze in public and DON’T COVER!
(Huge pet peeve. Read this post.)
The good news? As I said, no flu. I’m feeling much better than I was a couple of days ago. I’m still tired and achy but I’m getting better.
The BEST news? My son and daughter-in-law bought me a new computer for Valentine’s Day! So unexpected… They’re just great kids and I love them so much and the computer is pretty cool too.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Happy, Happy to all of you!
If you celebrate it, I hope you’re having fun. If you don’t, hey, chocolate goes on sale tomorrow!
Also, here’s a pic of a random Valentine’s couple.
Feel the loooove! Not just today but always!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY
It really does!
PS – I gave up Facebook and Instagram for Lent.
Seriously, it’s incredibly difficult to go off track when you’re promising God.
Also, to those who part take and celebrate, have a blessed season of Lent.

FREE TRIAL MONTH

Seems I had a bit of a crash n’ burn with the month of January. I’ll try to do better this month.
Apparently by starting 4 days into the month.
#DoOver
QUESTIONS –
***Did any of you get the chance to see the super blue blood moon?
– I missed it. The clouds were all over the place down here in the valley and it was way too early in the morning to go trekking up the mountains.

***What about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of 6 more weeks of winter? True or false? Yay or nay?
If that proves to be true it won’t bother me in the least! We’ve had record breaking temps into the 60’s and that is a beautiful thing!

***Are you watching the Super Bowl today and if so, who are you rooting for? The Patriots or the Eagles?
– I know nothing of the Eagles but I’m pulling for them and ONLY because Tom Brady irritates me. The only time I root for the Patriots is when they’re playing the Seahawks and that’s only because EVERYONE out here is Seahawk crazy and they shove it down your throat with a pitchfork. Seriously.
Oh, and PS, I won’t be watching the Super Bowl. I’ll be Netflixing The Godfather trilogy.

***If you are watching and even if you’re not I suppose, what’s your favorite Super Bowl food?
– I like a good batch of chili and some pulled pork sandwiches and random chips n’ dips.
IN THE CRAFTING CORNER –
Too many irons in the fire! Crocheting, sewing, painting, Cricut. One day I’ll get around to taking pics and actually posting them here!

STREAMING –
I’ve been cheating on Netflix with Hulu and just finished watching a great show, now canceled, of course, called Revenge.
It – was – amazing! And now I want to be Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke because she is badass.

I’m not streaming anything else at the moment. I usually only stream when I’m crocheting, it’s a mindless craft for me so I can watch while I crochet. Right now I’m painting and cutting with my Cricut. This requires my attention so it’ll be Dr. G Medical Examiner streaming in the background. You don’t really have to watch Dr. G to know what’s going on. You can listen. She explains things pretty thoroughly.
ON THE HOME FRONT –
First and foremost, NO FLU! Not here, not with any of my kids or any of my grandchildren and I am SO incredibly thankful for that! I hope the same holds true for all of you! This flu that is going around is no joke! If you haven’t done so already, please, GET YOUR FLU SHOT!

However, despite not having the flu I am sickened. Sickened that one of our local priests – not mine – was arrested and charged with 10 counts of felony sexual exploitation and 1 count of a controlled substance. It’s beyond disturbing to me on so many, many levels.

Also disturbing? The USA Gymnastic sexual abuse cases. What the hell is wrong with people?? Is there no safe place for our children and grandchildren?? It’s so infuriating and kudos to the dad that went after that piece of shit team doctor, Nassar. The deputies should’ve moved a little bit slower and let that dad get in at least one good fist to that scumbag’s head! As my kids posted on Facebook, “Mom, this would’ve totally been you.” Yes.. Yes it would have.

I’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time cleaning up my computer. Downloading and saving what needs to be downloaded and saved because as much as I hate to see my lit’l all in one Dell – that my kids hate – go, I think she’s on her last leg after nearly 5 years. Now the only decision to be made is laptop or desktop…
Going to make my rounds now. Reading, commenting, sharing, posting. I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday today and if you’re rooting for a Super Bowl team, I hope they win!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

I BLAME KINDERGARTEN

This is a repost from 2016. Why?
Because in the words of Danny Zuko in Grease…
I’ve not had a really bad cold or flu this season and I don’t want to start now. This repost says it all and I’m taking some Zicam and heading to bed.
**************************

I’ve been sick. It’s contagious. You can read about the inconsiderate asshole I caught it from here. And ya’ know, the more I’ve thought about it the more I’m convinced that we learned this inconsiderate behavior in kindergarten. Seriously.
I blame kindergarten.
leaves barSharing is a big deal in kindergarten. There was a whole list of things to share in kindergarten.
***Share your crayons.
***Share your paste. – I’m old. –
***Share your paints.
***Share the swings, the teeter totter, the jump rope. Your bat, your ball, your mitt.
***Share EVERYTHING!

Yeah. Thanks, kindergarten.
You should’ve had a list of things you DON’T share.

Here, let me help ya’ out with this one.
Top of the list????
***Don’t share your fucking germs!!!!
***Don’t share your cold.
***Don’t share your flu.
***Don’t share your diarrhea.
***Don’t share your ringworm.
***Don’t share your pinkeye.
***Don’t share your fucking lice!!!

I’m pretty sure parents everywhere would appreciate my list.
What they won’t appreciate?? Missing work to clean up shit and vomit from every member in their household including themselves!
leaves barFortunately, I think I’m on the tail end of this “bug.” It’s moved to my ears and I’ve still got one stuffed nostril and one runny nostril. I’m thinking about shoving a tampon up the runny nostril except what happens if I pull it out and then that nostril is all stretched to hell and doesn’t go back because I’m fucking old and your skin doesn’t bounce back like it used to in your 20’s/30’s??? Then I’m stuck with one big ‘ol, floppy Kevin Bacon, cannon sized nostril!
Not even kidding. Kevin Bacon has the biggest fucking nostrils ever.
See?? GIANT nostrils!
leaves barHere’s how you can do your part and not be an inconsiderate asshole during cold and flu/snotty “bug” season.
If you can, stay home and get yourself/child better.
Cover when you cough/sneeze.
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
Make sure your kids cover when they cough/sneeze and that they wash their hands too!
It’s soooooo important.
Kids pass this shit around like it’s a joint at Woodstock! Everybody gets a hit whether you want one or not!

Schools and daycares are one giant petri dish of all things contagious.
I’m not saying spray your kid down with Lysol but ya’ know…. You spray them with ‘Off’ in the summer time..
It’s a thought..
leaves barMimi’s quote for the day –
I’m pretty sure Johnny was in the grocery cart the other day blowing snot bubbles. leaves barfeather

AND THE GARBAGE GLOBE GOES TO…

Pretty much anyone who picked up one of these worthless paperweights.
 This was me half watching the Garbage Golden Globe Awards.
And I really mean only half watching. Most of the time I was up and down doing other things or I was on my phone. I shoulda’ stayed on my phone.

Here’s my top 5 list of celebrity morons that I will never watch in anything ever again.
1.) Meryl Streep
2.) Reese Witherspoon
3.) Barbara Streisand
4.) Seth Rogan (whiner)
5.) Nicole Kidman

These people are the reason parents still ask their kids, “Well, if Meryl jumped off a bridge does that mean you’d jump off a bridge too?” Apparently for the majority of Hollyweird that would be a resounding yes.
#Idiots
I’m not going to critique everyone’s dresses/suits/outfits tonight because we’ve all seen people dressed in black heading to a funeral. Bedazzle that shit and that’s what everyone was wearing.

I would like to point out this woman and I don’t know who she is or what show she’s in but did she not know she was going to an awards ceremony tonight?
Holy fuck. She looks like they just pulled her straight from the nursing home still wearing her nightgown! I do more with my hair and make-up heading to the grocery store!

Ugh. Needless-to-say, if this was the prelude to the Oscars I most definitely won’t be watching those, not even half watching. I don’t often watch the awards shows anyway but obviously every now and again I need a reminder as to why I don’t watch.
Shallow, truly stupid celebrities.
Yep. That’s pretty much it.
I had a super busy morning/afternoon and I’ll share that fun stuff with all of you tomorrow. I’ve been up and running since 5:30 am and I need to close my eyes for a few hours.

I hope all of you had a great Sunday. And I really hope none of you wasted one precious moment of your lives even glancing at those Garbage Globes.

Mimi’s quote for the day –
(Page 7)

NEW YEAR, NEW…

BLOG LAYOUT!
Ohhh but I am Sgt. Benson.
No surprise to my wonderful readers and fellow bloggers. You know I like to change things up from time to time and I’m diggin’ this layout – for the moment.
I made a tab up top of my page specifically for my 365 Days Of Granny Squares. If you’re interested, take a looksie. I know that crafting isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. I’ll probably be making more tabs for other things as well, again, just for the curious eye.
It’s been a slow Saturday out this way. The snow is melting, the temps will be near 40 this week. Plenty of sunshine and all is right with the world. At least this corner of the world.

Spent the day cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and tomorrow I’ll be at the mall in search of the perfect tee shirt for my perfect daughter so I can use my Cricut and heat press to put some cute sayings on said tee shirts IF I can find what I’m looking for.
I’ll post a pic when it’s done, which hopefully will be tomorrow.

Lots of projects in the making. I’ll post ’em here or make a tab. Maybe both.

Really nothing earth-shattering happening today. Oh. A little town about a half hour away (Nampa, Idaho) was trending on Facebook today. Apparently finding two dead men in an apartment is trendy. Who knew?
I’d post a link but there’s no news to report. Two dead Mexican guys, that’s it, that’s all. No leads. No answers.
They probably knew each other and it was probably over drugs. If I had to guess…

Tomorrow night the Golden Globes will be on. Anybody watching? I heard that all of the women/men who have been sexually assaulted, offended, the #metoo movement will all be wearing black. Not entirely sure how that’s going to help anything but whatever..
I have my own thoughts on that whole #metoo movement but that’s for another post.

I’m super tired and my eyelids are slamming shut.

Happy Weekend!

Mimi’s quote for the day –

(Page 6)

JERRY SPRINGER IN DA HOOD

I don’t know about America on the whole but I can definitely vouch for my neighbors. Remember when I told you about our new neighbors?
You can find one post here and another one here.
Well, we’ve got another neighbor. Not new. She and her flavor of the month live behind us in a totally separate complex and seriously if anyone ends up shooting up the neighborhood it’ll be those two. With a 3-month-old baby in the house…
We live in an apartment on a lower level. We have a small patio, with a small backyard and invisible boundary lines from one next door neighbor to the next. We have a fence in the back that separates our apartment complex from the one on the other side of the block.
The fence looks like this. Chain link with white privacy slats. Our fence isn’t as new but the slats are all intact. You get the idea.
I would’ve gone out and taken a picture of our actual fence but it’s late and the flash from my phone would’ve really freaked out the psycho then.
Apparently when we go out on our back patio the psycho behind us thinks we’re staring at her and trying to look in her house. Please see photo above.
What the hell can we see and more to the point how can she possibly see us to know that we’re staring at her and/or trying to look into her house???
She’s a freak.
She yelled at my kid – once. – And every night she and that flavor of the month that got drunk one night and drug her across the swamp argue at the top of their lungs. Every night. Into the wee hours of the morning. They even chase each other around the complex!

Other neighbors on our side have told them to shut the hell up. Everybody has called the cops on them and the cops do show up but as soon as they leave the two lovebirds go at it like two junkyard dogs. I can’t imagine a bigger waste of time for our law enforcement than having to deal with those idiots every night.

I wonder how much trouble a person would get into for tossing a strip of firecrackers over the fence while they’re in the middle of one of their nightly Jerry Springer-a-thons….
Asking for a friend.
But wait! There’s more! Our new neighbors two doors down in the next building? They’ve gone at it like junkyard dogs but so far they don’t appear to be repeat offenders.
My son and I were standing outside under our carport and this chick comes staggering up the sidewalk asking us to call 911 while her boyfriend is coming up behind her…
She tells him to get away, he does, he says he’ll call 911. I had my son call just to make sure because this girl was a bloody mess. Prince Charming punched her in the face and busted her nose and knocked some teeth loose! The cops came. The paramedics checked her out.

She was kissin’ on him the next day..
The other night my son and I were coming in from the store and we heard somebody scream in another building and just as I felt my “S” puffing up on my chest, my son was like, “no mom, just keep walking.”

Mr. Rogers made it seem so easy.. “Won’t you be my neighbor..”

Mimi’s quote for the day –
(Page 4)

***Oddly enough, spent a good portion of the day shopping looking for those 75% off Christmas sales. I’ll be back at it again tomorrow. Biscuits n’ gravy for dinner to keep the chill away. It worked.

***IN THE CRAFT CORNER:
One of my crochet groups is having this challenge,
A Granny A Day Crochet-Along.”
We’re following Yarnutopia on YouTube and their
365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials.
This is my square #4.  (I’m using my scrap yarn.)
Sorry for all of the ugly granny squares but I am seriously using up scrap yarn. I tied it all together, rolled it into a ball and this is how it’s coming off. Once it’s gone I’ll be making normal granny squares.

Swashbucklin’ Grandpa

Facebook is like a maze. You start out one place and then 200 clicks later you find yourself on Errol Flynn’s grandson’s page.
I know. Errol who?  I’m old.

Errol Flynn was an actor and my first Hollywood crush.
This is what he looked like when I crushed on him.
He was probably a jerk in real life and from what I’ve read, he would’ve definitely been on the #metoo list of guys getting nabbed for sexually harassing women/men.
Whatever. I didn’t know him. I just crushed on him.

And much like fine wine, he got better (looking) as he got older…

Fast forward however many years it takes for him to become a swashbucklin’ grandpa of this fine creature.
Yessssss. The gene pool continues on!

Now, don’t ask me how all of my clicks on Facebook led to this hottie’s page but I thought it was a pretty cool find.
His name is Luke Flynn and aside from looking hot, I have no idea what he’s all about. Let’s hope he doesn’t wind up on the #metoo list.
I’ve gotta’ tell ya’ folks I’ve got no complaints out my way and I am keeping all of you east/northeast coasters in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like another winter blast for all of you. I’m praying super hard no one loses their power and has plenty of gas to keep their vehicles warm and running.

If you’re like me and fortunate enough not to be in those winter storms with all of the cold and ice they bring, please join me in sending good vibes to those bundling up and hunkering down.

Mimi’s quote for the day – (Page 3)

***Seriously slept thru the day, afternoon and early evening. Drinking hot green tea, taking Ibuprofen, snuggling under the covers and hoping I am not getting sick.

***IN THE CRAFT CORNER:
One of my crochet groups is having this challenge,
A Granny A Day Crochet-Along.”
We’re following Yarnutopia on YouTube and their
365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials.
This is my square #3.  (I’m using my scrap yarn.)
#YARNutopia #385DaysOfGrannySquares

A RETRO A GO-GO

I know, I know. Every year I whine about not living like the Jetsons and yet another year has passed and hello??!! Not even a whisper of the Jetson’s lifestyle!

