You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been writing much these past few months. There are a number of reasons behind that, all part of life. A major contributor is my purchase of a van last August. A van? Well yes, a van. Specifically, a 2016 Ram Promaster 2500, 159 wheelbase hightop. […]Read More Building More Than Blogging
As previously mentioned, BA and I are in Madison Wisconsin for a few days. Today, walking from our lodgings to breakfast, we discovered what the sounds we had been hearing were about. A large old tree is being taken down a few houses down the street. Its quite the production to remove a tree. And […]Read More Timberrrrrr!
BA and I are in Madison, WI for a few days, visiting some of her family and going to see a cousin’s photography on display at the Chazen museum. We’re staying at an airbnb. Its a small one bedroom apartment in the walkout lower level of a home. Quiet and just fine for our needs. […]Read More Friend
I am sad that this song from the musical Hair, fifty years old, feels more pertinent today than ever. I object to current use of violence, lies, disrespect and manipulation in the service of greed and power. Open your hearts to the people, planet, the universe. Release the fear, remember the beauty. From the same musical, […]Read More Let the Sun Shine
When I chose Week as today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt, it was because of my surprise that it was Thursday again (that’s usually when I set up the prompt for Friday). Hadn’t I just done that? A week goes by so quickly. As I was pondering the concept of a week, seven days, I was imagining […]Read More What’s a Week?
Cycles, rings, spirals. All patterns of movement, recurring events or themes. Yesterday was the end of the growing season here. It was a beautiful autumn day, with a clear blue sky, and a high temp of around 70F (21C). The weather was predicted to change overnight, with several inches of snow, and today the high […]Read More What a Difference a Day Makes
When I see the word damp, my first thought is of weather. Its been damp here for days, grey, with drizzles of rain and snow. The weather folk suggest that this morning’s fog will soon yield to a few sunny and warmer days. I’m ready. As much as I don’t like extended heat and we […]Read More Damp It!
Today’s ragtag daily prompt is Herd. I’m recycling one of my favorite photos/events from last November. This is a herd of goats who are rented out to weed. These photos were taken when they were working for a few days weeding on Davidson Mesa, one of my community open space areas, where I often run […]Read More Herd Working
Arising after You thought it was all over But wait there is more. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Sequelae. I’m a retired family practice doctor, so sequelae is a familiar concept. Sequelae can be relatively mild and close after the initial event, such as a sinus infection following a cold. And then there […]Read More Now What
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Truck. Here in the US, the first meaning that comes to most of us for truck is a large motor vehicle used for hauling goods. Small ones “pick ups” to enormous tractor trailer rigs “18 wheelers” or “semis”. In Britain, at least some of those vehicles are known as lorries. […]Read More What’s in a name?
Its autumnal these days weather-wise. Yesterday was nearly cold, with a high of 56F (13C). This morning, it was 38F (3C) when I headed out for my run. Time for an ear band and light gloves. The paper says that today’s high is predicted to be 86F (30C)! That’s an enormous temperature range to happen […]Read More Fall Swings
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Effervescent. One of my favorite fizzy drinks is kombucha, which is basically a fermented tea, often with some flavorings added in the second fermentation. I haven’t ventured into making kombucha, but I’ve sampled a variety of forms. I’m not big on sweet drinks, and some commercially available kombuchas have a […]Read More Get Rowdy
Ah poor bird Take thy flight High above the sorrows of this sad night. I recall this round from years at Girl Scout camp, a fine source for group singing. It dates to Elizabethan times, but its actual origins are unknown. I found this video of it on YouTube, done by a music teacher […]Read More Ah, Poor Bird
As many of you know, Lucy the cat left our household last week. Her brother Jules left last November. Its pretty darn strange not having any cats in the house. For the last 40 years, I’ve shared my home with cats. Before that, I had cats, too, but they/I lived at my family’s home or […]Read More Absent Cats
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Yarn. At my house, we’ve got yarn. I’m not a weaver, but my partner BA is. Yarn, or thread, or fiber in some form is the basic raw material for a weaving project. Yarn. It can be made of cotton, rayon/Tencel, wool, polyester, linen, silk or some combination of all […]Read More THE STASH
Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I’ve spent the last many years attributing this to Mark Twain. As I looked it up, I discovered that its also often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, and its a paraphrase of Proverbs 17:28. Clearly its not […]Read More To Speak or Not to Speak
Aretha Franklin, aka The Queen of Soul died yesterday. What a gifted woman she was. She had a soaring voice, honed in her church choir as a child, and was a fine pianist as well. Remembrances abound, not surprising given her wide appeal and range of accomplishments. Many Grammys for her singing, performing at the […]Read More RESPECT
Lots of memories in my life. I suppose that’s a part of aging. There’s more of my life behind than in front of me. I appreciate my past, as it informs my present, and I am who and how I am in no small part due to my experiences. And yet, I don’t focus a […]Read More Memories
Today is the 49th anniversary of the first moon landing. Not the golden 50th anniversary, but close. I remember watching on our black and white TV. Hearing those amazing words. “Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed”. Followed some hours later (I recall it being in the middle of the night) by Neil Armstrong’s famous […]Read More A Golden Era
Where I live, there is a lot of open space. Land that has been purchased by the community, whether county, city or town, and now dedicated to remaining open, and undeveloped. It is often open to recreational use, hiking, and sometimes mountain biking on the trails. It is a fabulous community resource, and is well […]Read More OPEN SPACE
Its my turn! No way! I’m right. No you’re not, I am. Its a kerfuffle! Kerfuffle. Isn’t that a fine word? Kerfuffle. A lovely rhythm, a nice mix of hard and soft sounds. Its a relatively new word for me. I don’t recall hearing it prior to starting a training in 1998. My course was […]Read More Kerfuffle
There are many superstitions in the world, vastly more than any one person can know. Friday the 13th being bad luck is a common one, and many consider the number 13 unlucky, enough so that some skyscrapers actually do not have a 13th floor. As it turns out, I was born on the 13th day […]Read More Superstitious or Auspicious?
Friendly and welcoming, to strangers or guests. This is often used in reference to lodgings, and also to environments. Where will I be comfortable? Antarctica or the Hilton, or somewhere in between? For me, and I suspect most of us, it depends on the day. Hospitable comes from the same root as hospital and hospice, […]Read More Hospitable
Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today I am doing what might be my last posting. As you know, I am a cat of some age. I am not as strong as I once was, and my eyes aren’t working so good. I don’t always see stuff very well, and I forget what I […]Read More Lucy: My Farewell Tour
This is a time of many milestones in my world. I chose this word as today is my sister’s 60th birthday. Who knew that little pest would grow up to become a woman who today I enjoy and admire? Very different as children, we annoyed each other mightily, or as I’ve learned to think of […]Read More Many Milestones
Whoa. I started blogging a year ago. When I began, I had no particular agenda or expectations. I did have the idea of sharing curiosities, odd signs and word stuff, and I liked the concept of allowing myself to follow my own curiosities, going wherever my interest was piqued. That’s reflected in the name I […]Read More Quarterly Review of Blogging #4: One Year!
Louisville could now be known as the land of the Tarp People. Tarps cover broken skylights on roofs and many cars with shattered windows are also sporting a tarp or plastic sheeting, along with ample amounts of that homeowner’s friend, duct tape. In my neighborhood, nearly every home has something bandaged. At the same time, […]Read More Well Hail, Part 2
Yesterday was race day, my first sprint length triathlon. A half mile open water swim, followed by a 10 mile bike ride and a 5k run. I chose this race in particular for its smaller size (limited to 450 entrants in both the sprint and shorter super sprint events) and because it was a women’s […]Read More Tri This: Race Day
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Pond. One of my favorite places visited on my training runs and rides is Harper Lake. Its really a pond, given that the trail around it is just under a mile. I enjoy being up there in all seasons. Its a busy place, with many people out and about, walking, […]Read More Growing Geese
Well, this could be construed as false advertising if you’re expecting something along the lines of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl unveiling. No titillation involved here, unless you’ve a thing for tags and seams. Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Check. And this is what I found when I looked down while finishing my bike ride this […]Read More Wardrobe Malfunction