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Aging hippie, married 35 years, with a son who's in law school.
Interests: Online journaling, origami, scrapbooking, juggling and circus arts, technical communication, Washington Capitals hockey, Zentangle
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So, my friends on Facebook may know that Joe had arthroscopic shoulder surgery last Friday. He came through the surgery beautifully and is even now taking his first shower since the surgery. I know he'll feel immeasurably better after that. Right after the surgery was done, the surgeon came out to tell me that all was well. She showed me many technicolor photographs of his shoulder and described exactly what she did, but I'll be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Red Nose
I was idly googling around a few days ago, procrastinating on Camp NaNoWriMo, when I thought I might see what would pop up for "George Matthews Great London Circus." And what to my wondering eyes should appear but a link to Ivan Henry's circus blog. I clicked and there it was -- the route card for 1976, my First of May year in the circus biz. Just looking at it brought a flood of memories...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Red Nose
I have no clue why this Sunday's meme is called Cannon Fodder -- maybe because they're kind of scattershot? Anyway, here we go! 1. Is there someone you'd like to be kissing right now? Well, I always want to be kissing Joe. So, yes! 2. When you're being extremely quiet, what does it mean? I'm either concentrating on something or I'm very tired. 3. What are you listening to right now? The Carolina Hurricanes versus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Red Nose
Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. Yeah, once more into the breech, my friends, with good intentions, a red pen, a new laptop, and an old journal full of ideas and scribblings. I have finally gotten a bug up my butt to finish do some solid work on the sequel to Girl Clown. (For now, the title is Circus Daze.) I made a halfhearted attempt last year -- one of my goals for 2016 was "Finish the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Red Nose
February has been music month -- we have gone to four concerts! Three were part of the subscription we have to the local community college's Lively Arts Series; one was a show at a really cool venue, the Ardmore Music Hall. (For my DC friends, this joint is a cross between the Birchmere and the late great Cellar Door. Yep, it's great!) Anyway, three were jazz, and all were very different sorts of jazz. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Red Nose
Well, that was a nice, long break, wasn't it? Let's ease back into the swing of things with ten things I did in the last month. I had my first followup visit with my oncologist. Watchful waiting is still the order of the day -- yay! I'll be getting another suite of CT scans in April to check on the state of my lymph nodes. If all is well, the next checkup will be in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Red Nose
As of today, I have officially crossed the border into old-ness. According to this, I'm now a member of the "young old." I'm okay with it; it would be pretty sad if I weren't, wouldn't it? I mean, how would I resist? I can't call my member of Congress and demand that I stop growing older. One thing I've noticed is that I seem to be "cute" now. For example, Joe and I were eating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Red Nose
I had a little bit of a tough time yesterday. I slept poorly, partly the result of a nagging, nasty backache that made turning over in bed a painful undertaking. I went through cycles of too hot, too cold, too hot, too cold. And, I stayed up too late. I seem to think that staying up later means that I'll sleep better, maybe straight through for six hours. It never happens that way and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Red Nose
I can't resist posting this video of the Great 8 scoring the 1000th point of his NHL career. What makes this clip even better is the announcing by John Walton, the radio voice of the Caps. "Good morning, good afternoon, and good night Pittsburgh!" Another angle of the #Ovech1Kin goal featuring @WaltonCaps' goal call. Chills. #CapsPens #RockTheRed — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 12, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Red Nose
Okay! Here's Part 2 of the End of the Year meme, courtesy of the lovely and talented Bev of Funny the World. I was going to post this last night, but Typepad wasn't cooperating. 26. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Um, that would be... can you guess?... going to Ireland. 27. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2016? No, but I drank more than I usually do, but even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Red Nose
Because I used up my paid time off for my surgery, I had to work this week -- okay, only these last three days, but I am not used to this. Normally I take off this week. It's been very quiet; apparently everyone else in the company did not use up their PTO. Actually, our cube aisle was positively crowded -- three of us out of eight were in attendance. Of course, two of those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Red Nose
I admit it; I stole this from the lovely and talented Bev Sykes of Funny the World. It's a two-part meme of questions reviewing the past year. So that's two more posts as we barrel to the end of this year's Holidailies! Was 2016 a good year for you? It had some highs, some lows. The high was our trip to Ireland; the low was my lymphoma diagnosis. 2. What was your favorite moment(s) of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Red Nose
