Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A Whole Bunch Of Stuff

Huge surprise for Mothers Day,
thanks to Ben and Helene.
A new tv with Roku and lots of bells 
and whistles. It took some doing on my 
part to get it installed along with 
the sound bar I already had, but I DID IT!

I  know many of you have mega tvs
 but to me this is mega and just fits.

Old tv ( I think Hannah was in HS when I bought)
was so heavy- that may have been hardest part.
It has only made it to the garage so far.

I also got an enormous dinner, a favorite,  
via cheesecake factory
 from Hannah which lasted
 me three meals and 
included the most 
amazing brussel sprout appetizer.
Over the next couple days I got more goodies
in the mail.
I've got great kids.

Walter had his first bath yesterday.
At first I thought it was going to be big trouble,
but he settled down fairly quickly.
He's now fluffy and clean.

He needed a bath because he has been 
helping me get a vegetable garden going.
I am starting so late but there 
are things I can do now and then ramp up 
in the fall.

I found a great raised DIY planter on sale.
A whole passel of screws but easy to do.

It even came with the black liner.
So today Walter and I spent hours getting it ready and 
planting some tomatoes I ordered on line
in an unused area of the yard. 

Bought this paint by number painting to keep 
me distracted and I got a nice supply of books 
from blogger friend Jane- you all know her
as Blondie.  Thank you Jane!

I really, really miss the library
 and she was so kind to send me some 
of hers to read. During the sale in Oct, I 
donated 400 to my library
 fearing a move was imminent. hmmm?

 A Place To Call Home has ended,
I'm caught up on Dead To Me and Maisel.
Binged The Ranch on Netflix
Not highbrow by any means, but I liked it.

Sunday night is now my tv night
Call the Midwife
Killing Eve

and now I'm watching on a cool modern tv.

Baked some oatmeal cookies last night.

Oh yeah,  he's a runner and a thief.

Stay safe, stay home as much as possible
and stay well.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mom, My Hair!




My hair, look at my hair!
Fix it please.

Well, that is no better

I don't know how it got so messed up.
Sleeping, chasing lizards, flower munching?
C'mon do something.

Really, that's all you've got?

I suppose it'll have to do.
Yours is no picnic either I suppose.
What's with all that white growing on your head? 


Monday, May 11, 2020


So if this was shown to you 
what would you surmise is going on?

My four knuckleheads
after a Mothers Day Zoom
gathering slid down the rabbit hole.

Take a guess or see the answer on

Friday, May 8, 2020

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Some of you saw Walter and his rock on
Instagram. It continues to be a source of great
pleasure or frustration, I'm not sure which
 as he whines while he rolls it.

( much clearer on IG click over on the right)

In between the rock is the hard place;
one that we are all too familiar with.
I am trying my best to keep busy
and productive but damn it's hard.
I'm nearly at 100 days of this.

It's now pushing 100 degrees here most days,
so gardening of any kind is limited to 
early morning hours if at all.

I'm keeping most pots on the porch,
so I don't have to wander the yard to water.

My head is not in the right place to 
be creative at the moment,
though I wish it were.
The studio beckons, but I sit and think 
up there creating zilch, while
Walter whines at the blocked off stairway.

I've cleaned, I've tidied, I've rearranged
a little, only to find 
it is needed again even with little activity,
so why bother?

Food delivery has hit a hiccup, 
our government is a disgrace and dangerous,
and I worry a lot about friends and acquaintances who
take none of this too seriously.
"I told you so" with tragic consequences.

Not such a perky post,
but I'm guessing you've all been there.
Tomorrow is a new day.
Exactly the same as the day before except
the garbage will be collected.

My witty and goofy Tom and Hannah
entertain themselves with Friday Frownies
you can find here and here.

If you go to either of their profiles
and click on frowny or friday frowny
you can share in the goofy.

Last Saturday was the planned, now postponed,
wedding date for my son Ben and his love Helene.
Many of us sent food, plants, flowers
and happy thoughts.
They are handling the disappointment 
with grace. 

I say my prayers of gratitude
at the start and end of each day.

My kids and family are safe and healthy;
many folks around the world cannot say that,
so it's hard, but it's doable for however 
long it takes.

Our grandparents and their families,
were separated for years during the wars.
Immigrants today are kept away from family
for years. War torn countries today do not know if
their loved ones are alive.

We can certainly handle this without
tearing the country apart can't we?

