a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, October 18, 2014

short, but long

Koda likes to spend time sleeping in son's bathroom.  Usually he sleeps against the walls or against the bath tub.  Today I walked by and saw him sleeping like this.

That was a new position for him.

He may have short legs, but he really is long.

Door to wall, no room to spare.

I think he was barricading the door.

I don't think he likes being kicked out of the bathroom when son wants in there.

Which raises the question, whose bathroom is it really?

(thanks for all the anniversary best wishes, now go out and enjoy the weekend!)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

sometimes you go with the flow, now matter how expensive it might be

Hubby and me had a reason to celebrate today, so we decided to go out to eat.  I was supposed to come up with two ideas of a restaurant, he would do the same.  I'm not good at this.  Mainly I don't take the time to research like he does, secondly, I'm just plain lazy.

So he came up with two ideas and I liked both, but one we had not been to and was right along the beach.  That seemed like a nice venue to celebrate so we agreed on that.

He made a reservation for the time we wanted to go. They asked if it was a special occasion and he said yes and what it was.  When he told me, I'm like "oh no, you didn't say what it was" because I'm not one that likes attention drawn to myself, but he said yes because he was glad for the occasion and the celebration and wanted everyone to know.  I had to agree with him when he presented it like that. It should be shouted from the rooftops because a lot of people don't get to reach the milestone that we did, my parents definitely did not.

So we get to the restaurant and are greeted warmly by the hostess with the best of wishes, sat at a very nice table to enjoy the beach and the setting sun.  We start to take a look at the menu and I realize this is going to cost an arm and a leg, but sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

We are on a tight budget, have been for the past four years. But sometimes you just got to let it go.

So we let it go tonight.

The server came and took our drink orders after offering best wishes to us. Combinedl, our wines would have bought eight bottles of "cheap" wine.  But you go with the flow.  Shortly after, the manager came and introduced himself and talked with us for a few minutes, again expressing best wishes and congratulations.

We ordered our entrees, which were al carte, i.e., everything you are getting extra is going to cost extra.  Soup and/or salad does not come with the meal.  Nine dollars each for a little bowl of clam chowder, delicious for sure, but at the same time I'm thinking "how many cans of Campbells soup could we get for that."

Our entrees were scrumptious.  Hubby got beef filet mignon, I got a chicken asado.  Very nice presentation and very delicious.  We were stuffed at the end of it, but got a complimentary dessert of a brownie and caramel syrup since we were celebrating.

At the end when the bill was presented, it was more than our weekly budgeted amount for food.

But sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

Hubby gave me a card this morning and wrote in it "I hope we have many more together" which was sobering.  I'm 56, edging on 57, he is 61.  We really don't know how many more years we will have alive.

This might be the last such celebration we celebrate together.

It was a delightful night.

No matter what the cost.

Because sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

Because you don't know if you'll have the opportunity again.

So you take it when you can and be grateful you were able to do so.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

things that go on

Just things going on.

Have you ever looked in the freezer and wondered what this was that was frozen in a Tupperware container and when you go to open the container, you still don't remember what it was that you froze? Happened today.  I am defrosting such a container just to see what it was.  It may be the sauce of a dish I made in the crockpot a few months ago that I thought would be a good soup base.  Or it may remain a mystery.

Has your eye ever twitched and you think it is twitching so wildly that everyone 10 miles away will see it but when you look in the mirror, it is barely discernible? Yep, happened to me today. Drives me crazy.  Don't even know why it does it, but it does at times.

Have you ever wondered how fast this year went?  Yep, happened to me today. How can we be at the end part of September already? Three months from today and it will be Christmas. How can that be?

Have you ever considered how OCD a corgi is? He definitely has his routines and continues to develop them.  Lately his newest routine has been wanting out between 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. as well as 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to lie on our back patio.  I absolutely have no idea how he knows timing, but he sure does. He certainly knows when it is time to eat.

Changes could be happening in the next 6 weeks or so. I'll let you know.  Could involve a major shifting around of living arrangements.  Don't you just love a cliffhanger?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Magnolia Market - book review

For Booklookbloggers, I am reviewing the book, Magnolia Market, by Judy Christie.  For agreeing to read the book completely and posting a review about it on my blog and on a commercial site, I was given a free copy of the book.

The story revolves around Avery Broussard who at the start of the book was working at a clothing boutique, owned by her mother-in-law, that she was hoping to buy.  The book begins at the one year anniversary of Avery's husband, who had wanted out of the marriage before his death in a car accident.  Avery had hoped by buying the boutique, she was finally going to start feeling better and moving ahead after his death, only to find that her mother-in-law as well as other members of her husband's family wanted her out of town and were going to do everything possible for her to relocate.

She is not able to buy the boutique, in fact is fired from the job as manager.  She goes on in an interesting story line to manage the town's market that she turns around from barely making ends meet to being somewhat profitable.  Over the ensuing several months of the story, she and a handyman/carpenter come to know each other, but it takes them a bit of time to get to start to have a relationship.  She meets others that help her in her quest to figure out what she is going to do with her life now and to stay in the city where she is currently living, not wanting to be driven out by her mother-in-law.  In the end, she is able to stay there, keep working at the market store, and settles into the relationship with the handyman/carpenter.

