Good Night, Niobe

I haven’t posted in a long while and I’m fairly distraught that the reason I’m posting now is because my sweet Niobe passed away last Friday.  It was sudden, unexpected, and heartbreaking.  We’ve had him since he was a baby and he just turned 10 years old last month.  He wasn’t sick, so I think he must have had a heart attack.  Cockatiels can live up to 25 years, so he wasn’t an old bird yet, either.  I hadn’t given any thought or mental preparation to his death, only knowing that it would break my heart when it happened.  I just wasn’t ready and it wasn’t time.  Hubby found him in his cage when he went to uncover him Friday morning.  Niobe was a delight every day he was with us.  So much of our lives revolved around him in some way and now I’m floundering as I try to get used to being without him.  Sometimes I think the silence will consume me.

Good night and sleep sweet, darling Niobe.  I’ll always miss and love you dearly.


My Second Spirograph

At 53 years of age, I received my second Spirograph.  I had one as a kid in the 1960s and loved it, so Hubby grabbed a new one for me because of my ongoing bouts of nostalgia.  Heh.

First of all, there are no longer any pins to hold the pieces down.  Now they use some kind of putty because I guess the pins are too dangers and leave holes in the paper.  I don’t care for the putty.  Just give me the blasted push pins!

Next, the jagged edges are quite painful to my poor old arthritic fingers.  They will be sore for hours now.

Lastly, I was surprised at how completely I had lost the hang of running the pen around with the wheels.  I expected to sit down and whiz through the patterns like a pro.  Did not happen.  Nonetheless, I’m presenting my first attempts at the drawings for your enjoyment.  *snort*





Christmas 2013


Merry Christmas to everyone!

Modern Day Makeup

I have green eyes and for the last 20 years, I’ve been wearing shades of brown eye shadow.  I’m considered to have warm coloring…  I’m an Autumn.  All of my clothes and makeup fall under the warm Autumn categories.  Well, now there’s a problem.  I’ve recently started seeing that the best color eye shadow for green eyes is purple or plum.  What??  Those are cool colors!  I don’t wear purple on my body.  Ever.  It’s a cool color that works best on Winters like my niece, Banana.

I don’t know what to think about this.  When I see pictures of green eyes women wearing plum eye shadow, I have to admit that it looks very nice.  They say now that brown tones are for blue eyes.  I just don’t know if I could bring myself to wear purple on my eyes.  I’m wondering if my sister (who has the same coloring and green eyes as me) has found this same thing happening.  And if so, what does she think of it?  Yeah, I could have sent this in a private email to her, but this felt like something I could put on my blog and maybe slowly bring it back from the dead.

And let me mention here that I hate the changes on WordPress.  I will probably complain about it on a regular basis.  Right now I want to know how I put this post in the categories I want.  Gah!

Apollo the Lion


Check out Apollo’s New lion cut. He had terrible matting on both sides that could only be cut out. The vet gave him this lovely and fashionable new furstyle instead of just hacking away the mats. Since then, he has started grooming himself again. I guess it was just too overwhelming for him. He makes the worst slurping noise when he grooms!

Guess Who’s Back

Not me, that’s for sure.  No, it’s someone much more awesome than me.


Remember how much I LOVE Adam Ant?  Yeah, he’s my favorite musician forever.  He’s been out of the music business for 17 years and now he’s making a comeback.  At the age of 58, he’s back touring and has released a new album called “Adam Ant is the BlueBlack Hussar Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.”  It’s mouthful and it’s an outstanding collection of new music.  It’s kind of edgy, not as polished as some of his older music, but it’s exactly what he wants to be and I like it.  Here’s the video of the single Cool Zombie.

He looks good, too.  Aside from just normal aging, he’s been through a lot with mental illness…  a diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder and all of the unfortunate treatment that goes with it.  He lost his hair, gained some weight, and lost some of it.  Overall, he looks good.  He’s revamping his look from Kings of the Wild Frontier.  I’m not crazy about the hat he performs in, or the black square glasses.  I like the other hats and glasses, though.  I could do without the mustache and goatee, too.  But, hey, he’s Adam Ant!  His voice sounds great and the songs couldn’t possibly belong to anyone else.

©2011 Ester Segarra.

Here’s an excellent article about Adam from last November.  It’s got some nice picture, too.

So, yeah, I’m happy he’s back and doing well.  I’m enjoying the new music and plan to read his autobiography in the near future.  I missed his concert in Dallas, though.  Really hated that.  But the venue didn’t have the right kind of seating for me and I’m not able to stand for long periods of time.

Oh, he’s also added some new tattoos.  I think I liked it better when he had just the one mysterious tattoo.

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It’s good to have you back, my friend.



Soap on a Cotton Ball Won’t Remove a Tick

I’ve seen a lot of internet lies in the last months, but have been too busy/lazy to post them.  But I saw this one posted on Facebook by a friend of mine.  It had red flags:  no specific source, a “hearsay” feeling to it, and the encouragement to pass it on.

Tick Removal

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where
they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her
simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from
some major problems.

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.

A School Nurse has written the info below–good enough
to share–and it really works!

“I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best
way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in
those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with
tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of
dark hair, etc.”

“Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few
seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be
stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it
(and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic
for the patient and easier for me..”

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off
and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware

also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer
Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and
your family good if you see any of these!

“Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this
would be damaging in any way.
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.

I checked and, of course, it’s completely false.  Something that the innocent sender hopes will be helpful could actually turn it into a much worse situation by following these instructions.  My friend who shared this is a good guy, and I’m sure the person before him is fine.  And the person before that.  But somewhere up the line, someone compiled this false information/old wives tale and sent out upon the internet.  Whoever that was, shame on you.

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