Monday, March 31, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....



A is for.....

-----Animal rescue.
Our Doggie is a rescue dog and was a stray. She weighs about 25 pounds now as she is supposed to. When we got her, Doggie was a full grown puppy and only weighed 12 pounds. She was very sick and we weren't sure if surviving was going to happen. Doggie had been eating out of the trash to survive when she was found and it is clear, from her unusual fears, that she has been abused by at least two people. We are happy to have provided Doggie a happy place for the past five years of her life.

-----Arcadia Cafe in Ames, Iowa.

I love their amazing cheesecake...it is fluffy and not brick-like (like so many other coffee shop cheesecakes are.) I want to try their "Alarm Clock" as someone asked me to report back to them on how it tastes...orange juice with caramel and cold-brewed coffee will be an adventure.

-----Arrest.
It was a bit surprising to read about people fundraising to help a woman who left her children in the car make bail. A mother of a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old in Arizona was homeless and going to a job interview. Some accounts say the children were by themselves for 75 minutes! Many people say the children shouldn't have been taken away or should be returned. What do you think??
In any case, this brings up another "A" that we need to start having many dialogues about in America.....assistance.

-----Audiofeed
July 3-6, 2014.

At the fairgrounds in Champaign, Illinois.





Sean Michel is one of the artists who performed at AudioFeed Festival last year and will perform again in 2014. As you can see from the video, he is a VERY talented guitar player.

And a blog.....

This blogger's honesty makes me smile. :-)

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Friday Meme.....

Feeling Beachie

Fill-in-the-blank:
I love to ____________in the _____________
I _______________a lot when I’m ___________________
My least favorite household chore is _______
When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think _______



I love to surprise husband with breakfast-in-bed in the morning.



I cry a lot when I am lonely. i have never been very good at loneliness. I don't mean this when I have alone time, I mean LONE time...the vast realization of loneliness.




My least favorite household chore is taking out the bathroom trash.
I hate when the trash bag did not stand up the weight of whatever was thrown in. I get upset when people throw things that are going to smell quickly and don't bother to tell their host. I don't like when feminine products are visible in a gross manner.



When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think what new thing we can find.
There are so many ice creams with stuff in it that is not good for you...so, we don't buy ice cream often. I really want to get an ice cream maker.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CHOW

Today's lunch was leftovers and use-ups.
-----Rainbow Rotini with Greek Kalamata Olive Oil and Italian seasoning. The olive oil was the last of a bottle from Trader Joe's.
-----Kielbasa. We have a lot of kielbasa at our house.
-----Skin-on Mashed Potatoes. With a 1/2 cup of butter. :-)
-----Gorton's beer-battered cod with British Pub malt vinegar.
-----Cucumber slices with Newman's Own Honey French.

Of course, I made sure to go out and exercise after lunch. :-)


Dinner created a few more leftovers and use-ups.
Spanish Rice and Tropical Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Vinaigrette.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happening Right Now.....

---Leftover brisket for lunch.
---Deep cleaning the kitchen sink (vinegar and baking soda down pipes, soaking basin, detailing edges).
---Got some aerobic exercise dancing to German reggae/dancehall music with Infant-Soon-to-be-Toddler and Preschooler.
---Infant-Soon-to-be-Toddler stood up by herself longer.
---Preschooler is watching "Curious George Swings into Spring," playing with his Bumblebee Transformer and headed towards a nap.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Give me a M-E-M-E!

Feeling Beachie

Fill in the blank:
Saying ____ is ____for me.
I am ___ by nature
If I stay in a hotel it must have ___
If someone gave me ___ I would ___

Saying what's on my mind lately is hard for me. I both like and detest how small Facebook makes the world...that about sums it up.

I am stubborn and hopeful by nature. I never give up if it is something important to me...ever.
If it looks like I have given up, look closer. :-)

If I stay in a hotel it must have a fridge and microwave. We save by still doing our regular cooking. We prefer having an actual kitchenette.
Extended Stay America :-)

If someone gave me stepstool I would feel accomplishment.
I cannot reach my top bookcase shelves or top kitchen shelves....12 shelves unreachable unless I use my 5 Iron to nudge things or wait for someone to help. My previous stepstool was borrowed and misplaced.

