Wednesday, February 22, 2023

What's Up Wednesday, February 2023 Edition


I just blinked and February is practically over; I have no idea how that happened. February used to be my least favorite month because, although it is technically the shortest month, it always felt like it lasted the longest. Now, I just look at it as the Hump Day of the winter season; it's all downhill to Spring at this point. As always, I'm rounding out the month with a new What's Up Wednesday; linkup courtesy of Sheaffer and Shay.

What I'm Eating

You know, they say that bread is the staff of life, and, if my recent diet is any indication; they are correct. Not only have I been eating bread, but I've actually been baking it rather than buying it. And, while I would dearly love to say that I have mastered the art of pretty sourdough; I would be lying. My bread is most definitely not pretty but it tastes amazing.

In addition to sourdough, I've added regular old farmhouse white bread to the rotation and I've been slathering it with creamed honey, which, I also made, myself. How I managed to make it to this ripe old age without knowing how easy that was to do is a complete and pathetic mystery. Anyhoodle, it's delicious.

What I'm Reminiscing About

Queen B turns another year older tomorrow and, as always around this time; I am reminiscing about when she was a baby. And, a toddler. And, a get the point. She is, hands down, the best thing about February.

What I'm Loving

I don't want to come across as some Debbie Downer or anything, but, I'm honestly not loving anything right now. I'm not hating anything, I'm just not loving anything, Perhaps you can relate.

What I've Been Up To

At the moment, I feel like all I do is work. Between Not So New Job and the hardware store, most of my time is taken up. My weekends  one day off each weekend is taken up with household chores, and the weather has not exactly encouraged outdoor pursuits. I'm hopeful that this will change with the changing of the seasons, but I'm not counting on it.

What I'm Working On

We are in the midst of the planning portion of the spring fundraiser that we do at Not So New Job. It's a virtual 5K and we are working on gathering sponsors. It's hard going and I'm getting anxious.

What I'm Dreading

Allergy season. If the itching and burning in my eyes currently is any indication; it's going to be a bad one.

What I'm Excited About

This is by far the geekiest thing that I will ever admit to on this blog, but, I recently tracked down the entire Dana Fuller Ross Wagons West series on Mercari and I cannot wait for them to arrive. When I say that this series was a staple in my adolescent library, I am not kidding. Were they a bit mature for a teenager? Probably yes. Am I looking forward to revisiting them as an adult of the proper age to enjoy them? Also, yes.

What I'm Watching

I've watched a couple of cute movies recently. They were entertaining and not heavy, which has been welcome considering what I've been watching on the news (our world, people, it's in need of prayers...lots and lots of prayers).

I've also been completely hooked on 1923. I understand that there will be a second season, which thrills me. The acting is really good (Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are phenomenal) and the story is so compelling.

What I'm Reading/Listening To

I started this book by a well-known psychic medium. I am fascinated by people's stories of communications from lost loved ones and each story in the book brings me to tears, but in a good way.

What I'm Wearing

For the first time in a long time, I am wearing snow boots on repeat. I couldn't tell you the last time Petticoat Junction got this much snow or when it was last so cold that it actually stayed on the ground. It's been crazy. Luckily, I have several pairs of really cute boots.

What I'm Doing This Weekend

I am going to be hanging out with Queen B! She arrives on Friday and we have plans for pedicures and a Starbucks run the second she gets off the plane. On Saturday, we are driving to a town a couple of hours to the north to spend the day with her college bestie and her family, where we will celebrate the 2nd birthday of their daughter, who is Queen B's God Daughter. I believe we will be bowling, which I have not done in ages and at which I generally suck. Do I care? I do not! Bring on the tacky rented shoes and let's roll!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

I am looking forward to it being one month closer to planting season. I already ordered quite a few seeds from my favorite catalog and I am actively researching greenhouses. If we can manage to sell the triple kennels that currently occupy the cement pad next to my garden, I hope to have a greenhouse installed before the end of the summer. So, I may not get to use it this season, but will hopefully be fully operational by next.

Favorite Amazon Find

I recently started making my own mustard and these are the mustard seeds that I used. Why am I making my own mustard? Why am I creaming my own honey and growing my own vegetables and baking my own bread; TikTok made me do it. Anyhoodle, ten out of ten, highly recommend.


  1. I TOTALLY remember those books! Ahhhhh, the memories! And how do you cream your honey? I am very curious... Also, the bread looks delicious. And I hear you -- it's been a bit of a downer winter (nothing bad but just nothing great either) and I am so ready for spring and a new season.

  2. LOL! I Love all your homemade goodies. I watched both those movies this month too and really liked them as well.