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The Road Before & After Surgery
November 20, 2017
Fall... Is In The Air...
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2876-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Fall...  Is In The Air...

At least what remainder of the fall that is in the air after a huge cold front blasted our little, lazy, river town.

It might be a good thing that Eric decided to wait a week before raking all the leaves. What hadn't already blown off the trees that surround our property. Those leaves are now long gone after high winds blew the rest of the leaves off our trees and landed them into our neighbors yard. OOPSIE! Our neighbor just had a landscaping company out at their property a few days prior before the storm paid us a visit here in the country. Like I said... OOPSIE!

Today was a picture perfect day and not too terribly cold to take the fur gang up to our local dog park. It was also a great day to take a walk on the trails. There are a lot of trails within a few minutes drive from our home. On my good days, I like to at least walk the trails in the morning. If time permitted, even another walk during the evening. With Babyblue quickly gaining weight. There are days when I can't walk her and instead have to hand the leash over to Eric. We are blessed to have such a smart puppy and very well behaved! There really was no potty training involved with Babyblue. Instead she instantly learned that outside is for using the bathroom after having an accident inside her crate. A mere 3 accidents in the house is really unheard of with a puppy. Babyblue is all around such a super smart husky. I believe that holds true for all rescues. They are a very special blessing!

With so many surgeries and routine testing lined up for the remainder of the year. Eric has been doing his best to pick up as much overtime as possible with the Sheriff's department. Just because you have health insurance does not mean you are exempt from high out-of-pocket deductibles. The county has a really good health insurance plan, however we first have to pay our yearly deductible before everything is covered at 100 percent. It can get to be very expensive with our out-of-pocket deductible at $5,000 per calendar year. We have to pay the first $5,000 before claims are covered at 100 percent. The end of the year is the worst time for Eric to try getting in as much overtime as possible. Everyone is looking for extra money in order to cover holiday gifts. Even on weeks when there is no overtime available. We still believe that in the end, everything will work out...okay. It always has for us. Where there is a will. There will always be a way.

This house has maybe not been such a blessing for us over the past year. However, the second lawsuit of the year will be officially filed tomorrow. Ideally, another lawsuit is the last thing we really need, but it must be done. There has been a lot that has transpired over the past year with this house. A lot of very unacceptable and quite shady things. Even with the bank that holds Eric's very first use of his VA benefits. A really misfortunate, yet really huge mistake that we found after the first lawsuit that began earlier this year. Never 'assume' that the bank that holds your mortgage loan and cashing your monthly mortgage payments are reporting those payments to the credit bureaus. Eric found out the hard way. Actually... I found out the hard way for him after realizing that the bank was not reporting his monthly payments that were being made on a monthly basis. All the way back to the very first mortgage payment, November 2016. Only a mere two payments have been shown being reported by the bank whom holds his VA mortgage loan. Not only is this a huge problem, but it is also literally destroying his FICO score. Not good.

After several failed attempts at trying to work with the bank on getting this huge issue resolved. It has instead went absolutely... no where. Even the consumers protection agency has gotten no where with the bank. Several failed attempts at trying to have this resolved without needing to go through legal means. Another lawsuit. Let's face it. This entire home purchase has been a complete nightmare. A huge mess in the making. But there is always a silver lining in EVERYTHING.

On my good days, this gal has been able to study real estate law, among other legal topics that might apply to us at a later date. Eric has also been doing his fair share of educating himself on legal matters. This is the second lawsuit where he will be going Pro Se. No attorney needed as he will be representing himself. We see no reason to pay for an attorney. Especially when we have medical bills and other medical costs that trump hiring any attorney. I am hopeful to be a part of this lawsuit that will be filed tomorrow morning. It's one thing to have dealt with such a mess, hidden lemon gems through out the first year of purchasing our home here in the country. But to have a bank literally refuse to report payments being made on your mortgage loan, is inexcusable. Until they fix the issues with not reporting payments being made. We will not be able to sell our home here in the country. We had no other choice, but to go the legal route. We are hopeful that the assigned judge to our case agrees. The only payments being shown reported, out of an entire year, are two mortgage payments. Where are the other 10 mortgage payments? Who knows?. Crazy isn't it.

