The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

My Copy: 9780802412706 (image from 5lovelanguages.com) I'd heard a little about this book in the past, and I can't remember what finally made me select it and buy it for myself. Haven't been in a relationship in ages and with my odd family situation... well, maybe that was part of the incentive to do so. … Continue reading The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

I swore I wouldn’t… but yeah, got a few more feathered friends for myself for Christmas (facepalm).

I gave myself about 24 hours to make a final decision in this regard, and it would've made sense to take far longer... but I just couldn't help it. I know, it's a common excuse, for addicts and shopaholics and the like. Is it possible to be addicted to parakeets? Maybe this'll be a new … Continue reading I swore I wouldn’t… but yeah, got a few more feathered friends for myself for Christmas (facepalm).

Seems my “shoe-drop” was a day later than expected… & it happened to one of my feathered family instead…

Well, two weeks ago it was the plumbing madness. Last week it was an E.R. visit thanks to bad timing, a sharp knife, and a misplaced thumb. Now, it's Miss Aqua, the 3rd parakeet I'd bought. I'd expected the shoe to drop yesterday, if it was going to at all (Thursdays being what they've been, … Continue reading Seems my “shoe-drop” was a day later than expected… & it happened to one of my feathered family instead…

Running on Empty No More: Transform your relationships with your partner, your parents, & your children, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

My Copy: 9781683506737 (image from goodreads.com) Well, a few months ago I read the prequel book to this one, Running on Empty, which deals with Childhood Emotional Neglect and recognizing the signs and such. That one was pretty in depth and geared more toward the personal and self-improvement. Running on Empty No More goes beyond … Continue reading Running on Empty No More: Transform your relationships with your partner, your parents, & your children, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

I actually remembered Mother’s Day this year, & we’re not on speaking terms. Weird.

You probably already figured this was gonna be a downer post, and your intuition would be right. Read at your own discretion, because there's a lot of introspection--or attempted introspection--going on. I haven't heard from or said a word to my mother since July. One rabid, ranting phone call that began okay and then had … Continue reading I actually remembered Mother’s Day this year, & we’re not on speaking terms. Weird.

I Swore I Would Stop Shopping Online for a While… But My Parakeets Need Boyfriends, Among Other Things…

Oh man. I thought I had it made with my cranky parrot's old cage. I had to put a fat dowel rod down to block the one area my craftiest parakeet could exploit to get out, but otherwise it was nice, big, and roomy. But if I add two more parakeets, it's gonna get crowded. … Continue reading I Swore I Would Stop Shopping Online for a While… But My Parakeets Need Boyfriends, Among Other Things…

A Crash Course in Possible Parakeet Parenthood…oh boy.

Possible parakeet parenthood. Yeah, I was tired enough to try and say that three times fast. Go ahead, I'll wait. I've got four parakeets: Pickle (clearly a boy), Sky (girl), Nana (girl) and Aqua (debatable because of coloring, thought male, however). And there was some indication that I might end up with babies even if … Continue reading A Crash Course in Possible Parakeet Parenthood…oh boy.

Q#119– What is going through the mind of a person who is arguing with another in public, and then pulls out a gun?

This one is bothering me for a lot of reasons. It makes me sad to think of the injuries and deaths occurring because of gun violence, naturally. More than that, it makes me very annoyed and afraid that this seems to pop up at least once a week on the local news. Just this morning … Continue reading Q#119– What is going through the mind of a person who is arguing with another in public, and then pulls out a gun?

Dealing with a semi-sick bird at home, because he hates me 90% of the time & the nearest avian vet is an hour away…

I had to think hard about how old this Amazon parrot is in my house, and I realized it's been around for 3/4 of my life now. He's about 27-ish, a bird my dad picked out from a lady who had probably a thousand birds and raised them from chicks. I remember going over to … Continue reading Dealing with a semi-sick bird at home, because he hates me 90% of the time & the nearest avian vet is an hour away…

Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway

My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway