Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Little Things

While my husband's on vacation, I get lots of things done (which I’ve blogged about before) but I also get to appreciate things I am otherwise be too busy or preoccupied to enjoy.

So I decided to compile a list of things that I’m noticing and appreciating as part of my daily “ahhh” moment to help stave off the crushing loneliness:

Eating random food straight out of the fridge
Open windows and fresh air
Playing whatever music I want at full blast (nothing like jamming to Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance...)
Walking around barefoot on freshly vacuumed floors
The comforting hum of the fridge
An unoccupied bathroom
Cool bedsheets
Buying tiny amounts of random food from the bulk store I want to try
The body-shaped divots in the mattress
The way the cat snores
Stretching out fully on the couch with a bowl of cherries resting on my stomach
Singing at full karaoke volume in the shower


Find a quiet place and close your eyes. What do appreciate about your alone time? Comment below!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hey, My Memory Sucks, Too

By Jeannie "Really, it's the 9th?" Watt

The reason I live on a generator--peace and quiet.
It must be something going around. Unlike Kay, I'm going to grab onto my excuse and squeeze it for all it's worth. I spent the day worrying about losing power because my generator started making "the noise". The noise is a nasty thing to hear because it means no power, followed shortly by no water. No water means thirsty horses. The noise is a bad thing.

After living on a generator for eighteen years, I know most of the noises and what they mean. The out-of-fuel noise is my favorite because it's the most easily fixed. It rarely happens, but when it does, a phone call fixes the problem quickly and efficiently. Most other noises are not so easily fixed. My generator is an Isuzu and hard to get parts for. My long-time mechanic, whom I love so much that I dedicated Maddie Inherits a Cowboy to him, quit the generator business and went to work for  a mine, so now I also have to find a new mobile diesel mechanic. This is like finding a new doctor. It's not easy. Today when I heard the noise, I called a guy, who called a guy, who called a guy and I think I have someone who can help me and my power source.

However, in case you think I'm complaining, I'm not really, because there are trade offs in life. This is the price I pay for living where I do, and frankly, it's worth it. In case you read on past Beth's blog, which will probably load about ten minutes after I load mine, I'm offering a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly selected poster who tells me about a trade off in their life. The winner will be announced on Saturday.

Thanks for tuning in!
Jeannie


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