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Muddy Puddle Doggy Smile

Last week when I was up north I got to hang out with my sweet little grand-kitty and my energetic grand-puppy. Thursday we took Rory to the dog beach, but the tide was all the way in, so we opted for the trail instead of the shore. The trail was full of puddles however, some small ones and some lake-size. The humans and normal doggos naturally avoided the puddles because who wants to get all wet and cold when it’s barely 60 degrees? 🥶

A retriever, that’s who! There could be sumpin in a puddle to retrieve, and Rory was determined not to leave a single puddle unexplored. 😀

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Happy wet and dirty doggo! I don’t have actual splashy pics because Rory liked to jump on us after each puddle foray, so I didn’t have my phone out the whole time.

I miss my family. ❤️

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Written for Trent’s Weekly Smile

Images are my own

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Parks & Recreation

Paula Light

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend time in LA with my grand-munchkin (at 17 months she’s no longer a tiny baby!). I had a light bulb moment and brought her the giant tin full of my plastic cookie cutters… and she had a blast playing with them for about five minutes. Alas, my patience for making rolled cookies (and dealing with the corresponding mess) has long gone bye. But they are wonderful toys and will be fun for coloring and Play-Doh after a while.

Then we went to the park… just a little one, tucked away in a secret spot. So much fun! There were a few other munchkins doing their own thing, everyone taking turns, and being polite and awesome. My little one wanted to go on the slide, but we weren’t sure she was ready to go by herself, so Nana went too. Mommy (that would be my daughter) snapped some cute shots, but we don’t blog the munchkin. ❤️

I didn’t keep up too well with Blogland this weekend ~ apologies. Had a bunch of stuff going on and then my family visit. I will try to check in with everyone who comments on my posts in the next few days. Thanks to those who are following my serial fiction. I appreciate you! 🙂

I’m going to use this as my Weekly Smile as well as calling myself a Fan of… Parks! 🌿

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TWS: Family Time

Colorful bouquet

I had a lovely day yesterday. I drove up to LA to visit my daughter, SIL, and grand baby. It was my first “official” visit to their new condo, so I brought flowers (pictured) and a few other goodies. My daughter made lunch ~ she’s such a good cook ~ and we all hung out for the afternoon. I stayed longer than I planned to because it was hard to tear myself away from the baby. She’s walking all over the place now and babbling all the words. It’s just adorable!

Driving home was tiring… over an hour in yucky late afternoon traffic. I planned to do some work and catch up on blog stuffs last night, but my eyes wanted to close. I put on Crazy People starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah, which was mildly funny, and zoned out with that instead.

I know that memories of yesterday with my family will keep me smiling all week!

Written for Trent’s Weekly Smile.

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Fan of… Brie

Brie cheese

I am a huge fan of brie ~ it is my favorite cheese! I’m perfectly happy nomming on a chunk of brie all by itself, but there are a lot of delicious foods to pair it with as well. It works with every type of cracker and chip, but also fruit, from grapes to pears to crisp green apples. 🍏

Here’s something you may not have known: brie is fabulous as a melt. Yep, you can top your burger with a piece of brie, melt it for 30 seconds… mmm! I will make a confession… I deveganize veggie burgers by melting brie on them. Sacrilege! But this transcends yumminess, especially on the spicy ones. 🌶

I’m a happy camper right now because there was leftover brie from game night, and it is ensconced in my fridge as we speak, er write. Trent says even the littlest moments count as weekly smiles, so I’m using this as mine. 😻

It’s a wonder I don’t waddle through this world, given my food preferences, but here is a secret ~ I don’t eat everything in the same day. I make choices, and I’m not afraid to throw things in the garbage. I can buy more later. Otherwise, I’m the garbage can and that’s gross. Like the warnings about texting and driving say: “It can wait.”

I include the above paragraph, not to engage in a verbose lecture, but because someone inevitably asks in comments.

