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In early 2016, not long after we moved to Nebraska, Mr. Midwest and I began what now feels like a sacred nightly routine.
Once my workday is over and my “have-to” list is complete, including some exercise, I leave the home office and join Mr. M (and sometimes my mother-in-law, a.k.a. Bonus Mom, who shares our home with us.)
Let’s change moods for a while and Remember Pluto! Free space from bored scientists! Rally here in the comments. Let’s have some fun. Preview Open
The vile, electrical current that is engulfing our beloved country, with its short-circuiting sparks of pandemics, riots, political turmoil and people-bashing on social media, as well as city streets, I find myself longing to pull the plug for some semblance of peace; the kind found in simple pursuits, minus electronic devices. The fishing theme makes […]
“There are many things I do for amusement, but for happiness I like to gather up my memories and go for a walk in the rain.” – Robert Brault
I have four older sisters. One summer in the mid-’80s, they were working for The Daily Herald, Utah County’s newspaper. They had to deliver the paper to people who hadn’t received theirs. One day, they decided to take me with them. We were riding in a Volkswagen Rabbit, I believe.
We had just begun when the rain started coming down heavily. We were just about to descend on a hill when we saw a large puddle spreading through the intersection. It was a one way stop and no one was there. All of us stripped off our shoes and socks and played in the rain. We were drenched!
Fear of Friday The 13th Phobia – Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia. We recently covered Triskaidekaphobia which is the fear of number 13. Today we will talk about Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which is an extension of Triskaidekaphobia. It originates from Paraskevi, (Greek for Friday). Fearof.net Preview Open
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Preview Open
I don’t know about you, but I’m all rev’ed up the next election season. Preview Open
Once in a while, Twitter can be fun. Today’s trending hashtag #MostUnderratedBeatlesSongs is the stuff of non-political warfare. Here’s mine for the suggestion box. What’s yours? Preview Open
We host potluck get-togethers on our deck several times each year. These are intended as community building exercises, designed to promote interactions between and with people of divergent ages and viewpoints. I make it plain that all opinions on all subjects are encouraged, with decorum. That means, mostly, no personal attacks and if women and […]
“O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging;” I got to looking at our Christmas tree the other day, an artificial Target-brand something or another fir, that we’ve had for about six years. This particular tree came with pre-lit incandescent white bulbs, to which I typically add about 200-250 additional lights to […]
“No one ever forgets a toy that made him or her supremely happy as a child, even if that toy is replaced by one like it that is much nicer.” — Stephen King
“‘Tis the season,” so they say, so now I offer up something light, silly, and hopefully a little fun. Because I am Mr. Fun! All my friends say so, right? Right? (Nobody here except us crickets, man.) Ahem. Well, be that as it may, I got caught up in a conversation the other day about the toys we had as kids. Sure, it’s not an uncommon conversation, but whenever they start, it quickly evokes the same feelings of competitive envy I had when I was nine, when everyone would go back to school and compare notes on who got what for Christmas.
Sitting here today pondering all the misbehavior that has gone on within and in close proximity to our federal government over the last two or three years. Then I realized that until not too long ago we would have regular posts raising queries about this matter. Those ‘cowboys’ who thought there were some bodies in […]
A couple of years ago I wrote a post asking people to explain their avatars. It was so much fun, because we have a wild and diverse collection of avatars, and it was a great way to learn more about each other. I wanted to write a post like that one, but one that would […]
Chix PIT got’s no rules other than “Be Nice, but Be Hilarious.” Jump in, no credentials required, and unlike real chickens, we smell nice, and we don’t bite. Not even the Roosters! No one likes scrolling through a long post to make or read a comment, so check the comments for the history of Chix PIT. […]
No, we didn’t watch the Marx Brothers movie of the same name. Neutral observer and I spent the day at the harness races. We arrived a few minutes before ten, so we could set up our party tent. Eventually, two other couples would show and set their tents up. One by one, people (mostly couples) […]
I know there is a a devastating storm raging over Texas, I’m sure Trump has done or said something new to offend and outrage, and lord knows all sorts of places around the world are slowly spiraling into oblivion. But, tonight the penultimate season of Game of Thrones just ended, and we need a place […]
I thought I would do something a little light-hearted for my Easter Post. Do you work in an office? Preview Open