Tuesday, December 10, 2019


It warmed up and rained. All the snow that was hanging around since early November is gone. Now people are all worried -- will we not have a white l Christmas?

Personally, I would like to see a white car. I hate that slush covered look both inside and outside of my car.

I put my Santas on the mantle. I have some lights in the windows. I have decided I will not bother to put up the tree this year.

I used to have an android phone that would automatically upload my photos to my MacBook Air. Now I have an iphone so you wouldn't think it would be a problem, but you'd be wrong. I cannot get my iphone and my MacBook to acknowledge each other's existence. Annoying!

I need to sit down with my grandson and have him teach me how to use my stupid phone.

I finally got around to reading Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. I miss the Obamas SO much.

I doubt that Trump will be removed from office although I definitely think he should be. He is a very damaged individual. That makes him dangerous. I simply cannot fathom what his supporters are thinking and I am usually pretty good at seeing both sides. This has me stumped. All I see is irony. Like Melania with her anti-bully campaign -- ultimate irony.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Simpler Time?

My friend Don often gets nostalgic for his growing up years . . . it was such a simpler time, things were so innocent. He chooses not to hear me when I suggest
we might have been simple and innocent but the world most likely was just as chaotic and complex as it is today. We had far more shelter from the world at large than kids do today -- even as we left the house in the morning and didn't come back until we got hungry or were called in for supper, whichever came first, and kids today have cell phones so parents' can track there every move and they cannot go anywhere without a water bottle.

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When I was nine, my family moved to Vermont from New York. I had gone to an elementary school with Black kids and Jewish kids. That was the last of that until I went to college. Vermont in the 1950's was a new reality. My parents returned from a VT house hunting trip with maple sugar candy for us kids. I decided right then and there that I did NOT want to move. My wishes were overridden. I learned many years later that my mother had not wanted to move either so I guess neither of us had a say.
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 We moved to a small town where you either belonged to the Catholic church or the Congregational church. We learned about Pilgrim's and had a turkey hot lunch at school. The school Christmas program included the Bethlehem reenactment and caroles. I can still remember when "The Little Drummer Boy" shocked some for its break with a solid traditional line-up. We drew names and had a Christmas party in a classroom festooned with Christmas decorations, including a real tree.  I remember one girl whose family were Jehovah Witnesses in my fourth grade class. She had many out of the room errands to run during that time. That was the totality of diversity.

Perhaps I am just not the nostalgic type. Perhaps I just don't think of things as having been simpler then. Perhaps I never did see things as black and white in life. Perhaps I was overly sensitive and moody as a child. But then most of my childhood memories are about being lost in books and reading.

I will confess that I am really happy I am not a kid today though.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


I while ago I mentioned an article I had read online about what not to put in a garbage disposal. Recently I mentioned it to my plumber friend, asking him, "so what exactly can you put down a garbage disposal?"

He poo-pooed most of the restriction in the article and said that the big problem was that people didn't use the disposal properly. Run water, turn on the disposal, feed the scraps into it, turn off the disposal but keep the water running so that everything does not get left in small pipes that clog easily.

I still will be composting most of Thanksgiving detritus, but it's good to know I don't have to be paranoid about tossing the occasional egg shell along with plate rinsing scraps.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

I am coming out of hibernation mode to wish United States readers a very happy Thanksgiving and the entire world a peaceful holiday season no matter the nature of your celebrations.

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Don't forget: On November 27 at 2:00 a.m.standard time, set your bathroom scale back 15 pounds.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Who Knew?

I sometimes see people that I recognize from somewhere but I can't recall the name. It's worse when, like the time I went to introduce my boss (my boss from work!) and I could not for the life of me come up with her name. The Scottish have a word for that: TARTLE.

This Scottish word sums up in two syllables the moment when you’ve momentarily forgotten someone’s name (either one-on-one or when making introductions)! For those of us who tartle any time there are any introductions to be made, this word should be inducted into the English language on account of its sheer usefulness alone.

I have noticed this phenomenon while walking in the woods and been struck by the beauty, but I did not know there was a word for it.

