Friday, September 20, 2019

I Miss My Bee: Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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Perhaps you saw my post a few months ago called Suckdom is for Mondays, in which I mention the giant bees patrolling outside my front door. There were two, but at least one was there at any given time. I cursed them, making me come and go via the garage and taking my life in my hands when watering my plants. Then suddenly one day they were gone. Fast forward to now, I was watering the plants in the pot between my garage doors when I looked to the right, screamed and ran in the house.

Hubs: What's the matter?
Me: Reincarnation.
Hubs: Huh?
Me: I now believe in reincarnation.
Hubs: I need more information.
Me: I miss my bee.
Hubs: Well there are some words I never thought I'd hear.
Me: I know but he's been reincarnated.
Hubs: I still need more information.
Me: He's no longer guarding the front door. He's guarding the garage. I want my bee back.
Hubs: Where?
Me: Go look at the Azalea at the side of the garage.

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You see it too, right? 

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Hubs went out to do an errand and I was going to make dinner while he was gone. When he came home:

Hubs: I'm starving, is dinner ready?
Me: No there was a small problem.
Hubs: What?
Me: I know you just got the propane tank filled, but I can't get the grill to light.
Hubs: You should have told me before I left.
Me: I should have told you before I knew?
Hubs: Well it certainly would have been more convenient.

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I was meeting a friend for coffee and I was late, which is completely unlike me. I walked in and she could tell I looked exasperated.

Her: You're late, that's not like you.
Me: I know, sorry, we were doing, you know, what married couples do . . . 
Her: It's Tuesday, your husband didn't have to get to work? 
Me: Well, you know how it is, when the situation arises, sometimes you can't help yourself, it takes on a life of its own.
Her: Do tell.
Me: Well the fight started with . . .
Her: Wait. You were arguing?
Me: Well yeah, I told you we were doing what married couples do.

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I'm sitting on the couch, working on my laptop and singing sort of semi-out loud. I didn't realize that Hubs had come into the kitchen behind me. 

Hubs: I know that song, what are you singing?
Me: Nothing.
Hubs: You're singing something.
Me: I'm not sure, I'm working on the laptop and wasn't really thinking about what song was going through my head.
Hubs: If you say so. 

I do say so. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Because there's no way in hell I'm going to admit that somehow I was sitting there singing the theme song from the commercial for RockAuto. com. 

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Hubs was heading out but stopped in the kitchen where I was baking.

Hubs: What are you baking?
Me: A pie.
Hubs: What kind?
Me: Well, the majority of the filling was going to be strawberry but I didn't have enough so it's a berry pie with strawberries and blueberries.
Hubs: What's on top though?
Me: It's a crumble, it'll make the top a little crunchy. And it has some white chocolate chips too.
Hubs: That sounds delicious.
Me: Thanks, I hope so.

I put the pie in the oven, turn around and he's sitting at the counter.

Me: I thought you were going out.
Hubs: I'll wait.
Me: For the pie? It'll be in the oven for an hour and cooling for another hour.
Hubs: I'll wait. 
Me: Really? Why?
Hubs: I learned long ago that when you're baking and both boys are home, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

And he's not wrong . . .

Berry White Chocolate Chip Pie features berries, baked into a pie crust topped with a white chocolate chip crumble. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

Berry White Chocolate Chip Pie
Berry White Chocolate Chip Pie features berries, baked into a pie crust topped with a white chocolate chip crumble. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

I often, in these posts, mention either typos or auto correct that end up being funny/sad. I swear I try to remember to double check before I post but often, either I'm in too much of a rush or the words look so much like what I thought I was saying that I don't really register what I'm looking at. 

Often, these mistakes end up being more than a little unfortunate.

A friend had posted a really positive comment in the thread of one of my facebook posts. I really appreciate how far she goes to always show her support, so I responded to her comment with "You are the epitome of a friend". Except it turns out that what I'd actually said to her (publicly, no less) is "You are the epitome of a fiend."

On a separate note, I'm taking applications for a new best friend . . .

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PurDude's company moved him to Boulder a little over a week ago. Between the time they moved him out of his former apartment and into his new one, he moved in with us for 10 days. I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could before he moved 8 hours away. On his second day home, he went out with a friend for the afternoon. 

