Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Today is the first day of the rest of my life

First let me start by saying thank you to all of you who left me such encouraging comments yesterday. That's why I love all my blog pals. You lift me up when I'm feeling down and remind me that everything is going to be just fine.

Yesterday I started my day with a bright and sunny attitude. I had an extra spring in my step as I made it through the work day. I was talking to the girl in the deli and I was saying I should go home and mow since it was going to be a cooler day than what today is supposed to be. By the end of the day I was making excuses saying that I couldn't mow because I had used the last of the gas the last time I mowed.  Now I bet you are wondering what that has to do with anything. Why not go out and get more right? Well my excuse has been that once I get home and let Gibbs out I hate to have to pen him back up again to go get the gas. So I get home prepared to blow off the chore and then I gave myself a little kick. Reminded myself that there is no reason why Gibbs can't ride along to get the gas. I grabbed the can and his leash and off we went. Then I came home and got the mowing done. My lines look a little crooked.

Would you follow this path?

This is what my shaggy Mr Gibbs has done. He goes out the basement door and takes off running around the side of the house. It looks horrible but it is what it is.

After mowing and a few pictures we went in to have some dinner followed by a shower for me and bath for shaggy boy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Baby steps

Lately I've been feeling like I'm falling short in a lot of things. I've been a bit of a disappointment to myself but I suppose I've had a rather distorted view of  how things should be.

So I've decided to look at life through rose colored glasses and reward myself for every small accomplishment instead of beating myself up for not completing an entire project.

Yes, ok, I did take a nap on my day off but I also filled a box with stuff to go out with the trash. Now I need to find a way to encourage myself to lose all the weight I have gained. It's gotten to the point that aside from the people I see every day at work, I'm embarrassed to have anyone see just how much weight I've put on. I know I need to start exercising and I keep telling myself that today is the day. Unfortunately when I get home from work I sit down and then I'm done for.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Winging it

After coming home from work yesterday I think I may have fallen down a rabbit hole because time seemed to disappear. Although that could have something to do with the naps that I took. I decided to just pull an old photo out of the archives for today.

While I was looking through all these old pictures I kept thinking to myself that I need to get back into going out with my camera and really making an effort to take more pictures. Then on top of that I need to spend time editing. I used to really enjoy that and I've gotten away from doing much of it.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sorry Charlie.

If you like tuna, you just might like this quick and easy tuna pasta salad.

 The recipe makes 2 servings and I had it for dinner 2 nights in a row. I really liked it. I suppose you could eat it hot or cold but the first night it was warm because I had just cooked the noodles. The second night I put it in the microwave for a minute and it was just as yummy.

I found this recipe in a Woman's World magazine

Zingy Tuna Pasta Salad
4 oz penne pasta
3 Tbs olive oil
1Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs shallot (I used red onion because it was all I had)
1 5 oz can tuna, drained
2 Tbs sliced olives
Basil leaves

1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water. Drain; reserve
2. In large bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice and shallot; season to taste with salt and pepper. Add pasta, tuna and olives; toss until well coated. Divide pasta salad between two individual serving bowls. Garnish with basil leaves.

I'm sure this will be a regular over the summer since it's so easy to put together. Perfect for those nights when you don't feel like doing much cooking..

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Going green

Or maybe this is turning over a new leaf. Either way it's the result of me walking around the yard with my camera looking for green leaves.

I don't know what this is. A neighbor gave it to me when she was thinning out her flower beds. She told me at the time but I haven't a clue now.


This one is easy. I tried for years to get hostas to grow in my yard with no success. These were transplants from the house Wade lived in before we were married.

It might be a weed but I liked the look of the leaves.

Years ago, my dad gave me some lupine seeds. Because of something viney that is growing in the same area as these, fewer and fewer come up each year.

Friday, May 17, 2019

I can't believe I'm going to show you this

I'm really going to embarrass myself here but I found this while I was looking through some files. If you can't handle bad singing then just skip watching.