Seriously, my lit’l nerdy tech nuggets get it together and get off the “new and improved” video games, tablets, and smartphones. We have enough of those!
It’s the year 2018 for cripes sake!
What we don’t have enough of is THE JETSONS!
– Jetson’s rant over. –
**Spot the retro, very hip phrase.
Day 2 of the New Year and my friend sends me this –
This is going to be so weird. And, even weirder?
My birthday is April 1st. So, me and the Lamb of God sharing a day. Let that sink in for a minute..
You guys probably don’t want to stand too close to me on that day. A bolt of lightning might come flying down, meant for me, not any of you of course.
Oh, hey, did any of you catch this little announcement?
Hoda – who I love – has taken creepy Matt Lauer’s place as co-anchor on the Today Show.
Fantastic. Love her.
Now get rid of Savannah. I think she’s as fake as any one of those Kardashian lips, tits or ass and that’s pretty damn fake!
If I ran the network. I would do the fair and just thing.
I would fire Savannah – the Matt Lauer lover that I don’t like.
And hire….
That’s right. Ann Curry! She deserves her job back. Douche bag baldy Lauer didn’t like her – probably because she wouldn’t let him cop a feel or drool all over him – so he had her fired. She should be hired back. Her and Hoda would make a great team.
Okay. We’re into day two of the new year, any earth-shattering news to share in your corner of this crazy world?
Anybody make any resolutions? – I don’t make ’em.
Anybody have those nasty burnt tasting black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day?
Who’s stuck in the deep freeze that’s all over the news EVERY day!?
Omgosh, I am so happy that we’re having a “normal” winter here. Enough snow to have a white Christmas and normal winter temps. In fact, the snow is melting now.
The mid-west and all points north and east. Geesh. I’m not sure when you guys are going to thaw! I hope you’re all keeping as warm as you can and I pray you all have heat. I’ve been reading about so many people not having heat and I hope that list doesn’t include any of you!

Wow. Late post. Not sure how the day got away but here it is almost 11pm. Be well my friends and sleep tight!
Sweet dreams ~

Mimi’s quote for the day –
(Page 2)

***Organized, tossed n’ cleaned. Christmas is still up. Took a late night trip to the mall. Listening to my pup snoring. 

***IN THE CRAFT CORNER:
One of my crochet groups is having this challenge,
A Granny A Day Crochet-Along.”
We’re following Yarnutopia on YouTube and their
365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials.
This is my square #2.  (I’m using my scrap yarn.)
#YARNutopia #385DaysOfGrannySquares

365

Happy New Year everyone!
May the blessings of heaven rain down on all of you!
Sending prayers for much love, good health, joy, peace, happiness, and lots of laughter. Lots n’ lots of laughter…

Mimi’s quote for the day –
(Page 1)

***Spent time with family. Ate some great food, enjoyed a cocktail (or three) relaxed, watched the “ball” drop, vegged out on Netflix today and enjoyed life. Thankful and blessed.

***IN THE CRAFT CORNER:
One of my crochet groups is having this challenge,
A Granny A Day Crochet-Along.”
We’re following Yarnutopia on YouTube and their
365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials.
This is my square #1.  (I’m using my scrap yarn.)
#YARNutopia #385DaysOfGrannySquares

PSSST…. OVER HERE…

A couple of changes in case you haven’t noticed…
Something funky is going on with my whole Blogger/Google+ account. It’s been hit or miss letting me sign in or out! I’ve literally had to shut my computer down just to get out of the endless Google loop of not letting me do what I wanted to do! I don’t know what the deal is but I’m happy I backed everything up because today was another “no go” for me and Google+. So, until I figure out what the issue is, here I am, hangin’ with the angels and devils once again.
SIDENOTE: My kids think it’s my POS Dell computer.
Sooooo. What’s new and exciting?? Anything thrilling and spine-chilling to report?
I’ve got nada for this post. I finally pried my crochet hook out of my hand and have replaced it with my sewing machine. Lots of projects out the door and in the works and some to be saved for Christmas.

Today in Boise it’s going to be a wonderful 61 degrees and then, boom, a 20+ degree temp drop and I’m okay with that. The summer of hideous heat is still fresh in my mind and I am still enjoying these cooler temps.
There is so much to chat about and catch up on. I’m heading your way! Oh. And for those of you on Facebook with me. I deactivated for a while. I’m kinda’ hangin’ out in Instagram-land and Twitter-ville. Less tempting for me to sit on my ass for hours on end and waste time and a little more low key. I’m diggin’ it for now. I’ll probably come back to Facebook eventually. I always do. Not sure when.
1, 2, 3! Everybody hold your breath!
Sometimes I write things to simply amuse myself…

I’m still posting on my FB fan page and you can visit me there by hitting that cool little like button on my FB badge over to the right. Grazie!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Has the cold weather settled in where you are or are you still enjoying plenty of sunshine and warm temps? Out here in Boise, we are definitely cooling off. No snow in the valley just yet but plenty in the mountains. 

My oldest boy sent pics of the grandkids on Halloween and there was definitely snow on the ground in northern Michigan. They still went trick or treating of course because, well, it’s Michigan and that’s what you do.
And… FREE CANDY!


So weird, Michigan gets free candy but apparently, here in Idaho, we give out something else for free. 
MARIJUANA! Not even kidding.
You can read all about it here.

We had a little bit of Halloween excitement on the home front but that’s for another post. Let me just say this, neighbors, ya’ can’t live with ’em, ya’ can’t punch ’em in the face…
Or can you??

In the “did you know” category of life…
I didn’t know this but I am definitely a peanut butter lover. 
I always choose Jif! 

Click here for a short – very short – read on all things peanut butter lover month. Including a brief history of peanut butter. Did you know that peanuts aren’t even nuts??? They’re legumes. Who knew?

Are you a peanut butter lover?? 
My favorite cookies are peanut butter. 
Peanut butter chicken is my favorite Chinese dish.
A guilty pleasure? Peanut butter, banana, and mayo sandwiches.
Do you have any peanut butter favorites?
What’s everybody’s November looking like? Can you believe we’re 2 months away from 2018?? 
Still bummed we’re not living like the Jetsons.. Just sayin’.

What are your plans for the upcoming holidays or is it too soon?
I think we’re having a low key Thanksgiving but a very social Christmas.
Welcome, November… The month of thankfulness.
What are you thankful for today?
Today and every day, I am thankful for my children and grandchildren. 

DOING NOTHING IS HARD!

In my last post, I said that I wasn’t doing anything on Monday except vegging on the couch and watching Netflix. I tried. I failed.

I think the secret to “not doing anything” is to first, make sure you’re wearing an adult diaper.
Second, have a mini-fridge and a microwave right next to the couch.

Third, NEVER LEAVE THE COUCH.
This is the only way you will succeed at doing nothing for an entire day.

My Monday was like a page out of one of my kids’ favorite books, ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.”

“If you give a mouse a cookie, chances are he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if he asks for a glass of milk, chances are he’s going to ask for a napkin…”
You can see how this goes on and on.
Well, it’s the same when you vow to do nothing all day.

You get up to get something to drink and you see a dish in the sink. When you bend over to put said dish in the dishwasher you see a dust bunny hiding out under a cabinet next to the base board, so of course, you have to get the broom and do a good sweep.

Then you head to the bathroom for a potty break. You use the last of the toilet paper on the roll. You go to get another roll out of the linen closet and boom, you see something out of place so you start moving things around and once you start moving things around in one closet, well, it’s just a snowball effect all the way thru the house.

