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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Out With the Old

Today is the last day of 2019 and good riddance to it. I tried to sleep late this morning because Lucy will keep me awake most of the time tonight with all the fireworks going off. She hates that sort of thing. Anywho, I started cleaning and washing clothes and doing a few things here and there. The house is clean and tidy now and the last load is going in the washer. I don't have any cooking to do because there is only myself and David and he's easy to please. 
So I'm going to leave you all with this.

Monday, December 30, 2019


Nothing much happening lately. This morning I woke up and Lucy was laying next to me staring at me and chattering. I did a bad thing of saying it was so cute that she chattered like that and I told/showed her chattering to David and now she just does it to hear us make over her like she's cold when it's 75 degrees in the house and it's warm outside. That little girl loves attention. So yeah, she does it all the time now. She just won't let us record her doing it.
#1. She hates any recording device
#2. She hates cameras. So, there is no taking movies of her doing it.
So I can only get a Youtube video of someone else's dog doing it to give you an idea of what it sounds like. When Lucy does it, she doesn't make it sound that loud and for some reason, it's just plain cute. She does it to get my attention most of the time. Believe me, she isn't cold or scared.
It's been so quiet around here. I sit most of the time reading unless it's overcast then I go out to walk with Lucy. Today it's very nice and sunny. Since the sun is on the other side of the house I'm going to go out front and putter around.
David asked me to make more Christmas cookies because he finished off all the oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies. Not a bad idea because I get to use the new mixer. Oatmeal raisin cookies always take so much out of me and I used to have to ask David to stir them for me. Maybe I'll make some later. I really want to make some raisin bread for breakfast tomorrow. I love raisin bread toast.
Right now I heard some rustling on the side of the house and I have to go help David free up a stupid squirrel that is stuck in our drainpipe. It might have chewed through the mesh shield David put up there. We have mesh shields at the top of the rain spout drain pipes and at the bottom so animals like squirrels can't get into the rain spouts. We used to have to take the spouts apart because squirrels were getting stuck in there every day and they would die. We have the shields at both ends but they still chew through them. There is no room for them to turn around and they will just continue to scratch and do what they can to get out but there is no exit. So we have to go take the pipe apart and let them out and then replace the screen shield. It happens every year about this time. Squirrels are such stupid distructive animals.
Well, y'all have a magical day.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

So Far This Week

Hello, my friends. It's Thursday the day after Christmas or as I like to call it, the day to return all the things you don't want to keep and get cash for after Christmas sales.
Anywho, I'm taking the day slow because well, y'all know how Lupus is with me when I overdo shit. Would you believe that even my fingers hurt? I put Aspercreme on anything that hurt and it's starting to subside the pain, well some of it anyway. I don't have anything that is all-important to do for the next few days that I know of. 
seed porn
Yesterday was the most fun I have ever had in years. David and I went outside and cleaned up the yard of any branches that fell the night before. Pecan trees tend to lose their branches all willy nilly. We picked up some pecans and sat outside on the front porch and cracked them open with a small hammer because the pecan cracker broke on us after the third nut. We talked and joked and made plans for the following week and talked about maybe buying the materials to build my greenhouse. I showed him the plans for it but I think it was the seed porn that I got in the mail on Monday that got him buzzing. 
After that, we went inside and watched some Witcher on Netflix while I got started on dinner. I made a feast from the leftover ham from Thanksgiving that I froze. I also defrosted and made green beans with slices of tiny button mushrooms and fried bacon. David hates sweet potato so I made him regular mashed potatoes and turkey gravy that was frozen from Thanksgiving. I baked a sweet potato for myself then peeled off the skin and sliced it and then sliced up a bit of unsalted butter and put the tiny bits over the sweet potato to melt. It tasted like heaven. Then I also served my homemade cranberries that I made months ago and put in freezer bags. Oh sooooo good. I still have four more bags left in the freezer. David loved the cranberries the most, he said they had a bit of an orange tang. I told him I put orange zest and two tablespoons of juice from the orange when I cooked them. I put a couple of heavy pinches of unflavored Jello ager to make it all come together slightly. David said he married up when he divorced his first wife and then married me. He was so happy when he found out I could cook. 
After dinner, he helped me clean up and then we watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix. It was really good for a love story. I can't believe that David liked it. Personally, I think he has a thing for Lily James. She is so pretty.
Well, I'm going to go lay down for a bit with my heating pads. The pain is getting worse. All y'all have a magical day.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas Eve Y'all

Merry Christmas Eve everyone. David got a text from his daughter this morning. They landed in Frankfort Germany yesterday and rented a car. They are on their way to Paris this and doing some minor sightseeing as they go.  I hope they are okay and having fun.
Yesterday, we went to Lowes to get some items to finish up the kitchen renovation. Then we had lunch out. We made a great day of it. We didn't even want to eat dinner after getting stuffed at lunchtime. 
Today I have taken bread dough out of the freezer to let it thaw and rise then I will do some baking along with more cookies that were in the refrigerator overnight thawing from their freeze. I haven't used the mixer yet but I'm thinking of making some brownies later if I have the energy as baking tends to exhaust me into oblivion. No joke there. Last time I baked only three different batches of cookies and I thought I was going to collapse in the kitchen. It was really hard not too. I slept all night and most of the next morning. Then when I woke up I felt like a truck ran over me backed up and ran over me again and again. I was still exhausted and hurting. Lupus doesn't forgive you if you think you can trick it into thinking you can do things that you used to do with ease.
Last night, I must have finally succumbed to all the running around that we did yesterday because I couldn't stay up to watch a movie I wanted to watch on Netflix. I was bone tired. Today, I am doing absolutely almost nothing except baking a log of cookies and a loaf of bread for tomorrow and then I'm going to read or watch that movie. It's going to be a quiet day for us.
Y'all have a magical day.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Yule Presents so Far

Saturday, David was going to give me the Death Wish coffee for my first Yule present but the coffee came in the mail on Thursday evening. Much earlier than anticipated and I opened the box before he could steal it away. So he officially let that go for Saturday. On Sunday he made me cry big baby tears. He gave me this -
Yes! A 4.5 Kitchenaid mixer! I have been wanting one since we got married but could never afford to buy it because well, all my surgeries on my knees and back took everything I had saved up. So now that we are able to save again he went and got me my dream mixer. Yeah, I'm strange. I cried big fat baby tears and just couldn't stop. Most wives and girlfriends want diamonds for Christmas but I want stuff like nice mixers, vacuums and things for the house. What can I say, I'm crazy like that. 
I told him no more big presents. Please, just little inexpensive things for a change. So this morning he gave me a pill cutter for my third present. Which I dearly needed and it works just fine. I've been cutting my blood pressure pills with a knife and it makes a big mess. So this made me very happy. Yeah, I'm easy to please too.
This morning marks the first weekday that David is off from work for the holidays so we are going out for some book shopping, pick up a few little things for finishing the kitchen repairs and then some lunch. So, I need to go change and do up my hair or he'll be yelling for me to shake a leg soon. Y'all have a magical day. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Hey I made it to Thursday

The last three days for David at work are proving to be fun. Yesterday the office staff had a pot luck Christmas and ugly Christmas sweater competition. Sweaters were too hot so many wore ugly Christmas t-shirts and such. A few wore light ugly sweaters and David said they had a wonderful time meaning little work was done. Today, the company is buying lunch for everyone. So yeah, it's basically a repeat of yesterday. Tomorrow I don't know what they will be doing but many will be leaving at lunchtime for their 2-week vacation since the company is shut down for the holidays. It should be fun. David will be home for 2 weeks and I'll have him doing little things around the house that he neglected to do during Thanksgiving week. Yeah, it should be lots of fun.
There is a small teensy weensy baby tiny front coming through. I felt it last night and was up almost til 4 am with the pain. Right now I have the TENS and my pain meds working so it's not too bad. I have some more cookie baking and a drunk cake to make for a friend that doesn't have the time to do it. She's paying me $50 so I'm more than happy to help. 
David bought me some Death Wish coffee over the weekend. I told him about the coffee my brother got as an early Christmas gift and he decided to buy some for me. Now don't get me wrong, I love my coffee strong but Death Wish is something for people with a strong young heart. That stuff is highly caffeinated meaning I'll be on the ceiling and talking way too fast for normal human hearing. So I might have to break out my old Mr. Coffee maker and cut this stuff with some mild Folgers. I wonder if David took out an insurance policy on me.
Well, I have baking to get to. Y'all have a magical day.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Yesterday when the front rolled in
While I'm starting this entry this morning it's 35 fucking degrees. I had to take a really hot shower to get my parts moving this morning. Tomorrow morning it will be close to 20 degrees. Mother Nature is crazy either that or she's gone off her meds again. So today and tomorrow I'll be spending the day in my nice warm bed. Screw everything else. You got that right. Fuck the world. They can go fight for their own.
Sunday, David and I went up to San Marcos to have lunch with his beautiful daughter and her wonderful husband. They gave us our Yule presents early since they are leaving for Paris today. If we had known, we would have brought them their presents but it is always delightful to see them both. They will be spending Yule like they did last year, driving around Europe and visiting all the different festivals.
Last year they didn't know about the Yule festivals and they did some reading and planning. I hope they have a happy time.
Oy, it feels crazy cold in this house. I'm going back to bed until the temperatures get close to my age. Y'all have a magical day.

