Planning my garden

I spent the other day looking through a gardening catalogue. I, so, want to be a better gardener. I will need to rent a tiller so my dh doesn’t have to use the old piece of crap tiller we have borrowed every year. It’s money well spent to get a nice garden going. I’m going to try to get it into the ground earlier this year, wish me luck! Here are the things I can plant around the beginning of March.

beets, broccoli, savoy cabbage, round green cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, collards, kale, kohlrabi, butter crunch lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mustard greens, bunch onions, sweet storing onions, English peas, sugar snap peas, Irish and Yukon gold potatoes, white icicle radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, rhubarb and turnips.

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I know I want to try beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, kale, butter lettuce, onions, peas, sugar snap peas, spinach, and maybe rhubarb and radishes. Doubt I will plant everything but it’s fun to dream. I’m trying to decide how much of my tiny back yard I want to devote to our garden. If this cold weather garden does well then I will need more space for my warm weather garden. I don’t care if we have our garden take over the back yard. Well, except for the swingset which has to be saved for our little ones.

It is very satisfying to grow your own veggies and provide for your family something that you do not go to the store to get. I had a great garden last year and want the same for this year. Do you have any gardening tips for me? What have you had good luck growing in the colder months?

Taking my son and his girlfriend to the movies…

how did I get this old? He’s about to turn 15 and she’s in his criminal justice class. They’re both freshmen. Her dad is home today and giving him all kinds of funny warnings. Like his favorite song is “cleaning my shotgun”. Which are all things I know my dh will be saying when it’s our turn.

Well, it’s a harmless date. The couple will be chaperoned by a little brother and a little sister and mom. Extra chaperones in the form of friends. We got it covered. Plus we’re going to see Puss and Boots. I think they’ll have fun. It should be very sweet. Wish us luck. My dh has asked me to sneak a picture so he can see what she looks like. lol It’s fun being the parents and getting to plan all the ways to torture your teenager.

The dishwasher repairman came today…

my less than one year old dishwasher is possessed. I can’t believe I had to call a repairman out while an item is under warrenty. My mom had her dryer for like 37 years. Where did those days go? Now your lucky if the appliance lasts a year.

My repairman was really nice. He loves animals. I have 2 indoor dogs and 1 outside cat. My cat refuses to use the bathroom where she should so she has to stay out. He gave me lots of tips for keeping her warm. Such as, putting a heat lamp on her bed or getting an electric blanket so that she is warm where she sleeps. All great ideas. I was impressed with his service. He fixed it quickly and left in a great mood and left me in a great mood. No money was out of my wallet. That’s a bonus. Of course, it was under warranty and broke. They sure don’t make things like they used too. My great aunt had her fridge since 1955 and it was still going strong when they put her in an assisted living facility.

May all your appliances run strong this coming year. 🙂

How does your hubby tell you he loves you? Uh, tires, of course!

It’s the little things that tell you your husband loves you. My hubby and I were talking the other day. Not about anything special. But he said something that will probably forever stand out in my mind. He said, “I put the expensive tires on your car. Not because they are the most expensive but because they are the safest out there.” Wow, that said everything I needed to know. I’ll try to remember that when I’m complaining about how much tires cost.

Has your hubby said anything like that? Where the conversation begins about one thing but leaves you with that warm fuzzy feeling? Surprises are everywhere if you choose to see them. 🙂

I missed a special occasion

this past week. It’s one I’d rather not ever have had to celebrate. I can’t believe I missed it this year. See, 4 years ago my best friend since 3rd grade was murdered by her so called ex-boyfriend. The day he did this we get together and celebrate her beautiful life for the way she lived it. We are trying to re-frame that day and make it as positive as we can.

Her son and lots of children are there. We eat and talk and last year we listened to tape recordings of her voice or look at pictures of her. Recalling times we had long since thought we had forgotten.

I’ve been having kidney problems. If i’m not having stones then a nice UTI will pop up in it’s place, just to make sure that I know that my kidneys are there and working. So this year I slept a lot on that day and somehow let the day get away. I know she doesn’t care. She loved me the way I was, flaws and all. I missed out on her family and friends getting together. I will just need to make a special trip to see them this year. I do miss them too. They were my other family growing up.

What an unbelievably selfish act it is to think you can take care of “your” problems by ending someone else’s life and taking that person away from all of us. Whew, glad I got that out. Have a great day friends.

