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Coffee & A Chat – Spring

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.

She’ll play ball until she drops.

I was so happy in fact, that I picked up a house plant for the first time in about 10 years.

I don’t exactly have a green thumb when it comes to house plants. Thus, I picked one that’s hard to kill.

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.

Berries before leaves.

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?

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Tornadoes

Let me preface this dream with the fact we had the tornado sirens go off last night and had to take cover.

In this edition of Bizarro Dreams, the tornado strikes my work by surprise. My coworker and I are almost sucked out of the doorway. Each of us runs into and takes cover in a different shop in the plaza. After the tornado passes, I run home (my house is right behind the store which is not accurate) and my house has been completely ripped apart and there are books and baking supplies scattered every where. I fight off people trying to take my books, all while trying to reach someone in my family to come help. Samus has been injured and needs a little first aid. We try to take cover in the one room in the house that still has walls with what we have recovered. I cannot reach anyone via phone.

When nothing else works, we walk off in search of help only to end up being hunted by pink alligators.

Thanks again brain.

Mud & Bleach

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.

Dear god, I heard this one far too often.


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.

Polar Vortex 2.0

Just ten short days ago, I was complaining about the -9 weather we were having here in Michigan. Today it’s -10 with a windchill making it feel more like -40. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, the county has shut down and even the US Postal Service has said, Fuck this. For some crazy reason my boss decided that the pharmacy should stay open, but a few of us got the day off because there is no way that many people are coming in. If they do, they’re bat shit crazy.

In this house, we’re curled up in the blankets on the couch, reading, snuggling and playing video games. (I beat Pokemon Let’s Go!) The husband monster is fully absorbed in Kingdom Hearts 3. Time to fill up on coffee and chai lattes to fuel lazy winter day activities.

Also, it’s Ignited Moth’s birthday today so make sure to pop on over to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday. She really is the bestest friend a girl could ask for.

Samus says, “Get back in the blankets!”

Polar Apocalypse

Okay, that’s a little dramatic but we did get 4-5 inches of snow and we woke up to it being 1 degree outside. The dogs were out for less than 3 minutes, they could barely pee, before they started lifting their paws and trying to lay down in the snow. So we’ve declared it, No Leaving the House Day.

It’s excellent timing as I’ve already been feeling restless. I’m ready to get outside and work on all the things but alas, that’s still going to be a couple of months.

That means today I’m going to try to occupy myself with lots of random things; try a new baking recipe, decide whether to continue the book I’m reading or not, laundry, pinning soup recipes and eyeballing Instant Pots. (My faithful crock pot has a massive crack in it.) There might even be an attempt at writing but we’ll see. My restlessness makes concentrating nearly impossible. Even as I write this, I drift off thinking of other things.

What do you do to combat cabin fever?

Here’s Ozzy looking all majestic in the snow:

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Michigan, You Kick ALL the Ass.

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I’m just here to state that I am rather proud of my state. We went blue, not only that, we passed three very important proposals.

1. WE LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

2. ENDED GERRYMANDERING.

3. MADE IT EASIER TO REGISTER TO VOTE.

The next couple of years are going to be incredibly interesting.

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Cabin Fever

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The cemetery disappeared in fog all day yesterday and I’ve been nursing a severe case of cabin fever the last couple of days. I had the day off Wednesday of work and I kind of just wondered around the shops in town. Most of the time I can handle being couped up in the house but after several months of it my brain just cannot handle much more. It happens every year. It’s just part of life living in Michigan I suppose. (Or anywhere with heavy winters.)

I’ve been slowly working my way through the first book in the Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. I’m enjoying it but my brain isn’t letting me read it for any extended period of time with it’s current state of cabin fever eating the fun out of everything. My husband even bought me this great new reading lamp for V-Day and I can only sit still for an hour.

Next week is something to look forward to. Not only is it meeting time for book club, I’ll also finally be seeing Ignited Moth and getting to exchange Christmas presents and celebrate her birthday. (She’s old.)

What do you do when cabin fever hits you?

 

 

Winter of Epic Fantasy 2017

It has snowed and thus the time for Winter of Epic Fantasy is nigh! So wouldn’t you know, my brain decided it was a perfect time for a reading slump. D:

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Winters in Michigan last months so there is plenty of time for me to jump in but it’s not often I get into a reading slump and this year, as soon as the snow hits, my brain just says, “No.”

Not to mention that I have a metric butt-ton of epic fantasy books on my shelves just waiting patiently to be read.

Maybe tonight my luck will turn around and I’ll make a decision but for right now, I need to fill myself full of coffee and go adult at work.

 

Snowbelt Brewing Company – Brewery Review

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Brewery Location: Downtown Gaylord, Michigan.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s been a hot minute since my husband has done a beer review, so while we were in the great, white Northern Lower Michigan we stopped at a couple of breweries. Why not rate the entire experience? (Note: 1 of the 2 breweries we were so excited about we didn’t remember to take pictures or rate anything.)

Now we had only heard mediocre things about Snowbelt and thus went in not expecting too much. Maybe a decent beer and some half way decent food. Turns out, it was much better than expected. (Always a pleasant surprise!) They had pretty damn good beer and pretty damn good food.

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Downtown Pumpkin Brown, Rolling Belt, Sunnyside Hop & My Chest Hurts.

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Soft Pretzel bites with beer cheese and beer mustard, both of which were great.

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The winning beer of the night was the My Chest Hurts IPA. ABV: 7.2% IBU: 100+

The atmosphere was laid back with classic rock and 80’s ballads playing on a Friday night. It wasn’t packed but it deserved to be. This will be a new must-go-to stop when we are in the area from now on.

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You can sneak a peek at where the magic happens as you walk out the back door.

Recommendation Level: Do it. 

Frost & Flurries

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If I’ve mentioned it once, I’ve mentioned it a thousand times. Michigan is always drunk when it comes to weather. We can have all four seasons in one day. This morning I woke up to the first full frost of the year. I have a feeling we’re in a for a nasty winter since last year’s was so week. (It rained and was cold the whole winter. It maybe snowed twice and neither time did it stay for longer than 24 hours.) My dad texts that they’re about to get hit with a snowstorm tonight, less than two days before we venture up to where I grew up in Northern Lower Michigan.

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I’ll make the trip up north, snowstorm or not because I haven’t been up there in over a year and a half. We deserve a mini-vacation. Plus, when winter does hit, I fully intend to become a hermit and never leave my house except for work and food. (It will probably be my busiest blog season yet! Cabin fever is real thing.) I look forward to an awesome Winter of Epic Fantasy once the snow descends.

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