I believe in destiny. I also believe in fate. I also very well believe in karma. Both good and bad.

Lessons we have learned over the past year, aren't such a bad thing, if you really look for the silver lining. We have learned a lot and have gained a lot. We have also educated ourselves in topics that otherwise would had never been opened. Legal matters at hand. This evening we took one final look over everything that will be filed tomorrow morning. A huge pot of dark roasted coffee and a few seasonal favorites to hit the spot after a long day.

A BLOGTASTIC tasty treat to share!  Y-U-M-M-Y!

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November 19, 2017
Embrace Change! :)
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2875-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Can you believe it?

We are only several weeks away from the start of a new year!

This means a really crazy remainder for the rest of our year. By the looks of our calendar hanging up in the kitchen. It appears that we are going to be mighty busy!

We finally have surgical dates set after our insurance company approved two separate surgeries. It took a bit, but once again we finally have definitive dates. My first surgery is set for the week after Thanksgiving. The second attempt at surgically placing my port will be during the second week of December. In the meantime, my team of specialists have me finishing up a combination of antibiotics while continuing pain management with my new pain specialist. I am aiming for less-is-more with both surgeries when it comes to a smooth road to recovery. More so the first one lined up in order to get to the root (literally) with another bone tumor that was found after labs showed my body fighting a pretty big infection. That infection halted my surgical procedure for the first attempt at a port. This isn't the first bone tumor that has been surgically removed. The very first one was found by accident, via x-ray, while finishing up a long year of dental work. In all reality, it's really not a huge surprise with tumors, once again, rearing their ugly head. It only takes one cancer cell to run wild and for a long enough period of time to find another home within the human body.

With such a small window of opportunity to gain some weight. I have already started to amp things up a bit with my daily nutrition. The best that one can with a limited liquid diet. I don't foresee things to be easy over the next few months. But this gal has proved to be one hell of a fighter! This won't be the first time, nor probably the last to get my game face ON!

There has been so many changes within our lives over the past 12 months. It has been quite a challenge keeping up with everything! But someway, somehow, we continue doing so and doing so with a smile. With that in mind, how fitting is it to share some changes of my very own.

So many different looks that I have embraced over the past year. Crazy how one's life can change that much in a mere year! Hehehehehehe! We may not be able to prevent constant change within our very own lives. But what we can do is welcome change and embrace it.

Totally keeping the red! WINKWINK** 


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November 18, 2017
As She Sings...
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2874-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


What is bold?

Bold is when you run outside in your flip-flops, t-shirt, shorts and winter hat (like a winter hat made all the difference) due to monsoon rain and high winds that literally ripped a huge tarp right off the roof! A tarp that was suppose to be highly secured by the warranty company contractors whom just repaired a section of the roof earlier this week.

Bold is when Eric has to literally run to the garage and get up on the roof with his shorts, t-shirt and gym shoes on. No coat while having to literally wrap the flying tarp around the chimney and then place landscaping rocks around it in order to secure the recent repairs. So...we thought the next round of monsoon rain and high winds were going to hold off a bit. Wrong. I wish I had a video of this mornings crazy roofing event and one huge gray tarp that went flying up in the air like a huge kite! POOF! Almost taking Eric along with it! Hehehehehehe! Sure, we can laugh about it now, along with our clothes that went right into the washing machine after instantly being soaked by the rain.

What a way to start off the weekend! A most memorable Saturday! Hahahaha!

Of course, Mr. BigLOVE didn't move an inch. No way, not even an inch! He was far too busy being comfortable inside his heated house, that he couldn't even make it all the way inside it for a quick afternoon nap. Hehehehehehe! So much for lending his human parents a helping paw or hand....HA! Too darn funny!

