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Stuck in Vacation Mode

Stuck in vacation mode describes last week. After arriving home from Arkansas, I’ve done very little. 

J didn’t have school Friday so that added to the lazy week vibes. Having trouble keeping track of the days. And my computer. Both kids occupied it for quite a while yesterday.

So my plans to clean and share a bit of Halloween decorating didn’t quite happen. I cleaned minimally. Put up just a few decorations. 

And then, mostly read my books. Watched a couple of seasons of Fargo (during the course of the week, not all in one day!).

Still stuck in vacation mode describes the start of my new week. I did manage to at least go to the grocery store and grab us some “real” food as opposed to the junk in the pantry. Hard to yell “eat an apple!” if their aren’t any apples in the house.

No idea why my local grocery store thought the middle of a pandemic might be a good time to rearrange things. Added a bit to the annoyance of the trip, they may as well pull up the one way signs on the floor. I’ve about had enough of people being irate with me when they’re going the wrong way in the aisles. 

Still try to be nice in reply. Takes a bit of restraint sometimes.

Thankfully, most people (around here) resort back to being nice once you gently remind them by being nice first. 

Not much else going on today. Football game in about 10 minutes. Grilled pork chops for dinner (I’m not cooking but I might make some cake mix cookies for dessert). Chance of snow tonight.

Fall is really here, I think. Not quite ready for winter.







Missed a few of my 31 days over the weekend. So I’m trying to get back into the swing of posting every day now.

Not too much going on around here so far this week.

Today’s plans involve cleaning up the house and laundry. Started watching Fargo on Hulu yesterday so will probably continue that as I fold the clothes. Note to self: do not watch true crime (it’s not really true crime) tv shows late at night.

Counting down the days to Halloween, no more political ads, and Christmas. At a loss this year on what to get the teenagers for Christmas. And J’s birthday falls right between Halloween and Christmas (as does Thanksgiving, of course). He never asks for anything so that always makes it tough.

Weather’s still weird. Cold and rainy until today. Windy and warm until tomorrow. Hoping to get a walk in at some point today. Depends on how much I want to do around here. Seems like this is going to be my only (kind of) home alone day this week. I say kind of because G is home but he’ll be sleeping until afternoon probably (no class for him today).

Haven’t really picked up my camera since we returned home so I’m still sharing random pictures from our trip. Doesn’t this little puddle look a bit like a heart?

Maybe once I’ve cleaned, I’ll get out some Halloween decorations (yes, I’m behind on that one) and take a few photos to share. Seems all the neighbors decided to decorate for Halloween this year. I need to up my game a bit.

What’s going on in your world today?

Hygge Weekend

Reading about the Danish concept of Hygge is one thing. Experiencing it is something else. No, I didn’t spend last weekend in Denmark. On my travel bucket list, of course.

We spent it in Arkansas.

On a trip, I dreaded. I can’t even begin to share the level of stress I had about this particular trip. We were going to Arkansas to ride ATV’s and stay in a cabin with three other couples. Never ridden on an ATV in my life until a few weeks ago. Stayed with others at the lake before but not ever with this particular set of friends.

Guess what? It all turned out okay and I ended up having a great time despite all those fears and doubts. 

Family of some of the friends led us on beautiful roads through forests and mountains (nothing like the rough roads and deep mud pits my over active imagination brought forth). We sat around a beautiful outdoor fire place each evening sharing stories and laughs. 

The television didn’t work so stayed off all weekend, most phones were used only as cameras or to check the weather report. Thankfully, the weather stayed clear with only some spotty showers the day we left.

I spent part of each morning and evening taking a short solo walk to the part of the Buffalo National River that ran behind the cabin. Thus, managing a bit of solitude, something I feared being without all weekend.

Good friends. Fantastic Food (Really amazing food, mostly. The one and only restaurant we visited fell a little short but it wasn’t awful.). Days spent exploring. Wonderful Conversation, Coffee (or other beverages), and laughter by the fire.

Cozy and content. In a word, Hygge.



One Day You Look Up and Find Yourself a Plant Person

I enjoy seeing what happens with my flower garden each spring and summer. However, I’ve never claimed to be a plant person. Indoor plants even with plant food never really worked out well for me. 

Until this year. I looked up one day and realized some how and some way, I’d become a bit of an indoor plant person. The table ledge with the east facing window is full!

Started with the peace lily from our aunt’s funeral last year. Had to take care of that one, of course.

Then along came the Shamrock plant, I’d set it outside and forgotten it. Frozen thing down to a few green leaves. Brought it back inside and now you can see it thriving in the photo above.

Passing by the flower nursery that also sells plants each time I went to the “secret” park to walk didn’t help matters. I added some indoor French lavender. And a eucalyptus plant. Then, after a grocery store visit, I found myself with some potted fresh mint from the produce section.

Although our bedroom remodel remains unfinished, I also couldn’t help myself and now that area holds a snake plant.

Wondering when exactly I became an indoor plant person. Do you do well with indoor plants?


Hot Peppers and Car Cantaloupe

What? Oh, the weird title has you wondering? Just a couple funny stories for today.

The first story starts with the peppers.

Spicing Up The Tacos

Our peppers are flourishing. I picked some a few weeks back and put in the spicy potato soup to give it a little heat. They were hot with a slight burn. Not too hot for me at all.

Another week or two passed. I picked more peppers. Chopped some up thinking I’d add them to some taco meat while preparing it for a little extra kick. J stopped in the kitchen and asked to taste one. Thought maybe I’d taste one as well.

Cue the watering eyes! So very hot. Reached for the apple cider. Husband said no, try milk. Grabbed a yogurt drink. My husband and J tolerate more heat than I generally can and they both needed something to soothe the taste buds.

Did the peppers go in the taco meat? No. What kind of peppers are they? Ghost peppers. Why did we plant ghost peppers? I have no idea.

(By the way, if handling hot peppers, using gloves while cutting them is an excellent idea. What burns the tongue tends to also burn the eyes.)

No picture for the next story…

The Car Cantaloupe

Made an unusual Monday night grocery shopping trip. Mainly to get the things my husband skips when he shops at the market place. All that wonderful aisle stuff: fruits, vegetables, dairy…basically, things to have for dinner as opposed to junk foods.

We like cantaloupe and they were on sale so I bought one on Monday night. Brought in the groceries with J’s help and put everything away. Or so I thought.

While driving to work yesterday, I thought it sounded as if something were rattling around in the trunk of the car. Perhaps the crate I keep back there was sliding. Or the first aid kit.

Heard it again on my break and while driving home. Forgot to check the trunk. G borrowed my car last night. Said nothing.

This morning and afternoon, more of the same sound. Arrived home tonight and checked the trunk. There it was: the cantaloupe! It must’ve come out of one of the shopping bags and so spent the last two days rolling around in the trunk.

What did we do with the car cantaloupe? Believe it or not, we ate it for dinner tonight. Thankfully, I discovered it before it’s demise.

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