January 22 2017

This Boy of Mine

This face…oh my…talk about love at first sight!  This is my Jack Russell Terrier, Maxwell, as a baby.   He came into my life in January of 2012 and promptly stole my heart!

He’s the third Jack Russell I’ve had.  Once you’ve had a JRT in your life, nothing else will do.  These feisty and intelligent dogs won me over long ago.

It’s a daily challenge to wear them out for sure but their antics provide so much enjoyment.

This guy makes me laugh every day.  He’s not the most graceful dog.  I always say he’s like a bull in a china shop.  If he wants his toy, he’s going to get it no matter what the obstacle – and sometimes he’ll fall down just for the joy of it.  Haha!

And let me just say that if he’s not had his playtime, he will stare me down until he gets it.  So yeah, I write a blog post AFTER he’s had his exercise!

Am I the the only one that sees this?  I always think the white patch on Max’s back looks like Woody Woodpecker.  It’s not just me, right?     Right?

Oh this boy of mine… I love him so.  I can’t believe he is 5 years old already.  If you want to see more of Max, check out his Facebook page: Maxwell Smart the Jack Russell Terrier

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January 18 2017

And Then Depression Set In

People who aren’t that familiar with New Mexico are often surprised to find out that we get snow.  We do! In Albuquerque, snow accumulation is rarely more than 2-4 inches at a time but I do remember one winter storm in which we had 11 inches fall in one day.  I’m glad that doesn’t happen very often though. I’m not a huge fan of the white stuff.  Sure it’s pretty when it’s fresh on the ground.  Peaceful to look at if you are fortunate enough to be at home all warm and cozy!  But this city usually goes a bit loco when it’s snowy.  Let’s just say not many people know how to drive in snowy conditions around here and if there is any ice, things just pretty much shut down. This winter we haven’t had much snow in the city but we have had a LOT of rain! We always need that moisture for sure.  Of course, rain in the city means snow on the mountains.  Yesterday I snapped this picture of the Sandia Mountains.  This is where I like to see snow – on a mountaintop.  Hah!  Still, I have to say all the rain and cold put me in a melancholy mood.

I’ve always found January to be a bit perverse.   It’s the start of a new year filled with new hopes and fresh starts.  Sounds good, right?  Maybe.  But let’s back up a bit here.  When the year starts to come to an end, it is filled with so many good things.  Autumn hits and it’s all about good food, parties, gift exchanges, and peace on earth.  I mean, what’s not to love about the holidays?  Things start off with a bountiful feast at Thanksgiving.   It seems that my Facebook feed and all the magazines I receive are filled with recipes for decadent desserts and all the wonderful trimmings for a fabulous meal.  Things quickly escalate as we hit the Christmas season.  I love the way it seems the whole world is transformed.  Holly. Poinsettias. Christmas trees. Lights. Silver bells. Carols. Santa. Creches.  You name it, I love it all.  So many wonderful things to close out the year.   More magazines and internet articles with recipes, homemade gift ideas, decorating ideas, stories of hope and giving.  I even find myself wishing for snow (even though I hate it) because I want a white Christmas!  Ah yes, Christmas time is glorious.  And then when it’s over, closing out the year watching the ball drop in Times Square and feeling determined to keep those New Year’s resolutions past February!

And here is where things get a bit perverse.  The January magazines in my mail now have articles about diets, exercise, and low-fat meals.  All the stores are now filled with plastic bins to get organized!  There are endless articles about decluttering and ads for help with your tax return.  I mean, it’s just cruel. Sure, I think it’s important to try to be healthy and organized, but coming off December’s decadence, it’s like a slap in the face.  And now the snow that seemed so peaceful and white is just all brown and slushy. January is harsh. It’s cold! Spring seems a long way off.  No wonder so many people fail to keep their resolutions.  It’s tough to stay upbeat.  It got me thinking about an old movie, Stripes, starring Bill Murray.  He has a really bad day and says “And then depression set in.”   I don’t know why this sticks in my head but it does.  It’s hilariously Bill Murray though and somehow it puts a smile on my face.

