Feeling the other side of the law, keeping up, fancy b-ball and lets cook!

Last week Lolo was pepper sprayed on Monday morning, then she was tasered on Wednesday.
How could someone do that to this cute little face?
If you didn’t know that she was currently enrolled in the Deputy Sherriff’s training program this would be an odd thing to share.  
Well, that up there is not her current face….and she hardly climbs into chimneys anymore; but it’s still the face I think of when the thought of her being hurt arises.

A more current photo of her sweet face. 
I practically had the child wrapped in bubble wrap from ages 1-12; and this is what she does?

{FYI: She said she’d take the taser about a bajillion times over one pepper spray in the eyes.}

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Since the weather has been nicer, I’ve been walking with a good friend several days a week. She’s the same height as I am (short!) but she walks faster than I do. Honestly, I consider myself a VERY fast walker. But, my fast walking friend is wearing me out.
I finally figured out how to slow her down. We pick up garbage while we’re walking. She thinks we’re doing it to save the planet, and we are, but we’re also saving my legs/feet so that I can function the rest of the day.
We’re getting in about 3-4 miles miles each walk.
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Right now the Coach and I are eating gobs of fresh romaine and arugula from the garden.
Don’t hate; appreciate. But soon we’ll also be eating gobs of fresh ‘maters!
Ok, now you can hate.

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Basketball season is upon us. We’re big boosters of our local college and we love attending the basketball games. Our ladies team and the men’s team are awesome! We had two games this week. The Coach doesn’t do anything small or understated. Hot dogs? Burgers? Nah…….how about delicious food served in adorable little thingy-ma-bobs. And wine. Always good wine. 

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I’m very excited about Thanksgiving! Actually, I might be overexcited and you know what happens then….
My Georgia people will arrive early next week; I’m ready to start the festivities!
I’ll have an actual kitchen to cook in instead of the laundry room/office/craft room that I had last year.

Have I told you today how much I love my kitchen? I do. I REALLY DO!



Is everyone excited about Thanksgiving? Did you locate your stretchy pants yet? 

Have a bee-u-Tiful weekend. XOXO

Linking with Tanya and friends for Willy Nilly Friday.

Sappy, Sweet, Queens & Bloomers


Happy Veterans day to all our wonderful vets out there; many thanks for your selflessness! 



This past weekend while the Coach was away coaching, I ended up watching two Hallmark Christmas Movies.
TWO.
After all that sweet sappiness, I needed a good cleansing.
One episode of The Walking Dead did that.
I’m back to my regular self now.

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One of my favorite sweet treats lately is smeared peanut butter on a banana.
And not just any regular ole Jiff or Peter Pan. 
The Coach and I think this freshly ground peanut butter from the Publix deli is the bomb.com.
I love it so much I’m thinking of committing bigomy and marrying it.

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Everyone’s all “Trump this, Hilary that” and I’m over here ooing and ahhhing over butterflies!
I had FOUR monarchs emerge one morning. I’ve had 7 total (as of Thursday) this week and they’re all females. Seriously…..how are they even being conceived? I’m so confused.

I frequently spot Queen butterflies in my garden too; they’re also fans of the milkweed. At first glance they could be mistaken for the monarch. 

A queen enjoying the milkweed. 

Anyhoo…..I’ve also found several Queen caterpillars amongst my monarch caterpillars this week. See, we can ALL get along just fine!

The queen caterpillar look almost identical to the monarch caterpillar;
the queen has an extra set of antenae. 

{{I noticed that my thumb nail looks so pretty up there. Don’t let that deceive you, the rest of my digits appear that I’ve spread several bags of mulch, dug some holes for drainage and played with rocks in the garden this week.}}

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Meanwhile, back in the big ole oak tree that houses a lot of my orchids, theres a mess of color happening. And a token sun-worshiping dog. 

Wishing everyone a stress-free weekend full of color, pretties and maybe a hallmark feel good movie? Just don’t go overboard like I did.

Joining Tanya and friends for Willy Nilly Friday.

The Blue Bees, TV, Rebel with wings, Veggies and being the Christmas hostess with the mostess.

