Aaargh, crumb season!!!!

New Hampshire has black fly season, Vermont has mud season, California has wildfire season.

Here in Connecticut, we have crumb season.005AA

That’s right. Twice a year, just a couple of weeks before and after the spring and autumn equinoxes, the light from the south shines at a very unique angle.  In some ways, I look forward to it, because it shines in and lights up areas that only are hit by the sun in spring and fall. In that way, I know that spring and/or autumn is on the way.


The light from the south also shines at such an angle that EVERY bit and crumb that doesn’t get swept/vacuumed/wiped up shows on any horizontal service, usually in high enough relief to throw a shadow!!!!

And great leapin’ fragglerockers, it drives me right over the edge!!

I spend an inordinate amount of time wiping, bending down to check for crumbs, wiping, bending down to check for crumbs, etc.  Let me repeat that word — inordinate!!!!

Sometimes, out of total frustration, I use the vacuum cleaner.  Is that gross?  I guess it is, if I have to ask.

Sometimes I just wipe the whole counter/table/stove down and sweep the floor after.

Also gross?  Don’t care!

Thanks to this bi-yearly phenomenon, at a time when I should be cheering the light that is heralding spring, I’m longing for night so that I can turn on soft lighting that won’t show the rage inducing particles.

I am normally so able to let many things just go that would drive other people to distraction — but this just pokes at me like a rock in my shoe.

Thankfully, it’s only twice a year.  It’s like having your teeth cleaned, and easily as much fun!






Best Glue Ever — another shameless plug

This stuff rocks!!

This stuff rocks!!

It takes a lot to impress me and I’ll admit that on many things, I sometimes  set the bar a little too high.  But, I’ve been art journaling now for about a year and one of my pet peeves is that in all that time, I haven’t been able to find a glue to do everything that I want it to do. Really truly. I have a box in my craft room that is filled with partially used tubes of  glue that didn’t make the cut.

Best Glue Every by ScraPerfect is by far THE best glue I’ve ever used.

  1. It doesn’t string.
  2.  It doesn’t have a horrific odor for the neighbors to complain about. It IS sticky — unbelievably so!!
  3. It can be used as a permanent adhesive or as a re-positionable glue.
  4. It has a super thin applicator point that makes it so precise that it just about makes me cry!!
  5. The cover for the bottle has a little enclosed bit for the tip to fit into so that it doesn’t dry up.
  6. And finally, if you get it on your fingers, and if you’re anything like me that’s a foregone conclusion, you can rub it off.


I’ve tried it for just about everything except for collaging some magazine images.  I’m hoping that it holds up there as well, because even glue that claims it won’t wrinkle paper DOES wrinkle it and sometimes I could just about lose my mind trying to get it to lay flat.  Oh I will be such a happy camper!!! I will finally be able to move onto something new to obsess over!  :D





Detox Smoothie Update….

I am nothing if not relentless once I want something.  It might not seem like much but I really want to like these smoothies.

My personal new and improved Marcy version:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 kale leaf (there’s no use in making it if I have to use 3 as the original recipe ordered, the taste of the kale just makes not want to drink it) (Also, I’m going to be using baby spinach once the kale is gone)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon — but I might try again and cut down on this, a little too cinnamony!!
  • 1 tbsp of honey (shameless plug — I’ve been using raw organic honey, much MUCH less sticky and gooey compared to processed honey and it’s supposed to be better for you)

This was definitely drinkable, with the taste of the kale nearly eliminated. I think I’ll stick with this recipe even if it is a super large size — it’s an nearly full 16 oz tumbler once it’s mixed. Uber filling!!!!


A story of a detox smoothie…..

A couple of the ladies that I work with have been drinking detox smoothies, and the base ingredient of these smoothies is kale.  I found a smoothie recipe on Pinterest with ingredients that I thought I could live with. I picked up some kale and a couple of other items for it at the grocery store.

I had a premonition when I reached for the kale and the automatic mister came on and soaked my head.  Moving on…


So kale looks like this:

But I can attest that it tastes like grass!!


Wow, it is SOOOO incredibly green!!  And it really is this color after you’re done making it.

Thanks to the pineapple and coconut milk, it stepped over the line from OMG this is the worst thing I have ever drank to OK it’s not fabulous but it’s not a plug your nose and chug it down kind of drink either.   The aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired.

All in all, it’s borderline palatable and SOOOOO filling!!!  I think having one of these around 8:00 or so would fill me up so that I don’t snack.  After all, not all nutritious and healthy food tastes heavenly!

I think the next time I make it, I’m going to add half of a banana and a table-spoon of chia seeds. Anything to kill the taste of the kale further. And I’m also going to make it half as big as the one that I had tonight.

Now all I need is a chaser after I drink it…..maybe tequila.  I wonder what wine goes good with kale?



Waiting game…..

I have eagerly been looking forward to March 10th this year. Besides the fact that February is FINALLY over,  a few friends and I are running (yeah, no make that walking!!!!) a 5k race here in called the O’Putnam 5K (to tie in with St. Patrick’s Day) with the proceeds going to our local high school activity fund.  It’s a loop course that travels along several streets and roads in our town.

