I am a millionaire-tax free, I may add. I received a very official looking letter accompanied by a check for $1.2 million, tax free, and all I have to do is send THEM a check or cash for #11.99 to cover ‘fees’. I took the check to my bank today and told her I wanted it in dollar bills. She and I are good friends, so we both shared a chuckle over this, but seriously, there are people out there who would fall for this. Every thing about it looks legitimate, but if you are smarter than the average bear, you will see the issues with this offer. Unfortunately, we know not every one IS smarter than a bear based on the inordinate number of selfies on Facebook or videos on YouTube; if this was sent out to a million people and only 5,000 responded, one still makes almost $60,000. I am going to send them $12 in Monopoly money and tell them to keep the change. By the way, I hope no bears were offended in that comparison…
That little rain shower received last Sunday was a blessing; it greened everything up overnight and made things seem not so bleak. Another shower this week would be welcome-our garbage is piling up since we can’t burn. Even with recycling and separating non-recyclables plus composting, we still have four kitchen size bags to burn. It’s funny how spoiled you get out in the country; we throw the bags in the barrel, light it and move on. Yes, we watch it! Usually, I play fetch with the dog while it’s burning, so she’s feeling a little put off by the ban. Growing up, we used to throw it in a big pit dad had dug with the Backhoe and every once in a while we would get gasoline and light it-now THAT was a big fire. I swear, I felt like a pyromaniac, watching the big flames fueled by the gasoline. How we never burned down the house is a mystery.
This morning, as I was pouring my coffee, I looked out the window and saw four adorable little birds flitting around our front porch, pecking at the ground for food. My first thought was, “Why aren’t the cats out there?” but then I decided to enjoy the view until our black cat showed up and made a half-hearted attempt at hunting. They got away-shock. Actually, the cats are good mousers, but birds aren’t their forte; I’ve never seen them kill/eat one, but they bring the mice up often for our approval. Yuck.
Speaking of coffee, my consumption is slowly inching up, reminding me that once again, I am becoming my mother. I started with four cups, then five, and yesterday, made six cups; keep in mind my hubby isn’t home to help drink this and when I drink coffee, I usually have more milk and creamer than coffee. I love to have a little coffee with my creamer. I switched to unsweetened almond milk and that makes me feel a little better, knowing I’m getting calcium with the caffeine while lowering the calories, but still, it takes me the whole morning to drink it all. No, I am not an afternoon coffee drinker-I’d be up all night if that happened. And really, is being like your mother a bad thing? No…that’s why you love your mother.
It’s time to make the last of the raspberry chocolate spread; the raspberries will be officially out after today. While I love emptying the freezer, it makes me a little sad knowing I won’t have anymore until July. I got a large supply of aronias from a friend recently and need to work on them; they are the last berry standing (or resting) in the freezer. However, May will soon be here, and that means planting season where the cycle starts all over again.
With that, I challenge you to have a great Friday-because let’s face it, IT’S FRIDAY! Just the word brings a smile to your face!