Wednesday, May 15, 2019


We don’t normally take vacations.
We stay home and have friends and family visit us. We live in paradise. We have a pool. We have stacks of games. We have a TV and (spotty) internet. What else could you ask for?
If we do travel, we go to see family. But really, we like to be home.
Tomorrow LLB and I are doing something different.
We are going on vacation - just the two of us. (Mr decided that cat sitting was more up his alley than what we have planned.  He also has a work project that finishes up next week that will demand lots of hours at the office.)
We planned this when her divorce was finally final.
She sold her ring to pay for it. I love that about her - she can take a crappy memory and make it a good one!
LLB has definitely come out the other side and it is good.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


Tomorrow I’m singing with the choir.
I can match the note if I can hear it... key word: if.
I did really well at rehearsal, so I think I’ll do just fine. I’m an instrumentalist in real life... this singing gig is not something I do on a regular basis. That said, I had a lot of fun, so I may have to do this more frequently in the future.
Tomorrow I also get to ring the bells... I love to ring and it’s a real treat!
This will be the last time I ring for Amanda. She wanted to hear the bells one more time - she got blessed. Darrel happened to choose an anthem that has a bell accompaniment and I decided to show up for rehearsal... yep... it’s definitely a God thing!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Quick update

We managed to survive Sunday and all the activities we had planned. The bell performances went off without a hitch and were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
The HOA meeting was short and sweet -  I’ll be typing those minutes up and sending them in for approval today.
It was nice to not have bell rehearsals in the evening this week. They require a lot of energy and a lot of planning on my part. I did go to choir rehearsal and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I got to ring a little and sing a lot. It’s nice not to be in charge.
I worked my last shift ever at the winery yesterday. It is bitter sweet to see it go, as I love the owners and my coworkers very much. I have enough wine put away to enjoy for many months to come, but when I open that last bottle, it will be sad - but oh so yummy!
Today I’m hoping to get my hair cut. I desperately needs the ends trimmed off. I’m starting to look super shaggy... and that’s simply unattractive. I really hope she can take me.
So, I guess I’ll get to it and get those minutes typed up and out of here.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Bells bells and more bells

This weekend is a busy one for sure!
We have dinner plans with LLB on Saturday - which is the most relaxing part of the two days. On Sunday, we play bells in the morning and bells in the evening at two different churches. The music is challenging - mind you most of it I didn’t choose. Rehearsals have been rough, sparsely attended at times, and frustrating for everyone. Cross your fingers and toes and say a few prayers that it all works the way it is supposed to and that we begin and end together. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the champagne reception once it’s all over!
In between those two performances, I have a church meeting right after the first service and an HOA meeting in the early afternoon. That, which is, of course, here at the Crossing... because we have the biggest house? Or we are the most gullible? Or we are just plain stupid and can’t say no? Yep - I’m sure there’s truth in all 3 of those statements.
So, today I’ll be cleaning and dusting. Got the vacuum out - complete with a new vacuum cleaner bag! This house will be dust and cat hair free in no time... unless something more exciting comes along like a grocery store run - which is also on today’s agenda.
Sunday night champagne can’t come fast enough!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Feeling shafted...

So when LLBs marriage fell apart, he insisted he have her car back. This left her without one even though she came with one and he had 2 others plus a motorcycle or two...
She returned the car, signed the paperwork, and promptly canceled the insurance. I sold her mine and purchased a new Toyota - I had no intention of purchasing a hew car the week before Christmas. You do what needs doing and you count your blessings when you are able to do it all that fast.
The car LLB was driving was taxed in a county in which I do not live and have never lived. The Ex-husband never turned in the appropriate paperwork, and a balance accrued. A $505.54 type balance. If he had done what he was supposed to do, the balance would have been ZERO! Somehow my registration got held up because LLB’s name was on it... What that has to do with me, I’ll never know. I sent a note to his parents asking them to take care of it and they refused. They told me she was driving that car and that she was responsible. I had no time to argue. I had no choice but to pay it.
Fast forward to today.
I’m still bitter.
They left her without wheels and with a debt he accrued.
They left me $505.54 poorer! Money doesn’t grow on trees out here in the boonies.
I’d like to send them a bill...
Mr says I need to let it go.
I feel like they shafted her and our family.
A family of attorneys... the kind that work for we the people...
I thought they had integrity... I guess not.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Warm Weather = Ticks

The warm weather is finally here and with it are the pollen, the flying things, and the ticks. I despise ticks. Ticks are simply bad news.
Today Mr mowed the lawn for the first time this spring.  He found a tick on the shower wall when he was finished showering. Eew! That tick is now swimming in the septic tank, but there are millions more out there... Eew! Eew! Eew!
Mini is on a year round tick and flea regimen. We don’t want her to catch Lyme or any other nasty tick borne disease.
So... this is your yearly warning: use bug repellant with DEET, check for ticks, and make sure your pets are treated with frontline...

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Yep, I’m sick. Mr is sick, too. 
Tonight we are having:

Chicken Posole Soup.
4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 poblano peppers, chopped 
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. oregano
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 c. (15-oz.) cans hominy, drained 
Thinly sliced radishes, for garnish
Sliced green cabbage, for garnish

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Put everything in a lined crockpot except the hominy, radishes, cabbage, and cilantro. Cook on low 6-8 hours until chicken is cooked. Shred the chicken and put it back into the crockpot. Add the hominy and cook 30 min more. 
Serve and top with radishes, cilantro, and cabbage