Thus, I did not just lay on the couch binging on Netflix but it honestly was my greatest intention to do so!

Have you ever tried not doing anything for a whole day??!!
Did you succeed??

It was a challenge for me but if you did it, I wanna’ know how.
Spill the beans in the comments below.

Please and thank you.

Obviously, I need to work on this.

LATE NIGHT PODS OF THOUGHT


Lake Michigan – St. Joseph, Michigan
(Not my photo)
Just curious as to why the homes in the paths of hurricanes aren’t built more like lighthouses. Lighthouses remain standing for years.
Thoughts?
I read that Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Company are teaming up to test out a self-driving pizza delivery car.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read. I understand that this is classified as progress but nobody is going to want to go out to a car and punch in a code to get a pizza. 

Is this some kind of vending machine on wheels?
And what about the people who live in a high rise or those who are wheelchair bound??

The whole idea of ordering a pizza to be delivered is that it’s actually de-liv-ered, not just parked in the driveway! 


I think it’s interesting that this is being tested in Michigan. They should test it during the winter months and see how many Michiganders want to go out in the snow and cold to fumble around with some ridiculous code to get a pizza.
I can tell you how many will go for this.
ZERO.

This is such a waste of money and resources.
Hey, Domino’s and Ford!
How about putting this time and money into the city of Flint, Michigan which is currently on year 3 of having no drinkable water, not to mention for use in personal hygiene.

Call me silly but I think the basic needs of human beings come before all of this advanced technology which, FYI, is helping no one.
In ten days my baby will turn 24 and in thirty days he will be married.
How is this possible? I wish I could turn the clock back to when all my kiddos were babies and just leave it there a little while longer..
Anybody else up past their bedtime thinking thoughts of nothingness?
Last day of the long weekend tomorrow and I think I will do absolutely nothing but lay on the couch and watch Netflix. 

No running around, no wedding prep, no crochet hook in hand. I’m not going to look at one list, schedule or flight itinerary. 

Mindless Netflix watching. That’s my Monday. 
What’s yours look like?
 

PATIENCE – ONLY BECAUSE THERE ARE WITNESSES

When I schedule appointments (doctor, dentist, mechanic, salon) I am always reminded that if I don’t show up or don’t call ahead at least 24 hours to cancel I’ll be charged for the appointment anyway and/or “let go” as a client.
AND YET….
When I show up to whichever appointment ON TIME, I am always left waiting at least a half hour to an hour! Does this happen to anyone else? I think I should be able to take a dollar off of my bill for every minute that they’re late.

Yesterday we had an appointment to have the carpets cleaned. The closest we could come to an appointment time was “somewhere between 9am and noon.” Perfect. I block out that time from my day. Aaannnd.. At 11:30am the carpet guy calls and says he’s running late he’ll be by “around 3pm.”
Really? That’s not exactly a 24-hour notice!

 
Ugh. In any event. He did show up “around 3 pm” but my whole day was shot waiting around for some jughead who clearly had no concept of time. His only saving grace is that he did do a phenomenal job. The carpets look wonderful and the place smells very citrusy. 

Other news on the home front:
It’s still hot. I’m still busy with a wedding. I’m still anxiously awaiting another granddaughter. And at the end of the day, I’m still crocheting, which I do everywhere now. According to my crochet groups that makes me an official “hooker.” Go me! 

Here’s a pic of my 3 WIP (work in progress) afghans. AND, one on the hook!
The one on the bottom, the stripey one, is so huge it will take me until I’m 100 to finish it! The rest go pretty quick. They’ll be done before the holidays.

I hook the granny square one (the one to the right of the skein of yarn) while I watch ‘Blue Bloods.’
Random question – Does Thom Selleck age at all? Holy smokes. He’s as hot now as he was when he played Magnum P.I!

No plans for the long holiday weekend except staying in with the A/C and off of the roads. I’ve seen so many accidents and heard so many sirens already and Life Flight is going non-stop. 

How about yous guys? Any plans for the long weekend? Whatever you do and wherever you go, be safe. Travel with care. People are so nutso on the roads during the holidays.

Also comes in handy when dealing with repairmen, carpet cleaners, doctors, etc., etc., etc.

FIREWOOD & DEAD BODIES

Here’s a tip:
If you see an older couple having trouble with a trailer filled with firewood and the woman has a cast on her arm and you offer them help, keep in mind they may not share your same sense of humor. 


For instance when the man asks you if you’re sure you can lift some firewood and you answer…

“Well, of course, I can. I’m a Detroit girl. I’m used to lifting heavy things. Usually dead bodies but ya’ know firewood, dead bodies, same thing.”

ZERO sense of humor with this couple and a great big, 
NO THANK YOU on the offer of help.
Seriously.

In the news:
I truly believe that there are more good people in this world than bad. Unfortunately, it usually takes something catastrophic such as Hurricane Harvey to bring that collective goodness to light. I hope that none of you or your loved ones were/are in harm’s way. Sadly, it’s long from being over… And I will continue to pray for all of those affected by this wicked storm.

Speaking of praying:
I’ve added a prayer request tab up above my posts. If you need to gather some prayer warriors just click on the tab and follow the directions. It’s anonymous unless you choose to put your name in. It’s super easy and I hope that you will utilize it because honestly, I LOVE to pray and praying for others is one of my favorite things to do!
On the home front:
I’ve finally accepted that my dog sets my bedtime. My dog Luci will sit and stare holes into my skull until I get up and say those magic words, “Let’s go night night.” Omgosh. I have so much to do and my fuzzy little girl is cutting my days short!
I jumped off of Facebook again. I do this from time to time. I still have my fan page up and if you haven’t been over to show some love and hit the like button to follow along on this crazy lit’l thing called life. Likes/follows and loves are much appreciated.

You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter! Just click on the links!
She said as she shamelessly hawks her own fan pages..
It’s almost the weekend and I hope the week thus far has been treating you all kindly.

We lost our cooling trend. Boo. Now we’re back to the flames of hell. And of course, it’s full steam ahead with last minute wedding details.

Everything is under control.
I think if we tell ourselves that enough we’ll believe it!

Be well, my friends!
Okay, onto reading some amazing blogs!

A ROLL OF THE DICE

I have to say, I woke up to an absolutely beautiful day today. The temps are perfect, the sun is shining, the pup slept in and all is right with the world.

I passed my every 3 months doc check up with flying colors! I’ve lost weight, my blood pressure is great. No lumps or bumps or swollen anything that would send me to the oncologist.
I’m over the moon!


Not to be paranoid or anything but once you’ve had cancer, normal check ups with the doc just aren’t the same anymore.

And speaking of paranoid… Our wifi went out so we had to call the cable company which is always a pain to deal with. 
First, you have to explain to them in precise detail what the issue is. You can’t just tell them the wifi went out. 
Then they have you go thru their 100 DIY steps to fix it, which of course, you’ve already tried otherwise you wouldn’t be calling them in the first place, right?
THEN, they send you a cable guy. 

It’s always a roll of the dice with these guys. Most times we get a 12-year old that much like Jon Snow knows nothing. However, the roll of the dice was with us on this day. We didn’t get a 12-year old nor did we get a serial killer. Yay! 
AND we found out that since we’ve never been late with our bill in the almost 3 yrs. we’ve been with them we have a $200 credit! Score!
Note: If you’ve been with a company for a very long time, check your discounts. You may have some like we did!

Not much else happening around here today. I’m still working on crochet projects as I’m keeping a close eye on the calendar, watching as weddings, babies and holidays are fast approaching…
So, so very much to do!