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Spontaneous Gaming [TWS]

Ticket to Ride board game

Generally, I plan everything. I am not a fan of spontaneity at all. Events should be scheduled in advance so as not to interfere with the all-important to-do list. Knowing exactly what will be happening a week ahead (or preferably a month) gives me a nice illusion of control over my life.

However! Yesterday a friend suggested last minute we go out for Mexican food, and since I was all sugared out from nomming leftover brownies all day so they wouldn’t go stale, I agreed. Nothing hits the spot better than spice after sweets, amirite?

Then, another friend said hey why don’t I bring my new game, Ticket to Ride ~ Rails & Sails, so we can all play after at Paula’s? I knew it would be a late night, but I really wanted to play, so yay we did, and it was so much fun! It was also extra-challenging to keep Gatsby from knocking our trains and boats off the board and batting our harbors under the sofa.

So much fun! 😻

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The Weekly Smile

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My First Audiobook!

Here’s something for the Weekly Smile: my first audiobook Burnt Offerings was approved by ACX last week and is now available to purchase! I’ve made several sales already, and some folks were kind enough to leave a review. Thank you so much! 💖💖💖

Burnt Offerings

Funny, sad , bittersweet. It’s what a gourmet box of dark chocolate would be if it were a book. ” ~ Hamlet (reviewer)

Yay! 🔥

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© 2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

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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The Weekly Smile

I have lots of smiles from last Thursday through Sunday, since I spent those days with my family. I flew up to the Bay Area, where I stayed a night with my eldest and her guy (younger daughter and her hubby and baby had already arrived). Friday we all traipsed over to the hotel and hung out to await the Big Day ~ Diane and Sam’s wedding on Saturday! I don’t have any pics of the wedding itself yet, but I took one of my own that makes me smile. Can you see why?

the weekly smile

Rainbow Kitty Sock Smile

Trent says our Weekly Smile can be anything, large or small, and mine is pretty darned small this week. Sometimes I don’t even participate because I have nothing to say and that’s not because I’m sad; it’s cuz my days are samey same, no highs or lows, and that’s how I like them. I hate surprises and I don’t crave adventure or excitement. It’s all too stressful.

Anyway, last week I lost a sock in the laundry, which made me upset. First, I can’t stand misplacing things. It drives me crazy. Second, I hate the thought of being one of those sloppy people who leave things behind in dryers (cue Revenge of the Lost). But I unfolded and shook out all my clean clothes and no sock. To top off the misery, it wasn’t just any old boring sock, but a rainbow kitty sock.

I was resigned to this tragedy of epic proportions, determined somehow to slog on like the trooper I am. I suppose I’ve survived worse things. Once I made a carrot cake for game night and it didn’t get done in the middle ~ that was pretty terrible. But still! There are always more carrot cakes… what was I supposed to tell the sock waiting patiently for her mate? Just gone out for a walk, no worries. He’ll be back! She was getting suspicious.

But then Monday morning I was leaving for work, glanced into the laundry room, and what did I see? The rainbow kitty sock just lying there on the bench as casual as you please! Hey wassup? I grabbed him and stuck him in my purse. Yayyy!!!!! 😀💕🎉

Symmetry is restored.

The Weekly Smile

I’ve skipped a few of these, my bad. Last weekend was pretty smiley though. Three days off work is always welcome (though I did some side work). Received the good news that a story I submitted in March will be published in an anthology soon. Had a fun Saturday night playing games with friends. Spent a sweet Sunday afternoon with my daughter and granddaughter. And had a nice relaxing Monday doing nothing, my favorite thing. Mmm nothing!

J/k. I actually worked on that old novel I’ve been jabbering about, only to discover that it’s a colossal mess and I can’t deal with it. I fixed chapters 1-5, which were reasonably chaotic, but then the thing jumps off a cliff. I’m not jumping after it.

Back to short stories, poems, and stuff I can tackle in short bursts, until I retire or die, whichever comes first!

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The Weekly Smile