Monday, September 30, 2019

Nature And All It's Beauty - September #PhotoChal

Today I'm sharing a few, five is the challenge amount, photographs of nature. Nature is the theme for this month's challenge that PJ over at A'lil Hoo Haa set for us.
If you are interested in joining, you can visit the challenge page on his blog HERE and request to join the FB group HERE. The challenge is once a month and very simple.
On the first of the month he will post the theme and we (whoever wants to participate) have the month to take photos. You can use your phone, a point and shoot, DSLR or whatever you have to take these photos. Then we publish and link up on the last day of the month. The photos need to be yours and never published before. That's it. Easy peasy.

I am a nature lover, so this theme thrilled me to no end. However, for me, the problem is always the same. Deciding which 5 to use! I mean, five, FIVE? Only five??? LOL So I had to be very picky and choose the ones that really made me smile. That might be different for you but I hope they make you smile as well.

Being a huge animal lover and living in a part of town that feels like country living, we have a lot of wildlife. I feed them daily and enjoy them so so much. If you'd like to see more about that, go HERE.

I take a lot and I mean a lot of photos of the squirrels, chipmunks and of course my kitties. Landscapes are a favorite as well.
I'm not a professional, just a photo nut snapping pictures everywhere I go and sharing with the world or my small section of it.
Looking up at one of many trees in our backyard. Why? Well, why not? I love trees and will stop to take a photo of a tree as fast as anything else.
I feed the wildlife every morning and is customary I was filling the feeders one morning. As I was returning to the deck I saw a bee on the hummingbird feeder, believe it or not the sweetie stayed there and I was able to get two photos before it flew off.



No idea what type of caterpillar it is but I thought it looked pretty cool.
From this angel the box turtle looks big but I zoomed in to see the beautiful copper colored pattern on his shell. He or she was actually only about 4 inches long.
There's my five, okay six photos for this month. If you pop over to PJ's page you'll see the links for this months challenge on his post. I always look forward to seeing what everyone has shared.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tell Me The Story - September FF 2019

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.
1. So this guy walks into a bar and says " what do a lighter, a stick and bowl have in
common?"

2. Bartender says "I don't know"

3. Guy says "Me either, I'm waiting for my son to get up so I can ask him."

4. The story...I go outside early one morning to sit and enjoy my coffee. What do I find?

5. A lighter, a stick and a bowl with a pizza crust in it. Hmmm my son must have been
outside late smoking and eating pizza. Sounds logical right? Nope.
He was up early and the pizza was breakfast with grapes. The stick was to whack a bee
that was on the door and the lighter was was the night before.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado             https://www.BakingInATornado.com  
Follow Me Home                https://followmehome.shellybean.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Argh Matey - Pirate Fruit Booty Bars -September Poetry

Welcome to another month's edition of poetry, a group challenge where we pick a theme and write in our own style. After my poem you'll find links to the ones participating.
This month's theme? Talk Like A Pirate, because, well who doesn't love to do this? My boys did when they were little, they loved to dress up and take their plastic swords and have sword fights, put on little plays and chase each other around. Ahh the memories! I have pictures but I'm sure they would rather me not share those.
Growing up on the east coast of North Carolina, home to Black Beard, we had lots of stories or gold, sunken treasure, places he slept,etc.. In Beaufort you can take a cruise and a pirate will invade the boat and give out gold coins to the kids to try and persuade them to join his rowdy gang. The coins are candy and it's always lots of fun.We took the boys once when they were little. Yes I have pictures of that too. LOL
So here we go matey!

Argh Matey
The Captain bellowed
listen up fellows
land ahoy!