When he came back:

Me: Did you tell your friend you like me better than him?
PurDude: No.
Me: Why?
PurDude: It didn't come up.

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Of course the entire time he was here I was trying to think of reasons for him not to leave. One thing he and I have in common is our love of coffee and I was in the grocery store when I saw just the thing to keep him here.

Me: Look at what I found today.
PurDude: Those look amazing.

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Me: I'll bake with them next week. Maybe you shouldn't leave this weekend after all.
PurDude: Good try Ma, but next week you'd say you'll bake with them the week after, then it'll be the week after that. 
Me: Are you accusing me of being devious?
PurDude: No, I'm saying you should bake with them next week, I'll be watching for my package.

Clearly I've gotta up my game. I've got till Thanksgiving.

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Have you taken a stand in the Chic-fil-a vs Popeye's chicken sandwich earth shattering issue? I can't since I won't eat at Chick-fil-a and haven't yet (but will) tried the Popeye's sandwich. 

PurDude has had both and absolutely loves the Popeye's sandwich.

Me: I checked, there's a Popeye's not far from your new work.
PurDude: Good, I know what I'll be having for lunch.
Me: You can't start eating a lot of fried fast food. It's so bad for you.
PurDude: I'll only eat like 3 Popeye's a week.
Me: I'm shocked, you work out every day yet you don't care about nutrition?
PuDude: OK, fine, a multivitamin a day and 3 Popeye's a week.

Yeah, he knows how to push my buttons. Always has, probably always will. 

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And just like that he's gone (again), 8 hours away. I wrote a post in June about his new car called It's Not a Competition, But I Win. For 10 days those 2 cars squeezed side by side into the double side of our garage, and whenever I went out there I would smile. 

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And now he's gone again. I'm doing OK. But I'm pretty sure that my car is lonely.

Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Menopausal Mother 
Spatulas on Parade

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Berry Pie White Chocolate Chip Pie

1 pie crust
1 TBSP flour 
3/4 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup quick oats 
2/3 cup white chocolate chips, divided

2# strawberries, hulled, sliced or berries of your choice
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp nutmeg
*Place a large piece of tin foil on the shelf below the one you'll be using to catch any drippings. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
*Spread the 1 TBSP flour over the pie crust. Flip the pie crust over into a 10 inch pie pan so the flour is on the bottom. Fit into and up the pan.
*Beat together the butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and oats. Mix in 1/3 cup of the white chocolate chips. Set aside to use as topping
*Mix the sliced strawberries with vanilla, 3/4 cup brown sugar, flour and nutmeg. Arrange evenly in the prepared pie shell. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the white chocolate chips.
*Dollop the topping over the fruit. Bake for 30 minutes, loosely tent with tin foil and bake another 25 minutes.


  1. I laughed!! "doing what married couples do...argue! OMGosh that was funny.
    And Mr B waiting for the pie, sounds like my Mr. Men love some food and especially if they can beat the boys to it!

    1. Yeah, sounds like we have a lot in common on both fronts.

  2. Your post stirred up memories - I smiled. From doing what married couples do to the lonely car in the garage to finding ways to entice those kids to stay around.

    1. I think we moms, no matter how different we are as people, have quite a lot in common.

  3. The photo of that spider totally freaked me out!! And the photo of the pie made me hungry. So now Im scared and starving all at the same time, lol. I know how much you miss your son when he's gone---hopefully you'll get those cookies to him real soon. :)

    1. You think the photo of that spider freaked you out? Just imagine how I felt seeing him up close and in person . . .

  4. I just returned from vacation and gotta tell you, I've looked at so many pies...lots of apple because that's what we grow here, plus a grape pie or two (a regional specialty of the Finger Lakes in New York) but not too much triple berry. White chocolate? Never would have thought of it as part of a crumble. I don't eat much fast food and I think the nearest Chick Fil-A is over an hour from him so buess I won't care who wins that sandwich competition. Alana

    1. I've never heard of grape pie, need to look into that. And although I won't eat at Chick Fil-A, I'm definitely trying that Popeye's sandwich.

  5. I love these glimpses! Spiders (shudder) through arguments and bribery to missing our boys. Oh, and I'd like to toss in my application for your new best

    1. Yes, I'll accept that application. I'll even waive the fee!


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