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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Catching Up

Good afternoon and happy September!

I can't believe we are nine months into the year already. It just seems like we just celebrated New Year's day. I'm not happy with this time going at a break-neck speed. Sheesh, I'm gonna blink and it will soon be 2025!

This has been a good holiday weekend. I started it on Friday and Saturday sewing with some friends, and then we did our fall/winter clothes shopping. I bought me a new pair of black shoes (my old ones were 6 years old and had a small mishap, and I'm still searching for brown ones (those were about 7-8 years old). I can wear my boots and hikers until then. Time to retire the old stuff.

For me, Fall/winter shopping entails me going to Wally World and buying about 10 tops. I'm okay on the jeans front, but needed some tops. I have a knack for getting that dribble on the chest that doesn't come out in the wash no matter what I try. So as a result, I keep things simple and fairly disposable. This time it was 8 tops and three zip up sweatshirts. We don't need much in terms of coats here. So the zip up hoodies will be fine. I'm all about casual and comfortable.

Hubby sprung for some jeans, hiker pants, and flannel shirts from Cabelas. He said folks were shopping like crazy at Cabelas, filling their carts with ten pairs of jeans, a dozen shirts, coats and stuff. Turns out they were from British Columbia (Canada). Prices are just way too high up there for clothing and the rate exchange is so favorable for them right now. Then we wer at Kohl's to buy a pair of khakis and some crew neck sweaters.

Apple season has begun! Yay! Our local fruit stand is getting in a steady flow of apples. I'm a honeycrisp gal. When they are fresh up here, they are pure divine apple goodness. Came home with six to eat this week. Also got a bunch of veggies. Have a pot of smoked sausage soup going. Yum. Just what this gal has been craving. I used fresh tomatoes, onion, carrots celery, zucchini, cabbage, and green beans in it.

I've been having several weird cravings lately -- soup and Krystal burgers. I can't get Krystal's here in the Pacific Northwest, but I can make soup. So it's on the menu! I need to research some recipes to see if I can come close to making a Krystal burger.

I've been dealing with vertigo the last few days. It seems like the major dizziness is over. That was not fun. I didn't like things going topsy-turvy all at once. Now my ears are ringing like crazy. I guess that's better than the dizziness.

This too shall pass.

I'll be going on a blog hiatus this week and next week. Next week I'll be unplugging from all electronic communication. This is a planned good thing. Don't worry, all is well. Just wanting to take care and enjoy some things without interruption.

So, all that being said, I'll see you in a couple of weeks. Okay? I promise, I'll be back! LOL!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Thankful Things, Day Six

Good afternoon! Today is Day 6 of 7 of my Three Thankful Things series. 

As usual, today's thankful things are simple things: 
  1. Thankful for nourishment, for milk delivery. -- I found that with our milk delivery, I get better dates on our milk containers. That makes me happy. Hubby is a HUGE milk drinker. I go for the cottage cheese. (our delivery is three 1/2 gallons of 1% milk, 1 quart of chocolate milk, 1 small container of cottage cheese, and a dozen eggs -- every two weeks).
  2. Thankful for the sisterhood of quilting. -- This morning I went to a small group discussion on "modern" quilting. Mainly we just show and tell resources for inspiration and show off our work. It's nice to be able to share in a "safe" environment. 
  3. Thankful for clean clothes and the tools to keep them clean. -- I've been listening to a series of Amish-themed short stories this week. One of my audio books. That got me to thinking that I really have it easy doing laundry. Load. Push a Button. Done. Glad I don't have to do all that washing and drying stuff by hand!
It turned out that they found a couple of small issues with my car, so we'll be picking it up today. I'm hacked off at our previous car dealer that did some work on it. The new folks said the old guys put the wrong fluid in my transfer case, so we had to get that flushed out. That old dealer just sealed the "bad business deal" with me. They can keep the rest of their oil change package. (We've had other issues with them).

What I don't get is that the old guys were a dealer. They should know that stuff!!!!! 

