they came to do our

flower beds and tree trimming yesterday.  I asked them to mow while they were here.  

That oak tree on the left was way out of hand.  It was to the point where I had to duck to walk under it.  It was seriously out of control.  I'm so excited now.  Yes, it's nice to have the trees and yard cleaned up but when I saw how much better the trees look, all I could think of was how nice it'll be with Christmas lights wrapped around them.  I think I might've even thought out loud with Antonio standing right there.  I'm also happy about not worrying whether or not the HOA is going to call us out.  Next up, I just need to get some mulch to put down.  That won't get done today because my back's a little stiff.  I ordered a new rug for the living room last week and I wanted us to get the old one out last night for big trash pick up today.  We forgot.  I remembered this morning after Cosme left.  I rolled it, taped it, and dragged it out the front door.  The new one should be here on Friday and I'm hoping it looks okay.  It might be a little bit smaller and it's also got a print and isn't shaggy.  I was about to order a crazy colored one but then I walked through the living room and remembered that printed chair we have.  It wouldn't have matched at all.  I ordered a neutral one.  Oh well, moving on to new things.  I really liked that old rug and it was a good quality but it had seen better days.  The new one didn't cost as much as the old one because I didn't want to feel bad about when I eventually have to throw it out too.

Okay, time to get busy.  I've got to go to the church today and I have things I want to get done before I leave... like staring out the window at the pretty trees.

today got off to a

rough start.  I had another headache and even though I was sure it was sinus related, I also needed more sleep.  After I put a pork roast in the crock pot, I took a Benadryl and tried to go back to sleep.  I turned on the tv and stopped at the first black and white movie I found.  That worked.  It was The Mudlark.  When I woke up for the second time, Jane Eyre was starting.  I was tempted to go back to sleep but I knew the dogs were hungry and I was too.  I put a little peppermint oil on and had my breakfast (pb&j with Cheetos) and feel like I have enough pep to go get a large Coke.  I'm not going anywhere but seriously, that's all I need.

Now that I'm feeling better and carnitas are cooking, all I need to do next is think of a dessert to make.  I was going to make a cheesecake but I should probably pull the cream cheese out this evening to soften.  Those things take all day to chill and set in the refrigerator so if I wait for cream cheese to get soft and then have to wait for the cake to chill, yeah, I'll just pull the cheese out tonight.  I have a little bit of chocolate frosting leftover from some cupcakes I made the other day.  I think I'll make a batch of brownies and frost them.  The frosting really needs to get used.  Every time I open the refrigerator I see it and think it's refried beans.  Yum.

Dodo's azalea is blooming again.  I can't believe it.  I haven't been paying any attention to the potted plants so I guess it really doesn't have anything to do with me.  I think I'll water them today.

The blooms have inspired me to take better care... until something comes along to distract me.

Speaking of being distracted, all I can think about now is Coke.  I need one.  I think I'll go pop one open and enjoy the fact that my head isn't throbbing.

i was outside for a few hours

on Saturday evening doing pictures.  I woke up yesterday morning with the WORST headache EVER.  Actually, I woke up with a bad headache and it turned into the WORST headache EVER.  At first it didn't feel like a sinus headache but I figured taking Zyrtec D wouldn't hurt.  We got a donut from Shipley and were sitting on the couch watching tennis.  The cheering on tv got to be too much.  It was only around 8:30 so I figured crawling back in bed was an option.  I put peppermint oil on and took a couple of Advil.  I got into bed, pulled the covers up, put headphones on with chill/headache-curing noise videos on YouTube, and covered my eyes.  That worked.

I dozed off a couple of times and about an hour or so later, I was MUCH better.  I'm sure it was sinus issues.  I wondered later if it was from being outside the night before with all the African dust that's blown in.  It might not help my head any but the sun looked pretty cool yesterday.

I also thought yesterday was a good day to let Maggie investigate in the garage.  I left Archer inside with Cosme and let Maggie sniff around.  She stopped a few times with her ears perking up like she found something but no luck.  Is it really no luck though?  Maybe it means there isn't a critter.  I didn't have a crime scene to deal with so I guess that could really be good luck.  I don't know.  There has to be a critter though because of the droppings.  I haven't heard it since Maggie was out there yesterday so maybe it got scared and left.

