#13 – 60 DAYS

60 days into the New Year and this will be my 13th post.
What the heck??
Chalk it up to everyday life. This winter crud that seems to make never-ending rounds to my home. No motivation. Writer’s block or any number of other projects taking over my life at the moment.
Whatever the reason, I seriously need to rectify this.
Apparently, Fuxatawney Phil saw his shadow and was correct in his prediction of 6 more weeks of winter. At least for us. We still have snow on the ground.
Side Note:
Wouldn’t it make more sense that if the rodent saw his shadow that would mean the sun was shining thereby indicating bright sunny days and an early spring ahead?? I mean if he pops out and it’s dark n’ gloomy, seems to me that would be the indicator of 6 more weeks of winter. What do I know?
This winter has been a tuff one out here in Boise. Way more snow than we’re used to in a city not equipped to handle it or the subsequent flooding that we get warned about every single day. Maybe it’s summer I’m ready for and not necessarily soggy, wet, possibly flooding, spring.
I’ve definitely caught the winter crud more this past winter than any winter before. Seriously, I think every bug that’s floating around lands on me and boom. I’m coughing and hacking and aching everywhere! My Dr. says it’s just crap going around and she thinks my liquid – protein shakes – diet is not helping. She’s an advocate for real food so for the sake of my lungs, sore nose from blowing and my ears, I think I may have to step up the menu.
For Lent this year I’ve decided to do the ’40 Days, 40 Bags’ challenge and declutter my life a bit. Literally. You can Google the challenge. Basically, you’re just getting rid of 40 bags of whatever it is you don’t want/need at your home. Either toss ’em or take ’em to Good Will.

This took a couple of bags.
Hey. Don’t judge. It’s the all things fast food/pizza/catalog drawer. Ideally, we’re supposed to use these coupons and I’m certain I was going to order a couple of dresses out of those catalogs but clearly none of that is happening as evidenced by this drawer.
2 bags down 38 to go!
I’ve also been making wine glasses and mugs and other fun stuff with my wonderful Cricut that I am still so very much in love with.
Here are two stemless wine glasses I made today for a couple of friends back in Michigan who spend lots of time on the water.
I feel like I’ve been away forever. Kinda’ weird getting back into the swing of things but I’m making the rounds and catching up.
Here’s to a lovely March ahead.
Ours came in like a lamb. I can’t imagine it going out like a lion tho but then again, I didn’t imagine we’d have as much snow as we’ve had. So again, what do I know?
What about where you are?
Did your March come in like a lamb or a lion?
Mimi’s quote for the day –
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#10 – THREE WEEKS

Yep, it’s been 3 weeks since my last post.
Guess I jinxed myself by revealing my goal to post every day of 2017.
I should’ve allowed for sick days.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyI’m not gonna’ lie. I did find myself locked into a Nyquil coma more than once and with all of this political bullshit going on, some days I wish I was still in one.

Holy fuck. Every time I see someone with a pussy hat on their head or dressed like a vagina or protesting that the sky is blue I just think to myself, “And they want to know why we voted for Trump..”

I don’t know what I’m more sick of. These protests, marches, soap box award speeches or this flippin’ snow, ice and cold.
I’m just done with all of it.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyPeople are flipping out over shit that may or may not happen. Give it a fucking rest. Most importantly, give our President a chance. Cheese n’ rice man. It’s been 10 days..
2017-divider-line-blue-icyAnd because I don’t want to turn this into a 100-page vent, here’s a pic of a mug I made.
Seems fitting because I’m feeling very Grinchy right now.
made-grinch-mugsGetting a head start on my inventory for this year’s craft fairs.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyHeading around to all of you. Sorry for the downer post but it’s been a pisser three weeks and I really just want to wake up with all of the snow and ice gone, the sun shining and nobody protesting or hating my President.
I know. Dream big, huh?

Happy Monday folks! May our week be filled with good news and good weather!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMimi’s quote for the day –
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I BLAME KINDERGARTEN

I’ve been sick. It’s contagious. You can read about the inconsiderate asshole I caught it from here. And ya’ know, the more I’ve thought about it the more I’m convinced that we learned this inconsiderate behavior in kindergarten. Seriously.
I blame kindergarten.
leaves barSharing is a big deal in kindergarten. There was a whole list of things to share in kindergarten.
***Share your crayons.
***Share your paste. – I’m old. –
***Share your paints.
***Share the swings, the teeter totter, the jump rope. Your bat, your ball, your mitt.
***Share EVERYTHING!

