Saturday, February 14, 2015


Animated Happy Valentines Day Greetings

Monday, February 09, 2015

Big Scary Monster

To you and me, this is a household appliance, a benign machine most of us drag out every blue moon to suck up the dog hair and other detritus accumulated on the floor since the last blue moon.

To my dog, however, it’s huge and vile and scary … evil incarnate.  The very sight of it, the instant I pull it out of the closet, sends her into a panic and she runs for the hills.  Or, more accurately, her bed and its pile of baby blankets.

When I turn it on, all hell breaks loose.  She goes absolutely berserk, alternately running around in circles and charging at it, barking the whole time.  It’s kind of hard to vacuum with this tiny warrior princess trying to kill it and me about to wet my pants laughing.  This is why I vacuum only every blue moon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Frozen - for real

Boy, am I glad I’m not in the Northeast tonight. Looks like this blizzard is shaping up to be one for the record books. I suspect the affected areas – and it looks like a huge area – are going to have it pretty rough for the next couple of days. Snow, near hurricane force winds, storm surge, possible thunder and lightning – not a pleasant situation. The storm missed my part of Virginia, thankfully; we’ve just had a little rain today. The wind has kicked up, and the weatherman says 60% chance of snow tonight, but it won’t be anything like up north. If we get snow, it probably won’t be anything to write home about. It's cold, going down to the 20s tonight, but not that bad. All in all, it’s been a pretty mild winter here so far.

Frozen Winter Season Picture

So – drones on the White House lawn. There’s a scary proposition, and don’t you just know there are terrorists out there salivating and drooling over the possibilities. These are scary times, boys and girls.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

And Now It's 2015

I know, I know – I’ve been absent from my blog for a long time.  Seems like I was always busy with this, that, or the other.  I meant to return during the Christmas shopping season, but then something terrible happened.

My S.O. of nearly seven years died suddenly from a massive heart attack three weeks before Christmas.  I spent the holidays in a state of shock and grief.  It still doesn’t seem real, that he’s really gone.  But he is, and I’m doing the only thing I can do – putting one foot in front of the other.

In retrospect, it seems like the last five years were chock-full of tragedy and/or bad luck – the deaths of my mother (and subsequent family drama), father, and dog; the accident in which I broke my hip; a year of unemployment.  And he was there with and for me through all of it.  I loved him, and I never had one moment’s doubt that he loved and cherished me, and I miss him so much.

The world – and my heart –  seems like a mighty empty and lonely place right now.

He loved my red hair; he always said it was what first drew him to me.  So you know what I did?  The day after Christmas, I bleached it blonde.  Good idea?  Not so good?  Who knows.  Took me four or five processes, sometimes only a day or two apart, to get the red tones out.  Then it looked too blonde to me, so I used yet another product.  For now, I think I’ll be grateful it didn’t fall out and leave it alone.

I’ll get over feeling shell-shocked eventually.  Probably.  I have no idea what the future holds – certainly, none of the remaining things we planned to do together.  Typically, I embrace change and challenge.  This one, I didn’t see coming and it’s kind of gobsmacked me.  But I’ll land on my feet.  I always do.

I’m thankful that I have a job to go to that keeps me busy and my sweet little pup at home.  And I’m glad I still have my blog where I can say whatever is on my mind.

Other than this, I don’t know what to say, so I think I’ve said enough for now.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lucky Day (crossing fingers)

Extra spooky day, or extra lucky? It's not even noon yet, so we shall see. Personally, I'm opting for a double dose of luck. I'm really tired of the same old, same old. This may be the perfect day to turn it around.

It's TGIF, too, which can't hurt. Have a happy one!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What Next?

The news has been a scary place this week.

 - Mudslides
 - Earthquakes
 - Vanishing airliners
 - War drums beating
 - Ebola outbreaks
 - Spring storms

Good grief, let’s do something else.

You are a Lover of Life
You are a pleasure seeker. You're a bit of a hedonist, and you enjoy the finer things in life.
You are both unusual and uncompromising. You're an interesting blend of traditional and modern.

You are physically affectionate. You love to hug your friends.
You are able to relate to people on their own level. You are socially adaptable.
Happy Hump Day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

If This Weren't Friday...

