Friday, January 29, 2021


 It's been a week of wild and wooly weather here in the United States of America.

But it's 38 degrees this morning and, though we may get some rain or even snow today, it's time to put TGIF smiles on our faces.

So let's get started.

And on that note, let me speed away, ending this silly season of sappy superciliousness, but successful in a spectacular, self-satisfied, splendorous, spirited way of looking toward Saturday.

And offering this advice: have a great weekend, stay safe and sane and always remember to keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .

(oh, dear)

Thursday, January 28, 2021


 Not to be outdone, I got back in the harness this morning and baked a Crusty Wheat Boule, from a recipe in Eating Well Magazine.

Small, rustic, tasty.


 Judy took over the reins of the self-quarantine bakery yesterday inspired by a Dorie Greenspan recipe for a fig and goat cheese quick bread.

She made some alterations, based on what we had in the refrigerator.

She subbed feta for the goat cheese, green onions and celery leaves for the fresh rosemary and thyme.

It came out great!

It might have been a little crumblier with the goat cheese but it was still delicious.

You can find the recipe on-line by Googling "Goat Cheese and Fig Quick Bread".

Wednesday, January 27, 2021



Today the sky is clear and Mother Sun has returned.

The snow we've accumulated will begin to melt.

These images on my window formed a couple of days ago as snow struck it, froze, melted and froze again.

It was a constantly changing panorama as the flakes slid down the window, colliding and coalescing with others.

Most of the area was shut down yesterday except for plows and emergency vehicles.

I was surprised in mid-afternoon to find my driveway thoroughly shoveled and learned that it was my Young Marine angel from across the street that had done it.

Even in a nasty storm there are some who feel a call of duty.

Thank you, C.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


 It looks like it snowed most of the night and it's continuing this morning.

Monday, January 25, 2021


 The BRD, who lives in Prescott at a somewhat higher elevation than where we live, sent me a couple of pictures from her home this morning.


 Remember that snow we had yesterday?

It all melted away by evening.

But then it snowed again in the night and it's been snowing more heavily all morning.

And now, much to the chagrin of the Blue Cat, it's piling up.

Winter has come to Arizona.

Sunday, January 24, 2021


 The traditional view of Arizona is desert, cacti, rattlesnakes, sand, and the like.

Not this.

But Arizona is a land of many contrasts, from vast cities hovering at 900 feet above sea level where the temperature climbs into the 100's for summer days on end, to the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the United States and mountains topping out at nearly 13,000 feet.

And yes here in the higher parts of the state we do get snow.

Where my neighbor's car sits encrusted with snow there's a nice contrast to his still-hanging Christmas lights.

And across the street is that little pine tree another neighbor planted many years ago, now all grown up.

(And up and up and up.)

The boughs seem to be sagging a bit under the weight of what a disc jockey I once knew used to call "celestial dandruff".

Here's a close-up to show you how wet and thus heavy that snow came to us.

We here in the Central Highlands are predicted to get more snow in the next day or two and then the temperatures will rise and it will begin melting off, gone away once again.

Friday, January 22, 2021


 It is Friday once again after a somewhat difficult but ultimately satisfying week.

Time once again for the old Catalyst to try to ease your frowns and install smile lines instead.

So here goes.

So that's all I have today.

Have a fantastic weekend, everybody, and always remember to keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Unaccustomed as I am to political commentary by yours truly . . .

Oh, hell, this is too good not to share.

Turn on your speakers and enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2021


 Knowing, as I do, that you like seeing photos of our Renta-a-Cat, who actually lives across the street, here are a couple of shots I took this morning.

Actually it's only one photo.

The second one is just a cropped version of the first.

And I know they're a bit fuzzy since I didn't have the flash engaged on my camera.

I ask you -  who could resist a face like that?

Saturday, January 16, 2021



Some people have no sense of humor.