Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lesson Learned

Never use a cotter pin when a bobby pin will do.

Hope everyone's having a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Idle Paws

Winston has been busy digging and shredding plants, despite the ground being frozen.

Who, me? I've been lying here the whole time. Bart must have done it even though he's been inside with you...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

White Whiskers

No, not Santa but the horses at the barn. It was -10 at my house and they said it was -17 at the barn. If it wasn't so dang cold I'd take pictures but I'm afraid the temperature would kill my camera while it sat around waiting for me to finish my lesson. Anyway, all the horses had frozen whiskers and they're getting pretty fuzzy. One of my favorite Haflingers is especially cute. Somebody told me he was mean but I find him very affectionate. He will put his head against my chest and nibble at my shirt while I rub all over his face and neck.

Oh crap, I see the wind is blowing which means it's even colder than what the thermometer is reading. I need to do a few outside chores so guess I'll bundle up extra warm.

Guilt is a great motivator. I would loved to have stayed in my fleece pajamas under my fleece sheets but I have dogs and birds to take care of. That's about the only thing that will get me out of bed on days like this.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Slippery Slope

The title of this post describes my driveway. It took me four attempts to get up it yesterday in a front-wheel drive sedan. I was just going to the bank of mailboxes to mail a bill that was coming due. The mailman hadn't delivered the mail yet and I didn't go back. Now I'm debating whether I should go check the mail before today's delivery just in case the box is full. I could check it a second time for today's when I leave for my riding lesson.

It rained fairly hard on Sunday and turned to snow later that evening. Makes for a lovely ice base.
Today I'm breaking out the 4-wheel drive truck. Enough of the slip and slide nonsense.

I spent hours on the phone yesterday. I love that people are concerned about me but I'm developing cauliflower ear. I ended up putting the phone on speaker and ripping out some cross stitch mistakes I had made when trying to talk and cross stitch at the same time. I can't walk and chew gum so I don't know what made me think I could do both simultaneously.

Every day I try to sort through a few of my husband's things to be either tossed, sold or donated. It seems overwhelming since he never threw anything away. Ladies, don't let your sons grow up to be hoarders. Of course, he would be facing the same dilemma with my crafting supplies had I gone first. We were both pretty clueless about the other's interests. I am not even going to attempt to deal with his tools without the help of friends. First the stuff in the house, then the shop.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


My doctor called me to find out my husband's cause of death. The medical examiner opted not to do an autopsy so, because our doctor is the physician of record, she has to fill out the death certificate. She never examined his body, I'm not a doctor, yet the two of us have to use our best guess for an official document. What a crock.

Now that I've had a chance to settle down I realize I missed the perfect opportunity to have her fill in "Death by Chocolate."

Frosty Morning

It was dark when I got up and I could see stars in the sky. Once it lightened up a little I could see frost. It's always colder when it's clear. We haven't had snow yet and I got to ride outside again yesterday. Looks like darkness is going to drive us back inside before the weather does.

Had an eye exam Monday. I don't know how I manage to always do it but the new frames I picked out are really expensive. How come attractive stuff doesn't come cheap? Their cost put an end to my idea of going shoe shopping. I should start purchasing Christmas gifts and not spend any more on myself anyway.

Have a company coming to put up icicle lights on the house today. Think I'll go redneck and leave them up all year round so I won't have to pay again.

After they're gone I'll probably head to the recycling center and dump. I can't believe how exciting my life is.