Monthly Archives: January 2019

Glad That’s Over

January is a rough month for me . . .

The third week of January is THE WORST WEEK OF THE YEAR for me . . .

There’s an old quote about having a 100% success rate for getting through rough days . . .

I’m happy to keep that streak alive . . .

But to quote Conan O’Brien . . . “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  But what they forget to tell you is that it almost kills you . . . ”

And then I remembered my other favorite Conan O’Brien quote “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.”

Hopefully the annual “Damn this sucks” week is over . . .

Just in time for the next polar vortex . . .


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Things I Learned This Week

That grief is grief is grief. Those who tell you it gets better with time are liars.

That no matter how you think you’re prepared for Ohio winter you’re never prepared for an Ohio winter.

That worry is a total waste of time. Whatever the worst case scenario is, your worry won’t help fix it and when it’s not the worst case scenario you’ve wasted all that time for nothing.

That family drama is actually entertaining when it doesn’t involve you.

And finally – there’s a reason why they’re called ex-husbands

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Heat Wave

The high temperature today was 48 degrees . . .

The snow and ice that accumulated last weekend is now making the back yard a soggy mess . . .

Millie is outside lounging in her favorite spot on the deck . . .

Gotta love January in Ohio . . .


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Happy Day

I never dreamed I’d ever say January 20 would be a happy day but I’m saying it today!

My oldest niece got engaged today!

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Poor puppies have been waiting all day for the snow. They’ve endured freezing rain and sleet all day. Now they’ve got the snow they’ve been waiting for . . . and some pretty wicked wind they don’t want.

Tomorrow should be big fun for them.

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You Know It’s Bad

There’s an unwritten rule that Catholic Churches never cancel services because of weather.

During big snow storms all kinds of Churches cancel services but never a Catholic Church.

There’s a big storm coming my way tomorrow. Cancellations for weekend events have been rolling in all afternoon.

Imagine my surprise when one of the first Churches to cancel services was a Catholic Church.

Y’all it’s the end of the world as we know it.


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Deja Vu

Hello winter. Guess you’re gonna stay a while, huh?

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A True Ohioan

Plans a vacation day to go grocery shopping to avoid the “white death from above” pre winter storm shopping frenzy.

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We got snow! It is very pretty. The dogs love it. I love it as long as I don’t have to shovel it again.

I got my wish – if it’s going to be cold at least we have snow.

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Pay It Forward

I have a small city lot . . . 40 feet wide by 140 feet deep.  A small drive way.  A little sidewalk that leads from the front porch to the sidewalk.  Takes about 15 or 20 minutes to shovel when we get a big snow . . . like today.

But the men in my life (XH and Prince Charming) insisted on having a snow blower.  I have no idea why . . . but it was always important to them.  XH took his snow blower with him when he moved out and Prince Charming was in the process of fixing a second hand snow blower when he died.  I did get the snow blower fixed and used it a couple of times . . . but decided it was more trouble than it was worth.  I used to have it in the shed at the end of the drive way but moved it to the garage when the locks to the shed froze and I couldn’t get the snow blower out.  Because the garage is in back of the house, it took me a while to get it started and then drag it through the yard and up the hill to the front sidewalk.  And then there’s Lovely Neighbor Mike with HIS snow blower cleaning the sidewalk for me . . . tell me again why I need this thing??!!

I was going to sell it but decided to “gift” it to Older Sister and Her Hubby (BIL) . . . they have a big driveway . . . on a killer hill . . . and since they’re only three houses away from Mom (who lives on a corner) I figured they could use it to clear sidewalks for Mom . . . and since BIL was now retired . . . I thought it would give him something to tinker with and fuss over . . . since guys seem to like those kinds of things . . .

I had it cleaned up and tuned up and delivered to BIL before Christmas . . . a combo Christmas and Retirement gift . . . and today he used it for the first time . . . Older Sister sent me a video of BIL using it today and I got all choked up seeing him use it!!

I’m so tickled I can’t stand it . . . snow blower went to a good home . . . BIL has a new “toy” that he would have never bought for himself . . . and I have more space in the garage!!

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