This hilarious Saturday didn't stop with mere outdoor events. Oh no! This evening it continued with quite a few indoor chuckles too! Needless to say, I will never make it as a famous makeup artist. HAHAHAHAHA! Why is it so easy to put on your own makeup. Yet so darn impossible to apply it on someone else? Poor Eric became my first and last student in order to try my hand at contouring, blending and eyebrow shaping that were aimed at making him look younger.

As she sings; Don't Cry For Me Argentinaaaaaa~

Good lordie! What a hot mess! Hahahahaha!

So... maybe my first make up application on someone else might be the last. But at least the rest of our evening turned out a whole lot better! One can never go wrong with a little surprise from their sweetie while taking a nap. One can never go wrong with a super dark roast coffee and a great bottle of wine.

A less eventful evening with two of my favorites and a great movie in mind! CHEERS


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November 17, 2017
WE Have A Very Special Announcement! :)
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Day 2873-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


We have a very special announcement as our little family has officially welcomed this little ball of cuteness!

Introducing.... Babyblue

Honestly, we weren't looking into bringing in another fur child into our family. Losing our beloved Littleblue to such an aggressive cancer was heartbreaking. Not only did we take it extremely hard, but poor Snoreo seemed to not be able to get over the loss of his companion. Snoreo grieved day in and day out. The evenings were the worst for Snoreo as he was so used to Littleblue sleeping next to him on the couch.

We didn't rescue Babyblue. Oh no! Babyblue rescued us as our entire little family is over~the~moon with her cuteness! Her sweet kisses and baby howls are the best! I missed hearing that husky howl that used to wake me up from a deep sleep. Looking up to see Littleblue wagging her tail and staring at me. Those were the days and the most treasured moments that I will never forget. It's been tough without having Littleblue here by our side. But now with this little mini version of Littleblue. It's like she was reincarnated again! There are just far too many similarities to list between Littleblue and Babyblue.

It was just meant to be! Rescuing such a sweet puppy!

I will spare most details of why everyone should think twice about buying from a breeder. Babyblue came from a very hard life as a puppy. No food, no water, a make-shift outdoor area that was overpopulated with other huskies and her siblings. It was a very sad situation. A horrible way to treat such loving huskies. It really made myself and Eric sick to find out how long this so-called, breeder was breeding and then selling huskies with serious birth defects due to such horrific living conditions. It honestly still makes us sick to the very core. This is why I am such a strong advocate about the need to continue cracking down much, much harder on these so-called, breeders.

Babyblue is one of the most sweetest, gentlest husky puppies I have ever had the privilege to rescue and welcome as one of our own. Babyblue has been nothing but a blessing for our entire little family. She has brought so much joy and laughter during times when we really need it the most. Snoreo instantly bonded with Babyblue! There are no words to describe their love and companionship for one another. It's amazing how much we see Littleblue in Babyblue! Almost like seeing double!

Rescued pups come with a very special responsibility. One in which shouldn't be taken lightly. Babyblue has a few birth defects due to poor living conditions and neglect that her mom and siblings experienced while living in cramped outdoor make-shift cage. Babyblue is missing toes that never fully developed. She also suffers from vision problems with her right eye which makes it hard for her to see. But you know what? No matter what... WE love her unconditionally!

We can only hope and pray that Babyblue's parents and the rest of her siblings were also rescued ASAP. Welcomed into their forever homes, safe and sound. To be loved for eternity. What they all so much deserve! Every single rescued fur child on the face of this earth.

This little girl has already brought us so much love, happiness and joy. She is a very special puppy and we are very special fur parents to have her now as part of our little family

Many thanks to PETA and their amazing rescue team!

#Rescue #Adopt






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November 16, 2017
Schedule? What's That?.
Mood:  quizzical
Now Playing: Day 2872-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Talking about tired! I am beat!

There is so much going on at once that it's becoming nearly impossible to keep up with everything. Or more so... to remember everything.