Merry Christmas Friends

It’s my favorite time of the year. The time for us to focus on what really matters. Family. My hubby and I are having a great year together. After 14 years of it being all about the children we finally have one child old enough to babysit. So, him and I get out regularly to have errand dates. I know it’s an errand but it’s an errand with my best friend and we are alone for that short time period. It is awesome! I’m so glad to finally be in this stage in my life. It’s been a long time coming. For those of you with small children still, your day will come. The days of babies fly by. Before long they are having girlfriends and learning to drive. But, with that comes some freedom as parents. I am loving being able to date my hubby again. Even if it’s at the grocery store or the drug store. It’s still time alone with my best friend. A time for us to remember why it is we got together in the first place. Merry Christmas friends. My wish for you is that you find your best friend in your significant other! Happy Holidays.


My Review: Her One Night Prince

I love books that give you that warm fuzzy feeling when you are finished reading it. Her One Night Prince did that for me. It’s a book about a shy, reserved woman who takes care of her father and tries to convince herself she doesn’t have time for love. She’s heading back to her reunion and trying to find a nice gay man to take her. It just gets better from here. Silly situations ensue as she wants a man to take her to her reunion. She thinks he is gay but he’s actually straight and enjoying the friendship that blossoms. If you enjoy a good romantic story you’ll love this book. Make sure you check out, Her One Night Prince. You won’t be sorry you did.

Book Blurb

Her One-Night Prince is a Cinderella story about a woman’s dream
to be something she’s not for just one night at her class reunion.
As all fairy tales go, however, happy endings don’t come easily.

Shy and sheltered Lydia St. Clair is uncomfortable around men, so
she advertises for a gay man to be her date and revamp her style.
Mitch Gannon answers Lydia’s ad and he’s perfect for the job–
he’s handsome and, even more important, he’s charming.

Unbeknownst to Lydia, Mitch is straight and answered the ad as
the unwitting victim of a practical joke. Before he can reveal the
truth, Lydia is convinced he’s her fairy godmother, ready to
transform her into the belle of the ball. And Mitch, prince that he
is, doesn’t have the heart to set her straight.

Excerpt from book.
With a firm hand against her upper back, Mitch propelled Lydia out of the bar and out the door.
She peered back through the windows and could just make out that waitress standing behind the bar and staring out at them.

“She’s beautiful,” she said, turning back to Mitch. Something about that woman signaled a déjà
vu of sorts in her mind, but she couldn’t quite put a finger on it.

“Who? Edwina?” He glanced into the pub. “Yeah, she is.”

Edwina’s showstopping figure and stunning looks caused Lydia to self-consciously smooth
back her boring, pulled-tight-into-a-bun-as-usual hair. She couldn’t imagine a woman like Edwina
ever advertising in the gay personals. She couldn’t imagine Edwina making a boob of herself by
assuming Mitch worked at a gay bar.

With the heel of her palm, she bonked herself in the side of the head a few times. “Just shoot
me, will you?”

Mitch pulled her hand away from her head. “You’re too hard on yourself, Lydia.”

For a moment she zeroed in on the feeling of his large, warm hand holding hers. It felt good,

like it belonged there, which was a crazy thought. Reality returned, and she pulled her hand from
his grasp.

“What in the world was I thinking?” she asked. Her skin burned from embarrassment, or the
heat of summer, or his touch…or all the above.

“It’s understandable you’d assume I worked at a gay bar. I mean, you think I…er…”

She waved her hand back and forth. “No, no. That was just plain stupidity. What I meant was,
I had this grand notion of you helping me out and transforming me into the belle of the ball. You know, Queer Eye my style or something.” She wrapped her arms around herself despite the warm
air and strode down the alley. If a sinkhole opened up in front of her, she’d gladly fall into it.

He jogged up beside her as they reached the sidewalk. “I don’t know about the clothing and
hair stuff,” he said, “but I could certainly give you advice on men.” He cleared his throat and
coughed. “I mean, since I’m a, ah, man.”

“That’s okay. It was a dumb idea. Besides, I don’t want advice on men. It would be pointless.”
She pulled black-framed sunglasses from her purse and exchanged them for her regular glasses to
block the blinding glare off the sidewalk.

Mitch didn’t respond right away, so she knew he silently agreed with her. Finally, he
asked, “Why would it be pointless?”

She had about a million reasons. “It just would be.”

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About the author
Rebecca Clark has wanted to write romance novels since she read
her first Harlequin Romance at age 11. When she’s not writing, she
works as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor,
where she teaches Pilates, Turbokick®, Zumba®, and yoga. She
makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 24
years, two kids, a German Shepherd beast who thinks he’s a lap
dog, two cats, two rats and a gecko. In her not-so-abundant free
time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds reruns on
TV, and doing absolutely nothing.!/
Twitter @rebeccajclark

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