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Albuquerque has a special free program that tries to control the population of stray cats. They will provide humane traps, you catch them and take them in, the cats are neutered, then they will return them to the area where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Pondering the world
I've always wondered why we don't have more Mardi Gras events in Albuquerque. It falls on March 4th in 2014. Even a Google search didn't turn up much this year. The only thing I found was "Carnaval 2014" at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Pondering the world
Some of us don't watch the Super Bowl, so let's make the most of Groundhog Day. Here are some amusing captions I created without resorting to Bill Murray's film. Okay... maybe one. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Pondering the world
Just before I woke up, I had a bizarre dream that my husband came home with some Italian breed dog and announced that he bought it for us to eat for dinner. That's what it was bred for. "Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Pondering the world
Years ago when we lived in Aomori prefecture in northern Japan, the local folks would mount rice-straw wreaths and decorations on the front of their vehicles as a symbol of good wishes and luck for the new year. Below is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Pondering the world
I swear--all the lights on the tree worked last year when I put it away. About five years ago I bought one of those pre-wired, pre-lit Christmas trees. Just pop it up, plug it in, fluff out the greenery--it gets... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Pondering the world
No Black Friday shopping for me. Actually, I'm not much of a shopper at any time of the year. Much like my mother, I know what I want, go directly there, buy it and get out. I will go to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Pondering the world
I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with Superglue. Yes, it's amazing all the things it can fix. It's also amazing how much trouble I can get myself into with it. Today's adventure... The light fixture in the laundry room is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Pondering the world
My first reaction was "Oh--a Border Collie who speaks Spanish!" From my two semesters of Spanish a couple of years ago and sporadic exposure to it from radio and TV around here, I know this says, "protect your lawn from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Pondering the world
Following the terrible storm on Friday night and the water damage in our basement, I went to one of the fire stations to get some sandbags to put around our back door for the next big rain. They have empty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Pondering the world
I confess: I am a Tour de France junkie. We've watched it nearly every year, and it's the highlight of our day, especially since they've started replaying the stages in the evening when we can watch. It takes several hours,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at Pondering the world
For the past nine years, we've moved a dining room table and chairs from place to place. Not that we've used it for any of that time. We moved here and it went into a storage unit at the apartment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at Pondering the world
At our national conference in January, I heard there was going to be a "red chair" at the show, and I got very excited. We had just recently started watching the Graham Norton Show on BBC America, and the "red... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Pondering the world
I was reading a copy of The Specialty Coffee Chronicle when we were waiting to get a part for our big coffee brewer and I came across this quote by Craig Holt: We are lucky that we get to visit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Pondering the world
The nightmare voyage of the disabled Carnival cruise ship made me think about conditions that the homeless suffer. All it takes is loss of power for us to see the issues up close and personal. How close are you to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Pondering the world
We've moved a lot over the years. I use the opportunity to clean out things, but we always end up running out of time and just throwing stuff in boxes to get it from one place to the next. Or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Pondering the world
Las Vegas is filled with all of the things I don't do--smoking, drinking, gambling, and so much more--and it's easy to take a dim view of the whole place. Within a couple of hours of arrival, I was already overwhelmed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Pondering the world
Reggie just passed away. For years, he and his wife have owned the Hanging Tree Gallery here in Old Town Albuquerque. Like a few other people, Reggie had his gruff side, but once he got to know you, he'd do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Pondering the world
If you've seen the 1964 film version of "Mary Poppins," you'll remember the scene where Mary Poppins measures the children. Michael is "extremely stubborn and suspicious" ("I am NOT!") and Jane is "inclined to giggle and to leave messes." How... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Pondering the world
Lately I've taken to wearing short-sleeved Hawaiian shirts. They meet all of my requirements: short sleeves, a pocket, and a collar that lies flat. The nighttime temperature here has been down to 8 degrees and I thought about putting on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Pondering the world
Oh, wait... supposedly there isn't. That whole Mayan calendar thing, you know. If you believe in it, you can do things you would never otherwise do, because at that point "tomorrow never comes." However, you would have to live with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Pondering the world
In Key West on a trip with friends, we learned about the chickens. Years ago, Cubans migrated to the key and brought their fighting roosters with them. Eventually, cockfighting was outlawed and the roosters were set free. About the same... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Pondering the world
I'm not sure if this anniversary will be remembered for how bad it was or if it will just fade into obscurity. This is our 37th, so it's not like we do the flowers, chocolates and special dinner out any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Pondering the world
It's rare to find someone who doesn't have a nickname, either something shorter for a full name--Bill for William, Pat for Patricia--or some other name entirely based on physical attributes or other unknown reasons. For a few byears, my niece's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Pondering the world