Wine & Cheese ~ 78th Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 78th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(  I am ready to find Skyler kitten a new home.  Okay not really, but I’ve about reached the end of my rope.  I get that she is just a kitten and therefore more curious and mischievous than an adult cat, but she has a mean streak too, she likes to bite me, hard.  And her favorite pastime is trashing the one Christmas tree.  Well, when she isn’t on the kitchen counter knocking things off.  I’m positive she is going to hell too, because she got into the nativity and tossed baby Jesus and the 3 Wise Men out and on the floor.

:(  At the moment it sure isn’t looking like a White Christmas is on order for our area.  This is the one and only time I’m crazy about snow.  Don’t need a lot, just a few inches to wake up to on Christmas morning to set the mood.  Instead it looks as if it will be just dry and cold.  I’m not happy.  Time to get all the kiddos wearing their jammies inside out and backward and all those other crazy superstitions they have for snow.

:(  I think that I am again getting a cold.  I’m so tired of blowing my nose and having sniffles.

CHEESE

:)  I have had the opportunity to work from home more lately.  I love this!  Not only is it a big savings on gas, but I actually do better work when I am home, alone, in the quiet.  My coffee pot close by, oils for the diffuser or my favorite candles.  I love it.

:)  I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I’m starting to have fun with Instagram!  It’s actually a rather enjoyable app.

:)  I not only worked from home today, I managed to get 3 loads of laundry done, and make a kick-butt dinner as well, all while rocking the job.

:)  It’s not quite 8pm and I’m done with everything I needed to accomplish today.  That means a book, my tea, and my jammies are on deck now. WOOHOO!

DESSERT

Humor Christmas Cartoons funny picture (126)

Snow Day Coffee Musings

Coffee cup with steam“Snow is a great equalizer. It softens rough edges, hides ugly imperfections under its pristine cloak, quiets the harshness of sound. Traveling in it gives us all the same struggle (& a little sense of adventure) as we forge our way. That’s why I love the snow!” ~ Mary Herling Manifold

When I saw that this morning I loved it and asked Mary if I could quote her today in my blog post.  She is one of my many cousins on my dad’s side that I grew up with playing under grandma and grandpa’s dining room table while the adults sat around it telling stories we all remember well to this day.  Some very fond memories from that time.  I’m so thankful for Facebook as it has kept us all in touch when our family yahoo group turned in to a political soap box.

It is snowing this morning again, looks like we might have picked up another inch or  two.  Fresh covering over all of the foot prints and sled tracks on the hill in back, and the trees are all covered again.  So beautiful to sit in here and look at with my coffee in hand, Christmas trees all lit up and music playing.  I love working from home, I get so much more done this way.  Doesn’t hurt that I love my home!

Yesterday I made a decision that I have been pondering for several weeks.  In November of 2010, I had started another blog page for my faith, This Broken Angel – A Prodigal Daughter’s Return To Her Faith.  It isn’t that my faith isn’t woven into my life, or that I am in some way ashamed and want to hide it.  But not everyone believes as I do, or wants to read about that.  It can get kind of deep and The Musings Of Marvelous Martha is not faith focused, it’s about the crazy life I am living and not sure this makes any sense but the two are linked.  Sometimes I will reblog a post from there to this page but if you are at all interested you can skip on over there and follow it too.  Oops, hijacked myself.  The decision was if I was going to brush the dust off of that page and keep it, actually posting to it, or just let it go.  I decided that it will help me to stay focused daily on my walk so it is all cleaned up with a new look and I’m posting on it again.  Even bought the URL as when you invest money in something you tend to apply more effort.  :)  And when you invest your time, you tend to put more time and effort into the task, it all feeds off itself and grows.

I just noticed I have 57 emails in my direct sales inbox for my 3 direct sales businesses.  I swear they mate and multiply over night sometimes.  Oh well no big deal. I will get to them later today.

You know what I love? This sounds nutty, but the smell of the carpets being cleaned!  Right now mine are being cleaned as I sit here.  If you are in the greater Cincinnati area, I recommend Blue Sky Carpet Cleaning.  They do residential and commercial and they rock!  6 rooms and a hallway for $99 right now.  You can’t beat that and who doesn’t want nice looking rugs for the holidays?  :)  Not sure what the deodorizer is they use but it smells great.  With 3 cats and a dog, I may do this every 4-6 months.  They are a small, local business, 859-307-5690.  Support small, local businesses!!!

