Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Deferred Maintenance: Word Counters


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Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

 This month's number is 43

It was chosen by Diane of On the Border!

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I'm talking about Deferred Maintenance.

~ It was late, I shut my tablet, Hubs closed his laptop. When heading upstairs, I heard him mutter about "deferred maintenance."

~ I'm self-conscious on a good day. Between aging and having been isolated during Covid, he was right, I'd let myself go.

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~ Looks aren't paramount in life, but I used to feel good when looking my best. Not THE best, but my best.

~ When did I last shave my legs, tweeze my eyebrows? And pulling out the grey hairs will soon leave bald spots . . .

~ Maybe I could be a little less . . . ahem . . . aggressive . . . with taste testing responsibilities when baked goods are the day's recipe attempt.

Very Berry Bundt Cake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

Very Berry Bundt Cake

~ Next morning over coffee, he broached the dreaded subject. "Deferred maintenance," he said. Should I start with an apology? Action plan?

~ "Every six years the assessor's office requires us fill out a form. You know, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, a finished basement."

~ "They also ask about deferred maintenance. All I can think of is we really need to replace some windows. Anything else?"


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Very Berry Bundt Cake         

Printable Recipe

3 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1/4 cup blackberries, quartered
1/4 cup raspberries, halved
1/2 cup blueberries
2 TBSP blueberry jam
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
2 TBSP strawberry jam
3 TBSP flour, divided

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle all over the inside of the pan, all the way up the center and sides.
*Beat the cake mix, milk, oil, sour cream, and eggs for 2 minutes. Move approximately 1/4 of the batter into a clean bowl and about another1/4 of the batter into a third bowl.
*Toss the blackberries and raspberries with 1 TBSP of the flour. Fold into the 1/4 of the batter and pour evenly into the prepared pan.
*Toss the blueberries with another TBSP of flour. Fold into the original bowl, holding about 1/2 of the batter, along with the blueberry jam, and spoon into the pan.
*Toss the strawberries with the remaining TBSP of flour. Fold into the last bowl of batter along with the strawberry jam, and spoon into the pan.
*Bake for about 35 - 45 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch. Allow to sit in the pan for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edges and removing from the pan to cool completely.


  1. No comment. Deferred Maintenance HAHAHA Donna

  2. Heeheehee! He's a smart man to concentrate on the house, and if he's wise the only thing he will say is he loves you very much and leave it at that.

  3. Hahahaha! What he said...and what she thought...

  4. I get it. We tend to personalize comments.

  5. I don't think we've ever had to fill out an accessors form. Deferred maintenance, indeed. That describes me - both me and my house. I'm too busy blogging. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Timely post; I have a box of yellow cake mix that has to get used up.

    1. I don't remember ever doing this before either. We actually just had to go online, see the info they had, then call them if there were any changes and/or additons.

  6. I deferrer shit when I can, maintenance included

  7. Good counting...and good recipe.


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