"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Will Power


This bag has been sitting in my kitchen for the last ten days. UNOPENED. How did I manage that? Ya know, it's funny. Any other year half would be gone by now. This year. Not happening. Just don't have the taste for it. Funny how things change.

Must be a sign of the apocalypse. Nah... It's just will power. I look at that bag and realize that if I open it and eat just one, more will follow. For that I'm proud of myself.


Here's a pic of my McJean morning sammie. Egg salad on grainy bread with cheese. You know you want one! This should last me all day!

This morning I finally cleaned the blades on the bedroom ceiling fan. I guess I should have kept up the decoration for Halloween, but it was looking really, really scary. Its amazing what you can do with a mop handle and a vacuum wand. (I bet you wanted photos of that. Sorry!)

Looks like the benefits manager at hubby's working is getting involved with that big huge medical bill. She says it should be covered. Yay for that. That bill scared the crap out of me. It was almost double our monthly apartment rent! I'll believe it when it's paid. Our portion will still be significant. It's just a matter of principle. We pay good money for that insurance.

Tonight's dinner will be chicken wings. I'm experimenting with a cooking method I read about here. Right now the wings are in the fridge drying out. Then tonight I'll bake them until crispy. Hubby said to do something like teriyaki, so I'll be dragging out my Asian spices and condiments. I'll let you know how it goes. I'll be pairing that with fried rice and veggies. YUM!

Today's order of business is to do a major sewing machine cleaning. One where I take it apart and brush out all the cooties from my previous project. I do this after every major project. It keeps my machine happy and in shape. It takes a good hour or two of detail work to do that. Then I'll be straightening up my sewing area. It needs a good run-through.

I'm still managing well without the boot cast. Honestly, I've been taking it easy. I need to step up my activity a bit. Going to go find my PT notes from the last session I had. My right knee is not feeling so well and the outer side of it is crampy and it hurts when I move it a certain way. Don't want to go there for the long term.


More rain in the forecast. We did have a few hours of sunshine yesterday. Took full advantage of it and photographed my recently finished project outside. Now I have to figure out what to do next. LOL!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dog Throw-Up

I know you are wondering about the title of today's post. No, we didn't get a dog. It's a nickname for A food style. My made up name. Last night we had dog throw-up for dinner. Taco salad to be exact. You know how it is. You put the lettuce, corn, beans, meat, salsa, cheese, chips, onion, sour cream, etc into one big huge pile and mix it up. The same applies to my usual way of eating BBQ -- the meat, beans and slaw all mixed together.  Ice cream all mixed up with with a bunch of add-ins, etc. It's dog throw-up. LOL!

I know, I bet you regret entering my mind for that brief moment. Now you know how my warped mind works. Hubby just shakes his head at me.

Actually, the salad hit the spot. And to be honest, it was the highlight of my day.

Aren't you glad I didn't post a picture?????

What's your favorite dog throw-up dish?

Well... maybe. I think it was finally finishing a quilt in my UFO pile. It's quilted, bound, and labeled. All I need to do is wash it and clip threads.

Yesterday I listened to a very interesting audio book. It was a historical fiction backstory of a Rembrandt painting. If you are into art history you might want to check it out, The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal. The audio book was well-done. It was read by several narrators.

You know what? I've had a bag 150 pieces of good chocolate candy in my house and I haven't opened it yet. It's been here since Saturday. I must be crazy! Yep, still sealed. Do you know how hard that is not to just sneak one little piece? I refuse to. It'll start that slippery slope. One piece, then another, and before you know it, I'm wearing correctional orange and living in the pokey with girl named Bertha for holding up the local candy shop. Nosiree. I'm not going there. No way!

It's for the children!

More rain and wind. The last of hurricane Ana is still coming through.

Me? I'll be dancing with my vacuum today. It doesn't mind if I step on it's toes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Progress


This is where I've been the last week. And this is where I'll be today. I'm bound and determined to finish this quilt under my machine. To those who don't quilt, It can be quite tiring and tough on the upper body. You're schlepping a heavy quilt every time you change direction. I guess I could put a couple of tables together and do it on a broader, flatter surface, but right now my space isn't big enough for that. When I get this done, I am going to re-think my space. Again.

