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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?

Monday, April 10, 2017



Happy Passover!  We are going to Seder with the future-in-laws tonight.

Still trying to find a home for the New Cat, but my vet office is going to help.

What's new with you?

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Showers Whining

Greetings Pixies!

I'm not actually too whiny about the rain. It's cleaning up all the leftover dirt and crud left behind by the snowplows and salt over the winter.

Also, I'm heading out to run a few errands and I can test the waterproofing on my new rain jacket!

What's new in your world?


Monday, March 27, 2017

May this week be brighter...


Doing much better, so far today.  ;)   Think it's been a low-level crud for over a week, but it came to a head (so to speak) yesterday.

AW:  Sunshine today!  And holy cow, no rain predicted all week!  The universe has been trying to make up for the 5 year drought, all in one season.  Which is cool and everything; snowpack is such that there could be skiing on the 4th of July, which doesn't happen around here, and that also means the water supply will keep flowing even after the rain stops.  But enough already.

W:  It is well beyond time to start tackling the mess of papers in my office.  They are disorganized, and there are lots of them.  Maybe one sector at a time?

Thanks for all the dress suggestions last week! 

What is new with you?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Equinox Edition

Greetings, whining pixies! I hope that this first (technical) day of spring is treating you well. Our day started off in a very Canadian fashion: explaining to our preschooler how there can still be snow on the ground if it is the first day of spring. "But it's still winter!" she protested, and then put on a shirt covered in snowflakes and hearts, to show her true allegiance.

(Speaking of the first day of spring, now that the snow is starting to melt, I need to place a call to E's pediatric allergist, to see if she's finally old enough for testing for seasonal allergies, and then we need to stock up on our preferred brand of antihistamine.)

Even though the kid doesn't believe it, there are sure signs of (Canadian) spring here today. A lot of snow has melted over the past week, to the point that the roads and sidewalks are entirely clear of ice and snow, and we didn't need to bundle up for the walk to school nearly as much as usual. These factors led us to arrive to school three whole minutes earlier than usual, even though we started getting ready at our usual time, even though Little Miss Wintertime insisted on waddling like a penguin all the way to school.

It also feels like the end of a long hibernation, as we all emerged from the house for the first time since the Tummy Blargh hit our house. What a relief to be out in the sunshine, and out among people again. And so, this edition of Wednesday Whining arrives with the faintest smells of bleach and laundry detergent (as I try to eradicate lingering contagions around the house).

How are things where you live?

Monday, March 13, 2017

What a week. Already.

I hear tell of blizzard conditions coming in on the east coast and elsewhere.  Everybody stay safe and warm!

Well, I tried to get to jury duty, but I don't drive freeways much because of panic attacks, so I tried to follow an unfamiliar surface route, and then I got lost and had a bad panic attack anyway.  Found my way home, fortunately.  And when I called the nice jury person, she pointed out that I can be excused if public transit would take more than 90 minutes each way -- which, it does.  (2 trains and a shuttle bus.)  Maybe next time they'll call me to the closer courthouse.

What else is going on?

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Blizzard

While it's almost spring in most of your regions (except for Sue's as well, I imagine), I'm looking at the window at the beginning of a blizzard in March. Yesterday was spring-like. We had melting temperatures, and we went to the playground, and it was glorious. But not today: E and I walked to preschool just as the storm was starting to hit, and it was so ridiculous that I had another preschool parent drive me home, so that I didn't have to walk home straight into the driving wind. (And I'll drive to pick up E after school, as well.)

This morning, during this wee moment of peace, I'm drinking tea and watching British TV shows, and making myself as cozy as possible. But I think that, this afternoon, I'll have E help me start our tomato and cucumber bedding plants, and plan our vegetable garden. Even with this late blizzard, spring is still coming.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Almost Spring!

Lengthening days really cheer me up!  Today is sunny, too, even though we got some more rain in the night.  Yay!

I've finally gotten together a box of books featuring pictures more than words, to send to my SIL's memory care facility.  They're trying to improve the house library with books that might be more enjoyable for the residents.  The box weighs a ton, though.

This week's wedding-related project is hunting for good disposable / compostable plates, cutlery, cups, etc.  We're going with plastic wineglasses, and hard plastics are recyclable in our city.  Win win win!

I am apparently way too excited about this wedding.  Got carried away in my mind about table decor, yesterday.  Table decor!  Because actually, that is just so fun.  (Now my pop-up ads assume that I am a huge personal fan of organza and tulle, whereas I was just thinking about how to add a little gold "pop" to the tables -- because when asked about colors, the bride mentioned she likes gold.)  It is time to find a hobby or something.   Craft deprived, that's what's going on....

