Yep, that means Z. I think I’m not the only challenge participant that doesn’t have the energy to write another blog post after a whole month-full of alphabetical posts. And probably, it won’t come as a huge surprise that I’m going to take a few days off from blogging to focus on some other stuff. Moving. Kids. Family. Getting spiders and wasps out of the camper so I can write.

Also, this.

So, see you in a few days! 🙂



We’re in debt now.

But it’s a pretty cool feeling. Mid-century restoration, here we go!

Well, actually, I should probably focus on getting us moved in, first. And then get our beloved farm all spiffed up and ready for her next renter. And then maybe get back to some writing so I can fund the whole restoration thing. 🙂


That’s right. I’m X-ing things off my to-do list today:

Quick blog post? X-ed.

Put gas in the car and air in the tires? X-ed.

Work hard on actual day job workity-work-work-work stuff? X-ed.

Get a big fat certified check and virtually empty my bank account? X-ed.

Wrangle anxiety down to a level where I can get really excited to be a homeowner again? X-ed.

Happy Tuesday, all. I hope your day is fantastic. heart


That’s what my Boy Scout is going to need this weekend, I think. This guy, here?


He’s going to Springfield, IL with his Boy Scout troop. For an almost-11-year-old, first-year Boy Scout, heading off for a weekend, crossing state lines and driving five hours to go rub elbows with 10,000 other Scouts is apparently a pretty sweet undertaking. Hopefully the 90% chance of rain lurking in the forecast is overestimated.

Meanwhile, momma will worry. 🙂

Tick Tock

No time to post – my deadline‘s too close! Happy Thursday, all! heart


Wednesday again, and that means it’s time for a ROW80 update (as well as an “S” post for the A to Z Challenge, which I cannot believe I am more than halfway through). Here’s how all of my current projects are looking:

ROW80 Round 2 Goals

(For the rest of April, anyway.)

Use a timer! I’m using one right now. Does that count?

Work on Charming Cora Nada this week. Hitting critical mass on a couple of other things and I just gots no time.

Short blog daily On target!

15 minutes of German Did this 4/7 days.

Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat Primary focus right now and I’m sort of freaking out. I just remembered (duh) that I do not have Friday to work on it, because the retreat starts Friday night. I suck at math, but even I know that leaves me only two days to finish.

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Friday!

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts On target. No posts missed.

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Posted another community event on Monday.

Buy a house? Appraisal came back great. Septic issue nailed down. Loan back from underwriter with a couple of simple requests, which I completed earlier today. Arrangements made for the first week of May off of the day job for moving. We could be scheduling our closing today or tomorrow!

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Complete.

Retreat basket Complete.

Send chocolate. Please.

To join up with ROW80 or see other bloggers’ goals, go here! Or visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge. 🙂



I know this isn’t a food blog, and I just did another couple of recipes for my Saturday A to Z Pickle post, but I’m hungry and I just saw this Orange Chicken recipe and stuck it to my Pinterest. Which is a big deal in my world, because I don’t pin very often. So, here you go!

1 egg
1/3 cup orange juice
1 to 1-1/2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix, crushed
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon salt
8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Orange slices, optional

In a shallow bowl, beat egg, add orange juice. In another bowl, combine stuffing mix, paprika, orange peel and salt. Dip chicken in to the egg mixture, then into crumbs, turning to coat well. Pour butter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place chicken in baking dish, turning once to butter both sides. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and juices run clear. Garnish with orange slices if desired. Yield: 4-8 servings.

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