Yesterday was a weird day. I feel like I say that all the time now, every day. But it was weird and something was eating away at my brain and I let it consume me. By the time I went to bed I was super agitated. Everything was annoying, the book I was reading, the … Continue reading Limbo
Month: May 2018
A few posts ago I mentioned we had a mourning dove couple make a nest in the gutter outside our little breezeway. I was worried about the location because of rain and because the back door of the breezeway is a common egress for us. But they seemed to be settling in nicely and when … Continue reading Nest Mystery
Reviving Old Pans + A Book Review
I have a master's degree in metalwork. Specifically, Jewelry and Light Metals, which is just another way of saying I don't weld steel and iron. Metal things are something I am quite familiar with and fond of so it makes some sense that I would insist we rescue some old cast iron pans from the … Continue reading Reviving Old Pans + A Book Review
I locked myself out of the house yesterday. It was late in the day, I'd gone out to water the plants and normally I check the handle lock on the door before I leave because sometimes it locks (on its own? Maybe when I last unlocked the door, I inadvertently lock it?) and I panic. … Continue reading Progress
My mom used to tell me stories about running track in high school. She was a sprinter, and she'd tell me dramatic tales of turning on the jets at the end of the race to win. It sounded amazing so when I got to junior high and track season started I joined the team. We … Continue reading Efficiency
What’s In a Name
When I turned 18 I was living in a dorm at the University of Iowa. I retrieved my mail from a box with with of those letter number combination locks on it that was lined up with hundreds of other boxes in the lobby. I didn't get a lot of mail back then, mostly padded … Continue reading What’s In a Name
I’m Not Ready
A few weeks ago a couple of mourning doves were shopping for nest sites in our backyard. I know this because as I sat in our breezeway I could hear them cooing at each other and scrabbling around in our gutters. At first, I wasn't sure what the noise was and I'd pop my head … Continue reading I’m Not Ready
17 Year Cicadas
The spring of 1981 in Prairie Village, Kansas was a noisy one. A brood of 17-year cicadas emerged from their nests and the air was thick with the mechanical sound of their wings drying out. Our lawn was littered with their empty shells, a perfect translucent mold of their big buggy bodies and just as … Continue reading 17 Year Cicadas
I was in grade school when the Challenger blew up after launch. A bunch of us were huddled in a classroom watching the coverage on a TV that had been wheeled in to the front of the room. When it exploded the teachers gasped and someone turned the TV off and ushered us all to … Continue reading The Parachute
I Seem Approachable?
Yesterday I walked up the ski hill in my neighborhood on my walk. It's not much of an incline, but it's steeper and longer than most of the hills in the neighborhood, plus it connects to a High School cross country running trail so it seemed like a nice diversion. As I was almost at … Continue reading I Seem Approachable?