Living with intention…or not

Old books
April 14, 2009, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Books, Good eats, Home sweet home

Books at the Horned Dorset, where we had Easter Dinner.


Now that I’ve purchased MacJournal, I better start using it.

But for now, it’s off to bed to watch The Real Housewives of NYC.


No pic [Day #13]
November 16, 2008, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Books, Home sweet home, Weather

My uploaded pictures aren’t appearing on Flickr which is what I use to post photos here, soooo no photo today. I made progress on the Christmas card assembly this evening (doing it is much faster than thinking about it) and also made a meatloaf for tomorrow’s dinner and dealt with the baggie of Amish Friendship bread that a friend foisted on me.

There’s been cold rain and occasional flurries all day, but nothing dramatic. Just dark November dankness. I sprouted another migraine this afternoon, but that’s finally gone, and now it’s time to head to bed and read about Alex the parrot.

God, I’m tired lately.

At last.
April 19, 2008, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Books, Home sweet home, Weather

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend I was layered in fleece and wearing gloves, and this weekend…wow…it’s like mid-July (or better). And though I SWORE that I wouldn’t complain about the heat when it finally arrived, I whined just an eensy-teensy bit on our afternoon walk. (My feet were sweating and I was thirsty. REALLY thirsty.) But yeah, it’s great to climb out of hibernation and wool, and to read on the patio (even if the next door kidlets are a bunch of screaming banshees).

What’s funny about the noise level from next door is that, while the kids are noisy, the mom is worse. She’s always screeching at them to pipe down and (loudly) micromanaging their little kid wiffle ball games. The dad? Well…he’s always hammering something.

Just finished The Geography of Bliss. Excellent (and funny). Now I sometimes say, “This day was soooo Moldova.” If you’ve read it, you’ll know that’s not a great day.

Took a spin in the Beetle tonight. ’tis the season.


Thanksgiving Eve.
November 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Books, Good eats, Home sweet home, Movies, Work

Despite this being a three day work week, it felt LONG. Like, I keep thinking it’s Friday. But it’s Wednesday. And Thanksgiving Eve. I’m all disoriented.

We had some tasty leftovers for dinner, then took a nice walk with the boys. (So what else is new?) It’s calm and almost mild…good night for a spin around our usual route. I hate wind. No wind tonight so it’s all good.

We picked up just a few groceries, then came home and watched “Notes On a Scandal.” But right now there’s SU basketball blaring from the speaker above my head. I like basketball about as much as I like wind, so it might be time to settle down with my book.

I’m reading about “Sabbath keeping.” Not keeping it in any orthodox or Amish sense, but setting a day apart to stay away from all things related to work. To recharge and explore other things. To ignore the damn to-do list for one whole day. To make up my own rituals for my own Sabbath. So far, I’m intrigued.

Tomorrow: Cinnamon buns early, then a date with some sweet potatoes.  Oh, and a bit of a feast at my sister’s. 


August 21, 2007, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Books, Health, Storms

Oriskany storm damage

Originally uploaded by Mary’s pics

The weather here is COOL. No reading on the patio until at least Thursday when temperatures are expected to spike again. Last night we were contemplating putting flannel sheets on the bed, but we’re not (quite) THAT stupid.

So I’ll be home for about three more weeks. I’m feeling good…just a little stiff and achy at night (for some reason). And though I feel pretty “normal,” after we grocery shopped last night, I was raggy tired. No Wii bowling last night.

I feel kind of guilty missing the start of classes and the first few weeks of school. Damn puritan work ethic. My surgeon won’t release me until after my next appointment (Sept. 12th), and he really does know best. I’ll be running around non-stop when I get back, so I’d best rest up. Still…it’s hard not to worry about the state of my office/records/stockroom while I’m out. But I got it back under control after the first surgery, so I’m sure I can do it again. (Can’t I?)

Thanks to the decent weather (up until now), I’ve been doing much more reading and much less TV watching than after my first surgery. I only watch BRAVO 10-11 pm, rather than getting drawn into the suckhole of their reality marathons. I will admit to watching a few episodes of “Bridezillas” when I was in the hospital, but that was purely boredom (or morphine?) induced. I’ve cruised through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver), Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller), and The Big House (George Howe Colt), and am almost finished with The Nasty Bits… (Anthony Bourdain).

I really want to get some letters written and I have some long languishing minutes to type up for church. Time to stop puttering.

The photo shows the damage caused by a brief but severe wind and rainstorm that swept through last week. We had the heavy rain, but no real damage. A few miles from here, though, WOW.

Cheez, pleez. Then some random stuff.
July 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Books, Health, Home sweet home

Run, Gov. Spitzer, run!

Originally uploaded by Mary’s pics

So I ordered a book on cheesemaking from Amazon last week, a purchase triggered by Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle which I’m currently reading. I don’t have a garden (this year…maybe next), but the least I can do for the environment is make my own mozzarella. Barbara convinced me. I’m intrigued (and a little skeptical that it can be done in my kitchen), but curious enough to order the cheese book. Tonight I logged back onto Amazon and see that they’re now recommending that I purchase Raising Milk Goats Successfully. How things do snowball in the mind of Amazon.

Now for the random stuff…

I LOVE my new telescoping Zebra pens. One for work, one for home. The telescoping is surprisingly fun (for boring people like me) and shrinks the pen to pocket size. Writes great, too. The two-pack is cheapo. What’s not to love?

My colostomy reversal surgery is scheduled for next Friday at 7:45 am (hospital arrival is a bleary 5:45 am). I’m the first patient of the day for my surgeon, so there’ll be no backed-up patient delays, and as I’ll have been without food for two days by that point, I’m all about getting the show on the road. I’ll spend about five days in the hospital (already dreading the yellow jello and chicken broth), then six weeks out of work. The things I do for some time off.

Wednesday and Thursday are “cleanse the colon” prep days. I must drink assorted chemicals and take mega doses of antibiotics. I’m expecting some dramatic results and a certain level of crabbiness.

So this weekend, with it’s food and freedom, is particularly sweet. But I still don’t want a goat.