A "shitty" good week...

This week has been a bit "shitty" literally.
I've been experiencing another part of being single.. The not so fun part of being on your own, for the first time in my adult life.. 
But perhaps this is another, less exciting thing to mark off of my bucketlist..
Becoming an Independent home owner.

The problem started weeks ago with a "bubbling" in my pipes everytime we'd flush the toilet.... 

I went next door to my renters- who had lived in the neighbor house for years, asking if they had noticed anything?

"Yes,yes.. But not to worry, the bubbling would go over.."

I'm kind of a positive person.. And like to believe that everything would just work out.. He he.. Not so much.

My first shower after returning from a business trip, my bathroom flooded.. ... 
I tried to investigate.. Checked the drain & concluded it must have been because I was using the washer at the same time. (Shrug).

When my daughter used the shower the next night (with nothing else running) & It flooded again. I knew I was in trouble. 
Nobody got time for this shit.

8pm with no one to call - I had to call the ex.. Crying.. Begging him to tell me what to do.  

He reluctantly agreed to come over & tell me what to do.. But would NOT fix it..  "Thanks"

As he led me to the cold dark cellar.. He instructed me to go back into an even darker, smaller room & with a twinkle in his eye, told me.. "unscrew that cap"..  Oh Ya.. He knew what was coming..  Paybacks are hell.

With my hands and arms covered in plastic bags, I carefully unscrewed the cap & released what will from now on be called "Poopapolooza".  
An explosion- like nothing you've seen before..  
Between gagging and tears, I asked "what do I do now?"   "Clean it up" he said laughing... With tears running down his face..

I cleaned up the mess.. (Gag,gag,gag ) and realized, I was going to need some professional help.

Called the next morning & the problem was fixed by 8 am.. 
A horrible lesson learned.. But it was a lesson learned & next time, I know exactly what to do.. 
Call for help immediately & DON'T UNSCREW the cap. 

On Friday I took baby girl to IKEA & decided to bite the bullet & buy everything my little house was still missing.. "I'll take that &that&that"  (so nice to be able to pick out whatever your little heart desires.. Until you realize, that SOMEONE is going to have to put all of that furniture together.. 
I've never put anything together.. Shit.. 

I posted on FB that this probably was not going to go very well.. & immediately had offers of help. (Thank you!) 
But Eva & I decided we were independent girls & could do this ourselves..  Yepp.. After countless hours.. And a couple of arguments.. We managed to do it!! 
Yea us!!  My 10 year old has learned a lot watching her dad & was a huge help.  But I think the most important thing we both learned, is that we CAN do it ourselves.. It may not be easy..but the peace of mind that we are ABEL..to do anything we put our minds to is so worth it..   Fantastic job daughter of mine. 

Happy 16th Birthday Dane!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful "baby" boy. 
I can't believe how fast 16 years has flown by with you.. It breaks my heart a little.
I am so proud of the man you are becoming.  I have no doubt that you are destined for great things son.

I can't wait to celebrate your BIG Day in the BIG APPLE marking off things on our bucket lists.  

I love you so very,very much.

Venice.. last post..

Trip of a lifetime.. still smiling with a happy heart.. can't wait til next year's SPRING FLING..

Colorful BURANO ..

Pretty Burano is one of the many islands of Venice. Famous for silk and brightly colored fisherman's homes it's one of the most beautiful sights in Venice.
I never dreamed I would get so excited about laundry... 
but in Italy, it just. works.

 Ohhhh .. the SPRITZ - MANY.. were consumed...
The Spritz (German: "splash" / "sparkling", also called Spritz Veneziano or just Veneziano) is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The drink is prepared with prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Cynar, or, especially in Venice, with Select. The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnished a slice of orange, or sometimes an olive, depending on the liqueur


Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses, popular with artists. The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot.
Other attractions include the Church of San Martino, with a leaning campanile and a painting by Giambattista Tiepolo (Crufixion, 1727), the Oratorio di Santa Barbara and the Museum and School of Lacemaking.

love of my life, never been so happy, I deserve this, starting over..

Beautiful, Fantastic VENICE..

Sigh... I am still having a hard time getting back in to "REAL LIFE"
Venice was perfect in every way... 
Spending much needed time with one of my BEST FRIENDS from the US...
I think I am still glowing..
feeling blessed..
Please bare with the picture filled posts to come...

 Looked all over for these "Rice Balls" deep fried & filled with cheese.  -
doesn't matter that I was walking over 10 km a day.. with all of the food and drink..
I may have broke even.
I have no idea who this lady is... but the abslolute JOY on her face was priceless...
I am a big PEOPLE watcher...
I love seeing the joy.. and guessing their story..
I also see the people who are not so happy..
(It is never too late to change your story..)
I love seeing the happy couples taking the trip of a lifetime..
but also see the couples who sit across from each other with nothing to say...
I have been on both sides of the table..
I choose to sit on the joyful side now..
making a consious decision to surround myself with people who make me happy
and are a positive influence on me and my life...
Sometimes, I wish I had made major changes in my life sooner..
but I take comfort in knowing that timing is everything..
and things happen for a reason..
Happy.. joyful.. starting over..