Hmm…my coffee cup is empty, time for a new pot of coffee.  And then back to work as soon as the carpet cleaners are finished. (I’m now standing at the kitchen counter with my laptop working and watching my carpets look AMAZING.  :)

Wine & Cheese ~ 77th Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 77th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

969297_10152082094141031_408189009_n :(  I can feel the approaching winter weather for this weekend.  My hands, neck, and back are in a lot of pain from my arthritis.  This makes me not care for snow and cold one bit.  I think snow is just beautiful, but being outside in it at all hurts when I’m cold.  Fronts and approaching storms are agony.  This is entirely too much snow. I hope they are completely WRONG.

:(  My mom started chemo today.  Leave it to someone in my family to get something as off the wall as Appendiceal cancer, pretty much everything about us is just a tad off.  Cancer of the appendix is very rare, and the type my mom has is so rare no one really has a definitive answer on treatment.  I believe it is now 3 times it has come back.  She beat breast cancer but this bugger is damn stubborn.  Doesn’t help that they really have no certain way to treat it.  I hate she is going through chemo now, as other options didn’t do the trick.

1459997_258242057663057_217095040_n :(  I love this dog, I really do.  I love taking her for a walk at night, and she must enjoy it because the minute dinner is finished she is bugging me until we leash-up and go out of the door.   The whine here?  She will piddle in any yard which is fine, a little puppy pee-mail is okay.  But when it comes to poo, she will opt for the middle of the street.  This is a bit embarrassing, walking along and suddenly there is a dead weight on the leash and she is leaving a calling card.  I always pick it up and it is a lot easier on the street than in the grass, but wow, really?

:(  OMG The Walking Dead is killing me!  Why Herschel?????

CHEESE

:)  My baby girl got engaged!!!  Her future husband is a really wonderful man and I’m ecstatic.  I always worry about her, she has such an amazing, kind and gentle heart, and my fear is she could be taken advantage of one day.  But she has good sense, and he did come and talk to me, then her brother and her daddy about it.  I appreciated that he did this before he asked, though it was not necessary, just confirmed what I know of his character.  Her ring is gorgeous, he had it made just for her.

:)  My job just completely doubled in responsibility.  I’m so busy I’m surprised I get time to use the bathroom.  But I love the challenge and I’ve never minded working hard.  Have to admit, the days are flying by thanks to not having any lag time.

:)  Despite my dog’s odd potty habits, I am loving our walking time.  It is good, quiet, thinking time and allows me to unwind from the work day.  She is starting to look like the weight is coming off of her and I know it’s coming off me so that makes me happy!  A lot of folks in our little neighborhood have lights up too, which makes it rather festive to be out there.

DESSERT

My baby girl sent me a link to a Youtube video this morning shortly after the work day was under way.  I always take time to see what is up if I get a text from my kids, mom or honey so I clicked on it.  My daughter is a beautiful blond like Carrie Underwood (even to me looks a bit like her – you can see her on My Supporting Cast page), and with her upcoming marriage, the resemblance and the way I very much love my baby, this song made me cry.  She is such a sweetie!

Wine & Cheese ~ 75th Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 75th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(  It is only November 12th, and we’ve had one snow fall of a half inch or so, and I’m sick of it already.  Yes, it is very pretty.  But it is cold, and I don’t like being cold.  And slick roads are no fun, especially when your car thinks it is going out for a spot in the ice follies.  Spun that sucker around on an over pass, one and a half times so that I was going the wrong way in my lane when I finally stopped.  Yep, that totally trumped my coffee for being on the edge.

:(  Cold means that I need to get my dog a sweater.  If there is one thing I think is totally ridiculous it is a dog wearing sweaters.  However, Yorkies don’t have fur, they have hair, and no under coat.  If you are cold, the dog is also.  So, if we are going to keep walking every day when I get home, she needs to be properly outfitted.  Mittens or booties will not be necessary…at least I hope.

:(  The demon possessed cold on steroids that kicked my butt over the weekend is not letting go entirely.  While I feel great, I still have the sniffles and a bit of a cough.  OH the joy.

:(  Oh the joys of winter, like scraping your car windows.  Not much fun with the arthritis in my hands, OUCH.  Guess that goes with the joys of aging as well.

