I’m waiting for the tea kettle to squeal. I always like to let her have a good long lusty scream before I turn off the flame; if I turn it off at the first I feel I’ve cheated her somehow. It’s a solidarity thing. My ginseng tea bag is waiting in my mug by the … Continue reading If I Didn’t Know Better
Have you ever noticed that if you are well-rested, totally prepared and have plenty of time allotted for an excursion...everything goes swimmingly? Have you observed that the negative of that statement is equally true? The day you perhaps didn’t sleep well, have a jammed schedule and run out of the house with what you hope … Continue reading A Charm-ing Valentine
“Oo! I should probably put a new budget together!” I thought with unwarranted enthusiasm when we had a new and unanticipated and to-be-recurring expense appear this month. Handsome supportive husband gifted me with a new hard drive for Christmas and it has LibreOffice Calc installed. I don’t, well didn’t, know how to use this. Is … Continue reading Let’s See the Numbers
Each week as Friday morning draws near, I try to remain calm and patient. And wait. The Good Lord will pass a sentence or phrase or memory through my gray matter Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning and I’ll know that is the start of my weekly post. Perhaps I’ll hear my Dad say, “Don’t put … Continue reading Writing Practice
"Don't put your whole weight down," said Dad as he walked easily atop the crust of the snow. "What do you mean?" I asked, annoyed by the fact that I was falling through up to my hips with every third or fourth step. And of course, once I'd fallen through the icy veneer, it took … Continue reading Levitating and other Life Lessons
So. I wanted to share a success with you! Or, rather, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t close the loop on an earlier post. And the success took a shape quite different than I expected. If you’re thinking ‘differently shaped success’ sounds like code for failure, I commend you on your discerning … Continue reading Success!
A whiff of cigar. It was cold. I felt grimy, disheartened and hungry. The day had gone too fast. Too many mundane -and too few jolly- errands crowded into a single afternoon. It was time to head back down Route 9, make the two hour drive home in the dark. Back to work in the … Continue reading Te Amo
“I’ve secured the black-eyed peas,” came the text from my sister Beck. Do other siblings and spouses and close friends have a special text language as well, beyond the ‘lmao’ and ‘tmi’ and ‘lol’? As quickly as interacting with the big wide world can make me a strange pitiable outsider, a text exchange with my … Continue reading What’s in Your IN-Box?
“Um! Um!” said my sister Beck, pointing out the windshield of Greg’s ‘98 Chevy plow truck. I looked where she was pointing. “I don’t think that’s supposed to be there, is it?” She asked, her panic matching mine. There in the middle of the road was a snow bank. We looked at it agog … Continue reading Plowing Through
“It’s a sheep shank,” said handsome supportive husband, happily holding up an organized tangle of my yarn for inspection. He’d briefly plopped down on the other end of the couch for a chat while I was knitting. “That’s the name of a knot?” I said, hoping it could be easily disassembled. “Uh-huh. It’s for when … Continue reading The Guy You Want