January 21, 2022


My blogging mojo seems to be missing in action at the moment. January and February are always such "meh" months here in southwestern Pennsylvania. Everything is gray and dreary with the sun missing in action more days than not. I don't suffer from SAD, at least not since I started taking massive daily doses of vitamin D3 several years ago, but I'm not particularly motivated to write, either. Even so, I think I can manage an update via the
Currently format. So, here we go.

The weather: clear skies tonight with the temperature coming in at about 10*. I do believe Friday's forecast predicts a struggle to raise the mercury to 20*.

Finished reading: A Conventional Corpse, A Claire Malloy Mystery by Joan Hess. This was a reread, though not on purpose. There are quite a few books in the series and I haven't read them all. I picked up a few at Goodwill earlier in the month. I hope they won't all be rereads. (By the way, if you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you would probably like this series. Joan Hess is pretty funny.)

Watching: I finally got caught up on Virgin River, but I've been leaving the remote in Tim's hands lately so I've "watched" lots of action type films. Some were not bad. Some...well, those are hours I'll never get back.

Thinking about: What I need to do the next couple of days. Tim's half-aunt (I don't know if that's a thing, but she was his dad's half-sister and a year younger than Tim's oldest sister)...anyway, she passed away yesterday. At one time she and I were very close and we pretty much raised our kids together, but once they were grown we kind of drifted apart. I tried for years to stay in touch, but she had health issues (and perhaps a few mental ones) and she never returned calls and always had excuses for not doing anything if I did get through to her. In recent years when I'd see her she was so heavily medicated she wasn't really with it. It's sad, really. 

We will attend the viewing tomorrow evening and on Saturday the only one of Tim's sisters that is in the area and I will go to the funeral.

Megan and I went shopping last night and delivered a big load of quick, easy to grab food to the family and offered our condolences. 

Cooking: Lots of heartier, comfort type foods can be found in the kitchen lately: roasts, mashed potatoes and gravy; chicken noodle soup; stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes; my doctored up version of beef fried rice...

So, yeah...lots of calories and we're eating too much cause it's too cold to go outside for long. It's the usual winter hibernation pattern. Eat too much, move too little.

Work: Yeah, I'm not even doing much of that between the bad weather, clients cancelling because of illness or fear of the cold and weather, and one client whose mother (who probably would have qualified for the programs the agency offers had they existed when she was younger) tends to forget about my scheduled appointments and takes her son off to do something else and doesn't cancel. I'm starting to get everyone back on track and I do have to work tomorrow and then again on Saturday afternoon.

That's about all that's going on around here. What's happening in your part of the world?


  1. My condolences to your family in the passing of Tim's Aunt. Even when things have been estranged for a while, you still have the good memories from the earlier years, and that's how you will remember her. It's sad that life sometimes takes people down roads that lead to such sorrow and despair, but it doesn't change God's love for that one and I am sure He welcomed her home where she won't suffer anymore. Praying that is so. I hope you are all staying warm and cozy with your yummy comfort foods. I've thought about you as I've see the weather reports...and I've prayed for you, and wished I could send you some of our lovely sunshine and warmth. We have plenty to spare here, although I think rain is coming this afternoon...but we need it, so that's actually a blessing. Spring is coming...spring is coming...keep whispering it when things get dreary... Take care my friend. spring is coming...

  2. My blogging mojo has sunk recently too - Winter always is hard for me. Hopefully we'll get in the groove again soon.
    Virgin River - I cant believe I havent seen that yet!

  3. Hi Stacy. Good to hear from you. So sorry to hear of the passing of Tim's aunt. It is never easy to lose a family member. I have been home this week, and blogging is way more positive to me than Facebook, so I spend more time in blogland when I can. Blogging seems to help me with SAD, which I do tend to have a big of. We finally got a little more snow last night to help with the smoggy/foggy grayness we have had around here. I am going to look for that mystery series you wrote about. I do like Stephanie Plum and Janet Evanovich. Hope you have a good weekend. I haven't watched Virgin River. Maybe I should. See you again soon.

  4. I totally agree about moving less yet eating more during winter. It's been so cold here (like -14 this morning) that I just can't make myself go out unless absolutely necessary!

    I'm sorry about your loss. <3

  5. I'm feeling "meh" from the weather and other things too.
    I enjoyed your post today. Hope y'all stay well and warm.
    Blessings. xx

  6. "Meh" seems to be about right here too. I am so sorry for yours and Tim loss. Sending you lots of hugs and love.

  7. We have lots of sunshine here (I well remember gray Ohio) but it has been chilly for us. I am sorry for your family's loss. I have been eating way too much comfort food. Not because of the weather but more for comfort and out of boredom. Watching TV each evening and eating too much junk food. Sigh. Yes to that meh.

  8. So sorry for your loss. And yes. The lovely weather that is January in Pennsylvania. You meals sound good, especially the stuffed peppers!

  9. Your description of the weather reminds me of winters in Missoula, Montana. We almost always had temperature inversions...cloud cover over a deep, cold valley. It was gray and cold. Uggg. Lot's of soups, stews, and hearty foods kept us going.


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