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Aug. 15th, 2015


Answer for question 4486.

What is your most essential household appliance? How difficult would it be for you to live without it? What's one gadget or appliance you'd love to have but don't?
So if the only way I'll update is with a QotD, so be it.

Most essential household appliance? There are two.

1) The refrigerator. Easy to take for granted but when it breaks beyond hope of repair and you have to shop for a new one and stuff the perishables in ice chests and prepare the rest of them fast, fast, fast, while hoping the delivery truck also comes fast, fast, fast. ....

2) Washing machine. Possibly the best labor-saving device ever. I'm grateful at least 3 times a week to have one of my own since laundromats lost their charm when I was about 23. Now, if only there were easier ways to divert the graywater for outdoor usage....

As for an appliance I most want: The house we rent has no dishwasher. We need to have one for the sake of our relationship since he and I do not share a common conception of "clean." (Trust me, I'm not being too picky.)

The arthritis in my hands has gotten a lot worse, so I would appreciate his "effort" if only I didn't have to rewash so much.

Feb. 19th, 2015


Birthday greetings

A very Happy Birthday to audela, my almost birthday twin. Sorry I'm late since it's already tomorrow where you are, I didn't get in until late!

Hope your day was a happy one. Health, joy and smoochies!!!

BTW I was leafing through Henry Kuttner's The Dark World and saw a character named Freydis and couldn't remember where you got your screenname.

May. 31st, 2014


2014 Naglee Park Open Studios

Last minute getting ready for June 1 Open Studios with the usual chaos, clutter and panic.

I've been working on abstract paintings as well as small 4x6 collages mounted on 5x7 cardstock, ready to frame or send.

crossposted tocayost

Feb. 19th, 2014


Birthday hugs!!!

Happy Birthday, bon anniversaire, and an all around joyous celebration to audela.

I hope the weather there today is more springlike than winterish for your special day.

Jan. 31st, 2014



Today, January 31, was the birthday of ruthless1.

I've missed her terribly since last April and I can't believe she's gone. A couple times she's shown up in my dreams; once she helped me to carry some boxes and packages and on a psychic level, it is the essence of her ruth-ness that she would try to help friends carry their burdens. She certainly helped me carry mine in the too brief time we were RL friends.

Tonight, we ate out and in honor of her life as a devoted foodie, we resolved to fully enjoy our meal with no guilt. I hope she would have approved.

I don't know much Yiddish, but I've read the word brocheh means a blessing. Ruth's life was a blessing and I will always carry her in my heart.

Dec. 31st, 2013


Bonne année et bonne santé, mes amis

A good year ahead and good health wherever you may be. I'm still trying to regroup from the Paris trip--I fell for it hard. Next time I am totally getting a cortisone shot for the bone spurs in my knee before I go and am forced to limp all over the city.

The only resolution I'm likely to keep is to watch more kitty videos, so my goals for 2014 will be modest. I read a lot in 2013, maybe too much even for me.

I'm thankful to be of an age where it's not really necessary to totter around on sparkly 4" heels.

Two hours to go on the West Coast--I'm off to try to improvise a crab dip recipe.

I wish you joy, warmth and light!

Nov. 4th, 2013


We are here

The pied à terre we're renting is great. Some rain each day except yesterday which was sunny and windy with glorious clouds. Even the rain cloud are unusual and lovely. For a late lunch I tried un hot dog avec fromage to see how it compared with the American version. It was 12", in a crusty roll. Might have some photos in a bit. Bonjour, mes amis.

Jul. 2nd, 2013


How hot was it?

This afternoon it was sooo hot ... Al Pacino was walking up and down the street shouting "Attica! Attica!"

May. 1st, 2013


Finale time

Season finale tonight for The Americans. Given the toll taken in recent episodes, I'm guessing they won't play it safe. They've gotten a renewal for a second season, so a likely cliffhanger, too.

I don't know anyone else watching this but I'm hooked, and have mended my former spoiler h0 ways.

Apr. 30th, 2013



Her friends posted that she died at 3:38 MDT on Monday. Surely in some way, she is still shining on.

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