As some of my recent writings have reflected, my 90 year old father is actively dying, his replaced aortic valve no longer working. One month ago today, we formally enrolled him in hospice care. It has been quite the month. As Dad’s eldest child, I was given responsibility of being his general power of attorney […]Read More On Mother’s Day in a Month of Father’s Days
yes, that’s good word for today. covid-19 plenty for any of us. My dad is ill, in home hospice for one week now after 4 days in hospital his wife not coping well with this challenge. wants to put him in the nursing home part of their retirement community In lockdown due to virus. no […]Read More overwhelmed.
Directionals, blinkers, dinkers, turn indicators, signals, call them what you like, just use them. A pet peeve of mine is people not indicating their upcoming turns. I’m sure that I, too, fail periodically at this task, but I do indicate more often than not. Simple courtesy and not difficult to do. As a local bumper […]Read More Use Them, Please!
Predator eats arm Then a new part develops Regeneration! It amazes me how starfish and other “lower” animals are able to regenerate body parts. What fabulous resilience! For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Regenerate.Read More Comeback Story
Today’s RDP is Breathtaking. This is the view from one of the hikes I took this past weekend. It was my first overnight camp in my van, and as a shakedown cruise, it went pretty well. I figured out what worked as anticipated and what could use improvement. And of course, there are always new […]Read More Breathtaking
The weather folks were right this time, and yesterday’s rain turned to snow overnight. We got about 4 inches. The roads are mostly clear, as the retained heat melts the snow on contact. It’s a different story for the plants. Leafed out trees bow low, and I’m sure there will be some broken limbs from […]Read More Spring Snow
Today’s prompt is Blustery, and it is. Thirty five degrees F (2C), spitting a mix of rain and snow with some wind. Not unheard of for this time of year, and on the cold side. And yet, the plants keep blooming. These columbine in our garden are particularly beautiful this year. Perhaps that is one […]Read More Blustery
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Eyebrow. I chose it in response to some recent sightings of what appeared to be very curious stenciled eyebrows. At the fabric store, the clerk cutting my material had brows that were at least 3 times the usual size painted across her brow and forehead. I’ve seen these a […]Read More Strange Looks
I had something else in mind for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Bench, and then life, with its attendant adjustments of time and commitments intervened. Instead, I’ll give you the photos I took yesterday while walking through the small arboretum near my home. A fine variety of benches, for resting, art, eating, visiting or simply […]Read More Arboretum Benches
This is a rerun in honor of today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Snake. It was originally published March 2018. It’s a little hard for me to believe that Lucy has been gone for 8 months now. Her presence is still strong in our hearts. .Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today, I’m going to […]Read More Lucy, Snake Hunter.
As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I bought a van for traveling. The young couple who originally owned it had lived in it full time for over a year and had built it to suit their needs. There were good bones, and it didn’t completely suit my purposes. Weather and time permitting, I’ve been working on […]Read More A New Favorite
Meadowlark phoebe Redwing red breast hawk duck goose Morning song delights. It’s been a very busy stretch recently, and I have made a lot of compromises between desires and commitments. I have worked hard to get at least a bit of exercise each days. These early spring mornings, it’s a delight to be out […]Read More Morning Birds
Early spring morning Tiny island tiny pond Nesting pair prepares. Very busy birds in this patch of open space this morning. As I first ran by, these ducks were hunkered down. When I stopped to take their photo, they arose and soon were swimming. I didn’t see a nest, but I suspect it’s nearby. For […]Read More nesting
In The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot famously stated that April is the cruelest month. That is of course, a matter of opinion and experience. Concerning the weather, it seems true this week. Monday was pleasant and Tuesday was pushing towards hot, with a high above 80. The kids were out in shorts and sandals, it was […]Read More Cruel?
A month ago, I hadn’t heard this term. When I first heard it, I thought “over dramatizing again”. Now we’ve had two in the past month. A bomb cyclone is a weather phenomenon, defined by a very rapid drop it atmospheric pressure; falling more than 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. Warm and cold […]Read More BOMB CYCLONE
From the time I went off to college until I bought my house some 14 years later, I was a user of laundromats. No just tossing a load in the washer while I did something else, a convenience I now enjoy. However, for efficiency of time, the laundromat was great. I’d go in at 6 […]Read More Washing Up
Finally healed Bones reconnected rebuilt Prepare for cast off. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Cast off.Read More Cast Off
Polished clean ice Frostless and smooth skaters fly Across and above. For yesterday’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of frosted and today’s of Flight. The US national championships in figure skating are finishing today. There have been some remarkable performances, and this link is to the winning pairs program by Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc; Enjoy.Read More That Time of the Year.
I had a friend who worked in meteorology when she was in the military. Her branch was known colloquially as “the weather guessers”. I was reminded of this yesterday morning when the “light morning snow, accumulations less than an inch” turned into several inches of snow in just a few hours. There were a few […]Read More Weather Guessing
Homeless wanderer By choice or by circumstance Can you spare a dime? Illegal to be Poor, homeless, cold and jobless Hunger amoral? Living out of bounds Unconventional some way Each reflects a truth. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Vagrant.Read More Vagrant
Dried leaf fragments Immersed in hot water Wait a bit drink tea. for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of ImmerseRead More Just my Cup
I. Look at it this way Now try from another side Perspective matters. II. My way suits my needs Yours may be quite different Neither one is wrong. III. right acute obtuse long ago geometry side angle side For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of ANGLERead More What’s your angle?
Grey marbled white Full orb in sky shadowed Copper orange glow. for today’s ragtag daily prompt of MarbleRead More Lunar Eclipse
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Pet. I’ve had pets most of my life. We got our first kitten when I was in early grade school. Jose was his name, an orange tiger, one of several kittens born to a neighbor’s cat. Another from that litter was Seymour, a grey tabby who went to live around […]Read More Still Missing Them
To cook or not cook Very little question when Seeking tasty food. Perfect timing for this prompt, as I made a big vat of my favorite vegetable soup this morning. Now stored in containers in the freezer, ready for lunch or dinner. Also good for breakfast with an egg and hot sauce! For […]Read More Soup’s On
So what is a chore? Stuff that needs to get done. As I look at definitions, the most consistent meaning is a routine task of a domestic nature. Often, there is an additional connotation of unpleasantness. In my experience, the unpleasant part is optional. Some days I enjoy doing the dishes. Warm water, soap, very […]Read More Listing
When I hear the word shards, glass comes to mind. I’ve done some glasswork over the years, mostly making glass beads in the torch. It’s fun, playing with fire and color. I’ve also done a little glass blowing, which I discovered to be quite consuming of both time and money in terms of developing technique […]Read More Shards
A quest or request Equestrian. Today’s quest Is horsing around. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of QuestRead More Questionable
My desk collects piles Stuff to be attended to Business work and play. For today’s Ragtag daily prompt of Collection. This photo is from my relatively tidy desk at my professional office. My home office desk features much more elaborate collections, ever changing.Read More Desk
Sleep was elusive Go to yoga anyway Sunrise from hot tub. For today’s Ragtag daily prompt of VitalRead More Morning