April was all about gardening & trees & bees. I wonder what May’s going to bring now.

Today I kept thinking about that little silly rhyme about the weather: "April showers bring May flowers." Well, with today's heavy rain this morning (and more predicted for tomorrow), it's not quite accurate. But then again, welcome to southeast Texas. We just had some minor spats of rain, maybe an hour or two here or … Continue reading April was all about gardening & trees & bees. I wonder what May’s going to bring now.

Being me, I just HAD to tackle the hardest area of my house far too early…

It's almost time for me to head to bed right now, but my feet are still throbbing from walking around all day on the dirtiest floor (despite some intense cleaning efforts the past few days). With all the hidden places dirt's been accumulating, I'm gonna have to do my "shoes at the door" rule again … Continue reading Being me, I just HAD to tackle the hardest area of my house far too early…

An actual winter & an insane morning don’t mix well.

17 degrees Fahrenheit. That's what it was when I finally listened to my dog's whining (which happens when he knows I'm clearly not asleep like I should be) and got up around 7 a.m. Off and on all night I'd heard freezing rain pinging on my window and roof, and it would wake me up … Continue reading An actual winter & an insane morning don’t mix well.

A weekend full of cleaning ahead when I should be writing instead…

Looking at my laundry list (no pun intended) of stuff to do, I realized with dismay that since the November weather was being so damned cooperative for once, I'd better be smart and get as many outdoor chores taken care of as possible. And high time, too. Only needed one cup of coffee this morning … Continue reading A weekend full of cleaning ahead when I should be writing instead…

A surprising start for NaNoWriMo, & the beautiful day that helped…

I have to admit, I'm not the least bit prepared to be doing NaNoWriMo this year. I was set to do some prep work in October (when I remembered the event was coming up--gee, October went by fast), and somehow never got much of anything done. I did get some writing prompt books and found … Continue reading A surprising start for NaNoWriMo, & the beautiful day that helped…

Bringing new friends home at last, & hoping for the best…

I was gonna wait til tomorrow to go back to the store and get the parakeets I heard were gonna be available. I knew they had 'em, but they weren't available to be bought yet because they do a check-up and quarantine of sorts for a week or two to make sure they're okay and … Continue reading Bringing new friends home at last, & hoping for the best…

The Pet Conundrum; or, learning patience while trying to move on & find another little friend or two…

I should be looking at online jobs right now. I should've been working on my self-education opportunities, watching lectures, or doing Masterclass activities this week. Instead, I just keep thinking about Buddy and what I'll do now for a new pet or two, because it feels strange without that squawker. I've got two dogs and … Continue reading The Pet Conundrum; or, learning patience while trying to move on & find another little friend or two…

Bringing out the big guns; or, my dog’s REALLY gonna hate me in the morning…

I've talked about my "escape artist retriever mix" before. He's broken his collar three times in the past year and I finally buckled down after the last time and got him fitted for a harness. He's gotten used to it, but I can tell lately he's gotten more annoyed and perturbed. Mostly because he can't … Continue reading Bringing out the big guns; or, my dog’s REALLY gonna hate me in the morning…

An Hour of Ups & Downs of Dog Ownership in Stressful Times…

(def not my dog, from Marley & Me) Had a helluva scare with my dogs last night. I was taking them out to go pee and enjoy the last half hour of daylight running around when one just took off. I swear most of the retriever's power (even a mix) is in the neck, so … Continue reading An Hour of Ups & Downs of Dog Ownership in Stressful Times…

In spite of everything, we’ve had some crazy beautiful weather out there…

I had to remind myself of that. So. Damned. Many. Times. Too many. I was feeling tired, worn down, depressed, annoyed, headachy, and just trying to find something--anything--to do. I didn't wanna clean house, and it was a bit hot outside so I didn't take the dogs out right away when I got home. Rather, … Continue reading In spite of everything, we’ve had some crazy beautiful weather out there…