This beautiful Japanese word komorebi describes the light that filters through the leaves of trees and can also be used for the mist that catches sunlight in forest (say after a rain or on a humid day). The closest term in English would be god rays, though those specifically happen at dawn or dusk and are the rays of light that filter through the clouds.

I found these words HERE.

Have you ever read a list of things you should never put in the garbage disposal?It kind of makes me wonder just what a garbage disposal is actually good for.  I was surprised to learn that coffee grounds and egg shells are no-nos but I have learned about other things the hard way over the years. It never occurred to me that dairy products might have an environmental impact in such a negative way.  I do compost most everything else though, so I don't even use a disposal much at all. The place I take my compost in VT takes meat and bones and even greasy pizza boxes. It's a messy, stinky job but every little effort helps.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Looking for a New Refrigerator?

I probably come across as an old coot waging a war on modern technology. I am not really. I do see the benefit of advances and I even admire those who embrace and run with them.

There are just some things I just don't want or personally need . . . even when having fantasies about my ideal kitchen in my ideal home.

    in Black Stainless Steel Full Size
This LG refrigerator has an ice maker (I worry too much about mold since I use very little ice), instant view door (constant reminder that you need to clean the fridge?). It has auto close doors, which I might like, and the fact that it is counter depth is a definite good thing in my book. It has a smart grid and is WiFi enabled.
Fine, but I am retired now and I have the time and a lifelong habit of writing my grocery lists on scraps of paper so I really wouldn't use that. I don't feel the need to communicate with my kitchen appliances. Just keep the food cold and I'm happy. It cost nearly $4000.

This Kitchen Aid refrigerator has a Sabbath mode -- not entirely sure what that is, but I don't think I need it. It does have "professional features that will leave guests awestruck." Seriously? It's not even counter depth. The main thing I dislike about refrigerators is how they stick out into the kitchen.

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But if I wanted to impress my family and friends, it would be by affixing the sales slip with its $9,360 price to the door with a kitschy magnet.

Now this Dacor model has 3D lighting so you never lose anything although I don't suppose you could really rely on a man to find what he's looking for all the same. It has not only an ice maker, but a dual ice maker. You can get standard ice cubes AND cocktail ice cubes, but I don't throw cocktail parties. I'm not sure if it is counter depth but it is sleek looking. However, if you need to know what's inside without being able to open the door and look, it has remote view cameras that connect via WiFi to an Android phone.

Dacor DRF427500Darn, I have an iPhone. I guess I will save the $10,500 for something else.

Monday, October 28, 2019

A Memory

I was little. I woke up and I did not feel good. I don't know why and I am sure I didn't know at the time. I didn't have the concept of or words for "Bad Mood"
but when I first read Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (as an adult to my children) I recognized my young self in that story.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst - Used (Very Good, ex-library) - 0590421441 by Scholastic, Incorporated |Amazon

As a child*, I could be whiny and obnoxious when I was sick or feeling off.
My mother knew I wasn't sick and she was generally not the type to soothingly confront bad behavior. She might give it a try once and then threaten to send offending child to Australia by way of a swift but powerful swat to the rear end.

This is what I have a pretty vivid memory of: she looked at me in exasperation and said, "Well, you just got up on the wrong side of bed, didn't you?" That put me into a tailspin. When my mother was busy with my baby sister I quietly went back up to our bedroom.

There's a wrong side to get out of a bed? How do you know the wrong side from the right side? What side did I actually use?

Well obviously nothing to do but get back into bed and get out again. I remember going back downstairs and telling my mom that I had gone back and gotten out of bed on the right side this time. I maybe was a little confused that she laughed but my bad mood was gone.

* Okay, that's not just a childhood characteristic. I add this in case any of my family members ever read my blog.


Everything is a learning experience.

A Buddhist might say that I learned about impermanence. Our experiences are ever changing.

A developmental psychologist might say that I learned that I had a certain control over my situation. It may have been a magical solution, but I didn't absorb a story that I am helpless and at the mercy of a bad mood.

Ahh, those lessons you have to keep learning through a life time.