Sunday, August 19, 2018


Why does an interesting dream flit away the instant I wake up but a nightmare lingers on, threatening to return if I dare to fall asleep again? I could do without the accompanying headache as well.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Errant Thoughts Story, Part 27

Danny and Dave puffed to a stop in front of the apartment building. Enjoying the relatively cool air of an early Sunday morning, they had run to their high school and joined the football team in the weight room before running home again.

Pausing his stretching, Danny asked, "Are you ever going to tell me what your big idea was?"

"Oh, that. Well, I was only going to tell you if it worked out and it didn't." Dave sat on the curb and wiped the sweat off his face. Seeing the exasperation of his friend, he laughed wryly, "All right, then; I have an aunt that I didn't know much about except that she was supposed to have married money. I thought maybe I could talk to her and find out why she and Mom don't get along; maybe even convince her to help out."

Danny's eyebrow rose skeptically as he thought about the differences between his mom and her sisters; the rift in Dave's family sounded even wider if they weren't on speaking terms. "What happened? Did you see her?"

Shoulders hunched at the memory, Dave kept his eyes on an ant hill between his feet. "Yeah, I did. I took the bus over on a Saturday. Now I know why Mom called her 'Crazy Thelma'. Geez, Danny! She wasn't a bit odd or eccentric; I'm talking about there was something seriously wrong with her." Shaking his head, he stopped talking.

Knowing something was still bugging his friend, Danny pushed harder, "What else is bothering you? Were you counting on her help?"

"No, it's not that. I always knew it was a long shot. It's just... what if I've inherited that? Or if it misses me, could I pass it on to my kids? Do you know what I mean?"

"Hey, my dad killed himself; I know exactly what you mean. I've just had a lot longer to get used to the idea. Of course, I talked to Mom about it too."

"What did she say?"

"Basically, it's all down to chance. Each of us is unique and has to do the best we can with what we are. Except she explained it a lot better." Standing up with a grunt, Danny continued, "Come on. I need a shower and Mom has a to-do list for us. What do you want to bet I get called in to work this afternoon?"

"Ha! No bet."

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Say what?

My son was trying to explain a stand-up comedian to me:

"She's referencing girl culture."

"I don't know what that means."

"You know, when girls are in a group and...oh, no, you wouldn't know about that."

The re-awakening awareness that his mother was never a 'normal' girl that hung around the popular groups or went to parties and clubs. It sounded awful when I was young and I don't regret not joining in at all. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

People are strange

So, my part time job is in retail. I don't mind it; I see all sorts of different people and pick up character ideas for my stories. Some of them though...well, to give some examples:

Yesterday a storm blew through and the power went off. Even when it came back on a few minutes later, the registers had to reboot and reconnect to the system. This isn't something that happens quickly and just because the lights are on, it doesn't mean we can do anything for the customers. One man became so incensed that he threw down his bag of candy and rushed out. Probably even more frustrating that he couldn't slam the sliding door shut.

Some make me sad, like the young woman buying prenatal vitamins and a pack of cigarettes.

Today was a woman who believed I was denying her a discount code for her brand of smokes. Even though I showed her there wasn't a code on the shelf or the print-out. She was still angry and rude...over 15 cents. I have to wonder if her anger was because she wouldn't admit to being wrong or because I didn't give her the discount anyway like one of my co-workers admitted to doing.

At least these are the exceptions. Most are what I would consider neutral experiences, but there are many more positive than negative. People who are charming, patient and pleasant.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Flowers and such

I decided this year to surround myself with beauty.

So I filled all my pots.

And bought some more.

I just fell in love with this metal dog.

I don't know what my neighbors think of me mowing around the wild yarrow in my front yard, but I'm doing it anyway.

I had to water everything this morning. We have the worst of both worlds now: massive clouds of mosquitos from the wet June but hot and dry. Ah well, such is life.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Post Rain

The weather has defeated me and I installed my air conditioner today. As I instinctively squatted to pick it up, my knee protested and I realized I should have asked for help before my son left for work.

My massive strawberry harvest....hahaha.

Garden is flourishing from our recent rains.

Will be eating good this weekend!

I'm trying to train cucumbers over this arch. Not sure why there are spots on the leaves.

Golden raspberries turned out to be quite aggressive once they got established.

My mulberry trees are gifts from the birds. This is the oldest and the fruits are good sized and abundant enough the birds can't keep up.

I'll do another post soon talking about flowers, but now I'm off to work.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

This and that

There was a brief window of 20% chance of rain this, what's it doing right now? Raining. It's hard to complain after weeks of dry heat. Who knows if we will get another stretch like that?

I served a man in his 90s yesterday; a WWII vet. Delightful chat, wish I could have visited with him for much longer.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning. NOT enough sleep, but a disturbing enough dream to make me unwilling to stay in bed. I think a nap is in my future!

Slight improvement in my knee which makes me hopeful that I only sprained my lateral ligament instead of tearing it. I will be taking it very cautiously until it's completely better.