FEBRUARY 24, 2015 2:32AM

Wandering in the wilderness...


My first experience with GPS was during a ride with a friend who'd just bought one.  We were on our way to a place we'd been to many times and we knew the way.  And it was a very simple route...


But my friend was determined to use his… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 9:53PM

The Right to Die



My mother died screaming in agony.

During her illness my father looked after her at home. That was 70 years ago, so I imagine things would be different today - she'd be in a hospital, better sedated, perhaps even fixed, since a lot of progress has been made in… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 2:27AM

A room with a view...

“How long do you think you'll be able to live on your own?” asked my SiL, who had already indicated that future accommodation for me was part of his and my daughter's thinking as they looked for a new house.

The question took me aback. A bit. I do… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2015 3:37PM

Dead Wrong

So she's dead.

The 11-year-old Native girl with leukemia.  (I did a post about her in November.)

She had a couple of weeks of chemo, the prescribed treatment that has a 70-90% cure rate.  No treatment = death. Chemo is unpleasant.  She didn't like it.  She asked her parents to hav… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2015 10:26PM

My new housekeeper is a fire dancer!

Hope has some neat Facebook pages - Rants&Raves, Buy/Sell/Swap, photos, bulletins, etc.  After not getting anywhere trying to lure a professional electrician, I whimpered about it on one of the lists - and within 24 hours a former electrician who still does it on the side was at my place doi… Read full post »

(for PoetTESS - late because of this&that)


It was a strange full moon.  For one thing, it was invisible: We were enveloped in an ice fog so thick that perhaps there was some smudge of light above, but nothing definite.


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DECEMBER 30, 2014 12:34PM

My Reno Guy - now with orbs

Here he is, making a hole in the counter to accommodate the stove-top.

Arrival of the counter -

He's not above hamming it up for the camera -

We've been working on the kitchen for a while - well, he works, I look in now and then

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DECEMBER 25, 2014 3:49PM

Driving to Seattle in the rain...

Driving down the highway...

But then some signs of a possible break-through...


After which a sunny and GREEN! ride down 5 from the border to Seattle.

Rain again in Seattle - here at a service station, waiting to be rescued (lost again!)


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DECEMBER 14, 2014 1:20PM

I don't understand


I don't understand how white people can deny the fact of deep, wide and long anti-black racism.

Nor how they can cry RACISM or PLAYING THE RACE CARD whenever some black person complains, as if there's equivalency.

I don't understand how white people can demand acceptance of theoretical equiva… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2014 12:03PM

Psychopaths I Have Known

The Psychopath Test – A Journey Through the Madness Industry – by Jon Ronson, who also wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats.


I was interested to read it (I've known some certified psychopaths) – and it was interesting. Funny, with horrific bits. [Re the latter - I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 3:58PM

Hi Phyllis - what probably not to do

So I'm feeling lonely here at my new place and looking for some company. Being mostly an introvert, I don't enjoy company-for-company's sake, at least for more than ten minutes, but, rather, people with similar interests or sympatico in some way so there's something actual to talk about.

So I've goneRead full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 9:22PM



There was Michael Brown and cigarillos.  Now Eric Garner and cigarettes.  I think I see the problem here.  Wait, what?


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DECEMBER 2, 2014 1:37AM

Rain at the hospital

Life in igloo-land (only I thought this was a mildish corner thereof).
Good grief.  Just got a call from my reno guy about why he didn't show.  He had been planning to pop over and pick up my spare garbage can for old stuff from his own reno job… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 2:14AM

Arty Shot of the Toilet Shed


My original title was NEW KITCHEN, JUST LIKE THE OLD KITCHEN, ONLY MORE OF IT.  But I thought my new title would get your attention.

Here it is - the arty shot of the toilet shed.  At the re-use material place.

Where I went to buy my new (to me)… Read full post »

or:  http://tinyurl.com/l8c43dt 
This time the court ruled in favor of the hospital, who wanted to take the infant off life-supp… Read full post »


An 11-year-old girl with leukemia wishes not to undergo the discomfort of long-term chemo and her parents have removed her from the hospital and plan to treat her with “traditional” medicine, whatever the hell that might consist of.

Last heard from, she was at some kind of m… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 1:12PM


angels smoking
NOVEMBER 12, 2014 1:43AM

Mordor Murder


“He's dead! He's dead!”

The girl burst into the cabin, hair flying, eyes wide, face pale, lips trembling. I happened to be on hand, interviewing the couple who ran the Pagan festival and, as an aspiring journalist, I made mental notes. The interview so far had been… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 12:52PM


I knew he had started seeing someone on the side.  Staying away all of some days. But I didn't think he would run off with her - he complained about her, how she'd sent him all the way to Abbotsford (IN HIS TRUCK WHICH HE WOULDN'T HAVE DRIVEN OUT OF… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2014 1:24AM

Pissing My Life Away


(French toast for breakfast)


Pissing My Life Away


A few days ago my dashboard went PING and the low-tire symbol came on.. (How does that work anyway? A new gizmo by me, in this new-to-me fake-van. But beats forgetting to check tires periodically.)… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2014 4:34AM

Trick and treat

So we got in a bunch of li'l candy bars, this being our first time in many years in a locale where kiddies were likely to come to the door.  There are a few tots in the immediate vicinity, and the town is such that dedicated… Read full post »
OCTOBER 27, 2014 12:21AM

Oh How the Mighty have Fallen!

My daughter in Seattle lost a wonderful mimosa tree in a storm last night. Its upper branches shaded one end of their second-story porch (which also features a terrific view of Mt. Rainier – when it isn't rainiering). It had wonderful foliage and delicate aromatic flowers.

She thinks itRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2014 5:52PM

My Baby's Back Home!

Here she is, my stolen laptop, back home and snuggling with her big sister, the giant-screen desktop.
Infant i-pad still missing.  A sacrifice to the god of thieves, who at least gave me the bigger piece of loot back.
I went off to meet the… Read full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2014 11:39AM


Nat. Post headline:  Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected


Well! Shooters on the roof of the Parliament Buildings!

(Tho the roof/roofs of the P. Buildings are pointy

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