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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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Well, I missed doing an entry for yesterday's Holidailies, but as I like to say - only God is perfect. I had a good reason. My dear friend A came up from Maryland to attend a Festivus party hosted by her friend K. It turns out that K lives about 5 miles (if that) away from us! A "introduced" us via Facebook a couple of months ago. We're of like minds politically, cat people, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Red Nose
Well, Chicolini (my Fiat 500) has a new battery. I should have known it was coming. First, it was the slight growl before starting. Then, the growl acquired an crescendo-pause-decrescendo-roar. I found that I had to pump the accelerator a couple times. In the last couple of days, all of the dash lights have brightened and dimmed in time to the growling. Of course, we're also having a cold snap here in the greater Philly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Red Nose
Change is good! Embrace it! Welcome it! Oh God. I got a new work laptop today. My old one was over four years old, which apparently makes it quite the senior citizen. My old computer and I got along fine. I knew where everything was and how it worked; Windows 7 and I were pals. My files where all organized just the way I wanted them. The computer behaved itself, for the most part -... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Red Nose
Just reminiscing...
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on See You Down the Road at Red Nose
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Circus folks never say good-bye; rather, they say “See you down the road.” Down the road — it's a circus version of the space-time continuum. It means days or weeks or years; it means the next lot, the next gig, the next season. It means that at some point in time and some place in the world, you will meet again. You come together in a tight-knit community for a summer or a season or... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Red Nose
Joe was working the register at his store today. Now, the vast majority of customers at Joe's store are very nice people. They're friendly, and polite, and reasonable. Of course, there are also assholes, and bullies, and idiots. One of his coworkers, a lovely young woman, was working beside him. She's not tall. At one point, Joe noticed that the man she was waiting on was quite large - tall and massive. He was leaning... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Red Nose
It's almost six months since I finished chemotherapy; almost three since my oncologist gave me the good news that I'm in complete remission. My next appointment with her is December 16th. It only requires blood work, yay. The CT scans require more time, drinking some nasty stuff, and breathing/not breathing on command. The only pain involved is the needle stick for the contrast dye. Well, and the fact that the whole shebang is a pain... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Red Nose
Yay! I can't wait to see your pictures!
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Only the second day of Holidailies, and already I'm defaulting to a meme! At least it's Sunday Stealing and it's Sunday, so I'll use that as my excuse. Classical: If you were an Olympian god, what would you be known for? I would known for doing Olympian godlike things. Byzantine: Do you prefer gold or silver accessories? I have no preference. I own more silver, but I also like gold. Back in the 80s, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Red Nose
You'd think that writing 50,000 words during November would have been enough writing for awhile, but I am a glutton for punishment, so... Holidailies! The internet challenge where bloggers everywhere promise to write a post every day in December! I have participated in Holidailies for many years - maybe 15? So... yeah. Here I go again. Joe has been working this afternoon, so I have been doing various stuff: I walked, kicking off a new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Red Nose
I won National Novel Writing Month 2018! So far I've written 50335 new words, not all of which are crap. In fact, I rather like some of them. For this iteration of NaNo, I decided to work on the third book in the Girl Clown series (like I have more than one series, heh). I wrote a new beginning, some additional middle, and I'm almost to the end. Like last year, though, there's no crisis.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Red Nose
Well, September and October just slipped right past me! To catch up, here are ten things that happened. I had my first followup appointment with my oncologist in late September. The verdict? I'm in complete remission! I tell you, when your oncologist walks into the exam room with a big smile on her face, you can be pretty sure that it's good news. My blood work was good and my CT scan showed no enlarged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Red Nose
Ronni Bennett, of the wonderful Time Goes By blog, asked: What I am wondering is how you experience yourself in dreams. Are you ever older or younger or different in some ways from what you are when awake? Has that changed as you've gotten older? Interesting question. I remember some of my dreams, both good and bad. I have recurring dreams - mostly where I'm trying to climb up or down staircases that become high... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Red Nose
