Ten June Things

Well, June got away from me, didn't it? So here are ten things about it, in no particular order, which is why I'm using a bulleted list as opposed to a numbered list: We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary with a glorious trip to Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. (I posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook.) We ate, got massages, hiked, loafed, and swam. While we were wandering around exploring the main lodge,... Read more →


Smiling Down

Yesterday was my Mom's 110th birthday; she left us 11 years ago. Yes, I miss her. She loved us all fiercely, but she wasn't above shooting zingers at us. She graciously allowed SonnyeBoy to stay at her beach house when he started out on his law enforcement career as an Ocean City police cadet (aka Meter Man), but she had reservations about his choice of said career. "He's way too smart to be a cop!... Read more →


Currently Inked

Today I'll show you the pens that I currently have inked up. I've already posted about two of them, but you get to see writing samples now; isn't that special? Here are the pens: On the left is my TWSBI Vac 700R with the beautiful rainbow treatment. (By the way, Goldspot Pens has it in stock again, if, you know, you might be interested.) It contains a gorgeous fuchsia ink from Papier Plume called Desire.... Read more →


Farewell, Clown

In mid-September, 1975, I got on a plane to Sarasota, Florida to attend the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. My seatmate was a young woman named Barbara Hunter - she was also attending Clown College. We both lived in the DC area and had introduced ourselves already, so it made sense to take the same flight and sit together. On the flight down, we got to know each other better. Barb had... Read more →


A Cautionary Tale

Well folks, someone stole our checking account number. Isn't that fun? I found this out when I noticed that a weird e-check had been sent to our account. The check number was off, so I looked at the check image. It was for $33 and change, submitted by a company called Perfect Service Systems. They spelled my last name wrong, but they had our correct address. And right there on the bottom of the check... Read more →


Yes, I Have More Pens

Okay. Since I last wrote about my fountain pen addiction hobby, my collection has grown by five. Now, to be fair, one was a Christmas present from Joe, so I only actually bought four, except it all comes out of the same pot of money, so... Well, let's not quibble. I have five new pens. In order of acquisition (and from left to right in the photo), they are: Conklin Endura Abalone with rose gold... Read more →


One Down, One to Go

Joe and I got our first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today! I guess that's one advantage to being old farts. The second dose is scheduled for April 7; we'll be getting an email with instructions on booking a time. This whole process has been an exercise in patience. Patience navigating the pre-registration site. Patience waiting for the magical email advising us that we could finally make an appointment. Patience navigating the appointment site. Patience... Read more →


Gathering

We went down to the Eastern Shore to say goodbye to my sister. It was an emotional trip. Joanne's funeral Mass was held at her church, with only family and close friends there to remember her. Masks were required and the seating was carefully arranged to maintain proper social distance during Mass. Joanne was very active in the church, so the priest was able to make the Mass very personal and touching. I teared up... Read more →


My Big Sister

My older sister, Joanne Wise Williams, died last Monday. She was 84. Joanne was almost 16 years older than I. I used to open her closet and gaze at her beautiful dresses, hoping that someday I would have dresses as pretty as that. She got married when I was nine. I got to be a Junior Bridesmaid, while my younger sister was the Flower Girl. And I had a beautiful dress too! So many Thanksgivings,... Read more →


Hello Snow

Snow is pouring down, adding to the snow we got yesterday, falling on top of a layer of sleet. Oh, the joy of living on the rain/snow line! I am at the point in my life when I can gaze out of the window and enjoy the pretty scene without worrying about shoveling, shopping, or driving. Apartment living has its advantages, and having parking spots in the garage really has its advantages! It is worth... Read more →