Friday, May 25, 2018

House Pictures!

I’m headed to Cleveland for a fun-filled weekend. Yeah, Cleveland. Don’t laugh.

Wednesday’s tour of the house went well. Sort of. They put the phone jack in the wrong place, but now we found out that we can’t transfer our phone number, the phone number we’ve had for 25 years, so I’m kind of pissed twice-over. Still don’t know what we’re going to do now. I don’t want to give up that number!

Anyway, here are the pictures I took on Wednesday.

Our shower. Got a seat and a window! Oh, and two shower heads.

The sun room. I'll be doing a lot of writing in this room.


Island in the kitchen.

We apparently got an upgrade in our stove. I'm not complaining!

Great room.

Stairs to the bonus bedroom

Bonus bedroom. That little door is the access to the furnace.

Our study. With French doors, even.

The front bedroom (which will be the TV room)

Front bedroom comes with a large walk-in closet!

Fan in the great room. I love how the switch on the wall
controls the fan speed!

Windows above the kitchen cabinets.

I really love the flooring!

Cathedral ceiling in the sun room.

Windows in the master bedroom.

Picture of our bathroom. Love the light coming in!

Nice ceiling in the foyer.

A killdeer has a nest in our backyard (she was very noisy!). 
Hope the chicks hatch before they grade the yard!

Some good luck with the fun car. The oil filter hadn’t been installed correctly, thus causing the oil to leak out of the car. Nice to know it wasn’t anything major (and we hadn’t driven it without oil to cause any damage). Still have this big stain on our driveway, though.

So… Got any plans for this weekend? We’ll be going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and maybe head on over to Put ’N Bay (provided the weather cooperates). Just looking to do some fun stuff with the family. In Cleveland. And no, I don’t plan on seeing the basketball game (as if there would be any tickets anyway). But we’ll be home in time to see Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Go Vegas!!!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I Hate Windows 10

Windows 10 did an update on my computer Monday night. Tuesday morning, my Excel no longer worked. I am not a happy camper.

I knew this day would eventually come, because software programs never last forever, do they. I have Excel 2003 and LOVE 2003 because it’s simple and I know where everything is (mostly). I downloaded LibreOffice, but not sure I like it. Might have to give it time. But if I want to keep updating my writing spreadsheet, I guess I better figure it out soon.

I hate WINDOWS 10! Why can’t they just leave the stupid program ALONE????

And no, I won’t switch to a Mac. I hate their keyboards. And I won’t go to a newer version of Excel. Too much on the screen. It would drive me bonkers.

To top it all off, our A/C is on the fritz (no wonder I’ve been so hot!), and the oil decided to leak out of the fun car yesterday and all over the garage and driveway. Can this week get any worse? Wait, don’t answer that.

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #19

Dates read: May 7-22
Title: The Red Lily
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Juliette Cross
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Vampire Blood #2
# of Pages: 248
Paper or plastic: Nook e-book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close...even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
    Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it's the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying...not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
My thoughts: Despite taking so long to read, I did enjoy this story. Too much going on in my life, I guess. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. If you prefer a historical feel to your paranormal romance, give this book a try, because this is certainly not a contemporary series.

So… How’s your week going? I’m hoping today’s tour of our new house will lift my spirits. They could certainly use some lifting.

Happy Reading!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Hot Flashes are the PITS

Every night at 10pm, I take Arimidex, a tiny pill that’s supposed to block estrogen so my breast cancer won’t come back. And every night around 10:30pm, I sweat like a cold glass of water in a warm room.

Hot flashes are the pits!

It’s gotten so that I have the a/c programmed to drop at 10:30 in the hopes our room is nice and cool by bedtime.

I mean, would you want to go to bed if you’re hot and sweaty?

I’m starting to think I should take that pill an hour earlier (and drop the temp earlier, too). And maybe I will. Staying up past 11pm is okay sometimes, but not all the time.

I’m thankful that’s about the only side affect I have with this pill. Well… that I know about so far (it’s possible I’m sleeping through the other affects!). But who knows what will happen as I continue to take it. And I’m supposed to take it for 5 years.

FIVE. YEARS. Ugh. I sure hope the estrogen is out of my system soon and the hot flashes go away. They really are annoying.

