June 19, 2021

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This hasn't been a good week for me. After saying goodbye to my sweet Beefy boy on Monday I've just been so sad. I still expect to see him following me around like my little shadow, or in one of his favorite spots around the house, sleeping upside down with his little tail wagging like crazy while he dreams like he always did. It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

My kitty Nugget is so sad too, he misses his brother. He roams around from room to room looking for Beefy and meowing so pathetically that he sounds like he's crying, of course that makes me want to cry too. He's not eating well either, and he normally has a big appetite. One more thing on the list to worry about.

Working in my storage room for my 30 day challenge for this month came to a halt on Monday too. I've tried to get out there a couple of times since then but I've just been too distracted and do more standing and staring at things than any actual work. Hopefully I can get back to that next week, but I'm not going to push myself right now. If I need more time, I'll take it.

We did finally get some much needed rain this week. Several nights in a row we had booming thunderstorms in the middle of the night that were so loud they actually woke me up - and I'm a super heavy sleeper, nothing ever wakes me up!

I've still been cooking from what I had in the freezer as part of my empty the freezer for hurricane season plan. There are still a few things left which I'm incorporating in the menu plan for the upcoming week...

Sunday - Father's Day brunch buffet - Bacon cheddar quiche, veggie quiche, fresh fruit salad, blueberry muffins, mini bagels, smoked salmon, assorted cream cheeses, and champagne or mimosa.

Monday - London Broil (half), Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes, roasted asparagus

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Pioneer Woman's Spicy Shrimp with fresh French bread and side salads. If you like shrimp, try this recipe if you haven't already. I used to make this often for casual dining when we had company. Everyone I've ever made it for has loved it and asked for the recipe. It's really good and so quick and easy.

Thursday - Grilled thick cut bone in porkchops with veggie skewers

Friday - Cuban take out (youngest son's birthday request) and I'll bake his favorite homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Saturday - Leftovers

The highlight of the upcoming week will be having the whole family together for both Father's Day tomorrow and my son's birthday on Friday.

How about you, how has your week been? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend or the upcoming week? Are things getting a bit more back to normal in your little corner of the world?

Oh, one more thing. I have a couple lovely new followers over the last week or two who don't have their blogs shown on their profiles. If you are new here and don't have your blog shown on your profile please be sure to leave me a link to your blog in a comment so I can be sure to follow along on your blog too!

Now I'm off to do a little cleaning, bake the muffins, make the fruit salad, and prep everything else for our brunch tomorrow. 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, and wishing each and every one of you a fantastic weekend and a great week ahead. :)

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  1. It takes time to heal from the loss of a loved one...and, sometimes pets are more loved than humans (did I just SAY that?).

    Menu sounds great. Here I plan on taking Bud to breakfast since that's his favorite meal. Rain?!! Yay.

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    1. Let's just say they are so much a part of our family that we love them deeply, but we may sometimes like them more than the humans lol. I hope you and Bud have a great breakfast out tomorrow. I wish him a very happy Father's Day!

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  2. Pets have strong bonds too. When one of our cats was put down, his companion didn't know what to do. They always slept together so he decided to sleep on the bed with us. They were together for 12 years. I get my second jab on Monday so that is my highlight going in to next week. Have a good weekend, Martha.

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    1. They sure do Bill. I never expected Nugget to take this so hard. I've had pets in the past that were best buddies but Nugget and Beefy barely paid attention to each other. I guess they obviously still had a strong bond.

      Congrats on getting your second vaccine on Monday, I'm so happy for you! I hope you have a good weekend too. :)

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  3. I saw you were getting rain and i tried not to be jealous, all that rain every day for a week and we got not ONE raindrop... just kept sliding past us. I know your feeling you are describing, when Big died 8 months ago, I sobbed for 3 days all day everytime I thought of him. and did the same things you are doing. hugs and condolences coming your way. I wish I could eat at your house or get take out from your meals. so happy you will have two family get togethers..

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    1. We definitely got lucky this week with the rain. We even had some daytime showers, but mostly overnight. I hope you will get some good rain soon.

      I do remember how much you suffered when Big died. It is so hard! I know getting Beau finally helped you get through it. I'm still so thankful for his good vet report!

      I sure wish we were neighbors, I would love to share meals with you and I know we would have fun together. I bet our husbands would get along great too, and they would have some funny conversations since they are both hard of hearing lol!

