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Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 39

If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Here is an explanation of the tater tot post.

My ranunculus a few weeks ago


I feel like I’m a mother hen. My ranunculus that came as roots have grown. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I feel very Mother Earthly.

I just put them in the ground a few weekends ago, and since we’ve had a lot of rain, they’ve been doing pretty well so far.

I’ll let you know when the first flower opens.


I always say, “I’d love to sit and watch the planes take off and land” whenever we drive by O’Hare airport. Well, a few weeks ago we had time to do that. We got to see planes take off for China and everywhere in between. It was beautiful and moving, and it made me cry.

If you have the time, I suggest it. Even if you don’t have time, I suggest it.

We used this website to find a place to sit where we could see the planes close up.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Hush money

I got a check in the mail a few weeks ago. From Facebook.

As a reminder, I have not been on Facebook since 2020.

But before I left, I signed off on a lawsuit that was going around because Facebook did something with facial recognition that none of us knew about.

So, a few weeks ago, I got my big “f**k you” check in the mail, and I have to say, I felt very smug.

Golden Hour

“I get so lost

in where I want to go

I forget that the place I’m in

is already quite magical.”

-Rupi Kaur

Every night around 5 o’clock, I try to sit in this room and read. It’s my favorite spot in our house currently.

The light in here is magic.

The disco ball chandelier I made last fall makes these little orbs that are all over the ceiling and the furniture.

On the other side of the room, there are rainbows.

I love it when my house makes me feel like I’m on vacation.

Monthly rant

This month, I don’t have anything to say. I just have two pictures.

That is how much one outdoor end table costs.

And I discovered this book at Barnes & Noble:

If you know, you know.

No, I didn’t buy it.


I do have one rant. I found this while perusing Target:

Why does Ellen need a book? Didn’t we figure out that she’s a jerk? Rant over.

From the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (I was given this book for my birthday, in case you thought I wrote in my library books)

What I’m reading

The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path of Your True Self by Martha Beck (highly recommend)

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig (also highly recommend)

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg (also also highly recommend)

What I’m watching

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (Netflix)

Our Father (Netflix)

Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders (Hulu) Tip-Fast forward through Kristen Chenoweth’s self-indulgent interviews. Celebrities…

An Ode to Living on Earth| Oliver Jeffers

Explaining My Depression to My Mother by Sabrina Benaim

My Son Was a Columbine Shooter. This is My Story| Sue Klebold

Stranger Things (Netflix)

What I’m listening to

Energy Follows Thought

Object of My Desire (thanks to Stranger Things, everything old is new again)

Better in the Morning

Purple Haze

The Place Where the Lost Things Go

What I’m clicking on

The Technium: 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known

Why Rest Is Important

Please Kill Your Lawn

How Would You Describe Yourself in Five Words?

No Drawing Skill Required! An Activity That Connects the Brain and Art

Disenfranchised Grief: 22 Examples, Signs, and Tips

Three-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Dinners For Lazy Nights

Mom who read notes to visually impaired daughter for 4 years given honorary graduation certificate

Some Fans Have a Theory About PK Kemsley & the Home Invasion (for my Real Housewives friends…thanks Suz for sharing with me :))

What I’m quoting

Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life“- Lawrence Kasdan (This article helped me find the quote)

You are infinitely worthy. You are infinitely precious. You have always been enough. You will always be enough. There is no place you don’t belong. You are lovable. You are loved. You are love.” -Martha Beck from the book The Way of Integrity

We don’t build statues of ordinary people. We don’t leave behind little plaques to commemorate the milestones of ordinary time:






But it all still happened. all those cheap and disposable experiences are no less real than anything in our history books, no less sacred than anything in our hymnals. Perhaps we should try keeping our eyes open while we pray, and look for the meaning hidden in the things right in front of us: in the sound of Tic Tacs rattling in a box, the throbbing ache of hiccups, and the punky smell that lingers on your hands after doing dishes. Each is itself a reminder of what is real.

