Source: Indiewire So what's sitting in YOUR closet? A rookie Vic Raschi card? An original combo of Barbie, Ken, and Midge ? A complete set of Pokémon cards from 1996? What I have is a framed print of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Little Rag Gatherers. My parents bought it sometime between 1962 and 1971 at … Continue reading Vincent Price, Keeping Me Safely in My Tax Bracket
Source: Baamboozle With apologies to Her Majesty. The long nightmare is finally over. Our kitchen renovation is complete! No more will the six followers here be forced to read my constant bellyaching about our now-former dilapidated kitchen. Needless to say, we are giddy with relief. We watched in awe as an endless stream of workers … Continue reading Trooping The Kitchen
Source: The Insider A day after the Texas school shooting, a sibling wrote to me how relieved she is that our parents are no longer alive to see what's happening to our country right now. She wrote: "They lived through the Great Depression and World War Two; they were convinced that their children would never … Continue reading We Are Broken
And we all know how that went! (Source: Azquotes.com) Bylaw 1.7(a)(4-3) of this blog's charter states… "A topical post relevant to retirement must be published at least once a year"... So, campers, how's everything going in your tent? Just to be clear, I'm speaking of your billfolds and wallets here. Whichever is holding the wad … Continue reading Anyone Got a Plan B?
Source: New York Times As I type this, there is a demolition crew ripping out tile from what used to be our kitchen floor. Prior to that they did the same to the cupboards and the countertops. The work started this morning at 8:00am sharp. Men with large claw hammers, chisels, and floor scrapers arrived … Continue reading Controlled Chaos
"All you do is laugh, eat, and lose weight." So said my lovely bride one morning after stepping off the scale and not enjoying the numbers she was seeing. Logic dictates that a spouse's weight gain is directly attributable to the actions of the other. Twas I after all who forced her to bake that … Continue reading Weighty Matters for My Sins
Source: Edward Lear via Pixabay Are you a call-'em-as-you-see-'em type or do you beat around the bush? Do you procrastinate in starting difficult conversations or do you dig right in and get to the point? I ask because we've recently begun having the kind of conversations in our home that all of us are supposed … Continue reading The Conversation Killer
Greetings, you lovely six! Rip Van Blogger here, awake from my writing siesta and ready to.... To be honest, after following the news as closely as I am of late, I'm inclined just to crawl back in bed and pull a blanket firmly over my head. Are you like me? (say yes please). Do you … Continue reading Spring Cleaning
Source: Pinterest I will be on an extended hiatus from this blog until next spring (2022). Lots of books have again piled up, and I am hopelessly behind on them. Also, I am contemplating some long-form writing. Have a safe and healthy New Year!
Source: Getty via TheDailyBeast It's November already? Seriously? And I'm also supposed to understand that it's also mid-November? I did not see this coming. I just figured those anti-daylight savings time people were just a bunch of bellyachers. Maybe they're onto something after all. With Thanksgiving swiftly approaching, everything still feels out of whack again … Continue reading Gratitude 2021 From A to Z