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Wrong Way Share

SYW

Melanie has some new Q’s for us today, and again they are preceded by Potter Q’s from Roger.

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions

1. Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?

Right after I moved to California, I had a doctor’s appointment in Pasadena. I got a bit lost and didn’t realize I was on a one-way street. I started to make a left turn from the right lane and the guy in the left lane hit me. It was my fault, of course. He was nice and helped me figure out how to get to the doc’s.

2. As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?

I was 17 and “ran away” for a day because my parents were driving me nuts. I had cash and a car, so I picked up a friend and we went to lunch. At first, she said she’d run away too, but she changed her mind. I drove 50 miles into Chicago and ate dinner alone. Then I turned around and went home.

3. You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song?

It would be great to be able to play the piano well. Any song.

4. Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed?)

Yes, I wear jewelry every day, usually silver. Mostly I wear a silver bracelet that’s a chain of hearts and some other stuff depending on my outfit. I do not have any heirlooms, only a few things that belonged to my parents.


Melanie’s Ordinary Muggle Questions:

1. What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?

Lately I’m not so much into leaves, so my favorite salad is cut tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, and of course avocado. A drizzle of balsamic dressing is good on that.

2. If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

Red light runners.

3. What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing?  Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?

I like yoga pants and a big tee or sweatshirt. When it’s cooler, I’ll wear cozy socks. This hasn’t changed since the plague.

GRATITUDE (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to share something about Autumn (or Spring if you’re gearing up for that) that you especially enjoy! 

Grateful for my snuggly kitty.

 

Gatsby

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5 Fave Burgers

Five things kittens

Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things series by asking about our favorite burgers this week.

1. My most favorite burger isn’t on a bun ~ it’s a patty melt! Burger patties with grilled onions and melted cheese on grilled rye bread. Traditional cheese is Swiss, but I don’t like Swiss. American cheese, please! Mr. Food shares this image.

Patty melt

2. My next favorite burger is on a bun, but it’s a portobello mushroom not a hamburger patty. I like cheese on this one too, along with sauce. This one I found on Foodie Crush has avocado chimichurri. Not sure what that is, but it looks delicious!

Portobello

3. Staying in the veggie family, next up is a burger I do at home. It’s a spicy black bean burger… and I like to melt a blob of brie cheese on it, yummm! Serve with pickles on a toasted English muffin. So good. Also good with guacamole if I don’t have brie. (Image from Target.)

Black bean burger

4. Back to mushrooms… I occasionally grab a Five Guys beef burger with American cheese, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and a pile of grilled mushrooms. Mmm… (Image found on Reddit.)

Mushroom burger

5. Finally… a Bic Mac! Yep, I really do like these, though I don’t have them very often. So tasty. (Image from McDonald’s.)

Big Mac

And there you have it. Now you can go on with your day… betcha might feel like a burger later, huh? I know I will! 😋

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5 Favorite Sandwiches!

Dr. Tanya returns with a #5Things prompt for us. This week it’s about sandwiches, which is a tasty topic indeed. No burgers allowed in this one, since they’ll have their own day. Here are mine…

1. Lox and cream cheese on a bagel with capers (tomato and onion optional). This has been a top fave of mine forever, and I often eat it open-faced. I like an onion bagel for this, but plain or sesame is okay too.

lox cream cheese bagel capers onion

2. Grilled cheese and tomato on rye bread. So, so yummy!

Grilled cheese and tomato

3. The old trusty peanut butter and jam! My favorite jam is blackberry, but strawberry is good too. Either wheat or white bread is fab for this sandwich.

Peanut butter and jam

4. Tuna! Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. One, I don’t mix my tuna with mayo ~ instead I use guacamole. Two, I like this mashed up in a warm flour tortilla. It’s my latest invention and it’s delicious.

5. Egg salad with sweet and spicy pickle slices. I do use a little mayo for my egg salad, BUT! I also use mustard. Yep, I’m weird. What kind of bread? Rye again or whole wheat.

Sorry, I don’t have pics of the last two.

