Life explained – sort of

Life – it’s complicated –  the ups and downs can be likened to a Disneyland E ticket ride.  If you were lucky enough to go to Disneyland in the 60’s, 70’s or the early 80’s the tickets were in a coupon book.  The best, fastest and scariest rides required an E ticket.

Life can be as dizzying as the spinning Mad Tea Party,  annoying as Small Small World  or like an E ticket drenching on Splash Mountain.  It’s pretty much the same for all of us.  I like to think of life as one long journey through the magic kingdom, the happiest place on earth.

Amusing Musings are just that, ponderings about the every day journey.  Monty and I are dressed for fun and ready to tackle any of life’s joy rides. Come join us!

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Dinner by Candle Light

Last week we enjoyed a romantic candle lit dinner.  No special occasion, it wasn’t planned, just sort of spontaneous, Ok the power went out, but still.   I was busy warming up New’s Eve leftovers when the lights flickered, hmmm that’s…

Good Riddance 2020

Fleetwood Mac never sounded so good - the chorus from Don’t Stop really resonates today. Don't stop thinking about tomorrow Don't stop, it'll soon be here It'll be better than before Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone Have we…

Christmas Cookies

If everyone loves Christmas cookies,  why don’t we make little green leprechaun cookies for St. Patrick's Day or turkey cookies for Thanksgiving, bunnies would be perfect for Easter?  I guess they are just a special because it is Christmas.…

Wine for Two

My daughter, Tricia, gave us a most unusual gift.  On the first of December she arrived with a large box, an Advent wine collection .  What fun, we get twenty-four days of wine tasting!  The box has round punch out holes in the top indicating…

It's A Waste

Even at the risk of being pelted with Dasani bottles, I admit to being a skeptic about recycling.  Oh, I do my part, depositing the junk mail in a basket and saving frozen pizza boxes, not the sticky take out kind, cheese and pepperoni being…

The Shopping Cart Theory

There are few things more maddening than pulling into what appears to be a vacant parking spot only to discover some nincompoop abandoned their cart there.  I ran across this short article on the Shopping Cart Theory the other day. It provides…

The Days Of Our Lives

I made my annual trip to find the perfect wall calendar for next year.  Ours hangs on a handy hook in the pantry, perfect for a quick glance  when we grab the coffee in the morning.   I'm sure the younger generation is happy to use their…

If

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, complaining about laying awake at night worrying about all the things I shouldn’t have said.  The prompt response was ‘you must not get much sleep at all’. That was just plain mean, but…

Fun Facts for Election Day

Election Day is just around the corner.  How about some fun election facts, these are courtesy of Readers Digest and Google. Of course I had to add my two cents worth. Cartoonist Thomas Nash is credited with creating both the Republican…

Snake Tails

Every  morning I load up the bird feeder with assorted seeds for our feathered friends that share our backyard.  Walking down the narrow path with the bird feeder and Daisy I spotted what looked like a four foot long snake.  I’d like to…

Life Is A Numbers Game

The way I see it, life is a numbers game, made up of some tens and lots of twos.  There are some things that qualify as tens, birth and death qualify as tens along with a phone call from my kids.   Luckily for us most of life is made up of…

The Peanuts Gang Celebrates 70 Years

There are a lot of things dividing the country at this time, the continuing pandemic, civil unrest, and  political turmoil.  Life was simpler when all we had to worry about was whether Lucy was finally going to let Charlie Brown kick the football.  This…

One Scoop Or Two?

While sorting through the desk I discovered a yellowing newspaper clipping crunched in the back of the bottom drawer.  I carefully unfolded the crinkly paper and there was Erma Bombeck’s smiling face.   Erma kept the world entertained from…

Dinosaur Wars

This broadcast from KVOA TV in Tucson falls in the category of ‘Believe It Or Not’.   TUCSON (KVOA, Priscilla Casper) - Some might call it a Tucson icon, while others say it is a problem that needs to be dealt with. A dinosaur statue…

The Playbook

  While Monty and I are having breakfast and reading the newspaper we often interrupt each other to share a funny story.While glancing through the paper this morning I ran across a  paragraph written by a University president.  (Not ours,…

The Identity Thief

What comes to mind when you hear the words Identity Theft? Stolen wallet, missing credit cards, someone using your social security number, and stomach churning panic? This kind of financial Identity Theft is scary and can happen in an instant.  How…

Along the River

Here is a Colorado memory we revisited this month. Our favorite memory of the Dolores area is a couple we met there in 2009. Gordon and Jeanne Kuhlman are octogenarians who own land on the edge of town. Their property is split by the…

It's Puzzling

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.  With that thought we’ve been trying different activities here at the Bonello household.   We picked up a couple of jigsaw puzzles and we have enjoyed working them.   I was at a disadvantage because…