Today I'm making up for everything I didn't get done yesterday.  I have a list of things and I've already started on it.  I'm also hoping Antonio can make it over to do the flower beds.  He was supposed to have come last week and if they aren't cleaned out soon, we'll probably be getting a letter from the HOA.  It's bad.  Really bad.  He's also going to trim some trees for me.  He's not cleaning behind the fence yet.  We need to arrange that so Cosme can be home and ready to hang pickets.  Oh well, for now we just need the flowerbeds done.

I went out to feed the dogs this morning and saw a huge spider.

I wondered why it looked so big and puffy.  I zoomed in and saw that it was one of those that when you step on it, the babies go everywhere.

I don't want to say I sprayed it to kill it.  But I did.  Yuck.  The spider wasn't so bad, it was all of the babies it was piggy backing.

Enough of that.

I'm going to work on my to-do list now.  The dryer has finished and I'm pretty sure the chicken I'm boiling for chicken salad is ready.  TCB.

i don't want anyone smoking in

the house but I'll buy a candle that smells like a cigar bar.

I found this at Madeline's and had to get it.  I only lit it once.  When burning, I start to smell a spice.  Maybe it's something like nutmeg or clove or both (which can be a little much for me).  I leave it on the counter in front of the sink with the lid off.  Maybe I'll light it today.

There's something in our garage.  I hear noises out there off and on.  I just heard one again.  It all started after I found droppings in there.  That makes it sound like a roach or rat.  This is a turd.  I found a turd in our garage.  I think it might be from a possum or raccoon.  Since I've never seen any raccoons around here and possums are everywhere, I'm leaning towards a possum.  Or maybe I never see raccoons because they're all hiding in the garage...  About a week after I found the turd in the garage, I found a similar one in the driveway near the garage door.  I've gone out to the garage after I heard some of these noises and I haven't found anything yet.  I actually hope I don't.  I don't need to come face to face with a critter.  I especially don't need for it to scar (yes, scar but I guess scare would be appropriate too) me to the point of not wanting to go out into the garage by myself.  That can't happen so I guess I'll just quit looking for the noise.  Oh my gosh.  There's the noise again.  I think I need to leave the room before curiosity gets the best of me.  It'll be like the time I went to Brazoria by myself and heard claws trying to get traction on the floor.  I screamed and I'm sure the cat would have too.  We were equally scared but he had the sense to run off.

Oh well, I'm going to go use the massaging back cushion and try not to doze off.  I'll be in another room and as a bonus, the noise will drown out our houseguest garage guest.

Update:  I heard another noise and couldn't take it.  I looked out in the garage and only found a new turd.  I cracked the garage door a little.  Maybe he'll run away and not consider that an invitation for the rest of his friends.  The next step?  I'll release the hounds.  More specifically, Maggie.

I had to go out and take a look at

a park in WC the other day.  I was sending pictures to someone so they could get an idea of the location for portraits.  While there, I was being haunted by something from my childhood.

Banana Spiders.

The pictures aren't the clearest because I had my phone and it's a little hard to focus in on something so small while standing way back.

As a kid spending time in Brazoria, and needing to get to a friend's house, the fastest route from the house at the dead end of one street to the house at the dead end of the next street over was cutting through the yard that separated them.  That's what we did and it seemed like banana spiders were everywhere.  We always paid attention to where we were walking even though they were hard to miss.  Banana spiders are huge and so are their webs.  I'm mean sure, there are bigger spiders but compared to what I see in the house, they're huge.  They always kept us on guard.  I don't think I ever walked into one as a kid and I'm hoping that when I go back out to the park for pictures, that won't change.  I would hate to freak out right there in front of people.

Okay, time to think about other things...  I don't know what, but just other things.

Laundry.  That's a good start.  I'm going to do laundry and get these spiders out of my head.

i'm still hurting today but

I'm wondering if maybe I should go to the chiropractor.  I don't know.  We'll see.  It's muscle and not my spine so I'm sure it won't be comfortable but what if it could help?

Kroger has had a coupon out for a while where if you shop Friday through Sunday, you get double fuel points.  I've been busy on most Fridays so I've been having to shop on Saturdays and Sundays.  Since I HATE shopping on weekends, I've taken advantage of Clicklist, where you order online and pick up in one of the designated parking spots.  I ordered and picked up on Sunday evening.  Sure, not having to go inside and shop is great but something else that's great is when they don't have what you want, they do you right.  Time before last they didn't have the right size jug of Tide I wanted to go with my coupon.  They gave me the bottle they did have, which was the largest thing available and I got it for the price of the smaller one.  That's a definite bonus and I'm sure they wouldn't do that in the store.  I'm pretty sure, anyway.  I mean isn't that why I've had to wait at customer service for rain checks?  Sunday was no different.  I ordered the 1/2 gallon jug of chocolate milk that was on sale.  They were out so they gave me the full gallon for the 1/2 gallon's sale price.

I ordered two bags of Skinner spaghetti and two bags of Skinner macaroni that were also on sale.  They were out.

No problem.

The only other issue was when they didn't have the bag of dog food I ordered.  I would've taken something else but I had "no substitutions checked" (on everything).  So after not getting dog food and all the other savings I had, my total of $90 was less.

Sure that's great and all but that also meant I was getting less fuel points.  I had to go pick up a bag of food this morning and I still had to find something different but I also didn't get double fuel points.  Oh well...  I also used my last free ride with Clicklist on Sunday.  The $4.95 fee is waived for the first three orders you place.  Sunday was my third.  I'll still probably do it every once in a while but probably not as much once this Fri-Sun coupon expires... until flu season hits.

Chocolate milk, anyone?  We've got plenty.

we did more moving

over the weekend.  I hope there isn't more to come.  That's seriously a lot of work.  It's exhausting.  It's also frustrating when you're trying to move and have to deal with rain delays.

That's about all that's happened around here.  We had a pool day on Friday and Saturday was a move day.  The move isn't officially complete but all the big stuff is done.

I woke up this morning with a headache and for the first time in a long time, it wasn't because of sinuses.  I had one of those headaches where I couldn't decided if it was because I was hungry or sleepy or both.  I haven't accomplished much today.  Oh, I did manage to pull something while sipping a canned drink.  It hurts from my neck to behind my right shoulder blade.  After lying on the floor for a few minutes I took two ibuprofen, a hot shower and now I have Icy Hot on it.  When I finish here I'll go lie on the floor again.  So yeah, don't expect today's list of completed tasks to have much more added to it.  I was going to go to the chiropractor but I think it might hurt when he does the neck popping.  My neck always pops and I hate it.

Oh well, that's everything around here and I'm okay with it, aches and all.

I think I'll go back to the floor now.

it rained most of

yesterday.  That's fine because all we planned to do was chill, cook, and eat.  We pulled the grill to the patio for cover and went on about our day.  We had bbq chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans, and peach cobbler.  Cosme and I ate before Eric and Paige because they had stuff going on.  We finished our meal and I made note of our food and the red, white and blue paper plates and commented about how American that meal was.

I didn't get a picture of the actual meal.  I was starving and didn't waste any time digging in.  I didn't even get a picture of my cobbler.  This was a second helping later on.

I then looked down and added that I was drinking Coke in a Dallas Cowboys (America's team) koozie.  Yeah, I'd say it was a solid American meal for Independence Day.

Eric and Paige came in to eat a little bit later.  We were on the couch and as Eric was finishing and I pointed out the peach cobbler, he commented about how American that meal was.  I told him it would have been even more American if they'd stopped and brought a tub of Blue Bell.  He said good peach cobbler doesn't need ice cream.  I agreed and continued on with my chilling on the couch.

That was our July 4th.

we all know I

need Coke to function.  I think we also know I don't like water.  I have decided though, that as much as my body as a whole needs Coke, my kidneys might be getting tired of it.  I've been trying to incorporate more water into my routine as much as possible.  I started one day last week with half a bottle.  That was big for me.  A few days later I graduated to a whole bottle.  Since then, I've been starting my day off with a bottle of water.

Yesterday I had two bottles.  I had two bottles of water.  I think that might be a record.  I've already finished my first bottle and am having a Diet Dr. Pepper right now.  As much as I'd like a Coke, I'm saving it for later today.  Who knows, maybe once I finish off the 12 packs I have, I might buy smaller cans.  Maybe.  Last night I wanted a Coke but knew I couldn't drink a whole can so Cosme split one with me.  I think I can do this.  Working my way up to two bottles in a little over a week is a good start, right?

i'm forcing myself to sit

at the computer right now.  My routine is messed up.

Here are a few things that have been going on.