Prepare to land
let's hit the sand
run up the hill
and let out a shrill

Dig the hole
look out for moles

Bury the treasure
and watch out fellars

My pirate fruit booty bar
will be your reward arrrr

Gather up quickly men
so we can retire to the den
with a mug of grog
while we watch the fog

Thar she blows!
Land Ho'!!
Pirate Fruit Booty Bars
1 stick of butter, unsalted
10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
8 cups of Fruity Pebbles
1/4 cup of Nerds, strawberry grape

Links to the other poetry participants:
Diane @ On The Border
Similar to rice krispie treats but soooo much better! Yes I am on WW and YES I did have one, or two but who's counting? I am. Seriously, I did count the points and track in on the app. It's not horrible on points but worth it either way.
In a large non stick pot if you have one, I don't so I rubbed the inside with a drop or two of oil to make clean up easier.
Melt the stick of butter and marshmallows. On a low to medium heat. Be careful not to melt them too quickly and scorch it. That would be bad.
Remove from the heat and pour in your cereal.
I added all mine at once, seven cups at first then decided it needed a few more.
Next I rubbed a dab of butter all over the inside of a 13x9 casserole dish and pressed the mixture inside.
Next I sprinkled Nerds candy over the top, a strawberry grape mix and pressed it down.
I popped it in the fridge for a few hours, cut into 18 and then 30 pieces. One it reduced the point value in my WW app and secondly, a large piece was just too much for me! Super sweet but dang they were good!!
I cut them all up and placed them in a large air tight container in the fridge. Yours might last a while but my guys loved them and after a few days POOF gone like the wind Bullseye!
The pictures are of them cut into the 18 pieces, after I took the photos was when we did the taste test and I decided to cut them smaller.
These would also be great for a Halloween or class party. If they even do such anymore at school. If not, maybe you could make them for your little people.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Carts To The Left of Me, Carts To The Right

Pet Peeves. Who has them? Me for sure and if we were honest, all of us would easily come up with a list. I've been given "pet peeves" or a question similar several times in our writing challenge posts, several over the last few years, as you can see below.

However, today I'm choosing to write about them on my own. Why? Because it's my blog, my outlet and this REALLY bugs me.
Okay so here is the scenario. I'm at Wal-Mart, the dreaded place, and am on my way with my purchases towards my Jeep. There is a guy two spots over from me loading up his SUV. He then proceeds to push the cart over NEXT to my jeep, gets in his SUV and drives away. REALLY?
Okay, here is why it bothers me...
Look out my LEFT window...I'm RIGHT beside the cart return!! and as you can see it's empty! To the right, his cart along with several others. Two empty spaces and his SUV. Seriously Dude!
How difficult is it to walk two okay three more spaces and put the cart in the corral? I will walk all the way across the parking lot to put mine away. Otherwise it could roll and do damage to someones car. I have also been in lots and seen carts rolling through at break neck speed during a serious storm.
PUT the damn things where they belong.
PSA...
I don't care that they pay people to come and gather the carts. I don't care if it is "their job" as some of you have told me. I feel it is common courtesy and decency to return the carts to their appropriate place. It's not like you have to walk ALLLLL the way back to the store.
Please for the love of dents, scrapes and more empty spaces PUT the carts away or carry your groceries out by hand.
This has been your public service announcement brought to you by SOP and a reminder to please keep the lots free of carts. Thank you and enjoy your day.


Friday, September 20, 2019

Kitties and Drama - Sept 2019 FOTW

While taking Jesse to work a few days later, there's a car stopped just shy of the line at the light. There's a man standing beside the driver door. We thought there had been an accident but nope. They were just chatting away. Light changed. They talked. Light changed again. They talked. Oy!!
My son is the assistant manager for a vape store. You must be 18 to enter. There are signs on the door and windows. Also signs that say "WE ID".  It's ten minutes  before closing, which is midnight, and I'm hanging out waiting on him. Four young people walk in. He walks toward the front...
"Hey guys how's it going? Can I see your ID?"
Two guys walk out.
The other guy shows his ID and they girl shows her's.
Then she asked my son about a product, he walks over and begins to show it to her.
The other guy walks to the other end of the store and starts looking around. He sees the security cameras and walks to another area. Looks up and then says "Hey man is it okay if I step behind this counter and check out these hats?"
My son turns around, "you can see the ones on the end".
The guy "oh yeah yeah man no problem." Then proceeds behind the counter as soon as my son turns around.
Okay, I'm a mom and a former retail (years ago) employee.
Obviously they haven't seen me. LOL now's the time to make my move.
I slowly and quietly walk up behind him.
He tosses a hat, knocks over product, says "oh man" picks up the item with the hat and starts walking around.
I walk up as he puts the hat back, but said item is in his hand.
I said "HEY how ya doing over here?" He about craps his pants. "Uh um oh good good yeah good."
I said "How about do me a favor, that item you knocked off, how about put it back on the shelve."
He says "oh yeah yeah I was gonna do that."
Right sure you were buddy.
After they leave I told my son, and he said "oh I know I saw him but so did the  camera. She was a distraction and he was the thief. I got their number."
So proud of him because he acted cool and like he didn't know.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/

