Happiness is…


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Your bare toes in the grass…among other things.

Since I told you about my plants earlier today, I thought I’d show them to you since I had the chance to pop out there after work.

Here’s my uncooperative strawberry plant. I’ve researched and come up with no reason why it hasn’t put off a single flower.
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If you have any ideas or suggestions I’m very willing to listen. I was looking forward to a bushel of fresh strawberries.

Here’s Rosie!
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She’s so big and FAT! I really can’t wait to start taking cuttings and hanging them up in the kitchen. I have no doubt she’ll bloom again this coming January.

My dahlia
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The begonia has overflowed its pot
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Not too shabby for plants that were really just dead leaves a few weeks ago.

Oh, yes, of course, because I can’t go anywhere without them here’s
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Mister Mongo and Master Charles who is, at this very moment, hogging up my lap. He’s the only one who’s actually happy when my hubby goes back to work on Monday. It means Charlie has me all to himself and he’ll be snoozing in the bed again tonight.

Tomatoes plants did not get very big but they put off a bunch of fruit. However it’s mostly clustered under the second ring of the baskets making them a little hard to pick. No worries, it won’t stop me from making a luscious tomato sandwich for my dinner tonight
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Peppers grew taller than ever this year, even when I had an in-ground garden they never got this tall
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Cucumbers appear to be done putting out flowers and that’s a bummer. I expected to have many more cucumbers than they yielded but I didn’t notice many bees out there this year. Damn you Monsanto!
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Out front the boat is still going great guns
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The oregano is taking over its spot in spite of the shade. I’m hoping it really branches out next year.
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Basil is still doing well. I don’t mind that it’s so shaded since I’m going to yank it out by the root in another week or two. It’s an annual. I’ll plant more next year and have more than enough to get me through late spring 2017.

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Sage is hanging in there. In fact, there’s a lot more than I was able to get pictures of and since it’s a perennial, I won’t worry about it. I just won’t throw any pumpkins into the boat come Halloween.

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Look at all those flowers! I’m pretty darn sure we’ll have homegrown Jack-o-Lanters this year!

And yep, the second I came inside to download these pics…there was Charlie again. What can I say? He’s my baby. I searched for him for 8 months after he went “missing” and have never been happier to put some much effort and faith into anything in my life. I knew he was out there just waiting for me to find him and bring him home again.
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Hey! Every Witch needs her Familiar. He’s mine. And

Out of the Troll Hole


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Well, that was an interesting few days, wasn’t it? Breaking down the stats was even more interesting but revealed nothing new. Just a small(ish) bunch of people repeatedly coming in to one post and then the majority of them scampering away without a word after reading the reply post. Nothing new there.

Here’s something new: For the first weekend since he started the job in MA hubby actually made it back to CT and then back to MA without breaking down on the side of the road! WOOT! Geez, that thing has been a nightmare. No, the car’s not ‘perfect’, not yet anyway, there’s still some sort of high-pitched squeak when the thing heats up but so far so good…knock on wood. At least he didn’t need a tow this week. Of course, that only meant that Miss Rebecca’s car broke down and needed a new battery. OY. I don’t know what it is with the vehicles this last month or so but I’m hoping it’s on its way out of our lives.

It’s always so good when he comes home; we sleep, we eat, we snuggle, we binge watch shows, and the sex ain’t bad either.😛

We also managed to get the grass cut which was nice. That patch of grass by the garage cut and I’m sure that makes my neighbors happy. The thing is just too small to do with the tractor I can’t even get near it with that big ol’ thing. We haven’t had a lot of rain but it was enough to green up almost all of the brown crunchy patches. I didn’t want to risk cutting it too short so I left it a little long just in case our minor drought continues. I picked 3 cucumbers and 3 tomatoes (the first ones!) I can’t wait to eat them. Peppers are still flowering and it looks like I’ll get another round out of them and several more cucumbers before the season is done. That damn strawberry plant….that thing. I repotted it last weekend into one of the pots that held a rose bush, I picked up all of the tendrils and poked them down in the dirt so the plant would get more nourishment. It’s HUGE. It’s massive. It’s green. It’s lush. Still, not a single flower. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen in a while. It should be overflowing with strawberries but…nada. Oh well, at the end of the season, I’ll take it in the house and see if I can coax it through the winter then try again with it next year. The dahlia and the begonia bloomed big and bright not bad for two plants that were just over half-dead when I put them out there about a month ago. Rosie is so green and fragrant I can’t wait to snip her back and hang it the house to dry it will smell so good. Petunias are going into their second phase so they lost all of their flowers but are loaded with buds so we’ll get another show out of them before the season is done. The boat has been utterly taken over by those volunteer pumpkin plants. The oregano, basil, and sage are holding their own but they’re very overcrowded. I think they’ll make it through the rest of the season and winter over well so long as I don’t let any pumpkins rot in the boat again. The calla is hanging on, it’s poking up through the big pumpkin leaves and it might even flower. So is all well in the yard. It’s been a very good season and I’m quite pleased with the results, well, except for the strawberry plant. Stupid thing.

