Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Wow! Summer is here and the living is lazy as they say.  Of course I was lazy back in the Spring as well.  No excuses.  I have just not had the urge to sit and spill it out as I used to.  This site has served me well in those times of need but needs have changed.  Funny isn't it?

This summer has been one of beautiful weather and limited company.  Kind of a perfect season.  My biggest complaint is that the weeds are thriving and I haven't been as attentive as I should be.  I didn't plant the hangers that hang empty on my fence.  I didn't even take the empty things down.  I haven't planted any tomatoes as I have in the past.  I sit at the table on my patio and read in the sun.  I bake for 20 minutes or so and then come in for a cold drink and next thing you know I'm sound asleep. I wake up and wander thinking I should dust or sweep or pull those weeds.  I do none of those things.  I think about what to make for dinner.  I might go to the gym at the community center and walk on the treadmill for a bit.  I might not.  If I had a swing out in the yard I would swing lying belly down on that seat like I used to when I was 6.  I'm not 6 or even 60 so it's a damned good thing that swing is gone or neighbors would have to call the emergency crew to get me up.

Ah!  Summer!  I hope you're having a good one too.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Spring is Springing

And in the blink of an eye it's April.  The Spring is trying to do it but it's stuttering and stumbling.  One day the sun is brilliant and the sky is blue.  The temperature rises a bit and the daffodils are bursting all over.  Then, bingo, the temperature plummets and the snow returns and gads, yes I said gads, better I should say gadzooks!!! What a crazy roller coaster weather performance.

Oh well.  It's New England.  What did you expect?

Here's a glimpse of the landscape so far.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day soon

A guiness float and a blessing for you - what better way to start the day.  Sure and begorrah have a great St Patrick's Day - remember, everyone's Irish on March 17th

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Valentine's Day Laugh

I know --- not nice ---- but you gotta admit -- you laughed.  Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

I'm a Slacker

I started 2016 so well.  I was going to be fairly regular in posting bits and pieces.  I was, honestly.  But then, my arthritic dog who is 11 decided to be fussy about food and I spent more time researching what dog's might find irresistible in hopes that she would find the same things so.  She didn't.  I buy chicken thighs and skin them and boil them and cover everything nutritious with them and she picks the pieces of chicken out and leaves the rest.  Sigh!

Then my husband came down with a cold and you know how men are.  They never get colds, it's near pneumonia and the only way to get through it is to vocalize the agony with moans and groans and wheezes and coughs etc.  So, excellent person that I am, I ran and fetched and appropriately nodded and made sounds that were taken as sympathetic and the end result?  I got the damned cold.  I have to admit it's a doozy.  My biggest problem is that I have taken DayQuil and it's wonderful but I want to have a cocktail and am experiencing terrible angst over this.  Should I?  Shouldn't I?  Oh hell!  I Should!  and Will!

Meanwhile --  yesterday.  He did it again.  Go Pats!!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Get the Facts Mac

I’m reading a book called “The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had” by Susan Wise Bauer.  It’s a great resource for those of us who have been away from formal education for, shall I say, a spell?  At any rate I haven’t gotten very far but I am mulling over the first bits where she states (and I paraphrase), there are three foundation blocks to education:  first get the facts, second analyze them, then third form an opinion.  This morning I realized that she was absolutely correct when she said that the vast majority of us jump to step three immediately and for proof she referred us to any talk show on the air.  She’s on point for sure!!

The topic this morning was the take over of a government facility in Oregon.  Most facts were obtained through the lurid headlines which stated that a heavily armed miltia has stormed the facility and vow to remain under any and all circumstances.  Opinions were formed and voiced and no facts were scrutinized. 

I had to turn off the radio because, I’m afraid that all of the fools calling in with little or no information rang too true to home for me.  I have thousands of opinions, some are backed by solid facts but too many are just opinions and a result of skimming the surface of the various stories thrown out there.  Lesson learned, well, for the moment.  Old habits are hard to break but --- it can be done.