Monday, May 16, 2022

Welcome Back Suckers Weekend Recap

Howdy y'all!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It was our first weekend back from vacation.  I'll do a separate post about that.  It was hotter than hades to welcome us back after having been in our ideal weather of 55-60 degrees and breezy which was literally not cool to return to.  Neither of us were ready for that and it looks like we're in it until winter, just like I said we'd be.

We were thrown back into adulting by having had an issue with our network on day two of leaving so we were getting no security updates because there was no internet.  This affected several things that made you just want to scream.  Nothing you want to do more than deal with a network problem after an 11 hour drive.  We checked the radon monitor and yep, the initial home test I recommended that everyone do whether you think you have radon or not was confirmed after a full month's worth of data at 5.8.  We had to get paperwork submitted to the HOA to get that ball rolling which will be about $1100.  The Mr had to take in his car to Hyundai to FINALLY get a fix for his 'hey your car could randomly catch on fire' issue they've known about for three months and they came out with a laundry list of stuff he should get done.  Funny how we have a dirty air filter when it was just changed.  They did recommend the brakes getting done and we thought the price of almost $1000 sounded insane and called around and it was pretty much the going rate.  The knocking hot water tank after a thorough flushing is going to have to wait for replacement next year.  (FYI- a "no flushing needed" hot water tank is a load of sh*t.  Flush the hot water tank once a year)

That birch arbor we put up in 2020 to keep us entertained and we hoped one day covered in shade, needs to come down since it caught a lovely case of varnish fungus rot or some nonsense.  

It was a jerry rigging kind of year so we did what we thought would last and it didn't for as long as we hoped.  I ordered a metal one that looks like it'll just fit the loveseat and we'll have to start over.  The wisteria came back but the jasmine they said would if I kept it protected, didn't.  Lucky for us though because the wisteria isn't super established and I had to hack off all of the dead jasmine.  Of course the arbor isn't set to arrive until this week or next depending on when they decide to ship it.  Obviously because we are us, we'll need to loosely assemble it to make sure the loveseat fits because if we put it together completely and it doesn't, I'd be taking a long walk off of a short pier.

Then the Mr decided he needed some kind of switch for his new ceiling fan since the installation basically killed one of the two working light switches from having to cap it.  Well, it was basically a two hour ordeal and having a color blind man working on electricity doesn't fill one with confidence especially when he didn't take a before pic of what it looked like if he'd have to go back to the original.

Vacation vibes...killed.  

At least it wasn't as stressful as this time two years ago.

That moved us into the weekend.  It seems like every year there is some big undertaking needing done on the patio to get it together.  We've already had to replace the furniture covers this year and they weren't that old.  I guarantee in 6-8 weeks, we won't even go out there if this heat keeps up the way it has and any flowers we buy will be crispy.  Tale as old as time...

Sadly, the arbor didn't take much to come down.  We were both sad to see it go because it was done at a time when we needed some hope (and everyone else got to the metal arbors that would fit before we could) so it kind of symbolizes something to us.  We also had to put it together in the garage so we weren't on full display, a piece was cut wrong and thankfully I had a spare birch pole randomly hanging around to cut to fit and then we had to carry the fully assembled arbor under the cloak of darkness around to the back patio hoping our nosy neighbor wouldn't catch us.  Always an adventure. It's weird to see the space without it now.

But we're looking forward to getting the new one up and giving the vines a spot to establish.  Fingers crossed.  It was a two shower Saturday for sure and the Mr promptly napped after his and thankfully my headache went away.  We did a few random geocaches that evening and weirdly enough found the future grave of my 3rd grade teacher at one of them.  That was a trip.  On Sunday, we did a little more work on the patio.  If you have cedar fencing, you know they gap over time.  Well, when you have nosy neighbors who we've literally caught peeking through them, you make a solution.  This backer rod foam is perfect to go between gaps and I use these pot scrapers to work them in without damaging the wood.  So that was my fun for Sunday.  The Mr did some patio work and got our pics hung up out there.  I'll take pics of it all when we've got the patio together and hopefully done.  

We got a month of Peacock Premium Saturday night so I could watch Maneskin's performance on Eurovision (heal up soon, Damiano!) so we had streaming access to Firestarter with Zac Efron which we watched last night.  I only saw the original about 5 years ago but still didn't remember enough to know if it was close to the original movie or not.  It was okay.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it but wouldn't steer anyone away from it either especially if you read the book or want to see how it stacks up to the original.  I will say John Carpenter's scoring skills are still on point.

That was that.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, May 13, 2022

What I'm Reading This Week #19

Howdy do all!  I hope you had a good week and are ready to party hardy this weekend.  (Okay, us either.  I don't know the last time I partied hardy.)   It's probably gonna be a bummer weekend for us because we're home from vacation and back to reality which is neighbors we want to smack (but jail is a deterrent) and construction on all sides of us we hoped would be further along than it is.  I'll likely do a recap next week when I've got my brain settled back into a routine.

Now let's settle into...

5 Simple Hamstring Exercises (Plus 2 Great Stretches) to Strengthen and Lengthen the Backs of Your Legs  (Great stretches!  My hammies seem to always be super tight no matter what I do but these slant boards help for sure with that and ankle mobility.)

Is Ultra-Filtered Milk Actually Better for You Than Regular Milk? (We get it for more protein and less sugar.  Never tasted any difference.)

My Nonnegotiable Daily Nature Practice For Stress & Anxiety Relief  (We've got these mats and I have to say it does help with inflammation that I can visibly see.)

Are Expensive Eggs Actually 'Better' for You?  (I've started getting organic eggs through Aldi which are $2 cheaper than at big box stores and only $.20 more than the eggs we used to buy.)

Here's How Plant-Based 'Meats' Stack Up, Nutritionally  (I can't do the jackfruit thing but you'll have to pry Gardein's meatless meatballs from my cold, dead hands.  The Mr has several times asked "are these beef or vegan?"  Pretty good coming from a formerly picky eater!)

15 Slow Cooker Seafood Recipes for a High-Protein Dinner (OMG, some of these look sooo good!  Time to bust out the slow cooker.)

10 Ways Women Can Advocate for Themselves at the Doctor’s Office  (It is IMPERATIVE for anyone!  I don't go to a doc's appt (especially a new one or for a new issue) without notes regarding symptoms, how long they've been going on, what I've done to treat up to that point.  Not only does it help them but it's something in writing they can refer to for future appts.  I can't tell you how many have said they LOVE it and wished more patients did it.  If a doctor is offended by that, leave.  They aren't going to give you the care you deserve.)

How to Keep Your Sense of Humor As You Get Older  (It's REALLY hard but I need these tips for sure.)

30 Times People Were Saddened And Disappointed By Celebrities, Shared In An Online Thread  (#14 doesn't surprise me at all.  I bet the people who passed by Betty White are kicking themselves now.)

Not sure if we've got anything on tap for the weekend since we spent so much time in the car coming home.  Maybe we'll start to get the patio cleaned up and ready for planting.  I should probably consider bulbs because I truly hate wasting so much money on annuals but then again I want blooms all summer.  Something to ponder but if anyone has suggestions on long flowering plants, chuck 'em at me in the comments!

Whatchu got going on this weekend?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hump Day Poll: Let's All Go to the Movies


What could movie theaters do to improve the experience of going there?

My answer will tell you why I don't go to them anymore:

1)  Cell phone jammer.

2) One of those clear igloos so you don't have to hear or be near other people and watch your movie in peace.

3)  Duct tape ushers for the mouths of those who insist on talking the whole time or if you're seeing an old movie in the theater from saying out loud every line of dialogue until I have to give you the death stare so hard that you physically get up and move.  (It's happened and that's the last time we went pre-Covid.)

Hence a few of the reasons we rent.   Cheaper than bail.  😁

What could movie theaters do to improve the experience of going there for you?

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Things to Check When You Rent a Vacation Home

We have rented private homes direct and through the main vacation rental companies you've seen on TV.  We've rented well over 50 homes from Hawaii to Maine in price ranges from $150-700/night and the more you pay, the more expectations you have of cleanliness and general upkeep.   Regardless of price, there are some issues you are likely going to run into no matter how much you paid for it.  I've got some tips for you on what to look for when checking in and what to potentially expect so you can get to relaxing sooner.  I'll warn you that this is going to sound like I'm ragging on cleaning crews/property managers and I suppose to some degree, I am. I have yet to rent a place in the past 10 years that hasn't had cleaning issues or general issues of some sort that had us unable to enjoy the place for the first night or two except for one and thankfully that was the place we rented for our 25th anniversary last year.

Here are the things we do now the second we walk through the door because we'll either be pleasantly surprised or grossed out and I'd rather get the grossed out stuff out of the way.

1. Check the sheets

One thing we've learned over the years is more often than not, cleaning crews wash sheets in the most harsh, perfumed detergent out there.  If you are sensitive to smells or prone to itchy skin from strong detergent, you need to bring your own detergent, strip the sheets (and towels if need be) and get them in the washer as soon as you check in so they'll be ready for bedtime.  I asked for and received this awesome sleeping bag style bed liner.  So many hotels have horrible scratchy sheets or the aforementioned harsh detergents in rentals and this makes it so even if the texture is horrible, I know I have a set of sheets that I can sleep on that have been washed in my free and clear detergent.  I hate that we have to bring an extra bag for these but it's that or break out in hives.

2.  Wash the dishes

If you think the heathens before you didn't just do a rinse on their plates the morning of checkout and that the cleaning crew checked to make sure that wasn't the case, I've got a bridge to sell you. Grab at least 4-8 plates, bowls, glasses, mugs and silverware and run them through the dishwasher the first hour you're there so they're ready for dinner.  (This is of course assuming you don't open the dishwasher and either see a load of dishes for you to put away or even better, a load of the previous renters dirty dishes.  It's happened.)

3.  Check your network

If the homeowner has video cameras on site, they are supposed to tell you.  (It can go against some rental companies terms of service if they don't.) This article tells you how to do a quick sweep of the network to make sure you're not being watched or digitally spied on without your consent. 

4. Look in nooks and crannies

Check in corners, behind furniture, etc for mouse traps, ant traps and similar items.  This means they aren't likely keeping them at bay but have an active problem especially judging by the age of said items to make it LOOK like they're addressing it.  A place we stayed had ancient looking ant traps but very alive and modern large ants in the kitchen.  Terro ant traps are the only things that work pretty quickly and they take it back to the colony to spread the love. I should just buy them before every trip just in case and will do so especially if we're staying in the country.  We also had a wasp infestation there which was fun.  Bring some painter's tape with you (it doesn't stick when you peel it off) so you can temporary fill any gaps while you're there and remove before you leave.

5. Locate the cleaning products

Nothing is ever cleaned to my satisfaction, okay maybe like three homes we've rented.  This is from a woman who is not a great housekeeper herself.  But I resent paying $100-500 for a cleaning fee to come into a place with cobwebs clearly visible in common places, surfaces that look like they were barely wiped and my biggest pet peeve, grubby little handprints all over the windows.  I know you see them, cleaning person!  I should not have to spend a second of my vacation washing windows, spraying down tubs, etc and yet regardless of the nightly rate, I still find myself doing at least some light house work which is not the way to kick things off.  So locate the cleaning products as soon as you get there, if they aren't locked away because chances are, you'll need at least one.   If they're locked away, run to the store and grab a good multi purpose wipe, cleaner and paper towels just for cleaning.

6. Bring earplugs

Earplugs are a must!  The last place we stayed had me in tears and was NOT the way to round out an anniversary trip.  One thing listers are really good at are angles, especially if they're right on top of other neighbors.  These people also added other pictures to the listing just before we rented that, had I seen them, I NEVER would've rented the place.  I know they weren't there because the Mr reviews my rental selections for his stamp of approval and he agreed, some of the things were not shown.  The thing about older homes is many keep the original glass in tact for either historical or financial purposes.  This allows several issues from easy pest entry to my favorite... hearing the neighbors screaming demon spawn (kids) and their devil hound which barks in a way that makes you feel it's being rewarded to be that annoying.  You could also be in a flight path, have neighbors that don't appreciate dealing with renters in their neighborhood so they purposely rev engines or other less than idyllic behaviors that will spoil your chances of a relaxing time or good night's sleep.  At least you can be prepared while you furiously search for other accommodations and pray you luck out. (We, unfortunately, did not.)

These are annoying things to have to check especially when you're spending your hard earned money on a rental but if you address them as soon as you drag everything in and before settling in, it will make your first night that much easier.  As someone with high rental expectations that is constantly getting let down, just assume you will have to do some light cleaning and be prepared because sometimes it's heavy cleaning.  Also immediately alert the renter to anything within the first few hours of check in because they can try to blame broken ANYTHING on you if you don't tell them.  I can't count how many reviews have property owner responses being snarky and nasty saying "if you had told us, we could've rectified this!"  (But also be prepared to have your vacation interrupted unless you don't mind service people being in the house when you're not there.  I'm not one of those people and we lost 2 hours last year to 100 years of calcium build up being chiseled out of our quarantine rental on our last full day.  Good times.)

Did I miss something that you check when you check into a rental?  Feel free to share what helps you too!

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Friday, May 6, 2022

What I'm Reading This Week #18

Top o' the Friday morning to you all!  It's the end of another week which (hopefully) means time for stuff we want to do over what we have to do!  We've been enjoying the weather and are relishing our mid-Spring weather for now.  I've got thoughts about some projects I might want to get on before things heat up in the garage.  I think we can still put up two shelves on the sides of our over the garage door shelves so they butt up like corner shelves.  I'm all about maximizing every square inch out there that we can.  Even considering putting some lesser used small appliances out there that I'm not ready to part with like my ice cream maker.  Gelato Fiasco has a great dark chocolate noir sorbetto that we love but doesn't ship well and only tastes right home made.  Hmm, might have to bust that out soon!

Now let's bust into...

How Often You Wash Your Pet’s Bowl Can Impact Your Health  (Might be something to think about for those with pets.  I would think having an extra set you can rotate out every other day might help too.  I know we'd probably do that if we ever got another one.)

How To Actually Let Go Of Someone & 14 Signs It's Time, From Therapists  (Reaaally hoping a friend of mine stumbles onto this.  The light at the end of the tunnel is a train, sister!)

How to Trick Your Computer (and Your Boss) Into Thinking You're Still Working  (Okay, I'm not condoning not working if you're still working from home.  However, when you were at the office, you weren't spending every single second of every work hour pounding the keys.  You were chatting with co-workers, going on a bathroom/smoke break, etc.  Be aware that the ol' open a document and put something on a key for infinity will give you away if your micromanager is tracking keystrokes, which many are.  This mouse mover we got allows us to 'drop the kids off at the pool', grab a snack or just take an eye break away from the screen without your chat going to "away."  WORTH IT!)

6 Sites Where You Can Buy (and Sell!) Your Used Camping Gear  (Perfect if you want to see if you like camping without investing too much or if you've got unused gear to unload.)

Get Happier by Rereading Your Favorite Books From Childhood  (I have to say this works.  I have a copy of The Ghost of Windy Hill on my nightstand.)

We might do a little road tripping this weekend.  I've got some geocaches loaded up in case we get the itch to go out exploring.  Definitely have to get it in now before bug and sweat season is in full effect!

Anything fun planned for the weekend?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hump Day Poll: Out of This World

Where’s the most surreal area you been to?

I would say we saw two on the same trip going to Devil's Tower Wyoming and Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  Neither are landscapes I'm particularly drawn to but it was cool to see the lines of sediment in the mountains at Badlands and it felt like you were a fish in a pet store with one of those faux backgrounds.  Same with Devil's Tower.  The rock doesn't even look real, even the closer you get to it and totally felt like a fish tank accessory again.  We were quite lucky though to see it with some snow on the ground and falling while we were there.  It made it extra special for us.  Not to mention it's prominently featured in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Where’s the most surreal area you've been to?

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Monday, May 2, 2022

My Favorite Breakfast Strata

(Excuse the crappy pic, I took it on the fly.)

There was a point about 8 months ago where a B&B in Vermont that we always liked to look at was for sale.  Since we don't have an extra mil sitting around waiting to run a business we know nothing about, I started perusing their website and blog.  I saw they frequently made strata and I started looking for recipes I liked.  By chance a few days later the local grocery store gave a link to this one and I decided to give it a go but adapted it slightly.

I figured I'd share it here since I can never seem to find the recipe when I need it and thought y'all might like it too.  (A note, this needs to be made the night before to soak in or it'll probably just be a bread omelet.)

Apple Raisin Breakfast Strata
350 degrees/45 min
4 servings

1 large apple of your choice, skin on, diced (I like honey crisp or Granny Smiths)

8 slices Dave's Raisin the Roof Bread, cut into bite sized pieces

1 1/2 cups skim milk

5 large eggs

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cardamom (optional)

1 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla or maple extract

15g ground flaxseed (optional)

Maple syrup for serving


1)  Cut an apple into bite size pieces.  (I like to be as lazy as possible and use one of these corer/slicer deals then cut into pieces from there.)

2)  Cube the 8 pieces of raisin bread and set aside.

3)  In a large mixing bowl, add the milk and eggs and whisk together.  Add spices, brown sugar and extract and whisk to combine.

4)  Add bread cubes to the egg mixture and toss well to coat.

5)  Spray butter or preferred cooking spray on sides and bottom of an 8x8 baking dish and add bread/egg mixture to the dish and spread out evenly.  Top with cubed apples and cover to let sit overnight in the fridge.

6)  Pull the baking dish out of the fridge while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  (If you're going to use flaxseed and want a crunchy crust on top, sprinkle it evenly on top before baking.)

7)  Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until center is set and allow to sit for 5-8 minutes before cutting into 4 pieces and serving.  (Top with 1-2 tbsp maple syrup if you feel so inclined.)

This is a nice thing to make if you just want something different or it's been a crappy week and you need some comfort food that won't completely blow out your eating regime.  Perfect for company or a small brunch.


Nutritional facts are ball park and may differ depending on what you use.  Nutrition calculated on Cronometer.  SATW is not responsible for inaccuracies.  Flaxseed and maple syrup info is not included but taking a peek at a past serving using 5g of ground flaxseed I got 93% of my omega 3's for the day from it.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

What I'm Reading This Week #17

So long April, we hardly knew ye!  It was one of those weird months that went by both fast and slow.  I'm just hoping temps stay mild for a little while longer and nothing drastic temp wise until June.  (Unless it wants to stay cool, then I'm cool with that but yeah, no flop sweat and bugs on walks kind of days yet please.  I don't live in the South for a reason.)  

Now let's flop into...

Does Iceberg Lettuce Really Have No Nutritional Value?  (I know it's not as nutritionally fancy as spinach but dang there is nothing better than an old school iceberg salad with Catalina French dressing and soy bacon bits like Ponderosa style.)

9 Chair Exercises That Will Light Up Your Entire Body  (This is an awesome workout for those with mobility or balance issues but also a good travel workout.)

10 Short, Simple Steps to Having a Cleaner Bedroom (Pretty sure my solution involves matches)

Why You Need to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication ASAP  (Do it.  Lotsa bad stuff circulating right now)

How to Get Rid of Gnats in Your Plants for Good  (One of the main reasons I don't do indoor plants.)

The Best Way to Apply Foundation, According to Beauty Experts  (I swear man, I feel like I cannot catch up with all of the this and that crap that you need to do in order to just put on a face.  I watch beauty tutorials (for mature skin now.  When the F did that happen!?!) and sorely miss the days of slapping on whatever was cheapest on my face and not having to worry about ingredients, layering, serums, blah blah blah.  I can almost still smell the Covergirl foundation with cosmetic wedges now.)

How to lock down your Twitter data, or leave, before Musk takes over  (I have a Twitter I don't use but deleting it anyway.  That platform is full of so much hate it's not funny, it doesn't need help swirling the drain with that dude taking over.)

I found a pic of that mouse I wrote about in Wednesday's post:

It's not from the best angle and I guess it kind of looks more like a shark so I had Baby Shark going on long before it became an annoyance!  But it's still cute and I love it's 80's style and more importantly what it stands for.

The computer hard drive bit the weenie with relish after only two years and I had a site issue for well over an hour that induced quite the butt pucker moments earlier in the week.  We're getting antsy from those stressors and others, so a long drive is in our future.  We haven't done a good one in a long time so we're due!  Other than that, nothing set in stone.

Any road trips in your future?

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hump Day Poll: Those Who Made an Impact

What teacher made an impact on you as a kid?

I was in 4th grade when the rug got pulled out from under me with my parents divorcing.  I was deathly afraid that my mom was going to leave me too and I would be alone to fend for myself somehow.  I would break down and cry almost every day. Kids would stare at me and not know what to say.  

My teacher that year was not a warm and fuzzy lady.  She wasn't mean, just kind of awkward and no real sense of humor.  She would sometimes allow me to eat lunch in the classroom if my crying jag was particularly bad that day.  Many times they would have to call my mom to calm me down either over the phone or in person to which that eventually got old and I was told that I couldn't keep pulling her from job especially now that hers was the only income we were going to have.  

Sensing my desperation and need for something to comfort me, my teacher kept me for a few minutes after school and gave me a big stuffed mouse that her friend made.  It looked like an apple doll I had carved earlier in the year that ended up in the paper before my life exploded.  She told me that I couldn't tell the other kids and she could get in trouble but she wanted me to know that someone cared and if I was lonely (I was also a latchkey kid) I could hug the mouse and feel less alone.

Almost 40 years later, I still have that mouse and I will never get rid of it despite it being probably a good 20" tall.  That mouse reminds me that in our darkest hour, someone can step forward and be the hero you need in a place you never expected to have one.  Thanks Miss G!  Your kindness to a quivering heap of a kid has lived on for decades!

What teacher made an impact on you as a kid?

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Dis and Dat Weekend Recap

Last week after getting rid of the lamps in the bedroom and installing the new ceiling fan, we knew we needed to go with some wall lamps.  The ceiling fan is nice but we're used to boob lamps which while not very stylish anymore, did put out an even layer of lighting whereas the new one is more almost spotlight centric and doesn't radiate out too far.  Enter these wall lamps:

I know, a little hotel-y looking (and feeling) but they work perfectly in the space.  For under $65 (at time of publishing) I got two lamps for half the price of one that I had before so that already felt like a win.  Then having lamps not taking up valuable nightstand tops was a double win.  I was able to clean off and *gasp* potentially use the morning tea maker I put out two years ago.

Oh and fun fact:  we may have radon.  I would not in a million years have thought to check for it because our townhome was built in the late 90's and for some reason I just didn't think it was something we needed to worry about.  I only checked because I came across some rando's blog talking about buying and selling tips and to make sure you check for radon because two of their four houses had to have remediation.  I decided to get one of these home tests that you let go for a few days then send in and get the results emailed to you.  We got the email and it was 5.8.  The EPA standard for safe levels of radon is 2-4.  Research showed us sometimes the charcoal tests can be a little off so we got this radon monitor as a follow up measure as well and started the process of looking for potential remediation people with good reviews.  Initially, we put the monitor in the living room to see what it said for where we spend most of our time.  It came back around 2 for 18 hours of monitoring which we were relieved by.  Then I said we needed to put it downstairs where the original test was and of course it started going up.  At one point we were at 4 but then it started going back down again to mid 3's.  We're going to do a month long monitor of the area to see if we need to go ahead with remediation or not.  We'll likely have the company we're talking with come out to do a 'peace of mind' test if the levels are too close for our liking.  So if you've never done a radon test, I would seriously consider doing at least the charcoal one because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  When you hear people talking about having it and never smoked in their life, they could've been exposed to radon.

The Mr kicked butt and got the garage basically finished up enough to put stuff back.  We haven't gone through and whittled down stuff on the shelves he just put back up but that'll come soon.  So the walls and ceiling are all painted.  I have to say, if you have an old garage with flat paint, use it as an excuse to take everything down and get some satin paint on the walls.  The paper from rolling the paint was rolling off in chunks and made for a lot of patchwork.  I dealt with it a little on the wall I did but he got a lot of it from the ceiling as if that wasn't awkward enough to deal with.   Future you will be very glad you did it.  We just have to hope that the new paint holds the sheetrock together.  😬  We'll probably get some floor paint for the garage to do in a few weeks since it's been about 15 years since we painted it.

After he finished that up Friday, we headed over to Grandma's and put yellow roses (her favorite) on her grave and did 2 laps around the cemetery.  We had to end the night giving each other mutual massages because the painting got to him and apparently walking gets to me.  

Saturday we tried a new to us place that actually had a good burger.  Holy crap that never happens!  So that was a good way to start the day.  We drove around a bit but everyone and their mother was out since it was going to be in the 80's.  We both hit a wall and it was time for a nappy nap and sadly, that really about did us in for the day.  Not interested in hanging out in blazing sun and while we should've been cleaning and doing other crap, the procrastination took hold as it always does.  

Random thought: do you ever social media peep people you were friends with in high school on occasion?   You see the crap they post about such as being "tired of other people's crap, disrespect and how people are always doing them wrong" for YEARS on their page.   Then you remember what they used to be like in school and wonder "have you ever thought potentially you're the problem?"  Man, sometimes you just think "I dodged a bullet letting that one fade out of my life!"  Just me?  As you were. 

Sunday we lazed around until we got our grocery delivery then time for lunch.  Then I got the message I've been dreading.  One of my good friends (the one I gave the bedroom lamps to) who has just about every co-morbidity you can list may have Covid after potentially being exposed either at his partner's Easter celebration (which he did NOT want to go to for that very reason but didn't want to be the 'bad guy' anymore) or the next day at his dentist who friggin' took of HER mask while working on him despite it saying everywhere that masks are required.  He's going in for testing today and will continue to home test since the newest strains can take up to three home tests after onset of symptoms to come up positive until there is a heavier viral load.  Now I get to sit here and pray that he makes it 1) not just through the infection but 2) that he has no long term effects that are immediate or pop up months from now since his body is basically walking inflammation.  If you're a praying bunch, please throw out a few for my other boo.  I've known him since I was 14 and would be devastated if anything happened to him especially this way.   (I know I don't have to say this for my regulars but anyone tempted to throw in an unempathetic BS comment on this subject and how I'm blowing it out of proportion after knowing of three people who died and others with life threatening long Covid, it will go straight to the spam folder.)

We got in a somewhat early workout while we whirled some laundry and watched the real Wonder Years from the 80's and that put a fork in our weekend.

Did you do anything fun/productive/relaxing this weekend?

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Friday, April 22, 2022

What I'm Reading This Week #16

Happy happy Friday to you sexy beasts!  Did you have a good week?  

We enjoyed the lower temps before this weekend came along which will be in the 80's and you all know the hate/hate relationship I have with anything over 75.  I do think it might give me a boost to pull dead plants from last year that aren't popping back up.  I'm always surprised by a few annuals that come back the next year like the ones hanging on one wall out there so I've learned not to pull them.  But I know mulching is happening soon so I've got to get to pulling weeds or they'll just dump it on top of them or skip it altogether and we'll have to call them back to do it and they'll purposely do a crappy job.

Now let's experience...

(oh hey!  Did you know that my overused ellipsis marks unnerve Gen Z because it makes them feel like "they're in trouble" according to the interwebs.  Look...we had ellipsis long before it meant someone was texting you back then decided not to and left you on read.  We also had the pound sign (#) before you called it a hashtag thinking you created something new.  Oops, I'm letting my Gen X show! πŸ˜‡)

As I was saying...and now...let's experience...

Health Benefits of Einkorn, the ‘Mother of All Grains'  (I use this flour to bake our 'snack' muffins.  I've made carrot/banana/pineapple muffins and blueberry muffins and use a 1:1 ratio and have never had a problem with dryness.  Gluten sensitive people tolerate this very well because it hasn't been effed with like everything else they sell us.)

These 6 Calf Stretches Will Ease Tight Calves and Relieve Tension  (The second stretch is literally the most important stretch you can do for your body.  It connects EVERYTHING!  It doesn't hurt to have a yoga strap by your desk too to give a stretchy stretch during phone calls.)

The 18 Best Natural Remedies for Headaches  (We do a few of these especially the peppermint oil and this neck wrap is a life saver to the point we have one we take when we travel.  We always prefer natural remedies if possible.)

How Bad Is It to Never Deep Clean Your House?  (I suck at this.  This is for the others that suck at it too.  Actually the part about the dust mites is so gross, I immediately wiped down everything next to my bed the next morning.)

How to clean glass shower doors – so they are streak-free fast  (I should probably get on this.  Luckily I've got the ingredients on hand and you probably do too!)

How Much Can You Actually Save on Electricity by Unplugging Appliances?  (Isn't that potential $165 better in your pocket than someone else's?)

Nostalgic Photos Show Fashion Styles of Young People in the 1980s  (You know, when I was around 7 or 8, I couldn't wait until I was old enough to dress similarly to those in pic 10 in an angora sweater, jeans and pumps (because that was dressing up) to go to the bar at Brown Derby.  By the time I was old enough, the style was sloppy flannel, no makeup and straight ass hair.  Thanks a lot Seattle for ruining two things at once.)

We have so much to do this weekend and not a ton of time to do it.  


We need to clean the house in there somewhere too.  Where are elves or the correct cleaning genes from previous generations when you need them?  

What's on your plate this weekend?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hump Day Poll: What's Yours?

What do you consider your best physical feature?

I've always felt my smile was my best physical feature.  I very distinctly remember meeting Lorenzo Lamas in the 80's at some promotion he was doing.  Oh, you don't know who that is?  

Let me refresh your memory for those alive in the 80's:

(The jock from Grease  (


(some bounty hunter dude apparently but I knew him from Falcon Crest.  Try to find a Falcon Crest gif in 2022!  (

So I went up to get his autograph and we smiled at each other and he did a double take and said "WOW, you have the most beautiful smile!"  You could tell he was genuine and not just some schmaltzy reply he was using because he didn't say that to anyone else there.  (There wasn't a huge line so you could hear everything he said.)  Then I proceeded to take a picture with him that looked like I'd just eaten an 8x8 pan of edibles because I was still swooning at the tender age of 12.  I didn't need him to tell me that though, I was blessed with straight teeth that people always accused me of having braces to get it, which is weird.  Like, "people!  I have this ONE thing, let me have it!  It's not sorcery or braces!"

How about you?  What do you consider your best physical feature?

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Productive Easter Weekend Recap


Hello Monday!  Hello beautiful people!  Happy Easter food hangover day!  Actually we did that Saturday.  It was just going to be us again and while I made an effort the first two Easters of Covid to attempt to make things special, now we're just like 'get the ham slices out of the sleeve."  I didn't even bother to clean off the table all the way.  So yeah, we're cemented in it now.  πŸ˜† 

As I mentioned last week, I started cleaning up my nightstand.  I got the organizers for the drawer and was able to divide things up so that all of the crap left after a mini purge of the drawer and top were all able to to fit in there nicely.  You can see by the top pic that everything is wrangled but it probably looks junky to someone who doesn't use the drawer.  The bottom pic shows the way the dividers are in there with the left side being closest to the bed.

The stuff I use most often like lotion, potions, sex toys, foot files, etc are in the biggest bin that I can just reach in there and have it at my fingertips.  Then lesser or rarely used things the farther from my reach.  It's really nice to have some calmness where that's concerned as it's the first thing I see every day and not a good way to start the morning or end the day.  

Then there was what to do with the lamps that were on the nightstands.  They're pretty but I know there is an impending bedroom redo and the colors no longer match what I want.  More than that though is they take up about a third of the surface of the nightstand.

We were already going to be dropping off some belts we got for a friend and I asked him last minute if he had any use for these lamps.  I didn't know that they were his style but they were Pottery Barn and I didn't really just want to donate them if he could use them.   He said they would gladly take them and I was so happy.  He was also the recipient of a special lamp my grandma got me that really went with his dΓ©cor when I was changing mine that he features prominently in his living room so he's my light guy.  We went to his place midday to drop that off (with some Easter treats) and then went to a local beach to just talk and look at the water.  

Then we went back home and watched a bunch of crap.  

The night we met my friend last week, when we came home and were about to go upstairs, the A/C came on and we heard what sounded like a broken fan blade meeting rocks.  I turned it off but just before I did, the noise stopped.  The Mr went out to see what the damage was and it turns out with the construction going on continues to drive field mice our way and Mickey went on his final tilt a whirl ride.  The next day he was buried at sea and we ordered this cover for the top of the unit.  I have never liked that when we replaced the HVAC a few years ago that the top of the unit had a pretty open cage over it.  We could easily stick our hands down there if we wanted to and I always worried about something bigger getting in there despite us having a "critter" barricade around the bottom of our fences but obviously they still find a way in.  The Mr put it on Saturday when it arrived so that will hopefully keep everything from taking any final whirls into the afterlife.

Sunday we got up and around.  I made some sloppy joe's which we sometimes had at Grandma's, not necessarily for Easter but I grabbed some Manwich on a whim at some point and throwing it in with some 93% beef seemed like it would be good on Easter day.   We went to Grandma's to walk and we enjoyed her favorite Russell Stover maple egg to celebrate the day with her.  Then we came home and it was time to get the new ceiling fan up in the bedroom.  This is what we were replacing:

Your typical "boob lamp" ceiling fan.  (Actually, you may remember it's sister who got the DIY treatment 10 years ago whose time is coming this week for replacement.)  I wasn't even in the market for one but some dude was talking on his site about redoing a room in their new to them home and had a flush mount ceiling fan on his mood board and suddenly I'm on Home Depot ordering it.  It just pushed me after the past few weeks lamenting that I felt like I was going to get my fingers clipped off when changing my clothes after workouts or in the morning.  I got one that doesn't really match right now but will eventually and I get an extra few inches of clearance.  

These are the choices of blade color for the new fan:

Apparently, some ceiling fans don't even have light bulbs anymore!!

There are three modes to choose from on these LED's.  Blinding daylight with that blue cast (output 5,000K), soft white (3000K output) and what I chose, warm white (2700K output).  There's also a remote so you can just click the light or fan on or off and there are three fan speeds with the highest setting being called "Dutch oven dissipater."  (Maybe not but it should be.)

Here's the before and after:

That was our big weekend.  Thanks to the Mr for standing uncomfortably on the bed whilst installing the fan!

How was your weekend?

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Friday, April 15, 2022

What I'm Reading This Week #15

Happy Friday all!  Hope it's a good one for you.  Those who celebrate Easter will see what I did there and give it a hearty 


We had all cold weather last weekend so no painting was accomplished since it never got over 40 degrees.  But the Mr did work on that yesterday so there was progress made.  I actually cleaned off my nightstand and threw away stuff so I could use organizers to get things in some kind of order.  We did go to my old elementary school last weekend and it was just really sad.  A big warehouse is being built not too far away and the country won't be country much longer.  There is truly nothing worse than watching your whole life be erased.  I rattled off a list of things that were gone from my childhood (including most of my schools and this one is waiting to be torn down) as well as our dating life and it was friggin' depressing.  We were both swirling the drain all last weekend so it was better not to do a weekend recap of any kind because no one wants to heat about that crap and I didn't care to relive it or try to bedazzle a turd of a weekend.  We did meet a friend of mine there Tuesday night for a 3 1/2 hour chat in nice cool temps.  It was good to see her especially since she's been having a rough year.  I do wish I weren't such an empath though because dang, there was a lot of emotions to absorb and try to wring out of my sponge self that night and all of the following day.

Now let's follow...

Prebiotics vs probiotics: differences, benefits and foods  (Always good to get a variety in all the time but especially if you're trying to rebuild your immune system after antibiotics)

11 Benefits of Stretching That Will Make You Want to Move Your Body  (My body is in CONSTANT need of stretching but I only do it after a workout or while brushing my teeth.  Might need to keep a yoga mat in the living room for some nighttime stretching)

Psoas Stretch: 3 Hip Flexor Stretches & Anatomy  (OMG, mine are SO tight and I highly recommend these over having an LMT dig at it.  If you're fat and they go digging, they could actually hurt you.  I've never been so close to smacking mine a few years ago and I said "don't ever touch me there again, that HURT."  So yeah, do these instead!)

5 Tips for When You Can’t Fall Back Asleep After Waking Up to Pee  (Gee, I don't remotely know what this is like *hard eye roll*)

Your Ex (And Everybody Else) Can See You Looking At Their LinkedIn Profile  (I don't use LinkedIn but this is scary especially when you see how the chick got busted.  Change your settings if you think you're being stealthy checking people out or create a scroll account for Seymour Butz or I.P. Freely)

Why You Should Stop Calling Things You Enjoy ‘Guilty Pleasures’  (I say this to anyone who tries to call something I like a guilty pleasure.  Actually I say "no guilt, all pleasure."  My friend loves to dump on the movie Staying Alive (the sequel to Saturday Night Fever) and I always proudly tell her it's one of my favorite movies ever.  That movie got me through countless forced visitation as a kid and is like a security blanket to me.  Plus anyone who can't see that it's a story of a man who finally grows the hell up and puts his future in motion with a rather bangin' bod to admire can't be reasoned with.  With 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, I'm obviously not alone.)

Kurt Loder on infamous 1998 Jewel interview: 'I've been ashamed of having done it ever since'  (I'm not a Jewel fan but this is an interesting story behind the meaning of her first hit.  Incidentally, I remember this clip and I never could stand Kurt Loder because he was such a pompous ass and brought down MTV's vibe.  His opinions were always wrapped in a bouquet on condescension that made his face figuratively "very punchable" as they say.  I hope he truly has been ashamed of the way he spoke about her and isn't just ashamed because she called him out.)

Guy Shares 27 Things He Wished He'd Known Before Hitting 30  (There's actually some good stuff in here!  Hey Mr, we should probably do #8 pretty soon and soak them in CLR.  Didn't know #12.  Now I want to drive a freeway and I'll be doing #17 soon!)

We are ready for the Easter bunny over here.  (Any other adults still do baskets?  No?  Just us?  As you were.)  We've got some ham to pick up tonight after work then going to keep it relatively simple with ham sammies, beans, mac and cheese and a baby cheeseball.  At some point we'll drop off something to my friend and that's about all we have planned.  Might drive over to Grandma's and have a Russell Stover's maple egg in her honor but other than that, same ol' poo.

Any plans for the weekend/holiday?  If you celebrate Easter, what do you usually have on your Easter table?

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