Tuesday, June 27, 2017

No Photos

It would probably be better to write this post later today or even tomorrow.  That way I could give you the photo you are likely to REALLY want to see after you read what I have to say.  Here are my shocking words . . . I'm getting a perm today!

Yup, gonna do it.  I have had about a zillion perms in my history and loved every one of them.  This time there are 2 things that are different though.  First, I have a whole bunch of perm-resisting gray hair.  And secondly, my hair is shorter than it has ever been with a perm.  Does a Brillo pad come to mind lol!

I have absolutely no talent whatsoever in "doing" my hair.  It is so fine and straight that all it wants to do is lay flat against my head, like one of those cheap dolls that have molded plastic hair instead of real hair.  Unless I can coach some lift into my hair I feel like my head look like a pea on a watermelon.  And, the notion of "wash & wear" is very appealing to me.

So I'm going to get an eye exam this morning (new reading glasses), then my appointment is at 1pm.

Anything's possible - LOL!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Garden Update

The tomato plants (3 of the 4) are about 4 feet high and full of tomatoes/blossoms! The Yukon Gold potatoes are about 3 feet high. It looks like I will have yellow squash like crazy! The corn is doing well too with lots of ears (taller plants). The peanuts are very healthy looking but no bigger than when I planted them. The cantaloup is pretty spindly looking but hanging in there. The cucumber plants look good but are small. The onions are kind of getting over run by tomatoes and potatoes. The basil is doing surprisingly well (not sure when to harvest it). The watermelon never survived and when I planted seeds they didn't come up. The butternut squash suffered the same fate. The green peppers are growing peppers/blossoms but don't seem to be getting much bigger. All in all I'd say things are looking good.

Little Peanut Plant

Yukon Gold with cucumber at bottom of pic.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Picture This

We just got home yesterday from our South Dakota vacation.  We had a lot of fun and there were lots of things to do.  I have posted most of the pics on Facebook and eventually most of them will appear on the other blog as well.  In the meantime I'll share a few I really like.

So today I am playing catch up with everything.  We also got the kitchen windows replaced.  It's nearly 100F degrees today - yikes!  I hope to get around to some of the blogs later this evening.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

From The Garden

For those who are not on Facebook, here are photos from the garden taken this evening.

Some corn was planted from plants and others from seed.

Corn, spaghetti & yellow squash (peanuts and peppers not pictured).

My 4th of July tomato plant.  It has a ton of tomatoes on it.

Another view of Yukon Gold.

I have 4 tomato plants, 2 on each side of the trellis.

It looks like my peanuts have decided to live after no sign of life until now.  I have a tiny green pepper that emerged just today.  My late planted onions are coming up too.  I am REALLY enjoying my garden!


Thursday, June 8, 2017


I'm probably writing this prematurely.  I think if I ruminated on it a bit longer I might have a more meaningful post but then I'd risk the loss of the emotion behind it.  So I'll just dive in since that's typically how I roll.

I don't have many in-the-flesh friends.  You know, the ones you can call when your car breaks down or invite over just to laugh.  But I do have some of-the-heart friends. Those are the ones who you can turn to when your heart aches.  What I wish for is at least one in-the-flesh-of-the-heart friend.

When I was single, after divorcing my first husband, I had a real problem because the couples friends we had no longer worked.  I didn't want anyone to feel like they needed to make a choice so for the most part I just walked away from everyone.  I was changing.  For the most part it was probably better that way.  I did keep one friend but it was very distant for many years and still isn't close like it used to be.  I was miserable until I made some single-gal friends then all was well again.

After I got married (Bob) I retained a couple single-gal friends but it seems that it didn't take long before those relationships just sort of withered away like a plant that was no longer watered.  Still, that was OK for a long time.  Then I went to university and met Glenda.  She was as friendless as I was and we had lots in common.  You might say it was love at first sight.  We did everything together and our husbands got along well too - bonus!  It was the best thing ever!

Unfortunately, after a few years she moved back to Texas, got divorced, and had interests in a new direction. I think she lost herself for a few years.  But since then she remarried (same husband) and is now one of those who I can reconnect with after long periods and we're just as close as ever.  We just have to catch up on all the happenings.  But there are still many, many miles between us.

I have people who live in my computer that I consider of-the-heart friends. And a year ago some of them became in-the-flesh friends too (BAR).  Unfortunately, it was only for a weekend.  But what happened is that it really brought to my attention my need for a in-the-flesh-of-the-heart friend.

I have recently expanded outside my normal TEENY TINY circle of people I come into contact with in hopes of finding another Glenda. I've been getting involved with a very small political group of like minded women.  So far I haven't identified another Glenda so I will look for more opportunities to expand in other directions.  There has to be another one out there somewhere.

In the meantime, I am really looking forward to August when I will reunite with my friends NC and K10.  As for the rest of you who live in my computer and are of-the-heart friends, you are more important to me then I let on.


Monday, June 5, 2017

I Can't See Clearly!

We had the living room windows replace a couple months ago.  There were a few things that drove this decision.  First of all the windows are 17 years old, contractor quality, and beginning to separate from the frame around the glass (leak).  Additionally, all the windows in the house have been tinted and the tinting is deteriorating to where the glass is lacking clarity.  

The tint has a lifetime guarantee but the company went out of business so that's that.  Anyway, we like the new eee windows in the living room and now we are doing the kitchen.  These 2 rooms are our main rooms to actually look out the windows so they are the most important.  The other will come "in due time".

You can see where I attempted to remove the tinting on the right bottom of door glass.  Do not attempt this at home - trust me.  That stuff is really glued down!

The color on these photos is way off.  I have some pleated shades (cordless) on order to replace the wood blinds.  I think they will work out nicely.

The windows have been on order for a while now so they should be in soon.  It would be nice if they were installed before we went on vacation but I suspect they will call while we are gone to tell us they came in.

We got up at 4:30am to get our long run done before the sun rises and heats things up.  We got 10 miles done before the sun got us.  We ran along Mountain Road so there was additional shade from the mountain.  The last 3 miles were in the sun but it wasn't too bad.  We came home and after showering I had the most wonderful nap!

We bathed the Doods and now are getting ready to give them haircuts.  It is nice to have them real short when we are on vacation.


PS - Damn do I love my new desk!!!

PPS - The sunflower in the background of this blog is actually my sunflower from last year that I named JOY!