      Enjoy the weekend my friend. :)

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  4. I hope next week is an easier week for you and that your spirits start to lift.

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    1. Thanks Debra, I sure hope so too. Having the family together a few times this week will hopefully help. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Give yourself as much time as you need. When we had to make the dreadful (but necessary) decision for Jewel, Jazz hunted all over the house for her. Crying. Which made me cry too.
    Hugs.

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    1. It's so sad to see that, and it makes our hearts break all over again!

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved "Beefy". I can imagine how difficult that would be, for you as well as his other fur companions. (((hugs))) Your menu always sounds so wonderful! You must be a marvelous cook! Your Father's Day brunch menu especially sounds great! I would love that myself, probably more than my hubby would. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this week. That may be just what "the doctor ordered" for you to help you through a difficult time. And yes, the rain has been wonderful, although we didn't get as much as I'd like, but some is better than none. Just praying the hurricanes don't decide to come our direction this year. Take care and enjoy your family...

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    1. Thank you Pam, it's so hard.

      I don't know that I'm a marvelous cook, but I do really enjoy it, and especially cook for my kids who don't get Mom's home cooking often anymore.

      We still need lots more rain too, but thankful we got some at least. I sure hope the hurricanes stay far away from us this year, but best to be prepared just in case.

      Wishing your hubby a Happy Father's Day!

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  7. There's no set time for grieving anyone or anything. People without pets don't understand pets are family.
    The shrimp does sound good, but my goodness, a stick of butter! I love blueberry muffins. I just harvested blueberries this morning, and ate them all just like that!
    Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday, but we won't be together for it. For the weekend I'll be trying to stay cool.

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    1. It's so true Lisa, it definitely takes time to get through the grieving process, I loved my little Beefy so much. I know time will help me heal but it's sure is hard in the meantime.

      The recipe does call for a whole stick but that's for a huge tray of three pounds of shrimp. I will only make a pound for us so everything will be cut into thirds. I usually use a little less butter either way and add a bit more olive oil instead.

      I saw your blueberries on your post today and was wishing I had some right from the garden for my muffins. Store bought can't even come close!

      Happy birthday to your daughter! Enjoy the weekend. :)

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  8. It does take time, Martha. I still miss my girls, but the good memories rise to the top, and you will smile, eventually. Enjoy your family time.

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    1. Thanks Rosalea. I know those good memories will rise above all else in time. It's just so hard getting to that point. I sure am looking forward to time with all my kids together, it tends to only happen on birthdays and holidays. I hope you have a great weekend, and don't work too hard!

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  9. Our pets are family members. When one is gone, it will leave a void in our life. It will take some time and time will help in the healing. We are happy that we have rain. Love your menu for the week. Wishing you a wonderful Father's Day weekend celebration.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I know it will get better with time, but it sure is hard to get through the grieving process. I'm glad you are getting some rain too and I hope you and your hubby have a nice Father's Day weekend too. :)

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  10. The grief we have for our fur friends is real. It takes time to adjust to them not being with us. So sorry your Nugget is missing Beefy so much. I am all too familiar with that situation and it is heartbreaking. They do grieve as well. It took a couple of years and a move to a new home before Jet got over losing his litter mate. Your meals all sound wonderful. The storage room will be there when you're feeling better. Don't rush it. Enjoy your family time this week. Have a wonderful weekend Martha.

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    1. When we have another pet that's depressed and grieving too it just breaks our hearts all over again! That is so sad that it took Jet years and a move to get through it, just hearing that breaks my heart too.

      I'm a little mad at myself about the storage room. It would be good for me to keep busy, but I just can't seem to get moving in there again now.

      I'm sure looking forward to time with the whole family together. I hope you have a great weekend too Lori!

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  11. Isn't it something how animals gong through a mourning process as well? Growing up we always had both dogs and cats at the same time in our home, and they truly loved one another. Cats and dogs get a long famously, contrary to what people think.

    "....but I'm not going to push myself right now. If I need more time, I'll take it."

    Good for you! Taking care of yourself is so important. The storage room can wait.

    You weekly menu sounds deeeelicious. Good variety too!

    Have a wonderful time with your family on Father's Day. Happy Weekend to you!

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    1. It's so true Ron. I had both cats and dogs in the house growing up too, and they were often best buds. I was a little shocked with Nuggets reaction though, he and Beefy didn't seem to pay much attention to each other at all, but I guess there was obviously still a close bond.