My thoughts about the book.  I kind of liked it, but it was sort of redundant in parts about how much the mother-in-law did not like Avery and how much the mother-in-law wanted her out of town.  Their actions against Avery were a bit extreme and at times unbelievable.  There is hint that the family has some secrets that they might not necessarily want exposed and she knows those secrets, but we are left hanging at the end of the book wondering what those were.

Avery, though, is a strong character in the book with determination and willingness to work hard for what she wants to accomplish.  Having to change her image from what others thought of her as the rich young woman married to one of the town's wealthier familes to basically the good caring person that she was comes across in the book. 

It was an easy book to read.  The plot flowed like you would expect it to.  There weren't too many surprises for me.  At times some of the writing seemed a little stiff.  I also thought the way it ended was abrupt.

Would I recommend it? Yes if one is looking for a book that doesn't have too much depth, light reading for the beach or on a cool winter day wrapped under a blanket. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

little smaller these days

So we are walking tonight at the park with Koda and this young man approaches us (probably about 13 years old) with his dad with him and asks us if we want to buy a candy bar from See's.  I am never anyone to turn down the opportunity to eat chocolate, so I ask hubby if he has any money (I never carry any money, if I'm walking Koda alone, I do have my bank card with my wallet in the car).  Thankfully hubby always carries money (not much, but he does carry some bills).

Young man tells us he has dark chocolate with almonds and milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate always will be my favorite.  He says the bars are $2.00 each.  Hubby has a $5.00 bill, so we buy two, and we get a $1.00 change.

Times sure have changed.  These bars aren't that big.

About 5 inches each.  For $2.00.  I know its for fundraising, but I remember getting a much bigger bar years ago for 50 cents.  Times sure have changed!

Snippets what I've been up to lately:

Had sushi for the first time last Friday; went out to celebrate son's girlfriend's birthday. LOVED it. How could I go 56 years without trying it?  It won't be 56 years before I try it again.

Son, girlfriend, and I got sick last week.  Weird sickness.  Not a cold, more like a flu with the aches and pains, little fever, incessant cough.  We think it might have been pertussis since its going around and girlfriend has a young child in the school system.  Was pretty under the weather for a few days. So under the weather one night I didn't even check my email before I went to bed.  I'm pretty routine about doing that and making sure all blogs are read for the day.  Didn't happen that day but caught up the next day.

Hot muggy weather.  Enough said.

Chargers, true to form, lost their first game of the season after an impressive lead.  Oh well, there's always next year.

And sometimes, you just have to let sleeping dogs lie.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

can you believe??

That Labor Day is next week?  Where did this summer go?  Honestly, the quickest summer I ever saw pass.  Weren't we just celebrating Fourth of July?

So we go to the store on Saturday, determined to make things right.  We owed for that one ear of corn and I was determined to take care of business.  I wrote it on the list so I wouldn't forget it, because if its not written on the list, I'm more than likely to forget it. Darn that getting old.

Our regular cashier had the day off.  Some new guy I had not seen before took care of us.  We have a card, like a lot of supermarkets, that you get discounts if you use the card.  Someone (not me) lost the card.  To get extra discounts, we needed a particular number. I bring that number with us and ask the cashiers to punch in that number so we can get discounts.  A penny saved is a penny earned, right?

So I asked the cashier to key in our number. He says "no problem."  Then I explain the week before we got 6 ears of corn instead of 5 ears of corn for a dollar.  We want to make it "right."  He is a little taken back, but this week corn is six ears for 2 dollars, so each ear is basically 34 cents.  He keys it in and tells us that. We say "go it" and we take care of that extra ear of corn. All is good.  I know more than likely we get over charged more than we know it, but if I know I should pay for something, I'm going to try to do it.

Things are so status quo.  Nothing new, nothing different. We get up, we do this, we do that.  We end the day just the same.  Its good.  Its routine.  Its mundane, but its okay.  I'll take that over stress and strain and anxiety and pain.

This I know.

Koda is spoiled. Always has been, always will be.

God is good.  All the time, no matter what.

I can live with both.

I can accept both.

I just have no idea where this year went, do you?

Monday, August 18, 2014


Son wanted to smoke some meat today and have his girlfriend over (who we had not met until today). When he asked if that was possible I said "of course" curious to meet her.  I knew he was seeing someone but he doesn't have us meet them right at the start of a relationship.  He had another friend and his girlfriend who he also asked if they could come over and have dinner with us.

Corn was 5 for a dollar at the local store.  Knowing there would be six of us, I bought 2 dollars worth, knowing there would be leftovers, but wanted to make sure we had enough.

I shucked the corn and hubby got it ready to put on the grill.  A few minutes later he came in and said "you know we have 11 ears of corn."

I'm like "oops" I had put what I thought was 5 ears of corn in each bag at the store.  Apparently I miscounted and put 6 in one and 5 in another. 

I cheated out the store 20 cents.  I told hubby I'm going to say something next week since we have a favorite cashier that always waits on us.  He said to "let it slide" so to speak.

What would you do?

(by the way, love his new girlfriend)