Do we ever get old enough (read: wise enough) to stop with the resolutions for the new year? Is it human nature to optimistically try to start with a clean slate on January 1st with (probably) empty promises? Oh, hell. I guess I’m still young enough and dumb enough to go for it. I started today with my first two lifestyle changes related to eating … Continue reading New Years’ resolutions . . . or not
When you reach a certain age, Christmas just isn’t about the gifts anymore. Yes, I know that theoretically it should NEVER be just about the gifts, but even as a good church-and-catechism-going young’un – it really was pretty much all about the gifts. Now there is nothing that anyone could realistically give me that is in any way necessary or, as in my youth, desperately … Continue reading All I want for Christmas
Do weird, random thoughts ever come into your head? Of course they do. Happens to all of us, right? Right. Although it seems to happen to me A LOT. Anyway . . . So, I’m driving home from Giant Eagle and I remember the punchline to a joke my dad told about a horse walking into a bar. I don’t remember the rest of the … Continue reading A dachshund walks into a bar . . .
Okay. So I’m old. There are three technical-type things I am seeing everywhere and yes – I admit it – I don’t know what they are or how to use them. Will someone please explain: @whatever – What does it mean, how do you use it? #somethingelse – Ditto. Meme – What is it? I have friends even older than I am referring to memes … Continue reading Help, help me @Rhonda!
Okay, am I the only one out there who sings to and dances with her dogs? I think not. I may be, however, one of the few people goofy enough to write about it in a blog. Here’s how it started. I was drinking my coffee, reading Facebook posts, when I came across one from Patti S. who is currently basking in the sun, sea, … Continue reading Dancing with dogs
As a writer and lover of books, I’m so conflicted about technology and how we read books now. When I first got an e-reader, the Canadian Kobo brand, I vowed I’d only use it to read books when I travel. As a compulsive reader, when I knew I’d be spending many hours in planes and airports, I would pack three or four books to see … Continue reading Paper or plastic?
A couple weeks ago my mother and I decided to visit the charming shops on Bridge Street in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio. As soon as we walked into the Lift Bridge Landing General Store, an attractive display of jams and jellies by Gatherings caught my eye. The hot pepper jams and jellies drew me like a magnet. Each label had a little “heat index” on the … Continue reading Sweet times in Ashtabula Harbor
And this is what they were thinking. No walk yesterday because I was busy, then I was too lazy. No walk yet today because it’s been raining. Okay, okay. So we just went for a walk. Boys are napping. Thought balloon now says, “Mom doesn’t suck after all. Zzzzzz . . . “ Continue reading I can read their minds . . .
Do you have a dog? Have you noticed how they are such incredibly light sleepers? Right now Mick Jagger and Little Richard are curled up together, seemingly sound asleep in the comfy chair by my desk. I turn slightly to peek at them because Mick is snoring to beat the band, and the snoring stops. Immediately. Just because I moved a little and looked at … Continue reading Sleep doggies, sleep
Okay, so my favorite show is “House Hunters International.” One of my favorites, anyway. I DVR every episode in Europe and while I thought I’d seen them all by now, I was thrilled to my toes to discover one in Paris that I’d missed. Yay! An American woman working as an attorney in Paris decided to stop renting and buy an apartment in the heart … Continue reading Crazy about color