Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Birthdays and weekends~two of my favorite things.


This little nugget had his 54th birthday on Monday.

He was (and is) so adorable! 

We had a nice family dinner at home on Sunday with his Mom, Step-Dad and Linds. 






























Then on Monday, we went out to dinner with his Dad and Step-mom. I love birthdays!
The Coach doesn't get excited about his big day...he can 'take it or leave it'.
ME? I want to be celebrated every freaking day. Well, without the getting-older-every-day-part.

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We had a nice weekend at our little rental condo by the beach. It's been 6 weeks since we were able to get over there, so we were excited. Although the Coach was gone literally all day Saturday (5:30am-10:15pm) helping to coach a college team for the day.
Yes, he retired last year. Yes, he can't say NO when someone needs help.
We're hoping to get more time at the beach before the snowbirds arrive (agghhhh, they're annoying!) and before we rent it out for the winter.


So, is it weird that I won't leave a vase full of flowers at home? I always take them with me. ;)


Callie the Cow dog enjoys our visits there because that means I have to walk her. There's none of this 'just open the front door and let her roam'. The HOA would have our heads on a platter. So, really, it's good for both of us as we tend to get more exercise.






























I'm still amazed at how good she is on a leash. We've had her just 4 years now and from day one, she was well behaved and listened as best as she could. For a dog that had NO training and had never lived in a home with people, but worked her entire life, she's adapted very well. She's getting close to 13 and seems to be in good health. Her hearing is going a bit, (mine too!) but aside from that, she's a happy camper.


I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!
XO

Friday, October 11, 2019

Fall gifts from Bev

Isn't it funny how your Mom never really leaves you? 

Just putting out some Halloween and fall decor and BAM, there is my Bev.
My Mom loved giving gifts. She never had much money, but she always found little gifts to give; that was her love language.


~I've probably had the jack-o-lantern candle holder and the ceramic pumpkin on my dining room table for at least 25 years from my Mom.~



My Mom had a gift closet that was pretty impressive; nothing very expensive, just small thoughtful gifts. Bev passed away in June of 2015. When the family and I went to see my Cuz Patrick and give him the bad news he was very upset, but without missing a beat, he asked if She had already got him a gift for his upcoming (August) birthday. We all had a little giggle and assured him, that there was most likely a gift. She was always ahead of the game.  

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In other random news, I'm re-doing my front butterfly garden. 

Not to be confused with my back or side butterfly gardens. The zinnias screamed FALL at me. Which was kind of jarring, but I purchased them anyway. And the daisies are just lovely; Bev's favorite flower. 

This is about as fall as it gets down here in SW Florida. But I'll take it. 

Have a great weekend~~xoxo

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The one where I'm back on the butterfly and garden wagon.

I'm back in the butterfly business after taking a few days off here and there for traveling purposes. I really have to be HERE daily in order to keep things running smoothly and not starve any caterpillars to death. That would be cruel and I'm the opposite of cruel.

{Be free pretty Mama!}

I've released about 15 monarchs and 4 queens since Saturday.
Go me!!


I've also finally found the time to start my fall/winter garden. Nevermind the fact that it's 90* daily.
*raises fists at Florida in frustration!*
But I suppose I should be thankful that the humidity has dropped down to a mere range of 73%-87%.
Better hair days are in my not so distant future.


I was trying to go a more simpler route this time. I planted only the essentials; tomatoes (many varieties), peppers (lots of flavors, mostly sweet) and some Kale. KALE YEAH! I really wanted to do some lettuce too, but I neglected to start any lettuce seeds in advance.
So, in the voice of the Soup Nazi: NO salad for YOU! 
Unless it involves just kale. KAAALLE NO! Or I could just drive to Publix and get some.
Yeah, let's do that cause my innards require lots of roughage.

{{Diverts from current story}}Oh geez. That reminded me; a few weeks ago the Coach and I were eating dinner and I had a forkful of arugula salad just about to enter my salad hole and I noticed something odd. I looked closely at my fork and saw a cute little green and brown caterpillar. Dead. And it was almost dead inside of me. That's what happens when you eat organic. 