Back to lots of post-it-notes scattered across the kitchen cabinets. Daily reminders on a little bit of everything that needs to be done. Not just with final repairs inside and outside of our house before the cold winter months. But as well with a pending surgery that needs approved by our insurance company among many other things. I also have a taping that was scheduled by a very reputable production company. That taping was suppose to happen last month. Yet everything still remains on hold after needing to endure another unexpected surgery. And of course... another recovery.

The way things are going with all sorts of continued bumps in the road. A little thing called...life. We might end up going straight into another super crazy schedule for next month, December. Right in time for the holidays! Pfffff... Yep, that's life for ya!

I have been missing out on a lot lately while being pulled in a million directions. What I really miss are the walks we shared along the river trails. Not once a day, but twice a day. Sure, we both enjoy watching the fur babies have lots of fun at our local dog park. However this gal needs to keep herself moving! Gravity is the key which I believe helps more so with the pain than prescribed medication and spinal injections. If only I could gain back some energy that even I had this time last year. Winter is usually the time of year when I have the most energy. I'm just not so sure if that statement will ring true for this winter season. All my body seems to be wanting to do lately is sleep. Although my brain still wants to battle with that logic. Pushing myself is most definitely not in my best interest.

With not having too many making Santa's nice list this year. At least holiday shopping will be the easiest for me yet! Our fur children are never picky and always enjoy whatever Santa Paws brings them. Little E is at the age now where gift certificates are the way to go when hoping to bring a smile on a 10 years old face. I remember at that age when wrapped presents were the best gift one could receive on Christmas Eve. Cash and gift certificates were the last thing on a child's wish list. Crazy how times have changed. But the old saying is true, 100 percent! I would much rather have a homemade gift than something bought from a store. It just means so much more! Eric said, "Ditto for him! Bring on the baked goods!" Hehehehehehe!

I better stop here with talking about Christmas. We still have yet to even celebrate Thanksgiving next week. This Thanksgiving we plan on doing our best to stick to new traditions with our little family. With Eric working and my surgery awaiting to have a final scheduled date. We have to wait until later this week before knowing if we can celebrate Thanksgiving or spend time relaxing while I go through another recovery. Time will only tell. Another watch, wait and see.

Tomorrow will be such a fun and exciting blog as I make an official announcement to share with everyone!

Until then...zzzzzzz...

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November 15, 2017
Knowledge Is... Bliss~
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2871-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Good day. Bad day. Bad day. Good day.

Some times  it feels as if they all blend together as one. This is what happens after a good pie!

POOF! Hahahahaha!

One couldn't tell that Eric really liked sweet potato pie. Nah. Not in the least bit.

Today I assumed (so wrong to assume anything in life) that I would have a new specialty oncologist here in the country. This way I wouldn't have to continue tracking over state lines with my other oncologist. At least occasionally. But one should never assume anything in life. Just like assuming that everything would turn out okay with a new specialist that is much closer to our home here in the country. That appointment went literally no where as I was referred to the same place where my other team of specialists are referring me. Back to the Cleveland Clinic.

How far of a drive would that now be since moving out here in the country. Here in Indiana.... Oh... only a 4 hour and 18 minute drive?. Well then, sign us on up! Said no one, ever.

I might not be much when it comes to compromising such as with another even longer drive back up to the Cleveland Clinic. Once was enough with all the bumps in the road that only made matters worse, internally. Instead, I decided to do a far different compromise and take my specialists up on the offer to have my most recent physician notes and medical reports faxed up to the team at the Cleveland Clinic. All within the hopes of helping my team of specialists down here back across state lines in the city. And lets not forget, a new team member now here in the country. But even so, that oncologist appointment today didn't go so well as planned. They felt that the level of expertise needed for my care way exceeds the level of care that they could offer me. One even commented to Eric that my unique case is like something that came right out of the New England Medical Journal. A rare condition that needs extremely high expertise medical care.

