Monday, January 27, 2014

Not How I Really wanted to use my vacation time . . .

Third day this month that I wasn't able to get to work due to the snow. I tried to be tough today. Got up, got dressed, shoveled the big drift in front of the garage, gunned the little car out to the end of the driveway, made it onto Benton Road . . . which had not been plowed. There was a rut, so I decided to drive up the 1/4 mile to the corner. Mount Hope was only ruts too. Sheesh. I was afraid my little card would be buried. I came back home. This weather has to calm down one of these days. Doesn't it?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Hunting we will go

A muttering we will go:

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Vex :: perturb
  2. Ghost :: of Christmas past
  3. Detail :: fine point
  4. Further :: farther
  5. Foxy :: lady
  6. Hybrid :: energy
  7. Maximum :: minimum
  8. Wonderful :: life
  9. Munch :: a bunch of fritos
  10. Organize :: what I need to do!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I love baby curls

Alex Delaware

First new book of the year complete:  Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman.  Kellerman writes the Alex Delaware series.  Guilt is the 28th in the series, which started in 1985 (and does not track chronologically).  Alex Delaware is a retired psychologist who has been recruited by LA police detective Miles Sturgis to aid in understanding and finding perpetrators of crimes.  (Delaware was able to retire at an incredibly young age due to stock market sales.)

Guilt starts with the finding of some old bones.  This is the kick-off to an old story, while some bones found a few days later are a new story.  Sorting it all out through psychological insights and good-old fashioned detective work gives us time to visit with our old friends Alex and Miles, and it is old friends that they have become through the years.

I like Kellerman's work in that he does not seem to get stuck in a PC view of the world, and I always get new insights from his books.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

I like books.  I like movies.  Sometimes I like movies based on books.  Sometimes I like movies based on fictional characters.  And I always like Kevin Costner movies.

Shadow Recruit is a reboot of the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series.  Unlike most origin stories, this one is not faithful to the time.  It restarts Jack Ryan in the present.  (Jack Ryan is an accountant turned CIA dude.) While a 2013 recruited Ryan is not part of the Clancy set, the spirit of the story is maintained.  And as Jack Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck it hardly matters that we have yet another young actor portraying the idealistic young man.  Chris Pine was a great choice.  I loved him as the young Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie series and he does not disappoint as a young master spy.

And, of course, there is Kevin Costner as the recruiter.  I've followed Kevin since 1987's No Way Out.  He does American heroes well.  And . . . he just turned 59 on the 18th.  Let's hear it for the old guys!

Muttering again

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Voice :: Song
  2. Counter :: Bean
  3. Marked :: checked
  4. Loving :: Caring
  5. Coat :: of many colors
  6. Pounce :: Cat
  7. Dehydrate :: Water
  8. Desire :: Want
  9. Concern :: Care
  10. Broth :: Soup

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Oscar & Alta

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Oscar and Alta Bentley were the first owners here at the farm. Oscar had grown up on the farm just to the south. Alta had grown up on a farm four miles southwest.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


The little barn cats have done a great job weathering this Michigan winter.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

And we're still Muttering

  1. Funk :: melancholy
  2. Marketing :: sales
  3. Standards :: best practices
  4. Best friend :: buddy
  5. Search :: seek
  6. Pizza :: Dominos
  7. Singapore :: Eastern
  8. Executive :: Officer
  9. Find :: Hide
  10. Jeans:: Comfort           

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Winter Fun

In winter, I like to leave pop (pepsi or dew) on the back porch and let it turn into slushies.

I'm so easily amused.

When I'm 62 . . .

Just had a birthday.  A big one.  I joined the Social Security eligible gang.  I am 62.

I remember as a young worker doing the math.  I remember hitting 30 back in 1982, and thinking wow, 2014 is a LONG way from now.  There were changes made to SS in the 80's, and we wondered if it would still be around when we hit the age.

Those 32 years surely passed quickly.  And I guess there might be a little available.  Now to make the decision as to when to start the draws.

Kiddos, this time on this little planet goes in a blink.  Enjoy each moment.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Polar Vortex

Ice last week
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Sheesh! The week before Christmas we had an amazing ice storm that left many folks without power for up to a week. (That would be me, too, but as it was Christmas week I was spending time in town with relatives who had power. I did come out to the farm every day to take care of the cats.)

Next up, four days into the new year we have a Polar Vortex???? New word for good old-fashioned COLD snowstorm, I think. Brrr. Approximately 15 inches of snow, and now sub-zero temperatures.

Relief is in sight tonight, and we're all just hoping and praying the power stays on and the furnaces keep chugging.

Weather. A big reminder that we're not really in control.

Stay warm!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Through the Looking Glass

First Mutterings of a New Year

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Gravity :: Sandra Bullock
  2. Universe :: Infinity
  3. Jewels :: Crown
  4. Velour :: Red
  5. Bribes :: Incentives
  6. Pen :: is mightier than the sword
  7. Presents :: Christmas
  8. Impressions :: Dents
  9. Heat :: necessity
  10. Pining :: Yearning

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Unconscious Mutterings!

Week 570
I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Once upon a :: time
  2. Winston :: Churchill
  3. Frost :: Jack
  4. Flute :: band
  5. Antlers :: reindeer
  6. Jolly :: old elf
  7. Mound :: hill
  8. Gallery :: art
  9. Trades :: mechanical, plumbing, electric
  10. Flake ::snow