Yeah. Thanks, kindergarten.
You should’ve had a list of things you DON’T share.

Here, let me help ya’ out with this one.
Top of the list????
***Don’t share your fucking germs!!!!
***Don’t share your cold.
***Don’t share your flu.
***Don’t share your diarrhea.
***Don’t share your ringworm.
***Don’t share your pinkeye.
***Don’t share your fucking lice!!!

I’m pretty sure parents everywhere would appreciate my list.
What they won’t appreciate?? Missing work to clean up shit and vomit from every member in their household including themselves!
leaves barFortunately, I think I’m on the tail end of this “bug.” It’s moved to my ears and I’ve still got one stuffed nostril and one runny nostril. I’m thinking about shoving a tampon up the runny nostril except what happens if I pull it out and then that nostril is all stretched to hell and doesn’t go back because I’m fucking old and your skin doesn’t bounce back like it used to in your 20’s/30’s??? Then I’m stuck with one big ‘ol, floppy Kevin Bacon, cannon sized nostril!
Not even kidding. Kevin Bacon has the biggest fucking nostrils ever.
See?? GIANT nostrils!
leaves barHere’s how you can do your part and not be an inconsiderate asshole during cold and flu/snotty “bug” season.
If you can, stay home and get yourself/child better.
Cover when you cough/sneeze.
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
Make sure your kids cover when they cough/sneeze and that they wash their hands too!
It’s soooooo important.
Kids pass this shit around like it’s a joint at Woodstock! Everybody gets a hit whether you want one or not!

Schools and daycares are one giant petri dish of all things contagious.
I’m not saying spray your kid down with Lysol but ya’ know…. You spray them with ‘Off’ in the summer time..
It’s a thought..
leaves barMimi’s quote for the day –
I’m pretty sure Johnny was in the grocery cart the other day blowing snot bubbles. leaves barfeather

MARSHMALLOW HEAD

SIDE NOTE: I’m writing this in moments when I can breathe, my head isn’t pounding and I’m somewhat coherent and upright.

I’ve been a lit’l under the weather and I’m super curious to know how much snot the human head can produce because mine seems to refill itself every five minutes. Gross but not kidding.

Of course, I blame my illness on some idiot woman who coughed and sneezed her way thru the grocery store WITHOUT COVERING HER MOUTH  while her 3 squalling kids blew snot bubbles in her cart.

I went to the dr. the other day and sat in a room surrounded by more coughing, sneezing NON-COVERING people and found out it’s just a “bug” that’s going around.
I hate being sick and pretty soon I know I’m going to be one of those weirdos out there walking around in a mask because some dumbass doesn’t know how to cover their fucking mouth and wash their hands!
leaves barThe doc gave me the standard, plenty of fluids and rest speech for “the bug” and then prescribed two other meds not related to “the bug.” I am so attempting to avoid one of those weekly pill holder things and I’m a little disappointed that my dr. is not helping me with this goal. In her defense, she may be focused on other goals for me so I’ll give her a pass.
For the moment.
leaves barMy baby boy turned 23 on Tuesday. Not entirely sure where that time went…
Such a great guy. I just love him so much and am super proud of the young man he has become.
Here’s a pic of him from earlier this summer (on the right) when he and his fiance’ went on a scavenger hunt all thru Boise to meet one of his favorite actors, Aaron Paul from ‘Breaking Bad.’
Happy Birthday “T-Bone.”  #GreatSmile  #NoBraces
leaves barI’ve been trying to catch up on all of your blog posts which is a huge plus for me because it keeps me upright and I don’t get swallowed whole by my marshmallow head. The downside to this is of course. I have marshmallow head and medicine head so I tend to nod off or find myself rereading simple words like “the” and “what.” I appreciate your patience as I make my rounds.leaves barI finally finished ALL seasons of CSI. So disappointing. So many story lines left undone. I suppose they do that so they can do reunion shows or whatever but if there aren’t going to be any of those. The ending of CSI just blows.

