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        I’m a mystery writer–read my ‘about me’ page to find out more.   Feel free to check out the excerpts from my Doggoned Mystery series and take a look at my favorite pictures of our garden and what was once our pond.  The Bull Pen page has pictures of our bullies past and present and friends.   


1 day 1 night running

The dehumidifier has run for a full day and over night. There is a noticeable difference in how humid the basement is.

It is about half of what it was.

I’m actually able to tolerate it down there enough to get laundry done.


suck it up buttercup

The dehumidifier…

The saga begins with the delivery of the large box. Our mailman dumped this large box on the porch Saturday afternoon.

I go out to get it and…. I can’t lift the danged thing.

Tried several times…. Not moving it at all.

Oh great. Now what?

Bang on the next door neighbor’s door.

Well, V’s husband carried it into my house. He’s strong and he even struggled to lift it. Once he got it into the house My turn at it began again.

I dragged the box from the living room to the kitchen. Once there, I opened (cut into pieces) the big box and slid it off the smaller box carrying the dehumidifier..

Still unable to lift, the now, smaller box.

Spent the rest of the day watching for young man who lives across the street to appear outside. No such luck.

Sunday rolled around.

I see my neighbor’s son show up for a visit with his parents. I ask him to carry it to the basement which he does with a smile. He helped get it out of the box too.

After doing your basic set up tinkering, my dehumidifier is now making my basement dryer.




Potted gardens…

I picked two more eggplants yesterday which brings our total to date to four.


Picked two each time and gave G one per picking.

Oven fried last time–spread with Mayo and dipped in seasoned crumbs baked at 350 for 20 minutes.

Any ideas on how to do our second one?

What is your favorite way to cook eggplant? (I have two more small ones still growing.)


Bye Bye Bannon

This day in History

The Women’s right to vote was ratified this day in 1920.

Let that sink in.

My mother was 5 years old.


Sometimes running errands is a good thing

It gets me out of the house before I strangle him.

Had to run to his pain management office to pick up a prescription, Also CVS called before my alarm went off to tell me he had a script ready.  That made two I needed to pick up.

Went over to G’s and asked her if she wanted to run errands with me. I winked and said, “we can stop for lunch too.”

A little while later we were off to make the first stop at pain management.

From there we stopped at a favored diner on our way back to town to CVS. Thought to take a picture of my spinach quiche and fruit salad after I’d started to eat.


CVS pharmacy stop, I had to drop a script there and we had a 30 minute wait for it.

We decided to kill some time by taking a walk at Lake Muhlenburg. I got three poor pictures of the swan. I hope to one day catch it up close and not during a grooming session like today.


We walked for a while then headed back to the pharmacy. Scripts were ready, no line, we were quickly on our way home.

It’s way past time…

It’s way past time for the good old boy society to step down from government and hang their heads in shame.

Since the election of the #orangeidiot  we’ve seen women’s rights stripped away one by one.

The systematic destruction of our clean air, water, and wildlife protections.

The rise of racism supported by the #whitehouserat.

Science has been set aside in favor of zealous religious bigotry and pandering.

Wild spending of the American citizens’ taxes on golfing, vacationing, and lining the pockets of the extremely wealthy.

Programs designed to aid the American people to their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness have been pillaged and looted.

I, for one, am beyond ready to see this administration leave in handcuffs.


Yum, ice cream.

A rare treat in this house. I don’t often buy it for us.

I thought we earned a gallon of it when I saw the salted caramel toffee label calling out to me from the freezer case.

salted caramel toffee ice cream

Imagine if we gave peace a chance…

No way #Cheeto man….

“an egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

I beg to differ. It was nothing less than a display of terrorism, bigotry, misogynistic, racist, Nazism.

Arrest them all as the terrorists they truly are and, as their leader, turn yourself in for prosecution.

This hatred and violence has no place in our nation. A nation founded on freedom.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Condemn these people for the terrorists that they are. For they are nothing more than homegrown terrorists.

Shame on #45. Shame on anyone who condones what happened in Charlottesville, VA!

patience is at FU

Wow, so that’s what the bottom of my freezer looks like…

This is the first time in a very long time that my freezer is almost empty. I held off on our food order this time so we could use up more of the food before a delivery arrived.

A delivery arrives later today.

Yay. Because it is scary to see my freezer so empty.

Today’s Tee

I hug my bull terrier

Should he or shouldn’t he

Book value on The Curmudgeon’s pick up truck is nowhere near what he thinks it should be. However, the cost of his insurance, registration, and inspections each year are almost three times what my van costs. Not to mention what it costs to fill his gas tank.

He drives his truck maybe once every 3 or 4 months.

I say he should sell it and buy a cheap to run used car. We have no use for a gas guzzling pick up these days.