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With Apologies to Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

My Favorite Foods

Pasta with seafood and butt’ry potatoes;
Pizza with mushrooms, grilled cheese and tomatoes;
Avos all ripened and berries of blue…
These are a few of my favorite foods.
Warm PB cookies and cupcakes with icing;
Nachos and mangoes and pie so enticing;
Brownies so fudgy you have to eat two…
These are a few of my favorite foods.
French toast with cinn’mon and syrup is yummy;
Burgers with pickles get into my tummy;
Ice cream with caramel and choc’late ooh ooh
These are a few of my favorite foods.
When the spam bites,
When the troll spews,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite foods,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

😋😋😋

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Written for Fandango’s Dog Days 10.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Photo credited to The Sound of Music

The Monday Peeve 38

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

It’s been an insane weekend here in the USA. I hope everyone is doing okay. During times like these what’s important, I think, is to maintain a bit of consistency where we can, in order to hang onto that illusion of control over some tiny, insignificant area of our lives. You know what I’m saying? That’s why I get so UTTERLY ENRAGED when I plan to eat a nommy nommy avocado and I wait until it feels nice and ripe, wash it, cut into it… and it’s all BLECH AND HORRIBLE! Omg. Why me lord? Why? I don’t understand why avos can’t be consistently perfect. I quit buying the bag of them for a deal because I figured, okay, don’t be a cheapo, obviously they stuff inferior avos in the bag. So I only buy the larger, more expensive ones… and still! I would say about 30% of the time they are DISGUSTING AND INEDIBLE! I mean half-rotten and mooshy and brown and gross and awful. It makes me so PEEVED…

I think I just won’t buy avos again. I always say this though. Waaah!

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Image originally from Pixabay.

Self-Isolation Report 1

Isolation Bitmoji

Thursday Morning

8:00 ~ cleaned cat box, vacuumed, did laundry, cleaned bathroom, read blogs

9:30 ~ had coffee & an avocado 🥑

10:00 ~ dusted, cleaned kitchen

11:00 ~ exercised to a video

11:30 ~ downloaded phone games

Thursday Afternoon

1:00 ~ played phone games, ate cookies 🍪

5:00 ~ thought about writing, took a walk in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Central Park

Thursday Night

7:00 ~ ate instant noodles, made tea, started work

8:00 ~ freaked out about Gov Newsom telling us we can never leave our homes again and began frantically chatting with friends and daughters

11:00 ~ finished work, had more tea

Midnight ~ made this post, feeling too anxious too sleep, glad I still have some Valium

Yah… so just like the olden days when I was all upset about some dumb man, I can’t get my mind in a clear enough state to switch over to the fictional realm. It’s too cluttered with stabby bits of reality and what ifs.

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Images from Bitmoji and me.

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Sillygism

Now Melanie has questions! I just got done with wozzername’s. Welp, if I never finish the Mediocre American Novel, we can look right at these two for blamey shamies.

What is truth?

-Okay, so if a poet says truth is beauty, and a mathematician says beauty is simplicity, then can we conclude truth is simple? I think we can. Truth is easy; lies are hard. Lying is stressful to normal humans, which is the principle behind polygraphs. Some say they’re junk science, but most non-sociopaths will experience stress from distorting the truth. Lying takes the order and simplicity of life and perverts it into something ugly and nasty. Those who don’t experience stress from lying, who can do it smoothly and naturally… well, who wants to be around people like that? 🤮

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

-I’m a liar.

Do loud noises bother you?

-Yes and also not so loud ones.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?

-WHY ME LORD?

What fills YOUR heart with joy?

Family summerCupcake beach boyKitty lovePaula Light booksNewport Beach sunset Avocado halves Crystal CoveChinese Checkers

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Images by Paula Light.

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Fun Challenge: Grocery List

Grocery list

Shocking right? What a mess! Welp, I don’t keep it neatly on my phone like the Bag Lady does. I grab any piece of paper and start scribbling as I think of things, using whichever writing implement hasn’t been batted under the fridge by the kitty. I also write in code that even I sometimes have trouble deciphering later.

S&C is shampoo and conditioner, obviously. Lysol wipes, coffee, tissue, green beans, and… guam? Yes, apparently I’m picking up Guam this weekend. Hope they have it at Von’s and it’s not over my credit card limit.

Dunno why I wrote my beverages as an outline, though of course Diet Coke is the most important one. Don’t worry, haters! I’ve reserved lots of comments so you can rant about the evils of diet soda. Please do go on. Now, in your corner is a recent study correlating diet soda to early death… but also regular (sugary) soda is linked as well. Soda is bad, mmkay? Always remember though: correlation is not causation.

