17 August 2017


monday through friday :

three days a week i visit my father at *sherwood forest*
{my new pet name for where he lives} .. 
he's softened in his advancing years - more quiet - 
but boasts of his winnings at the afternoon bingo games,
holding his tickets - proof of winning - in his big fist,
depositing them into the top drawer of his
night stand. crumpled.
once a month he can scrounge up those
winning tickets and trade them in for prizes
brought in by the red cross volunteers. 
think carnival for the aged.
bingo is life. in his world. 
yesterday afternoon during bingo time,
two of the staff wheeled dad away from his
bingo table ... to check his eyes {he can't see very well}.
what were they thinking?! you don't interrupt
bingo time. once they realized their grave error
{i'm certain  he helped them realize...ahem}
they wheeled him right back to his bingo table
where he proceeded to win 5 games in a row.
he called me later that afternoon,
informing me he's calling on his cell
phone {{such a novelty!}} to tattle on the
staff for squirreling in on his bingo time,
but also that he won 5 games straight. 
he is a *character*!

tomorrow i'll talk with the staff, apologize on
behalf of my stubborn father who is thoroughly
enjoying {understatement of the year} bingo.
after being alone for 7 years with the television
as his companion .. bingo is big. BIG.
then i'll suggest (strongly encourage) they do the
eye check mid morning so as not to weasel in 
on his precious card & chip time. wink.

my entire day isn't spent at the forest 
but once travel time is added to the equation,
not to mention prepping for my visit :: laundry & goodies etc,
it adds up. it's a freeway route and only takes about 20 
minutes or so if the traffic is light and other drivers are
considerate. still though.. half the day is spent. 

once home i give the pooch big time lovies,
a treat, then her afternoon meal .. and then?
i usually brew a cup of strong coffee and sit in
my comfy chair savoring the quiet .. with the pooch
beside me .. always beside me. 

two days a week are spent largely on the home front. 
tending house : cleaning, laundry, ironing, cooking,
baking, time with the pooch, time with my hubby
when he arrives home from his place of employ.  
dinner and clean up, evening projects, or simply 
relaxing in front of the television watching our
current favorite BBC mystery which boasts
130 episodes: Father Brown. we don't watch all
the episodes .. once we realize that a particular story line
is less than quality in nature (ahem...it is bbc after all)
then we click to the next episode in hopes it'll be a 
bit better. know what i mean?

by friday evening i find that my week has been full.
the hubs visits dad with me once on the weekend ..
lately Sunday with pizza in tow.
i'm finding a rhythm to my days .. little by little.  

today i stayed home and have been busy with tending
things that have otherwise been put aside. we have
another house guest arriving tomorrow by 5pm so i'm
in need of completing necessary tasks by morning
to be ready for that arrival. 

this morning the sunshine poured in through the kitchen window, as i read and had a second cup of coffee. evelyn took time out for a nap.. next to me but on the floor. the sun warmed her furry belly.

and her little toes curled in what i like to think is contentment.
and i notice she needs a pedicure.

and then she went inverted. happy dog is she ..

 yesterday the hubs went out for a business lunch so wasn't terribly hungry for dinner.. he had a smoothie later. my dinner was a salad well tossed. arugula, scallions, mediterrean feta, tomatoes, cucumber, grilled chicken strips, and balsamic vinaigrette. 

this morning while evelyn lounged, 
banana nut muffins were baking. mMmm. 

it's the recipe i've used since before the hubs and i were *a thing.* i don't think i've ever shared this recipe .. least i don't think i've shared the recipe with anyone. it's what i used to make him fall in love with me. that, and eggs benedict at 3:30am. true love.

i admit to eating one  two.

until next time ..



  1. Home is good!!! And eggs benedict at 3;30AM???? Love <3 . Evelyn is precious. Do you make her food?? Elsie has cancer and i have started to make her meals. Congratulations to you dad!!! :-) tammy

    1. yes, 3:30am .. back in the time i was relatively young (29) and besotted with my love for that sweet man. a year later he put a wedding band on my finger. ♥ ... elsie has cancer?! oh no... :( i'm so sorry. you're a good mama to make her food. i've never considered doing that before.. would love to know how you go about that..?

    2. For Elsie... in the mornin i grate 1/4 apple and 1/4 organic carrot in her bowl and scramble 2 eggs (mostly from our hens). I was concerned for her calcium as they seem to require lots so i do add some of her previous food ( i think it is called abound) in with this, maybe 1/2 cup. Then for her supper about every two weeks i make some bone meal broth (i think that is what it is called) with chicken thighs. It cooks for hours on low after coming to a boil. I make her either rice or oatmeal with the broth and give her protien (chicken from the thighs or canned salmon. One week for a few days she had ground beef), then i add veg...sweet potatoe, pumpkin, green beans, peas (such as that). I do all of this about in 1/3 portions, say oats. protien, veg. She is doin great on this and absolutely loves meal time. She is so happy afterwards. It is precious that in the midst of her difficulty to see her happy. I will say also since i have done this she has done better and her skin and coat are doin great!!! She has bladder cancer. She takes piroxicam 10mg to help her also. We have to be careful with this med. as it can cause anorexia. (strange) I can email ya more info if you have questions. I know this got long!!! :-)

  2. I'm jealous of your house guest! {smile} I can picture you going about your preparations and know how great your care is!

    I wish I'd gotten to meet your dad! He does sound like a character! I can only imagine how much he is enjoying real people and activity! Your a sweet daughter!

    1. ♥ i love doing the prep .. all's ready~!
      ♥ dad is certainly *his own man* .. gotta love him.

  3. You are a busy lady, my friend. I'm so glad your father is settling in and enjoying his bingo time. Miss Evie is a darling. I love it when my little Joey goes belly up during his nap - it's always a sign of contentment for him. At times he will start on his back and wag his tail until he has rocked himself to sleep. I'm glad you are taking some time for yourself in the midst of the busy-ness.

    1. joey's such a sweet pup, ad. :)
      he's so very devoted to you ♥

  4. It sounds like a very nice week. Those banana nut muffins look too good, I want one. That is the funniest picture of your dog, so precious. : )


    1. nice week yes .. and now another house guest and i admit to being tired. wink. hoping your weekend is lovely.

  5. I loved reading about your week. I am a fellow homebody, so I admire your self-sacrifice to meet the needs of your dad now that he is nearby. It is wonderful that he is enjoying his Bingo time so much . . . moving from solitude to society!

    Oh, and napping Evelyn? Melts the heart.

    1. we brought dad burgers tonight. he ate his burger and enjoyed a few onion rings too. :) he didn't want us to leave ... bless his heart. sweet guy, i'll be back at lunchtime monday. ♥

  6. The banana nut muffins look lovely, but it's that salad that has me drooling. I love arugula, and everything else you combined with it. Have you had arugula with roasted beets, minced sweet onion and goat cheese? To. die. for.

    1. making an actual note to make your salad suggestion!!!!!
      perfect ingredients .. i need roasted beets but have everything else. oh! walnuts would be good in that salad!


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