Those who try to continue the divisiveness, 
should not be allowed to remain in power, 
be able to corrupt our judicial system, or
allowed to curtail our right to vote their asses out. 


Monday, May 4, 2020

When Life Gives You Lemons

Only one tree producing
and I've neglected it.
It forgives me.
Look at Mega Lemon!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020







Friday, April 24, 2020

He Loves Me

What can I say? 

He loves me.

Now tell me you could resist that face.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Pizza and Poses

I really don't have much to say these days,
nor very many folks to say it to,
 at least not out loud.

I am in my 9th week of total isolation,
within a 2 1/2 year span of partial.
I think I'm still sane,
or as sane as I ever was I suppose. 

The smallest things make me ever so pleased.
This cheese and marmalade pizza for one.
It was the Private Selection brand from Kroger.
Reading the ingredient list it states the marmalade 
is made from bitter orange. 

It is delightful and my next delivery order
 included two more for the freezer.
Almost like melted brie with marmalade
you make for dipping...
on a thin crispy crust.

Next you'll see two of the CA kiddos.
Tom and Hannah posing in the masks 
that Tom's mom made for them.

In Walter news:

He has learned how to go thru 
the first set of dog doors.
It took 4 days of gentle coaxing 
and a setback trauma when he nearly strangled 
himself for about a millisecond,
 and he hid for 4 hours as if it was my fault. 

He has also discovered the second floor.
Once with me, and the second time he 
climbed under the handles of a shoe basket
used to block the way,
 and up and over the other side
onto the stairs.

Sitting in the family room, I heard what
seemed like thunder until it dawned on me 
it was Walter raising bloody hell upstairs.  

I had to chase him out of each room
 one by one slamming doors closed behind me
and then another 10 minutes of him 
ducking past me on the stairs up and down,
up and down, "the little s&^%".

As he grows the mischief increases,
as does the whining to get his way. 
oh the whining...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Good Good Friends

 Another chicken dinner left by neighbor 
at my door today and my friend Paula 
came by and dropped off these two pkgs.
Tomato basil chicken and potatoes.
That's 8 meals for me!

We were able to chat a few minutes
 thru the screened window and she met Walter.
He barked a bit but then he doesn't really know
about other humans just yet.

I was also contacted by Shopping Angels
and a young volunteer will be going to 
Trader Joes for me tomorrow.
 I sorely miss their food.

A young college student started the
program in Reno for at risk seniors 
and it is spreading across
the nation. Each Instacart delivery
 was running me $15 which adds up 
on my wee budget
unless you do a mega order.

Volunteers only, not even allowed tips.
They are limited to 10 items, 
but I can use twice a month and save $45 a month.
If you know a senior who needs
this kind of help, maybe it is in your area also.

I am blessed to have good friends and
a young friend I'll meet tomorrow through my
screened window.

I'm shaking off the malaise of the past
couple weeks and I'm purging a little each day
and I'm tackling one room a day 
down to the baseboards, curtains washed etc.

It's exercise and I get tired by the end
which helps me sleep.
Every time I take Walter outside to "get busy"
 I whack off a few stray stems and pluck a few weeds.
Eventually the yard will be in better shape also.

It's all about the little actions,
be it a volunteer, a kind friend or TWO,
a plucked weed, a 4 legged friend bringing joy.

I pray the world wakes up to 
what a human being should be to another.
Humanity: noun 
1. the human race;
 human beings collectively:

all together


"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one"

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

My Shadow's Shadow

I was so sick of sitting only on the couch,
that I rearranged a few things 
in the family room Sunday night. 

Too lazy to search for a photo of before,
but bench and bread boards used to be
 on the left wall with chair coming
 out into the room from the corner and no plant.
Now I can watch tv from chair and put my feet up.

Cozier for now.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Cookies on one of Grandma Nettie's dishes.
We always used these on Easter.
Last Christmas Hannah took home 1/2 of the set;
what she had room for.

For years she did not like and then...
she did.
Glad I did not sell.

This is all the Easter I use anymore.

Hope most of you can be with your families.
If you shouldn't - please don't.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Entertaining Ourselves

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Everyday News

DIL to be Helene starts a garden at new home

Wonderful neighbor Robin drops off fried chicken last evening.
I actually made yummy noises while eating.

( then returned later with lunch for today)

Darling daughter wrote me this:
" Remember when I would be in your bed and refuse to get up,
so you just made me into the bed?"

