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Yes, I’m going to complain about the heat


     The last time I remember being in 103-degree weather, I was in Texas.  Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike Texas?  We hit a record of 103 degrees yesterday.  Sorry, my southern friends, but some of us weren’t designed to tolerate temperatures over 90-degrees.  Please, be kind enough to take your heat back and let us enjoy our normal summer weather.

      Just taking the dogs out a several times so they could relieve themselves was more than enough.  The five minutes it took to water my potted plants about killed me.

     I’m not fond of cold, snow, and ice but I put up with it for our cooler summers.  I like being able to go outside all summer.  I hate staying inside in the AC.  I’m no Southern Belle I’m a damned Yankee.

I have hit a milestone


     This is my 1000th post!  When I began this blog, I never thought I’d keep posting daily for a long as I have.  I’ve only missed posting on days I was too sick to get out of bed or when I was away at my writer’s conference.

     I never thought I’d have return readers or, much less, a small following, but I do.  To you my dear readers I say thank you for without you I wouldn’t have made it to this milestone.

     You encourage me to keep writing even when I feel crappy.  Writing on this blog has become a way to keep my hand in while my brain is out of gear on my mysteries. 

     I hope when we sell the house and things are back to a semblance of normal around here I will have no more problems with my books and can finish them in short order.

     I promise you, if you hang in here with me during this rocky time, I will get them done.

Progress is made


     Yesterday G and I piled boxes of unsold items into my van to take to Goodwill.  We crammed it full from floor to ceiling in the back without a rear seat there.  Then we loaded the back seats and floor.  We had the women at GW scrambling as we unloaded.  They hauled a huge bin and many armloads into the place.

     There’s at least one more load just like that left.  I guess we’ll do that one next Wednesday.

     Sunday I hope to load the dresser I’m keeping into my van, I do believe it will fit.  After that, I’ll have to recruit some help to bring the Armoire home.

     We’re almost ready for the painters!

      DH stopped over while we were there but he couldn’t do much.  This horrible heat did him in before he got in the door.

A clean desk brings discovery


     I should clean off my desk more often.  I had no idea I had two of Donald Maass’s ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’ workbooks.  Maybe this is a cosmic hint?  Can you guess what is going into a basket for the 2012 Pennwriters conference?  (That is unless you want it, Dave.)

     I know my muse isn’t happy with me.  Heck, I’m not happy with me.  I can’t seem to concentrate when I sit down at the computer to write. 

     DH says it’s because I have too much on my mind.  He feels bad that I’m doing all the work at his mother’s house along with everything at home.  Hey, if I don’t, no one else will.  He certainly can’t do it. 

     Once we finish over there and get the darned place sold, things should settle down here and I’ll get my concentration back.

     G and I are going over today to begin packing the leftover sale stuff up for Goodwill.

We should have asked for permission


 We got rid of our sofa bed yesterday.  Patty is not happy.  That’s her on it above.  She thought it was hers.  She has been pouting ever since it left.

     Yes, our dogs are spoiled.  I tried to explain to her that the darned thing was old and no one used it but she said she did and it wasn’t fair.
     She’ll get over it.

Fresh from the garden

     We just finished off the cucumbers that I’d made into a creamed cucumber salad the other day.  The recipe is simple and the salad is very refreshing.

     Creamed Cucumbers

     Allow enough time to refrigerate salted cucumbers slices several hours.

     2 cucumbers

     1 teaspoon salt

     1/2 cup of light cream

     1 tablespoon of sugar 

     1 tablespoon vinegar

     1/8 teaspoon of dill weed

     Pare cucumbers and slice very thin.  Add salt, then refrigerate for several hours.  Rinse with cold water, squeezing out the salt.  Make dressing by combining the cream, vinegar, sugar, and dill weed.  Pour over cucumber slices toss gently and serve.

Today I plan to do as little as possible…


     I am garage saled out!  We do have some items left but the bulk of the stuff is gone.  I think I will post the few remaining large items separately on Craig’s list and hope they sell.  Their sale would probably cover what we still need to pay for the painting of the house.

     I’d paint the place myself if I had the energy to do it.  I don’t.

     I was practically dancing a jig when the old radio, couch, chair, freezer, and child’s desk sold.  To me, everything after that was gravy.  Most of the big furniture is gone.

OMG, I can’t believe we’re doing another one!

     After last weekend I knew we needed to do another sale.  Up at six really doesn’t sit well with me but I am doing it none-the-less.

     Do me a favor and keep all appendages crossed that we clean out the house today.

     (Groan)  I hate mornings.

Gremlins in the house


     We have a problem with gremlins in this house.  Things disappear, reappear, and disappear again.  Now I am missing a large tablet, several favorite pens, and a big package of double ‘A’ batteries.  Therefore, I’m guessing our gremlins needed paper, pens and batteries.

     Are our gremlins writers?  Did they need batteries for their remote controls?

     DH claims he hasn’t seen the missing items.  Gavin and Patty don’t have thumbs so they can’t write and I have no idea what the pups would need with batteries.

     If there were kids in this house, I’d know where the batteries went.  I’ve known kids who were guilty of swiping batteries from parent’s remotes to power their stuff. 

     Usually, our gremlins return the borrowed items.  I only need to be patient.

     Do you have gremlins?  What things do they borrow?

A multitude of things


     My desk chair needs replacing.  The hydraulics are dying and when I sit in it, it slowly sinks to level too low for my desk.  It makes me look like a three-year-old trying to type at Daddy’s desk.  Maybe, when we sell the house, I can afford a new chair.

     Over the next two days, I need to make some posters and flyers for our last-ditch effort sale of the MIL’s stuff.  We need the house empty so we can paint.  Painters don’t charge as much if they don’t have to paint around furniture.  Big surprise yesterday, one of neighbor’s came over to the house while G and I were there and bought $51.00 worth of stuff!  Yay, more money for the paint the house fund!

     We enjoyed a lovely PA Dutch creamy cucumber salad made from the cucumbers I picked a few days ago.  They were delicious.

     Things have cooled down here, a wonderful relief from the heat and humidity of the last few days.  I opened the windows last night and turned off the AC. 

     I hope you all have a lovely day today.

I do know where this day went


     I typed the letter to the insurance company and had DH sign it.  Then I made copies of the policies (again) and the claim form he’d filled out and mailed ages ago.  Tossed everything into an envelope and mailed it.

     I took the dogs out, ran to the grocery store, came home and worked on the pond, watered the plants, took the dogs out, and fed them.  After that I cooked our dinner, we ate, I washed the dishes, took the dogs out, and sliced cucumbers.  Then I put the cucumbers in a bowl, salted them, and put them in the fridge to sit for a couple of hours.

     I fed the fish.  I sat down to catch my breath for a little while.  I put eggs on to boil, cut potatoes into cubes and put them on to boil.  I cut celery and onions made the dressing for the potato salad and put it over the celery and onions.  I put that bowl in the fridge.

     Eggs done, cooled them, peeled and chopped them, and added them to the potato salad bowl.  Drained the potatoes and added them to the bowl.  Then I put the bowl in the fridge.

     I washed all the prep dishes. 

     I sat down at the computer and began to type this….