Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Chili in Florida

At lunchtime today it was only 50 degrees outside. It is so nice to turn off the AC and then I won't have to pay that outrageous Lakeland Electric some hideously high bill. Thank you God for cooler weather. I just closed all the windows as the temp is dropping as I write. Expecting high 30s Wednesday am. Yippee Yahoo!!!

Tonight was perfect for a big pot of chili and grilled cheese. Soooooooo good even if I say so myself. It had a little extra zip as I used a can of mild Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies. Meagan went to bed right after eating supper, she chased the kids at work today and they wear her out plus she has been kinda sick. Can't seem to get rid of her cough left over from her cold. I wanted a fire in the pit but won't sit out there by myself. Kinda spooky, I am afraid somebody is watching me when the sun goes down. I can be out there all day and nothing bothers me. Besides my guard dogs are usually out there with me, except for my 2-1/2 lb killer chihuahua, Sassy. She spends her time guarding my bed and hiding under the covers, ready to attack any unsuspecting person or dog who attempts to lay on my bed without her approval.

I wish I had something chocolate right now to eat as I sit here listening to The Biggest Loser on NBC. The cupboards are bare right now but when I go to Publix there will be chocolate or something sweet in there.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that Trish, Alyssa, Meagan and I went to a couple of the homes in the Parade of Homes. They were really big, really expensive and really gorgeous. I came home and was so very thankful I didn't have to make a mortgage payment anymore. Doesn't hurt to dream big though. It's just tough when you wake up. They were absolutely beautiful!! Tata for now my friends...I'll see ya when I see ya as Rachel says.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fire in the hole

Week before last I had my brother trim some branches off an oak tree hanging over my fence and a chinaberry tree in my yard. He offered to haul the branches to the street but I said that I would. I did take some but not all. In the meantime we had a cold spell and I was wishing we had a firepit so we could sit out by the fire. GUESS where this is going!!! There was a bare spot in the back yard and I told myself that I could build a small fire and kill 2 birds with 1 stone, have a fire and I wouldn't have to take the rest to the street. I gathered a bunch of oak branches and stacked them up, not too high ya know. Meagan got some newspaper and we stuffed them into the branches and then presto, I lit the paper. Before long the flames were above our roof and Meagan said we might catch the neighbor's oak on fire. Have no fear, I had the hose nearby and brought it under control while wetting the ground all around the fire so it wouldn't spread. How exhilarating, I was a junior fireman/woman/person. Just forgot the marshmallows!! After a few minutes we heard sirens and Meagan thought we had been caught and did I mention there was a breeze a blowing, oh yeah! Turned out they didn't show up here, must have been an ambulance going down Bartow Rd. I did put it out all the way just in case a neighbor might have reported it. Later I went outside and asked Meagan and John, her boyfriend, if they had noticed the police driving by. They said yes but they weren't aware of any trouble. Then they laughted, just kidding she said. It is turning cool again but I won't be building any fires in the back yard or will I ? Stay tuned !

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ok, here goes!!!

My friend, Libby, did it. So I am going to give it a whirl. Who knows, maybe we will become famous! Hah! Meagan helped set this up for me as I am kinda computer illiterate, but ready, willing and able to learn. It is 7pm on this Saturday evening and I have a big pot of Spanish Bean soup on the stove. Smells so good! Supposed to turn cool again and soup sounded like it would hit the spot. In my case most food always hits the spot. If the weather doesn't change I will just lower the thermostat! The dogs are being quiet and I don't want to disturb them. Sleeping dogs, ah so peaceful. 9 of us went out the night of Thursday October 23rd to celebrate my birthday. We went to the ever so fabulous Texas Cattle Company and dined in wonderful bliss on their steaks, salad and baked potatoes slathered in butter and sour cream. Heaven , I'm in Heaven when I go there. This is enough for the 1st day. I promise to get back with you real soon!!