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Dilettante

Last weekend, Husband and I went to a coffee-roasting demonstration.  It was really very interesting. We learned about the two basic types of coffee beans (robusto have more caffeine, but arabica have better flavor).  We watched as the raw beans went from army green to tan to deep, roasty brown, […]

Taking a Break

I’d really like to say it’s not you, that it’s me. But that’s not even true – I think it is you. At first, things were great – we’d get together every week, I did my part, and you told me what I wanted to hear. Gosh, how I enjoyed […]

Fledgling

We have a pair of cardinals in our yard; I’m pretty sure they’ve been with us for several years now.  I love seeing them – Mr. Cardinal in his brilliant scarlet, and the quieter, rosy-hued Mrs. Cardinal, with the striking dark accents on her face. We’ve been feeding them, off […]

Father’s Day

Doesn’t it seem like Father’s Day kind of gets the short end of the stick?  I mean, just a month ago, on Mother’s Day, people were falling all over themselves to take Mom out for a nice brunch or a fancy dinner, or at the very least, to present her […]

Old Houses and Motorcycles

Remember when we were kids, and our parents were soooooo oooooooold? I couldn’t IMAGINE even being as old as thirty! And my grandparents? Forget about it! I mean, they were in their sixties (I guess), and it was like they already had one foot in the grave and the other […]

Poppy Controversy

Memorial Day weekend means two things these days, the more anticipated being the beginning of the summer season, with all the red-white-and-blue sales and the picnics and the opening of pools that go along with that. Of course, Memorial Day is also a day of observance, a day set aside […]

Morning Run Amok

I am convinced this dog is trying to kill me. Have you heard of the remedial running program called “Couch to 5K”?  Basically the idea is that, even though you’re fat and out of shape, you can start slowly and gradually work your way up, and in a couple of […]

Social Hypochondriac

Did you ever meet someone who sort of collects people?  They can talk to anyone, and everyone’s their best friend. I’m not like that. I think of myself more as a social hypochondriac.  I never know if I’m saying or doing the right thing, and I frequently second-guess myself. Sit […]

There’s a spreadsheet for that

It all started when I bought the house. Actually, no.  If I’m honest, it started before that – back when I was working in real estate, I was occasionally called upon to create an amortization schedule for a non-bank mortgage.  Fortunately, my word processing program at the time (Microsoft Works!) […]