Thursday Night


So I’m sitting here thinking of what to say and then I look outside.  It’s grey and wet and brrrr out there.  No, you really don’t wanna know what the temp is out there right now.  I don’t even wanna know what the temp is out there.  And you’re probably thinking to yourself “Hey Jim.  Why is it so brrrr this time of year in central Minnesota?

Yanno, I think it has something to do with all of the Swedes that moved here back in the day.  I think they brought some of that Swedish weather with them so they wouldn’t feel so homesick and it just stuck around here ever since then.  It’s a good thing I have one of those wall thermostat thingees to warm the house back up.  It should be all back to normal come next Wednesday anywho.

In the meanwhile, I think it’s a hot tea night in this house.

Hump Day Morning


So it’s another wet one this morning for central Minnesota.  It’s cool out there as well.  “Cool” is defined as anything below 55*F and not snowing.   Anything that’s cool and has that icky bad stuff is commonly referred to as “Early Spring” around here.  No, I really don’t think I want to tell you what tomorrow’s sunrise temps are forecasted to be.  Let’s just say that we could be keeping pace with Miss Anna’s Sweden.

It was doggone cool out there in that damp and I took a quick look for my gloves.  Gloves?  Where are you?  I forgot my gloves this morning which is kind of a God awful thought once you really stop to think about it.  Gloves.  In late April.  God, where am I living at where one needs gloves on their hands in late April???

At least the coffee is strong and hot and it steels my resolve back up.  I may just maybe wanna kinda sorta actually talk to one of our staff members this morning.  Nah!!!  Let’s not go to extremes on a Wednesday.

Let’s take a walk

I was a few thousand steps behind after I got home for work, so it was time to change clothes and have some supper.  There was a nice light rain coming down when I finished up with supper.  I put on my hat, on went a good rain proof coat and I grabbed an umbrella.


I got a couple blocks from home and the light rain decided to come down at a steady pace.  It wasn’t hard; just a good soaking rain.  Light traffic, no barking dogs and no yelling kids.  Everyone was all buttoned up inside except some nut out for a walk.


We get a little further down the course and you can smell the smoke from a wood fire that someone decided to have.  Others must have thought it was a good idea because there some other houses that decided that a fire on a day like today was a good idea.  The fireood smoke smelled kinda good as it drifted on the wet air.  Maybe it’s just me but I kinda like that smell.


I also noted that my mini umbrella was a bit worse for wear since one of the arms was broken.  It still kept the rain off but that’s one umbrella that is going to meet the recycle gods and be replaced with a new one.  It doesn’t matter.  It was a nice quiet night for a walk other than listening to the cars go by as Moms and Dads were going home.


So my Fitbit had done it’s little celebration party on my wrist and my shoes were wet from the rain.  It was time to head on home for some dry clothes and dry socks.


Oh yeh.  I had baked some pecan bars after work tonight, so there was a little treat for me when I got home.  I’ll have to take these things in tomorrow.  They’re extremely addictive.

Well now. What would you say?

My boss gave me a quick call a little while ago because I sent out an email to the local staff.  I went to rinse out my coffee pot and clean my coffee cup but couldn’t because our office shared sink was full of dirty dishes.  Dirty dishes that had been sitting around for two days.  He was apparently a bit peeved cuz my email said something like …

We don’t have a maid and your mother doesn’t work here; so clean out your dirty dishes out of the sink now or just know that the person who threw them into the trash bin was me.  Others need to use the sink too.”

It’s amazing how fast it was emptied.

He said I was too callous. I told him I was disappointed that I actually didn’t get to throw anything away.

He said I needed to be more understanding.  I said that there was absolutely no misunderstanding.  People were being pigs and they were called out for it.  Then I asked why he was defending pigs.

He said he was considering a reprimand.  I said that I’d be sure to include my Congressman in my reply back to him and that I was sure that my Congressman would be more than thrilled by an action of this sort by him considering that VA management has this great reputation with the US Congress lately.  Then I asked him if he wanted to be known by the Congress for defending pigs.

