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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday's Stuff

Good morning. I got a late start because I was sleeping in another bed. It threw off my sleep. Totally. Hubby was snoring through his CPAP mask and kept blowing the face seal. So imagine snoring and "face farts" lulling you asleep. Not! Off to the guest room I went...

The last two days were filled with glorious sunshine. Oh, it felt soooo good! In fact, I spent part of the day with the windows open, letting in the 60-degree fresh air.

Yesterday I got my hair cut. I had her thin it out. My hair gets very thick. I like it.

Housework is on order. Finish deep cleaning the living room floor and vacuuming. I hate doing floors.

Today my refrigerator's ice maker comes in, as will my canned goods storage bins (I'm using basic Akro bins). Lots of honey-do work to do... Which means I'll likely do it myself. Lol! This should be fun! I'm just hoping the new ice maker units fixes our issue.

Big excitement here today! Not!

Have a great rest of the week, y'all! I sure will!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday

Right now there is a big football game going on. No clue of the score. Don't care. That's what life is like in the house with no television. I'm taking a break from my book about Lady Jane Grey to write this oh so important post (note sarcasm).

Yep, I'm working hard...

It's been a busy week. I've been updating our emergency food supply. Also troubleshooting the mess of our garage shelving. I got the two food storage shelves designated, ordered some bins for cans, and got all my canning supplies together. I also inventoried our long term stuff and have placed some orders to get that up to snuff. We are woefully low on certain things. I want to be sure we can take care of ourselves.

I did a grocery trip to beef up our mid-term storage. I have a yearly calendar of stuff to buy each week. This week was catch up week. So I hit the grocery store big time. The list? 10+ cans each of fruits, veggies, and proteins, and 10+ pounds of assorted dry beans. I also added two medium size cans of coffee. So starting tomorrow, I add the next list item to my grocery cart.

Thursday was spent with friends. In the morning I met a friend at our hairdresser. She was getting a makeover. Oh, and her hair turned out really, really cute!  Then we celebrated with coffee and a donut. In the evening was our guild meeting. I was one of five educators. I gave a short presentation on using apple or android apps to help with quilting.  After the meeting we hit a Mexican joint for a late dinner.

Not much excitement here. I'm eagerly awaiting grandchild number three's arrival. Knowing that her momma is likely nesting in a big way (it's a matter of weeks), I got on a baby website and shipped a bunch of diapers, wipes, etc. I know once Bea is born, they won't have time. Plus mom is working until she's born.

I'm itching to hold that baby. If you knew me before I was married you'd wonder who the hell was writing this. It's amazing how life and time changes a person. Won't be able to get there to see them until later. I may end up taking my retired Stewardess friend's offer of a discount stand-by ticket...

One of hubby's aunts passed away. Funeral is on Tuesday in Illinois. He won't be going. Speaking of his family, I got a nice thank you call from hubby's sister for her get well gift. She's in a nursing home right now. Broken ankle and recovering from something very serious. To be honest it was doubtful she'd make it. But she did. So between these two things there has been a lot communication between his eleven brothers and sisters.

Well, I better get back to my book, Lady Jane was just declared Queen. Yes, I know how it ends, but it's fun getting there!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Catching Up

Today was eldest grandchild's 5th birthday. I can't believe it. We got to watch her open our gift through FaceTime. We got her some books, a crayon box set, coloring books, and drawing paper. She's a child after my own heart -- went straight for the crayons and began drawing. It was good to see both girls in action. And in one month there will be three! Wheeeeee!

I have a sad. Belle, my canine granddaughter was put down on Sunday. I had a huge heart for her as she was a loving dog. Many times she'd just lay her muzzle on my lap, just asking for attention. She was a big love junkie.

Friday sewing with the ladies was fun. I had a King cake flown in from New Orleans for the occasion as it was my friend's 60th birthday. It was good to just hang and work together. We have another day scheduled for February 26th.

I also flew one in for the grandkids. They loved the cake and beads. Got to start their cultural education early. Mom sent me a pic with them all decked out and munching on cake.

Today was spent doing odd crap around the house. Hubby needed my jeep for the day, so I stayed in. Things tend to pile up beside my side of the bed. I needed to work on that. D for DONE!

I read six books in January, so I've made one of my new year goals. I'm already well on my way to ace the second month, as I'm listening to one book and reading another.  Listen by day, read by night.

Not much else going on, unless you count my doorbell being fixed. That was my big excitement for the weekend.

Have a great week, y'all! I know I will.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weekend Getaway

Taken during a short sun break. This guy was flying back and forth, 
just enjoying his music and the breeze. It was cool to watch him.

I made hubby take two needed vacation days last Thursday and Friday. He needed a break. So I booked a vacation home at Ft. Flagler State Park. Thursday afternoon we boarded the ferry to the Kitsap and made our way to the shores of Admiralty Inlet.

Ft. Flagler was one of the major forts guarding the Washington Coastline and Puget Sound. Now converted to a state park, it's a great short getaway.

I'll be honest, it was rainy all week, so we just stayed in our Jammie's and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Hubby read The Count of Monte Christo and I listened to In the Company of a Courtesan while doing some hand sewing.

