Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It's always nice to find new uses for old things.

My little red wagon was a real help in getting the Costco load in the house.

This old wooden Dr. Pepper box makes a great garden supply holder.

On a more complicated level, Handy and the boys made this bird house from old fence boards.

How about you? Have you repurposed anything lately?

Monday, October 20, 2014


Just a few blue photos that have been hanging around my computer.

I've always been fascinated by these VW trucks. This one was so shiny.

The door to our room at the Taos Inn.

Blue bottle tree at Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch, Oro Grande, CA.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Glare

Sometimes the bright afternoon sunlight leaves a blinding patch of glare on the floor. If it's in my line of sight for too long, I can develop a headache. Sometimes I throw a dark blanket over the spot.

On this day, Homer just made the glare worse. Even Fifi was glowing.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Over or Under: In Which I End the Debate Once and For All

The experience on my road trip has put to rest the age-old question of whether the toilet paper should go over or under.

Out of the COUNTLESS restrooms I encountered, only THREE had the paper under.  Hotels, restaurants, gas stations, rest stops, attractions: all the rest, if they had paper on a roll, had the paper over.

You can bet that I fixed those 3.

Case closed.

Footnote: There was an astonishing LACK of SEAT COVERS throughout the country, until I got back into California. I think I encountered only one or two restrooms with paper seat covers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Saturday PhotoHunt: Rock

Here is a variety of rocks from our recent road trip.

My son's dorm room doorstop, a perfect wedge-shaped rock.

George Washington's home at Valley Forge, PA.

Evans City Cemetary, PA.  Site of "The Night of the Living Dead" graveyard scene.

Washington's profile at Mt. Rushmore, SD.

Petroglyphs and petrified wood at the Petrified Forest National Park, AZ.

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thematic Photographic: Patterns

Carmi at Written, Inc. hosts Thematic Photographic.  Stop by there to see more patterns.  Spokalulu has some too, along with haikus

The woodpeckers have been busy making patterns on this tree.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Small Town Life: Shipping

So your son needs a new phone and of course it gets shipped to you at home (even though he put in his shipping address on the website) so you have to re-ship it to him.  You go to the Postal Annex which does Fed Ex shipping because the last time you used the UPS Store their overnight shipping took two days.

The man at the counter recognizes your name, even though you've never been there before, because your husband was in a couple days earlier getting something notarized. Then he puts in the college zip code and says, "John Doe?" No, but he's Ernest's classmate. His mom ships him a lot of things. We heard he got 12 boxes the first week.

Well, I hope the phone gets there. He still managed to call last weekend from his girlfriend's phone. That was sweet of them both.