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Sunday, June 9, 2013


A friend keeps saying we're "middle age". Middle? I suppose if you plan to live to 115, we're middle age. Me, I believe (and since both my parents died at 72 and the oldest-lived of my siblings is 63 now, I think it's right) that I passed middle age sometime in my 30s and am firmly in the winding up age. Not that it matters all that much. The middles I am in are the writing and the projects that never end around here. Everything in life has become that can of soda story now, and so nothing is ever done. Things get moved, things get added to or subtracted from, goals change, sometimes everything changes all at once, and nothing is ever finished. Personally, I think that's cause to lighten up. Because none of it matters anyway. All that matters is the ride. We all wind up at the same station and it doesn't end there either. We just move on. One thing leads to another.

Last night I saw this article,
which made me think of  the "Absolutely Fabulous" episode where Patsy says, "Who dies choking on their own vomit these days, darling?!!" Which led me to look up the old AbFab clips on YouTube, which led me to Joanna Lumley (Patsy) going in search of Noah's Ark.

Which then led me to Rosslyn Chapel,

and from there to the Story of God
after which I sat and stared into space, thinking.
And suddenly it was 4 a.m.
That's how things go these days.

Our town once again turned out for the heifers, or as we call it, "the Cow Parade".

While I'm overcome with pride, let me slip in what my old grammar school has done. It's come a long way from the very very very white school it was in the '60s. Good on them.

Oh- I want to recommend this site for Amy's pennypinching smartness. She's a girl after my own thrifty heart. Skip among the product endorsements and find "How to make peanut butter" or "How to make cream cheese" or any number of make-it-yourself items for the household from fabric softener to cheese crackers to face toner..

And if you're in the mood for some uplifting, "carry on" inspiration,

There. That much is done. On to the next.


mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Aw..look at that cute little knobby kneed baby.

Elephant's Child said...

I love the idea that stories are data with a soul. Thank you so much for that gem.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good stuff.

I used to get a kick out of "Absolutely Fabulous". I wish "Mrs. Brown's Boys" were shown on TV here. The clips I've seen of it on Youtube are absolutely hilarious. (If you haven't seen them, check 'em out.)

Okay, better get a mooooove on. Our DSL died on Friday, and we were Internet-less all weekend, (the horror of it all!) so I'm trying to play catch-up now.

Take care.

Austan said...

Lawless- there were many. There will be more next year. At least the kids love it.

Austan said...

You're welcome, EC!

Austan said...

Susan- I wonder if they're on dvd? I really don't think the US is ready for it! God, I hate when contraptions die!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The shows are available on DVD through Amazon, but not in a format that works in the U.S. (Darn it!)