When we bought our house two years ago (I can’t believe it’s already been that long), we bought it as an estate sale. The previous owners had built it and lived in it for most of their lives. (Built in 1949.) So in their later years, before they both passed, they let the gardening go by the wayside. The yard was kept up but the gardens slowly grew over with grass. We decided this was the year we’d dig them out and I would try my hand at gardening. Something I haven’t done since I was a kid.
We weeded, planted, mulched and fenced our little hearts out and I thought I would share the results:
What are you planting this year? What is your favorite thing about gardening??
I’m 100% certain that that title is a lie, but I couldn’t think of anything else.
Last autumn, I decided that my new hobby would be wood working. I’m not even sure that that’s the proper term for it, I want to make stuff with wood! Starting with pallet wood until I get better. However, I decided this right before cold weather hit and you were not about to find me out in the garage in the cold.
Spring forward to my birthday in which my dad bought me a Sawsall and a Skilsaw, and instead of pallet wood we bought a 10 foot piece of birch to fiddle with.
My grandfather LOVED building furniture and was good at it. I have several of his pieces to this day. He taught my dad a lot of the trade but it’s not my dad’s passion. My dad however, is super excited to pass on their knowledge to me and I’m happy to absorb it. Hopefully, it becomes my new hobby because people keep giving me power tools left and right.
Here’s my first project with my dad. It’s a couch arm cover. It functions both as a place to set drinks and other things, and protection for the couch from Ozzy standing on one arm to stare out of the living room window at people walking by. It’s nothing fancy but I did learn some cool tricks to hide screws.
What do you think of my first attempt at building something?
Hi friends! Tomorrow is my 32nd birthday, and as such, I’ll probably be MIA for the weekend. My dad and uncle are coming to town to celebrate and I just want a weekend of fun and shenanigans.
My coworkers threw a lovely little party for me yesterday at work since I took the time off. They got me an Instant Pot (Woooo! Time to try a million new recipes!!), a giant bottle of my favorite tequila, and a gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond since they know there are a million things I want to buy for the house.
My husband couldn’t wait until my birthday and gave me a present. A custom made Harry Potter purse with little secret pockets inside. It’s really cute.
I just have to get through today at work, then it’s a margarita fueled weekend for this girl!
P.S. Don’t be depressed about entering your thirties, they’re seriously the best.
Why yes, I have decided that these little coffee chats may become a semi-regular thing as I enjoy them. Just a little time to ramble on about life or whatever topic seems to be on my mind on an early Sunday morning, sipping the world’s best beverage.
Yesterday was a beautiful 67 degrees here. I had to work half the day but when I came home we promptly got to work on spring clean up. We have several probably 100+ year old maple trees in our yard and they always drop their leaves at the end of the season. Let me tell you, there were a metric butt ton of leaves. (Between fall and spring, we’ve raked about 50-55 bags of leaves.) Add in all the rain last fall and we were not able to get everything up by the last leaf pick up of the year. So, that meant a messy yard when the snow melted.
The dogs had an intense game of ball and then hung out on the patio while we worked in the yard. The fresh spring day had everyone feeling lovely.
I was so happy in fact, that I picked up a house plant for the first time in about 10 years.
There were signs of green life springing up all over the yard and it just made me want to go out and buy MORE plants/trees/bushes.
I’m ready for all of this. The cold and gray was really putting a funk on my life. One day of sunshine and I was ready to live outside.
What are your Spring plans? Looking forward to planting anything special?
After about a year of exploring podcasts, there has been a clear winner, at least for me.
Last Podcast on the Left covers all the bases. Serial killers, true crime, UFOs, paranormal and cryptozoology. They mix facts with humor, sometimes making the very dark subject matter more easy to digest. They’ve become a household name….in this house. My husband has listened to every single episode as I’ve been slowing working through everything new they put out and catching up on the old stuff too.
So when they announced a live tour, with the nearest stop to Michigan being Cleveland, we bought tickets immediately. It was worth every penny and we’ll go see them anytime they come that close. It was my first comedy show and I laughed a LOT. (This is important as every time I’ve watched a comedian do stand up on TV, I maybe laugh out loud once….if they’re good.)