CHEESE

:)  Nothing says “gosh I am sure glad I have started nightly walks with the dog” like getting on the scale after 2 weeks and discovering you have shed 7.5 pounds.   And it isn’t even a long route that we take, just 15 minutes but seems to be helping.  Talk about motivation to extend the distance!

:)  My jeans aren’t so snug anymore!

:)  Skyler is back to being pure kitten.  If she isn’t trying to sneak out of a room, into a closet, or picking a fight with one of the other cats, she is curled up in my lap.  Love my little fluff ball.

:)  When I get home this evening there is a wonderful man waiting for me.  And a big slow cooker full of stew for dinner.  I cannot wait!  Great guy, good food, what more could a girl ask for?

DESSERT

One for every woman (and a few men) who hate finding dirty dishes in the sink.

dishes

10 Ways To Fake It As A Domestic Diva

what NOT to wear!!!!

what NOT to wear!!!!

Domestic Diva I am not.  Nor a Domestic Goddess for that matter, but with enough good skin care products and quality cosmetics I can get in the running.  But when it comes to being domestic, I have to put up a good front.  If you are like me, you will never have your own TV show or magazine full of amazing crafts, home decor ideas, or even a recipe column in the local newspaper.  But you can pull off looking like you have a clue even if you aren’t the June Cleaver type.  The photo here is NOT what you are aiming for so if this is your domestic look, we have work to do!

1.  Just Bake Brownies

Brownies are the way to go if you know better than to attempt anything fancy for bake sales or the next scout troop meeting.  Hit the baking aisle at the store and pick up a box of nice, fudge brownies.  For those serious non-domestic types, like me, don’t forget to buy a pan for baking them.  Seems that helps, but who knew?  Get the non-stick variety, I use a 9×9, and even if it says non-stick I still spray the bottom with cooking spray.  No, not the big, well known brand named after some chick, I use the bargain brand with the store name on it because it works just as good.  Set a timer, it helps if you don’t burn them. Once cooled, you can stand out like a serious home-room mom by icing them and using M&Ms, mini peanut butter cups, or crushed nuts to decorate the top.

Everyone loves brownies and you just scored big with the kiddos.  I stick plain old brownies in the bowl and top ice cream and it’s dessert fit for a king.

2.  Pinterest

Seriously I have found some of the best, easiest recipes ever on Pinterest.  Just this morning I totally wow’d the Jr. Prince and Jr. Princess with breakfast that I found there.  A soft taco shell, spread with peanut butter, drizzled with honey and a banana rolled up inside.  They think this is the most wonderful breakfast burrito ever.  Use chocolate and skip the honey and you have a snack burrito that is healthy.  I have a number of yummy dinners I found on there that are delicious and simple.  Get a Pinterest account and use it.

3.  Multi-task the laundry

Yes..whenever there is a full load of any kind, put it in the washer!  I do laundry when getting ready for work some days, or while cooking dinner.  If there is a full load it gets washed now.  I fold it as soon as the dryer is done and put it away immediately.  This keeps me ahead of the game and not having a ‘laundry day’ means no one has to search for clean underwear or turn a pair inside out and wear them a second day.  And when your hamper isn’t full it makes you look like you are on top of the game.  Gone are the days of assigning a particular day to do anything, just get it done while other things are getting done.  A true domestic diva always has clean dish towels in her kitchen.  Don’t believe the wench, she is doing this too, she does not have a particular laundry day!

4.  Dust on the go!

Seriously is there anything more annoying than how fast dust accumulates?  And that alone makes a house appear dirty.  I do not set a specific time for that either.  On the way to the hamper with the dish towels etc, I grab an old washcloth out of the drawer and dust the wood work on the way up and down the steps.  I know, it’s brilliant!  Headed to open the blinds in a room, take that dust rag (come on, it isn’t a cloth, and it’s an old rag and let’s just call it what it is) and hit everything you pass.  Keeps your home looking freshly dusted.  Heck use the t-shirt your honey or son took off and left on the floor to do that particular room before landing it in the hamper.  Concern yourself NOT with the germs you may leave behind, no one is going to lick the top of the dresser or night stand!

5.  Use those commercials!

We all have our favorite shows we cannot miss.  Next time you are getting ready to sit down to your favorite show, invite the vacuum cleaner to the party, and a laundry basket.  During the commercials load that basket with whatever is laying around that doesn’t belong there, and run the vacuum.  ONLY during the commercials though.  Once things are swept and the basket is loaded, next commercial race the break in programming to get those items put in their proper place!  Think of it is as a mini, on the go workout as your fly through the house.  By the time the favorite show is done you’ve cleaned that room.  Bravo! No one will ever know you didn’t spend all day cleaning.

