Weird stuff keeps happening. I think maybe I am the “happener.

It started the other day. I reached for my sandwich and encountered a frozen sirloin steak. On my desk. Where my sandwich ought to be. I picked up the frozen beef, took it to the kitchen, and showed it to Garry.

“Why,” I asked him, “Do I have a frozen steak to my office?”

“I have no idea,” he said, “Offhand? I’d guess you took it out of the freezer and put it there yourself. Or the pixies are at it again. Maybe the dogs did it. They look guilty to me.”

“I think they are trying to sucker you out of another round of treats,” I commented. But that was a safe bet as they are always on the prowl.


I never got to the bottom of the steak mystery. If something shows up completely out-of-place, it’s usually because I meant to grab one thing, but instead, grabbed another. In this case, I also had my coffee and a sandwich, so how could I have transported one more thing. No spare hand. Two is my maximum.

A frozen sirloin is not the sort of thing I typically have lying around. I would must have made a special effort to get to it. Which is to say I’d have had to extract the slab of beef from the freezer.


I assume — unless someone out there has a better explanation — I was intending to put it in the fridge to defrost, but I got distracted. However, I don’t remember taking it out of the freezer in the first place. No idea what I had in mind. Perhaps I was planning to eat it frozen and raw. Anything is possible.

Forgetfulness is my constant companion and I accept it … but what about the frozen steak?

Should I feel threatened by this unexplained meaty appearance?


Black & White Sunday: Leading Lines

From Paula:

“Leading lines are lines within an image that lead the eye to another point in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line. Fences, bridges, even a shoreline can lead the eye. I look forward to seeing your contributions to this Black & White Sunday challenge. Anything in monochrome is acceptable, even with selective coloring or sepia if you fancy.”

And here are two photos where the lines lead to shore … and then home.

The wooden pier in Connecticut




Imagine. Week 51! JUST ONE WEEK TO GO for 2015.

First, I decorated the tree. Then the family came over and I decorated the tree a bit more. It’s a small tree and a little bit goes a long way. A lot goes even longer. Even so, I was left with extra decorating material. So I decorated my granddaughter.72-Christmas-Kaiti-122015_002

Amidst the busyness, debris, and dog hair, I caught Bonnie relaxing on “her” sofa. I managed to grab a few pictures before she skedaddled. It wasn’t the best lens for the job, but I was just thrilled to get a couple of pictures before she ran for the hills.

What is an Oddball?

Noun –
1. A person or thing (or maybe, a dog?) that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless. Not counting the teeth.
Adjective –
2. Whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical: an oddball scheme.


First, she didn’t realize I was there.


Then, she opened her eye, took a look, and one frame later, gone. Why won’t she let me take pictures of her?

I don’t understand (wringing hands, with whine and wail in voice).