SOCs: Staring at the Ceiling

I am laying in my bed, staring at the ceiling. Trying not to fall asleep. I woke up Friday morning at 4 a.m. due to the usual bladder issues and couldn’t get back to sleep. It was frustrating, especially since Gibbs didn’t bother me for food until my alarm went off at 5:05. Now I am home, contemplating the SOCs prompt while I am prone. As I stare at the off-white, interior upper limits, I am reminded of how IRead more

Talk Amongst YourSELF

“Talking to yourself is okay. Answering back is risky.”  ~Brian Spellman~ Who among us does not talk to self? Can I see a show of hands? No? What do you say to yourself or ask yourself? Do you answer? I fully admit I talk to myself daily. Barring details, my self-talk isn’t always positive. I tend to beat up the inner Mary J, rather than give her positive affirmations about the good things in her life. Is this the normalRead more

Kitty Kat Blues

This one has the Kitty Kat Blues. He’s not feeling well. We’re in the middle of Round 3 of antibiotics for what appears to be a bladder infection. That was the result, twice, of urinalysis. Except that Gibbs only responds positive for a few days, then returns to frequenting the litter box with a dabble of pee here, a dabble of pee there. The litter looks like it’s been hit with shotgun pee pellets. The boy wanders in there everyRead more

The Facebook Calculator

“You’ve shared 2 days in a row and your friends are responding.” ~Facebook~ Wow, really? I’m glad Facebook told me this as I am evidently unable to count or read. And I’m blind. This statement made me roll eyes at its propensity for mockery and in-your-face presumptuousness. I realize Facebook isn’t intentional in making fun (or are they?) of our brain’s ability to function. However, the statement struck me as knowledge that most Facebook regulars would already know because theyRead more

Fired from a Cannon

Monday is as Monday does Fired from a cannon with Sunday’s love It begins unobtrusively While snores commence noisily Then the alarm clock rings “Wake up!” the gray cat sings Monday is as Monday does Flying in on the weekend’s love A fresh start, of sorts A new weekday port Sailing into vacation play Or embraced by the office fray Monday is as Monday does Wheeling around on crazy love Calling for black coffee, stat Being a bit of aRead more

The Island of Misfit Pets

Originally posted on The Jackie Blog:
photo cred: tao lin on Flickr ? I did it guys. I finally got a new cat. I know you were worried. That’s why I sent out last week’s blog post as a silent cry for help on the wind rather than written words. Because I was preoccupied with forcing two distinct members of an incredibly territorial species to work through determining who the Alpha between them will be without losing fur or blood…

Different Directions

“Life’s too much fun to have it go in just one direction.” ~Carly Rae Jepsen~ So it was during an eleven-day vacation that lasted through July 4th. Those days were spent lounging, biking, traveling, hiking, eating, shopping, imbibing and spending time with friends at a campground wedding. Many directions. For the sake of time and in the spirit of One-Liner Wednesday (which already makes this post too long), I will spare a good share of the details for possible futureRead more

#WATWB: Fox Valley Memory Project

Fox Valley Memory Project As many of my readers know, my 97-year old mom has dementia and lives in assisted living. We have had quite the journey together with the various stages of dementia – watching the decline, keeping mom from being anxious and trying to have peaceful conversations. It is no wonder, then, that my heart lit up like a Christmas tree when I found out about the Fox Valley Memory Project in Appleton and surrounding communities. “The FoxRead more

One Eye Open

“Keep one eye open for the bad guy.” ~Vesta Williams~ I’m a little miffed at the bad guy I’m a lot perturbed and I’ll tell you why She left me alone for two whole days The bad guy left for her biking ways I’m keeping one eye open for this one And ignoring birds and bright, yellow sun The bad guy better not leave any time soon Because I need to be fed close to noon The bad guy knowsRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Happy Heart

This certainly is true…in my humble opinion. One can choose how their heart feels, no matter the playing field. Are my circumstances perfect? No. Are anyone’s circumstances perfect? Probably not. As a human, I have freedom of thought and freedom to choose how I feel about my status and environment. I can wallow in misery and defeat when life hands me lemons…or I can turn the yellow fruit into meringue pie. I can feel sorry for myself when faced withRead more

The Market of Smiles

Saturday, June 17th, was the first installment of Appleton’s outdoor Farmer’s Market. Over 150 musicians, sponsors and vendors selling fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, clothing, arts and crafts, and more. This is the market’s 25th year on College Avenue, extending four blocks, and including half a side street and Houdini Plaza. From the Farmer’s Market Coalition: “Over the years, the market has evolved from a parking lot space of 30+ vendors to moving onto our newly renovated College AvenueRead more