Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Road Trips, Pets, and the Medley

Happy Hump Day, Y'all! It's been one heck of a week already as I quickly discovered that driving through the night on a return nine-hour road trip takes longer to get over the older we get but I think I'm pretty darn close to 85% so...LOL Let's dig into the Medley, shall we? 



On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.
Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?  While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats.  Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure.  So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!
Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Love Your Pet Day.
1.  Have you ever had a special pet in your life?  I've always had pets in my life and they have always been special. Will you tell us about it? I cannot remember a single time I did not have a pet and they were all so very special to me and just right at the time. My pet right now is Tucker and he's my heart. 

2.  Did you grow up with pets in your home?  Yes. What did it teach you? Having pets taught me I like dogs better than people. I talked to my dogs like I talked to humans but I always knew the dogs understood everything and they always loved me unconditionally. And maybe it taught me how to care for a living thing. 
I know this isn't a question about how talented our pets are but check this out:

3.  Do you ever wonder what animals are thinking? Of course. I try to read their expressions. Like this one which clearly means, No, I am not coming out until the cold and rain go away.   

4.  Sometimes a pet gets out and doesn't return for a few days. What do you think happens to them when they go on a walkabout? Tucker has gotten out three times in his life and all three times a certain man around here left the gate open and I went straight into panic mode. Anyway, Tucker just went running around the neighborhood one of those times and stayed on our road the other two times so that certain man is lucky I let him live because if anything happens to my dog there is going to be trouble. 
5.  With cats and dogs being the most popular pets, what is the most exotic pet you have personal experience with (didn't have to be yours)? Ha! I don't go around 'exotic' pets because exotic to me means something slithery and I hate those things. Unless you want to count a parrot because I have been around one of those before. 
6.  Please tell us something random about your week so far... We just returned from a big trip to Nashville to visit NashvilleDaugher and DrummerBoy. We traveled with a toddler who gets car sick and the trip is nine hours on a good day. Coming home, we drove through the night and sweet Opie slept the entire time! I'm working on two blog posts about our trip that I hope to have up soon! Here's a preview of one of the reasons we went oh, and as usual, pay close attention to the drummer, especially towards the end:

And here's a preview of the other reason:

Have a great rest of the week, y'all!


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Shoes On, Shoes Off

Is your house shoes on or shoes off indoors? I know there are people who think it's nuts but I have a shoes off inside house and I even have a little heart-shaped sign on the front door informing guests to, "Please remove shoes." Not that everyone pays attention to my little heart-shaped sign but it's there. In plain sight.

My house has been this way for about 30 years now. I'm not a strict enforcer. It's not like I tell people to take their shoes off if they don't. I also do not expect anyone to remove their shoes when I'm hosting an oyster roast or shower or birthday party and there are 20+ people in attendance. Yes, I'm all over the floors when everyone leaves with a good dose of thieves oil cleaner and the steamer but I don't freak out about shoes being worn inside the house. However, being the germaphobe I am, when people do remove their shoes while inside it calms my anxiety about that particular issue. No one in the family wears shoes in the house and they are the most frequent fliers so it works out ok.

I was a bit more insistent when there were babies crawling around on the floors and I really didn't give a hoot what anyone thought about it because the babies come first here. Always have, always will.

Admittedly, there are some whose shoes are probably cleaner than someone's bare feet around here but that's another story altogether. I considered buying a box of little slippers for people to change into but those things were ridiculously expensive so I took a hard pass on that idea (thanks anyway, Martha Stewart.) I don't even want to tell y'all the bacteria that was found on the bottom of shoes by a professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona but I will---
fecal bacteria (pet waste and splashes from public restroom floors) and E. coli. Those are two types of bacteria I do not care to have on my floors if I can avoid it which I feel I can by being a shoes off indoors person.
This professor also said shoes pick up mold and pollen and with the allergies we have in this family, it's best to keep our shoe wearing outside. 

I do realize there are little organisms on our socks and bare feet as well but not nearly as many as attach to and frolic around on our shoes. And I do believe things can get out of hand when we try to keep our houses sterile which I do not do. But I think keeping the bacterial partiers down to a manageable number or not purposefully increasing their numbers is not a bad thing. It's not like I wrapped the kiddos up in bubbles. And yes, we've had cats and dogs the whole time but my head tells me they don't spread as much nasty as our shoes do and no, it's not science-based it's I'm-keeping-my-dog-and-I'm-taking-my-shoes-off-anyway-so-shut-up based. 😂

It probably helps that it's either hot or super warm most of the year down here in the low-country of SC so we basically kick our shoes off to cool our feet anyway. And there is no carpet in my house so those little icky things can't fester as much. Except when people step on the area rugs. Sigh.

I could be wrong but the bottom line is this, I'm not a shoe person and I prefer dirt to remain outside as much as possible. I'm not anal about the shoes off/shoes on (except with my family) so I won't make you remove your shoes if you come for a visit but I'll appreciate it if you do and I most certainly will leave mine on or take them off according to your preference in your home.

So, tell me friends, what's your take on wearing shoes indoors? Is your home shoes on or shoes off?


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Seizing the Medley

Can y'all even believe January is almost over? I thought the month was going nice and slow but here we are at the end and BOOM! January is gone. I know some of you will be glad of this but, since we've had hardly any winter weather, I am not happy to see a winter month go away. The good news is we have a fun way to keep our spirits up!

Here's the medley of questions Terri gave us this week to answer. Won't you come and join us this week?

1.  Well, I do love croissants when they are fresh, but day-old croissants need to be turned into a donut.  I happen to really like the croissants that have a donut-like glaze on them!  Sugar overload but so good.  So... do you like croissants?  What is your favorite way to eat them? I like croissants but I rarely eat them because I just don't think about them unless I see them in a bakery or the bakery area of Whole Foods. I've had them with chicken salad and I liked how light it was allowing the flavors of the chicken salad to be prominent and I've had them with butter which was delicious, too.  
2.  Speaking of food... How do you handle stress? Most of the time I go into a mood which is almost always followed up by a bit of a tizzy and it is always good to run for your lives if you know I'm stressed. 
3.  Out of the negative emotions of greed, anger, jealousy, and hate, which one would you say affects you the most? Anger but not as much as it used to when I was younger. Nowadays, I have a more healthy, very controlled anger that stirs over more things such as injustice though I will say if it's something I am quite passionate about my tone might get raised and sharp... Back in the day, my anger was more akin to not getting my way. If I don't get my way now I just take it instead of getting angry about it. Bah! 
4.  Out of the positive emotions of compassion, positivity, enthusiasm, and initiative, which one is your biggest strength? Compassion without a doubt. No, enthusiasm. Wait, I am good at taking the initiative. And I am working on increasing my positivity. Hang on...I asked the lovelies and got back compassion and initiative; compassion and initiative; enthusiasm and initiative; enthusiasm; but it seems initiative was included in 3 of the 4 so, let's go with initiative. Although, they probably mean bossy. Or control freak. Bahahaha! 
5.  What do you get every time you go grocery shopping, other than the staples such as bread, milk, butter, flour, sugar... Fresh fruit and the type changes depending on my current fruit mood which, right now, is cherries. 
6.  Please tell us something random about your week so far. The weather has finally won. I am sick. I knew this crazy hotcoldhotcold was going to knock me down because of my allergies and it happened Monday night. I have a bad case of hayfever. UGH. How do I look at it in a positive way? I have medicine to take, hot tea with lemon, honey, and brandy to drink, a warm house to rest in... Oh, and it's not -45 like it is in Minnesota because let's be real, there is such a thing as TOO cold! hahaha! 
Have a wonderful rest of the week, y'all!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Pie, Art, and the Medley

Hey, Y'all! It's Wednesday again and time for the Medley! If you're looking for some fun and friends, you'll get both by joining in! 



