November 21, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday~Blooms, not b**bs, brainy boxer, losing time and looking for the impossible.

The Coach and I watched the movie Million Dollar arm this week. We both gave it 2 thumbs up...such an inspiring and NICE movie based on a true story. And hey, it's a Disney production, so I didn't have to close my eyes or ears; no bloodshed and no b**bs!!!

Speaking of b**bs, remember my gorgeous blooming lanai orchid? Well, that baby was soon top heavy and it now we get to enjoy it's bold purpleness on the kitchen table. Win Win.

Ozzie fell asleep while studying for his psych finals. 
Bless his little rescued heart....on top of all the health issues he's faced over the years, now he has a cherry eye. The vet said to let it be; that it really doesn't hurt him. But good lord, enough already. 

Once again, I've misplaced a week. AN ENTIRE WEEK! Every year Thanksgiving comes a week earlier than I'm expecting. Darn sneaky sneaky holiday!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'm on the hunt for an organic, free range/pastured, non GMO fed turkey who's spent his life doing yoga and chanting good thoughts for the planet.
Should be easy.

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November 19, 2014

The Sinking {ship} Chair

The chair was used and abused. 

Mostly because it was shared by this little nugget and her padre'. 

 And on occasion...the felines like to use it too.

The front, the side, the was all fair game for Cocoa. 

I knew the chair was on it's last legs...but I was bound and determined to make it last as long as Cocoa. 

Sadly, my determination has failed. It's become a sinking ship....and apparently, the Captain was going down with it. 

She's trying to ignore the fact that......

the ship is sinking and she is deathly afraid of the water. 

We found a new chair on Sunday and thought about it for a few days....I had to let it marinate in my brain and today I handing over the moola for it. 
You'd think Cocoa would volunteer to chip in some of her cookie fund. You'd think. 

November 17, 2014

The college girl, phamily and my phair

"You never blog about me anymore"
Lindsay stated this while she was home for a night last week. 

Me: Well, I don't see you enough to gather blogging material.
Linds: Last weekend we were together for Sorority Family weekend.
Me: I'd already forgotten about that. 
Linds: Pffft. 

Soooooo,  a few weekends ago we went to Lindsay's campus for Phi Mu family weekend. 

 As we were walking towards the family picnic I declared: 
We need to do a super selfie.
I don't even know what that means, but I think we pulled it off. 
She is absolutely in love with her sorority and her extended family. 
I'm starting to not understand her lately though; she said: We need to do a photo in front of the quat.
Me: Is the quad that big pink thing?
It's a quat Mom; short for quatrefoil. 
If you ad PH to anything it makes it more fun. At least thats the gist I'm getting from Linds. 
I was conveying to some friends the other day how much Linds loves school and sorority life...she was born to be in a sorority.
They asked me if I was in a sorority in college.

Me: I didn't go to college, I went to beauty school....that's why my hair always looks good.
And then I proceeded to laugh so hard at my joke; knowing full well it was 100% true. 

The next day I was thinking about my beauty school time and decided in my next life I'm going to
a real college....but it won't be as phfun since my hair will be a disaster. 

November 14, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday-GTS and garden swooning.

The Coach has a new catch phrase when someone has a question he can't answer.
He says this a lot. He says it to the kids and to Suz. Pretty soon, you'll also be saying this.
What is GTS? You most likely already say it, but perhaps in a gentler way.
Google That Sh*t.

Something I GTS'd this week was How To Take your own family portraits With you in them.
You might recall that I recently left my job as a personal assistant with a professional photographer. No? No biggie. Well, I want to have family portraits done again this year, but I'm gonna do them myself. I purchased a remote timer and I'll utilize my tripod. All I have to do now is get the other three here and cleaned up at the same time.
It would be great if I could get the dogs in there too….perhaps some doggie meds will be in order; 
I might even share them with the dogs.

This might annoy several people who live in the cold tundra, but my veggie garden is doing wondrous things.  I've scaled it down since the fall season is so short, but we'll soon have tomatoes, cukes, lettuce and eggplants.

Can you believe how fast time is passing? I just put away my Easter decor and now I'm thinking of our Christmas tree. It's not right I tell ya!

Look whats a'blooming on the lanai.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend doing whatever it is you do….and if you need some assistance, just GTS.


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November 10, 2014

My joints are a' jumping!!

A while ago I was being a big bragger and shared with you my love of Move Free and how it singlehandedly repaired my non functioning shoulder.

Well, a few months ago I noticed that my knees were needing some attention. I actually thought about purchasing a new right knee, but my amazon prime didn't offer them.