What excitement is going on with you and yours?


Monday, February 20, 2017

Oops, another week popped up.

Thankfully, got a lot of sleep last night, and am nearly normalish.

Hope those with maladies are recovering!

We just got over yet another storm on Saturday, ran into rain in the city we visited, and the skies opened with pouring rain in the night.  No drought here, not any more!

Need to start organizing my tax stuff this week.  That should certainly brighten things up (not).

What's new with you?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hearts and Chocolates for Everyone!!

Happy Valentine's week, pixies!

Hubby and I don't generally make a fuss about Valentine's Day.

How about you?

In other news, two days ago I left the light inside the car on and now it won't start. Rats.

Monday, February 6, 2017

What makes this week special?

In case you don't know, here is a partial list of events celebrated this week:

Just Say No to PowerPoint Week – February 5-11, 2017
Freelance Writers Appreciation Week – February 5-11, 2017 (Second Week of February)
Boy Scout Anniversary Week – February 5-11, 2017
National School Counseling Week – February 6-10, 2017
International Networking Week – February 6-10, 2017
Kraut and Frankfurter Week – Second Week of February
International Week of Black Women in the Arts – February 7-15, 2017
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week – February 7-14, 2016
Dump Your Significant Jerk Week – February 7-13 (Always Week Before Valentine’s Day)

AW's:  We personally will not be observing kraut and frankfurters.  Nobody has named me a "significant jerk" so far this week.   I can totally get on board with No to PowerPoint.  And, hooray for school counselors!

What's the news at your place?

Monday, January 30, 2017

I have a feeling....

I have a feeling this will continue to be another week of SURPRISE news, every fireplacing day.  Got my fax and computer fired up, I'm ready to go.

AW:  I got a connection!  A local supplier of GS cookies, and lots of them!  And I'll get this big order this week!  My friend's adult daughter is a longtime GS who works with some of the local groups, and she set me up!  The order is big because I plan to put some aside for the wedding, and also for emergency use.  (I know, these are not usually features of weddings, but my theory is that everybody loves them and you can't get them in June.)

AW:  The dog is feeling herself again, at least for now.  She had a couple of hikes with The Man this weekend.

What's happening out your way?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Birthday Whining

Wednesday is Mini's birthday. The calendar says she is turning 7, though I'm not sure how that has happened. She informs me that she will now wipe her own bottom, since she is turning 7. This means I will no longer hear this precious sentence, yelled at the top of her lungs, frequently when I'm on the phone, "Mom! Can you come wipe my bottom? I had to go poop!"

My present concern (of the first world variety) is that no one will come to her party. We've invited the class, but nobody has rsvp-ed. Not sure what to think or do.

How are your whines, pixies?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Almost like spring

Good morning, pixies! Our long cold snap has broken, and we are experiencing respite from the blizzards, and what a relief that is. My head feels functional for the first time in a week. Today, it is -15C (6F) outside, and while that is likely still ridiculously cold for everyone else (and was for me, a little more than a month ago), after that stretch of -40 (the point where Fahrenheit and Celsius meet), and without the driving winds, it feels like spring today. E and I were able to walk to school today. I walked back with my new friend, who lives down the street, and we stood outside and chatted for a few minutes, our faces fully uncovered, instead of running for shelter. We might go skating this afternoon, for the second day in a row. I'd better take advantage of it while we can: this week is supposed to involve a lot of melting and re-freezing, every day, which I suspect will turn the roads into skating rinks (and the skating rinks into puddles, I guess?).

How's your day going?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stormy weather

I think it's not just here, where we're getting an ongoing load of rain!

We had a fun birthday dinner.  My cousin joined us (haven't seen him in a while), so the birthday girl got to share some exciting news that she's been saving -- there will be a big reveal at a family party next weekend.  Wedding plans continue apace, with a catering friend of son and his beloved all set to deliver a lovely meal.

What's new with you?

Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Start to Whining

A new year...so far, I have
* eaten the requisite (for my people) black eyed peas and cornbread (for luck and gold, respectively)
* foregone the requisite (for my people) greens (for money. Foregone because they are yucky and money and gold both seems like double coverage).
* started the new position
* seen a high school friend

Whines:
* too much screen time for Baboos is sucking out my brain cells.
* have not slept well for the past two nights.

How is 2017 going for you, pixies?