The new dealer impressed me at the car intake process. they run it like the BMW dealer I used to use in TN (Back when I drove the bimmer). Very clean, professional,  and none of this "wink and gun condescending talk stuff to women. When hubby came to talk to these folks, he was intirduced to both the service intake guy and the shop boss. That's the way to do things! 

So today I get my car, all sparkly and new... No granddog hair, no cootie crumbs leftover from when the kids had it, and no Washington sand. LOL! It will officially be all mine! brand spanking new!

So we'll call the car stuff a bonus thankful thing for today. What are your three thankful things?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three Thankful Things, Day Five

Trying to think cool!
Good afternoon!
Here's today's list of thankful things:

  1. I'm thankful the ability to sleep well. -- There was a time when my sleep wasn't so restful. I'm glad I have the ability to shut down and sleep.
  2. I'm thankful that most of my sleep dreams don't come true. -- While some are funny, Some are not. This morning's dream was one of those. But that means tonight's is good. 
  3. Having a comfy bed and pillows -- Having a haven makes all the difference!

Notice a trend today? Yep, I hit that bed running last night.

I have a family member in need of prayer. Hubby's ex mother in law, "Grammie", a very dear woman to me, has broken her hip. The ball joint just broke off. No fall, just pain. She's young, but I still worry. This was the lady who lost her husband last year. They are doing surgery today. I'm not sure whether it will be repair or replacement.  She's a strong lady, but has dealt with a lot this past year. She needs some peace. And now some healing. 

A dear family friend passed away over the weekend. It's now after the funeral, and his wife and daughters need some prayerful love. 

I'll miss "Big Glenn", my friend's Dad (an adopted dad to me). He was good man. He served in the military. He was a good christian man. Loved his God and family more than anything. He had a mischievous streak. One of those guys who is bigger than life. 

My permanent memory of him was when they adopted me on a July 4th weekend at the lake. I can still see him "Hot-dogging" it on his jet ski... that funny Glenn smile he had... And us just laughing.  Good times. He was the most awesome pontoon captain I've ever met. Such a special man. 

God puts special people in our lives when we need them, and both these folks are special people in my life. Please keep them and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

I just finished a kitchen experiment. Hubby loves gravy. Me? Not so much. I had some burger patties that needed to be cooked, plus an onion fixing to be unusable. So I grabbed both and made a salisbury steak dish for him. He will love it! Hubby is all about meat and taters.

I used a gravy mix recipe I found online. It turned out great. Of course, I doctored it a bit. I doubled the mix recipe for a pint jar and added 1 tablespoon of onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. Then I added some Lea & Perrins to the finished gravy. The mix recipe is a keeper! It finished up well. And it even satisfies this non-gravy person.

So one dinner this week is covered. Not sure if it will be tonight or tomorrow. It depends if my car is done. If the car is done, we'll be headed back up to that Hungarian place again. (Sandy, thanks for being our guinea pigs!). He was bummed it wasn't open last night when we dropped off the jeep.

I was supposed to sew all day, but that's not happening. Oh well... 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Three Thankful Things

Good afternoon! It's Monday. Got up very early (4am), ready to start a new week. Couldn't go back to sleep, so I watched a couple of shows on Netflix. After I finish my lunch (salami and swiss on light rye with V8 juice and a homemade dill pickle on the side) I'm headed to Costco to buy groceries for the week. Don't want to go hungry. I've made that mistake before.

Today is day four of my seven days of the three thankful things challenge:
  1. Thankful for Mondays -- new day, new week, new beginning! (and today a new toothbrush!)
  2. Thankful for my Jeep. Today it's going in for a detail and regular maintenance. He'll come back spiffy clean and like new! I confess, this is the first detail job since I got it (we traded cars with kids when we moved out here). So this week, I'll have "new" spiffy clean car! (same car, but cleaner)
  3. Thankful for the internet as a informational, creative, and communication tool! The internet has enabled me to broaden my communication options, teach me a hobby, and meet new people I otherwise wouldn't have met. 
What am I getting at Cotsco? Funny you ask. I need to stock up on some bottled water, now that my pantry shelves are cleared and re-organized. I'm also getting some general grocery items. Nothing exotic or exciting. I'll likely be car-less of two days at the most, hopefully one at the least. Depends on how the electronic service updates go and whatever else needs to be done. 

