June 11, 2021

Saturday 9: Ain't That a Kick in the Head

Linking up with the Saturday 9 for some fun questions inspired by music. Thanks, Sam, for finding the music and thinking up the questions every week!

Saturday 9: Ain't That a Kick in the Head (1960)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) Dean Martin asks the musical question, "How lucky can one guy be?" Tell us about a time when you got a lucky break.  I'm not a believer in luck, but one time I can think of that most would call lucky is the time my daughter and I bought VIP seats for a Toby Keith concert. You didn't know where exactly your seats would be until you arrived at the concert, but they were promised to be in the first 3 rows. 

There was a problem with the season ticket holders at the venue we were going to. They had paid big bucks for their seats for the entire summer concert season and were not happy that they were going to lose their seats for the concert. The venue and Toby Keith's organization got around that by putting 3 rows of folding chairs IN FRONT of those other seats. 

Those folks still weren't happy, but my daughter and I about fainted when we arrived and found out our seats were smack in the center of the front row and the stage (and Toby) was about 2 feet away. I could have reached out and touched him...if the security guard that was standing right by me the whole time wouldn't have tackled me. 

2) This song was introduced in the original Ocean's 11 movie. Have you seen it, or the remake and its sequels? 
I'm not sure if I've seen the original. I used to watch a lot of old movies so it's possible. I have seen the remake and one or two of the sequels. I've enjoyed them.

3) All the Ocean's movies are about heists. Why do you suppose audiences enjoy watching caper films?  With the Ocean's movies I think it's the adventure, the fast pace, and the fun ensemble cast. At least I always love a movie with an ensemble cast.
4) Dean was born in Steubenville, OH. Though he seldom returned to his hometown, he kept Steubenville in his thoughts, regularly donating toys to area children hospitalized over the holidays. Who received the last gift you gave?  My mom received flowers from me for Mothers' Day.
5) Dean was extremely claustrophobic and avoided elevators whenever possible -- and even when it wasn't. He was late for the first night of an engagement, even though he was staying at the hotel where he was performing, because he insisted on taking the stairs from his luxury suite to the showroom (18 flights). The hotel put him in a smaller, less prestigious room on a lower floor so he could more easily arrive on time for his own shows. Have you ever been stuck in an elevator?  Several times. The elevator in my college dorm was always breaking down.

6) He and Frank Sinatra were great friends, but they had their differences. For example, Frank loved to party and Dean hated it. One of Sinatra's favorite stories was about how Dean got bored with a party in his own home and went up to his bedroom to watch TV. When the guests didn't take his hint and leave, Dean made an anonymous noise complaint to the police, who came over and broke up the party. When it comes to parties, are you more like Frank or Dean?  These days I suppose I'm more like Dean, but my enjoyment of a party is proportional to the crowd attending and what's going on.

7) Dean Martin had a secret passion for comic books. He loved them, but was too embarrassed to buy them himself. What's your guilty pleasure?  Horrible cable shows like Ancient Aliens, Swamp People, Mountain Monsters, Finding Bigfoot, etc.

8) In 1960, when this song was released, Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. Their relationship began when he was commissioned to take her official portrait. Who took the most recent picture of you?  My daughter. It was a selfie of her, her kids, and me at a drive-thru dinosaur show.

9) Random question (Not really so random, considering Dean Martin's reputation): Do you have a hangover remedy to recommend?  Not really. Even when I indulged in nightly partying I didn't get many hangovers. I've always been told the best thing to do is drink lots of water because a hangover is mostly caused by dehydration. I don't know if it's true. You can try it and let me know.

June 10, 2021

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! The sun is shining for the first time since Sunday and the humidity hasn't reared its ugly head yet so it's a gorgeous start to the day. I have a meet up with a potential client later this morning so I'm trying to be all efficient and organized this morning and get lots done before then. Linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday happens to be on the list!


** My supervisor at the new job had a client meeting not far from me on Tuesday and asked if she could stop by afterward to give me the info on another client. It saved me a drive into the office and I was also able to give her my time slip. 

I don't know that I always think the people at my new job are the most organized people, but they are so very NICE and if you've been around long enough to remember me mentioning my previous boss...you KNOW I sure appreciate and am thankful for that!

** The combination of the Ozempic and Phentermine seems to be doing the trick with my appetite. I am losing a pound or two a week and am not hungry between meals or dealing with cravings. 

In fact, the Ozempic, which keeps the stomach from emptying out as fast, seems to be working so well I have to make myself eat at times. Other times I do feel hungry, but it takes very little to feel full. If I eat too much I don't feel well. I'm actually playing around with finding the right kinds of foods to eat because I'm getting a little light headed at times.

I'm confident I'll get it worked out. I'm just glad the weight is coming off.

** Colton is getting back to his old self and wanting to spend time with me. For a while there he didn't want anyone but his parents and he didn't want to go anywhere. He had turned into a bit of a hermit. So it's great to see him wanting to come over here and spend time with me or Tim. (I also think he sometimes just wants to not share attention or his toys with his sister.)

He was with me all day yesterday. We set up his race cars all over the living room floor, watched his shows, read books, and he played with his ocean explorer boat.

** Always thankful for Leah's funny personality. That girl is a firecracker and keeps us laughing and on our toes.

** A fun trip to see the dinosaurs with Megan and the kids.

** Work is slowly building up my caseload and next week I'm getting trained on a van route so I can fill in on it to make up some hours. One thing's for sure, this job should be varied enough to keep it interesting!

** My family and the fact that so far in this life we have been spared any great tragedy. 

** Jesus and the gift He so freely gave. And God, who is always there, always was there, and will always be there. How awesome and amazing is it to know that God has been putting things in motion to answer today's prayer since before the world began?

** I am always thankful for you!

June 9, 2021

A Cute Little Hodgepodge

Oh boy, I'm late to the party again today. Sorry guys. It just seems like I never get a chance to post until later and then it's late in the evening before I have time to visit anyone's blogs. I feel like I'm semi-missing in action these days, but it's all good. Work stuff, grandkid stuff, and life stuff are just keeping me busy. I wouldn't change it if I could!

Joining in with Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond for my first Wednesday Hodgepodge in quite a while.

1. Something you've seen recently that's 'cuter than a June bug'? Well, that has to be these two. Not that I'm a little biased or anything.

2. Tell us something about where you were and what you were doing in June of 1988? If you weren't born yet, June of 1998. Or if that doesn't work, June of 2008.  June of 1988...moving from the northern part of the state back to our hometown, where we still live. Different house, but same town.

3. A place in your home or outdoor space where you feel 'snug as a bug in a rug'?  Right here at my desk where I do all my "stuff." Bible studies, computer time, crafts, writing, work, etc. It is MY space.

4. June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Month. Do you normally get your 4-5 servings each day? Hahahahaha! That would be a no. I do 16-hour fasting and sometimes I only eat one meal a day so it's rare that I get that many servings of anything. What's a favorite summer dish you make/serve/like to be served-ha! made with one of your favorite summer fruits? Strawberry Jell-O pretzel salad. Yum! A favorite summer dish made with a favorite summer veg? I love zucchini and used to eat it fried all summer long, but then I discovered "crack zucchini." It's slices of zucchini topped with shredded cheddar, a sprinkle of Panko crumbs, a sprinkle of bacon bits, and a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper. It's broiled for a few minutes until nice and browned on the top. Sooooo good and minus all the oil of fried. How do you feel about cooking in the summer months? I mostly like to have cold meals or things I can do on the grill or in the microwave. We don't get as hot as some places, but we always have lots of humidity. Using the oven is just too miserable most of the time.

5. Do you have a summer reading list? No. I don't actually ever have a reading list. I am too fickle for that. I like to choose books in the moment and read what I'm in the mood for. If so share a title or two we can add to our own. Moot point.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  Always leave 'em laughing.

June 8, 2021

Tuesday 4: An Evening Out

Good morning! I'm linking up on this humid, rainy Tuesday with Ann over at the Tuesday 4 for some fun questions and visiting between bloggers. 

Today we are talking about An Evening Out!

1. Do you enjoy an evening out?  It's been a while for most people. Do you have any plans made?  I do enjoy an evening out now and then. I'm not the "party animal" I used to be when I was younger, though. No plans right now. I think our most recent night "out" was a game night at the home of friends. Tim isn't usually up for a night out these days so they are few and far between.

