Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Warhol Went on a Trip

I play with our gecko Warhol almost every evening. He started doing this thing where he comes to the door if he sees me. He's like a dog that wants to be played with. 

If I open the door, he's right there.

Cute: Yes, but I messed up and left his front doors open on his tank. 

I fell asleep, and woke up to Isaak freaking out. "Mom! What did you do? Warhol's tank is open, and I can't find him anywhere! Where is he?" 

I was half out of it. 

Mica was looking all over the living room for him. Isaak was looking in the kitchen. 

Mica said, "Isaak why in the heck are you looking in there. He couldn't of gone too far!"

Isaak thank goodness found him. He was under Mica's chair in the kitchen. My little gecko wanted to travel. Who can blame him? So do I. 

I'm so glad he was found!

Sunny's tank has been left open as well, but he has a top tank. Leopard geckos climb, but not up on the glass. Sunny couldn't get up to the top of his tank even if he wanted to. 

Have you ever lost a pet? Did you find him or her?  

Monday, October 11, 2021

Have You Ever Felt Judged for What You Felt Was Right?

A place I was at on Friday - I made a comment about a guy that was whistling. I said happily, "I always wish I could whistle like you can. I tried so much when I was little, and I just never could put together a tune." His response, "Maybe if you take that mask off you could." One person nearby started laughing and said, "That was good!" 

Here's the thing...they don't know me. I have two relatives that have compromised immune systems from Trisomy 18, I have parts of my nose that is missing from a nose surgery, asthma, allergies, a close friend that just passed away from Covid leaving a 14 and 17 year old behind, and many family members that were or in some cases are nurses that stand with science. I'm wearing that mask for others really more than myself. 

I'm not a Karen that says things like, "You know you really should wear a mask." I just walk around with mine on. I know I can be a carrier no matter what. If my kids have to wear a mask to school, Travis has to wear a mask at the dental lab he works at, I feel that I should do the right thing and wear one too. 

So far I haven't had to get a Covid test at all. I hope to stay that way, for as long as I can. 

I can't shake this feeling that I'm being judged for wearing a mask. Was that comment, or the giggles after necessary? Am I just being too sensitive? To me jokes can be funny, but that didn't humor me. It made me feel bad, for doing what I feel is right all weekend long. 

I found this campaign. I thought it was pretty good concept wise. Even if you aren't a masker. It still has a great idea that's taken in to more than one piece in the campaign. The client is Mucinex. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Have You Started Holiday Shopping?

 On the news I heard that one should start their holiday shopping now. Why? Because there is going to be a lot of shortages this year. I typically shop year round anyhow. 

I found the perfect  stocking stuffer for one of my teen boys! It’s a nail manicure set. I think it’s going to Mica because he takes out preferred nail set all the time. He gets ingrown toe nails a lot. So…time for his own. Plus Isaak got a gold one a few years back. 

It comes with 16 nail tools. I love that it folds up to make it travel size. We’re not going anywhere now, but will in the future. 

There’s also pockets on the inside to store things like q-tips, cotton balls, or a cleaning cloth comes to mind. 

It’s also great that some of the sharp tools have plastic covers on them. I’m all about safety, when it comes to Mica. He’s a big kid, that’s awkward. Ha! 

Where to get this set: 

You can pick up this set on Amazon. It is $13.99. Right now it’s marked to have one day shipping. 

What kind of things do you typically purchase for stocking stuffers? 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free or a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Pandemic Life Be Like...

Travis said the pandemic life hit me harder than anyone he knows. I think he's probably wrong. There's people that hide that they've had covid, or had people they know that have passed away in their life because of covid. For some reason it's like a secret illness. People don't want to confess that they've had it because that may show their thoughts on not getting the vaccine. It's so odd. I can't even process how separated we all are. 

Travis is right that there's been frustrations for me with jobs, starting menopause, our car's check engine light went off right when covid started up and we can't get the light off. I hardly blog because don't go anywhere, and now I'm at a job where I'm on the computer all day. I really don't want to be on all the more.  

I've started and stopped so many jobs it's crazy. BUT my older sister said that I just need to land that one where I feel a part of the team. 

