Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year!

ChampagnePoppingHappy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

They Took a Lickin’ and Kept on Stickin’

I mailed a box home to myself when I was away last summer, rather than bring it home on the plane. (Yeah, I’m finally unpacked to the bottom of it. No judging!)

I stopped at a rural post office to do the deed. The post office had no electronic scale, and no machine to print out postage.

Everything was done by stamp.

The ladies in the post office were ECSTATIC that I was mailing such a heavy box home because they got to use up all the old stamps they had lying about the place. (They were a tiny bit worried they couldn’t get it all on the box, but they managed.)

Feast your eyes on over $20 worth of postage.

Thank goodness, I wasn’t the one who had to lick the stamps!


Saturday, September 7th, 2013

I Have Figs!!

I have been babying a few fig trees for the last few years, wrapping them up in blankets and straw each winter and letting them breath in the spring.

One has taken off really well, the other two only so-so. The second two are a different variety, so it could be that they’re much more slow growing. I really need to do so some research on them…

In all these years, I haven’t had a fig. But now I do! Check out this guy:

Brand new fig on a fig tree.

At first, I thought it was going to be the only fig, but then I noticed this little guy on the other variety of fig:

Brand new fig on a fig tree.

I know it’s late in the season, and I can’t help but wonder if we hadn’t had that late frost in May this year if I wouldn’t have seen these fellas earlier. I can only hope that we don’t have an early frost: or else I’ll lose these before they even get a chance.

For those who are wondering, here are my figs. The tallest tree towers over me by a good three feet, so I’d say it’s close to nine or ten feet tall.


Keep your fingers crossed: no early frost!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

You Know You’ve Made the Big Time… (ha ha)

… when Amazon refers your own book to you.

I’m on the mailing list to receive recommendations for new Science Fiction and Fantasy books. I got the email below a few days ago.

(Last week they recommended a whole slew of books I’d already purchased. Methinks they need to revisit their algorithm!)

Scanned Image of Amazon Letter recomending Sky Lit Bargains to me (the author)!
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Successful Surgery (So Far)

Pre-Surgery Foot

Well, I made it through the surgery okay.

I haven’t taken any of the “heavy duty” pain killers today, so I’m feeling fairly lucid. I’m really tired, though. I wasn’t expecting that.

I’m reluctant to say it was 100% successful, because it’s early days. The bandages aren’t even off yet! And stuff hurts. But I’m still feeling hopeful.

Here’s what my foot looks like right about now:

Post-Surgery Foot

I’ve got this nifty boot which pumps ice-cold water around my foot and compresses at the same time. It’s supposed to keep the swelling down. I think it’s working, but there’s a severe dearth of ice in the house.

Post-Surgery Foot

I see the doctor tomorrow and we unwrap the bandages. With luck: no infection. I’ll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Hello World!

Cartoon graphic of earth with an Easter Island Statue in front.Have you backed up your computer lately?

Mine crashed a few weeks ago (hence the few and far between posts here lately). But the new laptop has arrived and I’m almost back in business. I’ve still got some additional programs to install, but you should start seeing me a little more often from now on.

How have y’all been?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


2nd Airplane about to strike the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001
Monday, August 27th, 2012

What’s Your Favorite Candy Bar?

Photo of a Mars Bar Candy Bar by Evan AmosI received an unusual question via email from a co-worker today.

She meant it rhetorically, because she’d asked so many others in the email. But it was fun, so I answered her back.

For your edification, here’s the question:

What’s your favorite candy bar? Ice cream? Cruise ship? Bribery tool? 😉

And the answers are:

  • Mars Bar – I was so disappointed when they discontinued it in 2002! But, they brought it back a few years ago, so all is well.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip – I love peppermint!
  • Royal Caribbean – I need to go check if there are any specials. It’s been a while since I’ve taken a cruise…
  • Time!! – which is a difficult commodity to grant – although there are many creative ways for you to give me some. Barring that, I can be bribed with Books, CDs of my favorite bands, and concert tix!

So now I turn the question around to you guys:

What’s your favorite candy bar? Ice cream? Cruise ship? Bribery tool?

Mars Bar photo by Evan-Amos.

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The First Thing I Learned about Lincoln City, Oregon…

… is that they take tsunamis very seriously around here.

Tsunami Warning System at the Beach, Lincoln City, OR

This is a photo of the Tsunami Strobe Light Warning System right at the beach. It’s got a klaxon which blows in the event of a tsumami to warn people off the beach and to get to high ground. [It’s also tested every Wednesday at 11 a.m. You can hear it for miles.] The light on top blinks blue.

Here’s a close-up of the explanatory sign on the Tsunami Early Warning System.

Photograph of a sign which reads: Tsunami Hazard Zone: In case of earthquake, go to high ground or inland.

And yet another sign, posted in the parking lot near the beach, warning that the beach is a hazardous area in the event of an earthquake (which will cause a tsunami.)

Photograph of a sign which reads: Tsunami Evacuation Route. An arrow points in the direction you should be going.

Here’s an unusually round sign (only unusual because all the other tsunami signs have been square) posted along the evacuation route. It makes certain you’re going in the right direction.

Photograph of a sign which reads: Leaving: Tsunami Hazard Area

When you’ve reached high enough ground, this sign lets you know.

Photograph of a sign which reads: Evacuation Site

And here’s a sign in front of an evacuation site, which interestingly enough, leaves off the word “tsunami.” Presumably the locals know it’s for that purpose.

Photograph of the Lincoln City, OR Movie Theater Sign

The sign just happens to be in front of the local movie theater, which I presume is an awesome place to ride out a tsunami. Because if the world is going to end, and Oregon goes floating off into the sea, you might as well enjoy a good movie (and some popcorn) while it’s happening.

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Happy Easter!

Easter EggsHappy Easter!

We spent the day yesterday doing ‘Eastery’ things, including dying eggs and watching an Easter Egg hunt.

My sis made a fabulous coconut cake and we’ve already busted into it this morning. (I’ve also been into the potato salad. Shh, don’t tell Mom.)

We had Easter Dinner last night, so this morning we’re having a huge breakfast before everyone gets on the road to drive home.

Hope everyone has a terrific day!