I haven’t heard a response back.  I wonder if I was a little over the top?  I told you I was a bit irritable today.

No Miss C.  “Irritable” not “grumpy“.

Random Thoughts for a Tuesday Morning


My head isn’t screwed on just right today.  Yes, I have the “brain drain” going on today.  It’s also left me a bit irritable, so we’ll just keep our door closed today so we keep our attitude in check.  That’s a helluva place to be at but at least we deal with it until we’re in a better frame of mind.  Coffee is helping however.  Coffee always knows and understands.

So I have to research for the best weed eater for home use.  Yanno, I thought I was all through with that 15 years ago.  It’s funny how things can come full circle and here we are right back to doing what we wanted out of 15 years ago.  It makes me wonder if I’ll be 180* back to having to have someone else do this in 15 years.

Today is a good day to sign up for an on-line training course.  It’s kinda quiet anywho.

This is supposed to be a week of rain and I’m wondering where it is.  It sprinkled on the way in.  It tried to rain on the way in.  What it didn’t do was actually rain.  If it doesn’t rain then I don’t have an excuse to not do an outside chore tonight.  I hope it rains.  Then I can take my afternoon walk in the rain.

I suppose it’s time to at least act like I’m working.  Feel free to comment and/or wave “Howdy Do!” when you pass thru.

Hmmmm …

I noted that it’s time to make some garlic infused olive oil since I’m out and it’s easy enough to do.  I also noted that I can’t find any or my spare pour spouts for my olive oil bottles but I did find two wine bottle foil cutters and three cork screws.

I wonder who or what is getting infused other than some olive oil.

Monday Morning


So here I sit with everything caught up an nothing new coming in.  If I were a responsible person, I would find something to do like do some on-line training or something along those lines.  Then again, I think the operative word here is “responsible” because I don’t feel like being too responsible right now.  I jiggle my mouse for my work laptop every now and then so my on-line status shows “Active” in lieu of “Idle”.  It does make for a long day tho.  I have stuff waiting in the wings that I’ll work on tomorrow since I would much rather be idled at home versus being idled downtown.

Sunday Evening


I had to pull a tag off of one of my plants because Dru asked me what it was and I didn’t remember.  It’s call “Canadale Gold Wintercreeper“.  They’re all cut back for now while I’m getting ready to add three more rose plants, lay down new groundcloth and then re-mulch the area.  It will fill back in nicely and it adds some really good color to the south side of my place.  They ca grow kinda tall so I cut them back anywho.

My neighbors must have had a good laugh at me this weekend.  Their eyeballs must have jumped out of their heads when they saw me actually cutting the grass after all of these years of having a service do it instead.  And it showed just how long it’s been since I’ve done this myself.  Oh well.  I suppose one gets better with practice.  The lawn tractor cleaned up nice and pretty.

So we have a bill of materials for landscaping things that I have to pick up this week.

  • New rose bushes
  • Ground cloth staples
  • 12 bags of red mulch
  • One big bag of TurfBuilder

I have a family thingee next weekend so it doesn’t leave me a lot of time to get this done after work.  Oh yeh.  I need a haircut too.  I’m starting to look like a hippy.

Saturday Afternoon


Today is going by way too fast.  I got Petey back from the Vee Dub crew and she’s running good.  She has to go back next weekend because she has a turn signal light out and it’s an LED strip that has to be replaced.  No worries on that tho.  I had to deal with a new guy today and he looked at me a bit incredulously when I asked why the light wasn’t repaired.  “It’s a 10 year old car.” he said.  I had to chastise the regulars for not filling him in on my preferences for repairs on my car.  I think he understands now.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up my one rode bed and cutting back the bushes in front of the window.  All of old ground cloth and old mulch if off and we’ll hopefully replace it soon provided the weather cooperates.  I had one rose bush that didn’t survive the winter and I think I’ll replace it and add two more bushes while I’m at it.  Then new ground cloth and new mulch and we can chalk that one up as done.  Maybe I should repaint the foundation first tho before I get too far down the rabbit hole on this one.