Monday, December 16, 2019


The cold front came in around 8 am this morning. Instantly my back felt so much better. I walked into the kitchen and let Lucy outside. Spunky was sleeping so why wake the poor ol' man up. She was back at the door almost as fast as I let her out. I made a cup of coffee as I watched the temperature outside still dropping. It was 70 when I got up and it was 59 when I checked in on Spunky a few minutes later. It will even itself out by lunchtime and come back up to the 60s. I'm not worried. 
Last week Thursday I had to clean out the refrigerator. Since I wasn't feeling well Monday or Tuesday David "cooked" for himself. I figured I better clean the kitchen and get things back to normal. I'm glad I did too. I found a half-eaten dried up ham sandwich and a glass of milk on the top shelf of the fridge. Like what goes through that man's mind when I'm not around? "Oh, I'm not as hungry as I thought I was. I'll just leave this here and eat it in the morning." It's almost a lost cause asking him because he feigns stupidity and says, I don't know or remember. Thank the Goddess he remembered to feed the puppies although I wonder what he fed them. 
It's official. David will be off from work on winter vacation starting this Saturday and he will go back to work on the 6th of January next year. I have already got a list of things I want him to do while he is home and I plan to enforce them. So far it's about 8 things I need him to get to. I'm wondering if he will do them all in one day like he did that last time I made a list. Well, I have a few things to get to and then make lunch for him. Y'all have a magical day.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Okay Okay, So It's Thursday

Sunday thru Wednesday were bad days for me. The front that came through triggered a Lupus flare and that bitch stayed all day and night until this morning. I said enough is enough but it wasn't. I did make it to the kitchen to make a large mug of hot tea and grab some Yule cookies this morning. I know, bad breakfast choices but hey they were oatmeal raisin cookies, okay? Give me a break. I'm trying to survive this shit.
Anywho, I'm at least dressed and moving. David is looking for ugly christmas sweaters online because next Wednesday the office is having an ugly christmas sweater day. David hates anything with long sleeves so he is looking at t-shirts instead. He found a couple of ugly christmas sweater t-shirts and he ordered them. Now we see if they get here in time for next week. he  he he
Lucy has become a walking hazard for me. David went and bought a couple of those nice kitchen floor mats for me. Early Yule presents. The kind that is puffy and feels good under your feet. Well, Lucy is hard to see because the floor mats are black and so is she and I have been tripping over her a lot in the kitchen. She obviously loves the mats because they are warm and cushy. So, I don't look down when I'm moving in the kitchen and Lucy knows she isn't allowed in there until her breakfast and dinner times. She's a good baby girl and she knows better but she also knows comfort is more important to her than mommy and her klutziness. So, now I have to set her straight and read her the riot act everytime I go into the kitchen but like I said, comfort is near and dear to Lucys heart more than my safety. Sometimes I wish. . .*sigh*
Well, it's Thursday and I have a lot of laundry and some cleaning to get to. Y'all have a magical day.

Monday, December 9, 2019

It's Monday - It Started Sucking Yesterday

There is a front on its way and nothing, not even the TENS unit is stopping this pain. So, I'm out for a while. Y'all have a magical day.
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