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The Life of an Artful Otter
or, "Okay, what'd she get into now?"
IT'S COLD! An artic do in temperatures is in effect until Saturday... until then temps are barely above freezing, in fact yesterday, they weren't. Got bulbs planted last month. Is it to soon to want it to be spring? Probably.

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Hi Mom! Hope things are going well there. Miss you bunches, but you know that. I sit on the front porch at the house with the humming birds flying running battles around my head and think to myself how you'd love this. Mark and I are ok. I haven't checked on Tone, and I wouldn't know how to look up Therese. I know, I know. .. I will make some sort of effort before the year's end. Well. Gotta go. Tell everyone I said hi. .. give them my love... Papa... Ray Ray... Hoover... I love you.

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Today is the 24th year after I said "I do" to a bunch of words in front of a bunch of friends and family. I'm not sure what to think of this. Part of me feels incredibly tired, as of I've been rowing a really heavy boat upstream with no help from the other passenger (Mark) while I now have the shoulder muscles of a Trojan soldier, I'm totally saturated with being the only stable one in the relationship. That being said I could count my blessings. .. I do have plenty. .. some even involve Mark! ;)

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Cooked like I was crazy... ate drank slept... did it all again. It was a good weekend over all. Spent a little time with Buddha... but mostly stayed home with The Pack.

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The weather is definitely ahead of itself. Hot, August like temperatures. Is fine for porch sitting when there isn't a lot of drama, and this morning there wasn't. While still cool and quiet, I put out feeders for the hummers and admired a really large swallowtail butterfly among my black bees that have finally returned, baked in the sun a little and now is time to get some things accomplished: dog trimming and general straightening up of The Nest. My reward for all this diligence? Other than relocating my inhaler, my TV remote, and my sanity (nah) will be to start knitting that moochi moochi pig in a wig! Squee!

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Alright alright alright! Made it to Friday without too much loss of brain tissue. After being as hot and muggy as a week in August just a few days ago the weather has turned cold and unwelcoming. Bah. I will need to bundle up (in May?) in order to get any gardening done without stiffening up and falling over in the yard for the amusement of the neighbors.
Spreaking of the amusement of the neighbors at five in the morning yesterday in the rain the Very Interesting People across the street began behaving like an episode of Boondocks. After much screaming and thumping and slapping/punching each other and threats to "get they gun" CPD finally shows up. I'm leaving for work at that point so I never did see how it played out. All was quiet until a few minutes when the really loud woman shows up. I'm hoping that if there's a repeat episode like yesterday it won't happen at five in the morning again.
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How many times in this journal have I said... I'm baaaaack!!? At least once more it seems. Hi y'all. Gotta go check things out... Brb
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today was pretty alright. Last week I was inexplicably tired, distracted couldn't think...dunno what that was about. I made sure I got a little more sleep, and tanked up on the water... it took a couple of days but I'm cranking on nearly all cylinders... for now.

The weekend weather was abnormally warm, in the 60s . too hot for Ohio in January. It made me itchy to garden, knowing full well that the ground was a muddy, icy mess... at least a girl could dream... right? Nothing heinous to report... I will have to do some back filling... my usual stuff... odd occurences around the house and during the day outside... the passing of Bob the Cat last year in October... somber, heavy stuff. I'll get around to it. I did promise to keep this baby updated... I'm struggling, but I'm gonna....!!!

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Current Location: right at home/ in fact I AM home!!
Current Mood: hungry hungry
Current Music: just the usual clash of head noise going on

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that I haven't gotten down pat, keep recurring. I have always prided myself on being a good listener... but I keep being shown I'm not so much.... backstory later... I'm tired.

Current Mood: exhausted exhausted
Current Music: somebody fix it... it's baroque

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...in the saddle again. First full week back at work. Must.Remember.Not.To.Whine..I didn't want to retire... I needed my social contact... structure, all my friends are there. Which is a little hard to remember at 4:00 when the alarm goes off!! I'm going to bed early... so there, nyah.

Current Location: rapidly headed for crashing and burning
Current Mood: cranky cranky

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