Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

Gosh 55. Well now it is 55 and one day. What can I say about that . . . ? Hmmmm. I volunteered to clean the mixing bowl. I'm really good at that. It was lemon cake with lemon cream cheese icing and it was awesome.  No, those are not cats on the kitchen table! That is Kay sitting at the cat table . . .

Garden is coming slowly. I do not like this heat!

Job is going well. I'm learning stuff about teacher licensure. There is plenty to learn! Yikes.

Mom is doing well. She is sitting outside quite a bit, and has started reading again, which is nice. I think having that cataract done is the reason for that. She does more around the house now that I'm back at work, and she is doing well, knock on wood. Coming up on a year (July 4th) since her disastrous fall. It is just a damn shame that happened.

Had the cats to the vet and they are too fat! But they are happy. Except they do not like this heat either.

Finn likes his "new" thrift store bed. I gotta say, it is pretty schnazzy. And only one buckaroo!

Nothing much going on round these parts. John and I stopped at the Seneca Cemetery Memorial Day weekend and put some flowers on the Mallaney headstone. Mom didn't want me to go by myself. I think she is afraid I'll fall down the hill. I told her the road by the cemetery gets plenty of traffic, someone would probably report something like that, but it was on John's way home, so it was all good. Plus I am not as intrepid as Bernie was, scaling that hill. I just take the stairs and then walk over to the plot. The boring way. Someone had put a geranium on Grandma Mallaney's grave, which was really nice. I'm happy to report as of this past Saturday it is still blooming and lovely.

I stopped at the VFW and got some tickets tonight for the Queen of Hearts drawing, my first time. I was hoping for a belated birthday present, but I did not win, no one did, and now the jackpot is over $219,000! That explains the big crowd I've been seeing at the V on Monday evenings on my way home from work! Wow. That place was packed.  I think I'll give it another whirl next Monday! Somebody has to win. And Bernie loved drinking beer at his famous "V", I had a few there with him msyelf!   I wish I could have another beer with Bernie for sure.

That's all I got. Peace.

Kathleen A. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Days

Where did April go?

My new job has cut into my blogging time. And my lazing around time! lol It has been a long time since I started a new job! The last time was on July 1, 1983! I'm learning a lot about teacher licensure and am blessed to have very experienced, generous, and friendly co-workers to aid in my training. My office mates are lovely as well, kind and fun and friendly and welcoming. I am very lucky.  I bet 95% of the teachers who phone with questions, when I tell them that I am new, have said "Oh, no problem, we can learn it together!" How nice is that?  I have my first month under my belt now, and am feeling more confident and competent. Whew! And John pointed out that I probably have staved off the onset of dementia by at least 6 months, by starting to use my brain again. Haha lol.

Went to a lovely shower for cousin Monica's daughter, Caitlynne, on Sunday and it was so nice to see a lot of the cousins and NOT at a funeral. A beautiful shower and a lovely time had by all. I was glad Mom wanted to go, she is such a homebody.

Crazy weather! And so much rain, yikes.

Getting some stuff together for a rummage sale over at Mar's this weekend. I'm sure I would have gathered more items if I was still unemployed! lol

Nothing else much going on. I planted some lettuce and onions and radishes, that is it so far. Now I just heard that it might frost tonight! Oh boy. Mother's Day weekend I'm hoping John will come home and help me do some planting. I cannot wait for a garden tomato! Yum. Looking forward to zinnias too.

Spent the weekend at John's and we had a fun day trip to Bloomington putzing around and I got to see his goofy kitties. That is always fun.

That's all I got. Or at least all I can remember! lol

Oh, and my sweet kitties are 8 now! Goodness doesn't seem possible. A couple of my fave photos . . .


Kay :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm sorry Chuck Barris

Midge and I are looking forward to the garden.

