I've been getting your emails this week wondering where I've gone. Have I disappeared? Have I broken an arm? A leg? An artery?
Obviously not. As you can see from this actual photograph I'm just fine. I'm not hurt, not injured (that's just pizza sauce) or institutionalized. I've just been working on updating the guts of my website, which - like playing chess against a piece of fruit - is taking longer than you would think.
In addition to updating and performing maintenance on my website I've also been spending a lot of time doing what I'm sure a lot of you are doing - I'm counselling my good friend Instagram. As one does when their friend goes off the rails and starts acting mental.
My once unassuming and likeable friend Instagram is now loud, obnoxious and unrecognizable. Sandy has donned her satin pants, curled her hair and become Tik Tok Rizzo.
Instagram, which used to be a pleasant, mind numbing way to start my morning, is now an outer space circus assault complete with screaming robots.
I miss the days (last week) when I could quietly scroll Instagram in the morning and be greeted by quiet photos of homes, people and baked goods that conjured up unrealistic expectations for my own life.
I don't like this new Instagram with robot voices and endless screaming Reels. I do not. If you don't either feel free to vent in the comments. This is a safe space.
Then of course there's Philip. He's my dog. Lip turned 6 months old a week ago and I turned 172. Taking care of a puppy is like taking care of a baby only harder because you can't stick your puppy on a shelf in the closet for a few hours.
We started puppy training classes last week and being the very first social event I've had in the past 2 years, I dressed for the occasion. That means I carried my 12 year old Prada purse which I filled with hot dogs.
But mainly I'm a week late getting back to writing because of updating the website. If you like, I could write a whole post on what's involved with running a successful website. It's even harder than taking care of a puppy or a shelf baby.
I've also been making a LOT of sourdough bread in many different forms, most recently sourdough sandwich bread, cinnamon/raisin swirl sourdough, Japanese milk bread sourdough and this weekend I'm going to try chocolate sourdough with walnuts.
That's the nice thing about having a dog. Calories burned prying open their mouths to retrieve partially swallowed socks, cats, shoes and Kleenex 97 times a day is enough of a workout to allow eating 2 or 3 loaves of bread daily.
THESE are a few of the other things I've been doing:
Boosted a battery
I boosted Pink Tool Belt's battery when it died in a parking lot a few weeks ago.
You can learn how to boost a battery in this post.
I also had a neighbour help me boost my own battery just last week. So it's kind of timely knowledge to have in February if you're in North America.
I'm back searching for CBD seeds to grow this year.
And at anywhere from $45 - $90 for 5 seeds, I want to make sure I'm getting what I want. High CBD, low THC.
Maybe a 1:1. Definitely autoflower.
I understand that means nothing to many of you. It meant nothing to me until about 2 years ago.
Last year I grew autoflower CBD seeds from Dinafem and turned them into Cannabutter and it worked great, I just thought I'd try a different seed. 🤷♀️
Eating Turkey Pot Pies with french fries and canned green beans because I like my winter menus to come from 1972.
After Thanksgiving I made a whack of homemade turkey pot pies, as I do every year, and froze them.
You can make them with chicken as well obviously.
Listen to me. They are DELICIOUS. Make them.
I few weeks ago I asked my Instagram followers if they could recommend a book for me.
Lots of people had recommendations and I finally decided on the book Pachinko.
It's so great when you ask someone for a book recommendation and they give you examples of other books they liked. - it lets you know if you have the same taste in books.
I am really liking it. It's the first book in a long time that has me going to bed early because I'm so looking forward to reading it.
Well, I'm off to finish some work on Monday's post which involves tools, a water pump and a live wire tester.
Everything's back to normal.