I skipped my usual trek to downtown to witness the Morris dancers and the Beltane Festival which occurs at 6:00 a.m. every May 1st. Lots of reasons, none of which alone would have been persuasive, but added up to passing on it this year. I t... Read more
Rural Life Part 10: Rocks
I always thought (when I thought about it at all, which was rarely) that once you gathered the stones from an area, it would be stone free. I'd go for a ride in the country and see the stone walls and piles made by farmers clearing fields, and ... Read more
Phone and internet service, please, with a side of embarrassment.
This morning started out normally enough, but when it was time for me to do some grown-up things (like filing my daughter's financial aid information before the deadline, as I swore to the poor financial aid counselor I would do this time) I cou... Read more
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Okay, so March has been less than sterling....
... but I largely blame that on the weather. It's been really cold (single digits and negative wind chill values? What's with that?) and snowy - one day we got like 2 1/2 feet. I wasn't really surprised - I do keep telling myself that March i... Read more
Apropos of nothing at all, did I ever show you guys my tattoo? I got the name part when we went to Pittsburgh to be with daughter #2 right after my husband's death, then added the rest of the design (after Id figured out what it would be) on a ... Read more
The way Day 1 turned out...
...was a little unexpected. I didn't do as well with the whole food thing as I had planned (the road to hell being paved with, besides good intentions, perhaps buttered toast and sherry) but I didn't do that badly, and I did do unexpectedly wel... Read more
March 1st - that new beginning I've been going on about.
February was rough in oh, so many ways, none of which are particularly interesting to the Spark Community at large, I'm sure. But you know I'm going to tell you about them anyway: no life insurance money for me, which will possibly involve law... Read more
First Zumba class. OMG
So we've had this membership to the local Y (well, 20 miles away, which where I live is local) for about two years now. My daughters went now and then and my husband went occasionally. I think I went swimming once or twice. We were on the jus... Read more
I'm not particularly self-promoting, but because I *am* essentially lazy, instead of attempting to transpose my other blog to here, I'm just going to send you over there. No, it's not more of my tale of woe (except for the lead-in, which you may... Read more
Nudging the ticker and other signs of recovery
Yes, folks, the weight ticker is actually beginning to move - in the preferred direction, even! I take only moderate credit for this, as a) I'm rather snowed in and b) my daughter has been suffering from a GI disturbance for the better part of ... Read more
I got through Halloween well enough, and Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh was actually pretty great, but this whole Christmas thing is getting to me. My mother died in the spring (two years ago) so by the holidays I was pretty well back on my feet, b... Read more
Just for fun - quiz from HIPPIECHICK
. Who used to be your superhero when you were a child?
I don't recall having one. The only superheros I remember were Superman and Mighty Mouse, and I didn't like either one of them.
2. Most hated chore on the chore list?
Unloading th... Read more
Win a few, lose a few, clarify some goals, try to make a few decisions..
Win: the sunroom, which was added to the house two years ago (more or less) will finally be sided by tomorrow - all the windows closed in, soffits added, all that good stuff. Oh, and I put a door in the frame to the the back stairs, so the col... Read more
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