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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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Okay. Since I last wrote about my fountain pen addiction hobby, my collection has grown by five. Now, to be fair, one was a Christmas present from Joe, so I only actually bought four, except it all comes out of the same pot of money, so... Well, let's not quibble. I have five new pens. In order of acquisition (and from left to right in the photo), they are: Conklin Endura Abalone with rose gold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Red Nose
Joe and I got our first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today! I guess that's one advantage to being old farts. The second dose is scheduled for April 7; we'll be getting an email with instructions on booking a time. This whole process has been an exercise in patience. Patience navigating the pre-registration site. Patience waiting for the magical email advising us that we could finally make an appointment. Patience navigating the appointment site. Patience... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Red Nose
We went down to the Eastern Shore to say goodbye to my sister. It was an emotional trip. Joanne's funeral Mass was held at her church, with only family and close friends there to remember her. Masks were required and the seating was carefully arranged to maintain proper social distance during Mass. Joanne was very active in the church, so the priest was able to make the Mass very personal and touching. I teared up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Red Nose
My older sister, Joanne Wise Williams, died last Monday. She was 84. Joanne was almost 16 years older than I. I used to open her closet and gaze at her beautiful dresses, hoping that someday I would have dresses as pretty as that. She got married when I was nine. I got to be a Junior Bridesmaid, while my younger sister was the Flower Girl. And I had a beautiful dress too! So many Thanksgivings,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Red Nose
Snow is pouring down, adding to the snow we got yesterday, falling on top of a layer of sleet. Oh, the joy of living on the rain/snow line! I am at the point in my life when I can gaze out of the window and enjoy the pretty scene without worrying about shoveling, shopping, or driving. Apartment living has its advantages, and having parking spots in the garage really has its advantages! It is worth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Red Nose
Svengoolie featured another horror classic last night: The Leech Woman. IMDB describes this movie thusly: An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth. Well, that barely scratches the surface! Therefore, let us explore the nuances and depths of this cinematic triumph. Mala, an ancient African woman, answers an ad for research subjects from Dr. Paul Talbot, a renowned endocrinologist. He's trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Red Nose
Well, friends, I seem to have flamed out on Holidailies, alas! I did okay for most of the month, then my vacation started and I proceeded to take vacation from almost everything except actual Christmas! And actual Christmas was completely delightful. SonnyeBoy came up on Christmas Eve and stayed until Sunday. He's had two negative tests; Joe's had one. I never go out except to doctors' appointments or for rides. So - yeah. Our bubble... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Red Nose
Every year the NYT publishes a big puzzle section, including the Super Mega. This year it was on Dec. 13. It’s really fun! Sent from my iPhone
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Today's accomplishment was... not much, actually. I hung up the Christmas cards that we've received, made lunch (French toast, yum), and then I... played a lot of Candy Crush. I also worked on the New York Times Super Mega crossword puzzle. I finished one quadrant and I'm about two-thirds through the second. Once my eyes start to cross, it's time to quit. I had a telemedicine appointment with my endocrinologist yesterday. Normally she texts me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Red Nose
Today's accomplishment was the wrapping of the presents! I was going to do it yesterday, but the day got all the way away from me. That happens to me a lot when I'm on vacation. I make a lot of grandiose plans and then, before I know it, it's lunchtime. About five minutes after that, it's 4:45 and time for the end of Wagon Train. We only watch the end, which usually involves Jesus in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at Red Nose
Today I accomplished my primary goal: I got my holiday cards done for the yearly card exchange that I participate in! I rather doubt that they'll get to their destinations before Christmas, given the current Post Office delays. Normally delays don't bother me too much, but I'm irritated this time because my diabetes supplies are held up. I actually used up my regular lancets, so I had to go to my backup lancets and stickening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Red Nose
About a month ago, I saw a review of the TWSBI Vac 700R Iris and oh geez, I was smitten. The reviewer, David Parker (aka figboot) mentioned that many retailers were already sold out - oh no! Sure enough, every one of the usual suspects listed it as out of stock. I kept checking, but alas! Then I thought to check the actual TWSBI website and hallelujah! Take my money! Give me a fine ni... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2020 at Red Nose
