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Mysteries of the Human Mind

…Or “What the Hell Does This Have to Do With That?” Example the first: It started several years ago as I was buying gas. While the pump was running, as was my habit, I got back in the car and got out my “gas & oil” record keeping book. (Yes, I’m one of those people.) […]

Prude, or Me & The Chive

Just to be clear, I freely admit I’m a prude. I don’t like watching nudity or sex on TV or in movies. (The first few seasons of Game of Thrones helped desensitize me quite a bit, however.) And, for the record, Rich says that I’m not actually a prude because I don’t care if people […]

I cook like my mother (that’s a good thing)

Over the holidays, in San Antonio, I made “Swedish meatballs” for the fam. I put that in quotes because I’m not exactly sure what makes meatballs Swedish except having sour cream in the gravy, and that’s the only claim to Swedish-ness these meatballs could claim. They were frozen meatballs, and all I did was make […]



Fact: I’ve had the bluegrass song “Where No Cabins Fall” by Rhonda Vincent stuck in my head all day, specifically the chorus, beginning with, “I’d like to go back….” Come, join me! Fact: I started out the day with about 2,900 followers on Twitter. I know this because I’ve hovered right around 2,900 for a few weeks, […]

Well, that was interesting

Well, that was interesting

Okay, so we had some family stuff going on…my husband’s father, who lived in Denver, died in January, after an illness that required the hubs going up there to stay for a month, and myself flying back and forth multiple times. (What’s going on since then with my MIL is another, also sad story.) But, anyway, […]

Notes of a random sort

This seems to be a week for great quotes, or repeatable quotes, at least. The most recent episode of Sleepy Hollow: [Icabod, as he runs into someone at an office of local government] “What brings you to this abyss of red tape and apathy?” Yup. I think I’ll be using that one. And this. Speaking of […]

Knit one, purl two, sniffle three times

Knit one, purl two, sniffle three times

I kept thinking the tissue box reminded me of something, but couldn’t quite place it. Then I came across some dishcloths I finished a while back. I knitted a Kleenex box.

You’ve heard it before

I’m not even going to apologize for being absent for so long, nor say I’ll do better. You’ve heard it before. Moving on… I’m going to go ahead and call today a complete write-off. I shower at night, so I’m clean, and I did brush my teeth this morning. I put on clothes when I got […]

Spanish rice on a Monday

…Don’t tell me there’s no Spanish rice in the freezer when I know there’s Spanish rice in the freezer. I put it there, I should know it’s there. I put Spanish rice in the freezer, so there’s Spanish rice in the freezer, dadgumit! I may not remember which freezer it’s in, but I know it’s there, don’t you […]

Dinner tonight

Hey, everybody! Yeah, I’m back. It’s been a busy few months, and I’m thrilled to say that business is picking up nicely! Anyway, dinner tonight. A chuck roast, cooked ala Adelle Davis. She suggested the same technique, pretty much, for roasting better cuts, but this moist-baked method changed my mother’s life in the 70s. I […]