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In the weeds

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Welcome home said the weeds. Welcome home said the dust. Welcome home said the – you get the drift. We were gone nearly a month, and without a grounds crew and housecleaners… things grew, accumulated and, in general, took over. I would win the weed award on my block with my 5-foot tall weed in the back bed. It’s really […]

The home stretch

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I could see the weeds in my flower beds whenever I closed my eyes, and I couldn’t wait to attack them. Crazy, I know. But we are used to short vacations, and not trips lasting close to a month. I miss our cat and my own bed. And weeding. The normal at-home things. Once we crossed the desert on our […]

Homeward bound

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Time to go home. We’re not getting cranky, but we’re beginning to wonder how bad the grass looks as we did not arrange for anyone to cut the lawn while we were gone. We are also wondering how Bella will act toward us when we get home. The only indication of her mood is the news that she is hissing […]

Road warriors

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Packing the car for our trip out West was entirely a male thing, meaning I had nothing to do with it. If I had, everything wouldn’t have fit. We took a church pew to our daughter. It was too long to fit in the car even dismantled so my other half cut several feet off and then cut it in […]

On the road

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After just three days on the road I began to call our lodgings “highway hotels” and took notice of their advantages. These hotels are for travelers just like us, workers who have temporary jobs in the area and tourists and other visitors. The hotels are meant to be seen from the highway not to see things from the hotel. So […]

Packing woes

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The last few details are on my list and due to be completed tomorrow. Except for the ones I crossed off. Like cleaning and getting the last of the weeds. I didn’t even get half the weeds before I quit. Some days were too hot, and some were too busy. I had excuses for most days of the week. And […]

Pillow talk

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Sleeping is not one of my talents. If I have an early appointment or even something unimportant to do in the morning, I can’t get to sleep the night before. I will toss and turn looking for the coolest part of the pillow, hoping that sometime between this toss and the next turn I will fall asleep when I am […]

Gearing up to get on the move

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Getting ready for a three- to four-week trip is a daunting job. My neighbors and friends have made one part easy by volunteering to look after our cat, Bella, and to water and care for our yard and plants. That in itself is a huge undertaking. Bella is just a year old and is our only “child,” so she gets […]

Uninvited guests

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I have a new pet. It’s only ¾ inch long and it’s green. I haven’t named it yet – it’s a baby praying mantis. We first met when it walked across my magazine in my office. I was going to put it outside, but my “mom instincts” kicked in, and I decided it was too young to be out in […]

Time will tell

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I love the word procrastination. It sounds like it should be in a song. If I was at all musical … . I am good at a few things – and one of them is laundry, but it’s hard to write about. Another is procrastination. Tonight, I have petted the cat, not that she appreciates it, but she is sleeping […]


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