It's a sunny day and a perfect day for running errands. Hope the start of your week is going as good, if not better, than mine is! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Three Thankful Things, Days Two and Three

Our view from the truck.

I'm going to cheat and combine two days into one.

A nice lighthouse
Day Two:
  1. This beautiful planet -- Yesterday we boarded several ferry boats on an adventure. Most of the time we spent at Fort Worden State Park. We visited a marine museum. I got to touch a sea urchin and a starfish! How cool is that?
  2. The means and ability to enjoy it.  -- So glad that we have the ferry system here in the Puget Sound area. Those short little ferry rides are like a vacation in itself. At one point we saw a parade of three cruise ships sailing away just after we arrived at Whidbey Island. That was a treat, for sure!
  3. Appreciation for simple things. -- Sitting out there looking out on the Strait of San Juan DeFuca is peaceful. Listening to the water, smelling the sea air that the cool breeze brings in (the wet, green smell of the kelp), and being able to feel "still in the heart" to enjoy the full experience.
Day Three:
  1. I am thankful for sleeping late and coffee. -- Yes, I'm thankful for a "thing" my coffee pot. There is something satisfying about a cup of coffee. Food's way of saying, "slow down and savor a new beginning."
  2. I am thankful for the love of family and friends.  -- While this is a given, some people don't experience this. That makes me sad. Part of this morning's quiet time was spent thinking about a dear "family of choice" member who passed earlier yesterday. 
  3. I am thankful for the roof over my head, clean water to drink, food, and all the comforts of life I've earned.  -- Some of the comforts I've earned, some are blessings. These were not entitlements. I'm thankful for both. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Three Thankful Things, Day One

I've been tagged for listing three thankful things for seven days by a FB friend. I'm going to try to post these things here as well and go into more detail about why I'm thankful for that.

Now onto today's thankful things:
  1. I am thankful for God granting second chances. It amazes me that through grace, we are granted second chances after learning a hard lesson. Call it karma, call it grace... but we always get a second chance to change for the better. There was a pivotal moment in my life when it took a tremendous shift. I was 35 years old and learned that my life is not to be lived through direction of others, but should be lived through my own direction. This second chance was a blessing in disguise. The journey to get through that shift took me three or more years after that to work out, but I'm glad I did it. 
  2. I am thankful for understanding what's important to me and my life. The lesson itself was difficult, but I saw the blessing it provided. When you spend time holding the hand of a loved one who is dying, it gives you a new perspective on life. You forget the past and focus on the present, the here and now. That's all you can really control -- the present. When we are faced with small battles in daily life, I constantly refer back to that day in the shoes of the loved one thinking, "Would I really worry about that on my deathbed? ...Is this really worth the stress?  ...What was important to me in that moment?"
  3. I am thankful for giving and receiving love. Aside from prayer, this is the greatest gift one can give another -- true, genuine love. It comes from the heart and soul. I struggle with showing this to others, but know that deep-down I feel it. 
I know, deep thoughts for a Friday... But these three things are the essence of me. What are your three things?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I am alive

Through the back window screen. 
The trees are starting to change.

I am alive. Just not much going on. Too mundane to bore ya.

I will say that the weather is getting more seasonal. Thank goodness. I was getting tired of the hot weather. It's finally down to the 50s-70s today. Beats the 60s-90s. But with this cooler weather comes overcast skies. Boo! But hey, beggars can't be choosers. 

So, in order to make this post worthwhile, I'll just ask you a question. How is your week so far? What's your "good thing"?

My week is going well. And my good thing is the break in temperature!

Make it a geat rest of the week, y'all!