With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

This wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Rather, it's been a recurring idea I've had the past decade, but til I got my own house, there was no point even trying for it. The idea of being mostly off the grid and going solar was some daydream. I did some research and made a call yesterday. Funny … Continue reading With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

A Crash Course in Possible Parakeet Parenthood…oh boy.

Possible parakeet parenthood. Yeah, I was tired enough to try and say that three times fast. Go ahead, I'll wait. I've got four parakeets: Pickle (clearly a boy), Sky (girl), Nana (girl) and Aqua (debatable because of coloring, thought male, however). And there was some indication that I might end up with babies even if … Continue reading A Crash Course in Possible Parakeet Parenthood…oh boy.

Q#146: Disposable batteries officially suck; why are they so lousy when you need them most?

I shouldn't have been totally surprised this morning, but I still was. I've noticed an awful trend where every time I have to get disposable batteries (especially the bigger sizes, like D-batts), they just don't last. At first, I figured it was the whole "don't buy store brand batts because they're not nearly as good" … Continue reading Q#146: Disposable batteries officially suck; why are they so lousy when you need them most?

Bright Ideas, Happy Accidents, Giving it all away & Making a sale. Or, one damned busy Friday I didn’t expect…

I was drinking coffee on my porch a few days ago, enjoying the morning weather when I was hit by something. My old house used to be a lot longer than the one I have now, and there was a carport attached for my grandma's car (she moved out over 20 years ago). Eventually, my … Continue reading Bright Ideas, Happy Accidents, Giving it all away & Making a sale. Or, one damned busy Friday I didn’t expect…

Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

I know that many locations closed down in March because they were forced to by state regs. The Hobby Lobby nearest to me closed last Saturday. I was there the Friday before for a few things I couldn't find elsewhere, and was gonna get some bandannas for extra face protection so I didn't have to … Continue reading Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

Amazing how a grocery chain can enact an emergency plan & have it’s sh** together long before the government even starts to…

I have an H-E-B grocery about a dozen miles from my place. I went there on an errand when this whole mess was shutting things down (in the first waves of the Toilet Paper Wars, too). Things were orderly, and I wrote about it last week, so I won't rehash the whole weird day. I'll … Continue reading Amazing how a grocery chain can enact an emergency plan & have it’s sh** together long before the government even starts to…

Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

Five scenarios where I might shoot (or stab) first & ask questions later.

I got to thinking about what would make me--in this day and age--get really scared out of my wits and insist on protecting myself in the harshest possible way. I finally figured out the scenarios that scare the willies out of me, but perhaps some won't be all that uncommon or unusual as we might … Continue reading Five scenarios where I might shoot (or stab) first & ask questions later.

Learning to Enjoy a Moment (or Hour) of Calm in the Midst of Chaos

I'm becoming a burned-out, worn-out, strung-out mess that just wants to pull the covers over my head and have everything done as best it can be done and move on. But time doesn't work that way, and it hasn't been my friend this whole crazy time. I did a little enjoying yesterday, which nearly got … Continue reading Learning to Enjoy a Moment (or Hour) of Calm in the Midst of Chaos