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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

A Rainy Day

It's always particularly hard to roust out of bed on rainy mornings.  Today is that day.  But, roust myself, I did . . . in part because I knew I'd have time for this post this morning.

During my work week, the only "time" I have is right away in the morning between chores & leaving for the day.  (When I get home at night, I generally just manage to check on the woodshed cats, take off my makeup, and fall into bed.)  And, for the last three mornings, this "get things done" time has been occupied with birthday presents.

Tuesday, the 17th, was a dear friend's 50th, and, she being the type who would flat-out REFUSE a fuss, not to mention a (gasp!) party, I wanted to surprise her with, at least, a birthday cake on my way into town.  So, I got up early that morning and whipped through a recipe . . . only to be foiled by a spice cake that REFUSED to cool enough for me to frost.  No problem, I thought, I'll take it and all the icing ingredients w/ me to work and then finish it when it's cool and drive it back out to her in the afternoon.

Fine idea . . . until I walked out the front door, juggling an audio book to return to the library and the cake still cooling in its spring-form pan and . . . well, you can guess the rest.  I don't think my spring-form pan will EVER be the same again, but, amazingly, the cake and tempered glass base popped right out of the pan AND LANDED RIGHT-SIDE UP!  When does THAT ever happen?  AND, the glass base didn't break!  So, it wasn't a complete failure at all, but it DID portend the decidedly frustrating path that the rest of that day took.

Fast forward past all sorts of other figurative (fortunately!) stumbles, and the cake (and all the icing ingredients) went back home with me that night . . . and then I finally got it finished Wednesday morning.  'Course, Wednesday was also my papa's birthday, so I took the time to get his two little gifties wrapped . . . and there went that morning.

Wednesday was ALSO The Peanut's papa's birthday (!), so yesterday morning was spent wrapping HIS presents in preparation for our much-overdue visit last night.  Whew!

The upshot of all of this is that I haven't had any extra time in these last couple of days to do dishes or laundry or whatever . . . until today, when I'm choosing to blog.  :)  Tomorrow morning, I'll try to get some of those dishes done.

Even though I've been in my office all week, there's still so much arranging and organization to do that yesterday was the first chance I'd had to actually create and print a small project IN my new (professional!) space, and that felt G-O-O-D!  I'll deliver it this morning on my way in.  Aside from connecting with Tom tonight after his work shift at the new outfitting / wilderness supply (top of the line!) store, I don't have anything scheduled, so I'm HOPING to have a very satisfying in-office day.

And, with that, I'll wish YOU a great Friday from a (much-needed) rainy northeastern Minnesota (what are you doing today?) and get my rusty-duster in gear.  Have a good one!


  1. And best wishes to you for a VERY productive in-office day on this delightfully drippy day. Wish me the same productivity here in my messy, unorganized, why-can't-I-find-anything home office area!

  2. Don'tcha just know that if you HAD frosted the cake it would've landed frosting-side-down.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. :>)

  3. Oooh, Conny: GOOD POINT! Thank goodness for small "favors"? ;)

    P.S. I'm at the office now, and somewhere between home and here my Get Up & Go got up and went!

  4. I can't believe the glass didn't break, what are the chances? I think it's a good sign of good things to come!

  5. Erin, you're funny! But, yes, I WAS lucky in that I didn't have to throw the cake-with-glass-shards away and start completely over!

  6. Hi Wes,
    I love your blog. You are living such an amazing life!
    Elizabeth B (used to be Hillstrom)


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