Amy Schumer


Have you seen the new nudes, or nearly-nude photographs, of Amy Schumer?

Amy has apparently decided that she’s going to let the world see what real, average, hot and sexy womanhood looks like.


Cuz I’m thinking that when Annie Leibovitz is behind the lens, the image produced is a far cry from real.  You can do a lot with lighting and expensive equipment, not to mention a small amount of chutzpah–which Annie has in spades!

I’m pretty sure we are still not being exposed to the real Amy Schumer.

On the other hand, if the image Annie has created of this celebrated and brassy blond is helping women come to terms with their own flawed, feminine body parts, then I’ll applaud the effort.

Amy’s bare bod on a calendar is no different than the years of beef cake we’ve seen promoting EMTs and Fire fighters, right?  And hey, who doesn’t appreciate a master at work?  Ya gotta give it to Leibovitz–she has mad skills.

Have you seen the Schumer photos for the Pirelli calendar?  Would you ever pose for a calendar project?

Hunting For Relief


Today I’m dealing with the dreaded drippy nose.  The constant inability to breathe that this problem causes makes it hard to sleep at night.  last night was night No. 2 with the dripppy/stuffy nose, and night No. 2 wherein I woke before the 5:30am alarm went off next to my head. Ugh!

I am so stuffed up! 

Off to the store I go today, to get some saline mist.

Poor hubs, deer season opened yesterday and he is dealing with the same stuffy head as me. He always gets this way, every year during deer hunting season in NEPA.  He sniffs and sniffs, and sniffs, then coughs and coughs, and coughs.  I’m sure the deer can hear him two miles away.  He rarely sees one, let alone gets a shot off.

This is good for the deer, but bad for hubs, who loves venison.

Me, not so much. I’d rather eat almost anything other than deer meat. Well, unless you count squirrel.  I hate eating squirrel, and woodchuck, and bear, and almost any kind of wild game (truth: I have never tried woodchuck or bear).

Give me a good helping of roasted veggies and I will be content. 

Adding insult to injury, it’s raining in NEPA this morning.  When I left home my man was still in bed.  I don’t blame him. He feels lousy, and it’s raining, and deer don’t come out in the rain during hunting season.  They find a soft pine tree and hide out until twilight.

Smart Deer!

I had planned to leave work at 2:30 today, due to a dental appointment. I’m getting my permanent crown on that lower tooth cemented today. Should be fun, not being able to breathe through my nose while having a handful of knuckles and dental implements in my mouth.  I hope my dentist has had his vitamin Cs and that I don’t sneeze while he’s using the cement. How gross would that be?

Right now I just want to crawl back in bed.

The good news:  I did my 12 minutes of exercise on the bike this morning!!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. I toyed with not doing it, cuz I felt so crappy, but my discomfort was a 4 on the 1-10 pain scale, so I did the exercise anyway.

I’m learning. I’m working. I’m developing a habit!!  Woohoo!  

You know what they say, right?  It works, if you work it!

Do you suffer from sinus stuffiness in the fall?  Do you like venison?  What other wild game do you find tasty?

Restoring the Big Green Girl


I Started the repair on the Big Green Girl last weekend. As you can tell, she needs a redo pretty badly.


Seat is all torn up.  Still, the cat loves lying here when a throw is used to cover her bare spots.  I’m not entirely sure how the seat on this chair got this bad, but I “think” the springs underneath poked through the sponge padding and someone got a bum full of ouch.


I’ve never reupholstered a chair before, but my mom has. She used to do this work for a living, and has agreed to help me out on this project.  We started by ripping off the bottom, to get a good look at the springs.


They were in there, but it took some doing getting to them.  We cut them free of their moorings, but not before we took pictures to help us reassemble the chair when the time came.


All the springs were in good condition, so no need to buy new. Yay!

A lot of junk came out of the bottom of that chair, including a hundred tacks and lots of straw packing materials.  I wonder when this chair was upholstered last. Wish I knew.  I think this green velvet monster came to us by way of my grandmother, but I can’t be sure. Mom didn’t know either.


Doesn’t that look gross?  Pretty dirty work, but I’m excited to get on with it.  I love this chair and it has served us well for years.  I even like the green velvet, but we will be switching to something less regal for the new covering.  I’ll share more about this project in the future.  Right now we have to get past Easter with company in the house.  It’s gonna be so much fun!!!

Have you ever brought a piece of furniture back to life?  How did you feel after restoring it?

Learning to be Patient and WAIT

We’ve got a mini schnauzer at home. His name is Mauser.


Mauser is a salt and pepper Schnauzer whose more salt than pepper.  He has a salty disposition sometimes, but we love him all the same.  When Mauser was a pup and I was taking him to obedience training, my son wanted to teach him a few tricks.  One of the most impressive to our instructor was the ability to WAIT.  He’s really good at this waiting behavior.  I wish I were half as good, as he.

I HATE waiting!


Mauser never lets himself be distracted once the treat hits the floor and the command to WAIT is issued.  His full attention remains with that liver treat until he has won the prize.  Look at that concentration!  He really, really wants that treat, but he knows he can’t have it until I say OKAY.


Isn’t that look on his face pathetic?  I think I must look that way sometimes when I’m waiting for my next treat.

So deprived.

So unhappy.

So impatient.

But I have learned that waiting is good.

Waiting builds character.

Waiting makes me stronger.

Waiting increases my desire.

Waiting teaches me that good things come to those who wait.

Here’s a happy picture of pup, taken moments after the snack was delivered.


Then again, maybe this is a picture of expectancy and cuteness that is banking on manipulation to win him another liver treat.  🙂

There is value in waiting, I know, but it doesn’t make me like the waiting exercises any better.

