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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Just a simple day in the life...

Today has been an average day off for me, and just the kind of day I like.

First, I slept in until 9:30 and then took my time reading blogs with a cup of coffee. Then I showered, dressed, and picked up the house a little bit. I also finished a couple of chapters of the novel I'm reading at lunchtime.

Then I took a trip to the goodwill store to buy cheap blankets for the dogs' bed. George will chew up and destroy nice dog pillows, and we gave up on using them ages ago. He'll eventually chew up blankets, too, but I can always go buy a stack of them for $2 or $3 each and replace them once they're threadbare. Poor Ginger hasn't had a really comfortable place to sleep since George arrived. She had a wonderful doggie mattress along with thick fluffy comforters before he came along. Those are days gone by, George being the chewing machine that he is!

While browsing for the blankets, I found a pretty serving platter and a couple of really nice gardening reference books.  I ended up getting the books, the platter, and 4 large blankets, all for $20. Not bad.

Once I left the goodwill and headed towards the farm stand down the road, the wind started gusting, the temperature dropped 25 degrees, and rain started to pour. I feared hail because of the sudden drop in temperature, but it only rained. I sat in my car for awhile at the market trying to wait it out, but eventually I got out and ran in to make my purchases. I only got a little bit wet!

The small market is so pretty this time of year, with all the flowers for sale.


And I'm glad I went, because I got some nice stuff for our dinner tonight:


I've had steaks marinating all day, and now that the rainstorm is over (and the sun is back out) we can grill them just like we had planned. Gregg will be home from work soon, and we'll light the grill and sit outside and talk. I'll make myself a cocktail to take out with me. Since today is Cinco de Mayo, I thought about stopping by the liquor store to get tequila for margaritas, but it seemed silly when I already have good whiskey and can make whiskey sours with it. I like them just as well, and decided it was probably best to save the money. After all, we're planning a vacation next month to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and so should be saving our pennies where we can! It's going to be an anniversary trip for us (we'll have been married for ten years!) and I'm really looking forward to it. Which reminds me of something else I did today: spent some time searching the internet for the perfect place to stay up there. It's going to be a nice trip. The Outer Banks is one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast.

That's it for my day off. Have a good weekend, everyone!

23 comments:

  1. Have a nice and very good weekend Jennifer. I like this post so much:)

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  3. I'm glad you had a pleasant day. The strawberries look delicious. In fact, strawberry shortcake seems an excellent idea.

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  4. That is clever to buy dog blankets at Goodwill at a low price, and those fresh veggies look delish. Are the Outer Banks where those wild ponies live? I grew up on those Misty of Chincoteague books.

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    1. Yes, there are wild ponies up there! We're hoping we might catch a glimpse of them while we're there.

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  5. Good to hear you sounding more relaxed. I don't think I've ever had a Whiskey Sour!

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    1. I like a whiskey sour. It's got whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice shaken and poured over ice.

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    2. I love a whiskey sour but I like the ones with egg whites in the best. Very old style.
      But since I can not drink I can't have one.

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  6. Your day sounds very nice, relaxed but productive at the same time. I think you need many more of these, Jennifer!
    Glad you have a holiday coming up next month, something to look forward to and think of when stuff at work gets to you.

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    1. A few days spent at the beach (barrier islands) will be a nice escape. I can't wait to tell you all more about the place we're going...!

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  7. Sounds like my ideal day. Some fun shopping, farmer's market, a lovely meal and whisky cocktails.

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    1. It was really nice. I was able to catch a breath and and relax little bit.

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  8. What a wonderful day.
    Your Farm stand is lovely. You live in a beautiful place.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thank you, but you're the one who lives in a beautiful place! I'm dying to see the west one day soon! It's hard getting enough time off for such a big trip, and we have Ginger, George, and Marco to consider, too. But somehow I must travel to your part of the country one day!

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  9. Lovely fruit and veg there Jennifer. I am glad you had a lovely day to yourself.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It was a good day, and sorely needed.

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  10. What a great day off, well spent with a delicious dinner to end it. My wife and I just took a load of blankets, bath and hand towels out to animal control, they really appreciate the donation.

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    1. I'm glad to hear of anyone supporting their local animal charities! Good for you! :)

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  11. Sounds like a lazy, relaxing day Jennifer. Work gets in the way of just pottering around. You and Gregg have been married for almost ten years? That's brilliant and a milestone worth marking. Well done for getting this far together.

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    1. We'll have been married 10 years in June, but we were together for 6 or 7 years before getting married. In fact,everyone had given up asking us if we were ever going take it official. They were surprised when we finally got married after all that time!

      We're both pretty excited to hit the 10 year anniversary milestone!

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  12. I haven't had a whiskey sour in years. Now I want one.

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