51. Appreciate your siblings, especially if you get along with them.

52. Friends are the family you select!

Those are two that should have been included in my previous blog about turning 50 and the things I’ve learned.

That said?


Work has been a whirl-wind and after every week? I spend time in the shade (and sometimes the sun) with my Kindle. I read. A. LOT! As in, I can knock out 3-4 novels per weekend, either hanging in the hammock or chilling in a chair in the shade.

I love to read. Ever since I was a kid with a bedside lamp, I would read when I couldn’t sleep. Laura Ingalls and Betsy, Tacy and Tib were some of my literary besties when I was growing up. Then I got into Judy Blume. I loved all of her tween books, as well as her adult-related novels later in life.

In the past weeks I have discovered the likes of Skye Warren, A. Armitage, Ninie Hammon, Andrew Kaufman, Casey Hill, and many more.

Summer is my reading time; my time to spend outdoors, trying to center myself and live someone else’s wonderful fictional ideas.

I watch little T.V. and spend my time outside. I get some odd looks from people at work when they ask me if I caught thus-and-such on the tube last week and I tell them I’ve not watched much T.V. Fall, winter, and early spring are what HULU and Netflix were made for.

Those of you that are readers and have a Kindle or grab Kindle e-books on the regular? I would highly recommend Kindle Unlimited. For a low monthly fee, (which I won’t quote because I am too damned lazy to go look it up, but it’s under ten US dollars) you can pick from hundreds (maybe thousands) of titles. You can have ten books out at a time, and at 3-4 novels per weekend at roughly four dollars per book, I figure I must be saving money; I’m reading roughly $16.00 worth of books per weekend times four, so do the math. I won’t, because it’s summer and I’m a lazy something or other.

Aside from reading, I’ve blown up my tablet and my cell phone is acting stupid, so I’ve been more unplugged than I am used to and finding that I actually LIKE IT.

I’m writing this from my laptop, which is hard wired to the outside outlet, whilst sitting on the deck this evening. I really had to force myself to bring the laptop out because I needed to see how to turn my wisteria vine into a small tree. Figuring I had a little time on my hands, I wanted to write this to let my blogging friends (Rob, Janie, Skwarl, Ode to Joy, and others) know that I’m still alive. I’m here, but I am lazy as hell.

In other news…The gazebo/structure that we’d hoped to have completed by my birthday has proven to be a lot larger project than we anticipated…

Maybe we'll finish it in our lifetime, LOL...

Maybe we’ll finish it in our lifetime, LOL…

We have the rafters up, and need to put some more 1×4 cross supports up prior to installing the metal roof (help!?) and wiring for ceiling fan and laying down a tinted concrete floor. I miss my tent, which is now covering the work area on the side of the studio housing the miter saw and any extra lumber.

We’ve had quite the little heat wave and it’s done a number on our garden, except for our cantaloupe, which is amazingly sweet and wonderful.

Yet, again, this year, our squash didn’t do as well as we’d hoped, I went light on jalapeno peppers, and the tomatoes are starting to turn red, finally.

I’ve also really found myself getting into infused water, which I will blog about in a future post, as I’m collecting recipes that I try and like and will share them with you. Currently, my favorite is cucumber lemon, and I’ve really acquired a taste for the cucumber. I’ve also done lemon, mint and blueberry, as well as a cilantro citrus, and a killer jalapeno mix, so stay tuned.

I’ve also been crocheting my butt off to get Mattix’s little granny square afghan done (and I’ll show you a picture in an upcoming post, as it isn’t quite done, yet) so that he will have something soft and warm to snuggle under this fall/winter.

All that said, it’s all I’ve got for you, tonight. 🙂

Until next time…

4/20 Wrap-Up

Is it just me, or has this week been more than a little surreal?

Wow…This month is flying by like nobody’s business!

So what have we done since our last wrap-up?

The first blog-worthy tidbit was the 3rd Annual Pig in the Park, to which I was invited to go out and photograph for my new contractee (is that what I would call the people who have contracted my studio to go on location to photograph for them?), a local media outlet who has recently put out a web site of FREE online, local news, as opposed to the  site that you must subscribe to the print edition of their news to read the online edition.  I don’t need a bunch of paper to get my news online, you know?  At any rate, after 5 hours, lots of calories and DNG’s (digital negative files), my assistant and I came back to the studio, exhausted, but in a good way. She grabbed her gear, transferred it to her car, hit the road and raced home to start working on her images.

