cup of coffee

CUP OF COFFEE

CUP OF COFFEE – A SONG PARODY To the tune of Jon Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” Here’s the original, to give you the melody: ♫ Sing it with me! ♫ ♫♫♫ I wake up…Read more

vincent van gogh painting

THE CHILDFREE LIFE

Battle of the Bands will return on May 15. This was inspired by Sid Balachandran’s post, “So, You Want Kids?” He has wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Stay-at-home Dad”, but laments that society refuses to…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

HOLDING ON TO YESTERDAY | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the Jan. 15th showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands is where you listen to different recordings of the same…Read more

swampy backyard, January Blues and Blahs

JANUARY BLUES AND BLAHS

You’d think after taking all that time off these past few weeks, I’d be excited about returning to the Blogosphere. Truth be told, the January doldrums have set in. This part of the world gets…Read more

The party's over, #MONDAYMUSINGS, The Doglady's Den

RAVES AND RANTS – #MONDAYMUSINGS

HAPPY 2017, EVERYONE! It’s been difficult getting back into the swing of things post-holidays, so I’m keeping it simple, to start. This is a short list of raves and rants, originally published last year, with a…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the Dec. 15th showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands is where you listen to different recordings of the same…Read more

niagara falls festival of lights

SPECTACULAR LIGHTFEST AT NIAGARA FALLS #WW

We are fortunate to live near (~45 minutes’ drive) one of the world’s natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Read more HERE. Last weekend year, free from doggie houseguests, hubby and I took an overnight getaway there,…Read more

red christmas tree

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US!

♫♫♫♫♫♫ ‘Tis the season to be busy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La Hither, yon and in a tizzy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La ♫♫♫♫♫♫ Much as I…Read more

christmas lights 2010

‘TIS THE SEASON, ONCE AGAIN

♫♫♫♫♫♫ ‘Tis the season to be busy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La Hither, yon and in a tizzy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La ♫♫♫♫♫♫ Much as I…Read more

holy trinity monastery, Meteora

METEORA: GREEK ODYSSEY PART VI

All my life I’ve wanted to visit Greece and indulge my passion for ancient history, archaeology and mythology. When my husband first broached the subject of marking our 40th anniversary (in 2013) with a vacation,…Read more

#FlashbackFriday, WHERE WERE YOU IN 1965?

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE | #FlashbackFriday

Welcome to FLASHBACK FRIDAY, where old posts are given new life! Flashback Friday, introduced by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined and hosted by Jemima Pett, is a monthly blogfest, occurring on the last Friday. Michael’s directive:…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

LEONARD COHEN R.I.P. ♥ | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the Nov. 15th showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands is where you listen to different recordings of the same…Read more

Choice | The narcissist hates to be ignored

YOUR CHOICE, MY CHOICE

Life is too short to suffer fools gladly… Take me or leave me, the choice is yours Annoy me or aid me, the choice is yours Defend me, attack me, the choice is yours Befriend…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

AMERICAN WOMAN | #BOTB RESULTS

If you’re looking for a QUESTION OF THE MONTH post, sorry to disappoint. I’m out of the country, taking care of some family business and didn’t get a chance to write that. Catch you next…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

AMERICAN WOMAN | BATTLE OF THE BANDS #BOTB

Greetings from sunny California! 😎 It’s time for another edition of Battle of the Bands BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the…Read more

#FlashbackFriday, WHERE WERE YOU IN 1965?

A CAUTIONARY TALE | #FlashbackFriday

Welcome to FLASHBACK FRIDAY, where old posts are given new life! Flashback Friday, introduced by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined and hosted by Jemima Pett, is a monthly blogfest, occurring on the last Friday. Michael’s directive:…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

SEASON OF THE WITCH | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the Oct. 15th showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands is where you listen to different recordings of the same…Read more

dying old woman

AS SHE LAY DYING

THE “SHE” CHRONICLES EPISODE FOUR Does your life really flash before your eyes when you’re on the brink of death? As she lay dying, the old woman’s hazy thoughts drifted back to a time and…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

GUANTANAMERA | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the Sept. 1st showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the…Read more

Question of the month

QUESTION OF THE MONTH | MUSICAL BLISS

Happy Labour Day to everyone in North America! Last long weekend of the summer. Sigh… Welcome to: QUESTION OF THE MONTH, hosted by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined, is published on the first…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

GUANTANAMERA | BATTLE OF THE BANDS #BOTB

Happy September! Time for another edition of Battle of the Bands. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

WHITE ROOM | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the August 15th showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands is where you listen to different recordings of the…Read more

photo friday, Civilization

SHADOWS | PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday. Coincidentally, today is also WORLD PHOTO DAY See my entry HERE The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

WHITE ROOM | BATTLE OF THE BANDS #BOTB

Can you believe August is half over already?! Time for another edition of Battle of the Bands. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different…Read more

photo friday, Civilization

SATURATION | PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday. The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff. ~~~~~~ SATURATION When I read this prompt, the first thing…Read more

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

BLUES DELUXE | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back to #BOTB! Time to announce the results of the August 1st showdown. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the…Read more

Cherished Blogfest 2016

THE #CherishedBlogfest: PRECIOUS MEMORABILIA #CBF16

What’s the story behind your most prized possession(s)? Welcome to the #CherishedBlogfest! Hosted by: Dan Antion / Sharukh Bamboat / Damyanti Biswas / Mary Giese / Peter Nena / Cheryl Pennington / Kate Powell Their directive: “We invite you to talk to us…Read more

HAPPENINGS AND HOLIDAYS

♫ I’m baaaack! ♫ (Well, sort of. It’s summer; busy season for the dog business and road trip time in between.) Have you ever experienced “Blogger Burnout”? This was me, big time!

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back! It’s time (actually overdue) to announce results for the July 1st BOTB post. Sorry I’m late! (See below) BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen…Read more

Question of the Month: Getting Literary

QUESTION OF THE MONTH | GETTING LITERARY

Happy Monday, everyone. Welcome to: QUESTION OF THE MONTH, hosted by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined, is published on the first Monday. Michael’s directive: “Your readers would like to know a little…Read more

Dead Tree in the Middle of the Yard

DEAD TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YARD

There’s a dead maple tree right in the middle of our otherwise lovely backyard. Not being arborists, we didn’t heed the signs and now it’s too late. 🙁

Battle of the Bands | TOBACCO ROAD

TRAIN OF THOUGHT | #BOTB RESULTS

Welcome back! It’s time to announce results for the June 15th BOTB post BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song…Read more