All registered — tee shirt paid and ordered —  plans made where and when to meet –what to do after — and blast it all, it snows!!!!!!!  I’m talking a FOOT of this crappy stuff!!!  It had all stinkin’ winter to snow and it waits until two days before the O’Putnam 5K race!

My question now, is whether they will postpone the race, and I haven’t been able to find anything telling me that will be the case.

Cuz here’s the thing — and thinking of this made me realize that I AM getting older — it’s going to be dangerous running and walking with snow banks that haven’t been pushed back yet, and traffic will be sharing the road with us.  And as in all states that get snow, there are  idiots on the highways that don’t know enough to slow down to a safe speed while talking on their cell phones because they’re UBER important and have to be available day and night and drinking their coffee and smoking their cigarettes and —–  yeah, I get a little “soap boxy” sometimes!

So I’m waiting for The Word — and if it’s not The Word that I’m hoping for, I’m thinking about Plan B, which would be not walking at all, and that would be a shame  as referenced in paragraph 2 above.  But Plan A could be potentially dangerous, especially for ladies like me that have achieved “a certain age”……….





Winter tipping point…..

Today was/is one of my favorite days of the year — that’s so far as a day in February can be a favorite.  When I went out to get in my car at 7am, the air felt a little different, a little more inviting.  It even smelled and felt better, the cold air wasn’t freezing the inside of my nose.  And best of all, I could hear tweety birds calling to each other — not necessarily spring tweety birds, but they were much more active than they have been all winter.

To me that is the first day that winter starts to think about being spring.  The warmth isn’t there yet, but it’s even better because you know that it’s on its way, even though it’s still chilly.  A winter tipping point, winter starting to tip over into spring.  Noticing those first signs has always been exciting to me.  I like seeing the small changes that I know will escalate into that full blown warm spring day.

But for right now, it’s just starting to think about it…..


OK, this I can fix, I think……



I have hypertension.  I like to think it sounds much more pleasant than high blood pressure.  I also take antihypertensive medications, because it’s hard for me to say high blood pressure pills. Also more pleasant, don’t you think?

Doctor’s appointment a couple of weeks ago.  He had warned me six months prior that if my cholesterol was still high, he would put me on something to lower it.  Of course, it was higher this time than six months ago — 259.

During the past six months, I was haphazardly exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep (or as much as menopause decides I should get) strictly head in the sand stuff.  Somewhere in my head, I think I’m still 30.  Also somewhere in my head, I think I’m thinner than I actually am.

I have been walking at least a mile every day, rain/shine/cold be damned.  I have been keeping track of what I eat and how much of it in my nutrition tracker over at Sparkpeople.  I have been keeping track of my mileage on my fitness tracker.  Sleep, well, whatever I can get I’m happy with these days.

And what happened that stuck a fire under my butt?  Two markers for diabetes were elevated in my blood work results..  Not diabetic, or even pre-diabetic, just elevated.  But my word, that just scared the bejesus out of me.

I’m trying to stay away from the scale.  I know in my head that it doesn’t give me the whole picture, but we’re such a number oriented society.  So I take a peek now and then — and proceed to berate myself because I haven’t lost 5 pounds yet.   Or one even.

But my pants are starting to fit better.  When I stand up and look down, I can’t see my stomach anymore.  My double chin is not as pronounced.  My arms aren’t poking out slightly from my body anymore.  And I don’t huff and puff walking up the hill to my house. These are the markers that I need to pay attention to. Or should I say markers to which I must pay attention?

I’m going back the first of March for more blood work.  I think if the results are better, I will know that I’m doing well, even if the scale says otherwise.  Oh crap, see?  I forgot to stay away from the scale already!! Stay tuned, film at 11.

Simple Woman’s Day Book — September 29, 2010


Outside my Window — it’s dark and cool, with a gentle breeze. The weather is promising to turn rainy and windy tomorrow. We need the rain, but not the wind or thunderstorms.

I am thinking — that tomorrow is the last day of September and I’m torn — autumn is by far my favorite season but summer went by so fast!! I hope we can take a trip to the beach before it gets too cold.

I am thankful for — working every other weekend instead of every weekend.

From the kitchen — clean counters, empty dishwasher, everything in its place. It is a very calming place for me.

I am wearing — pajamas, what else? ;D

I am reading — Impact

I am hearing — the Survivor theme song (one of Sweet Baboo’s favorite shows) and my neighbor’s pool pump running. And very anemic sounding crickets!!

I am creating — double thickness potholders, crocheted in cotton

Around the house — my daughter is vacuuming and mopping my floors for me now and I am enjoying it immensely!! I feel like such a lady of leisure, coming home and having the floors all shiny and clean!!

One of my favorite things — knitting for my family

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week — to stay focused on walking 30 minutes every night, 15-20 minutes of yoga, and weight training.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing — GrandDolly’s twirly skirt that she asked me to make.    This one turned out so well that I believe I will make another one for her.

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