This is about how I feel about the pandemic: 

We had a friend we've known for 20 years pass away last week. His wife said he had pneumonia to everyone online. It was covid. He was in the hospital for months. He got put on an ECMO machine to recycle his blood. In the end there were lacerations all over his lungs, and they just had to say goodbye. He left behind a wife, a 14 year old and a 17 year old. His wife is still against getting vaccinated, and masking up. All I can think of is those poor boys that didn't get a chance to make a decision about any of it. Now they won't have a dad. I know their family isn't alone. There are many like theirs. It's sad. I wish I could magically bring him back for his kids. 

An illness apparently brought out secrecy, people feeling that their rights are being taken away, and a whole lot of "I do my own research." I see our freedom, and with that freedom comes a cost. The cost of lives lost. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Jacket for Mica

On Thursday Mica pleaded before school that he NEEDED a new jacket. 

On Saturday I said we had to go out to get a jacket. All the sudden he didn’t think he NEEDED one. He was adamant that he wasn’t going out. It turned into me saying, “You told me a few days ago that you NEEDED a jacket. We’re going to get a jacket.”

So off we went, with a huffing and puffing teen in the car. 

The difficult thing with Mica is that he has a long torso. It’s impossible to find a jacket to be long enough for him. 

We went to Old Navy, H&M, and about 5 more stores. Finally he landed in a jacket on a jacket that still isn’t quite long enough. 

Then I got to listen to Travis about how Mica should just use one of his jackets. He said, “Did you have him try on an XL, so it would go down longer?” I said, “It is an XL. An XXL wouldn’t be any longer. Just wider.”

Sometimes it would be nice to have just one other girl in the house. I’m not a shopper, but I don’t like to argue all the time about getting things. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Shirt for Mica #review

Taking photos of a 16 year old is crazy. He wouldn’t stand still, and kept making faces. When is point out for him just to relax he’d hunch down. These are the best shots I could get of silly Mica man in his new shirts. 

The 6 Colors They Offer the Shirt in: 

Black | Dark Grey | Light Grey

Blue | Fluorescent Yellow| White 

Mica got blue. I kind of wish when clothing goes up for review companies would list the colors in the description. We kept missing each other in emails. Out of those colors offered I would have gone with either grey. I like blue, but more of a bright true blue or navy. 

The 4 Sizes the Shirt Comes in:

Small | Medium | Large | Extra Large

Mica got a large. He fits in most larges, but the arms are sometimes too short. I kind of wish sleeves were longer. My Dad and I have this problem as well. We could always have an 1” added to our sleeves. 

Do you have long arms? 

The shirt washed up well. No wrinkles. Mica loved it for the outdoors. The fabric is meant to keep you cool, and it works. We put it to the test. He chopped down a bush. 

Where to get it: 

This shirt can be found on Amazon, for $16.99

They also have a 10% off coupon right now. A great deal for a cooling shirt! 

Do you ever get any clothes from Amazon? 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Cuddle Up With This Blanket #review

Isaak gave me something not so wonderful, a head cold. It came on so fast. One day I was sneezing up a storm, then that night my head started killing. Isaak was like that a week prior, and I blamed allergies. I’m at the end stage of it now. With any cold it’s important to get more rest and drink a lot. Really I haven’t taken the time to do either. Travis had his huge art show this weekend. It wasn’t until today I laid around. 

I’ve been cuddling up with this soft fleece star blanket I got for Mica’s room. It’s so soft and cozy.

It will be perfect for Mica’s room. He loves space and galaxy themed things. The only downfall that I can think of with the blanket is that one side is white. I’d love to have stars on both sides. 

The blanket washed up nice. I always worry about materials loosing their soft feeling after being in the wash. 

It’s a great size: 



$22.99 with a clip coupon for an extra 10%. 

You can pick up this blanket and another design they have here:

Have you had allergies or a cold, since school started?

I’m just glad it’s a cold I have, and not Covid. 

Disclaimer: I got this product to review in exchange for an honest opinion post. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe + a Bowl Review

It’s been crazy at the Apel house! 

I have been working 40+ hours at work at Schemmer, did freelance for my last job AIM, and started teaching my Midland class this week. I was loving the work I was doing for AIM, then too many cooks in the kitchen happened. They wanted me to change things. I had to change a whole campaign. When my supervisor at Midland hit me up for 2 classes in the spring I was like - Not even going to go there yet. I told her I understood if they pick up another teacher. Now she’s asking when I’ll know if or when I can. I just don’t respond because I felt like I already did. It’s too soon for spring. I’ve flat out felt like I’ve done too many things, and none of it am I all that excited about. I just really want a work home. A place I can get excited about daily. I want to create more. I really do believe such a place exists. 