      Thank you on the menu plan even though I know you don't eat meat anymore. I've had more of it than I want trying to clean out my freezer. I usually go meatless a couple times a week, I'm not a huge fan of meat myself and only eat very small portions when I do eat it.

      I'm sure time with all my kids together tomorrow will lift my spirits a bit, even if only temporarily. I hope you have a fantastic weekend too!

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  12. Oh,I’m sorry, Martha. I know how much you must miss him. Your upcoming menu sounds great, esp, for Father’s Day. And I love carrot cake!
    It’s been a bummer the past two weeks for me as I found out I need surgery in a few weeks, I might blog about it afterwards. I’m ok, it’s not cancer, but it will be a few weeks of recovery. I’m just mad it’s during summer!
    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for being a bright spot in my day!

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    1. Thank you Bijoux, it is so hard!

      I wish I could invite you over our buffet tomorrow and for some homemade carrot cake on Friday. I think we need a bloggers island where we can all move and be neighbors.

      I am so sorry to hear you are going to have to have surgery, but sure thankful to hear it's not cancer. I'm sorry it's during the summer, but you have to do what you have to do to stay in good health. I wish you a speedy recovery in advance!

      You are so awesome, it's you I should be thanking for being a bright spot in my day! I hope you have a great weekend too. :)

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  13. So sorry you are in mourning. But your food sounds so good.

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    1. Thanks so much Christine, time will work it's wonders, and we still have to eat in the meantime. Enjoy the weekend!

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  14. (((HUGS))) Take all the time you need to mourn the loss of your little fur baby. I'm glad you will be able to have family over twice to celebrate important days, this week. Your menu sounds delicious and I wish I could just invite myself over to dinner! :D

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    1. Thank you Bless. I think having the family together this week will help lift my spirits, and I sure wish we lived close so I could invite you over or send over a plate like you do with your other neighbors so often. I sure wouldn't mind some of that zucchini in return! :)

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  15. I know that feeling of expecting to see a beloved pet waiting right around the corner. With my last one I kept expecting to see him waiting at the door when I got home from work

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    1. It is so hard after the years we have with them to suddenly not have them there anymore. I hope you have many years left with your sweet Gibbs Ann. Have a great weekend!

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  16. We're sorry about all of the sad, we do understand and it's sure never easy. We lost four of our kitties in a one year period and we're still sad about that. Hugs from all of us.

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    1. I don't know if I could survive the loss of four in one year, I'm so sorry to hear about that. I've lost three of my babies over the last three years and that feels like too much to bear! Hugs right back and don't forget to wish the Dad a Happy Father's Day!

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  17. I'm so sorry! It will take awhile for you to be less sad. The loss of a beloved pet is always so hard.

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    1. Thank you Ginny. I know time will heal, but still so hard right now. I hope you have a nice weekend. Happy Father's Day to your hubby. :)

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  18. I'm sure glad you finally got some rain.
    You have a busy week ahead and lots of prep to do. Have fun with your family.

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    1. I'm glad we finally got some rain too but we sure do need more. It's all easy stuff I'm making and I will definitely enjoy time having all the kids together not once but twice this week. I hope you have a nice weekend GM. :)

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  19. When we lost our last cat, I kept thinking I was seeing him out of the corner of my eye, and then I would remember. It's hard and I'm sorry.

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    1. Thanks Mari, it is so hard! When my daughter's cat passed away she swore she saw it's shadow all the time. I keep thinking I hear Beefy's little paws clicking on the tile or snoring which he always did. It's just background noise, but it's sad when I suddenly remember and realize it's not him.

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  20. Hang in there. Hopefully, soon there will be more fun memories than sad ones.

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    1. Thank you. I know it will get easier and the good memories will be what I think about. It's still just too soon.

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  21. Oh, Martha -- it is so hard and it does go on for a bit. And that's OK -- let yourself go with it and be gentle to yourself. Hug that little Nugget. Animals do grieve, too. It sounds like you have many projects to keep you busy but it's OK to stop and mourn.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie. I've been giving my Nuggs lots of loving, he definitely seems so lost. They never even paid much attention to each other so his reaction is surprising to me. I guess they had a stronger bond than I knew about somehow. I'm hoping time with family will help me a bit this week. I hope you have a nice weekend my friend.

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  22. Sending you good thoughts, as you work through your sadness.

    We are just back from a wonderful vacation, & I'm trying to catch up on life & chores. Not so successfully, I may add!

