That moment when the writing
is going along so well…
And then you realize you made a huge mistake earlier in the story and have to go back to fix it before you can go any farther…
So a couple of weeks ago I told you there was “something” going on. Something I couldn’t talk about just yet. But now it’s official, so I guess I can talk about it.
Finally, finally, FINALLY! I’ve been sitting on this & biting back saying anything for so long, I swear my tongue is a bloody stub.
But here it goes… The Big News…
Yes, yes, yes, yesssss!
FINALLY! Thank You, Jesus! (And if not moving UP, I’m at least moving sideways.)
I don’t mind telling you that I’ve been wanting to move & have been house-hunting semi-seriously for a very long time. Even though there are still a few really nice folks in town, the area where I live (where my family has lived for nearly 50 years, thank you very much!) has slowly been going downhill. You know how they say “It only takes one” & “The few ruin it for the many”? Yeah, that.
I’ll tell you flat-out that I can be one of the best neighbors you’ll ever have. I’ve done things for neighbors that normally only family members will do. I’ve babysat, pet-sat, baked goodies, helped people move in &/or out… I’ve mowed yards other than my own for two years straight just to make things easier for someone… I’ve offered up pet supplies & advice when asked, & even paid for an emergency veterinary visit when a neighbor’s cat was electrocuted & they didn’t have the money to have the poor boy checked out. And I’ve got a scar—an ugly, permanent scar—on the back of my hand from the time I tried to rescue a couple of cats that one neighbor had abandoned, but another wanted to rehabilitate. I’ve attended weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, etc….gone to church with, parties with, & on vacation with some of my neighbors—& vice versa. In short, I treat others as I would like to be treated, & for the most part, I have been very lucky that the neighbors I treat with kindness have often repaid the favor. Sometimes they’re even kind to me first, so I get to repay them. img25 That’s how close a community we used to be.
And then there are those few. A few who moved in five minutes ago & suddenly think they own the town. A few who do whatever they want, whenever they want, without a single thought to the fact that they don’t live on a 30-acre estate, but have neighbors within shouting distance (or closer) on every side. A few who don’t understand the concept of boundaries or being a good neighbor, & make you realize that living on a deserted island or out in the I-hear-banjos boonies may not be such a bad prospect, after all.
Which isn’t to say that I haven’t always wanted a bigger house with a bit more personal & storage space, even when I was surrounded by fabulous neighbors, but I may not have been spurred to actually look for one quite so seriously if it weren’t for—as my father would call them—the yahoos. Should I have to move because a couple of assholes move into the neighborhood & immediately send property values plummeting? Of course not. But let’s put it this way: I know what kind of person I am, & I know what kind of people they are. I know how I live, & I know how they live. I know my future potential, & I know their future potential. I am definitely the clear winner in this situation.
So even though there’s still a handful of really good neighbors I’m going to miss, the long-dreamt-of moving thing is finally, FINALLY happening. img20
Wanna see it? Here it is:
I have to be honest: this isn’t quite my Dream House. That would be a multimillion-dollar mansion with an indoor pool, live-in servants, &, like, an indoor theatre or bowling alley or something. Think Mary Fisher’s big pink estate in She-Devil. img30
Or some gorgeous modern home right on the beach. img15
But for where it’s located & what I can afford, it is—as Mary Poppins might say—Practically Perfect in Every Way.
In case you can’t tell, I’m really excited. But I’m also scared half to death. So this should be a fun few months while everything comes together & all the details are ironed out.
Don’t worry, though—I will definitely be sharing a lot more about this momentous event as we go along. img22
Okay, here we go… It took me a while to catch up & get around to writing my little “reviews,” but here is Part 2 of our chat about this season’s finales—& in some cases, series finales—for some of our favorite shows. Well, my favorite shows, anyway. :img14
Again: ***WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Grimm — Where do I begin? Well, I’ve always hated Juliet, so I’ve been glad she turned evil this season; it gave me a more substantial reason to root against her. And even though I know it’s supposed to be one of those “oh, no, whatever will Nick do now?” moments, I looooove that Trubel killed her. Bwahahaha!
Do you think she’s actually dead, though? Or just near death? I hope she’s not only merely dead, but really most sincerely dead. (A Wizard of Oz reference, for those of you who may not have caught it.)
