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Joyous Noise
Oregon, formerly New Hampshire
I am: a woman artist; divorced; vertically challenged; learning to play the guitar; getting old!
Interests: family, friends, people, art, guitars, cats, the news, reading good books, playing Tomb Raider on my XBox 360, watching TV
Recent Activity
The older I get (I’ll be 70 in a week), the fewer things in my life are simple. Just going to bed is somewhat of a challenge. By 8 or 9 PM the cats have been in and had their last meal and gone out again. I check to make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
When I was ten years old I started fifth grade in a different, larger school. There were two fifth grades there; each kept to themselves, not interacting with the other fifth grade. The school had obviously given up on maintaining the grass on the playground, which was all the area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
When I was nine, way back in 1953, I went to Lincoln School in Keene, NH. It was a small one story brick building with one class each from kindergarten to fourth grade. My best friend, Donna, lived next to me and we’d walk the half mile or so to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
As in many of my stories, I had my then ten year old black and white tabby cat, Mikey, my one year old orange kitten, Louie, and my four year old miniature Eskimo dog, Maxie. On that day I’d bought Maxie a new toy, a rubber chicken. It was hilarious... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
Every 2 years I have to buy a new umbrella for my deck table. The sun here (in Oregon), bakes the cloth and the wood pole and they fall apart around the end of the second summer. So I trudged down to the hardware store and for $50 bought a... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
I have had a very frustrating day today. It takes a lot to piss me off, but today did it. First I noticed some drips on the garage floor and thought my car might be leaking oil. I almost always fill the tank when it gets to half full, but... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
Back when I was in my early 40s I bought myself a pedigreed Akita. If you are unfamiliar with this breed, they are large dogs. My female Akita was small for her breed and she weighed 92 pounds. They have long fur like a husky. I named her Yamakumos Mariako,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
This happened many years ago, back when my kids were in middle school. We were living in a ranch house in NH. We had two cats, Shadow and Charlie, and a Norweigan Elkhound, Suzie. It was springtime and the woods were alive with birds and small critters. Now, everyone who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
These stories are all true, although sometimes I may exaggerate a little to make them more amusing. I have almost 70 years of stories to tell. I've found that even really tough times can be made easier by looking at them with a sense of humor. I hope you enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
I had a morning appointment for my pre-op check up, the 'op' being knee surgery in a week for a torn meniscus. Even though I had my yearly physical only 2 months ago, they wanted to be reassured I wouldn't drop dead on the table, I guess. They were running... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
A divorced woman in her 50s discovers the personality of her snow blower. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
The Attack Of The Leaf Blower At this time I was 58 and recently divorced after a miserable 33 year marriage. (Not all bad; got 2 great kids from it.) I was living in rural New Hampshire. I was determined that I could do everything my ex used to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at A Joyous Noise
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