Thursday, December 28, 2017

Where my mind is

My mind is with my body - on vacation - visiting my brother - at the beach.

My mind is learning to calculate smartpoints - I joined Weight Watchers.

My mind is happy because Dr Who is a woman now and I enjoyed the Xmas special.

Speaking of the beach I must be going...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Axial Tilt

Made this print at the Frist Center. Happy holidays y'all! Winter Solstice is here. Days will start being longer again!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Artist Nick Cave

Today I went to Nashville to the Frist Center to experience Nick Cave.


I didn't really know who he was; I was just attracted to his name. (As it happens there is more than 1 well known Nick Cave.)

One of the things Nick Cave is known for are his 'soundsuits'.

That is a picture of Nick himself standing beside one of the 'soundsuits." Several of them were on display at the Frist. This is what the program says about them
"...they speak to issues of identity an social justice - specifically race, gun violence and civic responsibility. His trademark human - shaped sculptures, made from upcycled everyday materials...playful...but began as a form of social critique. They were originally conceived as a protective type of armor in the wake of the (Rodney) King incident, when Cave felt particularly vulnerable as an African American man.  ...discarded, devalued, viewed as 'less than.' Sitting in a Chicago Park Cave began to gather twigs and sticks (also discarded and devalued)...stringing them into a wearable sculpture. ...created a second skin that camouflaged his race, gender, class and sexuality...shielding him from judgment."

He calls them soundsuits because of the noise they make when walking in them.

Other pieces of his art that were on display:

This is one of a 4 piece. 

And this:

Looking at the above pieces I was reminded of something that is true of a lot of people my age - what to do with mom and dad's STUFF. Not my thing but obviously Nick Cave could find a use for it.

My favorite piece was called the 'Enchanted Forest':

It is all long strings of found beads. And it was beautiful.

I would like to thank the Frist Center and Nick Cave for a lovely afternoon!

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Yep - I said it. Happy Holidays. Not Thanksgiving and it won't be Christmas, either. Some people are offended by that but I am offended by people who push their beliefs on others.

If you are offended that we celebrate a day when we befriended a race of people whom we later almost annihilated - so am I .

I can use that day as a day to be grateful and I will. The list is endless but starts with my family!

If you are offended that Christmas has become a time for spending too much money and or a day where Jesus Christ is shoved down your throat - so am I.

I can celebrate the changing of the seasons - though. And I will.

So I say again - HAPPY HOLIDAYS Y'ALL!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy places in my mind

I DVR Dancing With the Stars so I can watch the dances and the scores only. [Not all the judges talking - number scores only. ]

I mostly watch for Mark Ballas.

Right now when I wake up in the morning my first thoughts are how depressing my job is answering to my 2 never-on-the-same-page bosses.

I can come back from that by watching a couple of Mark and Lindsey Stirling 's dances from this season's DWTS.

The sci-fi themed Argentine tango

The Halloween themed Paso Doble

The Paso Doble is done to Lindsey Sterlings violin music. I am officially a fan. Will be adding some to my ipod next paycheck!

Beautiful. And thank you Mark. Thank you Lindsey.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

swivel recliners for conversion van

Once again thinking about van conversions. I've always thought I would end up bolting a recliner down to sleep in. Seems that may not be necessary though.

It appears they make recliners for rv's. Looks like they would work in a van conversion also.

Still just a dream....

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's a girl

Well, woman actually. That's right - the new Dr. Who is finally a woman!

Jodie Whitaker - who btw was terrific in Broadchurch - is the 13th Dr Who.

And to all of you who are bitching about the new Dr Who being a woman let me ask you this -

Did you bitch when the Master

regenerated to be

the Master?

If not - and I think not - why is it okay for the villain to be female but not okay for the hero to be female?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gladiolas are back

Bought these beauties at Kroger for less than 4 dollars. When I get glads like this I can make them last forever. When the bottom blooms fade, I deadhead them, cut the stems off an inch or so and soon a bloom will appear further up on the stem.

Hope something is giving you joy today!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

60 Years old today - Yikes

Really it's okay. I had a lovely day. I had to work until 3PM. I came home to my mom, my grandkids and their dogs. Everyone else had to work today.

My mom 'made' me a donut cake (per my request).

She is a beautiful mom.

She also bought me flowers.

We played Phase 10 and I won!

Then we played Yahtzee...

My granddaughter Kat won. Here she is with me and their dog, Molly.

My grandson Jay came in second. Here he is with me and their dog, Eddie.

I came in dead last.

I don't feel 60. Maybe tomorrow. When I wake up and my knees hurt for the first 5 minutes. But not today.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book recs

If you are up for some book recommendations skip on over to Jenny Crusie's website where every Thursday is Good Book Thursday.

I posted a rec for Jana Deleon's latest.

I have also just re-read SEP's book - A'int She Sweet. SEP is always worth a re-read.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Contagious enthusiasm

My friend Sarah Wynde has just come back from a vacation and is waxing enthusiastic on her blog. I am living vicariously while also thinking about my proposed trip to New York museums.

Short term I have a mini vacation coming up next weekend. The happiest 5K on the planet happens next weekend.

Louisville here we come.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

the best day...

For Mother's Day I got cactus, carnations, dinner and the pleasure of my family's company. Oh, and a chocolate bar! Doesn't get better than this. Love my family!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Color Run update

Kat, Jay and I are doing well in our training for the Louisville Color Run in June.

So far I am up to 1.5 miles a day. Kat and Jay are doing 40 minutes a day.

We have done one 2 mile walk.

We are going to do a 2.5 mile walk this week.

I trudge along and whine.

They take it all in stride and thrive on the movement.

Looking forward to walking in the happiest 5K on the planet!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

(Re-reading vs Reading), (Watching vs Reading), (None of which is writing)

Re-reading vs reading:

Have you ever gone through long periods of time when you spent most of your reading time re-reading rather than reading?

Right now I have 2 books that are new by authors I love. I know I will love the books. But instead of reading them I am re-reading Kristen Ashley's Colorado mountain man series.

Don't get me wrong, I love Kristen Ashley but it's not as much about how great those books are as it is about how I just don't have the energy for new stimuli.

Watching vs Reading:

I can take new stimuli in small doses that I know will give me a finished story at the end and not leave me wanting to know what happens next.

So some of my reading time has been spent watching the Wallender series on Netflix. Good stories set in Sweden where I want to visit someday but definitely too dark a world to live in long enough to read the books.

(Bonus - I get to look at Kenneth Brannaugh for a couple of hours.)
(All this and a British accent - Yum)

And the new season of Grace and Frankie which lightens my load.

None of which is writing:

I'm not spending any time writing. It's frustrating. I never have the time to really wade in for a day and fully live in a fiction world of my own making.

I know many wonderful writers tell you not to do this - but I'm waiting for retirement.

But I need to be building my writing muscles. I need to commit to taking some time to write everyday. Maybe not even something significant. Just a page of fiction about something.

Gonna try to set myself a course to do that.

If any of it is worth reading - I'll post it here.


"I am restless.
Things are calling me away.
My hair is being pulled by the stars again."
Anais Nin

Thursday, March 9, 2017

good stuff and bad stuff

Bad Stuff:

Some idiot hacked me and sent out links to Rayban. Funny cause I don't even own sunglasses. One wonders why people take the time and trouble to do such things. I don't have time enough to do so many things in my life and yet some idiot has time to do this.

Anyway - I changed every password I have on everything now. So there, idiotic person.

Good stuff:

Walking a lot in prep for the Color Run 5k I plan to walk - slowly - to the finish line - in June - with my grandkids. Gonna be fun, y'all.

Bad yet good stuff:

Discovered how to make chocolate cake in a coffee cup in the microwave. Delicious but potential for abuse.

Other good stuff:

Loving 'cognitive consonance' and the thoughts I am drilling in to my mind.

