Random Thoughts From The Weekend

It’s been an interesting weekend.  This month is  yearend close where I work, and it was likely we’d work late every night as well as every weekend for the month.  Numbers weren’t ready by Friday night, so I didn’t work Saturday after all.  I worked today, but still got home at a decent time.  That is nice and a change from other years where it was frantic all the time.

I finished reading Faye Kellerman’s newest book, Gun Games.  I’ve been reading this series since she began writing and it never fails to entertain me.  I met Faye twice, years ago at two different book signings.  The first time, she was still known as Jonathan Kellerman’s wife and not an author in her own right.  By the second signing, she had gained recognition as an accomplished author separate from her husband.

Another good book that I read recently too was Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin.  Oogy was used as bait in dog fighting and saved by the veterinary assistant where Levin’s took their cats.  Oogy’s picture shows him with his ear missing and a lopsided look on his face.  His antics are hysterical, as is the affection between himself and the Levin’s twin boys.

I’m trying a new piece of software called Trello to organize my thoughts around my e-book.  Its based on the premise that people so often use Microsoft Excel not for numbers, but as an organization tool.  I use Excel for all kinds of things, so right there it appealed to me.  What I like is its index card format in a two dimensional array that I can quickly spot what I’m looking for.  I’m still working on it though so we’ll see if I like it as well in a month.

Our weather continues to be unseasonably warm.  I haven’t seen any new birds, but we had a mosquito get in the house yesterday.  The beagle needs to waddle faster when he comes in.

Speaking of the beagle, he’s been busy burying and digging up bones in the backyard again.  We give the dogs these big rawhide chew bones.  Once dog #1 chews off the end, the beagle tends to hide them in his mouth to take outside.  The problem is he buries it in the mulch, then sits or lays there, pointing right at it.  After he gets paranoid enough, he then digs it out and moves it.  After enough time, dog #1 figures out what is going on and takes it, making the beagle howl.

Last night both of them tried at different times to bring in a slimy, rotted, muddy end.  Because it was bigger then normal, I could see it to confiscate it and throw it back into the yard.   The beagle was obsessive about it and even at midnight, wanted to go back out to bury it again.  I made him go back to bed instead.

Nothing is cuter than putting down this big bone in front of the miniature pinscher and watch him stretch out full length onto it to claim is as his own.  He can’t even hardly get his teeth around a corner of it!  Once dog #1 softens it up though, I see the min pin trying to chew it.  They each get their own bone when I hand out new ones, otherwise the min pin would chase the other two away and they’d never have a bone to chew.

My niece went back to college the other day.  I can’t believe she graduates in June already.  Of course, I can’t believe my daughter has been in the work force for so long already either.

My husband got a Keurig coffee maker over the holidays.  I tried a tea sample that came with it and it was really nice.  When he got coffee for himself, he got me some chamomile tea as well.  I’ve really enjoyed it!  I’m surprised that there is no coffee flavor coming through.  However they do, it’s done right.

That’s it for today.  I hope everyone has a good Monday to start the week off well.  If you’re interested in more challenges and prompts, visit the latest post at A Daily Life.

Since the weather has been unseasonably mild, my freeze hardy herbs are still growing.  Here’s a picture of the rosemary taken shortly before Christmas.

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Today’s small stone is the smooth flavor and aroma of my warm cup of chamomile tea.  It was a little too strong, so I floated in two ice cubes and a little tap water, then added a bit of lemon.  My red Emile Henry mug with its white interior shows the delicate yellow color as I lift it to my lips and sip it slowly, soothing my throat and my mind with this simple ritual.

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8 thoughts on “Random Thoughts From The Weekend

  1. Yeah, it sure has been mild this winter. We had a retreat this last weekend and there was no snow. This is in New Hampshire and it is really strange not to have snow this time of year there.

    • Even Virginia should have had snow by now! February could still be really nasty though. . .

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  2. Beagles are such a handful. Enjoyed the visit

  3. Cute mug. The book about Oogy sounds like a tear jerker. Had to laugh at the thought of the minpin covering the entire bone with his body. New bone day must certainly be a fun time at your house! I had to chuckle at making the beagle go back to bed. My hubby puts in a lot of hours during the first ten days of every month, trying to do month-end as well as keep up with the rest of his job. Glad your schedule has been decent the past few days.

    • New bone day is really fun. Dog #1 gets wild, the beagle thinks I’m trying to poison him (again) and the min pin wants it all.

      All three dogs know what “go to sleep” means. It’s cute how they’ve learned some of these phrases over the years.

      Work has heated up. It’s 15 hour days right now. I’m working on this late at night while I wait for new sets of numbers. I can definitely identify with your husband.

  4. Lucky you to still have nice fresh herbs. Your photo of the rosemary makes me jealous . I followed your link to the red mug. I can imagine how beautiful it is to hold and sip from.

    • Even in Minnesota I had fresh herbs until January. The rosemary, thyme, parsley & oregano are all pretty freeze hardy.

      That cup is just gorgeous – you’re right about the pleasure it brings.

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