Category Archives: 2017

Motorcycle Day! Happy December!!

December 23, 2017.

My surrogate brother-in-law and I were all about our motorcycles yesterday!

What a great and productive day!

I appreciate beyond words the friendship I have with a co-worker, who in my mind has become my substitute bro-in-law, because my real brother-in-law now lives in California with my sis and their fam.

It is very rare when a female and male can be friends, and only friends, in the truest sense.

There is no flirting, there is no tension, there is no anything except being completely real and enjoying each other’s company and shared interest in a platonic manner.

Much like the relationship I have with my brother-in-law.  Wow.  I miss him (and his entire family, especially my sister!).

Great news though… this time next week, that entire gang will be in town for a family wedding!


This was my wonderful glorious Saturday that I spent with my stand-in brother-in-law, later to be joined by his cutest ever wife at the Harley Davidson showroom, who is going to get her own motorcycle if I have a say in it (she wants one, he’s concern for her safety, I tell him all the time – dude, get over yourself, if you can have one SO CAN SHE!).

Plus, he literally has ridden my Harley more than I have!

He takes care of my Harley when he takes care of his motorcycle

I joke all the time…Dude, if I do not start riding as much as you do (aka, all the freaking time), I am going to sell you my bike for your wife!!

This is my back-up plan.


I have 3 vehicles and 2 are PAID FOR IN FULL.  So in this moment in time, I straight up own 2 of my 3 vehicles.

Um, have you caught on yet that I was a tomboy in my youth and I have a need for speed and freedom??

I must become one with my Harley, who I have dreamt about owning for, I don’t know, at least ten years and ride it until the wheels fall off.

So to fan my flame…..this was my Saturday….and I loved every minute of it…even tho I felt under the weather…

Hooking up my new and fully charged battery to the Harley.

All the cool kids park in this one area near me. A neighbor’s Indian motorcycle.

Another neighbor’s I don’t know what kind, but it is a motorcycle parked near mine!!

Me: OMG! I want one of those!!! (We went to 2 motorcycle showrooms today for supplies).

I’ll take that one too!!

But for real, the others were just jokes, but one day, mama is going to own a yellow Harley Sportster!

This is a custom yellow Harley Sportster, 1200 cc, that was on the Harley showroom today. Um. Love.  #OneDay

But the best of the best today?

I was given some unexpected Christmas money… I bought some top of the line HD products to care for my current Street 500 Harley Davidson motorcycle…..

And, to help a brother (in-law alternate) out….I have found a way to park 4 vehicles in my parking garage at present, all though I only officially own one parking space with my condo…

Pack it in buddy, as close as possible, and we will both have covered parking for the winter!











Eat. Drink. And Be Merry.

I own a condo!


8 years later since selling my first condo.

Thanks to one person specifically.  You know, the whole…He who must not be named.

No.  This person is not evil, nor is he Lord Voldemort. hahahaha #HarryPotterJoke

Check out my new home  (keep in mind I’ve got some serious painting to do)!

Nice, huh?

It is to me!

It is the same exact setup as the apartment I have been very happy with for the last four years.

Except, um, the MAJOR upgrades. Um. Yeah. They are Nice!!

And oh, I now have a fireplace. Still not sure how I feel about that.

I love fire in fireplaces.

In other people’s homes!

I have a fear of fire, burning down my place.  Don’t know why, but I do.

Maybe I will turn it into a gas fireplace.

But then again, I fear gas fueled items too for fear of fire. hahahaha #NoWinningOnThisFront hahahha

Saturday, December, 2nd – First Day I Let Go and Enjoyed.

I am done.

I am done moving.

I am done taking care of two places at once.

I am home, I got my happy on and I have been eating, drinking and being merry!

Because tomorrow, Sunday, mama still has a lot of work to do at her new place.

For my southern food eating peeps, check this out –

Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits.

Who knew?

Holy. Crap!

My dad told me about these and they are AMAZING!

This is the new best friend in my house!!

Life is good.







My Day…

I accidentally lashed out yesterday morning due to being frustrated. Ok. It wasn’t accidental, but I regret it now. Not that what I said wasn’t true. It is just, sometimes my delivery seriously lacks…well it can be a bit brutal when I have tried to share same said info multiple times before. I am not proud of it, but, it is what it is now.

I should be asleep right now because it is, um, 3 am. But yesterday’s events have me up because I am really bothered.  Ever had one of those days when you wish you could have a do over? Um. That’s me right about now.

Thank God this is Thanksgiving week.  I only need to get through today and tomorrow, keep my head down, work hard…and then I am free for four whole glorious days to collect myself.  God grant me peace, please grant me grace and for the love of all that is good the freaking wisdom to zip it! hahaha

In A Really Good Place

I am in a really good place in my life right now.

And I am beyond thankful.

I cannot even express the amount of gratitude I have for all who have helped me and for everything I have in my life right now.

