Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Once Molly catches that turkey, I will start cooking.

I am grateful for many things. . .
the Husband, the Mama, and Molly the Cat.
the friends in my life.
the ability to live the life I choose.
the earth, the sun, the wind, and the water.
the unconditional love of God.
Peace, joy, love, and happiness to you, Dear Readers. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't Take My Picture!


Lately, I've been helping the Mama pick up the leaves in the backyard. Even when it's about to rain or when the wind is being blustery. Why? Because the Mama is out there. And, she'll stay out there until she is a) satisfied that she has picked up as many leaves as she could before more fall from the trees,  or b) tired and has begun ranting about the next door neighbor's dirty tree that sheds lots and lots of clusters of red berries and skinny hard leaves, which are quite difficult to pick up.

After years of calling out the back window, "Come in, Mama, it's too cold!" Or,  "It's windy! Just wait until the wind stops." Or, "It's raining!" I now step outside, followed happily by Molly the Cat who has been cooped inside because the Mama decided it's too cold, windy, and/or rainy for her to be outdoors.   I usually head to the other side of the yard  with my favorite rake. The sooner the leaves are picked up, the sooner the Mama -- and Molly the Cat -- will come indoors.


Some days I bring my camera with me. Between building piles, I click away. Both the Mama and Molly the Cat dislike my taking photos of them. Today was no different. "Don't take my picture," the Mama said, bending to pick up another stray leaf.  Molly didn't say anything. She merely walked away or turned her back to me.

So, fine. I took a photo of my shadow. It reminded me of Peter Pan. By the way, notice Molly the Cat's tail in the picture?



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Aloha!


Last week,  I read a post by Manzanita at Wanna Buy a Duck about a blogger friend who was visiting her. She'd ended her post with a question: "Have you ever visited in person with a blogging buddy?" I thought that would be pretty cool to meet a fellow blogger in person. But, I figured the odds are slim since the bloggers I would love to meet one day live in such far away places as Montana, British Columbia, Hawaii, Australia, the East Coast, and Malaysia. And, these days, far-away traveling is not on the horizon for the Husband and me.

Ha! Was I proven wrong. About meeting blogger buddies in person, that is.

On Tuesday, I received an e-mail message from Courtney of Maui Jungalow. She and her husband were visiting in Silicon Valley for a couple of days and she wondered if I might be interested in getting together. Voila! The next day, the Husband and I met them at the motorcycle seat factory in our town where Courtney's husband was ordering a custom-made seat for the BMW bike that he was rebuilding.

From the moment Courtney and I said Aloha, we chattered away, stopping only to get into our cars to drive to a restaurant.  Over breakfast, the four of us talked story. Story after story. It's as if we hadn't seen each other for a long time, and we just picked up from where we had left off. Have you ever felt that way with folks you've just met?

Courtney gifted us with pretty shells from Hawaii. A bit of sand fell out of them, which is so cool.  I can't recall the names of the different shells, except for the sea anemone quills on the bottom left. They are all so lovely.

Mahalo, Courtney, for the Aloha shells and the visit. Hope to see you again in person. Maybe next time it'll be in your hometown.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ready to Go!


Tomorrow, I start another 30-day challenge of keeping excessive, delicious carbohydrates out of my diet.

It's called the Sweet Fire Challenge, lead by nutrition education Mary Toscano. I completed another of her 30-day challenges in August. My poor eating and non-exercise habits began creeping back a few weeks ago, so when I learned about this new challenge, I decided to jump in before I gain back the pounds and inches I've lost, as well as lose all the sensibilities I've gained.

I'm doing the extreme challenge, which requires that I follow three simple rules from November 11 to December 10:
1. No food or alcohol after 7:30 p.m.
2. No foods with flour or with more than 20 grams of sugars per serving
3. Do 30 minutes of exercise, or do 7,000 steps, every day.

Soooooo, today, I ate sourdough bread and a maple old-fashioned doughnut for lunch. I'll probably have a bit more sourdough bread for dinner, along with three or four mini mini-chocolate-chip-cookies.  Yes, yes, I ate—and shall eat—veggies and protein with my meal.

I'm sure I can do this 30-day challenge. Again. With the help of Tilda-Hilda, my beautiful pink cruiser, of course.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ms. Molly the Cat


Today is all about Molly the Cat.

The gorgeous girl has been shepherding us for two-and-a-half years. The Mama, the Husband, and I all agree -- how ever did we manage before she came into our lives?



Sometimes I like to work on the computer before breakfast. On some mornings, Molly jumps up on the desk and stretches out. "Hurry up," she says. 

"How can I?" I ask her. "I can't see the screen. I need to use the mouse." 

"Mrrrr," she says. "That's your problem."



Most mornings before we eat breakfast, Molly and I head out the front door. I fetch the newspaper while she checks the grounds. Some days, Stewie, from down the street, sits beneath our car. Molly scowls intently from afar and when she decides Stewie is too slow to take the hint, Molly approaches in attack mood.

Stewie has learned from past encounters that it's best to just leave.


After breakfast, the Mama opens the screen door for Molly to go into the backyard. "Be good," the Mama tells her. "Don't leave the yard."

"Mrrrr," says Molly. "We'll see."

Soon, the Mama joins Molly. Each of the ladies makes sure the other stays out of trouble. Somewhat.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Afternoons are for sleeping after a yummy lunch. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Molly and I are hooking up with the Camera Critters Meme. We look forward to checking out other lovely creatures. Come join us by clicking here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Uh-uh, Not Doing It. Yet.


Today,  begins NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of writers from all over the world commit themselves to completing a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. That's about 1,666 words a day. That is not easy!

Last year, I signed up to give a try. My enthusiasm lasted one day, which, for last year, was pretty good as I was feeling quite burnt out. I just didn't know it then.

Once upon a time I wanted to write a Great American novel. Do I still? Dunno. I do have my unfinished novel, The Mystery of Sweet Fat's Ballroom, on my computer. The story takes place in both the present and in the mid-1930s. Lately, I think I should rewrite it. Keep the story in the 1930s, with flashbacks, if any, going back to the early 1900s. Okay, writing that got me excited. I might just go immerse myself in the past to get the imagination juices rolling. But, I know, for sure, I won't be writing 1,666 words today.

So what got me thinking about NaNoWriMo. Blogging friend Widdershin is taking part and what inspired her was creating a book cover on PULP-O-MIZER. She was not kidding, it is fun making a book cover. That up there is mine.  Try it yourself. Here's the link.