Netflix and Chill

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…Not that kind of Neflix and chill…that’s for the younger generation.

Though I have been getting into bed with Luke these past few nights…Luke Cage Season 2.

I’m not much of a tv watcher but I do love the series. Mariah? That character is totally crazy!

What are you binge watching right now?

M  xoxo


How Long Have You Gone Without Doing It?

Photo credit: agahran via / CC BY

(Updated repost)

Actually, I’m totally not blogging this…

For years, I posted daily and even had a blogging schedule.

Those days are gone.

Right now I’m just going with the flow.




Not-so-random revamped posts.

I’m no longer obsessed with having a blogging “streak”.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without writing creatively or blogging?

M  xoxo





Kombucha Chaos

(*I’m not endorsing this brand or anything like that. I simply saw three different women march directly to the fridge in the store, pick up this brand and then march with determined purpose to the cashier. I simply assumed that they knew what they were doing and so I copied…*)

Kombucha, kombucha, kombucha.

I’ve heard about how good it is for your health but I have no clue what “good” it’s supposed to do for me. Maybe it can give me some superhuman extra energy?

While at my local health food store, I bought the above bottle to see what all the fuss was about. This Divine Grape flavor was surprisingly tasty though I’ll need to do a little research about WHY I should be drinking it…

What I do know is that the next time around, I will not shake the bottle before popping the top

Foolish me, I had no clue it was carbonated!

Do you “kombucha“? Tell me in the comments why it’s good for me and why it cost $3+ for this tiny bottle…

My First But Not My Last

I think I need a new car.

No, I probably need a new car.

No, I definitely need a new car.

But I love my almost twenty year old two door Grand Am and equipped with cassette player. Yes, a cassette player.

You see, I’m sentimental because it was my first and only car. I bought it for a milestone birthday, it was brand spanking new and I maintained it very well. From the outside, it almost looks like the day I bought it and no one believes the low mileage on it because I live near everything.

But during my last tire change, the technician had a hell of a time trying to place his jack in a non-rust spot underneath the car. And after a few choice curse words muttered under his breath, he suggested that I start looking for a new ride.

I hate “change” with a capital H. And being the indecisive Libra that I am, I don’t look forward to car shopping. I researched ad nauseum before deciding on the Grand Am way back when and when I say, ad nauseaum, I really, really mean it.

I have no clue what I would want to buy next. All I know is that I need 4 doors (to accommodate the eldercare component), something that is North American made (to avoid expensive maintenance and parts) and preferably a few years old (I don’t want any car installments and I don’t need new).

But I’m torn between being a single child-free woman wanting a “you-only-live-once (YOLO) sleek and sexy” ride….

And being the overly practical “I’m not paying delivery so I’ll go pick up that big ass item from the hardware store myself” woman who needs storage space in a vehicle…

Whatever I do purchase, I want to hang onto to it for as long as I can.

So, which one should win? “YOLO sleek” or “sturdy and practical”? And if you are vehicle-savvy, toss me some ideas please!

M xoxo

The Best 12 Inches I Ever Had

It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten 12 inches in the garden.

Wait…what did you think I was talking about in today’s post?

By the time I got back from vacation, most of the vegetable plants at the local store were gone so I didn’t plant much in this year’s garden. A few tomatos, cabbage, jalapenos, raspberries, a variety of herbs, pumpkin and squash are all that I have. But the rhubarb I transplanted from an acquaintance has gotten CRAZY big so I will soon need to google recipes (apple and rhubarb pie!) to deal with all of it…and not get poisoned.

Is it true that rhubarb leaves are poisonous and that you must only use the stalks? Now that could be a plot in a future story! 🙂

Since my garden is on the minimalist side, I will be spending time building additional raised garden beds to deter Lazy Groundhog, Curious Squirrel and Pepe Le Pew to get a jump start on next year.

I don’t know about you but I am finding that more and more, store bought produce has ZERO taste and are suspiciously larger than they really should be. The plan is to try my best to grow more of my own pesticide-free food that actually has taste.

I mean, is there anything better than walking around your own garden and eating strawberries right off the vine?

Well, maybe 13 inches in the garden…

Are you a gardener? Tell me what you enjoy the most!

©Photo of zucchini from my garden in 2015 – updated 2018 content – Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Hotter Than Hell

It’s Canada Day and it’s hotter than hell. And the heat wave will continue to be for the rest of the week.

It’s so hot that my city has cancelled their outdoor activities and my cell keeps blowing out with their Tweets about extended pool hours and inviting citizens to use our libraries as cooling centers.

Mind you, us Canadians love to talk about the weather, mainly snow but now heat too.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. These past few summers, I have been making good use of the central air system I had installed. My electricity bill can attest to that.

My only wish is that there was a beach in my vicinity with natural ocean blue waves.

Oh how I miss having the sand and ocean at my door when the weather is like this…

Are you experiencing this heat wave too? What are you doing to keep cool?

M  xoxo


Yeah, this is not the first time that I’ve written about my weird quirk.

Actually, it’s my third preferred choice for relieving stress, calming my nerves and lifting my spirits.

What quirk is that, you ask?

Decluttering , organizing and cleaning.

But for the first time ever, I have taken my cleaning to the extreme – like “döstädning” extreme. 

No, I’m not dying. Well, all of us are but we could talk about that another day. For now, if you don’t know what that word means, I invite you to Google the numerous articles online.

Döstädning may sound depressing but there is something positive to be said about detoxing your living and work spaces. This act of deep decluttering and only hanging on to what you need, find useful and love may not be “creative” work, but at least I feel like I’m accomplishing something tangible without using too much brain power.

Right now and yes, after midnight, I’m sitting on my kitchen floor, boxing up tupperware and mini appliances unused for years to donate to a shelter.

Call me crazy but it’s been helping my stress levels since I’m not writing much. I’m just wondering what I’m going do to when I have nothing left to clean. Maybe I’ll have to drop by your place to organize your stuff! 😊

I was thinking about going silent for the summer while I try to regain “balance” but instead, I’m going to do what I did last summer – random posts and reblogs on ANYTHING. No blog plan, no weekly features. Just whatever comes to mind that takes a few minutes.

Stay tuned.

Happy Canada Day and Independence Day in advance!

M xoxo

Cleaning is my third choice. What is your FIRST choice activity when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed? And yes, you can be a little risqué in the comments. 🙂

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