This was back in 2014. Me having fun and being silly. I hope it at least makes you laugh.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thoughts on the Amish

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We have a lot of Amish customers come through the store where I work. I've noticed that while some of the women are friendly and will chat a bit, most of the women are polite but only will speak to you when necessary. The men are way more friendly than the women. And then there are the children. I am amazed at the difference in the way they behave compared to non Amish children. Not only do the they walk and stay right by the parent, they are quiet and well behaved. Even babies are good. I don't think I have ever heard any of their babies crying.
I was kind of disappointed though the first time I saw one of the Amish women buying a cake mix. I was under the impression that they baked everything from scratch.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Through the window

It's still cold and gloomy around here so I've got more through the window shots.

This tree in one of my neighbors back yards is so pretty right now.

This is in the front yard of the neighbor across the street.

I'm hoping that when I get home from work today it's dry enough and I have enough energy to mow. We shall see.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rainy days and Mondays

I haven't been very good at blogging lately. I write my posts the day before they publish and then schedule them to publish at 12:30 a.m.  Since Sunday was a rather busy day, I just never got around to putting a post together.

I worked until 1:30 and then shortly after I got home my son and his family came over. After they left I was chilling for a while and then my daughter came over to hang out. By the time she left I was ready for pajamas and some snoozing on the couch.

Monday was cold and rainy. The song may say that rainy days and Mondays always get me down but I don't feel that way about either. Of course if it's days upon days of rain then I'm not quite so happy. I may not have gotten outside but I did point my camera out the window. The tree in my next door neighbors yard is looking quite pretty.

Just look at all the green we have here now.

I want to thank you all for all the Mothers Day wishes on Sunday. I hope everyone had a great day and here's to a wonderful rest of the week.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mothers Day

Today we celebrate moms everywhere. I didn't have a close relationship with my mother and for all my efforts I can't say that I was that much better at being one myself but I tried.

Happy Mothers day.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Something old

At one point I decided that I wanted to try digital scrapbooking. It was cheaper than the real thing and no mess to clean up when you were done creating a page. It didn't take long for me to decide that I wasn't all that good at it and I moved on to other things. I do have lots of pages saved though and today I'm sharing a couple.

This was a two page layout that I did using pictures of Wade, Duke and Pringle the cat.

In case you can't read the text it says
Wade was having a morning cup of coffee. Pringle being curious as cats often are wanted to know what was in the cup. Duke being the ever jealous one couldn't stand by and see the cat getting something that he wasn't. Duke licked the cup dry demonstrating that Folgers just like Maxwell House is good to the last drop.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Difference of opinion

While I was out and about on Monday I happened to see a woman with a child on a leash. I never used one and have always hated seeing them being used on a child. So then I come home and I see this on Facebook.

I found it funny and shared it. Apparently it struck a nerve with someone though because this is what she had to say
 You find that funny? At fairs, carnivals, I used a leash on my kids when they were little..It's a safety issue in crowds and NOT to be made fun of. One woman confronted me once. I asked her how old her kids were; one was 6, the other 8. Then I asked her where they were.. Oh, somewhere around here, why? I responded that mine were "right"

My reply was that yes I did find it funny and that I have never liked leashes on children and found them to be a poor substitute for a watchful eye. OOPS!! I guess that was the wrong thing to say also. Her next response was

when I used them - was 50 years ago. I was watchful and I resent the implication that the leash means a parent is not. I used them at places where there were large crowds. We are each entitled to our opinion I suppose.

I replied that there was no offense intended and it's just a difference of opinion. What I wanted to say was that the parents I've seen using them are not paying any attention to the child. Even in a large crowd someone could unhook them and snag the child while the parent is paying attention to something else. In my opinion a leash is not the best way to keep your child safe. Hold their hand, carry them, put them in a stroller. 

So tell me what is your opinion about using a leash on a child? 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Green and yellow

Growing up, I remember hearing the saying "Green and yellow, catch a fellow". Not sure where it came from or why I remember it but it goes with my post today since it's about the yellow dandelions that were mowed down yesterday. Now my yard is more green than yellow.

