Posted in Musing & Stories

A Few Months of Change

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Nosey Rosey #bordercolliemix #halflab #rescuepet

There were several mid May trials that got the best of me. It took time to crumble. More time to rebuild.  In June, I gave myself permission to put the worries & stress on hold; just breathe.  Go be outdoors, plant flowers, play and walk with the pup. I got out of the office; out of the house. Soaked up consecutive days of sunshine… and rain.

Indianapolis Zoo MeerkatIndiana flowers 1IND blue flowers 2

 

 

I binged watched true crime and inspiring documentaries. My wandering thoughts became a sporadic gratitude journal. Orchestrating both chaos and self care continue.

House hunting is tedious business: Meanwhile- in anticipation- I chased cobwebs, sorted boxes and added color to a couple rooms. Bought a new desk and office chair 🙂 Yay!

Be safe and have a Happy Independence Day!!! – It’s early ’cause I have a crazy busy week lined up with drs. and vet appointments; micro jobs and pet sitting…  and of course there will be plenty of meat and veggies on the grill  😉

Indiana CreekWhat are your plans {or summer recipes} for this week, Friends and Confidantes? – Gma Auburn {Jen}

#turned50 #weddinganniversary  #summerrecipes  #midwestlife #bordercollie #flowers #zoo

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Posted in Musing & Stories

The Adventures of Teddy and Z

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Photo by Wopke on Pexels.com

{Teddy has been with my granddaughter, “Z” since she was a few days old. She’ll be 5 years in the fall.}

Teddy has been slobbered on by dogs, left in the yard, and at the sitters. He rides in her bike basket. He’s been washed, bleached, and re-sewn– though I didn’t do a very good job on his eyeball button; so he’s starting to look a little Tim Burton-ish! HA!

He lost his bow a long time ago; but he’s still her best friend. So her Daddy entered Teddy in the Lysol Teddy Bear Repair Contest.

SO… from recently being in the lost- and found at the local gas station; to NEW YORK! For a makeover from Lysol. I’m as excited as she is! {I really hope all the Teddy Bears make it back home safely!}

Friends and Confidantes, file it under random cuteness – Gma Auburn {Jen}

“I’m gonna give hearts to everybody in the whole world!”- Z 

Posted in Homesteading, Musing & Stories

Mystery Blogger Award

mystery-blogger-awardA heartfelt thanks to Clive for nominating me. {I think my Gravatar is fixed now!} He’s helping our corner of the mental health community come together in some innovative ways. He’s an author and blogs at Bipolar? It’s not all doom and gloom

My Nominees and Questions are below…

Three Things About Me:

  • There was never a time when I didn’t want to be a writer… or live in the woods.
  • My inner editor/proofreader works overtime.
  • IRL: I’m not quite five foot tall; but my mouth makes up for it.

1: what inspired you to start blogging? Sometimes I’m so introverted, it’s painful. I blog to challenge myself. Toss in a few unspoken rules. Put these little snippets ‘out there.’ Play with the language. The rhythm. Chronicle the stories and lessons I’d like to remember. Personal writing- in a personable way.

2: where do you see yourself in five years? Is this a job interview?? Ha!

3: apart from writing, what else do you like doing? Hiking, camping, cooking and assorted crafts. Visiting family & friends.

4: what’s your favourite quote? So many!!

  • “A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.” -Flannery O’Connor
  • “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” – Edgar Allan Poe
  • “It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean.” Mae West
  • …And whatever Stephen King said about writing a million words of crap.

5: what is your guilty pleasure? [Inhaling Chocolate while…] Listening to classic audiobooks [H.P. Lovecraft!] or true crime -narrated with a British or Irish accent.

  1. Where is your favorite location in the world? Why?
  2. Do you have a daily routine, semi-set, or wing it?
  3. When you were a child, who told the best stories?
  4. What 4 items are always on your desk?
  5. What was the last show you binge-watched?

Thanks everyone for stopping by today! I have several new followers in the past few days. Grateful. Humbled. Still a tad perplexed/intimidated by these online activities. Though, I’m excited to go visit more bloggers and have a sense of community. You? – Grandma Auburn {aka Jen!} – My Bi-Polar Backstory


The creator of this award,  Okoto Oke Enigma, whose blog site is www.okotoenigmasblog.com

WHY DID I CREATE THE AWARD?
I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award. Here are the Rules for the Award Nominees.

The mystery blogger award

I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after myself; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma”

Here are the Rules for the Award Nominees:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best posts.
Posted in Homesteading, Musing & Stories

Recipe- Beefy Hash Brown Bake

Beefy hashbrown plate 1Beef up your mealtime potatoes! The whole family will want generous portions.  Budget: under $9.00 total/Feeds 4-6 people. Total Time: 30-45 min.

  • Pre-heat oven: 400F.  2- 8 or 9 in. square or round baking dishes. Buttered or sprayed.
  • 1 pkg. Frozen Shredded hash browns–
    • Thaw. Squeeze excess water out. Divide in half.
    • Press evenly into bottom of both baking dishes. Set aside.
  • 1 lb. Ground beef– cooked, crumbled, drained.
  • Return to the skillet.
  • Add: 1 med. Onion- chopped
  • 2 sm. Cans Mushrooms, drained.
  • 1 pkg. powdered Beefy soup mix [or Lipton onion soup mix]
  • PLUS: 2.5 to 3 c. Water.
  • 1/2 tsp. each garlic and onion powder. S&P to taste.
  • Bring to a boil. Stir frequently. Then reduce heat to simmer for 6-8 min.
  • Make the SAUCE: In a small bowl combine until smooth:
    • 2 T. each flour & milk.
    • Then add: 1 T. of the hamburger soup broth. Mix well. Set aside.
  • When hamburger broth has reduced by 1/4, remove from heat.
  • Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture into soup.
  • Yet more stirring! Pour more… Repeat until there’s no lumps.
  • Re-heat to a low boil once more. Stir 2-3 min longer.
  • POUR: equally over hash browns; Spread mixture evenly to edges.
  • BAKE: 400F/15-18 min. Uncovered. Sauce firms & edges get crispy!
  • Last 3 min: Optional-Top with Shredded mozzarella [pictured] or cheddar.
  • Serve hot – with peas or salad with radicchio. 
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  3. It’s a free- bite sized, mid-week spark of ideas & inspiration.
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When the Wind Blows and Your Plate Overflows

Know that you aren’t alone. Life’s branches are being unruly. At least they’re still on the tree.

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A joyful moment.

This week is a wind-swept mess. I’m trudging ahead. Are you?

It doesn’t matter how much work I have on my desk; for several weeks now,  life will drag me where I’m needed more instead.  So to compensate I’m composing past midnight. Not eating well, either. Appointments: Husband’s driving foot is laid up so he’s missed 3 days of work. Daughter has the flu. My dog has terminal mouth cancer and goes back to the vet tomorrow.  {Been making him smoothies} And because I’ve neglected myself; I’m starting to loose track of time and some online work. At least I remembered to walk the dogs, check in on Dad and make some cash on micro jobs.

I feel terrible that the house is a wreck. And that ramps up my anxiety.  {And I’d rather gripe about it than go tidy and mop. HA!} Also signed up for a few online courses, both free and paid. And I even started a couple. Thankful I can restart them later, because I can’t retain any new info just now. And I’m aggravated about that, too.  For now, I’m hanging onto and snapping pictures of, those little daily joyous moments.

Limitations and reminders. I got ’em, I give ’em, Friends and Confidantes! – Grandma Auburn – Tries to muffle her swearing in mixed company.