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I post new content every second week or so — usually nothing too serious; and often downright silly. I figure life is short, so we might as well laugh when we can. 🙂
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Yes, this really happened. I have no idea why my brain thought it needed to throw out those two particular words this week. I don’t know anyone named Culpepper, and I can’t even remember when I last heard or read the name. I’ve never cooked brisket, or considered cooking brisket; in fact I don’t think … Continue reading So, This Happened:
This week I’m rejoining my weekly painting group after hiding out from COVID for over a year and half. It feels weird (and a bit scary) to be in a group again; although we’re all fully vaccinated and we’ll wear masks and stay distanced in the studio. But, scarier still… do I even remember how … Continue reading Crimes Against Art
People have occasionally questioned my sanity; although (being slightly delusional) I’m usually convinced that I’m okay and everybody else has the problem. But where others have failed, a common household food actually succeeded in making me question my own sanity: Soda crackers (also known as Saltines or water crackers, depending on where you live). And … Continue reading Cracking Up
The garden is in full swing again, and we’re at the ‘buried in beans’ stage. I’m blanching and freezing and pickling, and still the beans keep coming. I’m starting to dream about beans. So you can imagine my freaked-out chagrin last week when I found a bean in my bed. I’d like to say I … Continue reading Bean There…
The other day I was talking to an acquaintance who mentioned that he was almost finished my latest book (Spy In The Sky). He said he was enjoying it just like he had the previous ones; but then he added, “You always seem like such a nice person, and then I’m reading your books with … Continue reading “You Seem Like Such A Nice Person…”
I’ve done some adventurous things in my life, but as a general rule I play it safe(ish.) So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that I’ve been dicing with death (or at least a painful personal injury) for the past week. The malevolent heat bubble that pushed our temperatures up to 42C/107F has … Continue reading On The Hot Seat
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember me crowing about the fun I had with a mini excavator we rented back in 2017. Well, pshaw. This time we got a SERIOUS machine (and I’m a lot better at operating it now, too): It’s only a ‘midi’, but at 14,000 pounds … Continue reading Power-Trippin’
So, it finally happened: The local critters have ganged up on me. Last week I had rolled our garbage carts out to the curb and retreated to the house to wash my hands and grab my morning cup of tea to enjoy on our front porch. About fifteen minutes later, I heard the distinctive sound … Continue reading Critters vs. Me
Well, it’s that time of the book cycle again: The days after releasing a book when the busy hamster that powers my brain is still churning his little legs frantically, but there’s a big sadistic hand preventing the hamster-wheel from turning. My poor brain-hamster dashes up the side of the unmoving wheel only to plop … Continue reading Hamster-Brain
Okay, I’m officially old. When I titled this post, I was thinking back to this Red Rose Tea advertisement: I wasn’t particularly surprised to find it on YouTube because after all, you can find pretty much everything on YouTube. But then I looked at the date: 1977. Holy shit, that was 44 years ago. And … Continue reading Only In Canada…
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