OMG! No! Just. NOOOO!!!

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No, no, no, no, no!!!!!!!

So. After a long day at the office, I walked outside and headed to the parking lot. It was fairly warm-ish, but I had been running around all day and I was sweaty and wilted and really just wanted to get in my car and drop the top for the short drive home.

I got to my car, and there they were. Spiders. Hundreds of them. On my car! My black convertible top was grey with cobwebs and I freaked out! If you know me, then you know how terrified I am of the 8-legged demons from hell.

I texted my husband. It went a little like this:

Me: Oh, Gawd! My car!

Me: Omg! My car is covered in ******* spiders!

Me: Omg omg omg omg

Me: ****!!!!!

Me: 😭

Him: 😳

Me: 😢 Omg! It’s hot and I want to come home!

Him: Jump in.

Me: But it’s wrapped up in webs!

Me: Omg!!!!

Him: 😂😂

Seiously? Omg! I unlocked the car via the remote. I stood there long enough that it re-locked itself. Omg, omg! I unlocked it again and threw myself, my husband’s dinner, my handbag and my bottle of LIFE WTR into the car and slammed the door. It was either that, or melt into a puddle on the pavement because hot flashes + running around all day + warmer weather = puddles.

I texted: I’m in!

His reply: They’ll blow off.

Seriously?

Maybe most of them did, but that one…the one that wanted to ride home with me? Nope. He kept hiding in the passenger side rear view while the ride was in motion. At the stop lights, that creepy thing would crawl out and stand on top, glaring at me. I’d accelerate and he would go back into hiding. The. Whole. Way. Home.

All I can say is thank goodness I didn’t leave the windows cracked. I’d probably still be out there.

 Spring Has Finally Sprung!

I love spring. I love almost everything about it. The only down side would be seasonal allergies, lol, but aside from that? What’s not to love?! Trees are turning green, pool water is turning blue, plants and shrubs are staring to bloom, and FINALLY a the weather is getting warm. Swimsuits and shorts are showing up on racks in stores all over the place.

Mah Peeps!

It is the season of my Peeps. I love Peeps. Of course, I also love Robin’s Eggs, which have the malted milk in the middle. Om, nom, nom!

The best, most wonderfully therapeutic thing for me, however, is that first ride home from work with the top down. It’s even better if it falls on a Monday after 8 hours of drama, lol.

I love my car!

Today was that day. I have one of these sweet little rides, shown at left. I bought her brand new with all of three miles on the odometer. Her name is Meg, which is short for Megumi. I will have had her for eight years this Memorial Day weekend. I traded my gas guzzling Suburban in when the boys decided that spending their summers in Nevada with their dad was way more cool than doing the local beach-thing with us.

The thermometer in my dash read 77 degrees when I started her in the parking lot at work this afternoon. The sun was out and I figured what the hell; I had an elastic hair band on my shifter, so I dubbed today the day. There is nothing better to me than the sun and wind in my face, radio playing my favorite songs all the way home!

Ordinarily I don’t blog from my tablet, but This afternoon I had to make the exception. Once I got home I was so relaxed that I went straight to the closet, ditched the work garb and put on shorts, a tee, and OMG, flip-flops. I am now sitting on the deck, listening to the birds talk to each other, and enjoying a bit of a breeze. There is a yellow finch on the bird feeder, and a red finch on a branch nearby. The pool pump is running after its first of the season algaecide and chlorine, taking it from a dark green fiberglass pond to what can almost pass for an actual swimming pool, haha.

Holy balls, y’all! I am so relaxed! Spring really is the season of rebirth, even for older people such as myself, lol…But as chill as I am right now, I do feel a slight twinge of guilt, thinking of my blogging buddy and brother from another mother, Rob, who writes The V-Pub, and also lives up north where they’ve had entirely too damned much snow this year, some more of which fell over the weekend. Sorry, Rob. ❤

What is your favorite thing about spring? I can’t wait to read about your favorite spring-things!

Until Next Time…

Weekend Update

Mamma Mockingbird feeding one of the babies…And and life goes on.

This weekend has been more than a little surreal for me.

The passing of my friend’s mother on Thursday evening had me switching gears by Friday morning. Instead of going through with the plans that I’d made for this weekend, I went into coordination mode; coordination of a collection to be taken up, coordination of who was bringing what food/plate/cups/drinks to the house, the creation of a memorial flier for my friend’s mother (I had done a few for co-workers that has passed away, and she really loves them, so I did one for her mom this weekend), and even the typing of the information for the funeral home via telephone given her computer had decided to take that time to run slowly and not allow her to create the document she really needed to have sent to the funeral home.  Somehow, between the lot of us, we got it all done, and with that I must say, Good-bye, Miss Minnie!  You were loved so much and will surely be missed by so many! Because one is the member of an extended family, it doesn’t make us any less family, and I could not have been more affected had this happened to one of my own blood relatives.

The passing of a member of our extended family has also caused me to stop and smell the roses, if you will.

These past few days have shown me that no matter what happens, family and friends stick together through the good times and the bad; the laughter and the tears; the tears that come from that hearty laughter when one of us says something so funny it just tickles the rest of us for days afterward.

I have also learned (or am in the process of learning), that life goes on, even when you feel as if it can’t possibly do so.

I am learning that if you work entirely too hard and don’t take the time to enjoy your family or enjoy the funny things in life, then why bother?

That said, I’m going to shift gears again and turn the mood in here around a little bit. Because, after all, it’s almost spring, which is a time of re-birth, emergence, and growth (hence the baby bird image that I shot a couple of years ago…what better way to illustrate the ongoing circle of life?

Remember my neighbors? The loud ones? Yes, I knew you did. The partying has come to all but a complete stop, there is no trash on the back deck blowing into my yard, however, there have been lots of comings and goings at most bizarre times of day. I hesitate to say it, for fear that I will jinx it, but I think the dude is moving out. I’m not a peeper by nature (that was my last neighbor’s job), but when you  have no blinds and leave the lights on all night long, one CAN see into your home. We are noticing that the wall decorations (and I use that term loosely, given the most notable was a pirate flag of some sort) are coming down, bags of “stuff” are leaving the home, and more than a few strange trucks have been pulling in and out. Because I am not a creepy-peepy kind of gal, I don’t really make a point of running to the window to see what’s going on, so I really couldn’t tell you what’s happening over there. But I live in hope!

I’m also hoping to say good-bye to unhealthy relationships with toxic people who have nothing better to do than to bring the people around them down. I am also going to say good-bye to my own feelings of not living up to standards I may have set too high for myself, or unrealistic goals I have put into place, because, honestly? Why set one’s self up for failure. Perhaps I should say that the goals have not changed, but the unrealistic deadlines have. After all, I hold three jobs, have a family, and run a household. All work and no play make Jules, quite honestly, a bitch…and you know what they say: “If mamma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.”

That said, I leave you with this video that cracks me up every time I see it. My friend, Crocus, reminded me of this late last week, and it really fits all of the crazy neighbors, negative feelings, toxic people, and haters in general.  I apologize for the commercial beforehand. Enjoy: