A Beautiful Day

I am always impatient for spring
January is all fine and dandy as typically you are recovering from the often times very busy holidays

Then comes February.
This is when I get impatient
Flower bulbs are already coming up
We have more sunshine (vs gray skies)
And longer daylight hours (yea!!!)

I am ready to get out in the yard and make it look nice again

Yesterday was a Beautiful Day!
No Rain
Total Sunshine
Relatively Warm (not quite 60 degrees but warm enough!)

I had the front door open to get some fresh air in
The grandkids were outside playing
And the boys (of the four-legged kind) were outside all day soaking up the sun

It was a good day for all.

A New Week

Boy….

Am I glad last week is over.
Most of the household had colds and two of them are still recovering.
Lucky me didn’t get it that bad…..this time.

I am however trying to pull myself out of a funk of sorts.

I have been taking guitar lessons for well over two years now.
I have a fabulous teacher/mentor/friend that is overflowing with knowledge and is more than willing to share that knowledge and experience with his students.

But every once in a while I think….

What The Heck Am I Doing?

Am I just fooling myself into thinking, wishing, HOPING that SOMEDAY I will be good enough to play with others and god forbid be in a band even????

So this last week I really didn’t play much.
Just didn’t have it in me (and yes I was exhausted from fighting off a cold).

I went to my lesson this week and talked to David about my funk.
And I feel way better now.
My funk is gone.
It is so gone that I am actually looking at new/used guitars and no you can never have too many!!! (heh heh)
(my current inventory is 4)

This week is Johnny B Good rhythm
Next week is Johnny B Good lead

And I have the opportunity to play with others and be in a band so I’m going to give it a try.

And YES I can be THAT good!

This Week’s Lesson

This week’s guitar lesson….

Keep the Wolves at Away – Uncle Lucius

LOVE this song!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

And…..
I can FINALLY play Lola Montez by Volbeat!

Go Me!

Holiday Wishes

So I’m here again (better late than never) for just a moment.

A lot has changed over the last few months and I tell you about it soon.

Until then know that all is good and I look forward to what 2017 has in store.

I have a feeling it will be a busy one!

See you in January!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Damn.
Long time since I have been here.

So sorry.

I’ve been mentally exhausted these last few weeks. At this moment in time I cannot elaborate but I will come end of the year.

Meanwhile here is an AWESOME recipe that is killer!!!!
A keeper for sure!

One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 pound of dried penne pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping
4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced

Directions

Start with a large covered cooking pot.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.

Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.

Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.

Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.

Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.

Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.

Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning to taste.

Enjoy!!!!

General Updates

Dang.
September 1st already.
Leaves are slowly starting to change.
It’s still dark at 6 am.
And it gets dark earlier.

From here til the end of the year time will fly.
It always does.
Halloween
Thanksgiving
Christmas
New Years
Bam Bam Bam

Just a few updates as I have not been very good at posting here lately.
Just way busy and way tired.

Hula Moon
Our annual Hula Moon end-of-summer party was again a hit!
Saw old friends and made new ones.
I am already thinking of what props to make for next year!
(hint: just yesterday we got for FREE a wood tiki bar!)

Halloween
Yes we are once again going to have a Halloween party.
October 22
Potluck
BYOB
And yes there will be new props this year!
(can you say…..fog!!)

Pirate
I am no longer a member of a local pirate group.
I quit several months ago.
The only thing I will say about it is it’s too bad how one person can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Music
Yep still playing and taking lessons.
I have mostly been on the electric guitar and working towards playing lead.
I can see this will be a long process as there is way more to it than the acoustic.

Working
I work full time as a full charge bookkeeper (been with the same company 30 years!) plus I do bookkeeping on the side.
I have seven businesses that I work with and I got five more that I soon will be doing.
Sounds like a lot but most of it is just monthly reconciliation.

New Venture
We are in the process of starting a new venture of sorts.
At this time I don’t really want to specify what exactly we are doing except to say we will be upcycling and refurbishing used furniture giving them a second unique life.
We have started a website (and yes eventually we will be selling from here). At the moment there’s not anything on it but there will be soon!
Wood And Wine Revolution
I’m excited and can’t wait to get started!
We have lots of cool ideas!

I guess at the moment that’s pretty much it.
I am so looking forward to a 4 day weekend (I took Friday off).