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    1. Thanks so much. Your vacation looked wonderful and of course catch up is always a PITA! Just chill and try to enjoy the weekend as best you can!

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  23. I can only imagine how you miss your dear Beefy. I hope time with family this next week will help.

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    1. Thank you Marie. I'm sure it will help, even if only temporarily. Enjoy the weekend. :)

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  24. Happy Father's Day to your husband. I know you'll have a great time with your kids around.

    Things ARE getting back to a bit of normal, but things still feel weird to me. I sometimes wonder if they always will. But, I'll take it as it comes.

    Tonight's Supper was Dutch Baby and cucumber/tomato salad. I love those easy Saturday night suppers.

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    1. Thank you Dee. I know we will have a great time having the whole family together again - and indoors without masks!

      Here in Florida with our idiot governor nothing ever changed. Our restaurants, bars, and stores have been packed all along. It makes me still feel unsafe out in public.

      Your Saturday supper sounds delicious. I haven't made Dutch babies in years. I need to put that on my list to make soon!

      Have a great weekend. :)

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  25. So hard to say good bye to a pet and it takes time for the sadness to turn to memories that will make you smile again.
    Feels like it's getting back to normal now that we going to church in person again. :)

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    1. It's so true Karen. I know that time will come, it's still just too soon. I'm glad you are able to go back to church and church activities in person. Have a nice Sunday. :)

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  26. Reading this post has me in tears, Martha. It's not going to be easy, but hang in there. Your boy had a good life with you and that's something that should at least comforts you a bit. (((HUG)))
    And yes, baking some muffins would help too!

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    1. Thanks so much Angie! I can't say baking muffins helped but people around here are still going to want to eat today. Life goes on no matter how much we're grieving.

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  27. So sorry you lost your sweet Beefy, so sad! Pets are family. Saying goodbye is always hard. Tae it easy on yourself! Your food sounds fabulous, as usual. I haven't cooked anything in weeks. Have a great Sunday, BIG hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie. I wish I could invite you over or at least drop by with a plate for you. I hope you are beginning to feel better. Take good care of yourself. Hugs!

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  28. Take your time, Martha, be kind to yourself. Losing a beloved pet like Beefy is terribly hard. xxx

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  29. Hello,
    I hope with time, you and Nugget will heal. I still miss my Goldie Girl, but I have all happy memories. The menu sounds delicious for the week.
    I wish all the dads in your family a happy Father's Day! We seem to be in a normal pattern now, I hope it stays that way. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I'm so glad things are feeling normal for you. I sure hope it stays that way too! Happy Father's Day to the dads in your family too! :)

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  30. Your meal plan, as usual, amazes me. I like everything you're planning on making. Slowly things are getting back to a more normal around here. I've yet to go out to eat, but I am shopping inside stores and I'm beginning to notice house parties in the neighborhood again. People are people-ing and that's encouraging.

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    1. Thanks Ally. The menu pretty much made itself this week between requests for celebrations and what I have left in the freezer to throw on the grill. I'm glad to hear things are getting more normal for you. We haven't ventured into a restaurant yet either. We still wear masks indoors in public places and can't really do that in a restaurant. People are definitely people-ing again! My kids are out hitting the nightclubs and going everywhere they normally did. I wish I felt that comfortable myself!

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  31. Grief is a process and no rules so let yourself just be sad, happy, cuddling with the other kitty as you need. I'm fairly back to regular non work activities but still worry for those not taking any measures and no vaccines.

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    1. Thanks Sam. I'm glad things are getting back to normally socially for you. I'm worried for those people too, but they have nobody to blame but themselves if they get sick now. What bothers me is that those people are still putting those of us who are acting responsibly and have been vaccinated at a higher risk - especially with the new variants.

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  32. My guess is that you'll be missing Beefy for a good long while, Martha. That's okay! Grieving for a lost pet is natural.
    Your menu for the week sounds great, and I'm glad to know you're finally getting the rain you so needed.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Martha, I'm sure I will. I feel like I was just getting through the grieving process with Missy. It makes it that much harder when you lose another fur kid in a short period of time. I hope things are looking better for you with your mom. Blessings to you too!

