Heart Tug

There are always little stacks of paper notes to sort through – on my desk, in my planner, everywhere. Today I was sorting a small stack that had been tucked in the main pocket of my planner, which meant they held some serious importance to me for one reason or another. A folded piece of torn printer paper had written at the top: I want to:

Old wish list found
Yes, I draw on all my papers, don’t you?
So what followed was a list of goals from some time in the past and I quickly determined that it was at least 9 or 10 years old because number 8 was “Go sailing somewhere fun” and number 9 brought tears. 9: Fun road trip with Dave. The word fun was underlined, so I think the list might be from his last year when our trips were mostly to the ER. We had two exhausting trips in that time period also – when his Mother passed away in Colorado, we made the trip from Arkansas to Colorado and then to Iowa and he made it through the burial and then spent the next 10 days in the Iowa City Hospital. About a year later, we made a 10 days journey to IL/IA and saw as many kids/grandkids/baseball games/Father’s Day cards/birthday dinners/lunches with friends as we could manage. So writing “fun” road trip with Dave was probably a message of hope to the Universe during a trying time.

Some other highlights from the list – to leave on a positive note:
Paint – the dining room AND a painting or two
Write – I still think about that Great American novel, don’t you?
Family Reunion – We did manage that a few times after this note was written – I’m always ready to do it again.

Pretty generic, right? I think I will fold this back up again and drop it in the memento box.

For The Want Of Some Hand Lotion


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I’ve heard that pure blogging your life is interesting to your readers. If that’s true, here’s a treat.

I was up to my ears in work this morning, but my hands were screaming for lotion. When I hit a stopping point I headed for my bathroom to grab some. Uh Oh, I was going to replace the soap, that’s why I left the shower curtain open. Last bar, don’t forget to grab some more. Scrubbing bubbles on the soap tray, better move the shampoo bottles and get that area too. Where’s the timer so the foam doesn’t dry because I forgot. Oh yeah, more soap. Laundry closet shelf. Soap. Where’s that duster thing that fits between the washer and dryer? You were going to do that in December. There. Maybe while it’s in hand, clean down in the lint filter. Soap – grab some soap. Might as well throw a load of laundry in. Back in the bathroom with the soap, my hair dryer is cool, so I can clean the counter.

Back to my desk, pick up where I left off. I should blog this. Boy, my hands are dry. I need some lotion.

Day Off? What is That Exactly?

Today is our New Year’s Day Off

For someone who is supposedly has a day off today, I sure have a long list of stuff I need to do first. We have a very generous boss and he gave us two long weekends in a row. The problem is, with our line of work, there’s always something I have to do anyway.

I plan to knock several critical things off my list this morning, take the afternoon to play “taxi” for the visiting grandson, and then spend a little quality time tonight working ahead for the chaos that is tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Organizing Christmas For Next Year

Where can I put these so I can find them next year?

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When it’s time to put Christmas away for another year, I always get the urge to organize it so next year is effortless and I don’t have to dig so deeply for the things I absolutely need early.


Christmas baking supplies organized for next year.
All ready for next year

Our library cookie walk is always the first Saturday in December and my calendar usually has Thanksgiving weekend blocked off, not for BFCM shopping, but for baking. That’s admirable, but instead I find myself fighting the crowds to find cupcake liners in holiday colors and wondering where I stashed the treat bags I bought from Current on sale.

Let’s back up just a step and admit that my pantry is big enough that it should be useful, but it’s in need of an overhaul so badly that when I took a picture I decided you were never going to see it. 🙁  I vowed that I would put the Christmas baking things somewhere easily seen from my 5’2″ nearsighted view.

Photo box to the rescue

Photo box from Michael's
$1.50 solution to an annual de-motivating problem

Yesterday I was in Michaels, browsing more out of boredom than need, when I realized that a Christmas “photo box” was the perfect solution. If I bought one (75% off) that was decorated christmasy enough, I could put the cupcake liners and treat bags up high and still see them when next November rolled around.

You can surely understand the thrill of gathering holiday cupcake liners for $.59 and Santa treat bags for $.59 and this perfectly function-visible box for $1.50. Pantry problem solved. Next year I will not need to postpone the cookie walk baking to find liners or any of the other stuff I racked up $20 gathering this year. Help me remember not to bury it too deeply in this overflowing pantry of mine.

Blog Tradition – Mine Doesn’t Work

Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s Day and I just discovered that I hadn’t touched this blog since this time last year. Poor pitiful blog 🙁

I woke up with a non-hangover headache. I was so tired of 2016 that I sullenly waited until 1 minute after midnight and went to bed. No TV, no celebration drink, no excitement. I read 3 pages in on 3 different books and just couldn’t muster any interest.

The one thing that remains consistent though, is my exciting plans for my own sites. Ideas for posts happen daily, sometimes several at a time. I get all excited and make goals for the coming year. The reality is uglier – I logged in this morning with an idea and see that my last post was this time last year. Sigh.

Blog Resolution

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I wonder how many office supplies I will purchase with lofty goals in mind when the truth is I had to reset my password to do this. Well, since hope springs eternal, I’m making a resolution (it is the day for it, right?):

2017 will see this blog develop a following while I develop my lifestyle blogging voice. Another blog of mine will be reconfigured and developed as a business voice and my shopping site and my housing site will get enough attention to generate some $ again.

Now I have to decide on a theme for this site and check Amazon for a combo whiteboard/bulletin board for the wall above my monitors.

Blog Reality

Do you use Yoast? The SEO tool? We use it at work and I really like it – at least until I finished this post and it told me how pathetic the writing is. “Passive voice” “Too many words in 26% of the sentences” “No keyword focus”.  So I went back and added the headings and this paragraph. LOL

Adding about nine more words should also help the score.

Savoring The Last Few Hours of Holiday Break

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Our holiday breaks made for 2 nice long weekends in a row this year. I loved it! But now I’m down to one last day and everything I planned to get done is glaring at me and my procrastination techniques (Pogo games and naps, usually.) Today it was venturing outdoors in the freezing cold.

I intended to get more site work done. Of course I managed to create the spreadsheet and break open a new flash drive, but as far as getting all the WordPress tasks done, I’m a dozen domains behind my goal.

The ornaments are off the Christmas tree
I should have grabbed a picture when it was beautiful.

The Christmas tree is still up. It’s bare and the ornaments are in a dish on the dining room table. All the Santas are hanging out there, too. So… progress, right?

My poor apartment could use a good cleaning from top to bottom and left to right, but all I managed was to week 2 dozen books out of the first case and leave some piles of books around to send off to a new home. When I spilled coffee grounds on the floor a few minutes ago, I saw that the stove is OMG! Stainless steel shows everything and I just saw everything. yikes.


Time to put the Santas away for another year.
About half the Santas waiting for the bubble wrap and the green bin.

So I will leave this here as the first post of the New Year and head back to my solitaire game until I work up the mojo to FTP some files. Happy 2016!