Not only have I officially come full circle with my tumors since ending experimental oncology treatments. But now, as of most recently, I am once again dealing with two separate ovaries that have woken up from a deep radiation therapy sleep. One ovary that miraculously grew back and is now it's own entity. Even as much as ovulating on a different cycle than my other ovary. Need not mention the hormone levels that are being fed to already extremely large ovarian tumors. Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult female cancers to treat, whether alone to even cure. I can't possibly see me enduring a drive up to Cleveland Clinic twice a month. Even with Eric driving and staying overnight at one of their connected hotels for free. It's just not possible nor feasible for me anymore. That window of opportunity has sadly already passed by me.

How in the world did my body become such a huge mess, internally. It is beyond me. But what I have learned to do, is to put all of my mental energy into far more productive things.

The truth will set you free. As I once again listened to my gut instincts. Myself and Eric both agree when it comes to having closure with family. The latest denied, dismissed court filings are very puzzling. I feel as if with some family members. I am getting mixed information. I sure hope it doesn't end up with mixed information that turns out to be mere lying. This afternoon, I began the process of finding answers. Seeking final closure on some quite bizarre filings. I should have all transcripts within the next few weeks. Once again, all I can hope and pray is that we don't end up reading about more lying. The truth may set you free. But I tend to believe more so on gut instincts. We even agree to so much as to give a few the chance to come clean with anything that hasn't been truthfully told to us with both court filings. But as such, they must had decided to plead the fifth. "Mum," was the response for the remainder of the day. Time will only tell who is finally being honest and who is once again, lying. I anticipate for a huge shock once we are finally able to read all court transcripts regarding both filings. Knowledge is... bliss~

With rain, rain and more rain that continued for the remainder of the day here in the country. I opted to begin my new pain medication a bit early. Eric... he took on the chore of at-home pet grooming.

These two! Too darn CUTE! Hehehehehehe!



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November 14, 2017
A Great Lesson Learned!
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2870-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


I have learned a great lesson over the years. But most importantly over the past weekend.

Becoming a bull's-eye for a really mean spirited comment on social media.

What I have learned from reacting towards such comments is that it has nothing to do with me. But everything to do with the person who can not be happy for others.

When someone has to stoop to such a low level to not be happy with you or happy for you. It speaks volumes about the person doing such. If everyone would just take the time to check their insecurities at the door and do something about it. Without projecting it towards others in such a mean hearted way. Then maybe there wouldn't be so many unhappy people using other people to project their unhappiness in very hurtful ways.

Myself and Eric are not quite sure what some folks anticipate on how one should look (outer appearance) when sick or bravely battling cancer.

I have yet to run into a patient that has told me they want to look as bad as they feel while going out in public. Especially when the good Lord gives you a good day. I have yet to meet a woman or young lady that did not want to look their absolute best during special occasions. If that means using whatever beauty aids and accessories that are available in this day and age. Then so be it! If that's what makes you feel good about yourself. If that's what makes you smile. If that's what makes you happy. Then this gal is all for it!

What I have learned over my birthday weekend is that the most miserable people in the world are the most unhappy folks in this world. When given the opportunity, sometimes these same folks will take their unhappiness out on others who are truly happy. I feel sorry for these kind of folks. However I have learned that is has nothing to do with me. But everything to do with them.

Sometimes all you can do when someone can't be happy for you. Is to take a few selfies and smile, smile, s-m-i-l-e! Unleash that beaming light of happiness with those who may just need a bit of happiness of their very own. 

Remember... it isn't about you. The unhappiness and unkind comments are about them.

Misconception is with those who believe you should look a certain way while being sick.

I say....NONSENSE.


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November 13, 2017
A Very Special Birth Day Celebration :)
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Day 2869-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


When the good Lord gives you a good day, a good hour, a good minute, a good moment.

You use it to the very  fullest!

Today was a perfect day and a most perfect opportunity to celebrate a very special moment. A very special belated birth day. Feeling another year of being blessed? You BET! I am one very lucky and beyond fortunate gal!

