#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday July 30, 2017

Not sure where our Weekend Coffee Share host is. Nothing showed up in my emails, so I headed over to Parttime Monster Blog (the original and current host for the Coffee Share challenge) —  Nothing…  Then I checked over at There She Goes (who had taken over briefly while PTMB took a much needed leave of absence…  Nothing there either.

Hopefully everything is okay over on both fronts…  Anyway, here’s my Coffee Share —

It’s been a fairly interesting (guess you could say) and busy week.  As usual much of the busy-ness is pretty much typical day to day type stuff that really isn’t worth writing about (shopping, doctors appointments, chores, day to day projects, etc, etc.

Don’t remember if I mentioned about doing this in my last Coffee Share, but last Monday we put our son on the plane to go visit Grandpa.  Being that he is almost 16 (less than a week away now) it was decided that he should be well old enough to travel as a regular passenger and not require the “unaccompanied minor” assistance.  The trip there went without a hitch.  We were able to accompany him to the gate and ensure he got on the plane okay and grandpa was able to meet him at the gate with no problems.  Even on the return trip home, there was no problems and grandpa was able to accompany him to the gate, making sure he got on the plane okay.

The only problem we ran into was meeting him at the gate at this end.  Because our name wasn’t in the reservation notes as being allowed to meet him at the gate the ticket agent wouldn’t give me a gate pass… In a way I blame (but not really placing blame) on the fact that the ticket agent that was there at the time we put him on the plane back on monday did not mention thenecessity   of doing so when we asked about the requirements needed to meet him at the gate on his trip home – instead she just told us that all we needed was the confirmation letter/email of the flight and an I.D.  This was not completely accurate info and caused a delay and undue stress on my part.  I do, also, have my suspicions that the ticket agent (at the time I was going to pick up my son) was discriminating, but that isn’t something I have any proof on and since everything did work out – isn’t worth making an issue about.  There was one other WTH moment as I went through security and was detained (only for a moment) as they checked the buttom of my pant leg.  As expected, nothing was found and I was allowed through without further delay but after having had to deal with the situation at the ticket counter I was under a bit of stress and my first thought was WTF is going on this time – Thankfully I remained calm and everything. worked out fine….  In fact I made it to the gate in plenty of time to meet my son.

Let this be a lesson —  If you are putting you are putting your child (teenager) on the plane as a regular passenger (non-unaccomapnied minor) and wish to have someone meet them at the gate on the other end or want to meet them at the gate yourself on the return trip, be sure and confirm that they/you are listed as being able to do so on the reservation notes.  You will also want to be sure that the name given is the same as your Driver’s License/State I.D.  There are age requirements/restrictions given (different for different airlines) as to what age a minor (under 18) can travel as a non-unaccomapnied minor (ie as a regular passenger).   The youngest age I’ve seen given seems to be about 14 years old.  Under that they will have to travel as an unaccompanied minor (which generally involves a small fee ($25 or $50, I believe)…  The youngest in which a child can travel by themselves as an unaccompanied minor is like 5 or 6 (under that they must travel either with an adult or (and don’t quote me on this) a family member who is traveling as a non-unaccompanied minor.

I also ended up going into urgency care last week due to intense, debilitating, pain in my shoulder.   After trying various home-remedies and taking 1200 mg of Ibuprofen (without any effect), I just couldn’t take any more.  According to the doctor there, I have “Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome”.  He prescribed a pain-killer and a muscle relaxer and, thankfully, now my shoulder is feeling much better – It’s still sore and a little stiff but I can move it again without wanting to cry and/or scream.  I was also given some exercises to do to help with strengthening and R.O.M.

Now that I’ve gone on (and on) about myself and my week, LOL, How was your week?  What all did you do.

Wishing you all a wonderful week… See you next time.

#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 πŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜.    

#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 β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ).

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.