Side Effects

Side benefits, actually. My steel-toed work boots have seen a lot of use lately. My husband’s place of employment still has not reopened. We don’t know if they will. The company was in some legal trouble before the pandemic and since it’s a medical office, reopening poses a few more challenges than it might for,Continue reading “Side Effects”

Two Ways of Looking at Things

There’s always two ways to consider something. I’d be willing to bet that there’s usually even more than that. My husband, Bernd, and I have two different basic modes of operation. His is mainly to panic. Mine is to mainly remain calm. It’s not that I’m more enlightened than he is. It just that IContinue reading “Two Ways of Looking at Things”

All Other Concerns Aside …

It’s springtime. Where we live in the higher elevations of central Arizona, which means wild swings in temperature between night and day. The lows are still in the forties (just two weeks ago they were in the thirties), but the days are in the eighties. That’s a forty degree shift. During the hottest part ofContinue reading “All Other Concerns Aside …”

I like Science Fiction but I Don’t want to Participate

Well … if I could get on a rocket and go to the moon today, I’d be sorely tempted. I’ll qualify that: a nicely settled, well-established moon base would be preferable. Hey! I’m 67. I like some comfort in my life these days. It’s movies like “Andromeda Strain” and “Contagion” that I don’t really wantContinue reading “I like Science Fiction but I Don’t want to Participate”

In Lieu of the Vet

My hope was that I could make this amusing. I’m not sure it’s really possible. Maybe once we’ve done it there will be something funny to say about it. Although, upon reflection, that might be a stretch. The thing is, Maddie is showing all the signs that she needs to have her anal glands expressed.Continue reading “In Lieu of the Vet”

Adjusting to Being Home

I’ve been a stay-at-home wife and humom to a dog (the eponymous Maddie) and cat (Bonfire) for a few years now. I’ve got the routine down. I know the rules of the house as dictated by the dog and the cat. My husband, Bernd, just this morning got the word that his place of employmentContinue reading “Adjusting to Being Home”

Drive-thru Restaurants

I’ve been thinking a lot about drive-thru restaurants lately. They are everywhere. Lots and lots of them. Right now that’s probably a good thing. But in the past, I’ve been known to remark that there are just too many of them. It makes eating poorly too easy. I’m old enough to remember carhops on rollerContinue reading “Drive-thru Restaurants”

Murphy’s Law

Over the years I’ve had a lot of experiences with machines of all kinds. Some have been pleasant and some have been decidedly not. The mimeograph machine that I had to use in high school comes to mind as a good example of the latter. It seems that my most frustrating experiences with machines haveContinue reading “Murphy’s Law”