Friday, May 31, 2019


So it's confusing.

You could say it's been a short week.

Or you could say it's been a long week.

Or, if you're like me - retired, you could say it's been another week.

But whatever you say . . .

Well, Gentle Readers, I hope you will all slow down a bit and have yourselves a restful but fun and exciting weekend.

But always remember to keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .


Thursday, May 30, 2019


Matty is our neighboring visitor cat.

But even when he doesn't come in for a nap, he shows up frequently in our yard, patrolling.

He . . and several other neighborhood cats . . love that concrete block wall.

They can walk across the top of it giving them an elevated view.

But Matty especially likes this corner perch where he can see into several yards, safe from dogs, watching the birds looking for one who might not be aware of how fast he can leap and run.

So far we've seen no evidence of his hunting success.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Our longtime friends, Lana and Tom of California's Central Coast, were here for a visit this week.

We had a pleasant time talking about the good old days and commiserating about the bad present days.

This morning before departing they treated us to a visit to the Backburner Cafe and it's justifiably famous Cinnamon Rolls.

Lana enjoyed one of those but in her defense that was all she had while the rest of us gorged out on breakfast items.

We've known each other for 50 years and it is always good to see each other once again.

Good friends, good food, good times

Monday, May 27, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019


 As I have said many times on this blog I am an old broadcast journalist.

I am so old I can remember when not every newscast began with "BREAKING NEWS".

In this week's BREAKING NEWS, Theresa May has finally given up and is Brexiting herself and our Great White Leader has told the nation (again) that he is an Extremely Stable Genius.

I'm ready for a break.  How about you?

And on that slightly Non P(ea)C cartoon, I will take my leave.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember

well, that too, but remember to always keep laughing.

Here, kitty-kitty . . .

Thursday, May 23, 2019


"I just stopped by for a visit." 

"There's that guy with the camera again."

"Don't mind him.  Let me boost you up for a drink."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


"I wonder if this is safe."

"Is that creepy weirdo watching me?"

"The heck with it.  I'm thirsty."

If he'd only known what was coming next.

"Didn't he say this was a bird 'bath'?"

"So nice."

"Gotta keep watchin' for that damned cat, though."

"Oh, yeah."

"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song! 
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, May 20, 2019


I took this photo of a nearly full moon last week.

Seemed like a fairly nice day with lots of blue sky among the clouds.

Today it's gray and threatening rain.

The gray cat (Henley) was up in our tree and staring at me when I opened the blind early this morning.

He clambered down, jumped up to the wall, turned and froze to stare once more at me, then meandered on his way.

He seemed irritated that I had interrupted his vain attempt to catch a bird for breakfast.

Hmmm, I was just proofreading this post and Googled "gray or grey" to see which one was correct.

The Almighty Google told me that either one was acceptable but that "gray" was more common in the U.S. and "grey" more used in the U.K.

Colorful (colourful) mental forays this Monday morning.

Sunday, May 19, 2019


For some odd reason I visited the annual Home and Garden Show in Prescott Valley yesterday.

Though I had no interest in anything at the show.

I guess I just needed an "outing".

It was jam-packed.

This being the land of the "Old West", a group of people who dress up in vintage costumes was on hand.

There were t-shirts for sale.

And signs celebrating other vintages to hang in your home bar or on your patio, I suppose.

There was a booth offering some kind of rather weird art.

I don't think I'd hang any of those in our home.

There were some large metal sculptures you could put on your lawn, I suppose.

If you wanted a Belgian Malinois puppy, one fellow had a passel of them for sale.

I think this young fellow had the best job at the event.

Hey, how about a new grill for your deck or patio?

Even though it appeared to have a small refrigerator to one side, the *special sale price* still seemed a bit high to me.

If you were just dying to spend even more money, there were some buggies out front that were probably more expensive.

And if you really had money burning a hole in your pocket, pick out a nice trailer or RV!

All in all, plenty to choose from at this year's Home and Garden Show.