Good Question!

I don’t know that any of us could answer that question other than with the easy answer: Wine. Wine was not in that cup, but perhaps Jesus was also a fan of tea. Hmmm…I wonder. I am 100% sure he didn’t know what pumpkin pie/chocolate chip baked oatmeal was in his time. His loss. Yum. Anyhow…this is not a religious one-liner post, but more about what’s brewing in my cup of life. I’ll be somewhat off the grid as ofRead more

#SoCS: Explaining “Lid” to a Cat

“Are you okay today?” “Yes Gibbs, why do you ask?” “Because a few days ago, you didn’t seem okay.” “When was that?” “The day when you went out on that thing with two wheels. When you put on different clothes and left for a few hours.” “Oh, you mean when I went for a bike ride and came home with green paint down one arm and on most of my fingers?” “I guess. You seemed pretty mad.” “Yeah, I blewRead more

Melange-O-Rama

Did you know that the meaning of melange is “hodgepodge” or “assortment?” I named my blog Mary J. Melange because I planned on writing a variety of content rather than singularly about cats or bicycles or poetry. It is today that I’m sharing a chaotic hodgepodge of stuff would have been called mish-mash were it not for Dan’s recent post at No Facilities. Great minds think alike, but I may have to outdo his assortment. Just because I can. IRead more

Being Remembered

I remember long ago getting that, “You’re so weird,” look from the father-in law due to something I said. Trying to be funny. He smirked a sly smile at me, but I knew what he was thinking. His daughter-in-law could be so strange. Yes, I am weird and unashamedly so. Got a problem with that? This post has been brought to you by weird strangers and Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. If you are wondering what One-Liner Wednesday is all about, CLICK HERE. LindaRead more

Obeying the Voice

Friend Natasha posted this on her Facebook page about ten days ago: My comment? “I only hear one voice and obey.” Friends…live long, be well and don’t wait for the other voice. This post has been brought to you by a singular chocolate voice and Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. If you are wondering what One-Liner Wednesday is all about, CLICK HERE. Linda G. Hill is the Queen of One-Liners and rules over her kingdom of followers. Check out today’s post and commit yourself toRead more

Our New Company Name

As many of you know, roommate Natasha moved into her own place at the end of April. We are both doing great, making spaces our own and enjoying the freedom to leave dirty dishes in the sink if deemed necessary. Before, during and after the move, my SUV has been a vessel for hauling the many things – boxes, furniture, a bicycle, camping essentials, lawn mowers, odds and ends, and an occasional item from the lumber/hardware store. We call ourselvesRead more

#SoCS: Luck be a Whiner at Home

“Mooommmeeeooowww!” “Oh Gibbs…” “What Mooommmeeeooowww?” “Why are you whining so dang much?” “I’m not whining, I’m crying.” “Cats don’t cry, not in the human sense.” “My heart is breaking.” “Why?” “You’ve been gone far too much lately. Not home. Absent from the couch, where I lay on your lap.” “I’m living my life and enjoying the summer with other humans.” “What about meeeeeeeee?” “Gibbs, I can’t stay home 24 hours a day, every day. That would be boring and unhealthy.”Read more

Busy by Sinatra

Some weeks there is not much happening on the retirement calendar, but August is turning out very differently. After spending five days biking in the Milwaukee area toward the end of July, then relaxing/catching up a few days last week, it appears the agenda will soon be escalating with personal appointments, volunteer work, an out-of-town girlfriend visit, coffee with a new pastor and an outdoor music festival in Appleton that fires up this Thursday. I may not be publishing prize-winningRead more

Origin Story

I went back to physical church this past Sunday after one year and four months of watching the weekly service online. It was weird – the smaller attendance, the lack of the usual treats and coffee that were always present, and saying hello to people I had not seen since I was last inside the building. One of those people was Brenda, who is a very sweet soul and who I have helped with volunteer opportunities in the past. OnRead more

Butt, what kind?

I’m confused. Is the yellow arrow pointing to where the butts are? If yes, what kind of butts? Is it obvious – the kind of butts – or is there an alternative definition? Do they want me to go to the butts, look at the butts or throw them in the trash? Will I be arrested if I take the wrong action with the wrong butts? Any idea? Answers? This post has been brought to you by a questionable signRead more

Chocolate Love & Baking Science

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate, the tenth person always lies.” ~John Tullius~ I never lie. And I don’t simply “like” chocolate, I love it. The dark chocolate kind. The kind that tastes like chocolate and not sugar. My apologies to the milk chocolate fans out there (I used to be one myself), but I no longer want dairy or a lot of sugar in my chocolate. It’s an acquired taste, but once you get there, you don’t goRead more

Prising Gibbs

“Try to prise a limpet away from its rock and it will cling all the harder.” ― Jeremy Holme A limpet is a marine mollusk. I have a cat who will serve as its stand-in. Some days, prising Gibbs away from my side requires a chisel and pry bar. I am his rock with a thin coating of super glue. Where I go, he goes. When I sit, there he is – gray paws kneading rhythmically on a pair of LeeRead more