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Each year I condense my twelve hours of Christmas/winter music into a playlist of two, for cooking time, etc. If I had to listen only to a few artists for Christmas, I’d choose Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Vince Guaraldi. Probably. But fortunately, that is not required. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at antiquated notions
And then forgot about it until I saw this tweet from James Hamblin I dreamed I was walking with a friend in a large park on a warm autumn afternoon, and we saw Bill Holden, who looked a bit worse for wear, but not bad, and I was saying to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at antiquated notions
First, because this was last Tuesday, I needed one which wanted only a month to cure or less. I wanted one that was less cakey than the cakey ones, but not comprised entirely of fruit. And I wanted to use the combination I already had of organic dried fruit and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at all my tubes and wires
We're sort of holding our collective breath right now, aren't we? Before women were seen as independent souls who could live on their own, before reliable birth control for women, before shame-free access to it (you might not know this, but many doctors asked the woman if her husband gave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at antiquated notions
On that point, it's just occurred to me that I've written more about musical memories than most other topics, and I have a list from that era I want to cover. Maybe someday some offspring will appreciate the look back on it all.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2017 on It keeps me stable for days at antiquated notions
The song “Cars” by Gary Numan changed everything for me. At least, that’s how I tell it in my head, looking back over the years. Like everything stopped, looked up, and gasped, and then nothing was quite the same as before, and never would be again. The first time I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at antiquated notions
“Being a man given to oratory and high principles, he enjoyed the sound of his own vocabulary and the warmth of his own virtue.” Half an hour spent with “social media” this morning was enough to renew the simmering and dismissive rage of three or four Sinclair Lewis novels, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at antiquated notions
I’m struggling with something that feels like a silly struggle, but I need to resolve it. A brief history: for years I had a sewing machine I used only for repairs and to recover pillows, basically. I fought with the bobbin case and tension too much to do anything else.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at all my tubes and wires
Resharing a post I wrote two years about "degrees of separation" to the big event we remember today. Because of the hurricanes. They are affecting very many people, but me, I'm in the tertiary class. Gas went up for a few days last week. MSNBC is broadcasting weather non-stop and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at antiquated notions
I’ve been feeling overloaded with media choices lately. I want to enjoy so many different things, I can’t choose between anything, and end up choosing nearly nothing. But that’s not very satisfying. Anyway, as now isn’t quite working out in terms of “time to deal with that,” I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at antiquated notions
This isn’t quite a recipe, just some directions, for putting together lasagna. Basically, you have sauce, into which you might add ground beef or sausage. I always use sausage if I put any in at all. And you have your creamy cheese and your other cheese, and your noodles. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at all my tubes and wires
My great-grandmother was making this for me when she died in 1968. At least, that is what my mother told me 15 or so years later. It was kept in an old box all that time, and after she gave it to me, I’d take it out and look at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at all my tubes and wires
The annual landlord visit came and went, rather painlessly. I always get super worked up about it, though, and then need a few days to decompress. The pool is still leaking, but we can call for that and have done whatever needs doing. I’m on Day…24 of this 28 day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at antiquated notions
Q. I started this 31 day sugar detox two weeks ago. Right away I decided I’d do best if I made it four weeks, instead, but otherwise, I followed the plan in the book I got, strictly. I did the three day super detox, then began on week one. After... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at antiquated notions
My 20 year-old son and I spent the morning preparing to open the pool, which we work hard to care for as though it's our own, though this place is a rental. But it has a terrible old porous cover, and if winter isn't super cold, it opens green, no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at antiquated notions
499 words is all, I promise. I went to Jungle Jim’s today, and got four big full bags of groceries. And the thing is, I got a lot of things specifically for me to enjoy. For the past three months and more, I’ve been eating noodles and eggs, and two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at antiquated notions
I’m wearing the eye shade from having my pupils dilated at eye exam, and who knows how this typing will go? I’m inclined to include all mistakes. Man, there I was, being my brother, and really probably my other brother, and my dad, having this whole long exchange with the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at antiquated notions
Well, good! But I just looked at it on the phone, and the coding was so messed up, part of it was unreadable. I've fixed that, but don't even know if you were able to see the bit about you.
Will I write something today that I think is grand? Will I sew something fun and interesting-looking? Today on I've Got A Secret, Jayne Meadows started singing "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," while they were taking turns singing tunes for musical chairs, and that was mildly funny... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at antiquated notions
It’s because it’s Mother’s Day and Bobby Darin’s birthday, and my oldest daughter, a new mother, I swear if you hear her voice without seeing her face, you think my mother has come back to life. Jazzy mezzo-soprano: strong-minded, filled with dry humor, and... tinkly. Anyway. My timey-wimey detector went... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at antiquated notions
I like impatiens, too! Right now I'm working on the sunniest areas, and then I'll probably pick some of those up when I get to the partial shade.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2017 on April 26 at antiquated notions
Well, I painted blue. :-) I have this giant canvas I keep starting and partially wrecking to start over, and so I did, a color study, I guess, of several of the blues, so I could get a feel for them and sort of get back into it. Here's a quick bad photo:
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2017 on April 26 at antiquated notions
In case it matters. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at antiquated notions
Now and then I start thinking about an old out of date topic, make some idle remark on it, and learn that I have uncovered a passionate opinion that others will not ever let go. Humanity: maddening, yet sometimes adorable. Darrin Stephens, fictional husband of fictional Samantha, star of Bewitched,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at antiquated notions