Looking Back…Australia and earlier.

Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue

My friend and I were standing here – hoping to be rescued by hunky young men.

Male ostrich

Ostriches are native to Africa. But, they are “ranched” in Australia. This big guy was more or less contained behind a none too tall fence.

Male? Emu

All I have to do is look at this guy and there is zero doubt that birds evolved from dinosaurs. A memory that is hopefully seared in my mind (because I have no photograph) is of a herd/flock of emu spied striding across the nothingness from the  Geraldton to Perth  bus window. 

If you were a tree in Australia, you would lay down too.

This blog has been around for years. sometimes I wander back for a looksee:

March 26, 2002

I was learning “Flash” then. And it is no longer supported so – there are thing that don’t work  on those pages. 

Learning To Be Retired…

Australia is stuffed with very large free range lizards.

Now this is MUCH better:

This morning I am playing around and discover a new WiFi network. Well, of course I try to get into it. It seems to be our “new improved” wifi. I am guessing that I am the only one using the network. And, after my 500 neighbors get on line – well – I am enjoying the wicked great speed while it lasts. 

Realized today that I am going to have to learn how to be “retired”.  It can not be all that hard. You just stop going to the office. How hard is that? Well, I have cut back to 3 mornings a week. We’ll see how that works. For me. And for Employee Health.

Leisurely day today. I still find it too unpleasant outside. Windy and in the 40’s. 

I have a new neighbor. She moved in while I was away and I haven’t seen her. But our website says: She has a piano, folk harp, hammered dulcimer, fretted dulcimer, and autoharp in her apartment. Well, today I could hear little harp-like sounds wafting from her unit into mine. Not really too loud. But disconcerting. “Computer play Pandora Grateful Dead” time. 

A closer look at the top of page lizard. He/she was not in a cage. but just wandering around Brisbane.

Deacquisitioned today: nothing. Well, nothing real world. Some digital stuff. But, that doesn’t count

March For Our Lives

The Asylum Bus heads out to DC for the March For Our Lives.

I did not attend the March – I sent warm thoughts and money. Hope that all those great kids register to vote and then vote when they hit 18. That should scare every politician in the USA.

Really happy that it went well. 

Still looking for spring:

Squirrel raids one of our bird feeders. I root for the squirrels.
Another small hint of spring.

Deacquisitioned today: 1 jigsaw puzzle, cleaned out my pencil jars. Not very impressive. 

Feeling a little guilty

Spring Quest – Not a hint of spring here. At least the stream isn’t frozen.

Time to renew my library card – so – I headed out to the library with camera in hand. Figured I would look for signs of spring. Signs of spring were hard to find. 

Feeling a little guilty about not joining the other grannies in DC tomorrow for the March For Our Lives. Out of town grannies and kids are staying here today. Our Asylum bus is delivering folks downtown and will pick them up – complete with a box lunch to enjoy on the way home. 

But, I decided to wimp out. If I change my mind, I can get there using public transit/feet. But, I am just feeling a little too old. And, I really don’t stand well any more. That is a pretty lame excuse. Props to the sisters who will be on the bus and in the street.

Spring Quest – the smallest hint of spring.

Dinner conversion tonight – My dinner companions wanted John Denver music played in the Alzheimer’s and/or Nursing Units when we get there. If they are playing John Denver – then I ain’t going! Or I’ll take my Bose cans and keep following The Dead. With a little Parrot Head music for Friday afternoons. 

Deacquisitioned today: 9 bras, 1 jacket, 1 sweater, 1 shirt, funky candle holder.


Some cheery old bugs-as opposed to yesterday’s old bug!

At 1604 yesterday my Lightroom catalog seems to have had a major upset. 

Think I have it back in order. Not that it really much matters anymore. No, it matters. I would hate to lose my photo library. (The VW image was one that was in the messed up part.)

But, I am having a harder and harder time getting stuff to “matter” these days. Maybe I am an old rock and time has worn my sharp edges down. 

But, the Lightroom catalog was the least of my worries. My portfolio is noticeably lighter this evening. Thank you trade-warmongering Orange Lord. And, the dangerous John Bolton is back in the house.

Maybe stuff doesn’t matter so much because I realize how totally out of my control everything is. Laissez les bons temps rouler

Deacquisitioned today: nothing. 

Some Days…

Peg as dead bug

Some days are just like this.

Yesterday was my first day back at work and my 2nd yoga class. And it was cold and rainy. And I got wet and cold.

Ended the day on my backside doing my best dead bug imitation-after several glasses of wine. (Let the record show, I can still walk in those shoes.)

And today is a snow day. 


Deacquisitioned today: Wooden Snake.
Deacquisitioned yesterday: Nothing. 

Busy Day in the Old Bat Cave…

Up with the sun…
Swiffer the Old Bat Cave prior to today’s Open House
Lunch Break – Move Ray’s rosemary plant to my box.
Spent day showing the Old Bat Cave and making origami bunnies.

I played slack key guitar for background music during the morning open house session and Grateful Dead for the afternoon session. I wonder if anyone ever played The Dead for an open house here?

And, I made a bunch of puffy origami bunnies. 

Back to work tomorrow – weather permitting?