I was having serious issues with crouching/squatting down. You know how it's nice to be able to tie your shoe, pet the dog, or pick up something off the floor? yeah, I'm a fan of that too. Well, actually the getting DOWN wasn't the issue….it was the getting back up. I had to use BOTH hands and pull myself back up using a wall, chair, countertop or a human. It wasn't fun and it worried me.
I'm too darn young to feel that darn old.

Two months ago I was at the vitamin store picking up some stuff and I asked the ever so friendly manager if there was something better than the Move Free for my failing knees.
He said: IF you can get past the taste,  THIS IS THE BEST STUFF. 
Joint Vibrance

I have issues with bad tasting stuff….so I wondered; can I get past it?
He said if I didn't like it, I could return it within 30 days for store credit, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Turns out, not so bad tasting at all. I mix a scoop with about 4 oz of OJ, some ice, a couple of ounces of water and 1/2 a banana in our ninja. I even add in my protein powder and some flax seed because that makes me feel super duper good about myself. HA. {it's best absorbed on an empty stomach} You can make up your own concoction-this just works for me because it's easy. I've added apples and strawberries when I feel like fancying things up.
I noticed a difference within 3 weeks. I'm not kidding.
This stuff is magic.

Friday I had my first session with a personal trainer at my old people gym {something I've talked about doing for years} and I was doing squats with weights, lunges with weights, you name it with weights and I had NO ISSUES at all. I was all over that gym like a freakin' ninja toddler. I was absolutely impressed with myself and my new knees.

Ok, my muscles were in majorly bad shape for a few days, but that was to be expected. My joints were/are feeling NO pain.

If you have any joint weakness/issues, I'd give this a try. It's not cheap (about $50 a month) but it has made all the difference in the world for Suzanne!!!

No, I was not compensated for sharing this information with you-I've never been compensated for any of my wonderful advice…see, some things in life ARE free!!!


November 07, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday-Lazy, not so lazy.

Joining Tanya and friends to share 5 willy nilly thoughts, pics, what nots….

I cleaned out my lazy Susan last week. Before I share that miraculous event, I'd like to share a bone I'm picking with whoever named it a lazy Susan. Why Susan? Ok, I'm not even Susan! I'm Suzanne, but my MIL is Susan and she isn't lazy.
I'm petitioning that we rename it lazy Sam? lazy Lance?
I took everything out and cleaned the whole shebang and labeled clear containers. I even found some lost items in the back that I didn't realize I'd lost.

Even if you can't tell it looks better, just appease me and say it's the most beautifully organized 
lazy Lance you've seen!

2) Everyone exited about Thanksgiving? Have you planned your menu? It would be overkill if I already had the table set….right?
Just checking.

I realized this week that every single morning, I brush my teeth and my hair at the same time. {not with the same brush!} Is that weird or normal? I'm a multi-tasker as soon as I roll out of bed. 

Did I tell you that Lindsay is part of a sorority? She is such a sorority girl…if you know what that means. She totally LOVES it and that makes me happy!
I stole this pic from her FB-it's from her initiation ceremony. I like to refer to it as her cult initiation. Yeah, that's the kind of Mom I am. 


Have a lovely NON lazy weekend. Unless you NEED a lazy weekend, then go for it!

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November 03, 2014

Forrest Gump was correct: Sh*t happens

I'm fairly certain that most of you wake up each morning and have a thought along these lines:
What is happening with Suz and her compost? I mean, she hasn't updated the progress at all. 

Well, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long and really, ya'll might want to start focusing on your own lives a bit more than mine.
Ok, I was totally lying. I need to be the center of your attention. 
 Or this happens. 
 Just kidding.

An update of compost proportions; prepare to be amazed. Or grossed out; it could go either way. 
There she sits, just a black weird looking contraption resting near the pool equipment. 

But inside…well, this is where the magic happens. 
This is beginning to sound like an episode of MTV's Cribs. 

I took some out to share with the actual garden. If you listen hard enough, you can hear my worms…they're just doing their worm thing. 
It might surprise you, but I love those worms so much. I started to name them all, but hells bells, they don't stop wiggling long enough. 

Wait, I think I see Wendy and Wanda worm right there!
 If you're not a composting person, you might want to consider it. I'm fairly certain that this and my work to end the manufacturing of Styrofoam will get me a fast pass through the pearly gates. 
I'm not one to stand in line like regular people. 

 What do we compost? Just about everything. Egg shells. Banana peels, veggie/fruit parts, lint, plant cuttings, paper towels, coffee grounds/filters.

The only thing we don't put in there is anything of an actual animal. (meats/fats)  
I limit the amount of citrus because my worms can only take so much of the acid. 
See, I told you I love those red wigglers. Especially Wendy; she's my fave.

  So, are you mesmerized or grossed out?