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Monday, May 29, 2017

Windy Whining

We've been in the midst of wind storms for the past several days, and even though we live on the prairies (where strong winds and extreme temperatures are kind of our thing), we're all sick of it now. Yesterday wasn't even our worst day, but we came home from church to find that a large section of our fence had blown down. And then I had to secure patio furniture, because it was blowing around! I'm sick of it. I want to be outside in my garden. I want to stand outdoors without bracing myself against the blast.

But, the forecast says it's supposed to die down over the next day, and warm weather is in the forecast. And so, even though today I will spend one more day making soup and wrapping myself in a cozy blanket, and staying indoors, I'm filling my calendar with plans for sunshine and barbecuing.

(I just realised that I'll probably be holding down the fort by myself today, as it's Memorial Day for the American pixies. I'll see the rest of you tomorrow.)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Things will be more normal in a few weeks, but meanwhile....


Help!  I've got wedding brain!   The bride's not even wearing white, and this is what I did to a gift!

The cats are helping me keep it real.  Senior cat contributed early morning barks in several locations, for example.  Junior cat continues to remind me several times daily that she could potentially starve if I fail to replace the missing kibble immediately.

We went to a nearby little nature-oriented fair yesterday, and got to meet this great therapy dog.  I mean, he was huge, and the sweetest boy, yes he was.  Then we witnessed some heated words between the people staffing 2 adjoining environmentally-friendly booths, with the native plant lady telling a clean energy guy that she'd been listening to what he was telling people, and he was full of something something.  There was a live geologist on site with several dozen kinds of rocks, but he was really involved explaining something to a park service person, so my beloved didn't get a chance to ask questions.  Also, I found out that a family down the street is having a baby in October!!  Yay!

What's the haps at your place?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week of Ups and Downs

Hello, Pixies. I hope that everyone had a peaceful weekend. We successfully simplified our Mother's Day this year, by opting out of everything all weekend (except church). Mr. Q tilled our vegetable garden patch, and I got about 1/3 of it planted. Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Q and E played video games, so that I could soak in the tub for a little while without a small creature banging on the door. I watched a British mystery show. We had takeout for lunch, after church. (It turns out that fast food places are really quiet, on the day when everyone is trying to go for brunch.) After a weekend without any obligations to anyone else, I feel relaxed like I just came back from a spa weekend.

And it's a good thing I feel this relaxed, because this afternoon, I have another internal ultrasound appointment. (Whiiiiiiine.) Cross all appendages that the result of this appointment is "everything's getting better on its own!" and not "We need to book you for surgery, because it's worse."

So: ups and downs today. I'm drinking my tea and staring out the window, trying to hold on to that last bit of peace from the weekend, and am trying not to fret about the afternoon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

I'm late!

An important whine has already been registered on last week's thread!

Over here, the obsessive wedding planning continues.  Last night, I urgently informed my husband that we ought to have black beans at the picnic, we could warm them on the camp stove.  He gave me a really funny look, and said, "Beans?"  So I decided not to pursue that conversation...

What's happening at your place?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Uncreative Whining

I figure it's my turn to host a whining session, but I can think of nothing at all exciting or thematic.

Or even particularly whine-worthy. (I'm sure I'll think of something soon).

So I'm all ears for your whines, pixies.


Monday, April 24, 2017

More. Fireplacing. Snow. Edition

We were suddenly piled under with snow in the night! I hear that Sue's town is snowy today as well. Even the snow-loving Li'l E responded to the news of snow with "WHY?!" It's so surreal, because I was going without a jacket this past week, and was getting things ready to put into the garden. But this is Canada, and I have experienced snow in every month of the year at least once (except for July). But I'm still dreading driving in this mess this morning.

So, I guess if esperanza's air conditioning still isn't working, we could send some of this weather south! 

How are you all doing? It's going to be a busy one for us, and I might not be around much on the weekend (my parents' 40th anniversary, plus celebrations of both siblings' birthdays). 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Winding down


We had the almost-in-laws and my cousin for Easter dinner, and a good time was had by all!  Several of the menfolk gathered 'round the BBQ in the rain and got stuff grilled.  Per tradition, I almost forgot to serve two dishes (asperagus and the veggie main dish), but caught that in the nick of time.  I sent everybody home with their selections from the communal  Easter basket, having decided that people in their late 20's and above do not need individual baskets.

Some stray wedding stuff got settled, too.  The happy couple seems to like my idea for picnic decor, colorful  paper lanterns to hang from the trees.  My husband is so excited about the rehearsal dinner picnic that he bought an extra grill, plus another skewer contraption that lets you turn the skewers.  (Both items were tested last night, and passed inspection.)

Today, tired -- but still feeling the glow from the festivities.

Tomorrow a friend from the far end of the state will drive out of her way to come for a short visit and lunch!

What's happening out your way?