Loose Ends

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 […]

Distractions or decisions

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I need 15 more rainy days! Maybe I could make do with 10 or 11 if I really concentrate. I have to move on from saving my old clothes in case they come back into style or fit once again or I decide I would actually wear them instead of storing them to having an organized, easy-to-use closet. Honestly, some […]

A paper trail with mystery

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At the top of my very small notepad is the following: “SW 16” – too cryptic for me to have a clue what it means. And on another notepad is: “Address?” There is no name or company listed. I’m guessing I was on the phone, and I hope I did look up the address. If I did, why didn’t I […]

A time to talk to the peonies

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This is Wednesday – or technically Thursday, as it is very late in the evening. Bella is sleeping on the screened porch not 15 feet away, and the frogs are croaking down by the pond. In the meantime, a few moths and the occasional mosquito that have escaped through the cracks on the porch are circling me, waiting for the […]

Green and growing days

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I still have to think about what day it is, but I am getting busier and feel that life out there is closer to normal than it has been since the pandemic began. It is my favorite season – planting time, blooming time, fresh air and that intense spring green. Bella is still carrying on her silent affair with Tommy […]

Lessons learned in spring

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Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer so what am I supposed to wear? Today was about 60 degrees but in the 30s this morning, so I wore winter attire. Tomorrow I will pull out summer stuff even though I haven’t hung out the wrinkles yet. I love to switch seasons 15 or 20 times before the next one settles in. […]

A faceplant and new plants

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My week started on Saturday with a splat, and this is the reason I don’t have a new pair of shoes. I missed the curb as my other half and I were walking to the shoe store. I scrambled across the mulched area but didn’t make it to my feet when the step down to the pavement arrived. So – […]

Cultivating with care

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Gardening woes. I look at the weather, and there are three days coming up with warm temperatures and no rain. Two of them are filled with appointments and events. It’s Murphy’s Law. It happens at Christmas, too. If we are invited to more than one party, they are on the same night. There are 23 available evenings in December. There […]


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