Christmas Eve from the Pod

Gibbs? Yeah, whattya want? Well aren’t we Mr. Grumpy Pants… I’m busy sleeping in my Christmas present. You mean OUR Christmas present, right? Mom bought the new cat tree for the both of us. Whatever… Gibbs! Why are you acting like the cigar you left in the litter box? I guess I’m a little down today. Why today? It’s Christmas Eve. Santa is going to leave something for us tonight, although he has big shoes to fill. Mom outdid himRead more

A Simple Question

“Mary, Did You Know?“ …is a Christmas song with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time). It reached No. 6 on CCM Magazine’s AC Chart. Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album StillRead more

SoCS: This Door

This door I walk through every week It is her petite figure I seek Sleeping in a brown broda chair Wrinkly forehead under gray hair I say, “Hello, mom, how are you?” She says, “Who are you?” I tell her my name is Mary but she seems a bit wary It goes back and forth most days This unknowing haze Am I sister or daughter? Is it March or October? This door leads to Pauline The Energizer Bunny machine StillRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Restarted

“I hope @BikerChick57 heart has been restarted.” That was Dan’s tweet to me on Sunday when, for the second week in a row, my beloved Green Bay Packers won in overtime. By a hair. Considering that they were playing the 0-12 Cleveland Browns (now 0-13), the game should have been over with by the third quarter. But this is the way the season has been since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone in mid October. His backupRead more

Pauline’s Dream Revised

Back in August, 2014, I wrote a poem called Pauline’s Dream. You can read it HERE. For the Day 5 poetry challenge of Fog/Elegy/Metaphor, I chose to rewrite this poem and the words, but tell the same story. For those of you who are not regular readers, my mom is 95 and suffers from the effects of dementia. When Ben suggested fog as a mental state, this was a natural response. This is the place of my dreams, but itRead more

“About” Self Expression

If you have been to my “About” page, you’ve seen this photo. Taken this past summer just off the Elroy-Sparta bike trail, it reflects the self-expression of who I am: Crazy and kooky Not mysterious or spooky All together goofy The Mary that I am (A big thanks goes out to Natasha for capturing the beautiful foliage and the silly me.)Read more

Contrary, Bitter, Rebellious and Loved

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row. Yep, Mary is the name (if you didn’t pick up on that before the nursery rhyme, you might need glasses or more coffee). I was prepared to counter the “quite contrary” with a rousing debate, until I read the meaning of Mary via Behind the Name. Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament GreekRead more

Moving on Up to the WordPress Side

A little over two weeks ago, I started a blog, using Google’s blogger.  You can see what I’ve accomplished so far by clicking on http://marymelange.blogspot.com/ . I’ve since decided to move on up to WordPress, a home to blogger friends and what appears to be a supportive blogging community.  I’ve “tweaked” the title just a bit (I added the infamous J) and I’m maneuvering around the site, trying to figure out how to use widgets and webhooks and make my page standRead more