And is it just me, or have you been wondering what’s happened with Juliet’s so-called veterinary practice while she’s been out hexenbiest-ing it up all over the place? I mean, she didn’t spend much time at it before, I imagine the place is nothing but spiders & cobwebs by now.
Speaking of Trubel, I’m sooooo glad she’s back. I really like her & think she’s an awesome addition to the show. I hope she sticks around this time! But that one phone call she took in the finale does make me wonder who she’s in cahoots with. Okay, I think we know based on who showed up at the very, very end of the show, but still… Why? What are they up to? Is this going to be good or bad for Nick?
And finally, I am really upset & disappointed that they killed off Nick’s mom. I liked her. I liked that she was out there & when she popped in. I also think she was too good a Grimm to be killed that way. Although she was ganged-up on by—what?—a dozen bad guys, so I guess they might have gotten the upper hand.
Forever — Another cancelled show. Another mistake, if you ask me. I can’t say Forever was a favorite for me, but I enjoyed it. It was interesting, unique, & had a lot going on. So of course it had to die in a way Henry Morgan never would. :img18
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — I wouldn’t normally mention this one, because it’s not a show I watch very closely, but this season’s finale kind of bothered me. It was a decent episode, but it bothered me so much that Olivia didn’t keep her mouth shut about who Noah’s biological father was. If ever there’s a time to keep your mouth shut, it’s when a violent, sadistic rapist/murderer/human trafficker might try to get custody of the child you’re trying to adopt. To me, this felt like a forced plot point to create the situation for the finale. :img11
On the other hand, I’m not at all surprised that Nick is leaving. All of the L&O shows seem to have a revolving door for cast members. I really like Nick & don’t necessarily want him to leave, but at this point…whatever. :img28
Battle Creek — So Battle Creek gets cancelled, but Big Brother will be coming back—again. Come on! Battle Creek may not have started with the biggest bang I’ve ever seen, but I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s gotten better week by week & was really beginning to hit its stride. Plus Josh Duhamel. Plus Dean “Mayhem” Winters. Jeez!
As for the very last episode… It was the best one yet & only made me yearn for more! :img8 Such a dramatic plot, so many secrets about Milt’s character revealed, so much growth to Milt & Russ’s partnership. I was on the edge of my seat, & spent the entire hour both sad it was the last episode & wishing like heck I had a second season to look forward to. :img4
Hot in Cleveland — I feel really badly about this one coming to a close. Mostly because I’d gotten sort of bored with it & wondered why it was still on, but this season has perked up again, so I’m wishing it were coming back.
As for the series finale, it was only okay, in my humble opinion. Typical of Hot, which is a good thing, but also awfully rushed in order to give everybody a happily-ever-after. The whole Joy & Bob adoption thing bugged me, too, because it sort of came out of left field & then moved way too fast, as well. :img23
But the very, very end…the epilogue, if you will…showing everyone five years later… That I liked. I loved seeing them all together, but paired up & happy. :img26 I’m just saying it happened a little quickly, with everything shoved into the final two episodes.
Hawaii Five-0 — Can I just say how tired I am of the back & forth, recurring Danny/Rachel drama? Never really liked it to begin with, but in the beginning it made sense. When they got back together & she got pregnant…then it turned out to be her new husband’s baby…I was annoyed. To have her show up again & suddenly announce that the baby is actually Danny’s son… Really? Really?! Can’t we come up with anything else for this character to go through emotionally?
If it weren’t for that, I think I would truly love this show. Because everything else about it works for me—big time. And I was happy to hear it got renewed for another season. But enough sticking Danny with nothing but soap opera drama, okay? Give it rest, H50.
Am I the only one who was also a little disappointed we didn’t actually get to see Kono & Adam tie the knot at the end of the season finale? I really like Adam, too, & hope he’s on the level—despite all the suspicion that keeps coming up concerning his ties to the Yakuza.
Bones — I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one, since I’ve been on the fence about it for the past several seasons. I was over Booth & Bones a very long time ago; Temperance gets on my nerves like nobody’s business, & my like versus dislike of her bounces like a rubber ball dropped from an airplane. :img20 Yet I stuck with it mainly for the murder plots because I enjoy unique death scenes & crime-solving of almost any kind.
