Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Life as a politician

I didn't get the color memo about wearing black .. a little color is a good thing!
Not to mention it was day 5 of the crud.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Hello Monday!

ah Monday -- it's you again.

I actually got out of bed at my normal time.  Almost 10 days of crud and on a Monday I can finally move in the morning.  Both elders now suffering from it.  and self medicating.  the speech I received about urgent care -- is not resonating with them.  they'll be there yet.

I left the office at 3:30 yesterday!   laundry, cleaning, cooking were on my agenda.  it happened.  I did sit briefly at my sewing table.  still sorting and unpacking from girls weekend.  argh.  it was chilly down there and I forgot my sweater so -- back upstairs to mindless drivel on TV.

time for change.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday's on 3rd

yep, at work.

went home at 6:30 last night, in bed and sleeping by 8:30 ... woke up at 5:00am rolled over and slept until 7:00 -- I was dog tired yesterday and knew I needed sleep -- today is better, perky even ...

elders are also on the mend. 

alas, the work and projects continue.

so, here I am, working.


Friday, January 27, 2017

8 days of


still whining - it's ugly stuff.

and now I've managed to share it with the elders.  oh boy.  three whining bodies in a small house. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

life on 3rd

   most days life on 3rd street is one repetitive comment after another.

   "no you cannot deduct  ... ___________ insert weird item here"

   " yes, you must report your income"

   " no you can not come for your appointment at noon next Tuesday ... I'm busy"

we could truly write the book around here.

ah ..


Sunday, January 22, 2017

ah, a little fresh air .... the best medicine

there is a lot of mud and ice on Daisy Lane -- it's either or   and nothing in between ..
my Ruby -- haven't seen her since mid November .... I bet she misses me
just got the recall notification for the air bags ... she might get to come out of storage in February ..

wtf (part three)

part three -- urgent care .... gotta love a nurse practitioner who comes in to see you wearing a mask -- good grief.

Sudafed and bed rest -- "oh, I can write you a note to stay home from work" ... sorry chickie -- not in my world.  I will however skip the dental appointment in the morning.  ha -- the crown prep will have to wait until March.

so I went to the office and loaded up another tote bag of work ...
went to purchase Sudafed --  had to have my drivers license to get it ... wtf.
come home and napped for two hours ...

I'm upright now but fading fast -- it's been 20 minutes ...

I left the office at 2:30 yesterday -- barely made it up the hill ... took a 4 hour nap, ate, worked a bit and slept from 8:30 until 8:30 this morning. 

Elder #1 took the tractor to the hill -- it is now passable -- damn scarry couple of days .. ice is bad on the flat but it's downright ugly on a steep slope.

sweet dreams -- bed is calling ....


Saturday, January 21, 2017

WTF (part 2)

  well, I slept most of the night or at least until 5:30 when the coughing got out of control.

  the dripping nose is now out of control. 

  the chills and hot flashes are out of control -- well advil seems to slow them down

  yes, I'm whining -- although from what I've heard -- I'm in pretty good shape. 

  Off to the shower and then the office -- I have a project list for the weekend and sick by damned -- my list is going to get done.


Thursday, January 19, 2017


ya, I know less wtf ...

I think the flu has arrived on 3rd.

I'm not exaggerating ... I think every bone hurts / aches /throbs ..

the cough has subsided, for now.

can't wait for darkness to arrive.

you'll find me in a bed ... in Traverse Township  ....


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I.C.E (the day after)

I returned from trip *2 from the Government Center -- and I looked at the garage and spotted this ... kind of cool eh?  I forgot to check it out when I left this evening ... will keep camera in the truck ..
all part of the craziness on 3rd Street

(don't look a the wiring ... today's call is the electrician)

It made it thru the night ..... pictures on my phone!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


ice is evil.

freeking evil.

I bailed for home just before 5:00 last night (with homework) ...

Hit the brakes to turn on our township road -- started sliding ... oops #1.

Slowly negotiated a roundhouse corner onto the mini hill at our mailbox ... fishtailed and slid into the opposite bank -- dang near didn't make it.

Got straightened out and took a run at the big hill -- in 4WD ...

Started skidding 3/4 of the way up and bounced off the outside bank ... but made it up ...

Slid past the driveway apron at the house -- had to back up (on glare ice) ... oops #2

after 2 attempts -- made it into the garage stall -- mirrors still attached.

and elder #1 says to me --- "it wasn't that bad 15 minutes ago when I came home"  ... really dude  ---  somehow I find that hard to believe.

The inbound this morning was totally uneventful.  Thankfully. 
On with the day/week/life.

Stay smart - stay safe.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

purge ...

the need to purge and do with less has become quite pronounced here on 3rd Street ... the crew will be proud of me ... 4 boxes left my "cave" in the last 48 hours ... and it is beginning to look like 4 boxes left .. 

damn -- I got a mess in this building ... the 3 things a day rule needs to be enforced ... strictly enforced.  good grief -- the crap -- it piles up ... and we really haven't hit the "busy" season yet. 

left to do --

__  get the label maker out and label the unlabeled binders
__  vac the floor
__ re-org the rolling cart
__ order another rolling cart

and the regular W2 and 1099 printing, client stuff .. ya, the stuff that makes generates a living.

'tis good to be me.


