Yes, I did it.

We were at Costco the other day and tried this raspberry syrup.

It was amazing. So I made pumpkin spice pancakes and used it. Delicious.

But then I kinda got to thinking…

What is syrup but flavored sugar? And so I decided to try an experiment. I made a batch of ice tea using raspberry tea bags and ordinary tea bags.

Then added the syrup.

No, I didn’t pour half a bottle in, just about 1/4 cup into 3 quarts of tea. Yes, I do drink my tea straight, unless I’m sick, but that’s another blog, so I didn’t want to go too sweet.

Really what I wanted was an amped up raspberry flavor.

Instead it was elevated but not amped up. So I’ll be tweaking the recipe a bit over the week to find the perfect balance of raspberry without becoming too sticky sweet.

Until next time.

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Hanging Around

And so it came to pass that I realized I had thrown away the rails to the closet doors. Which meant a Home Depot run was in my future. Normally this is a good thing, but with most runs to HoDes, once just isn’t enough.

I checked out the stock online then asked an associate about my only choice for closet rails.

Universal, he said.

Universal my foot. Someone’s pants are on fire.

It took me half a day to install one side of the rails and find out they don’t quite fit. Like I’d have to gouge out the wood floor or sand an 1/8 of an inch off the doors, kind of doesn’t fit.

Neither of those things was going to happen.

So checked on amazon. In the words of Kelly Bundy, “Topeka, I found it.”

The same style of rails that I’d taken down. When they arrived, I had to remove all the old ‘new’ hardware and install the original then hang the rails, and voila!

Closet doors hung in less than 30 minutes. The hubbinator came in to wrangle them into place.

Okay, I do have to make a few adjustments but other than that, it’s perfect. Lesson learned, stick with what you have.

Until next time.

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100 years ago today

World War 1 ended. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Sadly, it did not.

And while in the US, we take today to honor those still living who fought to preserve our freedom, the world and we also remember those who have fallen.

As our TV is rife with movies and documentaries on the Second World War, take a moment out to learn more about WW1.

America’s Museum devoted to the first World War:

Britain’s website, designed for school-age children, but still an awesome resource:

Take a glance at the art legacy crafted by ordinary soldiers:

And these haunting sculptures designed to honor the fallen of WW1 (google them to see them at night):

Pause for a moment today and remember.

And as always, thank you for your service.


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Did you know…

There is one very popular Christmas song that actually isn’t a Christmas song.

It was written in the 1850s and first performed by a Sunday school class at Thanksgiving. The song was so popular that the church performed it again at Christmas, and the rest is history.

If you listen clearly, the lyrics are all about the writer’s longing for a white Christmas like he experienced in Massachusetts and wasn’t experiencing in his new home of Georgia.

That song is Jingle Bells.

Here is my favorite version:

Why am I thinking Christmas Carols when we haven’t reached Veteran’s Day? Because we have a station that has started playing Carols on November 1st. And yes, I’m listening.

Until next time.

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I should have known better

Last Wednesday was Halloween. I love Halloween slightly more than I love scary movies. The first scary movie I remember watching at a theatre was the original Friday the 13th for a birthday party. I was 12 or 13 at the time and I loved it.

And while I don’t go for the sadism in the Saw and Hostel franchises, I love everything from the bad (but oh so good) B movies in the ’50s, to today’s reboot of Halloween.

Which is why I should have known better.

You see, I pulled up to the gate at work last Wednesday and the parking lot and building were dark. Given the plant is out in the sticks and it was 5:45 in the morning, it was really, really dark.

But my badge worked so I cruised in. I even used the flashlight on my keychain to light my way from the parking spot into the building. There was one emergency light on in the hallway, but my windowless office was black as pitch and the emergency backups were beeping for all the instrumentation.

I dropped my stuff in the office, dug out my emergency flashlight in my purse and headed upstairs to investigate.

Yes, you read that right. I was climbing the stairs with a flashlight. Did it cross my mind that this is how most horror movies start: some dumb white woman investigating and putting herself in a stupid situation?

Of course, it did.

But I went anyway, just like all those victims. Thankfully, I didn’t find a serial killer just the plant staff working to fix the outage.

Would I do it again? Yep.

Unless there’s creepy music playing, then I’m backing the truck up and heading home.

Soundtracks matter.

Until next time.

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The Music

I drive an old truck. A very old truck with an old radio. When the hubbinator and I purchased the truck, we had a new radio installed.

And the radio never worked right. We took it back three times to the installer before they said we’d have to contact the manufacturer for service. Right.

So for 15 years, I’ve had to perform mystical acrobatics while trying to change the station or adjust the volume.

If there was a particular song I hated on the station, forget about it. The radio would refuse to respond.

As for CDs, removing a CD was a test in skill, timing, and speed. You see it would spit out the CD then suck it in, eject it halfway then change its mind.

When you were lucky enough to be given the option of changing the station, you had to press the face plate just right and hoped that the buttons worked. Usually, t his involved making certain the faceplate was illuminated while driving.

Fun times.

But even fun times have to end. So I took the truck down to an install place and purchased a new radio, speakers (I blew out the old ones-yes, my kids told me to turn down the music), and some insulation behind the speakers so the music remained only for me:D Although I drive with my windows down and the radio up, so maybe not.

The installers helped me pair my phone with the system but on the way home the connection was lost. So not cool. The hubbinator and I had visions of the original POS installed. Thankfully, I tried again and the pairing took.

And all last week, I could listen to my playlists or the radio and change the station/volume at will.

Heaven. Pure heaven.

Until next time.

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The Continuing Effort

That should probably read the ongoing effort. I’m sure if I bothered to put things away in the first place, I wouldn’t spend months cleaning, straightening and organizing.

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again.

When the temperatures drop. When touching metal no longer causes second-degree burns. When the daylight is to be shunned.

I’m talking fall.

I’m talking cleaning out the garage.

Some of you practice the dark arts (organization) and can actually park your car in your garage. For the rest of us humans, we may attempt to clear some space once a year. But don’t hold your breath.

I have three other people living in my house who see that room as their own personal annex. Either that or spontaneous generation is a real thing and it happens in my garage (I wonder if it could generate gold or silver)/

Still, I’ll be working on it a little at a time, because that’s how you eat everything, in the hopes that I’ll be finished by the new decade.

Wish me luck. I’m going in.

Until next time.

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