Thursday, March 28, 2024

Baseball Is Back!

I'm watching my beloved Cubs in Houston as I post this (we're up 2-1 in the sixth). My baseball day started in the afternoon when the Yankees played the Rangers. Behold New York's first base runner of the 2024 season.

I have been so worried and heartbroken about Anthony Rizzo and last season's concussion. It's a joy to see him looking healthy. 

Uh-oh. One of the heinous Rangers just hit a homer. Must devote all my energy to my heroes in Cubbie Blue.


Thursday Thirteen #354

13 items to donate to a food pantry. This is a tricky time of year for food pantries. Thanksgiving and Christmas put people in a charitable mood and donations come in. Easter? Not so much. But food insecurity is a 365 issue for many of our neighbors, and if you're inclined to help, now would be a good time to do so.

To find a food pantry near you, click here

While cash is always welcome, here are thirteen non-perishable foods they'll likely need:

1. Canned vegetables -- especially corn and carrots

2. Canned fruits

3. Canned soups -- especially cream of chicken and cream of mushroom because they can be used for casseroles

4. Canned pinto, kidney and black beans for chili

5. Canned tuna, chicken, ham or SPAM

6. Rice

7. Pasta

8. Tomato paste -- but maybe not pasta sauce, since some pantries don't accept glass containers

9. Breakfast cereals, including oatmeal

10. Peanut butter

11. Salt and pepper

12. Evaporated milk

13. Juice boxes -- many of those who visit food banks are parents and/or people with jobs trying to make ends meet, and juice boxes go well in sack lunches

Please join us for THURSDAY THIRTEEN. Click here to play along, and to see other interesting compilations of 13 things.


Three Nice Things about Me -- Day 27

My blogging buddy, Kwizgiver, wrote a post that really resonated with meShe detailed how self-care helped her helped her prevail during a (ridiculously) tough month. Her tips were very wise and so doable! So she has inspired me to take one and integrate it into my own life.

Since I can be a pretty harsh self-critic, this is the one I chose. I hope I can do this every day during March. By then it should be a habit, right?

Three nice things about myself -- March 27:

1) I treated myself. At the end of each weekend, I put any leftover cash in a beer stein on my counter. Tonight, when I had dinner with Kathleen, I ordered a chocolate martini and we split a dessert, and I was able to pay with cash from stein. I like myself for working on that age-old retirement dilemma: how to enjoy today without jeopardizing tomorrow.

2) I changed up my makeup. I switched from foundation to BB cream nearly a decade ago. I haven't made any significant changes to my regime in years. I've seen ads for Jones Road and decided to give Miracle Balm a try. The look is subtle but a little brighter. Anyway, I like that I can see myself with new eyes and freshen my look.

3) I feel the love flow. Roy Hobbs was pressed up against me when I began this post. Connie Cat took his place and settled in for a tummy rub as I completed it. I like that, when I touch my cats, I appreciate the affection moving back and forth between us.