This is why we can't have nice things (photos)
The main problem:
Passer and receiver:
Not to be left out (the first on is still in the ... Read more
Fascinating and simple recipe to try: Pine syrup!
This stuff is amazing in tea and I'm sure in a bunch of other things I haven't thought of yet.
Following the pine syrup recipe is the recipe for using it in an Alpine Manhattan. I have not yet made this but it sounds wonderful, and would m... Read more
Okay, time for a new plan.
All summer - basically early May through now - I work as a landscaper and professional gardener. I don't... Read more
Road rage and other misplaced angers.
I remember years and years ago, my husband and I were going somewhere in the city (Philadelphia), I was driving, and someone cut me off on the Schuylkill Expressway. The fact that the Schuylkill (known locally as the "sure kill") Expressway was... Read more
It's been a wild and wooly summer.
I ran away from SP in the spring when I inexplicably gained weight. I've since learned that that's a silly thing. The next week I'd lost it again, whether by whim of weight or scale. We weigh what we weigh - it has as much to do with our over... Read more
I'm out - for a while anyway.
This is just stupid and inexplicable, but after ten days of landscaping six hours a day, drinking tons of water, eating salads and very little else, Ive gained seven pounds. I don't understand how this is possible, but it's same scale, same pla... Read more
My daughter, who is 23 years old, informed me this morning that she is building something called a cafe racer -apparently some sort of small, fast motorcycle. I was horrified, but that's beside the point. When I asked her (repeatedly) why she'... Read more
Quicky explanation of the term "blood moon"
Apparently some folks are concerned that seeing a "blood moon"means the earth is going to end or something like that.While I have complete respect to anyone and everyone's religious beliefs, this time science can come to the rescue.
There i... Read more
- Well, the first one is to walk 10,000 steps per day, although I recognize that the way my life goes I'm more likely to have 20,000 step days mixed in with 2,000 step days. If I get 50K or 60K in a week, I'll be happy.
- The second is t... Read more
New moon, new month (soon), new week, new FitBit(!), and maybe a new me.
I'm another year older (59, God help us all), and probably no wiser, but still in there swinging.
I'd lost a few pounds with the Winter 5% Challenge, but choked towards the end for reasons not entirely clear to me. Honestly, I think I w... Read more
In Praise of Snowy Winter Afternoons
(I may have stolen that title from someone...possibly Alexander McCall Smith.)
Sometimes, I think, we need to set aside all the striving for self-improvement, just for a moment. I realized the other day that it had been ages... Read more
Dang, Oprah, really?
Nothing puts you in your place like a good Oprah quiz.
The link to 20 Things Everyone Should Be Able to Handle by Age 40 (or something along those lines) was in my inbox, and having just spent two hours filling out employment stuff online, ... Read more
Thought for Today
"I will persist until I succeed. I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they ... Read more
Un-quitting, letting go, and a link for a crocheted Sherlock
Brief history, for those lucky enough to have missed the play-by-play: first my daughters grew up and moved out. I know this is the natural order of things, but I expressly remember telling them that they were not to be older than 3 and 5. Th... Read more
A Snowy Valentine's Day and some good news about a friend
This is the view out the window of my studio onto the deck. Now that I have a metal roof off of which the snow slides quite readily, I always check for an overhanging aval... Read more
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