Randoms…January to Now

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Look how beautiful the sky appeared on Friday afternoon!

I know my one follower who still follows, misses me.  So I decided to write something, blog something.  Hell, it is gorgeous outside and I thought about my neglected blog.  I am such a bad blog parent, but the way the world is right now…it is hard to write something that isn’t filled with visceral rants and depressive thoughts.  I am discombobulated about what I am seeing and feeling and it ain’t good.  However, I am going to attempt to fill you in on what has been going on in my life for the last month.

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A day of service…

I saw The Guy on January 14th as he showed off his new car, plus he was celebrating a birthday.  He is getting old!  On January 18th, I did my day of service by working with Hands Across River Region in helping to make toiletry bags for the homeless.  Did you know in my county they actually go out once a year and count the homeless? When they do, they give them bags of items that will be most useful to them.  I am going to ask my book club to donate tooth brushes and tooth paste and mouthwash, because those are the items they need and don’t get much of. I enjoyed doing this with students from elementary schools as well as Alabama State University.  They even fed the volunteers, but you know I didn’t stay for that but it was a nice gesture.  I had Vn Pho here in Montgomery for the 1st time in January, which means I have had it a couple times prior to this date.  Since January 20th, I have been in some state of mourning over President Obama.  However, I must move on.  Oh, Aloha had her first birthday.  Y’all, she is something else.  She is walking, talking and still going to be on the cover of Time magazine!

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Aloha is a year old!

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Lil Princess aka Aloha…

 

I have been cooking a bit more.  Not much more though.  Shrimp and grits and baked spaghetti with whole wheat noodles, ground turkey and turkey pepperoni and anything simple like baked chicken.

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Shrimps and grits

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Baked spaghetti

I promise I am going to do a post about having Sisterlocks for 10 years.  I am still trying to convince my Consultant to cut my hair.  She just told me no again on yesterday.  Imma cut this hair so I can wear cute hair styles, hell!

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Long 10 year old Sisterlocks

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10 Year Old Sisterlocks

Seriously, it is hard to write when your heart is filled with angst and anger.  I need to write a book review and a restaurant review too!  I am so behind, but today I decided to write just a little bit so I know I can still do it even if it is a bit choppy.

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I have been so busy…

Today is beautiful.  The sun is shining brightly ignoring the darkness over Washington, DC.  It is a warm 79 degrees; folks are walking around in sandals and flip flops.  Me, I have on long sleeves, trouser socks and closed toe shoes.  I ain’t going to let Mother Nature trick me because one week we are cold and another week we are summer time warm.  I can say winter wasn’t too bad.  We may have had a month of cold weather spread out from October to now.  However, what does this mean for summer?  You all know I ain’t about the heat.

I hope where ever you live your day is as beautiful as mine and you get to enjoy some of it today whether you are working or not.  Until my next post…

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I have an Instagram account…Cashanamusings.

 

Blogmas Day 22: Vision Boards

Blogmas Day 22: Vision Boards

It is almost that time of year to think about what you want to accomplish and do for 2017. I have been doing a vision board for several years now.  Believe it or not, they actually work in keeping you aware of your goals and even if you don’t quite get all your visions to happen, you can see a tangible account of your progress.

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My current vision board. Yes, I have OCD and things must be in order…Don’t Judge me…LOL!

My sister looked at my vision board when she was here for Thanksgiving and she said that the differences in our overall look of the board are quite different. She tends to have pictures overlapping and such and my board is neat and organized.  Yes it is and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  I review my board every day and repeat the inspirational sayings every day as well.  At least for next year the Chevrolet Cruz can finally come off the board.  Go me!

Last year I traveled more. This year not so much.  Next year I am going to travel and update my passport.  So I will definitely have pictures representing travel.  I also plan to work on getting my YouTube channel going.  But first, I need an editing program that is easy to learn.  Further, I hope to garner some extra income to pay off some bills and I want to volunteer more.  Finally, my board will be a motivation to lose weight.  For real this next year.

Your vision board should be the way you like it and should be a motivation to have a productive and blessed year ahead. One thing that is noticeable on my vision boards is all the inspirational words I have placed all over the board.  Nothing is impossible with God on your side.  Real talk.

So next week I will be gathering my pictures and getting ready to make my vision for 2017 amazing!