2. What kind of activities do you enjoy? A movie, a concert, dinner, plays, walks? Are you in the habit of going out regularly?  I like all of those activities! I guess I was in the habit of going out in college. I went out with friends far too many nights back then, but then I got married at 20 and jumped right into adult life, making a home, and then raising children. Going out tends to take a hit during those years. So, no it was never a habit.

3. Ever had an unusual  or very interesting evening you would like to tell us about or plans that went off the rails?  I really can't think of anything unusual or that would classify as "very" interesting.

4. When you were dating what kinds of activities did you enjoy?  I was usually up for about anything. I liked active dates like hiking, canoeing and stuff, but I could be just as content staying in and watching TV. Most of my dating was done during college so it mostly consisted of going to parties or clubs to drink and dance.  

June 7, 2021


In Latrobe...

The Weather...is a cloudy 83 degrees and humid.

Reading...Antiques Flee Market: A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan. It's cute. I picked up 3 books in the series at Goodwill back when my mom first had her knee replacement done. She read them and passed them back to me. 

Watching...Hope Island on Pure Flix (though technically I just finished watching...and darn, there's only one season), Buying Alaska on Discovery+, and The Upshaws on Netflix.

Listening to...the hum of the air conditioner.

In the kitchen...country-style ribs seasoned with a dry rub and covered in a sauce made from Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce and honey are doing their thing in the crockpot. I will probably make roasted potato wedges and biscuits to go with them. Maybe throw on some baked beans, too.

The weekend...

A Jurassic adventure with Megan and the kids.

One of Pittsburgh's big concert venues has opened up for Jurassic Quest on the weekends this month. At $49/car load, it was a bargain and the kiddos loved it. The only down side was 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to get home. Leah was well and truly over being stuck in her car seat.

Tim worked outside all day yesterday in the 90 degree heat. Colton helped him some of the time, but would get tired of the heat and come inside for a while. Tim was working on getting the pool pump running well and getting the water cleared up and balanced...while also digging post holes, setting the posts and starting to build the pool deck.

I went to church in the morning. One of the elders spoke yesterday and had a good message asking "Are you saved or are you surrendered?" He talked about how everyone who accepts Jesus's life, death, and resurrection as paying the cost for their own sin has salvation, but sadly, not all live a surrendered life. Some surrender more than others, but a dismally small percentage of Christians totally surrender EVERYTHING, every single area and detail of their lives to his leadership. Most of us have that one thing we don't want to give up control of. It may be a biggie or just a little thing, but it remains clutched in our hands. And that is not what God wants from us. He wants it ALL! Lots of food for thought there.

I finally got to meet the pastor's wife. She is supposed to text me at some point to make plans for me to have lunch with them. They asked about Tim and I having dinner with them and another couple or two, but Tim said no. 

Leah and I went to Walmart for a few groceries in the afternoon.

The job...is still slow going. I have another client to contact today to set up an appointment. I guess the agency is waiting to see how many hours that gives me before giving me anything else. They are promising me I will get 29 hours per week. I have to work that for 3 months to get half the sign-on bonus and six months for the second half. After that if I want to work less hours I can.

Today's agenda...got blown out of the water. Megan had to take her vehicle to the garage for some repairs (we were hit from behind a couple of weeks ago while out shopping) and they gave her a minivan to drive. Colton was so excited about it that he insisted they call me and go for a ride. We ended up going to Walmart, taking a long drive, and then stopping at a Goodwill in another town before finally heading home. Oh well, I'm in sort of a blah mood today so I'm kidding myself that I would have gotten a lot done if not for that. 

Things are going to cool down around here this week again. Not chilly, but back into the 70s and rain or thunderstorms are being called for every day. Not much sun, either. Just clouds, clouds, and more clouds. It's a way of life here. A few years ago we passed Seattle for the least amount of sunny days in a year. I wouldn't be surprised if we've held on to the title. Anyway, it was a given with the pool being just about ready to open. Maybe we will get lucky and August won't be cool and rainy this year.

Well, I am off to salvage some of my day and get a few things done before Tim comes home. Happy Monday! Have a blessed week!

June 3, 2021

Thankful Thursday

It's time to link up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday, my favorite blogging day of the week!

This week I find, as I usually do, there is much to be thankful for.

