Lillie has a kinda-large lump on her side. I called the Vet to make an appointment to have it looked at. (BTW, Can I have an animal without issues for at least ONE year?)
Me: Hello, this is Suzanne SugarBaker. I need to make an appointment for my dog Lillie; she has a lump on her side.
Girl Who Answers The Phone Asked me eleventy thousand questions about the size of the lump, the location of said lump, how long has the lump been there, etc…I answered all her questions and then she asked me:
SO, do you want to bring her in?
Me: No, I just wanted to tell someone.
Yes, yes, please let’s schedule an appointment.
It’s Hot Ya’ll
Last week I got into my car after a visit to Publix and my car was melting. 109*. And remember, since it’s Florida it’s a MOIST HEAT.
BLOGLOVIN’—NOT SO MUCH
I use Bloglovin’ as my blog reading feed. A few months ago I just could not get it to work so I started using Feedly instead. Sadly, I could not get ALL the blogs that I read to work within Feedly, so then I was using both when Bloglovin’ finally worked. NOW AGAIN, Bloglovin’ is not working for me and I feel like I’m missing some blogs. WHAT DO YOU USE to keep up with people?
Spill the beans.
Are you melting? What do you use to keep up with Blog Reading?
One of my favorite blog friends Ernie was in the vicinity for spring break and wanted to meet up. I had my assistant look into my schedule and see where I could fit in a little gab-fest; Friday afternoon it was! She and her family had spent the day at Fort Myers beach and it was only an hour for me; naturally we met at an ice cream shop because Vacation calls for Ice Cream. We had a great hour long conversation and could have sat and talked all day, but I had a meter running and I’m partial to NOT being towed. Her daughters are just as bright, sweet and funny as I’d imagined; basically mini versions of their mom.
Ernie is the sixth blog friend I’ve met over the years and so far I’m Zero for Six at meeting a Sociopath who wants to make a skin mask out of me.
Ernie doesn’t show her family faces on her blog, so I need to respect that too. I know I’ve professed before that I have zero artistic abilities, so now you can see I was clearly lying telling the truth.
They DID see a dolphin & they DID have ice cream (those aren’t shanks in their hands)Clearly, I am the shortest one there, per usual.
Van Gogh And My Little Artists
The girls and I had a ‘play date’ on Saturday that involved an hour and forty minute drive for me with two stops along the way to pick up my children on the side of the highway. Wait., that doesn’t sound safe. We met at a place near the highway, which is funny since I recall a few times I wanted to leave them somewhere along the highway. Or maybe just a small country road? I don’t sugarcoat that there were challenging times while raising teenagers.
The good news is we got through it and I love spending time with them. I purchased tickets to Van Gogh-The Immersive Experience for the three of us. We had reservations for a lovely lunch first and then we high-tailed it to the event since you have a timed entry and lunch margaritas took longer than expected.
(FYI, while looking for the link I saw that there are two different versions of this around the world, we didn’t have the virtual reality experience that they show on the other site and now I’m so mad I could cut off my ear)
I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but it was a really cool experience. The first 15 minutes you walk through an area where you read the timeline of Van Gogh’s life. He was a ‘complicated’ man who at first thought about being a preacher before going into the art world. He was SO very hard on himself. The girls and I agreed that if he realized in 130 years people would be seeing his work, he would have really lost his marbles. Although that happened anyway which is very sad.
Then you plop yourself into the huge room with canvases all around that morph from one painting to another.
I felt like I died and went to heaven when the entire room was sunflowers; I didn’t even take a pic of that part as I was mesmerized.
It was so cool to see the progression of all his work. Well, I’m not such a fan of all the paintings he did of himself with his ear/head bandaged; that made me sad. He really struggled with mental illness. Did you know he did some of his most renowned work while in an asylum? (there’s hope for me yet!)
While we were enjoying the exhibit I was reminded that I also have artists; this is a gallery wall in our back hallway of paintings the girls did in elementary school. A little Vincent (Starry Night) and Georgia O’Keeffe, plus more pretties.
I’m gonna keep this artwork up until I have some NEW little budding artists one day.
Does anyone collect art? Does your art look as special as mine? I’m talking about my kids art, not MY special art.
My blog friend Mark wrote an end of the year post about what was GOOD in 2021. I’ve never wrapped up my year before, but he has inspired me to do so. Plus, I love making lists.
If I were more with it today, the list would be in a better order. I’ll share with you next week how 2022 is starting. Spoiler alert, it’s not that freaking awesome*. (but it will be)
So in no particular order, my good list from that weird year….that second weird year.
LILLIE. Adopting her started our 2021 on a positive note; we adore her!
We had a lovely trip to California where I honed in on my Bee Keeping and learned mastered about Birds Of Prey.
Business is amazing! There is more work that we can keep up with. Although we couldn’t host our much loved company party again this year, the Coach doled out large bonuses and who doesn’t love money?
We enjoyed many visits to our GA house.
Pool renovation, back of the house/craft room renovation/new deck outdoor area in GA. We don’t shy away from a project.
Healthy family. After I started this list, Linds contracted Covid and was miserable for a few days; she is better now. *I will share more next week.
My Aunt and Uncle found and purchased a home in GA 8 minutes from our house. On that note, we’ve spent more time with them in the past two years than we ever did and that makes me so happy. I know it also makes my Mom happy; I’m assuming she’s reading my blog or attempting to haunt us if she doesn’t have wifi.
We celebrated 30 years of (mostly) marital bliss. The Coach hasn’t wisened up and for that I’m grateful.
My Cuz Patrick was able to spend a week with the Coach and I in GA; and we experienced what the experts called The Brood X Cicada invasion. But I’m still not convinced it wasn’t an alien invasion.
We convinced Lindsay to join the family business and she is doing an amazing job, plus, she’s in a much better mental state than the years prior and THAT is something to be thankful for.
I’ve been more consistent with my blogging and in turn, you’ve been visiting more often and leaving me sweet notes. I LIVE FOR YOUR COMMENTS. Some of the more fun blog topics this past year had to do with bananas and the coveted box of baby teeth . I can’t believe I’ve not been discovered yet.
We hosted a small and fun surprise Co-Ed Shower for Lolo and Nathan.