We spent the weekend searching out new shows to watch during the TV Dry Season. Everyone keeps telling me to watch “Mr. Robot”, it’s on the list but I haven’t gotten to it yet. We finished off both seasons of “DareDevil” and I quite enjoyed it. But I’m really hoping NetFlix gives “The Punisher” his own show. Yeah, I like him. I’d watch that in a heartbeat. We tried “Weeds”, it was ok, I’ll probably watch it during the week when he’s not home. I started watching “Lucifer” a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to that coming to NetFlix so I can catch up. We discovered another NetFlix show, “Stranger Things”, I’m amazed that this isn’t a Stephen King show. Very good stuff. We watched the first 8 episodes back-to-back. I’m looking forward to the rest of the first season. BTW, does anyone there know how NetFlix runs their shows? Are they going to give me a whole new season all at once or do I have to figure out a new schedule? We discovered two other new shows on The History Channel; “Forged in Fire” and “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour”. I enjoyed watching the blacksmiths compete and make their blades, I love knives and swords so being able to watch these talented artisans make them in quite the treat for me. One guy was a complete standout, I think his name was Ryu. He forges metal in a cast iron pan in his backyard. No joke. He does a really great job at it. I was glad he won. He definitely deserved it. Then we tried out “Ozzy and Jack”. OMG I love Ozzy, I can’t help it, that’s my era of music but I wonder how much of his ditiziness is an act and how much is actually created by too much hard living. Probably six of one and half-dozen of the other. They went back to the Alamo on one episode.😛 It was quite the show. Oh, yes, and watching Ozzy drive a tank was a mind-bender as well. LOL

We ate like little piggies and enjoyed the fruits of our labors until we had to get up at 4am this morning and it was time for him to leave again. Always so not my favorite time of the week. It really blows but he’ll be home again in just about 4 days. With any luck at all (knock on wood for us, please) it’ll be a smooth trip.

My Butt is Just Fine


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Yep, it is.

It’s not ‘hurt’. It’s not damaged. There are no chunks taken out of it. Hell, it isn’t even bruised. But I’d like to acknowledge everyone who rushed into the last post to comment on…my ass. Don’t know what their obsession is but, well, whatever their predilections aren’t my business. I just hope their own butts are in equally fine shape.

I’m sure that others out there feel as though I’m supposed to apologize to something like ‘The Entire Indie Community’ now but, well, you Old Timers know that’s not going to happen. This is far from my first rodeo and it won’t be my last. However, I do find it rather funny that whenever I make a post on a serious subject, say something like my daughter on the cusp of losing her job for no other reason than she’s diabetic, 20 people read it. I make a post wherein I blow off some steam about a Facebook page and it gets over 600 hits in 2 days. Yeah, you read that right. 600. Now, hold on, that’s NOT 600 individual people, in fact thanks to my wonderful statistics program I was able to break it down to about 250 who just keep hitting it over and over and over again.

Ahhh, Social Media, the Internet and the Mob Mentality, ya gotta love it. Or not. Whatever. It’s up to you. Me? Pfffft it doesn’t amount to anything unless I let it and, of course, I won’t. So, throughout last night and today I have very politely endured a lot of playground antics and insults. Here’s the thing I want to say above all and I hope that pack of….individuals….can understand it but I’m going to put in proper English so they may have some trouble.

Through the whole thing, even though it is well within my “power” and “control” to do so I have NOT:
1-Deleted any individual’s comment
2-Closed the comment section
3-Tried to ban a/k/a silence any opposing views

I HAVE:
Responded to each and every comment without sinking to the commentators level. Granted, most of my responses were short and did not go into detail. To that I can only say that I responded to each and every individual with what I thought they were worth.

Since I did NOT do 1 through 3, I HAVE NOT done a single thing to impede or impinge upon any of those individuals’ Freedom of Speech. I have not. I will not. In fact, I would never do such a thing to any individual no matter how much they made my eyes roll. Even though THIS IS A PERSONAL BLOG I have allowed them to say whatever they wanted no matter how immature, inane, or knee-jerk. Of course, I don’t think of any them realize that fact–I don’t think they’re even able to appreciate it– and, sadly, I don’t expect them to. I also don’t expect them to allow me the same courtesy on any of their blogs/sites/pages. I doubt they even know how. They only know how to comment on my butt and tell me things like they don’t know who I am and now they will never buy one of my books.

What a bummer. I’m really going to miss that $0.35 to $2.00 they were never going to put in my pocket anyway.

How will I make next month’s mortgage payment? Geez…it’s tough.

Oh yeah and calling me “darling” (my last name, and it IS my name) cuz, ya know, that didn’t get old at all when I was in first grade.

But, I’m glad that I was able to allow them the space and bandwidth to voice their dissenting opinions.

It’s more than I got yesterday.

To put in a vernacular that might be better understood by the crowd I am currently speaking to and about:

Oh, Nellie, I so totes mcgoats get why you’re so cray-cray, bae.

I just don’t care. You’ve given me no reason to do that.

There. We all good now? Everybody got it?

Those who understand, I wish you happy weekend.

Those still looking around with their mouths hanging open, continue with your playground antics and insults. I will not stop you or silence your voice.

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