Monthly Archives: June, 2017

Summer in the City…

It’s the season of summer festivals and we’re very big on them in the Midwestern part of the U.S. Friday marks the beginning of Independence Day weekend and many nearby areas will have huge celebrations.  Chicago and the suburbs boast lots of music events and many things going on over Independence Day weekend.  Not sure what we’re doing yet, but for sure it will include grilling and fireworks!

We also have our county and state fairs and I’ve gone to my share of those over the years.  We often went to Wisconsin for their state fair or Summerfest music festival as the Illinois State Fair is in downstate Springfield, a much further drive.  And the Milwaukee area is a nice size compared to driving into Chicago.

It’s all brought back fun memories of a time several years ago when my parents and their crazy little dog, Sparky, drove up to the Milwaukee area for a day trip to the state fair.  Apparently they had planned to take the little terrier onto the fairgrounds with them but, not having checked beforehand, found dogs were not allowed.  It was too hot to leave Sparky in the car, so they debated what to do and finally decided they’d take turns going onto the fairgrounds.

Mom went to the fair first, leaving Dad and Sparky resting under a shade tree by the entrance gates.  Dad had his ever-present ball cap on, along with sunglasses, and he’d had a cup of water for the dog in case he was thirsty.  Mom was horribly embarrassed when she returned and found people walking by the entrance had assumed the worst when they saw my sleeping dad and his dog and had been throwing coins in his cup!


Photo credit:  Wisconsin State Fair

Monday Musings on Twenty Random Questions…

My lovely friend, Sandra, of What Sandra Thinks, posted some random questions and invited everyone to answer.  I’m doing that and inviting anyone else to participate and link to me and/or Sandra’s page!

  1. Do you have a nickname? Yes, my whole life I’ve been known as Dee to family and good friends. 
  2. Do you drink coffee?
    Yes… pretty much every day.  I never did until I got married and started making a pot for hubby.  Now I usually have one or two cups a day. 


  1. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?  Mint chocolate chip, probably.  At Baskin Robbins it was Jamocha Almond Fudge.
  1. Describe a happy childhood memory.  Holidays were always the most fun.  Christmas especially.  Lots of kids, lots of food and the gorgeous decorations.


  1. What’s your favorite meal?  Something seafood.  Shrimp, crab, lobster.  Which is so easy to find when you live in Illinois…


  1. Name something you cannot live without.  Chocolate.  Or my family.  Well, probably chocolate!
  1. What color pants are you wearing?  Dark blue jeans, but only cause it’s cool here today.  Low 70s.  But I wear jeans a lot.  Or the middle aged woman uniform of capri pants and a tee-shirt in warm weather!
  1. Did you get good grades in school?
    Yes… I was one of the good kids.  Always did my homework, always studied.  Honors classes.  It was expected.
  1. Any phobias?
    I’m not crazy about height and I used to panic driving over bridges.  But I’ve gotten it more under control.
  1. Are you named after anyone?  I don’t think so, but I have a younger cousin who has my middle name…
  1. Last time you cried and why?  I’m not sure.  I’m not a huge crier.  It makes your eyes red and ruins your mascara!
  1. What color crayon would you be?  Definitely the color of the sea.  You know, anywhere from a blue to a green.  Calming.


  1. What do you hear right now?  The sounds of my fingers on the keyboard.  I type really fast, BTW.


  1. What’s the last movie you watched?  Wonder Woman at the theater.
  1. Do you believe in reincarnation?  I don’t know that I believe, but it is hopeful.  I believe there’s something after death.
  1. What do you think is your best physical feature?  My eyes.  Which are brown with green flecks.  But not hazel.
  1. What is your favorite curse word?  I don’t know that I have a favorite exactly, LOL.  There are many that are good at different times!
  1. Have you ever skinny-dipped before?  Probably not since I was two 🙂
  1. Do you talk to yourself?  Sometimes.  Or sometimes it just feels that way.  (If you have kids or a spouse, you know what I mean!)
  1. Do you have a favorite tv show?  There are a few I try not to miss.  NCIS, Scorpion, maybe.  But right now I’m into MLB and my Chicago Cubs.

Lazy, hazy days and crazy-ass curly chemo hair…


Okay, those are my excuses for not posting much lately.  I go outside into the sunshine and I’m not motivated to write.  I’m motivated to garden and pull weeds and maybe wash the windows or paint the little piece of trim above the front door.  And go to the gym now that I’m finally getting over this frustrating sinusitis, the second time since chemo.  Apparently my immune system will take some time to recover.  I’m trying to eat well and work out regularly.  But not write…

My fiction piece The Reunion is starting to bore even me, so I can imagine how you felt if you read it.  It’s on hold for now.  I’ve been reading a lot lately and some is for NetGalley, so I’ll need to post some reviews soon.  If I get motivated….

My hair gets crazier every day.  It’s almost two inches long now and thicker and white with some dark mixed in, especially in the back.  And curly, like Mary’s little lamb curly. And what do people say to me who haven’t seen me for awhile?  Oh, your hair is SO white or SO thick or SO curly!

No, really?  I say this with a shocked look on my face and touch my head.  My God, what happened?  You know, we don’t have any mirrors at the house!  Well, that’s what I’d like to say anyway.  Then they tell me how cute it is.  Uh, huh, sure.  But no one is rushing out to get a really bad perm like mine.  Or stop coloring and highlighting.  The only good thing is the speed with which I can shower and get out the door.  Blow drying doesn’t make a difference at all, so air dry it is…

But enough whining about me.  😉  How are you all?

Yay, Yay, it’s Father’s Day…

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads, uncles, brothers, stepdads and grandpas out there.  You rock!

Summer Cold, Again*…

Summer vacation, it was a blast
Summer cold, it happened so fast
Lack of sleep, not my own bed
Stuffiness, all through my head,

Summer days, sneezing away
But, oh, those drugged Nyquil nights!

Well-a well-a well-a huh
Tell me more, tell me more
Do you cough all the time?
Tell me more, tell me more
Is your nose filled with slime?

Tried to rest, but that didn’t work
Phone calls from telemarketer jerks
My poor throat is feeling so sore
Need more meds from the grocery store

Summer germs, now something’s inflamed
But, oh, those sleepy Nyquil nights!

Well-a well-a well-a huh
Tell me more, tell me more
Do you still feel like crap?
Tell me more, tell me more
Do you still need a nap?

A couple more days and I’ll be all right
I might wash my hair, not look such a fright
Think I might actually be on the mend
And this stupid cold will finally come to an end

Summer days, sneezing away
But, oh, those blissful Nyquil nights!!

*To the tune of Summer Nights from Grease.  I probably would have done an audio recording for you, you know, if it weren’t for my cold…