So she made Tom up into the bed

Of course this created major longing pains for 
kids so I visited her Instagram
 and watched from the 1st post to today.
Got a little weepy.

now open 
My dearest pal Carole's business
If you live anywhere nearby, 
please please
Gardening is a great stress reliever, 
and fresh air and distancing will work fine.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Air So Fresh Skies So Blue

It is eerily quiet in my neighborhood.
I wanted Walter to have a different view today,
so I brought him into the den, 
and using photobooth shot this scene behind me.

I threw a towel over the chair 
as his puppy nails can quickly shred.
I was hoping he would be entertained by 
movements outside but there were none.

No people, no dog walking, no birds flying,
or planes in the sky.

A little creepy.
I have noticed for two weeks
 now the absence of birds.
Anyone else concerned about this?
Perhaps they've all gone to the strip.

He sniffs the air and whines now and then,
and then a yelp and I turn to see a man
sauntering past wearing an old straw hat.
Walter scrambles even higher.

Air so fresh * skies so blue
and finally the coo of a mourning dove.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ray of Sunshine

One small bit of light coming into the 
family room and Walter found it.

I've been making different toys for him
to keep him busy. He loves the 
knotted rope ones the best.

Poor little guy has no dog friends and no
other human in his life. We'll need lots
 of socialization weeks? months? from now.

His ongoing habit of climbing up my chest
to perch like a parrot on my shoulder
is problematic. At 6 weeks he fit fairly well.
At 13 weeks he balances on both shoulders,
curved around my neck
digging in so as not to fall, while trying 
to chew hair and lick everywhere. 
Often I end up with a tiny butt in my face.

Very bad parenting on my part I know,
but he leaps up so fast and it is hilarious.

The days roll by while
working to keep the fears at bay.
Neighbors picked up antibiotic prescriptions;
yep, another bronchial infection,
  and also found me laundry
 detergent which is scarce on line.

Grocery delivery is working pretty well.
Sooo much texting to kids and friends.
I drive to the mailbox up the street at night,
almost always in pjs.
I don't have to carry O/2 tank that way
and it gives my car a 
little engine time each week.

This next week I may take a drive to see
what it feels like out there. I have no point
of reference other than tv images.

I'm searching for every ray of sunshine I can find.

Stay safe


Monday, March 23, 2020


First Spatchcock chicken. 
Not as pretty as some, as both legs fell
off while transferring.
I did not place them correctly or that 
that would have been one weird bird.
Of course what isn't weird and scary these days? 

Stay safe Stay home


Sunday, March 15, 2020

So Flippin' Cute

I've been pretty isolated for over
 two years now so the new normal does not
affect me as much as the rest of you.

I always have emergency supplies
so that has been Ok also. For now
 I'm having groceries delivered, 
and still being careful when handling.

What has really helped is this sweet boy.
Always busy playing by my side,
or sleeping tucked next to me
 or in his favorite spot,
on my chest.

He's a stubborn, determined pup at times,
(He has murdered two boxes of kleenex already.)
but we're working on things together.

Thought you all could use 
a sweet thought and pic
today. Walter says Hello!

Please be cautious, not fearful,
generous, not selfish,
and if you have nearby seniors 
please help them out if you can.

I have two neighbors who are checking on 
me, and there for me if I need anything.
That makes me feel less anxious, as I am 
extremely vulnerable and my kin
are so far away.

oh and BTW
vet says he's a jack russell mix.
That explains a lot

Sunday, March 1, 2020

It's All About The Fringe

It's the fringe that gets me every time.
That and his sweet face 
always seeking approval and cuddles. 

Walter met his 4th human Saturday,
 my neighbor up the street, and he was
only nervous for about a minute.
Last week when meeting another neighbor
 he wouldn't go near her.
We're growing bigger and smarter each day.

The table boxes for the wedding are
done. They head to CA soon. There won't be
room in the car for them when I drive down 
for actual wedding, especially now with
the pooch in tow. 

I am feeling calmer and more myself these days.
It is amazing what a small creature can do 
for our mental health.
Even though I keep having
medical set backs, they don't seem to throw 
me off course as much, if at all. 

The world is a scary place these days.
I am respiratory compromised, so anything that
can make that worse is frightening.
I stay close to home most of the time anyway,
but it is now advisable. We must all be careful,
as we should every day of every year,
but not get caught up in the fear mongering
that social media is creating.

24/7 news is a bad thing.
They have to fill all that time and the temptation
to create hysteria is exactly that, too tempting. 

Stay healthy my friends, and 
wash your hands-wash your hands.

elbow bumps all around