Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Almost Five Years Old (and giveaway)!

What a big girl!    It's hard to believe, but I am almost 5 years old!    That is to say, my Blog is nearly five.   When I think back over the past five years, there have been many changes, some of them challenging and many of them good.   I am in a different city, a different job in an entirely different field, driving a different car and living in a different house, with completely different hobbies.   It's been an interesting journey.   So much has changed, it is hard to believe that I am still the same old me.   

I am having a giveaway to celebrate.   I still don't know what I am giving -- some things never change!--so it will be a surprise.   My Bloggy Anniversary is on April 11.   Anyone who comments between now and then will be entered.   Good luck, and thanks for taking this trip with me!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


It was 87 degrees a couple of days ago.   That was unseasonably warm, even freakishly warm.  Everything is in bloom, about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.   Even my indoor lemon tree is blossoming!  
I knew, I think we all knew, that it couldn't last.   But today, when I stepped out in my crops, short sleeve shirt and sandals only to find that it was a mere 72 degrees, I felt a little cheated!  And more than a little cold.     That, despite the fact that it's still warmer than it usually is this time of year, in this part of Michigan.   Still, despite the fact that I was freezing (laugh) on my walk around the block, it was another truly beautiful day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


We are having the most beautiful Spring weather.   Crocuses are up and almost gone.  Daffodils are blooming.   My thistle-seed feeder is covered with red and yellow finches.   Temperatures today are expected to be in the 80s.  It is the perfect weather for my grandchildren to ride bikes and play soccer.   The perfect weather for walking around the block.

Life isn't always perfect.   My check-engine light is on.   My house is a mess.   My budget is shot.   People I love have problems that I can't solve.    But this perfect weather soothes my soul.   Life is good.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Thing To Check Off The List!

I found 2 geocaches in New Orleans, just because they were close by to where I was waiting (and waiting and waiting). I was very near 2 others but too many people around for a real search so I let them go. Still, it's a start!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No, Louie, I won't miss New Orleans

Tomorrow I will return home from NOLA, where I've been since Friday.

My daughter has been mostly otherwise occupied so, so far, we've spent only a very few hours together. I am hoping she will be able to spend a few more today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I have spent a lot of time in a motel across the river watching local TV, eaten my fill of beignets and bread pudding, seen a few sights, gotten wet and dirty and tired, and spent a bunch of money.

Maybe I am getting too old for adventure.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Going Up

Lots of things in my life seem to be going up this week.    This week's temperatures have gone up from the high teens early in the week to 52 degrees yesterday.   As a result, a couple of my tulips popped through the surface of the dirt.
Gas prices are also going up.    Yesterday I spent $34 to fill only 1/3 of the tank in my sub-compact car.    And I will be 'going up' this weekend, on an unexpected flight to New Orleans.   I have a lot to do today, changing my work schedule, packing, getting things in order.   I guess I'd better get my butt up and out of this chair!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dragging Behind The Camel

A friend of mine posted today this quote by Hafiz:  “Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, But then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.”

Already this has been one of those days filled with troubles that I can't change, and where one minor consideration -- the belief that I spend way too much money on 'counterfeit' pleasures -- ends up taking over my mind.   I just learned that I will owe on my 2011 income tax.   While doing those taxes, I discovered that, through a transcription error, I underpaid my 2011 summer property tax by about $100 and, with penalties and interest, now owe nearly $500.  I can't find my auto proof of insurance -- what the heck? -- and so I am worried about being stopped and fined before I get another copy.   Not insignificantly,  I also learned that my daughter has some troubles that I would like to support her through and I may choose to make a (very) quick (and yes, expensive) trip to NOLA.    To enhance my web of self-criticism and guilt, of course, just yesterday I sent in the money for a beginners fly fishing school as part of this year's resolution to make it or break it in the fishing sport.   Of course, my main emotion is concern about my daughter, but as usual, I've turned the whole thing around and am worrying instead about the fly fishing, as if her difficulties and the extra expenses are a punishment for spending on myself.   I kind of admire the way my mind has created a diversion to keep me from thinking about the bigger problems so that, instead of considering that I may be a 'broken man,' I find myself complaining about the camel.

I wonder, does that make an optimist?

Friday, March 2, 2012

In Like A Lamb?

After last week's ice and slush, March began with mild temperatures.   The old saying is that when March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion, so I'm not ready to expect spring quite yet, much as I wish I could!

[POSTSCRIPT:  I had no sooner posted this than the temperature began to plummet and the weather report advised that we are expecting a blizzard this afternoon.   The March Lion may still be on the way to my house!]

Last week was my final fly-tying class.   I will miss it, at least until I find something to replace it.   I hope I will keep tying flies at home, but there is something nice about sitting around with a bunch of other people, chatter in the background, while I work.   Even though I am not socially involved with the other tiers (they congregate at 'men only' tables and inevitably leave me at a table by myself), I like the illusion of company.
I intended to shoot at my local firing range today.   Pistol shooting is another 'illusion of company' activity for me.   Words are rarely exchanged, I am in my own narrow chute, but around other people engaged in the same activity.   There is an unspoken competition, and I occasionally hear comments on my shooting, which I find instructive (and sometimes encouraging).  But, best laid plans, it didn't work out.   Turns out that today was Glock Day at my shooting range, and the usually quiet shop was crowded to bursting.   The testosterone level was way past my quiet-spinster-life comfort level, so I declined to stand in line for a range and put it off until another day.

I followed up that failed plan by doing the Walk Of Shame at Weight Watchers, where I have not gone to weigh in for several months.   It was not good.   I thought about stopping for a candy bar on the way home, but didn't.   I'm sure I have one in the freezer . . .

Next month will mark the 5-year anniversary of my blog.   Wow!    I will be planning a giveaway to celebrate the occasion.   Traditionally, 5 years is the 'wooden' anniversary, so I'll have to give that some thought.   Details coming soon!