Happy Labor Day! Here's a sampling of this week Sunday Stealing questions - I liked the idea of "firsts," so here you go! Who was your FIRST date? My first official date was Charlie, who went to the all-boys Catholic high school, as opposed to my all-girls Catholic high school. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. We met on a parish Teen Club trip to Hershey Park, where I hung out with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Red Nose
Wow! I'm rich, thanks to Melania Trump! I mean, seriously, I got the following email just now: I am Mrs. Melania Trump and i am here to inform you that your SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUNDS from white house here in Washington DC is the sum of $20,000,000,00 twenty million us dollars. and the funds will be delivered to you as soon as you get back to me with your Deliver information to avoid wrong delivery..... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Red Nose
As I've said before, one of the disadvantages to living next to a river (besides motivational speakers living in vans and people shooting their babies) is the possibility of flooding. The Great Flood of '14 has made us a tad skittish when heavy rains fall. The weather lately has been heavy on the rain. And I do mean heavy. Like torrential downpour heavy. On Monday morning, there was an amazing heavy rainstorm in this area... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Red Nose
I simply cannot post only once this month, so I declare that it's time for a Saturday 9! Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) This week's song is the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a sitcom that originally aired from 1970 to 1977. Were you a fan? Of course! I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I also liked the premise of the show - that a woman could go anywhere, get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Red Nose
As soon as I saw that Cirque du Soleil's Volta was going to be performed under the big top in nearby Oaks, PA, I knew we were going. I mean, c'mon now - the site in Oaks is a grand total of 4.4 miles away. It's like an order. I love Cirque du Soleil. Joe and I went to the first show way back in the 80s in (I think) Tysons Corner, VA, before the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Red Nose
The day after I finished chemotherapy, we threw some stuff in a bag, dropped the cats at the vet, and jumped onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Our destination? The Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where we spent our 35th wedding anniversary. This year is our 38th, so we decided to celebrate the end of chemo and our anniversary with a big old splurge. So we went back to Bedford Springs. Our room was in the historic wing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Red Nose
I have rung many bells in my time - school bells, dinner bells, silver bells, Taco Bells - but the bell I rang today was the best bell of all. See, there's a tradition in the chemo world that you ring a bell when you finish your last chemo treatment. Who am I to buck tradition? Ringing the best bell. See that lovely tiara? It's not mine, even though I bought it. Actually, I bought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Red Nose
Here's an interesting little piece of history from World War II - a War Ration book. It's only the cover, because Mom used the stamps to buy rationed goods, like sugar, meat, and canned goods. I'm guessing that each family member could get one, because this book is for John Wise, my older brother. (He died before I was born.) What I find fascinating are the instructions on the back, particularly the warning on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Red Nose
So, I've been writing about the Thing since 2008, wishing for it, wanting it, hoping against hope, only to be disappointed every year. The Thing, you see, is the Stanley Cup, hockey's Holy Grail. I've been a hockey fan since 2004, when my sister took me to a game and I was instantly hooked. Joe and I became season ticket holders in 2008, and didn't give them up until we moved up here to enemy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Red Nose
Well, it's been quite a week. Here are ten things about it. My great good friend Judy arrived on Sunday. She was delivering the keynote address and conducting a workshop in nearby Conshohocken, so she came in a couple days early for a visit. Judy treated us to a live taping of the Lovett or Leave It podcast at the Merriam Theater in Center City - it was fabulous! Before the show, though, we had... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Red Nose
Today I decided to switch out the winter clothes for the summer clothes. Out came the sweaters and long-sleeved tops; in went the tee shirts and short-sleeved tops. Then I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff that I hadn't worn, had worn out, or no longer wanted. I'm not a slash-and-burn clothes culler - someone who can go through drawers and closets with the "If I haven't worn it in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Red Nose
Remember I wrote about our trip to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival and our purchase of the fabulous maple syrup from Berkshire Sweet Gold? Well, we've been using the syrup quite regularly, mostly on pancakes and waffles. But I've been casually looking around for other ways to use it, and boy oh boy, I found a real winner today. It's the recipe for Maple Pudding Cake from Smitten Kitchen. It looked really easy and delicious, so... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Red Nose