Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill

What sign marks the end of the summer for you? It used to be Labor Day, because my son always started back to school the next day. Now that he’s in college, he’ll start earlier, so I guess it’s the now the third week of August that marks the end of the season in myContinue reading “Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill”

Photo Friday: Griffon

Facebook reminded me this week of some photos I posted six years ago, of the George Washington Middle School Orchestra trip to a music competition at Busch Gardens theme park. I was a chaperone. The orchestra competed onstage Friday, and then spent all day Saturday having a blast at Busch Gardens, until it was timeContinue reading “Photo Friday: Griffon”

Photo Friday: Get Out Your Guitar

I love offbeat holidays. And yesterday was Get Out Your Guitar Day. Yes, this is a real thing. So the photo for today shows guitars. Well, guitar bodies, anyway. I took this one on the Martin Guitar factory tour in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Here are a row of guitar bodies waiting to be made into full-fledgedContinue reading “Photo Friday: Get Out Your Guitar”

Yodel For Your Neighbors

Today, January 30, is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We are not making this up. We are not sure why it is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We also don’t know why it is, at the same time, both National Croissant Day and National Inane Answering Machine Message Day. The traditional way of celebrating YodelContinue reading “Yodel For Your Neighbors”

Bernie’s Mittens

We all saw him at the Presidential Inauguration last week. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – eschewing the stylish cloth dress coat look of most of the politicians attending the event – sported a relentlessly unstylish puffy brown coat and enormous patterned sweater mittens. Since then, unless you’ve been living in a cave, you haveContinue reading “Bernie’s Mittens”

A Visit From Pepino

It was 4 a.m. New Year’s morning. I’d gotten to bed about 3, and was just about to drift off to sleep. My husband, who’d sacked out shortly after midnight, was fast asleep beside me. Suddenly I heard a voice outside our door. “Is anyone awake in there?” It was our 18-year-old. He’s not proneContinue reading “A Visit From Pepino”

Happy Birthday, Blog!

One year ago today, my blog debuted on this platform. I’d been writing a blog for years, but it was on a different site, and the host company had become increasingly difficult to work with, so it was time for a change. Here’s a link to my very first entry on this site. So, whatContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Blog!”