The 70-Year Challenge

So, that 10-year challenge that's been going around Facebook recently? Well, may I present: The 70-Year Challenge! Yes, I turned 70 years old (and I do mean old) at 3:16 AM today. I think I look pretty much the same, don't you? Well, I do have more teeth, and my hair is darker and longer, and I'm quite a bit taller; but my forehead still goes on for miles, and my eyes still get squinty... Read more →


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 →


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 →


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 Times

In the midst of this madness, I try to remember how fortunate I am. I'm employed and can work from home. I have Joe and SonnyeBoy. We have plenty of food. We can make our rent, car payment, bills. Entertainment galore. I'm two weeks out from the last time I was around lots of people and three weeks out from the last time I was in a big crowd and so far I'm not sick.... Read more →


Ten Things about January

Well! I suppose NaNoWriMo and Holidailies fried my writing circuits for January. I did post on New Year's Day - a photo of a print by Berkeley Breathed - and now it's January 31st. February looms, so I feel I must gird my grid and post something about my birth month. Here goes. Yes, January is my birth month - the 18th, to be exact. I'm 68, oh boy! Did you know that the Number... Read more →


Deep Cleansing Breath of Fire

I advised a friend who was having a frustrating day to take a nice, deep cleansing breath of fire. Turns out I needed one too. An email started it all - a client support person emailed me about a topic in our documentation portal. The client had gone looking for it and found that it had been replaced with a similar topic that was not what he was looking for. It's kind of complicated... Read more →


Inspection Solution

Four years ago, I bought my Fiat 500, Chicolini. It's been a great little car. Oh, it had its flaws, but I accepted them because I bought it used, after all. It had the proper inspection stickers on it, so I figured all was well. They couldn't sell a car that wouldn't pass inspection, now would they? Each subsequent year, it passed inspection, sometimes needing minor repairs. But it always passed. (Cue ominous music.) In... Read more →


Ghosts and Zombies

I've been reading about how social media has given rise to new ways for a person to be a dick; for example, the phenomena known as "ghosting" and "zombie-ing." For you folks unaware of these behaviors, ghosting occurs when a person disappears from another's social media. Maybe you were in the beginning stages of dating, texting up a storm, friends on Facebook, blah blah blah. Suddenly the object of your attention is gone. They don't... Read more →


Older and Older

Well, I continue to get older - how about that! I am now 67 years old, hurtling toward old(er) age. Given the alternative, I'm fine with it! I had a lovely day. Joe surprised me, as he always does, with a card and gifts. I got this top, a Stephen King book that I haven't read yet, a book about the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a nice thick pair of wool socks. Then, after... Read more →