We need these silly little things to fill out our lives, even if they don’t mean all that much. If only to remind us that the stakes were never all that high in the first place. It’s not always life-and-death. Sometimes it’s just life-and that’s alright.” -John Koenig from the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

“When our minds are full of anger and hatred towards others, in fact we are the ones who are actually suffering, caught in this mind state. But it is not so easy to access that place inside of us which can forgive, which can love. In some ways to be able to forgive, to let go, is a type of dying. It is the ability to say, “I am not that person anymore.” Forgiveness allows us to recapture some part of ourselves that we left behind in bondage to a past event. Some part of our identity may also need to die in that letting go, so that we can reclaim the energy bound up in the past.”Sharon Salzberg from the book Lovingkindness



REMINDER to anyone in a similar mindset or situation. You’ve done everything you can. You didn’t do anything wrong. You can’t please everyone. Focus on what matters.. YOU. #rawpost #emotional #fyp #anxiety #trauma

♬ original sound – Greygrey

Here’s to June…

38 thoughts on “Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 39”

  1. Your post reminded me of when my son was a toddler, my husband would take him to the airport and they’d watch the planes take off and land. The Palm Springs airport was one and a half miles from our house. There wasn’t security like there is now, so they could walk to the gates.

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  2. I really enjoy your tater tots! So much to savor. I have decided I will try buying patio furniture after the 4th of July. I have not idea when it became so expensive.

    I like the Marilyn tapes. Have you seen the Truman Capote tapes on Hulu? He has always fascinated me. Recently read a New Yorker piece of his about a train ride in Spain. He had a gift.

    Just this weekend I stayed exploring how to add more native plants to my yard. I think I am going wild.

    Have to spend some time with the Marta Beck info. No, we don’t mark those common events that make life exceptional.

    I really hope PK and Dorit did not fake the break-in. I also wish she and Kyle could hear what Crystal is saying. They keep proving her point that they do not see her…they keep proving she is not in a safe place by telling her how she should feel and her feeling are not valid.

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    1. I’m glad you like them! This is the post I like to write the most each month.

      No, but I’m adding it to my watch list. Thank you for the suggestion!

      So, last summer I planted a few flowers around our fire pit to make it into a native wildflower garden. All but one of the flowers died over the winter. Gahhhh.

      I didn’t buy any plants this year. Instead, I only planted seeds. It’s been fun to see how they’ve changed into tiny plants.

      I think I have another book by Martha Beck on my list of books to read. I found this book when I went to the library one day. It just sort of fell into my totebag, lol.

      I love that we can both talk about Real Housewives. I think we need some kind of secret group or something. I agree with everything you have to say. Part of me really doesn’t want to believe that they would make up a break-in. Part of me also wonders if PK did it to hold Dorit’s spot without her knowing and now regrets it because he is seeing her mental health go downhill. Or she is doing a good job of acting.


      1. Oooh!! Can I be part of the group? I was 100% certain that there would be discussion about whether or not the break in was real or not. I’m not going to say it didn’t cross my mind, but I felt bad thinking that way.

        Kyle is driving me absolutely driving me CRAZY this season. She makes for good TV, but that’s the extent of anything nice I have to say so far this year.

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      2. You sure can!

        Katie, I felt bad when I thought that way, too. Dorit looks like she’s been through a lot, and as someone who has anxiety, I’d never want to discount someone else’s experience (ahem, Kyle). But it doesn’t seem right that the two burglars just walk up to the house. It looks staged.

        YES. Also, the camera people are making her look TERRIBLE, which is making me laugh so hard. I am terrible...


  3. Ranunculus from seed? I’m impressed! That’s a flower I love but never have any luck keeping alive. I’ve been wanting to see that Marilyn bio but don’t have Netflix.

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    1. Let’s hope we get some flowers. If I do, I will send you a virtual bouquet. ❤️

      The documentary was really good. Basically, JFK and his brother were the reason she killed herself. I don’t think I am giving anything away.