Went to a St. Patrick's Day party Saturday night. Had a lot of fun and enjoyed my corned beef, colcannon, creamed cabbage and pumpernickel bread. I did not enjoy my euchre hands grrrrr. And I enjoyed the company of course. One of the guys announced that Chuck Barry had died, and proposed a toast and everyone heartily agreed. While I was happily swilling my beer I thought, "Wow, I had no idea my friends were so interested in the host from the Gong Show!"  Beer always tastes extra good on St. Patrick's Day due to my Irish Mallaney heritage. It was green beer too. I think I almost convinced one of my friends that I bought green Bud Light in a can at the liquor store. And I thought I was THE MOST GULLIBLE PERSON IN THE WORLD.  Fast forward to the next day, I am on the internet and I realize my mistake. It seems that Chuck Barry and Chuck Barris are different people. Fast forward to TODAY, and wow, Chuck Barris died last night! My friend texted me that I jinxed him.  Yikes! I had no idea my green beer thoughts were so powerful.

Mom and Dad would have celebrated their 58th anniversary on March 9th. Hard not to think of Dad in March. Boy did he love St. Patrick's Day celebrations down at the bar(s) with his buds. Always had a ball and came home in a very jovial mood lol. And then fell asleep on the floor, only to rouse himself later for his fave corned beef dinner. Oh the memories. I had a lot of fun picking out his St. Patty's wardrobe.

Mom had her cataract done yesterday. Went very well. She had the other one done 8 years ago, and said it was much more pleasant this time. Eye drop city man, 3 drops, 4 times a day, and I made it though 4 applications before I yelled at her to stop moving and keep her eye open. LOL  My bark is worse than my bite, I swear.

Joe's birthday coming up on the 26th. I'm going to make some of my soon-to-be-famous cupcakes.

Midge has some eye issues too. Given that I just dropped $120 at the vet for Finnegan (the worst fighter in the world-he always loses), I am trying the eye ointment that she got last year for a few days to see if things improve. If she felt bad I'd take her right away, but she is fat and sassy, just a little eye discharge, so we'll give the cheap (free) option a go for a few days. Mom's eye drops are much easier than Midge's.  It will be good to get a paycheck again lol.

I start work on Monday. I go on for a couple of hours Friday for a meet and greet/open house for the girl I'm replacing, then she'll be with me the next week, then I will be on my own. Maybe I can talk her into hanging around longer though? She is nice and a lot of fun. LOL I started my last new job on July 1, 1983. Wow. Old old old.

I have been pretty lucky lately. I mean there is the job, and I won a container of salt in the Jewel monopoly game. Beats the heck out of the stool softener I won last year.

Good luck to all and and happy spring! Just for fun I'm going to throw in some radish and lettuce seeds this weekend! Can't wait to sit outside (before and after WORK this summer lol) and see some pretty flowers in the garden.

(Old) Kathleen A.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Where Did February Go?

Crazy weather. I wore shorts and a t-shirt to John's house, but I had to pack my long underwear and other winter gear because the temperature dropped like 35 degrees the next day! And tornado watch today. Yuck.

Did the vegan thing at John's house for a few days. Well, pizza Sunday afternoon wasn't vegan but I am weak! I am really good at picking out vegan recipes, if anyone needs that service. I am like a maimed veg-o-matic. I spiralized one finger, cut the tip off another, and somehow broke my thumbnail halfway down. My witty friend Mar said "It's not vegan if you get a fingertip in it!" Ewwww and haha. I better replenish John's baid-aid supply . . . This time was different because it was no added oil recipes too, ala Dr. Michael Greger. Though a little did sneak in a couple, not nearly as much as usual.

These were my faves. Stir-fry (no recipe for this, John whipped it up-Kay was on mise), Four Bean Salad, and Black Bean & Yam Salad, recipes from Straight-Up Food blog. Not pictured, but totally delish is Spicy Kale Pesto with Zucchini Noodles from The Simple Veganista and Vegan Stuffed Portabellos from Eat Healthy, Eat Happy. Highly recommend all these. I came home and cooked a pork roast though! I am going to lighten things up around here though. And I mean it this time!

Mom is getting her cataract done. March 21st. Oh boy. I remember when I had mine done. Gosh I'm old!

I have to start work in March! No more hanging out at John's house with the kitties, chopping vegetables and fingers and hanging with his girls. There are still the weekends though! lol And holidays . . .

Hera is a tremendous help with a jigsaw puzzle. She is good at pretty much everything, sort of like Kay.  Except for knife skills.