The Engine That Could

Since Monty and I have been homebound for several months we have embarked on different projects.  A Jigsaw puzzle has become a permanent fixture on the dining room table, so we both stop there throughout the day.  I’ve done the usual…

On The Far Side

I just finished re-reading A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor.  This is a story about several generations of a family, and a house that was loved. There is a death and as friends and family gather for the funeral, several friends come forward…

RV Trip From Hell

 The country is seeing a renewed interest in road trips and RV’s are selling like hot cakes.  Welcome to the open road,  we love RV travel, but it has ups and downs.    Every RVer has a story about a trip from Hell, you just hope…

What's For Dinner?

I’m shocked! Did you know Betty Crocker doesn’t exist, she isn’t a real person, but a figment of the imagination of an advertising executive at General Mills.  Really, will life’s disappointments never end.  Apparently General Mills…

Road Trip

On the left you see the map of the most efficient road trip across America. (according to Mr. Google)  Apparently Mr. G doesn't recognize Southern Arizona! We’ve never taken a trip that looked like this, but then we’ve never put efficiency…

Burgers and Fries

“What Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Fast Food?” The title of this article peaked my interest enough to read through it.  After all, we’ve been eating at home for months, not even a whiff of a  burger and fries.  So how are we…

Is This It?

I thought this was worth mentioning, you know, just in case. . . . The reading of the Mayan calendar was wrong, according to a conspiracy theory floating around on Twitter.  If you thought COVID-19, civil unrest, locusts, volcanic eruptions,…

Load 'Em Up

The plan is coming together.  We are taking the RZR up to Utah to ride the trails. Over the years we have ridden hundreds of miles on ATV trails in Utah and Colorado.  When Monty and I met in 1990 the first trip we took was up to Utah…

What's Your Sign?

What’s your sign? It’s a cliche pick up line, a conversation starter, if you will.  Delving into Zodiac signs was a popular pastime in the 70’s and 80’s.  Like the daily newspaper column by Dear Abby, there was always a column for…

Housekeeping 101

After a few weeks of lockdown I realize, ‘lack of time’, was never the reason I didn’t do any serious house cleaning. I’ve decided to consider myself social distancing from housework.  The first twenty years or so of keeping house was…

Hugs - Gotta Have 'em

  A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. (Wikipedia) I’ve read that when you hug…

Daisy's Turn

Mom said I could have the staring role in the blog today (just like everyday at home)  After dad and I go for our morning walk I’ll get to work.  Let’s see. . . .. I’m a year and a half old now and I’ve have spent a lot of time…

Disconnected?

I wrote Connections in 2018 to share how much I enjoy connecting with strangers.  Today I’m feeling a bit disconnected and wonder if we will ever get back to a time where we freely talk to strangers.  If we continue to wear masks for the…

Social Distancing

Hey, good news I tried on my jeans this morning and they still button, to be honest, I’m a little surprised, but I’m so excited I might wear them until noon, naaaawww.  I don’t intend to actually wear them, just participating in a reality…

Attitude is Everything

What do you call it?  Quarantined, isolated, housebound?  My sister, Marilyn,  lives in a studio apartment, she refers to it as her sanctuary. She is sheltered there and loves her cozy space.  She thinks of it as her retreat where she can…

April = Florida

While enjoying a glass of wine on the patio, Monty mentioned  how often we’ve enjoyed trips to Florida in April.  I’ll always remember our first time, it was April 2002, we’d been retired for four months.  Up until retirement we …

You Got This

Today would have been Monty’s post opt appointment for cataract surgery, but it didn’t happen.  Luckily he hasn’t let the cataract situation get so bad that he can’t manage, but he was looking forward to getting it done and moving on.…

Cabin Fever?

Cabin fever?  Maybe you finished the taxes and answered the census survey now you can hunker down and binge-watch Netflix. It would have been nice to have some March madness fun, but that is just not going to happen.  Monty mentioned the Corn…

TP Gone Viral

Coronavirus  - the mere whisper of the word sends America on a bee line to Costco for toilet paper.  We did our part, we circled the parking lot three times and lined up with everyone else to get in the door. We weren’t sure why we were…

What's in a Name

 In my family we are referred to by the name we were given.  I’ve never been anything other than Carrie, well I’ve been called a few other things, but that is not the point I’m trying to make.  My sister Marilyn has always been Marilyn…

Tennis Anyone?

Maria Sharapova retired from tennis this week.  Maria won 5 grand slam tennis events, she was ranked the number one female player in the world for twenty-one weeks.  Maria won her first Grand Slam title at  Wimbledon in 2004 when she…