This & That…

The Saturday Edition

I planted my garden last week, and all was well. Then we had close to three inches of rain, and yesterday Hubby and I agreed, all the cucumbers (pickling and regular) are dead! I think today we will go out and see if we can find replacements, but I am slightly annoyed.

Today is the Belmont Stakes horse race. Do you think American Pharoah will win the Triple Crown? It would be thrilling to watch! Also I think Bob Baffert, who trains the horse (and has trained so many in the past) would be thrilled to see this horse do it all!

Meanwhile, the French Open tennis tournament ends this weekend. I’m pretty sure Serena Williams will win for the women, but who will win the men’s match, now that Nadal is out? I really hope it is not Andy Murray, as I find him generally annoying.

The Weight Watcher diet continues to go well. I am writing down everything I eat, and trying hard to make good choices. I would like to be at least half way to my goal by my birthday in November. That would be so nice!

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Medical Report: Anneliese is doing much better today. She has not cried once in pain, and was able to go out to do her business without being carried. Very happy! Still keeping her quiet.

In other news, I have continued to write down everything I am eating, and make good choices, RE: no fried food, no junk food, and lots of vegetables and fruits, all weighed and measured. I mention this because I weighed myself this morning and I swear to God, I have not lost an ounce! Discouraging!

Yay, the French Open Tennis Tournament has begun! I love the summer because of all the Grand Slam Tennis matches! I cannot play worth a darn, but I do love to watch! It’s like Ice Dancing. I’m never going to be Meryl Davis, but I do so love to watch her and Charlie White skate!

I have started to look at cruises for either very late 2015 or 2016. There is one I saw out of Texas, and it goes to a few places like Key West (fun!) and the Bahamas (also fun!). We shall see. As in all other parts of our life, we only sign on with a good sale!

Today is also crystal cleaning day. I noticed that after a long winter’s nap, the crystal glasses I hang in the bar area of the kitchen need washing. The dishwasher is full of the wine glasses and I hand washed the champagne flutes.

As always, there is laundry to be done and today, my least favorite chore…ironing. Does anyone actually like to iron?

Off I go into the world of home-making. Have a great Sunday, everyone!

This & That Friday

  1. The other day when I was driving down to meet up with my cousin and her sister’s in-law, I drove passed an obviously dead, and frozen creature on the side of the road. It was fierce looking and rather large. It haunted me all day, and once I was home I looked it up and this is what I found.
  2. This is a Fisher.fishcat1

  3. Fishers (locally called fisher-cat, although they’re not related to cats nor do they eat a lot of cats) have long, slender bodies with muscular, short legs similar to their cousins — weasel, mink, marten, and otter. Their thick, grayish-brown to brownish-black glossy fur tends to be darker on females. White-tipped hairs on older fisher give a grizzled appearance. Fisher have strong claws for climbing and a long, bushy, black, tapered tail. Males average 4-12 pounds, about twice the size of females.

    Don’t let their furry body fool you. Don’t let the cute fur fool you, these suckers have very sharp teeth and long toe nails and can kill an animal quickly by eviscerating it.


    Occasionally they will go after a human, and have been known to seriously injure men, women and children!

  4. We have ice jams in our gutters. Hubby has started to break it up, but it is a tough job. Now I know what an ice pick is for!
  5. While driving home in a heavy snow storm I was driving slowly on the highway, when I witnessed another car go airborne and land on its roof! I later read that the driver was treated at a local hospital and released.
  6. I’ve become a “Blue Bloods” TV show fan! Hubby has watched it since day one, but it is on at 10 PM, and I am usually in bed.
  7. My mouth is doing well since the root canal. The discomfort I have is from the jaw being open for so long, and the gum tissue is also a little sore. But, I am doing well.
  8. I ordered earlobe cell phone hands free headsets. I ordered 4, and today they arrived. They were all broken! So, back they go. And yes, they were all made in China! Beware!
  9. I’ve been making lime gelatin, with pear halves and maraschino cherries. It makes a great low calorie dessert. It also makes me think of my youth, when at every Christmas, Mom would make this.
  10. Quiet weekend planned for us. I need to go out and look for a new washing machine. I know what I would like, I just have to find the right ($$$) one.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Saturday found the cold moving in, along with nuisance rain. The trouble with all of that is, no animals and no person really wants to be outside for long.