Blogmas Day 14: Office Christmas Party (Gathering)

I am in the Legal division of our agency, duh! And we usually have a pot luck luncheon for Christmas.  It is a time to fellowship and get to know new folks and really just catch up to each other’s lives.  I have been with the Agency 12 years ago (13 years before I can retire).  I ain’t counting.  Anyway, most of these folks I have known the entire 12 years some are newer, but for the most part we get along.  We support each other during the hard times and we damn sure can make each other laugh.  Really I just like there is no drama.  Before I worked here I worked for a domestic violence agency full of women and when I left it was one the best days of my life.

Anyway, back to our luncheon today. My ass is full.  I don’t want dinner.  I want to go to sleep.  Y’all we can cook.  Sorry, I didn’t take pictures of our spread, but know we how to bring it.  And everyone from our department was there, which doesn’t happened often because the attorneys are always out of the office.

Let me see if I can recount what we had: Drinks with tea, ham, chicken tenders, chicken casserole, sweet potato soufflé, squash, creamed corn, baked beans, broccoli crunch salad, Asian slaw, homemade yeast rolls, and a couple of other casseroles that I can’t remember, banana pudding, cake and brownies.  Yeah, we had a lot of food.  One of the attorneys keeps surprising me because he can cook!  He always loves the things I bring for lunch, but it seems he should be bringing me lunch!  LOL!

We had a great time fellowshipping. For the last 2 years, I have missed the luncheon because I would always be off on the Friday, because that is before book club, but having on Wednesday was a great idea.

Lawd, I am still rubbing my tummy! What did your office or job do for the holidays?

Blogmas Day 13: Negativity

In this post- election time, with the Clementine Satan (got this reference from Denene Millner) about to take reigns in a little over a month, there is so much negativity floating around. Whether it is online or in real life, right now things are so damn gray.

Prior to November, the negativity would almost strangle me because once you allow it to seep into your being, soul it is so hard to get it off of you. Writing is a great way to ease some of that, but the way things are nowadays freedom of speech has limitations, if you want to keep your job.  So I vented to family and we really vented in book club meetings.  You know what?  It didn’t make the negativity disappear.  As much as you try to shake it off, it was right there to clawing at you so it can be seen and heard.

I am getting better with how I handle the negativity. Basically, I get off social media and go to my happy place.  Whether it mindless YouTube tutorials or well-written books, I am turning on something else where negativity isn’t the drama to keep me interested.  I stopped watching reality TV because of the negativity.  I stopped watching the news.  Yes, I stopped watching the news.  I read the news and not on Facebook.  I read what interests me and bypass the propaganda they want to make us think is real news when it is really just negativity posing as news.

With the holidays here, if you concentrate and focus on negativity your spirit will be dampen and depression has a space to invade and we do not want that. We can’t control what the future has for us, but we can control how much negativity we allow in our space.  Find your happy place and not allow the negative to control us.  We need all our energy for the fight we have ahead us, but for right now focus on the good.

I Am Back…Blogmas!

I am back y’all!

To prove I am back to blogging, I will be doing my version of Vlogmas, but Blogmas! I will be posting everyday up until Christmas.  Are you excited?  I am a bit nervous because it has been a while since I blogged.

Let’s catch up. I really stopped blogging because I felt censored because of my job and the election.  The election took a lot out of me.  It was a time where I wanted to say so much, but knowing I couldn’t.  And if I wanted to keep my sanity I stopped blogging.  I still read blogs but I stopped writing because I felt like I wasn’t being authentic if I couldn’t be political.  I have a question for folks though?  Really, America?

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Really, America?

Let’s go back to April/May. My book club tested me and I mean it tested me to the point I was going to disband and at one point I was in tears.  Although the person who cased the issue in April apologized, I have felt some kinda way about the book club as whole.  Especially when we agreed on a meeting and date for the May meeting, in April and only two people other than myself showed up.  When I tell you I was angry and I let them have it.  We didn’t even meet in June either and I loved it because I just could not deal with their asses.  Basically, the commitment is gone.  I am thisclose to being over it.  Then we will have a meeting like October’s meeting and I am reminded why I started the book club.  However, if things do not get better I am done.  Another situation happened within the book club that opened some folk’s eyes about the truth of people.  Yea, I am being cryptic some of the members read the blog.

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I did do a small flower garden. However, it wasn’t my best.  My geraniums are basically all dead now because of the drought.  Oh, we are in the middle of a drought and although it has rained, we are still below levels throughout the state.

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2016 has been taking folks left and right. And I am still grieving Prince.