We went on a pub crawl over the weekend.  Our first stop was at The Wayside Pub where Cosme had an order of Scotch Eggs.

They looked and smelled good but it was hot outside and I didn't feel like trying them.  One day I will make and try them.  The event was put on by Galveston Island Brewing and involved several bars and restaurants in downtown LJ.  We already knew about a few of the places but found a couple of new places we liked.  The Fill Station was probably our favorite.  We liked the music and atmosphere and I'm sure we would've liked the food since it's from Brian's BBQ (the people who catered the wedding).  We also really liked Growler's Pour Haus.  While they only had beer, I'd definitely go back for the pizza.  We brought some pizza home and were worn out by the end of the day.

I figured out a way for Maggie to quit licking her paws.

This has been going on for a few days.  Here's what it looks like when Maggie doesn't care about the cone around her head and wants to snuggle with Archer.

There was a good deal on strawberry lemonade over the weekend.  I loaded up but since I did that, I needed to clear a few things out of the refrigerator.  The Hawaiian Punch was almost empty so I decided to finish it off.  I also decided to bypass a glass and drink directly from the jug.

I also learned that Shout gets Hawaiian Punch out of white shirts.

I'm going to go be lazy now.

I'm still

here.  I've just been recovering from being exhausted.  I also just set the computer up yesterday after moving it to the kitchen.  I'm still getting settled after the weekend move.  Yesterday was the first day I woke up without feeling like I needed 10 more hours in bed.  Guess what's coming up soon.  Go on, guess...  Another move?  Yes.  Eric got a job and they'll be moving in a few weeks.  I think we'll push for professional movers next time.

For now I've got to get outside and feed the dogs.  I didn't feed them earlier because I didn't feel like fighting the mosquitos.  I don't feel like fighting them now but Archer is whining and I don't feel like listening to it.

i've been distracted and

haven't bothered to get on the computer.  I've been planning and shuffling and doing all the stuff that one would do when their son and his wife are coming to stay.  Their lease is up and will be staying here for a bit.  I haven't taken any pictures because it's been raining a lot and I've been a hermit.  I finally made it to Walmart yesterday to pick up some storage tubs but that's it.  Actually, I didn't even get out for that.  I picked the day when the rain was hardest to venture out because McDonalds was giving away a french fry stylus with every quarter pounder.  When I got there and asked, they didn't even know what I was talking about.  Since I was already out and wet, I went on to Dollar Tree and Walmart.

Now I need to go wash the sheets and comforter from Eric's bed.  I need to finish pulling some things out of his closet to put in vacuum sealed bags.  (I think that's what they're called.)  Anyway, I've got to finish making room.  And when I'm done with that, I need to have Cosme move this computer to the kitchen desk so I'll have somewhere to post when I'm no longer distracted.

As for now though, I need to go back to being distracted.

i tried a new recipe last

night, I think.  A while back I tried a good meatball recipe but never linked it here... you know, the main reason I share new recipes here, FOR EASY ACCESS TO THEM AGAIN.  So I couldn't find the meatball recipe but found one I saved HERE.  I made that one.

We liked it and I'm officially linking it as my meatball recipe.  We had them in sandwiches with toasted sandwich rolls.

Today I need to make a dessert.  Cosme asked for a cheesecake yesterday but I don't think I have enough room in the refrigerator to store one.  I think we might end up with cookies.

Last night we were watching tv in the bedroom with the door open.  I've shared pics on fb where Strat sits there, hoping we'll let him in.  Here's what happened last night.

We noticed him.  He really wanted in.  I think he passes by and glances at us hoping we'll break down and let him in.

Oh, hey.  It's just me, hanging out by myself.

 It didn't work so he went about it another way.  Hiding around the corner, I saw him eyeing the carpet.  He wanted on it so badly.

I caught him looking at me.  I'm sure he was assessing the situation.

He got bold and sat at the edge, putting one paw on.  It's like his nerves wouldn't let him make eye contact and left him staring into space.


Realizing he'd made it that far and not knowing how he'd been able to keep it there for that long, he finally looked at me.  Was he was watching me wondering why I wasn't looking at him but at my phone instead?

Does she not see me???
Then he decided he probably got as far as he could for the night and turned his attention to the tennis match.

All that for tennis?  Was it worth it?
That didn't last long.  Who can blame him?