It was just wonderful relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet. Phone signal was extremely intermittent and there was no internet. Yes, that kind of getaway. Just pure quiet rest.

This week has been sluggish for the both of us. I know it's the gray. I'm trying to be better, but it's tough. I know I'll work through this.

I ordered a Clarisonic Mia Fit facial cleansing brush. Also got the delicate brush head for my delicate skin. I used it last night and loved it. The brush was so soft! I started with a micellar makeup remover swipe, used a basic hydrating non-foaming cleanser (Lubriderm or CeraVe) with the brush, and followed it with my double moisturizer whammy. (Laniege Perfect Renew Emulsion first, and after that soaked in, a good layer of CeraVe moisturizing cream in the big tub). The cream sealed it all in. Cheap, effective. My skin was so soft this morning. And it really helped with my oiliness. I hope this continues to work.

Today found me menu planning for the week. I bought a cookbook to give me ideas on how to use my electric pressure cooker more. I picked out three recipes to use this week. I may only make two. It depends on what I decide to do on Friday for dinner. It's an all-day sewing event at my house on Friday. It's one of my friend's birthday. The big 6-0. I am flying something special in for a treat. A Mardi Gras king cake from my favorite bakery in New Orleans.

That's about it. Not a lot about naught.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Much ado about nothing

Not a whole lot is going on. The gray skies of a Pacific Northwest winter are getting to me. Not much motivation. I need to spend some time in my studio. I have full spectrum lighting in there. Actually, I need to change out my living room lights for that type as well.

We hit The Club on Sunday for the game. While we aren't huge pro football fans, it was fun to be around people of like interest. Oh, and a good cheeseburger, too! We are glad we joined. I got to talk to some new people and see some familiar faces.

Still working on the family issue, but that is good news. Someone wants to buy our working interest in some property we didn't know we owned. I consulted with some counsel on that and he explained the next steps. I'm glad I sought counsel that works in that field. While it won't be a big gain for us, it will put some needed jingle in our pockets. I look to having this settled in the next month or so. Every bit helps!

I'm trying to go cold turkey off flavored creamers in my coffee. Trying to drink it black. Occasional lattes excepted. Day two. So far so good. I notice it gets cooler faster without the creamers. Wonder why.

I am listening to a new audiobook. This one is by John Grisham. Gray Mountain. I like it! So far I've gone over my goal of three books a month. This one is about strip mining. Quite interesting.

Prayers go out to several readers. Most of you know who they are and their needs.

Dang, I think the huge Antonov just took off or landed at Boeing. While we are far from the airport, we occasionally get the noise. It was either that or the Dreamlifter judging by the low heavy roar.

I got the best news last night. A good friend of mine is dating a new guy. She told me all about it. Sounds serious. I'm so excited for her! She is a treasure and this guy sees that. I teamed up when she told me. Life sometimes takes you on a wild ride... And it's fun!

To the folks out east, be safe with the snow and ice. Please prepare. Have a great rest of the week and an awesome weekend!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Joys of Perfect Makeup

I'll confess. I've been struggling to find the correct foundation makeup for my skin. Before I cleared out my makeup I tested L'Oreal makeup's True Match line. C3 was spot on! I can't believe I haven't tried it before. It is my skin tone spot on!  I'm a happy makeup girl. Yay!

Been working behind the scenes on a family issue. It's nothing to be concerned about. It's just something that popped up late last year that needs to be handled delicately. Yesterday I was stressed about next steps. I talked it out with family and God, came to an answer yesterday. This was my devotional for today. Thank you.

I needed that.

I need to make a quilt for Baby Bea. I thought I picked out the pattern, but came across something even better. I can't wait to start on it. It is perfect times fifty!

Tomorrow will find me hosting a sew day with friends. I'm looking forward to it. No plans for the weekend other than visiting the Club on Sunday morning for the playoff game. I'll be bringing handwork to keep me busy.

Have an awesome weekend y'all!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Or lack thereof. It's my problem today. Slow going. The low dose muscle pills are working so far. I'm not waking up feeling like I've been run over by a truck. Despite this weekend's glorious sunshine, I'm slumping today. Not enough. Lol!

I managed to push some paper, make my to-do list, unload the dishwasher, and bake some bread. I guess I'll bloom in an hour or so. My audio book is getting so good! I highly recommend All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Yesterday was a glorious day! Sunshine times eleventy. Hubby wanted to visit the club we just joined, so we boarded the ferry to Whidbey Island and did lunch in the clubhouse bar during the Seahawks game. We arrived at third quarter when the Hawks started playing well. I must've been the good luck charm, because they crapped up when I left for the bathroom. When I came back, they started improving and won the game. It was fun. We made reservations for next week.

It amazes me how much better my Facebook feed is now that I did the cleanup. I hear more from people I want to hear from.

Tonight hubby and I will be prepping for a house meeting tomorrow night. I plan on doing this at least quarterly, or every other month as workload increases. I've noticed that the desire to perform tasks is waning, if you catch my drift. Don't want that. There is some complacency settling in after the purchase. My biggest fear. It's a job to keep up a house and household. This was part of the bargaining to buy a house. Mama ain't happy. It's the price of home ownership, so the field marshal in me has to come out before procrastination takes its toll.

Hope I survive. Lol!