My Pop always worked the daily crossword puzzle; he was good at it too. I've inherited his liking for crossword puzzles. Ever since we subscribed to the Sunday New York Times, I've been doing that puzzle. And yes, I cheat and google the clues I can't figure out. Sue me. I always try to do it without looking things up, but sometimes just looking up one answer will open the crossword floodgates. Anyway, on Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Red Nose
And so we had Christmas! Everything on the to-do list got done. Our train ride was smooth and relaxing -- orders of magnitude better than driving down I-95. Sonnyeboy picked us up and off we went to my sister's for the family Christmas Eve extravaganza. We had a great time, as usual! Afterward, we went back to Baltimore and spent the night with SonnyeBoy. The next morning, SonnyeBoy drove us back home, where we celebrated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Red Nose
It's Christmas Eve! Yay! I have a list of things that I must do: Water the tree (a request from Joe). Wrap the presents and put them under the tree. Stuff the stockings. Bake these cookies. I have never baked them before, so keep you fingers crossed. Run three errands, to wit: fill up my gas tank, pick up a package of AAA batteries, buy a bottle of really good whiskey. Eat a little lunch.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Red Nose
Well, I'm not feeling very inspired this evening, so here's a meme that's been going around on Facebook. By doing it here, I can add more explanations to my answers, so there's that! Four names I go by 1. Mom 2. Mary 3 Mary Ramon - I was mostly called this in grade school, to distinguish me from the eight other Marys in my Catholic school class. 4. Missus - Joe calls me this sometimes.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Red Nose
Did you hear that? We did, I swear; we heard a siren. Fire engine? Yes! Could it be? YES! It was Santa, making his yearly rounds through the local neighborhood. We stood on the balcony and waved like loons and I took these bad pictures. The light on the engine that was lighting up the Jolly Old Elf got in the way, but I did manage to capture at least a recognizable likeness. So yay!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Red Nose
My family has a history of giving gag gifts. Not always, but sometimes. In 1970, the Veg-O-Matic was being advertised constantly, and my Pop was always talking about it. "Well, look at that! It even slices tomatoes! And you can make french fries! My my my!" He in no way was doing this sincerely; he thought the gadget was most likely a piece of crap. So of course we had to get it for him.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Red Nose
I finally feel like me again. It took pretty much a full month to recover from my surgery, but when I did, it happened almost overnight. I saw Doc H for my followup on November 29, at which point he said that all was well, I could drive, and I could start exercising again. I had already gone back to work, although I did take it rather easy by working at home. I went back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Red Nose
So, remember our cats, Little Bits and Taffy? One year later, they have learned to coexist peacefully. Mostly. Generally, they'll take turns using the various cat accoutrements, like the scratching post, cat tree, heated pad, and the two available laps. Occasionally, though, they want to occupy the same space at the same time. At that point, a delicate negotiation takes place. Consider this evening, when they both hopped up on the recliner at the same... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Red Nose
For the last several years, we have had a tiny tree, as tiny as two feet high and fake, to about four feet high and real. We had the fake tree when Joe was working most nights and weekends and we simply couldn't get out to get a real tree. When we moved, we decided that a real tree was necessary, but we kept it on the small side because, well, apartment. This year we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Red Nose
Oh hi, Polar Vortex, soon to be unseasonably warm spell! It's really cold tonight and it's going to snow. And sleet. And rain, both freezing and not. By this time tomorrow night, God knows what the conditions will be, but the precipitation will be over. It's going to be dangerously cold tonight, but by Sunday noon it will be over 60 degrees. What the hell, weather? I spent several weeks one frigid winter on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Red Nose
Before we moved up to the Philly area, I rode the DC Metro Red Line to work every day. For quite awhile, I took pictures of the urban art that appeared along the way. I really haven't done that since we moved. There are some impressive pieces along I-95 and I-76, but we're usually traveling way too fast for me to capture a decent image. When we were in Dublin, though, I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Red Nose
On our last day in Dublin, we walked over to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. We had "skip the line" tickets -- I was really glad that I got them, too. The line was long and it was drizzling, so the fact that we could walk right up and go in was a real bonus, and kept us from succumbing to damp crabbiness. Still, it was crowded. Trinity has set up the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Red Nose
One fine day in the olden days (1976), Sidewall Sam* and I were sitting in the doorway of his van enjoying the fine spring air. We were in Huntsville, Alabama; the circus was set up in a mall parking lot. It was between shows, late afternoon, a quiet time when most of the performers were fixing supper and the gazoonies and workin' men were passed out. I was feeling particularly good -- the lot was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Red Nose