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  33. Martha I know exactly how you feel about your precious Beefy. The furries are family. A missing family member is hard on everyone. Angel Madi's was only 10 lbs but every ounce was in every crook and cranny. Sweet Nugget we just can't explain to them.
    Happy Father's Day to your resident father too.
    Hugs cecilia

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    1. Thanks Cecilia. It it so hard and poor Nugget is just breaking my heart all over again. He did seem to be a bit better today having all my kids over. Maybe family time will help us both get through this tough time. Happy Father's Day to any dads you have in your life!

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  34. It’s so hard—the grief process—with a dog. They are so incredibly intertwined in every part of daily life. I’m glad you’re giving yourself the time to work through your recent losses. Grief cannot be rushed or ignored.

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    1. Thank you Nance. All our babies become so much a part of our family, and their little life spans just aren't long enough. *Sigh*

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  35. The saddest part of losing furry family is how short their lives are in comparison to us - I still miss the dog from my childhood and I'm retired now. Sending you warm thoughts and a mental hug.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I still miss every single pet I've ever had and still think about each and every one often.

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  36. Our fur family always gets as attached to their fur siblings, no matter which kind, as we do so I see why Nugget is sad and will probably remain so for awhile. But the good note for you and the human family is celebrating Father's Day. Wonderful menu for today. I am thinking of you Martha, after loosing your companion pup. It is terribly sad. Lynn and Precious XX

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn. Today was very nice and even Nugget seemed a bit more like himself with all the kids around. We'll see how things go from here. Thank you for your support give your sweet Precious some extra cuddles for me tonight. Hugs!

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  37. Martha, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know he is greatly missed, and hope Nugget is able to eat more soon. Keeping busy is a good thing but I’d be very distracted too, and was when we lost our fur babies. Thank you for sharing everything in your blog post today. We had company this weekend and a request was made for Thai food take-out! Both company and take-out were very much enjoyed. Our company was especially enjoyed as it had been a year-and-a-half since the last time. It feels good to hug again! And I send you a big hug knowing how you are feeling right now.

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    1. Thank you so much Denise, I know you can relate to what I'm going through. Nugget is slowly getting better, not back to his usual self but eating a bit more and searching rooms a bit less this weekend.

      I'm so glad you were able to spend some time with company for the weekend, I know it's been way too long for both company and hugs! So glad the Thai food was enjoyed too, always a good choice.

      Thanks for the much needed hugs my friend, hugs to you too!

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  38. Losing a pet is very hare. It's natural that you could not continue on, as usual.

    Good that you have 2 happy days, to help your feelings.

    We had "Everyone/Family and Their Friends" over at the pool, yesterday. And it was super!!!!! Even our Grand daughter who works in NYC, was here. A perfect summer day!!!

    Gentle hugs...

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    1. Thanks. I'm happy to hear you had a nice family and friends celebration yesterday.

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  39. So sorry you are having a difficult time over your loss, take all the time you need, that storage area will still be there when you are ready.
    Rain is good, but not the thunderstorms.
    Menu sounds yummy, enjoy your Sunday and the rest of the week.

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    1. Thank you Patricia. Here in Florida if we have rain it always comes in the form of thunderstorms. We seriously don't know of rain any other way here. I hope you have a great week too and happy Father's Day to your hardworking hubby. I hope his daughter really appreciates everything he does for her!

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  40. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Martha, in your sadness & grief. This is NOT an easy time period, the early days following a loss. Take one day at a time and ride the wave of grief, being confident that as the weeks pass your heart will get a bit lighter. Love to you~ Andrea xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea. I've had so much loss in my life, I know time will be healing. It's just always so hard to get to the point where memories bring smiles instead of tears.

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  41. I don't believe there's ever a deadline to grieve. Caraleigh's been gone since 2013 and there are times it still feels fresh. Raw. Your party menu sounds wonderful. Better lock the door, or I'm likely to show up with fork in hand!

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    1. Thanks Myra. I guess there are always times when the grief hits us for those that we loved who have passed - both people and pets. When it's recent it's the hardest of course. Time really does help heal.

      Head on over, and you don't even have to bring your own fork lol!

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  42. I’m so sorry about your sweet dog, that is always SO HARD. I wish they had a longer life span, and that they could spend the vast majority of that time as young adult dogs…healthy and happy.

    I’ve been digging into the cleaning and organizing around here. I had the week off from work, and enjoyed getting a few things done.

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    1. Thank you J. It really is so hard. They go from babies to seniors in what seems like a blink of the eye, so sad.

      I'm glad to hear you are being productive, at least one of us is - but I have no idea how you are doing it after the trip you had. I think I would be totally zoned out after that!

