December 17, 2015


I haven't been feeling inspired lately. I haven't even posted my boring meal plans. But yes, still planning. I'm kind of mad at the weather for ruining Christmas because it doesn't feel like Christmas to me when it's 70 muggy degrees outside. And raining.  I don't need snow to make it feel more like Christmas but I definitely need to not have the air conditioning on!

I feel like a big old Grinch because of this (on the inside, at least).  It's even hard to think about baking because I don't want to turn the oven on!

So instead of dragging strangers down into my pity party, I'll leave you with this:  

I hope you take the time to really enjoy your family this holiday season and beyond. Listen to them, laugh with them - enjoy them - and take lots of pictures. I'm going to take my own advice.

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

See you in 2016!

December 9, 2015

My Trump View

Do you know why Trump's numbers keep climbing in the polls? Because Trump is saying out-loud what most American's are thinking but are afraid to say for fear of being labeled a racist. It's as simple as that.

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, right?  But our freedom and policies of accepting one & all have cost us dearly. Our schools are under performing, the poor are living on welfare and the number of homeless continues to grow. Our veterans are treated poorly and healthcare in this country is abysmal. Should we even discuss the cost of a college education?  But all of that, all of our problems we can't get a handle on, all of those things that never seem to change and continue to get worse, they don't count because we're too busy trying not to offend people and too busy arguing about gun control.

Gun sales are surging in this country for two reasons:

1.  Law-abiding citizens are concerned the right to bears arms is going to be taken away
2.  People are scared and they have no faith in our current government officials to do anything about it.

Trump is right, like it or not. There is something deeply disturbing that our Resident continues to allow ANYONE into this country with open arms. I don't care what color, race, or religion you hail from.  Unless we can properly investigate the you, sorry, you can't come here.  And if you've recently visited Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc and "disappeared" for 2-3 weeks?  You should be kicked out.  No one with good intentions purposefully goes to those countries unless you work for the UN or the Red Cross.

More harm has been done to our own Police than to ISIS in the past four years. What does that tell you?

We're in serious trouble.

December 8, 2015

They're Alive

It's been awhile since I shared a picture of the pups. As you can see, they are living the life.

Spoiled rotten, for sure.

Gunner is weighing in around 115lbs (and on a diet) and Kimber is about 60lbs. Her growth has slowed considerably. I expect her to put on another 10lbs or so as she transitions into adulthood but she won't be anywhere near as thick as Gunner.  She's a slender girl!

We had been feeding them twice a day but Kimber stopped eating most mornings and wasn't eating much at night either.  Then we weren't sure who was eating all of the food out of both bowls ... so we put an end to that when we realized Gunner was being a pig (thus the diet.)  He's a big boy and I don't need to increase his chances for hip issues as he ages (he's 3.5 now.)  I'm hoping to get him down to about 105lbs.  They've been on the 1x per day feeding schedule for about two weeks now and Kimber is now eating her bowl of food as soon as we put it down. Success!

December 4, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Weeks 21 and 22

Yep. Forgot to post again but never fear, meal planning is still happening.

Here was the meal plan for this past week:

Meal 1:  Copycat Chick-Fil-A

Meal 2:  Beef Noodle Bowl

Meal 3:  Hamburgers

Meal 4:  Leftovers/sandwiches

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And for next week:

Meal 1:  Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie

Meal 2:  Ravioli

Meal 3:  Pork Chops

Meal 4:  Leftovers/sandwiches

December 3, 2015

Christmas Time is Near

It's December already. Crazy, right?  

Thanksgiving was nice and easy and I enjoyed the down time at home. I did nothing interesting, since I live with people who are uninterested in going places.

The house is decorated and looking festive thanks to me. If it would stop raining every few days that would be nice because I'm tired of wet dogs and/or wet dog feet all the time.  I'd actually like a nice solid freezing of the ground ... that's my Christmas wish this year.

I did away with my normal lighted garland on the fireplace this year. I needed a change. The only negative is now I'll have to dust the mantle ...

The most surprising thing is happening:  Kimber is NOT bothering the trees or ornaments at all!  She's definitely a keeper.