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Aging hippie, married 40 years, with a son who's a lawyer.
Interests: Online journaling, origami, scrapbooking, juggling and circus arts, technical communication, Washington Capitals hockey, Zentangle, fountain pens
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Not wanting to leave things to the last minute, we have started packing for our move. The move that takes place on August 6. Hey, no time like the present! After all, we are old and doing a whirlwind pack-a-thon a day or two ahead of the move is, shall we say, impractical. So anyway, Joe gets the Uline catalog. He opened it up last week and, in a burst of synchronicity, it opened right... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Red Nose
We’re moving in August. We've been in our current apartment eight years. We've had a very good experience, except for a few things related to apartment living in general. I love the layout of our apartment; the wee den has been a great office space during the last two years. The area is lovely, with the Schuylkill River trail right behind the building and the Betzwood trail head within walking distance. The beautiful river itself... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at Red Nose
Joe loves vinyl records. When we moved here to Pennsylvania, we found a couple of great record stores - one in Doylestown and one in Phoenixville - and boom. The store in Phoenixville closed, but apparently when God closes one record store, he opens another one. So we had to go and check it out. Now, Joe is the one who usually buys the records, but I do flip through the offerings and occasionally pick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at Red Nose
Quite a while ago, the lovely and talented Bev tagged me on Facebook with the "List 25 Random Things about Yourself and Tag Another 25 People" meme. Of course it sailed right past me, but then my mind stopped short and said, "Wait a sec. Didn't Bev tag you to do something or other?" So I looked it up and sure enough, I was tagged. Now I'm a spoilsport who never tags anyone else, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2022 at Red Nose
So, that 10-year challenge that's been going around Facebook recently? Well, may I present: The 70-Year Challenge! Yes, I turned 70 years old (and I do mean old) at 3:16 AM today. I think I look pretty much the same, don't you? Well, I do have more teeth, and my hair is darker and longer, and I'm quite a bit taller; but my forehead still goes on for miles, and my eyes still get squinty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2022 at Red Nose
For the last day of Holidailies* and the first day of 2022, here's the Saturday 9! Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2022. In this song, Paula Abdul celebrates the promise of a new day. Here at Saturday 9, we're celebrating the promise of a new year. What do you hope 2022 will bring? A few things: * The end of the pandemic. * Donald Trump... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2022 at Red Nose
I've been thinking about this year all day, wondering what I'd focus on in this post, the last post of 2021 and this year's Holidailies. There was deep sorrow. My sister Joanne died in February, my Clown College classmate Barbara died in May, our dear friend Vince died in August. I miss them all, so much. There was disaster. The river flooded and submerged the neighborhood to the tune of 10 feet of water all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2021 at Red Nose
Santa Claus was very very good to us this year! I got everything I wanted and some things that I didn’t even know I wanted. Here’s a sampling. This is the perfect planner for me. I’m reading this slowly to make it last, but it’s very hard to do. Here’s the piece de resistance - a Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen! All this loot (and more!) was great, but the wonderful part was spending time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at Red Nose
Well, I missed posting yesterday. Sigh. But I won Whamageddon! Yay! Anyway, here’s an Inkvent color wheel, with all 25 inky days spread out for your viewing pleasure. I don’t think there’s a dud in the bunch! Which ones do you like? The Inks of Inkvent I really enjoyed doing Inkvent! If Diamine offers it again next year, I'm definitely in. I'm looking forward to using these lovely inks, especially in my new Christmas present!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2021 at Red Nose
It’s Christmas Day! Time for the final Inkvent surprise - a shimmery, sheening ink, All the Best. For Christmas, the ink is a 30 ml bottle, a lovely present indeed! Day 25: All the Best Merry Christmas, my dear friends, all of you, all of you, all of you. Peace and love, and All the Best. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2021 at Red Nose
Day 24! Yuletide! This Standard ink is a lovely teal-ish green with nice shading. Day 24: Yuletide And so we've made it to Christmas Eve. We're getting ready for a trip to Maryland, first to pick up SonnyeBoy and then to my sister's house (over the river and through the woods) for the annual Christmas Eve celebration. I'm so happy to be able to make this trip. All of us are vaxxed to the max,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2021 at Red Nose
Today’s Standard ink looks like a Werther’s candy - it’s Brandy Snap! Day 23: Brandy Snap Apologies in advance. (IYKYK) And Day 23's Brandy Snap - a fine ink! (a fine ink!) What a great ink it will be! (such a fine ink!) It's a brown standard ink that looks very Caramel -eeee! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2021 at Red Nose
Sheen!! Day 22 of Inkvent is Black Ivy, a deep green with a purple sheen. Day 22: Black Ivy It’s interesting to me how the paper can affect the look of the inks. I’ve been following a couple of YouTube pen enthusiasts who are posting videos on the Inkvent inks. Both show the Black Ivy base as more of a blue, but it sure looks green to me, so there you go. That purple sheen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2021 at Red Nose
It's Day 21 of Inkvent! Today's ink is Wonderland. There's no wondering about this Standard ink - it's most definitely orange! The picture doesn't really show the full brightness of the orange-itude, so take my word for it. Day 21: Wonderland Speaking of orange, my favorite summer thirst quencher is an orange freeze; specifically, the Orange Freeze from the late, lamented Hot Shoppes. Oh my God, it was The. Best. It was kind of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2021 at Red Nose
It’s Day 21 of Inkvent - time for some Pink Ice! This pink is not as Pepto Bismol-y as Party Time, but it also has an abundance of Shimmer. It definitely has some orange ancestry, but it’s very pretty and shiny. Day 20: Pink Ice So, the last few days I've noticed a distinct musty smell in my bathroom. I thought it just the litterbox - the cats leave some pretty heinous loads in there.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2021 at Red Nose
Festive Joy is a really rich purple ink for Day 19 of Inkvent. It’s a Standard ink, but it seems to have a touch of gold sheen. Day 19: Festive Joy Gorgeous! I went to a team offsite this past week in West Palm Beach, Florida. I know! Florida in December, what a chore! It’s the first time I’ve met my team all together in person. I quite liked it - it was a very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2021 at Red Nose
I finally managed to get a reasonably decent picture of a Shimmer ink! This is Subzero, Day 18 of Inkvent. Day 18: Subzero But in case you can't see all that sparkle, here's a closeup. Sparkle Plenty! What a lovely turquoise! I have just the pen for it, too - the pen that really got me started on this obsession hobby - the Barbados, from Birmingham Pens. Crabby Shows Off the Barbados Or might that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2021 at Red Nose
There’s always a place for a classic blue like Thunderbolt, today’s Standard Inkvent ink. Day 17: Thunderbolt This ink is a vibrant cobalt blue that takes me back to grade school, where we were required to use Sheaffer fountain pens with Sheaffer ink cartridges in blue or black. Speaking of blue, meet Marvin, my little blue teddy bear. He’s faded now, almost gray, but originally he was a beautiful sky blue. To be fair, Marvin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Red Nose
Ah, a beautiful Shimmer ink for Day 16 of Inkvent: Vintage Copper! Day 16: Vintage Copper Is it Red Robin with glitter? Well, maybe, but oh, that shimmer sets it apart for sure. So Shimmery! Speaking of copper, my Mom owned a set a copper-bottom Revere Ware pots and pans. Every time she used one of the pieces, which was pretty much every single day, she polished the copper bottom until it glowed. Patina didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at Red Nose
The shades of night are falling fast - at least for Day 15 of Inkvent, which brings us Night Shade. I find it rather soothing. Do you see it as blue or purple? I see it as a dusty blue, kind of a Williamsburg blue. Other Inkvent people have seen it as purple. A blue-ish purple, perhaps? Day 15: Night Shade Hmm. Night Shade - is it deadly? Well, it's pretty, anyway. Speaking of deadly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at Red Nose
Today’s Inkvent offering is Red Robin, a Standard ink that is kinda red, kinda orange, just like a robin’s red breast. Day 14: Red Robin Speaking of oranges, I drank a glass of orange juice every day for breakfast when I was a kid. Or rather, every day that I lived with my parents - my age didn't matter. Mom made sure that none of her kids were getting scurvy and that was that. One... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at Red Nose
Check out the sheen on Ruby Blues, the ink for Day 13 of Inkvent. Day 13: Ruby Blues I love this one - the base blue is a very very nice blue, but that red sheen! What a nice surprise - although given the name of the ink and the fact that it's a Sheen ink, I should have suspected something. Speaking of blues, that's my favorite music genre. I love all kinds of blues:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at Red Nose
Stargazer is the Shimmer and Sheen ink for Day 12 of Inkvent. Day 12: Stargazer Pretty cool! The swatch started out as a deep navy blue, then it developed a dark red sheen and blue-ish shimmer. Before I got into pens and ink, I never realized that inks could do this sort of thing. Amazing. Anyway, speaking of stars, I took a course in college called Cosmic Evolution. It was kind of like Astronomy for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2021 at Red Nose
It’s Party Time at Inkvent! Check out this pretty pink Shimmer ink. Day 11: Party Time The shimmer here is subtle - either that or I didn’t shake the bottle enough. I can see it on this swatch if I tilt the card, but it doesn't really show up straight on. So I stuck a chromatography strip in the bottle. Ah, there’s that pretty blue shimmer! There's that shimmer! Speaking of pink, I hated the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2021 at Red Nose
Today’s ink is Peach Punch, a bright orange Standard ink. Day 10: Peach Punch The lighter shade is peach-ier, I think, but the vibrant orange is quite nice and legible. Speaking of peaches, I love them. They smell like summer and taste like joy. Well, unless they're mealy, and then they definitely do not taste like joy. They taste like disappointment. When I was a clown, I used to juggle apples and eat one as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2021 at Red Nose