#WeekendCoffeeShare – Busy Busy

Sorry to be so late to the Weekend Coffee Share this week…  Infact it isn’t even the weekend any more so I can hardly call mine a Weekend Coffee Share, can I?

The reason I wasn’t here yesterday? It was pretty crazy here.  I woke up a little later than usual (something like 5 something in the morning, I beleive – my usual being somewhere around 4 – 4:30 in the morning) and almost immediately got started in the kitchen w/ grounding up a bunch of meat.  Some of it was used in our strogonoff (we did a quick & easy version) and some was put aside for this morning’s breakfast (which I need to get started on soon).  The rest was put aside in the freezer for later use.

We also worked on the car changing out spark plugs & spark plug wires, which included a 15-20 minute bike ride up to the auto parts store to get said parts.  Probably should have bought them ahead of time and then returned if they weren’t needed.  On the way home me and my son (who had gone with me) stopped at the store for a drink and had to wait out the rain for a bit.    The car is finished and sounding a lot better than it has been.  Amazing what changing out  spark plugs & spark plugs wires can do.

After all that, I then baked up some chocolate sandwhich cookies.  Basically, I used a chocolate sugar cookie recipe and put chocolate chips between 2 sugar cookies and then baked.  I’m not super impressed with the recipe I used for the cookies – partly my fault as I forgot to adjust for the fact that I was using white whole-wheat flour (along w/ a little bit of rye flour)….  S till, they aren’t too terribly bad.  I also made up a batch of small chocolate sugar cookies to take across the street to our neighbor who was kind enough to help us out multiple times while we were working on the car.

Today, we are heading up to put our son on an airplane.  His first time traveling by himself  as a regular passenger instead of a “unaccompanied minor”….

So, well, time for me to run – Got to get started on breakfast and get us ready to get out of here.

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful week everyone and be sure and check out the other Coffee Chats.  You can get to them by visiting Part Time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share

#WeeklySmile for Wednesday July 19, 2017

Woww,  I am seriously behind schedule this week both in this blog and on Life Happens at The_Carrs.  I believe I got the Weekend Coffee Share done on the right day (Sunday), but my Tuesday Chatter was done yesterday (Wednesday) and here I am doing my Wednesday Weekly Smile on a Thursday (Geez)…But hopefully I can get Three Things Thursday done today, and get back on track…  I really need  give some attention to my Taini Writes blog as it has been a bit neglected lately.

So where are we —  Weekly Smiles – What was there this past week to smile about…  Well actually the weather has been a bit dreary and overcast.  The other day we got a good amount of “Monsoon style” rain along with some Thunder & Lightening which made for some good weather watching.  Yesterday we just got a constant drizzle type of rain.  I mean it was actually raining but was like a shower that lasted for awhile.  So what is there to smile about with that kind of weather?!?  Well for one thing, I heard that the Burro Fire which was burning in a nearby mountain has finally been fully contained.  At one time there was something like 60 wildfires burning here in the Arizona area (not sure what that number is now) and firefighters were having a terrible time getting a handle on them, and getting them contained because of the high heat and dry weather.  Now, finally, we are seeing starting to see these fires under control, contained and even put out.

Let this (all these wildfires going on) be a reminder to you all that when you go camping and make a campfire to keep an eye on it and never let it go unattended.  Be sure your campfires are Fully Out.  A rule of thumb you hear is that it should be cold to the touch – For me, and my family, this means that you can put your hands down into the fire (which obviously should be out at this point) and keep it there for like 5-10 seconds.  There should be no warmth whatsoever.

Hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to SMILE 🙂😀😃😁.    

#WeekendCoffeeShare: July 16, 2017 – In which I have been MIA from Blogging.

Had to look back at my blog to see whether or not I had even done the last Weekend Coffee Share (welcome back our hostess Diane from PartTime Monster Blog) – that was after I had to check the date on my phone to know what today’s date even was


No good reason, really, for my absence from blogging… Just a lot of little things pop up (mostly in the mornings when I do my blogging) and I just never got around to it.

Before I get into my goings on (and no doubt bore you to tears) how about a cup of coffee??  I have a single cup brewer here.  Takes a minute to get coffee out to everyone but can make fresh and to order – Do you prefer Super Dark or a French Roast/Sumatra mix (almost put Samoa…that’s a cookie isn’t it).

