On The Eve of Irma

September 9th, 2017

Having grown up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, hurricanes are no new news for me.    As with all weather, I respect what Mother Nature can bring in a blink of an eye-   how things can change and be destroyed.

I have been watching Irma since the beginning.    I found out from diddy- that Irma was actually my grandmother (his mother) name.   Something I never heard until last week.   So while I wanted to have nostalgic and loving feelings towards the name-   the violent and frantic way that she gained speed and strength kept me from feeling anything but concern.

I watched the most recent update a little while ago-   and I cried.   While eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.   Something I’d told myself I would no longer be indulging in- as it’s time to get serious with eating 99% better and not just the 75% better that I do now.   Exercise has to become the rule, rather than the exception.    I need it-   and more than anything my body needs it.

As much as I’ve embraced turning the version 5.0-   I also know that my lack of exercise and making the right choices have slowed me down, plus given me aches here and there that I don’t need to have at my age.    So-   I want to do the right thing for myself and my body.   I’m healthy and don’t want to wait until I’m not to make the right decisions.

But Irma-    well, I allowed my emotions to get the better of me.

My thoughts and prayers are with all my family, friends and those I have and may never meet who are in this storm’s path.

 

Finally- Apple Event

September 1st, 2017

If you know me in my every day life-   then you know that I’ve forgone renewing my cell phone contract because I’ve been waiting for the September Apple event.    FINALLY, it has officially been announced for September 12th, where we can (hopefully) expect three new phones, one of which being the iPhone 8.    I can’t wait.

An iPhone was my first smart phone and while my other half prefers an Android phone-  I do not.    I always do all of his tech work, plus I’m also my parents tech person, so I was thrilled when they decided to go iPhone and I  have been waiting for this event.

I went back and forth on whether to grab the iPhone 7 Plus when my contract expired, because I really wanted it for my London birthday trip, but in the end-  I decided to opt with keeping the 6 that I have and waiting, albeit no so patiently.

I’ve read the rumor pages and I’m curious.    Which one will I end up with?  That remains to be seen, but to say I’m excited is the understatement of the year.    Yes-  I know-  I’m a tech geek- and guess what?  I love it!

Restful Mondays

August 14th, 2017

Lazy Monday-   That’s what I would call today.    After a fun weekend with friends enjoying some fantastic food and celebrations- it’s time for a new week and new adventures.   But first-  rest.    In an ideal world- that’s what Monday’s should be for, right?   Today is one of those days for me.

Since Mister M. is still on the mend & I have several projects that I would like to work on this week-   I’m taking today to give my body the rest it needs.

I have so many thoughts running through my head, but at the moment I can’t seem to collect them all.    Looks like it’s time for a cappuccino and a little time in the garden.

 

How are you spending your Monday?

A Little Update

August 11th, 2017

It has been a while.   Some of you who don’t follow me on Social media may be wondering if I survived and made it to the version 5.0 & the answer to that would be a resounding YES!

With that being said, the recurring theme seems to continue to play-   Life has been busy-   Insanely busy to say that least, but with the daylight hours getting shorter and the hint of Autumn in the air-  I suspect that things will start slowing down soon.

I had an amazing time in London for my birthday with Samantha.   I will share more about that on another day.  Since she left- work has been in full force and earlier this week my sweet boy Mister Mistoffeeles went in for thyroid surgery.   As I type this-  he’s lying beside me sleeping, with his makeshift collar around his neck.   He wanted to scratch his wound area, so I cut up an old sock and put it over his head-    thus far it’s working and he doesn’t seem to mind, which is the best part.

I am grateful to the vet for suggesting the surgery.   The medication was working just fine- but it was a twice a day ordeal, plus when we travel we need to make sure that someone will give him the proper medication at the time needed.    There is definitely the possibility for error with that- as we found out the first time we went away after he was diagnosed.

Now, he shouldn’t need medication any longer.    Granted, there’s the possibility that the other side of his thyroid will have issues-  but that is a bridge I will cross if I need to.  Right now, I don’t have to think about it.  Instead, I can kick off the weekend with time spent cuddling my favorite feline.

 

Home Improvements and Other Rambles

June 27th, 2017

Hi y’all- Long time no talk. Despite my absence here on this little space, I’ve been thinking of it- That counts right? I thought so. Life has been rolling along full speed ahead and while I would love to say that I have a perfect life balance for blogging, home and social life- I would be lying if I said I did.

Lately we’ve been all about home improvements, finally getting the living room completed and working on the guest room since we’re having my best friend since my teenage years visiting soon. To say I’m excited is probably the understatement of the year. I’ve been drooling over antique bedroom furniture from Laurel Crown & finally made a few purchases here and there. Now to finish pulling the room together. I have a week to do so. That’s plenty of time, right? Nothing like a ticking clock to shift things into high gear.

Gardening and Other Fun

May 21st, 2017

I have been spending a LOT of time working, exercising and getting my garden ready for the summer. I’ve been planting beautiful flowers and love seeing them begin to thrive.

Today, another trip to the garden center & I picked up two strawberry plants. I’ve never tried to grow strawberries- and these are both hybrids, so I’m looking forward to seeing if they do anything. I also grabbed some garlic chives- which smell absolutely amazing & can not wait for them to get large enough for me to actually use them.

In between that- I’m working on all the planning for a huge catering job I’m doing the first week of June. I’m excited about it, but at the same time, also a little nervous. As with most things- planning is everything.

Once I have that done- I’ll be able to concentrate more on the planning for my upcoming birthday trip- which I’m getting VERY excited about!

What’s happening with you?

Practice Makes Perfect

May 21st, 2017

Who else loves the sound of gibson acoustic guitar at guitarcenter.com? I spent some time a few nights ago listening to my neighbor play, and I have to say- he has made some massive improvements compared to the first days of their band coming together. I still haven’t got used to the late night practice once a month, which keeps some of us awake until at least one am, but since he always lets us know ahead of time- I really can’t complain. I make sure to turn the fan on high, which does help. I love seeing him thrive in his environment and continue to get better and better with each passing month.

Back in the Saddle

May 10th, 2017

I finally have my computer back from Toshiba and am slowly but surely using it again and getting everything reinstalled.    Because I have so many other irons in the fire, I’m finding that I haven’t spent a lot of time on the computer, although I probably should- to make sure it’s running properly.

They did end up  replacing the mother board, which went out, but since there were other things leading up to that moment, I’m not sure they were addressed or if those issues were also repaired during the great mother board replacement.

Either way- I now have my computer and at least I can begin to catch up on a few things using it.

Slowly but surely I’ll get the rest back on here and test it all out.

Life continues to move at a faster pace than I realize-    and I’m super excited that in less than two months, Samantha will be here and we will be going on a girls adventure together.   Before that-  I have a lot of SCC work to get done- including a lot of cakes and a catered lunch for around 28.  In fact, that’s what I actually turned the computer on for.   To find my menu in the cloud program, but first I need to install it.. Fingers crossed it’s still there.

As you can see- I was seduced by the lure of the blog.   I have so much to say, but more later.   In the meantime-  Work calls.

 

 

When Only a Sandwich will Do

April 30th, 2017

Happy Sunday y’all.. Things have been a bit like a roller coaster here- up and down- mostly with ups- but I am ‘still’ waiting on my laptop to be returned to me. I did see that the Toshiba site said they were finished with it- so I’m waiting to hear more. Hopefully I’ll have it soon, then comes the task of getting it back in order with installing everything etc..

The weather has been great this weekend, which means some time spent outside. I’ve also been adoring the new (to me) Marco Polo app. Do y’all have it? If not- look it up and check it out- because it’s a great way to keep in touch when you want to say something short (or not) but don’t want to type it all out.

Yesterday I was home alone and despite having leftovers- I was craving a sandwich, so that’s what I made- a bacon spinach tomato and avocado sandwich. Tomatoes aren’t in season, so cherry and grape tomatoes were the flavor of the day- I toasted the bread and added Sriracha garlic mayo .. to knock it out of the flavor park. It was delicious.

What are y’all eating this weekend?

Alive and Kicking

April 21st, 2017

I know-  I know — it has been a while.    While life has definitely been keeping me busy-  the reality of why I haven’t written is a little more complicated.

My laptop died.    (insert sad music here)

If there is a silver lining to this-  it’s that my beloved was still under warranty-   so it left this week to be repaired (or hopefully replaced) .

It started acting oddly about two months ago-  the screen would randomly go black, even though it was still running.   The only thing I could do was shut it down and restart.    I suspected a video card driver was the problem, but before I could sort that out-  it started shutting down and rebooting randomly.   I checked the activity log- and it would show that it was a critical shut down, but no clear reason why-    so the puzzle continued.

Even though it was under warranty-  I didn’t want to have to send it for warranty work, because I need my computer for work-  so-   I backed everything up- did a reset.

For a few days it worked perfectly and all was well in the world.

But then around the time of the full moon (cue Twilight Zone music here) the thing went HAYWIRE!       It started with the aforementioned ‘issues’ which escalated to my computer having this weird white noise looking screen where I had to restart-  and it said it was updating and then wouldn’t do anything- and finally it went out-   completely out- and wouldn’t start.. (insert sad face here )

I have always loved Toshiba computers– have had quite a few-  plus recommended them to others, but this one has not been as great as the others I’ve owned.

I packaged it up, returned it on Tuesday, so hopefully I’ll have some answers soon.

In the meantime-    My communication may continued to be sporadic- as typing on an iPhone isn’t ideal.

It’s FriYAY though- and that’s worth celebrating!

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