Friday, March 07, 2014

A Friday Meme :-)

Feeling Beachie

Fill in the blanks:
This week I had to _____
Honestly do you think ____ or _____
Only the ____
If I had ____ I would ____

This week I had to think about some stressful/worrisome things and how I was going to feel about them in the future.
I avoided a couple of encounters that it would not be at all good for me to have, my son enlisted in the military and I am still having a hard time dealing with pressures that are being put on me to compete in areas I don't want to compete.



Honestly do you think life in prison or the death penalty is the right thing?
Does your opinion change if it is a homicide case where the person is unmistakably guilty.



Only the Lonely. The Roy Orbison song.




If I had a little more money I would take the kids to visit elderly relatives more often. :-(

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lent, Day 2

Today, I am trying to reduce my stress. I am examining what gives me stress and trying to "give up" stress as a part of Lent. I think even writing about issues might actually help.

So, what stresses me out right now?
---People who nag me to compete in areas that I do not place a priority on.
---Worrying about my son who has just enlisted in the military.
---A person who compulsively lies and expects to be treated as a respected peer.
---People who cheat! I have several friends who have been cheated upon recently...and a few who I have removed from my company as a result of being blatant perpetrators of this kind of behavior.
---Those who emphasize what good Christians they are...while being over-sexual or getting accused of committing violent crimes.

How should I be thinking about this kind of stuff in a healthy manner? To be continued.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Lenten Pull

Lent, Day 1
So, I am feeling a pull to do something for Lent.
Give up something.
Improve something.
Add something.
I am not sure WHAT.
Life has contained stresses lately.
Maybe I should do as one friend is doing.....
and give up STRESS for Lent.





Spring Church Exterior
"This series of pictures of the First Congregational Church in Wellington
present an interesting architecture and bright spring sky directly and via reflection."


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I have visited one blog so far in this round of meme.....
---"Retired Not Tired"

Monday, March 03, 2014

Curious as a Cat Meme.....

Week Number 410....PARTICIPATE :-)

1) What is the longest book you ever read?
The Stand...complete and uncut. I read this about twenty years ago but the differently formatted copies I see now are still over a thousand pages!

2) What was (or is) your favorite '80s movie?
A tie between "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club." When I get in a mood for watching a movie two or three times back-to-back, it is usually one of these two. I went through a period where Pretty in Pink was one of only videos I had and I would watch it as I went to sleep most nights.

3) What is something unexpected that has changed about you in the last few years?
Getting in really good shape after Toddler was born and I had been on a lot of rest. Then getting out of shape when bed rest was needed while pregnant with Infant. I plan to do resistance training and start training for a marathon. My thyroid issues and breastfeeding make me tired/swollen/etc. a lot of days but I will overcome. I will have muscles again. I particularly want more tone back in my arms.

4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

I am reminded of a photo that I took of a bench with leaves all over it in Autumn. :-)
I searched to find that and post...no avail (like looking for a needle in a haystack).
I have not taken any photos of seasonal beauty this Winter and this was a good reminder that I need to correct that soon. :-)

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I have visited two blogs so far in this round of meme.....
"My Drama."
"My Blog: Me, Myself and I"

Sunday, March 02, 2014

In My Life.....

-----I might take a little tinkering to get the right flavor but I want to tart making Iced Tea Pops. Maybe it will be easier if I look for other recipes besides the generalized one that I just linked to (from Stash Tea).
-----I have seen it mentioned in various places that Hamburg is considering banning cars at some point. Hmmm.
-----I found a defunct blog titled "Everything Kales in Comparison." Cool name.
-----Something I want to try: Jello Instant Pudding's cheesecake flavor.
Editorial: We don't want a war with Russia.
What would a war with Russia look like? Not pretty. I suppose most countries, including Russia, know it would not be an easy battle and this is why none of the Europeans (read this American, too) are ever gungho to carry disagreements all the way to WAR.

:-)



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