On Wednesday Hubby and I will get our tour of the new home. I can’t wait!! Hope to have lots of pictures to share on Friday.

So… How do you remember to take medication? I set the alarm on my iPhone. If not for that, I probably would forget most of the time. Or end up taking it just before bed and that wouldn’t work out so well. Sweating in bed is worse!

Happy Monday!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Pictures From My Trip

Weather turned out pretty nice during our last days in Santa Barbara. Still in the 60s, but the sun was out so it felt warmer. And I had gotten most of the work I had planned to do at my mom’s, so after Hubby finished with his work (he was working remote so he could go on this trip with me), we took a hike through the Goleta Butterfly Grove. Well…sort of. The trails through the grove itself are closed due to the deterioration of the eucalyptus trees (drought has been making them unstable), so we didn’t get to see any butterflies. But the trails to the beach were still open, so those are the ones we took.

I had never been there before. Heck, I didn’t even know the butterflies migrate to that grove every stinkin’ year! Maybe the next time I visit the area the trails will be open and we’ll be able to see more. Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took on our walk to the beach. It was quite a walk and I got my 10K steps in!
This is a map of the trail we took. Yellow from the parking lot, orange on the walk back. 

An example of what is happening with the trees in the grove.

This is the eucalyptus grove and where we walked from. 

This is where we were walking to. You can see the Channel Islands!

Yes, there are snakes in California. This was the second one we
encountered. It was twice as long as the first!

Reached the end of the trail to the shore. We were up pretty high.

A couple of flocks of pelicans flew by. I'm surprised I even got this shot.

UCSB is off to the left (we weren't far from the campus).

These wild flowers were growing everywhere. I thought they were pretty.

We had walked on the top part of the cliff coming to this spot.

I have to say, I got spoiled during my trip. Maybe it wasn’t warm-warm, but the cooler nights were sure comfortable sleeping in (and the sunny days were absolutely beautiful). When we came home, our house was warm and stuffy. I was a sweaty wreck trying to sleep. What happened to spring around here? I can’t even open the windows at night. It’s already getting humid. Ugh.

So…I was going to write more on this post, but Hubby and I are trying to get the DVR % down (cause we still have things to record), so I spent the evening watching TV. But I was also rooting for Tampa Bay to win last night, and they did! Yay! Tonight I’ll be rooting for Vegas. I’m hoping for a Vegas/Tampa Bay Stanley Cup final. Who are you hoping will win? Or are you completely out of it (or were never in it)?

Happy Friday!


Monday, May 14, 2018

More House Pics and Shouldn’t it be Warm in California?

Got some more house pictures on Friday. I then asked for one of our bathroom and got it! Yay! I also asked about our laundry room door (hoping I will be able to get the second fridge in there), but told them I couldn’t see anything from the outside window because it was covered in drywall. Yep, they forgot to cut a hole around the window. The foreman said that would be taken care of right away, but had to laugh because that rarely happens. Gee, I’m glad I said something now instead of waiting until our walk-through on the 23rd!

Here are the pics:

Siding is up in the front. Even have the shutters over the garage!

Counter tops are in, as is the microwave. 

This is the master bath. I know, not much to see, but it's better than nothing.
I’ve been spending most of my days at Mom’s indoors because I’m going through my dad’s office and bedroom. Still, even if I had wanted to go out and walk or something, it’s been kind of cold and dreary. So…no pictures. Not yet, anyway. I’m hoping to get out to the beach before we leave Wednesday morning. But first I have to finish going through stuff. Or should I say, throwing out stuff? Hmmm… Makes me think I really need to clean up when we move.

Oh, and go through my pictures and finally stick them in an album. You know, those pictures that were printed from film? I’ve got a box full of them, waiting for me to put them in albums. And I have the albums. There’s really no excuse.

My writing is still going decent, but my streak kind of died. I only managed to get 47 words on the day we flew out here. A valid excuse, but I had hoped I could write on the plane. I couldn’t.

But I am getting up early each day (guess I’m still sort of on Eastern time) and getting my writing done before everyone gets up. I’m so happy that’s working out.

So… Do you still have pictures from the film days laying around, waiting to be sorted and put in albums? I’m so glad they’re now digital. Sure makes sorting them so much easier! Of course, it’s not as fun to share them on the computer as it is going through albums. Or maybe that’s just me.

Happy Monday!