The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

The Properties of Silver Nitrate

prank soap

Let me tell you about my day yesterday. It was full of “P” and a bit of vinegar. Reiner took the day off to recover from a 24-hour bug. Of course, being sick didn’t stop him from poking around the house and getting himself into mischief. First order of business: transfer silver nitrate into a tinted glass jar. Apparently the stuff deteriorates in light and needs proper storage. AgNO3 is a […]

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Broccoli or Bust

Daily harvest of Sweet Gold

In the spring, I declared that this would be the last year to plant broccoli. For several summers running, the harvests have been middling at best. If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve grown ginormous heads of the stuff in other gardens, I might think that the poor performance in this yard is all mine. This year I grew plants from seed. I also tended to the volunteers that cropped up on their own. No luck. The […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): The Forecast


I subscribe to weekly astrology forecasts by Georgia Nicols. She has a quirky approach to the zodiac that appeals and entertains.  I am happy to read that she confirms my plans to improve my health.  That’s the good news. The bad news is that weight gain is in the forecast, too. Though, honestly, that’s a no-brainer given the number of ice cream cones that have passed my lips these last several weeks. Here […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): Dedication

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I think we would all agree that “dedication” ranks high on the list of goals when one sets out on a health improvement quest. I am getting to know this word because being dedicated to a new health routine lies just beyond my grasp. Last week I despaired the setbacks and missteps. You guys were awesome with your support and I learned from you. One week later, not much has changed […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): Next Steps and Missteps

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So far so good. My announcement earlier this week has garnered support and encouragement. Thanks, guys, you rock! I have to admit that I’m feeling a mild panic along the lines of “Oh boy, what have I done? Couldn’t keep my mouth shut, could I?” Well, that was the point, wasn’t it: declare my intentions to eat healthy and exercise, thereby obliging myself to follow through. Fine. What’s next? Carrie wrote, […]

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Dearly Departed

Oliver aka Ollie-bum.

Yesterday, I saw neighbour South tromp across our rear yard, toward the north. “Hey, Mister!” I hollered, “You lost or something?” He acknowledged me distractedly, “Did you hear about Ollie?” Uh, oh. It turns out Ollie did not come in for breakfast last Saturday. That makes two cats gone this year. First Keira vanished in April, and now her brother Oliver. Poor South. He took me by the hand to show […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): The Series

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It’s time for a slight departure here on the blog. My aim is twofold. Wait, maybe threefold. Perhaps more. Oh I dunno, who’s counting? Anyway, the number of folds aside, it’s time for a change. Back story: I paid a visit to my new MD last month. First thing he did was take my blood pressure. He used a magic machine that took six readings, eliminated the first and last, […]

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