Reading List #1, or Why I’m Not Getting Much Done

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Queen Bath: 7 minutes to pick up jewelry and clothes.

Queen Bedroom: 10 minutes to pick up clothes and make bed.

Kitchen: 18 minutes to do dishes, and put away stuff on counters. I still need to clean the freezer. I have an order coming from Omaha Steaks so I need the freezer space. 44 pieces of meat for $107 dollars, including shipping! The deal I got seems to have expired, but check their website (here) for new deals daily.

Living room: 25 minutes to pick up Stamples, books, magazines, mail, totes, and general junk. I never got to this room last weekend, so it’s bad.

Living room.

Living room.

Living room

Much better.

Damn, it took me until Tuesday to finish my weekly home maintenance, so I didn’t get any more bags or boxes filled. I even forgot to do my personal maintenance, that is, trim my mustache. I mentioned to my friend that I’d forgotten to use my tweezers this weekend and she said, “Don’t worry, your beard and mustache are barely noticeable”. What, I have a beard too? Ah, the joys of menopause.


Here’s the real reason I get so little done. I read, I read a lot. This week I read #7 in the Jolie Gentil (means “pretty nice” in French) cozy mystery series. In the process of a divorce, Jolie moves to the small town of Ocean Alley, New Jersey, to live with her Aunt. The series has mysteries, of course, but also lots of humor and a little romance.

I love the series, so before reading #7, I went back and read #1-6. I also read 1 non-fiction book, How Not to Run a B & B. That was quite entertaining, too!

Appraisal for Murder (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 1)

Rekindling Motives (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 2)

When the Carny Comes to Town (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 3)

Any Port in a Storm (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 4)

Trouble on the Doorstep (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 5)

Behind the Walls (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 6)

Vague Images (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Book 7)

Or, you can go for the gusto and save some money, and buy books 1-3 and 4-6 as sets.

Ocean Alley Adventures (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Books 1-3)

Jolie Gentil Translates to Trouble (Jolie Gentil Mysteries Books 4-6)

Here’s the link to the non-fiction book:

How Not to Run a B & B

Stay tuned…


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224, Part 2

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I raced to my chiropractor’s appointment first thing this morning. It’s been a month since I’ve been in, and I’ve been having headaches. Dr. Doogie asked how long I’ve had the headaches and I told her it’s been a week since I HAVEN’T had one. She scolded me for not coming in sooner. Well, how was I to know my neck was so screwed up? I thought it was post Thanksgiving sugar detox!

After the chiropractor, I went to the drug store for a prescription. With my lo-carb regimen, I’m only on three prescriptions instead of six. Health AND money saver! I also picked up a few gift cards for Christmas presents while I was there.

Then I got gas and a car wash for Gypsy Blue. And went to the grocery store. And the bank.

Then, just as I got home, the UPS truck pulled up with a big box for me from Amazon! Perfect timing!

Since I’ve quit coffee, I go through a lot of herbal tea.

My favorites are Chai, Mint, and Sweet Orange.

This should last for a little while.

Herbal tea

Mountain o’ tea.

I also got this drawer organizer.

Look at what a difference it makes in my big utensil drawer.

Utensil drawer, before.

Utensil drawer, before.

Drawer organizer

Utensil drawer, after.

Of course, it helped to remove the wraps and baggies, too. I need to get a door rack/shelf for those, so they’re still handy.

Speaking of handy, look at this cute little number. My Dad made each of us kids one for Christmas, way back in 1992. You hold on to the reindeer’s back legs, and use his antlers to push and pull a hot oven rack. No burned fingers. My Step-Mom made the coordinating drawstring bag. Clever, eh?

Oven rack push/pull.

Handy reindeer rack tool.

I put a few things in the donation pile, but it’s not enough to count yet so I’m still at 224 bags.

Stay tuned…

I linked this post to Chic on a ShoestringHome Stories A to Z, and I Heart Organizing.

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A Delicate Tundra Flower

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One of my dashboard warning lights was flashing at me Monday morning. It was the tire pressure warning, so I pulled up outside the tire store to get it checked. They had a window in the lobby that looked into the garage, so I was able to watch the whole song and dance that went into fluffing up tires.

A young man took several minutes to put on his gloves and then he slowly opened the garage door. He took the air hose off the wall and went outside and attached it to one of Gypsy Blue’s tires. Then he dashed back inside, jumping up and down and slapping his hands on his sides to warm them. He repeated this drama three more times. Then he came back in for good, shut the garage door, and turned a heat gun onto his gloved hands.

It was cold out, zero degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius), but my goddess, what a delicate tundra flower that boy was! No one bothered to tell me that the car was ready to go, because the youngster was still working himself over with the heat gun. I thanked the guy at the desk, and took off.

I was 20 minutes late for work, but Gypsy’s tires are nice and plump again.

These last few evenings, I’ve been more inclined to work on making cards than work on cooking or cleaning. After all, it’s only a few weeks until Christmas, and I want to give some card sets as gifts.

So far, I’ve done this one….

Stamp Set Have a Seat

Have a Seat

It’s hard to see, but there’s a lacy piece of paper under the blue card stock.

This was my inspiration.

And this one…

Stamp Set Birthday Bakery

Birthday Bakery

The ribbon is velvet.

This was my inspiration.

Stay tuned…

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