I say it all the time, I need more than 24 hours in a day! Do any of you feel the same?? If I wasn’t way past the age of “pulling an all nighter” one of two of those from my youth would come in very handy right about now.

Happy almost weekend everyone!

THOUGHTS ALONG THE WAY

***Why is it that dogs must sniff every square inch of grass before deciding to do their deed?

***One of my least favorite things to do?
Empty expired milk down the drain. No matter what it still has a stench that rises up from the sink and makes me gag!

***I’m one of those people who must finish one series on Netflix before moving on to another. Currently, I’m watching Midsomer Murders despite the fact that the original “Inspector Barnaby” has left the show. I miss John Nettles. The show was so much better with him in it.
And, he’s hot.


***The song ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels is just dumb.

***Why don’t black-out curtains work? 
Light still gets thru.
They don’t keep your room warmer in the winter.
Nor do they keep your room cooler in the summer. 

I’m just not a fan of products that don’t work like they’re advertised. Sorta’ like going thru a drive-thru. Your food never looks like the pics on the order board.

***Dear parents of the kids who have been running around screaming at the top of their lungs ALL day. –
Don’t set your kids loose to scream like they’re being drawn and quartered and then think you’re going to go take a little nap while the rest of us must endure the hideousness that is your spawn.
Not happening.

On the plus side of life, the temps are cooling down and I’ve got the majority of moving/rearranging/sorting/cleaning done.
I didn’t pick up my crochet hook once!
This mama is beat. Netflix and bed here I come.

Dr. appt. tomorrow. Prayers and good vibes much appreciated. I hope this Tuesday has been good to you and Wednesday is even better.
Night.

#28 – SATURDAY 9 – Angel

Joining in with Sam over at ‘Saturday 9.’
9 questions.
9 answers.
This week’s theme comes from the song “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan.
If you haven’t heard the song, here’s the video.
On to the questions!
1) Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose.
What’s the most recent news story that touched you deeply?
***Our current weather forecast. It made me cry!
2) Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999 Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer.
What do you think happens to us when we die?
3) Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song on-air after a major character died.
Do you follow any “soap operas?”
4) In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA.
Do you have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
***Lit’l Miss Luci. We got her because the “breeder” didn’t want her because she wasn’t a purebred Shitzu. Apparently, the neighbor dog, a Lhasa Apso came by for a visit..
It’s the losers in life that make us the winners.
5) She admits she can’t watch those ASPCA commercials, where her recording of “Angel” plays over sad photos of animals.
Is there a TV commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
***Um, yeah… This one.
6) In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan.
Tell us about a time you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with the threat?
***The first time I ever saw these people on my t.v. I was really frightened and my fear was that I would lose my sight!
Pass the eye bleach, please..
7) Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with her.
Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either physically or by behavior?
***Yes, by behavior.
8) McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert series designed to showcase talented female performers.
Do/did your summer plans include an outdoor concert?
***Close enough.

9) Random question:
Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner — Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
***Seriously?? What girl doesn’t want to have dinner with a real life Prince Charming???
And just as my own personal bonus to the ‘Saturday 9’ random question.
Look at this beautiful mother and son.
It’s infuriating and beyond unfair that people like O.J. Simpson and Charles Manson are alive and breathing the free air and Princess Diana is gone.
Makes no sense to me at all.
That’s the ‘Saturday 9‘ folks. If you’d like to join in just click on the link and have some fun!
Happy Saturday!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#27 – YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW!

I say it all the time… I’m an Italian woman 365 days out of the year unless there’s a sale and then I’m a Jew.
It’s true. I love a great sale. I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I find a fabulous buy on a fabulous product.
It happened three times to me this past week. I was giddy.
I went to Shopko – it’s like a Target – for laundry soap.
ONE item.
A HUNDRED AND ONE items later…
The fabulous find.
Sandals and a wallet just for me.
I know. Whippty dip but hey, cute stuff and ON SALE!
First, the super cute sandals. Normally $26. On sale for $5!
Love ’em.
Then the wallet, leather and roomy. $36 on sale for $9.99.
Love it too.
Headed over to Tuesday Mornings and got a couple of cool things on sale there.
The Olaf Snow Cone Maker for the grandkids, normally $20-$25. On sale for $9.99.
5,000 cranks and one ice cube at a time, they may get a snow cone by lunch if they start at breakfast. But hey, it’s cute, right?
Aside from errands with the fabulous finds, I’ve been trying to stay home in the AC as the triple digits continue on out here. I love my warm, sunny days but holy cannoli. Warm NOT flesh melting hot!

I’ve been obsessed with crocheting lately and I’ve begun to hoard yarn like I hoard fabric. Not even kidding.
You can never have enough yarn!
On the hook tonight? – Waffle weave dishcloths/washcloths.
These work up so fast and I love that they really do look like waffles. They make great gifts and people have already started ordering..
#AndSoItBegins
I’m also obsessed with Game Of Thrones thus the Jon Snow references above. Overall it’s a great show but Jon Snow is hot and that’s just a bonus while watching.
Anybody else watching?? I’m on pins and needles with this season. Sadly, the last and final.
What’s happening on your Monday evening? Anything thrilling and spine chilling to report?? You know I’m a nosey bitch and I gotta’ know, so spill!
I hope Monday wasn’t too Monday for you and that the rest of your week is fabulous!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#26 – SUNDAY STEALING – Around The House

Jumpin’ in with Bev Sykes the current host of ‘Sunday Stealing.’ Bev also blogs over at ‘Funny The World.’

AROUND THE HOUSE –
Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
Kitchen: favorite comfort food?
Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?
Closet: sum up your style in a few words.
Parlor: favorite party or board game?
***Scrabble
Living room: what do you like to do with your family?
***I like to play this fun lit’l game called, ‘Let’s see who can be quiet the longest!’
Dining room: favorite special occasion food?
***Nothing says special occasion like a Bisquick tuna ring!
Garden: favorite tree? flower?
Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?
Library: favorite book genre?
Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
***I can tell you it wouldn’t be this one! #Vomit
Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?
***I have been to a sleepover. My first one was in elementary school. I don’t like them and I’m pretty sure it ended like this..
Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?
***I’m gonna’ have to go with one-on-one meetings. #JoshLucasIsHot
Pantry: favorite meal to make?
***The one that involves no cooking.
Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?
***Seriously? Somebody has a favorite chore???
Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?
***I’m still waiting for it…
Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?
Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look?
***I do wear makeup. I could probably live without it. I’m not obsessed. Possessed maybe but not obsessed…
This is my favorite look.
That’s it for this week’s ‘Sunday Stealing.’ If you want to join in the fun just click on the link!
Happy Sunday folks! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.
My weekend goal was to paint my nails.
Goal complete! Mission accomplished!
I went with bright, sparkly, yellow!
My work is done here!
Mimi quote for the day –

#25 – People… People who need…

People who need to get a life!
And by people. I mean me.
A perfect example of me needing to get a life?
So many to choose from..

Sometimes… If I’m watching a show or I see something in my Facebook newsfeed about some celebrity, boom, there I am on People.com getting the skinny on “Where are they now?” Or just verifying that one of those idiot famous for being famous chicks really did get that ass implant.
I know, right? Complete and total waste of time.
I told you. I so need to get a life…

So, I’m on People.com and of aaaallllll the headlines they’ve got going on…
Jada Pinkett Smith the drug dealer, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) hangs himself, O.J. gets paroled… Which one do I click on???

