Tuesday, May 19, 2009


What a fiasco. My niece and her husband are very active in "Relay for Life", the American Cancer Society fundraiser. My sister is a cancer survivor, "non-Hodgkins lymphoma" diagnosed in 1991 and in complete remission. Her daughter is selfless in her devotion to helping others survive everyone's worst nightmare.

Here is the fiasco. Today my husband called me at work to say there was a purple toilet with flowers planted in the "pot" sitting in front of our house. There was a sign on the toilet explaining the three ways one could have the toilet removed, and they all had a price tag, starting at $10 plus two cell phone numbers. He did not actually look at the toilet from the front (where the words "Relay for Life" were very visible on the front of the tank). After he called me, he called the first number and left a message to the effect that the perpetrator had until 2 p.m. to remove the toilet or he would call the Sheriff and the local newspapers. You can guess the rest. He now knows who put the toilet in front of our house but he still is on his "high horse" and says it is "extortion".

I have contacted my niece and asked her where to send a check.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Iran has freed journalist Roxana Saberi.



Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

An early gift from my husband. I hope the birds love it as much as I do.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Blogging Break

Not sure if anyone is interested, but I am taking a small break from the blog. I will be back when house remodel and garden projects are finished. Please check back now and then because I will post when the mood strikes.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Book A.D.D

If you look closely enough, you will see bookmarks in some of these books. A telltale sign of "Book A.D.D", a newly-coined term for bookworms who have trouble actually finishing a book. I keep thinking "someday" there will be enough quiet time, long stretches of time for concentration, or whatever it takes to prevent my flitting from book to book. Having two or three books "going" at the same time is one thing (I have always done that), but this is ridiculous. And, what is even worse...these are just the unfinished books from my study. I have not even started culling out the books in the main "library" area of the house. Who knows? When I finish the library, there may be enough unfinished books to fill a whole bookcase.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rainy Weekend?

Oh, I hope so!

Catching up on a Ruth Rendell mystery and culling through books in my study. Home remodeling requires we sleep on the futon in my study for awhile so need to make room in the stacks.