Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cooking Without a Recipe


I've become one of those people – people who cook without a recipe. I never thought it would happen. All the years that I've been cooking, I've always used recipes. Always. If I didn't have a menu plan and a recipe, I didn't make dinner.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

House Hunting is Stressful


I can't decide if I like house hunting or not.  It's fun looking at houses but it's a lot of work finding houses to look at.

Since the housing market has been in its winter slump, I haven't been spending much time looking. But the market is starting to pick up so I've started picking up the pace, too. I've been spending a lot of time looking through the listings and doing drive-by's.

Monday, March 21, 2016

My Husband Was Right!


My husband is almost always right. You'd think after all these years I would have learned to listen to him. Not me - I have to do everything the hard way. 

Yes, I'm talking about Lucy. David tried hard to talk me into getting an older dog but I was insistent on getting a puppy.  

I made a terrible mistake! If I had it to do over, I'd get a one year old dog without thinking twice. Having a puppy is extremely overrated.

Last week Lucy went to the vet for an overnighter so she could get spayed. I did miss her but it was also nice having a break. Now she's back and wearing me out again. It's amazing how many bad things she can do in the space of five minutes. 

In the past, I bought myself a little bit of sanity by leashing her to the dining room table. But now she's too big and strong. She's dragging the table across the  room. 

I also enjoyed sending her outside to play for a while. But she's been getting in trouble out there, too. She's getting very close to the cable line! So I'm not leaving her outside as much. 

That only leaves the kennel but I can't leave her in there all the time!  Can I? Of course I can't. 

I know puppyhood won't last forever. I just hope I survive!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

I Survived the Flu!


 It's been a tough week-and-a-half due to a mystery illness we're assuming was the respiratory flu. My 5-year-old grandson, Calvin, got it first. Then 6-year-old Ivy got it. And then, of course, it was my turn since I get everything they get!

The symptoms for this mystery illness were vague but severe!

Insomnia
Fatigue
Headache
Body aches

I felt worse than I have in a long time and spent most of the week on the couch with occasional bursts of energy that lasted about 5 minutes. 

I finally woke up one morning and felt human again. I went outside and was surprised to see that in my absence spring had arrived. Wow! How did I miss that?!

The next day I woke up and felt even better. I was so energetic that I promptly overdid it and had a tiny relapse. 

But now I think I've truly turned a corner. And so have Calvin and Ivy. My son, Danny, went through it, too, and he's feeling better. My DIL Ashley's at the tail end of it, and so far my husband, David, has avoided it. 

Spring has sprung and I'm alive to enjoy it, no thanks to the flu!!!