I’m currently catching up on ‘Cedar Cove’ and barely making it thru because of the atrocious acting of one of the lead characters but hopefully, his leading lady will fall in love with someone else and he’ll be gone. I don’t mind horrible actors in minor roles but if you’re the lead guy you should be able to act. – Just my opinion.
leaves barThey’re redoing our parking lot and parking stalls and holy hell! The never-ending sound of their rigs backing up, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP makes my head want to explode. They start at 8am and finish at 5pm. THEN, once they’re done repaving, they’ll be seal coating. Ugh. The smells, the sounds, AND having to park all the way on the other side out at the main road. I’m sure I wouldn’t care quite so much if I wasn’t a bitchy sick person.

I have a few crafty things I’m working on but I’m too wiped out to take pics at the moment, so, another day then.

I hope all of you remain healthy and that you catch none of the “bugs” that may be going around in your area. Michigan is super cool. One of their news channels just posted a list of “bugs” going around out there. I wish Idaho would do the same. It’d be nice to have a heads up on this crap.
Be well my friends!
If anybody needs me I’ll be following Mimi’s quote for the day.leaves barleaves barfeather

RUNNY NOSED COUCH CORPSE

To all of you who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. We actually ended up celebrating on “Good Friday” due to work schedules, which gave me a jump start on my oh so yummy peeps!
And then this took over our home…
Seriously, for about a week I’ve had two choices in life. Lay in bed all day like a festering bed sore in the making or prop myself up like a runny nosed couch corpse.
Just before the invasion of the “crud,” life was moving along pretty well in my lit’l corner of the world. Mz. Milclay treated me to a “girly day” and it was so, so, much fun! We went to lunch at a place I had never been to. A super cool place with great food but shitty service. Still, a great place all n’ all and minus one server chick, it’d be perfect.
The clam chowder was thick n’ creamy n’ delicious.

The fish n’ chips lunch platter looked great and was great – the second time around..
When it was actually served hot..
(This dining experience will be saved for another day when I feel like raggin’ on why I don’t tip shitty service.)
Then we went and got mani’s.
I chose purple for all things bright n’ cheery n’ spring-ish.
(So weird taking pics of your own hand..)
The rest of the day was all about shopping!
My favorite find of the day was this super cute, super fabulous, super shiny Jessica Simpson handbag that I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
I made the two little zippy pouches down in front and apparently channeled my inner 5 year old while making the one on the left. It’s a fun lit’l kite n’ sunshine applique that I created all on my own, no pattern, all free hand drawing.
– Patting self on back… – I love it because it reminds me of flying kites as a kid in the whipping Michigan winds, and that makes me smile.
Side note: Here’s a better pic of the handbag. It’s actually pink, not peach and I love how it shines. (Better lighting and no flash.)
I also scored some more material and yarn to add to my stash.
Can’t wait to get busy with this!
I worked on a quilt for the Humane Society and used one of the blocks that I screwed up on to make a mug rug.
mug rug And with the Boise Library having a HUGE book sale next week I decided to try one of those “turn a t-shirt into a tote” Pinterest posts. So I did and it works. I made this cute lit’l tote to haul some of the books I’ll be purchasing because yep, I’m a crazy book hoarder bitch.
book bagAnd my current WIP’s (works in progress) are…
A terrycloth beach cover up for my grand-daughter.

Fleece socks, just cuz’ my feet are almost always cold.

And the never-ending “ugly ass” crocheted afghan. I started this to use up all of the ugly yarn people would give me. Seriously. They’d hand me bags full of yarn and I’d look at it and think, “What the fuck were you making with these hideous colors??” And then I’d smile and say thank you and add another row or five to my “ugly ass” afghan. Now I seek out the ugly yarn because, well, the “ugly ass” afghan has sort of taken on an identity all it’s own and I’m hoping in the end, it’ll be like one of those stray pups you find, that are so ugly they’re cute? Yeah, I’m hoping that’s the outcome of the “ugly ass” afghan. Either way, it’ll be warm and big enough to snuggle in. That’s all I need.
Today, I feel a bit more human. The aches are still there and the stuffy/runny nose is never ending but no cough and no projectile vomiting, which is always a bonus.
This is SOOOOO me!!

Happy Wednesday folks. Be well.