The Blue Bees

A while ago I’d read about Mason bees and what a great contributor they were for pollinating. They don’t make honey or sting you….they just pollinate, pollinate and then pollinate some more.
I’d purchased a mason bee house and we were going to hang it….but then life happened. It’s still sitting on the outdoor kitchen waiting. But seriously, I’m not in short supply of bees in my yard…..they are a plenty.
(Also, I’ve got a lot of the a**hole kind; the wasps, the hornets, the angry yellow jackets!)

Anyhoo….in one of my newer butterfly (milkweed) gardens I’ve noticed these weird looking BLUE/GREEN bees.
Me: “what are you and why are you always here?”
The Bee: “buzz, buzz, buzz”
I finally googled this because I was then worried they might be the carpenter Bee that my Aunt and Uncle had issues with this year.

Alas, this was NOT an issue.
The Blue Bee is a GREAT bee to have.
Actually, I’d hit the BEE lottery.
 They are Blue Orchard Mason Bees. They pollinate, pollinate and then pollinate some more.
And, they’re lovely.

FYI: If you say BlueBees really fast several times, well, then you sound really weird.

TV
Has anyone been enjoying some of the new shows this season?
I’m particularly fond of This Is US (reminds me somewhat of Parenthood, but a bit deeper)
It’s thought provoking and touching.

Also, American Housewife. This mama cracks me UP as does the Dad on the show. Great writing.

The Veggie Garden

I finished my veggie garden a few weeks ago and it’s coming in nicely. My MIL gave me a beautiful Mum, some tomatoes and arugula. I then added more ‘maters, red and yellow bell peppers, romaine and broccoli. This is the first time I’ve ever mulched my veg. garden and I’m hoping this alleviates all the cussing that I do because of the weeds.
Yay for less bad language.

Rebellious caterpillar
I currently have 10 chrysalis in my ongoing saving of the monarch butterflies.
Can you see this one in the pic? He/She is on the OUTSIDE of the container. When it was a caterpillar, it escaped a few times from the container. Seriously, I’d never have this happen before. So, the last time it escaped, I just left it outside…..I’m going to have a good ‘talking’ to this one in a few days when it’s ready to fly. Rebel.

Christmas
It’s only the beginning of November and I’ve already planned two Christmas parties.
I’m excited.
And whooped.
But mostly excited.
Last year we weren’t really able to decorate for Christmas since we were living in half the house, I’m sooooo ready to put up the Christmas tree(s)!!

Our 2015 little tree with ONE lone ornament. 

Are two tree’s enough this year? Gosh….I’m thinking I might need three.
Just kidding.
But really….three is a better number when it comes to design.

Have a great weekend!! I hope you’re buzzzing with fun.

XOXO

Joining Tanya and friends for Willy Nilly Friday

The one where almost everything is flying.

*The Flag
For Coach’s birthday the girls gifted him with a flagpole; he’s wanted one for the yard for a long time.
(The black/blue flag stands for Law Enforcement support)
The clanking of the flags/straps/clips in the wind reminds me of being back in public school. I loathed school, but I find the sound of the flag clanging comforting. If I ever get to therapy, I’m sure theres a reason for this.


(I have no idea why two videos show up. When I try to edit it only shows one)

*The garden
My new-ish butterfly garden is coming in really well. But now I’m now wondering if I’ve put in too many plants? I need to do some trimming. FYI: It’s a huge butterfly attractor for sure….but what I’m most surprised by is the amount of bee’s that are always present.
I’m talking nearly eleventy thousand bees.daily. Yes, I counted them and I’m exhausted.

*The butterflies
I’m still busy making monarchs.
Ok, I’m not ACTUALLY making them, I’m assisting them to have life. I’m a life assistant.

This week I’ve had 5 emerge….all females. If some boys don’t start showing up we’re gonna be in trouble; the girls need the boys to make babies. Well, at least thats how it works in nature.

But….a few weeks ago I did catch these two in the act of love.
Butterfly porn….yep, it happens in my yard.

*I took the dogs out to potty after dinner one night and Cocoa decided to forgo the potty action and have a little siesta by the pool; Harley joined in a minute later. These two old (11 & 17) critters are best buds.

*It’s been windy and kinda overcast all week and I LOVE IT. Really, we get too much sunshine around here…..I like a bit of a change.
Yeah, I just said that.
Also, the humidity is taking a bit of a break and the air has dried up a tad. Honest to goodness my skin felt it within 12 minutes. Death.Valley.Skin.for.SUZ.