Hhhhmm how ’bout something exciting like…
Ina Garten Shares Her ‘Secret’ To Perfect Guacamole That Won’t Turn Brown.’
Not even lyin’.
Seriously. I need a life.
Oh, and spoiler alert. Her secret is lots of lemon juice. Not a huge secret to anyone on the planet who’s ever made guacamole. Ugh.
I can’t believe I wasted 5 minutes of my life reading about it and yet, there’s the link up there if you too would like to waste 5 minutes of your life.
When I’m not looking up useless information and turning my brain into a sprawling waste land confined within my skull… I like to crochet.
I made these for my granddaughter due in Oct. – SO EXCITED for her arrival!
They were all a lot of fun to make and they should be plenty warm for those northern Michigan winters.
I’m really diggin’ making hats and you’ll be seeing A LOT of these in my posts for kids and adults.

I also made my grandson a couple of t-shirts. One to wear to the baby shower and one just to open when all of the baby stuff is being oohed and aahed over.
The red shirt is a quote from the show Game of Thrones.
I know I’ve been gone but I’ve still been trying to get all of you read. I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. I’m planning on doing a whole lotta’ nothing. Fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed that those plans come to fruition.
Mimi’s quote for the day –

 

#24 – WHO KNEW?

I’m not a big cereal eater so I leave the cereal buying up to the kids. Every now and again I might go rummaging thru the kitchen looking for something sweet and I’ll check the cereal cupboard. My favorite cereal is Cocoa Pebbles. They rarely buy those.
That’s probably a good thing.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Apple Jacks were my choices today. I snagged the Apple Jacks and lo’ and behold. A prize in the box and I got it!
Nevermind that the kids didn’t want it and nevermind the fact that I don’t even know what it is. The fact is, I got the prize in the cereal box and I was just as excited as I was when I was 5 yrs. old! I know. I probably need to get a life but whatever. I didn’t even know they started putting prizes back in the boxes of cereal. Now I’ll be combing the grocery shelves in search of the best toy. I hope it’s in the Cocoa Pebbles!
Quiet night last night and tonight as far as the fireworks go and for that I am thankful! We have a happy pup and no fires. A wonderful start to July!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#23 – KLEPTO ON THE GO!

Happy July! Let the heatwaves begin!
 In my last post, I mentioned having new neighbors upstairs, next door and a few doors down.
Well, suddenly we have an issue. An issue we didn’t have with our old neighbors..
THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS
First up. I keep my blinds open all day because I choose not to live like a vampire. The day the new neighbors moved in was no different. I’m sitting there crocheting and watching my British shows and out of the corner of my eye, I see this empty cardboard box go flying thru the air from the new neighbor’s direction.

In my mind I’m thinking, I know they’re not just gonna’ let that shit go flyin’ around and not pick it up.  – They didn’t.
A kid I’d never seen before went running after it and started kicking it around.
Cool. Whatever. Moving is boring for kids. I get it.

Then I look up and this same kid is walking back and forth in my part of the backyard looking in my windows! What the hell?? Can I just tell you? It’s a little more than annoying to have some weirdo kid staring at you all day. I so wish I had been naked. That lit’l peeping Tom would’ve needed eye bleach for a year!

Fortunately, when I got up to go outside he scattered and I haven’t seen – key word being seen – him since. Clearly, he’s doing his thievery at night or when we’re not home. And honestly, it’s not so much that he’s taking shit off of my patio as much as it is that he’s coming onto my patio.
Where I come from that’s a good way to get shot.

I would mention this to his parents but they don’t speak English. They’re refugees from I don’t know where but they’re very colorfully wrapped from head to toe.
Did I mention that they don’t speak English?

To date, their klepto kid has a total of 4 lighters and one ink pen left there on purpose to see if he’d take that too. He did.
Can’t wait to see what he does with them and when.
On the plus side, they don’t have a dog.
That would be the other neighbors that moved in..
In other news – I’d just like to be like everyone else and whine about the heat.
It’s flippin’ hot!
Again, this weekend. Let’s be kind to our animals and veterans alike.

I hope all of you have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.
Happy July and stay cool my friends!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#22 – STUCK IN 2nd GEAR

Apparently, it’s going to be another “recap”  “Bujo” post soooo here goes!

  • Woke up with the theme song from “Friends” bouncing around my head. Crazy because I remember no dreams having to do with “Friends” the t.v. show, the song, the cast of “Friends” or my real life friends.
    In any event, I hope this earworm wiggles it’s way out of my head pronto!
  • Father’s Day has come and gone and for those of you who were fortunate enough to celebrate with your dads, I hope it was a day of making wonderful memories.
    To those of you, like me, who have fathers that have passed on, I hope it was a day to recall wonderful memories.
    It’s always a tough day for me. A little bit sad, a little bit jealous and a whole lot of wishing for just a little more time…
  • I’ve been on a crochet kick lately. Mainly for the new grand-Diva on the way. Baby blankets, booties, hats but I’ve got some scarves going for the trees downtown for the homeless when the weather turns. One day I’ll post all of the little projects I’ve been working on. Today is not that day. I’m just too lazy to gather it all together and take pics.
  • We have new neighbors upstairs.
  • We have new neighbors next door.
  • We have new neighbors two doors down.
    That’s a blog for another day.
  • Still trying to organize my blogging. Figuring out the days to visit and read, and the days to post. This is somewhat challenging and I know I’m not alone with this.
    If there’s an easy fix please fill me in. Thanks.
  • Our weather is much like everyone else’s I suspect.
  • A happy little reminder tho…
    What’s happening with all of you? Big plans for the 4th of July?
    After a bbq or two, I’ll be at home snuggling my pup so she, along with every other dog in the neighborhood, doesn’t go nutso.
    My dog haaaattttteees fireworks, actually she’s not a fan of loud noises in general and of course. the 4th is the worst day/night for that.
    I wonder if fireworks affect other animals like they do dogs.
    I hope you’re staying cool wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. And I hope those storms aren’t wreaking havoc in your neck of the woods. It’s just heat and wildfires for us so the norm. I suspect I will never enjoy sitting next to a campfire ever again not after all these years of fire, fire everywhere!
    Be well my friends! Stay cool and stay safe!
    And don’t forget our furry friends!
    Mimi’s quote for the day –

#21 – BITE THE BULLET!

Since I’ve been trying to get a post written for a week now I decided to just recap “Bujo” style.

  • Completed the Whole30 Program. It was challenging and a learning experience, and it was FABULOUS! I lost 19lbs but gained so much more.
  • Koegel’s On The Road came thru Idaho with perfect timing and so I was able to get a taste of home and it was delicious.
    All Michigan products – Koegel’s meat, Bettermade chips and Faygo pop. The only thing missing was the Superman ice cream for dessert!
  • My son, his fiance’ and I all visited our local aquarium for the first time and that was pretty cool.
    I loved this guy.
    And this one.
    He reminded me of The Incredible Mr. Limpet.
    Raise your hand if you’re old like me and have seen this movie. I absolutely LOVE it!
  • I found Nemo in case anyone was looking for him.
  • And my son found these guys and they loved him.
    Every time one of them swam up to him all I could think of was Steve Irwin!
  • I’ve made a full recovery from Memorial Weekend and all is right with my world once again.
  • I bought some more fabric. This may have helped in my recovery.
  • Working on baby stuff for my new grandbaby.
  • Helping my future daughter-in-law with her newly founded all things pamper/heal yourself small business.
  • Totally binged on Rizzoli & Isles. Loved that show.
  • The grind – Housework, errands, appts.
    You know the drill.
    Due to the rain, I’ll be inside crocheting, sewing, crafting and Netflixing something British. What’s happening with all of you??
    What are you crafting, sewing, reading, watching???
    OR, are you having my dream weekend?
    Nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
    If that’s your weekend I am super jealous!Mimi’s quote for the day –

#20 – This Summer…

Summertime goals –
These memories may or may not include homicide.
How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend?
I’ll post about my weekend when I’m done decompressing and processing. I’m either living in the ‘Twilight Zone’ or someone has dug up Allen Funt and he’s got me on ‘Candid Camera!’
Not even kidding.
I will say it was a learning weekend for me.

