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Monday, February 12, 2018

Will you be my Valentine?

My sweetie and I don't do anything big on Valentine's Day -- maybe a toast, maybe some flowers.  But I loved this day when the kids were little, and everybody in everybody's class exchanged cards.  It was such a lovely reminder to be kind, to look for the good in others, to work past differences.

Oops, I forgot to get cards to send my kids!  Well, on the list for today...

My son and his fabulous wife will be taking a belated honeymoon trip next month, and they'll miss Easter (plus Passover, just a couple days before).  I usually go a little nuts and make Easter baskets for the kids (adulthood does not change some obligations), but none of them will be here!  Plus, we usually invite the in-laws over, but this year I think we'll have a belated Easter feast instead, after the honeymooners return.  My husband's must-do for Easter is cooking his mom's specialties, lamb shish kebab and pilaf, etc., which works better with a small crowd.

What's new with you?


Monday, February 5, 2018

Dreaming of springtime

We are under a giant pile of snow, with temperatures that keep dipping into the Extreme Cold Warning regions, but I am surrounded by packets of seeds and seed catalogues. I spent part of the afternoon coordinating a combined seed order with a friend, and planning out how to save efforts this year (we'll start our seeds together, and then let Mr. Q water them all under the grow lights at school, taking away the temptation to spend lots of money on bedding plants). It's minus a billion outside, and I'm dragging my feet, avoiding the frigid drive to piano lessons, and so I'm filling my brain with daydreams of sunshine and green leaves.

Thank goodness February is such a short month.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Coming up on February

How'd that happen?  So far, this year seems to be flying by.  Which is good, because Spring will start showing up before long!  But it's probably time to take down my Christmas cards.  I like seeing them; they remind me of people I love.  (OK, not the one from my husband's dentist...)

I'm going to try packing and freezing some of the food I cook.  For some reason, I keep cooking like we have a houseful of teenagers; and then we end up bored out of our minds by leftovers that last too long.  More organized people have always done this; I am a slow learner, when it comes to meal planning.  Never too late, right?  The second part of the project is using stuff we have stuffed in the freezer!  I remembered to put some chicken in the refrigerator to thaw, last night.  There is, however, a small lasagna, of an uncertain year of origin ("probably this decade" is best I can do), which I figure needs to be retired.

Not very much excitement planned for this week.  Having lunch with my dad's cousin on Thursday, and we'll probably window shop and catch up a little.

What's happening at your place?

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Bit of Whine & a Bit of Anti-whine

Around here, it's a big AW week - our son is coming for a visit at the end of the week. Yay!

On the other hand, today is (allegedly) my day off, and I must attend two chunky meetings. One via phone, one in person. I designate that as whine-worthy.

Somewhere in between said meetings, I need to do some cleaning around here.

What's new in your world, pixies?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Slip-sliding along

Greetings from Frozen Ice World! It's terribly cold today, and then it's supposed to melt and refreeze midway through this week, and so watch this space for further whining about slippery conditions. (Or maybe it'll melt the thick layer of ice that's currently covering the city, and make it all better? I'm going to hope that it'll melt it and make it go away.)

I'm also fighting a constant headache, and typing this in a hurry, as a 5 year old climbs all over me, asking me when I'll be done and pay attention to her.

How are things where you are?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Oh, oh, it's raining again!

This is a good news kind of thing, because we are now having some decent steady rainfall after this horrible late fire season, one of the worst snowpack reports on record for this time of year, and yadda.   (No, we don't get snow here; but our water comes from the mountains, and not much has happened up there so far.)

I hope the extreme cold and snow and everything is calming down in other sectors of the continent.

It's my baby's birthday today!  She plans to buy textbooks, go play with the animals at the shelter, have some cake, etc. 

The dog had a full weekend, and because he's not fond of rain, he is being a couch potato dog today, watching reruns from a few decades ago.  We have never had a dog this spoiled.  It's a little embarrassing.  He has not, however, cried or barked once since the Dog Man went to work this morning -- proving that particular staple of the weekends is totally a trick to make the Dog Man pay attention to him.  My husband is being emotionally manipulated; or as some might say, "trained."  ;)

Wildlife news:  My sweetie hung a kind of sack of seed from a tree, which has attracted all these tiny yellow finches that I never saw before.  The yellow birds drop some of the offerings on the ground, which attracts bunches of little brown birds who peck around on the patio.  Not happening right now, due to rain, but it's been quite the show!

What's happening at your place?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

So long, 2017!

Posting a little early, because I am so done with this past year.  Be Gone!  Get Outta Here!


So, let's welcome the brand new 2018!  May things go smoothly enough.  May we all love and be loved.  May peace grow, and sanity prevail.  xoxo

We rarely make it to midnight, choosing (as we almost always do) to celebrate in a more convenient time zone.  And, one more time, we are going nowhere tonight, because it's too crazy on this particular evening.  There is some bubbly, which seems festive enough.

On New Year's Day, the only really strong tradition in our house is watching the Rose Parade.  Somebody will probably watch some football, and notify me if they broadcast the marching bands (the only part of football that I like).  The tree usually gets un-decorated, and much more quickly than the decorating process.  I'm going to do blackeyed peas, greens, bacon, and other stuff in the crockpot, with a side of rice, in a nod to Southern traditions.

What's happening at your place?  HAPPY NEW YEAR!