My favorite will be bleeped here so I don't get picked up by idiots looking for the one word:

I look better and better n...d every day!!!


Bad stuff:

Well, you know - the president and stuff.

Let's end on good stuff:

At least 2 of the shows I like on Netflix are coming back this month:

Next season of Better Call Saul
Next season of Grace and Frankie.

Hope y'all are having more good stuff than bad stuff.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Iris Apfel and The Minimalists

Such is the philosophy of Iris Apfel. It is not my philosophy. I am more of a minimalist. But I love her.

Funny true story: When I got my bifocals I first picked out a frame that reminded me of Iris, specifically because I love the look of her glasses. The eye doctors assistant talked me down. She said she didn't think the little town I lived in was ready for Iris Apfel (which was funny because I hadn't mentioned her up to that point.) So I toned down a bit and I think I'm probably happier.

Anywho - last week when there was nothing worth watching on tv and none of my shows have a new season on Netflix yet, I came upon a documentary about minimalism which is home to me. It was good and I will talk about it later.

Tonight - same nothing good on tv - same nothing new I want to watch on Netflix - I came across the documentary simply titled 'Iris'.

It was so good. She has been totally true to herself for 95 years now. She was married to her husband Carl for 68 years until he died in 2015.

If you have a chance - watch it. She is fascinating and endearing although I could never wear what she wears or live in her house.

So The Minimalists:

This is a documentary by and about Joshua Filburn and Ryan Nicodemis and their pursuit of minimalism.

It was also good. They took you on a book tour and on the way chronicled their lives thus far and how they got into minimalism.

Again - watch it if you have a chance.

Meanwhile they have a website. This is them:

Wonder how Joshua and Ryan would get along with Iris?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein

I am currently in a book club called You Read Like A Girl.

Pick number one is a book written by a boy. If you have read my blog much you know, I'm not often drawn to the male voice in the books I read.

This book was easier to read than most.

If you are in the book club and you haven't finished the book, warning, I have and there will be spoilers here. (I have to review it all as it is due back to the library.)

Things I liked:

I liked the usage of the dogs point of view and enjoyed reading those parts.

I liked the introduction into the racing world.

I liked Denny's relationship with his daughter. I love fathers who are engaged in their children's lives in positive ways.

There are really nice passages in the book that are definitely truths wrapped in fiction. Like this one:

"Often things happen to race cars in the heat of the race...When faced with one of these problems, the poor driver crashes. The average driver gives up. THE GREAT DRIVERS DRIVE THROUGH THE PROBLEM. They figure out a way to continue racing....To be able to possess a machine in such a way is the ultimate show of determination and awareness. IT MAKES ONE REALIZE THAT THE PHYSICALITY OF OUR WORLD IS A BOUNDARY TO US ONLY IF OUR WILL IS WEAK; a true champion can accomplish things that a normal person would think impossible." Garth Stein

Things I didn't like:

Eve. Probably bitchy of me but I just never liked her.

The thing I hated: SPOILER ALERT:

I don't like it when books, movies, or tv use a girl or woman lying about sexual assault as part of their plots.

I know it happens in real life. But I think it is very, very rare.

What is more common is a girl or woman being assaulted, telling the truth, and not being believed. Or being too afraid to tell anyone for fear she won't be believed.

It ruined the book for me.

Feminist is a label I wear proudly and I don't like books, movies, television that make life harder for all of us in the human tribe.

I am happy that the next book we will be reading is The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart. I think it will establish balance.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Verse for anti trump rallies (and all of the people involved in his attempts to destroy the USA)

The Cranberries song Zombie is one of my favorite angry, sing/yell in the car songs. Just realized the chorus could be used effectively at anti trump rallies.

Hey donald trump -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey betsy wetsy -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey bannon, sessions, flynn -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Really you could yell/sing it at any of them at any rally. It would be very satisfying.

I love you Dolores O'Riordan!!!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Run Fun

Myself, my granddaughter and my grandson have decided to do the Color Run 5K that is happening in Louisville KY in June, 2017. It looks like so much fun.