On friendship –
This is the friend you want.
This is the friend I have.
And I am beyond grateful.
We would be such kick-ass ghost friends! We would have such a blast!
Omgosh.. Who would we scare the shit out of first???
The list is endless.

And not only my ghost pal but also her hubs. You won’t find better people.
I also learned that these old sayings are absolutely true.
“No good deed goes unpunished.”
“You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.”
And this…

Nope, they’re not…
I hope your weekend was spectacular and that your week thus far is running along smoothly, if not as planned.
We’ve got rain in the forecast. Some shopping to be done. A trip to the aquarium and most definitely some crocheting.

I don’t know about where you live but summer has arrived in Boise, Idaho and it looks to be a scorcher. Fortunately, we had an abundance of snow this past winter and plenty of rain lately so, fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed that we won’t have any wildfires this year!
MY $0.02 –
I’m keeping politics off of my personal Facebook page.
I may keep it off of my blog. Depends on what’s happening and how strongly I feel about it.
My blog. My rules.
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#19 – FLYING HIGH…

On ‘Flying Pie Pizza!’
Here in Idaho, we have a pizza chain called ‘Flying Pie Pizza.’
It was featured on ‘Man Vs. Food.’
Start the video at 7:19 to see the amazingness that is ‘Flying Pie Pizza.’
One of the super cool things about ‘Flying Pie Pizza‘ aside from their pizza, is that they do a daily pizza giveaway called, “It’s Your Day!” You can click on the link to learn all about it but basically, it’s this.
They post a random name on their sign out front and if it’s your name you get to go in between 2-4pm or 8-10pm and make yourself a 10″ personal pizza for FREE.
Pretty cool, huh?
Well, guess what?? The other day my son’s name was on the sign and he got to go make himself a free pizza!
How cool is that?
Handsome son. Delicious pizza. FREE pizza!
Thank you ‘Flying Pie Pizza!’
IN OTHER NEWS –
We are soooo close to being done with repair work! The painting got done today and the ceiling fan/light goes back up in the morning. Yay!!!!
I unplugged for most of last weekend and it was so relaxing. No phone. No computer. I divided my time between the sun, books, crocheting and ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ my current Netflix binge. It was soooo nice.

This week, however, has already started out in a whirlwind and life, in general, doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, and that’s okay. Full speed ahead is a good speed as long as I get a moment or two or three or four or five to hit the trails and read a book, I’m good.
What’s happening in your week ahead? Anything thrilling and spine chilling to report??
Who’s got gardens going on? How are they doing? We’ve had such wonky weather here. Late snow and late frosts it really just threw the whole planting season off.
Any plans for Memorial weekend???
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#18 – PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Seriously… Omg… I can’t stand repair work being done around me and I feel like such a bitch about it but honestly, it just drives me bonkers. Especially since the work is being done in two of the rooms we frequent the most. – Thank the gods that be that we’re having no issues in our bathroom!

Plus, I feel like I’m being held hostage by the Gomer waiting on when/if he chooses to show up. He never shows when he says he will and we’ve had some beautiful days that I would’ve much rather been on the trails in the sunshine than waiting on that jughead.

And I know that I don’t have to be home for them to come in but I’d rather be, ya’ know? I mean, I don’t know this guy. He could be one of those weirdo panty sniffer idiots I see on all of my creepy crime shows. Who knows?? Plus, just the idea of a stranger in my home and I’m not here. Yeah, no. Call me paranoid but no. Not happening.
My future daughter-in-law tho, finding the positive in everything that happens, did take advantage of this annoying situation..She decided to dry her leggings collection… And trust me. She has waaaay more than this and more coming in the mail!
So. There’s a silver lining. Killing two birds with one stone, as it were.
HOME REPAIR UPDATE –
The fan is gone AND the Gomer got fired! Not because of us but apparently, his work, in general, was a bit shoddy. – Ya’ think???
We have a new maintenance guy and he appears to be on the ball and he’s certainly 100% more professional than the Gomer. We still have holes in the dining room and kitchen and the one in the dining room is going to get a whole lot bigger before all is said and done. I don’t even care. I just want it finished!
We’ve had some great weather but that took quite a turn. Cooler temps with rain/hail/snow mix but that’s okay because I’ve got plenty of projects to keep me busy indoors!
More about those later..
Passing along a “must see” show. If you have Hulu, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is excellent.
It’s also a book by Margaret Atwood but I haven’t read it – yet.
Have any of you read the book or are you watching the show? It’s so creepily fascinating.
I am determined to get this posted today! I hope you’re all having a fabulous week. I’m coming around to catch up on everybody now and hopefully, there will be enough hours at the end of my day to write a post for tomorrow!
Mimi’s Quote for the day –

 

#17 – IT’S STILL MY MONDAY

From faux Monday to Monday from hell.
Yes. I know it’s Wednesday.
Let’s just forget about this loud ass monstrosity of a floor fan that must run all day, all night, all weekend and into next week.
I know. It doesn’t look very big but trust me, it’s loud as fuck.
And let’s forget our “Gomer” maintenance guy’s chop shop repair.
A hole in the dining room. A hole in the kitchen where a ton more water came pouring out between two light fixtures. No worries, right? I’m sure there’s no water in between point A and point B…

So, just to put it together. The loud ass floor fan is on the floor pointed up at the big hole in the dining room with the idea that that small hole in the kitchen will serve as ventilation to dry everything out to prevent mold and the ceiling collapsing.
Uh huh…
Yeah. Let’s forget about all that other jerry-rigged ridiculousness going on up there and let’s take a moment to focus on this close up of our Gomer maintenance guy hard at work.
Yep. That’s our Gomer. And I get to spend the next couple of weeks with him.
I know ladies, be jealous…
I know I said the most challenging aspect of the Whole30 Plan was not being able to have my fancy coffees. I take that back. It’s not being able to have a vat of fucking wine when I need it!
Welcome to my Wednesday, aka, the faux Monday from hell.
Please, share with me some fun stuff that you’re doing that doesn’t involve creepy Gomers in your homes!
Mimi’s quote of the day –
Yep. This is pretty much where I’m at…

#16 – IT’S TUESDAY NOT MONDAY JACKASS!

We live in an apartment so our washer n’ dryer is a “stackable.” Stackables are not full-size machines but they’re better than hauling all your crap to a laundry mat.
– In my opinion.. –
This is our stackable.
Typically we keep the laundry soap, bleach and dryer sheets on top of the dryer which, just FYI, on 364 days of the year poses no problem.
Welcome to today.
Because the stackable is so small I like to get as much water into the washer as possible so for large and medium loads I always turn the knob to the large setting.
The “large” setting = more water for washing = cleaner clothes.
Small loads are always set at small loads because if you set the knob to large and you only throw in a couple of pairs of jeans, some socks, and a t-shirt, the stackable will, in fact, have a seizure.
Not even kidding.

Today the washing machine went off kilter while spinning out a large load. A true large load, plenty of clothes and water, with the knob set at large.
– It does this sometimes. The whole off-kilter thing. –
What it doesn’t do is start throwing shit at me!