On October 21, 1945, my Pop sent this missive to my Mom. He was on board the SS Trevilian, a tanker ship anchored off the Philippines. I imagine it was the best early Christmas present she ever got! The form letter, in all caps, reads: Please do not mail Xmas parcels to me at this address. I expect to be on my way home before Christmas and hope to enjoy the holidays there. If plans... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Red Nose
It arrived right on time. It snowed all afternoon. Then it let up. Then it sleeted. Now it’s 9:30 and it’s snowing again! But like the Postal Service before Louis DeJoy, neither rain nor snow keeps Santa and Rudolph from swiftly completing their appointed rounds. See you soon, Santa! Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at Red Nose
Winter Storm Gail is coming to town. Image from It could dump a foot of snow on us or it could spit ice all over the place or it might simply pour rain. Who the hell knows? That's the trouble with living on the line - a tiny shift in the storm's path is the difference between deep snow and soaking rain. So far, it looks like Philly proper is in for some snow,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Red Nose
So! The lovely and talented Heather asked for writing samples using the new pens. Okay then! I've done the samples on 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, which is very thin, but strong, paper especially suited to fountain pen inks. It's showing up as brown-er than it really is - it's really very slightly off white. Each sample has the same squiggles: a loopy, S-shape, some vertical lines, and a pound sign. Finally, each sample has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at Red Nose
The sunset this evening was a nice ending to a warm-ish, sunny day. Thanks for the show, Mother Nature, especially since you’re planning to wallop us with a winter storm this week. Going Going Gone Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at Red Nose
Thanks for helping out with Holidailies, Saturday 9! Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) In this song, Madonna refers to Santa as "baby," "honey" and "cutie." What's the most recent endearment someone called you? Joe calls me "Baby" several times a day. 2) At the top of her list are a fur coat, a new convertible and a yacht. If you could receive any of those luxury items, which would you choose?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2020 at Red Nose
Yes, friends, the collection continues to expand. Most of these beauties are from small - even tiny - pen companies. Shall I tell you about them? Why yes, I shall. So, from left to right in the picture, we have: Narwhal Schuylkill. Given that I live about 100 feet from the Schuylkill River, I had to buy this one. It's quite beautiful, with shades of blue swirling about and very nice chatoyance. (I had no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at Red Nose
It took a couple days, but the tree is up and decorated! Should we put a traditional star on top? Or maybe the big angel? No, wait! Here is the perfect finishing touch! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Red Nose
We did not go to Ocean City this year. We didn't want to risk it - we knew people would not be diligent about masking and social distancing. I miss it. My first memory is of turning down the long driveway to the oceanfront cottage we rented on 48th Steet. I think I was four or thereabouts. My parents rented the bottom floor of a larger house; the owners lived upstairs. At this point, Ocean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at Red Nose
The last time that I worked in my cubicle at the office was March 9. Our company lockdown began on March 10. It ended on October 5, when we were given the choice of going into the office on a staggered schedule or continuing to work from home. Well, that was a no-brainer; I chose to continue working at home. Because of the surge, though, we are now 100% working from home again. I did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Red Nose
As soon as my Pop heard about Pearl Harbor, he was determined to join the military. The Army didn't want him, so he joined the Navy. Because of his age, education, and experience, he started his service as a Lieutenant JG Gunnery Officer, and was in charge of the Navy Armed Guard on cargo ships. He served on the SS Esso Concord, the SS Trevilian, and the SS William Pepper. My Mom kept a scrapbook... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Red Nose
Okay! Two memes in a row! I promise to get back to more original posts tomorrow. 1. What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve? Retirement. 2. Have your parents influenced what goals you have? Not really - they mostly gritted their teeth and let me do what I wanted to do, from majoring in drama to joining the circus to marrying a man 10 months after I met him. 3. What... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at Red Nose
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) The bridge that inspired this song is The Queensboro Bridge in New York City. Are you near a bridge right now as you answer these 9 questions? Yes indeed - it's the Route 422 bridge across the Schuylkill River. It's a new version of the bridge, too! When we first moved here, the bridge was old and pocked with pot holes. Construction on the replacement bridge... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at Red Nose