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World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day


It’s World Malbec Day! Fill a glass of lovely Argentinian wine and celebrate!

World Malbec Day

Malbec is one of our favorite varietal. It’s a strong red wine mainly produced in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Malbec grape is from France, where it was used more as a blending grape in a Bordeaux wine. It found a great home in the higher altitudes of Argentina.

We have found great bottles of Malbec Wine under  twenty  AND under ten dollars.  Hit your wine store on the way home to take the Moan out of Monday and celebrate World Malbec Day today!

World Malbec Day

Do you have a favorite Malbec?

National Puppy Day

It’s National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day

There are ways to celebrate National Puppy Day, check them out here!

Post them if you got them! I got to experience 6 out our 8 dogs as puppies. Sandal and Tackle came to us as adults. I do have a picture of Sandal as a puppy.

Sandal Puppy

I can’t watch Marley and Me after having a yellow lab. Sandal was our loviest dog ever.


Tino as puppy

Tino 2004

Tino was such a sturdy little puppy.

Tino Puppy

Alice Puppy

Alice as a pup

Alice Puppy Bra

Yes that is a 50 dollar bra she is tugging on

Alice Grown Up

It’s amazing how cuteness can grow up to badassery.Jules Puppy

Jules did outgrow his initial resemblance to a possum.

Jules still a puppy

Tino Condi Puppy

Condi took no crap from her big brother.

Condi Puppy

Danny Zilla Puppy

Our first two original puppies, Rodan and Godzilla. Terrors of the house. The original “Bad Dogs”.  Nobody has lived up to their reputation since.

Danny Puppy
Tackle adult puppyTackle came to us as an adult. This is one of the first pics we have of him, closest to a puppy. I bet he was a cute big pup!
Tackle ZillaDo you have puppy pictures???

Word A Day Challenge

I Survived My Journal a Word a Day Challenge!

Word A Day Challenge

After achieving my first #30 Days of Lists, I thought I would continue on with the art journalling as a new hobby. My idea for October was to randomly select a “word” for the day, and then journal around that.

Borders Word a Day Challenge

The only two days I made exception for was October 16-the hubs birthday, and the word was Ottobre-which is our last name, which means “October” in Italian, and October 31, which the word is of course, “Halloween”.

Word A Day Challenge

Overall, I enjoyed my thirty day challenge. I only got behind late in the month, where running/training took over more of the day than journalling.

Word A Day Challenge

How did I pick a word? I would reach behind me, on the bookshelf, select a book, and hit a word with a marker.

I did one pronoun, then chose only nouns. Adjectives, pronouns  were too hard.

Word A Day Challenge

The one fail? “Squalid”. Wasn’t up to journal that one.

Word A Day Challenge squalid

I generally used to look up the definition of the word.  Then I would consult Pinterest. This led me down several paths with some words that I didn’t really know about before.

Like “The map is not the territory”.

Word A Day Challenge

Map is Not the Territory Word a Day Challenge

Some words led immediately to association. Thing-I thought of Thing 1 and Thing 2, from Dr Seuss.  Then, of course “Thing” from the Adams Family and the vehicle!

Word A Day ChallengeHere are several examples of my work from the month!

Word A Day Challenge

Word A Day Challenge

Document Word a Day Challenge

Ever made a smash book? It’s my favorite form of scrapbooking/journalling!

National Pack Your Lunch Day

Friday is National Pack Your Lunch Day!


Do you pack? If not, why not?


If you spend five dollars a day eating your lunch out 5 x 5=25 x 50 weeks= 1250 dollars.  Yowza! That’s some money you could be spending on a new pair of running shoes, or several white water rafting trip fees!

Quality Control

If you pack it, you are in control of what you are eating, not what is available in the cafeteria or the choices that you are offered in that weird restaurant  that your coworker dragged you to.


What to eat? How to plan? Fear not, there’s many resources out there! Do you want to plan for a week-or simply make the next day or two lunches ahead of time?


A website I like to read is Organize Yourself Skinny. Tammy has lot of great articles on meal planning and dinner/lunch ideas.

Do you lean more toward Instagram? My favorite Insta about meal planning is Kevin from Fit Men Cook (and website here). He posts awesome videos about meal plans!

I am going to try the super popular (at least on Pinterest) Mason Jar Salad this week. I made these on Tuesday. I did not add the protein, because I think it should have gone below the green lettuce level.


Do you pack your lunch? Any good off the beaten kitchen path ideas for lunches?

Valentine’s Day

Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day, a day to think about your loved ones and promote red silly hearts.

Valentine's Day

Things I love 2017 edition:

My Kindle Fire-the books are not very heavy to carry via the Kindle!

Smashbooks My new hobby of smash book-smash book is kind of off the reseveration scrapbooking.  Smash BookThere are no rules, you can do whatever you want. I created a smash book for Project 50. I also had a smashbook for some free form smashing. I would open a book, stab a word with my finger, and then create a page about that word. That was really fun and maybe I will repeat that in March.

My Pups

My pups

The hubs

Stags Leap Wine Cellar

My parents

Me and the Parents


My health-I’m lucky to be in very good health. Some body parts don’t work like they used to, but I’m happy to still have the ability to use them in the general practiced way!

Have a wonderful love filled day!

Happy Birthday William Henry Harrison

I don’t think a musical will be written about you.

William Henry Harrison was our shortest term in office president.  During the two hour inaugural address, the new President wore no coat or hat. When he followed the address with a round of receptions in his wet clothing, it resulted in pneumonia. He spent 31 days in office and died.


Biographical Facts

Harrison was born in Virginia, well educated, but instead of becoming a doctor he became a soldier, fighting the native Americans in the Ohio and Indiana territories. This is where he got his nickname “Old Tip” at the Battle of Tippecanoe against Tecumseh. After serving as a soldier, he served in both the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate.  He was very opposed to General Andrew Jackson.

 The New Party of the Whigs

Opponents of Andrew Jackson formed a new party called the “Whigs”.  Whigs was the name of the British party opposed to the monarchy.  The Whigs ran four candidates in the 1836 election against Martin Van Buren, trying to deny a majority of votes in the electoral collage, which would throw the presidential election into the House of Representatives (just like Thomas Jefferson election of 1800.)    Van Buren still won.

Election Tactics

The Whig Party changed tactics for the 1840 campaign. Van Buren was seen as a dandy aristrocrat.

The Whigs wanted to contrast to this.  Even though Harrison was well educated and a son of the planter aristocracy of the south, he was advertised as “man of the west”, a common man. The Whig handlers simply portrayed him differently.  Harrison’s handlers made a common man out of Virginia aristocracy.

This was the first of the political campaigns.  It was a race filled with songs, advertising, slogans, and organized rallies. In the election campaign of 1840, the Whigs handed out free hard cider in little bottles shaped like log cabins at barbecues and bonfires—and they used the slogan “Old Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too” to promote Harrison’s candidacy.



More people voted in the presidential election than ever before, 80 percent. His legacy does not lie in his brief tenure in the White House, but rather how the party organizers learned how to craft a candidate for public display.

“One bitter pro-Van Buren paper lamented after his defeat, “We have been sung down, lied down and drunk down.” In one sentence, this described the new American political process.”   Which continues to this day!