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Monday, August 14, 2017

Wednesday Whining - Rage and Sadness Edition

I have spent the weekend rage-tweeting, and re-tweeting other people's rage tweets.

Here's a safe space to be angry, or sad, or to just bring your small victories or annoyances.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weird summer winding down...

I mean weird mostly in a good way!  Such big developments there have been in my family, between our son's wedding, and the re-launch of daughter to a new academic endeavor.  All this must seem impossible to those with little persons; but it wasn't that long ago that mine were little and funny and adorable.  And so on.

There is still a fair amount of leftover stuff around the house.  I'm working on more donations.  Found a good home with a school reading specialist, for this enormous collection of Babysitter Club books!  Am also placing a beautiful annotated Alice with a former member of this blog, so the "vultures" at the free book exchange don't knock one another over trying to snatch it right out of my hands.  (They're awful!)  The trash and recycle bins will be full, as I'm dumping a lot of "product" that was left behind, or is past prime, or that nobody here will ever use again. 

I'll be flying to visit daughter on Friday.  We still don't know when her boxes and the furniture she shipped will arrive, so I might need to receive those after she starts orientation.  We'll see!

What's new with you?  It seems on the early side for back to school, but surely that is on the minds of several Pixies.  Any vacation plans?  Big summer projects proceeding apace?  Bring us your whines, your antiwhines, the rants about the whatever.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August already???

Greetings pixies!

I can't quite believe it's already the last day of July. The spring/summer seems to have flown by. It's odd though, because my days on sabbatical have been an exercise in slow living...leisurely coffee on the balcony, good books, writing, long walks...you get the idea. Still, here it is - August!

Huge AW however, as August is vacation time...so let the slow living continue!!

What's new in your world? Whine away, friends!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dry dry dry whining

We are in the midst of a record-setting drought here (this will be familiar territory for Kathy). It's doing weird things in my city, which sits on an ancient lake bed, with clay soil that is usually a sponge full of water. Usually, we have problems with the moisture content of the soil (cracking foundations, water in basements, sump pumps), but it turns out that this long drought is just as tricky: without the ground moisture, all the houses are shifting in new ways (half of our interior doors aren't latching right now, and the other half of them stick shut so hard that you have to hip check them to get them open). There have been electrical fires all over the city, as shifting soil and underground power lines have caused things to go askew. I'm keeping a close eye on my house, because our structural engineer warned us that a severe drought, followed by a really wet year, could worsen the tiny foundation crack that we have.

The forecast keeps saying that it'll rain in a few days. Meanwhile, the sidewalk chalk from late June remains untouched.

How are things where you are?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Moving right along; or, how to turn your house into a warehouse

Since daughter intends to move totally out of state in 3 weeks -- and swears she is not returning to her old room ever again -- a lot will be happening between now and then!  Really a lot has to happen this week, so she can get the movers all lined up and tell them exactly what she is hauling.  Therefore, the boxes are starting to pile up, and I have high hopes for the designated "donation" sector of the dining room, too.  A chunk of the dining room table is now dedicated to kitchen stuff -- things that belong to her, things that might be useful.  This Will Get Done! Which will bore and/or annoy everybody to tears; apologies in advance.

 So, y'all need to come up with some better material than is available chez moi!

xoxo

Monday, July 10, 2017

On the road edition

We're headed out this week on an apartment-hunting expedition, leaving tomorrow.  Host appearances might be scarce, with a side of extremely boring updates, because I bet you're dying to know whether we can find the Trader Joe's, and whether or not the bargain furniture store is a winner.

I've already got my laundry done and laptop charged, just need to print the boarding passes at the appropriate time, secure cash, and remember to line up a taxi.  My fab cousin will be checking in on the cats (we have warned that he might never see them -- but they'll be keeping on eye on the kibble levels, yes indeed). 

It must be more or less the mid-point of summer already!  How time flies.

What's happening at your place?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Independence Day Edition

Our dear Canadian Pixies, how did you celebrate Canada Day?

American Pixies, what's on the agenda for tomorrow?  We have a wonderful local festival with food, music, booths, games, arts and crafts, etc.  Then we will probably BBQ some stuff in the evening, go up the hill behind our house to see the big displays around the nearby bay (assuming the fog holds off).

Next week, daughter and I will be going to the town where she's moving to hunt apartments.

What else is new for you?



Monday, June 26, 2017

This and that, that and this

 Minnie smelling the roses.

We're almost halfway through the year, can you believe that?

Weather report:  Our weather moved out of the broil zone.  Of course, that means the "marine layer" sticks around most of the morning; but it also means we are no longer considering whether we could fit in the freezer at the supermarket, or other creative measures.

Gourmet corner:  Today I'm attempting to use as much excess produce as possible in a crockpot stew, along with some stew beef.  The fridge, she still overfloweth with bounty that has not yet gone past prime.  

Pet news:  Junior cat love love loves this box with tablecloths in it so much that I have not seen fit to wash the fur off and put everything away.  Senior cat keeps looking out the glass door for that giant cat who came to visit her the other day.  As usual, very exciting pet news.

Impending Empty Nest news:  Daughter has been bookmarking apartment possibilities for our hunt in July.  She claims she is starting to sort the mountain of stuff in her room.

My guess is that there is more exciting news at your house.  Tell us!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Justifiable Whining about the State of the World

This is one of those days when too many horrible things are happening, too many to list, too many to absorb, too many.

Not to mention that Mini has been up since 4:15 a.m. and found it quite unreasonable that I wouldn't let her have screen time then.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Soooooooo Tired Edition

The last of the wedding festivities was an open house yesterday, at the in-laws.  Apparently the happy couple kept partying until an unspeakable hour, so they arrived late, but it was casual and nice, people drifting in and out, someone tossing more food on the buffet every so often.  We contributed a bunch of leftovers, since I definitely over-bought for the picnic.  The rest of the GS cookies turned up at the in-laws' house, too.

After, I took a nap, ate a snack, and went to bed for close to 10 hours. 

Anybody want some pineapple?  Watermelon?

What's going on with you?

ETA:   Cat in a box with tablecloths.  I'm pretty sure more of this kind of stuff would make the entire world better.


Monday, June 5, 2017

First time hosting in a while.

Thanks QWP for refreshing my hosting info! Whine away, everyone!

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?

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?