Oh, the things you’ll find!

I’m not by nature very tidy. I don’t get a lot of joy doing repetitive chores, like dusting. Dust today and nobody will notice by tomorrow. Dust every two years and it doesn’t look signifigantly different in 24 hours. And don’t even get me started on the 21 meals and accompanying dishes, cups, silverware that […]

Not organized. Just chaos

As many of you may remember, I moved into this restored whorehouse about seven years ago. We’d worked on it for 13 years when our place out in the country suddenly sold; it wasn’t quite finished and seven years later still isn’t quite done. I’ve struggled with the many mini-moves of migratory children (6 to […]

A month in the Azores

I don’t like being cold. I lived in Utah, back in the Ice Age, before glibal warming. It was cold. I left almost 40 years ago and have been back maybe 5 times. I always ask if is snowing, because if it is or it might be, I’m not going. Which brings me to the […]

Hummer babies

There is an incredibly intricate and tiny hummingbird nest outside the bedroom window on the farm. Two different hummers have been sitting on it for about three weeks. Yesterday, I saw both adults feeding three tiny beaks but no sitting behavior. That’s because the wee babies are old enough to generate heat on their own. […]

Migraines and Valley Fever

Just a little whine. My head hurts. My doctor is out if town. My rescue meds have left me on Gilligan’s Island with no help in sight. My nose is running, my eyes are crying, it feels like someone socked me in the nose with a sledgehammer while driving a rusty railroad spike into my […]


Bad luck comes in threes. I just want to know WHERE I should start counting. I have a terrible tenant who has been consistently either late or simply doesn’t pay his rent. He always has excuses; Social Security sends his check to Kaweah Delta Hospital, which deducts his co-pay and then sends his decimated check […]

I am not a nice person

Obviously, I try. I’ve made arrangements to take care of my special needs adult son. I’ve made arrangements for my grandchildrens post high school education. My daughter… not at all. Whatever issues she has, she’ll have to work out herself. She’s lived here, rent free since November. During this time she had ordered me around, […]