Travis has been swamped at the dental lab he works at! They started a new schedule. Long days, but off on Fridays. Well he’s pretty much always had Mondays and Fridays off. He jumped on board this schedule to get more vacation time. He’s the only one that knows how to use their 3D printer well, and has had to take work home to get jobs ready to print for the next day. He has a huge 1 man art show coming up. Every night he’s been working until midnight.

There are some nights where I hardly sleep, and other nights where I sleep all the time. I take over dinners and lunch prep. 

I made Chicken Florentine Soup last night. It’s super easy! 

Recipe + Instructions. Just add in the order stated. 

-2 tablespoons of butter

-3 diced garlic cloves

-1 diced onion

-2 diced carrots

-2 teaspoons Italian seasonings

-4 cups of chicken broth

-1 cup heavy whipping cream

-1 pound cooked, shredded chicken

-10 ounces of chopped spinach

-1 can of artichoke hearts - drained

-Salt and pepper to taste

It’s so good! 

The bowls I served it in are 8.7”x1.7”. They are perfect for salads. We have salads often.  

It’s a set of 6 that’s dishwasher safe, microwave safe, oven safe and freezer safe. 

All for $27.99. 

Where to get the bowls:

I think my only criticism is that I wish they would have had more colors and patterns to choice from. I like them otherwise. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount  to help with thins review. All opinions s are my own. 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Colorful Resin

My husband has a birthday tomorrow. A great gift for any artist is art supplies. I know, not the typical gift for a guy. My dad always liked garden stuff for his birthday. That too isn’t typical. 

Travis has been working with nature, and recently made a sculpture with pieces of charcoal in bedded in resin. 

I know he will love to add translucent colors to his art.

It could also be used to make jewelry, coasters, and other small things.

I am really happy to gift him this set of translucent colors to add to resin. 

This set comes with 28 bottles, 24 colors. They put more bottles of white and black in the set. I’m assuming because those values get used the most. 


Lots of colors to choose from!

A few browns. One is like burnt umber, while the other is more like burnt sienna. 

5 in the red family. I do think they will all be fairly pink because they are translucent. 

A few purples. 

Four different greens. One is a blue-green. 

Three yellows and two oranges. 

Four blues. 

I know liquids are easier to blend than powdered pigment is. 

They all fit well in the box. 

I could see that if one comes out because it gets used up, that they no longer fit all snug. It would be great if they had crossing cardboard pieces to help hold them up. I just thought about this because they are liquid, and could leak if a lid isn’t screwed on tightly. I've had that happen with other art supplies.

Cost is reasonable. 

This set is $25.99, but on sale for $18.59 + a 5% clip coupon. That is for 28x10 ml. If I went up a to 28x30 ml the cost would go up to $39.99, but they do have a clip $3.00 coupon.

If you got into art, what art supply would you want to buy?

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Random Tid Bits

1. Isaak has been talking about his friend David, since last year. He’s the one that stood up for him with the bullies in gym. We’ve had him over a few times. 

His parents work a few retail jobs, so I told Isaak we can do all the driving. I know what it’s like working retail. Schedules are all over the place! 

The boy couldn’t be a better friend. The song They Might Be Giants songs over the phone. He has empathy for others, is always thankful, and a good, not picky eater. I don’t know why, but picky eaters annoy me. 

I just hope he doesn’t move. They are from California, and move quite often. I would blame them for moving, but please stay for Isaak. 😂 

2. My niece Margaret turned 1. We got together outside + still wore masks. Kind of extreme when all the adults are vaccinated, but with 2 kids in the family that have trisomy 18, one has to be oh so careful. Good news: Those old enough yo get the vaccine, that have trisomy 18 have done well with it. If the open it up to kids under 12, Emerson and Margaret will get theirs. 

3. We keep trying to convince Mica to ask a friend to come over. He’s only friends with some girls, and thinks it will be odd to ask them over. I get it. 

4. Mica’s out driving with Travis. Somehow I’m not the one to teach him. I guess I’m ok with that. Less stress. 

5. We’ve been having bean popping nights. Pop them out of their pods that is. Travis grew a butt load of beans. I hardly use them, but he’ll make soups, refried beans and more. 

I thought Warhol matched the beans to a T. No worries, the beans get washed. 

He also grew green corn. He’ll make tortilla shells out of them. Nom nom! What did you grow? Anything?


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