Happy Happy Day! Blue Bottle Garden Trees

I’ve been wanting on of these things for years!

Now, the ones in the pics aren’t MY tree, I just found a smaller one that will fit a teeny hillock on the NW corner of my garden.


I’m obsessed with blue bottle trees like these- and blue glass evil eye trees

My friend is delivering it in about 30 minutes. Granted, mine is much smaller- about 16″ at base and 5 feet tall, but it is the perfect size for where I want to place it.


pic of the one I bought from my friend, minus the bottles

I plan on making a fairy garden for Maisie nearby.

I love lots of whimsy in my gardens and Maisie loves helping outside. We live in a very artsy, laid-back beach town- so growing food on your lawn and sculptures are pretty much the norm in my book.


My gnomes will appreciate this, too.
BTW, my mysterious gnome problem ceased about 2 yrs ago.



In Which the Actress Decides to Call Out My Daughter’s Father and He Responds…


Maisie’s father is very soft-spoken and usually stays out of drama at all costs-

However, the actress took it a little too far on the movie page and decided to call him out.

We sent a video to the director and writer in the group chat of Maisie’s dad explaining what he just heard- after her friend called me to threaten us -back when we kind of ASSUMED we were dealing with other responsible, normal adults still and were trying to nip this baffling thing in the bud.


This is a wonderful man who loves his daughter and his family. I have very rarely ever seen him get angry… And when he does, it’s always in a calm, rational way.

Here is the letter that he wrote and reply to Sabrina’s allegations that he “traumatized” our daughter –


“You know what, I was going to stay mostly out of this because I thought the whole thing was asinine, and developmentally stunted: the plot, the movie, the fighting, everything and I wanted nothing to do with it.

When Jess told me she was asked to write a story, and the only guideline she had was to have a sex scene with some random hot younger guy and make the husband an a*shole, I asked why get involved in this kind of juvenile project at the last moment? She said it would be a good distraction from everything going on in our real lives, so I said okay, that’s a good reason.

We all sat around the table for a while talking about more and more outlandish ideas for the plot, some sci-fi, some paranormal, etc. until we settled that it should be realistic, a real story, about ‘real’ people with real problems. So the script was born. I disengaged because the more I learned about everything behind the scenes, the less I wanted to do with it. I have to be honest, I laughed so hard when I found out this was supposed to be written a year ago, and then I found out that the ending was changed to have a reconciliation with the husband.

What is that? It goes against the entire conception, life, and body of the story.  So, I’m confused how this happened.

When concerns were brought up about it, BOTH Sabrina and the director had the same answer, almost like it was copied and pasted from each other.

Basically saying, ‘well we can pull your credits if you want’.

I’m sorry-did anyone mention removing credits before?

No-one wanted their credits pulled and no-one said they wanted their credits pulled, but I saw at least 4 different messages offering to remove the writing credits.

If someone wants their credits removed, they will damn well tell you, what kind of rude person not only says it ONCE, but multiple times?

However, that’s not what pissed me off (or anyone else as far as I know) that was somewhat annoying, but no-one was ANGRY yet, just kept saying no and moving on.   

Sabrina’s friend called and threatened my family, THAT IS when I started to get pissed, and now you had to drag my daughter and me into it fully.

I traumatized my child? I didn’t realize I was screaming at my daughter during this, or ever for that matter.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recall ever screaming in front of my daughter, ever in her life.

Do you know me? Her? It’s strange that your post seems to insinuate that you do, and thoroughly at that.

The insinuation that I could ‘traumatize’ my daughter by yelling during this exchange is insulting.

She knows that her mom and dad would never do anything to hurt her, now strangers on the other hand are a totally different story.  

Who in their right mind thinks that yelling at a mother in front of her child is a smart thing to do, who does that?

When they are even offered an avenue to vent their frustrations in a manner that would not affect the child the coward decided to hang up instead.

Guess they just couldn’t handle an actual conversation or maybe she wanted to stay in English so that you could understand and record it, even though you “weren’t there”.  

Now, if you are trying to say that my child was traumatized because I was talking calmly but swearing in front of her then I want to know how YOU must raise YOUR kids.

Are they used to people calling YOUR HOUSE and threatening you, do you live in an environment where this is acceptable? Are YOUR kids USED TO these types of things, because, damn lady, that is unacceptable parenting on your part if this is true.

Granted, my daughter is a smart and mature little girl that knows what words are grownup words, but she has never in her life heard some stranger on the phone scream at one of us, and definitely never heard grown adults talk about flying to another country to beat one of us.