Normally I would be scared to say how good my life is for fear that something really bad would happen.

The whole….and then the other shoe drops kind of thing.

But you know what I have learned?

There is good stuff in life and there is bad stuff in life, and life is always going to go between the two so I might as well be in the present and know and feel and say – I am in a really good place in my life right now.

This has been a long time coming.

I have had my share of ups and I have had my share of downs in my 46 years of life.

And when I say downs, I mean d-o-w-n-s.

There is one area of my life in which I feel charmed.

And that is in real estate.

17 years ago I purchased my first condo for $110k.

8 years ago I sold my first condo for $330k.

I sold my condo on November 30, 2009.

It was not a happy event.  Not. At. All.

I sold it out of fear.

Fear that I would not be able to meet my financial obligations at the time.

I tried self-employment for a while.


That did NOT work.

I wanted to make sure that I did not default on anything, so I sold my much-loved home.

Present day, November 2017, 8 years later, I am buying a new condo.

I really never thought I’d be here again.

I was cool with renting.

Footloose and fancy free baby!

Although, come to think of it, I have lived in my current apartment for 4 years now.

BUT, I could leave if I really want to move somewhere else!!! hahaha

I have had a lot of help to make this transition from renter to home owner which I am so grateful for, I have had the quickest start to finish home buying process that it still blows my mind.

It has been so smooth, and quick that there is now talk of settling earlier than the scheduled date of November 20th.

The condo that I am buying, um, EXCEEDS what I thought was possible for me.

Everything is BRAND NEW and TOP OF THE LINE, outside of the condo itself, oh, and the stackable washer and dryer.  But I’ll gladly replace that down the road when necessary.

I love my job and the people I work with, and there are so many things that I am excited about learning that will benefit both them and me.

Of course, I love my cats.

I love my family (SO MUCH) and my friends.

Oh, I love the vehicles I own.

And I am very grateful that I have a surrogate brother-in-law to help me with all kinds of stuff (read: my motorcycle) since my real bro-in-law currently resides in CA.

Bottom line, in this moment in time, I am in love with my life and I am grateful.

Like I said, I am in a really good place in my life right now.

I am beyond thankful.

And this has been a long time coming.

Note to all:  Never give up.




I Am Thankful That I Knew You.

In  Memoriam.

Someone I cared a great deal about passed away yesterday.

And he was 100% good people.

I Love Food & I Love Cooking!

I love food and I love cooking…

But only because I can actually cook now.

                                                      I Heart Cooking

I am on my 3rd week of using the food delivery service – Hello Fresh.

This is the most awesome, tasty, easy and simply program around.

At least that is my experience to date.

Look what I have learned how to cook over the last 3 weeks…..

                                      Mojo Drizzled New York Strip Steak

                     Cauliflower Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese (Minus the Pancetta)

                                            Crispy Top Parmesan Chicken

                                                    Sweet As Honey Chicken

                                                      The Pat Lafrieda Burger

                                                      Thai Pork Stir Fry

                                                      Buttered Up Steak

                            Thyme And Honey Pork Chops (Minus the Thyme)

                                        Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner

Not only that, I totally hook up co-workers with left over’s, which has been much appreciated…to date.

Recently I started utilizing the ability to skip some weeks.

This is an awesome option for two reason – (1) I can try out what I have learned thus far on my own and (2) the selection available do not always include enough of what I am willing to part with my money for to try.

I do not need breakfast, but thank you.

And I do not need fish or duck, nor do I want to cook any other parts of chicken except for the breast.

Yeah. Definitely no, but thank you anyway.

Overall, my Hello Fresh has been an excellent experience!

I have learned how to cook soooooo many things in the last three weeks that it is unreal.

If I were in a serious relationship, that dude would fall madly in love with me because these meals are great and thus make me a spectacular chef!!

So.  If you are in a rut, or if you are like me and want to learn how to cook – Hello Fresh has brought me such happiness and delicious, beyond words, meals.

Totally worth the investment!

Per me, a 100% satisfied customer.

Food is life.

Might as well make it right.




The Dragonfly

Two months ago today I ran into this dude on my porch…


I have NEVER seen a dragonfly up close and personal before.

To be honest, this dragonfly scared the BLEEP out of me when I accidentally and unexpectedly came face to face with him on my porch.

“It happened to be” the morning that I was to take Mozzie (my cat) to the emergency vet for a sonogram.

I thought for sure the sonogram would show that Mozzie did not have much time left to live, he was skin and bones and miserable.

I told the big man, aka God, don’t mess with me.  You are trying to make me hopeful when I am pretty sure this is the end.  Please do not lie to me.

But still, I looked up the symbolism of the dragonfly when I came in and read this…When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life.

It turns out the “dragonfly” was correct.

And to date, with medicine, my little man Mozzie is OK.

This really was one of those, did that really happen, wow moments.

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