This morning I took the dogs out to eat.  I put food in each of their bowls and Archer started eating while Maggie didn't.  I kept telling her to eat but she would just put her head down.

One last time I said, "Maggie, eat your food".  Archer also had enough of her case of the blahs.  He took his nose and pushed her dish right in front of her and went back to his own bowl.

She didn't get up but finally started eating.

I think she was just having a slow moving morning, until a squirrel popped up on the fence and they bolted.

I took the Bitter Bandage off her leg this morning.  I figured it'd been on long enough.  Once I hear licking again though, I'll put another piece back on.

I think I'll go see what all we have on hand available for desserts now.  I did buy a few cake mixes the other day so maybe I'll just go with that.  Sounds easy enough and it won't need the refrigerator.  Maybe I'll turn my nose up at dessert like Maggie did her breakfast.  Yeah, not likely.

I don't know how much work

will get done on the fence this weekend.  There's supposed to be a lot of rain.  It would be awesome to get some done if there are rain breaks while the clouds are still out to shield us from the sun.  I doubt it'll happen though.

In the meantime, I changed the dog food Wednesday morning.  I bought a small bag of Abound from Kroger.  It's one of those healthy, free of everything foods.

I started them out with a little on Wednesday morning, a little more in the evening and same for yesterday.  They really like it and haven't been snacking on grass since.  I'm wondering if the bag of Kibbles n Bits I bought is bad or tainted or something.  Oh well, I'll let them finish this bag and maybe get another small bag of it or a small bag of Purina One.  (They used to eat Purina One as well as Beneful and were fine with both.)  I don't want to keep them on this free-of-everything food.  I feel like they need the regular stuff.  My opinion is if you cut that extra stuff out, you almost make yourself intolerant to it.  I'm sure the dogs of yesteryear managed without all the special foods, just like their owners managed on regular food.  Now if you (or your dog) have issues from the beginning, then sure, don't eat what makes you sick but don't go and create problems for yourself.  My blog, my two cents.

I also picked up a roll of Bitter Bandage at Tractor Supply.  Since the vet said Maggie needs to be trained not to lick her feet, I'm starting with this.

I bought the pink one with hearts because she's a girl and needs the cute one.

It was a struggle getting it on at first.

I'd never pull it off as a nurse with my bandaging skills.  I'm definitely no Florence Nightingale.

I put the dogs back in the cage and…

A little bit later…

I let them out for recess and decided we'd try this again and I'd get her in a better position for wrapping.  They ate a little more of their new food.

They ran around a little.  Archer chilled a little while Maggie tried to catch dragonflies.

Maggie rolled around in the yard a little.

I'm also pretty sure there's a critter living under our shed because they've been tracking something and now they're set on getting under the shed.

So after they had enough, I wrapped her foot again and brought them back inside.

(looks like my bandaging skills might be improving)

And she didn't start licking it.

When I got up this morning, she still had the bandage on… but was licking above it.

Next?  I'll wrap her entire leg, all four if necessary.

i don't always make soup

but when I do, it's in the middle of June and 100 degrees outside.  I was actually going to make a different soup with tortellini and spinach, along with sandwiches.  We had the sandwiches over the weekend and thought they'd be good with tomato basil soup.  We did that instead.  I found the recipe HERE and halved it by only using a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes.  I also didn't have enough fresh basil and used half fresh and half dried.  I'll definitely make it again.

The sandwiches were awesome with it.  I used sourdough, a little mayo, ham, salami, pepperoni, and havarti cheese.  I put them in the skillet with a little butter and they're good alone OR dipped in tomato basil soup.

Speaking of food, I think I need to change out the Kibbles n Bits for a while.  The dogs have been eating a lot of grass and I think they might need something a little different.  I'll make a trip to Kroger this morning to get a bag… SINCE JURY DUTY WAS CANCELLED!  I looked up the city's website last night to see if I could get more info on what municipal court's all about.  I just happened to see where they listed a phone number instructing potential jurors to call the night before to confirm.  I called.  Everything has been resolved.  That's awesome.  That also means the exterminator can come as scheduled.

Another awesome thing happened this morning.  Cosme turned on the tv really early.  There was a Roger Federer match scheduled (obviously in Europe or something) and all I remember hearing was "rain delay".  The tv turned off and there was no tennis this morning.  I think I might've gone back to sleep with a smile.