Thursday, January 12, 2017


dining on 3rd street is generally microwaved left overs ... leftovers from girls weekend .. the papa murphy's pizza freezes well

I fell for the myth of himalyan salt lamps -- too soon to tell
I need all the good vibes I can get this time of year

elder #1 and his tractor arrived to scrap the parking lot .. I didn't think it needed it but must have thought it to be necessary ... or more likely he was at cousin shorty's and whipped in on the way past .. always amazes me -- he picks prime time rush hour for such projects ... goofy ...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


white out conditions

drive to up to client at assisted living (can't see a thing)
no one answers the page ...
drive back to office

drive to attorney to chat about said client
grocery store (oh joy --food)
back to office

15 minute prep on repossession gains
drive back to said attorney (different client)
advise said client to foreclose
drive back to office

remember change is happening.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017



change happens every day ... although sometimes it rocks us to the core
change is good
change is bad
change happens


Monday, January 9, 2017

zee fitbit gizmo

emails me every Monday ...

WTH .... 

the subliminal message - is always "walk more you fool" ...

or I love this weeks message -- "you walked 9.8 miles over last week" ... ya, that path back and forth to the copier ....  .... whaaaattttttt.

Amazon delivered me an extra charger --- no excuses now.

happy Monday

Sunday, January 8, 2017

5 Crazy Diva's ...

Not to call ourselves old -- merely technologically challenged.  5 crazy crafting Diva's trying to take selfie style pictures with short arms ... after 52 hours of creativity we were a little wired.
I went back to the shack for brunch (French toast made from angel food cake -- I certainly wouldn't make it again but ....) and stayed until 2:00 when my reality kicked in and I went back to the office to work ...
thanks for all the laughs ladies ... life without you would be very very dull ... until our next adventure ... happy crafting!

Life at the Scrap Shack

the Scrap Shack has rules
3 projects a day rules?
project 1 -- 12 mug rugs ... chopped up scraps and re-arranged them

dress #1 ... again hunks of fabric from my scrap bin

and dress #3 ...

I didn't spend the night up there on Friday -- I had to work yesterday -- and work went extremely well ...so I arrived in time for lunch!  Homemade egg rolls from MaryJane and her Mom ... tasty....
By 5:30 I was fading fast, cold, tired, cranky --- so I sat in the living room and covered up .... finally I gave up and went home to my own warm toasty bed ... and have awoke to a stuffy head and dripping nose --- I knew something was cooking ...
I'm dressed and headed back to the office for a couple of hours and will return to check in with the Diva's ... (and eat) ... and load up my truckload of stuff ... and maybe sew a bit more ...
These ladies keep me sane (or rather keep me less sane!) ... love 'em to death.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Making more memories

  it's GIRLS GONE CRAFTING weekend at MY SCRAP SHACK .... the food, the projects, the laughter is over the top. 

  Thursday night after the pool, when the brain fuzzies cleared -- I loaded up my stuff and attempted to project plan.  And then got to the office yesterday and found my spray starch had froze -- so good to be me.

   New tires on the truck yesterday -- should have less slippy sliding around.  It is so freeking cold that I haven't noticed the slipperies. 

  Off to work for a spot of 1099 and W2's and then back out to the shack for the balance of the weekend. 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Memories ....

So Teresa posted a picture on wastebook of their new fangled litter box and I had to smile ... brings back the pleasant memories of Nick and the not so pleasant memories of that awful litter box.

Then, Mark walked out and asked -- "where's the cat?" ... oh my -- more memories

I have to admit I miss the creature -- but at the same time I don't miss the hair or the litter box .... or tripping over him in the dark ... or the always empty food dish or smucking the litter down the basement stairs ... it is dang quiet at night without him.
I'm going to smile the rest of the day ....

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

let the games begin

and term #3 began yesterday .... more like term 2.5  (the first one was a 2 year short gig due to re-districting)  Mr. Kemp, Mr. Luepke and I were sworn in by Judge Westphal yesterday.   Judge W was a bit late ... but the job got done and we moved on to the business of the day.

Jean took this one ... with two new commissioners it's going to be a different -- I thought it was a rough start and in thinking that -- the need to educate, improve and serve needs to be re-enforced.
So it rolls ...
then I went to the dentist in the afternoon -- unfortunately --- I'll be returning for more fillings and a crown -- she didn't buy the "I'm already a Princess I don't need another crown" statement -- I tried --
this morning I was the stupid Diva -- pumped gas at -8 ... hanging out at the gas pump at -8 with a stiff north wind -- windchill at -20 -- will put the starch in your undies ...
Stay warm and stay safe will be the motto for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

slip slidin away

I carefully slid over the large hill this morning.

Missed hitting the mailbox on the mini hill.

Missed one of the neighboring mailboxes on the inbound commute.

Office parking lot is bad, just bad.
The wind blew the trash Kirby down the street ... it's still upright!

Heading out to sand / salt / rock the surfaces
(in a skirt and my kick ass boots)


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017 ...

I think this is my favorite picture of 2016 -- I didn't take as many pictures ... which might be a good thing --

I was a NYE party pooper -- I had planned to sew most of the evening -- and I did -- but I spent it ripping out part of a quilt.  The tension was wacked on the long arm, so 1/2 a quilt got ripped out -- re-loaded/re-rolled back onto the long arm and re-stitched.  I also brought a couple of office projects home -- sometimes working at a different desk brings new perspective ... sometimes.

So most of the projects got finished -- the Downton Abbey marathon was on PBS -- kept me busy.  I slept late this morning (7:30!) .. it was light out ... egads.  seriously. 

Eventually I made it to the office -- lots of fun projects -- like cleaning, more trash, more furniture moving, more organizing.  I lead a paper shuffle life. 

And tomorrow it begins again.

Girls Gone Crafting begins in 5 days -- I need to start packing my projects ... details to follow ....

the panther in the back yard ... he thinks he's tough.