Friday, October 28, 2011

Your Man Reminder

For an extra treat and an important reminder...

Enjoy and don't forget your routine TLC!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another automotive Milestone

When Monte's tires were replaced, the mechanics switched the odometer from trip to the full mileage counter. Not that I pay too much attention--except to see how many miles I can possibly go before having to buy gas. (Which is this afternoon, right after work--or I won't make it home!)

But I did glance down yesterday to discover Monte was only a few miles away from flipping over to a 0000 number. That's always fun.

So this morning, I watched closely. Luckily, there was no other traffic on the street at just the right moment, so I drove slowly. Watching. Waiting.

Then finally--cheering as Monte hit 170,000 miles! Congratulations to Monte! It's been a tough road, but look at how far we've gone. :)

this isn't my Monte--too clean--but he looks pretty much like this

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I've Been Re-Tired

Retired. Now, after all these years in the workforce, doesn't that sound grand? However, such is not the case.
I've been re-tired.

I put quite a few miles on my car every week, including a round trip to another city. I've been lucky. My driving angels have been busy!

Seems I let the alignment of my car lapse into forgetfulness and wore an entire set of tires bare in places. 


An expensive oops. But now, I have a brand new set of tires, just in time for winter driving. And they're completely aligned. And I'll be receiving emails to remind me it's time to rotate. Yeah, I need all the help I can get when it comes to car stuff.

The moral of these **100 blog challenge** words: Pay attention to your vehicle.

Now, about that coolant leak.....

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oatmeal Carrot Cake Bread

Today's **l00 blog challenge is over at mz *lizzie cooks with a new carrot bread recipe!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cold Desk Woes

As the lunch lady I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen cooking. Until I have to make a trip to the walk-in cooler and freezer, the temperature at this time of year is usually pretty nice for working. 

As the lunch lady I spend quite a bit of time at my desk menu planning and ordering, doing required paperwork, blogging (no really, some of it is work related). My desk is also where I take my breaks. Unfortunately, the desk is in a corner of the kitchen where the air paths of two vents intersect and gather. Which means... sometimes it feels as cold as the walk-in.
 I know I'm not the only person who suffers from an overly cool work station, but I mean, really... How is anyone expected to produce optimum results when your fingers are so cold you can hardly type. At least I have the opportunity to go stand by the stove or ovens to warm up. And I do keep a sweater here, today may be the day it comes out of the drawer for the winter.

As fall continues to get cooler (at home we went from open windows to the furnace in one day. Sheesh.) I'll get more accustomed to the cooler temps. But, not at my desk. Yeah, I've put a thermometer on the shelf above my desk. It's gotten down to 62.

Okay, enough whining on this **100 blog challenge**. Besides, it's time to start cooking lunch for the kids! Oh, oven warmth. How wonderful!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend of Beautiful Arms

If you're following the **100 blog challenge**, yesterday I was at Creativity for Happy Endings talking about Yamato--the Japanese Drummers. Besides the marvelous drumming, the play of muscles in the drummers' arms was amazing. Even as far back as I was forced to sit, the muscle definition held my attention. It made no difference if the drummer was male or female, they all had beautiful arms. I can hardly imagine the power and strength used to play as they do. If you haven't seen Taiko drummers--visit CHE for a sample.

But that wasn't the end of beautiful arms!
Meet one Hugh Jackman in the movie Real Steel. Now, those are some very nice arms. For some, I need say no more. : )

So, I won't...

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Good Year for Spiders

A good year if you're a spider. A bad year for spiders if, like me, you find them frightening. In either case, spiders have prospered this year, large numbers of them growing big and fat--and moving inside now that the weather's getting cooler.


Yesterday I got home from work and opened the garage door. My car was half way into the garage when I noticed a not so small spider hanging from the garage door opener. Right where I'd be opening my door in just a few seconds. Needless to say, I didn't go any further. In fact, I backed up a bit. Got out of the car. Edged around the other vehicle in the garage until I got to the broom.

It's not easy for me to dispose of a spider. I truly believe they'll come back and haunt me. However, once one enters MY space... there's only one thing to be done. And I did it. Got back in my car and parked. I didn't stop having the 'crawlies' until safely inside the house with the door firmly closed. Sure, I know there's probably spiders in the house, but as long as I don't see them, we're both okay.

And I really do try not to exaggerate a spider's size when I see one, but fear always seems to magnify what we're afraid of, doesn't it? The garage spider was about the size of the cute spider picture. Only hairier.

This morning? I turned on the garage light and scanned the area before I moved to the car. My spidey sense wasn't tingling, so I was safe.

And I like feeling safe.

**This spider brought to by the 100 blog challenge**

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Safe Harbors?

A ship in a harbor is safe,

but that's not what
a ship is built for.

A ship in a like a story (or any creative endeavor) you never share with the world. Safe. No risks. And, no stepping out of your comfort zone.

For this **100 day challenge** blog, take a step outside your comfort zone today. Then come back and leave a comment. Let's sail from our safe harbors together!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I took the weekend off.

Yep, didn't do my *100 day challenge** blogs at all over the weekend. Other things to do, places to go, people to see.  If you've ever tried to do things consistently, you know the drill.
I started out this challenge, not even a month ago, with high hopes of blogging on one of four blogs every day. I could be bummed about having messed up so soon, but I'm not. I do plan to catch up eventually though--before I run out of my 100 days.

How often do we start something--writing a book, a diet, an exercise program, a class, a craft project, anything--and we stall out for some reason? That's pretty human of us, don't ya think? The key is what you do after you stall. 

I'll pull out my blogging jumper cables, give myself a jolt and get on the road again...

What do you do to get yourself going again when you fall off your plan?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Spider in the Kitchen

not my kitchen
Picture this... the kids are moving along nicely in the lunch line, happy about the chicken sandwich and corn on the cob when one observant fourth grader points out there's a spider in one of the light fixtures. Now, the spider is the focus of everyone's attention. Which isn't too bad, unless, like me, you're scared spitless of spiders.

A big light fixture--three feet long, two wide--makes a great playground for a spider as long as my finger. Well, I suppose he wasn't playing, but trying to find a way out of the bright space. Back and forth, from one end to the other. He was, however, chasing chills up and down my spine with each pass.

I've grown a lot in my ability to deal with this fear. A few years ago, I wouldn't have been able to remain in the kitchen, continue serving lunch or talk spiders with the kids. Once I was able, though, I did leave the kitchen for awhile. When I returned, the spider was gone. Now, one of my heroes could have come and taken care of the creature, or he found his way out. I don't much care, as long as I can't see him. (Although the thought of him crawling around above me isn't comfortable.)

It was interesting watching him--sort of. You don't see the underside of wolf spiders as a general rule. I was fascinated by the tiny round pads of his feet.

As a writer, this experience made me think. We look for the right character traits for our story people, then give them a flaw to go with that trait. But, how often to we give them a phobia? There's usually a good internal fear for them to deal with on the emotional level, but what about an external fear that causes a visceral reaction? Something that has no apparent reason...

I'm thinking about my characters now, and how I can deepen their relationship with my readers by adding a fear. How about you? On this **100 day challenge** leave a comment about what fear you might give to one of your characters.

As much as I love to add pictures to my blog--there was no way I'd put a spider on here. I'd never be able to come back!