I attended an offsite luncheon presentation this afternoon. The speaker was from Tucson, Arizona, and this was his first visit to Rapid City. The first thing he said to the audience: “What is up with the wind around here?!” Apparently, it rattled his hotel room windows all night long. So much so, that he got … Continue reading And they call Chicago the windy city…
A couple of months ago, Tara and I had a tête-à-tête (fancy phrase for "conversation") about our DVD collection. I wanted to move our DVDs from the built-in shelving unit in the basement and she wanted to ditch them entirely. Madness. I talked her out of getting rid of our DVDs. In fact, we ended … Continue reading Amy Stays and the Chicken’s Embarrassed
It was 70º yesterday. Sure felt a lot like spring, but I'd be a fool to believe we've turned the corner on a new season. One glance at the forecast reveals the truth. That's how we transition to spring around here. In fits and starts. You get a little taste of it and then the … Continue reading Ay, Oh, Way to Go
This is a rare Friday where I haven’t carpooled to work with Tara. My criteria for driving in solo has evolved quite a bit this winter. Initially, if there were even a few icy spots on the road, I’d grab a ride with her in the truck. But after six weeks where the temperature has … Continue reading Mayomust-Have
I feel sorry for all the Midwest folks who are still waiting for spring as they dig out from a seemingly endless parade of snowstorms. You guys are my peeps (or will be in a couple of months), so I feel your pain. However, I am not yet a Midwesterner, so I may feel your … Continue reading A Love Sleeps Deep
It’s been a fine springlike weekend here in the PNW - all sunshine, blue skies, and blooming cherry blossoms. I posted this photo to Facebook, and a friend who used to live in Portland but relocated to Ohio years ago commented, “Such a beautiful view. Brings back fond memories.” I asked her if she ever … Continue reading Pink and Blue
I just finished reading my 5th book of the year! I know that isn’t a huge number to a lot of people, but for me it’s pretty good and puts me on track to blow my modest Goodreads 12-book reading goal out of the water. This no-looking-at-the-phone-in-bed rule I instituted at the beginning of the year - … Continue reading The Long and Short of It
February in Portland does not usually look like this. But in stark contrast to the eastern half of the country, winter in the Pacific Northwest was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it affair this year. Month after month, we have set records for warm temperatures, and snow has been nonexistent. Even in the Cascades, where it is sorely needed. The … Continue reading Because, What Winter?!