No Filter Friday

No Filter Friday

My sister periodically sends me hand made cards in the mail. She enjoys making them and will use any excuse to make and send a card to anyone she thinks or knows will appreciate getting one. This is the most recent one I’ve received, for the start of the autumn season. When I get a new card from her I pop it into a little card holder my dad made – it’s actually a recipe card holder but I find that on a shelf holding one of my sister’s cards is a nice decorative touch to the kitchen. I keep all the cards my sister sends, though at the moment they’re all just scattered about in different boxes. I really ought to get a scrap book or something to keep them in so they are all together and safe. Some day…

Until next time. xoxo

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Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes

Bonus video: my favorite live rendition of this song. Jewel is known for her truly live performances (as opposed to the lipsynced performances so many do) and experimenting with her musical style, and EVERY performance she tweaks her songs a bit. If you go to YouTube and look up videos of live performances of any of her songs and watch a couple, you’ll see  (er, hear) what I mean.

Melting Pot

10 Random Thoughts

As I sit here waiting for some brownies to bake, I have a lot of random thoughts bouncing off the walls of my mind. While this is far from unusual, I thought maybe I could find a way to coax a blog post out of the nonsense floating around my head at the moment. Thus I present you with ten completely random thoughts I am thinking right now.

1. I am clearly not loyal to any one brand when it comes to major appliances. I’m an appliance slut. But it’s not my fault. I have standards. I went with items that met my minimum requirements while not being ludicrously expensive. So my dish washer is GE, range is Whirlpool, microwave is Danby, fridge is Frigidaire, and washing machine is Roper (which is owned by Whirlpool so I guess Whirlpool has a slight overall lead over the others). 

2. Then there’s my KitchenAid stand mixer. My pretty pretty mixer. I love my mixer. Everyone scoffed at me when I spent my money on it but it has been SO worth it. My wrists hurt so easily these days, and that mixer has helped so much. I wouldn’t be baking brownies right now if I didn’t have my mixer!

3. Those yellow jackets in the yard really are a nuissance. I need to get them dealt with. I wish I could just talk to them and be like “Hey, the dogs and I will not bother you if you don’t bother us” and that be that. 

4. I need a man. There is “man stuff” around a house that needs done regularly. I don’t want to have to do that stuff myself. So much nicer to have a man around to do those things. Sigh. 

5. I should get my paper and pencils out and draw a picture. But what to draw? 

6. I really need to pull the filters out of the rest of the wall units for the ac and get them cleaned up. 

7. I wish my windows had screens so I could let some fresh air in from time to time without inviting all manner of creepy crawly inside. 

8. So much yarn. I need to knit and crochet more.

9. I should read another chapter of that book.

10. I’ve got to get some screws so I can put that organizer together. Maybe I should paint it first. I do have spray paint left, but do I have enough to paint that whole thing? I’d hate to start painting it and not be able to finish it. 

Until next time. xoxo

Art, Melting Pot

Friday Post 2

I didn’t get much sleep last night. What sleep I did get was very fitful, not restful. I don’t even know what time I went to bed or what time I got up this morning. I just know when I did get up I was exhausted, cranky, and had a horrible headache. Said headache continued to plague me as I got dressed and took the dogs out to potty.

I treated the back yard with more Biefen IT, for mosquitos. They were becoming relentless. Even when I sprayed myself down with deet before going out, they’d bite me. I could see dozens of them going for each dog, too. I knew I needed to re-treat the yard but either the weather would not cooperate (needs to be dry) or I just didn’t feel like dealing with it. This morning I decided, headache or no, it needed to be done. I didn’t do the whole yard but focused on the perimeter, where they seemed most problematic. This stuff is supposed to last “up to 6 months”, and it had been maybe 2 or so since I first treated the yard. However I do need to mention that I think it would be more effective and longer-lasting if I had an actual lawn. What I do have is bare dirt, pine needles, dead leaves, and ivy. All of which leave loads od hiding places the spray won’t reach. If there were actually grass covering the yard, like most folks have, I feel like I’d see better results. Maybe some day I’ll get to live somewhere with a proper lawn and find out. But anyway it was indeed a battle for the yard – I had generously covered myself in deet before going out and as I sprayed the yard, I acquired numerous new mosquito bites. They attacked me as I attacked them. I think I won the battle but I won’t know for sure till I head out later once the product has dried.

After cleaning up from that adventure my head was still pounding away. With the added bonus of a bit of a stomach ache and some dizziness, not to mention the sunlight getting a rather vampiric reaction from me. I know all too well what that combination spells. Thankfully a couple weeks ago I had spotted some migraine formula meds at the grocery store when I was there for something else. I hadn’t had a migraine for roughly a year or so, and before that one I’d been blessed to have several years without one. So I didn’t  NEED the stuff. But I thought I should get it, just in case. So I opened that up and took a dose, which seems to be helping. I still feel a bit nauseous and my head is still throbbing, and light is still far, FAR from being acceptable… but it’s less intense than before. Thank goodness. I’ll still likely be out of commission for the day but as long as it runs its course and I feel good tomorrow, all will be well. Migraines are miserable enough when they knock you on your ass for one day, but their tendency to park themselves firmly in your life for multiple days is REALLY sucky. If you have never had a migraine, you have NO idea how lucky you are.

