So yeah… birthday

Okay I freely admit that I turned 59 today. And apart from feeling it in my joints, I’m not too troubled by what is essentially just a number. So far, it’s been terrific. I went out for dinner last night with Glinda and Jim to Frontera Grill, for my money, one of the best restaurants in the city, and had a fabulous dinner which included chocolate tamales. Yeah, you read that right. Let me tell you, coupled with the sauce and the cherry/apricot/jicama salsa… heaven. Seriously.

And let me tell you, my friends have been good to me. I’ve added a dozen books to my library thanks to them. Those of you who know me will understand how happy that makes me.

I’ve got a new release over at Torquere Press: Road Songs and today I’m hosting the Torquere Live Journal.  Glinda made me chocolate muffins for breakfast, and I’m going to go sit down and read for a while as soon as I finish this post.  Tonight we watch the Oscars.  Ah…  Happy Birthday to me! *g*


My shopping mojo is out of control!

Damn, I’m good today!  We’ve been talking about starting some seeds indoors, but after the last time I did that, and lost the use of my kitchen table for months, I didn’t really want to bother with that again.  However I was looking through a catalog the other day and I saw the perfect size stand to fit in a corner of my sun porch.  It’s got wheels so I can wheel it in front of the windows when no one is sitting there, and into the corner, when someone is.  It’s only 10×24, which makes it sort of teeny, but it was right for me, so I went to the site and found that it was on sale for $20 off.  Score, right?  Of course the shipping  was $13, but I googled for a coupon code and found one for an extra 20% off, which not only  covered the shipping but further discounted the cart.

I found a very well rated LED grow light fixture that can be hung from the underside of one of the shelves.  It was over on and surprisingly inexpensive for how well reviewed it was.  And it was Amazon Prime so no shipping costs.  Score again!

Then to Gardener’s Supply where I got a seed starting kit of the sort I’ve used before and really like, two each of the pepper and tomato grow bags because peppers should be grown apart from everything else to avoid being fertilized (Instead, push a whole lot of matches into the soil, it’s all they need.  A friend of Pam’s clued me into this and we got the BEST peppers last year.  I’m sold.) and tomatoes just take over everything if you grow them in your vegetable bed.  Also I got one salad grow bag, just to take the chance that we can raise a little lettuce this year.  And I found some bird feeders that hold fruit and suet balls/blocks and hang in trees.  They were on sale.  And I checked for a coupon code again and got free shipping on the whole order.

I should go look for a car tonight!

Stand with honest workers everywhere!

Emergency Call to Action for a 50-State Wisconsin solidarity mobilization this Saturday at noon

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response and vital human services. The right to organize is on the chopping block. The American Dream is slipping out of reach for more and more Americans, and we have to fight back.

Can you add your endorsement to the call for emergency rallies in front of every statehouse this Saturday at 12 Noon to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin? We must demand an end to the attacks on workers’ rights and public services across the country. Demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

You can add your name and endorse the call for emergency rallies by following this link:  Call To Action–Save the American Dream!

Conspicuous consumption

Whenever my mother went downtown to shop at Marshall Field’s she’d stop at the candy counter and pick up some almond bark for my father, some coconut candy for herself and a trio of chocolate-dipped strawberries for me.

Last night I was lying on the couch, moaning about having  a cold, and I saw an ad for which sells — among other things — chocolate-dipped strawberries.  And as it’s almost my birthday, and as I was feeling sick, and also still feeling a little down from the anniversary of Mom’s death on the 1st, I got to feeling awfully nostalgic for dipped berries.  So this afternoon I went over to the website to check out their offerings, and discovered that even something as simple and delicate as a chocolate-dipped strawberry could be turned into an over-blown piece of candy in the same way taffy apples have been ruined by the big production number apples that feed six and are responsible for my screed back in September.

No, don’t worry, I’m not going to bitch about the berries with the same vigor as the apples; I have the lurgy and I don’t feel like it.  All I’m going to say is that the fact that I can’t get simple, chocolate-dipped strawberries makes me kind of sad.  I guess it reminds me of what I’ve lost, and that never makes a bad day better, does it?

Snowpocalypse ’11

This time for sure, say the weather forecasters, but I’m reserving judgment. I’m also planning on going out and photographing the street at various times of the day just to document what happens, or doesn’t happen. This is what it looked like from my front porch about 10:30 this morning:

My pal Rris has a webcam set up in his front window and is broadcasting TEOTWAWKI live for the next however long.

Watch live video from rriscentaur on

Hang in there, folks.  Stock up on chocolate and toilet paper and stay warm.