Here's a crazy to some but normal to me. My BFF/Sissy and I SnapChat each other. We love the filters, such great fun, and we keep up to date with our daily lives, special moments and silly happenings. Yes, we talk on the phone, for HOURS, and we text daily, and yes we could video chat with each other, but with SnapChat we can tell each other something and move on. I have a tendency to snap her when I've had "regular" coffee. She loves it because she says I talk really fast and very animated. LOL I've watched some of them. I'm a hoot!!

I'm in line at Wal-Mart and it is a LONG line but I refuse to use the self check out this particular day. There's an elderly lady behind me and she has a small child sitting in the basket. He looks to be around 4. Obviously a grandchild...or change of life baby. Either way, he's keeping himself entertained and then he starts singing "I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road, I'm gonna ride til I ca'aint no mo" I started laughing, she shrugs and says "I just don't know". It was funny and cute. Then he tied his shoe laces to the cart. LOL

9/4 I am picking my son up from work and this car pulls in beside me. She has her windows down and is talking away in a baby voice. My thought is, must be talking to her 'boo thang', she rolls up the windows, locks the door and goes into the store. I hear a baby. I'm looking all around and I think OH NO SHE DIDN'T, but yes she did. She LOCKED the kids in the car and went into the vape shop. The windows are down in the front only and about 2 inches. It is freaking 90 degrees at 8 pm!! I look and sure enough, not one but TWO babies! One is about 18-24 months old, crawling around in the car, no car seat, no booster seat, the other is about 8 months old in a car seat. I'm sorry, I try to mind my own business but I will not sit here and watch these babies die. I take a picture of the car, the license tag, the kids and the woman as she exits the store in a few minutes. I then call the local police and give them the information. She of course leaves before they arrive but I gave them the information. Not only did she leave 2 kids in the car in 90 degrees but she is driving with a toddler unrestrained. She comes out of the store, about five minutes, and says "See it wasn't that long and it's not that hot in here." I'm like ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Someone could have broken in and taken them, never to be seen again, a car could have hit yours and injured or killed them (just last week the car beside me was hit in the lot sitting still) so it does happen. she poo poos and drives off. I started to snatch her hair and hold her down. But I'm sure I would have needed bail money and she wasn't worth it but I did and am praying those babies are kept safe.

I don't go to Wal-Mart often, well inside that is, but when I do. I always get great material for this post. Another example: Two women and a man are walking in, I had just parked and started toward the store. One says "oh wait I forgot, I ain't got no drawers on! Cain't go in like dis" The other says "no one will know." The man says "hell I know now and need to stop at the baf room first" Oh sweet mother help me!!

 Sugar who was intently watching a hummingbird.
 Lily has discovered after almost 5 months of living here that our window sills are big and perfect napping spots.
When she's not in the window, she's under the bench. Now let me say, my shoes were lined up neatly until she rearranged them to suit her purpose. 


 Beau was stalking me while I fed the squirrels.
 Beau's first time jumping in one of the wicker chairs. He wasn't too sure.
 Beau then he was mad and turned his back on me. For love or money he would NOT turn back around.
Beau staking his claim, walking the rail that separates the living room and office. He thinks he's king. We don't want to hurt his feelings so we let him think so.
And lastly...here is why it takes so long to write a post. My helper fell down on the job. He took a snooze AND right in my way. This is Beau, in case you didn't know, he's my shadow. 💜🐱
Thanks for stopping by for another Fly On The Wall edition.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

33 But Who's Counting? - Pineapple Coconut Rum Water

33 bottles of rum on the wall, thirty three bottles of rum, you take one down, pass it around at that point who cares any more? That's how it goes with day drinking.
Coconut water, 8 oz
water, 6 oz
Malibu coconut rum, 2 oz
1 package, Pineapple Crush water mix
Stir, add ice and YUMMY, a cool refreshing hydrating alcoholic beverage to enjoy on a hot muggy sunny Georgia afternoon or weekend.