The dogs would race me out, do their business, and then race me back in! Those little devils really kept me on my toes!

Since it was so crappy and Hubby was trying to get the last of our apples picked before the first hard frost, I made him a big pot of his favorite Cabbage Soup. Poor guy was simply chilled to the bone!

Around 3 o’clock this afternoon I was struck with a migraine. I do not have them often, but when I do, it’s best to take some Motrin and go to bed in a dark room. Which is exactly what I did. I think I slept about an hour and I woke feeling quite a bit better.

Tonight I will start working on my 2015 calendar. Each year I put together a calendar through Walgreens, with all my favorite pictures from the past year. This is going to be a fun one because of my girls!

I hope you all remembered to turn your clocks back last night. Time to fall back!

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I’m thrilled to announce that I now have a new faucet in the kitchen, a new shower handle in my bathroom, and new toilet innards in my bathroom! I’m am high with the glory of these things!

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And then I turned on my dishwasher and guess what? If you guessed that it is acting funky, then you would be correct. How long I can baby it and keep it going I do not know, but since I just went broke today I am not in any hurry to get another expensive device. Although I did see a dishwasher at Lowes for $299.00.

The new kitchen faucet is nice. I need to be careful though because it seems like the hot water is hotter than the old faucet. It must be something in the mixer valves.

Making a nice dinner tonight of butternut squash, baked potatoes and slowly simmered chicken and mushrooms!

A nice way to end the day!

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  • I woke early today. Worried about Lili and her stomach problems.
  • I brought stool samples out to her office to be sent away for evaluation.
  • Today was the day Hubby helped me repair my closet and then I cleaned it out.
  • I have a lot of junk to go to Charity!
  • We had our first New Hampshire Butter and Sugar Corn tonight! YUM!
  • Lili has discovered a new spot to sleep.
  • On the chair next to me!
  • I have a ton of zucchini and I have to figure out something to do that is Weight Watcher friendly. As much as I like roasted zucchini, I’m a little sick of it!
  • Hubby goes back on Thursday to get his stiches out.
  • Still so tired, but keep hoping to get caught up soon with my sleep!


Well, the day started out quite happily. We got up, had a nice breakfast and then went to our bank to get our check and then head south to get our car.

We were excited the entire trip, talking happily about the “new” car. Really, the car is beautiful, and looks brand spanking new.

We arrived early at the dealership, and they ushered us into the accountants office. Memo to myself: Don’t allow anyone to ever do this to me again.

The agent attempted to get us to purchase more of a Warranty Package for the car. He kept stressing how expensive the keys and key fobs are if we should lose one.

After listening politely, we declined and then signed the ownership papers. We were escorted out, I was given a full set of keys and Hubby was handed a small manilla envelope with his key.

I prepared his vehicle with our EZ Pass and a radar detector, and then Hubby got behind the wheel of the new car, and off we drove. I was following him, and our plan was to meet at a little Dairy Bar for lunch.

When we pulled in, Hubby noted that he did not have anyway to lock the car. He had no key fob! I checked his pockets, I looked in the car. Then I called the Dealership. Our salesman was not in, but I spoke to the accountant, the closer, and a secretary. All blamed Hubby.

“Are you sure it’s not in Hubby’s pockets?”, “Did it fall on the floor?”

Lunch was not as nice as it could have been. Hubby was upset and frankly, so was I. Who sells a car without two sets of keys and door lock fobs?

Finally we got home, and Hubby called the dealership. He put the call on speaker phone and finally we reached our salesman. When I heard him say, “Well it is a used car and it didn’t come in with a second fob!” I wanted to jump through the phone and throttle him!

Do not lie to me. Do not lie to me! He knew this before we even left the lot, and yet he did not tell us. Worst of all, they first tried to blame Hubby for the loss. Now, a new fob with be just over $100.00 to buy the fob and have it programmed. The fob itself only costs about $20.00, and this dealership felt they could lie to us and not provide 2 complete sets of keys. What kind of business are they running there?

Hubby and I talked about it over dinner. Why on earth would a major dealer in southern New Hampshire be so petty as to cheat a customer out of a remote locking fob on a car? The price we paid was good, but still pricey. After all it was a 2012 car, with a little over 8000 miles!

We have decided to go to our local Toyota Dealership for any maintenance, and they will set us up with a fob.

But I must admit, I was fooled by these people and it makes me mad. Mad at me and mad at them! Buyer beware!

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On Thursday we were hit once again with cold temperatures and snow. Lots and lots and lots of snow. Now, I like snow as much as the first person, but you know, after a while, enough is enough!

Hubby and I are both down with colds, yet he is determined to go out and snow blow our driveway. I sure wish he would hire someone, but he says no.

So, I planned meals both yesterday and today to strictly adhere to Weight Watchers. I broke out my food scale and measuring cups and then I filled my water cup full so I can drink all the liquid I’m supposed to. Actually, the meals are really good and healthy, for both Hubby and me.

I’ve really enjoyed watching the Olympic Ice Skating. I’m not sure I like this new “Team Event”. I think it has taken too much out of the skaters.

I’m looking forward to the Ice Dancing, and the Women’s Skating. What is your favorite sport at the Olympic Games?

Lastly, Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!!!

Thursday Thirteen

  1. We got close to 10 inches of snow today. Hubby went out twice to snow blow the drive and keep it open, but he could actually go out again, as it’s snowed enough to be done one more time. But it is late and he is tired.
  2. I made Hubby’s favorite meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy and wax beans. He is in Heaven, and I think, “oh well it’s just another meal!”
  3. He is going skiing on Thursday, so once again, I will be Queen of the remote control!
  4. In bed last night I kept hearing a strange computer type noise. So, I got up and Hubby had set his mouse down on the keyboard and would blink on and off, thus the weird noise.
  5. Funny the things that wake you!
  6. I did 5 loads of laundry. We are either the dirtiest people I know or the cleanest!
  7. Savannah was sick last week with pneumonia.
  8. Thankfully she is doing better now.
  9. Love watching the HGTV house remodel shows.
  10. You know, Property Brothers, Love it or List it.
  11. I also watched “The Silver Linings Playbook” the other day. Excellent movie!
  12. My plan for Thursday is to finish the laundry.
  13. And figure out, what’s for dinner!

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Lately, in an attempt to avoid the rather depressing news on the TV, I have started to use my MP3 player. I keep it charged and I play wonderful, relaxing songs and block the world out!

I managed to get our Christmas decorations put away. This year I wanted to go through them and carefully re-wrap them all. I fixed a few that had broken, and tosses a few that were too far gone. In the end, I was really happy with how the box came out. Next year I plan to get a nice plastic container and this will complete the organization.


I also went through boxes of things from my Mom. And there it was. A beautiful lacy frame with a picture of Katie in it. And at the bottom was a lock of hair that I had snipped from her beautiful head, as she lay in a coma. Yes, a beautiful red curl.

Now before anyone gets upset, seeing her beautiful red hair curled at the bottom of the picture, and seeing her smiling face, filled me with warmth.


Hubby and I are starting to get excited about our trip. We’re planning what to pack and and I’m finding I actually am getting better at packing light. I keep saying…’less is more’.


A friend from long ago has contacted me. This person has been struggling for many years and yesterday reached out to me. I’m not sure why. I have not seen this person is nearly 30 years and yet suddenly there was this message. I feel almost compelled to write, but I do not know what to say.

I know this sounds very vague. But I want to protect this person. I imagine this is not an easy time for them. In many ways I have a lot of compassion for them.


I wish you all a Happy Sunday!