National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd. (Not to be confused with March 14 which is PI π Day.) 
National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the pie.  It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies.  Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!
The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.

1.  Okay, fess up.  Tell us your top three favorite pies, please. Lemon, cherry, and custard are my top 3 favorite pies.  Will you have some pie today? Since I'm trying to cut the sugar (yes, AGAIN) that would be a hard NO. 
2.  While we are talking about food... are you a picky eater or are you ready to try almost any new food?  Pretty darn picky. I have an extremely bland palate and I don't care for 'fancy' or weird food. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten? Liver. N.A.S.T.Y. stuff. My dad thought he'd be really cute and hide some in my potatoes when I was about 4 and I threw up. Turns out I'm allergic and that was that on the liver issue. 
3.  Baking could be considered an art as could cooking.  How do you define art? Art is beauty created by someone unique who isn't restricted by any box such as painter, musician, crafter, etc. My grandmother created art in the kitchen. My mother created art using sewing. My daughters create art in many different ways. Art should never be restricted by a label. 
4.  Tell us a really stupid joke that made you laugh, please. I can never think of these when prompted but this is funny and reminds me of my brother and SIL-- 

And I laughed at this one but it's more realistic than stupid:

5.  January 23rd is also National Handwriting Day. Do you have nice handwriting? Yes, when I am not in a hurry and my fingers don't ache. Did cursive writing come naturally or did you practice in those double-lined practice books until your fingers hurt? I don't recall ever using those practice books. As a matter of fact, I don't recall ever seeing one until my girls were in first grade. Our teacher wrote the letters on the board and we copied what she wrote. Yep, it was as simple as that. 

6.  Tell us something random about your week. We had one whole day of winter temperatures! Y'all, this winter is not helping my allergies or breathing at all. It has been predicted that we have a string of colder days coming where we won't make it out of the 50s but COME ON! Not that I want the sub zero stuff my Wisconsin friends get because let's face it, there IS such a thing as TOO cold but winter weather temps and a dash of snow would be appreciated. This guy disagrees with me and stays under the covers when the temps are cold--

Have a terrific rest of the week, Y'all!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing Except the Medley

Back again! And yes, it's exciting because I didn't forget and this is like the second or third time I've not forgotten so, YAY! 

Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!! National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. This day has been observed annually since 1973. Of course, the way to celebrate it is to do nothing! I'll have time to do nothing when I need to use one of those things called by the same as Harold's last name...a coffin. hahahaha! Sorry, I just couldn't resist even though he had nothing to do with coffins which makes us connected as I don't want anything to do with them either. Ha!

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!! That would be the beginning of high school and it was awful so I'll just pass. 

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite past time was as a child. My favorite pastime as a child always seemed to involve a book whether sitting at the library where my dad's mother was the librarian or sitting in the magnolia tree in our backyard. Books were filled with all sorts of adventures and people and all of it was fascinating to me. 

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day? The best way to cheer me up on a bad day is to NOT try and cheer me up. Trying to cheer me up simply fuels the fire. It's best to leave me alone and allow me time to cheer myself. How do I cheer myself up? That depends on how bad the day is. It could be a good talking to to myself, it could be music, it could be walking Tucker, or any number of other ways. That being said, there are two reasons I cheer up automatically and here they are:

4.  How old were you when you first started dating? Around 15, I think. Do you remember your first date? I do not. But I do remember my first meaningful date in college. 

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons? They are far from my favorites but I don't hate them. 

6.  Tell us something random about your week. We've been a bit sad around here since last Thursday when we said goodbye to AthleticTrainerDaughter and Lula Mae's pup and then had to endure his birthday on Monday. Losing a pet is so hard. 

On a much happier note, someone started soccer this week though I have no idea how she's old enough. Time flies, y'all. 

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