I don't know how many times I've read these books. I know the first time was in 1967. I read it in the hospital after my spine was fused and after I decided not to die. I was in the hospital for five months and not allowed out of bed at all for any reason. … Continue reading THE END OF MIDDLE EARTH – Marilyn Armstrong
FOWC with Fandango — Umbrage I always wanted to take an Umbrage. I wanted one in British Racing Green with a 5 on the floor. That way when anyone said "I take umbrage at that," I could respond by saying, "Hey, my umbrage is parked right out front. Let's take a drive!" No? Why not?
FOWC with Fandango — Nest A woman, younger than me, has no children and asks: "What is 'empty nest syndrome?' What does it mean?" I gave it a bit of thought. After all, my nest is empty except for two terriers and the handsome husband. The empty nest is one in which the children have grown … Continue reading NO CRYING IN THE NEST – Marilyn Armstrong
FOWC with Fandango — Radiant I looked out upon my deck ... and it was interesting. Not one, but two squirrels, each hanging in one of the feeders with a Cardinal in the woods, presumably waiting for those big four-footed fluffies to let go of the feeders. Once the squirrels dig in, they stay dug until … Continue reading A CARDINAL – RADIANT IN THE WOODS WITH SNOW ON THE WAY – Marilyn Armstrong
FOWC with Fandango — Rebuke On a day with little to be done, I got up to discover that during the night, some dog (I'm looking at YOU Bonnie!) peed all around the legs of the dining room table. I would put the gate up to keep the dogs out, but I already know that the … Continue reading DON’T YOU HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS? – Marilyn Armstrong
DRIFTING ALONG I am retired which is, by definition, at least a little bit adrift. This is a good thing and the real reason we retire. After a life of deadlines and commuting, some drifting seems like a pretty good idea. So here I am. Just drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweed ... with memories … Continue reading DRIFTING ALONG WITH THE GOOD GUYS – Marilyn Armstrong
FUCHSIA - OUT-OF-FASHION? When I discovered my favorite hanging flowers are officially "out of fashion" -- meaning I can't buy any, at least not in Uxbridge, I got depressed. I never imagined flowers could go out-of-fashion. It's bad enough that I'm obsolete, but fuchsia? My glorious pink and purple flowers that I love ... and … Continue reading OUT-OF-FASHION – Marilyn Armstrong