Back to the dogs.  You know, they've already been out for the bathroom and I was about to give them breakfast but I think I might run go get a new bag of food instead of starting them off with the Kibbles n Bits I already have.  Oh well, I guess it's off to Kroger at 7:00.  I should probably get dressed first.

for years now

everything has turned into a wipe for convenience.  Don't want to grab a paper towel and Windex?  Just get the Windex wipes.  Don't want to get a rag and Clorox to disinfect something?  Grab a Clorox wipe.  Running errands and want to clean your hands?  Stop and use the Wet Ones wipes.  Finished the toilet paper step in the bathroom?  Grab a butt wipe.  My point is, there is a wipe for everything now when the solution was basically a rag and soap/water way back.  Since a baby will be here in a few months, I've been checking out clearance racks because I love a good deal.  I even picked up some baby wipes that were on sale for less than $1. While I was picking up a few onesies that were marked down to $1, I found something else.

Reusable wipes.  Wouldn't that just be a washcloth or rag?  While the reusable wipes were also marked down, I passed and figured that if I needed a reusable wipe, I'd either use a disposable wipe… or a washcloth.  Whatever.

I tried a Pinterest recipe yesterday.  It was THIS one for Garlic Butter Steak Bites.

We had it with mashed potatoes and a salad and liked it.

The dog situation is still not good around here, even though the cop called to let me know he dropped my ticket.  They got out Wednesday before last (when I got my ticket), then Maggie got out last Wednesday, and they both got out on Saturday.  We are going to have to wire our entire fence.  I drove around behind the fence on Saturday and there they were, just hanging out in a culvert at the drainage easement under 288.  Maggie came and got in the car, dirty and wet, while Archer panicked and ran back to the fence.  I was FURIOUS.  So until we can get the welded wire hung inside the entire fence, the dogs are basically in prison.  They have supervised breaks for meals, bathroom, and recess.  It's a lot.  The fence isn't that hard to do but the heat is kind of brutal and there's also poison ivy in places.  It's really not an ideal situation.  In the meantime though, I'm realizing why people make a big deal about sitting on their porches and having coffee in the mornings.  During the morning chow time, I sit there with my iPad while they eat.  I like it.

Once they're done eating though, times up.  Food is about the only thing keeping them preoccupied with no interest in climbing onto my chair or licking me.

Can you tell we don't have Trugreen treat the back?  The yard was just mowed on Thursday or Friday and look at the crab grass.  Oh well, I can't worry about that right now.  I actually might try to get out there this morning to hang some wire.  It depends though.  I think 7:00 is too early to be out there hammering so I always try to hold off on noisy stuff until 8:00.  We'll see how bad the temps are then.

I think for now though I'll go take some Zyrtec.  Let's start this day off right.

we ended up not

making breakfast on Thursday.  Cosme stopped at Chickfila instead.  I didn't make the cinnamon rolls like I had planned either… until yesterday.  I couldn't find my frosting recipe so I had to throw stuff together and make it work.  It worked so I guess I should write it all down.  One guess what I had for breakfast this morning.

I want to go back to bed.  I dozed off watching The Handmaid's Tale last night.  That means after it ended and I woke up from a nice little nap around 10:00, I was wide awake.  I hate it when that happens.  Now I'm dragging.  I need to get dressed though.  I have an extra pan of cinnamon rolls I was going to take to the church office this morning and I know they close early today.  The dogs would probably appreciate it if I stopped to pick up another bag of food for them.  So much to do and so little oomph.  Seriously though, I need to move and all I want to do is sit here.  That's a lie.  All I want to do is walk back to the bedroom and plop on the bed.  I'll fix that.  I still need to make the bed.  It's so hard to sit on a made bed.  I'll try that.  If that doesn't work, I'll have a Coke.  If the Coke doesn't work, I'll give up and have a nap on the couch or the spare bed.

Get up, Melanie.  You can do this.

today's been a busy

day.  I had to be at the church at 10:30 but at 10:00 Maggie needed to escape again.  I heard a crazy bark from Archer and knew something was up.  I ran to the door and he came inside.  I called for Maggie but knew she was on the other side of the fence.  I drove around back, picked her up, hauled her butt back home, and let her know exactly how angry I was the whole time.  I got her back home and locked up.  I scolded her a little more and she didn't care… but Archer did.  We have to get the rest of the fence covered with that welded wire and we have to get the other side cleared out.  There is definitely a critter living back there because before she escaped, they were wanting to get to something back there.  It's just too hot to do anything.  Hanging that wire has to be done really early or really late.

