Odd Ball Sunday – Our pets rock and rule

As the days in our empty nest turn, our pets continue to rule our humble abode. Rightfully so, our lives would be empty without them.  And I’d be without photos for Odd Ball Challenges. Dessy (Determined, Eccentric, Suspicious, Silly, Yearning) Tizzie (Teasing, Introverted, Zzzzcatcher, Zzzstander, Impeccable, Elegant) Copper (Cuddly, Optimistic, Prepared, Particular, Enthusiastic, Ready) It’s pretty rare to find them in close proximity all together at the same time.  Dessy is the glue that keeps them united in the important things...

How to know if you’re ready to go gray

When I decided to go gray I was told by my hairdresser, “It will take about 18 months to complete the process, are you ready for that?” Some things in life take time. When you’re trying to decide to have a baby or not, you’re told it will take 9 months to gestate the little bundle of joy.  As part of the birth planning process, you get to decide the time of year you’ll be in the fattest and most...

The chill of patterns

If you’ve been to my blog before you know I tend to lean toward color photos versus black and white.  Weekly, though, I love to participate in Cee’s Black & White challenge.  Looking back through the color photos and testing them to see if they look cool in black & white expands one’s photography skills. A great deal of creativity is about pattern recognition, and what you need to discern patterns is tons of data.  Your mind collects that data...

Boss’s advice for landing the job

I celebrated 5 years at my current day-job just days before I ran into a former co-worker.  We almost didn’t say anything to each other as we did the “shit, did I just see someone I know double-take glance?” in the aisle at Walmart. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I confess, I tend to run the other way if I see someone I might know while I’m shopping at Walmart.  It’s creepy to have someone I know gawk at what I’ve stuck in...

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #GFTH-GFTB

It’s Tuesday.  It’s -15 below in rural Wisconsin.  Dessy’s sending a High-5 your way in celebration of an exceptionally cold week! Yippee!!!  She has NO idea how cold it is outside, she’s always soaking up the sun or a cozy blanket somewhere in the house. As for me…colder than the h-e-doubletoothpick weather is, well, let’s just say: It’s leaving me speechless. And longing for warmer weather or the next thing cute thing to happen.  Or comfort food to appear? It’s...