Thursday, April 24, 2014


I've been thinking about people then they show up. That's cool.  Where was that ability last week when I was in someone 's home town?  ;)

Yesterday, I tried out my friend's elliptical and liked it. I told her I was going to save up for one of my own. Instead,  I found a good used one that folds up for storage when I'm not using it.

For some reason, I keep forgetting that I want to make Bryan's chili recipe. I bought half of the ingredients when I was grocery shopping today. How did I manage to forget the other half?  That amuses me which is why it counts as a Good Thing.

Someone gave me something very interesting and different to mull over. It is an opposite that could take some time to be viable, and I have several factors to consider but it was good to know that person thought of me.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


One good thing about the week away from my job and household chores was the way my elbow healed. We weren't sure if it could get better. Now that I'm home and back into my routine, it's giving me trouble again but we have a plan, part of which involves me doing as little as possible with my left arm. That's doable.

We bad a great writer's meeting today. I've spent the better part of the evening hunting down all my notes on the horror story so that I can begin edits tomorrow. The middle is missing. I know I've put it somewhere safe. Burglars couldn't find it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


One good thing about being home is not only sleeping in my own bed, but waking up with Milo snuggled up against my side.  After breakfast,  Ky and I walked 4km and checked on the swans down the road. Then we came home and let the birds out to play. I didn't realize how much I missed Yoda and Kiki.  Even though she's not tame, she does like my company.

Going back to work was actually pretty good. So many new books needing me to make them available to patrons. It was satisfying.

We're back in our routine. It doesn't suck.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Home sweet good stuff

Ack.  Our vacation is over.  Ky is lying in his bed, exhausted. He slept all the way home but it is tough being a disinterested travel companion. He only woke up at the border to smile at the guard then curled back up until we pulled into the driveway.

The drive was fairly uneventful. I had a nasty collision with the nozzle holster at the gas station but the price was still low enough that the bruise was confined to my leg instead of hitting my wallet as well. 

The morning was full of sun, fresh picked veggies for a small salad and a few conversations.  Before we set out for home, we did have a good walk around the College Town in which we stayed last night.  There were several libraries.  The public library had an alley of book themed murals. The college library was built in the early 1800s. I didn't take many pictures today. I was just enjoying the bright sunshine, floral-scented air and Ky's calm demeanor.

Why are toll roads the ones with the most potholes?  Isn't that the point of paying tolls, to keep the roads in good condition?  We drove through plenty of construction sites but saw very few workers. Yesterday, we saw one lonely guy setting up cones on the median. 

I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. I hope Milo doesn't spend the night yelling at me for leaving him behind while I took Ky on vacation. That cat is never satisfied. That's most likely because he's a cat. I understand contrariness is part of their nature.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Traveling good things

Ky and I stopped in northern Indiana to have with a good friend.  We'd never met in person but she was exactly like her writing voice suggested. What a treat.

Then we made out way to another friend in Ohio. She lives in a college town. Her neighbour downstairs is serenading us with his piano.  It's soothing.

Tomorrow we head home after lunch.  I wonder if we'll see any more sheep or mules. Nothing will beat the guy who took the mullet to a whole new level. Brush cut on top, waist length blond hair at the back. Incredible.

We've enjoyed ourselves but it will be nice to be home in our own beds tomorrow night. I'll miss the piano, though

Saturday, April 19, 2014


One good thing about dropping half a pot of potatoes is the creative solution we devised for sides. Asian panko chicken with pears, blackberries and potatoes,  corn and chili. Of course, chocolate for dessert was the perfect finish. It was a dinner that went through many changes until we settled on those combinations.

We watched the History channel's Vikings episode from this week followed by the first episode of Game of Thrones. I might be inciting riots with this one but they don't compare. GoT didn't really grab my interest.

Ky and I walked 5k this morning through woods, along roads and a quick splash in the river.  Thankfully,  we both passed tick check.

Tonight is the end of his vacation. He taught Rennie a few things about being a dog, an Australian Shepherd in particular. These humans are benevolent rulers.

Good times. More planned for tomorrow.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday things

We went for a walk along a river. There was plenty of wildlife including an otter or beaver(too far away to tell) swimming into its den. On top of the logjam was a goose sitting on her nest. She stretched her neck so that her head was a straight line out from her body. That made her blend in with the nest. It worked.  The only one Ky noticed was the mallard swimming and honking away from us.

Lots of good conversations, a trip to the vet, dogs racing around the yard lime they were qualifying for the 500, excellent chocolate and Mary Poppins. We laughed so hard I thought I was going to pass out.

All in all,  a good day