Living With Nature

I live in a fairly rural area, in a house built in the late 70s…..an aging house. Gradually the local flora and fauna have encroached. Maybe it’s because I have been home so much more this year (well, just like all of you, stuck at home forever!)…but I am really noticing the critters that I […]

My Old Technology

I like technology…I have had so many computers and devices, usually upgrading quite often. But since I retired it seems things are changing too fast for an old, stubborn, soul like me. I grieve when my old device either fails or becomes obsolete. The latests was my tiny iPod shuffle. I think Dan actually got […]

The Evolution of Strawberries in my life

Strawberries have always been my favorite fruit… and my third favorite food (behind chocolate and tacos)…but there has been an evolution of both strawberries and the way I enjoy them. When I was a kid we got strawberries from “stands” that were next to the fields. My mother prepared them by slicing and sprinkling with […]

Words that Roll off Your Tongue

Some time back, during a long drive, I started talking to myself out loud. I listed words I though were fun to say…you know, they kind of roll off your tongue or make you laugh. I wanted to see what other folks enjoyed saying so I asked….Here is the list: Robin: plethora Tiffany: Banana, onomatopoeia, […]

Making Masks

When the public opinion turned and many of us felt that yes, in fact, should be wearing masks, I jumped on the wagon to make and donate masks. Initially I tried out a variety of patterns, then settled on the one I thought most comfortable. I put the word out that I would make masks […]

I’ve Got Nothing to Say

It’s Thursday night, day ten of my quarantine, or “shelter in place” and I don’t have a blog post for tomorrow. I generally write them a few at a time and set up my web page to post on a certain date at a certain time. I keep post it notes of ideas next to […]

Awakening in India

No one wants to sit through a long slide show….but here it is if you are game! A few of my adventures in India and the tales that stick out for me. I was the lucky companion of my “daughter-in-law” Tanya, who was invited to the wedding of two friends. The bride and groom were […]

Colonoscopy cures Jet Lag

Many years ago a friend of mine who travels extensively introduced me to “The Jet Lag Diet” by Ehret and Scanlon. A simple little book, with a plan developed for use at the Argonne National Laboratory, I’m pretty sure for rapid military deployment forces. They wanted those soldiers to be able to hit the ground […]

2020 Birthday Challenge

I have been flip-flopping on my 2020 birthday challenge. As I get older the numbers increase and the thought of doing something 62 times has become for difficult. I thought about splitting it into two categories this year: to dance thirty-one different places (5Rhythms or other) and the second half thirty-one acts of kindness, above […]

Small Talk 101

I don’t like small talk. I never have and I have only gotten worse with time. And in theory, I don’t like gossip, but I find myself falling into that trap all too often. Lately I have been in more situations where small talk is required. So here are some guidelines. Don’t talk about politics. […]