Random Thoughts on the First Day of a New Decade

2020 is easy to say. It just rolls off the tongue.

Never de-pressurize a pressure cooker immediately after cooking beans or you will have bean parts all over the counter, the pressure cooker, the floor, and the cabinets. (Did this twice. Sigh.)

My son now has me discussing football, which is a blooming miracle. Green Bay is doing great this year, so we’re rooting for them and booing for Dallas. (And we live in Texas!)

Throwing lettuce down the disposal will result in a Sunday visit from the plumber and $152.00 worth of charges for being an idiot.

Chocolate balsamic vinegar is an interesting taste, but what the hell do you use it for?

Having low iron is a pain in the wazoo. (More later.)

Once you have gout you always have gout. (More on this delightful bit later, too.)

Windows have to be scraped of dog drool periodically. (Seriously. I tried to clean the windows in the office only to realize that some of that stuff had hardened.)

Dogs who love to tear up boxes will leave miserable mess behind. (Pardon me for sounding like Confucius.)

Maybe I shouldn’t be messing with Tarot cards. (More on that later, too.)

I really can finish another book’s edits in two weeks if I push myself. (It’s a good thing Stanley doesn’t mind how late I work as long as I have food, treats, cuddles, and an accessible soft spot to nap.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

34 thoughts on “Random Thoughts on the First Day of a New Decade”

  1. Helpful hint: When you de-pressurize a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot, you’re supposed to cover the steam valve with a towel to prevent a mess.

    Chocolate Balsamic vinegar could be used on fruit like strawberries or a a strawberry salad. It’s used more as a drizzle. Even some cheeses could be drizzled with it.

  2. Happy New Year Karen!
    So glad you are back!
    We are routing for our hometown Ravens to go all the way We have the amazing Lamar Jackson! Can’t believe I named our beagle Jackson before he even joined the team!
    Best holiday wishes!
    Isabel

  3. Happy New Year!!

    sprinkle a bit of the chocolate balsamic over berries – strawberry or raspberries are my favorite.

  4. Happy New Year to you and Stanley. 2020 will be a great year (I feel it in my bones!) for you and Stanley! I make sure when I put lettuce in the disposal, I have some other kind of roughage to counteract the slipperiness of the lettuce. I also make sure I know where the plunger is!! I am so glad you are back, I have missed your wit.

    • The stupid plunger didn’t help, in my case. I have learned my lesson though, Nancy. I’m a believer. Don’t use the disposal!

      Happy New Year to you and yours. I agree about 2020. The only bad thing about the year is that I have to have my driver’s license renewed and have to go to the DMV. Ack!

    • I thought about you over the holidays, Dalila. Did you make oodles of wonderful treats? I imagined that your house smelled wonderful!

      • Oh Karen…..talk about a never ending supply of sugar….LOL!!
        I went crazy as always, I just never learn, but I have so much fun in my kitchen.
        I do believe my kitchen is my favorite room in my house.
        Besides all the baking and cooking that I do, it’s like a main room.
        Everyone that stops by always ends up in my kitchen.
        All the gossip and tales and jokes and just plain BS happens in my kitchen.
        It’s really a great room for everything!
        It’s a good thing my bike is always ready for me to pedal the calories away….LOL!!
        Have a great day Ms. Karen!

  5. Ma’am, Happy New Year to you and everyone. I hope 2020 is filled with peace, joy, understanding, kindness and love for each of you

  6. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year!

    I don’t put stuff in the garbage disposal while I’m cooking. I have a plastic bag fill it and throw it in the garbage. Cheaper that way.

    • You are braver than me, Catherine. That medication scares me. I hope your gout goes away. It’s miserable, isn’t it? Happy New Year to you and yours.

  7. Happy New Year! I look forward to reading your thoughts & words of wisdom in the new year. Also, of course, reading your new books. Have a great year!!

  8. Happy New Year!

    I remember when I was a child that my mom had green beans hanging from the ceiling lol.

    I just had grapes with balsamic vinegar. Sounds bad but they were good. Bet chocolate balsamic would be good too. I was told grapes at New Years is good luck – we’ll see lol.

    Cats like to tear boxes too but with their claws. Makes a mess.

    • But Stanley has so much fun with boxes. And paper bags. He will grab one in his teeth and run through the house with it.

      Happy New Year to you and yours, Jeanne. Your comment about the green beans reminded me of my mother’s tomato sauce on the ceiling. 🙂

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