Moving on. If you follow me on Twitter (where I post like what, once or twice a month at most? 😂) you might have seen that I mentioned a new drawing yesterday. Well, one drawing turned into three. Why? I didn’t want to ink or color a penciled portion that looked pretty good and risk ruining it. So I tested on scrap paper then couldn’t decide if I liked colored pencil or marker better, and I still really liked the penciled original. So I did what any (in)sane person would do: made two copies and colored them, for a grand total of three finished drawings. 

I used a clear plastic Rubbermaid bin and the flashlight feature on my cell phone to create a light box to trace the original drawing to make the two copies. For the record this works perfectly. Granted you may want to use a piece of plexiglass or something for a smooth work surface if necessary but the little bit of texture to mine was not a problem. I used the container upright and put the lid on, due to size (tapered to be a bit smaller on the bottom than the top) but you could alternately just flip the container over. 

I still can’t quite decide which of the three is my favorite. 

Top to bottom: original pencil, colored pencil (which is more orange in person but my phone liked the yellow in it), and marker

What do you think?

Since I am sure most do not know, this is inspired by one of my very favorite movies: What About Bob? If you have never seen it I highly recommend it. 😁

Ok, I suppose that’s all for now. I need to lie down a while, and then will have to find some sun glasses to take the dogs out again, and find out if I won the mosquito battle or not. 

Until next time. xoxo

Melting Pot

Whatever Wednesday

I think I previously mentioned that my newest little nephew decided to show up a bit more than a month early. Both he and his mommy are doing well. She got to go home after just a couple days, but little guy needs to stay at Children’s a tad longer. I’ve only seen a couple pictures, and I seriously doubt whether I will ever get to actually meet him now that I live so far away (paired with the fact my relationship with my brother is pretty strained) but I absolutely adore him. He and his big brothers mean more to me than they will ever know.

I called every florist in town over the past few days, hoping at least one of them would be hiring. None of them are. Figures. Thought I was onto something with that one – I like flowers a hell of a lot more than I like people so a job where I could potentially spend more time with flowers than dealing with people would have been awesome. But back to just following up with places I have already applied to and searching out any new places I have not already tried. This is becoming incredibly discouraging. 

Not much else to say at the moment, so I’m off. 

Until next time. xoxo 

Melting Pot, Saturday Somethings

Saturday Somethings

If hurricane Irma does indeed take the currently projected path I am looking at on my weather app, we will not see much from it here. I’m not stupid though – they may be “educated guesses” but weather forecasts/storm path projections etc are all still guesses. In the end mother nature is going to do what she wants, when she wants, and where she wants. As such I am as prepared as I can be should the storm decide to take a path that could lead to problems here. Granted I am not as prepared as I SHOULD be, but I’ve got limited resources, so I have done the best I can with what I have.

I’ve just been informed that my brother’s wife just went into labor, a bit more than a month early. Regardless of the relationship (or lack thereof) I have with them and regardless of the fact I don’t really get to be part of my nephew’s lives, those little boys mean the world to me. I hope that she and my newest nephew will be ok. 

It figures that now that I have left the Pittsburgh area, some cool new stuff is going to be happening there. My hometown has added a “haunted tour” of one of the cemeteries to the list of Halloween activities. My sister’s SO just sent me a link on facebook today that apparently Rascal Flatts, yes my beloved Rascal Flatts, is going to be opening a restaurant in Pittsburgh. There is also a new restaurant in my home town my dad told me about (and sent a picture of his lunch there today) that has, basically, their own version/twist on the famous sandwiches from Primanti’s. Sigh. Not new by any means but I seriously miss all the various little locally owned soft serve ice cream shops in that area too. No such places where I am now. There is a snowcone place down the road, but I’m not really a fan of snowcones. I want some good soft serve ice cream… 

But then I want a lot of things, and I’ll not likely ever have them. Life’s like that, you know? 

I saw an interesting new hair dye. It is thermochromic – that is, it is one color when under a certain temperature, and it changes to a different color when over that temperature. From what I saw it is currently only available in 4 colors (also, they are all “funky” colors, not natural hair hues) and it is quite pricey. It’s only temporary and washes out with a few shampoos. Needless to say, I WANT! Again, that whole want a lot of things but life usually says “nope” comes into play…

It certainly is not for everyone and would be more of a special occasion/event thing rather than everyday but I would *love* to try that hair dye out. Not sure how well it would take to my red hair though and I’d not be willing to bleach my hair for temporary color like that. But still definitely something I would love to try and see how it turns out over my natural color. 

Until next time. xoxo