I have lost and gained weight throughout the last six months. However, my doctor’s appointment today shows the slow decline.  I can’t drop the weight like a teenager anymore.  My doctor and I get along now.  We make each other laugh.  Tiffany his nurse is why I keep going back.

OMG! Did you see the winter finale of HTGAWM?  I cried and was so upset.  Why?  I thought it was going to be Nate and I had psyched my head up to being fine without that body… I mean the actor on the show.

Hurry up Scandal! Because Empire delivered a secret last night that was so anticlimactic I was pissed off.

I took pictures for a Creative Cooking post. It still hasn’t been written.  I made fried corn too.

We did some refurbishing on the outside of the house. Looks great, but new wood means we also have become hosts to a yellow jacket hive.  I can’t y’all.  My yard guy got messed up by them yellow jackets.  I need to get some more spray because they have 2 hives.  One I killed the other I have no idea where.

I did my usual dishes for Thanksgiving, however, I made up my rolls and froze them a few days before Thanksgiving. I baked my sweet potatoes instead of boiling them and they tasted more like sweet potatoes instead of candied mashed potatoes, if that makes sense.

However, I cannot wait until the week of Thanksgiving to clean up. No can do.  I was so tired after I finally finished Wednesday night it was crazy.  However, my house looks good considering I had a house full.  Go me!

My sister and her 4 daughters were here for Thanksgiving. Why does Lala torture me so?  Hunny Bunny is an official teenager.  Caitlyn is a senior in college.  Finally, Aloha is so chunky y’all and she was used to me before she left.  I was able to play with her, until my back started hurting and make her laugh…too cute.

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The Guy is probably the only one waiting on me to blog, but I am back. See you tomorrow.  Oh, no the blogs will not all be randoms.

Finally, do you remember my former Christmas wish blogs? Well I got one of these items a month ago tomorrow.  Can you guess what it is?  Find out tomorrow!

I Am Still Here…Tired Though

I am still here.  Just busy and finding it hard to blog.  I could blog at night but, I ain’t trying to boot up a laptop and all that jazz.  Plus, I haven’t been on my laptop in about 2 months, which means loads of updates.

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At work…on this Friday, March 18th!

 

 

There has been so much going on in the news and here in my home town that I just do not have the energy to deal with any of it.  Seriously, this election is making me physically ill and frankly I can’t wait until it is over.  I will tell you this, when President Obama leaves office, I am going to be crying like crazy.  I already feel the lump in my throat.  He has had to deal with so much hate it is a wonder he is still sane.  However, if I was the President…my don’t give a fucks would be horrid.  My mouth and my actions would be so garish.  Everyone has their breaking point.

I cannot talk about that Repub candidate.  I am trying to keep my breakfast down.

I have been so busy at work and I mean both jobs I am feeling the pain.  I am tired.  Seriously, I am also exhausted because of daylight savings time.  I wish they would just leave the time alone.  I am struggling.  Monday I came in here feeling let down and peed on.  I feel like someone robbed my home again instead of stole an hour of sleep that they didn’t really do.  The second job has me tired and because I was tired of working a position every weekend I hired three folks.  Hell, I am tired and getting home after 10 pm was getting old, fast.

I am over food.  I tried to make some turkey sausage this weekend.  They taste okay, but honestly pork is better.  Sighing… I can’t even stomach chicken wings, but I could use a Chic fila sandwich right now.  In fact, for the last two weeks I have only eaten catfish, shrimp and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Oh, I am addicted to popcorn.  I have a Caesar Salad with 2 ounces of beef for lunch.  I can get it down without gagging.

I do not even know if I am going to do a garden this year.  My energy level isn’t such I want the hassel, but when I go to buy tomatoes I am going to be mad.  However, preparing for a garden ain’t going to be easy for me, because I didn’t break it down and set it up for the spring.  Shit looks bad.  Maybe Easter Sunday…I do not know.

Have a great weekend! I am going to do the same…

Tales of a Snake…

Seriously, folks play too much.  My cousin, who is doing security guard training in my building just called me to ask if I had some bottled water and to inform me they killed a snake in the parking deck.

My response, “Damn it!  They do not tell us nothing.”

Now I am scared to go to my car because I cracked my windows…Ugh!  If I don’t get home it is because I am too scared to get into my car…

You didn’t think I really had a snake tale?  If I see a snake, I will not be around long enough to tell you nothing about it.  Just like lizards, snakes and me = no!  Hell No!