Hiding Out

I didn’t plan to be silent these past couple of days but I am not feeling it…any of it. The energy of this past week has taken its toll on top of fighting off this cold. I think the only reason I haven’t been as sick as everyone else is because I have my elderberry syrup and my freshly brewed fire cider….plus I never miss a day taking my probiotic. I have been sleeping a lot too and that is my number one defense against anything.

I went to bed early on Thursday night only to wake up at 3am with an awful headache. I eventually fell back asleep and it wasn’t as bad when I woke up a few hours later. I woke up to stories of car accidents, trucks flipping over, roads and interstates being closed. What the heck happened last night? The news crew made more than one snarky comment about how people forget to drive in the snow and this was the first of many snows to come. I was in the bathroom getting ready when Big K text me to be careful…the roads are terrible. Great…just great.

I warmed up my car, begrudgingly put on my Winter coat and headed off to work. They kept referring to black ice on the news…my street was white and shiny…a solid sheet of ice. You know it’s bad when I am driving 11 mph and nobody behind me is getting any closer. The stop sign at the end of the road made me nervous but we all stopped. I had to battle an S bend and knew enough to pick up the speed around the last bend….I only felt my tires slip for a second. The closer I got to work, the better the roads got. There wasn’t even any snow on the grass at work. The town I live in had a two hour delay…not a promising way to start the snow season.

Work was okay, the big changes didn’t happen until the end of the day. It was really hard on M and I don’t think she will quit, at least not right now. Tomorrow should be interesting. I keep hearing about some 11:11 portal and I hope it’s a good thing because last week was really hard!

Friday night was book club and SW brought my new used serger with her. The lady who was selling her aunt’s stuff also sent a bag of thread. I have never purchased thread for a  serger but I am absolutely certain that I got more than my money’s worth on this deal. I took all of this home for $100.00. I should be able to make most of my projects without buying anything else…I hope. Now I just have to figure out how to use it….

The Girl and I did our running around yesterday. All I wanted to do was come home and when I got there, I wanted to stay there. Things rarely go as planned. I decided last week that I was going to make a turkey this weekend. The Girl requested to make it with strict supervision. Both of her grandparents are currently in the nursing home but should be coming home soon. Her Grandmother will be in no shape to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. She also wanted to test out some deserts. Since she wanted to cook the turkey I needed to go buy a new meat thermometer. My old one died a couple of years ago and I never replaced it so I ran over to the Dollar store and grabbed one and dropped off the recycling on my way.

I just got home when I heard my phone beep. I checked the voicemail and it turns out that I won a basket at my local health food store…yay me! So I got back in my car and drove into town and retrieved my prize. There were a few winners for me, one for the Girl and I will take the stuff with stevia and xylitol to Force of Nature Girl tomorrow at work. It was still nice to win something.

I came home, made dinner, and then sat down….that was the end for me. The Girl watched some holiday baking competition to prepare for today and I was stuck in the endless loop of searching ideas on Pinterest. I was on there so long my head hurt but I have solid ideas now. I bought a lid at Goodwill yesterday and SB gave me one Friday and today I glued them to the half gallon mason jars. I have just enough for all of my cousins. Will they like it? I have no idea? I upcycled jars that are no longer fit for canning and lids without pots. I have to buy the feeder part and attach the twine. Saving things from the landfill and feeding the birds in the form of a present…I only realized recently how many of my projects are eco friendly. I don’t think it was intentional, more like a happy accident.

I woke up at 4:18 this morning to the sound of a woman screaming. It was coming from the stupid house on the other side of the empty lot. It went on for almost an hour. I only watched for a couple of minutes to make sure she was safe as far as I could see. He keeps finding these girls and they are always so loud and angry. I  think he looks for the ones that appear strong and a little mouthy so he can take away their power. It makes him feel like a man when really he is a loser! Which reminds me… I should be able to look up the police report from the last girl he had living with him. Last I heard she pressed charges but I heard that second hand from the neighbor who heard it from a local police officer. Things tend to get lost in translation and since we no longer have a newspaper in this dying town, I have to wait a month to snoop.

Somehow I made it back to sleep and wok up after 9am. That’s when I realized I never answered PT about breakfast. I knew I wasn’t coming but it was rude of me not to respond to the group text.

The Girl made apple cider cupcakes with a brown sugar cinnamon buttercream icing today. I even pulled out my cake decorating supplies for her to experiment with, although she kept making the same design. I convinced her to play on the last six…think like Erin did on that show last night…outside of the box. I like those last six the best.

The turkey is cooling now. I thought it would be nice to take a picture of her first turkey but she went at the skin like she hasn’t eaten in a week. Needless to say…it’s her favorite part. It wasn’t too bad helping her…there was only that one incident when I needed her to lick the mashed potatoes off of the spoon before I did. I haven’t had a potato since January and boy do I miss them! They have turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls and green beans. I have turkey, fresh cranberry sauce made with coconut sugar, fresh spinach cooked down in real butter, and mashed butternut squash. The Girl and I will share a salad that I “sneaked” in some fire cider in place of regular apple cider vinegar. She asked to learn and I taught her, although she is trying to shirk the clean up but that is NOT going to happen.

There were lots of things that I wanted to get done and didn’t but that’s how it goes I guess. The Girl and I got half of the lights up on the front porch. First we ran out of the sticky things that hold up the clips. We have plenty of clips…just no sticky parts. It turns out we left our red lights at Marc’s. I called the store and yes, they had record of it. I went into the store to pick up my missing bag only to discover that they put the items back on the shelf after they are logged??? We had three boxes of 50ct red lights for the pillars on the porch and when I went searching for them on the floor…there were only three boxes left…not nice Marc’s….not nice. It worked out but it was close! The Girl got the lights up around the door, along the banister and the rail down the stairs. I will have to stop at Home Depot and get another box of mini light adhesive clips so we can do the poles on the porch in the red lights. I only like white lights outside except for the occasional white mixed with red lights and since the Girl found a random candy cane decoration for outside she agreed to the combo. She really didn’t have a choice but it’s nice to let them think they do on occasion.

I had wanted to bring my sewing machine up today and work on projects while the Girl was cooking but it turns out she requires the whole kitchen table. I think I should bring down my loom and the yarn so at least I can work while watching the things the Girl sucks me in to…..Zia


About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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