6.  You too can be a professional Dumpster Diver!

Seriously, do not go spend a bundle on furnishings when your neighbors are tossing perfectly good stuff.  Just remember, if you are swiping things from too close to home you might want to do it after dark.  Drive around on trash night to other neighborhoods and look for things that can be upcycled.  That means reused in better ways.  But first, have a vision.  Back to Pinterest sisters!  Search for cute rooms and print pictures.  NOW you are ready.  Hit the streets and look for things, or go to garage sales, the fodder there is amazing.  If all else fails the local thrift/goodwill store works too.  I know a woman who decorated her entire home in a Mexican theme from going to garage and resale shops.  It was beautiful and cost her so little to achieve a home Martha Stewart would be proud of!  Paint the room, that is the most expensive part.  Then get those items you find and add as you buy.  In no time you have redecorated on a tiny budget but it looks fantastic.  Carpets need replacing? Find area rugs that work with your theme or design.  Remember, there are groups online, on Facebook, where folks are swapping, selling cheap or free-cycling (giving to a good home), find those.  If the piece is a bit rough on the finish, put a nice lace napkin on top on an angle and dollar store vase and it looks great!  If that nosy neighbor up the street notices the table in the front hall looks so much like one she tossed, say you got it at an upscale antique store and just couldn’t pass it up as it is all the latest trend in decorating magazines.  She’ll be jealous. Never admit the truth.

7.  Get a ‘look’!

We all have days when we over sleep, or time gets away from us, or we are just to lazy to rise and shine.  On those days have a go-too look so you appear all put together and amazing.  I do this for work, because frankly they don’t need me to look like a goddess, but I cannot scare off vendors or delivery folks either.  Start with a simple, easy to achieve style.  If you have long hair you are fortunate that you can pull it back, twist it up, braid and go.  If you don’t have long hair, go short, with a cute style that is meant to look a tad messy.  I go for short myself, it drys fast, and a splot of hair paste to work it quickly into a spiky, soccer mom doo and hair is done.  Makeup is simple, always moisturize, then go for mineral powder! It looks awesome and brushes on fast.  Use your blush brush to apply eyes and cheeks quickly (I will do a video on this soon),  top it with a bit of mascara and you look fresh and awesome.  Who cares if it only took 5 minutes?  If you don’t have time to do your hair, get a sporty looking baseball hat and stylish but cheap sunglasses.  As long as it looks like this is your hat and not your son’s, it appears an intentional fashion choice.

8.  Fake nails

Who the heck has time to paint their nails these days unless they sit home while their hubby works 2 jobs to keep food on the table and the house out of foreclosure?  Seriously, go spend the money on fake nails.  Most of these cute little places will do a set for under $30 and fill them for less than $20.  It’s worth it, go every 3 weeks.  If you put nothing else for YOU in the budget, do nails.  Skip color it will chip and you look crappy again, so just nice, French Manicure.   They look clean, classy and gives you the ‘look’ of a woman with her act together.  Remember this is all about fake it til you make it.  Sell your plasma if you have too but get those nails!  Oh and then don’t forget to be careful when cleaning, use gloves etc.  I prefer gel nails as they stay looking amazing between fills.

9.  Home Made

Just because Aunt Bea had time to make cookies doesn’t mean we do.  All these cool appliances in our kitchens have not made life any simpler.  Screw the home made dough, you don’t have the time and the pre-made has the same stuff in it that you would be dumping in the mixing bowl.  Grab a few rolls and hide them behind something healthy in the fridge so no one sees them.  Then, when no one is near, set the stage.  Get out the mixing bowl and spoon, leave on the counter with a dish towel and turn on the faucet so the sink looks used.  Now it appears you just washed those, by hand even. You go girl!  Now get out that dough and get a tray of cookies in the oven baking.  If anyone is heard approaching you quickly grab the towel and dry off the mixing bowl.  They are in awe of you having quickly whipped up those cookies.  The house smells awesome and there are fresh baked goodies for the kids to munch on.  You just scored big and didn’t have to bust your butt, Nestle or Pillsbury did it for you.  If it smells home made, it is. After all you made them at home, right?  Do this when their friends are over so they go home bragging that “Tommy’s mom made us fresh baked cookies for a snack” and you are now the envy of the neighborhood.