We’ve had some heavy rain the past couple of days as well as some thunder and lightening.  I did have one video that kind of showed the lightening (and of course I didn’t save it).  I did get these two shots ahead of the storm from the other day (taken looking opposite directions from each othe)


There was also a panoramic view I had taken as I was leaving the store (just ahead of the storm), which I also failed to keep.

Not really much to tell you all this week…  The big thing was belt testing for my son… Don’t know if he passed or not (we find out Monday at the ceremony, but he did do pretty good (for him) and has come a long way since he’s started.

Just for fun, here’s a cool screen shot I grabbed from a video I was watching on you-tube (BeAmazed


{The link above should take you to the specific video I was watching}.

Till next time, have a wonderful week…  Now off to link this to linky and then check out some other weekend coffee share posts.  I urge you to join me in doing the same.

#WeekendCoffeeShare (Yeah I know It’s Monday)

Hello everyone.  Sorry, I never got around to doing my Weekend Coffee Share yesterday.  We had family over for a late lunch/early dinner (Linner) so a lot of. the morning was spent getting ready and taking care of other things.

Sure, I could have done it yesterday evening but honestly all I wanted to do was vege, besides – It’s just not a coffee share if I’m not enjoying a cup of coffee as I write (and sharing, virtually, with you all ☕️☕️).

This week I’m linking back to two of our hostesses – Diane over at Parttime Monster Blog, who is taking back the reins after a short break, and Emily over at Nerd in the Brain who has been keeping things going these past couple (few?) months.

Ok, now that I’ve got that bit of housekeeping done —  I guess I should get to our little coffee chat.  Everyone have a good weekend?  Anything exciting or spectacular happening this week?

I already told you about having company yesterday which was the highlight of the weekend.  Other than that nothing really happened.  We just enjoyed a quiet relaxing time at home.  Linner (Lunch/Dinner) was good.  We all pretty much decided that the grilled corn was the highlight followed closely by either chicken or beef (think it was an even mix between those that liked the chicken and those that liked the beef).

My son son does his belt testing today, which is exciting.  I think he tests to earn his yellow belt – Hopefully will find out for sure later this evening.  He won’t actually get the belt till later at the ceremony – today is just belt testing day.

Time for me to get on to my usual Monday Morning doings.  Have a great week everyone.

Share Your World – July 03, 2017

Joining Cee’s Share Your World challenge.  As always, she has four (thought provoking) questions for us.  I find there is a mix of those questions that are very easily answered with little thought required, those that require a bit of extra thought, and those to which my first is thought is “I have no blankety blank idea” – LOL.  Let’s see what she’s got for us this week.  To view this week’s challenge head on over to this week’s Share Your World on Cee’s Photography (note:  photographs are not a requirement in your post).

 For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?
Hmmm…. I guess my first choice would be sweet with a bit of bite (hot/spicy)… Some sour in there is good too.  Don’t care for bland food but not a fan of lots of salt nor am I fan of pure hot without something to cut the heat.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

One of three places – LOL:

  1. Bedroom
  2. Office
  3. Garage

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?
And here we have the one question (yep always at least one that, in my book, has me thinking – “I’ve got nooooo idea”….

I should be doing more  to excerise every day and same could be said about my water intake (I’m terrible at drinking enough water).

I have a number of craft projects that have been pushed to the back burner (a little bit each day would get them done).  Same thing with writing (not that I have any projects there)…My blogs could also maybe use more daily effort.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  

Nothing…  Are you kidding me.  I have absolutely zero talent for anything that would be circus-worthy (hard pressed to think what my talents are, period).  And even if I did have talent I can’t reallythink of anything I’d want to do….  I mean I guess riding the horses would be fun and the trapeze artists are pretty cool (but no way I’d want to do something like that).

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Next week is belt testing for my son (and the rest of the class).  Looking forward to seeing how he does with that.  As for this week, I’m grateful for a safe and uneventful fourth of july and for all the police and fire crew that worked that day keeping us safe.  My thanks to them for their sacrifice and for giving up time with their families to ensure our safety.