SOS

I drove down to the beach Saturday - the first time I've driven that far alone in years, and the first time I've taken Rinaldo on a long drive. I confess that I was a little nervous, but I reminded myself that I used to drive long distances alone all the damn time and I would be fine. Besides, unlike in my circus days, I had a phone. I'd be able to summon help with... Read more →


Exit Music

For many years now, I've had this vision of how I want to die. It goes like this. I lie in a beautiful, white canopy bed in my lovely lace nightgown. I'm propped up by fluffy pillows. The bed is surrounded by friends and family, all crying quietly, knowing that my end is near. A choir sings Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. I gaze at my loved ones, occasionally whispering some words of love and wisdom.... Read more →


Funk To The Rescue

Friday was going along just fine. I was working on a document that was coming together nicely. I'd done a lot of it on Thursday, so Friday was nice and relaxed. I finished up the content, then tackled the formatting and layout. I knew that would be tricky, because my authoring tool can be cranky. Sure enough, it was. It looked just fine in the source, but the PDF output simply would not behave. It... Read more →


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 →