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    2. Well, I confess that I pretty much zoned out the first few days I was home…then I finally got motivated.

      You’re right about pets aging really quickly. Mulder is 6, and I think wow, what if we’re already half way through with him? I hate to think that way. Sigh.

      Hang in there.

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    3. It is hard to even think about such things. We're getting a bit better here, but still very sad of course. Nugget has calmed down and is eating again at least. Having him looking and crying for Beefy was like a double heartbreak!

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  43. Sounds like a wonderful Fathers Day Brunch. I dole quiche. Glad you have 2 occasions to celebrate with your whole family there. It's so nice to have them come home and enjoy the celebrations together. Happy Father's day to your hubby and Happy Birthday to your son!

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    1. Thanks so much Ma. Like you, I'm always happy to be able to spend time with family!

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  44. I meant to say I do love quiche. It's good leftover too. Sorry for the typos.

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    1. I figured as much lol and no problem with the typos, it happens. Very little leftovers here, both of my boys are still young enough to still have big appetites. We finished off the little bit of leftovers for a light dinner this evening. :)

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  45. I'm so sorry about Beefy. Hope you are able to fully enjoy your two celebrations. That shrimp dish looks easy and tasty. You are reminding me to start cleaning out the refrigerator for hurricane season.

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    1. Thanks so much Kenneth. Try the shrimp, it's so good and so easy. All went well today and everyone was in good spirits, it helped. You definitely don't want a freezer full of food if you are in a hurricane prone area like I am!

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  46. AnonymousJune 20, 2021

    Oh, I feel for you. Pets are like family members. When they pass it's so difficult. Been there numerous times since we adopt Sr. dogs. Take time to grieve. I'm so sorry for your loss. Diane

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    1. Thank you so much Diane and bless you for adopting senior dogs. It's so heartbreaking that people will send their dogs off to the shelters just because they are getting old. Thank you for taking those sweet babies in and giving them a good end of life as difficult as that must be for you in the end.

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  47. I hope your many memories of your beloved fur family member will sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime, I wanted to thank you for reaching out to me on the switching over to follow.it process - I hope it works. I never would have thought of a Father's Day buffet - we had BBQ'd salmon and a couple of cold sides, but then again, it was just three of us. Hoping you have a good week.

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    1. Thank you Alana. I hope your follow it works too. Let me know if you want me to subscribe just to test it out, I'd be happy to do it. Sounds like your Father's Day dinner was very nice. Wishing all the dads in your life a happy Father's Day!

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  48. I'm so sorry for your loss. Give yourself time to grieve. It's hard to focus when you're sad.

    My only big plan for the coming week is to hopefully get my car back from the repair shop. It's been there a week. Yup, my summer is exciting.

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    1. Thanks Liz. I hope you get your car back and enjoy your summer break!

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  49. That's wonderful that you get to see family. It takes time to adjust and recover from a loss; all our routines change. Plans for this upcoming week depend on my houseguests, especially the one year old. :)

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  50. I'm so sorry that the memories are so vibrant and making you sad. Big HUGS to you all. Poor Nugget too, first Missy and then Beefy and I'm sure your being sad confuses Nugget also. So glad you're able to get back to some serious family time. Happy Father's Day and Happy birthday too!

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  51. so sorry the memories are making you sad, it's such an adjustment! We are still packing boxes!!

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  52. Poor Nugget :( It takes time to work through the grief. Hope you had a lovely Father's day with your family.

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  53. I'm so sorry you are going through this sadness right now, Martha. When Nel's dog passed away, the other dog missed him terribly. They gave him lots of love, but he's getting old and tired. Nel wants to get a new dog or cat for a companion for him, we'll see. So glad that all your family got together and celebrated Father's Day and your son's birthday. Those are special times together.

    Yaaaaay, you got some rain! We need it so much here. I'm not sure about that whole blogger feedburner thing. I have all my dear friends on my side bar, so I hope you are able to see my new posts that come up as well. Thinking of you during this time of grief. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri, it is so hard and it's obvious other pets grieve just like people do. Seeing that just breaks our hearts all over again.

      We did enjoy Father's Day and son's birthday is later this week. Family time is always special!

      The only thing feedburner is doing is stopping the email subscription service. It shouldn't change anything else on our blogs.