Update on my copy of Jenny Lawson’s book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” As I mentioned the other day, I had pre-ordered a copy of the actual-hold-it-in-your-hands book. I am an e-reader junkie, having both a Nook and an iPad with Kindle software installed on it (best of both worlds, baby), but I also got an autographed book-plate for the actual hard cover, so that was pretty hard for me to pass up. I Tweeted about this and it turns out that ‘most everyone I know that pre-ordered the book had theirs already. Huh? But…but…I pre-ordered!  Doesn’t that count for something? So when the hubs called me at the day job yesterday, I thought he was calling to tell me my book had come in, because after all, I had the shipping notification sent to me in email when it finally hit the road to come to me. Well, no, that’s not why he called, so I told him to call me if my book came in. He knew I was a little antsy after ODNT was kind enough to vogue with HER copy all over Twitter the night before and I was feeling more than a little jealous. He called twice yesterday – and not about my MIA book. 😦 I still hadn’t received it by early afternoon today, so I went to my bookseller’s site, logged on and checked its status. As of 1:00 p.m. my book was sitting somewhere out there in Mesquite, Texas. It left Sparks, Nevada, ended up in San Pablo, California, and then over to Mesquite, and it is scheduled to arrive here, on my humble door step, on Monday. I imagine it will spend the weekend with its traveling companions in some warehouse in Greensboro, NC.  When Jenny tweeted a picture of her book on display at the airport, I was incensed! I bet the airport didn’t pre-order her book. *humph* Lesson learned? I am really impatient. Who knew? Ok, peanut gallery, I heard that…shhhhhh!

Because I had no Bloggess book to read, I needed to find something to help me unwind a little, so downloaded a couple of e-books by a new-to-me author, Shaunna Rodriguez, and I am about halfway through ”Her Obsession” and was doing well to put my tablet down to go to dinner this evening. CC is something else. 🙂 I stumbled upon Shaunna’s e-books via another author I follow on Twitter, and I spent one weekend (Easter, I believe it was) downloading samples of their e-books. One of these days I will have to create my e-book “must-read” list to share with y’all. My taste in books is as eclectic and varied as my taste in music.

See what happens with a camera and a long checkout line? I thought of you all, and knew a photoshopped “d” would fit the bill for an occasion like today.

So it is April 20. The stoner holiday. Hitler’s birthday. The date Columbine went down. Yes, 4/20 means something to most everyone, I assume. Ok, if you are good about remembering dates, LOL…

However, while 4/20 is notorious for all kinds of things, one major thing stands out in my mind, and that is the 4/20 that went down in 1985. That is when #1 Son was born, and I still cannot believe he is 27 today. And it tickles me every year that the kid born on 4/20 has never smoked weed, LOL… 🙂

Happy birthday, CJ!  Love you, proud of you, and miss you! 🙂

Now, for all my LEO friends that might be reading this? I am not advocating the use of illegal substances, I am simply acknowledging the lifestyle choices of many…errr…a very few of my friends, maybe only one, but I wanted them…errr…him…no…her…to know that I was thinking of them on this very special day. 🙂 And I’m quite certain that the individual in question is only using it for medical reasons in a state that has legalized it. Yes, that’s it…that is my story and I’m sticking to it.  😉

In closing, we’re off to a wedding tomorrow, so I imagine this girl will have her hands full with DNG’s (remember what those are?  Who’s paying attention, LOL!) to post process from what I am certain will be an amazing event.

Oh, and before I head off to that bubble bath that I have been waiting for all day? I sprinkled that Sensa on my food today. Breakfast & lunch. Didn’t use it at dinner, as we went out to eat, and I didn’t want to get full that fast. It seems that the active whatever in that stuff messes with your brain in that it makes you think you are FULL. I know I was barely able to get through one waffle this morning, and it took me an hour to eat a sandwich favorite that normally would have been gobbled down in 5 minutes. And we won’t even talk about the 12 sunflower seeds I ate. Normally I will knock back an entire 2/$1.00 bag of sunflower seeds a day, but not today.  I’ll keep ya posted.

Till next time…and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook!