Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit, Happy Lucky August!

Gracious me, did I skip July?? This year is humming right along, isn't it?

August has been called the Sunday of summer, but--there's still plenty of warm weather to be had, and weeks until school starts.

I'm thinking of all the people in Northern California, and hoping they are safe. It was a relief to hear that my Uncle Michael and Aunt Sandy are out of harm's way. Ah, lovely Lewiston...and Shasta, Redding, and Weaverville, the whole area...how heartbreaking.

On a happier note, I've had some wonderful quality time with my mother and sisters this summer, for which I am thankful.

And there are so many bunnies in the yard and birds chirping...such vibrant signs of life and joy.

Happy August!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Beautiful Morning

Good morning!

I wish everyone felt as well as I do right now. And it also happens to be a lovely day.

In our present political climate, the sci-fi books that came out of the McCarthy era are getting another rotation, in particular, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.  This past weekend, I was listening to a story on NPR that discussed the various adaptations of this novel, and the segment also included an interview of a high school teacher who was casting students for the play. His students impressed him with their thoughtfulness, and one of the students who wanted to play Captain Beatty was a girl. Tjos teacher's first reaction was...but that's a male character...WAIT.

Stop right there--I am motivated to reread this book. But this reminded me, yet again, that as prescient as so many sci-fi writers were about technology and social concerns, they all had a blind spot. I suspect this male teacher caught himself pretty quickly; in 2018, the fire captain can certainly be a woman! This young woman had specific reasons for wanting to play that part, and I enjoyed hearing her reading.

Even Philip Dick, the big idea man, the brain behind some of the best science fiction around, wrote some stories that make me want to smack him. Posthumously.

Okay, random mini-rant over, I'd better get clean and packed for work...


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Get a Cold....and YOU Get a Cold...

Okay, no joke, the ladies in my warren have been mighty sick. It seems to have started with one sister and spread to the others, their mother, and a sister-in-law. Sad news.

Severe sore throats, coughing, and congestion were the symptoms, to varying degrees, someone even had achy ears. Personally, Saturday night was my worst, and my symptoms included an achy left armpit. This got my paranoia machine purring so loudly that I hopped into the bathroom to find something to put me to sleep. It turns out that cheap knock-off brand of something like Nyquil (should be Night swill), even if expired, works just fine. Same goes for that cough suppressant I found...next time someone gets sick around here, we'll have to go out and buy new stuff because I've lapped up everything there is.

I'm feeling dramatically better today. My throat is still a bit sore, but nothing like it was, and the cough is almost completely gone. I believe I'll sleep without medicating tonight!

Hopefully, everyone will feel human by this weekend.

How are you doing?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rabbit rabbit, Happy June 1st

To me, June is the official start of summer, even if summer solstice doesn't actually arrive until almost the end of the month. Give me a break; culturally, it is now summer.

What's going on? Well, Lara and Emily were here very recently, and we had a delightful visit. They wanted to go to The Midtown Scholar and poke around, so we did. Mike and I discovered that the rare book room goes way way down and back...we almost made it to Narnia, I think. There are way more books in this place than meets the eye. Then, we had coffee or tea and muffins, because it would be a shame to go without doing that. We hardly ever think of going there, and honestly, my pile is so high that I don't really need another book.

We also ate well (but of course), meandered through a local antique mall, and took a stroll through the hometown. It's a great place to walk, and we got lucky with the weather.

Oh, and we discovered that we could fit five people in Della's Prius. And no, we did not need the giant shoe horn.

Mike and I really need to travel north soon to visit. I'd love to see Lowell, and it would be nice to see Xena again...the cute little chiweenie is going to be eighteen (!) years old in the near future.

June sneaked up on us...we just realized that we have book group THIS Sunday, and the couple who are hosting it are doing a brunch instead of an evening gathering, appropriate since we will be discussing a book about coffee.

SO, whatchaupto?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May showers bring...

Lots of tall grass cuz no one can cut it.

At least the grass seed Mike planted is finally taking root.

So much news, and yet here I am, rabbitting on about the weather.

There has been another school shooting. Three words that are insane together. What is the future? Do schools need their own TSA? Will public school become an endangered institution?

So many frightening situations, the world over. War, starving people, disease.

Meanwhile, across the pond, a glamorous event unfolds and bedazzles. The first 1001 times I saw the faces of Harry and Meghan on my news feed, I kept scrolling. The last three royal weddings were not relevant to me, but this one did catch my attention. Blame it on the internet for wearing me down, I suppose...but also, Meghan's evil half siblings made me want to root for her. A little happiness for a nice couple.

Among all the tense news, this privileged lavishness is irresistible eye candy. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April showers...and snow...

It's a couple days late for this, but YAY for Desiree Linden!! Woohoo, and what an awful day to be running...cold and rainy, just about the worst conditions anyone could hope not to experience. So, it's been thirty-three (33!) years since an American has worn the laurel wreath in Boston...

It's also the twentieth anniversary of our running that marathon. Impossible! I only ran one more after that (let's run like it's 1999).

So, yesterday, we had snow showers, today it appears to be dry, but it's still cold.

This is total bullsh&t.

That's all I have to say for now.

You got any more??

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hey, it's spring out there

Finally, a warm weekend! And just in time for all this warmth, I finished a scarf. The earmuff I'm wearing started out as a scarf, until I realized that stockinette stitch does the curl thing so well that its talent is...things that should curve. I'm going to leave that sentence alone, since I really should be cleaning the inside of my car.

My car... I'm so embarrassed. This morning, I got up bright and early to return the immaculate Chevy Cruze loaner car and pick up  my own car, a filthy blue Saturn Ion. They always wash it, but--those guys saw the dusty dirty inside. The vehicle they loaned me was detailed to the point of insanity.

Anyway. On with the day.