Bracketology

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For those of us who grew up in Indiana, this has always been the most exciting time of the year.  Nope, not because winter is over.

It’s NCAA tournament time!

When I was a kid, being in the tournament felt like it was a birth right.  But the past few years have taught us that, no matter who you are, you have to work hard to earn your place in the tournament.

We were down for a few years, but are back now, with a much greater appreciation for how special it is to see your team’s name come up on those brackets on Sunday night.

Last night, we found out who our first opponent will be and where we’ll play the opening round.  (New Mexico State and Portland).

Some folks are disappointed by the location…all I have to say is, it doesn’t matter who you’re dancing with or where you go to dance, it only matters that you dance your heart out. Seize the moment…

Go Hoosiers!!

It’s taxing

Tax Preparation

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Yes, we all deal with it…I’m talking about the dreaded tax return. I had planned to finish mine tomorrow.  I already had all of the receipts, W2s, etc gathered in one place (I amaze myself with my organization these days…years ago I was so disorganized and a terrible procrastinator), so it would just be a matter of sitting down to complete everything.

I ended up finishing it all early this evening!!  How about them apples???

Years ago, when I had my own business, I waited until the end of each quarter to do anything with the paperwork…talk about creating stress for myself.  I’ve finally learned to file things as they come in and it certainly makes tax preparation so much easier.  Do I like doing it?  Heck no!  But we all have to do it…well, unless we want to end up spending time with some non-friends in a small prison cell…I’d just as soon avoid that if at all possible…

How about you?  Done with your taxes?  Thinking about it?  Not going to do it?

Ahh…finally…it’s here

…the weekend!!  This has been a long week between work, getting the power steering on the car replaced (recall on that, so no charge), a couple of medical appointments, then a late night meeting at work last night after going in at 5 am…ended up with about 4  hours of sleep last night.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t come in from a meeting or working and just go right to sleep.  I’m afraid those days are long gone…probably haven’t been able to do that since I was in my early 20s.

I had a note on my door when I got home yesterday letting me know that the maintenance guy would be in today so I had to lock Spook up in the bedroom before I left for work this morning.  She was not appreciative…got a couple of nice scratches on one of my hands for my efforts.  When I got home, I noticed they’d done the work (not particularly well, mind you, but…), so I went upstairs to let Spook loose.  She was slinking through the house for a couple of hours…you know how a cat will walk around with her little belly dragging the ground when she’s uncertain about a situation…

poor little scared kitty

I went into the kitchen to give her a treat for all that she had endured over the course of the day.  That’s when I noticed that the kitchen door wasn’t locked!!  Are you kidding me?  You come into my place while I’m gone and then fail to lock the door when you leave?  That really made me mad…anyone could have walked right in and walked out with all kinds of goodies.

I haven’t been able to report it to the office yet, but believe me, I intend to…there’s no excuse for that.  They have to be responsible enough to lock up after themselves…sheesh…that’s why I don’t like them to come in when I’m not at home…

Ah well…take a deep calming breath…it’s the weekend and I don’t have to work…

Check out your girls

Early signs of breast cancer.

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Okay, I know this isn’t breast cancer awareness month, but it is my birthday month.  So I decided it was time to give myself a present.  I’ve gone a few too many years without getting a mammogram…not intelligent in any case, but particularly in my case since my mother had breast cancer.  I kept my appointment yesterday (the appointment that my doctor was pretty insistent that I make..she’s a tough one), got the results today.  Everything good with the girls…

So…ladies…if you’ve been putting it off…give yourself a gift, make that appointment now…

Sad day in Colts country

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The unthinkable happened today.  The Colts have released Peyton Manning.  I (and most Colts fans) truly believed that Manning would retire from the Colts.  But it’s not to be…

Watching the announcement today, I was reminded of just what a good person Peyton Manning is…of how much he did for the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.  His tearful speech exemplified what a humble man he is.  He thanked all of the fans, the city, his team mates, and even the owner (you don’t want to hear my thoughts about the owner right now, do you?).

He sounded truly thankful, didn’t express any bitterness…I’m afraid I wouldn’t be as gracious in the same situation.  I’d be pretty angry thinking about all that I’d done and how the owner chose to repay me…ah well…I can only wish him the best of health and another Super Bowl ring wherever he may go.  He’ll be missed here in Colts country.

Time to start some seeds

Garden Strawberry

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Okay, I know it’s just the first of March, but I’m anxious to get my hands dirty and plant some seeds.  I don’t have a greenhouse or sun room (don’t I wish…), but my spare bedroom gets a lot of sunshine so a big table directly in front of the window is the perfect place to start those tender seedlings.  But what should I plant?  Do I want to start some tomato plants or several varieties of peppers?  Do I want to start some herbs?  How about some flowers?  Why, yes…yes, I would like to grow all of the above.

Unfortunately, I have to kind of limit myself since I only have the patio outside my kitchen and a small bed under the window.  So I usually grow a few tomato plants and a couple of pots with peppers in them…always have to grow jalapenos to use in my salsa…just thinking about homemade salsa is making my mouth water.

I can definitely be thinking about starting lettuce outside…well, once this next little cold spell passes us…we might even get some snow tonight…yippee!  And of course, I’ll have to grow some spinach and radishes.  I have cilantro coming up outside right now…that stuff self sows like crazy.

Mixed lettuce and radishes from last spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I look through the seed catalogs and want to try all of the new things, but I usually stick with the old tried and true veggies…what I know will grow well here.  Is that boring?  I think I’ll challenge myself to try something I’ve never grown before…not sure what that would be.  You know what I’ve never grown?  Strawberries.  Yep, my grandma had a huge strawberry patch when I was a kid.  Oh how I remember those days.  We had to help her pick them and she didn’t want us to eat any because she sold a lot of them.  Man, that’s just mean to a little kid.  Somehow I survived the cruelty though.  But yes, strawberries it is.  I know I won’t be able to grow a lot of them with my limited growing area, but even just a few would be pretty cool.

Are you already dreaming about your garden?

There’s a bad moon rising…

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We’re right in the midst of a batch of tornadoes…somehow the terrible weather has kind of split when it came to our part of Indiana…some of the storms went north and some south.  The southern part of the state has been hit hard, several fatalities…lots of damage…I hate to see it.

We’ve been very fortunate in that all we’ve had all day was some rain and some wind…one of the guys I went to school with down in Mitchell is gathering supplies to take to one of the hard hit small towns tomorrow (if any of my friends from the area are interested in contributing, let me know…I’ll get you in touch with him).  I’m always touched by how normal, every-day people manage to jump right in when disaster strikes…providing food, water, clothes, really all of the necessities we need in situations like this.  People can be so good~

Another painful day…

a baked potato with butter

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I knew, when I woke up this morning, that I was going to have a rough day as far as pain is concerned.  I had to be at work at 5 am, so didn’t get enough sleep.  And it was truck day, so I was doing a lot of heavy lifting for probably 5 hours of the day…not exactly a good way to deal with a body in pain.  But, what can you do?  It’s part of the job…

When I got home, I took some Advil and went to bed, ended up sleeping for over 2 hours.  When I woke up I didn’t hurt quite as much…ahh…sleep…it does a body good!

I ate a relatively healthy dinner of a baked potato and cottage cheese…nothing else sounded good.  Soon I’ll be off to soak in a hot tub for a while…and then back to bed so I can face the workday tomorrow.