Check it out.

We plan on walking instead of running. We start 'training' on Monday!

Doesn't that look like fun?

You can see why they call it the happiest 5K on Earth, right?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 5

This could go on forever. I have endless bookmarks in this book. But I think I have given you enough of a taste.

There is some sadness. But it's not the unbearable kind of sadness that bruises you. And it is overcome in the end.

There are regrettable decisions that were made in fear and there is fear to push through. And there is grace and beauty in the way the fears are vanquished.

There is love. There are unusual relationships. There are quirky characters. Everyone down to the last person is lovable with flaws. Except (for me anyway) Manon, who is the reason for Jean Perdu's regrets. I never loved or liked her.

It is, as I said on day one, a charming story and I recommend you read it.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 4

Prescriptions from The Literary Apothecary:

"What kind of book?" the oval whispered.
"The consoling kind."
"I need to cry some more. I'll drown if I don't. Can you understand that?"
"Of course. Sometimes you're swimming in unwept tears and you'll go under if you store them up inside." And I'm at the bottom of a sea of tears. "I'll bring you a book for crying then." Nina George

Different patient:

"My type. Okay. Excuse me, but maybe I should point out to you that I've come to your book barge for a book. Not a husband, ma chere Monsieur."
"With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry, ma chere Madame."
(She leaves then comes back later.)
"All right," she said. "Give me the books that are kind to me, and to hell with the men who don't give a damn about me." Nina George

I loved this movie. Maybe I'll read the book:

"von Arnim, Elizabeth. The Enchanted April.
      For indecision and for trusting one's friends.
      Side effects: Falling in love with Italy; a yearning for the South; a heightened sense of justice."
Nina George

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 3

Jean Perdu is the owner of a barge boat called The Literary Apothecary.

He purposes to cure peoples ailments with books. I love this idea. That I could go to the bookstore or library and they could ask me questions to determine what I need and then prescribe a book. Why can't this be real?

Jean asks Catherine* what she wanted to be when she was young and she tells him she wanted to be a librarian and a pirate.

"At night I would have stolen back from evil people everything they'd tricked the good ones out of with their lies, leaving a single book that would cleanse them and force them to repent, turn them into good people and so on--of course." Nina George

Does the world not need this right now, I ask you?

*Catherine becomes Jean's love interest.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 2

Jean Perdu's parents are divorced. But they still have a relationship. Once a week Jean (who is getting close to 50) visits his father with messages and questions from his mother. The next day he visits his mother with communications from his father.

"Anything else?" asked Joaquin,... "She needs a new secondhand car. She wants you to look for one, but not some weird color like the last one." "Weird? It was white. Your mother. I ask you---" "Can your nice new girlfriend cook, Maman asks, or are you going to eat at hers on July 14?"
There is very little of his parents in the book but what is there is endearing.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A revival of sorts (though definitely not the religious sort)

Long, long ago I started this blogpost with the intentions of creating blogposts as kind of book reviews which pointed out truths that are found in fiction novels. I haven't done that kind of blogpost in a long time.

I found a book that has inspired me to do it again and for once I'm going to answer that inspiration, although slightly differently.

I find it hard these days to read long blogposts (with a couple of exceptions) so I intend to write a burst of short posts daily.

The book is The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George.

It is a charming story full of delights and truths, sometimes in combination, with a happy ending.

First delight / truth combo:

"Yet that was only one part of what Perdu* listened out for and recorded: what was making the soul unhappy. Then there was the second part: what made the soul happy. Monsieur Perdu knew that the texture of the things a person loves rubs off on his or her language, too."
"Madame Bernard, the owner of number 27, transposed her love of fabric into houses and people; "Manners like a creased polyester shirt" was one of her favorite sayings." Nina George
I love the notion that what we love flavors how we speak. And look. The way I worded that; flavors. It's true. I do love food.

*Monsieur Jean Perdu is the lovable, flawed main character of the book