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  4. Lots of goodies in this post! We are obsessed with the Plane Finder app which shows us where all the planes flying over us are from and going to. It’s fascinating! Congrats on the check from fb. I’m awaiting settlement checks from Bausch & Lomb, FiltersFast, and Bel Vita. It all adds up!

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    1. This app sounds like fun! I am going to download it! Thank you for the suggestion.

      Good for you! How did you find out about those settlement checks? The only reason I ask is that my friend and I were joking about making a side business out of looking up settlements we’ve been involved in. I currently only have one other settlement for Google Photos. And you’re right, they do add up! 🙂


      1. That’s a good question. I know the B&L one we heard from directly as they had our contact info from buying contact lenses. I think my husband also got an email directly from buying furnace filters from that company online for years. I randomly saw the Bel Vita one, which caught my attention since I buy them often enough.

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  5. One of our nearby airports (not for huge flights but a small airport for private planes and helicopters) has a long walkway near it and I used to take my boys walking along it a lot when they were little. It’s so neat to watch them take off and land.

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  6. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows sounds amazing based on the title alone — but I also like the two excerpts you shared. Thank you for putting it on my radar. Outdoor end tables are ridiculous. I keep looking and looking… and being SHOCKED at what they cost. Sending you warm thoughts.

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  7. What I’m listening to: KIDS BEGGING FOR THE CAR, OR ASKING WHO IS DRIVING WHO WHERE THE NEXT DAY AND WHO IS DIRIVNG THOSE WITHOUT A LICENSE WHERE . . . pretty sure what you are listening to is more interesting/relaxing.

    I want to watch the Marilyn Monroe thing on Netflix. I’m reading an awesome book right now called The Whistling Season. So great, and sweet. The writing is excellent.

    Good for you for planting, um, anything. I bought some flowers and tossed them in boxes yesterday. I do very little with the outside of the house. Heck, the inside is begging for attention and I’ve been TRYING.

    I’m glad you’ve carved out that special space to read in inside your home. Looks very inviting.

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    1. LOL Could I interest you in some earbuds? 🙂

      I looked up your book on Goodreads and now it’s on my TBR list.

      This year, I mostly used seed packs. I just put them in the ground, and they are starting to grow. I chose the easy way out this year.

      The best part is that everyone else loves it too, so it’s been a lovely haven for all of us.



    Those books look great, I am going to make note of them! I currently have the hugest stack of library books, all that are not-renewable, so I have to make my way through them first…but then! Then, I shall read all the books. Sigh, there’s not enough time to read all the books, but we try, don’t we?

    That poem by Rupi Kaur is wonderful. I love her poetry.

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    1. RIGHT??

      I’m giving myself a challenge to read books every night instead of going on TikTok because my TBR list is getting ridiculously long and I owe it to myself to read rather than be on social media. But you’re right, there isn’t enough time to read all the books.

      I also love her poetry. ❤️


  9. I can’t wait to see your ranunculus; I’m living vicariously through you!

    My Uncle Jim always wanted to fly a plane and when we were kids and he came to visit, we would park at the airport and watch them take off and land. Now that I think about it, why did we even leave my house: my childhood home backed up to Palm Beach International Airport!

    I love all your quotes! Those ordinary days are just as important as the milestones.

    RHOBH is really pushing that same story about the break-in being real. Where is Vanderpump when you need her? She’d blow it open, right?

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    1. Is Florida too hot to grow them? I will also send you a virtual bouquet. 🙂

      OMG, Suz! That’s really cool. Did the noise of the planes just become normal to you? We live close to a commuter trail railway, and the noise from it is just part of the background.

      I also like the quotes. On my coffee table, I have a book of quotes. When I find one I like, I add it to the book. I might add a page of my favorite quotes at the top of my blog so that others can look through them and find one that might fit their circumstance. ❤️

      I was just thinking about how dull it has become. They needed a storyline…just saying.

