Slow but steady

beachI recently returned from a visit to Hawaii. To be more exact, a visit to Kailua, Kaneohe, and Waialua on the island of Oahu. While there, I thoroughly enjoyed swimming in “the pond” (aka the Pacific Ocean) at Lanikai Beach, one of my favorite places in the world. Even got a tan line! And there I also experienced a first: swimming with turtles. It seems one of my talents is stepping in it — that’s stepping in seaweed — so I probably invaded their space. But it was great! In fact, I now think of the turtle as my animal totem. Like them, I am slow, steady, and methodical. Unlike them, I had to step out of the pond and return home. Until next time, my turtle friends.

Disclaimer: No turtles were harmed in the making of this blog or photo!

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Life is good

Spring is here, even in the Pacific Northwest. Trees have leaves. Robins are frolicking in the bird bath. Last week, Mother Nature teased us with some gorgeous weather. This week, there’s a few sun breaks followed by sputters of rain. Sir Herbert Honda, my new car, is making life a lot easier. The laundry is done. The apartment is relatively clean. Passport is ready to go … somewhere. Flowers are kicking off blankets of earth and emerging from their winter sleep. There’s a “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” marathon on tv right now. “Call the Midwife” is airing again on Sunday night. Christopher Robeson, the three-leg wonder cat, is purring in bed, telling me it’s time for our afternoon nap … now.

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Merry Christmas to all …

… and to all a good night! And Happy Festivus to the rest of us!

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Pumpkins everywhere

Pumpkins are everywhere this year! Is it a bumper crop? Orange ones, yellow ones, white ones, multi-colored ones, carved ones, decorated ones, pumpkin mazes, pumpkin and flower decorations, pumpkin patches, Facebook postings of adorable grandchildren at pumpkin patches. And while food shopping recently I drooled over pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie. Even pumpkin beer. Don’t get me started on everything else pumpkin: fuzzy ones, plastic ones, candy ones, snow globe ones, flashlight ones, candle ones, Halloween costume ones. Help. Me. It’s the attack of the pumpkins!

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The case of the missing dryer sheets

We all know about the case of the missing sock. You know the scenario. Two pairs of socks, i.e., four individual socks, go in the washing machine. But only three individual socks come out of the dryer. One looks high and low for that missing sock. It’s not stuck in the washing machine. It’s not stuck in the dryer. Sometime in the future the lost sock usually reappears, most likely stuck to another piece of clothing. And so it goes with dryer sheets.

For the longest time the dryer sheets I threw in ended up in the lint filter. My Mom, wise woman that she is, told me to safety-pin a couple of dryer sheets together. Brilliant! Since following Mom’s advice I’ve had no dryer sheets stuck in the lint filter. But last week the dryer sheets went missing altogether. I knew they were there when I started the dryer. But when that annoying buzzer sounded, alerting me that the clothes were dry, I found no dryer sheets, not even in the lint filter.

When removing clothes from the dryer I always shake them out, more to avoid ironing them rather than locating dryer sheets. But a week later, I found the missing dryer sheets, stuck in a pants leg as I was pulling the pants on. I’m just glad the dryer sheets turned up. I wasn’t going crazy. Now if only that last elusive sock turned up.

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No problem

No makeup. No shoes. No confining woman undergarments. Ah, vacation. Got to love it!

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Let there be music

And music. And music. And music. I always knew I had an eclectic taste in music. Now the artists on my iPad confirm it: Adele; Big Mama Thornton; Billie Holiday; Daniel Powter; Earth, Wind & Fire; Luciana Pavarotti; Maroon 5; Paul Robeson; Solomon Burke; Teddy Pendergrass. And the list grows with each paycheck.

Ever since my CD/cassette tape player malfunctioned (remember that electronic?) I’ve been without some favorite music. Not any more thanks to the iPad. Who needs a new sound system at home? Not me. Not now.

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