Notes on Pleasantries

I gotta tell ya, I’ve been tired this week. I got about 15 hours of overnight sleep, and I had three naps, one so long and hard, I slobbered and snored. BUT! I must admit, it’s been a pleasant week. Despite early mornings and excessive driving, I feel *whispers* almost sweet. Not Nice Lady Blog sweet, and not all the way sweet, but kinda sweet. And tired. In my own voice, I would say I is tarrrrred.

I’ve had lovely interchanges with the other humans. I’ve gone to peopling places quite a bit and PEOPLE HAVE BEEN NICE. Nice receptionists, nice clerks, nice parents, nice strangers in line. Even people on the phone have been nice.

I don’t know how long this will last. I’m hoping it’s a trend.


Maybe when temperatures dropped Hoosiers were just so happy to porch sit and sleep with open windows, they could not help but cast their happiness upon others.


This week, my darkest moment of despair was that I couldn’t find the bacon in the Aldi they’re renovating. But then I found it! It was all okay!

Even social media has been brighter this week. I was cheered by posts about cuckoo clocks, excess kittens, children’s peace flags — and everything on Instagram was about ten times prettier this week. I LIKE TO LOOK AT PRETTY THINGS.


My parents have been working hard days on the hurricane damage, and then at night, they have odd, makeshift meals with their neighbors. Lots of generosity of spirit and teamwork. My mother’s evening updates provide that dose of faith in humanity we’re always looking for.

It’s a reminder that good things emerge from bad things.

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I spoke to Mentor the other night and told her I missed her cause she was like the sun. She said she missed me, the smiley Eskimo. I suspect we will both carry these tributes with warm fuzzy feelings, but not add them to our resumes.


The Mister is ever so dreamy. I don’t think he likes to say no to me. Like, he actually says no a lot, but then he yesses.
Of course, I say, “Don’t boss me around. And do it while you look down my shirt.”


It’s gonna be a good weekend.

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Neurotic Bitch, Mother, Wife, Writer, Word Whore, Foodie and General Go-To-Girl
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53 Responses to Notes on Pleasantries

  1. Jad says:

    Love this post, what a wonderful start to the weekend!! Oh and I LOVE the smell of honeysuckle, it is divine!!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad you had a nice week. I read those blog posts and you’re right, they did make me feel good. This one does, too. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Lovely thoughts and words here. Nice way to end a week. Thanks.

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  4. LindaGHill says:

    Happy weekend, Joey. Love the posies. ❀

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    What gorgeous flowers you have there! You know, it’s officially fall in a few days, so hope you have lovely weather to enjoy for awhile. And, thank goodness you found the bacon! πŸ™‚ Happy weekend to you and your family!

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  6. meANXIETYme says:

    Happy weekend, Happy Friend! I hope the trend continues for you. Lots of <3s and HUGS to you!

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  7. Jewels says:

    Aw I love this Joey! ❀

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  8. loisajay says:

    Happy weekend, Joey. You know, that was the only upside to hurricane damage and losing electricity….everyone visited and cooked together and just shared! We met neighbors that we never see and they live right across the street from us (down behind massive shrubbery and on the water), but across the street, nonetheless. I hope your parents get back to normal soon.

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  9. Beautiful flowers Joey, I love pretty things too
    Have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

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  10. I do not recognize the frilly white posies at the top of the pretty.
    And it wouldn’t surprise me if before too long, when writing their resume, people start to include the pet names others call them.

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    • joey says:

      That’s sweet autumn clematis. I do nothing to it and it spreads every year. It’s covering my west side fence and it’s so thick in some places, The Mister has to lift it up to mow! Love that stuff! Keep thinkin I’ll read about how to propagate it and get it growing all over my fences, but I keep forgetting to get around to it.

      If we’re going to put our pet work names on the resumes, I will put Smiley Eskimo up top πŸ™‚


  11. Benson says:

    “Smiling Eskimo”. What a lovely tag. I am so glad you had a pleasant week. I am more than glad you encountered so many nice people. Odds would say the more interaction with people the greater the chance of encountering an Ass. I am sure it must be the weather. I hope it is indeed a trend.

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  12. Susanne says:

    Thank you for the bouquet of flowers and the nice week. I missed you.

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  13. Well this put a huge smile on my face and heart! This is great “feel good” post. I hope you have a lovely week-end and The Mister says “yes” all week long! “)

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  14. Yep. I think this counts as “Nice Lady Blog Sweet” !! Thanks for all the pretty. And those good things that come out of bad circumstances…my version of “Collateral Beauty”. We need to notice. Have a great weekend. (Summer is back here in the east…ugh )

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  15. Erika says:

    Maybe you should add that sweet lady stuff to your blog tagline πŸ˜‰

    I’m jealous that your Aldi is staying open. Ours is closing for 6 weeks for the renovations.

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    • joey says:

      Oh no! I would be sad without Aldi. Course, I have four to choose from locally, sooo…. But they did shut down the nearest one a few years back.

      There will be no sweetness in my tagline. No.

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  16. scr4pl80 says:

    Lovely pictures. Glad you had a good week. Hope it continues!

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    This was a smiley post and made me all happy inside πŸ™‚
    My favourite line “I suspect we will both carry these tributes with warm fuzzy feelings, but not add them to our resumes”. Come to think of it, those are exactly the kinds of things that would make most of today’s resumes more meaningful πŸ™‚

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    • joey says:

      I’m glad to add to the smiles πŸ™‚
      During my interview, Mentor had asked me if I always called my former boss Harry and I said yes. I called him Harry and he called me Honey, Sweetie, Darlin, Sugar — He was old enough to be my grandfather and I appreciated every bit of his wisdom. BUT if we were puttin pet names on our resumes, I’d definitely choose Smiley Eskimo! πŸ™‚

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  18. It made me happy to read about how lovely your week was, Joey. I love it being cool enough to have the windows open at night, but it’s hot here today and will be for the next week or so. Summer is not going gently! Sorry to read that your parents’ house or yard had damage, but I’m glad to read that they have good neighbors. That’s worth so much.


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  19. puppy1952 says:

    So good to read this happy post. I’m glad your parents are okay after Irma. It is amazing how much good comes out of bad. What doesn’t kill makes stronger😸

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  20. pluviolover says:

    That is really nice to hear. You’re not wearing a tee-shirt that says, “Fuck wid me and yer blog fodder”, are ya? Seems like here too, everybody is in a better humor but me. Have a wunnerful weekend.

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  21. Sounds like a wonderful week! πŸ™‚

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  22. Life, no matter how difficult, is always better with bacon. πŸ™‚ Lovely flowers.

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  23. prior.. says:

    beautiful post and have to tell you the impact the start of it had on me.
    First – I read the paragraph – the tempo and beat of the words all led up to that first flower photo with all the white buds – and it seemed to match exactly the rhythm and vibe of the words. That was cool.
    Thanks for the humor and I have just decided that you need to add humor writing to your gift of “fine handwriting” skills – ha!

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  24. I hope that you aren’t so tired anymore. I don’t enjoy that feeling. How awesome that people are in nice mode. That always makes the world so much more pleasant. Beautiful collection of flowers. I’m partial to the daisy. So much happy with it’s little dewdrops. πŸ™‚

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    • joey says:

      I was so happy with its little raindrops, too! I thought it would never rain again! lol
      I am not tired like I was, woke up today like I’d slept for days, but I still think I’ll sleep well tonight. πŸ™‚

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  25. I just floated along with retelling of this week of yours and am smiling with happiness for you. Wonderfully told dear Joey. Thank you.

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  26. And the photos are just spectacular!

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