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 →


Sunday Stealing: Ty and Logan

So that last post was a little heavy, eh? Thank you all for your love, your hugs, and your understanding. Now, let's head on over to Sunday Stealing for something a little lighter. Where did your name come from? My father suggested "Mary" because every Catholic family needed a "Mary." My mother chose my middle name, Ramon, after the priest who converted her to Catholicism. Where were you born? Takoma Park, Maryland. What was your... Read more →


Dissociation

As many of you know, I am a huge Outlander fan. I've read all eight books more than once; I've watched most of the entire series more than once. There are three episodes that I have had to make myself watch. I'm sure you can guess which ones, but I'll tell you anyway. To Ransom A Man's Soul, where Jamie Fraser is raped and tortured by Black Jack Randall. Wilmington, where Brianna Randall is raped... Read more →


Grocery Hellscape

I went grocery shopping Monday afternoon. Normally Joe does the grocery shopping, even before March 14, when the world was young. When we first heard of the pandemic possibility, he went out and stocked up on hunker-down foods, so we were totally prepared, almost to survivalist levels. HAHAHAHAHA! Be that as it may, Joe continued to brave the grocery store. The first couple of times after the lockdown, he'd put on the mask and gloves... Read more →


News from Plague Acres

Hi! How's it going? Are you staying well? Wearing your mask when you venture outside? Keeping six feet away from everyone else? I continue to work from home. The new monitor is just dandy, although I'm using my elderly Apple keyboard with it so that I can keep the laptop to the side. It works fine, except that I have to use Ctrl-Alt-Del on the laptop because the Apple keyboard doesn't have a proper Del... Read more →


Quarantine Meme

Is it cheating if I steal a Facebook meme and make it a post? I say no - it is not. So, here we go! The Music Lovers Meme (Straight Outta Facebook) OK music lovers — here are the rules: Answer each category with song titles. No repeats and try not to use Google (it's tempting but try not to). Go with what first song that comes to mind, or fill in your favorites. Yes,... Read more →