So if you are feeling the January doldrums set in, remember to be good to yourself.  Have resolutions or goals you are working on?  Great!  If you got some exercise today and ate a healthy meal, you deserve kudos.  Did you mark something off that to-do list?  Wonderful!  Did you get that bathroom cleaned up? Come clean mine!  Hah! But seriously, I think we should also make time to rejuvenate our spirit. Whatever “fills your cup”, set aside some time to do it.  Go ahead and put up your feet – binge watch a few episodes of that show you’ve been meaning to watch, buy something totally fun with that gift card you got for Christmas, eat a cookie, or just do something you know will make you happy.  And if you are so inclined, let me know what you did!

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January 14 2017

Red or Green?

If you live in New Mexico, you know the answer to that question.  You HAVE to know the answer to that question – it’s part of the culture here.  We are a bit obsessed with our chile peppers here to say the least.  Most Mexican restaurants in New Mexico give customers a choice between red or green sauce with their meal.  The main difference between red and green peppers is the time they are allowed to grow before they are harvested.  They both start out green.  Some are harvested while still green while others are allowed to ripen and turn red.  Green ones are roasted so their tough skins can be removed.  The red ones are sometimes roasted but more often ground into chile powder.  Both sauces taste great so if you really can’t decide, you can always say “Christmas” which means you want both!  On a side note, around here you spell it chile, not chili.  If you spell it chili, you’re talking about a beef and bean stew, not a pepper!

But if you thought this post was about chile, you’d be wrong.  Hah!  I have a much more pressing problem that involves the same question.  It all started innocently enough while showing my husband a completed Lego project.  I had just finished putting together a Lego Volkswagen camper van (or micra bus if you will) and this led him to remember the song “Convoy” by C.W. McCall with the following lyrics:

Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
With a thousand screamin’ trucks
An’ eleven long-haired friends a’ Jesus
In a chartreuse micra-bus.

I don’t know what made me ask him if he knew what chartreuse was but I guess my snarky side thought I might catch my super intelligent husband in not knowing something.  When he told me it was the color “green”, I thought for sure I had him!  “Oh no,” I said with supreme confidence.  “Chartreuse is a color of red.”  Now without boring you on the back and forth conversation that ensued, we eventually went to the all-knowing Google to settle our argument.  I was convinced I would be proven right.  After all, I had spent many a childhood day coloring and I knew that my chartreuse crayon was reddish, gosh darn it! Much to my astonishment, the first website I came across described chartreuse as a yellow-green, getting its name from the liqueur, Chartreuse.  Well, this simply couldn’t be right and upon further research, I discovered I was not the only one who remembered chartreuse as a shade of red.  But this was not enough for me.  I had to find a picture of that crayon as proof; but it was more difficult than I had anticipated.  Funnily enough, I came across this picture in my searches:

This only added to my confusion.  To say this became a bit of a mission is an understatement.  I went to Wal-Mart and purchased the biggest box of crayons I could find.  If I couldn’t find a picture of a chartreuse crayon on the internet, I would take my own!  But after painstakingly going through each and every crayon in a box of 120, I was to be disappointed. There wasn’t a chartreuse crayon in there anywhere!  Madness!  It was back to the internet for more research.  Well, it seems that Crayola no longer manufactures a chartreuse crayon.  Discontinued in 1990!  Instead they have colors like fuzzy wuzzy brown and macaroni & cheese now.  My, how things have changed since I was a kid.  Sad to say, I never came up with an answer to satisfy me.  Still, when it comes to the question of red or green, my answer is green when it comes to chile but red when it comes to chartreuse.  I can only say my proof comes from my completed Lego project:

What do you say?

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January 8 2017

Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams

I think we’ve all been there in our lives.  Giving up on a dream, thinking it’s too late.  There’s something about getting older that makes you more cautious about taking risks and dreaming big.  The obstacles seem too many.  Well, enough of that!  If you haven’t seen Shia LaBeouf’s motivational video, watch it now: Get your MotivaSHIAn!  I’m not waiting for tomorrow anymore!  If you have a dream on the back burner, I hope you will not wait for tomorrow either.  I have no idea where this blogging will take me. All I know is that my childhood dream was to be a writer.  No more waiting for the right time.  In today’s world, blogging is an easy way to get started on that dream.  My main goal is to just be writing more but I also hope to make your day a little brighter, maybe make you laugh.  But I do need your help with my dream.  Yes, YOU!  I need your encouragement which means I need comments!  I need you to like my Facebook page.  Tell me what YOUR dream is and how you are going to pursue it this year!


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