February Weird

On February 22, 2017, when the normal average temperature in Northeast Wisconsin is about 29 degrees Farenheit (-1.67 C), the thermometer was reading about 62. Weird. During lunch time, I went for a walk on the trail and then sat on this bench for about 10 minutes, soaking up the sun and warmth, before heading back to the office. This was glorious, but also the last day of what was a weirdly wonderful stretch of spring-like weather. Thursday was cooler,Read more

A Heartfelt Legacy

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ~Shannon L. Alder~ Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was Sa British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for “children transportation”). Winton found homes for the children and arranged forRead more

Focused

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~Greg Anderson~ I have one very focused cat. For those of you that have been visiting my blog the past few years, you know that Gibbs likes to occasionally hang out in the shower stall. Whether it be melting ice, a yoga mat hung over a drying rack, the shadows that dance across the white fiberglass interior, or water dripping downRead more

Poor Little Kitten

Who has lost their mitten? Was it a child or poor little kitten? I have no clue, but it is written, One little paw or one small hand may be frost-bitten. And neither shall have their pie. Meow…sigh…no pie. This post is in response to the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Against the Odds. What are the odds that one lone mitten would be hanging off the branch of a tree? That it would be lost? Or that it wouldRead more

Low Expectations

“I have high hopes for later this week.” That’s what a co-worker stated in an email two weeks ago, believing that she would wrap up all of her loose ends by that Friday. It would be her last day before moving on to a new job. Just what makes that little old ant Think she’ll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can’t Move a rubber tree plant But she’s got high hopes, she’s got high hopes She’sRead more

Shadowing of Spring?

Over at No Facilities this morning, Dan gave his readers the duality of a Florida sunset from a business trip and this past week’s snowpocalypse in the Northeast. The only good thing about the snow photos was pretty girl Maddie, the queen of her backyard mountain. Given a choice, I imagine Dan would prefer to be back in Florida where there are no snowblowers to be found and the weather is a tad bit warmer. A reply to my comments,Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: Technology

“Wow, isn’t technology awesome?” Natasha spoke these words while we were watching Xploration Station, a series of science-related shows that explore space, earth, nature and technology. We were watching a segment about Smart Belt, a device worn around the waist by people who are at risk of falling, such as the elderly. This device automatically deploys airbags around the hips when a fall is detected. Watch a CBS news video about the Smart Belt HERE. Pretty cool, huh? Technology isRead more

Lower

Oh yes, that feels good. Really good! Can I ask you a favor? Lower, please. Just a little lower. Yes, better. That feels better. But I have another favor to ask. Can you go 2 centimeters down and 1.5 centimeters to the right? Ohmigosh, YES! YES! YES! You have it! Two kitty paws up! Okay, I’m done now. Remove your hand.Read more

Speaking Out: Narcissism

Discover Challenge: Speak Out “Get inspired by those who speak out. Whether through blogging or marching, make your voice heard.” I remember when it hit me hard. Smack dab in the middle of the forehead. I had wondered for years… Why is he like this? What’s the matter with him? Why can’t he behave like a decent human being? On a day in 2009, I finally realized I had been living with a narcissist for almost 30 years. One withRead more

One-Liner Visitation

“Will you keep visiting me?” Mom asked me this on Sunday. “Of course I will,” was my reply. What else would I possibly say? Visit Verb: To go to and stay with (a person or family) or at (a place) for a short time for reasons of sociability, politeness, business, curiosity, etc. To visit a friend; to visit family; to visit Paris.  ~Dictionary.com~ If only mom lived in Paris… Visiting family and friends is good for so many reasons –Read more

Re-Purposed in a Pot

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.” Who would have guessed that a metal glass jar ring would end up in an aloe vera plant? Normally, such an object would serve to hold a metal lid tight to a jar filled with succulent Georgia peaches, red-ripe garden tomatoes, or crunchy bread-and-butter pickles. Instead, this ring was used to hold up a section of the plantRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Descended

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~ My maternal grandparents were immigrants from Germany. My father was also a descendant from that country. I am of German ancestry. I have never been to the country and do not speak the language other than being able to count one to ten and say a few miscellaneous words, such as arsch. It would have been extremely interesting to haveRead more