I was so happy after all the weeding, digging, raking, planting that I did a happy dance right there in the yard.
Well, actually, I did a safety dance, cause my lower back was a tad tired.
We can dance when we want to, we can leave your friends behind....S-A-F-E-T-Y.....try getting that musical artistry of joy out of your head.


In about 60 days I can have you all over for a dinner made entirely out of fiber. Well, perhaps a caterpillar or two; bring dental floss.

Happy hump day.
XO


Monday, October 7, 2019

Smelling this and that


This:
I'm a self-proclaimed reed diffuser junkie. And I've only found a handful of brands that are actually worth the $$ to use. One of my favorite brands is Pier One. I honestly think the store charges too much for most everything, but their reed diffusers actually HAVE scent and are long-lasting. This ( White pumpkinis a great scent for this time of year; it's a nice sweet & subtle smell.






That: 
My newest (other)favorite smelly thing is Lume all-natural deodorant. 
How do I put this delicately.....Ummmmm.....I sweat like a man. 
A cute little construction type-working man, but a man just the same. 
I'm sure it's because I'm super healthy and the bad stuff just needs to be expelled from my body. Yeah, let's go with that. 

They have perhaps the best commercial-it's quite entertaining. 





The past few years I've been more aware of the chemicals that I don't really want to put on/in my body. And let's just think about all the glands in our pits that are so close in relation to the larger glands on our chest. 

This is an all-natural deodorant that actually works. I love it so much. I still sweat, but I never stink and really, that's the most important thing. I have the lavender and sage flavor and it smells really nice. Like me. 

Anything you've fallen in love with lately, I mean, aside from me? 
XOXO


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Creating deliciousness for Callie and the reunion with my first love.

This past Saturday night the Coach and I had a rambling good time. We spent over 3 hours making food for Callie. I hope you're not jelly of all the glamorous fun we have around these parts. I know, last you heard, we were watering trees; I can hardly stand it myself.

Anyhoo, our sweet, old, beat up, wore out, former cattle herder loves homemade food. So, what else can we do, but tend to her every whim and desire?

This was our biggest batch yet; 33 jars which equate to 66 meals, which equates to 66 days of Callie being happy. (If you were wondering, we make a meatloaf type meal for her in big pans, cook it, then let it cool enough to can. Ground beef, ground turkey, eggs, green beans, spinach, white rice, sweet potatoes & pumpkin. The recipe varies a tad depending on veggies available)

FYI: That keto ice cream up there bites; flavorless & textureless, I don't know what I was thinking. And I didn't see those chocolate nuggets till I took this pic. This is what happens when I let Coach go to Costco without me.

Callie might not be the brightest bulb in the box, but she knows when her food is being prepared right from when we get out the food processor till the last pan is cleaned up. She's there to get a few licks from each (8 total) pan. Pretty much like licking the beaters when your Mom makes a cake. 


So, after all that excitement, I drove to Orlando and met up with my girl Kelly; we had a date!!


Who knew I had a thing for guys who wear more makeup than I do? 



It's been 36 years since our reunion and I just know he was p*ssed that it took me so long. Or maybe that's just his face.

 Kelly didn't know ONE Adam Ant song until a few months ago when she agreed to go with me.
That is a good friend! She said I can pay her back by seeing Meatloaf. That's ok. I don't mind watching food.
Damn flash and lighting. We really aren't 90 years old. 

The concert was great. Adam Ant is 64 and can still sing and dance. Albeit, not as fast or sexy as back in the day....but who can? 


More than likely, he's bald under the hat and scarves.

Did you know Adam Ant's real name is Stuart Goddard? Well, you're not a true fan if you didn't know that. Also, you'd need to know that in order to make a long distance/over seas call back in 1982 to see if the operator could actually get him on the phone so you could profess your love to him when you were 14.

BTW: She couldn't find his number. Tragic.




My newest pet peeve with technology and change: concert tickets. They're either on your phone or you print out this ugly piece of paper. 


Gone are the days when I could put all our tickets in a scrapbook for posterity. One less thing I'll get to burden my children with. 


So, has anyone had as much excitement as Suz this past week? Sharing is caring.
XOXO