If you need me, I’ll be in the bathroom applying moisturizer.

Have a great weekend my friends!

Linking up with Tanya for Willy Nilly Fridays.

Willy Nilly Friday~The "I don’t know which way I’m going" version

1) Bee Irish.
See, I’m so bossy that I’ll tell people what ethnicity to BEE. 
And I expect you to follow suit.

2) Mi Madre’
My Mom is having some health issues. She’s in the hospital (in ATL) and is undergoing a lot of tests. She already feels better than when she was admitted….but there are uncertainties.
(Hi Mom- I hope you have WIFI there!) 
Yesterday I was all over the place with information. I went from packing a bag and planning my departure to laughing on the phone with her!
My Mom: “You shouldn’t drive up here, unless you’re a gastroenterologist!” 
That’s my Mom.
Waiting and praying for some good news; no matter what, we will get through it together. 
If you are a praying person, she is most worthy of them. 

3)
Do you think I’m distracted? I found something odd in our junk drawer last night. Do you see it?
4)
I might be crackers. 
5) Again, sending love, health and well wishes to my {bee} Irish mom; I know she dresses weird, but weird people need love too. 
Love you Bev!
Happy Friday my people…and call your Mom, she’d love to hear from you. 
XOXO

Willy Nilly Friday~The "lets get back into a positive groove" version.

Joining Tanya and friends to share 5 willy nilly thoughts, photos or whatevers.
I’m a fan of the whatevers. 
1)
The reason we put up with the horrid, humid, melt your face off kind of summers is to enjoy the 2-3 months in the winter where our faces don’t melt off.
Ok, we also put up with it because it’s where we live, work and play.

*My face is fully intact right now…but I feel as thought it’s going downhill quickly.
Summer is 5 minutes away!!*
I have both gardens filled up. 
This one I just finished yesterday.
{aside from the rosemary plant on crack that I butchered so I could walk into the garden}
 NOW GROW.
I mean, grow, please.
I really need to work on my demanding nature. 
I mean, my demanding OF nature.
This one is a bit more mature; I finished it on Sunday. {aside from the eggplant bush on steroids}
3)
We all miss Ozzie; but I didn’t realize that Cocoa would miss him SO much. That’s not to say she didn’t love him; she did. BUT, they didn’t really play…because Ozzie was not a player.
He was an eater, a sleeper and a pee-er. But, while doing all those things, he did them with Cocoa. She’s been really mopey since he’s been gone. 
I requested a play date this week with her friend Maya. 
I lovingly refer to Maya as The Sausage roll.
Sausage Roll who?
Who knew that I’d be worried about my dog’s mental health?

4)
Lolo’s Walter is doing well. She lets him get some climbing time in my house plant.
I use the word ‘climbing’ loosley. He’s more of a I’m just hanging out kind of chameleon.
Yikes, my corn plant isn’t looking so healthy. 
Oh joy...something else that is ailing???

5)
100% relatable
But if you call me moody, I’ll put a hurtin’ on you and your coffee filters. 
Have a fabulous weekend my people. 
XOXO
Around Roanoke

Willy Nilly~I’m rich. Well, semi-rich.

Joining Tanya and friends to share 5 willy nilly whatevers from this week. 
1)
Happy VD everyone!
2)
I’ve been on a tear the last few months to clean out the clutter in our home and one of the things that bugged me was money clutter. 
As in a surplus of change.  
The Coach had a big vase full of coins on the dresser in our closet and it was filled to the tippety top.
I transferred the coins to a box and took them to our bank and used the free coin counter. 
 Rolling in the dough. 
Can you believe that the coin counter didn’t like some of our collection? 
What? My discarded buttons and Costa Rican coins aren’t good enough for you? 
I completely understand that there is not a big commodity in sunflower seeds….unless you’re a bird. 
3)
Surprise flowers from a sweet friend is such a sweet surprise. 
4)
A sunset view from our hotel room in Vegas a few weeks ago. Sin City contains some beauty. 
FYI: I gambled approximately 15 minutes and doubled my money. Winner winner eggplant dinner.

5)
When departing Lost Wages I had a birds eye view of the Hoover Dam.
Damn, that’s pretty!
Wishing you all a sweet weekend with someone sweet!
Around Roanoke