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Happy Birthday Ma!

July 4, 2020

I couldn’t let the Fourth of July go by without wishing my mom a Happy Birthday. I’ve been going through all the letters she and my dad sent me over the years and have been really humbled by the love and support they always offered their stinking daughter who moved away. The only good thing about living far away is that I have all these mementos to look…

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Life Imitating Art

June 26, 2020

It’s very appropriate that it’s 1:22 a.m. on Friday, June 26, and I just finished watching the 100th and final episode of Jane the Virgin (which I absolutely LOVED) because my life has sort of been like a telenovela for the past two weeks. First, I heard that I’ll be furloughed for another three months, which should take me to October 3rd, my former anniversary, so possibly not…

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Groundhog Day

May 29, 2020

One good thing about the Stay at Home order is, I now know I’m not ready to retire…at least not while living in an apartment. If I owned the place, I’d be knocking myself out fixing things. Instead, I keep reminding myself to work on my own projects, so I can leave here one day and buy a home of my own. I did buy myself a bistro…

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When Will We Feel Safe?

May 15, 2020

I’ve spent a great deal of the last two months with Jamie and Claire of Outlander, in Scotland, then America in the 1700’s. When Corona virus stops being a scourge, I’m heading to Scotland because it’s beautiful and if even a fraction of the men are as handsome as the actor who plays Jamie Fraser, I’ll be very happy sightseeing. I’m a sucker for shows that take place…

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“Guilt is a Handy Tool” – the Chisel Bird

May 1, 2020

Every morning a small, gray bird plants himself outside my bedroom window and starts a high pitched chirp, like an avian Paul Revere warning the British are coming. His ear-splintering chirps sound like a chisel hitting a brick or a stone. I call him the Chisel Bird. I lay in bed thinking, There’s Dad. He’s come back as a bird with a chirp so loud he can wake…

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The Covid 19

April 21, 2020

It will be a miracle if I don’t gain at least 19 pounds while home alone. I’m walking, doing push ups, and crunches, plus I throw the occasional solo dance party but it’s never enough. All my efforts are defeated by my love of cooking. The thing that thrills me even more than trying on those skinny jeans and feeling them loose, is trying a recipe for the…

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Talk to Me, Please

April 17, 2020

OK, how long’s it been? I started hearing how serious this was in the U.S. in the beginning of March, and by March 16th or 17th, I was working from home. By the 30th I was furloughed, and now I’ve been home alone a little over a month. (Because Topper–sweet as he can be — cannot be considered company. His conversation skills, even when he’s awake, are seriously…