My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland
Even now, I'm typing this in my darkened living room, occasionally looking at the TV screen with one eye shut from 10 feet away to keep out the super-brightness coming through the blinds. I just went online out of desperation and ordered some indoor migraine/gamer glasses to keep on the end table and desk in … Continue reading My near-week of dizzy hell points most likely to Vestibular Migraines
And by surgical procedure, I mean anything that puts you out entirely with anesthetic. I've had locals shot into my mouth to make it easier to fix fillings or yank out teeth (my dentist has probably made a small fortune off my mouth). I've been to a few specialists about my core area issues (digestive … Continue reading Never had a surgical procedure done before… boring & interesting in turns.
I was surprised to find so many flying ants outside my back door tonight. Those long whitish-clear wings, just swarmed around the bug light at the back porch. And the front porch. What sucked if every time I had to open the door, more would come in. Well, I got to play "shock tennis" with … Continue reading Chopping my hair off just in time for the flying ants & horseflies to make it hell outside…
I've lost count how many times I've started this 12 week program, only to stop around week 4 or 5 (I made it to week 8 at one point. It's not like it's a crazy boot camp or anything like that. Rather, it's that even though I wanted my creativity to flourish and take over, … Continue reading Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.
Short possibly-improbable answer: Bertrand Russell's teapot in orbit around the Sun boiled over and an astronaut's spaghetti and meatballs food pouch landed in it. Add a dash of stardust and poof! Even shorter, more fact-based answer: A guy named Bobby Henderson. I actually have his copy of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on … Continue reading #106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
I hate to say this because I've been a loyal Home Depot customer since I knew what a hardware store was (and the local ACE Hardware jacked up its prices and closed down...and so did Builder's Square, which I suspect was bought by Home Depot. Anyway...). I stayed with them even with the influx of … Continue reading Home Depot near me is changing big time… and I don’t like it a bit.
I've been migraine-prone, accident-prone, forgetful as all hell the past week...and yet yesterday I started things fresh and new. I found out how to get the money part right and signed on the dotted line yesterday. I asked questions, got straight answers, and signed for my house without my hand being held the whole time... … Continue reading On the Road to a New House…the adulting clock starts now.
My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr