Up & Running!

I would like to believe I am computer savvy, but really, I think I am lucky more than anything.

Still, when our old Router showed signs of letting us down and not giving us the streaming video we would like, we knew it was time to splurge and get a new one!

I researched and we got a TP-Link AC1900 Smart Wireless Router – High Speed, Long Range, Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Internet Router. After it arrived, it was just a matter of setting it all up.

s-l300First, she is a beauty to look at, and what I did to help myself was to buy all new, highspeed cables, and then I lay everything out and made a checklist of steps of how to hook it all up.

Then I started and went methodically through each and every step until things were all set up. Then, I went to each TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Cell Phone, Tablet and such, and connected them to the new Network!

But, I did it all myself! I am extremely proud and I thank my teacher in all things computer, Brad, for patiently explaining things to me. I really was a little sponge and learned so much just by watching you! Thank you!!!

The Friday Five

The Friday Five

What a crazy week.

The Big Bang Theory is ending. I recall 12 years ago when I watched this show for the first time. It has brought me so much laughter and joy, and I am thankful.

    1. I guess the biggest news is that Anneliese had her surgery. It is sort of a doggy mastectomy. She has been in quite a lot of pain, and we will have the pathology reports next week. Meanwhile, I am trying to keep her contained and comfortable!


    1. We’ve had peaks of sunshine, but actually more rain than I can remember for a long while. So very sick of rain!
    2. My earlier wave of energy as far as bathroom cleaning has ended with both three clean bathrooms, and my back and neck are still intact! I swear it was temporary insanity!
    3. I got my pictures back from the John Edward Event. I cannot thank my daughter enough for this. I had such a great time.

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4. Jack is still not feeling 100%. I think he had a little virus. He was still very sleepy last night but did enjoy watching the Big Bang Theory with me.

5. In eighteen days I leave for my little getaway. I can hardly wait. 2019 has been such a difficult year, and  I have really felt the need for some downtime.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I’ll be hooking up my new Router and getting all the TV’s, cellphones and such hooked up. I wish you all (and me) sunshine!

This & That Thursday

Today was another very busy day. Of course, I had WW in the morning, and after that, I ran errands.

I went to four different stores and the Post Office before coming home. I managed to do this and actually pull into the garage by noon!

One of my stops was to get a liquid coating on my cell phone. I love my Galaxy s8, but with the curved screen, any sort of screen protector pops off or is unresponsive! So, I bit the bullet and bought the liquid screen protector. Best of all it is warrantied for 3 years!

It may be cold here in New Hampshire, but the birds are back. We currently have the Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and Chickadees living off our driveway, and visiting our trees in the back each day. I’m in Birdie Heaven!

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I think I have spied a Crow who has made a nest in one of our pine trees. Jack is not thrilled but I think it is wonderful! All this wonderful nature.

Jack has been sick most of the day and so Life at home has been very quiet. Perfect and just what I needed.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!


Monday found me full of things to do. I was going to make a list but then thought that if I did that, I might talk myself out of doing it all. So, I just dove in after breakfast, and the things I wanted to get done kept me bust all day long.

I think the funniest thing was, that after 20 years I thought perhaps our master bath light globes needed to be washed. I thought the frosted finish looked a bit dull.

So, I took them all down, washed the fixture and dusted the light bulbs, and then put the globes into the dishwasher on a short cycle.

I’m here to report that they are not frosted globes at all. They were quite simply that dusty!

I worked very hard in that room, vacuuming, washing, and then putting it all back together again. Why I even washed the bath mats! Only to discover that I must splurge and buy new ones very soon.


About the time I got the bathroom done, I came out to the kitchen to find that one of the dogs had thrown up on two of the throw carpets. We have four in the kitchen. So, I threw caution to the wind, brought all four down to the laundry room to wash and then after vacuuming the kitchen floor, washed it down too!  Along with the countertops!

I made dinner, cleaned it up and now, at 8 PM on Monday night I am ready for bed!

The Weekend Wrap ~ Mother’s Day


Sunday was Mother’s Day. The day for us was a rather nice one. Although we had high clouds and did not see the sun, we had no rain and in fact, the air was very dry and clear. When we were driving around I could see the beautiful mountains in the distance.

My day started very early. 5 AM! I’m not sure why, but I have not been able to sleep after 5:45 in a few months. However, I enjoyed the quiet and the coffee and the company of my fur children on this Mother’s Day.

Jack got up and I made an omelet for us, and it stuck like crazy to the pan. Time for a new non-stick saute pan!

So later in the afternoon, we opted for the Chinese Buffet again. I opted to go there for a few reasons. 1. The food is good. 2. I wanted to find out if, in fact, the former owner had retired. (He has.) 3. The Buffet is set up the handle a lot of people and usually has no lines. (It did not and we got our favorite seat!)


The new owners really have much better food (although I loved the former owner, he was so kind),  and we enjoyed everything. Including Alaskan King Crab Claws. I ate mine right off, and once they refilled the dish, I got some for Jack and I even cleaned the meat out for him! What a wife!

20190512_141144So we’ve watched the Madrid Open Tennis, Jack is working in the yard, and I am enjoying the late afternoon watching a movie. All in all, Mother’s Day was nice.