The notion that I somehow traumatized her a second time by talking to someone else on the phone is infuriating, and insulting.  

I have never heard someone try to apologize in this manner, but let me tell you it most definitely did not work.  

Here is a little lesson for you: when you are trying to say you are sorry for something you or someone else did, it’s a good idea not to start the apology off by seeing how pissed off you can make the person or people you are apologizing to.

If you have anymore problems, have your husband contact me directly. I hear from Jeff and my in-laws that Pete is a decent, normal guy. I pity him.”


The Tale of Ludwig- Or, It’s a Sad World If People Think IMDB Credits Are More Important Than Apologizing For Scaring A Child.

They added the new “French Kiss” movie site on Facebook.

As an aside, they sadly and hilariously misspelled the co-author’s name. Her name is Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon- and it was changed to “Ludwig” a number of times, even after we pointed this out.

The saddest part was when Christine tried to participate in our group chats with these people, they’d ignore her comments completely, as if she were invisible.

It’s been corrected now on the page, but it reminds me of this meme from “Parks and Recreation”:


the saddest part was when Christine tried to participate in our group chats with these people, they’d ignore her comments completely, as if she were invisible.

I thought about things, about winding this feud up and getting back to real life, because it’s like arguing with aliens.

What these people seem to not comprehend, because they don’t seem to display typical human emotion, was that the proper thing to would have been:


barring that,

2. APOLOGIZED FOR THESE THINGS and addressed the part where a small child had been caught in their crosshairs AND TRAUMATIZED.

I don’t know what some folks are taught, but there has to be some sort of moral high ground.

They only seem to understand narcissism and fake victimization. It’s all for the glory for them, apparently. Nothing else and nobody else matters.

That is a sad state of affairs for them, in my opinion.

Suddenly, I find my blog seems to be quite popular in the Netherlands and Belgium, where they live on the Antwerp/Kapellen/Putte border area.

People have actually been quite decent about this and I am touched by some of the messages received from you. I thank you all so much for your support.

Dank je wel et Merci Beaucoup, jamais en altijd.

I have always loved the Dutch and Flemish people.

I only had ONE semi-nasty message from her camp- it was a fellow from Instagram.

I can absolutely see how this person could manipulate others into feeling sorry for them, to do her bidding. I was ONE OF THESE PEOPLE originally. I totally get it.

I will post below:

We seem to be oddly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands today

from the Instagram


And now, a happy My Little Pony concert from Maisie

She is currently OBSESSED with My Little Pony.

The happy highlight of the day was the little concert she threw this morning.

Pleasant posts are so much nicer than the others.


My child woke up with a nightmare about the phone call she heard 2 days ago

Thanks a lot, Maria or whoever you are, for calling 2 days ago 2x and screaming and cursing and threatening my family and me on the phone from Belgium. I told you in French both times that I had a child in the room, yet you monsters kept calling back.

S didn’t even have the decency to talk to me herself, as she did today when she decided to call- we also have that recorded.

She had this Marie woman traumatize MY FAMILY for HER.

What kind of monsters do this?! My kid’s been having nightmares ever since.

This is what we caught after trying to calm her down. We filmed it mostly to give to the authorities.

This is utter BS. I would never hurt people’s kids. Normal, decent people don’t do this!

EVERYONE who knows us in real life knows my daughter has never been exposed to this kind of stress. She never cries. Seeing her like this is killing her father and me.

Bravo, you classy people.



Keto Updates!! Son down almost 60 lbs and I am back to almost pre-preggo weight~



I had a lot of stuff happen since I blogged re the keto.

My son has lost almost 60 lbs since November- he is about 220 from about 280- solely from keto and he does most of his own cooking!

I will post pics of him soon!

I am also finally back to my fighting weight, lost probably 25 lbs since my last update- gained loads of muscle- but I was in Southern CA taking care of a relative who was injured in a motorcycle crash for months. Mostly exercise, fitbit, and keto, IF thrown in.

Unfortunately, am back home now and I will need surgery soon. I see a cancer specialist next week. A MRI diagnosed adenomyosis, which causes a painful and abnormally swollen uterus- lots of bloating and discomfort.

They have to check it for cancer after it is removed. My sister currently has cancer, so I am a bit worried. I am always tired lately.

Below are the newer pics, many after workout. I am so happy with my progress! I will never be thin, but I can be fit and STRONG.