I'm thankful for hubby pressing out the knot in my shoulder last night.

Breakfast/lunch of champions this morning was an egg salad sammie with Tilamook cheddar and Dave's Killer Bread. Costco had a flat of 24 boiled eggs packaged in twos and I decided to try them. It's a splurge. Actually, the price wasn't too bad. For some odd reason I can't boil an egg correctly to save my life. Oh and if you can find Dave's Killer Bread in your area (rumor has it they are selling in the east), get some. It's good hearty, seedy bread, full of fiber. YUM.  Toss in a mid-afternoon Washington Apple and a mug of strong tea with milk, you have enough energy for the day,

I should be at the sewing day at Ben Franklin, but I'm a little short on funds for lunch. We just got hit with a few medical bills, one of which I'm in the process of appealing. Wish me luck on that. We weren't expecting that item not to be covered. Joys.

So things are wuietly plugging along here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Madness


I admit that today is off to a lazy start. We won't talk about what I did since 6am. The bedroom was chilly and the bed was warm. That's all I gotta say about that. But have no fear, I'm downstairs waiting for my pot of tea to steep and am eating my leftover french toast thingy for breakfast. I also have laundry sorted and started. I've set my goal for today to finish a project.

I'm on my way to yet another productive week.

It's been a quiet weekend. And in a way, I'm glad for that. Satruday night we had a huge windstorm go through. Many areas are still without power.  I haven't heard chainsaw man, so I assume that the tree damage around us was minimal. One of my friends didn't fare so well in that department. Wind storms are more common here than thunderstorms. That's just how life in the area goes. We are now in our Fall/Winter weather pattern. Temps in the 40-60 range, in which the rainy 50s puts a chill in your bones.

It's coffee and tea weather,

I'm working on several books. I'm reading a Robyn Carr novel on Kindle and listening to a historical fiction novel on Overdrive about the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma. On top of that I've got Monarch of the Glen, a funny Scottish show going on Netflix. Lots to keep me busy.

That's about it for today. I know I'm not real exciting. But I promise, more interesting thigs are ahead. Go out and make it a good week, y'all!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today's a lazy, rainy Saturday. We have only one major errand to run -- to hit the Costco Business Center (different from the regular Costco in that it's more like a hospitality/restaurant supply) to pick up Halloween candy and some other needed kitchen/grocery items.

For a treat, I made Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon French Toast Casserole for breakfast. It's in the oven now. I can't wait to try this. Smells divine! We had extra eggs and I wanted to get rid of them. Speaking of eggs, I almost forgot the milk delivery this week. Again! I have now set a reminder on my iPhone so I won't forget. Know what's cool? They deliver Thanksgiving turkeys. A nice fresh turkey ready to roast! How cool is that? I signed up for that.

And yes, I set a reminder ;)

Yesterday I spent time in the studio working on a quilt. With the news of the school shooting in the northern part of our county, it gave my hands something to do while praying and thinking of all the kids involved. My prayers go up for all involved. While this was several towns away, it still affects us all.

I wish we could solve this problem with these shooters. I realize that it's a perfect storm of surrounding factors. My hope is that all kids learn to deal with adversity, stress, disappointment, conflict, allow compromise, practice anger management, and become more logical about the violence they see in the media and video games. Solving conflict in this way is not the answer.

So as my casserole bakes this morning, I'm drinking my cup of tea and praying for our northern neighbors.

The aircast is off my left foot. My right leg problems (upper area where calf muscle meets side of the knee and thigh) are dissapating and surprisingly, my broken foot is less sore. I have a mind to give it up. I feel it's doing more harm than good. If it gets sore, I'll wear the boot. It's a very small break. So I'm not anticipating an issue. The numb area on my knee is numb on the skin level, but I can feel pressure when I touch it. That's much better than it was. So I'm making progress.