      I hope you get some rain soon! Have a great week. :)

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  54. So very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult that is. We had a busy weekend here. Curly danced in a competition on Father's Day. Dumb, but she couldn't do the Saturday competition because of a b-ball tournie. It wasn't as fast as they claimed it would be. Shock. I was super tired after not sleeping well the night before and then I went to bed and managed to sleep through a tornado that touched down in our neighborhood. Very scary as we totally should've been in the basement. All 8 of us were upstairs. Curly said she woke up and thought about waking me up because she was scared. I will have to write a post about it. Lots of clean up. We lost our swingset and some huge parts of a few of our trees. The whole neighborhood looks so different. Trees down everywhere. Neighborhood across the street looks untouched. Crazy.

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    1. Thanks Ernie. I'm so glad you are all ok! We don't have basements here so it's just stay inside and away from windows for us. I'm sorry you had damage and all that clean up to deal with. I'm sure glad it wasn't worse though. I've seen some crazy things like that with tornadoes where one side of the street is untouched, the other side a huge mess - definitely crazy!

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  55. I'm so sorry about your sweet Beefy boy, Martha. They are such a huge part of our lives just like family. My heart goes out to you.

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    1. Thanks so much Belinda, they really are members of the family. It's so hard.

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  56. So sorry about Beefy. I'm falling down on decluttering, too, but hope this week to get back on track. Have some house and computer projects I'm working on and enjoying doing more -- gym and Weight Watchers -- and seeing friends. Take care!

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  57. Loosing a pet is rough stuff, and I'm so sad your kitty is taking it so hard too...your menu will hopefully make you feel a little better~ I'm off to check out the shrimp recipe!
    Jenna

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    1. I know Jenna, seeing Nugget so sad just breaks my heart all over again! Definitely try the shrimp! :)

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  58. Sending hugs. It is hard losing our pets. They are such a big part of our lives, and each one has such a distinct personality.
    Glad you were able to be with family for father's day, and a belated happy birthday wish to your son.
    Yay for rain! It is so hot here, but hopefully will be cooler later in the week. Thanks for the shrimp recipe; it sounds so good.
    No blog for me. I don't think anyone would want to read anything I would write. ;) Hope you have a better week.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy. I hope it cools down for you soon. We're stuck with the miserable heat throughout the summer and usually into the fall too. Definitely try the shrimp recipe, it's so good. I would love to read whatever you would write about. I hope you'll consider starting a blog one of these days soon!

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  59. How sad for you and your kitty. That poor dog is sorely missed. It is hard to lose a pet.

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  60. I know how hard this is. Losing a pet that we've loved for years takes time to get to feeling better. Just remember that Beefy had a good life with you and felt loved.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I'm sure trying to remember that. I know he had a good life and was one spoiled little old man. I'll get through it in time. Have a great week. :)

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  61. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet - it's so sad for your cat, sometimes I wish we could explain things to them when they are so upset. it's good there have been some positives with the rain, but I hope you are able to heal from the pain soon, it sounds like he will be really missed.

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  62. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Beefy boy.
    It must have been nice to be with family this weekend celebrating Father's Day.

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    1. Thank you Hena. It was very nice having the family together for Father's Day. Enjoy every second with your boys while they are growing up and still at home because they will be adults and on their own in what seems a blink of an eye!

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  63. I'm sorry you've been down, but it's to be expected. Grief is grief and it takes a toll on us. Your poor kitty is feeling it too; big hugs to both of you.
    I hope you guys had a nice weekend with the family; I'm sure that was good for your heart. I'm gonna check out the shrimp recipe as I love something simple and yummy.

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    1. Thanks so much Suz. I wasn't expecting poor little Nugget to take it so hard. They didn't even pay that much attention to each other, but I guess they had more of a bond than I thought they did.

      Time with family yesterday was definitely good for my heart, and I think it even helped Nugget too. He's been eating more like he normally does today.

      Definitely try the shrimp and add a ton of halved garlic cloves too if you like garlic. I forgot to mention that addition on my menu plan - so good!

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  64. Yes, it is not only us humans who feel the loss, any other pets in the family do to.

    Your menu plans look good :)

    All the best Jan

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  65. I’m so sorry about your sweet kitty. The menu plan looks wonderful, especially that shrimp!

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    1. Thank you Sallie, it was my little dog that passed, my kitty has just been very sad. Try that shrimp recipe, it's delicious!

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  66. Animals just know...and they are sad too...just like you. I hope this week is a bit better for both of you:)

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