Penned Up

From the fourth grade on, my school required us to use fountain pens for writing. These were plain Scheaffer cartridge pens, sold from the school supply cart. Last year I thought I'd see if I could still write with a fountain pen, or if it would be too much trouble. So I bought a basic black Pilot Metropolitan pen because it was cheap. I liked it, so now I use it when I write in... Read more →


Again with the Flood!

Six years ago, one month after we moved here, we experienced what the forecasters called a "hundred year flood." We've had a few other wee floods since then, but they never approached the magnitude of the first. Until Monday. Tropical Storm Isaias quite literally blew through the Philly area, dumping around six inches of rain in about eight hours. When the rain lightened up, the wind took over and hammered the area with 60 mph... Read more →


To Bee Or Not To Bee

Today I bring you a recap of a really great horrible movie - Invasion of the Bee Girls. Yes! The film is set in 1973. It is the story of a group of scientitians in a federal research facility. Most of the scientitians are dirty old lascivious playboys. The one woman scientitian, Susan Harris, is an entomologist and quite the looker, but is described as being "cold as ice" by the playboys. She always wears... Read more →


The Writer's Box

I blame Facebook and its insidious ads. I'm not sure how Facebook figured me out, but one day I saw an ad for a beautiful writing box. I immediately threw myself down the rabbit hole and clicked through to the Galen Leather website and took a look. Oh heavens above! The amazing pretty things! All the things! Everything! Take my money and send them all to me! I managed to rein myself in and focused... Read more →


At Last, Restaurant!

Well, the storm has passed - this one, anyway. More are forecast over the next couple days, but this one was a doozy! Thunder and lightning (very, very frightening), wind and heavy rain, and - of course - hail the size of garbanzo beans. We already got an email from the property management firm advising folks to move their cars from the riverside parking lot in case of flooding. But that's not what I want... Read more →


Saturday 9: Beautiful People

I think it's time for a Saturday 9! Saturday 9: Beautiful People (2019) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

 1) This song is about the fantasy of being one of the "beautiful people," but how hollow the reality can be. Do you often find yourself envying others for what they have? No. I have more than enough stuff. In fact, sometimes I think that I have too much stuff. 2) Ed Sheeran sings... Read more →


In the Beginning

Today is our Ruby wedding anniversary - 40 whole years! How did we get here? Well, our first date was in August, 1979, at a pizza joint on Capitol Hill in DC. More dates followed quickly. Early in the fall, I invited Joe to accompany me on a canoe trip down the Mullica River in New Jersey. This event was hosted by one of the programmers where I worked; many of my fellow employees attended.... Read more →


No Wonder I Like Outlander

Several years ago I took Ancestry.com up on their two-week free trial and found out some really interesting details about my family tree. I quit after the free trial, but I occasionally get emails talking about "hints" on my ancestry. I got one yesterday - a hint about my great-great-grandfather, Barney Whitney. It was a record of his service in the Union Army during the Civil War. Well, that was too delicious to pass up,... Read more →


Happy Birthday Mom

Mom was born 109 years ago today. Happy birthday to you, Mom! I love this picture of her. This was taken on Christmas Eve, probably right around the turn of the century, so she was very close to 90 years old. Check out that Bloody Mary she was drinking! She was very particular about her Bloody Marys - there was always a bottle of vodka under the sink and a bottle of Clamato in the... Read more →


Stuffed

Here is my collection of stuffed creatures - or most of them anyway. I actually cleaned them yesterday! One of the cats had been curling up of them and napping, leaving copious amounts of fur to mix with the regular dust. I tend to not see these things, but Joe asked me kindly to see to their upkeep, so I did. Would you like to know who's who? Of course you would. Top row: Snowman... Read more →