That's it for today. Hope you have a good weekend!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Thoughts


Let's start off with my dream this morning:
I was on a bus/boat type vehicle doing an around the world trip. I had an unwrapped ham in my lap. Morgan freeman was the driver. And there was a cow on the top deck, and a big huge cockroach crawling around. Other people on the bus included a very wealthy man, my friends Dorothy Claire and Linda F. There was also this Hispanic couple in front of me. Shepard Smith, and a whole bunch of crazy characters.
We were somewhere in Mexico going through customs. I was telling Dorothy Claire about how beautiful the water is. How it is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Then we came onto a huge drop off in the water. Like 1000 foot drop off. and then the boat survived the drop but started taking on water. 
The wealthy guy had Morgan Freeman drive us to a holiday inn where the wealthy guy bought all of us rooms --- he basically bought the whole hotel. Then folks paired off in groups of four for the rooms.
Because everybody took so long to choose roommates those of us left had to go with Morgan Freeman to the repair shop to get the boat fixed. I was wondering how I was going to juggle my ham and all the rest of my stuff, with it being over 3 to 5 miles away from the hotel. Then I woke up.

This what what I dreamt about right before the alarm going off. My question is this. What the hell was I doing with an unwrapped ham in my lap? I mean seriously, who does this?

I'm shaking my head on that one. LOL!

I started off this morning with a good deed. I was getting stir crazy, so I headed out to run some errands. A guild friend is stuck back at her workplace, while the rest of her department is at a trade show. I've been in her shoes and it's not fun. So on my trip out I pulled into starbucks and got her a skinny latte. (And a regular extra strong one for me). Done and delivered with a smile.

I hit World Market and bought some tea. I am craving a good, hearty black tea. Not the flavored stuff. a hearty breakfast tea. So I bought several brands and will be having a tea-off tomorrow. I like the malty flavor of an assam black tea, but it's not round enough for me. I like my tea strong, bold, and malty.

Looking forward to that. Don't worry, I'll blog about it.


Yesterday I got another project finished. It's an asian-looking wall-hanging but I will use it as a runner for my sideboard buffet. Today I plan on finishing a quilt that needs to be done.

I'm loving my newfound energy. My doc increased one of my meds to help with hot flashes and I started back on vitamins. I'm taking a B12, a multi-vitamin, some needed D3 (vitamin sunshine), and calcium. Plus she added a new allergy/asthma med for me. I'm breathing much better. I hope this continues.

With the rainy season starting, I'm really trying to make an effort to stave off the gray days that the rainy season brings up here. I know I have several months of gray coming and I don't want to get all mopey like I did last year. It was hard. Really, really hard. And seeing that this is something I can control, I'm going after it head-on.

So if I start sounding mopey, I ask y'all to kick me. Okay?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mid-Week Checkup

Good rainy morning! It's 7:26am and I'm still nestled in my soft, comfy, flannel sheets. It's raining. Again. Fancy that! Rain in Seattle. Who'd a thunk?

I ended up waking up at 4am yesterday. A certain someone didn't shut off his alarm when he woke up before it. So needless to say I got a lot accomplished. I did finish a project I was working on for months. So it's all good.

I've had two awesome days of productivity. I'm shooting for three. Being optimistic. Will be dressing and starting my day shortly.

Hubby's been busy with big pharma clients from out of town, so his work hours are wonky. They are here for factory acceptance testing of their machines.

My right leg muscles are giving me fits. I know it's due to my changed walking pattern from swinging my boot around. I'm going to take it easy today and not wear my boot. I know that makes me a bad girl, but I'd really prefer not to alter my gait too much. I've been doing stretching exercises, but my leg still hurts. I spent part of last night pushing out knots in my calf.

Got an invitation for ginger cookie's first birthday party. First off, I can't believe a year has passed. Secondly, travel funds are low and we cannot afford a trip east for a while, so we'll be attending electronically. I ordered her birthday gift, a red headed baby doll, to be shipped by the party date. I'm looking forward to the cake moment. I'm hoping she dives in head first. I know I would!

Well, I bettter hop along and really start my day. Make it a good one, yall!