Oh and in case anyone is wondering, the answer is no, I am not in search of a fellow. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The game of life

Yesterday it consisted of accidentally staying a half hour over at work. I got home and attempted to take care of some household chores and failed. I was however successful at paying some bills. I also excelled in couch lounging.

Today I get to do it all over again. It's like one never ending boring loop.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

What a pita

Who knew that trying to make your very last mortgage payment ever could be such a PITA (and I'm not talking about the bread)

The payment was due on May 1 but I have until the 15th to pay without getting a late charge. I went online to make the payment on Thursday May 2. I got a message saying that they were unable to process my request and to call the 800 number for assistance.

May3, after work I tried one more time to make the payment online. Still got the same message so I tried the 800 number. The person I talked to said that I needed to get a payoff statement and then send a certified check for the last payment. She also told me the payoff amount and the escrow balance amount. She informed me that my taxes had been paid but that I would have to pay the homeowners insurance but the current policy was paid until October. She said that I could go to a local branch to get the payoff statement or they could mail me one. I figured going to a branch was easier and quicker so I would do that.

May 6 was the first opportunity I had to go to a local PNC branch. I got there shortly after opening and went to the teller and informed her of what I needed. Between her, the person on the phone and another employee who was standing there, they informed me that they were not able to provide an accurate payoff and that I would need to call the 800 number.
Back home I get on the phone again and talk to another person. This one apparently had more knowledge. She told me that since I had a higher escrow balance than principal balance they could take the final payment from that and then send me the remainder. They will also mail me a copy of the payoff. The information also goes to the county who will then in turn release the deed.

Long story short, I no longer have a mortgage payment although I haven't gotten the official paper work. Would you like to do a happy dance with me?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Am I blue? Or maybe just old.

Don't worry, I'm not feeling down and that isn't why I didn't post yesterday. I'm just getting really lazy about coming up with stuff.

I put out some flowers (cheap fake ones but they last longer than real ones)

Then I remembered this bird that I've had for a while and since it matched I set it next tot he flowers

Saturday while I was out and about I discovered an antique store that I didn't realize was there. I went in and browsed. Can't say that I really saw anything that caught my eye.

More errands to do today and hopefully I'll get something really big taken care of before the day is over.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

With a little help from Facebook

I'm cheating today and posting a few things I found on Facebook.

I could use this at work. There is one person in particular who wears her pants way too low and her shirts aren't long enough so every time she bends over there she is. I just want to know why I always have to see it.

YES!! All you have is my word that I never did anything stupid back in the day.

Darn. Maybe next week.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Big vs Little

Yesterday at work I was pulling the frozen dough that would be used today. I pulled out a new case of petite cinnamon rolls and opened the box. This is what I found in there.

The one on the left is the size the rolls should be. The box had a lot of rolls that looked like the one on the right. In the past I would get this kind of inconsistency in size and when I questioned it I was told that the company says they are withing specs. 
I decided to see how much difference there was in weight. The one on the left weighed .09, the one on the right weighed .05 
I made a call to the warehouse and told them about the issue. I was told they would issue a credit. I asked if they needed me to return the case and I was told no. Looks like some of us are going to be getting some baby cinnamon rolls for a treat this morning.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Test run

Since mother's day is getting close I decided I needed to come up with something special to do at work. I searched pinterest and came up with my own version of something I saw there.

I took a 1/4 sheet cake which is a 13x9 size cake and cut it in 4 pieces and I also used 6 cupcakes.

In case you aren't sure it's supposed to be flowers in a vase. The one I saw on Pinterest used cupcakes for the whole thing but I chose to use the cut cake instead. Of course when I do these for mother's day they will say something different but I put the hello spring on this one so I could put it out in the case now.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Baby leaves and yeah me

Oh my it's May 1st already. Time sure does fly.

So I shut my computer down and restarted it the other day and now it will read my SD card again. I took this through one of the bedroom windows on a less than sunny day but baby leaves make me happy.

And here's a collage of some of the pictures I posted the other day.

