Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winning at my Little Game

My car has spent the last three days in the garage. And it will spend today there as well. Winning at my little game. Well, not really. I have contracted a horrible head cold. I haven't been this sick in years. I wish to go NOWHERE. Ugh. This is not a fun way to win this little game.

On a happier note though, the water bill came in the mail today and I did it! I tried to be extra conservative with water use during the period used to determine sewer use for the year. I managed to get our water use down by 1. But that one will mean $12.50 less is sewer fees every month for the next year. Yay!

Now to go crawl back into bed . . . 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Little Game

I have this little game I play with myself. How many days this week can my car not leave the garage? It helps me to remember to combine errands. I do it to walk a little lighter on this earth, but it also saves me a significant amount of time. If I need to go downtown, even in my small town, I will burn at least half an hour. I still have things to do out and about just about every week day. Usually Saturday and Sunday, my car stays in its snug home.

Today (a Wednesday), however, I managed to stay home quite well. Last evening, I heard a loud crash in the garage. I thought our cat had knocked something over, but I couldn't find anything out of place. Then Mr. Wonderful hit the button to open the garage door, and it wouldn't. The spring on one side had broken with my car tucked inside. Repair man comes tomorrow. Today, my car did not move.

While I do like keeping car trips to a minimum, I do appreciate having the option to drive somewhere. I am looking forward to tomorrow's repairs. (And, yes, I do have two different trips planned for the day already.)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Proud Mama

Be the reason someone
believes in the goodness
in people.

A few days ago a friend of the Chemist posted that quote with this statement: ". . . you are some of my friends who jumped into my mind when I read this." Of her many friends, she had tagged five. My Chemist was one of those five.

I can take no credit for it, but it made me so proud of my daughter. She could be the most fabulous chemist in the world (and I would certainly be proud of that - I am proud of how well she's done), this would make me more proud. Kindness matters so much. And I am so happy and proud that my daughter lives that so much that she inspires others.

Proud Mama Moment.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Goodness, it is already late February and garden work will begin soon. (Actually, I probably could already have some lettuce in, *sigh*)

But I have finally mapped out the garden and am deciding what shall go where. I just love how tidy and official the plan looks.

Next up, order seeds, visit the garden center for seed potatoes and onion sets. Potatoes go in St. Patrick's Day - two and a half weeks from now! Now is also time to get compost and sand worked into the beds. I could also get some things started indoors as well.

Always something to do in the garden!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Less Is More

January's de-clutter goal was the linen closets. Last Saturday, February 18, the goal was accomplished! A little late, but so what. I have neat, tidy closets. I know what's in them. The contents are easily accessible.

So much better that stuffed full of so much that I really didn't know what I had. And should I want to actually get anything out, I generally ended up with a pile tumbling out on my head. Big pile of worn and torn things in the trash bin. Two big bags ready to be donated.

Less really is more because now that I have only what I need, I can easily get it and use it.

Now for February's goal . . .

Peace out.
Remember Kindness Matters.
And may your closets contain what you need,
but only what you need.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nature Center

My little guy had last Friday off school so I decided we should check out the Nature Center in the city. It was a beautiful, warm February day, perfect for exploring someplace new.

We started by checking out the Nature Center's exhibits. It is a small, but cool center. The neatest thing is the live screech owl. At first, I thought it was just a stuffed exhibit, like the others. I was surprised when he turned his head and blinked. So cool.
What I really like about the center is that it has so many things to touch! Here, several fur sections were mounted to the wall so one could feel the different animals.

There was also this display with lots of things to pick up and check out. Some small animal skulls, snake skin, pine cones, acorns, shells, special rocks . . . so lovely to have a place where one is encouraged to touch and learn.

After checking out the center, it was time to walk the trails. I think these are bat houses.



Great day exploring a little bit of prairie in the city.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blooming Beauty

This winter, in addition to a basil, I kept a pot of chives going as well. I also decided to attempt to overwinter my geranium.

It is doing so well, it is blooming.
Feels like spring.