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, this podcast probably isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like swearing and dark subjects, stay away. Some people have accused them of being into murder porn because they really hit the details in every case, but as they’ve recently pointed out, thanks to the new Bundy tapes documentary on Netflix, the reason why they do is to show just what horrific monsters these people are/were. You may think, they’re serial killers of course they’re terrible, who would think otherwise? The answer: too many fucking people. For example, Netflix had to come out and tell people to stop romanticizing Ted Bundy (something that was an issue during his actual trial as well), but this was partially their fault. No where in the entire documentary did they say anything about his murders other than he committed them. They didn’t mention the rape, or the necrophilia. So I digress back to Last Podcast, they’re going to give you every single detail so you know exactly what kind of monster you’re hearing about.
The live show was much more light-hearted and fun. They talked about murder conspiracies, UFOs, and cryptids. The tour will run across the globe for most of the year and then they’ll probably do a recording available to purchase at the end of the year (like they did this past December) and next year, a new tour with new subjects.
If this all sounds up your alley, I highly recommend giving them a try.
Morning chaps! I was sitting, sipping my coffee and thought, I should have a discussion with my blog peeps. (The kids still say ‘peeps’ right?) I’ve been slow in my reading, having left the book I’m currently working on at work over the past weekend, so I felt the desire to be chatty.
Many moons ago, I attempted to write a book, a YA post apocalyptic novel. I made it decently far in the process, but my grandfather (my inspiration to try to write) passed away and with the depression that followed, I stopped. I didn’t feel the urge to try again until the last couple of months. It’s no longer the same book, but I’m trying again.
I’m struggling more than I was the first time, but I’m being much more critical of myself this go around. I recently instated a new house rule, Wednesday nights and Saturdays I must work on the book for one hour minimum. If I keep going past that, excellent, but I was having a hard time finding the time to write. Inspiration isn’t so hard, especially after Ignited Moth and I have a writing meeting. (Yeah, we’ve formed our own cool little writers group.)
So my question is this, what writing tips (or encouraging tips in general) do you have to help someone along in the process? What have you struggled with yourself?
Morning folks! Just your friendly neighborhood C&M in a funk. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it largely has to do with being SO fucking sick of winter. I’m ready for some sunshine and to get my hands in the Earth, play with the dogs in the yard, maybe do some hiking and just enjoy it NOT getting dark at 6 pm.
This mood has bled into my reading. Since I’m a mood reader, if I read anything while not in the mood for that genre, you can pretty much bet I’m not going to like it. But then at the same time, I feel really weird not reading anything. So, my strategy to try to beat my funk, was to select a random book NOT on my TBR list and just give it a wing. I choose Chasing Graves. I am enjoying it, so hopefully it will turn this funk around soon.
I had a temporary reprieve from my funk when Miss Moth came and stayed the night this past Saturday. We had our lovely book club meeting, in which we tried the Impossible Burger crumbles currently being tested at Qdoba, and chatted about cannibalism over lunch. One of the many reasons I love our book club.
I’ll tell you where I’m currently NOT in a funk (for once). Writing. I decided to give trying to write another book a go. I started years ago but ultimately, dropped it when my grandfather passed away. I guess it just wasn’t the same without him cheering me on.
Woooooo! I did not mean to take a little mini blog vacation there. I’m still slowly chugging along on The Indifferent Stars Above and need to review my reread of Harry Potter BUT my dad is coming to town. Which means, lots of cleaning. That makes my house sound like a filthy mess but I assure you that’s not the case. Parents just have a way of finding that ONE thing you missed and pointing it out. I don’t think my dad does it on purpose, it’s almost always when discussing ways to renovate the house that something I missed pops up and frankly, I like a clean house when any guest comes to town. I like them to feel comfortable, at home and well fed, all thanks to my grandmother. She set the bar for hosting people and it is high.