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Crazy Friday

On Friday we needed to take both Lili and Anneliese to the Veterinarians. I knew Lili had bad ears but was unsure of what to do to care for them. Her current drops were not working, so we needed to switch it up.

Lili was dreadful at the Vets. She wiggled and squirmed, and pulled and pushed, and while we all attempted to hold her long enough for an exam, Lili bit her own tongue and it bled like crazy! Not only that, but she shook her head, and the blood spatters hit the walls. It looked like a scene out of Law & Order, or Chicago PD!

As I said, Lili’s problem will be fairly easily solved. As long as she allows me to give her the drops each day.

I heard some strange bleating and wondered at the sounds. I asked and learned that a Mama Goat had just had a C-section and delivered twins! I got to see them as they left to go home. Oh my goodness! The sweetness of those newborn babes!

Then it was Anneliese’s turn. I thought it was simply mastitis. However, there is a reason I am not a Veterinarian. At this time in Anneliese’s life, mastitis would be sort of unusual. She has a tumor, and since the teat is swollen and leaking, it doesn’t look good.


Anneliese will be operated on this coming Thursday. They will remove the tumor and send it to pathology. I’m not feeling good about this.

I am feeling angry that this sweet little being is getting blindsided with all sorts of health issues at this time of her life. It just doesn’t seem fair does it!

So that consumed most of my day and as I end Friday and look toward the weekend, I have my fingers crossed for only the best outcome ever for my girls!

The Friday Five

The Friday Five

Another week has come and gone. Despite my wanting to have a quiet week, this one turned into an incredibly busy one. Here’s what’s happening on The Lake.

  1. I decided that I want to have some patio pots this year with a few things like tomatoes, herbs and possibly peppers. I do not want to have too much, just enough to satisfy my gardening spirit.
  2. I cooked a lot this week. And when there were leftovers I made something from them and then froze those for Jack. I have three meals put aside for him for when I go off for a few days in June. The latest was today. I made an awesome Tomato-Basil & Garlic Meat Spaghetti Sauce. And it came out so well! I fear these meals will all be so good, Jack will want me to go off more often! Ha!
  3. I usually wait until the weekend to do laundry, but on Thursday I did all the laundry, hung out a lot of it, and got it all done! I am scaring myself with how much I have accomplished!
  4. I had cleaned my closet out and had 5 bags of clothes and two twin size comforters to donate. Not only did I remember to get them into the Highlander before WW on Wednesday, but I brought them into St. Vincent DePaul, and remembered my receipt!
  5. Oh, I just looked outside and can see a few things like forsythia, and cherry blossoms and Rhododendrons too!

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Just a few pictures of the Cherry Blossoms, Forsythia, and Rhododendron.

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

TBT: Shubi, The Dackel Princess

Before there was Greta. Before there were Arnie and Anneliese. There was my very first sweetheart, Wirehaired Dackel, Shubi.

The First Dackel Princess!

Shubi was born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany, on December 1st, 1995. We brought her back to the USA in February 1996.

Shubi and mom

We were over visiting our friends in Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany, and we decided, sort of spur of the moment, to get Wirehaired Dackels together. We got Shubi, pictured above, and they got her brother, Toni.

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Shubi was my best friend back then. I was going through a lot of things, and Shubi was the balm for my soul. With her, I felt completely loved and adored, and she was the one being that helped heal my heart.


Shubi had a great life with us. We took her everywhere. We flew with her to Germany several times and traveled through Austria and into Italy with her as well. Wherever we went, Shubi made friends. Both Jack and I adored her.

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Shubi died shortly after her 10th birthday. She had a rare disease called GME. It was so hard to see her fail. The picture above was taken the day before she passed from this life to Rainbow Bridge.

How very lucky I was to have had this wonderful companion. Shubi was one of a kind and I will always miss her.

Life or Something Like It

On Tuesday Jack and I had our 6-month exams at the Dermatologist. Both Jack and I are Skin Cancer Survivors and get checked frequently. You can read about my cancer surgery

My face is looking good, and so far I have not had a reoccurrence of my Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Jack has had Melanoma on his face (Thank you Agent Orange!) but now it’s just nuisance stuff.

Both of us had things frozen off with Liquid Nitrogen, and with a pat, on our backs, we are free for another six months.

After that, we did some shopping, and then I took Jack out for his favorite Chinese Buffet Lunch. Only today we found the food was exceptional! It’s always been good, but this was really good! We also did not see the owner of the restaurant, but suddenly noticed an all-new crew. So we both wondered if the place has been sold. If it has I will miss the original owner. He was such a nice man.

The pups were happy to see us when we got home, and I decided that since I’d been awake since 4:45 AM, I was going to get in a pair of loose pajamas and get comfortable!


And that’s the way I ended my day!

The Muddy Dog

Monday found me working around the house a lot more than I wanted to. Besides the usual work, Lili decided that she was going to mud puddle jump.

She did this four times, and this required me to hose her off four times! The worst was the second time when she had put her snout into the mud and literally was a brown white shepherd!


This made me crazy! So if there is anyone who wants her, let me know!

It was a beautiful day otherwise. Bright sun, warm temperatures and just the hint of a breeze!