I hate waiting!

Are you good at waiting for your rewards?  What do you use instead of food as a reward for your own good behavior?



Sick and Tired

The last couple of days I’ve been sick.  Hubs had a sinus infection that began last weekend and it seems he may have passed it along to me. Ugh.

I went to the walk-in clinic yesterday morning and was told that my ailment was viral.  So, maybe hubs didn’t give this to me, but I’m blaming him anyway.  He has broad shoulders, he can take it.

The worst thing about being sick is the exhaustion. I had a fever two days of the three days I’ve been sick.

Fevers are exhausting.

The best thing about being sick is that I don’t have an appetite.  That means I eat less (I still eat, nothing could stop me from eating), and that means I lose weight. Two years ago we traveled to see family in NC,and I was sick while there. I lost 9 lbs on that vacation, but I would have rather held onto that weight or worked it off while hiking Grandfather Mountain, than to lose it by being sick while away from home.

Grandfather Mountain in Autumn

Grandfather Mountain in Autumn

Boone, NC is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been, especially in the fall.

Today, I’m trying to focus on getting better and letting my body heal, while I leave the food alone. I’m drinking more than usual, but even that is off today. I didn’t crave that first cup of coffee in the morning, and instead went for hot tea.  Last night I wanted comfort food, so we had homemade soup and beer batter bread.  It hit the spot!

What do you eat when you’re sick?  What is your favorite feel-better meal?

Meatless Monday–NOT

My recipe for today isn’t really an officially formatted recipe, and it’s not meatless, though it could be. Its a throw together meal that I would be willing to make and eat a million times over, shared here in a very informal manner.  000chick pea soupChick Pea Soup

Here’s how I do it…I put together in a pot:

1 can of Swanson Chicken stock

1 can of stewed tomatoes, pureed in the blender

1 sweet potato, cubed into small pieces, already cooked

1 cans of Chick Peas, drained

2-3 sausage links, cooked and coined

Salt, pepper, oregano, basil to taste.

2 cups fresh spinach, added a few minutes before serving.

I put the broth and tomatoes in the pot first, then add the spices.  I let that simmer for a little bit, enough to bring the flavors together.  I cook the sweet potato separately, ahead of time, because I want to eliminate some of the starch in the recipe.  You could do the same, or if you want the soup to be thicker, add the potato in the stock you’ve made and simmer until done–about 15 minutes.  Next I add the sausage coins and the chick peas.  The spinach is the last item I add to the pot.  I bet you could use kale too, but I haven’t–yet!

If you like onions, you can dice one and add at the beginning, letting them cook while the broth melds with the spices.

While this soup is cooking on the range top, I throw some corn bread in the oven. My favorite go-to recipe is found in the Happy Everyday Herbivore cookbook that you can check out here.  It’s made of white flour and whole wheat flour and it’s really dense and moist (probably because of the pumpkin–I sometimes use creamed corn in a pinch).  The cornbread only takes 25 minutes to bake, and the soup is done about that same time.

This recipe is quick, easy, and so, so, sooo delicious and filling.  It has tons of vitamins and nutrients in it, and the corn bread and chick peas provide a lot of fiber and texture.  Its simple to make and I usually have all the ingredients on hand–the win/win I’m looking for on those nights when I have meetings after work.

Try this soup and let me know what you think. I love it!

What is your favorite soup?  Do you have a tried and true recipe for those hectic nights? 




Snowy Wonders

Its Friday and I have to say I’m happy it is. Its been a long, cold week here in NEPA.  Freezing temps, lots of ice, but more than that, snow devils have been dancing in the fields.  000snow devilsI didn’t take this picture, but it explains what I’m talking about for those who may not know the term “snow devils”.  The snow devils dancing at my house were much daintier than those pictured here, and they were legion…graceful, and skidding across the snow topped hay fields like so many ballerinas.  They twirled and bent in sync with the music of the ages playing in their ears, so that I could almost hear it myself as I watched them move.  In their wake, they left drifts two, three, and five feet high.  Gorgeous to look at, but treacherous to drive through.

Have you ever been stuck in a snow drift?

I have been stuck deep inside a snow drift and it was not fun getting out.  It took one very large tractor to extricate me, and I had a bent car bumper when it was all said and done.  Worst of all, the car I was driving at the time wasn’t mine.  😦

Yeah, that cost me some money.

I can’t say this winter has been without its beauty, even though I regularly complain about its chilling effect on us all in NEPA.  A week or so ago the neighbors five, count them, five, horses broke loose and came to visit.  We were getting ready to leave the house when they ran at a full gallop across the frozen, snow-capped fields in front of our house, and around the back hillside.  We felt blessed to have a front row seat for this incredible equine action.


What a sight! 

Horses are scary creatures in my opinion, so I never ride.  I rarely get close to them either (despite the fact we own a horse and a donkey), but as they moved across that snowy field, with their hooves kicking up puffs of snow behind them and following one another gleefully, rejoicing in their freedom to do what God intended them to do, we all stood slack-jawed and amazed at their beauty.  My son got his cell out and video taped them, but watching the tape is nothing compared to standing there in real-time watching them move. They are powerful animals.

You had to be there!

I wanted to share these reflections from life on a snowy Friday as a reminder to myself and anyone reading along with me today that God is good, that He made a beautiful world for us to enjoy, that He meant for us to stop and stare, and that His purpose has always been for us to seek Him, find Strength, be Beautiful in our own way, and dazzle the world with the grace He provides.

When has the beauty of the world captivated you?  How have you used inner strength to meet a goal in your life?