Thank God, it's Friday.  If it weren't, I'd be tempted to run with scissors or something. Lord help me, I was up half the night with ungodly heartburn.  I ate lasagna for dinner.  It’s bizarre how sometimes it doesn’t bother me at all and sometimes it tries its damndest to kill me.  Last night, the acid pit started roiling before I’d even finished.  There’s no rhyme or reason to it.

Thankfully, I’m out of work at noon on Fridays so, after some necessary shopping, I am destined for a nice long nap.  I plan to do pretty much squat at work today.  I’ve earned it, if you ask me.  I’ve had a very tough week, with little to no assistance from my “assistant.”  Shoot, he didn’t even bother to come in Wednesday.  Didn’t bother to call, either.  I’ve already written the ad for a new person.

I feel like punishing some Words Gone Wild today.  We haven’t written poetry here in what seems like eons, so I’m thinking that if you’re game to put these Twisted Linguistics to work and whip them into haiku, go for it.  Or -- you can just define them.

Here are the – ahem – words:

My effort:

Plagirism destroyed my avaialable untility
Pursecuted my chrade entrys phenominally.  Blooger disconsulete!
Suprised with jewellery, condtion better.

Yeah, I know it’s not nature-themed, but blasfomy follows no rules.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Zombie Winter

I haven’t forgotten you guys. I’m still around. I don’t know why I’ve let Miss Begotten go stagnant for so long. I’m busy, yes, but not THAT busy. And a little bit lazy sometimes, but not THAT lazy. Maybe I HAVE said about everything I have to say? Nah, that can’t be it. I just need for the spirit to move me, I guess. And it will. Eventually.

It snowed today. Again. Do you know how sick I am of snow? I’m at the point where I’d almost rather take on the Zombie Apocalypse than put up with one more inch of snow. Little Miss Pixie Rue is sick and tired of snow, too. She hates stepping her dainty little feet in snow, and she absolutely will not squat her little butt down in it. It’s been a challenge this Winter finding her some dry pee-pee spots that meet her approval. Thank God for her favorite spot in front of the patio door where she can bask in her sunbeam (photo, alas, not taken today).  That makes her happy.

This one is from today -- the view out my patio door this afternoon. You can't really see the snowflakes, but you can tell that it was white out.

We get these teaser days when it’s over 70 degrees, and then 2 days later, it’s freakin’ snowing. I swear, I truly believe that this is going to keep on ‘til July. Maybe August. By then, I’ll NEED some zombies to beat up and take my frustration out on.

I’m still scratching my head over the lost Malaysian airliner. How on earth does a gigantic airplane with over 200 people onboard suddenly go incommunicado and fly 3500 miles off course and vanish without a trace? It’s mind-boggling.

I’m working way harder than I want to be working. And sometimes I’m afraid I’ll have to keep right on doing it ‘til I croak. Who the hell can afford to retire in this fragile, uncertain economy? I like my job; I just don’t want to be working as hard as I do. And I like my boss. I’m old enough to be his mother, but we have a terrific working relationship. We laugh all the time, so it’s a great environment. I just wish he could pay me more. A LOT more.

Oh, well. Somebody bring me some nasty old zombies to terrorize. Another snow day and I might even volunteer to be their queen.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Stuff I Think About

It’s been a busy couple of months. Among other things, my little sweet potato has been keeping me busy. She went to the hospital November 20th to get spayed. I hated leaving her there – the look on her little face when they took her in the back was enough to break your heart.  She had to spend the night, and was ecstatic to see that I hadn't abandoned her after all and came and got her the next day. She did great with her surgery and recovery; didn’t slow her down a bit. Once she felt better, we shopped for darling little sweaters and coats for her.  She's wearing one of her little fleece hoodies in the photo. We had some Indian Summer, and had a really warm spell the last few days but, overall, it’s been darn cold since November.  Alas, the 70s from the weekend are gone and it'll be a cold Christmas.  And not even any snow to justify the cold.

Work’s been keeping me ├╝ber busy. I don’t mind hard work, and I truly appreciate the fairly frequent bonuses, but a raise would be nice. Especially now – our administrative assistant gave notice the same day as our Christmas party, and last Friday was her last day. The boss left for Florida Sunday and won’t be back ‘til the 30th, so guess who’s picking up the slack? Yep, I’m wearing so many hats I can’t even keep up with them. I can’t complain too much this week, though, since I’m off for most of it. And I got a very nice Christmas bonus.  Maybe I'll buy myself a bigger, prettier, more sparkly hat.

