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Right Now . . . September 2013

Z - O - O - M ! ! !

There it went.

September.  Just breezed right on by!


I don't know about you, but that was One. Fast. Month.

Here's what's happening for me . . .Right Now.


Watching . . . Jo-Jo.  Has she peed?  Is she tearing anything up?  Terrorizing toads?  Digging a new hole?  Wading in the pond?  (Again.)  Has she pooped?  Yep.  Watching a puppy is a never-ending job.  And that leaves no time for watching anything else!

Reading . . . Oh, my reading has slowed drastically this month.  (See above.)  I'm still slogging through Paris.  I do like it and feel it's worth the slog; I just don't have much time for reading.  (I did manage to sneak in Louise Penny's latest, though!)


Knitting . . . Right.  Knitting.  Something else I used to do.  (Do you know how tempting yarn is . . . for a puppy?)  The photo above represents the sum total knitting I've finished since Jo-Jo came to live with us.  Not. Much.  (But lovely, non?  It's Germinate from Kirsten Kapur in Lucent, the Most Lucious Yarn Ever, from Kim!)

Listening to . . . Mat Kearney.


Dreading . . . Tom's upcoming stint in Mumbai in a couple of weeks.  I'll miss Tom, sure.  But it means I have Jo-Jo Watch all on my own.  For quite a long time.  And that is a bit intimidating.

Planning . . . What to plant in my new "secret garden" . . . even though it will likely be spring before I actually do the planting.  (Because Jo-Jo.  And Mumbai.)

Humming . . . Brother Louie.  (Don't ask.)


Drinking . . . Wine, San Pellegrino (still), and some wonderful blackerry tea I just discovered.

Itching to . . . Travel!  I wish I had a trip coming up.  (But I don't.  It's definitely time to start thinking about it.)


Needing to . . . Get my closet switched over to my fall/winter wardrobe.  (Even though I will NOT wear socks and shoes yet.  I will NOT.)

Organizing . . . My desk.  (Yeah.  I know.  I'm always organizing my desk.  It's a given.)

Inspired by . . . These adorable ornaments.  I have already decided that I won't be knitting any Christmas gifts this year.  But then, I found these.  I'm thinking they might be kind of fun . . . and the Adorableness Quotient is factoring in. . .


Delighted by . . . My iPad keyboard/case!  Brian found it first, and based on his recommendation, I got one for myself.  It works like a charm!  (I have an iPad mini; they make the case for the regular iPad, too.)


Surprised by . . . I just signed up for my first 5K in 25 years!  (Wish me luck.)

How about YOU?  What's happening for you . . . Right Now?

Putting It In Stone

Every once in a while, I blog about my One Little Word project.  It's an interesting journey; one I really enjoy.  But.  It's mostly not something I share blog-wise. 

One of the OLW prompts over the summer (I can't quite remember the exact month, now, because after a while, they really do all run together) involved "writing" your word out in the public spaces.

I thought for a several days about how I would DO this.

And then . . . it came to me.

A patio stone!

I'd had this kit for a while.  (At one point, I think I planned to make gifts . . .)


So . . . why not?


I assembled all my stuff one afternoon.


And got to mixing my concrete!


I shaped my patio stone (I used a rectangular form) . . .


and pressed in my letters and some decorative stones.


Fun - and really easy!

Now, all I have to do is place it out in my garden as a reminder of my journey with SURPRISE.


(But I think I'll wait until Jo-Jo is finished with her digging!)

P-Update: In Tandem


My backyard is a mess.

My hostas are shredded.

I've had to unplug the fountains in my little ponds.

My kitchen throw rugs are shredded.

I've had to remove all pillows and throws from the armchairs.

We're always tripping over squeak toys, tennis balls, and soggy rawhide chews.

I don't dare get out my knitting.


We do have this.




I can walk both dogs in tandem!


It's a bit of a risk.  (Because the weight of both dogs combined = my weight.)  But we managed for 2 miles last night.  Only one little . . . moment.  (Quickly passed.)


Life is good.

(Treats were involved.)

Never a Problem


This week's Ten on Tuesday topic is easy-peasy for me:  Ten Books on My To-Read List!  Because I maintain my (ever-growing) "To-Read" list on Goodreads, I can always remember what that "next book" IS. 


And what's on my "To-Read" list?  Well, here are the ten I'm particularly looking forward to:

  1. Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott
  2. Love, Dishoner, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
  3. Exodus by Lars Iyer
  4. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
  5. The Goldfinch by Mary Tartt
  6. Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  7. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  8. Sleeping with Pancho Villa by Rich Skwiot
  9. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
  10. We Are Water: A Novel by Wally Lamb

Of course, it's gonna be a while before I pick up any of them. . . because this.  Yes, I'm in the midst of my annual slog!  And at 832 pages . . . I'll be in "Paris" for quite a while.  (But it's good -- and I'm liking it quite a lot; probably 40% in at this point.)

And how about YOU?  What's on your reading list?


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Fighting It: A Riff

  • Really. 
  • Fall is here.
  • My garden is fading.   (The parts not ravaged by puppy, that is.) It's dark earlier at night; it's dark later in the morning.  Orion is in the sky. Some leaves are turning; some are even falling. 
  • (But not many.)
  • (Yet.)
  • Lots of people are talking about football.
  • (Not me.)
  • I'm talking about planting bulbs.
  • (Fat chance, though, with Jo-Jo around.)
  • Yes.  Fall is coming.
  • I, technically, don't mind the change of seasons.
  • And, as far as seasons go, fall is one of the better seasons.
  • (Apples.  Pumpkin-flavored everything.  Winter squash.  Lovely leaves.)
  • But, still.
  • I'm a Summer Girl at heart.
  • And I fight fall. 
  • (Every year.)
  • Still wearing shorts.
  • Still wearing flip-flops.
  • Still leaving my house without a jacket.
  • Still opening the windows.
  • Still wanting my wine on the patio.
  • Still drinking iced tea.
  • Even when it's 48-friggin'-degrees.
  • And you know what?
  • Deep-in-my-bones, can't-get-warm FREEZING.
  • Guess it's time to face reality.
  • (But I don't want to.)
  • I'll drink HOT tea today!
  • (In my flip-flops.  On the patio.)
  • (Wrapped in a blanket.)

Dance the Night Away


There are some weeks . . . when Ten on Tuesday . . . makes me crazy!

(But in a good way. . .)

This week's topic, Ten Songs That Make You Want to Dance, pretty much puts me over The Edge.

Because. . .



How? Choose?

So I decided the simplest thing was to go back . . .

Scan 5

way back . . .

Scan 5 copy

to a time . . .


when these two . . .



K and T circa 1979

What got us out on the dance floor?

Why. . . Almost anything!  But, certainly, THESE songs did:

1 - Silver Threads and Golden Needles - Linda Ronstadt.  Being Wyoming kids, we were really great Country Swing dancers (we still are, actually!).


2 - Fire on the Mountain - Marshall Tucker Band.  Ditto.


3 - China Grove - Doobie Brothers.  And, because we were 70s kids, the Doobies could always get us up and dancing!


4 - Brick House - Commodores.  Definitely got our groove on with this one!


5 - Night Fever - BeeGees.  Oh, yeah.  We were Right There . . . in the midst of Disco Fever!


6 -Da Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart.  Okay.  So Tom wasn't really a fan of this song, but me and my college friends had a GREAT time with this one!


7 -Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry.  Still makes me dance . . .


8 - Miss You - Rolling Stones.  Get a little attitude goin', y'know?


9 -Heart of Glass - Blondie.  Pure fun.


10 -YMCA - Village People.  Because . . . of course.


How about YOU?  What songs make YOU dance?


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