November 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm (Uncategorized)


I  grew  up  with  dogs. I  thought all  cats  were snobby  and  standoffish.   Over  the  years  I’ve  learned  that  isn’t  true.   And the variation of personalities – is  endless.   Tonight  we lost Nathaniel.   Our  miracle  boy .   2and  half to  3  years  ago – he  suddenly couldn’t  walk or see straight.  he saw a cancer specialist – – much  too  often  for  his  taste.   But  lived  and lived well.   he  purred  for  us,  ran to  the door when we got  home,  and yelled  at  us  for  not opening the  door  to  the  world  of  grass . he mauled  the evil  vets  as often  as possble.   he  was our  Jeckle  and hyde boy.

he  will  be  missed

Permalink Leave a Comment

last night’s Dream

September 14, 2015 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized)

I  have  strange  dreams.   My  sister  J  recalls  a  lot  of  them I  have told  her .  And I  know  she’ll like  this one.  I  dreamed  that  I had  some how acquired a pet   snail.   Big  enough that  it  just  fit  in  my  hand.   When  I  moved  it  too far  from any surface  it  would reach  out  and try to touch something  to  use as a  base.   At  one  point it got  away  from  me and was running (  yes  running)  all  over  the living  room  furniture .  Yes,  it got lint  and fuzz on  itself.   My  friend  B  was  not  very  happy   with  me (  Now,  Beth  we  know  you’re excited about  your  new  pet  but ,  but  we can’t  have  it  running  all  over  the  furniture.)   Eventually  I  had to   return my  snail  to  the proper  environment.   which was  the tide  line  on  an  ocean  beach.   Yeah.   So  I  dreamt I  had  an amphibious,  salt loving  snail as a  pet.   that  could move  really  fast.

I  have  no  explanation

Permalink Leave a Comment

I probably won’t remember all of the books I’ve read ….

May 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm (book review, books) (, , )

The magicians : a novel  Lev Grossman

Sorry  -not  great.   it  took a  long time  to  get  started.   not  magical.   not  a grown up  harry  potter.   but I might  read  the second one,  because I  was promised  it gets better.

Parasite  Mira  Grant

Symbiont Mira  Grant

I was going to  explain – but it is easier  to  say  she  has an amazing  story  telling ability  – In the midst of  a  big  giant world changing  event  – she is still telling the story  of  individuals -that  would be  interesting even  without  the disaster. Book 3 comes  out  November 24th.

The darkest part of the forest / by Holly Black

 I love  Holly Black.  Dark  fairy  tales  are  her specialty.  In  this  book, there is a town  that is on  the border of a  forest  where fairy  tales  are  real – all parts  of  them.   There  is  even a  glass  coffin  with a prince  in  it.   The relationship  between  the  town and forest has been  balanced,  but suddenly  more  of the evil  side  has  visible.   Then then coffin  breaks…   

The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim E. K. Johnston

Excellent.   Way  better  than  I  expected.   Current  time  period – but  with  added  dragons.


pretty  sure  I  read a few  more books,  but I  just  don’t  remember ….

Permalink Leave a Comment

Goal 1000

March 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm (exercise, fitness) ()

I  joined  this challenge on  3/21/15   the Goal – walk/hike/run  1000 miles  between  now  and  winter  9 dollars  and  half  the fee  goes  to  make a  wish.  If  an  individual  is doing it  this means 3.26 (? I’ve  forgotten the exact  number ) a  day.   something like  25 miles  a week.

some people  are  doing  this as teams so  they  are able to  split  the mileage, i  am  doing this  as  an individual .

It  has  been  exciting to  see people  take  up  the challenge.  Long  hikes,  short  walks  , and runs of all  lengths.  but….

There  has been a lot of  hoopla  about ‘intentional’ (  meaning exercise )  vs walking around miles.

here is  why  I  joined:

1) the  person who  brought  it too my  attention  has  been  working really  had to  improve  his level of fitness.

2)  i have diabetes  and  the very  best  thing you  can  do  for diabetes is – move  the big  muscles.

3)  A big  goal  is a kind  of  fun .   Long  term  challenges give  you  room  to  form  habits ,  and  deal  with  real  life  events  like – getting sick  or  busy  lives  or….

So  I  am  counting every step I  take.  I   should  reach this goal without any  serious  problems.  5 days  a  week – I  walk  over  3  miles  a  day.   Only  two  days  a  week  do  I  have to  work on  walking.   good  for  me.

If  you  are a  runner,a hiker  or  distance  walker  the real challenge  might be  to  do  it  without  counting  you walking around  steps.  good  for  you.   I’d  like  to  be  there  some day.   When  I  trained for  the SGK  walk,  I  might have  been  there.   Not  now.

Why  I  think  walking around  steps count (  for  me )  .   There  are studies  out that  suggest  no  matter  how much  you  work  out  – sitting for  long periods  of  time is  not  good  for  you.   As  a  kid – I  read  that  our  bodies are  mostly  water.   As  an adult  – I  knew  what  happened to  water if  it  sat  still too long.   Very  very  gradually  I  went  from being a  couch  potato  to  someone who has  a  hard  time  sitting still too long .  But  sometimes  I  still have to  remember to   move.

I  do  have  some  secret  goals — I’d  like to  get  to 1500  miles.   and  maybe  next  year   not  have to  count  my  walking around  miles . However, I need to get  to  1000  miles  first.

Permalink Leave a Comment


March 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm (Uncategorized)

I  saw  this  posted  on Facebook Aging while female is not your worst nightmare. I had a vague revelation: I’ve never been too worried about getting old.

I have had a few people tell me not to get old, oddly, they have all been men.

I do get startled by my grey hair in the mirror sometimes – but I spent more time with dark hair , so I am guessing that will change. I don’t love my face wrinkles, but I am surprised by my hands starting to crinkle.

Cat calls stopped a long time ago, but I swear that the inappropriate comments from men on the other side of the library desk have increased.

Physically, how I work had to change a long time ago – I have to work around my diabetes and asthma. I think they are better because I don’t work ’til I hurt anymore.

As for my voice, I feel it is stronger and more powerful than before. You can’t shout me down anymore. You can argue with me, but I am better at hearing when you aren’t listening. And I am ok with just making a statement and letting it just sit there. It isn’t like people were listening when I was young.

Permalink Leave a Comment

more books

February 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm (books)

The  agency  1  : a  spy  in  the  house y.s. lee

From  afar  a  science fiction  mystery john  russell  fearn   –


In  the  woods Tara French  — good,  but  not   the  ending  we  wanted

The edge of the  earth  Christina Schwarz  woman  who  goes  to  live  with  her  husband in a  light  house in  Monterey – not  a happy  book but  good

The  drop  Michael Connelly  police  procedural

Dragonhaven  Robin  Mckinley Really  good  –  felt  very  real for  a  fantasy  novels

No Safety  in  Numbers Dayna  Lorentz  one  Saturday  everyone  gets  quarantined  in a  mall

Permalink Leave a Comment

Next page »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 421 other followers