Family Lingo

My Pop had his own creative names for things. For example, he had a gardening tool that he called a "hooka-hooka." This tool was simply a hoe without a blade. The hook that the blade was attached to remained. Pop realized that the hook was ideal for precise weeding around his tomatoes and beans, so a broken hoe became a valuable hooka-hooka. He didn't like being late. If you were dragging your feet and making... Read more →


Festivus Party

Well, I missed doing an entry for yesterday's Holidailies, but as I like to say - only God is perfect. I had a good reason. My dear friend A came up from Maryland to attend a Festivus party hosted by her friend K. It turns out that K lives about 5 miles (if that) away from us! A "introduced" us via Facebook a couple of months ago. We're of like minds politically, cat people, and... Read more →


I'm Rich!

Wow! I'm rich, thanks to Melania Trump! I mean, seriously, I got the following email just now: I am Mrs. Melania Trump and i am here to inform you that your SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUNDS from white house here in Washington DC is the sum of $20,000,000,00 twenty million us dollars. and the funds will be delivered to you as soon as you get back to me with your Deliver information to avoid wrong delivery..... Read more →


Our Chicago Problem

Well, it wasn't exactly our Chicago problem, as in Joe and Mary's Chicago Problem. No, it was really American Airlines' Chicago Problem, and they solved it quite nicely. We were on our way home from Weetacon (more on that lovely weekend later) and connecting to our flight to Philly. We had a rather tight connection at O'Scare O'Hare and had to make the trek from Concourse L to Concourse H quickly - not quite a... Read more →


Lost and Found

Years ago, Joe gave me a lovely ring for our anniversary. It very quickly became one of my favorites! It's a wide sterling silver band with four thin gold bands that spin around the middle. Shortly after we moved, I cleaned out and reorganized my jewelry box, and I realized that the ring was missing. Damn. Had I sold it at some point when we were strapped for cash? I didn't think so - I... Read more →


Five Things from The Artist's Way

Every once in awhile I wonder where a book I own might be hiding in our many bookcases. I wonder if I even still have it! When I mentioned Morning Pages in my notebook post, I got to wondering where my copy of The Artist's Way was. So I did my usual "scan the bookcases" thing, where I... um... scan the bookcases. Voila! I pulled it out and flipped it open. And boom, there was... Read more →


Inspiration

As far as inspirational sayings go, I may have seemed a little snarky in my previous post. I didn't mean to, honest. I have nothing against inspirational sayings. I even have a few favorites, like this one from Nolan Bushnell: Just when you think the sun shines out of your ass, all you have is an illuminated landing strip. The Signals catalog (and others, I expect) have nice cuff bracelets engraved with inspirational words and... Read more →


Notebook Junkie

Hello, my name is Mary, and I'm a notebook junkie. It all started many years ago when I was introduced to the Franklin Day Planner, a classic case of "first one's free." In 2016, I used a very nice planner from Ink and Volt, but it made me write down too many things. I wrote down goals - yearly, monthly, weekly. I reflected on my progress and celebrated my accomplishments. I kept track of appointments... Read more →


Dia Box

I've been seeing "sponsored posts" on my Facebook feed from Dia & Co. - an apparel subscription service for women of a certain size. I took a look at the ads and wandered on over to the website, and it looked appealing. I eventually decided, "Aw, what the hell," and filled out their style survey. However, being the suspicious sort, I asked my Facebook tribe if anyone had tried it and, if so, how they... Read more →


Escape from IKEA

Many stores are impossible to leave with just the one item you need. Target. Home Depot. Barnes and Noble. I hear that Costco falls into this category too. For us, IKEA is a trap. Not so much the actual furniture part - we can pretty easily avoid buying sofas, bookcases, beds, and kitchens. The trap is the Marketplace. So many small things that are so inexpensive just kind of jump out and land in the... Read more →