Also, if you didn’t know… milk is bad (fat). Juice is bad (sugar). Booze is bad (duh). And even water is bad ~ polluted and full of micro-plastics and hormones and fluoride, which now has been proven to lower IQ. OMG, the wackadoos were right! What else have they been right about? Maybe the earth is flat! Maybe we didn’t go to the moon! Maybe Elvis is still alive! The possibilities are endless…

What can we drink then? Conservatives have liberal tears slurped up through plastic straws, but what about the rest of us? Personally, I alternate my Diet Coke with Bai and Snapple (both also diet) until it’s cold (under 70 degrees F), at which point I’ll switch mainly to hot black tea with a splash of milk. Generally, I’ll have one large cup of coffee per day. Mm, hot drinks coming soon. September is annoying because of this heat forcing me to drink so many cold things. Hurry up autumn!

I’ve been out of avos for days, which is so sad (maybe I was crying when I wrote it down, hence the blur?). Avocados are my favorite food and I like to have one a day when I can. I’ve been known to have an avo for breakfast. Just plain, with salt. I’m not a fancy person.

This is also why I don’t date anymore ~ who would want to have a relationship with someone that eats avocados for breakfast? Besides a raccoon… 🥑

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It Could Have Been Worse

“It could have been raining.” (Young Frankenstein)

Raining

That would have definitely been worse! Let me explain… and hopefully you’ll smile. I know I had to or else.

Ten days ago I smashed my toe on the wheel of my bed. It still hurts a lot, and the top of my foot is so bruised and swollen I can’t wear closed shoes without limping, but luckily I have two pairs of old lady Naturalizer sandals (one black, one beige), so I’m okay until it’s cold. I guess it doesn’t matter if my toe is broken or not, since it’s straight (not that there’s anything wrong with gay toes or bi toes or whatever… I don’t remember all the things). It’ll heal when it heals.

Shrug

Continuing with the “most accidents occur in the home” theme, last Saturday I stabbed myself while cutting an avocado. I don’t mean I sliced my finger; I mean I literally stabbed myself in the left palm. I couldn’t believe it happened. Bad things happen so quickly ~ have you noticed? I’m like wait, no, I didn’t mean to be so stupid! Welp, too late. So much blood. Probably because of all the Advil I’ve been taking for my foot… but the stab had to clot sooner or later, was my theory. I’m a logical person. I did not want to go to an ER full of germs. 😷

Happily, I had a handy dandy first aid kit in my bathroom, yay! It expired in 2003, wtf? Seriously, how did that happen? But the gauze and bandages were still good. I fixed up my hand and went to CVS. Wow, there are so many fancy bandages out now! It’s really hard to choose. I bought a few different ones, tape, some medical gloves (to keep my hand dry while washing my hair, you pervs), etc. Now I have a splendid pile of supplies and feel ready for the next disaster.

First Aid Kit

Okay then. Last night, I came home from work, thought everything was going as well as could be expected. Foot was the same, but at least I had comfy sandals. Hand was healing nicely. I got out of my car and saw a window screen on the ground. That’s funny, I thought, how would a window screen…

Omg…

BAD KITTY!!!!! 🐱

I grabbed the screen (with my good hand) and ran hobbled upstairs. Oh, thank God, Gatsby was still in the apartment! All these years, I’ve made sure to leave the main windows open only two inches when I’m not there because I can’t trust him not to go crazy at a bird, but this last year he’s been much calmer and I’ve been leaving them open 24/7 when it’s hot.

Obviously, his mellowness at the windows has all been a ruse. His intent all along has been to attack one of the screens and knock it out. Luckily, he forgot to escape… or if he did, he returned. How would I know? 😳

By far my largest fear is losing my kitty; he’d be an orphan all alone out there with speeding cars and hungry coyotes ~ how long would my sweetie last? 😢 But what if something had come in that wide open window? A big scary bird… a flying elephant on laxatives … a horde of killer bees… a sharknado? Gahhh!

Hence the Young Frankenstein quote.

Gatsby kitty cat

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Green Is Good

Hope you enjoy some more greenery in your feed for Terri’s Sunday Stills photo challenge. 🍀🙂💚