10.  Cute Clothes

You just need one or two super adorable outfits.  Jeans a nice hoodie for cooler weather, or a cute shirt for warmer weather.  One pair of never wear them unless you need too look like a million tennis shoes or sandals and you are set.  Keep those for only trips to the store or to pick up the kids from sport practice.  Or maybe to be home room mom or anywhere you know you will be bumping into those real domestic freaks.  Then you look like you too have it together.  Go on, brag about busting your butt all day to make dinner, fresh baked cookies etc, and all while you actually work outside the home.  Everyone thinks  you are the bomb and no one knows you are cutting corners.

Friday Confessional

FINALLY!!

I didn’t think Friday would ever get here.

Oh it was a fast week, until I had asked off for today and made plans to get my nails and hair done, then it D-R-A-G-G-E-D.

But we have arrived, at last, so let’s do this!

I confess…

Today was Routine Marti Maintenance day.  A day off of work to handle the hair cut and new set of nails.  I hadn’t had a day off in a very long time, so it was over due and I needed to just be in maintenance and then homemaker mode.

I confess…

Homemaker mode was busy mode.  Making a menu for 2 weeks, then the grocery list.  Grocery shopping and putting it all away.  So proud of myself for coming in way under budget this time, on the way to the car while internally celebrating I realized I forgot toilet paper.  This could not be left to another time, but I wasn’t going back into the mega size grocery store.  Hello Dollar Tree.  Once in there I not only picked up toilet paper, but also 10 other items, paying a whole $11.  I love that store.

I confess…

Once the groceries were put away, I made brownies.  Gotta have dessert when the Knight’s royal offspring are here.  :)  Then I started laundry, which is finally completed and all put away.  I also made dinner and then cleaned up.  I’m wiped out, but tomorrow I can sleep in!

I confess…

I may have a slight caffeine addiction.  Today I skipped having coffee in the morning because I was headed out, and the day has ended with a bit of a withdraw headache.  So I’m having some coffee and I’ve applied some 31 Essential Oil, problem solved.

I confess…

I am looking forward to a cup of Sleepy Time Extra tea (Celestial Seasons), and crawling into bed!

Reading The Tea Leaves

Okay I’m not really reading them.  I have no clue how to read tea leaves and not even sure…okay I do NOT believe you can ascertain anything at all from tea leaves in your cup except perhaps that the tea bag broke and perhaps you should start with a fresh one and a rinsed cup.

IF you could, in fact, read the tea leaves in advance of things this week, you would have told me to stay tucked in bed.  You’d have seen:

*There was to be an allergy attack that is so severe I lost my voice and cannot control the snot factory which was once my sinus cavity.  It sucks at levels I cannot begin to share, and I am still feeling the effects.

*The medication I opted to take to help me actually breathe again, something I’m rather fond of doing, not only would give me creepy dreams, but would annoy my lower GI track.  Enough said.

*That the odds of my getting past level 63 in Candy Crush Saga this week are about that of hell freezing over or the Bengals going to the Superbowl this year.  And yet…I did it just a few minutes ago by total fluke.  Maybe there is hope for the Bengals?

*Perhaps 24 more hours in a day, ones that I could devote entirely to my own pursuits, would be a HUGE benefit.

*I need to do that calendar blocking thing not only with work, and my 2 direct sales businesses, but for reading, and for writing my book.

*Writing a book is a big hairy deal for me…and yes some of you who read my blog (my less than friendly stalking drama queens) will be in the book.   Maybe more than one of the books in fact.

I am in a mood to write so I am sitting here in my jammies with my Chamomile tea and pondering big and important stuff like Shittens.shittens1   Yes, it is exactly what you think if you let it sink in, a mitten for cleaning up poop.  At first, I got a huge kick out of it thinking it was not real.  But alas, it seems it IS real.  I see stocking stuffers for Christmas this year.  In fact after getting my CNA and considering, of late, looking at part-time work in a nursing home (believe me they wipe a lot of tush there), I cannot help but wonder if this isn’t a product every nursing home NEEDS!

You can check out the website –> HERE  <– and now don’t you wish you would have thought this one up?  Honestly the website is such a hoot,  But then I have a warped sense of humor.