As I mentioned just a few blogs ago...it's amazing what a year can do to ones life. It's also amazing to literally see how much we have both changed over the past year. Of course, like fine wine, I like to think that I get better with age. Eric...he begs to differ as he decided to plead the fifth on how well he ages. Hehehehehehe! Hey, I am trying with making sure he uses daily facial and body lotion. Someone's gotta help him to preserve his youth! Hehehehehehe! I chalk up my graceful aging to genetics. Possibly even the fact that I don't get outdoors very much in the sun. I stay well preserved! Hahahahaha! Too funny! I still get carded to this very day. BAH! Sometimes that can be a good thing or a really annoying thing. I earned every single year of celebrating another birthday. This year was no exception to the rule of getting out to enjoy life. When a good moment hits...SEIZE IT!

This year we decided to continue with a special birth day tradition. A Christmas theme kind of birthday celebration!


How fortunate can a gal be. How incredibly lucky and forever blessed am I to celebrate another birthday with my best friend, hubby by my side. Life...it doesn't get any more perfect than this! Life to me. It is truly a gift!


Cancer is a game changer. It changes you physically, emotionally. It changes the way you see things and people and relationships. It literally leaves an imprint on your brain.

On my worst days I raged about the why, the how.

On my worst days I allowed the disease to define me.

On my very worst days and nights I allowed fear to get me with no end in sight.

But on my best days...

On my best days I give thanks.

Not for being sick. Not for losing a part of my body. Not for even losing a part of myself. But for life itself. And for all the things I learned while battling this war.

I lived through a virtual encyclopedia of daily fear. The sense of losing physical control of what could never be defied, internally. I have finally learned that there is no such thing as control.

I still struggle to be comfortable with daily uncertainty. The look of fear within the eyes of my medical team. But I have finally made peace. Peace with everything and what is and what can no longer be. With each passing day, I am that much further in order to embrace what is going on with me.

Healing is never really about getting better. It is about letting go of everything that isn't you and finally becoming who you are and destined to be. When you square off with death, you learn that there is no such thing as too late. If I am going to do something, even on a whim, I do it now. Not later. 

While on the end of this journey. What I have learned most is that love means everything. Love is the foundation of absolutely everything. Unconditional love means everything when you are sick. Love gets you through those days when really all you want to do is give up.

This moment is the prize. This moment is a gift.

 I know this. And I will never forget.


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November 12, 2017
Tis A GREAT Day To BAKE! :)
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Day 2868-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Our indoor garage sale...okay...that sounds funny.

Our sale that we held indoors, turned out to be a huge success!

We have won another battle of less=MORE. YAYYYY!

Thankfully, the rain held off for a bit longer than the forecast predicted here in the country. Although, we ended up closing our weekend sale a bit early. It was still a huge success and most relaxing too! Not having to go back and forth, outside to the garage when a customer arrived was not missed this year. Having our sale in the basement, indoors, was the best decision at the last second when we noticed rain forecasted for this weekend. We may not have made a whole lot of money. However, we did end up selling a good majority of excess stuff. What's that ole saying again?... Hmmmmm... What is junk to one. Is a treasure to another?. Or something along those lines. It's totally true, however we really didn't have any junk. Not in the least bit due to my OCD habits of being such an organized neat freak. HA! I always was one to take care of everything that I own as well making sure to keep things super clean, neat and tidy! We were beyond relieved to not see one customer leave empty handed through out the weekend. It's good to see that folks can use what we no longer need or no longer can use. Lots of various items that have been stored within a huge pile of cardboard moving boxes in our basement. Boxes that are now officially empty, broken down and now stored in our very clean and vacant basement! YAYYYY!