** a fantastic quiet time with the Lord this morning. Lots of remembering and reflecting on all that He has taught me over the last year. It's been quite a journey.

** living in a country where I am still free to not only worship the Lord as I choose, but also to speak of Him without fear.

** being able to see so many of my prayers being answered.

** the rain, even though it means putting off work on the yard and pool deck again.

** discovering a really cute new show on Pure Flix. If you have the service, check out the series Hope Island. It's about an island off the coast of Washington and the quirky people who make up the community. It centers around a Daniel Cooper, a newly ordained pastor who shows up to revive the church that's been closed up for years and the resistance (and acceptance) he finds there.

** a good meeting with my first client.

** the combo of Ozempic and Adipex seems to be working. Slowly, but it's working. If I'd get motivated to exercise more it'd work even better, I'm sure.

** a cousin-in-law got both of our vehicles inspected with no problems and very quickly.

** fun times with the grands...and a special trip to a Jurassic Adventure to look forward to this Saturday.

** getting organized, using my planner...and actually having things to put in it! LOL It's been a while since this much has been happening.

** my family, friends, and church.

** and all of you!

May 31, 2021

The Weekend & Tuesday 4: The Best

I'm sitting here on Monday evening. The long weekend, Memorial Day, and the unofficial start of summer is winding down. We've had a good weekend. Tim was actually home all three days!

Backing up to Friday, I turned in all my training certificates and papers for work. I can now say I am officially an employee of CLC, a social services agency. I will be working part-time as a companion for adults with developmental disabilities. I will meet my first client and his family tomorrow evening. (There is always an initial meeting to see if the client and companion are compatible and if what the client needs/wants is compatible with my schedule since I make my own schedule.) I'm looking forward to this new adventure.

On Saturday our daughter was scheduled to use the all-day spa gift certificate her husband got her for Mother's Day. Her husband, however, had to work the night before (he works midnight shift) and needed to sleep. So, it was Tim and I to the rescue. We had the kiddos all day and had a pretty good time. We just puttered a bit in the morning then took them to a big pet store about 45 minutes away. 

Sheldon the tortoise.
 It was worth the drive. This particular store has a huge tortoise crawling about and the small animals (bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.) are all in low, open top pens so you can pet them. The birds, except for the big McCaw, are also in open pens so you can interact with them. They have rescue dogs and cats, all kinds of exotic reptiles, and they specialize in saltwater aquariums which are spectacular. The kids spent more than an hour squealing with excitement and racing from one animal to another. Colton is not particularly fond of getting up close and personal with animals so he didn't pet anything, but little Leah wanted to pet EVERYTHING! She wasn't even a little wary of anything.

We watched Christmas movies (Colton's choice) when we got home and relaxed and played while waiting for Mom to get home.

Sunday I went to church and finally got to speak to the pastor. He and his wife are going away this week, but once they are back he's going to call and set up a time for me to come have lunch with him and his wife. I'm looking forward to that.

Tim puttered around in his workshop for a while. Other than that we just relaxed and watched movies.

We didn't go to any ceremonies or picnic today. We did visit with my mom and stepdad a little in the backyard, but mostly we worked outside in the yard. We made a big dent in what needs done and it looks better. 

And now, let's get to the Tuesday 4

1. What was the best thing you have ever bought?  Wow. I don't know. I've bought a lot of stuff in a lifetime. I love all my books...maybe I'll just say our house. We've been here for 28 years. A lot of living has happened here and it's full of memories. It's home.

2. What was the best book you have ever read?  The Bible. Other than that, my favorite book is Little Women.

3. What is the best food you have ever eaten?  I can't tell you when or where, but I guarantee it was seafood. Seafood is my favorite.

4. What was the best movie or TV series you've ever watched?  My personal favorite show ever is The Big Bang Theory. Longmire is a favorite drama and I was inspired to start reading the books it's based on. M*A*S*H probably made the biggest impact. I grew up on it and when it ended it felt like people I knew were going away. I will always remember what a social phenomenon the final episode was.

Thanks for the questions, Annie!

Saturday 9: Ain't That a Kick in the Head

Linking up with the Saturday 9 for some fun questions inspired by music. Thanks, Sam, for finding the music and thinking up the questions e...