On June 9, 1911, Mabel Whitney Shauck gave birth to a baby girl named Anna. Yep, Mom would be 104 years old today. Happy birthday, Mom! Here are 10 things about my Mom. 1. She met my Pop when his family moved into the house directly behind hers. She was 8 and he was 11, and she decided right then and there that she was going to marry him. 2. Her first date with Pop... Read more →

At Long Last, Update!

Well, hello there! I, of course, have been meaning to post since the last time I posted, but... Oh, no excuses. I've been shirking. So let's get caught up! The health stuff. I did meet with a nutritionist in my health plan's Diabetes Management Program. She went over the basics about eating properly to control blood sugar, then we discussed the details. It's pretty much low carb, with the allowable carbs (about 90-100 grams a... Read more →

A Year Goes By Like Nothing

One year ago today, this happened: Here are ten things about that momentous day. We got up really early to be ready when the movers arrived. They were a half-hour late. It didn't matter -- they were great! Tom the Foreman explained everything and we pretty much got out the way, busying ourselves with last-minute packing and loading the car with delicate stuff. I was especially impressed with the care they took with my Gramma's... Read more →

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me

It's been a while since I did a "Things You May Not Know About Me" meme, so when the lovely and talented Jessie posted one on Facebook and told folks to ask for a number if they wanted to do it too, I said "Sure, give me a number," so she gave me 10. Here, then, are 10 things you might not know about me. 1. I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist. (And... Read more →

11 Years of Holidailies!

Another December, another Holidailies! So, this update is my first since... holy cow, October 21! I'm glad Holidailies is here to kick me in my Santa pants and get me updating again. To tell you the honest truth, I forgot all about Holidailies until I read my dear friend Linda's Facebook post about it. Thanks hon! Today's prompt, as it is on the first Holidailies day each year, is to introduce yourself. Here's mine, in... Read more →

Ten Things from a Busy Weekend

1. Saturday was a beautiful day for a yard sale! The property manager here organized a community yard sale, so we ponied up $15 bucks for a table. Even though we dumped, recycled, donated, and otherwise got rid of an enormous amount of stuff before the move, it was still easy to rustle up a table's worth of sellable stuff. The best sellers by far were Joe's old tools, which were snapped up by one... Read more →

Ten Albums

So this meme has been going around Facebook, so I thought it would make a good post. It's easier to wax eloquent about the albums and songs in a blog post, rather than a Facebook post. Here goes! Rules: 10 Albums in no particular order that have stayed with you in some way. Music that still resonates, regardless of quality or artist. Don't take more than few minutes and don't try to list the "right"... Read more →

It All Balances Out

Here are ten things that happened that reminded me that even though a day might start out badly, it can end up ... goodly?... okay, it can get much better. 1. The cat woke me up at 5:00 by yowling insistently. The reason? She had to pee. The problem? I'd shut the door tight instead of leaving it ajar. Eventually she shut up. 2. The reason she shut up? She peed. On the bed. Right... Read more →

Not Quite Ten Things to Sum Up the Last Two Weeks

Okay! I'm back! Here's a bulleted list of not quite ten things that sums up the last couple of weeks. Joe is fine. He went to his primary care doc for a followup a couple days after his fake heart attack, and the doc told him "no more coffee, no more beer, no more cigars." He lasted a day. I don't blame him; I mean, I couldn't give up coffee either. (Beer and cigars? Maybe.)... Read more →

Ten Things; Two Weeks

Been a while, hasn't it? Here are ten things that happened in the last couple of weeks. 1. Let's just get this out of way: work sucks. I'm maintaining, but I'm not doing anything that I remotely enjoy. The one project that I actually want to work on -- indeed, my strategic project! -- keeps getting pushed back. 2. But! Out of the blue the other day, I got an email from a former staffer.... Read more →