Deacquisitioned today: 11 tops. (Tee Shirts, blouses, sweater etc)

The more friends you have the more birthday cake you get to eat…

Another birthday party at The Asylum.

The sun was out today. It wind wasn’t blowing too bad. Life is better.

My prostrate rosemary plant-RIP
Ray’s rosemary plant-RIP Ray

Tomorrow Ray’s magnificent rosemary plant will be moved to my box. Replacing my rosemary plant that didn’t make it through the winter. I don’t know if it will survive – but it will have a chance which is more than it will have in the compost heap. That is where our plants go when we are gone. Come to think of it we go to the compost heap too! 

While I was out inspecting rosemary plants, I spied a couple of signs of spring.

Tomorrow the Old Bat Cave will be on the Asylum open house tour. I brushed the OBC up a bit today. And worked on origami bunnies. The older I get the more impatient I get with the hard models. Maybe I should make an effort to do a “hard” model every week and keep doing it until it is no longer hard. 

Trying to deacquisition something every day: The Gilbert and Sullivan Song Book – which I picked up from some trashroom to use as origami paper. Well, it made crappy origami paper. Deacquisitioned today.

If it were not for my friends…

Nice to know that the funeral home made a donation to The Asylum!
Isn’t this great news: No mice seen. Wonder what else they didn’t see? Yeti?
Just so you know that birthday greetings from Medical Records await you in your “golden years”.

And one that wasn’t from The Asylum.

Exactly how is “pre-paid” FREE? (From cruise line ad in the WSJ)

On Saturday – I collect the mail from my in-house mailbox. The first 3 amused me. As did the slick insert from some cruise line in this morning’s paper.

The was sort of the high light of the day. It is cold and gray again, if it wasn’t for my good friends here – I would be seriously considered just bailing on this joint and moving to an asylum in Honolulu. I really hate gray and cold.

But then – there are my friends…

Big event today was hanging Rosie the Honu on the wall

Rosie the, lauhala honu. She is big. 

And, moving Gingerbread the Giraffe all around trying to find the best place for her.

Gingerbread the giraffe. She is not big.

She ended up back where she started. 


And then it snowed…

New Resident Reception – fun with photoshop

This year I might try to refine my skills at photographing old people. Since I are one. And since we have lots of them here at The Asylum.

I was in bed this morning, noticing the sun rise. Wondering what to do today. The sun was coming in my windows. However, Shamu the Phone said – right on the lock screen – that it would snow at 8:30AM. I don’t believe Shamu. I go down for breakfast – it was 8:20 – and then it snowed… 

I enjoyed my breakfast. Came back upstairs. I did all the paper work for a new passport. Most likely my last passport. I hope I need a new one when I am 84 – but, I am not counting on it. 

While I was at it, I tweaked a misbehaving MacBook for a friend.

The snow stopped so I bussed it to the post office – mailed off the stuff to the tax guy. It was just too cold to bus/walk to the tax office. And mail was cheaper than Uber. Also mailed the passport stuff off. 

Came back home, took some pictures at a little Asylum party for new residents. Had dinner – Petit Filet with Bordelaise Sauce. And, here I am. All ready to cosy down in the Old Bat Cave – which I have to spruce up this weekend for it’s big day on the Open House Tour on Monday. Oh and there is St Paddy’s day – $3 Guinness – tomorrow. And B-Day dinner with the Asylum Sisters on Sunday. (not my B-Day – that was last week)

A couple from the reef…

Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef

Got the taxes all ready to take to the tax guy. And, I didn’t do my taxes before sending them to the guy. Doing your taxes before you give them to the guy is sort of like cleaning your apartment before the maid comes. And, I do that too.

Great Barrier Reef

The weather on Lizard Island was wrong for snorkeling. But, I did get one OK hour session in on the first afternoon I was there. And, that was a lesson. If you only have 3 days and the weather is less than ideal – do it anyhow – because the weather might be even less ideal later. And, conditions did get worse. But, snorkeling was so great. Even a bad day was fantastic. Heaps of fish, wonderful hard and soft corals, blue starfish, giant clams that you could make close up… And, sharks. Nice little whitetip reef shark creatures. What’s not to love? I would go back in a heartbeat.  

The best of the day…

0727 today

Sunrise this morning was about the high point of the day. (well, until a nice dinner with friends – Arctic char and winter squash).

I organized and tried to do the taxes. My taxes have gotten too complex for turbo tax. This is a totally top 2% problem. I shouldn’t complain. As, I am going to finish organizing the taxes. Admit that I can no longer do my own taxes without devoting 2 weeks to “foreign taxes, OIDs, premiums etc” and just trust “the tax guy”. This is not my stuff but rather Carlton’s stuff that is causing this grief. Well, and the tax code. These issues are all on the income side. So, thank you Carlton. I am enjoying the income. And, I will give a pile of it to “the tax guy” to sort out.  Carlton – you will remember that I ended up in “Hotel Arlington” AKA Virginia Hospital Center for a week about 13 years ago. That was caused by your taxes.

That is what I did today.

It was cold and windy outside. I tried to go for a walk outside. I failed. But, honestly, I didn’t try that hard.