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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Celebrating a Year Together

Here's the Google description of a blog - “Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.” Well,…

Lunch Time

Most of you know me and maybe met my better half, Monty.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him, I will tell you he is smart, funny, focused and definitely the better half.  We are joined at the hip and do almost everything together. …

Miss Daisy's 1st Birthday

Miss Daisy is celebrating her first birthday this week.  It is hard to believe, it was just last fall we were up in Washington picking up our little bundle of fluff.  As the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun.  Daisy has…

Hotter Than . . .

Hotter than a pepper sprout - thanks Johnny and June  Hot as H-E double toothpicks - we said this growing up,  it was like      swearing and we giggled.  It’s a dry heat, - then some smart ass will say, ‘Yeah but so’s an oven…

Journey's End (Part 3)

A river runs through it; that can be said of all of our favorite places. In Durango, it’s the Animas, in Missoula, the Clark Fork meanders through town, the Deschutes River in Bend is a playground for the locals, and in Grand Junction, it’s…

Open Road Part 2

Arriving in  Colorado, is like stepping into another world.  People watching is a full time activity here, the first thing you notice is everyone wears a backpack in Colorado, even grannie. I’m never quite sure if it is the changeable weather…

Summer 2019 Part 1

On the Road Again, not only one of our favorite songs, but our favorite activity.  Miss Daisy seem pretty happy about the traveling thing.  First she gets to sit on mom’s lap while we travel down the road and then at night she manages to…

What's on Your Nightstand?

  I just finished the most delightful book that’s come my way in a long time, ‘City of Flickering Light’ written by Juliette Fay.  This book wasn’t on the Express Shelf, where the best sellers are waiting, but back in a stack…

The Senior Village

The cast of characters in this story include, my sister Marilyn, 89, Nat, 90, Biddy, 93, and the kid Brent 72. Bit parts are played by Jim, Mary, and Buddy.  The names have not been changed-no sense spoiling their fun now. Fellowship…

How's My Driving?

  I was fifteen when my future husband, himself a teenager, taught me to drive his ’57 Chevy.  The day I turned sixteen I passed the driver’s test, even parallel parked successfully and proudly received my first drivers license. …

Voila a Patio!

  Several years ago Monty and I designed a winding path from the driveway to the front door. (you can see it in the distance) We hauled white rocks from the arroyo behind our house for a border and filled the walkways with gravel, it looked…

The Spider

 When Miss Daisy woke up this morning she immediately took off after a rather large spider she spied on the floor.  In her exuberance to pounce on it, the spider took off on all eight legs.  The first I knew about it was when I returned…

Who Wears the Pants?

Who wears the pants in this family?  Apparently who ever gets to them first. While preparing to do some spring painting I looked everywhere for my old work pants,  you know, the ones with the hole in the knee and the multicolored paint…

Clutter?

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a hard look at the accumulation of stuff around the house.  I don’t think we have a lot of clutter, I mean, the stuff is stashed in closets and the doors do close, so it’s not really clutter,…

Less is More?

Are you familiar with Tom Margenau?  He has written the “Social Security and You " column for national syndication since 1997. His column appears in the Sunday edition of the Arizona Daily Star.  I discovered the column several years ago…

Goals and Values

I went to an interesting wellness program last week.  I enjoyed the two young ladies presenting the program, both were Registered Dietitians  and work at Tucson Medical Center, promoting wellness for employees. Call me silly, but when I…

Sweep Into Spring

Spring here in the desert means wild flowers everywhere,  they blanket the desert and also pop up in the yard.  Poppies are happy flowers and penstemons are delightful but at the first heat of summer they all shrivel up and look, for all the…

Get Me Outta Here

Monty had carpal tunnel surgery this week. Dr. Siegel is a magician who can  do the surgery with just two tiny incisions and a half dozen  stitches.  The procedure took about twenty minutes, although the prep and anxious waiting was a couple…

Take a minute . . .