I don't want to think about that right now.

I made cream horns yesterday.

After rounding Maggie up and then going to the church to help, I came home and had two (they're tiny) and just about guzzled a can of Coke.  It was all deserved and necessary. (and enjoyed)

I'm about to start dough for cinnamon rolls.  It's Cosme's day to bring breakfast tomorrow.  I've been wanting to make some cinnamon rolls and figured this is a good excuse.  I was kind of thinking about sprinkling pecans in with the cinnamon/sugar innards.  I haven't decided for sure though.  He'll also take a mix of biscuit sandwiches with either bacon or sausage.

I've been taking a little unintentional break from Instagram and I haven't been on fb a whole lot.  I'm going through one of those phases again where I'm bored with it and a little tired of people.  That's probably not the nicest thing to say but it's true.  Call me an introvert, whatever.  I need my space, not My Space instead of other social media outlets but my actual space from them.  By the way, I never did have a My Space account.  I do have a Twitter account I never use though.  Oh well, I think I might start back up with the Fat Mum Slim photo challenge.  I don't know.  On second thought, just mentioning it doesn't sound like any fun at the moment.  We'll see.  I also haven't given up on my camera challenge, I just haven't been carrying my big purse.  Maybe one day soon I'll get back with the program.

For now I'll get up and start dough before I lose interest in it too.

you know those days

where you fear you might have to spend a lot of money to have something fixed when all you've been doing is paying for things left and right?  That was me yesterday and this morning.  Actually, it's been me a lot lately but more specifically, it was me when the air conditioner stopped working yesterday.  It was also me this morning when I was waiting on the people to come check it out.  I won't even lie.  When it wouldn't come on, I got a little overwhelmed and started crying a little, then the crying turned to laughing because I didn't expect anything less, and then the laughing turned back to crying because it's June in Texas and it's HOT.  No air conditioning makes other things (like hand washing dishes or weeds in the yard) seem a little less horrible.  They got the air conditioner running and it wasn't an expensive fix.  I had the biggest smile… and still do.  I'm sure I'll sleep well tonight because it was kind of a roller coaster of a morning after a restless night.

Speaking of those dreaded weeds in the yard.  This was from a post in the first part of May, when I thought about getting rid of Trugreen.

These pictures are from yesterday.

Seriously though, look at that grass.

It has to be mowed once a week now.  

Oh well.  Today turned out to be a swell day.  I think I'll make some cream horns.

it's monday morning and

Maggie is running and jumping with no problem.  A squirrel finally fell out of a tree yesterday.  Cosme said the dogs bolted over to it and that Maggie must have jumped eight feet to try to snatch it after it made its way back up to safety.  Her meds are working.  I noticed this on the inside of her leg, just above her paw.

One mark was definitely there on Thursday but I just noticed the other on Friday.  I didn't know if it was always there or if it has something to do with her injury.

It seems like I'm seeing s'mores stuff everywhere.  Maybe it's a summer thing but everyone is pushing the ingredients.  Even Dairy Queen has a s'mores blizzard, which by the way is AWESOME.  After I tried it, I still had s'mores on the brain.  I've only had one once so I bought the ingredients and made some more s'mores.  Meh… I'm not a big fan.  I like graham crackers, I like chocolate bars, and I love roasted marshmallows but as it turns out, I just don't really like them together.  I only made the two and after that I skipped all the hassle and just had roasted marshmallows.  Yum.

I think I'll stick to deconstructed s'mores from now on, unless it's in a DQ blizzard.

We made lunch yesterday and it was SO good.  After I prepped baked beans and macaroni and cheese and cooled off a little, we got the grill going and made barbecued chicken.

It was seriously an awesome Sunday summer lunch and the combination together was just typical outdoor bbq stuff.  I told Cosme we need to make bbq chicken more often.

I also made a trip to Brazoria yesterday to borrow the chainsaw and stopped to take a picture of one of the local beer joints.

The new thing around here seems to be painting people on buildings and in most cases, it's country stars.  I do think Cooter Brown's Country Club looks better with the artwork.

I'm going to start laundry now before I lose every last bit of energy and end up like Strat was over the weekend.