Once there was a little old lady who enjoyed herself a drink.
Her children said, oh mother please think.
You know when you drink tequila
you loose all sense and reason.
Day drinking.

Pineapple is delicious,
Coconut is hydrating,
Rum is dizzying.
Mix them together
and what have you got?
A delicious drink without the headache.
No guilt over calories as the water is sugar free.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 10 and 35. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words.
I was assigned the word count number: 33
It was submitted by: Messy Mimi's Meanderings
  
Below are the links to the other participants. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them. 

Baking In A Tornado                           https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Spatulas on Parade         You're HERE  https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
On the Border                                    https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com
Wandering Web Designer                    https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
Messy Mimi’s Meanderings                  http://messymimismeanderings.blogspot.com
Sarah Nolan                                      https://writersarahnolan.blogspot.com

Friday, September 13, 2019

Never Judge By A Sniff

It's Friday, it's Friday...oh sorry you probably hate that song and now it's stuck in your head. However, it is Friday and time for another writing challenge. Today it is time for Use Your Words and this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. Dun Dun Dun... cue weird music.

Links to the other blogs featuring this challenge are listed below. Check them out, see what words they got and how they used them. Grab a cup o' joe or tea, plop yourself down in a comfy spot and after you finish this post, which well hello you are at the end of, pop over to the ones listed below.
Thanks again for stopping by!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                       https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
On the Border                              https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
Follow Me Home                            https://followmehome.shellybean.com   
Part-time Working Hockey Mom     https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 
Climaxed                                     https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com        

   
Your words are: banana ~ airborne ~ ace ~ vestibule ~ canine

There is a canine named Ace running through the vestibule carrying a banana and wearing an airborne vest.

Done!

Sorry that was my weak attempt at humor. Now to try and do justice to the words that Shellybean submitted. Although it did give life to an idea so let's see how this works out shall we?

Sue walked in through the double doors, she stopped for a mere second to admire the wood, solid oak, hand craved and crafted by a member many years ago. Pausing in the vestibule she crossed herself and proceeded into the sanctuary. 
Having found her favorite spot, because well don't we all have one, she sat herself down. Almost immediately a gentleman sat next to her. He leaned over quite close and took a sniff. Sue leaned away, what kind of weirdo did the ushers let in this morning. He sniffed again and smiled.
Sue slide further down the pew. She took a side glance at the man and noticed his service canine aka dog. The dog was wearing a vest that said "Service animal please do not pet" and she wondered if he would bite?
It was then that she noticed the man had his eyes closed and sunglasses laid in his lap. She wondered if he was blind and felt ashamed that she had, in her mind, called him a weirdo.
For some unknown reason she felt misty eyed and reached into her purse for a tissue and then she saw it. The reason the man had sniffed she was sure of it. It was the banana peel, she meant to throw it in the trash outside but someone had taken up the cans, now it was in her purse smelling up the church. Oy!
Sue wrapped the banana peel into her tissue and quickly went to the restroom to throw it out. On her way back she heard one of the ushers refer to the dog as Ace and she thought that it fit him nicely.
Service was long this morning and her butt was going numb, man she sure did wish that the building committee would go for padded pews.
Once the service was over the man next to her put his glasses on, stood and took hold of a metal handle of sorts that was attached to the vest on Ace. This confirmed for Sue that the man was blind. Again she felt like a real heel.
He started out and stopped, turning toward Sue, he said, "excuse me ma'am but can I ask your assistance?"
"oh my, yes, what do you need?"
He smiled shyly and said "the restroom, as it is my first time here I am unfamiliar with the layout and I sense no one else near by to ask. I do hate to impose and hope I am not offending your female sensitivities."
Sue smiled, he was older than she thought at first and thought it very sweet and sad all at the same time.
"oh no bother and I'm not offended. If you will turn and follow me out the left end of the pew we can access the hall faster and with less traffic if that is okay."
He said, "well first let me introduce myself, Bridges. Mr. Bridges. I'm sorry it is an old Airborne habit to use my last name only."
"Well, Mr. Bridges it is nice to meet you and I am Sue."
After navigating the hallway and running children they safely arrived at the restroom door where Sue stayed in case he needed her help finding his way outside again.
Mr. Bridges exited the restroom and said "if it is not too forward of me, would you do this old vet a tremendous favor and accompany me to lunch?"
Sue smiled, "I would love to."
And off they went, soon to become fast friends with lots of conversations over coffee and walks in the park.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Loaded Muffin with WW points

