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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

Not a Ding-Dong Thing

I was so tired Sunday night, after my first long day since being sick, that I fell into bed that night completely dressed in my bathrobe!  And I woke up, in the same position (!), at (are you ready?) . . . 12:20 yesterday!  Obviously, my body's still workin' hard, trying to get the germies out.

I'd had dinner with a friend that night:  she and I try to get together at least once a month.  Mostly I talk about my "recovery" from the divorce.  I mentioned how "nice" it had been while the ex was out of town:  not having to keep my eyes open while running errands in case I didn't want to see him.  Divorce when you live in small community is doubly hard!  I feel torn, too:  it was good to see him, now returned from Alaska, see that he was healthy and in one piece . . . but so hard, too, to potentially run into him on a daily basis.

The discussion turned towards "what if your ex didn't lived here anymore and you could reclaim the town as 'your own'"?  I try to imagine what it would be like for me if he no longer lived nearby.  I'd certainly dislike not knowing if he was safe, etc., but then technology has brought us all SO much closer that that concern might not even be an issue.  I'd feel for him that he wouldn't get to watch the little ones grow up - like Bundle of Joy and The Peanut.  Children he's known and loved since they were only hours old.  But, I know, too, that he would fall in love with new little ones . . . wherever his journeys took him.  Maybe, if he did move, I'd request that we'd visit at least once a year, in person.  I certainly don't want him completely out of my life!

I dunno.  I'm obviously feeling a little philosophical this morning.  Or, would that be more hypothetical?  Either way, what will be . . . will be.  That's the only thing I know for sure!  :)

Back to yesterday, though, and my late wake-up.  Know what I did once I was finally up?  Not a ding-dong thing.  Truly.  I was a bad farmer and didn't even go out to do chores.  I stayed in my bathrobe (conveniently already on since I'd slept in it!) and made coffee and turned on the computer.  I played with the blog for a few minutes and then, before I knew it, I was redesigning the whole thing!  (Do a SHIFT + Reload/Refresh if your browser doesn't pull up the new look.)  Until 5:30 when I finally got dressed and headed outside, I hadn't done ANYTHING but sit at my desk computer all day.  And, you know what?  It felt WONDERFUL!  I don't know WHEN I've ever been that lazy before!!!

I did make up for it a bit last night, though:  after I was in from chores, I attacked the pantry.  It's been a disaster for many moons but really bugging me for the last several weeks 'cause I haven't been able to even tell what I have.  So, I cranked up my latest audio book ('Abundance'), poured some red wine and set to work!  I don't know how long I worked, but it was a couple of hours for sure.  Made some good progress, and, while it's not completely finished, at least I know what I have now!  (Including 9 . . . yes, N-I-N-E . . . cans of Cream of Mushroom soup!!!  And why??????)

A related sidenote:  of late, I have been thinking about how long we could all live on what's currently in our larders and on our farms / homesteads.  If you didn't buy a single thing from here on out, not even feed for your critters, how long do you think you could live (reasonably healthfully) on what's in your freezer, pantry, cellar, and barn?  I know I could live for at least a year, definitely.  And, maybe I'd add back in feed for the critters.  If that were the case, I'm sure we could all live MUCH longer . . . having assurances of eggs, milk, and/or meat.  How would YOU fare?

I know I'm rambling without direction, but now for some EXCITING news!!!  I did manage to get one HUGE thing done last week while I was sick:  after much researching (both by myself, my local computer guru, and my ex Information Technology Director ex-husband), I picked out the new desktop and laptop computer(s) I've been so sorely in need of . . . and ordered 'em!  Eeeeeek!  The 'eeeeek' is due to the chunk of change spent, but I ordered "big", wanting both these machines to serve me well for MANY years to come!  I can hardly believe they're actually on their way after my wanting & needing them for SO LONG!

And so, with that, I'll sign off.  I think I'll stick some images into this post later - of the Before and After pantry.

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. Congrats on that pantry, I always feel good when the cupboards and freezers are organized and I know what's in there! I can't wait for you to get more daylight up there so you can take a few minutes after the day to just enjoy it all! And divorces suck, even amicable ones...

  2. Do you think your poor ol' body is trying to tell you something since you're sleeping 12+ hours a night when you can? Methinks you've been running on empty, need an oil change and maybe to be topped off with more anti-freeze. Other than that, you seem to be in pretty good shape. ;o)

  3. I have to agree with Mama Pea. Your body is giving you a message. It is saying "Either you make sure to get enough rest and down time or I will take over and do it for you!" Enjoy your new 'puters!

  4. 1. I L O V E time spent tackling projects (like the pantry, etc..) it is a secret wonderful pleasure of mine - so, I felt your giddiness (giddyness? giddity?).

    2. Would either need to be able to buy milk and eggs or buy a cow and chickens..but that said, feeding a family of four (and 3 large dogs - I could make my own dog kibble) I think I could do at least 6 months.

    Good ponderance. Thanks.


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