Thursday, January 26, 2017

Harbingers of Spring

Okay. It's 45 degrees out (cold for southern California) and I'm hearing the song of birds that usually announce the arrival of Spring in Maryland (in March or April). It's a sound that always made me happy when I lived there. So, my initial reaction is -- Maybe they are announcing that it will finally get warmer here?
(of course my first reaction was, What are they doing being so cheerful in January?)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Un decorating the house

Time to take the 'artificial' tree down.
It's undecorated.
All the decorations are put away.
But we can't get the tree apart so that we can put it back into its box.
I tried.
Teen tried.
I think it will take a strong man to do it.
I bought artificial so that I could do everything myself without straining my back. But NO. It's not gonna happen.
Welcome to The Tree that Stayed up all Year.
(For you non-children's librarians -- that's the name of a book.)

Actually, my little tree is only 4 feet tall, nothing like the tree shown here on the blog.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Writer's Quotes

Advice from the best writers around:
"Patience. Persistence. Passion. Publication."
Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

Monday, January 2, 2017

What I did on Christmas Vacation

I had plans, I tell you. 
I had plans.
The teen was going snowmobiling and I would have a whole week to myself before the new year. To do self-things. I was going to see movies. I had tickets to a Mannheim Steamroller concert. I was going to walk the beach and maybe even take the train up the coast and back.
But it turned out that I had pneumonia, instead.
Mostly in bed.  
Taking medicine.
When I felt somewhat better, I did manage to visit the after Christmas sale at Macy's (bought nothing) right before seeing Dr. Strange. (it was wonderful)
Took more medicine.
I saw half of the Mannheim Steamroller concert.
Went back to bed. 
The car needed work, so I spent some time sitting at the car dealer.
Never did get up the road to the BBQ place to get the trip-trip dinner I had wanted. (but did find some nice pea soup at the local grocery store.)
Now the teen is back. (she had a wonderful time) And school begins tomorrow.
But I learned today that one of the car's headlights is out. So I've got to get to the car dealer, again, to get that fixed. 
After I get out of bed.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year!