As for the season finale, they led us to believe that Booth & Bones both leaving their jobs might make it the Series Finale, & I’d be totally okay with that. Truly. :img24
Last but not least, Supernatural — Don’t judge me for this, & don’t think it makes me any less a Sam & Dean fan, but I haven’t watched a single Season 10 episode yet…even though that season just came to an end. It’s been too hard keeping up with everything else, & I really like to sit, watch, & absorb my boys, so I’ve got them all on the DVR & plan to start watching them over the summer. :img17
Expect posts & comments as I go along, but they’ll be a little behind the curve. Just don’t spoil anything for me or I’ll make Deanmon look like Strawberry Shortcake. :img34
So do you have any thoughts about these season enders…or any others you might have watched? I’d love to hear them, even if they don’t quite jive with mine. :img26
So here’s the thing… My daily drink of choice is iced tea. I drink it all day long, almost non-stop.
I’m not terribly particular, but I tend to stick with a mix of black & green—unsweetened—sometimes with a touch of lemon. I also like a nice glass of oolong from time to time, & I start most days with a cup of hot ginseng tea. And I go through at least a (2-quart, I believe) pitcher every other day. :img2
But that’s okay, because tea is good for you, right? Everything you read these days praises the many health benefits of tea. :img20 Right?!
Now I see this article from The Washington Post:
No, no, no-no-no-no-no. NO!
I will not hear this. It’s bullshit—it has to be! :img28 —& I won’t have it.
And yet…it makes me a little nervous. :img6
Am I drinking too much tea? Is it affecting my kidneys? Am I going to die?!
My doctor takes blood every year before my annual exam, & I’m pretty sure he tests for kidney function, but is that going to show problems before it’s too late? Should I give up tea & switch to something else? (Please don’t say water. I like water, but I don’t love it the way I love my tea. :img2 )
Tea is what keeps me going. It makes life worth living, & I’m not sure I’m willing to change.
I’m not alone in that, am I? There have to be a few of you who are equally addicted to tea.
So please tell me I don’t have to give it up…
And that my iced tea obsession isn’t going to kill me. :img16
Forget about Happy Sunday, I’m having a Moan & Groan Monday. I’m just feeling annoyed this week…or maybe it’s a pile-up of recent stuff that I suddenly feel like venting about. :img9
Moan & Groan #1 — I lost one of my favorite rings. Unlike the time I lost the stone out of one of my rings, then found it before I went to bed the same night, this ring has been missing for more than a month now. I’m almost positive it’s still in the house; I took it off to wash my hands, & the other ring I’d been wearing with it was still on the island when I went back to get them, so I suspect one of The Kittehs decided to play with it or it rolled under an appliance or something. But even though I think, believe, pray it’s still around here somewhere, no amount of searching or cleaning has helped me find it. And did I mention that it’s one of my favorite, wear-it-all-the-time rings? :img16
Moan & Groan #2 — Just the other day, I broke one of my favorite cat food dishes. It wasn’t cute or fancy or even expensive, it was just a really great size for filling with frozen nuggets & letting them defrost in the refrigerator. But as I was putting it back in the fridge after feeding The Kittehs, I bumped it into the shelf, then lost my grip, & it cracked in half as soon as it hit the floor. :img30
Moan & Groan #3 — Taxes. Dreaded, dreaded taxes. Oh, how I hate them. I shouldn’t; once they’re done, they never seem to be as bad as I make them out to be. But they really are such a pain, aren’t they? Just getting around to gathering all my receipts is rough enough…never mind having to sort them all, then do all that eye-crossing & headache-inducing math. :img6 And then there’s the fact that The Kittehs feel the need to “help” me with my taxes. They constantly like to sleep on &/or slide through my piles of separated receipts. Or while I’m desperately trying to keep numbers straight & not hit the wrong button on my calculate so I only have to tally receipts once, they just have to walk across my work space or insist they need to be on my lap right now. :img13
Ugh. And all of that is before I even call Tax Guy, then have to meet with him to go over everything. I don’t dislike Tax Guy, but the whole thing is just a big, old pain in the butt. :img9
All right, I’m taking a deep breath & trying to let all of this go… :img27
But how about you? Anything going on in your life that you’d like to Moan & Groan about? If so, this is the day to do it…we’re all feeling it & are ready to listen! :img19