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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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,…

Big Rock Candy Mountain

This trip had the usual ups and downs, first off, our favorite Forest Service Campground in Flagstaff was closed.  Flagstaff seems to be our first stop on the way out of town heading north and our last stop on the way home.  We researched…

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…

Ahoy Matey

While watching the Australian Tennis Open a few weeks ago we were stuck by the commercial breaks showing river cruises.  You know, the ones where everyone looks happy, enjoying a glass of wine on the deck of a luxurious ship.  These happen…

Click Reserve!

 Every once in a while I enter a ‘dead zone’ searching for an enjoyable read.  It just seems nothing I pick up is what I want to read at that moment.   I feel a let down until I find the perfect book that sets me back on track again.…

Potty Talk

According to Google, and who would argue with the Big G., Sir John Harington (1562-1612) was the inventor of the flushable toilet.  Thanks  to Johnny Carson, the only name I’ve ever associated with a toilet is none other than, Thomas Crapper.…

January 1949

When January rolls around I’m reminded of our move to Tucson. Not unlike the Beverly Hillbillies we arrived in Tucson with the roof rack loaded with our worldly possessions including mom’s wedding crystal.  It was January of 1949 when …

My Fitness Peeps

About two years ago I decided to join an adult fitness class sponsored by the Pima County Council on Aging.  I  had spent many years enjoying Jazzercise, but since my right arm isn’t very cooperative anymore I decided to change to a class…

Cheaters Never . . .

I love old adages, you know the ones you heard growing up. "A penny saved is a penny earned."  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, & wise. Here is…

The Bourbon Balls

Thanksgiving at my daughter’s was special, as always.  Everyone brought their favorite covered dish to share.  Bob and Janet brought enough dessert to feed everyone twice.  Bob is the kid’s dad, he and his wife, Janet, always make  special…

Page By Page

      I love this idea. The New Year provides an opportunity to close the book on last year and start with a fresh page.  Think of it as a story yet to be written.                When Monty and I finish breakfast I pick up the…

Welcome 2020

Another year has ended, this one takes on a special meaning because we are closing out a decade.  I’m looking forward to 2020, it has such a nice ring to it.  All the 20-teens were sort of cumbersome.  (kinda like the teens in life, I guess)  If…

Brain Games

Over the last couple of months, Monty and I have attended a lecture series on Total Brain Health sponsored by Tucson Medical Center.  In the first session, we learned about brain health, cell structure and function,  telemeters, genes and…

Can You Hear Me Now?

I recently come to the conclusion that my ears are big.  It was a startling realization as I looked in the mirror and noticed these large,  appendages hanging on the side of my head.  Now I’m a little paranoid, I wonder if anyone else has…

Lizard Tales

Last week, Miss Daisy was tossing around something black about two inches long.  I thought it might be a piece of plastic and a choking hazard so naturally I tried to retrieve it. Her jaws were firmly clamped on her treasure there was no way…

10,000 Steps?

News Flash!  From the pages of AARP magazine, our generations Bible. You don’t need 10,000 steps a day to live longer. FACT: The standard goal of 10,000 steps a day isn’t based on science.  It comes from a marketing effort related to…

Gold Star

We got our Gold Stars today. I’m talking about the Gold Star that should appear on your drivers license if you want to use your drivers license to board an airplane. The new requirement goes into effect next October.  So, although, we have…

Not Exactly

The Internet provides inspiration to travel around the world.  The pictures provided are just like being there, in some cases, even better than being there.   From our armchair we can appreciate Mona Lisa’s rueful smile and maybe long…

Praying in Color

I found the most delightful book on prayer tucked away on a back shelf of the library. Sybil MacBeth wrote this charming book entitled Praying in Color. She has a marvelous way of enjoying conversations with God, that really resonated with…

Happy Birthday, Bert

My brother, Bert, was born on October 18, 1929. He was one of the good guys, the kind of guy you’d want your daughter to bring home to meet the family.  He passed away Christmas morning 2016, we would be celebrating his 90th birthday…