When did companies become obsessed with surveys? I have to admit at first it was exciting to think someone actually wanted to know what I thought.  That was about 10,000 surveys ago.   On a scale of 1 to 10, one being least satisfied, and…

Memory Trick

  I’ve enjoyed the Reader’s Digest monthly magazine since I was a kid. Magazines were a big deal when I was growing up.  Mom subscribed to several of the ‘ladies’ magazines and we always had a copy of the Reader’s Digest laying…

Extreme Makeover

  When we brought Daisy home she was a cute ball of fluff.  She has grown from six pounds of fluff to thirty pounds  and she is still fluffy. She has endearing curls on her face, but short of using hair gel they won’t stay out of…

Daisy and the 'fixin'

  The Elizabethan collar is a device created by the same guy who invented underwire bras and corsets.  The cone shape collar is perfect for  picking up signals from outer space. Comfort is not part of the deal. Do you remember Biff…

Snow Day

  Snow in the dessert isn’t unheard of, but when is snows ALL morning, that is news worthy.  The snow was beautiful and the quiet was deafening.  We sat in the cozy house and watched the snow fall and answered the phone a lot. …

Happy Birthday Mom

Memories of my mom speak to me in February, her birthday month.  She passed away twenty-seven years ago at the age of 84.  Still, when something happens, significant or mundane, often my first thought is what will I  tell mom.  Some times…

Cowboy Up

It’s Rodeo time in the Old Pueblo, the Fiesta De Los Vaqueros has been a Tucson tradition for over ninety years. I was six years old when my family left Chicago and headed west. I grew up looking forward to the excitement of rodeo.…

End of an Era

So this is it, no more playful banter while Monty tries to read the sports page and I constantly interrupt with important issues from Ask Amy. The sections of the newspaper passed back and forth like a football over the cereal bowls.  It…

I'm Not Buying It

  The Super Bowl is this weekend, get ready for some great commercials. When you watch of all those commercials is pays to remember, what you see isn’t always what you get. Watching a video on the making of TV commercials can be…

Are You Smarter Than . . .?

  Life with a puppy, or are you smarter than a five month old?  We keep reminding ourselves we only have to be smarter than a puppy, but when we finally turn out the lights at night we aren’t sure who won the day.   The first…

Go Postal

Before 2018 ended, I carefully wrote 2019 on the first twenty checks in the check book.  Twenty checks will last until September and by that time I should be used to 2019. I also made a trip to the Post Office and picked up several books…

Mickey Mouse

Our yard birds are always hungry so keeping the bird feeder stocked is a daily chore.    Yesterday when I made my morning trip to the gardening shed,  I got a little surprise.  Being an old desert rat, I’m always  careful to look…

Password Mystery

Here we are in a new year, time to get organized.  I’m not talking about  straightening the kitchen junk drawer. Time to get serious about our password situation.  I Googled passwords today and in 58 seconds there were over 3 million…

New Year's Resolutions

According to Wikipedia - A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal…

School for Miss Daisy

  I guess the fun and games are over, I started puppy school last week.  I thought I ran the world and now I find out there are expectations even for puppies.  I was getting my people trained just the way I wanted them,…

Deck the Halls

  Christmas time arrives with so many memories. Nothing starts the flood of emotions quicker than looking through the boxes of ornaments and what-nots that we only enjoy for a week or two during the year.   The first thing I found…

Christmas Cards

I love birthday and Christmas cards. I belong to a generation of older folks who love to get mail.  I credit my mom for the postal excitement.  When we moved to Tucson she left her family in Chicago. In 1949 no one called long distance unless…

Dog Day Thanksgiving

 There was a little girl Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead When she was good,  She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid   Mr. Longfellow must have had a premonition that…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  What’s not to like about a toasty kitchen filled with the wonderful smells of roasting turkey, family gathered and everyone catching up on the latest news and enjoying time together.   Easter would…

Kodak Moment

A Kodak Moment, a phrase anyone over fifty understands.  A moment in time that is perfect, a moment you want to save forever and show to your grand children, even if they aren’t born yet.  How to get that perfect Kodak moment? In…

Miss Daisy

We have a new member of the family,  Miss Daisy, who joined our traveling band on September 29th.  We lost our beloved Zoe this summer and as heartbreaking as it was to lose her; we knew there would be another canine companion in our future.…