What little we had left were around 7 boxes of mostly clothes and other small miscellaneous items. Instead of keeping what didn't sell. We decided to drop the items off at a little consignment store down the street. The same store that I found my very beautiful ocean theme painting that I restored and is now hanging on the wall in the master bedroom. No need for a tax receipt. So we decided to drop everything off this evening while the rest of our little, lazy, river town was fast asleep. It's nice to give back when given the opportunity. We wish we could do more for those in need. But sometimes just paying someone a nice compliment means more than any material object. A smile goes a long way! So does a compliment! Try it sometime, you will see exactly what I mean!

After cleaning up from our weekend sale and taking down all nine online ads, (just call me the marketing Queen) we decided to end the day on a baking note. Time for some early holiday baking! Time to try a few new twists to the same ole recipes! I was never one to use recipes. I enjoy being creative and doing my own cooking thang-hehehehehe! This time of year brings out my true passion and love for holiday cooking. I have always enjoyed cooking, since as young as I can remember. So why not try something new to start off the next few months of some serious holiday baking!

Triple TART Berry Cobbler & Super SPICY Sweet Potato Pie

Think of a really super tart piece of candy and this is exactly how TART this triple berry cobbler tastes! Trust me by saying, "It's GOOD!" But 'OH' is it mighty TART! I can't remember the last time making any type of cobbler. So it should really be no big surprise that I under baked it which led to the crust falling into the cobbler. BAH! Eric...well he ate it anyways and did so with a smile. As well with a huge spoon in hand! Hahahahaha!

I was going to try my hand, literally, with making my own crust for this super spicy sweet potato pie. However since this is the first for me making any type of sweet potato pie. I opted for a pre-made crust. I did go a bit over-the-top with a few spices, but that is really what made it turn out sooooo DELICIOUS! Eric loves anything with sweet potatoes. I am fortunate that me and sweet potatoes don't really mix. I can live without them, but even a few small spoonful's really has me revisiting my relationship with these amazing golden holiday potatoes! This super spicy sweet potato pie really turned out to be a super tasty dish!

How long will it last in our household? I give it a day. Eric is already going on his forth serving, and the pie has only been out of the oven less than 3 hours ago. HA! I feel for him come tomorrow morning after mixing both the sweet potatoes and triple berry cobbler. Talking about one heck of a stomach ache! Nah...I will stick with my protein shakes and other safe beverages for the evening. Hehehehehehe!

CHEERS to the start of a very HAPPY season of holiday baking!

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November 11, 2017
Garage Sale MANIA! ;)
Mood:  rushed
Now Playing: Day 2867-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)


Talking about the start of a huge garage sale success!

Maybe not so much of an actual 'garage' sale. Not since having to move it indoors to the basement. It was not only far more convenient being able to just literally walk down the basement steps to watch over the big sale. But it also seems as if the customers are far more appreciative of having the warmth of shopping indoors.

First day of our big sale, a year in the making, turned out to be a HUGE SUCCESS!

We didn't expect to have too many customers. However, here in the country, anything goes! Even garage sales on a working day, Friday. YAYYYY!

The time flew by super fast and so did all of the clutter and excess that we have been accumulating over the years. What a huge relief watching box after box being broke down and stacked up against the wall. WOO~HOO! Less...is more folks! It's been my life motto for quite a few years now. Less clutter, less cleaning, less of everything means far more time to literally live life to the fullest. Bring on the good days!

After a successful first day, now going into our second day of our huge indoor garage sale-moving sale. The fur gang stayed upstairs on their bestest behavior! Snoreo even helped with the big sale by keeping an eye and bark out, letting us know when the next customer has arrived. Hehehehehehe!

It sure looks like this is going to be another cold sneak-preview winter day here in the country. Better bundle up the gang before heading up to our local dog park later this evening! BRRRRR! I don't mind though, however Eric begs to differ on the cold weather, hehehehehehe! I love the cold weather and being able to wear lots of big, comfy clothes! Now all we need is snow, lots of it!

This evening will be a super~relaxing time enjoying a few more holiday classics with a nice warm cup of coffee for Eric and tea for me. A super  relaxing kind of Saturday evening!


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Updated: November 11, 2017 11:03 AM EST
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