Twitter Happy Dance!

I’m pretty certain that anyone reading this blog knows that I have a *slight* addiction to the HGTV network.  If I tend to sit in front of the TV for any amount of time where HWMMS isn’t in charge of the programming, it’s on either HGTV or old DVR episodes of The Nanny.

(I’m leaving that as that….)

And I ADORE—simply ADORE the Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. Not only are they undeniably handsome and charming and witty, but each twin is totally my type. I love them both.

The only other way I spend an entire day in front of the TV would be on FOOTBALL SUNDAY. And this past Sunday was a doozy.  The BILLS lost, the PATRIOTS won, the BROWNS lost (against the Ravens) and well, the BRONCOS lost too.

Insert Jenny Tears and this tweet.


It’s true. The NFL made me cry. And the Property Brothers never make me cry. (Although if I would have turned away from the Broncos game I would have missed that AMAZING literal last minute play by Peyton Manning.)

Notice I did not tag the Property Brothers. Or HGTV. Or either of the brothers, all which have Twitter accounts. No hashtags either.

I just woke up this morning to find this in my Twitter feed.

property brothers


Mr. Drew Scott (or person who manages Mr. Drew Scott’s twitter feed…) BRAVA! You just made my day. (More like week, but definitely day I was feeling way down in the doldrumy dumps earlier this morning.) Without any prompting or social media connecting through @ or # my tweet was glanced upon in the sea of many, interesting case study eh? I was just being myself.

Ah…Twitter. Happy Dance.  It’s the little things…

Aside: Happy man tears are totally different than Jenny NFL tears.




I just ordered a new bottle of my signature scent —Knowing by Estee Lauder. (Hello, FREE GIFT time at Macy’s plus Ebates 2X cash back!) And I realized I’ve been wearing/purchasing my classic signature scent since I was 15 years old.

25 years ago.

Good grief where does the time go?

Do YOU have a signature scent? If so, what is it?

Sunday Porch Coffee

Ahhhh. Pure happy.

And check out that mug. If that’s not the best mug in the world I don’t know what is. I originally bought it at the Elmwood Festival of the Arts from the talented Bruce McCausland as a surprise for HWMMS for Christmas/Birthday but we all know how that turns out with me…so I showed it to him approximately 27 minutes after I bought it and then somehow adopted it as my own. Giant thing holds a ridiculous amount of coffee. I just add a lot more almond milk.

Yes, there is a wee chip. I use it often and I’m not the most delicate person.

Holdover Time

Shameful admission.


HWMMS and I would often get what we call “holdovers” otherwise known as double cheeseburgers from whatever fast food place was closest nearby…as a holdover between meals, or more frequently a snack for when he would come back from derby late at night and I was sitting at home “craving” something. (At least once a week.) The last few months HWMMS switched our holdover routine….we now get holdover prepared salads. I kid you not. The first night he brought home a healthy holdover for his demanding needy wife I fell in love with him all over again.

Small changes, big differences.

Meatless Monday: Roasted Veggies

“I think we should start doing Meatless Mondays…” -HWMMS


Today I made roasted veggies (zucchini, beets, cabbage, sweet potatoes, corn, onions, peppers and greens) drizzled with truffle infused olive oil, rosemary and dill over basmati rice.


I roasted the veggies in the oven for 20 minutes covered with foil at 400 degrees. Removed foil, stirred veggies and cooked for 10 more minutes uncovered and then ended with about 10 minutes on the low broil setting.


Yum. When I reheat tomorrow I’m gonna add some Feta or Gorgonzola cheese.


Cassette Tape Pillow: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

I have a *mild* obsession lately with FUN PILLOWS to decorate the sectional couch in our entertainment room, hence purchasing this bad boy a few weeks ago: Cassette Tape Retro Pillow.

After watching the movie Guardians of the Galaxy (more than once in the theater) HWMMS (He Who Makes Me Smile) decided he needed to embellish said pillow.

cassette tape pillow

Could I love another more?

50 Questions: The Kindness of a Stranger


My friend MEESH (the pretty blonde in the picture above!) is  writing an article called “50 Questions.” Asking everyone from family to close friends to random strangers something she wonders about them and writing the article about the answers. 1 person 1 question a day. I was the friend who was selected for Day 2.

Please tell me about a day that someone else’s kindness inspired you.

What would your response be? Mine…read below.

About 10 years ago, right after I left my first job working with at-risk youth for five years I found myself in a sad state of affairs. My worldview was shattered (longer story there, but in general I was assaulted by two of the residents and then a few months later had to resign because I didn’t trust management and feared for my safety and sanity.) I was unemployed for the first time in my life and realized quickly that trying to get ANY job to support myself would take away my unemployment benefits therefore rendering me unable to pay my bills. I was soul-searching and career searching and trying to figure things out while selling anything I could find, most of my CDs and books etc. I also started blogging as an outlet.

I realized quickly that people were reading and became friendly with a gentleman in California who also was starting to blog who had just recently lost his wife to cancer. Out of nowhere, this gentleman one day emailed me and told me that he wanted to help me out. He knew I was a good soul and in a hard place and he had the means to help me right now and knew I wouldn’t be able to pay him back for a long, long time (if ever) but wasn’t worried about that. He told me he knew I would do good things in the world and someday be able to pay back his kindness tenfold to others. I was floored. And humbled. This man sent me a $3000 check no strings attached to help me get back on my feet. And while I have always been the person who would give $20 to someone for gas money even if it meant my checking account would be negative until payday, this man helped me remember that this is the kind of person I want to be in the world. I never EVER imagined being in a position financially to randomly help others, but have always given my time and support when I could.

The last few years I have found myself in a stable position with my Husband and we ARE able to help others out here and there….and it is the best feeling in the entire world. (Yes, I’m a dork and crying while typing that.) A little here and there goes along way. And the kindness of all who have financially helped me over the years (my God there are SO VERY MANY) has always been one of the greatest blessings I’ve been given. Being able to give back tenfold (with the help of my Husband’s mothers/fathers legacy) is pretty much the most inspiring life I can imagine living.

Aside: Thank you HWMMS for being the amazing generous soul who is the same exact way. Finding a kindred out there in this giant world who gets this part of me is truly a gift I thank God for everyday.

NOW YOUR TURN. Don’t be shy!

Please tell me about a day that someone else’s kindness inspired you.

Answer this question on your blog and let’s share stories of kindness!

Sauce. Simmering. Smells. Spectacular.

Sadly, the tomatoes are not my own. Currently in the large garden plot I have a RIDICULOUS amount of tomato plants that have reached arrested development. They aren’t growing or dying or wilting or flowering or turning red. Just sitting there.

Funny how a simple task like making a giant batch of homemade sauce and bring such contentment. Not to mention the kitchen smells SPECTACULAR.

My recipe is simple. Fresh Tomatoes. Fresh Basil. Fresh Oregano.  Fresh Chives. (Those did come from my herb garden which has FLOURISHED this year!) And a wee bit of Himalayan Sea Salt. Boil it down for 15 minutes then blend in the Ninja. Put back on stove and simmer slowly for another hour and a half (at least.)

Ah, September. I’ve been waiting for you for months…

21st century blogging, homesteading, home renovating housewife, social media consultant and community volunteer. A little bit of All Things.