I woke up yesterday morning. In my book, that's the best thing that can happen. I'm still here, able to thank those who gave their lives for us, and have my cup-o-joe on the patio. What a fabulous morning it was ... cooler than normal, probably due to all the snow up North. Snow ..... and it's basically JUNE!
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
A change of scenery is always nice, but when it includes a hot tub, it's even better. The weather could not have been more perfect on Sunday. Luckily I did sneak in a bathing suit, not knowing whether we would be in hot water or not. When Cyndae said we're going in, I was ready!!
Sunday, May 29, 2022
I can't help it .... I love this picture of Cooper. Best laid plans go awry, which is what happened with my picture taking adventure yesterday.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
When you're on a different schedule than most everyone else in the world, it's hard to fit in quietly. If you have your own little home you tow around with you, it's SO much easier.
There's no early morning coffee to wake me up and make for better blog writing. There's just fuzzy headed me trying to type on my computer while sitting on the edge of the bed. The word is always QUIET. Be quiet so you don't wake up Cyndae, while chasing Cooper who is chasing his ball around the living room.
The weather couldn't be more perfect. A slight breeze all day long with temps in the mid 70's. Cooper chased his ball in the back yard for an hour. I think this totally new-to-him kind of life has him a little bit nervous since he's refusing to eat. I was hoping walks would help, but it was only the roasted chicken from the store that brought him around. He's a nervous Nelly. Hmmm sound familiar?
Friday, May 27, 2022
Sometimes your plans work out, sometimes not. I thought maybe if I called it Labor Day, I could skip all the heat this summer is going to bring. Just skip all the days of fans running 24-7 and slide right into the REAL Labor Day. It almost worked, but you guys caught me!!
I left about noon, knowing traffic was going to be a bear. Sure enough, it was a cross between a grizzly and a polar bear. I drive like a bat out of hell ... but those guys on the freeway put me to shame. I've never seen anything like it. I came real close to creaming a guy who jumped over two lanes to end up on my bumper because I was already moving over. He has no idea what that thing is on the steering column. It's called a turn signal.
At any rate, I made it without screaming my head off or honking the horn for two minutes at some idiot. Jamming in front of me at 75 mph without signaling when there isn't enough room, will land you on my HONKING list, not that it does any good.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
No drum roll today .... this isn't all that spectacular, but it's Cooper approved. With eight less sprinklers running a total of 60 minutes, it should save me a bit on water and electricity. Part of that "bit" will go back on the front to try and keep it looking as decent as possible. The rocks are big enough I can blow the leaves off if necessary without moving the rocks at all.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
It's BINGO time!!!!!!!
It was one of those long drawn out mornings where you have so much to do but can't do any of it because you are waiting on the workers to finish the back yard. I traipsed back and forth between the sewing room and the front window, looking at that pair of Levis that needed to be returned ..... just waiting .......
Here's my tip of the day. Never EVER buy Levis without trying them on first. Even though you bought the exact same pair last month and they fit great, that second pair will NEVER fit right unless you try them on. I bought them because I had a $48 credit at Boot Barn. Basically, the Levis were free, assuming I can now find another pair that actually fit. They sat on the counter all morning long, as did the return to Amazon.
I'll finish up the lawn story tomorrow because BINGO was calling my name loud and clear.
Here's what the balls look like. We have the fancy machine that blows them around with air. Open the slot, a ball flies up, you grab it and place it in the special little spot (numbers facing the right direction) so it can be read on the monitors around the room. As you call that number out loud and place it on the playing table, you grab another. Your timing has to be impeccable, which of course you know doesn't happen.
A ball got dropped on the floor. You would think Frankenstein was on the stage as the pitchforks came out in record numbers. I salute the callers who are brave enough to get up on that stage. Luckily this guy is a 6 foot 5 inch brute, so the peasants didn't riot TOO much.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
It's amazing how time flies. I don't contemplate that kind of thing much, but lately it's been going faster than lightning. One minute I think I've got all day to get things done, and the next it's three days later. I sipped my morning coffee as I remembered all the crazy things I've done in my life. It's a miracle I survived. It's not that I have any great instincts, just pure dumb luck!!
Like the time my Yosemite National Park roommate and I headed down the hill, only to have her car break down. We both worked there for a couple of years. When two guys drove up in their nice little chevy, we jumped right in the back seat, hitching a ride back to the park. During our conversation, they mentioned they were on parole. Panic set in quicker than you can imagine. I told them we could take a shortcut walk to our lodge, much faster than the drive they would have to make to drop us off. They kept driving.
Just by pure dumb luck, a truck pulled out in front of them, forcing them to stop the car. We opened our doors and ran, making a quick escape through the trees. How stupid was that of us to get in a stranger's car? Thank goodness there were no automatic locking doors back then!! We certainly learned our lesson!
Not really, there were so many more incidents where I could have disappeared completely. I should write a book.
Anyway, back to the back yard ... that's a dog kennel at the far end, making this the perfect dog run when finished.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Although the days are getting considerably warmer, up to 103 by Wednesday, the nights are staying cool in the high 50's. That works really well for me since I can pull in the cool, which will last up until late in the evening. One thing my house does have is a good bit of insulation in spite of the walls of windows.
I'm not sure why people put in so many windows, although it is nice to look outside to see who is stealing stuff off your front porch. In the end, they just cover them up with lots of expensive shutters, floor to ceiling. Those require cleaning, and we know where THAT'S going!!! Cleaning is at the bottom of my list.
Here's the latest Fox trot through the back yard. If you didn't read it yesterday, my faith in neighbors has been restored as the one with the pool fixed the water drain. YAY!!! Not only that, but they have caused some construction backup on Highway 66 here, by putting a nice pretty new board in the fox hole. It will be interesting to see what detour the kids take.
Sunday, May 22, 2022
#@%$#^%$(@#$%#$^@!!! Good morning!!!!! Yup that's all the bad words I said about my neighbor last night who had a big party, complete with microphones, big amps and screaming loud music until 2 am. Earplugs and pillows over my head did little to dampen the noise. If my train of thought runs amuck this morning, you will know why.
Yes I definitely need to move. It happened when the market crashed 12 years ago and these houses sold for 1/3 of their real value, allowing younger not-so-stable people to move in. Obviously no one teaches their kids manners any more. I mean really, who would take their dog onto someone else's lawn to do his business and just leave it there. Yup ... that would be one of my neighbors on my lawn. Crazy, right??
UPDATE: My neighbors fixed the water running on my property causing those pesky weeds to grow. I was out spraying them when I got the text message. They have restored my faith in neighbors!!!
Anyway, my coffee is sort of working. There's nothing like that 2-hours-of-sleep drug out exhausted feeling.
I did yell out this word when I saw the video. Raccoon!!! Who would have thought we have raccoons in this area? Just like the fox, he's on the road to somewhere, passing by all the rest stops!! I need to find a better location for the camera.