So what's the yeah me part of this post? I had almost forgotten about it until I looked at the calendar yesterday. Then I realized that it was 6 years ago yesterday that I smoked my very last cigarette. It was my third time quitting but this time I think I can safely say it's for good.
So the question for the day is Are you a smoker, ex smoker or have you never tried it?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A new day

What a difference a day can make. You saw what Sunday was like and today I'll tell you that Monday was nothing like it. It was cold, gray and gloomy. There was a bright side to it though.

I went to Cracker Barrel for lunch to meet up with some very old friends. These were girls that I grew up with in my neighborhood. Two are sisters that I saw a couple years ago and one more recently at the beginning of the year. The third one I hadn't seen since I married my first husband in 1982.

We had a nice lunch then I came home and napped for the rest of the afternoon.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Not a bad day

Aside from having to get up at 4am and go to work, yesterday was a rather nice day. The temperature wasn't very high but the sun was shining and it felt warmer than what the thermometer said.

I popped out in the yard and took a few pictures with my cell phone. We don't have a whole lot of leaves on the trees yet and this one in the back yard has fewer than the tree in my front yard. I loved the blue sky though

And there are dandelions out there. I love seeing them but I bet my neighbor who has his yard sprayed every year hates seeing my yard full of them

In amonst the weeds I found some grape hyacinth too.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Looking back

Part of the reason I didn't post yesterday was because I can't get my computer to read my SD card. The other part was because I was just feeling lazy.

Still can't get the pictures off the card but I thought I would go back a few years to around the same time of year.


I think that was frost on the grass and why I took the picture

2017. It looked a bit stormy but I think we had more green on the trees.

2016 No leaves on the trees but we had lots of dandelions.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Can you guess

I'm sure that if you read my post yesterday you will have no problem guessing what I did when I got home from work yesterday. Yep, I got that lawn mower filled with oil, gas and my grass is cut. Yeah me!

I thought I was going to have a picture of fresh cut grass but apparently my computer doesn't want to cooperate today so today you just get words.

The lawn still doesn't look great because when I mowed I just chopped up all the leaves that were still laying there from last fall and now they are all just laying there but it's cut and it looks better than it did. Looks like I got it done just in time too since there is rain in the forecast for Friday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday it says no rain but it's only supposed to be up to 47.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The struggle is real

You may recall my griping last year about my broken mower. I made it through with what I had but knew this year I would have to buy a new one. In the past week everyone around me has mowed making my yard look absolutely horrible.

Although I didn't want to go, I forced myself to head to Home Depot after work and buy a new mower. I got it home and sent a text to my daughter asking if they could stop on their way home so Rob could get it out of my vehicle for me. There was no way I was going to get that box out on my own. He stops puts it in the basement for me and they are on their merry way.

I head downstairs to open the box and put it together. Piece of cake right?

Pardon the crappy cell phone picture but it's what I had to use.

Perhaps my brain was just too tired but the pictorial directions for putting the handle on and then adding the oil was totally confusing. I sent a text to my son asking if he could put it together for me. He said sure, probably this weekend. That's great but I was hoping to mow tomorrow after work. I stewed a while and headed back to the basement to show this mower that I am not as stupid as it is trying to make me feel.  I won the battle of the handle which is now attached. Today I battle the oil.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

From Easter

Today I can finally get to posting about Easter. I did have to work that day but only half a day. Then I went home to start dinner. Both my kids were over with future spouses and the star of the show Presley. I didn't take a ton of pictures because my phone takes horrible pictures and I didn't feel like getting out the good camera.

I posted this on Facebook the other day.  Looks like she was having a chat with the Bunnies.

And by the looks of that finger I think she was letting them know that next year she better get a bigger and better basket.

Amanda took this one with her cell phone. Cutest bunny around.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A birthday in heaven

While going through wedding pictures for my post yesterday I found one of Wade, my brother and myself and realized that today would have been my brother's birthday.

Happy Birthday in heaven big brother.

Mike was 5 years older than me and he passed away when he was 57.

Monday, April 22, 2019

13 years ago

On April 22, 2006 Wade and I were married. Today I celebrate the anniversary of that date alone.

Can someone please tell me why I always get caught with the weirdest looks on my face?

This was the group shot with some of my family.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter

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