Christmas Eve To Do List

It's Christmas Eve! Yay! I have a list of things that I must do: Water the tree (a request from Joe). Wrap the presents and put them under the tree. Stuff the stockings. Bake these cookies. I have never baked them before, so keep you fingers crossed. Run three errands, to wit: fill up my gas tank, pick up a package of AAA batteries, buy a bottle of really good whiskey. Eat a little lunch.... Read more →

Fun with Fours

Well, I'm not feeling very inspired this evening, so here's a meme that's been going around on Facebook. By doing it here, I can add more explanations to my answers, so there's that! Four names I go by 1. Mom 2. Mary 3 Mary Ramon - I was mostly called this in grade school, to distinguish me from the eight other Marys in my Catholic school class. 4. Missus - Joe calls me this sometimes.... Read more →


Did you hear that? We did, I swear; we heard a siren. Fire engine? Yes! Could it be? YES! It was Santa, making his yearly rounds through the local neighborhood. We stood on the balcony and waved like loons and I took these bad pictures. The light on the engine that was lighting up the Jolly Old Elf got in the way, but I did manage to capture at least a recognizable likeness. So yay!... Read more →

Christmas Past

My family has a history of giving gag gifts. Not always, but sometimes. In 1970, the Veg-O-Matic was being advertised constantly, and my Pop was always talking about it. "Well, look at that! It even slices tomatoes! And you can make french fries! My my my!" He in no way was doing this sincerely; he thought the gadget was most likely a piece of crap. So of course we had to get it for him.... Read more →

All Better

I finally feel like me again. It took pretty much a full month to recover from my surgery, but when I did, it happened almost overnight. I saw Doc H for my followup on November 29, at which point he said that all was well, I could drive, and I could start exercising again. I had already gone back to work, although I did take it rather easy by working at home. I went back... Read more →

These Cats Again

So, remember our cats, Little Bits and Taffy? One year later, they have learned to coexist peacefully. Mostly. Generally, they'll take turns using the various cat accoutrements, like the scratching post, cat tree, heated pad, and the two available laps. Occasionally, though, they want to occupy the same space at the same time. At that point, a delicate negotiation takes place. Consider this evening, when they both hopped up on the recliner at the same... Read more →

O Christmas Tree

For the last several years, we have had a tiny tree, as tiny as two feet high and fake, to about four feet high and real. We had the fake tree when Joe was working most nights and weekends and we simply couldn't get out to get a real tree. When we moved, we decided that a real tree was necessary, but we kept it on the small side because, well, apartment. This year we... Read more →

Winter on the Road

Oh hi, Polar Vortex, soon to be unseasonably warm spell! It's really cold tonight and it's going to snow. And sleet. And rain, both freezing and not. By this time tomorrow night, God knows what the conditions will be, but the precipitation will be over. It's going to be dangerously cold tonight, but by Sunday noon it will be over 60 degrees. What the hell, weather? I spent several weeks one frigid winter on the... Read more →

Irish Urban Art

Before we moved up to the Philly area, I rode the DC Metro Red Line to work every day. For quite awhile, I took pictures of the urban art that appeared along the way. I really haven't done that since we moved. There are some impressive pieces along I-95 and I-76, but we're usually traveling way too fast for me to capture a decent image. When we were in Dublin, though, I was able to... Read more →

All the Books

On our last day in Dublin, we walked over to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. We had "skip the line" tickets -- I was really glad that I got them, too. The line was long and it was drizzling, so the fact that we could walk right up and go in was a real bonus, and kept us from succumbing to damp crabbiness. Still, it was crowded. Trinity has set up the... Read more →