Okay time to end the rambling.  I just needed to get some writing out of my system.  It is now time to go curl up in my bed with my Kindle, the dog, a glass of wine, and some 31 Oil in the diffuser.  Because I have no idea which oil I want, and with 31 essential oils blended together, one of those is bound to hit the mark.

Wine & Cheese ~ 72nd Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 72nd serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(  Hey YOU!  Driving the BMW on 75N this morning in northern Kentucky, with JMORE on your plate.  Try that rear defrost option and clear that window off so next time you decide to squeeze into the high speed lane in front of me you can SEE that there wasn’t even assured cleared distance between me and the car I was following (I know that part is my fault) so there was no room for you, causing me to brake.  The semi behind me had to brake too and he was WAY the heck too close to my bumper.  Obviously driving a BMW doesn’t mean you have much gray matter in your skull.  Did you actually test for that driver’s license or find in a gumball machine?  Dorfwad!

:(  My doggie has mange.  SIGH…She is one hot little mess.  The poor baby.  I have some all natural, Neem items coming today from SwissJust that are excellent and made for treating head lice in humans.  I researched it a lot and found that this Neem is also recommended for treating mange without harsh chemicals.  Pray for Penny, she is miserable, I need this to work.

:(  For a brief moment this morning I thought perhaps the TV & cable at the office had putzed out on me.  It was on, then suddenly it went off, no power at all.  At first thinking it was a power outage, I noticed my fan was still on.  Hmmmm…I looked under the desk and saw that some how I had knocked the plug out of the power strip for the TV AND the cable box.  Go figure.  Of course the box goes through an entire re-boot cycle after the power returns. Grrrrrr.

CHEESE

:)  The Restock Fairy was able to get even with the Knight for his failure to put a new roll of toilet paper on the roller when he used the last (see this confessional post if you don’t know to what I am referring).  I, in my tiara and wings, used the facilities in the master bath, and left an empty roll for him to find.  He was downstairs playing his drums and it was before dinner.  I knew at some point he would be the one to discover my dastardly deed if I could just hold out and not give in to my OCD desires to make that right.  FINALLY he started up the stairs and I waited to hear it….finally he called out for his Princess.  He came all the way downstairs, teasing me and laughing, to get me back up there to perform my superhero duties.  YAHOOO! WIN for me :)

:)  It would seem I have another superhero power.  One so amazing that my wonderful Knight tells me he has extensively studied it.  Wow, must be utterly fascinating to him, right?  I snore!  Yes I do, I really snore!  Who knew it could actually be so outstanding that he studied it in depth!  He told me so!  He swears it doesn’t keep him awake, that he happens to be awake already when I snore, and that it isn’t so loud that it keeps him awake or anything.  Oh and with it comes the gift of falling asleep very quickly.  It seems I can break records for drifting off, and I’m always asleep before him, even when he is in bed and asleep before me, I beat him to dream land.  I don’t snore constant, per the snore student, no this master of the talent only does it periodically.  This despite nasal strips.  Guessing maybe I have issues?  Yes, I know, I DO have issues, but I meant with my nose and breathing.

:)  Can you believe that my honey does not have a Snuggie??? Claims he wouldn’t be caught dead in one.  I, being a convert to the cult of Snuggie, am proud to say I own 3.  2 name brand, one spin-off.  He loves to snuggle, so he best be preparing to be caught curled up and breathing in one as we snuggle this winter.  I am sure I can find one that is printed for Michigan (his one and only fault – being a Wolverines fan).  Then I can have a 4th one, Ohio State, to sit on his lap when wearing it because Ohio State shall indeed crush Michigan this year, so the Buckeyes Snuggie needs to be on top of the Michigan one.  ;)

DESSERT

I saw this commercial for the first time this morning.  Very sweet, feel good, maybe a little misty-eyed piece of dessert for your day:

Sunday Evening Coffee Musings

Coffee cup with steamOnce again the weekend is coming to a close and way too soon.  I never seem to feel we get enough ‘end’ after the work week.  But I’m thankful for a job to go to tomorrow so no complaints there.

I’m starting to grow pretty impressed with myself.  Not one who ever enjoyed cooking, I’m actually starting to really like it.  This is likely cause for alarm for various family members realizing that the odds of me burning down the house just increased.  The ex would jokingly put the local fire boys on standby when I cooked, and it was actually amusing.  I ran with that later when divorced and would tweet “Delhi Township EMS/Fire be on standby, I’m cooking again”.  But I am not really a hazard to anything by possibly my ass widening.  Especially now that I’m beginning to like making things that are, indeed, edible.

