Life, Plain Speaking, Relationships, Rural Living

The Joys of Schadenfreude

Well, there's the Wayne Newton original, which probably should come with a trigger warning, if only because of his execrable German pronunciation: https://youtu.be/0m_giioppT4 And then there's the karaoke music.  You're welcome to sing along with my revised lyrics: https://youtu.be/DNL6I-NMhTw Schadenfreude, darling, schadenfreude I find myself feeling overjoyed. Blogging site, on the Internet Was the place… Continue reading The Joys of Schadenfreude

Family, Family Matters, Life, Womanly Feminism

On Granny. Oh, and On Chocolate, Too. And a Few Other Things As Well

On this April 16, 2022, a day that would have been my grandmother Molly's 124th birthday, I bring back a post originally published five years ago today, on Ricochet.  Nothing's changed. My grandmother Molly could be a rather stern old lady. She was born when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, on April 16,… Continue reading On Granny. Oh, and On Chocolate, Too. And a Few Other Things As Well

Life, Literature

Thoughts of Abroad, From Home

Oh, to be in England, Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now!! Perhaps it’s the fact that I'm still leery of… Continue reading Thoughts of Abroad, From Home

Animals, Life

Bears Lives Matter: #IStandWithHankTheTank

“Hank the Tank,” the 500lb black bear and scourge of Tahoe California, has been cleared (through DNA evidence no less) of many of the burglaries he’s been accused of committing over the past several weeks.  It appears that there are at least two more bears who are culpable, and who haven’t yet been named.  (One… Continue reading Bears Lives Matter: #IStandWithHankTheTank

Life, Quote of the Day

On Resentment and Rental Space

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head--Esther Lederer Yes, it's true. The phrase "living rent-free in [someone's] head" was coined, not by the late Rush Limbaugh--who probably did more to popularize it over the past two decades than any single individual--but by a petite Jewish woman born in Sioux… Continue reading On Resentment and Rental Space

Family, Life

Counting Only the Sunny Hours–From Now On, Of Course

Sundials.  I have one.  Carefully adjusted so that it tells the approximate time based on the position of the sun showing in the sky.  (When there is sun showing in the sky.)  It's kinda fun, because, simply by moving the dish, I can tell the time in any part of the world; anywhere that's important… Continue reading Counting Only the Sunny Hours–From Now On, Of Course

Culture, Family, History, Life, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, War

Rosyjskie Diabły

I learned that little Polish phrase from the late Mr. She, not very long after I met him, on a day when we were swapping stories about our eccentric and (in wholly different ways) exceptional families. It’s one of the few (SFW) bits of Polish I know, and I say it with great determination and… Continue reading Rosyjskie Diabły

Animals, Farming, Life, Loss, Love, Pets and Livestock, Quote of the Day

Giving My Heart (Just Once More) For a Dog to Tear

Well, OK.  Einstein was wrong.  (I say this because I refuse to believe, just because I indulge this particular sort of repetitive behavior--always believing that, next time, when the end comes I'm going to weather the storm without incident--that I’m insane.  Obtuse, stubborn, and human, perhaps.  But not insane.) Shortly before Christmas, it fell to… Continue reading Giving My Heart (Just Once More) For a Dog to Tear

Family, Family Matters, Life, Loss, Love, Quote of the Day

Roses are Red . . . Jokes, Adages, Sayings

I've mentioned before how much I enjoy Ammo Grrrll's Friday morning posts on Powerline.  Today's post, Make New Friends, and Keep the Old, is no exception. Her fond recounting of some of the entries in "Mama Dorothy's autograph book" put me in mind of this post I wrote on Ricochet eight (!) years ago about… Continue reading Roses are Red . . . Jokes, Adages, Sayings