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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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 this…

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.…

Vacuum Dilemma

  The vacuum cleaner is not my friend.  Several years ago I bought what I hoped would be my last vacuum, but it died an early death and I’m interviewing prospective replacements. I'm firmly convinced  vacuums were invented by men who…

Nineteen -Sixty Plus Nineteen

I remember 1960 like it was yesterday.  I graduated from high school on a Saturday in  June, turned 18 on a Wednesday in September and got married on a Friday in December.   I’d read a couple of romance novels; you know the ones…

Indecisive?

Indecisive? Well, yes and no.  I really thought by this time all the big decisions would be made and we would just be coasting.  But for some reason life seems more complicated, and decisions are harder to make.  When we were younger…

What's In Your Refrigerator?

My mom often reminded me  - Always wear clean underwear, you never know when you might be in an accident, and you don’t want anyone to see your nasty pants.   That’s the way I feel about the refrigerator.  In my mind it would…

I Had a Dream

  Or was it a nightmare? Dreams are so confusing.  Is there a message  hidden somewhere in the recesses of our brain or simply a mis-firing of the neurons.  Trying to sort out a dream after a long night is absurd.   Why was I…

My Friend Rachel

  I bet you know Rachel, the gal with the too perky “Hello, I’m Rachel with Credit Card Services, there is nothing wrong with your credit card we just want to tell you . . . .”  I have to admit I’ve never heard the rest of the…

First Day of School

  Today I’m borrowing stories from two of my favorite moms. Monty’s daughter, Noel, wrote to tell us about her first born, Will, starting kindergarten. I found her description of the first letting go experience very touching. My daughter,…

Zoe and the Serpent

by Zoe I'm having a bad day, last night was my people's night out. I was busy entertaining myself in the kitchen (that seems to be the only room available to me when my people are away from home). Anyway, I have a new peanut butter bone and…

Life with Mom and Dad

by Zoe I was the first, the first puppy born to a first time mom on a cold February morning in 2009. It’s good to be first but in this case my mom didn’t have any idea what was going on or what to do. Thankfully my kennel mom, Arlene,…

The Art of Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is an art form, if you’ve had the misfortune of shopping at the local Walmart on Saturday morning you might consider it martial art form! I have a theory about grocery shopping - it takes an hour to go the grocery store.…

The Hope Chest

We, of a certain generation, save kitchen stuff. What is the purpose of saving an old burnt cookie sheet, a cracked wooden spoon, or a bent spatula? In reality, we think these things are treasures and surely our children or grandchildren will…

Monty and the Python

There he was slithering down the hallway heading for our bedroom. Monty will tell you the serpent was at least six feet long with glowing eyes and smoke streaming from his nostrils. Actually I think the smoke might of obscured Monty’s view…
Graduation

Graduation

This is the time of year we celebrate graduates. Like many families across American ours was caught up in the festivities.     We have nine grandchildren, seven live in Phoenix and two in Colorado. Our oldest grandson has two sons of his…

Joy

What does joy look like to you? Joy comes in many shapes and forms. I think we all agree joy is found most profoundly in the tiny newborn, a child, grandchild or great grand child, the joy at their birth is overwhelming. What a miracle to be…

Can I Borrow a Jack

My dad enjoyed telling a story about a man and his family driving on a country road when a tire blew out on their older model car. They were returning from a day at the beach and the man was hot and tired and in no mood to deal with the tire…

Aging

While having lunch with my friend, Suzette, she sagely announced, ‘Aging is tricky’. At least I think that is what she said, restaurants are so noisy neither of us can hear what the other is saying. Thank goodness we have honed our lip reading…

This Old House

I hold my breath while I turn off Cherry Avenue on to Thirteenth Street. Thirteenth is paved now, not the washboard dirt road it was when I was growing up. I catch my breath, the house I grew up in looks so tiny. I am pleasantly surprised to…

Connections

Today I made a quick trip to the grocery store and met a delightful gentleman.  My new BFF looked a little scruffy, not homeless, but maybe someone without anyone at home to suggest he shave and clean up a bit before running to the store. He…

The Shopping Gene

Let me start off by saying I didn’t get the shopping gene.  I don’t know how I could have missed out. My mother was the queen of shoppers.  She would wander up and down the aisles of Target and happily spend $5.98 and celebrate the adventure…