30 July 2016



A new day


Dare to



-Steve Maraboli

Here it is

Another Saturday

I spent the last few days

dealing with AC issues

that are all fixed now,


But I found as I was

snapping pix this week

that my battery is dead.

And now I cannot find

my charger.


If you have an extra one

for a Canon NB-11LH battery

please drop me a note!

29 July 2016


Advice #09874 from Maxine:

"Don't get all weird about getting older!

Our age is merely the number of years 

the world has been enjoying us!"

This has been one heck of a birthday.
I live in the Valley of the Sun
where it was 114 degrees today.
And my AC quit.

Actually, it had quit 2 days before.
I called the company I use, they sent out
a tech at 10:45pm -- it was still 106 degrees
at that time -- and I'm still chuckling over
that one.  She walks in, looks at the thermostat
and lifts the cover.  Then she lifted a second cover
that I'd never noticed before and she asks
"When's the battery been changed?"
I said "What battery?"

Turns out the thermostat that is hanging on
the wall by the light switch, and is wired into
the wall is NOT powered by electricity but
two double A batteries.   In the six years I've
been in the house, I had no idea!  Boy did I
feel dumb!  lol   She charged me $39.95
for an after-hours service call.  lol

However.  That wasn't my only problem because
Thursday it wasn't working again.  I called the
company and they couldn't send anyone until
midnight.  Ugh.  So Sadie and I packed a quick
bag, and headed to the local motel for some
blessed AC and a good night's sleep.

The repairman was out today and replaced
a blower fan.  It's working awesome now!

I think this is my most expensive birthday ever!!

23 July 2016


"I like to be left alone
But when people don't notice I'm absent
It hurts
And I know it's my own fault
For becoming invisible
For isolating myself
But just once I want someone to notice
To truly notice and care."

I often wonder, sometimes marvel,
at the way we have become the persons
we are, each of us.
What influences in younger years
made us into who we are?

I've been thinking on this a lot lately,
wondering why I'm the way I am
when it comes to work.  Not my job, per se,
but more 'doing things' rather than spending
time with people.

I like being alone.    Most of the time.
Because being around people isn't easy for me.
As I get older, it's becoming even more that way.
So I'm alone a lot.
(Unless of course, you count Sadie!)

But what part of my upbringing
brought me to this point?
Or was it something in my later years,
perhaps something to do with my divorces?

All the wondering and pondering
isn't going to change anything.
So I plod along, as most of us do.

21 July 2016


“People spot a big black lens, 

and they worry about what they're doing, or how their hair looks. 

Nobody sees the person holding the camera.” 

― Erica O'Rourke

Do you ever feel invisible?

Lately, I feel that way.

More than I have in the past.

Women over 50 often feel this way.

They no longer get looks from men

like they did when they were 20.  

Or even 30.  Or 40.

Society embraces the youthful,

clear skinned, smiling women who

look as if they don't have a care in the world.

But I have cares, pains, and scars.  

I have lived a full, busy, productive,

beautiful life.   It's my turn again

to not have a care in the world. 

If only it were that easy.

20 July 2016


“And like the sun, 

I will always rise.” 

― Nikki Rowe

There's a country song with lyrics that
describe how I was raised, how I see life.
and while it's been a good attitude, 
it's not very well balanced in me:

"Soaking in the rain
baking in the sun
Don’t quit 'til the job gets done

That’s the only way I know
Don’t stop 'til everything’s gone

Straight ahead, never turn 'round
Don’t back up, don’t back down

Full throttle, wide open
You get tired and you don’t show it

Dig a little deeper when you think you can’t dig no more
That’s the only way I know"

Deep down, I'm just a country girl,
born in the wrong decade,
and in the wrong part of the states.

I tried moving, living a more country life
but .... it wasn't something I could do on my own.
To be successful, you need a full-on partner
who thinks the way you do.

I've always told folks
"I'm not your normal, average woman"
Never have been, never will be.
And at my age, I don't think things are
going to change, so I just keep doing.

11 July 2016

Backyard Breeze

There is nothing in all the world 

more beautiful or significant of the laws of the universe 

than the nude human body. 

-Robert Henri

10 July 2016

Catch the Wind

“For example, the wind has its reasons. 
We just don't notice as we go about our lives. 
But then, at some point, we are made to notice. 
The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. 
The wind knows everything that's inside you. 
And not just the wind. Everything, including a stone. 
They all know us very well. From top to bottom. 
It only occurs to us at certain times. 
And all we can do is go with those things. 
As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing

I was born during a summer thunderstorm
and I have always liked the wind.
There's just something about the
movement of air, just because.
So I tried to run out and catch some
breeze with my scarf......

Sometimes the ideas in my mind
aren't what appear when I want it to.

Happy Weekend!