IS “FATE” REAL? DO THINGS ACTUALLY HAPPEN FOR A REASON?

So, I may have mentioned that I’m presently in a state of flux – a transitioning period, if you will. Riding on that crazy rollercoaster of life and all that jazz. Okay, fine, here’s the deal – I’m not working. And, I’m kinda struggling with it. (and the financial struggle is on its way. hooray.) I have options I’m working on and I’m waiting, not so patiently, to see which “option”¬†rears its ugly head pops up first. You see, sitting still is NOT something I…

SPICY BOURBON BBQ CHICKEN WINGS

What goes better with Fall than pumpkin? Barbecue! And Bourbon, of course. ūüėČ Why not mix the two?! I mean, OF COURSE you’re already drinking some Bourbon while you’re barbecuing. Unless you’re a beer person. And then, you’re drinking beer. Duh. Nothing wrong with that. Saves you more Bourbon for your BBQ sauce! Bourbon in your BBQ sauce?! What what!? That’s right, my friends. Bourbon. Adds a delicious sweetness and that little something – that “je ne said quoi” that makes a BBQ sauce just that amazing. Now, this…

WEEKEND THINGS – WHEN CAMPING PLANS GO AWRY

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours did not go exactly as planned but we still made the best of it. If you caught my Instagram story on Friday, you know that I was loading up my camper and we were going to spend a few days in the woods with some grand plans for hiking, eating all the noms, and drinking some wine. Aaaah…… Well, all was well and we were getting ready to hitch up and then, disaster – the slide-out wouldn’t go in. We checked all the fuses, all the connections, etc…

TOL#3 – LIBRARIES, COOKIES, AND … DOG FOOD?

Happy Thursday!! I hope the week has been going well and, if you were affected by Matthew, you’re drying out and flood waters are receding and life is starting to resemble some sort of normal. There are approximately 598 tree branches and 510,679 pecans in my back yard that need picking up. The dogs keep dodging the branches and stepping on the pecans. It’s dangerous out there. But, enough randomness. Oh no, wait. Here’s more. 1. You guys. This stuff is dangerous. 7 servings per bag? I think not. 1 bag per person…

WEEKEND THINGS – A HURRICANE CRASHED MY PARTY

So, you did have Columbus Day off? ¬†We did and we totally enjoyed our three day weekend! Well, except for that whole Hurricane Matthew thing. Boy, we really got smacked a lot harder than we expected. I mean, I KNEW we were going to get rain but I thought the main storm was never even going to even make it into Virginia. Pretty sure the¬†news said it was going to turn hard right at North/South Carolina and turn¬†back around and¬†hit Florida and Georgia again. (Hope ya’ll are okay!!!) But, oh no. It certainly didn…

WHAT DOES FITNESS MEAN TO YOU?

  What is¬†fitness? Everybody has a different definition of fitness. If you asked 5 of your friends what each of them thought fitness meant, you’d end up with 5 different answers. There may be some similarities at the core but the answers would all be different. Because fitness means different things to different people. Fitness, or the quality or state of being fit (gee thanks, Merriam-Webster!), to me is the ability to¬†ACTIVELY¬†participate in my life – whether it be going for a hike with my Sailor, playing with my grandbabies, mowing the grass and…

THE ROLLERCOASTER THAT IS MY LIFE

Okay, so I think there are probably a ton of sayings out there about how life is full of ups and downs, life is a merry-go-round, life is a rollercoaster (hence those ups and downs. please pass the dramamine.), etc, etc, etc. I think this one might be my favorite, though. (tee-hee) source My life has definitely been riding that rollercoaster the past few months, that’s for sure. ¬†I didn’t intend to take a little blogging break, especially since I was just getting back at it. But, sometimes, shit happens and you just…

FRIDAY FAVORITES #1

Hi there! Happy Friday, my friends! ūüôā How has your week been? Mine’s been pretty interesting. Did my first lap swim in almost THREE DECADES!! And, I didn’t drown. #bonus  Which also means I’m still around to share some of my favorites from this past week. #bonusforyou ūüôā Snack Attack Two words –  kale chips. I’m pretty much always late to the party when it comes to delicious snacks but I’m glad I finally decided to knock on the kale chips’ door. YUM! So far…

AVOCADO S’MORES BROWNIES! (yes, avocado. trust me.)

Today is one of the best. days. ever. It’s National S’Mores Day!! Did you even know that S’Mores had their own day? Well, duh, of COURSE they do – they’re S’Mores! And we all want s’more!! #lamejokeattemptnumber1 #sorrynotsorry Now, I happen to love s’mores. LOVE them. And I love going all out with them. I mean, I’m a fan of the traditional graham cracker, hershey bar, toasted marshmallow s’more but, sometimes, I like them a little fancier. You know, with homemade chocolate…

BEAT THE HEAT WITH FLAVOR-INFUSED WATER!

Is this the hottest summer EV-AH? It certainly feels like it! Don’t disagree with me. You know I’m right. It’s flippin’ hot outside. I don’t know what it’s like where you are but where I am, you could bake a cake just by setting it out on the front porch. Seriously. I mean, frying an egg is so old-school. In this kind of heat, you need to make baked goods. source And, because it’s so hot, we’re all super sweaty – don&#8217…