For What It's Worth

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blogger ramblings…taking a little R&R break


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Hey there!

I’ve had a hectic few weeks. Thanks to a bout of insomnia my hubby discovered a plumbing leak – which lead to having to have the entire house plumbing redone *sobs*– which led to holes in almost every wall - which led to weeks of contractors in my house. Add in a new floor installation that was already in progress before the pluming fiasco, a sick dog and a promise to pet sit two dogs for a friend during the repairs and reconstruction – well…my hermit self may have had a bit of meltdown.

Does anyone else get like this? I can usually handle problems but when you throw a lot of social interaction into the mix, with no time to retreat, I get overwhelmed. 

I haven’t read in weeks so I have nothing for the blog (this is the problem with being a panster instead of a planner lol) so I’m going to take the next week or two to chill out, work in the garden and read and try to restore.

The pic above is the new floor – I love it! Figgy got a new cat tree – he won’t use it but loves the box it came in Sad smile , famers market veggies, my butterfly garden and a belated b’day cupcake. All part of project restore Karen’s sanity! It’s working.

The top, bigger pic, are coasters I got at a small gift shop at the farmers market. They pretty much describe my mood for the week. lol (here's a link if you're interested in purchasing the coasters - co-editkit)

I may pop in with a music video or pics but I probably won’t have a review up for a week or two.


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25183869One book I do want to quickly recommend (I’ll have a review up soon) is All for You (Paris Hearts #1) by Laura Florand. Florand is one of my absolute favorite authors and she doesn’t disappoint with this new series – a spin off from her Amour et Chocolat series.

16033669The heroine from All for You works as a chocolatier for Dominique Richards, the hero of The Chocolate Touch, which is on sale right now for $2.99. You don’t need to read TCT first but it’s a treat to read how the two couples interact in All for You.

25 comments:

  1. Bahahaha those coasters!! My favorite is the gosh-I-Really-Care-Face LOL

    Ungrateful Figment and that Cupcake looks delicious *Drools*

    I´m glad you are finally done with all the repairs and everything :)

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    1. It's so peaceful now I don't know what to do with myself lol

      Figment is SO ungrateful! We put him on that top shelf and he acted like he was stranded up there and had no idea how to get down. Goober. Keep in mind he had another tall cat tree so it's not like this is an alien concept for him.

      Those cupcakes are from a local food truck. She makes them fresh each morning. ZOMG they are good!

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  2. wow you have been busy and totally okay to take a break from reading. Sorry to hear about the plumbing and house. But it looks beautiful :) HUGS and I totally understand and Yes to laura's books :)

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    1. It wasn't so much a break as there was zero time or space to read lol I'm glad it's all over and I have my house, peace and quiet back!

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  3. That really sucks. Really really sucks

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    1. Yup! But hopefully I can get back to normal...

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  4. Your butterfly garden is so pretty Karen! I'm happy that you're slowly regaining your sanity, you've had a stressful week so it's totally understandable that you had more important things on your mind.

    AND YAY FIGMENT'S TREE! The husband and I want to get a cat tree as well, but there are so many to choose from!

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    1. Thanks! I love watching the butterflies and hummingbirds fly around and appreciate my efforts (unlike my cat lol)

      I got mine from Amazon because we had a gift card but the website Wayfair.com had some cools ones with free shipping.

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  5. Go get your sanity back. See you back again babe! Love the floors, garden, and everything in that collage!

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    1. Thank you - the pic reminded of all the pretty things in my life - and to quit whining! :-)

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  6. Holy. That is quite the few weeks. I think that would do anyone in. Your floors look lovely though! Hope taking a bit of down time gets you all settled again :)

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    1. I'm already feeling much better! I just needed to not talk to strangers for a few days lol

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  7. I hope you get some great reading and back to sanity time, Karen! The wood floors look gorgeous as well as your garden. My husband made our spoiled cat a custom, wood house and he rather sit in a left over shoe box! Oh well :)

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    1. Thank you. I'm nice a relaxed now that everyone is gone and I can appreciate the outcome :-)

      Cats! Hurrumph...

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  8. When it rains it pours! I'm so sorry about your plumbing...that stinks! But it sounds like things are coming along. Sometimes when you're in the midst of stuff, you feel like it will never end. I was so paranoid that my cat wouldn't use his cat tree (because I've returned, scratchers, tunnels, etc.). I didn't want to pay a lot of money for the tree, so I waited till Black Friday and got a nice tree for about 1/2 off. I put cat nip on the top tier and voila! Okay, I had to shove him up there the first time, but he does use it! I hope your doggie is okay now too.

    And, Happy Belated Birthday!

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    1. Tried catnip - nope. I started sprinkling treats on all the levels. he eats them then hops off lol

      I'm mad at him becasue I used a $75 Amazon GC to buy it. I could have bought something for ME if I knew he wasn't going to use it!!! haha

      I'm going to see in a few weeks!! Yay!

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    "Figgy got a new cat tree – he won’t use it but loves the box it came in".
    LOL, he's a real chooser.

    Since we talked about all the stuff above on Twitter, I haven't got much to say except...I love the vignettes and the garden, and you enjoy your hiatus!

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    1. He just sat on one of the shelves for 5 minutes! Progress lol

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  10. I hate when all the problems happen at the same time! A few weeks ago that happened to me. My mom was in the hospital, I got sick, I failed a test, and my car broke down. I felt like I couldn't breathe! So glad all your problems gotten better; those floors look really good!

    @Boricuan Bookworms.

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  11. UHG!! Boo to bad plumbing but thank goodness the hubster discovered it before it turned into a major disaster. *snort* to cats and boxes. You definitely need some R&R!!

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  12. Wow...that does sound like an awful few weeks...but what an amazing new floor:) Relax and regroup:) Hopefully the cat tree will grow on Figment!

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  13. I so need to read those Chocolate series. Well, if I'm not hungry...

    ((HUGS)) Oh man! That had to totally suck! Kidney issues also suck. I did have a sheltie that had some low level functioning kidneys and she did well on acupuncture and Chinese herbs. We used to have an excellent holistic vet (no more... *sniff). Just thought I'd throw that out there if it is something you would like to try. Oh and my cat refused to use the tower I bought her and when I kept putting her up there she finally took a look around. I couldn't get her out! I had to force her out b/c I wasn't sure if she was drinking water and using the litterbox! I had to ban her from it for a week. Hope that the same thing doesn't happen. LOL She was fine after her ban. :) BTW, LOVE the new floor. At least something good came from that.

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  14. I love wood floors more than tiles so you made a good call on that xD I've seen many positive reviews about All for you so I do want to check it out soon, thank you for the recommends!

    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  15. That sounds like my life lately -- massive construction right under my window at night over the past two weeks, repeated visits by the exterminator, and a bunch of end-of-year school stuff. I'm tired!!
    Glad your walls are back together. And the floors are beautiful!
    Jen at YA Romantics

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