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An Eye Opening Experience

I actually thought this was just going to be a normal Thursday morning.  The dogs needed to go out before the alarm went off.  The alarm went off before I wanted to get up.  Some people say the mornings are much brighter due to the time change.  I don’t see it. I see dark.

Anyway after the shower, I open up my contact case.  I can’t find the contact.  So I continue to swish my finger around and around – nothing.  Maybe it fell on the counter.  I lean over and look along the counter.  Oh and remember I am contact-less (aka blind).  Nothing.  So I put in the other contact, certainly that will help.  I start to put the case away when I spot it – hanging off the side of the case.  Thank goodness.   I pop it in.


If any of you have ever worn contacts you will understand the next few hours   seconds.  Tears are pouring out of my eyes as I try to pry my eyelids apart.  I can’t do it, let alone grab that contact.  Finally, I got that little sucker out.     Glasses were the look of the day.


This is the look I was going for:


This is the look I got:


So let’s talk Turkey Day.   No, not Thanksgiving, silly.  Turkey days.  Just passin’ through guys, just passin’ through.

The dogs were quietly whining, the cats were outside – but laying low, the horses, on the other hand were quite interested.  When the turkeys got into their pasture, they actually trotted out to see them.

I left for work and saw this:

Come on….  Don’t they have any idea that Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away?  This is no time to be taking a vacation.


You know how you hear of people cutting themselves with a kitchen knife – usually while rapidly chopping stuff, right?   So picture this:   While holding a plastic bag of vegetables upright with one hand, grab the sharpest knife you own and with great vigor slice across the top of the bag – straight through to the other side where your fingers are!


Completed cooking like this:
because it’s much more dramatic than a band-aid.


I watched a great movie/documentary on Netflix called “A Ballerina’s Tale”.  It’s about the life of Misty Copeland and the world of ballerinas. 

Now go out and have a great Friday!

One step at a time,



Monday Musings

Do you sometimes wait a while after Christmas to open or use a gift?  I think I broke a record.  Last Christmas we bought each other (!) an Instapot.  Everyone had one and everyone said we needed one.  I hate to disobey or disappoint.  So there it was under the tree.    Only 314 days later, I opened the box and plugged in my new Instapot.   314 days later.  I wonder if the warranty is still good.

I only have one – unlike this cute little guy.


My recipe was for a Paleo (of course) beef and vegetable soup.

First off, when you put this tall pot on top of the counter, this stretch-as-tall-as-I-can-to-be-5’1″ girl cannot see into the pot!   Problem solved:

The benefit to this pot is that you can pressure cook, saute’, and slow cook all in the same pot.  So I started by saute-ing (is that a word?) the ground beef and onions.

After all the vegetables and broth were added I nervously pressed the pressure cook button and waited 30 minutes.    Voila’!!  Soup!

And it tasted good, too!  I tried to get the recipe for you and for some reason my computer keeps rejecting the website now.  If you want to try, it’s called Chunky beef, cabbage and tomato soup by
I will continue to try and get the recipe and post it as soon as I can.  It’s definitely worth the try and it can be put in a pot on the stove if you don’t have an Instapot (or haven’t opened the box yet).


On Sunday I watched the NYC marathon.  Did you?  It’s like the only sport I watch on t.v.  You may look at this and think “I bet that is Anne running there”; but you’d be wrong.

Anyway I have to admit when I watched Shalane Flanagan win, tears were rolling down my face.  Don’t tell anyone.  I have heard there are people who don’t follow marathoners, if that could be you here is some fascinating news.  Shalane is the first woman from the US to win the NY City marathon in 40 years!

After talking, well texting, with my son who is running a 50 mile ultra in December and then texting my nephew, who also runs ultras, I decided I needed a goal.  (Actually I made that decision after he asked me what races I had ahead of me).

I wanted something on a weekend that Patient Husband was not working so that I didn’t have to go alone.  I also wanted something that was within driving distance for the weekend.  The last criteria was that it needed to be in a state that I haven’t raced in before.  Yea, I’m going for that 1/2 marathon in each state thing.  Anyway, did you know that Nebraska has very few 1/2 marathons?I was really hoping for something in Utah, but each one in the 1st quarter of next year was the same weekend PH had to work.  I settled on….. (drum roll).  The Hoppin’ Half on March 31st in Denver.  So there you have it.  My next race.

Ahhh back to the present.  When I got off work today, this was my view from inside my car.

Nice, huh?  At least the side view was better:


Can someone out there please explain something to me?   Nice barn with corrals and stalls open to the horses:

And this:

This is right in front of my living room window.  Kinda like “Hey anyone in there see how miserable we are?”


Most of the time when we let our dogs outside to do their business, they are let out one at a time.  Otherwise they tend to go crazy.  This is what they do while one is outside:

And this is what Jack does to show me his undying love and devotion.


And on that note, make today a good one.

One step at a time,