As usual, it also coincides with a warm front making the yard a hot mess. Mud, mud everywhere. Especially on puppy paws every time they go out to do their business. So I clean, and I clean up again and curse the yard, several times a day.
I’m also willing to bet that my dad shows up sooner than expected. He gets excited and then shows up hours to days before planned.
Anywho, I should be back to my regularly scheduled activity soon but I’m going to soak up the father/daughter time because I don’t get enough of it with him living almost 4 hours away.
After a year of shenanigans on Instagram. I’ve had some fun and learned some things. One of which is that, if you’re a bookworm, it’s the place for you. Not only are there plenty of bookstagrammers to follow and ogle their pretty books, but it’s a great place to interact with your favorite authors as well. Recently, Brian McClellan, author of the Powder Mage trilogy, requested bookstagrammers to read his new UF series and give feedback and I was lucky enough that he said yes to my request. This gave me the idea for this post, link a few authors and why their IG accounts are fun to follow.
Brandon Sanderson – regularly signs his books in random bookstores in airports and then lets you know where you can find them.
Kevin Hearne – travels a lot, posts interesting food and cocktail drinks. Shares his fondness for whiskey.
Brian McClellan – besides ARC offers, he posts his cat and dogs, and his cooking.
Delilah S. Dawson – she gets up to a lot of shenanigans. Conventions, pets, Star Wars and her friendship with homie Kevin Hearne.
Chuck Wendig – posts a lot of beautiful outdoor pictures from his daily runs.
Who are some of your favorite authors to follow on IG?
I was nominated for this award by Extra Life and what good timing! I recently thought to myself that I really suck at doing and keeping up on tags and that I would change that this year. I’ve also decided not to be lazy and actually tag people to do them so watch out motha fuckas! I’m about to annoy your pants off. I’m married to a gamer but I do not consider myself a gamer, so this should prove difficult.
In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?
Oooo, I cannot answer this one as I don’t recall ever sitting down and reading a single manga. I’m very picky about anime as well but I have watched and enjoyed; Inuyasha, Desert Punk and Fullmetal Alchemist.
What game do you feel has the best soundtrack?
Final Fantasy VII
If you could revive a dead video game series, which one would you choose?
Fuck if I know….every game I can think of that I enjoy they’ve either remastered or have continued making games.
What game/film/album/book did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?
Quite a few of the true crime books I recently added to my TBR list seem to be no longer in production. Some don’t even have ebooks available. Now I can’t think of the name of them. I’m really good at tags.
Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theater?
I haaaate it when people talk during a movie, so my preference is at home where it’s acceptable to tell someone to shut the fuck up if they’re talking.
In what cases do you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?
The first thing that comes to mind is 50 Shades of Gray. I actually have no idea what the critics said about the books or the films but I hate the fandom surrounding it.
In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?
Eh, you’re killing me with these questions. I really never pay attention to critics and I only listen to other people I know and respect about their opinions.
Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?
World of Warcraft. I played for about 7 years and I still keep up about the going ons every once in awhile but it’s been about 3 years since I played the game at all.
In what ways do you feel that video game critics are ahead of their film-loving counterparts?
In the film, everything is diluted down to fit a small time slot, where as books and games delve much deeper into the worlds. SO I would be willing to argue that video game critics are much more knowledgeable (and therefore more trustworthy) than film critics.
How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?
Too much hype tends to leave me feeling disappointed. I find when I go into something with zero expectations, my experience is much more authentic and therefore, more enjoyable.
If you could eat only one food dish for the rest of your life, what
would it be?
Someone purposefully damages a book/game in front of you, how do you
What is your spirit animal?
If you could force your arch nemesis to only play one video game for
the rest of their life, what would it be?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Zap! You’ve just been teleported to your favorite fantasy realm,
what is it?
If you had to die by shark, bear or lion, what would it be?
What book/game series would you drop ANY amount of money on?
If you could have any tattoo, from the best artist, without worrying
about cost, what would it be?
10. How did I do with these questions?
My nominees: (I have zero expectations for anyone else to follow through just because I decided to start actually tagging people.)