Friday, February 10, 2017


Ah Gentle Readers it's time for some yuks.

And, no, that's not some kind of Siberian culinary phantasmagoria concocted in the Kitchens of Catalyst.

But you still may want to loosen your belts in order to avoid serious injury.

That ought to be enough to put a smirk on your faces.

Hey, the Super Bowl is over, Valentine's Day is still four days away and Major League Baseball is about to begin Spring Training.

What more could you want?

Oh, yeah, my wishes that you'll have an incredibly relaxed and pleasant weekend.

And always remember to keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .

(oh, my)

Thursday, February 9, 2017


March 2, 2008

I'm back!

Due to a vast number of (well, okay, a few) requests, I am bringing back Oddball Observations for another run at blogging. This will be the third time and I can only hope it's a charm. The next time I get bored with blogging, I will try my best not to delete my blog. I'll just put up a notice saying I'm "On Hold" until the juices start flowing again.

I don't have much to say today so this will just be an announcement of my return.

Maybe tomorrow I'll be more "talkative."

In the meantime, thanks to all of my former readers who urged me to bring it back.


C'mon you guys, the above was written nearly nine years ago, just as I was beginning this blog once again.

Today the temperature has climbed to the mid 70's and it's a fabulous day for lazing behind a fishing line in the sun at Fain Park.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017


Leftover pizza?

Or the Atlanta Falcons after their second half 31-point beat-down yesterday.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Okay, just a bit, then it's back to the television.

And, of course, there is the kitty.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Cranberry-Wheat Bread
ala Bruce/Catalyst

(and the bread machine)

I tried this recipe for a light wheat bread yesterday which includes honey and ground mace.

The result was a highly crowned loaf (oops, we've eaten the crown already) with an extremely light texture and a hint of sweetness.

I used dried Craisins in place of cranberries.

It's delicious, if I do say so myself.

Friday, February 3, 2017


This is the one day of the week I could NEVER give up posting.

Because it doesn't require any thought or effort on my part.

Just a sense of humor.

So let's be at it.

All right, Gentle Readers, now you know.

Have yourselves a merry little weekend, keep those funnies coming and remember . . . always keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .


Thursday, February 2, 2017


"Change is the only constant in life."

This quote, or a variant of it, has been attributed to nearly every philosopher, songwriter and backyard savant in the world.

But it may have originated with Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who lived around 500 B.C.

For the mathematically challenged, that's nearly 2,500 years ago.

All of which is to state that the less I'm blogging these days, the more I'm adding to my "Others' Observations" list over there in the right margin.

As I continue to read, I'm finding some great writers out there in cyberworld or blogspace or whatever you want to call it.

As I find them, I'm adding links to them on my blog page.

So pay attention, Gentle Readers, and sample them for yourselves.

Good stuff.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Double Chocolate Banana Bread ala Bruce (Catalyst)

Recipe from the Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perlman

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Deep Dish Apple ala Judy

Friday, January 27, 2017


How did we all get so old?

Lew (67), Karl (80), Steve (67), Bruce/Catalyst (76).

Lunch yesterday of four old geezers who used to be part of the news staff at Channel 12 in Phoenix.

Oh well.

Let's get on to the business of the day, Gentle Readers.

Well, old friends (oops, sorry 'bout that), er, Gentle Readers, maybe this weekend you should get your joy by watching a tennis match.

(I was really ticked last night when the news had a story about all of the OLD players who made it to the finals in the Australian tournament.

They were all in their 30's!)

Hey, have a great weekend and always remember to keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . .

(Oh, no, even him?)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Central Arizona's Black Hills have a white topping today.

Monday, January 23, 2017


What a way to begin a week.

Catalyst is going to put Oddball Observations to sleep for awhile, to renew its energy, perhaps.

I read about Lucy doing this and after much thought decided I would follow her, with the same options she stated.

So I'll be around . . . lurking, occasionally commenting on other blogs I read, and probably posting from time to time.

Just not as often.

Call it a fallback position.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

WIN - (brrrrr) - TER

Lori, burdened by the needs of her dog Reggie, hits the streets much earlier than I do.

She left me some photographic views of her early morning "Winter Wonderland".

Rick and Reggie

Wearing his winter garb.

Sorry, Reggie, too cold for me.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Oh, darn, sorry I'm late with this.

I got an email from a friend a while ago.

It said "Geez.  I didn't realize that we live in such a s*** hole until just a few minutes ago.  I think I'm afraid to go outside."

Apparently this year's election has even divided some families.

Oh well, we have a new president.

Let's just get over it and get on with our lives.

And remember, we need to concentrate on more imminent dangers - there's snow in the forecast.

All right.

Everybody get the picture?

I give up.

Listen up, Gentle Readers.

Please go out there and have an excruciatingly fab weekend and give yourselves a break: keep laughing!

Here, kitty-kitty . . . Hey, where's the dog?