Daily Prompt: On the Road – Adopt me please!

If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go? Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRAVELS.

I want to be adopted by a family with no heirs and a great deal of money. A family who have been searching for people who need their love and resources. It’s important that they also love dogs (we have four and aren’t going anywhere without them) and have a yard for them. Preferably a doggy door. And a good veterinarian on call.

Location doesn’t matter, though we’d all prefer someplace without snow … but willing to compromise. Just please, pay my bills and love me.

I like this house. I could live here. Especially if someone else will take care of it!

I like this house. I could live here. Especially if someone else will take care of it!


I come with an entourage so these generous souls will need to stand ready to adopt the rest of my family. That includes my son, his wife, my granddaughter — and most important, my husband. He is an undemanding soul, requiring little more than a comfortable bed, a recliner, a fast WiFi connection, food, coffee, a large screen HDTV with a good cable package … and lots of love. Hugs are important. Essential, in fact.

Hugs make the world go round.



Nothing says color like flowers. From wild to cultivated to hothouse, every color of the rainbow and many the rainbow never thought of are captured in flowers. Rich in scent, evocative, alive.


I got an email from AT&T. It was alarming. I was overdue on my bill! They were going to report me to collection agencies, send it to all those companies that decide whether or not you deserve to have a credit card or a mortgage.

I was surprised because I paid the bill. On time. Online. I know I did.

Obverse side of a 1990 issued US Penny. Pictur...

So, after resetting my password — it doesn’t matter how many times I set my password … the next time I go to AT&T’s website, I will have to do it again — I looked at my bill. Somehow, I had underpaid the bill by a penny. One cent. $00.01

In retribution for my oversight, AT&T is going to sic the collection agency on me. I deserve to pay big for this lapse in fiscal responsibility.Though I actually think it was their error, not mine, but let’s not quibble.

Paying the bill!

Paying the bill!

There are many battles to fight in life. One must pick amongst them lest one be overwhelmed. This giant corporation is going to destroy my credit for want of a penny. This is what happens when computers run the world and no people monitor what they are doing. I’m sure this was all automatically generated. I am equally certain if I’d called them, they would have cancelled the bill. AT&T has pretty good customer service. But that would take even more time and effort. I fondly believe my time, even retired, is worth more than a penny.

So I paid the bill. I wasn’t actually sure my bank would let me pay a one cent bill, but they did.

One cent. Just one cent. Mind boggling.

Magic Time – Induction at the Hall of Fame – Garry Armstrong


From the Hall of Fame induction — September 12, 2013 — pictures of happy people having a really great day. These are the pictures from the ceremony and immediately after it.

At the Hall of Fame, September 2013

At the Hall of Fame, September 2013

Plus, a great picture of us by Bill Brett (Boston Globe) and a rare picture of Garry and his brother, Dr. Anton Armstrong … and Garry at the podium accepting the award. Typically these events are a bit of a letdown, but this one was not. It was just what we wanted it to be and maybe even better!



From BIZARRO: And now we have a gag from my good buddy, Dan McConnell. He usually discusses these collaborations on his FB page but he hasn’t posted it as of this writing. I guess he’s waiting for me to post this. Anyway, check out his page and his other cartoons which can be found lurking thereon.