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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Turning Pages

Summer is here and Tucson is hotter than . .well any place I can imagine.  Like most folks living here I love the winters, blue skies, lots of sunshine it is a wonderful time to spend the afternoon outside reading.  Folks living in snow country…

Better Instructions

Remember when life was simpler, you know back in 2019 .  I remember life was good, we just didn’t know how good until it wasn’t.  We couldn’t imagine the changes that were in store for us in 2020.   Hand washing, mask wearing for…

Hold Please

It seems I’ve been on the phone a lot lately.  I love to chat with friends, it helps if we both have land lines, but when does that ever happen?  Landlines vs cell phones is an issue for another day. This morning I was dealing with banking…

What's Your Number?

When you think of your own longevity what age are you aiming for?  When we were a younger version of ourselves we might have quickly tossed out 80 maybe 85 years.  After all those were our grandparents age and they were really old!  I don’t…

This little piggy . . .

My grand children are in their 20’s but several of my younger friends have been recently blessed with new grand babies  I’m sure they are enjoying the experience and maybe doing a quick review of nursery rhymes to be ready to cuddle and…

One Ringy Dingy

  JUST FOR FUN Let's talk telephone today.  I'm thinking about the old switchboards, and that reminds me of Lily Tomlin .  She created the much loved telephone operator, Ernestine, for Laugh-In in 1969. Who can forget how she…

Grant me Patience

Today I am including a favorite read from The Daily Word, a treat we enjoy each morning with our coffee;  and an article my friend Tom  posted on Facebook from the Daily Stoic.  I believe both offer situations we can relate to and hopefully…

Springtime in the Desert

I have to fess up, yesterday (April 4, 2021) when the outside temperature soared to 96 degrees and the inside temperature was hovering around 82, I made an executive decision.   I flipped the thermostat from Heat to Cool; clicked the Auto button…

Adjustments Made

  There has been a vacant parking space in our driveway where our motorhome used to sit.  That empty space has been a constant reminder that we are getting older and giving up things we’ve always loved.   When we sold our…

Bears Repeating

Here is a funny story or a nightmare depending on your point of view. An Alaska woman was injured last Saturday after being wounded on the bottom by a black bear while using an outhouse. Shannon Stevens, of Haines, was involved in the…

His and Hers

I assume, like most couples, Monty and I have our separate duties around the house. He is the fearless leader of all things mechanical, I do the other stuff.  Conversation yesterday at our house:  Monty:  My underwear drawer is sort…

Are You a Bookworm?

I should have spent this pandemic year learning a second  language. Monty assures me sarcasm should not be considered my second language. I might have learned to play the fiddle, actually I kind of had my heart set on a ukulele, but alas my…

Dear Diary

Dear Diary, Day 315  and we are still trapped in the house by a tiny virus.    My hair now rivals Rapunzul, although my body does not.  I’ve spent so much time sitting, my body now resembles the contours of the  Lazy Boy. (that is not…

The Rhetorical Question

I know it’s a rhetorical question. ‘Did you find everything OK?’  If you are like me, the answer is sure, even if I couldn’t find the capers, I say sure, after all I’ll find them next trip.  I go to the grocery store once a week,…

Don't Leave Home Without One

  Like Raj on The Big Bang, Monty has a new heartthrob, her name is Siri and thank goodness her sultry voice only resides on the phone.  Siri won’t even talk to me, as confident as I sound when I address her she simply ignores me.…

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…