So much is going on in the world, it’s hard to keep up with it all. I don’t watch “Duck Dynasty” but, geez Louise, how does one lone man’s opinion become practically an international incident?

North Korea – damn scary. Dennis Rodman – damn nuts. This new despot, Kim Jong-un, who constantly preens and postures and threatens other countries with nuclear annihilation, executes his own family members. What’s he going to do when Rodman ticks him off?

Also pretty scary – Yellowstone. Apparently, the super-volcano’s about 40,000 years overdue to erupt.  And when it goes, they say it's going with a huge, virtually apocalyptic bang.

What do you guys think about Obamacare?   It's something of a field day for the insurance companies, if you ask me. I don’t pretend to understand it, but it looks to me like the premiums are jacked way up and, if one’s income is low enough, the government is picking up the tab. Who’s going to pay for that?!  You and me, I guess.  For example, I looked at some of the available plans, and the cheapest one I saw was over $500 a month.  If your household income is low enough, however, your monthly premium is 0.  People need decent healthcare for sure, but I don’t know that this is going to provide it. Just my teeny-tiny little opinion -- if you want a decent healthcare system, you need to get the insurance companies out of it.

And now I think I’ll go sit quietly and stare, Zen-like, at the twinkling lights of my itsy-bitsy Christmas tree.  They're calming, you know. It’s Christmas Eve tonight. If you’re opening some of your presents this evening, have fun! And have a safe and joyous holiday, everyone!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many Scares to You!

Happy Halloween Greetings

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Slightly Sluggish

Yeah, I'm a slug -- when it comes to blogging.  Hopefully, I won't start looking like a slug any time soon.  Surely I haven't already said everything I have to say.  It just seems any more that blogging is so far down on the "to do" list that I'm not getting to it these days.  But ... one of these days.

Here's one of the things keeping me busy lately:

This is Miss Pixie-Rue lounging in her new bed, wearing her new sweater.  She just loves this bed, which is called a "Pet Cave."  It has a Sherpa-like lining, which is really warm, and the zip-on top creates a cave-like effect.  She loves crawling up in there and napping -- or lounging, or just holding court.  She'll stay in there all evening, which does not preclude her from getting in bed with me at bedtime.  She's definitely a mama's girl and won't sleep at night anywhere but with me.

Work's really busy right now.  I haven't worked much with injury cases in the past, but I'm learning fast.  I've gotten two bonuses from settlements so far, too, so I have absolutely no complaint.  The boss got one of those brand-new-on-the-market Microsoft tablets today and, I swear, he's like a kid with a new toy at Christmas.  It's pretty cool, and you can do a lot with it, but I don't think I want one.  Call me a dinosaur, but I much prefer my plain old laptop.  And I guess I'll be keeping it forever because I am not going to buy any new product with Windows 8 on it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

One Less Vice

I quit smoking on April 20th.  Just like that.  And the amazing part is how easy it has been to stay (mostly) cigarette-free.  How did I do it?  Well, I did it with this slim blue item:

It’s an electronic cigarette.  My sister was using one and nudged me into trying it, so when I was at her place in April I went and bought one.  And you know what?  I love it.  It completely satisfies the cravings, and it tastes good, too.  I fill it with a few drops of e-liquid, which comes in a myriad of flavors, and that’s all there is to it.  A puff or two totally eradicates the craving for a cigarette, and the e-liquid costs only a fraction of the cost of cigarettes.  The high price was, in all honesty, the main reason I quit.  I do keep a pack of cigarettes around – you never know when you’re going to have a high-stress moment – but a pack is lasting about a month and a half.  I think I only smoke one occasionally because I know it’s there, and I think I’d be perfectly fine with just the e-cigarette even during a meltdown.

I can sit at my desk at work and take a puff whenever I want to, because there’s no fire, smoke, ashes, or odor.  It’s mainly water vapor with a little nicotine and flavoring, and it has no smell whatsoever.  I predict my boss will be on one of these soon, because he’s been trying to quit smoking and has met with little success.  He said Friday he was getting “the patch” this weekend.  He’s done the Blu e-cigarette before, but I’m told that there’s no comparison to the kind I have.  I think he’ll end up with one of these since he's seen how much I like it and how effective it is.