Which brings me to Pinterest.  I got away from my pinning addiction for a bit, but I’m back at it.  Some is fun stuff, like funny autocorrects, some is dream stuff, like my dream cars and very UNtraditional taste is wedding rings should that day ever come again, some is cool decorating ideas, and then there are the recipes.  OH the wonderful pins of foods that even an unlikely cook such as me can master.  I’ve moved beyond my own black bean, totally awesome chili and onto other culinary adventures.  First the mini tacos that I stumbled on while hunting for football game foods for the upcoming season.  Those were good and the pin is a good baseline for some seriously off the charts munchies.  The junior prince and princess (the Knight’s kiddos), really liked them.  After that I tried the baked Italian heros, which were tasty but honestly could have stood a little longer in the oven than I did.  Last night we had my son and his family over for dinner so I got brave and made sweet and tangy chicken. That was good stuff.  Mind you I do basics like spaghetti, chocolate chip pancakes etc, but these were out of the ordinary.  I’m darned impressed, they were yummy.  I have two more Pinterest recipes hitting the Palace dinner table later this week. I’ll let you know how those turn out.

I also made walnut fudge brownies tonight, chopped fresh fruit and veggies for the week, made a pot of chili…all after going grocery shopping for the next 2 weeks, after the Knight left for work.  I’m tired!  Bring on the chamomile tea here soon, as I relax and get ready for bed.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to love, and why things start out so well and riding a high wave, only to seemingly crash and face plant in the sand and I believe that I have some things figured out as to why this is working out so well with the Knight, and why I know we are going to be awesome.  But that is a blog post for another day.  For now, I’m  grabbing some Sleepy Time Tea and a book and heading up to the palace royal bedchamber to chill and wait on my Knight to get home.

Wine & Cheese ~ 70th Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 70th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(  I really have NO tolerance for stupid drivers.  On the way in today, on the highway doing 70mph, I watched a semi barely avoid running into the rear end of a car in the lane 2 over from mine.  I have NO idea what the moron was doing, but he found himself on the tail end of the car in front of him and without looking swerved to his right barely missing the car as he shot into the other lane to his right.  Fortunately there was no one in that lane or he’d have caused a major accident.  Seriously people, put the damn cell phones down, books (yes I have seen people driving and reading books or newspapers!), makeup (really ladies, no one at the office needs to be that impressed that it’s worth risking your life and mine – paint the face at home or in the parking lot at the office) and just DRIVE!

:(  While I do love summer, not real fond of storms.  Severe ones could happen today, and I dislike that.  Yet we need that kind of weather here at work.  Severe storms mean lightening that causes house fires, and wind damage.  We get paid to fix the damage left behind.  We need it but I don’t have to like it.

:(  Missing my honey.  Long hours this week mean we see each other as we’re crawling into bed at night.  Though if I have to chose between times to be apart, I do prefer to sleep next to him at night, I feel much safer that way, than be alone over night.

CHEESE

:)  Got to see some of the Tribe last night from the direct sales circles.  Love my gal-pals and it just motivated me all the more!  And I signed up for another direct sales business…jerky!  WOOHOO!  I couldn’t help it, $12 to start another business was too good to pass up and I know SO many folks that love good beef, buffalo and turkey jerky.  They even have jerky for cats and dogs.  LOVE it!  And yes, if you want to sign up under me, I’d love to have you in my downline, just go to my site and follow the links!

:)  It’s COLD in this office and I am so happy about that.  No complaints, as outside it is SO humid.  I don’t mind, but as one of my favorite weather forecasters here in Cincy said, outside it is “air you can wear”.

:)  I got my new jammies in my Avon order.  I know that is crazy, but I really do LOVE jammies.  Modest, fun lounge wear styles that I can sport while I take the dog out to pee without giving the old guy next door heart failure.  I may buy a second pair of these, they are so cute.  Coca-Cola ones from Avon.  They will be in an upcoming brochure for those wanting to buy some.  :)

:)  It’s dinner with the Divas today.  I enjoy my family and while I’m bummed that I cannot be there with my honey, it is nice to have my Diva time with my mom and sister.

 

DESSERT

Oops…almost forgot.

This made me laugh out loud, I’ve watched it several times. Enjoy!