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Sunshine and 44 Degrees

February 17th, 2018

To say the weather has been weird as of late would be an understatement.     The Deep South has had snow when snow isn’t the ‘norm’ and the West Coast has been experiencing warmer than norm temps for this time of the year.

Here-  everything is slowly awakening from the winter sleep and it seems that I fall into that category as well.    I am still struggling to find a balance to do everything that I want to do, plus all the things that I need to do.     I’ll admit this weather makes it even harder- despite my current energized state.

Currently I’m sitting in half sunshine with the doors and windows open.  I’ve spent part of the day in the kitchen-   part of the day out walking and exploring all the signs of Spring, plus exercising.

I’m half way through another round of Whole 30 and feeling fantastic.   It was a big struggle in the beginning, but I now feel like I’m ready to take on the world (at least most of the time).

I feel inspired by life-  despite the continued sadness and divisiveness that continues across the globe.    There seems to be a cycle of blame, anger, fear and getting so caught in that circle that nothing really happens and it continues.

As for me-   I keep choosing love, acceptance and an attempt to understand the things that so many of us will never understand as they aren’t from our perspective or life lens.     But I try, determined not to let the fear of what ‘could’ win out over what ‘is’.       We have today-   well, technically we have right now-   but my question not only to you but also to myself is what are we doing to make the most of every moment?

What do we want out of life?  What defines us?

Food for thought to ponder over- and more from me on this subject after I do.

 

In the meantime-   I have bacon wrapped chicken ready to go in the oven, and since we want to eat tonight, I better get to it.

On Living

January 14th, 2018

I bet y’all thought this space had become a ghost town didn’t you?    I guess you could say that it did for a while-   Like so many of us, I had to prioritize how I spent my time and if you know me in my real life at all then you know that I tend to fly by the seat of my pants most of the time- and my best intentions sometimes fall to the wayside.

I wanted to write- and even had MUCH to say, but rather than write- I spent most of my time living and thinking I would write later-   but as with so many things-  ‘later’ never arrived, until now.

In the months that have passed since I last darkened the cyber halls of this page- so much has happened.

I have met my sweet Australian friend Maggie- whom I’ve known from the original blog days- back before blogging was a thing.

My parents spent Christmas with us and we did some traveling.

I’ve had other adventures with friends and family, but mostly I’ve been thinking about how to best utilize my time in a world where I’m constantly being distracted.

Oh-   I also was bit by a cat, which resulted in the first tetanus shot in more years than I can count and a round of antibiotics (no, it wasn’t Mister M.) and no I didn’t learn my lesson with petting strange cats.  She was in heat- and I think she became spooked or over stimulated as she didn’t give me any of the cat warning signs.

I also invested in an Apple Watch which has made me oh so accountable to those little colored circles- and meeting my goals daily-  albeit not always a huge goal- but at least the base goals-   something I can do even when I am sick- which I have also done since I’ve had a cold this past week.

I have so much to share-   but right now I want you to know that I’m back and doing well-    Life continues to be one big blessing-  and I am learning daily-    Now lets see if I can’t get this place dusted off and start sharing again.   You will definitely see more of me-   and if you’ve stuck around all these years-  Thanks ;)

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.

 

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?

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?

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?

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.

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