Deer, deer …

Deer, deer …

Given that we were gone for a month this summer, I didn’t really expect a lot from the tomatoes, bell peppers, and squash we planted in April. The squash plants bombed on their own, though I suspect a vole had something to do with it. Tomatoes and bell peppers...
Up, down, and unexpected

Up, down, and unexpected

It’s hard to know what to expect these days. While the stock market does a number on  retirement funds, the bottom has fallen out of the oil market, which takes less of a bite out of travel. While traveling this past weekend, I thought it was pretty special to...
A bridge not far enough

A bridge not far enough

I spend a fair amount of time in the recliner these days, keeping my feet up and either ice or heat on my hip, whichever seems to promise relief at the time (see the previous blog if you’re wondering why). While reared back and looking through pictures on my...
Ouch, in spades

Ouch, in spades

So, why did my lovely wife buy me a mini-beach ball featuring characters from “Frozen,” the Disney movie? The decoration is extraneous: we squeezed most of the air from the ball in hopes of making a sort of cushiony donut for my right hip joint, which has...
Car key comfort

Car key comfort

Travel can be a wonderful thing, especially opportunities to go overseas and experience different cultures, taste new foods, and see new sights. Downsides are part of the deal, of course. Sometimes the new foods don’t agree with you, or the beds are not...