Seriously. I heard the machine start to go a little wonky. The easy fix is to lift the lid and rearrange the clothes and send it back on its spinning way.
Not today.
NOT today…

Today I open up the door to the stackable to rearrange the clothes and a FULL bottle of 64 load liquid laundry detergent flew at my head. I ducked and splat! Onto the floor, it went. Needless-to-say, lots of laundry soap and a million pieces of the plastic cap eeevvveeerywhere! And of course, I was on my way to an appt.!

My son was kind enough to clean up the mess for me and shared his own story of a “laundry attack” that happened to him, only for him it was the bleach! It hit the floor, bounced, the cap flew off and bleach went shooting all over the front of his jeans! I am beyond thankful that it didn’t get in his eyes! And so is he!
Ya’ know, I’m thinkin’ laundry shouldn’t be quite this freakin’ dangerous…
Um, yeah. I’m gonna’ go with today being that day….
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!! LOOK!
Our maintenance guy decided to give us a new shower…
IN OUR DINING ROOM!
Ugh.
Seriously?
Hey, gods of the weekdays. It’s Tuesday NOT Monday you jackass!

Well, as you can see. This will be my Tuesday. Sitting around the apartment waiting on maintenance men who never shut the door behind them despite me telling them over n’ over that we have a dog…
I might feel a lit’l bit better if our maintenance guy wasn’t such a gomer. He says he’s going to get up there and “dry things out” and we’ll be able to use our light tonight.
Really gomer?? Not on your fucking life.
I just hope he doesn’t fix it like this…
On the plus side. Our upstairs neighbors with the cement block feet moved out.
So yay, right???
Happy Tuesday folks. I hope yours is going waaaay better than mine!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#15 – NEVER COMPLAIN, NEVER EXPLAIN

Whoever penned those words was most definitely NOT a blogger.
Forgive me blogging world for I have sinned. It has been 67 days since my last blog post.
While I was gone…
I did not discover the cure for cancer but I did use sunscreen so that’s kinda’ close.
I also did not go tubing down the Boise River but I did go past the park that’s completely flooded by the Boise River, so again, close.
I met a total hottie while shopping at Whole Foods and then went back to his place and had wild Animal Planet sex!
Okay. I didn’t really meet a total hottie and go home with him to have wild Animal Planet sex… Kill joys
BUT… I was in Whole Foods and I did see a total hottie and I seriously thought about having wild Animal Planet sex with him!
So, yeah, I’m gonna’ count that as close too.

I started the Whole30 eating plan. You can read about the plan here.
Basically, it’s this –
Meat, fruit n’ veggies. No sugar, no grains, no dairy.
“Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.”
After 30 days you start introducing more foods back into your meals and then you
pick n’ choose which ones stay based on the way they make you feel after eating them again.

So far, drinking my coffee black seems to be the most challenging aspect of this plan.
I didn’t realize how much I reeeaaallly love my fancy coffees!
Other happenings –
A wedding and a new grandbaby in October! Can you say busy, busy, busy?!
Plus the daily/weekly –
Breathing
Meditating
Going to church
Getting healthy, physically, mentally and spiritually
Hitting the trails
Therapy
Reading
Aaand… Trying to stay in the creative zone with lots of creative irons in the fire!
Keeping it all in balance, cutting out the negative and basking in the positive.
Those are my goals.
In the words of Ferris Bueller
Here are a couple of the “creative irons” in the fire.
WIP (Work in progress) the first of many baby blankets for the new lit’l tummy nugget.
Bobble stitches and granny stripes. As soon as we find out if it’s a boy or girl I’ll add some color.
And, using up some scrap yarn whipping up some granny squares.
The “back” pic shows the weaving in of the ends with a tapestry needle. Sometimes I weave as I go. Whatever my mood. I really like the granny squares because they whip up so fast and you can do so many things with them.
I’m going to blog at least 3 times a week now. More if I can fit it in. I really enjoy it and I really miss it. And, I really miss all of YOU!
I hope you’re all doing well and I wish you all a fabulous week ahead!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

#14 – THE COUNTRY OF MISFIT TOYS

Seriously…
I’m not entirely sure what the Japanese toy manufacturers are trying to do to their kids but holy hell. We may be banning the wrong people from coming into our country.
Japan appears to be a breeding ground for nutsos.
What child could possibly resist this warm n’ fuzzy snuggle whatever the hell it is?!
Can you imagine putting one of these on your kids’ bed or in their crib??
Terrifying…
japan-creepy-faceUm. I don’t know. Su-SHE..??Is this the Japanese equivalent of a “wet willy??”
Not sure if this is a kid’s toy or an adult toy…
And the creepiest misfit Japanese toy of them all????
You can shave the baby??? What do these Japanese people think we do over here?? And apparently only to “ginger” babies because there are no brunette, blondes or black haired babies to shave. I checked.
This is so disturbing…
And yet. The Japanese are known for their science and technology..
If American kids had these toys they’d become serial killers. Just sayin’.
It’s almost the weekend. Anybody have plans??
My plans will change with the weather.
If it’s nice I’ll be out. If it’s not I’ll be in.
I’m pretty easy peasy that way.
Mimi’s quote for the day – (Maybe his parents were Japanese..)
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#13 – 60 DAYS

60 days into the New Year and this will be my 13th post.
What the heck??
Chalk it up to everyday life. This winter crud that seems to make never-ending rounds to my home. No motivation. Writer’s block or any number of other projects taking over my life at the moment.
Whatever the reason, I seriously need to rectify this.
Apparently, Fuxatawney Phil saw his shadow and was correct in his prediction of 6 more weeks of winter. At least for us. We still have snow on the ground.
Side Note:
Wouldn’t it make more sense that if the rodent saw his shadow that would mean the sun was shining thereby indicating bright sunny days and an early spring ahead?? I mean if he pops out and it’s dark n’ gloomy, seems to me that would be the indicator of 6 more weeks of winter. What do I know?
This winter has been a tuff one out here in Boise. Way more snow than we’re used to in a city not equipped to handle it or the subsequent flooding that we get warned about every single day. Maybe it’s summer I’m ready for and not necessarily soggy, wet, possibly flooding, spring.
I’ve definitely caught the winter crud more this past winter than any winter before. Seriously, I think every bug that’s floating around lands on me and boom. I’m coughing and hacking and aching everywhere! My Dr. says it’s just crap going around and she thinks my liquid – protein shakes – diet is not helping. She’s an advocate for real food so for the sake of my lungs, sore nose from blowing and my ears, I think I may have to step up the menu.
For Lent this year I’ve decided to do the ’40 Days, 40 Bags’ challenge and declutter my life a bit. Literally. You can Google the challenge. Basically, you’re just getting rid of 40 bags of whatever it is you don’t want/need at your home. Either toss ’em or take ’em to Good Will.

This took a couple of bags.
Hey. Don’t judge. It’s the all things fast food/pizza/catalog drawer. Ideally, we’re supposed to use these coupons and I’m certain I was going to order a couple of dresses out of those catalogs but clearly none of that is happening as evidenced by this drawer.
2 bags down 38 to go!
I’ve also been making wine glasses and mugs and other fun stuff with my wonderful Cricut that I am still so very much in love with.
Here are two stemless wine glasses I made today for a couple of friends back in Michigan who spend lots of time on the water.
I feel like I’ve been away forever. Kinda’ weird getting back into the swing of things but I’m making the rounds and catching up.
Here’s to a lovely March ahead.
Ours came in like a lamb. I can’t imagine it going out like a lion tho but then again, I didn’t imagine we’d have as much snow as we’ve had. So again, what do I know?
What about where you are?
Did your March come in like a lamb or a lion?
Mimi’s quote for the day –
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