Monday, December 5, 2022

Ask a Busy Person

 

How my day began:


 

I thought my cold was gone until a sore throat arrived yesterday, and you know what that could mean. Luckily, the news was good.

          Life has slowed down a bit here, much of it due to ongoing, relentless colds. We’ve canceled a few dinners, and shelved any thoughts of going to the movies since we’d drive the rest of the audience nuts with honking coughs.

 This slow pace reminds me of a phenomenon I’ve noticed before: the less I do, the less I do. I'm becoming a master at frittering time away, whereas when I was working, I could pack more into one afternoon than I now achieve in a week.

So when I returned from my old-timers’ aerobics/weights class, I kept on going. I vacuumed out the car, washed the windshield inside and out, and organized all the bips and bops that ride around in the console. The next task was to drag out the yard blower and blast the leaves and grit from the garage floor before the weather turns and we have pristine snow in the driveway that would reveal where I sent those leaves and grit. The last remaining pumpkin got walked out and tucked under the leaves in the woods out back. I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to add anything there, since it’s a preserve, but the other pumpkin I left last week vaporized completely, carried off by happy forest creatures. Oh, and I continued my vacuuming on to the kitchen and living room. All before noon.

I feel so virtuous that I’m off to bake a batch of cookies.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

An Unhealthy Wait

 


We were pleased that My Guy’s two-week-old cold was winding down just in time for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Shopping Notes

           Did you know that if your Amazon order doesn’t solve all your earthly problems that way you hoped it would, you can just present yourself to a Kohl’s store with a smile and that disobliging item and they’ll send it back for you?

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Life in the fast lane

 


 

If you’re wondering what the younger set has been up to, here are a few excerpts from last week at our granddaughters’ pre-school:

Friday, November 25, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

To Meddle or Not to Meddle?

         I remember years ago, a stranger tapped me on the shoulder to warn me that I'd left my purse in the cart while deciding between one cut of chicken versus another.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Light to Dark

In spite of achieving my goal, today’s shopping experience was less pleasant than yesterday’s trip to the grocery store.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Sasquatch

Today’s been pretty quiet if you don’t count the constant honking from the other room.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Give Thanks


          What used to be a long, but usually quiet day helping out at the polls (and thankfully still is in our little town) is getting to look like a spell on the front lines.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Mini-gardening

My temp of 100.9 on Friday hinted that pushing my golf cart up and down hills for 9 holes probably wasn’t the smartest choice.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Library Dining

 

          It’s pretty ironic that this past week’s posts seem to all be food-focused, since by Friday I had a cold that would fell a trucker. A big trucker. My taste buds are currently on holiday somewhere else.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Cooking Urges

 

 

 

It was a slow day on Sunday, which meant a big pot of Pasta e Fagioli. If (when?) that recession arrives, this will just the thing to hold body and soul together. 

Monday, October 31, 2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Goodbye Old Friends


     A glance at my bookcase triggered another clearing-out urge, but this is one I want to ignore. In spite of not having listened to them for years, I’ve hung on to my old audio tapes. I did discard quite a few, but these are my favorites. Why am I saving them? Unless an excavation in the basement reveals our son’s old boombox, I have no way to play them anymore. It’s going to be hard to put out Eric, Sting, James, and K.D. for the next trash pickup.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Footstools and Mushrooms

           Having a bedroom on the first floor means that when I wake up and open the curtains, I can climb back in bed and look out at the woods as I read for a while.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022

Bumpy Ride


We live on a sort of island, with our own bridge that spans wetlands.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Friday, October 7, 2022

Wake Up Call

 

          This morning I scanned yesterday’s online local headlines,

“Elderly Connecticut woman punched in head while exercising”

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Conundrum Solved


         
It’s unfair that exactly the people who could use a pet are too often the people who can’t always take care of them.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Life Skills

 


In spite of being dysfunctional, the women in my family were pretty traditional in their skills.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Second Look

 


So, the twins took time off from the Rhode Island beaches and came with their parents to Grandma and Grandpa’s for an afternoon. 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Flowers, Frog, Fox

This weekend’s gardening was mostly about pulling things up before I had to unearth them from the impending fall mountain of leaves. Still, there were a couple of small discoveries.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Blogger toying with me


 

Procrastination has its advantages.

          Over the weekend I had what seemed to be a creeping technological infection.

My blog reading list that I use to access favorite sites was becoming less and less accessible. First I was unable to reach one or two blogs, and by Sunday almost my entire list was unreachable. I would click on the title, and instead of landing happily at Going Gently, for instance, I’d hit a wall. I tried my iPad instead of my laptop and aimed myself at Ellen Abbott’s land and instead of lovely glass artwork, I was landed in the middle of what looked to my untrained eye like coding, all numbers and hieroglyphics.

          I returned to my blog list and began writing down everyone’s addresses. I don’t want to lose you folks! And then I meandered away my Monday instead of facing up to a tedious task of trying to figure out how to re-enter sites on my blog, if even that would work.

          This morning I opened my tablet, and voila! You were all there!

          Phew!