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.