Laments About Arthritic Adventures

My New Career

Fellow Eaters, Take Note!

My New Career

Attention, fellow middle-aged muddlers,

I’m excited to inform you I’m starting down a new career path. Read more

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Icon Iris Apfel: Still Stylish at 100

Meeting Up with an Old Friend at Lowe's

Icon Iris Apfel

I ran into an old friend at Lowe’s this weekend. It was quite a surprise for two reasons. First, she lives in NYC, and second, she’s 100 years old. You just don’t expect to run into centennials in the paint section of a hardware store on a wildfire-fueled smoky Saturday in Nevada. But there she was, Iris Apfel. Read more

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Livin’ La Vida Loca in a New Town

Middle-Aged Muddlers, Rejoice!

Livin' La Vida Loca

Ah, life in a new city. So exciting. So much to do! And so much adventure. Yes, we’re livin’ La Vida Loca. It’s a middle-aged muddler’s dream.

Week six in Reno and each day brings something new. Why just this morning, we discovered wet carpet in the downstairs hallway, and that, in turn, led to a discovery of — you guessed it — mold! Now we’re in for a jolly good time getting that sorted out!

But wait! I’m getting ahead of myself. Read more

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The Great California Invasion of 2021

Out, Out Damn Californians

The Great California Invasion

Former Nevadans, we decamped California back to Nevada to escape out-of-control wildfires and taxes. We returned for peace and quiet. Yet, now in Reno, we suffer anew amid smoke from the same CA wildfires and the hordes of Californians who also flocked here. Yes, we’re in the midst of the Great California Invasion of 2021. And it’s pandemonium.

Now, all I can say is, “Out, out, damn Californians.” Read more

Our Adventure Begins

(But Really, Let's Talk about Handsome Hubby ... and Ice Cream)

Our adventure begins

Well, we’ve arrived in Reno at our new house. And so, our new adventure begins in earnest.

Hooray or oy vey? Read more

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HGTV Stars are the New Hot Hotties

Dating Musicians is So Yesterday!

hgtv hot hotties

Dating HGTV stars is a thing now. All the celebs are doing it. Well, two are. But I expect it is going to be the trendy trend of 2021! Yes, HGTV stars are the new hot hotties. I get the appeal. Who won’t want a guy who’s good with his hands, swings a big hammer, AND has a keen eye for design? In fact, with this big move to Reno just days away, I gotta get me one STAT! Read more

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Moving Madness

Reno or Bust

Moving Madness

You’ve heard of March Madness? Well, I’m suffering from Moving Madness, leaving a home I love to begin life anew in a new city.

I’ve moved a lot in my life. So often I attended 22 schools. Yet, somehow, nothing equals the extreme effort associated with this 175-mile trek across the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Berkeley, Ca. to Reno, Nv.

Maybe it’s because I’m older. Maybe it’s because real estate transactions have gone electronic and I’m a Luddite. Or maybe it’s because the real estate market is so competitive. I don’t know, but this move feels more momentous than any other in my life.     Read more

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Packing Boxes and Unpacking A Choice Tidbit or Two

Oceans Aplenty, Sofas Divine, and A Spooky Urn!

Here in Berkeley, Ca., we’re busy packing for the move to the Biggest Little City in the World — Reno, Nv. And since it feels like I’m organizing my entire life around this move, I even cleared out my overflowing inbox. The reward? a clean desk for me AND a choice tidbit or two to share with you. Enjoy!

Tidbit One: Oceanic Happenings

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Man, Woman, Warriors, Love

Golden Memories

Man, Woman, Warriors, Love

Just like an “everything” bagel, this “sporty” love story has a bit of everything.

It’s the story of my friend Amy and her late husband Robert. And it’s about courtship and marriage over a basketball court. Actually lots of basketball courts. Read more

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Excuses. Excuses. Believable and Some Not So

Excuses. Excuses. Some believable. Some not

I just read an amusing article entitled “21 Believable Excuses For When You Need To Flake On Plans.” My question: who needs an arsenal of 21 excuses? I mean one or two, OK. Maybe three. But 21? Who is that busy? Who has that many appointments, social or other, requiring a person to stockpile excuses like toilet paper in a pandemic? Read more