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      1. I thought it was too hot to grow them here, but I just looked it up and it looks like Fall would be the growing season for them. Will I remember in the fall? Unlikely.

        The planes were normal. Later on, when the Coach and I were together he bought a place DIRECTLY UNDER THE LANDING ZONE. That, well that was something else. But we did get used to it. After we moved away the County bought that piece of land and all those around it and demolished them because it was TOO loud and dangerous for people to live there. When I say HUH? It’s because I can’t hear anything for a reason.

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  10. I read the Martha Beck book a few years back and found it really valuable. I think I might take it out for a re-read, now that I’m retiring (again, for real). I love your reading spot, and I really know what you mean about how you feel about your house. I feel the same way about mine. I just love being home, especially when I have a good book. Right now I’m reading Real Estate by Deborah Levy–a “living autobiography” that is a meditation on all kinds of things, but home and being a woman in her fifties are pretty primary. Looking forward to clicking on many of your links later today. Right now, I’ve got to get ready to go skating with my daughter. Gotta work out some of our grief over losing our Daisy (which is really about grieving our own mortality, the passing of childhood, all kinds of things). Moving our bodies will be good for us.

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    1. I also love your home. I might go to Portland just to see it one day.

      Adding her book to my list of things to read.

      I am so sorry about Daisy. It’s really all about that, isn’t it? I understand it so much, Rita. I’m sending you and your daughter so much love. ❤️


  11. Those are adorable end tables even if I doubt I would buy them!

    I do love your reading corner! Your whole home looks so cozy and welcoming so I can see what you mean about vacation in your home.

    I thought of you last week as I was driving through Illinois. I was heading to Michigan and had it been more of a planned trip, I’m sure I would have given you a call! It made me smile to think of meeting you “in real life.”

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    1. World Market!

      I also love it. During the pandemic, I learned how to turn it into a vacation home. My very own AirBnB.

      Aw, I love that you thought of me. I’m sure that one day we’ll find time to meet. ❤️❤️


  12. You are so good with plants!!

    I love your views in your beautiful home…plants and dancing light and beautiful colors and decor…

    You are the second person I know to mention this FB money. Dang it, I missed it! How did I not hear about this when it was happening?!

    Watching…as you know, I’m not much of a TV person. But we just got Apple TV and we’ve been watching Severance, as a recommendation from Tim. OMG, it is amazing! You have to get past the first episode – that one is “meh” and more of a FYI what the show is going to be about. Then you get hooked. However, I found out the hard way that I can’t watch this show at night because I then have nightmares!

    Going to check out your links now. xoxo

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    1. Coming from you, that is a huge compliment. ❤️

      Come over someday during golden hour and we can read together! Or just come and have some fun beverages…

      Then I’ll let you in on another prospective chance. Google Photos is also proposing a settlement to Illinois residents. Here’s the link:


      We’ll look into it! Thank you for the suggestion! Xoxo


  13. PS – forgot to mention about watching the planes. My dad used to take us to O’Hare a lot to watch the planes coming in. I still remember how thrilling that was as a kid.

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  14. Nice tater tots. Your plants are thriving and look beautiful. I really like your green chest of drawers. Did you paint that? I read a book a very long time ago by Sharon Salzberg and at the time thought she was brilliant. Oddly I can’t remember the title of the book, but seeing her name reminded me. Perhaps time to revisit her. I am VERY pleased that you got a big “f**k you” check in the mail from FB. That makes my day.

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    1. Thank you!

      I didn’t paint it; it was a Christmas present from my husband several years ago. I noticed it at a secondhand furniture store near us a few weeks before. Green is my favorite color, and I was immediately drawn to it as I entered inside the store. It is by far my favorite piece of furniture. ❤️

      I love how she writes, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy her other books as well.

      I couldn’t stop laughing when it arrived. As in EVIL laughing. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


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