A Spring Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. Is there any 'spring cleaning' on your to-do list? What's your most dreaded task? 

Last year we landscaped and made improvements to the backyard and just let the front go, so this year the front will get some "spring cleaning." I don't feel it is a dreaded task though. It's fun to get my hands dirty. 

2. What's something many people seem to love, but to you feels like 'watching the grass grow'? 

Watching golf on TV? 

3. Mint grows in abundance during the spring season. Are you a fan? What's your favorite food with a 'minty' flavor? 

Only a fan of Thin Mints. Occasionally Mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

4. It's been said, 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I agree if it is my immediate family. 

For others, it could turn into "Out of sight - Out of Mind." 

Like old friends - or cousins from other states. I'm done trying to reach out - but boy when they want to come to California, all of a sudden they want to be friends. 

People enter our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

I believe this. Why make something when it wasn't meant to be any more than what it is? 

5. Are there any festive spring events in your city or town? If so, will you take advantage of them? 

Yes, my town has many spring events that I look forward to. Jazz concert this Friday night at the college - Kool April Nites, The Redding Rodeo - 

There are children's events and the Food Truck court starts happening and every Friday night they have live music. Then there is First Fridays - downtown. Another event for the Spring through Fall that is fun. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

All is well here. My youngest son bought a new car (a Jeep) that he is pleased with. We went over Saturday to see it. Nice. 

We're starting to discuss what we will be doing to the front yard. A month ago, a portion of the picket fence fell - thankfully it is fine, just needs to be re-installed. But in doing that, my husband chopped down the Oleanders that my dad planted 25 years ago. I cherish privacy and I enjoy little nooks where I can sit and not be seen by the neighbors. Now I am exposed. So we have THAT to figure out. 

The weather has been gorgeous -  - The hot stuff comes in May/June. Perfect weather for me is 70-80 with low humidity. 

Speaking of low humidity - I can tell its back - every time I open the car door I get shocked. When I am in the store, and I go for the freezer section with doors, I get shocked. I guess it's old age but it really jars me - I've done everything I can to prevent it. It's just the way it is here. At least inside the house, we can use a humidifier; although I don't have one yet but am looking into it for the summer months. I can also use overhead sprinklers for the outside so we can enjoy it better without being baked half-alive. 

That's it for me. Short and sweet. 


My A-Z theme reveal

AtoZChallenge theme reveal 2024 #atozchallenge

Hey all - I had some time to jump on over here - I wouldn't want you all to forget about me. While I'm here I will plug the A-Z April Challenge. 

I posted my theme reveal here - 

Now for those who are curious and might be interested - it is fun. You post in April - Monday through Sat with Sundays off. The letter A would be posted on April 1, B on April 2 - and so on and so forth. But even better than that, are the neat new blogs you come across.  Good reads = new blog friends and acquaintances. 
The A-Z April prompts are good for me and my 70-year-old brain - plus I enjoy writing. 

This wasn't required - just for those of us who already had a theme and wanted to "reveal it". At last count, there were 66 blogs listed. 

Signing up for the theme reveal does not sign you up for the main April Blogging from A to Z Challenge-- that form will be available from March 25 until April 7. There are different categories of blogs - from Genealogy to Home Decorating, Travel, Personal, Book Reviews, Author writings, Mythology and Folklore, Children's stories, History, Humor, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Animals, Nature and Outdoors, Randon blogging and Miscellaneous. 

Last year 232 bloggers joined in this April challenge. 

Currently, I only have 4 posts scheduled.  Yikes, I'm running behind. But no biggie and definitely no stress or it wouldn't be fun or beneficial. No one is policing me and if I don't get a post out, I'm not going to sweat it. 

I'll be back over here once I have scheduled my April posts. Then I can relax. This was something I really wanted to do this year after putting it off for the last few years. I figured I was 70 and I'm going to do it! 

So, go check out the links - go over and read my theme reveal. And maybe you will decide to join up. 

While I have you all here - Some UPDATES

Nothing is going on. The weather has warmed up nicely but we're supposed to have some more rain next week. I hate to admit this but I'm starting to get sick of the rain. 
After so many years of drought, all we prayed and hoped for was RAIN. And honestly,

 I  am  Grateful - BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. 

Hope you all have a Happy St Patrick's Day -  

I caved in and bought a beautiful 5  lb piece of corned beef brisket at the butcher today. We were going to go to the American Legion for their $13 per person plate but I thought, I could spend $20 for a corned beef - cut it in half and freeze it and cook the other half that we can eat off and have sandwiches through the week. My husband really likes his corned beef sandwiches on Swedish rye!  

Take Care

Taking a SHORT Break

One of my past cats - Mr. Kitty Koo. I sure do miss him. 
A Maine Coon - he was huge and he was talkative. A real character; then again, aren't most cats? 


If you tried to read my post from yesterday - and the photos were not showing up...I don't know what the heck was going on. So I just deleted it. Blogger is messing with me again. It's frustrating. 

All is well here - The husband and I are feeling much better - we still get a little fatigued in the evening. I think we might have had a mild COVID simply because we were not able to taste anything and I still can't. I made some cookies yesterday and both my husband and I couldn't even smell them baking. Any birthday celebration will wait till I can taste food again. Just a waste of money, otherwise. 

This week will find me getting back into the swing of life again. 

Taking a short break 

AtoZChallenge theme reveal 2024 #atozchallenge

I won't be around too much posting this month of March here on this blog.  I will be at my other blog, getting the April posts written and set up for the A-Z Challenge. I am going through something - here on this blog. I'm bored. I'm bored writing the same old stuff so I need to just re-group within myself and work on a project. (the other blog) Heck, I bore myself when I am writing lately. I guess I need a short break and after the A-Z; get into a home improvement project. 

I'll still be reading your blogs - just not posting here for a week or so. 

Take Care


Live Fully

After sitting outside on the patio in the sun, for 2 hours this morning - we decided to take Laydee on a walk at this nature preserve near us. The husband has been under the weather with the nasty head cold he got from me. I'm on the mend with just an occasional need to cough. I figured the sunny day and a good walk would open up the pores and make us feel better - at the very least point us toward a better mood. 

Already into the walk, it became apparent, that it was quite windy with some good-sized gusts. It wasn't that cold - around 60 but those wind gusts just shoot right through me. My left ear started to bother me - and I wasn't wearing a hood or cap to cover my ears. The husband gave me his detachable hood which helped to protect my ear.  I didn't want to turn back. 

Not crowded at all -  just a bunch of us seniors there walking, young mommies with strollers and children. A few runners and dog walkers. A truly wonderful day. It's been so gloomy here and rainy. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny as well so we'll totally take advantage of it. 

This place is 128 acres and has a 6.7-acre lake. There are several creeks that after a rainy season, swell and just make a big old swampy wetland. The geese love it. 

I sat on a bench in the sun. It was nice. 

Plaques on some of the benches

Live Fully is a good goal on any day. 

I just noticed the power lines. Bummer. 

This watershed is nice with exposed trails winding through natural grass, blue oak, and valley oak. Benches and interpretive signs educating about vernal pools and oak woodlands are located throughout the trail system.

Came back home - had nachos for lunch and I laid down (without sleeping) and the husband took a nap. I do feel much better. My head seems clearer.
I put some chicken breasts in the crock pot for dinner - this morning with some chopped canned tomatoes, onions, green and red bell peppers - garlic, basil, and paprika (I hardly ever measure anything except when I bake) I'm starting to smell it and I approve!

Enjoy the rest of your day!