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!

Being Neighborly

April 21st, 2017

I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I often accept packages for my musician (and other) neighbor when no one is at home- and they happen to be able to catch me at home. Yesterday I was walking in from an appointment and they snagged me to ask if I would accept a package. I knew my neighbor was out of town, but he had told me that he was expecting a http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/adam-audio-a7x-powered-studio-monitor and asked if I would be willing to accept it if he arrived while he was away. Since they travel a lot, they have also given us a key to water their plants and so forth when they are away- so last night I sent him a message and let him know what had arrived- and told him that I’d put it in the house since I knew we would miss each other this weekend- as I’ll be out of town and he is coming back into town. He was thrilled- and grateful but I call it the neighborly thing to do.

Happy Spring

March 12th, 2017

Spring has sprung-   Daylight savings time is in full effect, and hopefully ‘all set your clocks ahead an hour and weren’t too late for any appointments today.     I love seeing the sun stream through the windows at an earlier time, and since our weather is always a bit up in the air-  I love seeing so much sunshine the last days.

I’ll admit, I’ve spent as much time outside as possible, which has not only been great for absorbing a little natural Vitamin D via the sun, but also to keep me moving and get a little exercise, which I definitely  need.  Well, we all need it, only some of us (me) more than others.

Despite the amazing weather, we’ve had a few grey days as well, but it hasn’t been many.  I have to wonder if the grey is going to start being more the exception than the rule and the blue will take over.

A few days ago, I took a snap and the sky was so blown out, that when I went to process it, I thought it looked better in black and white.   I rarely do that, but even in this world where everything is awakening from the sleep of winter-   and everything is coming to life-  and colors begin to pop-  the black and white still looked best.

As the new week begins, I’m excited at all the potential and the energy buzz that I am feeling.  I have quite a bit of work to do this week, but at the same time-  plenty of time to have a little play, which I’m very grateful for.

All things in balance, right?

I’m still buzzing along with Whole 30 and doing really great.   I will admit that I’ve craved sugar, but mostly I’ve been craving black beans and dairy.  Crazy combination I know, but it’s true.   I’m getting close to being at the half way point, and from there it’s all down hill.  In the meantime, I’m glad I have no dinners out planned,  I’m even having to abandon my beloved Starbucks this month.   That’s quite ok though, as I love keeping Starbucks for the treat, rather than something I get used to having all the time.

 

Spring Cometh and Daylight Savings Time

March 9th, 2017

I am sure I’m not the only one who feels solar powered at times.   This morning I woke up to fog, but within a few hours it had burned off and it was an absolutely gorgeous Spring day.   It was a little windy- and for some probably a little too chilly, but for me-   perfect!   I felt as though I was plugged into the sun and my batteries were charging away.

Even JJ was feeling the energy from the sun as he was definitely showing a case of Spring fever.   SO much so that it was difficult for me to get him to sit still long enough to pose for a photo in the crocus- but he did- and I was a happy pup owner.

This coming Sunday-   the clocks in the United States spring forward one hour.   Giving an extra hour of daylight.   Don’t forget to set your clock forward an hour late Saturday night before bed, so you won’t be late to any Sunday appointments, or even work on Monday- if you happen to forget to spring forward all together.

On Getting Older

March 8th, 2017

My favorite feline is turning 12 this year. I’ve noticed small changes in him that start to occur when cats get older. He’s losing muscle mass and in turn seeming a little thinner. Ragdoll cats are large breeds, and he still weighs more than 10 pounds, but those little things tell me he’s getting older. I’m so grateful that he still plays. In fact, lately he plays more than he has in years. For a long time after we got JJ he wouldn’t play at all, because every single time he did, JJ would intervene and spoil the fun. He still tries to, but Mister M. will often turn the tables and pounce on JJ, which leads to a crazy chase or some other fun for the two of them. It more often than not leads to me breaking them up, to avoid excessive hair flying all over the house. They love each other, even if they don’t necessarily admit it.

Knowing that he is getting older leaves me faced with that one day I’ll have to say goodbye to him & that’s something I can’t begin to imagine. Thankfully, right now I don’t have to. Instead, I’ll continue to love him (even when he’s being naughty) and cherish every moment we have together. That’s what matters most.

Talent

March 8th, 2017

I was talking to an old friend from High School a few weeks ago about how many of the guys we graduated with went into the music industry. There are about six of them we could count off the top of our head, including one who just bought his first epiphone les paul standard at wwbw.com (which is actually what started the conversation). While that isn’t a huge number, when you consider the fact that it isn’t an ‘easy’ career choice- I think it’s actually a high percentage. Some have made it big, and some are still waiting for their big break, but ALL of them are having the time of their lives, which is what it’s all about. I love seeing people using their talents.

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