dalriadane's Blog


Austin, Texas, USA
October 22
Grew up on a farm in Kansas and have lived in Austin, TX for 21 years. I have been to Europe once and now my passport has expired.


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Whenever I find something new on my face indicating its going amiss -- a new deep wrinkle in my brow, a bump above my eyelid, the age spots that show up when I look in my rear-view mirror in the wrong light, I subconsciously think of this woman:


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SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 5:43PM

Sewing My Third Baby Quilt!

My step-daughter Hannah had her second baby almost immediately after her first baby!  O.K. maybe there was a 10 month gap in there.  Suffice it to say, I wasn't ready -- to make another baby quilt.

But I finally got all the fabric together and started in on it about a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 7:24PM

What They Said

Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform. We believe the OS platform has becomeRead full post »
NOVEMBER 15, 2012 6:51PM

The Year of the Bed Bug Infestation

My knowledge of bed bugs was so non-existant, that when I finally discovered that my bed was infested with them for probably around two months, I was still wondering what the weird rash was up and down both my arms.

It wasn't until I felt something climbing around on me in… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 10:38PM

The Aging of the American Female

As baby boomers are approaching 65 more and more every day, I saw a quote that there would 600,000 centinarians by mid-century with there already being 70,000 centinarians in our country currently.   http://voices.yahoo.com/senior-population-grows-extends-8380805.html?cat=12

Where does that… Read full post »

It's a slow TV cycle in the summer unless you like Russell Brand and Charlie Sheen (FX) or want to watch those old farts on the new Dallas series who's sons are still only in their 20's while they are 70 and 80. 

The HBO's series "Girls" is something I… Read full post »

Last Saturday over the Memorial Day weekend, I blew off my 40th high school reunion to do something more important.  I went to the 5th annual Revival Festival in downtown Austin, Texas.

The Revival Fest is a rockabilly music festival that is only one day long, and brings in rockabilly talent… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2011 12:51PM

Book People: Helping Keep Austin Weird

When I first moved to Austin in 1988 I was a little homesick and went to the local bookstore to find some "Sylvia" cartoon books to make me feel better.  That local bookstore happened to be Book People.  (Wish I could find a photo of it from back then.)

Book People … Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2011 10:08PM

Sewing My Second Baby Quilt

My step-daughter Hannah had her babygirl back in February.  She is a young woman who loved babies even when she was practically a baby herself.  So making her little daughter a quilt was something I looked forward to doing. 

I was going through a break-up and couldn't concentrate.&nbs… Read full post »

In recent years, I have had spotty luck with men.  And really in the whole scheme of things I always seemed to attract men I wasn't particularly that crazy about in the long run.  Until last October.  That's when a nice, attractive, somewhat younger man contacted me on a dating site.&n… Read full post »

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MAY 25, 2011 9:17PM

Bullwinkle is My Religion

I vaguely remember my church-going days.  It was before I entered grade school in 1960 that my Mother would scrub my brother and me, stuff us into our Sunday best and cart us off with her to the nearby Lutheran Church situated in the small, tiny town of Glendale, Kansas.  My… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2011 5:59PM

Websites That Cheer Me Up

I think being on facebook sort of brings me down at times.  It's nice to have contact with people who live far away, but then it's not the most intimate of contact, and after a while it can get depressing.  Or is that just me?   Finding acquaintances on there still living… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2010 8:21PM

Riding Around In Studebakers

           I am unique in the reality of never having ridden in any car but a Studebaker up until I was six.  O.K. maybe sometime before I was six some aunt forced me to ride in her Ford, but as my memory recollects it doesn't seem likely. Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2010 5:48PM

Growing My Hair Out

The thought entered my mind when Ralph Lauren brought overalls into haute couture levels back a few fashion seasons ago.  The models were wearing one long braid draped in front of one shoulder.  Beings I'm part Swiss and grew up on a farm, this look was speaking to me.

Here's a… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2010 11:27PM

Sewing My First Baby Blanket

I have sewn a lot of things throughout my life.  Clothes for myself, clothes for friends, dresses for young girls, outfits for my godson when he was 4,  stuffed bears, stuffed bunnies, home accessories, a few stuffed roosters, and I attempted to re-upholster a chair once, but until&nbs… Read full post »

It was a typical Monday morning -- being responsible after a weekend of not being responsible.   I was writing out my check for a credit card, which I am trying to pay off, and called to make sure a vitamin distributor wasn't going to hit the account when I found out… Read full post »

My mother had something wrong with her mind for most of my remembrance of her.  I don't know the clinical terminology of what was going on with my mother as my father, a dirt farmer, didn't have the money nor the belief that a mental health issue was treatable or worth… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2009 2:13PM

Finding Mr. Right, One Dog at a Time

I pretty much have allergies to everything out there in the air, and I live in the allergy capital of the world, Austin, Texas.  Currently, I believe there is still ragweed pollen, high counts of mold and certain grasses gearing up for the coup de grace -- cedar fever (also called… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 26, 2009 11:54PM

Reading Stephen King Killed My Cat

I joined a book club I found on the popular website, meetup.com, because it had a snappy name, "Beer and Cookies Book Club," and I wanted to meet new people who had similar interests.

Little did I know my cat Henry would be gone within a few months of my joining… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2009 12:10PM

The Sex Lives of Julia and Julie

I sat in a theater this past Saturday watching the Nora Ephron film, "Julie and Julia" enjoying Meryl Streep's portrayal of Julia Childs, all the while someone in the right of the theater was letting gaseous emissions rip in a loud and noisy manner.  I kid you not.  The first time,… Read full post »