Beautiful old Springbok jigsaw puzzle from a thrift store. From 1968 and still providing entertainment and beauty. I love old jigsaw puzzles.

Okay. I just heard on the news the words "ping pong size hail" so I'm going to check a few batteries. Yikes.

Stay safe people!

Kathleen A.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Aunt Kay

Aunt Kay and Uncle Robert, my Godparents. There is Joe in the background, photobombing.
This is the kitchen at our old farm. 

Not sure where this party was, but clearly the family was having a great time. There is Aunt Kay, third from the left, with Uncle Lee right behind her. Mom and Dad look pretty buzzed here, on the left. Or maybe just happy. But probably buzzed.

All the siblings at  the reunion. Look at the beautiful red hair!
Aunt Jean, Aunt Kay, Aunt Joan, Aunt Norene
Dad, Uncle Jim, Uncle Pat, Uncle Eddie
Dad gave Aunt Kay away at her wedding, there were some lovely photos of everyone at the memorial.  
So sad to suddenly lose Aunt Kay. A whole generation of Mallaneys gone. Dad wished that I had gotten Aunt Kay's sweet temperament along with her name, but alas it was not to be. Luckily Aunt Kay has three petite, beautiful girls (with sweet temperaments), just like their mother, to remind us of her. You'd be hard pressed to find a sweeter lady than Aunt Kay. A terrible loss for her family, I can't remember a time I talked to Aunt Kay and she didn't mention some fun outing she had with her kids and it was clear how they enjoyed and loved each other. Aunt Kay was good to everybody. Mom and Dad and Joe would pop in on her when they went to Joliet and I asked Aunt Kay once if she didn't want them to call first and she said nooooo she loved having company, everyone is welcome any time. Always so warm and welcoming.  Her family had a beautiful service for her. Aunt Kay would have approved heartily of the family and friends praying and eating and laughing and remembering. The dinner was at Merichka's and I'd like to know how many times the Mallaneys have eaten there over the years. Mom mentioned that she and Dad ate there while they were dating, and they were married in 1959.

Dad and Aunt Kay at her 80th birthday, and at the reunions. Aunt Kay was one of the "little kids" to Dad.
I always looked for Aunt Kay's baked beans,  chocolate cake and apricot bars . . . all favorites.

On a happier note I have a job starting on March 27th. Whew. What a relief. Took a while but all is well.

Nothing like looking at old pictures. Mom said this was one of many parties at the old farm, probably the relatives are there or on their way, and I'm already hanging out by the kegger with Joe.  Oh the memories. See that picnic bench in the background? We just threw that away maybe 4-5 years ago, it pretty much had collapsed. I gotta think Bernie got his money's worth out of that. I really do think my love of beer is genetic.  This is from 1963.


Kathleen Ann

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all. 🎄 Our second Christmas without Dad. But who's counting?  I guess holidays will never be the same but thank goodness for the memories. His birthday was earlier this month, 12/12, so he was in my thoughts a lot this month.

Nothing like some Christmas tradition . . .

Midge and mayhem! I haven't seen her in that little cat house since . . . gosh, last Christmas when she destroyed my little display lol.

John was home for Christmas Eve and we enjoyed our favorite pizza and too many Christmas treats while the smell of brisket wafted through the house. Boy did it smell great. I cooked my brisket on Christmas Eve and made make-ahead mashed potatoes, so with that head start Christmas dinner was so easy.  Much nicer for everybody when I am not bitchy and hot from being in the kitchen all morning. Add moodiness from too many Christmas cookies, and gosh, what a treat I am! LOL  Tradition people, tradition!

Love my new microplane. It's pretty sharp though . . . 

Finn loves his new king size bed.

John was home today (New Years Eve) and we had a lasagna. A pleasant time had by all.

My friends invited me over tonight but gosh, it is dark and cold and New Year's Eve and I'm so old now, an evening of Twilight Zone marathon and a warm cat  and no drinking drivers (including me!) sounds terrific! What an old codger I am.

I'm heading to John's next week for some vegan food. Holidays are over! Finn is going to shape up too!

Peace to all and happy new year!