It is almost Fall, well officially it is Fall on September 29th this year. I know a lot of you and I mean a lot, have been celebrating Fall since the end of August and on the first of September everyone went total PS crazy! I didn't even realize what they were talking about at first until the recipes started popping up in my newsfeed and the coffee places were celebrating PS Day. Seriously? A pumpkin spice day? Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit I didn't know we had a PS Day!
So I'm late to the party, of course, but it is worth the wait let me tell ya!


This is a super easy recipe as you can see. 
Mix everything in a large bowl.
Grease or spray 2, 12 muffin pans or use liners.
Fill each cup 2/3 and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
Simply and delicious.
I put mine in a large zip top bag and each morning or whenever the mood struck, I'd take one or two out and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Hot and fresh. Stayed in the fridge for almost 2 weeks before they were all gone. It took that long because the guys refuse to eat anything pumpkin.
Their loss.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Calorie Free Cake - Wishful Thinking -Sept BWF

Most of you know that I am following the WW Freestyle plan. WW used to be Weight Watchers but in September of 2018 they changed it to WW which means Wellness Wins. Why? Because we need to be on a path to wellness not weight loss. Do I want to lose weight? Yes! But I also want to be healthy. Weight loss is a benefit of wellness, the result of healthy choices which are not always food related.

What does this have to do with BWF? Well, everything! This month our blog with friends theme is "wishful thinking" and I thought, my wishful thinking is that food would be calorie free, especially sweets and I could eat cake whenever I want. LOL


Well, on WW I can eat cake whenever I want BUT I have to count it. What? Yes, we count points. each food has been given a point based on calories,  fat, sugar, carbs and depending on you, whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or just make better choices, you have as set number of points to use each day. Like a bank account. There is a daily deposit, each time you eat, you spend those points and a withdrawal is made. At the end of the day if you over ate, you are in the negative. Not where you want to be. But it happens.
So with that in mind I thought I'd make a wishful thinking cake. Calorie free cake? No such thing but I thought it was a poetic name.
How about low in points cake? Sounds better or more realistic anyway.

Watermelon Feta Balsamic Drizzle Cake, does that sound weird? You may think I've lost my mind. But clearly I'm onto something here.

Thick slice of watermelon
1 teaspoon of low fat Feta cheese
Balsamic vinegar, the really good kind

Slice your watermelon into large triangles or big thick chunks, sprinkle feta and layer the slices, or just use one as I did. Drizzle the bv over the top and BAM a master piece. According to my WW app this would be 2 points (if I use 3 slices of watermelon, 2 TBSP Feta and a drizzle of BV) and more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Honestly two slices is more than enough because of the feta. It was really good. The guys think it's weird but whatever.
I know that this is not calorie free but for 0-2 points, depending on how much you eat, it is well worth it and guilt free which is better than calorie free.

Back to the theme. Wishful thinking...what would you have done? Is there a dream or wish that seems out of reach? An impossible dream? Why? Why is it that we saying "wishful thinking" because something seems out of reach, a far stretch, do we give up too easily? I know I do. I've been on this weight loss journey more times than I really care to admit. Have I ever made "goal"? No. Because it seemed wishful thinking. It's hard and at times I think screw it I'll just be 'fat and sassy' as my Daddy used to say. But I'm tired. I'm out of shape, I'm restless and I want, no NEED to do this. So no more "wishful thinking" when it comes to getting healthier, dropping some pounds or being fit. I won't win top model or be on the cover of Women's Health but that's not my goal. My goal is to be a better version of me and THAT is an obtainable goal.

Now be sure to see how my cohorts interpreted this theme. 

kia